TITANS

TITANS’ WILL ZILLMAN IN DOUBT FOR RAIDERS CLASH

Titans full-back Will Zillman has been thrown into doubt for tomorrow's clash against the Raiders, after suffering severe foot bruising during Monday's match ...
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THOUSANDS OF FEET WALK FIVE LANDS

Record numbers have turned out for this year's Five Lands Walk on the Central Coast. Taking in some of the region's most breathtaking scenery, the event aims to break down barriers through celebrating local culture ...
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ICONIC RAILWAY TRACKS BROUGHT TO LIFE IN MINIATURE DISPLAY

Some of the world's most iconic railway tracks have been brought to life, in a breath-taking display at Carrara. They might only be pint-sized, but it's hard not to get lost down the tracks of locomotive history ...
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COLOURFUL SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR WESTPAC CHOPPER

There was a colourful show of support for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in Newcastle today. More than 500 people turned out for 'Show your Colours for the Chopper' fun run, which aims to raise vital funds for the service. Participants made their way through a five-kilometre course, ...
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ANGER OVER UPDATED SAFE DRINKING WATER STANDARDS

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington says she's reeling, following the release of updated health guidelines relating to PFOs and PFOA contamination. The Environmental Health Standing Committee has deemed that the 2008 European Food Safety Authority's standards are appropriate for use in Australia. It means the safe drinking ...
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OUTSTANDING SURF LIFE SAVERS RECOGNISED

The Hunter's most outstanding surf life savers have been recognised for their leadership and contribution to the community, during a special awards ceremony. Newcastle's Tim Howes took out the night's top honour - named Lifesaver of the Year. He thanked his fellow club members for their support. "We ...
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CALLS FOR LIGHT RAIL TO REMAIN ON RAIL CORRIDOR

A small but passionate group of Newcastle residents came together this morning, to send a message to the state government about the proposed light rail route. The group staged a rally, calling for the project to remain on the rail corridor, rather than go down Hunter Street, ...
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RESIDENTS CALL FOR ACTION ON SCRUBBY CREEK

Residents in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Mount Hutton say they're fed up with the state of a neglected creek in their area. Today they held a public meeting to voice their concerns and call for action ...
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DRAGONS SHOW NO MERCY FOR KNIGHTS

Josh Dugan made his return from an elbow injury today, and got through unscathed. He helped the Dragons pile even more misery on the struggling Knights, handing the home side their 13th loss of the season ...
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VIKINGS TAKE OVER LISMORE

Lismore has been taken over by some fierce warriors this weekend, for the annual Viking Village Solstice. Battles, authentic craftsmanship and food - awaiting those brave enough to walk through the gates ...
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MAGIC TAKE DOWN JAFFAS 4-2 IN NPL

In the Hunter's NPL competition, The Jaffas have gone down to the Magic this afternoon four goals to two at Arthur Edden Oval. The Round 11 action continues tomorrow with four games to be played.   ...
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NHRU

WANDERERS PUT ON A CLINIC AGAINST SINGLETON

To Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union, Maitland has edged Southern Beaches, University have gone down to the Tahs. Lake Macquarie has caused the upset of the year, downing Hamilton by two points, Merewether Carlton had a convincing win against the Bay and the Wanderers thumped Singleton ...
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KURRI-KURRI PUT MAITLAND TO THE SWORD IN NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGE

In local Rugby League in Newcastle, and the Cessnock Goannas have defeated Central Newcastle by 14 points, Kurri-Kurri have absolutely thumped Maitland, putting on 50 points at Coronation Oval. Tomorrow South Newcastle will take on Lakes United in a blockbuster, and the Scorpians will do battle with ...
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REAL_NRL

REBELS CLAIM TIER 1 COUNTRY FINAL OVER ILLAWARRA

There was some good news for Newcastle Rugby League today, The Rebels getting one over the Illawarra rep side in the Tier 1 Country Championship Final. The Rebels streaked away in the second half with two late tries, finishing up 23 to 12 winners. 9 Newcastle players ...
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KNIGHTS NSW CUP SIDE HUMBLED 40-24 BY ILLAWARRA

The Knight's 2016 New South Wales Cup campaign has suffered yet another blow, this time at the hands of the Illawarra Cutters. Dumped 1st grade winger Akuila Uate was a stand out, but his performance wasn't enough - the side going down 40 points to 24 ...
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COALITION PLEDGES FUNDS FOR SOUTHERN CROSS LADS

