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EXTENDED INTERVIEW: GARRY EDWARDS

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NBN reporter Jane Goldsmith caught up with Swansea MP Garry Edwards, in his first interview since the explosive allegations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Watch the extended interview here: Read More »

SWANSEA MP GARRY EDWARDS GIVES FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE ICAC HEARINGS

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In his first interview since the explosive ICAC hearings, Swansea MP Garry Edwards has vowed to contest the March state election. Now a cross-bencher, he stepped down from the Liberal Party after the corruption watchdog heard he received cash from developer Jeff McCloy. See separate post for full interview. Read More »

TWO MUSWELLBROOK PROJECTS APPROVED

The Joint Regional Planning Panel today gave the green light to two major projects in the Upper Hunter. The first, a 65-bed aged care facility for Muswellbrook, which will help relieve a chronic shortage in the town. Worth $19.2-million, the Calvary project also includes 42 independent living units. Meanwhile, a tertiary education centre specialising in mine engineering, was also given the go-ahead. To be built on Bridge Street, it’s a joint initiative between council, TAFE and the University of Southern Queensland. Read More »

GEORGE SOURIS CALLS ON VOTERS TO KEEP THE FAITH

Amid the fallout from the ICAC probe, veteran state MP George Souris has called on voters to keep the faith in our system of government – even though he’s about to leave it. He won’t contest the next election, after being dumped from cabinet earlier this year. Read More »

HIGH SPEED BROADBAND TO BE FAST TRACKED TO THE HUNTER

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High speed broadband is a step closer in the Hunter with NBNCo today announcing a pilot study. The trial will see thousands of homes across the region given access to download speeds four times faster than current ADSL connections. Read More »

LOADS OF LYCRA IN HONEYSUCKLE AS BIKEFEST ROLLS IN

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There was loads of lycra at Honeysuckle this morning, for the launch of this year’s Bikefest. Cyclists peddled past Newcastle Harbour, ahead of the festival’s official start date at the end of the month. As its name suggests, Bikefest celebrates cycling, and aims to promote it as a healthy lifestyle activity. “What we’re trying to do as community members is tell everybody that exercise is a fun thing to do, it’s an organised thing to do so you can come and be part of an organised event as an elite cyclist or you can come and take part in the community challenge.” (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

HUNTER MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE RECOGNISED

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A Hunter mental health advocate has been recognised for her work in the region, being named a winner in the 100 Women of Influence awards. As director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health for the past 14 years, Jaelea Skehan has played a key role in developing local, state and national programs to help reduce mental illness and suicide. “There would be no person living in Australia who has been untouched by mental illness or suicide. I am privileged to be able to work in mental health and suicide prevention and am pleased to see contributions in this area recognised alongside business and other achievements,” she said. Ms Skehan will join the other winners later this month in Sydney for a gala event, where an overall winner will also be announced. Read More »

ASIAN CUP COUNTDOWN IS ON

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The Asian Cup kicks off in Australia in 100 days – and preparations in Newcastle are underway. The city will host four games, and its big event credentials have been given a further boost, by a prestigious award. Read More »

AMWU TAKES ACTION AGAINST REDUNDANCIES

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A meeting has been held between the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and employees of a mine support company, after 15 workers were made redundant yesterday at DYWIDAG Systems International, at Bennetts Green. “The problem with the redundancies that are occurring there is we don’t believe they’re genuine as the jobs still exist, they’re simply trying to outsource these jobs to contractors. ” The AMWU says it will be taking action – the company is yet to comment. Read More »

TEEN STABBED WITH POCKET KNIFE AT LAKE MACQUARIE

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An 18-year-old female has been charged after a teenage girl was stabbed with a pocket knife at Lake Macquarie last night. The 17-year-old remains in John Hunter Hospital, in a stable condition. Read More »

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