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BOY HANDED SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR LIGHTING FIRES

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A 12-year-old boy has been handed a 12-month suspended sentence for lighting two fires north of Newcastle last October. The fires at Raymond Terrace and Heatherbrae destroyed more than 5,000-hectares of bushland, and led to evacuations and the closure of Newcastle airport. The boy, who was 11 at the time, pleaded guilty to the charges. Read More »

HUNTER DRUG OPERATION IN FULL SWING

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Police have made a string of arrests during a drug driving blitz in the Hunter Valley. The three-day operation started yesterday, and of 55 drivers tested so far, 21 were found to have traces of illicit drugs in their system. Drug testing units have been set up at Singleton, Cessnock and Maitland. We’ll bring you the full story tonight at 6. Read More »

RESIDENTS MARCH IN PROTEST OF RAIL CHANGES

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The Save Our Rail group is continuing its fight against the state government’s decision to truncate heavy rail in Newcastle from Boxing Day. More than 100 people marched through the streets of Maitland this morning, in protest of the changes. The group made a stop at local MP Robyn Parker’s office to deliver a petition with more than 1,000 signatures. Details and more pictures of the rally in NBN News at 6. Read More »

MAN CHARGED OVER LAKE MACQUARIE HOME INVASION

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A 50-year-old man has been charged with aggravated break and enter following a home invasion at Lake Macquarie yesterday. Just after 1pm, the man allegedly entered a home at Bonnells Bay and hit a 55-year-old man over the head with an object. The pair struggled before the intruder ran from the house. The resident was taken to hospital and required four stitches to his head. The accused is due to face Toronto Local Court today. Read More »

STATE PLANS FOR WICKHAM TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE REVEALED

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The state government has revealed its plans for the transport interchange at Wickham. Artist impressions of the building were released today, and they’ve already attracted a fair amount of criticism. Read More »

NEW SOCIAL PROGRAM FOR OVER 65′S

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If you’re over 65 and looking to expand your horizons, Wesley Mission’s new Senior’s Living Centre in Newcastle West may be for you. Officially opened today, it’s designed to provide those who are socially isolated or financially disadvantaged with the opportunity to interact with others. “Come and meet friends there will be meals put on, Internet, silver surfing is a big thing today.” (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

ENVIRONMENTALIST SENTENCED, BUT NOT SILENCED

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It was the hoax press release that wiped $314-million off the value of Whitehaven Coal… and the man behind it was Newcastle’s Jonathon Moylan. After avoiding jail time last week, he’s now pledged to keep fighting mining companies, but WITHIN the law. Read More »

HUNTLEE FORGES AHEAD

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The Hunter’s newest town – Huntlee – is slowly taking shape, with teams of builders today visiting the site. Once complete, the $1.5-billion development will feature 7,500 homes, as well as retail and recreation facilities. Read More »

AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPENS IN MAYFIELD

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It’s an issue plaguing the Hunter, and today the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle unveiled its attempt to address the lack of affordable housing. 22 units were officially unveiled at Mayfield, as well as two supported accommodation homes for people with special needs. Read More »

CAR CATCHES FIRE ON HUNTER EXPRESSWAY

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There was drama on the Hunter Expressway this morning after a car caught on fire. The male driver pulled over near the Buchanan interchange at around 8:30, when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle. Not long after he got out of the car, it caught alight, and was consumed by the flames. Both westbound lanes were closed for 30 minutes. (NO AUDIO) Vision courtesy of: George Skumboardis Read More »

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