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Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter remediation approved

A proposal to remediate the former Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter site has been approved after a rigorous assessment by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). The project, which began in...

Fatal motorcycle crash near Cessnock

A motorcyclist has died after a single-vehicle crash in the Hunter Valley this morning. Shortly after 4am (Wednesday 27 January), emergency services were called to the intersection of Wollombi Road and Kendall Street,...

Road users urged to be wary of school zones

Road users have been reminded to remain vigilant when it comes to driving in and around school zones, with many students heading back to class today. Lake Macquarie City Council urges parents, carers...

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...

Lake Macquarie welcomes 40 new citizens

Lake Macquarie resident Fulgence Mbonimpa was one of 40 new citizens who celebrated becoming Australians during a ceremony at Rathmines Theatre today. Moving from his native Burundi, a small landlocked country in...

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...

OPINION: Change the attitude, not the date, says Newcastle Elder

Awabakal/Gaewegal Elder Aunt Tracey Hanshaw believes the date of Australia Day is not the problem; it's what Australians celebrate. The 55-year-old University of Newcastle law student says the approach to how...

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...

JobSeeker cuts ‘not just’, says Brotherhood

A social justice organisation has issued a chilling warning to Hunter residents as federal government payments, established to assist struggling families during COVID-19, wind down. At the end of March, Australians could be...

Bellbird, Wine Country vie for T20 title

Bellbird and the Wine Country Wood Ducks will fight it out for T20 premiership honours in this year’s Cessnock District Cricket Association Tier One competition after both won through to the final...

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...

Celebrate Australia Day in a COVIDSafe way

Hunter residents are being urged to celebrate safely this Australia Day, as the state prepares to mark a national holiday that will look very different this year. With large gatherings limited across NSW...

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...

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,...