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Rocking for Butterflies

THE National Music Academy Annual Charity Showcase is on this week, with funds raised going to the Butterfly Foundation. The night is a chance for students of all ages to perform with a professional house band made up of academy staff at a special show t

Friday, 16:46 in Regional
 

Never swim alone flier

'Never swim alone, stay between the flags' and 'ask lifeguards for help' are among water safety tips printed in three different languages for overseas visitors this summer.Newcastle City Council has printed flyers bearing simple water safety messages in

Friday, 15:55 in Regional
 

Hidden cameras in forests

HIDDEN cameras will be nestled in Hunter state forests in a bid to catch arsonists responsible for a rash of suspicious fires. The 70 infra-red cameras will be dotted around the region, as well as north coast areas. Forestry Corporation of NSW’s forest p

Friday, 15:42 in Regional
 

Foster carers gap

SAMARATINS is urging people in the Hunter region to consider foster care as demand reaches an all-time high. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in 2015-16, there were 55,614 children in Australia living in out of home care. Sama

Friday, 15:36 in Regional
 

Warrior win for top poet

“I wear the word warrior upon my chest. Although I confess beneath this bullet proof vest I am a mess. I wear the word warrior upon my chest. I wear the word warrior upon my chest. I have strived to survive, have had to hustle to stay alive. Raised mysel

Friday, 14:46 in Regional
 

Adani action slated for Newcastle

NEWCASTLE based protesters are expected to join in on a nationwide day of action against the Adani Carmichael coalmine, north of Bowen, Queensland, in October. Organisers say they expect hundreds to turn up at Nobbys Beach on October 7, from 10pm. Partic

Friday, 13:44 in Regional
 

Mayor “dealing with reality”

Newcastle should keep its eyes on a transport strategy for the coming decades, including an expanded light rail network, the city’s Labor lord mayor says.The comments come after revelations that the state government’s plan to replace trains with light ra

Friday, 12:59 in Regional
 

Mini-Japanese film festival showcase

THE University of Newcastle's Japanese-English Club is hosting a mini-Japanese film festival right here in Newcastle. The club provides a space for people learning Japanese to come together with Japanese exchange students to practice their language skill

Friday, 12:59 in Regional
 

TiNA brings 150 acts

This is Not Art (TiNA) will take over the city of Newcastle this weekend as the 20-year-old festival gets under way on September 28. TiNA is three festivals in one: Critical Animals, Crack Theatre Festival and the National Young Writers Festival. Sam Geo

Friday, 12:20 in Regional
 

Lifeguards on the beach

Lake Macquarie City Council’s professional beach lifeguards have kicked off their summer patrols at Blacksmiths, Caves, Catherine Hill Bay and Redhead beaches. Council’s Beach Lifeguard Service Team Leader, Paul Stone, reminded beachgoers to put safety f

Thursday, 15:44 in Regional
 

Art comment on mining

ARTIST Penny Dunstan has explored the impact of mining on the land through art. Her work questions the very notion of “rehabilitation” of land post-mining. Dunstan has three works in a new group show, Beneath, currently on exhibition at Gallery 139. “Wha

Thursday, 15:44 in Regional
 

Work on Mayfield Coles stops

IT’S a notorious eyesore on one of the city’s busiest roads - and it’s been that way for years as wrangling continues over the future of Coles’ $15 million “Mayfield East Village”.The long-proposed Coles supermarket development is once again stuck in lim

Thursday, 14:18 in Regional
 

Leaked report says light rail benefits wont cover costs

A NSW transport leak reveals the decision to cut the last two kilometres of the Sydney to Newcastle rail line was taken before before costing the light rail replacement and without an assessment of costs and benefits.The cabinet-in-confidence report, pre

Thursday, 11:06 in Regional
 

Boxing Day trading for the Hunter passes parliament

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed legislation passed by the NSW Parliament last week to permanently give retailers, employees and consumers the freedom to trade, work and shop on Boxing Day.The l

Thursday, 10:13 in Regional
 

Locals arrested at Adani protest

TWO Hunter Valley residents were among 10 arrested while blockading Adani’s Abbott Point coal port, Queensland, on Monday. Lynn Benn and Paula Morrow have been charged with trespass after they took part in a direct action which saw them allegedly block a

Wednesday, 15:51 in Regional
 
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