September marked the beginning of spring in the Hunter and, unfortunately, the start of the swooping season.
In the latest entry to the Newcastle Weekly’s year in review, we’re looking at the best stories from the month of September.
In September, Newcastle Weekly featured the story of Jacob Ridgeway, a man who believes one simple question could help save a life.
The Newcastle-based musician and R U OK? ambassador urged the community to check in on their mates during their annual event on Thursday 10 September.
“R U OK? Day is important because asking that question might be the last time we get to ask that to someone,” he said.
“It has the potential to save a life, especially in the times that we are in now.”
A miscarriage is a devastating loss.
For Lake Macquarie-based dad Nathan Andrews, it was one of the hardest times of his life.
“My partner and I were trying to fall pregnant for about 18 months, and it just wasn’t happening,” he said.
“[When] we finally fell pregnant, we lost the baby within 12 weeks, so we were devastated.”
When Kate Worrall’s eldest son turned five, she felt it was time to introduce him to “Ma Debbie”.
Debbie was her mother-in-law. She’d lost her battle with cancer in 2009, years before she had the opportunity to meet either of Kate’s young sons.
Wanting to share the memory of Debbie with her boys, the Novocastrian created a new children’s book entitled Little Reminders.
“The boys had a sense of why there were not two grandmas in their family,” Kate said.
Todd Woods, a former tennis coach, faced court in September after being charged following an investigation into alleged child indecent assault offences in the Hunter Region.
In June 2017, detectives from Hunter Valley Police District commenced an investigation into alleged indecent assault offences committed against a teenage girl in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.
In September, Aussie heartthrob Chris Hemsworth was spotted in the Hunter.
Two Muswellbrook residents were lucky enough to meet the star in Gundy, near Scone.
Hemsworth was at the Linga Longa Inn for lunch.
Newcastle Weekly previously broke the news of Hemsworth landing at Scone Airport.
In September, Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Hunter to discuss the Federal Government’s energy plan.
Whilst in our region, the PM visited WestRac Tomago and gave an address to the Hunter Business Chamber.
He said a taskforce had assessed the potential impacts of Liddell’s closure in 2023 and found wholesale prices could jump by 30%, or $20 per megawatt (MW) hour, if the station’s capacity was not replaced before it shuts down.
“We estimate that some 1,000 MW of new dispatchable generation is needed to keep prices down, and we intend to do something about it,” he said.
For Maitland’s Sharron Thomas, becoming a foster carer was a chance to give children a safe place to call home.
“It’s not easy but it is very rewarding,” she says.
“I suppose knowing that you’re offering a home to children whose parents can’t care for them is the best part.
“These kids deserve to feel loved and safe.”
The mother of four aims to make every child that passes through her door feel like part of the family.
In September, Newcastle Weekly featured the battle of Morpeth residents to halt the development of a housing complex in the historic town.
Local developer Hilton Grugeon was behind plans for 130 dwellings as part of an affordable housing development called ‘Morpeth Mews.’
The Morpeth Resident Action Group says the plans don’t comply with the heritage nature of the town, and has launched letter box drops and posted signs out the front of their homes in protest.
“The concern most residents have is that Morpeth’s footprint hasn’t changed since 1840 and this will significantly change it,” Morpeth Resident Action Group founder Sarah-Jane Dunford said.