WHITEBRIDGE STUDENTS DESIGNING SUPERCARS

It's just over three months until the Supercars return to Newcastle, and today race-ace David Reynolds and data engineer Romy Mayer paid a special visit to Whitebridge High School. Students there are designing their own ...
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HUNTER WATER PUSHING WATER CONSERVATION IN DROUGHT

Some good news today from Hunter Water as the region finds itself in the grip of drought. Storage levels are good, and restrictions are a long way off - but that hasn't stopped the utility ...
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NEW PUSH COULD SEE 25 NEW MARINE PARKS

A new push to protect our coastline could see 25 new marine parks created between Newcastle and Sydney. While it's welcomed the move, the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales says it's disappointed Hexham ...
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23,000L OF WATER AND TEN TRUCK LOADS OF SUPPLIES HEADED TO FARMERS

Meanwhile, the results of a call to 'fill a truck for farmers' were packaged up today, and are now bound for remote communities outside Coonabarabran. Household goods, food for families, pets and livestock, water, as ...
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STOCKTON EROSION DEBATED IN NSW PARLIAMENT

An invitation has been extended to the state's Environment Minister, to visit Stockton and see the worsening erosion first-hand. The offer came from Labor MP Tim Crakanthorp during a fiery debate in parliament ...
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TIRELESS VOLUNTEER REACHES A CENTURY

She's been a tireless fundraiser for the community - and today that same community celebrated her. Gladys Dent - part of the Mater Hospital Cancer Carers Auxiliary - has turned 100... crediting hard work and ...
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FORMER KURRI KURRI SMELTER SITE SOLD

The former Hydro Aluminium smelter site at Kurri Kurri has been sold. The plant closed in 2014, with Hydro carrying out environmental remediation and rezoning activities since. New owner, Flow Systems, plans to develop around ...
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SURF REPORT: SWELL BUILDING

We may finally see a considerable increase in swell this weekend, with wave height set to build on Sunday. Expect small waves tomorrow along with a windy weekend, however as winds ease into next week ...
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GAV’S WEATHER: ANOTHER DRY WEEKEND AHEAD

It will be a windy weekend, with most of the nation set to remain sunny and dry. There is some frontal activity in the south west and across the Great Australian Bight, however it's near ...
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OYSTER COVE BUSHFIRE DOWNGRADED

A bushfire burning near near Oyster Cove at Port Stephens has been downgraded to advice, after earlier reaching a watch and act level warning. Rural Fire Service and National Parks & Wildlife firefighters have spent much ...
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WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HUNTER VALLEY CRASH

Police believe a second car may have been involved in a crash in the Hunter Valley, which left a woman in hospital suffering serious injuries. Emergency services were called to Old Maitland Road at Bishops ...
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MOUNT HUTTON CROSSING UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Calls to fix a problematic pedestrian crossing at Mount Hutton are growing louder - today reaching state parliament. Flashing lights, a speed camera and even diverting the road are among the solutions now being considered ...
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ZARA’S HOUSE RAISING MONEY TO PURCHASE DREAM HOME

When it comes to real estate, we're always being told location is key. Newcastle refugee support service Zara's House believes it's found a perfect one for a new settlement home, but it needs a bit ...
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HUNTER MAN SENTENCED OVER MULTIPLE SEXUAL ASSAULTS

A Hunter man has been sentenced to a maximum 40-years jail, for assaulting more than a dozen women he'd met online. 28-year-old Andrew Benn from Rothbury sexually or indecently assaulted 14 women and girls as ...
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MAN TO STAND TRIAL OVER $245 MILLION DRUG HAUL

A Newcastle man, accused of helping to import $245 million worth of cocaine in the hull of a yacht, will stand trial next year. Craig William Lembke is facing a possible life sentence - but ...
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GAV’S WEATHER: ANOTHER FINE DAY ON THE WAY

Most of the nation is still sunny and very dry. Another front has passed over the southeast. Some high level cloud streaks its way across parts of New South Wales today, while the north is ...
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FIRE COMES DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO HUNTER VALLEY VINEYARD

Meanwhile, in the Hunter Valley, a grass fire edged dangerously close to a vineyard at Pokolbin this afternoon. Strong winds challenged fire crews, who managed to stop the flames spreading into Casuarina Estate. The blaze ...
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A FESTIVAL FOR SEAFOOD LOVERS

They're a delicacy to many and thousands of freshly shucked oysters will be tempting tastebuds in Port Stephens this weekend. It's all part of the Love Seafood Festival and as the name suggests, there'll be ...
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COUNCIL EXHIBITING RAYMOND TERRACE FLYING FOX PLAN

Trees could be cut down, and Raymond Terrace residents issued with car and clothesline covers, under a draft flying fox management plan. Port Stephens Council has placed the strategy on public exhibition. It also calls ...
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MYALL RIVER DREDGING A WIN-WIN

Erosion is the enemy of many coastal communities, but authorities have come up with a novel remedy near Tea Gardens. Excess sand from efforts to deepen part of the Myall River will be used at ...
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GAV’S WEATHER: SLIGHTLY COOLER

Most of the nation is again sunny and dry. Another front is now passing over the SE. High level cloud streaks its way across southern Australia while the north is still clear. Another fast moving ...
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FIRE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL AT POKOLBIN

A grass fire has been brought under control on Hermitage Road at Pokolbin. Ten crews from NSW RFS and Fire & Rescue attended, as the blaze licked vines along the Casurina Vineyard, as well as ...
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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON INDOOR SKATE BOARDING PRECINCT

There's good news for Newcastle skaters, with work set to start on two new indoor skate parks. Next week, the owners of Newcastle surf store, Sandbah will begin the redevelopment of the former green grocer ...
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ABBOTT ENDORSED AS LIBERAL CANDIDATE FOR PORT STEPHENS

Port Stephens Councillor Jaimie Abbott has been endorsed as a Liberal candidate, for next year's state election. The Liberals lost the seat of Port Stephens to Labor's Kate Washington in 20-15. Ms Abbott was strongly ...
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RESIDENTS VIEW REMEDIATION PLANS FOR FORMER GAS WORKS SITE

Plans for the remediation of a former gasworks site in Newcastle are edging closer to completion. Three decades after its closure, the community can now have a say on the final effort to overhaul the ...
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FIREY CLASH FOLLOWING SENTENCE OF FORMER ARCHBISHOP PHILIP WILSON

All he wanted was an apology. Instead, a church sex abuse survivor was today described as "rubbish" by a supporter of disgraced Catholic Archbishop, Philip Wilson. The shocking slur came moments after Wilson walked from ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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HUNTER FARMERS FACING UNCERTAIN FUTURE

Upper Hunter farmers in the grip of drought, say they're confronted with make-or-break decisions almost every day. And while they're very grateful for the public's donations to date - more support will be needed until, ...
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GAV’S WEATHER: ANOTHER WARM WINTERS DAY

There remains no sight of significant rain, with much of the nation sunny and dry. A front is passing over the south west of the continent, with the front set to sweep in across the ...
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