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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.

THOUSANDS ENJOY LAKE MAC’S ‘BIG WEEKEND’

Superboats, stuntplanes and jetskis have thrilled thousands of people, who lined the shores of Lake Macquarie for the city’s ‘big weekend’. After an overcast start yesterday, numbers picked up today – with locals and visitors enjoying the high-octane action from multiple vantage points. Local Superboat driver Darren Nicholson and co-driver Peter McGrath took out both the ‘Aus-1’ and ‘Supercat Extreme’ divisions, this afternoon. (VISION ONLY)

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SCHOOL CARE OPERATORS QUESTION TRANSPORT CHANGES

Before and after-school care operators are questioning changes to regulations, requiring more staff onboard mini-buses transporting students. The state government now requires one adult per 15 children – something many say they can’t afford. “Many families don’t know about this issue because we’re trying not to worry them right now, until we have an actual answer.” “As we head into the new school term, there are going to be students left at school, or fees will have to be hiked up, at short notice to families.” The Education Department says the change brings the state into line with the rest of Australia. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NOMINATE YOUR SUBURB FOR A NEW PHONE TOWER

If you’re frustrated by patchy mobile phone coverage in your area, you have two more days to nominate a suburb or street for a new phone tower. 16 locations across the Hunter have been nominated so far. The fourth round of the multi-million dollar Commonwealth-funded blackspot program closes on Thursday. (VISION ONLY)

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