The election promises have continued in the seat of Page, with the coalition pledging $250,000 to not-for-profit organisation Southern Cross LADS - if re-elected. The funding would go towards a long-awaited 500-metre, purpose-built driver education track, to be built in Lismore. "It's been a community dream to ...
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YOUNG DESIGNERS SHOWCASE THEIR BEST AT FASHION AWARDS

More than 270 show-goers were razzle, dazzled at last night's Australian Wool Fashion Awards, seeing about 100 designers show off their best. The glitzy occasion marked the second year held at Tamworth.   ...
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PERSONAL EXPERIENCE DRIVING JULIANA’S MARATHON PADDLE

A young Newcastle woman is about to embark on an adventure few could imagine - let alone carry out. It's a journey full of dangerous - and one which will see her travel 1,000 kms. And she's doing it with the aim of saving lives ...
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BARNABY’S CONFIDENCE FOLLOWS ARMIDALE ANNOUNCEMENT

Armidale has received another funding promise if the Coalition wins the Federal Election - for a key roundabout near the City's airport. But whoever forms government, Barnaby Joyce is clearly certain who will win the seat of New England ...
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A LOOK AT THE SEAT OF LYNE

With just one week to go until polling day, the candidates for the seat of Lyne will soon be wrapping up their election campaigns. It's one of the seats affected by a revised electorate boundary ...
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STEVE “MAD DOG” MCKELLAR MAKES KONA

Ironman competitor Steve McKellar is proof persistence pays. After nine attempts at qualifying for the World Championships, the Central Coast local has nabbed a spot following an impressive performance in Cairns.   ...
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RESIDENTS CAUTIONED OF HEATING DEVICE DANGER

While the bushfire danger period may be over, that doesn't mean locals can be complacent about fire. When it turns cold, that's houses are most likely to go up in flames.   ...
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LOCAL LEAGUE TAG WOMEN LOOKING TO GAIN TRACTION

The Coffs Harbour women's league tag side has played its first exhibition match at Woolgoolga today, ahead of the Group 2 Reserve and Grade 1 games. With several sides already formed, it's hoped the sport will gain traction in the region ...
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TEACHERS GATHER OVER GONSKI FUNDING

One week out from the federal election and teachers are trying to have their say. Dozens of Mid North Coast locals gathered outside Cowper MP, Luke Hartsuyker's office, to have their voices heard on Gonski funding ...
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STATE DRESSAGE FESTIVAL TROTS INTO TAREE

Some of the state's best dressage riders have showcased their skill in Taree today, at the New South Wales Regional Dressage Festival. It is the first time the Manning Valley has hosted the prestigious event- attracting both local and interstate competitors ...
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POLICE SEEK WOMAN IN RELATION TO NEWCASTLE TYRE SLASHING

Police are on the lookout for a woman suspected of slashing car tyres around Newcastle. Since May this year, police have received reports of malicious damage to vehicles in Mayfield and Tighes Hill. In each case, vehicle owners have returned to their parked vehicles to find tyres ...
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WEST GOSFORD STANDOFF ENDS WITHOUT INCIDENT

A man has been arrested following a short standoff at West Gosford yesterday. Around 5:30pm on Friday, police attended a home on Young Street after a woman was allegedly threatened with a firearm during an armed robbery. Police attempted to speak to a man inside the house, ...
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TAXI DRIVER ROBBED AND PUSHED FROM VEHICLE ON THE GOLD COAST

A man from NSW has been charged following a violent robbery on the Gold Coast on Friday. Around 2:30pm yesterday, a man entered a taxi on Wardoo Street in Southport, before allegedly assaulting the driver on Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Carrara. Police then say he then forced the ...
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Glen Road

OURIMBAH BOARDING HOUSE DEVELOPMENT IN LIMBO

The future of a boarding house development in Ourimbah remains in limbo after a mediation between residents, council and the Land and Environment court commissioner failed to reach an agreement yesterday. The development has caused controversy since it was introduced in 2013- with opponents claiming it ...
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CRL

GLEN INNES MAGPIES ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

Having pulled out less than three weeks before the start of the rugby league season, Glen Innes has started planning its return to the field. The club has called an Annual General Meeting, and are scouting for players ...
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Netball

TAMWORTH ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR REGIONAL STATE LEAGUE

