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HOLIDAY TRAFFIC BUILDS AS AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND DRAWS TO AN END

Hunter roads were busy today as the long weekend – and school holidays – come to a close. Southbound lanes were slow on the M1 from Morisset to Warnervale, adding an extra hour to travel times. Drivers heading south from Nelson Bay experienced 20 minute delays, while traffic was heavy from Hexham to Beresfield. For the most up-to-date traffic information visit www.livetraffic.com

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MAN DUMPED BY WAVE AT KILLCARE BEACH AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL

A man has been pulled from the surf at Killcare Beach, after being dumped by a wave shortly before 10 this morning. The 63-year-old was initially helped by an off-duty doctor and a group of surf lifesavers. Careflight’s rapid response team treated him at the scene, before he was taken to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital with suspected spinal injuries. (VISION ONLY)

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63-YEAR-OLD INJURED WHILE SWIMMING AT KILCARE BEACH

A man has suffered suspected spinal injuries after he was dumped by a wave on the Central Coast. The 63-year-old was swimming at Kilcare Beach at around 10 o’clock on Sunday morning, when he was pulled from the water. He was initially treated by an off-duty doctor as well as local surf life savers, before paramedics arrived. He was then airlifted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

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MAN KILLED IN WISEMANS FERRY CRASH

There’s been a tragic start to the Australia Day long weekend, after a 46-year-old man was killed in a crash at Wisemans Ferry on the Hawkesbury River. Emergency services were called to Wisemans Ferry Road just before midnight on Friday, after reports a car had left the road and hit a pole. The driver, a man from the nearby suburb of Lower MacDonald, died at the scene. Officers from the Brisbane Water Highway Patrol are now investigating what led to the crash.

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WINNEY BAY CLIFFTOP FUNDING REMAINS UNCERTAIN

The Central Coast’s Mayor stands by the decision to scale back Winney Bay Clifftop Walk, even though the state government says doing so will cause it to pull cash from Stage Two of the project. $4.6 million will be withdrawn if changes including narrower paths and the removal of an access bridge go ahead. In a statement, Mayor Jane Smith said council has been advised to reapply for funding. The matter will be discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting. (VISION ONLY)

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