Newcastle ~ Beyond Coal

Lower Hunter Freight Corridor needs to be NSW priority. Removing traffic congesting freight trains from Newcastle suburbs is one of the key benefits of the corridor, in City of Newcastle’s submission on the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor.  The Lower Hunter Freight Corridor would remove most rail freight from Newcastle’s urban

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On Protecting Wickham

Village Hub precinct expands as Wickham evolves. Dickson Street Wickham in 2014. An updated vision for Wickham, that has always been a semi-industrial suburb, into an urban residential neighbourhood. The Wickham Masterplan was first developed in 2017 to guide City of Newcastle’s planning decisions and delivery of urban renewal within

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No. 1 Looking Good

No. 1 Sportsground celebrates centenary with a makeover. Newcastle could host elite cricket and AFL matches as soon as 2022 with the redevelopment of Newcastle’s No. 1 Sportsground reaches completion. As work on new lighting nears completion and with turf laid, the venue should reopen in 2022 after the new

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They’re Back

Newcastle 500 to return for Supercars season opener in March. Newcastle hosts the season opener of the 2022 Supercars Championship series for the Newcastle 500 on 4-6 March. The event was rescheduled from the final event of the season to the first race of the 2022 season, following a two-year

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Midcoast Riverbank Restorations

Partnerships to restore riverbanks. Three riverbank restoration projects will provide long term improvements in water quality and fish habitat. Extensive work in the Wallamba River. Over 11 kilometres of riverbank has been stabilised. They are due to a partnership between local landholders, MidCoast Council and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

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Council Looks to Public Art

City to shape public art in Newcastle. City of Newcastle is seeking community-minded art, design and architecture experts to help advise on the development of public art that reflects Newcastle’s history, culture and community. Councillors voted to expand the expertise of the City’s Public Art Reference Group (PARG) by appointing

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City Car Park Demolition

Car park demolition reveals city to harbour view corridor. View in 2008 from south (cathedral) to north (Stockton)~ © NoH. Editor’s note ~ The car park demolition is ironic, considering a plan in 2007 to demolish it for a shopping mall, GPT Central, by The GPT Group. That mall would

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Merewether Beach Cycleway Links

Ready for use is a 1.1km shared path along Watkins Street, Merewether, linking Glebe Road, The Junction, with Merewether Beach.  The Junction Public School Principal Cath Larkman (at left), Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Councillor John Mackenzie at the new 1.1km shared path, in front of a new raised crossing

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Jilliby Hazard Reduction Burn

Coalfields hazard reduction burn monitored by thermal drone. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) completed more than 640 hectares of hazard reduction burning across the Hunter Central Coast region in September. NPWS Hunter Central Coast Director Kylie Yeend said around 80 NPWS staff had been deployed across the Central

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Blackbutt ~ A Haven For All

Behind the scenes at Blackbutt Reserve. As one of Newcastle’s most popular open green spaces, Blackbutt Reserve is a haven for locals looking for COVID safe exercise options during lockdown. Walking trails aren’t the only site of activity across the popular reserve. Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Cr Peta Winney-Baartz

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Conserving Catherine Hill Bay

Draft plans aim to preserve Catherine Hill Bay’s heritage. A new Heritage Area Plan aims to preserve, improve and celebrate the unique historic character of one of the state’s most spectacular coastal villages. The draft Catherine Hill Bay Heritage Area Plan and accompanying draft Catherine Hill Bay Planning Proposal will

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La Niña Returns?

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently neutral. However, strengthening model outlooks and recent cooling in the tropical Pacific Ocean has raised the chance of La Niña forming in 2021. Consequently, the Bureau has lifted its ENSO Outlook status to La Niña WATCH, meaning around a 50% chance of La

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Youngest Photographer Wins

An image of a pensive young girl in the back of a dimly lit car has taken top honours in the annual Australian Life photography competition. The image was captured by the competition’s youngest ever entrant and winner of the $10,000 cash prize, 19 year-old Georgia Brogan from Blackheath, NSW.