Tamworth's preparations have begun to see the team return to the top of netball's Northern Inland Regional State League. Two trials have already been held, with two teams to be selected in the hope of claiming both the division one and two crowns ...
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RECORD BULL SALE FOR FARRER HIGH SCHOOL

Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School students have seen record numbers at today's Bull Sale. Now in its 14th year, the event had an entire clearance of cattle.   ...
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TATE

GOOD NEWS FOR RATEPAYERS IN GOLD COAST BUDGET

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has handed down his fifth budget and on the whole, it's good news for ratepayers ...
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SURFER

JACK FREESTONE OPENS UP ABOUT WORLD TOUR

A jet-lagged Jack Freestone has opened up about how his rookie year on the World Tour is going ...
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GRAFFITI VANDALS RUN RAMPANT, BECOMING MORE DARING

The Gold Coast Police 'railway squad' says graffiti gangs are running rampant. Officers fear vandals are getting more and more daring, tagging in the most dangerous of places ...
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Aron Sherriff

SHERRIFF CREATES LAWN BOWLS HISTORY

Ettalong Memorial's Aron Sherriff has created history, winning the Australian Open title for a second time. His six-shot victory also ensured a singles berth for Australia at the World Championships.   ...
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GAGAI BACK FOR THE KNIGHTS

Dane Gagai says his quad injury pulled up fine after Wednesday's origin despite concerns over his fitness heading into the match. Gagai trained with his teammates today and will take the field against the Dragons tomorrow afternoon ...
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BEN SIMMONS BASKETBALL BOOM

The enormity of Ben Simmons's achievement was felt here in the Hunter. The number one draft pick was born and bred in Newcastle before moving to Melbourne in his early teens ...
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COALITION SPLASH CASH AGAIN ON COAST

Commuters on the Central Coast have become the latest target in the Coalition's bid to be re-elected. Today it committed $12-million to fixing mobile phone coverage on local trains, while also providing free Wi-Fi.   ...
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$1.5-MILLION OF CANNABIS SEIZED

Seven men have been charged, after police uncovered around one and a half million dollars worth of cannabis on the New South Walesstate's far north coast. Officers this afternoon raiding a third property ...
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SHARK MANAGEMENT REPORT RELEASED

A report examining the management of sharks and the economic impact of shark attacks on communities in New South Wales has been released. It makes a number of recommendations, including the possible rollout of eco barriers. Kathryn Foran has the details ...
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REGION TO BECOME MORE ORGANICALLY-FRIENDLY

Residents are set to become more organically-friendly without even knowing it. The state government has announced a $1.35-million funding boost to deliver an Organics Recycling Facility.   ...
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TAMWORTH WELCOMES YOUTH WORLD CUP

Flags were waved, boots glistened and onlookers proudly rose, in celebration of today's opening ceremony of the 20th American Quarter Horse Association's International Youth World Cup. 110 competitors from 13 different countries will take part in the competition, with more than 100 horses donated from across ...
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RAAF PUTS ON A SHOW

The Royal Australian Air Force's Williamtown base holds the nation's defensive secrets, so it's very rare for members of the public to step inside. But today, the grounds were open to family members of recruits, as part of a celebration for several pilots who've achieved ...
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RESIDENTS FACE FACTS BEFORE POLLING DAY

Dozens of concerned residents have come together to discuss issues facing the region. Several candidates running for the seat of New England were also present at the federal election forum, with just over a week from polling day.   ...
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NEW COMMITTEE NEEDED FOR MAJOR CYCLING RACE

The future of the Grafton to Inverell cycling race is at risk, if another organising committee can't be found. Having run it for the past four years, the 2016 group has stepped down. A major sponsor will also need to be found, after this year's race ran without ...
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KOKODA LIFE CHANGING FOR KING

After completing the Kokoda Track, Rachelle King is now considering another trek alongside the inspirational Turia Pitt, with Mount Kilimanjaro a possibility. But the immediate focus for the surf lifesaving champion is the World Titles in The Netherlands in September.   ...
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AFL

GUNNEDAH FIRING FOR CLASH WITH COMPETITION HEAVYWEIGHTS

The Kangaroos hope to turn around a 72-point last start loss in round 11 of Tamworth AFL tomorrow. In other games, the Saints travel to Narrabri and the defending premiers are wary of a rising force ...
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HENDERSON

