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KEMPSEY LENDS A HAND AFTER STORMS DESTROY RAIL LINE

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The storm that hit the Hunter last week is one of the worse the region has ever seen – devastating homes, businesses as well as the main interstate rail line. Now the small town of Kempsey is doing its part to help keep the economy moving, providing a temporary freight solution for the eastern seaboard. Read More »

PORT STEPHENS BUSINESSES GETTING BACK ON THEIR FEET

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Now to today’s other news, and insurer IAG has been left with a $300-million from the storms that lashed the state last week. As claims are lodged, businesses in the Hunter are slowly getting back on their feet… and the clean-up continues. Read More »

LIFE-CHANGING SURGERY FOR GIRL FROM EAST TIMOR

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Rotary has helped change the life of an East Timorese girl, with severe scoliosis. The organisation brought the 14-year-old to Newcastle to undergo surgery not available in her country – and it hopes several more children will follow. Read More »

PLANE OUT OF ACTION FOLLOWING STORM

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Homes and cars weren’t the only property damaged in last week’s fierce storm in the Hunter. A Jetstar A320 plane, which was parked inside a maintenance hangar at Newcastle Airport in Williamtown, got blanketed in foam after water damage set off a foam fire retardant sprinklers. The aircraft is out of service until it’s been completely washed down and had its flight components checked. Fortunately the engines escaped unscathed. Read More »

FLOOD WATCH ISSUED AHEAD OF SECOND EAST COAST LOW

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for 11 rivers between the Queensland border and Taree. Onshore winds and rain will increase as a trough deepens off the northern New South Wales coast on Thursday and Friday. Another East Coast Low is expected to form within this trough on Saturday near the Queensland border, before moving south to be offshore of the Mid North Coast on Sunday. The Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers will receive the heaviest rain with falls of 150 to 200-millimetres over several days. Friday and Saturday will see the heaviest widespread falls. There is also the possibility of renewed flooding for the Paterson and Williams rivers in the Hunter on Sunday and Monday. Below is a list of areas with a 70 per cent chance of flooding: Tweed River – moderate to major ... Read More »

STORM BILL TOPS $300-MILLION

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Insurance Australia Group has been left with a $300-million bill following last week’s devastating storms. The insurer behind NRMA Insurance and CGU says the storm, which caused widespread damage to the Hunter and Central Coast, will cost it $250-million in claims to customers. Saturday’s sudden hail storm in Sydney is also likely to cost the general insurer $50-million. Meanwhile Ausgrid crews are still working to restore power to 5,500 homes in the Hunter and 2,000 homes across the Central Coast. Read More »

ROAD OPENS BACK UP FOR A COMMUNITY

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Ausgrid has today confirmed that just over 7,000 homes and businesses across the Hunter still remain without power after last week’s storms. Meanwhile for one community near Maitland which was stranded, today brought a collective sigh of relief. Read More »

PREMIER VISITS THE HUNTER VALLEY

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Following a long running battle, Premier Mike Baird has finally visited the community of Bulga late this afternoon.. and before that, he toured two Hunter Valley mine operations. Read More »

NEW COURTHOUSE COMPLEX DELAYED

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The completion of Newcastle’s $90-million courthouse complex is not expected to be finished until September – two months later than promised. The state Attorney General toured the site today, which has been affected by bad weather and mine subsidence issues. Read More »

GIRL APPROACHED IN NELSON BAY

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a nine-year-old girl was approached by a man in Port Stephens. The girl was dropped off at her school by a neighbour on Wahgunyah Road in Nelson Bay yesterday morning. She got out of the car and turned around to grab her bag, when a man grabbed her. The neighbour told the man to go away and he walked off. The man is described as being Asian in appearance, about 168-centimetres tall with a chubby build and moles on his cheeks. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers. Read More »

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