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SAFETY WARNING FOR DANGEROUS BEHAVIOUR ON LIGHT RAIL TRACKS

Newcastle Transport issued a warning on Friday for people to take more care around light rail infrastructure. Since November, there’s been several reported cases of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians crossing the tracks in a dangerous manner. Some of the main issues include drivers performing U-turns, queuing over the tracks, cycling and walking along the tramway. Newcastle Transport says many are oblivious to the dangers, and current behaviour could affect how the trams operate. The Light Rail is expected to be open for public use in the coming weeks.

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CAMPERS TO RETURN TO STOCKTON BEACH

Stockton Beach has been a no-go zone for campers since 2012, but that’s about to change. From February 15, a small section of the great sandy strip will be re-opened to holidaymakers… but that’s met with a mixed response. Details on the camping trial: https://worimiconservationlands.com/camping/

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GREENS DEMAND NSW GOVERNMENT PROTECT COASTLINE

The Greens are demanding the Berejiklian Government do more to oppose gas exploration and extraction off the Hunter’s coastline, before the March state election. It comes after mining company MEC resources informed investors, that recent 2D seismic surveys in the area were promising. Greens MP Justin Field says any further testing or drilling poses “an unacceptable risk to marine wildlife”. (VISION ONLY)

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HEALTH WARNING FOLLOWING MEASLES CASE AT JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL

NSW Health have issued a measles warning, after a teenager who had recently returned from Myanmar developed the infection. The teenager became infectious on January 3 while in Brisbane, before travelling to Newcastle by car. He arrived in Newcastle on January 5, having stopped at the Woodburn riverside precinct earlier that day. He also spent time in the waiting room at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital on the afternoon/evening of January 6. Symptoms of the highly contagious infection can include fever, sore eyes and a cough, followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash. Anyone with these symptoms should contact their GP.

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TWO MEN STABBED AT BAR BEACH

Two men are recovering in hospital, after they were stabbed at a unit in the Newcastle suburb of Bar Beach. It’s understood three men were involved in a physical altercation at a Light Street address, sometime between 12.15 and 12.30 on Monday morning. The injured pair, aged 50 and 46, were both found at a home on nearby Nickson Street. They were taken to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. We’ll have more details in tonight’s news. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CREWS GAIN UPPER HAND ON FERN BAY BUSHFIRE

Firefighters spent the evening working to contain a bushfire burning in the Newcastle suburb of Fern Bay. As of 11 o’clock on Sunday morning, the fire was listed as ‘being controlled’ and remained at an ‘Advice’ level warning. Advice: Seaside Dr, Fern Bay (Port Stephens LGA).#NSWRFS & @FRNSW firefighters are backburning along Nelson Bay Road to build containment lines on the fire. Nelson Bay Rd will be closed for around 2 hrs while this takes place. #nswfires pic.twitter.com/RYsXqKXq63 — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 6, 2019 It’s already burnt through around 28 hectares, with flames coming within a few hundred metres of homes on Dune Drive on Saturday night. Water-bombing aircraft were called into to assist crews on the ground. Local residents should continue to monitor the situation.

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HEXHAM FIRES DOWNGRADED TO ‘ADVICE’

Two fires burning near Hexham west of Newcastle have been downgraded to ‘Advice’, after earlier reaching a ‘Watch And Act’ level warning. The first fire, which started near Sparke Street at Hexham, came just metres from a nursing home. A second fire burning on Ash Island, on the northern side of the Hunter River, is also at ‘Advice’ level. It’s burnt through almost 80 hectares, and is burning in the vicinity of a nearby coal storage area.

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