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Category: Places of Newcastle

“Democracy and disease”: Remembrance Day 2020

Border closures, quarantine, docked ships, social distancing and mandatory face masks may all be considered 2020 terminology, but the truth is Novocastrians lived with this lingo more than 100 years ago. On 11...

Newcastle author pens series that began as a gift

Julie Keating is a Novocastrian who loves local history. The retired librarian says she savours the time spent researching her favourite topic, Newcastle in the 1800s. Ms Keating published Adamstown and Broadmeadow: The early...

Strategy to shape city’s heritage items

A new strategy is set to protect, promote and restore heritage sites and items in Newcastle. City of Newcastle endorsed The Heritage Strategy 2020-2030 at its ordinary meeting on Tuesday night and set...

Fort Scratchley to fire again

One of Newcastle's most iconic landmarks is set to return to its pre-COVID glory next month. From Monday 2 November Fort Scratchley will once again open its doors to weekday visitors. After restrictions forced...

Chasing the Moon captures Newcastle’s magic

When her two-year-old daughter couldn't sleep, Liesel Rickarby's husband began a tradition of driving her around Newcastle, until she finally dozed off. The weary first-time dad would pass some of the city's most...

Spooky spirit to drive clean-up

Planet warriors will don capes, crowns, and costumes this Saturday to help fight plastic pollution in Newcastle.  The volunteers are set to land at Nobbys Beach to pick up rubbish for an inaugural...

Hunter to shine a light on missing persons

More than 38,000 people go missing nationwide each year but an initiative is hoping to bring them home by encouraging Aussies to Leave A Light On. The Leave A Light On campaign, which...

Silo art idea on the rise, thanks to Big Picture Fest

The Big Picture Festival has done more than just add a splash of colour to the former steel city. Held across the Labour Day long weekend in October, the three-day event has reignited...

Great Scott! Sisters make cut in stories on city’s past

Everyone’s got a story about Newcastle, according to Glenn Dormand. As half of the filmmaking pair responsible for Stories of Our Town, Dormand is keen to help bring the city’s past back to...

Church pantry stocks up after financial boost

A service dedicated to making sure those doing it tough have food on their table has received a much-needed boost from City of Newcastle. The Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church Pantry, which supplies low-cost...

History and humpbacks on show

Novocastrians can immerse themselves in the city's military history when Fort Scratchley reopens its doors to the public this weekend. Visitors will once again be able to explore the grounds of the historic...

Art project to help transform Hamilton

A project that includes a series of art installations is set to recommence this week. The Hamilton based development will show off the community and its business precinct while bringing more colour to...

Wetlands centre inundated with support

A popular wildlife sanctuary has found some joy in reopening its doors after a deliberately lit fire left volunteers devastated. The Hunter Wetlands Centre, which re-opened its Shortland-based site on Monday, has been...

Wetlands devastated by deliberately lit fire

A deliberately lit fire has destroyed valuable equipment at a popular wildlife sanctuary in Newcastle. Staff at the Hunter Wetlands Centre were alerted to the blaze by a motion detection camera just...

Community invited to shape Newcastle’s cycling future

Hunter residents are being invited to help shape the future of cycling in Newcastle. Residents can provide feedback through a survey to help update the 2012 Newcastle Cycling Strategy and Action Plan (NCSAP). City...