Surf Life Saving Exhibition On Show at Swansea by Brooke Tunbridge

The New South Wales Surf Life Saving Championships begin this weekend, running from Saturday 24th February to Sunday 11th March at Blacksmiths Beach. Coinciding with the event, an exhibition is being held at SEEN@Swansea, Living Cultures, showing the history of Swansea-Belmont, Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay and Redhead Surf Life Saving Clubs.

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16,043 km w/ James Chatburn, By Brooke Tunbridge by Brooke Tunbridge

I first met James four years ago, in my own backyard, after asking him and Donna Arendse, also known as The Septembers, to play at my 17th birthday. It was a laid-back garden party, with their acoustic set providing the perfect soundtrack. I wasn’t the only one mesmerised by their performance; my friends and neighbours the next day asked me for their name and where they could find them. Since then, I’ve witnessed James’ talent on stage with Kilter at Field Day, then recognised his voice on the Hilltop Hoods’ track ‘Higher’, which came in at number 49 in this year’s Triple J Hottest 100.

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A Lager for the people, by Murray's Brewing by Kian West

It is no secret that here at Newcastle Mirage we love good beer. 
The weekend really produced the goods with the first Newcastle Beer Fest in their new location at Camp Shortland (that park opposite Nobby's Beach) and it was a brilliant weekend with some tops weather to match. 

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5 reasons to get excited about the Newcastle Beer Festival by Kian West

After beginning life as the Boardwalk Beer Festival at Honeysuckle, the Newcastle Beer Festival has become an institution for beer lovers locally. This year expanding from a one day celebration to that golden nectar so many of us love into a two day extravaganza featuring all the best NSW breweries and then all the best from the rest of the country. 

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Oilbaron. On Fresh Tunes, A Fresh sound and A Cambridge Debut by Laura Kebby

I also realised that young musos are slowly yet surely still alive and well in our fair city and also, these guys are definitely a whole heap cooler than me. I honestly cannot wait to see what their debut appearance at the Cambridge will look like. See you there kids!

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An Electric Idea for Newcastle! by Kian West

One business getting on with the job of change is Bykko. They have just launched a trial hub out the front of Rethink Financial Group on Dick Street in Newcastle West. There are 3 Electric Bikes setup with charging station that have a pedal assist option that means they can transport the user plenty of Kilometres to get them where they need to go. 

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Awesome Newcastle... and the winner is by Kian West


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpoiler alert* It wasn't us!If you don't know anything about Awesome Newcastle you should check out their site via the blog article they've already produced on our attendance and the winners... [here]

In a nutshell, Awesome Newcastle is 10 people getting together with $100 each and pooling this resource and inviting 3 groups/individuals/ideas to present their idea of how they would use $1,000 to not only change their own lives but make a real difference to the community in a positive way, or make it Awesome Newcastle.

While we didn't win, it was still an incredible experience and opportunity to speak with a broad range of professionals in the local community and to think about what we are doing from an alternative angle.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We pitched the idea that if someone gave us $1,000 what we really want to do is buy some better recording gear to enhance our Podcast quality and help us to grow this part of what we do. So if you have a spare grand and you want to help, we'd be happy to provide our bank details.