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$300,000 boost for Maitland community organisations

Maitland organisations will benefit to the tune of $300,000, thanks to the NSW Government’s 2020 Community Building Partnership Program. The generous funding boost is expected to finance 15 projects, including a playground redevelopment...

Fitzgibbon finds an unlikely ally

Labor's Joel Fitzgibbon has found an unlikely ally following his recent stand-off with the party – and its climate and energy policies. The Cessnock-based Hunter MP resigned from the federal frontbench earlier in...

Parliamentary Secretary sacked after koala policy vote

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, has been sacked by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. It comes after Ms Cusack crossed the floor at Parliament yesterday (Thursday 19 November) to vote against the...

State Budget 2020-21: How the Hunter fared

The Hunter received a mixed bag of offerings in today’s state budget, with the region’s Labor MP’s predictably disappointed with the figures handed down by Treasurer Dominic Perrottet. Regional hospitals weren’t forgotten, with...

Opinion: the US election and why you should care

The question on everyone’s lips today is who will be the next President of the United States (POTUS)? Democrat Joe Biden or Republican Donald Trump? As an Australian, you might be thinking that it...

Prime Minister visits Hunter to reveal energy plan

Energy companies need to step up and fill the gap left by the closure of Liddell power station, or the Federal Government will act. That’s the message from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, which...

Unfair funding – Why Newcastle is being shut out

Newcastle was shut out of more than $170 million in government grants in 2019. That’s according to a new report by the Hunter Research Foundation Centre. It shows that Newcastle was deemed ineligible for...

Federal MP slams Australia Post changes

Newcastle is set to be hit by the largest reduction to postal services in history as letters are temporarily reduced from five days a week to once every two business days. Express Post...

Newcastle State MP calls for overhaul of grant programs

The grandstand at Newcastle Olympic Football Club’s home ground in Hamilton is one step away from being demolished. But, in three years, it’s meant to host some of the world’s best female footballers...

Backlash over motion to rename fountain

Councillor Allan Robinson has hit out at City of Newcastle's decision to consider the process of renaming council buildings or features so they are "culturally appropriate", labelling it "embarrassing". City of Newcastle councillors...

Hunter hit as Jetstar cuts jobs at Williamtown

Jetstar has been forced into cutting more than 100 engineering jobs and shutting down its deep maintenance operation at Williamtown. The announcement was made this morning and has devastated Hunter workers and...

Have your say in Paterson

It’s a town hall meeting with a twist – it’s all via video conferencing. In a sign of the changing times, Paterson MP Meryl Swanson is hosting a virtual town hall meeting. This Wednesday...

Postal service cuts to hit the Hunter

According to Paterson Federal MP, Meryl Swanson, Newcastle and the Hunter is set to be hardest hit by new regulations that will let Australia Post scale back services, slash jobs and cut...

Maitland Mayor takes a swipe at deputy over rates rise debacle

Ratepayers in the Maitland area have taken to social media, expressing their anger over a rate rise and funds allocated to Maitland Regional Art Gallery under a new plan. Five Labor councillors and...

Calls for post-COVID stimulus funding in the Hunter

Wallsend State MP Sonia Hornery and Newcastle State MP Tim Crakanthorp have called for a raft of projects to be prioritised and fast-tracked as part of a post-COVID economic stimulus. It comes...

War of words erupts between councillors

A stoush has erupted between Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen and Independent Councillor John Church over council’s financial state following COVID-19. Cr Clausen sent an email to the media yesterday, accusing Newcastle...

Nurses protest “outrageous” wage freeze

“It’s outrageous, to freeze our wages.” That was the cry from protesting nurses and midwives at one of Newcastle’s main intersections on Tuesday afternoon. The chants were directed at the Gladys Berejiklian-led NSW government...

Gyms to reopen as restrictions continue to ease

Gyms, indoor pools, yoga and dance studios will be able to reopen across NSW from Saturday 13 June as the NSW Government continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Kid's sport will also make a...

Council commits $20 million to reduce flooding

After a severe history of flash floods, City of Newcastle has committed more than $20 million to replace two bridges in Wallsend and reduce flooding in the town centre. The decision to dedicate...

Special Activation Precinct to boost Newcastle economy

A Special Activation Precinct at Williamtown is set to generate jobs and boost the greater Newcastle economy. Announced today by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro at BAE Systems in...

City of Newcastle takes action over unemployment

City of Newcastle is working to tackle youth unemployment, with COVID-19 taking a terrible toll. The Hunter Research Foundation says 18.7% of young people aged between 15 to 24 in Newcastle and Lake...