'Just in time for new year': Newcastle reacts to cocaine at ocean baths

Simon McCarthy
Updated December 28 2023 - 5:25pm, first published 2:16pm

THIRTY-NINE is an exciting number. It's not a prime (it's divisible by three and 13), and as a few internet sleuths have noted over the last couple of days, it's not quite 40. But let's not get conspiratorial.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of 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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