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Lauren Kelly is a reporter and producer with NBN News Newcastle. After studying a Bachelor of Communication with a journalism major at the University of Newcastle, Lauren has worked in the media industry for four years.

COMMUNITY OF TORRYBURN STILL ISOLATED AFTER STORM

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It could be another three weeks before residents of Torryburn, near Gresford, are given a way out, after floodwater swept away the village’s only bridge. While a little ingenuity has allowed fresh supplies to be delivered, many locals feel they’ve been forgotten. Read More »

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DUNGOG FLOOD VICTIM

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The devastating impact of last month’s cyclonic storm continues to be felt in Dungog. Today, hundreds gathered to farewell one of three people killed during the disaster. Read More »

UNIONS RALLY FOR MAY DAY MARCH

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Job losses in the Hunter’s struggling manufacturing industry were brought into the spotlight today, in a march through Hamilton for May Day. Beaumont Street was blocked off while hundreds of union members took a stand, calling on the state and federal governments to protect local jobs and support workers. “It’s all about the weekends, about the sick leave about the holidays, all those benefits that unions have fought for over the decades.” It’s part of an international movement, dating back to the 1800s. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS RALLIES TO HELP STORM AFFECTED RESIDENTS

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SES crews were today scrambling to answer a remaining 700 calls for help across the Hunter, with heavy rain predicted for the rest of the weekend. A flood watch is in place for the Paterson and Williams rivers, with minor flooding expected tonight. Read More »

55,000 HOMES IN THE HUNTER STILL WITHOUT POWER

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While many residents in the Hunter are getting their lives back to normality, about 55,000 homes remain in the dark. Extra crews are working around the clock to restore power, but some are facing another week off the grid. Read More »

RSPCA CALLS FOR HELP AFTER ATTACK ON PUP

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The RSPCA is calling on the community to help find the person responsible for another sickening attack on a puppy in the Hunter. A male staffy-cross is in a critical condition, after being found with head injuries and multiple fractures, in national parkland at Cessnock. The RSPCA says a concerned member of the public called last night after seeing the dog, believed to be between one and two years old, by the side of the road. Wet weather hampered search efforts last night, but the pup was located this morning, and taken to the RSPCA’s Rutherford facility. It follows the brutal bashing deaths of a litter of unwanted puppies in the area last month. Read More »

BEAU SCOTT RELEASED FROM KNIGHTS, TO JOIN EELS

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Kangaroos back-rower Beau Scott will be released from the final two years of his contract with the Newcastle Knights, on compassionate grounds. It means he’s free to officially sign a three year deal with Parramatta. He joined the Knights in 2013, after a move from St George, and has been one of the club’s most consistent players. “We wish Beau the very best for his future, both personally and professionally, and look forward to him returning to the field and leading our team throughout the remainder of this season,” CEO Matt Gidley said. The 30-year-old, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, said it was a difficult decision, but one he made for his family. “Our family situation changed significantly following our move to Newcastle,” Scott said. “For this reason alone we have decided it is in the best ... Read More »

WEATHER WATCH: TAKE CARE AS WILD WEATHER BATTERS THE COAST

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An intense east coast low is forming off the New South Wales Mid North Coast and will unleash the majority of its energy between the Central Coast and Manning, with the Hunter taking the biggest hit. A severe weather warning has been issued and flooding is expected on the Paterson and Williams Rivers. Localised flash flooding is also likely, while huge dangerous swell will develop with gale force winds reaching 100km/h along the Newcastle coast. The low is expected to retrogress or move back towards the coast which will intensify conditions. The wild weather will ease on Wednesday. Take care. Read More »

MAN CHARGED OVER THE INDECENT ASSAULT OF A TEENAGER

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A 49-year-old man has been charged over the indecent assault of a teenage girl in Belmont South. At about 1pm on Saturday, a 17-year-old was fishing with her two siblings – a boy and girl aged 14 – at Cold Tea Creek, when a man approached them. Police have been told the man spoke to the trio, before the teens returned to their car. He followed them, before allegedly indecently assaulting one of the girls. He’ll appear in Belmont Local Court on May 13. Read More »

POLICE SEARCH HOME OF ESTRANGED HUSBAND

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Police are searching the home of John Edwards, the estranged husband of missing Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards. Forensic Services Group, a cadaver dog and officers are on site, and have removed some electronic equipment from the house. A separate search is being conducted at Mrs Edwards’ home in Grafton. It’s part of the ongoing Strike Force Burrow homicide investigation. Mr Edwards appeared in Grafton Local Court this morning, on six unrelated firearm charges. Read More »

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