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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.

WEATHER: TIME TO CHILL BACK DOWN

It is almost another cloudless nation yet again. The weak front in the south east is revealed by the cloud and a the pulse of jet stream cloud is streaking in across the west and still disappearing over the very dry heart of the nation. A weak trough sits over the eastern half of QLD. It will move across the region tomorrow. This will chill things back down while triggering some wet weather for the Hunter before spreading producing coastal showers. So a cold front is going to sweep in across the region tomorrow triggering showers while dropping temperatures.

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HUNTER VIETNAM SOLIDERS REMEMBERED

The Hunter has paused to remember 19 local soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Now in its 41st year, the service began with a march by veterans and members of the armed forces… Before a special ceremony was held at Newcastle’s Vietnam memorial. “We’ve got to remember those guys that were killed in Vietnam. The 19 we have from the Newcastle and Hunter region, they’ve got an average age of 24. They didn’t live their life very long and they died in the service of their country,” said Stephen Finney from the Newcastle Hunter Region Vietnam Veterans. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NEW PLAYGROUND UNVEILED IN TARRO

Newcastle City Council has unveiled a new-look playground in Tarro, with the new facility receiving a big thumbs up from local children. The $200,000 playground features a 25-metre double platform flying fox – which was a highlight at today’s official opening. Other favourites included the giant swing and boulder wall. It was primarily funded by council, with the state government also chipping in some money. (VISION ONLY)

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COMMUNITY FORUM DISCUSSES PLANNING DECISIONS

More than 200 residents packed City Hall last night, to air their grievances about local planning decisions. The community forum heard from guest speakers and Newcastle Lord Mayoral candidates, discussing a range of issues including high-rise development and light rail. “I guess the common point of view we came to was the absence of consultation of any sort that is genuine in the planning of the future of Newcastle,” said David Blyth from the Hunter Community Coalition. Residents also voted on a charter for more community involvement in the process. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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LIBERAL CANDIDATES NOMINATE FOR COUNCIL ELECTION

Two Liberal Party candidates are the latest to throw their hat into the ring, for the upcoming Newcastle City Council election. 24-year-old Taylor Wright is running in Ward 1. “I’d really like to support Newcastle’s revitalisation and ensure the decisions that we make today will benefit Newcastle for the next 30, 50 years and we don’t look back on that time frame and say we made the wrong decisions today,” he said. The city’s renewal also a priority for Ward 4 candidate, Hannah Eves. “I think I can bring a fresh approach. One that works well in a team and is for the future of Newcastle,” she said. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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QUAD BIKE ROLLOVER PROMPTS REMINDER OF BEACH BAN

The Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust has issued a reminder to the community, that quad bikes are banned on the beach between Redhead and Blacksmiths. It comes after a 16-year-old boy was involved in a rollover late yesterday. He was airlifted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital, but has since been released. Trust chair, Greg Wright, says the message doesn’t seem to be getting through. “As well as risks to the people involved, they’ve done a lot of damage to the dunes and vegetation in the area,” he said. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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