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MAN KILLED IN HUNTER CRASH

A man is dead following a two-car collision in the Hunter late today. The vehicles came together on Newline Road at East Seaham just after 4pm – one of the drivers died at the scene, the other has been taken to John Hunter Hospital. Motorists are being urged to avoid the area.

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NOMAD BIKIE IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION INTO NEWCASTLE SHOOTING

A Nomads bikie is in custody tonight, after being charged as part of investigations into a shooting in Newcastle’s Darby Street, which left bullet holes in an apartment block. Michael Lockyer faced court today and was refused bail. His arrest came amid a probe into last Wednesday’s shooting, including a search of a Darby Street unit, where officers allegedly found a point-45 calibre handgun. Lockyer is facing several firearms charges and is due back in court next month.

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DROUGHT RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN MEDICAL JOURNAL

A University of Newcastle researcher has been investigating the devastating effects of drought on rural communities, including the psychological stress on farmers. She’s found that reducing stigma about seeking professional help early, and making it easier to access services, will improve farmers’ mental health. “We know people in rural communities are often very stoic, and have a high level of resilience and that can be a barrier for seeking help when they need it.” 600 farmers across rural New South Wales were involved in the study. Emma Austin’s research was published today in the Medical Journal of Australia. (*****)  

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DONATIONS ROLLING IN FOR DROUGHT-STRICKEN FARMERS

A Newcastle man has put off his retirement plans to help farmers, battling the most crippling dry spell in decades. Michael Daley has organised an aid group, featuring dozens of donation drop-off points across the Hunter… and he’s been overwhelmed by the community’s support. Collection Points BELMONT Leah Jay Property Management, 438 Pacific Highway BROADMEADOW Red Cross Blood Donar Centre, 165 Lambton Rd & The Sunnyside Tavern, 20 Broadmeadow Road CARRINGTON Inu Café, 43 Denison St GEORGETOWN The Oily George, 54 Georgetown Rd HAMILTON Leah Jay, Suite 1 74-84 Tudor Street ISLINGTON Kingsgrove Sports, 46 Maitland Rd KOTARA (Homemaker Centre) Pet Barn, 20B/150 Park Ave & JB Hi Fi, 1 Kullaiba Road (Corner Park Ave) LAMBTON Simpson Shoes, 100 Elder Street MAITLAND / EAST MAITLAND JB Hi Fi Maitland, 1 Molly Morgan Drive & Leah Jay, Suite 1 19 Mitchell Drive, …

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