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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.

REGIONAL GROWTH UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT IN NEWCASTLE

Newcastle today hosted a parliamentary inquiry into regional development. The federal committee heard from several speakers, from local councils to the Hunter Research Foundation, about strategies to drive growth in the area. “We’re looking at various communities and centres around the country to see what best practices are in spurring regional development and looking at questions at what government departments will be placed in what parts of the country,” says Professor Will Rifkin from the Hunter Research Foundation. It was the committee’s second public hearing in New South Wales. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MARCHING KOALAS SET TO HEAD TO THE UNITED STATES

The Hunter’s world-famous student band, The Marching Koalas, will once again represent Australia at the Pasadena Rose Parade in California. The parade’s president was in Newcastle today, to meet with the young musicians. “The marching koala are one of four international bands, we have Canada, Panama, Japan and Newcastle is going to be represented.” The parade takes place on New Year’s Day. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NEW LIFE FOR NEWCASTLE STATION

Newcastle’s old railway station is a step closer to becoming one of the city’s newest destination precincts. The Hunter Development Corporation is now seeking expressions of interest for the heritage site. “We could see anything from a mixture of restaurants, cafes, artists in residence, outdoor cinemas a variety of things, little boutique music type scenario,” Michael Cassel from Revitalising Newcastle. An operator is being sought to lease and manage the station for at least 18 months, from April next year. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR NEWCASTLE

It’s an initiative designed to ease congestion in Newcastle’s rapidly-changing CBD, and save commuters money. From next week, a free bus service will operate from McDonald Jones Stadium to the city centre, every 15 minutes – and that’s not the only change to public transport.

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CATALINA WAITS FOR ENGINE REPAIRS AT RUTHERFORD

The country’s only operational World War Two Catalina is expected to stay at Rutherford airfield for more than a month, after suffering engine failure yesterday. The seaplane was scheduled to fly over Lake Macquarie’s Catalina Festival, but was instead forced to make an emergency landing. Owned by a museum near Wollongong, the aircraft is in need of significant repairs to its starboard engine. Engineers at Rutherford say it could be four to eight weeks until the Catalina can be flown home. (VISION ONLY)

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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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