Many interesting moments as we look back on 2014 EDITORIAL

For those of you who took the time to take a look at our 2014 In Review ­feature this week you’ll have noticed it certainly was an interesting year in Maitland.

January was tinged with sadness, however, when we were told that 21-year-old Bolwarra Heights man Jonathon (Pip) Manley was missing. His body was later discovered, after an extensive police search, on the side of the road at Lorn.

On Australia Day it was time to celebrate when our Paralympic and world swimming champion Maddi Elliott was named in the Australia Day honours lists with an Order of Australia Medal.

Earlier this year we also learnt that Maitland City Council was finalising construction details to revitalise the ageing Heritage Mall and replace it with The Levee precinct, which would see one-way traffic return to the city centre.

Shoppers received some exciting news in May when plans for the long-awaited expansion of Stockland Green Hills included a Myer store.

Maitland’s rail commuters joined with their counterparts from across the Hunter in December to protest the state government’s plan to truncate the Newcastle rail line at Wickham on Boxing Day.

Save Our Rail’s 11th-hour bidin the Supreme Court managed to ­prevent the removal of the rail lines, but work still went ahead in removing ­electrical infrastructure.

Yes, 2014 certainly was an exciting year.

The management and staff of the Maitland Mercury wish to thank loyal readers and advertisers for their support throughout the year.

We hope you have a safe new year and that 2015 brings with it good health and happiness to you and your loved ones.

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