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NEW LIFE FOR NEWCASTLE’S OLD SIGNAL BOX

Newcastle Station’s old signal box will be given a new lease on life, with the city council approving a DA for its commercial use. It’s part of the Revitalising Newcastle program, which will also see Market Street Lawn fully landscaped. For nearly 80 years, the signal box was used to control the arrival and departure of trains at the station. It will now be renovated for use as a cafe, or similar. (VISION ONLY)

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GAV’S WEATHER: GREAT RAIN FOR SOME BUT NOT FOR OTHERS

The much needed rain bearing system is clearing across the Tasman and Coral Sea’s tonight leaving behind a predominantly clear nation. The rain produced some very healthy totals inland from Delungra to Tingha of up to 70mm. Widespread areas of the North West slopes received 3 to 50mm while place such as the Hunter received very little 1 t o 5mm. A large high will take its place forcing the toughs to the north so the rain will spread to Queensland and the northern half of Western Australia. Onshore winds will settle in along the east coast making for partly cloudy skies and a showery weekend. Partly cloudy but fine for most. There will be a consistent run of showers and even rain periods for the far North East corner of New South Wales and South East Queensland. Moderate onshore …

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GRAFTON GHOSTS AWARDED THE CLAYTON CUP

After a stellar season in Group 2 Rugby League, The Grafton Ghosts have been awarded the Clayton Cup. The Clayton’s Cup is awarded to a NSW Country NRL team who finishes their season undefeated. Edging out three other teams, including the Port City Breakers, it’s the third time the Ghosts have taken out the trophy.

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TUGGERAH LAKES BEACHES RULED OFF-LIMITS

A warning has been issued for five Tuggerah Lakes beaches with elevated bacteria levels. It’s believed the dry conditions and increased bird activity have led to the changes. Regular testing has shown Summerland Point, Gwandalan, Mannering Park, Chain Valley Bay and Canton Beach all have high levels of bacteria. It’s advised that residents and visitors avoid swimming in these areas. All coastal beaches are in the clear.

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PORT STEPHENS WOMAN CHARGED WITH CHILD GROOMING

A woman who worked at a school in Port Stephens has been charged with a number of child grooming offences following a three month investigation. It’s alleged the 50 year-old sent and received text messages and phone calls from two students, aged 15 and 16 in 2015 She’s been given conditional bail and will re-appear before Raymond Terrace Court in November.

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EXTREME SEPTEMBER HEAT TO EASE

High level cloud is now streaking across the country. A succession of fronts will sweep over the south east generating strong hot NW winds tonight and tomorrow morning before the cooler winds of Spring return. So another very hot September day is on the way for northern NSW and SE QLD but to the south the cloud will increase and some limited shower activity will develop. Temperatures will finally begin to fall but it will stay remain warm for September.

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