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CREWS TESTED IN ARMIDALE RESCUE OPERATION

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service pulled off a tricky operation at the weekend, winching five people from a deep gorge near Armidale. Three teenagers spent a freezing night at the bottom of Dangars Falls after one of them injured himself in a fall. Two SES volunteers also became stuck after coming to the rescue in failing light.

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SAILORS WITH DISABILITIES VISITS NEWCASTLE

Newcastle Harbour was sparkling today with the return of sunshine and warm, spring weather and the conditions proved perfect for this group of novice sailors. “Welcome to Sailors with a Disability. This is the yacht Kale.” The keen crew was welcomed aboard the Sailors with Disabilities Sydney to Hobart ocean racer, which is in Newcastle for the week. During its stay, the yacht is taking around 150 children and their carers on day trips. The Newcastle visit marks the end of the charity’s annual northern campaign tour. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MAYORAL BY-ELECTION LIKELY TO BE IN NOVEMBER

November 8 or 15 have emerged as the most likely dates for the Newcastle Lord Mayoral by-election. There have been calls from some quarters for the poll to be held on October 25, the same day as the state by-elections in Newcastle and Charlestown. But council General Manager, Ken Gouldthorp, says the Electoral Commission has advised the council election must be held on a separate date. He says it’s up to the Commission to decide on the date. (NO AUDIO)

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STUDENTS GET A TASTE OF FORMULA 1 WORLD

It’s one of the world’s most glamorous sports and today, high school students got an insight into the high-powered world of Formula 1 motor racing. The Hunter regional finals of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge attracted around 100 participants, all revved up to hit the race track… “There’s a whole process involved in what they’re doing today – project design to creaste a really fast car but also a car that presents really well to the judges.” Like the real thing, there are team names, colours…and a few extra bells and whistles. “We’re like lights and smoke – let’s do it!” The top entries will go through to the state finals. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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KINDY FARM

Patting and feeding farm animals is not what you’d normally do at school. But for kids at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, they had the chance to do just that as part of a unique learning experience to help build their language skills.

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