Morning Shot: @state.of.grace.8/InstagramWeather: Showers in Newcastle (22 degrees) andNelson Bay (23 degrees). Shower or two in Raymond Terrace,Wallsend, Toronto (23 degrees).
Traffic: A car and caravan is broken down on the M1 near Wisemans Ferry. Northbound traffic is affected as a tow truck attends the area. Drivers are urged to exercise caution.
Beachwatch:With south to south-east winds pushing a few showers onto the coast it’s only going to be an average day beachside. The swell is from the south around 2 to 3 metres but is expected to ease during the day. Once again the southern ends will be the best value. In the city try Stockton, Nobbys, Flatrock, Merewether and Dudley. Down south try Blacksmiths, Caves and Catho. At Port Sephens try Fingal and One Mile. Most open beaches will be closed to the swimmer due to dangerous rips so be extra careful if you do venture in. The water temperature is 20 degrees.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Hunter headlinesONE of the Hunter’s largest employers says “policy instability and uncertainty” in the Australianenergy market is making it harder to justify investing in the region. Read more.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, is urging motorists to make every journey a safe one this Easter in a bid to drive down the road toll towards zeroon the Hunter’s roads. Read more.
Organisers of the Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival are on the hunt to find major sponsors. Read more.
THE infamously slow and unreliabletwo-and-a-half hour train ride from Newcastle to Sydney has been getting worse since 2011, and transport authorities don’t know how to fix it. Read more.
Easter has come early at The Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast with the birth of five healthy –and adorable –dingo puppies. Read more.
MORE details about the state government’s plan to redirect buses away from Hunter Street have emerged, with the proposal to see more than 40 car spaces cut from surrounding streets. Read more.
The demand for Tailor Made Fish Farm’s product and technology has pushed the Port Stephens business to the point of expansion, which is why it has been listed for sale. Read more.
A GLOW-in-dark streak of blue pavement will be among the more eye-catching elements of a facelift for the Warners Bay foreshore,due to begin next week. Read more.
FORMER Jets captains and 100-plus game players Matt Thompson and Jobe Wheelhouse believe under-siege Newcastle coach Mark Jones deserves a chance to build his own squad next season. Read more.
REGIONAL NEWS► BALLARAT: A disability pensioner slugged with a Centrelink debt three weeks out from major surgery said she prays every day that the robo-debt system “gets its comeuppance”.
Scarsdale’s Lee-Anne Thomas received a debt notice for just under $700 late last November for an overpayment allegedly made by the department in 2010. She said she asked the welfare agency to hold off the debt until she afterher surgery when she could investigate the claimbut her request was refused. Read on
Elsa Hoggard said the first that she heard of her debt to Centrelink was through a Sydney debt collector. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.
►WOLLONGONG: Thieves have devastated an Albion Park Rail tobacconist for the third time in six weeks, this time using a ute to bust open the shop in a spectacular pre-dawn raid.
The raids, ona Cignall shop off Ash Avenue, have cost the business almost $40,000 in lost stock, property damage and stolen cash. Read more
Avninder Singh has cleaned up his Ash Avenue shop three times in the wake of damaging and costly break-ins. Picture: Robert Peet
►CANBERRA: Graduating university represents the culmination of years of hard work for most, but for Canberra man and paraplegic Paul Jenkins it marked something much more.
Mr Jenkins has spent the past six months training in an exoskeleton deviceand on Tuesday realised his dream of walking on stage at Parliament House and accepting his two bachelor degrees from the University of Canberra. Read more
Paraplegic Paul Jenkins learning to walk with bionic legs with exercise physiologist Jim Barrett. Photo: Rohan Thomson
►WAGGA: Twostricken teens may find a new home in Wagga as their aunt vows to keep a family promise.
Shanon Heidemann, 17, has lived a nightmare following the death of his father, who was swept away in the Queensland floods, west of Gympie.
As Shanonhelped emergency services searchthe floodwatersfor 50-year-old David Heidemann,he was told hismother and brother had died in a fatal collision on the Princes Highway at Berry. Read on
Tragedy inspires support: The Berry Crash Tragedy gofundme page pic.
►PORT AUGUSTA:Reach Solar energy reachedfinancial close on the first phase of the 300 Megawatt BungalaSolarproject near Port Augusta.And at the same time, entered sale agreements withEnelGreen Power (EGP) and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund. Read more
The 70MW solar farm in Northern NSW, a similar, but smaller proposed project than the Bungala Solar Project.
►MANDURAH: Regional development minister Alannah MacTiernan has given the strongest indication yet that she will overhaul the Royalties for Regions program to give it a stronger focus on job creation.
The program, which was first proposed by former Nationals WA leaderBrendon Grylls, has invested more than $6 billion in the regions since 2008.
Ms MacTiernan said the incoming Labor government would redirect Royalties for Regions funding to infrastructure that created jobs, such as renewable energy projects. Read on
Regional development minister Alannah MacTiernan with Mandurah MP David Templeman. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.
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NATIONAL NEWS►The Turnbull government’s budget razor gang is set to consider changes to the $10 billion Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme designed to bring down the price of medicines and kill off a potentially damaging fight with pharmacists. Read on
►Australia has failed to comply with its international obligation to crack down on family trusts, despite concerns they could be misused for tax evasion, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Read on
Andrew Leigh MP outside his office which is 600m outside the new Fraser border. He will now need to move to a new office inside the new Fraser electorate. Photo: Rohan Thomson
►Federal funding has been stripped from two of Australia’s largest private colleges after they raked in more than $440 million from taxpayers in just three years. Read more
VIDEO SPECIAL►After a successful 2017, Party in the Paddock will return to White Hills, Tasmania from February 9 to 10, 2018. Organisers announced the event had been confirmed for another year, with grand plans for the Paddock’s sixth edition.
WORLD NEWS ►The team bus of German football team Borussia Dortmund was damaged and a player was injured following three explosions near the vehicle on its way to Tuesday’s Champions League game at home to AS Monaco, police said.
The match, a quarter-final first leg at Signal Iduna Park, was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday. Read on
The team bus of the Borussia Dortmund football club seen after the bus was damaged in an explosion. Photo: Getty Images
►United Continental Holdings Inc. shares have fallenas outrage on social media over a passenger’s forcible removal from a flight spread across the globe, including to China, where local media questioned whether racism played a role in the incident. Read on
►JAKARTA:A court hearing the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor has been accused of succumbing to political interference after it agreed to delay proceedings until one day after the gubernatorial election.
Jakarta’s police chief wrote to the North Jakarta District Court last week requesting the trial be postponed “considering the increasing vulnerability of the security situation in Jakarta”. Read on
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— Academia Obscura (@AcademiaObscura) April 10, 2017FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Tony Fisher, Peter NortonTwo of the Riverina’s longest-serving linesmen are preparing to be trained on the National Broadband Network, the latest in a long line of innovations since their careers started.
A lot has changed sinceTony Fisher and Peter Norton went to work for the Postmaster-General’s Department more than 40 years ago. Read on
Telstra linemen Tony Fisher and Peter Norton have seen a lot of changes in technology since they started their careers more than 40 years ago.