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GALLERY: Des Collison’s lifelong contribution rewarded

Desmond Earle Collison’s lifelong contribution to the Upper Hunter Shire ensured he was a worthy 2021 Citizen of the Year today. The man known as Uncle Des humbly received the award during an...

Port’s finest John Chambers honoured

Raymond Terrace community stalwart John Chambers was named the 2020 Port Stephens Citizen of the Year today. The popular Rotary Club member has been recognised for his extensive contributions to the region, including...

Glenn Byrnes awarded Cessnock’s Citizen of the Year

A man who stood tall during last season’s horrific bushfires has been recognised for his extensive work within the Cessnock region. NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Hunter Valley district service coordinator community...

RFS volunteer Fred Turner named Singleton’s top citizen

No one would have envied the task of the judges when deciding the 2021 Singleton Citizen of the Year. In fact, all five nominees deserved the title. But, in the end, it was long-time...

Dr Helen Tolhurst Maitland’s Citizen of the Year

Parkinson’s Disease advocate Dr Helen Tolhurst was honoured as Maitland’s 2020 Citizen of the Year at today’s Australia Day ceremony. And, inspiring youth Ally Meyn took home the Young Citizen of the Year...

Hunter surf lifesavers continue to patrol city’s beaches

Hunter Surf Life Saving volunteers have been working hard to keep swimmers safe at the region’s beaches this year. President Henry Scruton admitted the season was busy but "not as much as it...

Innovation, creativity keys to new arts leaders’ vision at Lake Macquarie

Two new leaders in Lake Macquarie’s thriving arts community have vowed to drive innovation and creativity to cement the city’s reputation as a regional powerhouse. Lake Macquarie City Council manager arts, culture and...

Jets star O’Donovan on target to kick new goal

Newcastle Jets star Roy O’Donovan is on target to kick a new goal in 2021. The talented forward has certainly found a permanent home in the region over the past five years. And, buoyed...

Gary’s “obsession” to ensure Australian Diggers are not forgotten

Gary Mitchell is dedicated to ensuring that no Digger is forgotten. The 61-year-old applies for headstones and plaques for World War I servicemen who lie in unmarked graves. His interest in the plight of...

Maitland’s deserving citizens to be recognised

Five more-than-worthy residents are in line to be named the Maitland Citizen of the Year next week. The impressive nominees include Lorna Epps, Anne Kelly, Paul Lindeman, Alek Schulha and Dr Helen Tolhurst. Olivia...

GALLERY: Upper Hunter facilities secure $1.3m in funding

The Upper Hunter will benefit to the tune of more than $1.3 million in funding for a range of local improvement projects for Crown land reserves and community facilities in the region. The...

Maitland to honour local women’s achievements

Do you know of someone who has given generously of their time and energy as a volunteer to help make Maitland an even better place to live, work and play? If the answer...

Starlight Children’s Foundation dives into challenge

The Starlight Children’s Foundation is calling on Novocastrians to dive into its latest initiative and make a splash for sick kids.   A Super Swim will challenge individuals to swim at a location...

Get into #spiritofsingleton with fair dinkum festivities on Australia Day

Whether you’re firing up the barbecue, hitting the pool or just taking it easy this Australia Day, the Singleton community is being encouraged to come together through virtual magic to celebrate being...

Sonia’s hoping to lessen back to school blues

Returning to school after the holiday break is a nervous time for kids but it can also be a very expensive occasion for parents.  So, Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery has come forward to...

Mental health issues do not define who you are, says advocate

Mental health matters. That’s the driving force behind Newcastle-based advocate and Black Dog Institute volunteer Elliot Waters’ work. The 30-year-old is a Breaking Down Depression presenter, where, through a 45-minute session, he talks about...

COVID-19 testing protects community: Hunter doctor

When it comes to COVID-19, the message from Australian doctors is clear: get tested if you show any symptoms. Many of us may be thinking 'what’s the point?' However, Hunter General Practitioners Association...

Redhead Beach erosion now ‘dangerous’, locals say

When it first became a hazard is unclear, but Redhead beachgoers all agree, the sand erosion at First Creek now requires an urgent response, Dislodged metal signposts, partially submerged wire fencing, treated pine slats...

Newcastle’s COVIDSafe Australia Day plans

City of Newcastle is not letting the pandemic stop it from hosting activities this Australia Day. On Tuesday 26 January, the council will deliver a range of COVIDSafe events, with festivities spread...

Pop-up legal clinic returns to Newcastle

After a challenging 2020, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Newcastle (UoN) Legal Centre’s pop-up clinic will return to Merewether Beach in 2021, offering free advice to individuals struggling with any law-related concerns. Staffed by law...

How to spot and stay safe in a rip

The calmest part of the ocean at the beach is likely the most dangerous. That’s the message from Hunter Surf Lifesaving President Henry Scruton. While these spots may look like an inviting place to...