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NEWCASTLE FIRST UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA FOR COMPLETE RENEWABLE POWER

The University of Newcastle has committed to 100 per cent renewable power across its Newcastle and Central Coast Campuses. It’s the first University in the country to sign a seven year contract with Red Energy. “It’s a really big step for our uni and will also significantly reduce our environmental footprints, so our carbon emissions, but also do it more cost effectively.” – Daan Schiebaan, University of Newcastle Environmental Manager. Campuses will receive fully renewable electricity by 2020. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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BROADMEADOW BINISHELL DEMOLISHED

A Newcastle landmark is being demolished in a rather eye catching fashion. The binishell at the Hunter School of the Performing Arts was this morning eaten away, chomp by chomp. The paper mache-like structure was built in 1979 and was no match for the team of excavators. The bini is being replaced by a modern multi-purpose building, which is due to open early next year. (VISION ONLY)

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MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT AT HAMILTON

A 25-year-old man has been charged over an alleged assault in the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton. Police were called to Beaumont Street at around 2 o’clock on Saturday morning, after reports two men, aged 25 and 43, had been involved in an altercation. The younger man was arrested at the scene, and taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged. He was granted conditional bail, and will face court next month.

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CROWDS ROLL IN AHEAD OF KING EDWARD PARK CAROLS

There’s been a few nervous eyes skyward ahead of tonight’s Carols by Candlelight at King Edward Park. Heavy storms swept over the city this afternoon, giving organisers a few anxious hours. Crowds are now gathering, with the first of the carols getting underway from 7pm… they’ll finish with a visit from the man in red. The event helps collect toys and donations for the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal. (VISION ONLY)

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BROADMEADOW BINISHELL TO BE DEMOLISHED

It’s been a landmark at Broadmeadow, but now time’s up for the binishell at the Hunter School of the Performing Arts. A design fad during the 1970s and 80s, binishells were a pop-up answer for school halls and gymnasiums. A little like paper mache, the structures began with an inflatable frame, before being covered with sprayed-on, reinforced cement. The structure will be demolished this weekend. (VISION ONLY)

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FEMALE CHANGE ROOMS AND WHEELCHAIR ACCESS FOR MAITLAND BLACKS

Maitland Blacks Rugby Club has received half a million dollars to re-vamp its female changerooms and improve wheelchair access. Former player Dominic Punch says it’s a huge boost for the club. “The accessibility is a huge bonus, it promotes massive inclusivity in myself and any other people that need special access.” – Dominic Punch, Maitland Rugby Club Registrar. The work will be finished by the end of next year. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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