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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.

RARE DELIGHT FOR BIRDWATCHERS

A sighting of at least 20 Regent Honeyeaters near Cessnock has the attention of the Hunter birdwatching community. The critically endangered species has a global population of less than 400, and is rarely found in groups larger than 10. Bird experts believe the flock’s local growth is due to the Spotted Gum Forests in the region. (VISION ONLY)

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GREAT RESULT FROM VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT

St Vincent de Paul’s CEO Sleepout in Newcastle has raised more than $170,000 for the Hunter’s homeless. 56 of the region’s business leaders slept rough at McDonald Jones Stadium last month, braving the elements for charity. 1,170 donations have been made, with all funds put into running the local Vinnies services. There is still time to donate though, with fundraising open until the end of the month. (VISION ONLY)

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MAITLAND HOSPITAL’S FUTURE UP IN THE AIR

A question mark hangs over Maitland’s new hospital, after a similar public-private partnership for Wyong Hospital was scrapped by the state government. It’s prompted calls for the model to be thrown out elsewhere – but the Coalition says that’s not on the agenda… at this stage. “I’m quite satisfied that we’ve got a little while to go with Maitland to make sure we get the best product at the end of that,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald says. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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JOHN HUNTER PATIENTS TO BENEFIT FROM PARKING FEE CUTS

Patients and carers who regularly visit John Hunter Hospital can now save around $35 a week on parking, thanks to state government cuts which have just taken effect. Under the changes, eligible visitors pay a maximum of $10.90 for a three-day ticket, and $21.70 for a seven-day one. The move was prompted by a Sydney teenager’s online petition. For more information on the parking concessions, you can head to the state government’s website. (VISION ONLY)

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HAMILTON NEWSAGENT OVERWHELMED WITH SUPPORT

A Hamilton newsagent says he’s humbled by the community’s response, following the theft of a charity tin from his shop on the weekend. Robert Burton from Beaumont Street Newsagency has received more than $700 in donations for John Hunter Children’s Hospital, since our story aired last night. Police are still investigating, and are urging anyone who recognises the man to contact Crime Stoppers. (VISION ONLY)

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