Hunter roads: All Hunter roads are clear this morning.
Hunter trains: There is a good service on the Central Coast and Newcastle line and the Hunter line.
Hunter weather: Partly cloudy with a medium chance of afternoon showers in Newcastle (24 degrees), a partly cloudy day with possible afternoon showers for Raymond Terrace (24 degrees), a partly cloudy day with a medium chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms in Maitland (29 degrees) and a partly cloudy day with a possible chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms (32 degrees).
Hunter beachwatch: It’ll be a fantastic start to the day if you’re lucky enough to be beachside but make the most of it. The wind will be north to north-west at first but will head south to south-east during the morning. The swell is a bit of a mixture but is mainly south-east around 1 to 1.3 metres. Wave conditions should be nice and clean for the dawn patrol before chopping up once the wind shifts to the south. Around town try the reef breaks at Nobbys, Flatrock, Newcastle, Bar reef, The Cliff, Merewether and Dudley. Down south try Hams, Catho and Soldiers. At port Stephens try samurai and Birubi early and then One Mile later. A few rips and tricky edges will persist so stick to the flagged areas if swimming. The water temperature is 20 degrees.
► RAYMOND Terrace and Scone are the fattest suburbs in the state, with 70.8 per cent of adults recorded as overweight or obese, new data shows. More here.
► A MARTIAL arts boxer has admitted killing a 56-year-old tourist after punching him to the ground in a road rage incident at Mannering Park. Graeme Wilton was on a two-year trip around Australia with his wife when his late afternoon walk was interrupted by a screeching utility on December 12, 2013. More here.
► FIGURES released in recent days by Australian Health Policy Collaboration have revealed Raymond Terrace, at 70.8 percent of the population, is home to the highest percent of overweight residents in NSW. More here.
► FUEL logistics company Stolthaven has guaranteed fed-up residents who live near its Mayfield site that noisy pile-driving work is nearing completion. More here.
► THE notorious Rutleys Road has claimed its ninth life in as many years after a local man was killed in a horrific crash between his four-wheel drive and a truck. More here.
► THE tiny Hunter Valley town of Wollombi is gearing up for a brawl with the state government over the sale of the town’s former school. More here.
► The Metropolitan Players’ production of Wicked bewitched the City of Newcastle Drama Awards judges in 2016, winning five categories and a major accolade for veteran director Julie Black. More here.
► THE Newcastle Knights have abstained from joining the rebel clubs hoping to overthrow ARL Commission chairman John Grant, saying they are in an “invidious” position and need to remain neutral. More here.
► Volunteers have been left devastated after Father Riley’s Op Shop caught fire at Maitland. Police are treating the fire at the Youth Off The Streets op shop at on Sunday night as suspicious. More here.
► It’s the question on everyone’s lips. Where is Aldi? Three years after plans were originally flagged for an Aldi store in Central Maitland, the city still has no concrete answer if the supermarket will go ahead. More here.
► If you ask cafe owner Tim Skinner he’ll tell you there’s a sense of renewal sweeping down Maitland’s High Street. It’s not just The Levee’s new look or the new faces moving into town – it’s a cultural shift that starts with a cup of coffee. More here.
► Women’s Network Hunter is urging people to have an honest, open discussion with someone about non-physical domestic violence on day four of their campaign. More here.
► When British Masterchef judge John Torode visited his nephew chef Ben at his Maitland workplace, the kitchen staff waited with bated breath to see what he would order. More here.
► Poultry company Baiada has recovered more than $100,000 in wages for underpaid Hunter workers, the Fair Work Ombudsman has confirmed. More here.
► SAND Dune Adventures has clinched another NSW Tourism Award. The cultural-meets-thrill seeking tourism venture from the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council won gold in 2013 and 2014 as well as silver in 2015. More here.
► THE iconic tree that shades Coast Hotel, at Budgewoi, will be transformed by lights and handwritten messages of hope this Friday night. More here.
► FOUR girls from Morisset High School got a taste of life in a disaster zone when they camped overnight in the school grounds on Monday. More here.
► SITE work has begun for a Mallabula unit complex that has neighbours on edge. Twelve trees were cut down last week to ready the site for construction if a buyer can’t be found for the council approved development in the next three months. More here.
► FORTY-three years after he drowned while rescuing four Morisset schoolboys from the surf during an excursion to Moonie Beach, Bernie Goodwin has received a Premier’s Award for his bravery. More here.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing? Well, we have you covered.
