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200 JOBS GONE

200 Hunter jobs will go following Boeing’s loss of a Department of Defence contract at Williamtown. The Australian Workers Union is now calling on the company and the Australian Government to make sure skilled staff aren’t lost from the region.

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AINT NO SUNSHINE FOR PADDLING ENVIRONMENTALLIST

It wasn’t a day to be outdoors, let alone on the water, but that didn’t stop one very determined man from championing his cause. 55-year-old Steve Posselt paddled into Newcastle Harbour on a journey from Brisbane to Sydney. The civil engineer is covering the 1000 kilometres in his kayak, to raise awareness of the environmental issues facing waterways on the east coast. At the end of his voyage, Steve Posselt will deliver 4,000 protest letters to the Environment Minister, and let’s just hope they’re drier than he is.

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GASTRO OUTBREAK PROMPTS WARNING

An outbreak of gastroenteritis at Muswellbrook Hospital has prompted the area health service to ask people not to visit patients there. Strict infection control measures have been put in place, to prevent the contagious virus from spreading into the community. The affected ward will remain isolated for a further 48 hours after the last patient shows signs of recovery.

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HUNTER TOP DROPS CELEBRATED AT STATE AWARDS

Pokolbin’s Audrey Wilkinson winery has picked up the New South Wales wine of the year award. Its 2006 Hunter Valley Museum Reserve Semillon was named as the top drop at a ceremony in Sydney. Audrey Wilkinson owner, Brian Agnew, also collected the newly-named Trevor Drayton Trophy for Best Young Dry White for the semillon. And Tyrrell’s Murray Flannigan was awarded the Graham Gregory trophy for his contribution to the industry, after 40 years fronting the company’s cellar door. Mistletoe Wines had the best chardonnay, while Warrawong Estate took out the trophy for the premier sparkling wine. Of the top 40 wines, 17 were from the Hunter.

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COUNCIL QUERIES NEED FOR TILLEGRA DAM

Dungog council will ask the state government to commission an independent review of the need for Tillegra Dam. A motion put forward to the council last night to oppose the dam was watered down, but eight out of the nine councillors supported calls for an independent study, separate to Hunter Water’s environmental assessment. They’re concerned about whether it’s a necessary piece of infrastructure, given the two Central Coast mayors have denied they need the water. Hunter Water’s costing for the $400-million project is currently before the state pricing and regulatory tribunal. However, it’s yet to lodge the EAS with the planning department – despite foreshadowing it would be ready in July this year.

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VIDEO TRIBUTE TO WOODY

See the touching tribute to the young Maitland plumber Brendan Allwood who was electrocuted trying to help his boss at a Rutherford home last week. The emotional service was held at Maitland’s Marcellin Park and attended by 1500 people.

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