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Sam Burbury completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Bond University on the Gold Coast, before joining NBN's Lismore newsroom as a reporter in November 2015.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY STAY AT BLACKSMITHS

Surf Lifesaving New South Wales is considering holding its state championships at Blacksmiths Beach, until 20-20. The current agreement is due to expire in 2019, however the organisation has asked Lake Macquarie Council if it would support an extra year. The council currently contributes more than $150,000 worth of funding and services to the event, annually. Councillors will consider the request later this month. (VISION ONLY)

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COUNCIL REFUSES WHITEBRIDGE HEIGHT EXTENSION

The contentious Fettlers Whitebridge development appears likely to remain three storeys tall. Lake Macquarie Council has refused developer SNL Building Constructions’ proposal to add a fourth level. Although council staff recommended an approval, councillors knocked it back, to remain consistent with the original Joint Regional Planning Panel decision. The council received 68 public submissions… the developer says it will await instructions regarding a possible Land and Environment Court appeal. (VISION ONLY)

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MEDOWIE RESIDENTS DIG DEEP FOR FARMERS

Medowie residents have also dug deep – raising thousands for our farmers at a community fair today. The festivities included a car and bike show, petting zoo, and – appropriately – a shearing demonstration. Known as “bale out the drought” – the event was organised by Ben Niland, and Chris Doohan, who saw the situation facing producers firsthand earlier this year. “I came back through Bathurst, and Carcoar, and Lithgow, and it was just diabolical. There’s just no feed there.” “We’re at about 30,000 at the moment, and we’re hoping after the end of today, that 50,000 is within reach.” All proceeds were donated to Rural Aid. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NELSON BAY FORESHORE CLEANUP CONTINUING

Part of Nelson Bay’s foreshore remains closed, as the clean-up from yesterday’s marina blaze continues. Port Stephens Council says people should avoid the strip of sand between the marina and the public wharf, until further notice. Work has begun to remove what little remains of the destroyed boats.

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