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DUAL NAMING APPROVED FOR EIGHT NEWCASTLE SITES

Eight Newcastle landmarks can now be referred to by a second name – their traditional Aboriginal one. Newcastle City Council applied to have dual naming of the sites based on their indigenous references in maps, sketches and geological descriptions, dating back to 1798. The state’s Geographical Names Board today approved the change. “Dual naming landforms reflect an international trend and further complement the identity of Newcastle in developing a rich overlay of reference points on the landscape in local language,” said Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee Chairman, Kyle Finlay. Nobbys Head – Whibayganba Flagstaff Hill – Tahlbihn Pirate Point – Burrabihngarn Port Hunter – Yohaaba Hunter River (South Channel) – Coquun Shepherds Hill – Khanterin Ironbark Creek – Toohrnbing Hexham Swamp – Burraghihnbihng

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EXCLUSIVE: URBAN GROWTH’S PLAN FOR HEAVY RAIL CORRIDOR

Urban Growth will today lodge its planning proposal for Newcastle’s former heavy rail corridor, with artist impressions showing what new uses for the site could look like. It’s proposing to rezone the corridor from railway infrastructure to a combination of recreational, tourism and mixed uses. The area covers around 4.25-hectares between Worth Place and Newcastle Station, with three main public domain areas around Market Street, Newcastle Station and Civic. The proposal also suggests matching building heights with existing building heights of between three and nine storeys. Urban Growth believes this is respectful of the city’s heritage and character, as well as what the community wants. “The people of Newcastle have told us they are proud of their city and want to see it revitalised into a thriving place that attracts people to live, work, play and study here,” said Newcastle …

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MEET THE CANDIDATES – NEWCASTLE

SHARON CLAYDON – LABOR Sharon Claydon was elected as the Federal Member for Newcastle in 2013. Sharon is a fifth generation Novocastrian with strong connections to her local community. She is an Honours graduate in Anthropology and, before entering Parliament, worked in remote Aboriginal communities and the community-based disability services sector. Sharon also served in local government as a Newcastle City Councillor. In Parliament, Sharon is Deputy Chair of the Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee, and a member of the Indigenous Affairs and Public Works Committees. Sharon is also Co-Convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Carers. As a member of the Federal Labor Caucus, Sharon is Chair of the Cost-of-Living and Status of Women Committees, and Secretary of the Sustainable Australia Committee. Sharon is a strong advocate for social justice, equality and sustainability   DAVID COMPTON – LIBERAL I’m …

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NEW SITE EARMARKED FOR RAINBOW CROSSING

After a failed attempt to create a permanent rainbow crossing at Hamilton last year, Newcastle Council has now earmarked a new site. Councillors voted in favour of Islington Park as the home for the colourful crossing, which is designed to mark the area’s historical association with the gay and lesbian community. It’s set to be painted on a section of the new shared pathway, being constructed near Throsby Creek. (VISION ONLY)

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CALLS FOR LIGHT RAIL TO REMAIN ON RAIL CORRIDOR

A small but passionate group of Newcastle residents came together this morning, to send a message to the state government about the proposed light rail route. The group staged a rally, calling for the project to remain on the rail corridor, rather than go down Hunter Street, as planned. “We want them to listen to the submissions that people are putting in, that the people of Newcastle are putting in. Not what the people in Sydney think we want,” said Phil Dibben from Access Newcastle Foreshore. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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50 CANNABIS PLANTS UNCOVERED IN MAYFIELD SEARCH

A 66-year-old man is assisting police with their inquiries, after they uncovered a drug house in Mayfield this afternoon. During their search officers seized around 50 cannabis plants, which were found in three rooms of the property. This is the third drug house uncovered by police this week, with one at Wallsend discovered on Monday and another at Thornton yesterday.

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STUDENTS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT STAR STRUCK

After months of rehearsals, the curtain has finally been raised on this year’s Star Struck extravaganza. The first show was held today, featuring almost 4,000 students from across the Hunter and Central Coast. This year’s theme centred around ‘Our Heroes’. The show continues tonight and tomorrow at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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RUGBY MATES SLEEPING ROUGH FOR SOUL CAFE

Newcastle’s Soul Cafe serves up around 900 meals a week to the disadvantaged and homeless, but with winter upon us, demand for its services is on the rise. The charity is now preparing for a major fundraiser, with two local rugby players going above and beyond for the cause. If you would like to donate to Soul Cafe, click HERE.

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