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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Category: Community

GALLERY: Hunter Filipinos celebrate 40th anniversary in style

It is said that Filipinos really know how to party. Well, the Philippine community in Newcastle, and neighbouring Hunter, proved this to be true earlier this month at the Belmont 16 Footers Club. The...

GALLERY: Teen surfer does a 360 back to his board, after freak accident

Glendale teenager Christian Sheehy knows the power behind a wave. In April 2020 the then-13-year-old was knocked off his bodyboard while surfing with mates at Catherine Hill Bay. He doesn’t remember much about that...

A father’s plea to help his daughters

As most parents would know, there is nothing you wouldn’t do for your child.  That’s no different for Cameron Park’s Nic Mills – he urgently needs to raise funds to keep his daughters,...

Hunter Wetlands welcomes new species

The Hunter Wetlands Centre has welcomed a new species at its Sandgate address. The lizard-like creature has four legs and is 5.5 metres long, from head to tail.  Spotted in the trees near Brambles...

GALLERY: Soccer legend Johnston continues to kick goals

Just as he did on the football field many, many years ago, Australian soccer great Craig Johnston can still entertain a crowd. And, that was never more evident than his appearance at Compass...

Friends with Dignity scholarships offer a helping hand

Help is at hand for Hunter children affected by domestic violence (DV) through Friends with Dignity’s Little Friends Scholarships, which open on 21 June. Young people aged between five and 18 can gain...

Joan and Keven, 70 years of living in Harman-y

In 1951, Prime Minister Robert Menzies retained power following the federal election, the Australian Financial Review was first published, South Sydney defeated Manly Warringah 42-12 in the rugby league grand final and...

Hunter Homeless Connect welcomes helping hand

A Newcastle-based organisation that provides vital support to people who are experiencing homelessness or doing it tough has been given a much-needed hand. As the beneficiary of the 2021 Annual Lord Mayor Prayer Breakfast, Hunter Homeless Connect received a cheque...

Mark Hughes still ‘fighting the war’

The same resolute commitment Mark Hughes displayed on the rugby league field continues to drive him to find a cure for brain cancer. You can hear it in the Newcastle Knights legend’s voice,...

Pandemic brings green life to derelict Smith’s Flour Mill

A year ago when the world was in lockdown, and all offices, clubs and pubs closed their doors, one Hunter Valley businessman planted the seed for a unique opportunity. Tropical Plant Rentals owner-operator...

Hunter CEOs to rough it out for Vinnies

When Simon Gould and Chloe Coleman sleep rough tomorrow night it’ll be a “mere glimpse” at what far too many people across the Hunter region experience. The Newcastle locals are taking part in...

Applications now open for community sponsorships

Locals delivering sustainable outcomes for the thriving communities surrounding the Port of Newcastle are encouraged to apply for funding through its annual Your Port, Our Community sponsorship program. Worth up to $6,000, the...

Clothing kids for free thanks to God’s Closet

If raising a child is indeed the role of a village, then God’s Closet is hoping to man the wardrobe at its core. Based in Charlestown, the group that collects and distributes children’s clothes...

Demand increases for additional mentor training

An increase in interest by people wishing to undertake mentor training to help the youth of the Hunter region is resulting in the Mentor Support Network (MSN) staging a second course. The organisation...

Hunter ‘heroes’ honoured on Queen’s Birthday List

More than a dozen Hunter “heroes” are among 1,190 Australians recognised on the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC...

WRHS’s AW139 clocks up significant milestone

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) clocked up a significant milestone at the weekend when the AgustaWestland (AW139) fleet officially registered 10,000 flying hours. Introduced in 2017, the aeromedical aircraft hit the mark...

Community input sought to imagine ‘a place for everyone’

City of Newcastle is inviting the community to identify the barriers to social inclusion as it develops a new Social Strategy. The proposal will provide the foundations for a range of planning decisions...

Sharon Claydon listens to the people

There’s no down-time for politicians – if they’re not in Parliament, then they’re meeting their constituents. That was certainly the case this week for Newcastle federal MP Sharon Claydon, who ventured to Mayfield...

Kindness a key at Cardiff’s InFigur8 Studio

For seven years a little not-for-profit gym in Cardiff has been helping women become the best version of themselves.  Called InFigur8 Studio, president Anne Finegan says it was founded by a group who...

Food, music, dance and language centre stage at this year’s Diversity Festival

Compassion and belonging are set to be the hero ingredients at this year’s Newcastle Celebrating Unity in Diversity Festival. The food, language, music and dance celebration will take place on Saturday 19 June at...

Zekie’s brave battle with brain tumour

Brave, feisty, caring, sweet and determined.  Those five words describe six-year-old Ezekiel, who’s facing something most kids could not even fathom. Two years ago, Zekie and his family – mum Sabrina, dad Joss and...
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