Here’s a list of 5 things that mattered in Newcastle this week.
NEWCASTLE COUCIL TO MERGE WITH PORT STEPHENS
According to NSW maps, Newcastle Council will merge with Port Stephens and not Lake Macquarie Council as previously mooted. Newcastle Mayor Nuatali Nelmes seems happy while, according to The Herald, Port Stephens Mayor Bruce MacKenzie was livid with the decision, saying that “Newcastle Council is a basket case. With the exception of the few years McCloy was running Newcastle, all those councillors in Newcastle care about is playing politics in their little caves. They get in there and connive and carry on and couldn’t care less about the ratepayers. He went further to say that “he was heading from Nelson Bay to Raymond Terrace and planned to “call all the staff together and get drunk”. He also stated that he will definitely be standing for the Mayor’s position on the new council in 2017. Gonna be interesting times!
BELMONT THUGS PUT 20 YEAR OLD IN HOSPITAL
Police have arrested 19 year old Callan McDougall following a violent attack by four young people on another youth at a Belmont service station. The victim, 20 year old Kobbie Hodkinson, is in John Hunter Hospital after being punched, kicked and stomped on by thugs in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police are seeking the identities of the other three offenders.
WHITEBRIDGE DEVELOPMENT GETS APPROVED
Despite 700 submissions mostly opposing it, a controversial $23 million development in Whitebridge involving prominent local developer Hilton Grugeon has been approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel. The development has been strongly opposed by Whitebridge residents.
11 MINE EXPANSIONS APPROVED FOR HUNTER
Ignoring Australia’s recent commitments on Climate Change in Paris, the NSW government’s Department Of Planning has approved a swathe of coal mine expansions in the Hunter that will extract millions of tonnes of coal from the Valley.
VIOLENT THUG AVOIDS GAOL
Matthew Bailey, the 29 year old Toronto man who bashed 17 year old Jesse Bailey after a minor traffic incident at Strzelecki Lookout in July., has avoided serving time in gaol. Jesse was left with two black eyes, and cuts and bruises to his forehead. Bailey received a nine month intensive correction order in court this week. Jesse’s mother Katherine called the sentence an “injustice”, saying, “the community needs to see a suitable punishment for someone that violent”. What do you think?