Tuesday, 27 September 2016

University of Newcastle Indigenous Student Graduates with Double Degree


University of Newcastle student Karlie Noon will be the first Indigenous graduate to obtain a double degree in science and mathematics at a ceremony later this week.

The 26 year old is the first in her family to attend university, and hopes to continue in her education by undergoing postgraduate studies.

"I will definitely go on to do my PhD," Ms Noon said.

"It is the epitome of academia and at the moment there are no Indigenous people with a PhD in physics."

Ms Noon also currently works for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

This year the University of Newcastle reached a milestone of 1000 Indigenous enrolments, making up 3.5% of the University's population.

This is the largest number of Indigenous students at any Australian university.

Karlie Noon is the first Indigenous student to graduate with a double degree in science and mathematics in NSW

Permanent Cruise Ship Terminal Announced For Newcastle


 After years of lobbying, the Port Of Newcastle will finally get it's own cruise ship terminal.

Premier Mike Baird has announced $12.7 million dollar will be spent on building a multi-purpose cruise ship terminal at the Channel Birth at Carrington, the site of the current temporary terminal.

A further $800,000 in joint state and federal funding will be used to build new mooring ballards.

Work on the 3000 square metre terminal is due to start in mid 2017 and will be completed the following year.

The Hunter economy currently receives around $11 million dollars from the state's $2.3 billion cruise ship industry, with more than 17,000 passengers expected to visit during the 2015/16 cruise season.

Construction of the terminal building and flow on effects are expected to inject around $26.7 million into the Hunter's economy and create an additional 76 jobs.

The Cruise Ship Terminal Concept
Premier Mike Baird Announces Newcastle Cruise Terminal Photo: Ian Crouch

Monday, 26 September 2016

Newcastle CBD set for big changes


NEWCASTLE's city centre is set for some big changes following the governments support of an innovation project, aiming to turn NEWCASTLE into a 'digital precinct'.

A total of 9.8 million dollars has been committed by the state government with a further 8 million dollars coming from Newcastle city council, the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Now and Hunter DiGiT.

A new innovation hub is set to be developed, along with free public Wi-Fi, cutting edge smart parking and smart street lighting technology.

Premier Mike Baird visited Newcastle to announce the funding and praised the innovative project.

"The Hunter Innovation Project will provide a significant boost for Newcastle and capitalise on it's strong education and research sectors, the region's highly skilled workforce and diverse range of industries".

Artists impression of the 'Innovation hub' at the corner of King and Auckland streets
Photo source: The Newcastle Herald

Digital Innovation Precinct For Newcastle CBD


Premier Mike Baird is in town today to announce plans to turn the Newcastle C.B.D into a digital precinct.

There will be free Wi Fi, high speed broadband, cutting edge smart parking as well as a dedicated innovation hub to be built at the corner of Auckland and King Streets aimed at attracting new industries and jobs to the region.

The state government is putting almost $10 million dollars into the project, with a further $8 million coming from Newcastle City Council and the University of Newcastle.

The Hunter Innovation Hub Proposed For The Corner of King & Auckland Streets

Police Dog Tracks Down Wanted Man At Redhead


 A 22-year-old man on the run from police has been arrested while hiding in bush at Redhead last night after being tracked down by a police dog .

Police were called to Alison Street just before 11 o'clock to reports of a suspicious Black Holden Commodore utility.

The driver took off when officers arrived and dumped the car before running into the bush.

It took more than half an hour for the police dog to find him, leaving him with a bite mark on his ankle in the process.

He's due to face Belmont Local Court today charged with breach of bail and driving while disqualified.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Calls for more Anti-Ice Programs in the Hunter


The State Government are being called on to provide better funding for the Hunter to combat the growing Ice epidemic.

Jodie Harrison
It comes after a recent report suggested possession charges in Lake Macquarie grew by more than 70 percent in 2015.

The figures are twice as high as the State average.

Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison says while this issue is a criminal one, it does also need to be treated as a health one.

“What is most often driving the use of methylamphetamine are underlying issues, and quite often they relate to mental health issues, they relate to homelessness,” she said.

“They are underlying issues that need to be dealt with in a very sympathetic way rather than taking a hardline approach.

“Our criminal justice system needs to work hand in hand with our health system.”

The Labor MP has echoed the same call in from Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, who in February told 2NUR FM News Ice addiction needed to be decriminalised.

“There are resources that are going towards policing and through the courts to target individuals who have got drug addiction rather than spending that money on treatment, on rehabilitation, on detox, on all the things we know that work,” he said.

“We’re calling for a much more rational approach.  One that treats this as a health issue rather than a law and order issue.”

While the State Government has invested in drug rehabilitation, particular through charity organisation like The Samaritans, Jodie Harrison believes funding needs to be given to other support services.

“What’s not getting supported are the families who are trying their darndest to support their loved one through an Ice addiction,” she said.

“Those families aren’t getting Government support and they need it.” 

Major Drug Bust At Charlestown


 A man is facing serious drug supply charges after $100,000 worth of Cocaine was allegedly found in his car at Charlestown.

Police pulled over a car for a routine traffic stop on Dudley Road yesterday afternoon and spoke to the 30-year-old driver before search him and his car.

It's alleged the officer found less than 500 grams of a white powdered substance which they believed to be Cocaine.

The man was taken to Belmont Police Station where he was charged with deemed supply of a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

He's been refused bail and is due to face Newcastle Local Court today.