Hunter Valley

Woman dies at Hunter Valley mine


Dan Proudman A FEMALE contractor has been killed after a large dump truck and a four-wheel drive collided on an open cut mine in the Hunter Valley.

Female miner crushed to death at Hunter Valley mine

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Dan Proudman A female miner on a routine break has been crushed to death after she apparently drove into the path of one of the fully-laden 400-tonne dump trucks she was employed to drive.

Leonie Hutchinson disappearance: Hunter Valley police follow new leads


Amanda Hoh Leonie Hutchinson was only 18 months old when she disappeared from Scone in the Hunter Valley - but it took four years for anyone to notice she was gone.

Hunter Valley mine: Recommendation to approve expansion referred to Independent Commission Against Corruption

NCH - SHD - Coal Mine Dust - John Krey , resident of  Bulga with the Mt Thorley Mine managed by Rio Tinto [ near Bulga NSW] in the background     Aug  2013 Pic by Peter Stoop

Alexandra Back A Hunter Valley community group has referred the government's recommendation to approve a nearby Rio Tinto mine expansion to the state's corruption watchdog.

Hunter Valley wineries threaten to charge at the cellar door

Bruce Tyrrell.

Jo Casamento, Heath Aston THE Hunter Valley's biggest wineries will be forced to start charging for tastings unless the state government reverses a decision to scrap a tax subsidy that the industry says it relies on to remain...

Two miners dead after wall collapses at Austar Coal Mine near Paxton

Austar Coal Mine, Paxton.

Ashleigh Gleeson and Matt Carr Two men have been killed and two injured after a Hunter Valley coal mine collapsed.

Miners helpless as Paxton fall kills mates


Dan Proudman, Donna Page, Belinda-Jane Davis A catastrophic rock burst, known in the mining industry as a ''pressure bump'', is suspected of causing the massive explosion of tonnes of coal that crushed two miners to death at Paxton.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell resigns

16 APRIL 2014: O'Farrell resigned today after evidence revealed as part of an Idependent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiry proved he received a $3000 bottle of wine he'd previously denied being gifted. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell attends game three of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michaela Whitbourn Premier Barry O'Farrell has resigned after being caught out over his evidence to a corruption inquiry after a handwritten note was tendered in which he thanked the head of a company linked to the...

Barry O'Farrell resigns after being caught out over bottle of wine

Barry O'Farrell

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has sensationally resigned. Follow all the latest news and reaction as it develops.

Labor calls for inquiry into Environment Protection Authority performance


Natalie O'Brien The state opposition is seeking a parliamentary inquiry into the culture and performance of the Environment Protection Authority after controversies including botched prosecutions, accusations of...

Cleric who 'married' 12-year-old believed he had done nothing wrong


Rachel Olding and Louise Hall A Muslim cleric living in Australia on a religious visa believed he didn't do anything wrong by "marrying" a 12-year-old girl to a 26-year-old man because the union was never officially registered.

Complaint over coal trains heads to ICAC


Natalie O'Brien A misconduct complaint against the Environment Protection Authority has been lodged with the corruption watchdog, over its role in the regulation of coal train pollution in the Hunter Valley.

NRL season kicks off with South Sydney v Sydney Roosters


Andrew Webster A week after the Roosters stormed to last season's premiership, their all-powerful chairman Nick Politis could not get out of Dodge fast enough.

Deception claims as shareholders name Sinodinos in Obeid lawsuit


Kate McClymont, Michaela Whitbourn, Sean Nicholls Shareholders who lost millions investing in Eddie Obeid-linked company Australian Water Holdings are suing its former chairmen, federal Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos, former NSW treasurer...

Imam Riaz Tasawar held in immigration detention after visa sponsorship cancelled


Nick Ralston A Pakistani imam, charged with conducting the alleged marriage of a 12-year-old girl, is being held at Villawood detention centre after the sponsorship of his visa was cancelled.

Imam charged with solemnising underage marriage

Emma Partridge, Leesha McKenny Police have arrested and charged an imam accused of conducting the marriage of a 12-year-old girl in the Hunter Valley this year.

Hearing set for imam alleged to have officiated over wedding of child bride

Emma Partridge An imam accused of conducting the illegal marriage of a 12-year-old girl has been granted conditional bail as police decide whether to lay charges against the child bride's father.

NSW plans to sell power stations to AGL, but ACCC says consumers might pay a price

Bayswater Power Station in Hunter Valley.

Sean Nicholls The NSW government has announced energy giant AGL as the successful bidder for its two largest coal fired power stations but the sale hangs in the balance over concerns it would "substantially"...

Father of 12-year-old 'bride' refused bail

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Emma Partridge, Dan Proudman The case of a father who allowed his 12-year-old daughter to marry ''for love'' may be one of at least 250 similar incidents across the nation in the past two years, a legal expert has warned.

Macquarie Generation may be split up for sale, says Mike Baird


Nicole Hasham Treasurer Mike Baird has not ruled out splitting up the nation's largest power generator after the competition watchdog blocked the NSW government's plans to privatise Macquarie Generation.