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Samantha Long is a reporter, producer and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle, she's previously worked in Tamworth and on the Central Coast. Samantha completed a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Newcastle in 2015 and joined NBN at the end of 2015.

MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED ACTS OF INDECENCY

UPDATE: Police have charged a man over two alleged acts of indecency at two beaches in Coffs Harbour at the weekend. Around 1pm last Saturday, a man allegedly committed an act of indecency in front of a 16-year-old girl while at Park Beach. It will be alleged in court, that an hour later, the man approached a 24-year-old woman, exposed himself and committed an act of indecency at Diggers Beach. Following a public appeal, a 38-year-old man was arrested at a property in Kurrajong Street yesterday afternoon. He was refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court today.

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COULD THIS BE THE REGAL’S FINAL CURTAIN CALL?

Another battle for the Regal Theatre at Birmingham Gardens… with supporters fighting to keep part of the carpark. Newcastle City Council is planning several upgrades to the area for pedestrians and cyclists, but would see 20-parking spaces go. “This is the really sad news, it saddens me *breath* it sickens me to say if that carpark is diminished in that way, we won’t be able to reopen.” says Regal Cinema exhibitor, George Merryman. Dozens of patrons are meeting with council tonight. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NEWCASTLE CHINA WEEK SET FOR THIS WEEKEND

There’ll be a celebration of the Chinese culture this weekend… with Hamilton’s China Week Festival expected to attract thousands of people. As well as hundreds of stalls – the annual event on Beaumont Street will have plenty of entertainment. “For the very first time, we have the Beijing Dance Academy coming all the way to Newcastle from China, so they’re going to give us a very special performance.” says UoN Director of Confucius Institute, Cher Jones. The festival also hopes to strengthen ties with the Asian nation, and promote business and trade. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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UON TO JOIN WESTERN SYDNEY SUPER SCIENCE CAMPUS

The University of Newcastle is set to have a presence in the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis precinct. The uni is one of four institutions linking up to create a world-class campus near the future Badgerys Creek Airport. In an Australian first, the super-sized uni will have a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths. It’ll operate alongside other industries in the ‘Aerotropolis’ – which is expected to create more than 200,000 jobs. (VISION ONLY)

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NEED FOR MORE FOSTER CARERS IN THE HUNTER

Another Hunter support service is also calling for more foster carers. Life Without Barriers is marking Foster Carers Week by sharing the story of 19-year-old Chloie. Chloie was placed into care as a teen, now she’s studying to become a primary school teacher with the aim of helping other children. “I think if we could get around about 20-30 new carers within the region, that would help us support children and young people at the end of the day better.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MITCH REVS PAINTS MURAL FOR KOTARA HIGH’S 50TH BIRTHDAY

A Newcastle school is marking a milestone birthday with some creative flare, thanks to a former student. A bright and colourful mural will take pride of place at Kotara High School, celebrating its 50th anniversary. With local artist Mitch Resevsky helping piece together the artwork. “Basically, we’ve got a year eight and a year nine class, and we came up with different ideas based on what Kotara High mean to them.” says Revs. The final touches will be made tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mitch is celebrating another achievement – as one of three Aussie artists to create a limited edition Vegemite jar. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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