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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.

GOOD NEWS FOR FAMILIES AND NOBBY’S BEACH

Bike paths, basketball courts, and more trees are on the way for Camp Shortland, on Newcastle’s foreshore. The half-a-million dollar state-funded makeover is Supercars friendly – all the structures are removable. But for the other 50 weeks of the year, it’ll be a kids playground. “What I’m really excited about is the child’s bicycle area, somewhere where kids can come and ride between the lines in a safe, off road area where parents can come and bring their kids,” said Deputy Mayor Declan Clausen. “Work will start pretty much straight after the V8’s , I think they’ve got the plans there ready to go so they’re just waiting for the race to be put to bed and then they’ll be into the works,” said Scot MacDonald Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter. (NB: AUDIO IN PARTS)

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LOST IN THE 50’S GOES UNDER THE HAMMER

The bids were constant, and the hammer kept falling at Lake Macquarie’s Lost in the 50s museum today… in a bittersweet weekend for the Jennings family, which is auctioning off decades worth of memorabilia. The museum at Cameron Park took visitors back in time, but for the owners, it’s time to move on… selling almost a thousand vintage cars and collectables. Tomorrow, the big ticket items go under the hammer – one car is expected to fetch more than $200,000.

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MACDONALD JONES STADIUM FILLED WITH YOGIS FOR MARK HUGHES FOUNDATION

It’s not the usual kind of crowd that fills McDonald Jones Stadium. Today the deafening roar of footy fans was replaced by the silent meditations of a few hundred yogis. The event was a fundraiser for the Mark Hughes Foundation, before 38 people board a plane for Borneo on Wednesday. That group – which includes Knights players – will make a two-week trek across the country, also raising money for brain cancer research. MORE INFO: https://borneocoasttocoast2018.everydayhero.com/au/mark-hughes-1

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FRIENDS RIDE FOR THE REDDINGS

When the going gets tough, the tough get going – and that’s certainly the case for a group of friends from Maitland. A father and daughter have cycled 250-kilometres, all to help another family, dealing with a rare disease. MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/PANAwareness4PaulReading/

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OZ HARVEST TEACHES VALUABLE SKILLS TO THOSE IN NEED

Meanwhile, spaghetti bolognese and banana muffins were the order of the day, at an Oz Harvest cooking class at the Matthew Talbot centre in Wickham. It’s part of a program teaching the homeless and disadvantaged how to make healthy meals. “The NEST program is a five week program that we run, it stands for nutrition, education, sustenance training or nice easy simple tips.” It will run for another three years thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Greater Charitable Foundation.

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MASS YOGA CLASS TO BEND OVER BACKWARDS FOR MARK HUGHES FOUNDATION

A football stadium sounds like an unlikely place for yogis to gather – yet hundreds are going to bend over backwards at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday morning. It’s all for a cause close to the hearts of the Newcastle Knights, and rugby league supporters. MORE INFO AND YOGA DONATIONS: https://borneocoasttocoast2018.everydayhero.com/au/cveta-and-jess MARK HUGHES FOUNDATION: https://markhughesfoundation.com.au/news/news-borneo-trek/

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MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGEDLY GROOMING AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A TEENAGE GIRL

A 35-year-old man has been charged for allegedly grooming a teenage girl and meeting her for sex in Newcastle. Police say the man, who was posing as a 17-year-old, sexually and indecently assaulted the 15-year-old girl after they met online in September. It’s alleged the pair met on a social media site designed for teenagers, connected and then met in person. The incident was reported to police and referred to the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad for further investigation. The man was arrested at a unit at Valentine early Monday morning, while a search warrant was executed at a home in Whitebridge, police seizing a number of items for investigation. The man was charged with nine counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged 14-16, two counts of indecent assault against a person under 16, grooming a child for …

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