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2021 Hunter Innovation Festival back with a bang

A region that puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to innovation… that’s us. Here in the Hunter, we don’t just talk the talk about making change for the better,...

City takes next step in Wallsend flood commitment

City of Newcastle is a step closer to delivering a range of projects to help mitigate flooding in Wallsend. It comes as a preferred tenderer for the upgrade of stormwater infrastructure at Cowper Street is set to be considered at tonight’s Council meeting.   The...

Hunter drenched in wettest March in 120 years

March 2021 could be remembered as ‘the big wet’ in future annals. After multiple days of persistent, heavy rainfall between March 17 and 26, much of the state was experiencing record flooding. By Wednesday...

Next stage of pumped hydro project at Muswellbrook underway

The preliminary phase of the feasibility study for the proposed 250MW Bells Mountain pumped hydro project at Muswellbrook is nearing completion. The engineering report began in 2019 to determine whether the project – a...

New circular tourism set to Go

Dr Phoebe Everingham and Newcastle Greens candidate Sinead Francis-Coan are fast becoming the city’s off the beaten track tour taste-testers. Combining their extensive overseas travel experience with insider local knowledge , the pair...

Windfall for Stockton Beach

Stockton Beach is set to be the winner thanks to more than $768,000 in grants. The NSW Government funding was awarded to the City of Newcastle Council under the 2020-2021 Coastal and Estuary...

Number of mushroom calls alarming, poison experts say

Consuming backyard mushrooms can lead to fatal organ damage, experts warn. The reminder comes after NSW Poisons Information Centre recorded 155 calls regarding mushroom exposures. Received between January and March, the group are attributing...

Warabrook business fined $8000 for illegal dumping

Newcastle based company, ARSK Civil Pty Ltd, has received another conviction and been fined $8000 in Maitland Local Court for illegally dumping 52 tonnes of demolition waste. The company, located in Warabrook, is...

4WD community does its bit to clean up Olney State Forest

A fleet of 4WDs converged in the popular Olney State Forest to remove a staggering eight tonnes of illegally-dumped rubbish during the recent Clean-Up Australia Day. The event was organised by the Hunter...

Urban Hum bring buzz to backyard beekeeping

They are in almost every backyard in Newcastle. In fact in 26 inner city suburbs they live enmasse - up to 80,000 of them are keeping busy sustaining ecosystems. For Urban Hum founders...

Migratory shorebirds leave Hunter estuary for northern hemisphere

Rehabilitated shorebird habitat in the Hunter estuary is vitally important in the East Asian-Australasian flyway, according to the Hunter Bird Observers Club (HBOC). Birds breed in Siberia, North China and Alaska in June...

Weave Projects to host inaugural nature event

Jess Miller believes connecting with nature is the best thing for the soul, and sharing stories about it completes us. As a conservationist and artist, the 37-year-old Novocastrian is launching a project combining...

People want to see something iconic in Honeysuckle, report says

Something truly special – that's what the community wants to see in the future transformation of the final three hectares of land in Honeysuckle. Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) released the...

Imported packages found containing potential Hunter Valley threat

Biosecurity officers and detector dogs at the Sydney Mail Centre have intercepted two packages with plants that are known to host Australia’s number one priority plant pest. Xylella fastidiosa is a plant pest...

Clean-up of flood-damaged household chemicals

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking community assistance for the safe clean-up of household chemicals and problem wastes in the Hunter after recent flood and storm weather events. EPA director incident...

Flood flow-on in Hunter causes fish deaths and odours

Floodplains in much of coastal NSW, including parts of the Hunter, have been inundated with floodwaters after the recent heavy rain. With the current warm, sunny weather, this could lead to “blackwater” events,...

Cessnock City celebrates triple treat at Tidy Towns Awards

Cessnock City Council recently celebrated a triple treat at the Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards. Wollombi, Branxton and Cessnock were the winning locations announced at the ceremony dinner in Murrurundi, which was attended...

Pool owners warned of risks post floods

Pool specialists are warning pool owners in flood affected areas to be aware of the increased risk of 'popping pools', debris, water-borne disease, and mosquitoes this week. The call comes as torrential rain...

Cessnock City Council pledges for climate

Cessnock City Council has adopted five action pledges as part of its membership to the Cities Power Partnership (CPP), Australia’s largest local government climate network. Member councils have six months to select several...

Earth Hour set to leave Newy in the dark for change

Newcastle will be left in the dark this Saturday when it joins a global movement to switch to renewable energy. Saturday, 27 March 2021, 8:30pm will mark the start of Earth Hour. The annual...

MONDAY UPDATE: Road closures, weather warning

After a wild weekend, Newcastle and the Hunter region have been warned that there is still a risk of more flash flooding and heavy rain as we move into today and Tuesday....
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