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    The week that was | PHOTOS Defending Dakar Rally champion Toby Price rips it up en route to winning stage two in Argentina on Wednesday morning (AEST). Picture: Red Bull.

    WATER FUN: Kids enjoy the new Splash Bay water park at Oakvale Farm and Fauna World. Picture: supplied

    LOST: The Willow Tree Bowling Club blaze is believed to have started in the roof. Pictures: Willow Tree Bowling Club/Facebook.

    Family fun: the Alkasim family in the backyard of their Wallsend home. Picture: Simone De Peak

    DANGEROUS: Even with significant police operations and road improvements, there have been three deaths and 73 serious injuries crashes on the Putty Road since the start of 2015. Picture: Dean Osland.

    SORELY MISSED: The owners of Annie, a five-year-old bichon frise, say she died last Wednesday after being left at a boarding kennel in Cooranbong. Picture: supplied

    A MOUNTAIN bike rider has survived falling nearly 40 metres down a steep embankment at Awaba.

    Talented: Imogen Bailey represented the Hunter in six sports last year and also learned hip hop and cheerleading. Picture: Marina Neil.

    Barry Walsh in a photo taken only hours before he died in the early hours of New Year’s Day on Sunday.

    KEY GENERATION: Stanley, a Tasmanian devil at the Hunter’s Devil Ark, enjoys a bottle feed. Picture: Devil Ark

    FROM HAVEN TO HEARTBREAK: Joan and Colin Woods outside their Ellis Road home. An initial investigation has found contamination in the topsoil. Picture: Simone De Peak

    WELL-BEHAVED: Police have praised crowds across the Hunter as tens of thousands brought in the new year peacefully. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

    Rock of Ages: Ben Gillies, 37, in Newcastle over the holidays. Picture: Marina Neil

    NEW YEAR’S JOY: Ashley Jenkins and Josh Scaysbrook hold their daughter, Ella, as grandparents Kathleen McLeod and Craig Portus and aunt Sarah Jenkins look on. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

    CONFUSION: Inner-city resident Dianne O’Keeffe with a sign that spells out her concerns over this Scott Street, Newcastle, speed hump.

    GIVE AND TAKE: Patrick Hudson, a permanent part-time employee of Darby Street fashion boutique Abicus in Cooks Hill, negotiated with his bosses and co-workers to work this public holiday Monday. Picture: Simone De Peak

    GRASS FIRE: A small grass fire off Masonite Road, Heatherbrae, is being contained by RFS crews. Picture: Kia Woodmore

    LEGO FANS: Amy, 13, her father Ian Harrower, and brother Lachlan, 10, put together an impressive Harry Potter exhibit. Picture: Kia Woodmore

    COVERED: Popular tourist spot Birubi Beach, in Anna Bay, has been blanketed in reef debris since before Christmas. Picture: Kia Woodmore

    TEDDYS: Joy Davies, Raymond Terrace, holding some of the 5,000 teddy bears that have been made by the ‘Pay It Forward’ group. Picture: Kia Woodmore.

    DISTRAUGHT: Nathan Wilson with his curly haired retriever, Charlotte, at their Fern Bay home. Mr Wilson and his partner Dean Compton are devastated at the death of their greyhound Baron. Picture: Sam Norris

    DRAWCARD: Santa and his helpers from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise come ashore to meet some of the locals. Picture: Supplied

    TH!NK PINK: Kylie Clarke will perform her all-ages tribute show at Doyalson-Wyee RSL Club on Saturday night, Janaury 14, from 7.30pm. Picture: Supplied.

    WATER RESCUE: Matthew Mulhearn, Merewether, pulled this border collie, Jake, out of the water and onto his surf ski at Fishing Point on Thursday morning. Picture: Supplied

    OVERDUE: Great-granddaughter of William Tester June Hirst believes the flooding problem should have been fixed long ago. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

    COOL: Kids cooling off in the Hunter River at Maitland. PICTURE: Perry Duffin.

    HUNTER: Maitland’s first baby born in 2017 – Lincoln Keith Ryder with parents Michelle and Aaron Ryder. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

    WHEELY?: Cr Henry Meskauskas pictured with feral shopping trolleys on the corner of Vindin Street and Alexandra Avenue, Rutherford. PICTURE: Jonathan Carroll.

    HUNTER: John Saxon Bryant OAM will celebrate his 90th birthday in the first week of January after a life spent helping others. Picture: Perry Duffin

    A SAFER WAY: Cessnock District Rescue Squad volunteers James Harris and Chris Madgwick demonstrate the use of the Snap-On videoscope. Picture: Krystal Sellars

    OXIC: The asbestos-riddled material that was found by the side Hart Road, Loxford in October. Picture: supplied

    Dylan Dickie’s disappearance remains unanswered, six months on

    HUNTER: Sophie Edmonds, of Blandford, wiil compete in the ABCRA national under-11s barrel racing final. Picture: A McIlrick Images

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