Level one water restrictions in Newcastle: NSW Lower Hunter to introduce water restrictions for the first time in 25 years

Michael Parris
Updated September 16 2019 - 9:29am, first published 6:30am
A drought-stricken farm at Gundy in the Upper Hunter. Picture: Marina Neil
A drought-stricken farm at Gundy in the Upper Hunter. Picture: Marina Neil

Garden sprinklers and watering lawns in the midday heat will be banned from today as the Lower Hunter wakes up to its first water restrictions in 25 years.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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