The Dish Our Latest Treasure

Parkes Observatory added to National Heritage List. Throsby Jnr forced to model at Parkes Observatory in 1990. The most famous dish in the nation, the CSIRO Parkes Observatory, will be conserved and protected under National Heritage status. The observatory’s 64-metre[…]


More Beach Erosion Expected

With five metre south-easterly swells predicted for late this afternoon and evening, councils are expecting ongoing sand erosion. Midcoast Council is watching vulnerable sites at Old Bar and Jimmys Beach, but said erosion could occur along most of the coastline.[…]


Judge Dismisses Fair Work Case Against Mariners

Legal win for Australian seafarers who staged 62 day sit in to prevent replacement of MV Portland with foreign vessel. The Federal Court has handed a major legal victory to 10 Australian seafarers who undertook a two-month sit-in to prevent[…]


Broke on Wheels

Broke’s community wish becomes reality with new skate park. Following community input, including from local schoolchildren, Broke Skate Park is open. Mayor of Singleton Cr Sue Moore, Ralph Northey from Bulga Coal, Warren Taggart who performed the Welcome to Country[…]


Mask Up at Cessnock Council

Customers encouraged to wear face masks. Cessnock City Council is encouraging customers to wear face masks in order to protect both residents, visitors and Council staff. Council is currently continuing to offer over the counter services at its facilities, including[…]


Cruel Sums of War

It’s a debate that could, perhaps should, continue till the close of civilisation. Was the annihilation of civilian-occupied cities by allied forces at the end of World War 2 justifiable? Despite understandable war fatigue, were the horrendous fire-bombings of Dresden[…]


Mulesing Ban “Counterproductive”

NSW Farmers Association will oppose a bill to ban mulesing and government-mandated pain relief, introduced by the Animal Justice Party to State Parliament last year.  NSW Farmers’ President, James Jackson, said the push to ban mulesing is counter to achieving[…]


Cessnock Gaol Entrance Resolved

Council accepts the NSW Government’s proposal for an alternative entrance to the Cessnock Correctional Centre Cessnock City Council will accept an offer from the NSW Government for a new access road to the Cessnock Correctional Centre. Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor[…]


New Concept Housing for Dudley

A $40,000 nationwide design competition could showcase next-generation urban housing in Australia. Lake Macquarie City Council’s dWELL contest will challenge industry professionals and tertiary students to design a new style of home with wellness, innovation, affordability, and sustainability at its[…]



Versatile Art of Bruce Rowland
Manning Regional Art Gallery is showcasing the versatile nature of a Newcastle artist in ‘Puppets and Paint: The Art of ...
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New Way for Teaching
Study links teacher development program to increase in student achievement. As schools continue to grapple with major upheaval, a ...
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Landcare is for all Australians
By Dr Shane Norrish CEO of Landcare Australia This week marks Landcare Week, a ...
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Century-old Gregson Park Fig Saved
Arborists hope to save a historic 100-year-old Port Jackson fig tree in Gregson Park that was facing the chop. ...
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Sale of Australian Associated Press
The sale of Australian Associated Press to a consortium of impact investors and philanthropists has been formally completed, ...
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Jimmys Beach Sand Restoration
MidCoast Council contractors are half way dredging the eastern channel of the lower Myall River, with 60,000 cubic metres of ...
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Let’s Clean Up The Lake
Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhoods Alliance will host a City-Wide Clean-Up on Sunday 9 August as part of Lake Macquarie City ...
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Landowners Help Protect Karuah River
Farmers can protect the Karuah River and the Port Stephens estuary by joining a project showcased during Landcare Week (3-9 ...
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This just in…
Nothing we ordinary folk can do except follow this potentially explosive story with great interest and see where it ends ...
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Ship Still Detained in Newcastle
Bulk carrier detained after seafarers “intimidated, underpaid, and forced to sail for 14 months.” The Australian Maritime Safety Authority ...
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In NSW, Masks not Mandated, but…
The NSW Government is strongly encouraging use of masks in high-risk public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. ...
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Fassifern Station Parking Upgrade
Car park improvements for better access to Fassifern station. Fassifern Station carpark works in progress. Work ...
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