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UPDATED: GRASS FIRE NORTH OF KEMPSEY

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The Pacific Highway at Kempsey was closed for more than two hours this afternoon due to a grass fire at Collombatti. While the road has just been reopened, the fire is still burning and is moving in a south easterly direction. A Watch and Act alert remains in place for residents. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: WINTER’S BACK

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A cold polar blast that produced snow outside of Melbourne is moving in across the region tonight. It is set to drop temperatures but no rain or snow is likely. Only the coastal fringe from Newcastle to Forster will catch a shower or two. Seas and swell will increase so off shore boating not recommended. Surfers will have to search out the southern protected corners. Inland frosts will return as overnight temperatures will plummet in the coming days making for severe morning frosts. Coastal showers will extend north from Sunday. Read More »

CURTIS LANDERS FUNDRAISER TOPS $250,000

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There’s been an outpouring of community support for a teenage footballer injured on the mid north coast earlier this year. Curtis Landers fractured two-vertebrae in his neck, during a rugby league game in Port Macquarie, and last night, hundreds of people, along with some of footy’s big guns helped out, on his road to recovery. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: WINTER’S BIG COMEBACK

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Some extraordinary winter temperatures have been reached today but it is all coming to a crashing end. A powerful front is crossing the SE producing wild winds that have downed trees, sadly taking a life in Tasmania today. Across the Hunter the strong NW winds increased dramatically this afternoon. Over the next 24 hours the warm NW winds will be replaced by cold south westerly’s. They will be strong and potentially damage-causing. We’re not expecting rain from the passing front, only some cloud. The main feature will be the big drop in temperatures returning winter to kick start August. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: NOT A CLOUD IN SIGHT

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PHOTO: A gorgeous shot of Budgewoi, taken by Chrissy Kime. The high level jet stream cloud that triggered yesterday’s amazing sunset over the Great Hunter has cleared and the forecast this week is very simple. Cold, clear nights with morning frosts on the Tablelands followed by clear, mild days and westerly winds. This trend will continue until the weekend. The early days of August will chill back down with another blast of cold, polar air on its way from Sunday. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: A CONSISTENT WEEK AHEAD

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PHOTO: A stunning shot of Hargraves Beach on the Central Coast, snapped by Erika Smart. The forecast this week is very simple. Cold, clear nights with morning frosts on the Tablelands followed by clear, mild days and westerly winds. This trend will continue until the weekend. Read More »

TWO MEN IN HOSPITAL AFTER INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

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Two men have been airlifted to John Hunter Hospital by the Westpac Rescue helicopter following an industrial accident in Taree this morning. The men aged in their 20s and 30s were working at the Stebercraft boat building factory, when a lifting jib suspending a boat mould gave way, dropping the apparatus about one metre. The men were pushed to the floor, one with a knock to the head, the other was struck near the neck. Both men were conscious and have been sent to Newcastle as a precaution. Workcover is investigating. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: SHOWERY SATURDAY

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A rain band is going to pass over during Saturday and storms are likely to be a part of it, especially around the mountain areas and south-east Queensland. The system will deliver some much-needed inland rain, but totals will again be small to moderate. Localised heavy falls will be possible under the patchy storm development. The system will clear making for a fine and sunny Sunday. Read More »

CAREERS EXPO HELPS STUDENTS

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High school students have been given a taste of what their future could hold. Taree’s annual Careers Expo, showcased everything from a life in the defence force, to going to uni and TAFE. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: WINTER STORMS

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PHOTO: A great snap of moody skies in Summerland Point, captured by Caitlin Keane. Lots of high level cloud has been moving through all ahead of a slow moving trough. This is helping to generate northerly winds which is making for milder temperatures. Tomorrow will warm up a little further. As the trough passes over we are expecting widespread storms to develop across central NSW and there is a chance some of that storm activity will push further east reaching the mountain and parts of the coast on Saturday. The rain band will clear by Sunday making for a fine start to next week. Read More »

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