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Every time I see someone wearing a beanie, I see hope

June 28, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

On the winter solstice rugby league legend, Mark Hughes, presented an impassioned speech to the St Joseph’s College, Lochinvar community.

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Newcastle serves up new opportunities for Shams

June 21, 2022 Elizabeth Symington

As Shams Uddim serves the people of Newcastle from behind the counter of his kebab shop, he feels lucky to be living in Australia.

From a land-locked war zone to working on Newcastle Harbour, the inspiring story of a refugee who has a team of boaties keeping him afloat  IMAGE Aurora

From a land-locked war zone to working on Newcastle Harbour, the inspiring story of a refugee who has a team of boaties keeping him afloat

June 20, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

The crisp winter chill that fills the air at Midcoast Boatyard & Marine seemingly melts away upon witnessing the warmth of smiles that surround much-loved employee, Sakhidad.

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School and historic town evolve together to embrace innovative future

June 04, 2022 Tim Bowd

For over a century Kurri Kurri has been synonymous with coal mining in the Hunter Valley. It is a town with a rich and prosperous history, surrounded by the hugely productive South Maitland Coalfield, which at the advent of Federation was the richest coalfield in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Leaving on a jet plane

June 04, 2022 Gemma Hunter

Nobody likes airplane food. There’s just something about it that doesn’t taste quite right. While this may not be top of mind when moving across the world, when Shammah Ntore boarded a plane for the first time with her family at six years old, to escape violence in their home country, she shared that same sentiment.

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More than just a house

June 04, 2022 Liz Baker

Lawyer, Sister of St Joseph, counsellor, advocate and carer – many titles can be applied to Sister Carmel Hanson, but ‘ultimate multi-tasker’ is perhaps the most fitting.

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Waiting in the wings

June 04, 2022 Alexander Foster

For many, the performing arts are a form of healing, providing solace during times of stress.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of the live performance sector, it had a devastating impact on the artistic community. Aside from the substantial loss of income for thousands of performers, the indefinite hiatus created a gap for people who rely on artistic pursuits as a means of self-expression and social engagement.

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Celebrating culture in colour

June 04, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

Love of family and an interest in her Worimi and Biripi culture inspired 8-year-old artist Milla Turner’s painting ‘My Family’ and earned her the top prize in the Hunter category of the Young Archie Awards.

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