Herald Breakfast – December 31

Credit – @glenn_landers (Instagram) Weather: Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers about the Lower Hunter, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. Winds E/SE 20 to 30 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 25 to 31.

Beachwatch:Ordinary conditions on the open beaches with bumpy waves on offer, the odd set worth surfing. Protected southern corners have slightly better conditions with a bit of protection from the wind though its only average.

Traffic:Road closures will be in placefrom6pm to 10pmon Honeysuckle Dr, Wharf Rd, Workshop Way and Settlement Ln.If you are driving in the area, expect delays and exercise caution as pedestrian activity will be high.

Trains:Newcastle trains start and end at Broadmeadow.

Buses run between Newcastle and Broadmeadow, leaving stations Newcastle to Hamiltonup to 25 minutes earlierthan train departure times at Broadmeadow.

If you are connecting with Hunter Line trains, please change at Broadmeadow.

Morning Shot: A man searches for treasure at Bar Beach. Picture: Darren Pateman

MPs told to respect donation laws:AN EXPERT panel advising on electoral funding reforms has rebuked two Hunter MPs for criticising laws and downplaying the seriousness of dodgy donations.

30,000 expected at Newcastle Foreshore for New Year’s Eve:DRUNKS and troublemakers face being arrested or thrown out of New Year’s Eve celebrations along the Newcastle Foreshore and Honeysuckle, as police crack down to ensure a safe and happy start to 2015.

2014 in review: Coal exports set to grow despite price fall:FOR the coal industry, 2014 was not a stellar year.

Melbourne City 5 defeat Newcastle Jets 2: photos:JETS coach Phil Stubbins admitted his players were “a yard off the pace” from the outset after copping a 5-2 hammering from Melbourne City at Hunter Stadium on Tuesday.