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LORD MAYOR IN TRAINING

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Newcastle has no Lord Mayor at the moment, but we may have found a good replacement. 16-year-old Newcastle High student Irini Kassas won a competition to take the top job for a day. And the Greek-born pupil, who’s only been in Australia for three years, certainly has a vision for change. (NB. Limited audio) Read More »

THE BLOCK’S MAX AND KARSTAN RETURN HOME TO LAUNCH BIKE RACE

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Celebrity renovators Maxine and Karstan swapped work boots for lycra today. The Newcastle couple took time out from The Block to help launch next year’s Port to Port mountain bike event… and share some exciting news. Read More »

MAITLAND COUNCIL KEEPS PUSHING FOR CCTV FUNDING

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Despite several setbacks, Maitland Council is pushing ahead with plans to install CCTV in the city centre, and at Rutherford. Funding was promised by the federal Labor government in 2013, but it’s yet to materialise under the Coalition. Read More »

BABY FUR SEAL SUNS ITSELF AT TERRIGAL

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Beach-goers were treated to a special sight at Terrigal today, as a baby fur seal sunned itself near the rock pool. The pup made itself comfortable on a ledge close to the boardwalk, well within viewing distance of those passing by. The seal appeared uninjured, but there was no sign of mum. The RSPCA says people should keep their distance from the animal, to avoid it becoming distressed. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: HOT BEFORE THE RAIN

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Tomorrow is going to get very warm as the northerly winds kick in ahead of an approaching rain bearing system. Northerly winds will build and that will help drive up the temperature across the broadcast region. Cloud will increase to the west at the end of the day and the rain will start to move in on Thursday with storms likely. The system will move through quickly, clearing from most of the region by Friday night. Read More »

32 JOBS TO GO AT PORT WARATAH COAL

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Port Waratah Coal Services has announced it will cut another 32 jobs at its Newcastle operations. Contractors, operators and trades positions will be affected by the latest round of redundancies. The company’s CEO Hennie du Plooy says the decision was made to improve efficiency during the current market climate. “We recognise the impact of changes like this on people and therefore don’t make these decisions lightly,” he said. “Industry demand for Port Waratah’s coal handling services remains high but it is important that we position our business to support the sustainability of the coal chain as a whole.” The announcement comes after the loss of 34 jobs in July. Read More »

UPDATE: WOMAN FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN SWANSEA

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A woman, who was found unconscious in Swansea last night, has now been identified. Emergency services found the woman at around 8pm on Catherine Street, near the intersection of Moxley Street. She was taken to hospital where she remains unconscious. As a result of public appeals, the woman’s family have contacted authorities. Police believe she may have fallen over and are not treating the incident as suspicious. Read More »

LAKE MACQUARIE STANDS FIRM ON OPPOSITION TO AMALGAMATION

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Lake Macquarie Council says it remains vehemently opposed to any amalgamation with Newcastle. It’s called on the state government to abandon moves for such a merger, despite the offer of a big financial incentive. Read More »

GREAT WHITE SHARK IN LAKE MACQUARIE CAUGHT ON CAMERA

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A Hunter fisherman has captured extraordinary footage of a great white shark off Valentine, in Lake Macquarie. But experts are warning swimmers not to be alarmed – saying it’s normal to see an increase in shark numbers at this time of year. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: RAIN LATER IN THE WEEK

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PHOTO: A beautiful snap of Narrabri, taken by Heather Gartshre. Showers have been rolling in across the Gold Coast today and there’s more on the way tomorrow. They will extend south onto the northern New South Wales coast. It will be all fine for the Hunter and inland across the North West, but a rain band is set to move through later in the week, producing widespread falls on Thursday. It is likely that we will see some storms form as that system moves through. Read More »

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