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A RARE LOOK INSIDE ONE OF OUR MOST ADVANCED DEFENCE AIRCRAFT

Among the rows of fighter jets at RAAF base Williamtown sits an all-seeing, all-hearing aircraft – that’s one of most advanced warplanes in the world. The E-7A Wedgetail has been a key weapon in the fight against ISIL. NBN News was invited on-board for a simulated training mission – the first time an Australian TV crew has flown on the surveillance aircraft, out of Williamtown.

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SECOND INQUIRY INTO WILLIAMTOWN CONTAMINATION UNDERWAY

A senate inquiry in Newcastle has heard Hunter Water knew about the ground water supply being contaminated by firefighting chemicals from the Williamtown RAAF base in 2013, but didn’t inform residents because there was no known risk. Chief Operating Officer, Dan Cleary, fronted the inquiry this morning and was questioned about the contamination of the Tomago sandbeds. He said Hunter Water was first made aware the base was using potentially toxic chemicals in 2009, and that in 2012 it knew ground water on the site had been contaminated. The inquiry has also heard from Port Stephens MP Kate Washington and the Professional Fishermans’ Association. We’ll bring you a full wrap of the inquiry in NBN News tonight at 6.

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NBN DELVES DEEPER INTO CONTAMINATION SCANDAL AHEAD OF NEWCASTLE INQUIRY MEET

It’s the agency tasked to protect the people, now the Department of Defence is under investigation for how it handled a chemical spill that’s turned a small community north of Newcastle on its head.   Defence officials will be grilled this week, when a senate inquiry travels to Newcastle to investigate a toxic leak from the Williamtown RAAF Base. NBN reporter Georgina Smyth delves a little deeper into the issue. WATCH PART 2 HERE

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PRAWNERS BAN FISHING INDEFINITELY ALONG HUNTER RIVER

Hunter prawners have made the agonizing decision to ban fishing along the entire Hunter River indefinitely, following the release of test results into the Williamtown contamination. Testing by the Department of Primary Industries revealed elevated levels of chemical known as PFOS in prawns caught at several points along the river. The chemical was once used in fire fighting foam at RAAF Base Williamtown. At the start of November, local prawners decided to push back the start of the season to wait for the results.

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DEFENCE TO TEST WATER BORES FOR CHEMICAL SPILL

The Department of Defence is now testing water bores at Fullerton Cove and Tilligerry Creek, in an effort to gauge the extent of a chemical spill from the Williamtown RAAF Base. The department is offering free bottled water to affected residents, IF the concentration of the chemicals exceeds recommended levels.

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