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GAVIN MORRIS WEATHER:FRESH SOUTHERLY

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A southerly burst is going to make sure things remain cool along the coast while triggering a few showers that will remain east of the Divide so inland across the NW it will be dry and mostly sunny for your Friday. On Saturday the scattered shower activity will clear for Newcastle contracting north over the Northern Rivers and SE QLD before clearing, making way for a mostly fine weekend particularly on Sunday as conditions warm back up. Read More »

GRIM END TO SEARCH FOR MISSING FATHER

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There’s been a grim end to the search for a missing father on the mid north coast, with his body pulled from a lake at Tuncurry. Sydney man William Lam had been fishing with his son yesterday when he jumped into the water, only to be swept away by a strong current. Read More »

SEARCHERS FIND BODY IN WALLIS LAKE

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Police have found what they believe is the body of a fisherman who went missing at Forster yesterday. The body was found in near Regatta Island, two kilometres from where the fisherman disappeared. It was found by another fisherman around midday on Thursday afternoon. 32-year-old William Lam was fishing with his son when he jumped into the water to retrieve his son’s shoes. He was taken away by a strong current and the conditions on the water were made worse by a strong wind. Mr Lam from Sydney, was holidaying in the area with his wife and two children. Read More »

DIVERS JOIN SEARCH FOR FISHERMAN

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Police divers have entered the water as they search for a man who went missing while fishing at Forster yesterday. William Lam jumped into Wallis Lake to retrieve his son’s shoes which had fallen into the water but he was taken by a current. The 32-year-old from Sydney was on a holiday with his wife and two children. Police say he wasn’t a strong swimmer and they don’t believe he will be found alive. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and SES will also rejoin the search today. Read More »

NEWCASTLE GIRL MISSING

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Police say they hold concerns for the safety of a Newcastle girl missing since Sunday afternoon. 16-year-old Taylor Almond was last seen at her Dudley home around 1pm on Sunday. Her family is also concerned for her safety, Taylor is of Caucasian appearance about 160cm to 170cm tall with a slim build, long blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white sleeveless shirt and blue denim shorts. Police want anyone who knows anything about Taylor’s disappearance to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. Read More »

HUNTER INNOVATION RANKED AGAINST WORLD

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In an Australian first, the Hunter region’s performance in business and innovation has been compared to those on the world stage. Regional Development Australia (RDA) today released its Hunter Innovation Scorecard in Sydney, measuring the region against 190 places in the European Union. It received mixed results, ranking 70th for introducing new methods and processes, and 72nd in marketing or organisational innovations. Its rank improved significantly in the business collaboration and in-house business innovation categories, scoring 25th and 37th respectively. CEO of RDA Hunter, Todd Williams, says the organisation is determined to improve the region’s competitiveness in the world market. “There is room for the region to improve, but we now have a clear understanding of our position against some of the world’s best innovators and we will forge a path for the future,” he said. Read More »

SEARCH RESUMES FOR MISSING SYDNEY MAN IN TUNCURRY

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A search has resumed today¬† for a fisherman who disappeared in water at Wallis Lake near Tuncurry yesterday afternoon. About 2pm, police were called to Wallis Lake near the Head Street Bridge following reports that a fisherman had fallen into the water. It is believed the 32-year-old Berala man was fishing near the bridge when he entered the water to retrieve an object. An extensive search was undertaken throughout the afternoon by police from Manning/Great Lakes Local Area Command with the assistance of officers from the Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue NSW, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Forster Surf Life Savers, however the man could not be found. The search was called off about 6pm resumed at first light this morning. The man, who is described as being of Asian appearance, was last seen wearing a long-sleeve pale blue shirt, a ... Read More »

ANDREW STONER TO QUIT POLITICS AT THE MARCH POLL

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In a shock move, Deputy New South Wales Premier Andrew Stoner has announced he’s quitting politics at the March election. The Nationals leader and Member for Oxley says he’s putting his family first. Read More »

SYDNEY MAN FEARED DROWNED IN LAKE AT TUNCURRY

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A Sydney man is missing, feared drowned, in a lake at Tuncurry on the mid north coast. The 32-year-old was fishing with his son when he jumped into the water to retrieve the child’s shoes, but was swept away by a strong current. Read More »

CHRIS HARTCHER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM POLITICS

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Former New South Wales energy minister Chris Hartcher is retiring from politics, announcing today he won’t re-contest his seat of Terrigal on the Central Coast at next year’s election. Mr Hartcher is the longest serving member of the state lower house and says it is time to move on after 26 years. Last year he relinquished his ministry and then moved to the crossbench in February, following an ICAC probe into illegal political donations. It’s alleged the 68-year-old organised a scheme to funnel banned donations to Liberal candidates. Read More »

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