JobMaker Just Slogan as TAFE Starves

Government Must Invest in Under-Funded, Outdated TAFE for Skills-Led COVID-19 Recovery By Geoff Crittenden Chief Executive Officer of Weld Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s newly announced JobMaker program hinges on a skills-led COVID-19 economic recovery. And yet, Australia’s largest, oldest[…]


Paynes Crossing Soon no Pain

New Paynes Crossing Bridge. Construction starts soon to replace Paynes Crossing Bridge with a new two lane bridge. Paynes Crossing Bridge links Cessnock and Singleton local government areas. The bridge on Paynes Crossing Road crosses Wollombi Brook 11.6km north of[…]


At Last, Something to Excite Greenies

The NSW government has announced NSW’s second renewable energy zone (REZ) that could triple the 3000MW of the first Central West zone. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the government was “forging ahead” with plans to deliver new energy infrastructure that[…]


Final Maintenance Cycle for Hornets

The last F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets to undergo deeper maintenance servicing have rolled out of the Boeing Defence Australia facility at Williamtown RAAF. A sight we’ll soon no longer see ~ a Hornet F/A-18A A21-012 takin off from RAAF Base Williamtown.[…]


We Let the Dogs Out

Competitors announced for national working dog challenge. Jack Febey with Tasmania’s allstar working dog Whiskey. Twelve dogs from across Australia will compete in the Cobber Challenge to find Australia’s hardest working dog. Each dog will wear a GPS collar to[…]


Container Veteran Joins Port Team

Australian container shipping industry stalwart Noel Dent joins Port of Newcastle. Noel Dent has joined Port of Newcastle as Strategic Development Manager for the Multi-purpose Deepwater Terminal (MDT) project. Mr Dent brings to the port more than three decades of[…]


Jerrys Plains Funding Priority

Singleton Council’s Village Master Plan and Action Plan for Jerrys Plains is now a council priority. The township and environs will get funding under the United Wambo Mine Project Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA). Jerrys Plains township . The Master Plan[…]


Black Spot funding for Sandy Creek Road

Cessnock City Council has funding for road works on Sandy Creek Road, from Quorrobolong to Mt Vincent.  A total of $343,500 will be spent to improve road safety, with the works scheduled to take place in the 2020/21 financial year. […]


City Increases NGO Funding

Hunter vulnerable helped by funding stretched community sector. Thirty-one community organisations received $550,000 to provide critical services strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Councillor Carol Duncan and Path2Change CEO Jen O’Sullivan with the Path2Change[…]



Forster Ocean Baths Open
Work is almost complete at Forster’s Ocean Baths and recreation area. The facility has new toilets with separate change ...
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Beach Driving Permits Renewal Due
Permits are due for driving on Kylies Beach,  Hawks Nest Beach, and those in between. Midcoast ...
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Drones Detect Koala Survivors
By Newcastle University's [1]  Ryan R. Witt, Adam Roff, Chad T. Beranek, and Lachlan G. Howell Last summer’s catastrophic ...
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Windale’s New Community Hall
Windale’s new community hall will be a ‘high-tech’ library and a multi-purpose centre with flexible layout and gathering spaces. ...
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EPA Compliance Blitz
Multiple waste facilities were blitzed by NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) compliance officers in June. The coordinated and unannounced ...
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Temporary Cycleway at Honeysuckle
Council will construct a temporary cycleway along Honeysuckle Drive during construction turmoil. It will connect Steel Street to ...
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Enforceable Undertaking Follows Club’s Land Clearing
Black Head Bowling Club has entered into an enforceable undertaking with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment after a ...
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Encapsulated in Virtual Time
Locals can contribute to a snapshot of Singleton’s COVID-19 experience for the future. Singleton residents and businesses can inform ...
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Newcastle’s Ship to Rail Trumps Sydney Ports
Passenger train arrivals demonstrate unique direct-to-rail capability at Port of Newcastle The first shipment of new passenger trains ...
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NEMO – Future of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Artist's impression of merging neutron stars. This event is a source of gravitational waves ~ eso.org ...
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Take a Ride on the Driveless Side
Wheels turning on driverless vehicle trial. The first driverless vehicle to mix with traffic on Newcastle’s roads is ferrying ...
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Fine Issued for Liddel Dust
Fine issued for excess dust emissions from Liddell power station. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has ...
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