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CRUNCH TIME FOR GPT NEWCASTLE PLAN

Newcastle could miss out on a $650-million inner-city redevelopment because the state government won’t make a decision on the future of the city’s rail line. GPT says it will only go ahead with its city plan if the rail corridor is opened up, and crunch time for a business decision is just weeks away.

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FAMILIES TRACE FIRST FLEET HISTORY

More and more Australians are finding out they have family connections to the first fleet. A growing band of enthusiasts is helping others discover some fascinating family links, whether they be to respectable naval officers or convicts. The Fellowship of First Fleeters Hunter Valley Chapter website is www.firstfleeters.com.au

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SHIPBUILDING JOBS AT FORGACS

While plans to build luxury super yachts in Newcastle recently fell through due to the global financial crisis, a defence ship building project is giving the city a boost. Forgacs is constructing modules for the navy’s new Air Warfare Destroyers, and extra workers are needed.

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