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WEATHER UPDATE: SHOWERS INTO STORMS

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PHOTO: A stormy Nords Wharf snapped by Mick Lynch. A few of the isolated showers today developed into storms affecting areas across the Hunter the Ranges and around Grafton. Tomorrow a few more showers are likely along the northern NSW coast, it isn’t expected to as active as today. Elsewhere it will be fine. A foggy start is likely thanks to very light overnight winds Read More »

CLIFF FALL ORDEAL SEAL ROCKS

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A rock fishermen raised the alarm after finding an injured woman at the base of a cliff at Seal Rocks at around ten this morning. The 20-year-old woman is believed to have fallen as far as 20 metres down a cliff at the northern end of Number One Beach at Seal Rocks, north of Newcastle. A rescue team hiked to the scene where the woman suffering multiple injuries, was found lying in a rock pool and worked to stabilise her condition. Newcastle’s Westpac Rescue helicopter hovered over the rock shelf to winch the patient on board. She was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: A FEW SHOWERS ON THE WAY

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It’s been a bit showery over NE New South Wales and there is more on the way tomorrow. Winds are going to swing from the SW to SE for most and generally be light. The shower activity is going to mainly focus on the northern New South Wales coast once again with a few isolated showers developing across the NW where totals will be very small. SE Queensland will see the afternoon shower activity ramp up a bit. Showers for Newcastle and the Hunter will be few and far between. Read More »

MANNING’S PREHISTORIC PAST IN PICTURES

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A glimpse of the region’s prehistoric past is captured in the latest exhibition at Manning Regional Gallery. The intricate illustrations by local artist Peter Schouten will be featured in a new book released next year. Read More »

WORK MOVES FORWARD ON WALLANBAH ROAD

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The major reconstruction of Wallanbah Road at Nabiac continues to move forward, with the tender awarded for stage three. It’s the second last stage in the $7.5-million project, which aims to be complete by mid-2015. Read More »

28 AUSTRALIANS KILLED IN MH17 DISASTER

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The tragedy is the biggest civilian disaster affecting Australians since the Bali bombing almost 12 years ago. As we said earlier, sadly, 28 Australians have lost their lives… a Burleigh Heads woman in her 50s, among the victims. National flags are to be flown at half-mast tomorrow and the Prime Minister is planning a nation-wide day of mourning. Read More »

STUDENTS HEAR FROM INSPIRING LEADERS

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High school students heard from inspiring community leaders today, during the Myall Lakes Youth Leadership Forum at Taree. Six guest speakers spoke of their life experience and how they’ve come to succeed in various fields including sport, politics and health. More than 60 students attended from schools across the Manning and Great Lakes. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESSES AFTER ROBBERY

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A bundle of $100-notes and a large amount of jewellery was stolen during a robbery at a Kempsey home this week. At around 1:15 on Tuesday afternoon, a 46-year-old woman returned to her Rudder Street home to find a window had been forced open. Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour to contact authorities. Read More »

EXTRA LIFEGUARD SERVICE TO REMAIN UNCHANGED

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Taree Council has voted against a recommendation to provide additional lifeguards at its patrolled beaches during the Spring and Autumn holidays. It says it can’t afford the extra costs on top of the service it already provides. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: THINGS ARE GOING TO GET WILD

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PHOTO:  Big splash at Newcastle’s Bogey Hole taken by Anita Ibbotson.  Gale force winds, huge seas and swell with snow down to 800m is expected over the next 48 hours. Another powerful blast of cold polar air is on its way. An intense low is also going to form hugging the coast, whipping up extremely dangerous coastal conditions. Boating is not recommended in any way. It would be wise to reinforce and tie down anything that may be affected by strong winds. Snow will fall down to 800m across the Barringtons 1000m for the Northern Tablelands. The high mountain areas will also be greatly affected by the gale force winds. Conditions will ease by Sunday. Take care. Read More »

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