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GIANT BOOTCAMP HELPS CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

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Around 200 people were put through their paces in Newcastle this morning, all in the name of charity. The colourful bootcamp at King Edward Park featured some well-known faces including The Block’s Max and Karstan, and raised more than $2,000 for Hunter children with autism. “It was more about awareness I suppose than raising money today too. Just getting it out there and the interest of why there are people in the park in colours and get’s them talking.” (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

FORESHORE PLAN OF MANAGEMENT ON PUBLIC EXHIBITION

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A bigger playground and dining facilities are part of Newcastle City Council’s plans for Foreshore Park. Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says it’s all in the hope of attracting more people to the region. Read More »

A MONSTER THRILL FOR YOUNG CENTRAL COAST BOY

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A monster truck driver and the charity Child’s Vision have teamed up to give a young boy with Leukaemia a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Seven-year-old Sam Jackman from the Central Coast got to take a spin with Clive Featherby in ‘Outback Thunda.’ Featherby’s in town ahead of the World Indoor Monster Truck Championships, which will be held at Newcastle Entertainment Centre next weekend. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

MAN STABBED IN NEWCASTLE

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Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Newcastle last night. A 24-year-old was walking on Hunter Street, near the footbridge at Market Street, at around 9:30pm when he was approached by a man. Police say an altercation took place and he was stabbed in the stomach. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigators would like to speak a man described as being Caucasian in appearance with lightly tanned skin. He’s in his mid 20s and has a skinny build and black hair. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers. Read More »

KURT FEARNLEY PREPARING FOR RETURN TO BOSTON

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Hunter wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley is preparing for an emotional month across the globe. He’ll return to the Kokoda Track for Anzac Day, after competing in the Boston Marathon for the first time since the 2013 terror attack. Read More »

RICH HISTORY OF WATT STREET REVEALED

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The rich history of one of Newcastle’s oldest streets will be highlighted in a new production by Tantrum Youth Arts. It will take audiences on a stroll down memory lane in Watt Street, showcasing everything from its indigenous heritage, to World War One links. Read More »

MARITIME UNION RALLIES AGAINST BP’S DECISION

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Around 50 members of the Maritime Union rallied in Newcastle today, against BP’s decision to retire one of its fuel tankers. The union is concerned about moves to replace the Australian ship’s workers with foreign labour. Read More »

WORKERS RALLY SEVEN DAYS OUT FROM ELECTION

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Just seven days out from polling day, workers in Newcastle are mobilising against the Baird Government’s plans for the state’s poles and wires. The group says the electricity lease will result in more job losses for the region. Read More »

GRANT HACKETT SET TO GET BACK IN THE GAME

Christian Sprenger believes Grant Hackett’s possible return to the Australian Swim team could raise the standard of professionalism. Hackett will swim at next month’s trials in a bid to qualify for World Championships. Read More »

STATE ELECTION: NEWCASTLE CANDIDATES

Meet the candidates vying for the seat of Newcastle (in ballot paper order). MICHAEL OSBORNE (GREENS) Michael was born in Newcastle and, apart from a few years working overseas on aid projects, has lived in Newcastle all his life. He is a planning engineer with management qualifications. He co-founded the Green Corridor Coalition, an alliance dedicated to protecting biodiversity corridors and has been involved with the Newcastle Wilderness Society for more than 30 years. He was elected as a Greens Councillor for Newcastle Council in March 2004, is the chair of the Environment Committee and has served several periods as Deputy Lord Mayor. Michael is keen for Newcastle to be positioned to take advantage of the opportunities of the future. If elected, Michael will work with the Newcastle community to develop a consensus document outlining our aspirations. This would be ... Read More »

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