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CUBBY HOUSE KIDS

There’s some good news with the mystery of the three missing children in Maitland solved. The youngsters, reported to be living in a skip bin, have been identified by DoCS, which says they were not sleeping there but using it as a cubbyhouse. DoCS case workers are assessing if there are any ongoing concerns about the welfare of the children but say they had simply been playing in the area.

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CHILDCARE CENTRE BOUNCES BACK FROM ARSON ATTACK

Nearly three weeks after arsonists tried to set fire to it, a Lake Macquarie childcare centre has reopened. The most damaged of the three classrooms at the Glendale Early Education Centre is still undergoing repairs, but staff say there’s been minimal disruption to the children. “In the two and a half weeks the centre was closed, five local centres took on our children and our staff and we managed to place about 50 per cent of our children at other centres”, said Vanessa Sutcliffe, President of the centre’s Parent Management Committee. Special toys have been brought into the centre to help the kids deal with any trauma the fire may have caused.

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HARD DRIVE TO REDUCE WASTE

We’re used to recycling paper, glass and plastic, but did you know old computers can also be given a new lease on life? Work for the Dole participants are turning your trash into treasure, updating disused machines and passing them on to charities and schools. If you have an old computer (working or not) that you’d like to donate, contact Danny Carter at Wesley Uniting Employment on (02) 4963 9216. For more information on how you can do your bit to help the environment, visit the Together Today website.

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WARNERVALE ONE STEP CLOSER TO SECURING BLUETONGUE BREWERY

The development of a $100-million brewery and visitor centre at Warnervale is one step closer, with the Environmental Assessment going on public exhibition. It found that despite the presence of a threatened grevillea species on the site, the Bluetongue brewery would be unlikely to impact on the long-term survival of the plant. It also found emissions, waste and the risk of contamination would be under guidelines set out by the Department of Environment and Climate Change. Once built, the brewery will produce up to 100 million litres of beer a year.

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