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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN FOCUS

A Hunter Valley wedding photographer has been kicked out of the national photographer’s association because of complaints about her business. A Newcastle couple were also awarded their money back after a hearing in the Office of Fair Trading against Angel’s Wedding Photography, also known as Angel’s Studio, based at Kilaben Bay.

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CALVARY MATER MOVEMENTS

Staff at the Calvary Mater Hospital at Waratah have relocated the emergency department to make way for redevelopment. A purpose-built facility in Platt Street will become the hospital’s main entrance for patients and visitors, until construction is completed in the middle of next year. For more details on the hospital’s redevelopment, click here.

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ENGINEERING AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

There have been calls for an all-of-government approach to combat the damage of rising sea levels, coastal erosion and storm surges. Scientists, engineers and staff from 38 coastal councils are this week examining climate change predictions. The think-tank is occurring at the national conference of the Institute of Public Works and Engineers in Coffs Harbour. Next week the State and Federal Governments will be briefed on the outcomes. [display_podcast]

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GOVERNMENT TIGHT LIPPED ON BAD SMELL

The state government says it knows which industry near Maitland in the Hunter valley is causing foul smells. But despite years of complaints from residents, it won’t reveal the culprit. For the last seven years, people living near the Rutherford Industrial Estate have been complaining about a range of bad odours, not the least of which is a burnt oily smell, which they say causes health problems. Now the government department responsible says it knows who the culprit is but won’t name them.

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SENTENCING STARTS

The teenager responsible for the deaths of two of his friends in a tragic car accident two years ago, has fronted Newcastle District Court for the start of his sentence hearing. The 18-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was a learner driver at the time.

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LAKE MACQUARIE ARSON ATTACKS

A childcare centre and a community hall in Lake Macquarie have been severely damaged by fire overnight, throwing services into mayhem. Police say there’s no evidence to suggest the fires are linked. The teachers and parents at Glendale Early Education Centre had just finished repainting the building, hoping the bright new interior might hide the battle they’ve been waging outside, against vandals. After a robbery earlier in the week, even more heartbreaking news, the centre was severely damaged by a deliberately lit fire just after eight pm. “We’ve actually had a spate of break-ins and vandalisms in the centre, the area is very isolated and we’re in a vulnerable position.” The staff spent today searching for child care places around Lake Macquarie for the 70 affected families. “We will do everything we can, we will work with the council, and …

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HOUSING APPROVALS DOWN

A building industry boom which followed last year’s June floods in the Hunter has all but dried up. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show home building activity in the region has slipped for the second month in a row, prompting fears of a further economic slowdown. Len Blakeney from the Master Builders Association says it’s because of “a mix of interest rates, fuel prices, people are finding it tough that their cost of living has escalated, inflation. It’s a whole lot that’s come together at a point in time.”

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