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STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY STAY AT BLACKSMITHS

Surf Lifesaving New South Wales is considering holding its state championships at Blacksmiths Beach, until 20-20. The current agreement is due to expire in 2019, however the organisation has asked Lake Macquarie Council if it would support an extra year. The council currently contributes more than $150,000 worth of funding and services to the event, annually. Councillors will consider the request later this month. (VISION ONLY)

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COUNCIL REFUSES WHITEBRIDGE HEIGHT EXTENSION

The contentious Fettlers Whitebridge development appears likely to remain three storeys tall. Lake Macquarie Council has refused developer SNL Building Constructions’ proposal to add a fourth level. Although council staff recommended an approval, councillors knocked it back, to remain consistent with the original Joint Regional Planning Panel decision. The council received 68 public submissions… the developer says it will await instructions regarding a possible Land and Environment Court appeal. (VISION ONLY)

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WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF BASHING CAROLYN HOLLAND

A 23-year-old woman has been found guilty of robbing and assaulting Carolyn Holland, the wife of late test cricketer, Robert “Dutchy” Holland. The incident took place at Awaba Oval in 2016. Mrs Holland and her family emerged from Newcastle District Court this afternoon, saying they’re relieved justice has taken its course. Tiffany Pandel will be sentenced in Sydney on the 12th of October.

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WHITEBRIDGE DEVELOPMENT HEADS TO COUNCIL

An application for a fourth storey to be added to a controversial development at Whitebridge will go back before Lake Macquarie Council tonight. It comes amid a four-year community campaign over the $23-million Dudley Road development. A residents’ group has accused Fettlers Whitebridge of “exploiting a loophole” in state planning laws to get an extra storey approved. The group will present its argument at tonight’s council meeting.

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