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MORE REDUNDANCIES FOR FORGACS WORKERS

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More jobs are set to go from Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs. The company has today announced another round of redundancies, as it prepares for the end of an Air Warfare Destroyer project in December. Forgacs says trades, management and administration roles will be affected, but it’s yet to say the exact number. “As an industry and as a company, we have been flagging the ‘valley of death’ for over two years. For Forgacs it is here now and further jobs unfortunately have to go,” said CEO Lindsay Stratton. The company says no new shipbuilding projects have been released and its workforce is paying the price. It is however, pursuing all available opportunities. Read More »

FINDINGS RELEASED FROM UPPER HOUSE INQUIRY

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The findings of a parliamentary inquiry into Newcastle’s planning processes have been released. The committee made nine recommendations in its report, including restricting building heights in the East End to a maximum of 27-metres and reinstating the city’s rail services immediately. It’s also recommending Newcastle Council be recognised as the principle planning authority for the city and be given authority over all land owned and managed by the Hunter Development Corporation. The inquiry found HDC’s GM, Bob Hawes, had a significant and ongoing conflict of interest by owning property at Wickham and having a managerial role in the state government’s decision to truncate the heavy rail line – a decision from which the inquiry said he could financially benefit. It added that HDC failed to manage this conflict of interest, and in doing so, has damaged public confidence in the organisation. ... Read More »

TOP START FOR RUSSELL IN V8 DEVELOPMENT SERIES

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Novocastrian Motorsport’s Aaren Russell has made a flying start to the V8 development series, finishing on the podium in round one at Adelaide. Read More »

MAN’S BODY FOUND AT BAR BEACH

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The body of a man, believed to be in his 60s, has been found at Bar Beach in Newcastle this morning. Police made the discovery at around 6am and say his death is not being treated as suspicious. The man is yet to be formally identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastle police on (02) 4926 6599. Read More »

ANGLICAN CHURCH TO SELL BISHOPSCOURT

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The future of one of the Anglican Church’s landmark buildings has been decided. The Diocesan Council has voted with an overwhelming majority to sell off Bishopscourt, in Brown Street, Newcastle. The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle says the council considered a wide range of external expert advice in making its decision. It’s understood growing maintenance costs may be one reason behind the sale. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

NEWCASTLE MP FRONTS PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

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Appearing before a parliamentary inquiry in Sydney today, Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp has stood by claims a confidential cabinet paper was found in his office. Mr Crackathorp told the committee the document, which outlines a preferred light rail route along the exisiting rail corridor, was discovered by one of his staffers at the back of a filing cabinet in early December. The office used to belong to former Liberal MP Tim Owen. Mr Crackanthorp told the inquiry he referred the paper to the office of former Deputy Opposition Leader, John Robertson, and that he gave a copy to one of his staff members during an event in Newcastle, but couldn’t say who. He also passed it on to the Independent Comission Against Corruption, but only after the document became public knowledge earlier this month. Mr Crakanthorp brought in Liberal party ... Read More »

CRAINE PREPARES FOR JUNIOR WORLD TITLES

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Waratah figure skater Kailani Craine is on her way to Estonia, to prepare for the junior world titles. It’s already been a big year for the 16-year-old, who won silver at her first senior international event in Poland, then grabbed 12th at the prestigious Four Continents Championships in Seoul two weeks ago. “I definitely want to make it through the long program so that’s top 24 and then anything above that will be fantastic. But I think if I can get top 12 at Four Continents I can definitely get top 12 at Junior Worlds.” She’s looking to make up for a disappointing effort at junior worlds in 2014. “I didn’t have the best short program skate last year, if I can produce what I’ve done so far in the year I think I’ll do very well.” Read More »

AAREN RUSSELL READY FOR 2015 SERIES

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Having stood on the podium twice last year, Aaren Russell is now aiming to win his first race in the V8 Development Series. The Newcastle driver will start his campaign in Adelaide this weekend, a track which has provided career highs – and lows. Read More »

BUSINESS OWNERS WARNED ABOUT FAKE BANK NOTES

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Police have issued a warning to business owners in Newcastle to be on the lookout for counterfeit money. It comes after fake bank notes have been circulating the area in recent days. Anyone who finds counterfeit notes is being urged to contact their local police station. The Reserve Bank of Australia says there are several things you can check to determine if a note is fake. Click HERE for more information. Read More »

12-YEAR-OLD GIRL APPROACHED AT WALLSEND

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Police are appealing for information after a 12-year-old girl was approached by a stranger in Wallsend yesterday. The girl was walking to school along Tyrell Street at around 8am, when she noticed a black Toyota Prado following her. The girl walked into the yard of a nearby house with the vehicle following her into the driveway , before the driver reversed and drove off. The driver is descibed as being a Caucasian male, aged in his 40s, with short dark hair and a moustache. Read More »

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