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Unemployment slightly rises across the Hunter

The latest regional jobs data shows a slight rise in Hunter unemployment levels in March but, according to Business Hunter, the economic outlook for the region remains relatively positive. The data, issued by...

Mining digs Australia out of COVID deficit

The mining industry’s vital role providing jobs and economic stability during COVID was featured in an incredible Australian-first live TV broadcast from an underground mine. Sky News host Chris Smith aired his weekly...

Hunter Business Chamber concerned about end of JobKeeper this weekend

The Hunter Business Chamber (HBC) has warned improvements in regional unemployment levels could be short-lived with JobKeeper due to end this weekend. Labour force data for February, released during the week by the...

Conroy labels COVID-19 vaccine rollout ‘absolute debacle’ in Shortland

Shortland MP Pat Conroy has labelled the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in his electorate “an absolute debacle”. The local member stated he’d been contacted by a number of older residents in the past week...

Slip on your dancing shoes and shed your COVID skin

It's time to hit the dance floor again. From next Monday 29 March a number of COVID-19 related restrictions will ease, including those that have put a stop to having a boogie. NSW...

Report praises City’s rapid response to COVID-19

City of Newcastle’s timely and targeted response to COVID-19 has been commended as "best practice crisis leadership" delivering clear and measurable benefits to the community and local business. An independent assessment by the...

Draft strategy puts people at the heart of economic opportunity

The people of Newcastle are the centre of a new draft strategy that hopes to drive economic opportunities and the city’s recovery from COVID-19. The Economic Development Strategy has been put together by...

Uplifting future for family-orientated gym

The coronavirus pandemic had a major impact on many Hunter businesses. Some were forced to lay-off staff and a number of them shut their doors permanently, while several thought outside the box in...

Reflecting on the 1918 ‘vaccine’ in Newcastle

A University of Newcastle Associate Professor is shedding light on the inoculation of the Hunter Region in 1919. Australian history expert Nancy Cushing was initially curious that there was a shot that people...

Rapid rise in Singleton development applications

Building projects in Singleton ramped up in 2020 with the number of development applications (DAs) lodged with council jumping by more than one third to a total of 402 for the year. This...

Crakanthorp ready ‘for the jab’ as Newcastle’s set to host vaccination hub

Newcastle state MP Tim Crakanthorp admits he’s ready “for the jab” following the announcement Newcastle will be home to one of the first COVID-19 vaccination hubs in NSW. NSW Health is planning for...

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...

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...

COVID-19 testing drive-thru opens at East Maitland

We are not out of the woods just yet when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. A new overseas strain, plus the emergence of several clusters throughout the state in recent times, means...

Face masks mandatory at NSW airports

Face masks are now mandatory at all airports across the state, with anyone not wearing a face covering to be issued a $200 on the spot fine. The rule was introduced on...

Australia Post breaks 211-year-old record

Online shoppers have helped propel Australia Post into the record books, with the delivery giant distributing more than 52 million parcels during December, the largest in its 211 year history. The figure is...

A little kindness makes big difference

A little kindness goes a long way. And, in this ever-changing world, that compassionate act alone could mean more than ever. So much so, The Place: Charlestown Community Centre has teamed up with Sydney-founded...

A fair economic recovery for all needed: Conroy

Like his federal counterparts in the region, and most Australians, Shortland MP Pat Conroy concedes 2020 “was a year like no other”. And, even though the local member hopes the situation will improve...

Three new NSW COVID cases as Greater Brisbane mandates masks indoors

NSW has recorded three new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, all believed to be linked to the Berala cluster, and eight new overseas acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last...

Newcastle MP praises A-League public health order

The NSW Government has enacted a new public health order ahead of the Newcastle Jets' A-League clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers and former coach Carl Robinson. The public health order, which came...

Bright 2021 ahead for Newcastle community: Nelmes

There’s no doubt 2020 was a challenging time for Novocastrians, with unprecedented social and economic impacts that continue to be felt with the coming of the new year.  But, while the seriousness of COVID-19 remains high on our radars, City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali...
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