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VALE BARRY ROSE 1935-2009

The much-loved mayor of the Upper Hunter Shire, Barry Rose has died in Scott Memorial Hospital. An Order of Australia Medallist for service to local government he’ll be remembered for service to Scone and the community.

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SAFER STREETS

One of Newcastle’s most notorious streets is a step closer to being monitored by a security camera network. The council is preparing to install three CCTV cameras in and around Hunter Street to reduce late night crime. Now the Lord Mayor is asking the city’s business to come on board.

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Markets help revitalise mall

Today’s weekday markets in the Hunter Street Mall were on the quiet side, but the concept has been hailed a success. Organised to liven up the city centre for tourists arriving on cruise ships, they’re also part of an overall effort to revitalise the struggling shopping strip.

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REBIRTH IN THE VINES

Hunter vines are brimming with grapes, but it’s also 12 months since the industry battled a shocking vintage and the loss of a leading light. Drayton’s Family Wines is moving on, rushing to rebuild the winery in time for this year’s harvest.

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HOT HOT HEAT IN THE HUNTER

The mercury pushed above 40 in several parts of the Hunter on Thursday, the warmest day of the year so far. The hot, dry weather sparked some bushfires, and kept many of us inside hugging fans and air conditioners, although the water was another popular choice.

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NEWCASTLE: AUSTRALIA’S SOLAR POWER HQ

In another nod to the Hunter’s mantle as Australia’s power hub, Newcastle has been selected to house the Australian Solar Institute. The federal government initiative will help drive development in the renewable energy sector, working towards making it a viable alternative to coal.

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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FACE HOMELESSNESS

A shortage of student accommodation and other cheap rental properties in Newcastle is leaving some university students facing the prospect of homelessness. The Newcastle University Student Association says the housing crisis has become so bad its now a national problem.

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