► WARRNAMBOOL, VIC: The only time 86-year-old Ron Blackney hasn’t enjoyed the ocean was March 18, 1961. That was the day he watched his mate Ken ‘Smithy’ Smith get attacked by a white pointer in Warrnambool’s Lady Bay. A keen swimmer and stalwart member of the Warrnambool Surf Lifesaving Club, Mr Blackney was at Warrnambool’s main beach the day the city was rocked by its one and only recorded shark attack. Read more.
► ILLAWARRA, NSW: Two brothers have pleaded guilty to dealing in the proceeds of crime after three pygmy marmosets were stolen from Symbio Wildlife Park over the weekend. Read more.
► LODDON, VIC: A central Victorian council has vowed to win the war on puppy farms, and has backed the state government’s planned tough new laws on illegal dog breeders – whatever the cost. Read more.
► TASMANIA: A Deloraine mother has encouraged Tasmanians to get up-to-date on first aid following a terrifying ordeal. Eight-year-old Jaden Scott was bitten by a snake on Friday afternoon while playing at the property dam with three of his siblings. Read more.
►ORANGE, NSW: The 14-year-old boy accused of setting fire to Orange Bakehouse on Thursday night has been formally refused bail in Orange Local Court. Read more.
► BALLARAT, VIC: The Victoria Police air wing and dog squad were called in to help find and arrest a 29-year-old man who was allegedly driving a stolen ute erratically and dangerously across Ballarat. Read more.
► TASMANIA: The community continues to rally behind two young Trevallyn bakers who were held at gunpoint during an armed robbery last week. Alex Duncan and Josh Humphries are still dealing with the aftermath of the incident which left the local community in shock. Mr Duncan lost his “pride and joy” when two masked-men entered the Trevallyn Gourmet Bakery, put a shotgun to his head and stole his car. Read more.
► MANNERING PARK, NSW: A martial arts boxer has admitted killing a 56-year-old tourist after punching him to the ground in a road rage incident at Mannering Park. Graeme Wilton was on a two-year trip around Australia with his wife when his late afternoon walk was interrupted by a screeching utility on December 12, 2013. Behind the wheel was Muay Thay boxer Kaine Geoffrey Jones, who had already punched another man in the car park of a Central Coast shopping centre less than six months previously. Read more.
► WAGGA, NSW: A former Wagga ice addict has backed calls to decriminalise drugs, but warned of streets awash with methamphetamines if police lower their guard. The Greens have overhauled their drugs policy in the hope of sparking up the decriminalisation debate and lead to the legalisation of some recreational drugs. Read more.
► WODONGA, VIC: As if four superstars weren’t enough to make Catholic College Wodonga’s year 10 formal epic, Hamish and Andy had to throw in a surprise appearance. Read more.
► In Rirratjingu culture, there is a sacred, rarely seen ceremony that honours the two Djan'kawu sisters who created life on earth. On Monday at Parliament House, it was the powerful opening scene of an event demanding an end to family violence in Indigenous communities. Read more.
► The Australian Medical Association has distanced itself from a new relaxed drugs approach being pushed by the Greens, saying it underestimates the harm illicit drugs do to the community. Read more.
► A man found bound and trying to climb out of a car boot in Melbourne's north has been taken to hospital with minor injuries. Read more.
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► Ten people were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition, after an attack involving a car and a knife on the Ohio State University campus on Monday morning, local time, officials said. Read more.
► Stuck with a 2G mobile network and slow internet speeds, a group of Norfolk Islanders are looking for the ultimate technology boost: fibre-to-the-island. The problem is, they need someone to pay for it. And the Australian government is the most likely source of funds after taking responsibility earlier this year for the island, which sits in the middle of the ocean between New Zealand and New Caledonia. Read more.
On this day
November 29, 1976: Happy birthday to Anna Faris! The American actress and producer celebrates her 40th birthday today. You might recognise her from movies such as the Scary Movie series, The Hot Chick, The House Bunny and What's Your Number? Check her out on The Ellen DeGeneres Show here:
The faces of Australia: Colleen Stuart
THE working career of Colleen Stuart began in a time very different from now.
Mrs Stuart took time out of celebrations to mark 40 years working for VicRoads to reflect on her decades in the job.
“It’s funny looking back,” Mrs Stuart said.
“When I began girls were not allowed to wear jeans or trousers to work, it was not the done thing. Men had to wear trousers with a shirt and tie. Shorts had to be worn with socks to the knees and a shirt and tie also.
“We had a tea-lady come around each morning and afternoon to make us a cuppa at our desk. We had workshops with mechanics and gangs of workers out in the field.
“It’s only when I look back and realise the changes that have occurred I realise the significance of the time frame – going from a paper-driven, handwritten work environment to watching the electronic world come in.
“It’s great to be able to look back on the organisation and know that in some small way I have been a part of it all.” Read more.