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BURQA DISCUSSION IGNITES FROM CONTROVERSIAL SIGN

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Of the many issues dividing Australia at the moment, the wearing of the burqa is prominent. A Central Coast church famous for its controversial roadside messages has fanned the flames of the debate with the words “Bless the Burqa”, and the response has been strong. Read More »

SHOT POLICEMAN SERVED ON

A policeman who cheated death after being shot at Nelson Bay more than 20 years ago was laid to rest by his former colleagues today. It was a moment of madness that shattered the peace of Nelson Bay in 1993. Sergeant Jeff Smith was critically wounded, the gunman took his own life. Sergeant Smith never fully recovered, but went on to serve with the RAAF and SES. He was 61. Read More »

SEA CAVE RESCUE SOUTH OF NEWCASTLE

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An extensive rescue operation was conducted at Redhead, south of Newcastle, late today after a man became trapped in a sea cave. The Westpac rescue helicopter attended but was called off with ground crews instead tasked to walk and wade around a rock shelf to reach the man. Although uninjured, concerns were held for his safety. A falling tide assisted rescuers in reaching the 50-year-old who received minor treatment from paramedics. Read More »

WARSHIP CONTRACT COULD SAVE JOBS

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It’s believed the Abbott Government is days away from announcing a navy warship contract, which could be the saviour of the Hunter ship building industry. The local branch of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is urging the decision to be made sooner rather than later. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: MORE HEAT ON THE WAY

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Things are set to heat up even further for the first day of November. Tonight a cluster of storms will track over northern NSW. They will clear and tomorrow gusty NW winds will kick in. Total fire bands have been issued for the Greater Hunter, Mid North Coast and NW Plains. Temperatures will climb into the high 30s inland while the coast gets hit with a strong seabreeze capping off temperatures in the high 20s. A front will move in Saturday night triggering more storms sweeping in across the Hunter first before spreading further north. From Sunday cooler air will spread across the broadcast region dropping temperatures for the start of next week. Showers will linger across the NSW north coast and SE QLD. Small swell but choppy seas in the afternoon. Surfers, best chance will be northern protected corners. Read More »

THE MISSION TO CLEAN OUR BEACHES

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Newcastle boasts some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, but are we doing enough to keep them that way? A group of volunteers has created a storm on social media showing we’re being careless with our rubbish – and it’s cleaning up our coastline. Read More »

RESERVE BAR EARNS TOP HONOUR

What started as a dream has prospered into an award-winning success for two Hunter businessmen. They opened Reserve Wine Bar in Hunter Street just over a year ago, and the rewards are flowing in. Read More »

MAN BITTEN BY SNAKE IN MAYFIELD WEST

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A man in his 30s has been rushed to hospital, after he was bitten by a red-bellied black snake in Mayfield West. It’s understood the man was working as a snake catcher when he was bitten at a property on Murray Dwyer Circuit around 8 o’clock this morning. He’s been transported to the Calvary Mater Hospital for treatment.     Read More »

MEMORIAL SERVICE BRINGS COMFORT FOR THOSE TOUCHED BY SUICIDE

Hundreds of people touched by suicide have paid tribute to loved ones lost, at a moving ceremony on Newcastle Foreshore. Organisers hope the event will help break down stigmas surrounding mental health. Read More »

SHARK BITE VICTIM WANTS TO SURF AGAIN & EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH SURFER

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A 20-year-old man has told how he managed to fight off a shark, which attacked him while he was surfing. Ryan Hunt was bitten at Wallabi Point on the mid north coast yesterday evening – today he underwent surgery. Read More »

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