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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.

FOUR HUNTER HSC STUDENTS TOP NSW

Hunter students have made their mark in this year’s HSC, with four topping the state in various subjects. 18-year-old Seraina Danuser from Newcastle Grammar, finished first in Design and Technology. “It’s so satisfying. I never imagined to be topping the state in a subject. I did spend a lot of time on design and technology so it’s really good,” said Seraina. Other high achievers include Jacob Wallace who placed first in electrotechnology, Merewether High’s Owen Small who topped geography and Alexandra Fletcher for his achievement in visual arts. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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GAV’S WEATHER: HEATWAVE SET TO PEAK

There is a large, slow moving high which plans to sit over the Tasman at the end of the week. It’s making sure conditions remain hot and mostly sunny, with daily coastal sea breezes. The northerly winds will increase, driving the mercury into the high 30s and low 40s. A weak change will only affect some on Friday. So increased heat is on the way with high 30s and low 40s expected for inland communities. It’s expected to be cooler along the coastal fringe thanks to sea breezes.

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BRISBANE MAN DROWNS ON FAR NORTH COAST

A young man has drowned at a beach at Suffolk Park on the New South Wales far north coast. Emergency services were called to the beach around 12:30, following reports a man was in trouble in the surf. The 21-year-old from Brisbane was found face down in the water. A witness performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but he couldn’t be revived.

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POLICE LAUNCH OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL

Police have launched their annual road safety blitz, Operation Safe Arrival, in a bid to keep road users safe this holiday season. A major part of this year’s campaign is urging backseat drivers to speak up, following an alarming increase in passenger deaths. 367 people were killed on the state’s roads this year, with 76 of those passengers. Deputy Commissioner Specialist Support, Catherine Burn, says passengers play a major role in keeping themselves, their drivers, and other road-users safe these holidays. “In my view, one of the most tragic statistics is that 76 of the people who have died this year were passengers in vehicles. That is 24 more passengers who have died this year when compared to last year,” she said. “During Operation Safe Arrival, we want everyone to remember not to let safety take a backseat. This means …

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NEWCASTLE COUNCILLORS TO RECEIVE PAY RISE

Newcastle’s seven Labor councillors voted in a bloc on Tuesday night to grant themselves a 16 per cent pay rise. The decision will increase Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes’ mayoral allowance from $76,397 to $95,000, a rise of 24 per cent. She also receives a councillor’s pay, up from $26,213 to $30,500, taking her overall remuneration from $102,610 to $125,500.

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APPEAL TO FIND MISSING MAN

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a man missing from the mid north coast. 34-year-old Scott Payne was last seen leaving a home at Coutts Crossing, about 20-kilometres south of Grafton, on Wednesday November 29. Police believe he could have been walking in the area. Mr Payne’s four wheel drive and personal items were found at Dalmorton two days later. He’s around 180-185cm tall, with a thin build, brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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MUM ON A MISSION TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE NEAR ROADS

A mum on a mission to keep children safe near roads, today launched a holiday season campaign at Port Stephens. Michelle McLaughlin started the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation, after her son was hit and killed by a car on the Central Coast in 2014. She’s hoping to convey the road safety message through a series of colourful signs across the region. “If children can’t read, my hope as a mum and as a road safety activist is to attract children’s attention to say ‘mum and dad what’s that?’ Or ‘mum and dad see that’ and for drivers. The message is for all road users,” said Ms McLaughlin. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CRANE TOPPLES AT CORLETTE

A crane caused headaches for workers at Port Stephens this morning, when it toppled onto its side. It’s believed it was lifting materials onto a building site at Corlette when it tipped over, damaging a neighbour’s fence and part of the building’s framework. Thankfully, no one was injured. (VISION ONLY)

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