Thursday, 18 July 2019

Newcastle Property Market Recovering



BY ALICE PEART

New data released by the REA Group has shown Newcastle's property market is resisting the worst of  the downturn seen in capital cities across the country, with numbers falling to less than half of Sydney's.

Newcastle property prices are down from their peak by five per cent compared to Sydney at eleven per cent.

House prices across the country have been on a downward trajectory, particularly since the Banking Royal Commission and the subsequent tightening of lending practices.

Local property groups have attributed Newcastle's lack of 'bust' to the market relying more on home occupiers rather than investors.

The new data has also shown a spike in inquiries from buyers with consumer sentiment reportedly more positive.

Chief Economist for REA, Nerida Conisbee, has credited this recent spike to interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank in a statement which said "all positive news for the local property market". 

But, the cuts reflect a soft job market and stagnant wage growth with some areas of the Hunter reaching over the national average of five per cent unemployment, which has continued to remain steady in figures released today.

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Police Seek Information over Muswellbrook Break In



BY ALICE PEART
Police are searching for a man who broke into a Muswellbrook club in the early hours of Thursday morning. 
The man is believed to have entered the Sydney Street club at 2am this morning, he then went through the office area taking cash from a safe before leaving the club. 
The scene was attended by Hunter Valley Police District who are appealing for public assistance.
Anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the area on the evening of Wednesday 17 July or in the early hours of Thursday morning is urged to  contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333. 
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Firefighters Tackling Highly Visible Bushfire On Bulahdelah Mountain

BY IAN CROUCH

Firefighters are working to contain a bushfire about 1 kilometre east of Bulahdelah.

The fire broke out on Mount Alum around 7.00pm on Wednesday and is very visible to motorists on the Pacific Highway, prompting dozens of calls to triple zero.

The fire is listed at Advice level and is not posing any threat to property.

James Morris from the RFS says it could take some time to bring the fire under control as it's burning in hard to reach terrain.

"Firefighters are working to identify containment strategies and will continue to do so today, given the remote location and the fact we've got some westerly winds predicted for today. That's likely to push that fire in an east to southeast direction into some fairly inaccessible country," he said.

The RFS is also reminding people to check their website, social media pages or the Fires Near Me app before calling triple zero and to only call the emergency number when there's an unattended fire.

Meanwhile, a bushwalker reported missing in the area overnight has since been found and is safe and well.

The bushfire is clearly visible from the Pacific Highway and Bulahdelah township Picture: Joanne Rose



Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Drivers Allegedly Caught Drug Driving At Muswellbrook

BY IAN CROUCH

Hunter Valley police expect to charge a man and a woman for driving under the influence of drugs after they were pulled over during routine patrols in Muswellbrook.

Officers stopped a 33-year-old woman on Ironbark Road at about 2.30pm on Tuesday where she allegedly returned a positive drug test, while a 29-year-old man from Greta also returned a positive result after being stopped in Sydney Street 2 hours later.

Both were taken to Muswellbrook Police Station where it's alleged they returned a positive test to methylamphetamine.

They've been prohibited from driving for 24 hours and will be formally charged once lab tests are complete.


Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Pursuit Runs Out Of Petrol At Cessnock

BY IAN CROUCH

A man is due to face court after leading police on a pursuit at Cessnock.

Patrolling police noticed a trail bike without number plates being ridden along Wollombi Road just after 7.00pm on Monday, but the rider took off.

However, the chase didn't last long, with the bike running out of petrol in nearby Jurd Street.

Police say the 32-year-old rider from Cessnock has been refused bail to face Maitland Local Court on Tuesday charged with drive whilst disqualified and riding an unregistered and uninsured motorcycle.




Friday, 12 July 2019

Head-on Crash South of Singleton

BY LILLY HAINES

Five people including three children have been injured at a serious crash at Whittingham near Singleton this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene north of Range Road on the New England Highway with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter arriving just after midday.

The Westpac Helicopter is transporting a 6 year old boy in a serious condition to the John Hunter Hospital suffering multiple injuries sustained in the head on crash.

The female driver is reportedly in a critical condition.

Two other children who were in the car are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The male driver and sole occupant of the 4WD has also been taken to the John Hunter with non-life threatening injuries.

At the scene an Isuzu ute was seen tipped on its side while a white sedan was crushed.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District have established a crime scene as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Authorities are urging to drivers allow additional travel time and follow detour routes if heading through the area.

Heavy vehicles are advised to look at alternative routes.

Emergency services attending scene of crash at Whittingham on New England Highway. Picture: NBN News.

BREAKING! Two People Found Dead At Stockton

BY IAN CROUCH

Police have confirmed the elderly man and woman found dead at Stockton on Friday morning were husband and wife.

The pair's medical histories will be reviewed by police, as officers work to determine the circumstances leading up to this morning's tragic discovery.

The 75-year-old woman's body was found by police around 6 o'clock inside a home on Newcastle Street

The body of her 76-year-old husband was later retrieved from the surf at Stockton Beach.

Police don't believe anyone else is involved.


EARLIER:

A police operation is under way at Stockton where two people have been found dead.

Fairfax reports officers were called to a concern for welfare at a house in Newcastle Street at 5.50am on Friday, arriving to find the body of a woman in her 70's inside.

Officers were  then alerted to a concern for welfare on Stockton Beach, arriving to find the body of a man in his 70's.

Police have sealed off parts Newcastle Street at the intersection of Clyde Street as investigations continue.


Police have set up crime scenes after two bodies discovered at Stockton Picture: theherald.com.au