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INTERIM CEO APPOINTED FOR NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL

Jeremy Bath will take over as Newcastle City Council Interim Chief Executive Officer for the next 12 months. Mr Bath previously served as the Hunter Water Interim CEO, and was a member of Hunter Water’s executive management team for several years. Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says Mr Bath will bring a focus on customer service and community consultation to the role. He replaces Peter Chrystal and Frank Cordingley in the position, and commences the role on May 15.

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BOLD PLAN FOR MARKET STREET LAWN TRANSFORMATION

UrbanGrowth NSW has lodged a development application with Newcastle City Council to transform Market Street Lawn in the city’s East End. Part of the plan includes the restoration of the heritage listed Signal Box to become a café or similar facility. Revitalising Newcastle says the plan will connect the city to the waterfront. If approved, the works will incorporate a paved plaza and water feature, with design elements acknowledging the rail corridor’s history. More than half of the corridor from Worth Place to Newcastle Station is proposed as open space, and will be connected to a new light rail stop. Subject to approvals, construction is anticipated to commence mid-year.

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8 STOREY HIGH RISE FOR PARRY STREET

Another high-rise development could be on the way for Newcastle’s CBD with an application to build an eight storey apartment complex on Parry Street, going before the city council tonight. The ‘Parry Grande’ project would see two single-storey buildings opposite No.1 Sportsground demolished, and replaced with 31 residential apartments, 45 car parking spaces, and ground floor commercial space.

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UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDS APPOINTMENT OF NEWCASTLE COUNCIL CEO

Newcastle City Council will appoint a new Interim CEO soon but mystery surrounds exactly who will take over the position. Current acting general manager, Frank Cordingley, was handed the job last October, following the sacking of Ken Gouldthorp. His replacement will be appointed during a meeting on Tuesday, but council is yet to say who’s in line for the job.

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DUAL NAMING APPROVED FOR EIGHT NEWCASTLE SITES

Eight Newcastle landmarks can now be referred to by a second name – their traditional Aboriginal one. Newcastle City Council applied to have dual naming of the sites based on their indigenous references in maps, sketches and geological descriptions, dating back to 1798. The state’s Geographical Names Board today approved the change. “Dual naming landforms reflect an international trend and further complement the identity of Newcastle in developing a rich overlay of reference points on the landscape in local language,” said Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee Chairman, Kyle Finlay. Nobbys Head – Whibayganba Flagstaff Hill – Tahlbihn Pirate Point – Burrabihngarn Port Hunter – Yohaaba Hunter River (South Channel) – Coquun Shepherds Hill – Khanterin Ironbark Creek – Toohrnbing Hexham Swamp – Burraghihnbihng

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FORMER COUNCIL WORKER ESCAPES JAIL

A former Newcastle City Council manager, has escaped jail after being convicted of fraud. Lisa Scully pleaded guilty to fraudulently awarding a tender to a company bidding for a new GPS system in the city’s garbage trucks. She was sentenced to a 20 month intensive corrections order in Newcastle Local Court today. (VISION ONLY)

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DEVELOPMENT APPROVED FOR GLOVERS LANE RESERVE

A controversial apartment block plan has been given the green light by Newcastle Council. The three-storey development has been approved for a parcel of land on Laman Street, known as Glovers Lane Reserve. The Cooks Hill Community Group has been fighting to preserve the site, arguing the project would destroy the area’s heritage. It says it’s very disappointed with the decision, and is considering its options. (VISION ONLY)

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NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL LAUNCHES PLAN TO REINSTATE LIGHT RAIL LOOP

Newcastle City Council has released a renewal vision document that incorporates a proposed light-rail network that would potentially extend to Newcastle Airport, John Hunter Hospital, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle University and Bathers Way. The document, titled Connecting Newcastle: Our Urban Renewal Vision, features the following points on the light rail plan: • Eastbound tracks will follow the northern side of Hunter and Scott Street, which will retain a travel lane in each direction, to Telford Street. • The route will loop back via Hunter Street Mall. • A tram will run every 10 minutes in Newcastle, moving 300 people an hour. • Cycle ways and footpaths will be shielded physically and acoustically by parked vehicles • Mixed running as part of a transit way shared with cycle-ways and wider footpaths will span the entire two-way route from Worth Place to Newcastle …

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CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DISCOVERY OF LEGS

The Shadow Health Minister has called on the Baird Government to conduct an independent investigation into the discovery of two amputated human legs at a city tip in Newcastle. The surgically-removed limbs were found protuding from garbage on Tuesday afternoon at the Summer Hill Waste facility at Wallsend. Walt Secord says strict protocols for disposing of human body parts has not been followed. “The Baird Government and the Minister for Health must get to the bottom of this.” “It is an absolutely disrespectful manner to deal with human remains,” he said. Mr Secord’s calls for an independent investigation have been echoed by the State Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery. “The human remains belonged to somebody, and they and their family members have been treated with a lack of dignity and respect,” she said. Police, Newcastle Council and the EPA are …

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HUNTER YEAR IN REVIEW DEVELOPMENT

This week we’re looking back on some of the stories that mattered here in the Hunter over 2015. The year has been a challenging one for many industries – coal, manufacturing and shipbuilding to name a few. But the wheels of progress still rolled on and in Newcastle the seeds of change began to sprout.

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