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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...

Celebrate the #SpiritofSingleton online this Australia Day

Residents are being encouraged to get into the spirit of Singleton online this Australia Day to share what it means to be an Australian as part of council’s virtual celebrations. While ongoing COVID-19...

Kurri Kurri buzzing about Beehive Project

Kurri Kurri will soon be home to an innovative peer-to-peer solar energy trading initiative known as The Beehive Project. Enova Community Energy announced this week its first-shared public battery was destined for a...

Hitting the Retro Trail for regional tourism in the Hunter Valley

An old bank safe in the middle of a café in town, a pet shop that locals refer to as ‘the zoo’, and a 1930s horse trough in the main street. These are...

Cessnock parking proposal on public exhibition

Cessnock City Council’s (CCC) Parking Enforcement Policy is now on public exhibition. The proposal aims to manage residents’ safety, traffic flow and provide equitable access to available parking spaces. The current strategy has been...

NSW TAFE to reskill Hunter locals

TAFE NSW will play a leading role in helping Hunter residents to reskill for the jobs of the future as part of a landmark NSW Government initiative, according to the organisation’s managing...

Tomaree group say jetty plan will boost tourism

Peter Clough believes a ferry and cruise service to the Tomaree Headland would effectively showcase the region’s spectacular waterways. As president of the Tomaree Headland Heritage Group, Mr Clough is urging the community...

Iconic Aussie pair produce ‘Darn a Good Yarn’

There are few organisations that encapsulate the Australian spirit more aptly than the Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia (RFDS) and the Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWA). For almost a century, the...

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...

Funding boost to improve local roads

A new round of funding is set to improve local roads across the region while creating new jobs and boosting the economy. The turbocharged program is set to deliver more than $12.3...

Pledge to ease traffic choke spot

The NSW Government claims a westbound flyover will not be needed when it completes an upgrade to Maitland's worst peak-hour traffic choke spot. In October 2019, traffic lights were installed on the eastbound...

Port Stephens black spots to be upgraded

Five notorious Port Stephens black spots will receive safety upgrades thanks to more than $3 million in federal funding. The successful grant application will enable essential safety upgrades of Grahamstown Road at Medowie,...

The 3801’s return to former glory

One of the most beloved locomotives in Australia won't be roaring into Maitland this weekend for the first time in more than a decade. However, the 3801, which first attended the Hunter Valley...

Region faces level two restrictions

The Lower Hunter is set to face level two water restrictions for the first time since the 1980s. It comes as the region’s dams fell to their lowest levels in almost 40 years,...

Glimpse into rural village living

It’s a land-sharing community that spruiks the benefits of rural village living in today’s world. Just 15 minutes out of central Maitland lies Shepherds Ground, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to bring back...

Water restrictions take effect

A challenge has been put out to Lower Hunter residents to use four buckets of water less per day as the region prepares for the introduction of level one restrictions. With dams at...

Restrictions loom; busload to visit drought-affected areas

Level one water restrictions are tipped to be introduced in mid-September if the region’s dam levels drop further and usage remains high. According to Hunter Water, its total water storage sits at 65.7%...

So much more to Tocal Field Days

With more than 99% of NSW still suffering the effects of drought, there’s never been a better time to get out and support our farmers. The annual Tocal Field Days are back next...

Road trip to support farmers

A busload of eager shoppers will inject much-needed cash into rural towns next month as a show of support amid the ongoing drought. The We Care Road Trip is set to depart Newcastle...
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