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The Maules Creek community was hit hard by the big dry – but the water was disappearing from the local catchment faster than it should have.

Whitehaven Coal has admitted to taking water for its Maules Creek mine between 2016 and 2019 – but the company claims, it didn’t mean to.

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Sophie Scanlon

Originally from Toronto, Sophie studied at Charles Sturt University Bathurst before starting her journalism career with NBN News in 2020, broadcasting in New England and North West. Making the move to the Central Coast, Sophie began to report on sport - covering the Mariners 2022/23 A League winning season. Returning home to the Hunter, Sophie is now a NBN Sports Presenter and News Reporter.

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