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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.

MINERS PUT TO THE TEST IN RESCUE COMPETITION

Underground mine workers from across Newcastle have been put through their paces in the annual Mines Rescue Competition. Teams were faced with different scenarios, designed to test their skills in situations which could arise in real life. “We try to make it fun, but we do try to put the brigadesmen under pressure and test their response as close as possible to an emergency,” said Peter Cornford, Regional Manager of Newcastle Mines Rescue. The winning team will now go on to represent the state at the Australian competition later this year. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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WEATHER: SOLID SWELL TO CONTINUE

It will remain only slightly showery for the NSW coastal districts. The low in the Tasman will maintain the southerly winds and the solid swell. Mostly fine for the region. The majority of the showers will now fall just offshore as the southerly eases and the large swell continues. Sunny inland. A good looking weekend for all is on the way.

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STAR STRUCK SHINES ON 25TH BIRTHDAY

The Hunter’s performing arts spectacular Star Struck is on again, with this year’s show celebrating a special milestone. Titled ‘Shine On’, the performance involving dance, singing and drama pays tribute to the past 25 years. Star Struck features more than 3,500 public school students from across the region. The show continues tomorrow. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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TRANSPORT IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT ‘LAKEMACHACK’

Transport challenges in Lake Macquarie will be the focus of a 54-hour hackathon this weekend. The ‘LakeMacHack’ will see participants discuss buses and cycling, as well as transport options for those travelling to Sydney for work. “It’s about supercharging creative solutions and those creative solutions are all about bringing people from many different disciplines in one space to answer commercial problems,” said Dantia CEO Peter Francis. The event starts tonight and runs until Sunday. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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