Herald Breakfast – August 25

01/07/2018 // by admin

Morning Shot: @kazza067 shared this shot of storm clouds over dry paddocks at Thornton ahead of the weekend’s rain.

Weather: A few showers are expected to ruin the blue-sky start in Newcastle (18 degrees), with a similar story in both Maitland and Scone (both 19 degrees).

Traffic:One of two southbound lanes on Lookout Road at New Lambton Heights is closed after an accident near Carrington Parade. It is the second closure on the road this morning, with moderate conditions cleared after an earlier accident near McCaffrey Drive.

Trains: The 6.39am Gosford to Central train was cancelled, causing delays on the Newcastle line after the train needed mechanical repairs at Gosford. There are no reported problems on the Hunter line.

Beachwatch:The wind will from the east which will push in a few more showers with the swell from the east around oneto 1.3 metres but is expected to pick up later. Wave conditions will be a bit uneven but mostbreaks will be quite surfable.

Morning Shot:@kazza067 shared this shot of storm clouds over dry paddocks at Thornton ahead of the weekend’s rain.

NATHAN TINKLER AND TROY PALMER TO PART WAYS:HE has been Nathan Tinkler’s right-hand man for the past six years but, like so many before him, it appears Troy Palmer will soon be severing ties with the one-time billionaire.

CESSNOCK COUNCIlLLORS BLAST “TWO-HEADED” JIBES:CESSNOCK councillors have spoken out against people ridiculing the city’s people as being ‘‘two-headed’’.

GARBAGE LEVY SENDS HUNTER WASTE INTERSTATE:POLLHUNTER waste operators are trucking mountains of landfill to Queensland each week to avoid paying a waste levy designed to encourage recycling.

DATA DIGS DIRT ON MINE REHABILITATION: FOR every hectare mined in the Upper Hunter in the past two years, 0.8 of a hectare has been rehabilitated, new mine site data shows.

ICAC: PAINTING’S VALUE SOARS:HILTON Grugeon might be a better art critic than ICAC gives him credit for.Bidding on eBay for the now-infamous Perrin’s Boat Shed painting ended at the weekend, the Rex Newell fetching $8200 for the Maitland Hospital Foundation. LIVE ICAC COVERAGE FROM 10AM AT THEHERALD.COM.AU

RECORD NUMBER TO SPEAK ONT4: MORE than 130 individuals and groups are scheduled to address a two-day Planning Assessment Commission hearing on the T4 coal-loader, starting tomorrow in Newcastle.

WASTE LEVY ‘A RORT’, SAYS NEWCASTLE COUNCIL:HUNTER residents are paying substantially more for garbage collection services because of a skyrocketing tax which some of the region’s councils say is an ‘‘obscene state government rort’’.

SOCIAL EYES:PHOTOSHerald photographers were at the Newcastle Hunters’ trivia night, the Australian Chamber Orchestra concert and the opening of the Newcastle Community Art Centre’s Studio Artists Exhibition – 2014 Spring Salon.

AUSTRALIAN WOMAN CLAIMS MID-AIR SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MALAYSIA AIRLINES:The senior Malaysia Airlines staff member accused of raping an Australian woman on a Paris-bound flight earlier this month begged her not to report the alleged incident to the authorities because he had a wife and children.

RICK STONE WANTS TO HANG ONTO SAM MATAORA: INCOMING Knights coach Rick Stone hopes prop Sam Mataora is selected in the NRL squad in the final two games of the season to enhance his chances of earning a new contract.

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