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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.

NEW POLICE MODEL TO IMPACT THE HUNTER

After months of speculation, the new policing model for regional New South Wales has been revealed. In the Hunter, two new police commands – now called districts – have been formed. The southern part of the Central Hunter command will join Hunter Valley. While, Central Hunter’s northern sectors will be taken on by Port Stephens. The Police Commissioner says the restructure is designed to put more police back on the frontline. (VISION ONLY)

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‘TIP JAR’ SONGWRITING COMPETITION TO STAY

Organisers of Newcastle songwriting competition, Tip Jar,  say the event will return next year, following its successful debut. More than 240 songs were submitted, with 15-year-old Paris Grace winning over the judges… While Ben Allsop’s song, ‘Here To You’, won the public vote. “I want to continue writing and hopefully make more music videos and more music for people to enjoy” The pair scored more than $10,000 in prizes, including valuable recording time. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CHRISTMAS CHEER HITS THE HUNTER EARLY

It may be more than a month away, but Christmas has already arrived in Newcastle. More than a thousand children enjoyed some festive cheer today as part of the Variety Kids Christmas Party… including a visit from Santa. “We think it’s very important that every child in the Hunter that’s facing some form of disadvantaged gets a great Christmas,” Jason Bourke from Variety Kids Charity says. Meanwhile, Kmart today launched its wishing tree appeal at Waratah with a cake, and a choir. “It started with a team members idea back in Adelaide 30 years ago and it’s grown and grown to delivering almost 8 million gifts through the country every year,” Kmart Waratah store manager Nigel Brown says. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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UNIONS MEET WITH FAMILIES OVER DISABILITY PRIVATISATION

Families impacted by the privatisation of disability services are meeting in Newcastle tonight. A public forum is being hosted by unions, to allow residents in the Hunter to voice concerns. “So we’re hearing from our members and from the community that there is massive shortfalls in funding and emerging risks and gaps in service provision,” say Kylie McKelvie from the Public Service Association. The Public Service Association says all disability services in Newcastle will be privatised from December 1. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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STRONG TURN OUT FOR ZAC BARNES SEARCH

More than 100 volunteers have helped scour bushland near where Hunter teenager Zac Barnes went missing nearly a year ago. The two-day in-depth grid search covers bushland between Metford and Thornton railway stations. His family hopes this weekend will help provide answers surrounding the 19-year-old’s disappearance. The search continues tomorrow, those willing to help can register from 9am at Metford Oval. (VISION ONLY)

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