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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.

PREMIER RIDES THE RAILS IN NEWCASTLE

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has ridden the first passenger tram service down Hunter street this morning, joined by primary school students and older members of the community. She tapped on at Newcastle Beach with Minister for Transport Andrew Constance, who were met at Newcastle Interchange by a crowd with mixed reviews. “I remember when I first became the Transport Minister nobody used public transport in the CBD of Newcastle, the buses ran around empty and services didn’t connect. This frequency and the value for money is going to attract people like never before,” said Premier Berejiklian. The official first day of operation is this Sunday where all fares will be on the Minister for Transport. Come Monday full fare services will run every 10 minutes. That’s less frequently than originally thought as the sixth and final tram is yet to arrive …

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GAV’S WEATHER: A SHORT BREAK FROM THE HEAT HAS MOVED IN

The nation is almost completely cloud free which will allow things to heat back up quickly yet again. The strong front is now over the Tasman and cooler air has swept in across the south east. Tomorrow a large high will swiftly take control of the south east. This will generate on shore south east winds for most of the east coast, mostly causing cloud cover with very little rain expected. Cooler conditions have swept across the coast and northern New South Wales ranges. Inland across the north west more hot weather is on the way. Despite the slightly cooler south east winds.

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MAN CHARGED WITH HIGH RANGE DRINK DRIVING IN LAKE MACQUARIE

Police allege a Lake Macquarie man was three times over the legal blood alcohol limit, when his four-wheel-drive crashed and rolled onto railway tracks at Dora Creek last night. The 36-year-old lost control of the vehicle on nearby Main Road. He was arrested and allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of point-153. The man’s been charged with high range drink driving, and will face court next month.

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BUY YOUR FIANCE A WEDDING FOR VALENTINES DAY – ALL IN THE NAME OF CHARITY

Organising a wedding can be a stressful and labourious job, but in Newcastle there’s a unique opportunity to have all the work done for you. A wedding, with all the bells and whistles donated, is set to be auctioned off raising money for Camp Quality. If you want to find out more, head to the two Montys Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/the2montyscharityweddingevent/  

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TRUCK LODGED ON M1 OFF RAMP BLOCKS ALL NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC

A truck lodged on the M1 exit ramp to the Newcastle Link Road, is continuing to block north bound traffic. The semi-trailer became stuck around 4:30 this morning on the M1 overpass at Cameron Park, when the structure it was carrying was too wide to fit through the barriers. All northbound traffic has been diverted to George Booth Drive. The truck was travelling from the Sydney suburb of Clyde to Newcastle Port where its load was to be exported. A 400-tonne crane has been dispatched from Sydney to attempt to lift the load off the ramp. Intermittent closures are taking place on the M1 northbound as the salvage efforts continue.

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HISTORIC MINE KNOCK BACK CITING IT’S EFFECT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Opponents are celebrating a precedent-setting decision by the Land and Environment Court, to refuse the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine at Gloucester. A judge today upheld the state government’s original decision, while citing the mine’s effect on climate change. “I’m just so pleased to think that they’ve made this decision, they’ve thought of the community, and they’ve also thought of climate change,” said farmer Karen O’Brien. The decision follows a lengthy campaign from protest group, Groundswell Gloucester which have fought multiple mine proposals for more than a decade. In December 2017 the Planning and Assessment Commission refused the mine on a number of grounds however mine proponent Gloucester Resources Limited lodged an appeal in the Land and Environment Court. Today’s landmark ruling knocked back that appeal. GRL Chief Operating Officer Brian Clifford said he’s “disappointed that the New South Wales …

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