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MAJOR REPLANTING PROJECT BEGINS IN FORESHORE PARK

Trees removed from Newcastle’s Foreshore Park for last year’s Supercars event are being replaced, in a major replanting project. More than 30 mature norfolk island pines are ready to be placed at the eastern end of the park, near Nobbys. The pines are the first stage of the project, that will also see lilly pillies, banksias, native hibiscuses and kentia palms planted throughout the precinct. Newcastle Council estimates the new trees will provide 20 times more shade, than the previous vegetation.

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ACCUSED KIDNAPPER FACING EXTRADITION

The man accused of kidnapping a 12-year-old Gold Coast boy for a sum of money, and taking him across state lines to New South Wales is facing extradition back to Queensland. Authorities are expected to apply for the 53-year-old man to be extradited in Grafton Local Court this morning, after which he will likely to be formally charged with kidnapping for ransom. The boy was reunited with his family last night, after 30 hours apart.

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LIGHT RAIL STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE

As Newcastle businesses continue to struggle through the impact of ongoing construction, Council is offering free Saturday parking in an attempt to attract visitors back to the city. The decision comes amid state government claims the light rail project is on schedule for completion before Christmas.

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