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Samantha Long is a journalist for NBN News in Newcastle, she's previously worked in Tamworth and on the Central Coast. Samantha completed a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Newcastle in 2015 and joined NBN at the end of 2015.

BARNACLES BELIEVED TO HAVE CAUSED FISH FARM ESCAPE

An investigation into a fish farm failure at Port Stephens has found that large barnacles and strong seas caused a pen to release 20,000 yellowtail kingfish last month. It’s believed the barnacles damaged ropes, which put a strain on the nets. The company in charge will implement a more stringent maintenance and monitoring system as a result. The DPI has recaptured around 5,000 kingfish so far. (VISION ONLY)

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ST COLUMBAN’S CHURCH TO BE DEMOLISHED

A piece of Mayfield history is set to be razed. The Newcastle-Maitland Catholic Diocese has submitted a DA to Newcastle City Council to demolish Saint Columban’s Church. It’s been closed for more than a year due to structural and safety concerns. Last year, the church and primary school celebrated its 100th birthday. It’s not known what will be built in its place. (VISION ONLY)

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GAS EXPLOSION LEAVES MAN WITH SERIOUS BURNS

An elderly man is tonight recovering in hospital, after he was involved in a gas explosion near Belmont early this morning. Emergency services arrived on the scene just before 7:30, to find a car engulfed in flames. Witnesses have told NBN News a passer-by pulled the man from the burning vehicle, while a neighbour saved the man’s dog. He was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital with serious burns to his face and hands. He’s in a stable condition. (VISION ONLY)

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DAM LEVELS LOWEST SUMMER POINT IN A DECADE

The Hunter’s dam levels are in a freefall, with Hunter Water concerned about the lack of rain on the horizon. Overall, levels are at about 70 per cent, but anything below 60 will see level one restrictions imposed in the Lower Hunter. Hunter Water Managing Director Jim Bentley is urging residents to enact Water Wise actions, to conserve as much as they can. “We’re currently forecasting if we don’t get significant rain, that could be around April.” Dam levels are at their lowest summer point in a decade. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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