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Category: Environment

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Rare birds return to Hexham Swamp

Hunter birdwatchers are aflutter after confirmed sightings of a pair of Black-necked Storks at Hexham Swamp earlier this month. The adult pair of the endangered birds were seen by members of the Hunter...

Hazard reduction burn in Cooranbong this weekend

NSW Rural Fire Service will be carrying out a hazard reduction burn this Saturday 21 November at Cooranbong, subject to suitable weather conditions. From 9am-7pm the burn will take place along 2 hectares...

Forecasters predict above average rain this summer

Meteorologists have forecasted above average rainfall for much of Australia this summer. The summer months will follow on from a particularly wet October, during which Williamtown residents saw 186mm of rain fall in...

New path on track to keep pedestrians safe

A new 400-metre footpath is set to provide pedestrians in Jesmond a safer stroll in Janet Street. The updated path in front of the Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus is part of...

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...

Storms on the way for the Hunter

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for parts of the Hunter. As of 2.45pm today, severe thunderstorms were detected on the radar near Paxton, Bellbird, and Sweetmans Creek...

Animal sanctuary’s plea for support

Animals in the Barrington Tops are in desperate need of support as one of the places they call home is now up for sale. Aussie Ark, an animal sanctuary located in the tops,...

Surf’s up to soothe the soul

Helena Richardson knew it was time to offer something different when she heard women say they no longer wanted to just be in charge of sunscreen, snacks, and sandcastles at the beach. Her...

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...

Approval of Brandy Hill expansion “a heartbreaking decision”

A community group that sought to protect koalas in Port Stephens has been left devastated by the approval of the Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion project.

Minister Ley approves Brandy Hill quarry expansion

The Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion Project has been given the green light. Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley says strict new conditions have been attached to the high profile project in a...

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...

Hope for farmers affected by fire

A NSW Government fire recovery program is helping Hunter and MidCoast landholders to rebuild and reshape their properties after last summer’s harrowing bushfires. Property owners Bob Nicholas and Louise Veale have a 20...

Community encouraged to love water

Over the past year, the Lower Hunter community has consumed almost 15 per cent less water than expected, thanks to some smart water choices. This Saturday, 24 October, the community is being asked...

Stockton taskforce looks to Hunter River sand to replenish beach

Sand from the south arm of the Hunter River could be the key to helping replenish Newcastle’s ravaged Stockton Beach. City of Newcastle plans to meet with the Hunter and Central Coast Development...

Hollywood heartthrob helps “rewild” Australia

For the first time in 3,000 years, the Tasmanian Devil is back living in the wild on mainland Australia, providing an historic moment for wildlife lovers across the country. With the help of...

Unique library for green thumbs in Wallsend

Green thumbs are being encouraged to expand their gardens as part of a new initiative by Newcastle Libraries. Starting at Wallsend Library, a seed library will be trialled, where members can ‘borrow’ seeds...

Water restrictions ease but Hunter urged to be smart

Shorter showers, fixing leaking taps and only washing a full load are some of the ways Hunter residents can help avoid water restrictions this summer. From today, October 1, the Lower Hunter is...

Campaign to save koalas under global spotlight

The plight of Port Stephens’ koalas has gained some A-list support as the local community and some Australian celebrities rally behind a cause to save vital habitat at Brandy Hill. They are calling...

Council’s shade goal on track at Foreshore Park

Newcastle's Foreshore Park is being transformed into a greener public space as part of a "generational opportunity" to reimagine one of the city's premier parks. City of Newcastle began a four-year tree replacement...

Centre saves tonnes of waste from landfill

The Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) at Summerhill Waste Management Centre has saved the weight equivalent of 74 semi-trailers of waste from landfill in its first year of operation. Opened in September 2019, the...