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Georgia Maher

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After studying a BA in Communication and Journalism at UTS, Georgia moved into health and aged care reporting for three years. She also studied broadcast journalism at California State University, Sacramento and The Australian, Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. An interest in social business took her to India to direct a series of micro documentaries.

FIRE COMES DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO HUNTER VALLEY VINEYARD

Meanwhile, in the Hunter Valley, a grass fire edged dangerously close to a vineyard at Pokolbin this afternoon. Strong winds challenged fire crews, who managed to stop the flames spreading into Casuarina Estate. The blaze also burned around two major power lines, causing concern. “We had about ten hectres that it blew out to, at this point in time it is under investigation as to the origin of the fire,” said Mr. Becker. A total fire ban remains in place in the Hunter. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON INDOOR SKATE BOARDING PRECINCT

There’s good news for Newcastle skaters, with work set to start on two new indoor skate parks. Next week, the owners of Newcastle surf store, Sandbah will begin the redevelopment of the former green grocer site at Marketown. Dubbed ‘The Grind House’, it’ll be the first of its kind in Newcastle. “We sponsor a lot of kids in the area and there are so many good skaters in the area and we just want to help grow that,” said Reece Smith. Lessons and after school activities will be part of the concept store, due to open by Christmas. Meanwhile, Westfield Kotara is also set to include an indoor half pipe in its redevelopment. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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SEARCH FOR WILLIAM TYRELL CONCLUDES

The forensic search for William Tyrell or evidence of his disappearance in bushland at Kendall has wrapped up. The search started on June 13 and was part of ongoing investigations into the recovery of the young boy. While police did not located William, nor evidence of him, homicide detectives did gather relevant information to the investigation. NSW Police reminded the public that a $1-million reward remains in place, for information that leads to the discovery of William. Detectives thanked the local community for their hospitality, along with the volunteers from the SES, RFS, Salvation Army, and the Kendall Show Society.

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