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Renee Fedder is a journalist and web producer for NBN News. She has worked for the company at its Taree bureau and Newcastle newsroom since 2011, after completing a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle.

KURRI BUSINESSES TARGETED BY THEIVES

A Kurri Kurri business is appealing for information, following a robbery in the early hours of Sunday morning. Beauty therapist Bec Sawyers returned to work yesterday after a month off, to find her store’s shelves had been emptied. “It’s probably going to range between $8,000 to $10,000 just of product.” Her business is located inside the 2327 Charity Bootcamp gym, which also had supplements stolen. “We are offering a lifetime membership to anyone who brings forward any information that leads to us finding who’s done it,” said Mitch Done from 2327 Charity Bootcamp. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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FARMERS URGED TO PLAN AHEAD FOR DRY SEASON

Hunter farmers are being warned they could be in for one of their toughest spells in years. Already battling drought, they’re now facing a dry autumn and winter… and are being told to plan ahead. For more information on workshops to assist producers in the dry spell, click HERE. For farmers in need of assistance following the Dunedoo bushfire, click HERE or call 1800 814 647.

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OLD WANGI POWER STATION FIRE TREATED AS SUSPICIOUS

Fire fighters have managed to contain a blaze on an upper level of a disused power station at Lake Macquarie. Fire crews recieved multiple calls at around 4pm, alerting them to a blaze at the old Wangi power station. Ten fire crews and a hazmat team attended the scene, bringing the blaze under control. Police will now investigate the cause of the fire – which is being treated as suspicious.

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BOWMANS CREEK BLAZE BEING CONTROLLED

Fire fighters hope to gain the upper hand on a blaze in the Hunter Valley tonight. The fire has ripped through almost 300-hectares of land at Bowmans Creek, east of Muswellbrook, since it started early yesterday afternoon from a lightning strike. Ground crews are being supported by water-bombing aircraft, including a Blackhawk helicopter. The RFS is confident the blaze will be under control later this evening thanks to improving weather conditions and the efforts of fire fighters. (VISION ONLY)

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WALK TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health was thrust into the spotlight today, with hundreds of Novocastrians coming together to walk for awareness. Starting in the East End, the group made their way to Civic Park for a festival, with art, music and support services on offer. “There’s so much stigma attached to mental illness and it is getting better than what it has been in the past, but we’ve still got a long way to go and by the community coming together, it shows those people living with mental illness that bit more support,” said Mhairi Thompson from ARAFMI Hunter. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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TEENAGE GIRL CHARGED AFTER OUT-OF-CONTROL PARTY

A teenage girl has been charged, following an out-of-control party at Lake Macquarie last week. Police were called to Ida Street at Charlestown at around 9pm last Friday, to find 300 people in the area. Extra police resources were required to disperse the crowd. 11 people were arrested and two teenage girls were hospitalised with suspected drug overdoses. A 14-year-old girl spoke with police yesterday, before being charged with supplying a prohibited drug and possessing a prescribed restricted substance. She’s been granted conditional bail and will face a children’s court on March 13.

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SURF REPORT: FEBRUARY 17, 2017

There’s not going to be much swell ahead of the change, with strong north easterly sea breezes on Saturday. The change will move through late Saturday, continuing north overnight into Sunday. The swell will increase for the Hunter and Mid North Coast with southerly winds on Sunday.

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WEATHER: HOT AND STORMY AHEAD OF STRONG CHANGE

The strongest change of the season is approaching and the pre-frontal trough has already started to fire up storms across the region. The first wave of storms will move through tonight, clearing to the north east before the heat rolls back in tomorrow with the return of the north westerly winds. The actual front will then move in, firing up another big line of thunderstorms. Widespread rain will develop Saturday night, contracting to the north east once again into Sunday, which is going to be a lot cooler.

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MARYVILLE MAN CHARGED OVER GRAFFITI ATTACK

A man will face court next month, accused of a graffiti attack on a Newcastle train. Officers attended Hamilton Railway Station at around 7am on Sunday, after the incident was reported to police. On Wednesday afternoon, police searched a home on The Lane at Maryville, allegedly seizing spray paint cans, ecstacy, prescription medication and cameras. A 22-year-old was arrested and later charged with a string of offences. He’s been granted conditional bail, to appear in Newcastle Local Court on March 2.

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