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Georgina Smyth is a web producer and reporter in Newcastle. She studied Journalism at Newcastle University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and worked in local radio for two years before joining NBN in 2013.

HUNTER MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM ATTRACTING ATTENTION INTERSTATE

A mental health program being trialled at the Calvary Mater Hospital, is already receiving positive feedback. The Way Back Support Service was launched in the middle of last year, and works at connecting self-harm patients to vital community resources. The two-year program is a Beyond Blue initiative, and is now attracting the attention of mental health units in Victoria.

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WEATHER: HUMID AND HOT

PHOTO: Sent in by Chippee from Dorrigo.  Cloudy but very humid along the coast today still fine and still hot inland. Moist onshore winds are going to remain a feature along the east coast producing isolated showers. In the coming days the humidity along the coast is going to give way to hot dry winds driving the mercury back into the high 30s and low 40s for many over the weekend.

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SCOUT LEADER ARRESTED OVER CHILD ABUSE CLAIMS

Police have arrested a 75-year-old former Scout leader in Taree, after several men came forward with allegations of sexual abuse. The men came forward to police late last year, claiming they’d been abused during camping and outdoor activities while staying on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The accused was arrested yesterday and charged with 18 offences including indecent assault, buggery and child grooming. He was refused bail and will front Taree Local Court today.

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NEWCASTLE STEPS UP FOR PREGNANT PORT MAC WOMAN

A Port Macquarie woman has been left “a blubbering mess” by the kindness of strangers who opened up their home after her pregnant daughter was flown to hospital in Newcastle needing emergency treatment. Sam Simpson, who is 28 weeks pregnant, was rushed down to the John Hunter Hospital on Wednesday after doctors detected a hole in her amniotic sac. There the 20-year-old single, first-time mother was told that she would need to stay in the hospital for at least six weeks as it’s the only hospital from Newcastle to the Gold Coast equipped for delivering babies under 34 weeks old. Separated by hundreds of kilometres from her daughter, Ms Simpson’s mum Susie Ward – and her husband Daniel – began the frantic search for accommodation so they could be with her. “We’re a very close unit and she’s never been …

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ORIGIN ENERGY FINED FOR ASH DAM DUST

Origin Energy has been slapped with a $15,000 fine, after dust was blown from Lake Macquarie’s Eraring Power Station. The EPA carried out an inspection in September last year following reports from members of the public that large quantities of dust were escaping from an ash dam at the power station. Origin Energy says it’s now reviewing its dust monitoring systems to prevent another incident. (VISION ONLY)  

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