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32 JOBS TO GO AT PORT WARATAH COAL

Port Waratah Coal Services has announced it will cut another 32 jobs at its Newcastle operations. Contractors, operators and trades positions will be affected by the latest round of redundancies. The company’s CEO Hennie du Plooy says the decision was made to improve efficiency during the current market climate. “We recognise the impact of changes like this on people and therefore don’t make these decisions lightly,” he said. “Industry demand for Port Waratah’s coal handling services remains high but it is important that we position our business to support the sustainability of the coal chain as a whole.” The announcement comes after the loss of 34 jobs in July.

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UPDATE: WOMAN FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN SWANSEA

A woman, who was found unconscious in Swansea last night, has now been identified. Emergency services found the woman at around 8pm on Catherine Street, near the intersection of Moxley Street. She was taken to hospital where she remains unconscious. As a result of public appeals, the woman’s family have contacted authorities. Police believe she may have fallen over and are not treating the incident as suspicious.

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MURDER CASE ADJOURNED

The man accused of murdering Tamworth Environment Officer Glen Turner in July, will remain in custody, after his case was adjourned in Moree Local Court today. It’s alleged Ian Turnbull shot Turner three times near Moree. The Crown is waiting for the post-mortem report, as well as ballistics and forensics before proceeding. Turnbull is expected to apply for bail in the Supreme Court on October 2. (VISION ONLY)

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MAN CHARGED OVER TAREE MURDER

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Taree overnight. At around 7pm, police were called to a house on Stevenson Street following reports two women had been stabbed. Police found a 39-year-old woman with a stab wound to her abdomen outside. She was taken to Manning Base Hospital for treatment and later released. Meanwhile a 49-year-old woman was found dead inside the home. A 53-year-old man was charged with murder, wounding with intent and breaching an apprehended violence order. He’s due to face Taree Local Court today.

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KEY HANDOVER SET TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEK

The exchange process to hand the keys to the former Newcastle Post Office over to the Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council will be completed this week. It follows a long battle for the group, who waited two and a half years for the outcome of a land claim in the Land Environment Court. The historic post office was previously owned by the state government, but has been empty since 2001. The land council plans to use the building for a cultural and tourism facility.

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