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Jacinta Lee is a reporter and producer for NBN News. She previously worked as a reporter and newsreader for radio stations in Newcastle and Canberra, graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Communication in 2017.

SURFING PRO JUNIOR EVENT COMES TO LAKE MACQUARIE

Lake Macquarie is set to host a major surfing event early next year. Today it was announced the JQS-1000 Surfest pro junior will move from Newcastle to Redhead Beach, with almost 100 boardriders from around the world expected to take part. Local teenager Connor Lee has been given a wildcard. The two-day event gets underway on February 9. (audio in parts)

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STORM CELL LASHES MID-NORTH COAST

A ferocious storm has hit the state’s mid-north coast, uprooting trees and pulling roofs off houses in the suburb of Red Head. A roof landed on a neighbouring property on Cottesloe Circuit around 1pm, and on parked cars below, leaving trails of debris. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

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FOUR NEW CLASSROOMS FOR NEWCASTLE EAST PUBLIC SCHOOL

Newcastle East Public School is about to get a long overdue spruce-up. Work will begin shortly on four new classrooms and a covered outdoor learning area, with Gosford-based group Artel Constructions awarded the tender. The Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter says the school has been struggling to cater for its expanding student population. Construction is expected to wrap up in early 2020. (audio in parts)

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HELICOPTER SEARCH OFF REDHEAD BEACH A FALSE ALARM

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter circled Redhead Beach early this morning, after a boat’s location beacon was activated. Along with Water Police, the chopper scoured the area in search of a missing vessel, but thankfully it was later revealed to be a false alarm. The beacon was traced back to a fishing trawler which had – by then – safely docked in Newcastle. (no audio)

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