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HUNDREDS WALK FOR DOWN SYNDROME

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Hundreds of people gathered today for the Step up for Down Syndrome walk, to raise research funding for and awareness about the condition. 150 families in the Hunter are members of Down Syndrome New South Wales. “We’re hoping that it lets people in the community see people with Down Syndrome as part of the community.” It’s hoped the event will generate about $10,000 Read More »

SHOPPERS BRAVE THE HEAT FOR CAR BOOT SALE

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There were plenty of interesting items on display today at the Car Boot Sale at Hunter Stadium. Those keen to buy braved the heat, and helped raise money for a good cause in the process. “It all goes to supporting Hunter Life Education, helping us to deliver drugs and health education to kids in the Hunter every year.” 550 stallholders attended, with about 10,000 people walking through the gates. Read More »

RAIL LINE TRUNCATION TRIAL RUN

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Hunter residents have had a taste of what the truncation of the rail line will be like, post Boxing Day. It came as Newcastle Greens councillors seek an urgent briefing from the state government, on the interim bus system that will follow. Read More »

LUCKY ESCAPE FROM SERIOUS KOORAGANG CRASH

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A nasty accident along one of Newcastle’s biggest traffic bottlenecks has resulted in a car flipping onto its roof. Two vehicles were travelling in opposite directions along the Tourle Street bridge at Kooragang Island before they collided. Two people in the overturned car were initially trapped, but no-one was seriously injured. The incident caused major traffic delays. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

JYE PARKER HUMBLED BY COMMUNITY SUPPORT

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A Newcastle man who lost his arm in a keg explosion last month, says his recovery is going well thanks to the support of the community. A skateboarding fundraiser was held for Jye Parker at Bar Beach today. Read More »

WORK CONTINUES ON LIGHT RAIL DEVELOPMENT

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Work on the truncation of the Newcastle rail line is moving ahead, with track work being undertaken between Broadmeadow and Newcastle Station this weekend. The Sydney line was temporarily diverted to Broadmeadow today, as crews worked to install high voltage cables in preparation for the light rail upgrade. The truncation is still planned for Boxing Day this year, despite a state planning inquiry examining decision making in inner city developments. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

FORMER ARTIST’S HOME GOES UNDER THE HAMMER

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The Broadmeadow home that once belonged to Newcastle artist Lola Rose was today auctioned off, with proceeds going to the RSPCA. The Denney Street property was left to the animal rescue organisation, following the 89-year-old’s death last year. The hammer falling on a tad over $400,000. (Notes: audio in parts) Read More »

PETS GET UP CLOSE TO ‘SANTA PAWS’

With just under five weeks to go until Christmas, some of Santa’s ‘furrier’ friends today got in early with their wishes. [Notes:puppy and kid with santa] But it wasn’t just the dogs who got to get up close to the big man in red. The RSPCA’s ‘Santa Paws’ will be returning to locations at Adamstown and Rutherford in the lead-up to Christmas To find out exactly when and where, follow this link: http://rspcansw.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/santa-paws-is-coming-to-town.html (Notes: no audio) Read More »

PAVILION REVAMP NEXT ON CARDS

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After several failed attempts to rejuvenate Merewether and Newcastle’s iconic bathing pavilions, council has taken a new approach. A decision on their future is expected within months, to complement the recent renovation of the Merewether Baths. Read More »

ACCUSED MURDERER REFUSED BAIL IN PORT MACQUARIE COURT

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A woman has been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in a car on the New South Wales Mid North Coast. The 38-year-old is accused of stabbing the victim, before he drove his car off the road. Read More »

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