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UNION CALLS FOR MORE TRUCK STOPS

Trucking unions have joined the call for more truck stops on the Pacific Highway. The Transport Workers Union says driver safety is at risk because there are insufficient and inadequate rest areas for drivers. Trucking companies, drivers and now the Transport Workers Union say more needs to be done to ensure driver safety. With increasing trucks on the road and new regulations for driver rest breaks about to be implemented, the TWU says the lack of parking areas is about to get worse. Mick Forbes has also taken a swipe at the Coalition which he says has held up a $70-million transport upgrade package in the Senate. The money he says is urgently needed to build new rest areas. Read More »

CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN

The state government has finally delivered its long awaited Central Coast Regional Strategic Plan. The New South Wales Business Chamber says it’s been waiting for the plan for two years, which outlines the economic future of the region. Read More »

HOME MADE BOMBS CAUSE $40,000 DAMAGE

Police are investigating a string of explosions in Hamilton. Home made bombs have been detonated at various sites in Gregson Park over the past three months, causing around $40,000 worth of damage. Read More »

WYONG SHIRE SMOKE FREE

Wyong Shire Council has joined the fight against smoking. Council last night adopted a new policy, which will see Smoke Free Zones created in all areas owned or managed by council. Council’s smoke free zones will be part of a two year education program. Fines will eventually be rolled out, but it’s hoped the policy will be so successful that there’ll be no need for penalties. Signs will be erected at smoke-free areas throughout the shire, but of course, not everyone’s happy. “There’s been concerns about any costs associated with the project, what Council’s going to do is replace signage as it needs replacing so we have regular replacement of all our signage of playgrounds and venues.” Said Cr WARREN WELHAM, Wyong Shire Mayor Read More »

APPEAL FOR HELP IN CATCHING KILLER

A Mardi woman is appealing for public help in catching her daughter’s killer. It follows confirmation that a body found in bushland at Kempsey is that of 33-year-old Lisa Keem. Earlier this year, Lisa Keem posed happily with her mother Rose Foster and her sister Amy. Both were too distraught to speak today But in a statement read out by a family friend, they paid tribute to the 33 year-old. “She will be remembered for her beauty, her strength of character, for her compassion for both people and animals and for her love of her family” Ms Keem was last seen shortly after leaving her dog grooming business at Hervey Bay 12 days ago. Her burnt body was discovered the following day, in Kempsey’s Maria River State Forest, some 800 kilometres away. On Ms Keem’s facebook site, friends have called ... Read More »

TAXES BLAMED FOR HOUSING CRISIS

Government taxes are being blamed for Australia’s housing affordability crisis. Developers say unless the GST is dropped from the sale of new homes, they’ll stop building residential estates in places like the Hunter. Read More »

THE PANTHERS ON AFL HUNT

The Panthers had chances against the reigning Premiers in the opening quarter but couldn’t apply scoreboard pressure. Centre-half-back Dave Grimmond says Peter Van Dam was outstanding but admits his side has struggled with injuries and have found it difficult to replace champion full-forward Maurice Goolagong, who is now playing with St George. Read More »

WEEK OFF FOR SOCCEROO

Socceroo Mile Jedinak is enjoying a week off after playing a major role in Australia’s World Cup qualifying campaign. The Central Coast Mariners mid-fielder played 78 minutes in the one-nil loss to China on Sunday. Mile Jedinak was on the biggest stage of his football career at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday night in front of 70 000 fans, and went close to opening the scoring for the Socceroos after 24 minutes. The star mid-fielder says playing alongside Harry Kewell is a career highlight. The loss to China was the first World Cup home defeat in 27 years leaving Jedinak and his team mates frustrated. The 23-year-old was full of praise for coach Pim Verbeek “You know he’s got a good philosophy on football he likes us to play you know he’s got a certain structure that he wants us ... Read More »

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