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ICAC: JODI McKAY DENIES ACCEPTING BRIBE FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGN

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The former Member for Newcastle Jodi McKay has come out swinging at the corruption commission, telling the inquiry she would never sell herself for political donations. In a heated exchange with Nathan Tinkler’s lawyer, Ms McKay categorically denied accepting a bribe from the coal mogul because her political future was desperate. Read More »

SAD END FOR STRANDED DOLPHIN

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Animal rescuers have lost a battle to save a risso dolphin south of Newcastle, after it beached itself yesterday afternoon. Volunteers from ORRCA joined locals in caring for the animal, and initially, signs were promising. But just after 7:30pm its condition quickly deteriorated, and it died a short time later. The dolphin has been taken to Taronga Zoo to determine the cause of death. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

HYDRO ALUMINIUM TO BURY HAZARDOUS WASTE

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Hydro Aluminium has unveiled a plan to bury hazardous waste on its site at Kurri. The company says it won’t stand in the way of a plan to redevelop the site. Read More »

WARNING ABOUT TOXIC SHELLFISH

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The Department of Primary Industries has issued a warning about toxic shellfish near Newcastle. It says an algal bloom, detected in waters off Stockton Beach today, produces diarrhectic shellfish poisoning toxins. Residents are advised not to eat any oysters, mussels, cockles or clams taken from the area. Cooking does not destroy the toxins. The New South Wales Food Authority is monitoring the situation and says all shellfish purchased through commercial seafood outlets will not affected. Read More »

NEW LIFE FOR NOBBYS HEADLAND

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It’s one of Newcastle’s iconic landmarks, and today the first stage in ensuring Nobbys Headland is enjoyed by future generations was unveiled. Two historic cottages have been restored, with the overhaul earning a non-profit organisation a 10-year lease of the site. Read More »

NATHAN TINKLER TO FACE ICAC NEXT WEEK

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Hunter businessman Nathan Tinkler will appear before the Corruption Commission’s inquiry into illegal political donations next Tuesday. A new witness list for next week was released today, which also names Swansea MP Garry Edwards, who’s stood down from the Liberal Party, as well as the Member for Port Stephens Craig Baumann. The ICAC inquiry has already claimed three Hunter politicians, with the resignations of former state MPs Andrew Cornwell (Charlestown) and Tim Owen (Newcastle), as well as Newcastle’s Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy. You can view the full list of witnesses HERE. Read More »

ICAC: McKAY ‘SHOCKED’ AND ‘APPALLED’ BY REVELATIONS

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Former Member for Newcastle, Jodi McKay, says she was “shocked and appalled and deeply saddened” by the recent revelations at the Corruption Commission inquiry into political donations. Ms McKay made the statement to the media, after appearing before the ICAC for the second time. “The last time I appeared here I thought I knew what had happened,” she said. “And then over the last couple of weeks… I realised that isn’t the case.” Despite stating the 2011 election was unfair, Ms McKay said she still held some regard for disgraced Newcastle MP Tim Owen. Meanwhile earlier today, the ICAC heard ex New South Wales treasurer Eric Roozendaal was pushing for a coal-loader in Mayfield, despite advice against it. Hunter businessman Nathan Tinkler was behind the proposal. During her testimony, Ms McKay described that period as “all out war”. She also ... Read More »

SPECIAL NEEDS CHAIRS READY TO ROLL FOR SUMMER

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For parents of children with special needs, inadequate access to the beach is often a downside of summer. But this year, thanks to Variety, more kids will be able to hit the waves. Read More »

ANDREW CORNWELL & WIFE ACCUSED OF LYING TO ICAC

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Disgraced former Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell and his wife have denied giving evidence ‘laced with lies’ in another sensational day at the corruption commission. The pair returned to the witness box, accused of being involved in an elaborate scam to sell a painting to a banned donor. Read More »

EFFORT TO HELP STRANDED DOLPHIN CONTINUES

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Around 20 volunteers will work through the night to stabilise a dolphin found stranded on Redhead Beach this morning. The dolphin has been moved to the calmer water of Third Creek Lagoon where it will be cared for overnight by volunteers. Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) says while the 3.5-metre mammal suffered superficial wounds, it was generally healthy. ORRCA volunteers will work through the night and would welcome the loan of blankets and torches. Read More »

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