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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.

POLICE APPEAL AFTER SPATE OF ATM ROBBERIES

PHOTO: File.  Police are appealing for the public’s help to solve a series of ATM thefts in the Northern Rivers. Last month an ATM was recovered from a river in the Tweed Heads area, after being stolen from a cafe in February. It’s believed this incident is related to similar commercial break-and-enters in the region. Anyone with information on the thefts should contact police.

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FATAL CRASH JUST HOURS INTO ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

A 27-year-old man has died in a crash near Newcastle, just hours into a road safety campaign for the long weekend. Emergency services were called to the intersection of Brandy Hill Drive and Clarence Town Road at Clarence Town at about 6am this morning, after a Holden Commodore and Toyota Land Cruiser collided. The driver of the sedan died at the scene, while the other driver was uninjured. The man was taken to Maitland Hospital for mandatory testing.

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SIGNIFICANT DELAYS FOR HOLIDAYING MOTORISTS

Roads and Maritime Services is urging holidaying motorists to take care and be patient while driving this long weekend. Queues of up to 4 kilometres are currently affecting the Pacific Highway at Beresfield, approaching John Renshaw Drive, while the New England Highway at Hexham is also experiencing significant delays. Further north, the Pacific Highway at Macksville, approaching the Nambucca River, is choked with traffic, motorists have been advised to allow an extra 40 minutes of travel time. Meantime Woodburn-Coraki Road remains under water due to recent flooding. Head to Live Traffic NSW for the latest information.

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LISMORE AND TWEED RESIDENTS TO GET MORE FLOOD RELIEF

Two New South Wales towns that bore the brunt of flooding caused by Cyclone Debbie have been given access to federal disaster relief funds. Residents of Lismore and Tweed Shire in the state’s north will be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 under the so-called category C funding. “This is all part and parcel of us trying to turn around the economic fortunes after Cyclone Debbie,” Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said today. Mr Joyce hoped to do the same for Queensland flood victims, once the Labor state government fixed its “completely insufficient” application. Category C natural disaster assistance must be requested by the states and agreed to by the prime minister. It includes money for clean-ups and recovery grants for small business and farmers. Lismore and Tweed Shire already have access to funds to alleviate personal hardship and …

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BATTERHAM COULD FACE COMMITTAL HEARING

Benjamin Batterham – the Newcastle man accused of murdering an alleged home intruder – could face a committal hearing. Today Newcastle Local Court heard the brief of evidence in the case has been completed, and that both parties are likely to proceed to such a hearing. 33-year-old Batterham is accused of chasing down and murdering Ricky-Slater Dickson, after finding him in his Hamilton home in March last year. The matter will be back in court next month.

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