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Category: COVID-19

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...

Jets-Wanderers clash already making the news

Some football-loving Sydneysiders will be unwelcome at the Jets' A-League clash with the Wanderers in Newcastle on Friday night. Following COVID-19 outbreaks and subsequent suburb red-zoning, NSW Health has placed a ban on...

Visa changes to support Australian farmers

The Hunter is expected to be among the nation’s regional areas to welcome more overseas workers this year. In a bid to provide struggling farmers with more support, the Federal Government is adopting...

Fitzgibbon gazes into 2021 crystal ball

They say a week is a long time in politics. Then, how about a COVID-19 impacted year? For Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, 2020 might actually be a watershed moment for the popular local member. He...

JobKeeper cut will hurt struggling Hunter residents

More government cuts, this time to JobKeeper, are likely to affect thousands of Hunter residents who are already struggling in the current recession, according to Shortland MP Pat Conroy. Just a few days...

Hunter mining ‘stronger’ after the challenges of 2020

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee has praised the spirit of the Hunter’s mining sector, especially in the midst of a world-wide pandemic. And, with the Independent Planning Commission recently approving the Maxwell...

COVID-19 fails to hamper Hunter spending habits

It appears as though the many challenges of COVID-19 haven’t hampered the buying habits of Hunter residents in the latter stages of 2020. According to Newcastle Permanent’s latest Customer Spend Trend Report, it...

Benefit cuts not a good start to new year: Conroy

Shortland MP Pat Conroy has warned the upcoming cut to the Coronavirus Supplement will impact his electorate’s most vulnerable residents. The Australian Government is scheduled to slash the $250 per fortnight payment to...

Lake Macquarie fast-tracks $3m worth of projects

Lake Macquarie City Council will keep the region’s economic wheels turning in 2021, with $3 million worth of projects being fast-tracked. Ten playgrounds, multiple shared paths stretching from Cameron Park to Cardiff and...

Old phones can save lives, campaigner says

When fleeing a domestic violence situation, a mobile phone is often one of the first items to be broken or stolen. Leaving the victim cut off from the outside world, with no way...