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NEWCASTLE WELCOMES STRIKE FIGHTER ANNOUNCEMENT

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The government’s $12 billion defence announcement will provide a major boost to the Hunter economy and defence industry. $1-billion is expected to be invested at the Williamtown RAAF base, to make way for the new Strike Fighters. Read More »

NEWCASTLE’S BUSINESS SECTOR WELCOMES STATE CABINET RESHUFFLE

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Newcastle’s business sector has welcomed the state cabinet reshuffle, hailing it as a win for the city. City leaders believe Gladys Berejiklian’s duel roles as both Minister for Transport and of the Hunter will help streamline the CBD’s revitalisation. Read More »

MIXED REACTIONS OVER THE ELIMINATION OF HUNTER MP’S FROM CABINET

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New South Wales Premier Mike Baird’s decision to eliminate Hunter MP’s from his new-look cabinet has caused a stir in the region. While some say issues plaguing the Hunter could be ignored, a former Maitland MP says it could pay off. Read More »

ELDERLY WOMAN DIES AFTER FALL IN NATIONAL PARK

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A woman in her late 70s has died after falling from a lookout at Wollombi Valley this afternoon. The woman fell from Devil’s Rock, an isolated spot in the Yengo National Park. The popular bush-walking location features aboriginal rock engravings. Read More »

SECOND MAN CHARGED IN RELATION TO WICKHAM PARK MURDER

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A 49-year-old man remains in custody tonight, after being charged for concealing information about last month’s Wickham Park murder. Police arrested the 49-year-old man in Hamilton this morning. He faced court today but was unable to meet bail conditions. It follows chief suspect, Anthony Dent, being charged over the murder of Tony O’ Grady on Monday. Read More »

WILLIAMTOWN TO HOUSE FIGHTER JETS

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Williamtown RAAF base will be home to some of the 58 new fighter jets to be announced by the Federal Government today. Prime Minister, Tony Abbott will announce the $12.4-billion purchase of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, taking the Australian fleet to 72 by 2020. The price tag also includes weapons, spare parts and maintenance facilities. Around $1.6-billion in new facilities and infrastructure will be constructed to accommodate the new jets at RAAF’s Williamtown and Northern Territory’s Tindal base. Read More »

MURDER ACCUSED APPEARS BEFORE COURT

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One of the State’s most wanted men has appeared before court charged with the murder of a man found hog-tied in a Newcastle park. Police arrested 53-year-old Anthony Richard Dent in Cessnock yesterday, after he spent weeks on the run. Read More »

YOUTHS CHARGED IN SCHOOL ROBBERY

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Two 13-year-old boys have been charged with break, enter and steal offences after an early morning robbery at Windale Public School. It’s alleged the pair broke into the school on Saturday morning and stole 30 tablet computers and a laptop from a safe. Police arrested both teens in separate homes at Windale. Read More »

CLUB STRUGGLES TO STAY IN BUSINESS

A licensed club at Lake Macquarie placed in voluntary administration has vowed to trade its way out of mounting debt. The Five Islands Recreation Club at Speers Point today held a meeting of creditors to discuss what course of action should be put in place. Legal bills from a land title court case back in 20-12 led to the club’s financial spiral. A spokesperson for the club, formally known as the Speers Point RSL says ANZAC Day’s activities will still proceed this Friday. Read More »

PARKER AND SOURIS LEFT OUT OF NEW STATE CABINET

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The Hunter has been left without a representative in the new look ministry with Robyn Parker and George Souris dumped. The pair are among the big losers in the cabinet reshuffle, which sees a controversial new Minister for the Hunter. And the premier’s changes to state cabinet has seen Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries shifted from his portfolio as Mental Health Minister. SEE MORE HERE  Read More »

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