JACK HENDERSON MURDER ACCUSED FACES TRIAL IN NEWCASTLE

A court has heard a man accused of stabbing his former friend to death during a fight in Cessnock two years ago, pulled out the knife to protect himself. Jack Colless was charged with murder in the hours after the incident, but has since pleaded ...
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STUDENTS CURRENTLY THE MASTERS

The Barbarians are hoping for a big performance tomorrow, with their round 11 clash against Robb College doubling as ladies day. Meanwhile Albies hope to maintain top spot on the ladder, with another win over Glen Innes at Belle Vue ...
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Oncology

SETTING EXAMPLE SAVING LIVES

Central Coast Cancer Centre is breaking new ground, with Australia's first ever Indigenous person training in Radiation Oncology. Kelly Needham hopes her work will encourage other Aboriginal people to achieve their goals.   ...
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COMPETITIONS BEGINS FOR UNDER 15 GIRL’S STATE HOCKEY

Some of the state's best young hockey players have arrived in the Manning Valley, with the first day of the Under 15 Girl's State Hockey Championships getting underway. The three-day event will see 25 sides from across New South Wales go head-to-head ...
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CRL

GROUP 2 ROUND 11 IN BRIEF

In Group 2, ladder leaders South Grafton should be well rested, ahead of their next home game against Sawtell. The Roosters have been reaping the rewards, looking for a win against the Axemen, which Group 2 President, Warren Gilkinson says would also put them in third place ...
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TOORMINA HEALTH DESTINATION FILLING A GAP

A joint medical practice and pharmacy has swung open its doors in Toormina. Pharmacy proprietor, Llyod Smith says it will help fill a void in the town. "It's a health destination, so the pharmacy is part of an overall health solution for patients and being co-located with General ...
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MANNING HOSPITAL ISSUES TAKE THE STAGE

Resourcing issues at Manning Base Hospital were in the spotlight last night, at a public meeting held by concerned locals. On the agenda - discussion about declining services and staffing gaps ...
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WOOPI SURF LIFE SAVING FUTURE SECURE

One million dollars will be spent upgrading South Grafton's Rushforth Park, if Labor is elected on July 2. Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek also announced funding for Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club, to move its operations down to the Marine Rescue site. "We are delighted to be ...
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SWEET DEAL FOR SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY

The Coalition has put a sweetener on the table for education, pledging $12-million towards stage one of Southern Cross University's plan for an allied health building. The University wants to have the facility up-and-running by 2018 ...
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PORT STEPHENS OFFICERS RECOGNISED AT SPECIAL CEREMONY

A dedicated and popular Port Stephens police officer, who died in the line of duty, has been recognised at a special awards ceremony. Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson was killed in March while responding to a pursuit in the Hunter Valley. Last night, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione paid ...
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NBNLOTS

ROBINA RESIDENTS FIGHT “NON-COMPLIANT” COUNCIL PROPOS

Residents in a Robina street are vowing to fight Council over plans to build a block of units in their street ...
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YOUNG GIRL MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN KENYA

Eight year old Zara Matthews is testament you can make a difference at any age. The St. Philips Narara student has spearheaded a campaign to raise money for Africa with her "Kenya Help" fundraiser. The event is now in its second year and was prompted after school ...
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POLICE UNCOVER 50 CANNABIS PLANTS IN MAYFIELD HOUSE

A 66-year-old man is tonight being questioned by police, after officers uncovered more than 50 cannabis plants at a home in Newcastle. It's the third hydroponic bust in the Hunter this week ...
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NEWCASTLE JUNIORS McLEAN AND McSPADDEN HELP SAPPHIRES TO MASSIVE

Newcastle basketballers Cassidy McLean and Lara McSpadden have helped Australia to a massive win over Mexico in their first game at the Under-17 World Championships. In a contest where every Aussie scored, McLean finished with nine points and McSpadden had six. The final score ...
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NHRU

GREENS HANG ON AGAINST TAHS

Merewether Carlton could be without star recruit Josh Stewart for some time, after the flanker was carried from the field last night. Stewart was left clutching his hamstring... despite his side narrowly overcoming The Waratahs ...
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AMETHYST ARRIVES AT CRYSTAL CASTLE

Mullumbimby's crystal castle will soon enter the Guiness Book of World Records. Following a careful heavy-lift operation this afternoon, it's now home to the biggest Amethyst ever found ...
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BROWN BACKS WALKER TO WIN RICHMOND

The federal seat of Richmond could be going green, if recent polling is accurate. Party founder Bob Brown was in the region today to throw his support behind Dawn Walker's campaign, saying he thinks she'll get to Canberra ...
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TONI COLLETTE FILMING IN MAITLAND FOR NEW PROJECT

