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Australian Reptile Park closed, community events postponed and traffic delayed due to heavy rainfall

Simon McCarthy
By Simon McCarthy
Updated January 17 2020 - 10:42am, first published 9:00am
STAY: Australian Reptile Park keepers stood guard at the edge of the alligator lagoon as flood waters rose and cheeky inhabitants pressed noses up to the fence. Eight days earlier, staff had prepared for nearby bushfires. Photos: Australian Reptile Park

It was only a week ago that Australian Reptile Park director Tim Faulkner was calling daily meetings with his team to prepare as bushfires bore down just eight kilometres away.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Digital Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a digital journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes and produces video and multimedia for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine, and co-produces the Toohey's News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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