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Mitch Revs is changing the colour of 2020

While his artwork remains quintessential Newcastle, Mitch 'Revs' Resevsky is hoping his latest exhibition reflects a new calm that has come about after a year that was like no other. The 30-year-old artist,...

Restrictions to ease in time for Christmas

Families across the Hunter will be able to host larger Christmas celebrations next month after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions. “The community has done an incredible...

Iconic Aussie pair produce ‘Darn a Good Yarn’

There are few organisations that encapsulate the Australian spirit more aptly than the Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia (RFDS) and the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWA). For almost a century, the...

Smiles aplenty as Melbourne flight touches down at Newcastle

There were smiles aplenty, and many hugs, at Newcastle Airport on Monday morning when the first Melbourne flight touched down following the re-opening of the NSW/Victoria border. The A320 plane load of passengers,...

Schoolies urged to stay COVID-safe

Hunter 'schoolies' are being urged to stay COVID-safe ahead of end of school celebrations.  School leavers from across Newcastle, and surrounding regions, are due to arrive in Byron Bay and other parts of...

Cupcakes and Christmas find youth a creative home

In his dreams, 19-year-old Novocastrian James* wears a superhero cape and mask. Rather than leap off tall buildings though, the former Kotara High School student has visions of feeding people tasty treats. Some are...

Novocastrians urged to donate blood as stocks continue to drop

Novocastrians are being urged to donate blood to restore record-low stock. The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood says it has 300 appointments it needs to fill at its Maitland and Newcastle donor centres immediately. The...

Blackstone Gallery’s $1,000 art prize seeing BLUE

Feeling blue this year could have a silver lining for creative types, with Newcastle’s Blackstone Gallery awarding $1,000 to an artist who best portrays the hue. Advertised in March, the prize called on...

Hallelujah, the band’s bringing Santa to town

Geoff McGregor is hoping to bring some traditional Christmas cheer back to Newcastle this year. The former tenor horn player says, after the year that 2020 has been, some festive frivolity is long...

On yer bike Newy tourism

A bike ride with a friend who unlocks nuggets of information, that’s what Ben Ogden is hoping riders will feel when they saddle up for his newest tourism drawcard. The 34 year-old, who...

Church kitchen’s kindness: proof’s in the pudding

This year’s Christmas pudding may look a little different, but then this year has been a year like no other, says Adamstown Pudding Kitchen’s Dianne Richter. After COVID restrictions meant closing its doors...

Bathers Way walk to promote kindness

Michelle Boundy says what the world needs now is kindness. After her son was king hit on a night out in Newcastle two years ago, Michelle has learned that what matters most is...

Luci’s brave battle with breast cancer

When Luci Mackersey started chemotherapy in February, the mother-of-two had no idea that a global pandemic was about to make her medical journey a little bit tougher. The 33-year-old began her breast cancer...

City of Newcastle explores COVID-19 recovery strategy

City of Newcastle is currently developing a 10-year Economic Development Strategy to guide Newcastle’s economic recovery from COVID-19, and is asking the community for help. The strategy will offer solutions for the city’s...

Hunter Valley wineries say ‘thanks a bunch’ to domestic visitors

The Hunter Valley’s wine industry has faced its fair share of hardships in the past 12 months. From drought to bushfires and a global pandemic, some vignerons in Australia’s oldest wine region have...

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...

Maitland New Year’s Eve decision pending

With New Year’s Eve just ten weeks away, Maitland City Council is considering whether to go ahead with its traditional celebratory event. Current health restrictions are still limiting the ability for mass gatherings,...

Cruising to set sail in the state again

Cruising is set to return to NSW from October 2021, with Royal Caribbean International announcing two of their fleet will be based in Australia for the first time in the group’s 50-year...

Gathering numbers increase as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease

The NSW Government has eased COVID-19 related restrictions slightly with the number of people who can attend outdoor gatherings, weddings and restaurant group bookings set to increase. From Friday 23 October up to...

Desperate renters struggling to find a home

Jill* completed 77 rental property applications before she was eventually successful last week. The Rutherford resident says she can only guess her applications had been unsuccessful so many times because she is a...

Researchers develop preventative COVID-19 nasal spray

Newcastle-based respiratory researchers have played an integral role in developing a new preventative nasal spray treatment that may protect people from COVID-19 infection and prevent transmission. The treatment, INNA-051, by Australian biotech...