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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN LAKE MACQUARIE CRASH

A man has died following a crash between a motorbike and a car at Morisset, at Lake Macquarie. Emergency services were called to the scene on Stockton Street around 1:45pm, following reports a motorbike had collided with a Holden Astra. The rider was treated by paramedics, but died at the scene. The driver of the Astra, a 68-year-old woman was uninjured and taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory testing.

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POLICE SEEK COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

Newcastle Police are calling for help to identify this man. Officers believe he can assist into enquiries regarding an incident on a train between Beresfield and Hamilton stations on Friday the 9th of March, 2018. Anyone with information that may help identify the male is asked to contact police on 4924 4810 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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JOB LOSSES AFTER HUNTER COMPANIES FACE DIFFICULTY

Nearly a hundred people could be out of work, following bad news for two Hunter companies. Shearer Contracting has been placed in voluntary administration, which may cost around 30 local jobs, while Hexham business Total Fabrication Services has gone into liquidation, impacting more than 60 employees. It comes after its sale to another company fell through. Workers are owed more than $1.5-million in entitlements… liquidator Paul Gidley has told NBN News that eligible entitlements will be paid through the federal government’s Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme. (VISION ONLY)

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CONTAINER CAP UNDER THE ACCC MICROSCOPE

The consumer watchdog will examine issues in Australia’s container shipping industry. The ACCC says the investigation will look into ‘contractual restrictions’, which could prevent the expansion of a container freight terminal in Newcastle. Currently, there’s a clause in the Port Botany operator’s contract, which would limit Newcastle to exporting 30,000 containers annually, with a million-dollar fee for every subsequent ship. (VISION ONLY)

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MAN INJURED AT AUSTRALIAN ENDURO RACE

A 35-year-old man has suffered serious back injuries on Day One of the Australian Four Day Enduro race in Cessnock. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived at the scene late this afternoon, after a man came off his motorbike. He is being flown to Royal North Shore Hospital. VISION AND IMAGES COURTESY OF WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER AND CRAIG ATKINS

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