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THOUSANDS ATTEND 75TH SHELLING ANNIVERSARY

Fort Scratchley had all guns blazing today, as commemorations continue for the 75th anniversary of the shelling of Newcastle by a Japanese submarine. The fort’s working guns were fired during a special open day. Thousands of visitors made the most of the good weather, taking the opportunity to see the sights and learn more about the fort’s history, with tunnel tours a highlight.

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ANOTHER STEP FORWARD FOR VERVE APARTMENTS

Moves to create Newcastle’s tallest building have taken another step forward, with the appointment of a builder. BLOC has been signed to build the $130-million Verve apartments on King Street. “This is certainly the highest building in Newcastle – it’s a nicely designed building and we just love the look of it,” said Andrew Redwin from BLOC. It’ll house 197 apartments and developers say they’re attracting strong prices. “The big apartments up the top have sold up to nearly 2 million dollars – one bedders selling between 450 and 550,” said Warwick Miller from Miller Property Corporation. Construction will begin within months, and be complete in two years. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UNVEILS A POTENTIAL POWER BREAKTHROUGH

Of all the pressures squeezing household budgets, soaring energy prices continue to cause concern – described as a growing crisis in Australia. But imagine having access to electricity that’s quick to create, cheap and sustainable. It’s closer than you think – the University of Newcastle has just unveiled its first demonstration site for printed solar power, in what could be a game-changer.

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