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OUTSTANDING SURF LIFE SAVERS RECOGNISED

The Hunter’s most outstanding surf life savers have been recognised for their leadership and contribution to the community, during a special awards ceremony. Newcastle’s Tim Howes took out the night’s top honour – named Lifesaver of the Year. He thanked his fellow club members for their support. “We all know what surf lifesaving is about. It’s about good people and each of us are very fortunate to have some lovely people around us,” said Tim Howes. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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HMRI HONOURS TOP RESEARCHERS

The Hunter’s top medical minds have been honoured at HMRI’s night of nights. Long-serving public health leader, Professor Julie Byles, has taken out the top gong – the Award for Research Excellence. It recognises her pioneering work for an ageing global population. Professor Byles, a world-renowned and respected expert in gerontology and geriatrics, serves as Director of the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing and co-directs the HMRI Public Health research program. She was also instrumental in establishing the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health in 1995 and continues to lead it. “Professor Byles’ research exemplifies both excellence and long-term commitment. She is a highly productive, passionate, generous and inspiring leader,” HMRI Director Professor Michael Nilsson said.

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NEWCASTLE TEENAGER NAMED SES YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Newcastle State Emergency Service volunteer, Shaun Farmer was named the New South Wales SES Young Volunteer of the Year today. During a ceremony at NSW Parliament House, Minister for Emergency Services, David Elliot commended 17-year-old Shaun for his achievement. “It is clear Shaun is a young leader who recognises the value of community participation, hard work and camaraderie and I thank him for his commitment to the NSW SES,” Mr Elliott said. He participated in a NSW SES cadet program at Lambton High School in 2013. Shaun has been a member of the Newcastle unit for two years.

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GOLD COAST LANDMARKS RECOGNISED AT AWARDS

The new light rail network has been named among six winners at a special ceremony at council today. CBUS Stadium was named best sporting facility while Events Cinemas at Robina Town Centre was deemed, the best entertainment venue. “We’re a big city, we’ve got 540,000 residents, some are aged, or young or disabled, and this is about making sure they have access to as many areas as possible ..” The state finals will be held next month.

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TREMBATH WINS TOP GROUP 3 AWARD

Wauchope’s Robbie Trembath has taken out the top gong at the Group Three Rugby League awards. The outgoing captain-coach was named player of the year. Half back, Anthony Cowan won highest point scorer after accruing a total of 162-points for the Macleay Valley Mustangs this season. While Wingham’s Stewart Baker was awarded coach of the year.

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