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Health Research Funded

NHMRC awards $8.3m to Newcastle researchers to investigate global health problems. Three University of Newcastle researchers can study some of the world’s most critical health problems with more than $8.3m in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator grants. In collaboration with Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)*, the Newcastle

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Complex Job to Seal Old Shortland Dump

Tenders for remediation of former Shortland landfill site. City of Newcastle will soon go to tender to remediate a former landfill site at Shortland where much of the debris from the Newcastle earthquake was buried.  Former Shortland garbage dump top centre, and Hunter Wetlands, lower center. The work will be brought forward following preliminary investigations that show the scale of work will be significantly more complex and costly than previously expected. The

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Solar to Power Terrace Works

Solar panels will supplement energy consumption at Hunter Water’s Raymond Terrace Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). The site is the latest Hunter Water facility to adopt solar-generated electricity to power that aims to reduce impact on the environment and decrease ongoing electricity costs. The investment of more than $15 million over

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Cycleways Make Way Across City

Hunter Street boasts City’s newest cycleway, and call for input on proposed Mayfield network. Newcastle’s network of active transport options now has a Hunter Street Trial Cycleway project in operation. The cycleway, between National Park Street and Worth Place, runs on both sides of Hunter Street, separated from the road

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Environmental Burn at Jewells

A controlled burn of more than 5ha of coastal bush near Jewells aims to restore biodiversity by activating dormant seeds of native plant species. Known as an ecological burn, the action by Lake Macquarie City Council and NSW Fire and Rescue on Thursday was planned for two years, with detailed

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First Port STEM Scholar

Indigenous STEM Scholarship helping young leaders to achieve dreams. A young Aboriginal leader with a desire to help others in his community is a step closer to achieving his dreams with a Port of Newcastle inaugural Indigenous STEM Scholarship, awarded in partnership with the University of Newcastle. Jack Goldspink –

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Singleton Mayor Urges Hunter Diversification

Parliamentary Inquiry renews Singleton Mayor’s calls for greater Government support for the Hunter’s economic diversification. Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, wants a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability of Energy Supply and Resources in NSW to trigger more Government support for the economic diversification of Singleton and the wider Hunter

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Local Teachers and Students Awards

Local teachers, students and schools are among 105 individuals and schools acknowledged for their exceptional student achievement and inspiring public education in the2021 NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence. The awardees include teachers, staff and parents who have made major contributions to their school communities and serve as role

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Rail Network Nearly Stopped

Sydney’s rail network came within hours of potentially shutting down after the Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) failed to get an operating license until the day before it took over the State’s rail assets. The details about the mad-scramble, which took place in July last year, are in thousands of

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Swansea Tidal Flood Gates

Trial aims to reduce tidal flooding at Swansea. A trial of tidal gates at Swansea will test reduction of dry weather flooding in the low-lying suburb. The gates (valves) are installed in stormwater pipes at Bowman Street and south of the Swansea McDonald’s car park. City Resilience Project Officer John

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Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme

EPA calls for nominations to join Hunter River Committee. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for nominations from local industry and environment groups to join the Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme Operations Committee. The Scheme ensures the Hunter River’s water quality is suitable for agriculture. It does this

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Cessnock Solar Pays Off

Cessnock City Council’s commitment to reducing electricity consumption is paying off with significant results recorded. Over the last four years Council has decreased consumption at its nine largest sites by 15%. The reduction is a win for Council’s Energy Efficiency Program, which set out with the goal to reduce electricity

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‘Vandals’ Kill Lake Trees

Investigations underway after environment vandals poison waterfront trees. Investigations are underway into the deliberate poisoning of a prominent stand of trees on the Lake Macquarie waterfront. Seven trees lining the shared pathway between Warners Bay and Speers Point were drilled and poisoned earlier this month, with three mature eucalyptus now

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Ocean Baths Final Designs

Newcastle Ocean Baths first stage pool designs revealed. City of Newcastle has called for construction tenders for the first stage of Newcastle Ocean Baths’ revitalisation including the pools and lower promenade. ‘Stage 1’ of the upgrade project addresses key safety, accessibility and water-quality issues that have been identified through detailed

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Mines: Waste Disposal & Rehabilitation

EPA cautions coal mines for burying waste tyres. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued official cautions to six open cut coal mines in the Namoi and Liverpool Plains regions following an EPA investigation into the burial of waste haul truck tyres. The investigation was in response to allegations

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WA Artist Wins Kilgour 2021

West Australian artist and former Kilgour Prize finalist Lori Pensini wins this year’s Kilgour $50,000 art prize. Her work – Family 2021 – is an intimate reflection on inter-racial relationships and her own family lineage. Family 2021 depicts family portraits painted on heirloom fine bone china plates, which Lori said were a “tribute to the

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Older Persons Advocacy Network

New aged care advocates are coming to the Hunter and New England regions to raise the voices of local older Australians Aged care advocacy services are being expanded into the Hunter and New England regions to raise the voices of older Australians and protect their rights in aged care. The

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