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Inclusivity takes the court with local netball initiative

Callaghan District Netball Association (CDNA) has welcomed locals to its free, new inclusive netball program. The first of eight clinic-style sessions targeted at disadvantaged youth took place last month. This push for inclusivity in...

Program helps young people chase their dreams

Applications for a scholarship program that helps young people achieve their dreams are now open. The Variety Heart Scholarships offer up to $5,000 to young people who are sick, disadvantaged or living with...

Global alliance fosters hope, help and a home in Newcastle

Jerome Rugaruza believes there is only one correct answer when people ask: “How are you?” His response is “always good”. The Newcastle local is the founder of Global Alliance for Peace (GAP), a charity...

John Hunter’s solar plan receives green tick of approval

John Hunter is set to face the biggest solar panel installation of any hospital in Australia under Hunter New England Local Health District's (HNELHD) new plans to become fully carbon and waste...

Changes afoot for outdoor dining in Maitland

Maitland City Council is implementing a new outdoor dining policy to support cafés and restaurants that plan to expand onto public footpaths.Local businesses can now access the application, which has been reworked...

Clean Up Australia Day hopes to have another big impact

The coronavirus contagion affected countless things in 2020, including the ecosystem to the surprise of many. Now, the people behind the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day, are encouraging Hunter...

Vinnies calls for more social housing in Hunter

Recent state government data shows more than 1,600 applicants from the Hunter are currently on the waitlist for social housing.  The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW says this figure has risen from 1,566 to 1,603 in the last financial year alone,...

Maitland’s new hospital to celebrate traditional culture

A wedgetail eagle, the Hunter River and Wonnarua Elders will be featured as part of a unique artwork at Maitland's new hospital. Wonnarua artist Saretta Fielding is the talent behind the new veranda...

Invisible hitchhikers alert scientists to ocean changes

A University of Newcastle researcher has helped to uncover new information about marine microbes from the Great Barrier Reef. Dr Mark Brown was part of a research team that found the East Australian...

New hope on the horizon for music festivals

Newcastle’s music lovers had to press pause on their festival plans this year thanks to COVID-19. As one of the city’s most popular attractions, the events would usually bring people from near and...

Fernleigh 15 supports vital cause

The Fernleigh 15 is underway again this year, supporting local mental health initiatives while encouraging exercise in the great outdoors. However, due to COVID-19, the month-long event has taken on a different...

New path on track to keep pedestrians safe

A new 400-metre footpath is set to provide pedestrians in Jesmond a safer stroll in Janet Street. The updated path in front of the Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus is part of...
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