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Category: Environment

Keep Newcastle Ocean Baths free, say Labor councillors

Two Labor councillors have declared their intentions to keep the Newcastle Ocean Baths free, honouring a 70-year pledge in the process. And, on Tuesday 23 February, Carol Duncan and Deputy Lord Mayor Declan...

Digging into dinosaur discoveries

A Tyrannosaurus Rex “lived fast and died young”, with the oldest ever discovered believed to be about 30 years old.  That’s one of the many facts that Lake Macquarie’s Michael Dawson can share...

New trial for Maitland Mattress Muster

Due to the expected high volumes of participation in the upcoming Mattress Muster, as well as opposition from some councillors, Maitland City Council is trialling the recycling program at the Mount Vincent...

Hunter recycling firm urges responsible disposal

A recycling firm is asking people to be more vigilant after a third fire in as many months. Hunter Resource Recovery, the company responsible for recycling services for the Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, and...

Not so Pleasant mine, courtesy of offensive, vile smell

MACH Energy Australia Pty Ltd has been slapped with a penalty notice for $15,000 after a pungent smelling blast fume occurred at Muswellbrook’s Mount Pleasant Mine last year. The NSW Environment Protection Authority...

Forestry Corporation thrilled with Alf Britton’s Australia Day gong

The Forestry Corporation of NSW has expressed its delight at former staff member Alf Britton being acknowledged on the Australia Day Honours list earlier this week. The popular employee, who worked in the...

Clean Up Australia Day hopes to have another big impact

The coronavirus contagion affected countless things in 2020, including the ecosystem to the surprise of many. Now, the people behind the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day, are encouraging Hunter...

Sea Shepherd’s hope to clean Newcastle’s beaches

Every beach in Newcastle has its own plastic footprint. Whether it’s full of coffee cups, water bottles, straws or industrial items like hard hats, each location has a product that frequently appears. Sea Shepherd...

AGL unveils suppliers for grid-scale battery plans

Two overseas companies have been secured by AGL, under non-exclusive framework agreements, to supply up to 1000MW of grid-scale battery storage. The Australian energy supplier revealed plans last year to build batteries at Loy Yang...

Will Eraring Power Station be home to Australia’s largest battery?

Lake Macquarie could soon be home to the nation’s largest battery at Eraring Power Station, if Origin Energy Limited’s latest proposal receives the green light. The company is progressing plans for the development,...

Santos’ actions not ‘surprising’ say campaigners

New documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal an energy company attempted to lobby the Australian Government to subsidise a pipeline that would enable its controversial Narrabri gas project to...

UPDATE: Nobbys Beach closed after shark sighting

Newcastle's Nobbys Beach is currently closed after the sighting of three sharks. Two of the sharks were identified before 11am this morning (Monday 11 January) using drones from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)...

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...

EPA fines Hexham metal recycler $15,000

Failing to minimise dust emissions at its Hexham plant has proved costly for Onesteel Recycling Pty Ltd (operating as Infrabuild), with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issuing a $15,000 fine. EPA authorised...

Latty the koala’s little Christmas miracle

What a difference 12 months makes. The recovery of an orphan koala joey at Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary has brought hope as the local community remembers the devastating impact of the 2019−20 Black...

IPC approves new Muswellbrook mine

In a major economic boost for the Upper Hunter community, the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved the Maxwell Underground Project near Muswellbrook. Despite objections from the thoroughbred and viticulture industries, today’s...

Don’t let Christmas celebrations go to waste

The annual spike in Christmas waste has prompted Lake Macquarie City Council to urge residents to recycle wherever possible this festive season. While bins often fill quickly with wrapping paper and other present-related...

Early Christmas for Love Water Grants recipients

Matt Rizzoli and David Sivyer are in celebration mode today. The duo from Feedback Organic, a sustainable food recovery waste business at Cardiff, was one of 20 recipients to benefit from a share...

Tiny turtles tough to the drought

The plight of the Hunter River short-necked turtle (Hunter River turtle) seemed very grim at the start of the year. It faced impacts from predators (on eggs, juveniles and adults), combined with long-term...

Public welcome to attend archaeological site

Residents are welcome to attend open day tours of the archaeological investigation site at Maitland this week. Maitland City Council is inviting members of the public, and guests, to visit the scene, which...

Gill wins top Landcare prize for 2020

Robyn Gill has been awarded top honours at this year's Lake Macquarie Landcare Awards. A founding member of the Coal Point Progress Association Landcare group since its inception in 1995, Robyn has worked...