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RARE ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY AT ANZAC CENTENARY EXPERIENCE

The finishing touches are being added to the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience, which opens in Newcastle tomorrow. The exhibition features rarely-seen artifacts, such as the Victoria Cross medal set, awarded to local officer Clarence Jeffries who died in the First World War. The display at Newcastle Entertainment Centre is free, but tickets need to be booked online.

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NEW GUIDELINES FOR PFOS CONTAMINATION

Researchers say Port Stephens red zone residents should be buoyed by new guidelines for dealing with PFOS and PFAS contamination. Five years in the making, the document includes contributions from the government and private sector, and could form the basis for new policies in dealing with chemical spills, like that at RAAF Base Williamtown. It includes how to assess potentially-contaminated sites, and mitigate risks associated with them. “It allows or it enables consulters, regulators and also owners of contaminated sites to take into consideration what are the potential pathways that can lead to those risks”, says Professor Ravi Naidu CRC CARE CEO.

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A RARE LOOK INSIDE ONE OF OUR MOST ADVANCED DEFENCE AIRCRAFT

Among the rows of fighter jets at RAAF base Williamtown sits an all-seeing, all-hearing aircraft – that’s one of most advanced warplanes in the world. The E-7A Wedgetail has been a key weapon in the fight against ISIL. NBN News was invited on-board for a simulated training mission – the first time an Australian TV crew has flown on the surveillance aircraft, out of Williamtown.

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NEWCASTLE MAN CHARGED OVER 1980’S CHILD SEX OFFENCES

Two elderly men, including one from Newcastle, have been charged over alleged child sex offences committed in the 1980s Police say that between 1980 and 1982, two men allegedly sexually assaulted at least two children at a pinball parlour on Parramatta Road in Homebush. The alleged assaults included a boy aged 11 at the time. Investigations led police to arrest an 82-year-old man in January. He was charged with two counts of buggery and three counts of indecent assault with a male child. Then in February, a 72-year-old man was also arrested at a hospital in Newcastle. He was charged with seven counts of indecent assault with male child. The 72-year-old was refused bail in a bedside hearing to appear in court in May. Inquiries are continuing.

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PROPOSED SERVO DENIED BY SINGLETON COUNCIL

A proposed service station that sparked community division has been refused development by Singleton Council. The highway service station on Bridgman Road would have included a take away premises, and two ancillary shops. Councillors at last night’s extraordinary meeting denied the application on the grounds that it was in a high hazard floodway, was inconsistent in the agricultural production zone, and could potentially increase traffic congestion. Mayor of Singleton Sue Moore said council had to weigh up both sides and make a decision based on the interests of the community.

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TWO DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS BELIEVED TO BE OMCG RELATED

Police are investigating a drive-by-shooting at Metford, with a number of shots fired at a house on Conder Crescent from a moving car. Initial investigations suggest the incident was bikie-related. Meanwhile, Newcastle Police have put gangs on notice, making several arrests after two weekend assaults and shots being fired at a Nomads clubhouse. The Islington building was fired upon on Saturday night by an unknown person. There were around 10 people inside at the time, but no reports of injuries. When police attended, they arrested three Nomads members over two assaults – one on a rival Finks member at a Kotara gym, and the other at a hotel in Honeysuckle.

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PASHA BULKA RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE HARBOUR… AS DRAKE

Nearly 10 years since the Pasha Bulker ran aground at Nobbys, the ship is again visiting Newcastle – under a different name. Now known as the Drake, and sporting a different paint job, the bulk carrier was alongside the coal loader at Kooragang today, taking on a shipment for China. It’s a far cry from the Pasha’s arrival back in June 2007, when it was spectacularly driven ashore by an east coast low. Salvaged and repaired, the ship returned to service, and is scheduled to leave tonight.

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FROM BRISBANE TO SYDNEY – WALKING FOR MELANOMA RESEARCH

A cancer campaigner has passed through the Hunter region, as he nears the end of an epic fundraising walk. Jay Allen is a stage three melanoma survivor, and made sure he was liberal with the sunscreen as we caught up with him in yesterday’s sunshine at Gateshead. After an overnight stay at Lake Macquarie, Jay resumed his walk this morning – part of a journey from Brisbane that’s so far taken him some 900 kilometres. He’ll finish in Sydney on Sunday, hoping to have raised $250,000 for melanoma research.

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