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Tahlia Sarv is a reporter for NBN News in Newcastle. Since completing her journalism degree at Charles Sturt University, she has worked in radio and television throughout regional New South Wales.

LAND VALUES ON THE RISE IN THE HUNTER

Good news for Hunter homeowners, with land values increasing across most of the region. The state’s Valuer General has released data, revealing the price of residential land is up by 14.6 per cent. Newcastle city’s construction boom, and a growing demand for residential and rural residential development, has seen commercial land values rise by 10.5 per cent. Maitland had the largest increase of industrial land values, due to better times in the mining sector. (VISION ONLY)

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AN UNCLE’S MISSION TO SUPPORT HIS BRAVE NEPHEW

A Newcastle man is set to embark on a marathon endurance test, to support a young relative who’s battling an extremely rare condition. Ben McMillan will cycle from Melbourne to Adelaide – a gruelling journey he says pales in comparison, to what his nephew Taylor is going through. To help support Taylor and his family, you can visit- http://www.simplylovingtaylor.org.au/

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SES CREWS ON STANDBY AHEAD OF MORE STORMS

We’re being urged to prepare our homes and businesses, with further severe thunderstorms predicted to hit the Hunter in the coming days. The SES says residents should expect strong winds and heavy rain. “Now’s the time to prepare the house, clean gutters, make sure your roof’s in good repair and make sure any garden furniture or things in the backyard are tied up and tidy,” SES Hunter Acting Region Controller Tom Jury says. The SES has received more than 50 calls for assistance in the Hunter, since Monday. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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HIGH LEVELS OF BLUE-GREEN ALGAE AT MAITLAND LAGOONS

Blue-green algae is now posing a health risk at several lagoons in the Maitland area. Recent tests have seen high alerts issued for Walka Water Works and Telarah Lagoon, while there’s medium-level concern about Rathulba Lagoon. The algae can cause nausea and skin irritation. It’s believed recent warm temperatures and nutrients in the water have provided an ideal environment for the bloom. Maitland Council says it’s monitoring the situation. (VISION ONLY)  

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POLICE PRAISE PORT STEPHENS MOTORISTS

While police have expressed general disappointment at driver behaviour in the Hunter, Port Stephens motorists are being commended. Officers say, during Operation Safe Arrival, there were no serious car accidents in the area. “The local police and highway patrol have conducted over 5000 RBT tests in that period, and luckily as a result we’ve had no fatalities or serious injuries,” Acting Superintendent¬†Steve Laksa from Port Stephens LAC says. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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