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OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FOR STROKE VICTIM

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Last night we brought you the story of 68-year-old stroke victim Ron Collins, who had his motorised scooter stolen from his garage in Newcastle. After hearing the story, Islington disability provider, Leapfrog Ability, has generously offered to donate a second hand scooter. We also had two other phone calls from people wanting to donate a scooter to Mr Collins. Read More »

RAIL RULING EXPECTED MID-YEAR

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The fate of the heavy rail line into Newcastle won’t be known until mid-year. Members of the Save Our Rail group today attended a directions hearing at the Supreme Court, which ruled that the matter will be heard on July 15 and 16 at the New South Wales Court of Appeal. In December, the Supreme Court issued the state government with an injunction preventing removal of the rail line without an act of parliament.     Read More »

NSW OPPOSITION LEADER TALKS BUSINESS

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While in the Hunter, the state opposition leader briefed the region’s business community about Labor’s vision for the region’s future. “The Hunter economy has diversified and I want to continue to support that so we have a plan for example, for a convention and exhibition centre,” he said. Luke Foley identified population growth and the downturn of the mining and manufacturing industries as the region’s biggest challenges. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

$17 MILLION FOR GROUTING IN NEWCASTLE CBD

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The state government has announced a $17 million mine subsidence remediation strategy for Newcastle, to encourage more development in the CBD. The Property Council says it’ll give confidence to investors. Read More »

MORE CUTS AT FORGACS

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Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs has announced another round of redundancies, as the end of the Air Warfare Destroyer project draws closer. 12 months ago 300 employees lost their jobs, this time up to 150 could go. ” We’re in consultation with the work force right now. “What will come out of that consultation will then be an agreement on how many of those employees will have to go.” The cuts will impact trades, management and administration roles. Read More »

LABOR PLEDGES $40 MILLION FOR NEW MEDOWIE HIGH SCHOOL

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The State Opposition Leader made his first major election commitment to the Hunter today, pledging $40-million to build a new high school in Medowie. Luke Foley says the school, which will accommodate around 1,000 students, would be completed during Labor’s first term. Read More »

SUSPENDED POLICE OFFICER FACES COURT

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A suspended police officer has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two women, including one near Newcastle in 2010. Andrew Jones pleaded not guilty to five charges, but was today found guilty of two charges by Magistrate Michael Barko in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court. In the first assault in 2010, Jones grasped and squeezed a woman’s breast at Adamstown as she was speaking to his four-year-old daughter. Read More »

MORE REDUNDANCIES FOR FORGACS WORKERS

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More jobs are set to go from Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs. The company has today announced another round of redundancies, as it prepares for the end of an Air Warfare Destroyer project in December. Forgacs says trades, management and administration roles will be affected, but it’s yet to say the exact number. “As an industry and as a company, we have been flagging the ‘valley of death’ for over two years. For Forgacs it is here now and further jobs unfortunately have to go,” said CEO Lindsay Stratton. The company says no new shipbuilding projects have been released and its workforce is paying the price. It is however, pursuing all available opportunities. Read More »

FOUR INJURED IN RAYMOND TERRACE CRASH

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Four people have been injured in a car crash at Raymond Terrace overnight. At around midnight, a white Toyota Camry crashed into a pole on Parkway Avenue. Four people, including two men, a woman and a teenage girl, were taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. A 53-year-old man is reportedly in a critical condition, while the 25-year-old driver will undergo mandatory blood and urine testing. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Read More »

GOVERNMENT STATEMENT: PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY REPORT

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The Department of Planning and Environment notes the Committee’s recommendations. The Department has ensured that the community had ample opportunity to participate in developing the plan to revitalise Newcastle’s CBD. Recommendations regarding heights: The Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy and two set of draft amendments to the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 were publicly exhibited for public feedback over a 127 day period. Community Information sessions were held in Newcastle and attended by more than 400 people. A draft Development Control Plan for the city centre was exhibited for 31 days. The height controls for the three towers on the Urban Growth and GPT site were amended to not exceed the height of the parapet of the nave of the Christ Church Cathedral in direct response to community feedback. Recommendations regarding the Principal Planning Authority: The Committee calls for both the ... Read More »

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