Wednesday, 27 September 2017

BREAKING! Two People Arrested After Police Pursuit At Cessnock

BY IAN CROUCH

Two people are in custody and another is on the run after a pursuit at Cessnock.

Patrolling police say they noticed a Hyundai being driven dangerously along Vincent Street at 3.00am on Wednesday, but the car sped off when they tried to pull it over.

The pursuit went for 10 minutes before it was terminated when the car disappeared into the bush of Racecourse Road.

A 4-wheel drive police vehicle found the car a short time later - two of the occupants fled, while the other was arrested at the scene.

A police dog located one man, while the search continues for the other.

Two men are now being questioned at Cessnock Police Station.



Woman Charged With Drug Offences After Vehicle Stop At Broadmeadow

BY IAN CROUCH

A 22-year-old woman is due to front court after police allegedly found drugs in her car at Broadmeadow.

Patrolling police stopped and searched a Hyundai Elantra on Everton Street at about 11.00pm on Tuesday.

It's claimed they found a quantity of the drug ICE along with cash and knives.

The woman's been charged with drug supply, dealing in the proceeds of crime and having custody of a knife in a public place.


She's been refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Wednesday 27 September 2017).




Ambitious Plan For Sports Centre Of Excellence Revealed For Newcastle West

BY IAN CROUCH

Concept plans for an ambitious sports complex at Newcastle West have been submitted to council for consideration.

The Hunter Academy of Sport has joined forces with a host of state government departments to put forward the idea for the Hunter Sports Centre of Excellence, with concept plans devised by EJE Architecture.

It's one of nine proposals being considered for a two hectare site of council-owned land at National Park.

The multi-million dollar plan includes indoor pools and playing areas including athletics, netball, basketball, croquet, lawn bowls and cricket.

However, it's unclear how the proposal  fits within the government's plans to redevelop the Broadmeadow Sports precinct.

Newcastle Council Has Called For Submissions To Develop National Park Site

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Low Resources Putting Hunter Paramedics in Danger

BY LAUREN KEMPE

The Health Services Union is calling on the state government to provide more protection for Hunter paramedics after another attack from a patient.

The latest incident occurred on Sunday morning, where a 19-year-old man allegedly bit a local paramedic on the arm, drawing blood.

New South Wales Police and two paramedics were called to a Muswellbrook home proceeding a concern for welfare report.

Health Services Union Secretary Gerard Hayes, says the Premier needs to seriously consider paramedic safety as a priority.

'It;s very simple. The Premier needs to stop quoting about a $5.4billion surplus, and start employing paramedics who can actually change peoples' lives, and resource the ambulance service to a level where paramedic safety can be guaranteed.'

The incident follows a similar attack at Belmont in April this year, where a man assaulted one paramedic and threatened another who were both assisting a pregnant woman.

Mr Hayes says these kinds of incidents are very common, and paramedics deserve significantly more protection.

'The ambulance service is grossly under-resourced, we say a figure of 800 - in fact, it's more like 1,000 extra paramedics that are required. It's really an important issue that needs to be consistently raised about paramedic safety.

'I think it is really important for the community to very clearly tell the government that paramedics need to be protected while they're protecting others.'

The 19-year-old male patient is expected to be charged with assault.

Image Credit: https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/vic-paramedics-highest-trained-lowest-paid

Family Concerned for Welfare of Missing Muswellbrook Man

BY JESSICA ROUSE

Police are looking for any information from the public to help locate a man who has been missing from Muswellbrook since earlier this month.

Frank Beckingham was last seen in the early hours of Friday 15 September.

The 48-year-old's disappearance was reported to local police the following day.

His family have concerns for his welfare, as it's understood his disappearance is out of character.

Frank Beckingham is being described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall with a slim build and shaved head. He has blue eyes, a goatee and a moustache with several tattoos.

The last time anyone saw him he was wearing navy blue track-pants and a brown jumper.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

Frank Beckingham. Image NSW Police Force 

Newcastle Council Paint the Town Rainbow in Support of Marriage Equality

BY LAUREN KEMPE

Newcastle Council has announced their formal support for marriage equality.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes will move a Mayoral Minute as one of the first business items of the new term at Tuesday's council meeting.

Council will also show support by putting up banners across the city, flying the rainbow flag at City Hall and displaying the 'yes' campaign on their official website and social media platforms.

Councillor Nelmes says, 'Newcastle has long led the way in the fight for social justice, fairness and equality so I'm hopeful that the City will take a strong leadership role in the fight for marriage equality for all Australian.'

Newcastle Labor Councillor Declan Clausen says it's vital the Council and community both support equality for the diverse scope of Novocastrians.

'We know that around ten percent of Newcastle's population identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and it's absolutely critical that we stand up for their rights, and make sure those people feel included and welcome.'

The first meeting will also discuss planning a community event to advocate for yes votes.

The motion will build on Council's ongoing position in favour of marriage equality, with hopes the event will have a similar outcome to Islington's previous rainbow walk, acknowledging Newcastle's diversity.

Councillor Clausen hopes the actions of the council will inspire similar support from the rest of the community.

'Right now we're going through a fairly divisive postal plebiscite process because there's been a failure of action at federal government level. There's an opportunity for the City Council to stand up for the rights of all our residents.'

Image Credit: http://mentalfloss.com/article/28442/how-rainbow-became-associated-gay-rights

Singleton Takes on Soft Plastics Under New Alliance With Plastic Police Partnerships

BY NIKOLA JOKANOVIC

Singleton Council is ramping up its waste management strategy by joining with Plastic Police Partnerships to implement new recycling strategies and change community behaviours surrounding the use of soft plastics.

The partnership commences on Wednesday the 27th of September, with an official launch at the Council's Waste Management Facility on Dyrring Road at 10am.

Plastic Police Partnerships is a local engagement program which works with communities to promote sustainability and recycling.

A notable initiative of Plastic Police is collecting and recycling soft plastics such as shopping bags into outdoor furniture items, such as for local school yards - there are plans to roll out this recycling initiative in Singleton under the partnership.

Damian Morris, Council's Acting Director for Planning and Infrastructure, said the partnership is another step in the right direction for Singleton in their recent move against pollution and waste.

 "Singleton Council is achieving some great results in our approach to waste management, not least through the opening of the Burragan Recycling Shop last year and the introduction of the new garden organics collection service which is turning unwanted items into valuable resources and importantly, reducing what the community sends to landfill."

Singleton Mayor Sue Moore says the new initiative comes in response to community concerns over the appearance of plastic products in landfill.

"Long-term, we're hoping to reduce the amount of contamination in the recycling bins and to actually carry forward a productive use of the products, with items that can be made from the soft plastics so they're not just finding their way to landfill or not being productive at all."

Plastic Police works with community groups such as local schools.
Image from: Cross Connections Consulting,
http://crossconnections.com.au/plastic-police-partnership-story-by-samantha-cross/