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Sam Burbury completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Bond University on the Gold Coast, before joining NBN's Lismore newsroom as a reporter in November 2015.

FRESH DETAILS ABOUT HIGH SPEED CHARLESTOWN CRASH

More details have emerged about a high-speed crash on the Pacific Highway at Charlestown, near Newcastle, early yesterday morning. Police say the 24-year-old Taree man driving the vehicle, was disqualified until 2020 and may have run a red light moments before losing control. He’s now in a stable condition at John Hunter Hospital, having fractured his neck. A 32-year-old Gateshead woman, who was a passenger in the vehicle, remains in an induced coma. (VISION ONLY)

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QUEEN’S WHARF TOWER ALMOST GONE

The Queen’s Wharf Tower’s three decade-long reign over Newcastle’s skyline has all but drawn to a close… As the demolition enters its final stages. What remains is now barely visible behind other buildings, with workers now removing the lower sections and walkways. The structure is being cut into small pieces, and sold for scrap metal. (VISION ONLY)

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VINNIES OPENS RETURN-&-EARN COLLECTION POINT

Helping those less fortunate, is now as simple as recycling… with St Vincent De Paul now opening its own bulk return-and-earn collection point at Cardiff. The centre allows residents to drop-off cans and bottles, then directly donate their refund, if they choose. “It’s the only one in the Hunter at the moment. We do have plans to open up another one further down the line, which will cater for the Upper Hunter. That money is used locally – it goes back into the homeless, it goes back into a lot of our other programs as well.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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LAKE MACQUARIE SITES KEY PART OF REGIONAL PLAN

The Greater Newcastle plan also identifies north west Lake Macquarie as a key area to deliver more jobs and strengthen the economy. The state government says further development could see an extra 1,800 jobs and 3700 dwellings created by 2036. “We’re the largest LGA in the Hunter region, so we’re best placed in the region to deliver, what the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan has in place.” The former Pasminco site, and expanding Stockland Glendale precinct, have been flagged as key locations. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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