Cutting wait times for assistance dogs by helping owners train their own pets

Australia is seeing an increase in demand for assistance dogs trained to work with a variety of health conditions including autism, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


It takes two years for suitable dogs to be trained but one Newcastle organisation is hoping to cut down that time by helping owners train their own pets.

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Federal Government urged to demand church response

THE Federal Government needs to demand release of the Catholic Church’s response to the child abuse royal commission, say survivors after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday announced sweeping reforms and an October 22 date for a national apology.


Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon supported Hunter survivor Bob O’Toole, survivor advocate Chrissie Foster and Catholics for Renewal president Peter Wilkinson in calling for the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council’s royal commission response to be immediately released.

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NSW Government’s withholding of David Tune report was at expense of vulnerable children, MP says

THE state government has been accused of hiding behind “a cloak of secrecy” at the expense of vulnerable children in withholding a “damning” report on the out-of-home care system.


Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Tania Mihailuk, said David Tune’s independent review was only made public after an Upper House censure motion compelled the NSW Government to release it. It showed record levels of kids in out-of-home care, which was increasing at a faster rate than the population of NSW children.

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Novocastrians are using a mobile app to snap, send and solve problems around Newcastle

Novocastrians are taking to digital technology to help clean up the city’s streets.

Reports to Newcastle City Council via the Snap Send Solve app about graffiti in 2018 have almost tripped on last year’s figures.



But it’s not just scrawls of paint that residents are helping to remove – dodgy parking has also come into the lens of eager reporters.

As of late May, 102 graffiti complaints had been made through the app so far in 2018, a sharp increase from just 36 in all of 2017.

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Manly’s Uate wanted by English side Giants

Super League club Huddersfield is hopeful of luring Manly’s Fiji international Akuila Uate to England.

Uate, who turns 31 in October, is being squeezed out of the Sea Eagles by salary-cap pressure and is considering an offer of a two-year deal to join the Yorkshire club for 2019.


The Fiji-born flier has scored 129 tries in 198 NRL matches, most of them on the wing for Newcastle, although he was at centre in the Fiji team that lost to Australia in the World Cup semi-final last November.

Uate, who moved from Newcastle to Manly 18 months ago, also won five caps for Australia from 2011-12 and played the State of Origin for New South Wales.

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Two charged over Merewether home invasion, taxi robbery

Police have charged two men following an alleged home invasion that left a man with serious head injuries, and the robbery of a taxi driver in Merewether.


They were taken to Newcastle City Police Station where they were charged with aggravated break and enter commit felony, reckless wounding, robbery and take/detain for advantage.

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