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MAN’S BODY FOUND ON CENTRAL COAST

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A 35-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman have been arrested, after a man’s body was found on the Central Coast this morning. Police were called to Greengrove at around 7:30, following reports of a body on the side of the road near Wisemans Ferry Road and Mangrove Creek Road. The man is yet to be formally identified, but is believed to be in his 40s and from the St Marys area. His death is being treated as suspicious and police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Read More »

GLOUCESTER RESIDENT CHARGED FOLLOWING CSG PROTEST

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A 50-year-old man has been charged with trespass, following a protest at AGL’s coal seam gas project in Gloucester. Resident Brett Jacobs chained himself onto one of the access gates to the Waukivory pilot project at around 8am. It’s alleged he then entered the site and attempted to disrupt workers. Three others have been fined for trespassing. The demonstration comes after AGL began delivering equipment to the site yesterday, where the company has approval to frack and produce gas from four wells. They’re part of stage one of the project, which includes 110 wells. Read More »

DRAYTON SOUTH MINE EXPANSION REJECTED

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The state’s Planning Assessment Commission has rejected a proposal to expand the Drayton South coal mine at Denman in the Upper Hunter. It says Anglo American’s project would pose a threat to the region’s thoroughbred and tourism industries. The decision goes against the Department of Planning and Environment’s recommendation to approve the expansion, subject to strict conditions. It’s also the second time the project has been knocked back by the Commission, with an initial bid refused last December. Read More »

AGL PRESSES AHEAD WITH ‘FRACKING’ OF CSG WELLS

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AGL’s controversial CSG wells at Gloucester are moving closer to production, with specialised equipment moved on-site early this morning. The Waukivory Road pilot wells were dug two years ago, and AGL has approval to frack and produce gas from four wells around Gloucester. Locals opposed to the project says the equipment was moved in by stealth, but the company maintains it was under the direction of police, and timed to avoid traffic concerns. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

METGASCO DRILLING TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY

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The highly anticipated Metgasco trial began today in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. It follows the suspension of its drilling license at Bentley in May, with Energy Minister Anthony Roberts citing a lack of community consultation. Metgasco is seeking compensation, due to significant share price falls and loss of investment. The trial is expected to conclude tomorrow. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

POLICE RE-ISSUE APPEAL TO FIND MISSING TEEN

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Police have re-issued an appeal for information to help find a missing teenager from Dudley. 16-year-old Taylor Almond was last seen at her home on Sunday, October 12. Following an initial appeal for information, police say Taylor may have been in the Kotara, Adamstown and Newcastle Beach areas during the past week. They also believe she could be as far north as Kempsey. Taylor’s family hold serious concerns for her safety, saying her disappearance is out of character. She is described as being Caucasian in appearance, around 160-centimetres tall, with a slim build and long blonde hair. Taylor was last seen wearing a white sleeveless shirt and blue denim shorts. Read More »

THREE INJURED IN BURRINGBAR CRASH

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Two adults and a child are in a serious condition, following a crash on the far north coast last night. Emergency services were called to Upper Burringbar Road at Burringbar just after six o’clock, after two cars collided head-on. A 30-year-old man was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering internal and head injuries, while a 32-year-old woman and 6-year-old girl in the second vehicle were taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with serious internal injuries. Police are urging anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward. Read More »

PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER ROBBED

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Lake Macquarie police are hunting two men after a after a pizza delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint. The 19-year-old was confronted by two men on Northville Road at Barnsley, one of them armed with a firearm. They demanded money, stole his bag that had a small amount of money inside and fired a warning shot as they ran away. The teenager was not injured. Read More »

BILLY CART DERBY ROLLS ON IN HOLMESVILLE

The Bathurst 1000 might be the pinnacle of Australian motor sport, but today at Lake Macquarie there was a new king of the mountain, or in this case – hill. The honours went down to the wire, but as Kristy Reading reports it was all in the name of charity. Read More »

POLICE SEIZE HAUL OF GUNS IN MAITLAND

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Two men, one aged 30 the other 59 will face Maitland Court, after police allegedly found more than 25 guns at properties near Maitland. The items, including firearm parts and a barrel cannon, were seized during raids earlier this month. The men will face a string of charges next week. Read More »

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