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Tahlia Sarv is a reporter for NBN News in Newcastle. Since completing her journalism degree at Charles Sturt University, she has worked in radio and television throughout regional New South Wales.

NEW AMBASSADORS FOR HUNTER BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

Hunter athlete Ben Kennedy has thrown his support behind a cause close to his heart. More than a year since his mum passed away from breast cancer, the A-League goalkeeper has become an ambassador for the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation. “When mum was diagnosed you kind of realise how many people it affects, not just the person who has it but the whole family,” he says. Kennedy and his partner, netballer Sam Poolman, are helping launch this year’s Boot Out campaign. Money raised by purchasing special socks will go directly to the foundation. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MORE THAN A THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS HELP WESTPAC RESCUE OPERATE

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has also extended its thanks to some dedicated volunteers. Newcastle’s Heather and Allen Davies have been with the organisation for more than five years. “We’ve never had to use it ourselves fortunately but we may one day,” volunteer Heather Davies says. “To be able to celebrate our volunteers really means the whole world to us because we really view them as unpaid staff,” Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones says. The Davies regularly donate their time to fundraisers and base visits.

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‘HANDS ACROSS THE SANDS’ PROTEST IN NEWCASTLE

More than 400 people have joined hands at Nobbys Beach, in protest against off shore gas and oil exploration. They’re calling on the government to invest in clean energy, following recent seismic testing off Newcastle’s coast. “Biodiversity, thriving ecosystem, tourism, jobs and fishing jobs there’s absolutely so many things at stake that asset energy and offshore gas fields jeopardise,” Johanna Lynch from Hunter Community Environment Centre says. The Hands Across the Sand event is part of more than a dozen similar protests across the country. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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WASTE CHANGES FOR LAKE MACQUARIE HOUSEHOLDS

Lake Macquarie residents will be going “greener” from the end of July. Households will be able to put all food waste into their green bin, as part of an effort to further reduce landfill. “You’ll be able to put in prawns, meat bones, peelings from your vegetables, pizzas, whatever people eat you can put in,” mayor Kay Fraser says. The council says the waste will be turned into high-quality mulch and compost. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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