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RIDE-ON LAWNMOWER ACCIDENT IN CARDIFF

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A man aged in his 30s had a nasty run-in with a ride-on lawnmower at Cardiff this morning. He was cutting grass along Myall Road, when the slope caused the mower to topple. Both the machine and its driver fell down the hill, with the mower landing on his leg. The man was pinned under the ride-on for a short time, before being freed and taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition. Read More »

MINECRAFT GAME ASSISTS AUTISM STUDENTS WITH EDUCATION

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Educators across the Hunter have added the game Minecraft into the classroom. Today, dressed in colours of the rainbow for World Autism Awareness Day, students at the Aspect Hunter School demonstrated how Minecraft helps them learn. The game is said to teach students about communication and social skills. Aspect has been working on the programme for four years and has now produced a virtual textbook, “Minecraft in your classroom” to share with other teachers. The resource is free and anyone interested can see the following website for details: http://www.autismpedagogy.com Read More »

SAFETY WARNINGS FOR ROCK FISHERMEN THIS EASTER

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Rock anglers along the NSW Coastline have been told to make safety a priority this weekend. NSW Police, Surf Life Saving NSW and the Bureau of Meteorology have shared safety guidelines for the public. Assistant Comissioner Mal Lanyon, said the Easter weeked is traditionally a busy time, especially for rock fishermen. “We are expecting to see lots of anglers out this weekend, and while the current weather predictions are suitable, it can change at any moment,” Assistant Commissioner Lanyon said. To check the weather and conditions before rock fishing, visit: http://www.bom.gov.au/marine/about/check-rock-fishing.shtml Read More »

NORAH HEAD BOAT RAMP OPENS TO PUBLIC

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The long-awaited boat ramp at Norah Head has been officially opened. The $3-million redevelopment saw the installation of a dual-lane ramp and rock wall. The RMS today launched the first boat, just in time for the Easter Long Weekend. “I’m very impressed with the ease of reversing down and the toe at the end where it’s angled down helps to facilitate the launching and retrieving vessels.” Read More »

MATER STAFF TAKE A BRUISING FOR FALLS AWARENESS

Staff at the Calvary Mater Hospital were looking a little worse for wear today, but it was all about raising awareness to prevent falls among older people. Make-up artists applied fake cuts and bruises, but medical experts say injuries like these are all too common in emergency departments. A quarter of Australia’s population aged over 65 is likely to take a tumble this year, and the figure is even higher for nursing home residents. Staff say a healthy diet and general fitness can also help maintain flexibility and balance. Read More »

RSPCA PLEASED WITH LUCKY’S PROGRESS

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The sole survivor of a shocking animal cruelty case in the Hunter is improving in leaps and bounds. But while Lucky is progressing well, the RSPCA says she’s not completely in the clear. Read More »

A YEAR ON: MIXED RESULTS FOR BRANXTON BUSINESSES

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Branxton businesses have reported mixed results, a year after the town was bypassed by the Hunter Expressway. While some are thriving, others have seen a steep decline in trade. Read More »

FOLEY LUNCHES WITH SEVEN HUNTER MPS

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In a surprise move, there will be NO Minister for our region, with Scot MacDonald named parliamentary secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast. And while rail campaigners may also have found the Premier’s train-themed cake hard to swallow, there were no such problems for Luke Foley today, who hit town for a celebratory lunch with his seven Hunter MPs. Read More »

EASTER WEATHER: COAST CAMPERS PREPARE

The Easter weather forecast is looking somewhat better across the inland areas but showers with some heavy down pours at times will still be possible along parts of the coast over the break. Tomorrow is looking very nice for the North West, Hunter and Mid North Coast with the shower activity contracting north to North East New South Wales and South East Queensland. On Good Friday a weak southerly will move in and this will trigger some showers to the Central Coast and Newcastle. On Saturday the coastal showers will extend further north with some isolated heavy downpours possible, so be prepared if you’re camping. Inland on the western side of the divide the forecast has improved with rain now less likely. Afternoon showers and a possible storm or two will be developing. On Sunday the shower activity will contract ... Read More »

CHILD BRIDE’S DAD GUILTY

A father has been found guilty after arranging the marriage of his 12-year-old daughter. The man who cannot be named, claimed he was saving her “from the sin of premarital sex.” He has been on trial in the Sydney District Court after his daughter married a 26-year-old student in 2013. The court heard today the father was concerned his daughter “was showing a sexual interest in boys” and that “she couldn’t have sex out of marriage.” He is on bail, but facing a maximum 14 years in prison. Read More »

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