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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.

WOMEN UNITE TO RECLAIM THE NIGHT

Hundreds of women have united in Newcastle, the Hunter and Lake Macquarie last night to take a stand against sexual violence and abuse. The Reclaim the Night events are part of a global movement aimed at ending the widespread issue. In Hamilton, women marched the streets protesting for the right to feel safe and free from harassment. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in five women has been the victim of sexual violence. (VISION ONLY)

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MAITLAND COUNCIL REJECTS HERITAGE LISTING CONSULTATION PLANS

Maitland Councillors have rejected plans for the community to have its say on whether Morpeth should be heritage listed. It follows a recommendation by the Office of Environment and Heritage, however the majority of councillors fear the status would affect property prices and the ability of home owners to make alterations. Meanwhile, stage one of the $2.9-million state government upgrade of Morpeth bridge is now complete. Stage two, which involves repainting the bridge, will start next year. (VISION ONLY)

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION ON NEWCASTLE’S REAL FILM FESTIVAL

Budding film makers have been given the chance to explore their skills at this year’s Real Film Festival in Newcastle. A workshop today by Youtuber Sarah Stone, looked at the new age of digital technology and its influence. “Social media and the film industry they’re both changing at such rapid rates and they’re kind of running parallel so it’s good to bring the two together and show my perspective and my involvement,” Stone says. The three-day festival, featuring a variety of master classes and film screenings, runs until Sunday. “We have a big focus on local this year, and consequently we’re screening a feature film by a local director and the lead talent is a local lady, and we’re also screening 10 short films as part of the short film screening all made locally,” Annette Hubber from Real Film Festival …

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BLACKBUTT RESERVE WELCOMES THREE BABY BARKING OWLS

They’re cute, curious and expected to play an important role in their species’ survival. These five-week-old Barking Owls are the first successful hatchlings for Blackbutt Reserve, but they won’t calling Newcastle home for long. “These animals have been removed from the adults and we’re going to hand rear these and then they’ll be donated to other parks around New South Wales for successful follow on breeding,” Petra Freeman from Blackbutt Reserve says. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CATHOLICCARE OPENS FIRST UPPER HUNTER OFFICE

There will be more support for foster children and carers in the Upper Hunter, with CatholicCare today opening a new office at Singleton. It means residents will no longer need to travel to Newcastle to access its counselling and clinical services. “At the moment there’s around 18,000 kids in care in NSW, a large proportion of those are in the Hunter area and we desperately need to fulfill the care needs of those children and provide a safe home for life,” CatholicCare director Gary Christensen. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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