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Samantha Long is a journalist 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.

MORE OFF-LEASH PARKS FOR GOOD DOGGOS ON THE CARDS

More fenced dog parks could pop up around Newcastle, with the council due to put its Dogs in Open Space Strategy up for public comment. The proposal would see a combination of fenced and unfenced zones at Lambton, Adamstown, Elermore Vale and Mayfield. However, King Edward Park’s leash-free area could be removed as part of the plan. The proposal will be on public exhibition for three months. (VISION ONLY)

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EMISSIONS EXEMPTIONS REVEALED FOR POWER STATIONS

It’s been revealed that AGL’s Liddell and Bayswater Power Stations have been granted exemptions from the state’s air pollution regulators. The permit allows the stations to emit toxic nitrous oxide gases at almost TWICE the concentration limit allowed for stations of a similar age. It comes as several environmental groups, along with Member for the Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon, have commended the company’s decision to reject a $250-million buyout deal for Liddell from Alinta Energy.

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FAREWELL FOR NEWCASTLE CHILD SEX ABUSE ADVOCATE

There was a fitting farewell for a Newcastle woman today, who dedicated her life to victims of child sex abuse. A packed City Hall said goodbye to Helen Keevers, who was instrumental in assisting with the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse. “Carried herself with grace, especially facing adversity. Whether that was testifying before the royal commission, the royal wave she gave when she entered the operating theatre last week, or the time one of her boys escaped on a routine shopping trip to David Jones.” Ms Keevers passed away earlier this month aged 63. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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PORT STEPHENS COUNCIL TO DECIDE ON LAND SALE

Port Stephens Council will vote tonight on whether to sell a parcel of land which residents describe as a ‘koala corridor’. The vacant land, located adjacent to the Mambo Wetlands, is said to be an access route for koalas to reach the shoreline. Mayor Ryan Palmer says the potential proceeds of the sale would be put towards upgrading Tomaree Sporting Complex. (FILE VISION ONLY)

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PENSIONER PROPOSAL PUT TO NEWCASTLE COUNCIL TONIGHT

A proposal to give back to Newcastle’s pensioners will be considered by Newcastle Council tonight. The independents will move a motion to provide a $100 voluntary rebate, to help pensioners with everyday costs of living. Councillor John Church says some of the financial pressures are a result of rate rises. “The cost increase has come directly from council, and we believe a $100 rebate is a fair and moderate measure to show our support for some of the most vulnerable in our community.” It’s estimated the total cost would be around $1.1-million. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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ISLINGTON SKATE BOWL WITH A STUDENT’S TOUCH

Year Four students from Islington Public School got the chance to be artists for the day, helping to design a mural at the local skate bowl. The initiative, driven by the Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise, hopes the children will see the creative use of street art as an anti-graffiti tool. All the images…inspired by how they feel when they ‘drop’ into the bowl. (VISION ONLY)

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INVESTIGATIONS AFTER MAITLAND AGGRAVATED BREAK AND ENTER

Police are appealing for information after an aggravated break and enter in Maitland overnight. Around 3.30am, five people forced entry into a home on Rockleigh Street, Thornton, waking the occupants. The group – four men and one woman – locked themselves in a room before ransacking it. When confronted by the occupants, a man and woman fled the scene with stolen property. A male occupant confronted the men still in the room, when he was struck to the head with a crow bar. Following a struggle, the rest of the group fled. A 19-year-old man was treated for facial injuries and taken to Maitland Hospital in a stable condition. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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CESSNOCK WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALLEGED DRUG SUPPLY

An 18-year-old woman is due to face Cessnock Local Court, charged with alleged drug supply. Just after 5.30am yesterday, officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended a home on Greta Street, Aberdare, where they stopped four people riding unregistered trail bikes. One of the four fled on a trail bike and couldn’t be located again. Officers allegedly located drugs, resealable bags and cash in a woman’s backpack. An 18-year-old woman, and two men, aged 24 and 27, were arrested. A search of the home located power tools, a cooktop, three motorbikes and a ride on mower, believed to be stolen. The woman was charged with several drugs offences. She was granted conditional bail to appear again on June 27. The men were released pending further inquiries.

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