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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. 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 »

WEATHER UPDATE: ANOTHER SOUTHERLY BURST

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A gusty southerly change swept up the coast today clearing the heat while steeling the bright blues skies across the Hunter and Mid North Coast. The southerly will continue to track north tonight so tomorrow the entire coast will be cloud-affected with a few small patchy showers. The Hunter will be cloudy but fine, the North West and plains will remain sunny. Read More »

THREE QUESTIONS WITH THE CHARLESTOWN BY-ELECTION CANDIDATES

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Charlestown voters are about to head to the polls to choose who will become their next state member. NBN News reporter Vivien von Drehnen spoke with seven of the nine candidates to ask the same three questions. Q1. What will be your top priority if you are elected? Q2. Do you have a plan to generate more jobs? Q3. What is the biggest issue in the electorate? NOTE: independent candidate Luke Cubis was away due to family commitments, and independent candidate Arjay Martin failed to return our calls. Read More »

THREE QUESTIONS WITH THE NEWCASTLE BY-ELECTION CANDIDATES

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Newcastle voters are about to head to the polls to choose who will become their next state member. NBN News reporter Vivien von Drehnen spoke with all eight candidates individually to ask the same three questions. Q1. What will be your top priority if you are elected? Q2. Where do you stand on the truncation of the rail line? Q3. If you could spend the money from the lease of the port, where would you spend it? Read More »

PREMIER WARNS COUNCILS: MERGERS ARE NEEDED

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Council mergers are needed across the state – that was the warning from the premier at the Local Government Conference today. “We are providing significant incentives for councils to consider mergers coming together and we look forward to their response – in essence the status quo cannot remain when we’re losing a million dollars day from councils across the state that needs to be changed.” Lake Macquarie and Newcastle is one proposed amalgamation – something the Lake Mayor is opposed to. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Join the conversation online by taking part in our web poll. Read More »

FASTER BROADBAND CONNECTION FOR THE HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST FROM NEXT YEAR

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If you’ve been wondering when your neighbourhood will receive faster broadband, this next story has the answer. NBNCo today named the first 99 suburbs in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast to be connected to the national network. Read More »

HEALTH RECEIVES ATTENTION IN BY-ELECTION BUILD UP

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Transport one week, health the next. Labor, and independent candidate for Newcastle Karen Howard have gone head-to-head for the second week in a row – today all the talk was about easing pressure on the John Hunter’s Emergency Department. Read More »

PARTNERSHIP GIVING BUDDING MUSOS A START

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Newcastle has a long and proud tradition as a rock city and now a unique partnership will give future stars a leg-up in the industry. Former Screaming Jets bandmates Grant Walmsley and Craig Rosevear are back together, and joining with TAFE, to help budding musos achieve their dreams. 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 »

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