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NEW CHILDREN’S CANCER UNIT OPENS

A state of the art children’s cancer unit has opened in Newcastle. Building on an idea that was funded a decade ago by an NBN telethon, the new unit will offer world class care for young patients. Read More »

NBN NEWS TILLEGRA DAM SERIES

In this special series, we look at the plan to dam the Williams Valley. Over the next five stories, we’ll look at the people and places that could be forever changed. The proposed Tillegra Dam is bigger than Sydney Harbour, and the idea behind the proposal, is to drought-proof the Hunter Valley and beyond. “We’re looking at a dam that stores 450 gigalitres of water, that’s 450 billion litres.” So that’s an awful lot of water. “It’s a very large dam.” As far as east coast water catchments go, it doesn’t get much better than the William’s Valley. With an average 1400 mm of rain a year in the nearby Barrington Tops it’s little wonder water authorities have had plans to dam it for half a century. Against a backdrop of severe drought the state government seized the moment with ... Read More »

TELETHON VILLAS 20th BIRTHDAY

When money is donated to charities, we don’t always see where it’s spent. But one place that stands out and has helped thousands of cancer patients, is still going strong, 20 years after opening. Read More »

COMPLETE NATHAN BRACKEN INTERVIEW

Watch the complete interview with the Central Coasts Nathan Bracken which was recorded after his return from the recent tour of the West Indies. Nathan talks about family, cricket and his rating as the world’s number one limited overs bowler. Read More »

LIESL TESCH INTERVIEW

Watch the interview with Woy Woy’s Australian Paralympic basketball captain. Read More »

HUNTER WARNED ABOUT EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME

A Nielsen poll published today has found 77 per cent of Australians are in favour of the federal government’s emissions trading scheme. But the Shadow Treasurer, Malcolm Turnbull, warns that it could have dire impacts on industry in the Hunter. The scheme, which is due to start in 2010, will charge polluters a fee for the amount of carbon they emit. “The economy of the Hunter is very largely built on coal, coal to power electricity generators and coal for export, so it’s very important that the emissions trading scheme is designed with great care,” said Mr Turnbull. During his address to the Newcastle Business Club, Mr Turnbull said if the government puts too high a price on carbon, Hunter businesses could become uncompetitive in export markets. Read More »

SAFER ROUTE TO SCHOOL

When primary school students at Floraville head back to the classroom tomorrow, they’ll find it easier and safer to get there. New traffic lights have been switched on at Floraville Road, replacing a pedestrian crossing. The state government spent $250,000 installing the lights in a move it says will benefit all pedestrians and particularly school-aged children. Meanwhile, the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Violet Town Road at Belmont North is undergoing an upgrade to improve safety for motorists. Read More »

OAKESHOTT CONSIDERS OPTIONS

Port Macquarie MP Robert Oakeshott hasn’t ruled out a move to federal politics following the resignation of former deputy prime minister and member for Lyne Mark Vaile. However, Mr Oakeshott says he’ll consult family, friends and the community before making a decision. Read More »

THE BRICKS GO FLYING

It’s a traditional nearly half a century old. The Hunter Valley township has joined villages of the same name in America, Canada and England for the International Brick and Pin Throwing Competition. Read More »

THE BRICKS GO FLYING

In honour of a tradition nearly half a century old, the Hunter Valley township has joined villages of the same name in America, Canada and England for the International Brick and Pin Throwing Competition. Read More »

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