Thursday, 23 March 2017

Burst Water Main Cuts Supply To Newcastle's Western Suburbs

BY IAN CROUCH

Thousands of homes in Newcastle's western suburbs are without water due to a damaged water main.

Workers digging near the Bunnings outlet on Minmi Road accidentally hit the main water supply line to Fletcher, Maryland, Minmi and Black Hill.

Hunter Water crews are trying to fix the problem but it's not clear yet how long it will take.






Call To Ease Traffic Gridlock Around John Hunter Hospital

BY IAN CROUCH

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery is calling on the Health and Roads Ministers to do something to improve traffic gridlock at the John Hunter Hospital.

740 new car parks were added to the hospital campus in 2015, with thousands of extra car movements per day out of a single entry and exit location.


She believes the problem would be eased greatly if the Roads Minister ensured a full interchange is built as part of Stage 5 of the Newcastle inner-city bypass.


Sonia Hornery says the state government should also reinstate the free shuttle bus from McDonald Jones Stadium and the John Hunter to reduce  the number of people travelling to the hospital by car.


Wallsend MP, Sonia Hornery



No Hunter Residents Caught Up In London Terror Attack

BY IAN CROUCH

Fears Newcastle and Hunter residents may have been caught up in the London Terrorist attack have been allayed.

The Foreign Minister says no Australians have been hurt or killed in the attack.

British police have confirmed the death toll has risen to five people.

The attack unfolded when a car was driven into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before an officer was stabbed.

The attacker was shot and later died in hospital - about 40 people have been injured in the attack.

Julie Bishop says she's been in contact with UK officials.

"I understand the British police are treating it as a terrorist incident until other information comes to hand. I can assure Australians that to this point, no Australians have been identified as being involved," she said.

London Terror Attack Picture: uknews.yahoo.com

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Woman transported to John Hunter after motor accident

BY LAUREN FREEMANTLE

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has transported a 58-year-old woman from Hinton to the John Hunter Hospital this morning.

The woman sustained head and spinal injuries after being involved in a motor vehicle accident around 8am this morning.

She is currently in a stable condition.


Cessnock Crackdown on Littering

By LAUREN KEMPE

Cessnock City Council is ramping up its current anti-littering campaign by allowing residents to report tossers in moving vehicles to New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency online.

Last year Adopt a Road groups collected 14.4 tonnes of waste in the Cessnock local government area out of 25, 000 tonnes across the state.

The new campaign means the EPA can issue fines of $250 to individuals caught or reported littering from a moving vehicle and up to $500 for corporate offences.
Cessnock Sustainability Officer, Trisha Donnelly says the movement will raise awareness, change behaviour and reduce clean-up costs involved in waste management.

“It is a big deal, we want our environment to look neat and tidy. We want to attract visitors to the region, and it’s just not a good look when the first thing you see when you drive into a town is litter on the roadside.

“Our campaign is to mobilize the community to report littering; to stand up and say ‘this is not acceptable behaviour in our community any more’. It’s a serious offence.”

The campaign is being pushed by the council following research that shows people are less likely to litter if they think someone is watching.

Residents are being encouraged to collect free car-tidy bags from Cessnock Library, Kurri Kurri Library and the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre to prevent littering.

Cessnock City Council in partnership with the NSW Environmental Protection Agency urge individuals who see someone littering from their vehicle to submit a report through registering at: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/litter/from-vehicle.htm


Photo Credit: www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au

University of Newcastle welcomes Pro Vice Chancellor for Industry Engagement and Innovation

BY SARAH JAMES

Heralding Newcastle's entrance into the innovation age, the University of Newcastle has established the inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor for Industry Engagement and Innovation.

Stepping up to the role is Dr Sarah Pearson; an established leader in the global innovation community.

Part of Dr Pearson's role is nurturing Newcastle's potential to become a global hotspot for innovation. She will be responsible for establishing industry partnerships, encouraging entrepreneurship in the area and leading innovation hubs.
 Dr Pearson believes Newcastle's location, affordability and lifestyle will make the area attractive for future investment.

With 75% of high growth jobs being in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries, it is imperative that Newcastle adapt to this employment trend.

Dr Sarah Pearson


Body Found In Water Off Newcastle

BY IAN CROUCH

Police searching for a 23-year-old Newcastle University student missing since Sunday have found a body off the coast of Newcastle.

International student, Mohsin Awan was washed off rocks to the south of Nobbys Beach on Sunday night while taking a selfie with a friend.

Bystanders managed to rescue one of the men, but the other disappeared in rough surf .

Just before 8.00am today police located a body, believed to be that of the missing man, 1km off Newcastle Beach.

A report will prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Body Found Off Newcastle Beach Believed To Be Missing Man