Beachwatch: There’s the slight chance of a shower but overall it should be an okay day from the last official day of winter althoughsurf conditions are predicted to be treacherous.The wind will start from the south-west before heading south to south-east with the swell from the south around two to more than 2.5 metres.Wave conditions will be cleanest at the southern ends with the more open stretches dishing up plenty of close-outs and bumpy waves.
Weather: Partly cloudy in Newcastle (18 degrees), a morning fog in Scone (18 degrees) and partly cloudy at Maitland (20 degrees) for the last day of winter.
Traffic: A diesel spill on the New England Highway at Muswellbrook, near Hassell Road, has been cleared. Height detectors remain out of order at Hexham bridge.
Trains:The 7.13am Gosford to Central service has been delayed due to an operational issue at Gosford earlier. Otherwise good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Morning Shot: Sunshine at Merewether, as captured by the Herald’sDarren Pateman.
No room for buses, cars at Wickham interchange: MPWICKHAM’S new transport interchange will have two taxi ranks and four drop-off spaces to its north in Station Street, planners say, following criticisms that the key project is shaping up as inadequate and underwhelming.
Revitalisation forum discusses city’s future:POLL NEWCASTLE’S ‘great bones’ were the key to transforming the former steel city into one of the world’s great regional cities, former Christchurch, New Zealand mayor Sir Bob Parker said on Sunday.
Flood victims still waiting:DUNGOG mayor Harold Johnston has admitted he wouldn’t let his mother live in the low-lying units at Alison Court, fearing the risk of future floods too high.
Bloomfield buys piece of Integra mine:BRAZILIAN mining company Vale has signed an agreement to sell its Integra mining operation near Singleton to Hunter company Bloomfield and international operator Glencore.
Knights want Rabbitohs coach to jump ship: SOUTH Sydney mentor Michael Maguire has emerged as a genuine contender to coach the Knights next year.
Faithful mob Gidley like a rock star:EVEN a man of Kurt Gidley’s famed fitness levels was entitled to be exhausted.