Hunter Valley

Woman dies at Hunter Valley mine

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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.

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.

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

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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 wineries threaten to charge at the cellar door

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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...

Parliamentary inquiry into Newcastle and Hunter planning decisions set to follow ICAC probe

Michaela Whitbourn A parliamentary inquiry into controversial planning decisions in Newcastle and the Hunter is set to get the green light following revelations at a corruption inquiry that local MPs took illegal...

Barry O'Farrell tells ICAC: 'I don't know who the big man is'

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Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont, Sean Nicholls Former Premier Barry O'Farrell has taken a swipe at embattled coal mogul Nathan Tinkler as he told a corruption inquiry he was not the mysterious "big man" behind a $120,000 payment.

'Ha ha, have you ever received any bags of cash?': staffer to suspended Liberal MP Garry Edwards gives bizarre evidence at ICAC

Under fire: Nicholas Jones leaving the ICAC.

Michaela Whitbourn "I was sitting at my desk and I jokingly said to him, you know, 'Ha ha, have you ever received any bags of cash?'" Liberal Party staff member Nicholas Jones recalled at a corruption inquiry.

Operation Spicer: From bag men to big man, ICAC shines spotlight on Liberals

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Michaela Whitbourn The ICAC hearings into illegal political donations revealed rot at the highest levels of power but it's not yet clear who will pay.

$7 billion shortfall looming for NSW public schools

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James Robertson and Amy McNeilage The NSW public school system is facing a $7 billion shortfall and declining standards unless the government doubles its spending over the next two decades to meet the state's growing population, a...

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Lying ex-officer Matthew Dennis allowed home detention

Paul Bibby Friends and family of a disgraced former police inspector have burst into tears of relief outside a Sydney court after a magistrate indicated she may allow him to serve a nine-month custodial...

Liberal MP Andrew Cornwell admits taking $20k from property developers: ICAC

Bribe admission: Andrew Cornwell and his wife Samantha Brookes arrive at the corruption inquiry.

Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont Suspended Liberal MP Andrew Cornwell has admitted to a corruption inquiry that he pocketed a $10,000 "bribe" from one property developer and used it to pay his tax, as well as taking an envelope...

ICAC told former police minister Mike Gallacher was 'orchestrating' illegal donations from Nathan Tinkler's property development company

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Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont Former police minister Mike Gallacher has been implicated in a scheme to take illegal donations from Nathan Tinkler's property development group, after a corruption inquiry heard allegations he was...

Baird government looks at legal options on Newcastle mayor Jeff McCloy amid allegations at ICAC

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Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont The Baird government has urged property developer Jeff McCloy to step aside as Newcastle mayor after a corruption inquiry heard he gave tens of thousands of dollars in illegal donations to Liberal...

Corridors of corruption

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Cathedral Park is one of the prettiest picnic spots in Newcastle, its lush grass shaded by fig and olive trees, its gentle slopes offering uninterrupted views of the port and heritage district.

Gerry Harvey calls in debt, will take control of Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm

Gerry Harvey will take control of Nathan Tinkler's Patinack farm

Donna Page Gerry Harvey has called in his debt and will take control of Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm in September.

Andrew Cornwell and wife accused of giving misleading evidence over Rex Newell painting

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Kate McClymont, Michaela Whitbourn It was three times unlucky for disgraced former Liberal MP Andrew Cornwell and his wife, Samantha Brookes, as they were accused of "covering previous lies with more lies" at a corruption inquiry.

MP Tim Owen knew Buildev illegally funded his campaign, ICAC told

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Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont A corruption inquiry has heard that suspended Liberal MP Tim Owen was aware Nathan Tinkler's property development group helped to bankroll his election campaign, in breach of the NSW ban on developer...

Beauty spot harbours sculptures

Outgoing: Sam Valenz with his work <i>Man Pushing the Gates</i> at Harbour Sculpture in Woolwich.

Nick Galvin Like Sculpture by the Sea’s upstart little brother, more than 40 unique sculptures have sprouted overnight along the shores of one of the harbour’s secret beauty spots.

Joe Royston's plea: Give me a job

Michael McGowan If Tony Abbott wants people to work until they're 70, where are the jobs, an unemployed man asks.