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RECORD PROFIT YEAR FOR NEWCASTLE PERMANENT

The Newcastle Permanent has announced an after-tax net profit of $43.8-million, up 12.4 per cent on the previous year. It’s the last overseen by CEO Terry Millett, who’s stepping down after a decade at the helm of the 115-year-old financial institution. “Our customers own the organisation, and we act in the best interest of customers today, tomorrow, and I hope for the next one-hundred-and-fifteen years.” – Terry Millett, Newcastle Permanent CEO (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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SCHOOL CARE OPERATORS QUESTION TRANSPORT CHANGES

Before and after-school care operators are questioning changes to regulations, requiring more staff onboard mini-buses transporting students. The state government now requires one adult per 15 children – something many say they can’t afford. “Many families don’t know about this issue because we’re trying not to worry them right now, until we have an actual answer.” “As we head into the new school term, there are going to be students left at school, or fees will have to be hiked up, at short notice to families.” The Education Department says the change brings the state into line with the rest of Australia. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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BIG YEAR FOR STORMS IN THE HUNTER

The Hunter was the most storm-affected region in New South Wales in the last financial year, according to a new NRMA-SES survey. It accounted for a quarter of the state’s storm claims, while four suburbs also made the top ten – Nelson Bay, Corlette, Salamander Bay and Soldiers Point. The NRMA says almost half of all the home claims it received last year were a result of storm damage. (NO AUDIO)

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YELLOW-BELLIED SEA SNAKE WASHES UP ON NEWCASTLE COASTLINE

Wild weather saw an unexpected visitor at Newcastle’s Cowrie Hole this afternoon, as a yellow-bellied sea snake washed ashore. A member of the public noticed the creature and called police. Sea snakes aren’t commonly found this close to land, with the professional catcher saying it looked exhausted. It’s being cared for at a local vet surgery, before being released back into the ocean.

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CATAPULTING ONTO THE STAGE IN NEWCASTLE

The curtain is about to go up on a unique professional dance company in Newcastle. Catapult Dance is giving those in the latter stages of their career a chance to get back on the stage.   The company will hold performances at: Newcastle Civic Theatre, Friday October 12 & Saturday October 13, 8pm. The Art House, Wyong, Friday October 19, 8pm.

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