A slice of Hollywood came to the Hunter today, with Australian actress Toni Collette in Maitland filming for a new project. While keen to shy away from our cameras, covering her face with an umbrella, Collette spent the day at the historic Maitland Gaol - ...
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UNITED IN GRIEF – WILLIAMTOWN CONTAMINATION

It's a decision by the defence force that's destroying the livelihood of innocent, everyday Australians. Williamtown residents can now look to a small community in Brisbane for advice - that's also facing the fallout of the use of a toxic fire fighting foam at its ...
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TEENAGE MAITLAND DRIVER CAITLIN WOOD TAKING EUROPE BY STORM

After two races in Italy and France, a teenager from Maitland is leading the European GT4 Ladies Championship. If 19-year-old Caitlin Wood can maintain that lead, she'll earn a drive in a Lamborghini in the GT3 series next year ...
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FARMER SENTENCED OVER MURDER OF ENVIRONMENT OFFICER

A farmer who shot dead an environmental officer is destined to die in prison, with the 81-year-old today jailed for at least 24 years. Ian Turnbull murdered Glen Turner when an ongoing dispute over land culminated in a bloody ambush, on a property, north of Moree ...
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LABOR

ROADS COMMITMENT FROM LABOR

The Labor party today provided more detail on its roads package, that was announced by Bill Shorten on Saturday. A scoping study to build a road which will link Woy Woy to the M1 at Mt White has also been earmarked. The Liberal party has also made a ...
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BEN SIMMONS SET TO RECEIVE GOLDEN TICKET IN NBA

Ben Simmons is a supreme athlete and tomorrow...he's set to be handed a golden ticket to fame and fortune. The 19-year-old Newcastle junior...is predicted to be chosen as the number one draft pick in the NBA... and that makes him a very big deal in the ...
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TEENAGE BICYCLE RIDER HIT BY CAR

A 17-year-old bicycle rider has suffered head and shoulder injuries, after being hit by a car at South Tamworth last night. Police said the male cyclist was at fault of the accident on Kent Street, after riding his bike across the path of an oncoming car just ...
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ICE EPIDEMIC TARGETED IN COALITION CAMPAIGN

With the election fast approaching, the Coalition has turned its attention to the country's 'ice' epidemic. Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop was on the Central Coast today, promising $10.7-million for local drug treatment and prevention programs.   ...
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Storm Roux

STORM ROUX BACK ON TRACK FOR ROUND ONE

The Central Coast Mariners are enjoying a low-key start to their pre-season, with new recruits Connor Pain, Jaques Faty and Mickael Tavares to join the group next week. It was still a big day for the club, with injured defender Storm Roux back on the park ...
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BLACKDIAMONDAFL

PETER VAN DAM ON TRACK FOR BDAFL FINALS FOOTBALL

Black Diamond AFL stalwart Peter Van Dam believes Terrigal Avoca is in the midst of its worst ever injury crisis. Van Dam is one of those on the sideline, but he's eyeing off a return for the finals ...
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Events Funding Launch

FUNDS TO ATTRACT MORE VISITORS TO THE REGION

In a region home to so many events, it can often be hard to keep up with what's on. It's a feeling Tamworth Council is looking to combat, putting up $35,000 to better promote the area's attractions.   ...
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WET WEATHER TO DECREASE WATER RESTRICTIONS

Agronomists have welcomed recent downpours, that have seen three times the average rainfall for the month of June. Good news for residents too, with Council planning to decrease water restriction levels, from level four to three, in the coming days ...
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HOW TO STOP CAR THEFT AND CATCH THE PERPETRATORS

A recent spate of car thefts have left many locals out of pocket- and feeling out of control. Technical experts say there are ways we can protect ourselves- and make it harder for thieves to hide once they've stolen your car.   ...
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES MEMORABILIA NEEDED

You never know what you might find while combing the beach...Peter and Dianne Coombes stumbled across a relic from the 1982 Commonwealth Games! It's been donated to the Games' archive...and now they're reaching out to local collectors for other antiques from Games gone by.   ...
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FARMING INDUSTRY PROJECT TO CUT IRRIGATION COSTS

Dairy farmers have been given a glimpse into the future of their industry, at an irrigation demonstration. Three thousand farmers, across dairy, cotton, rice and sugar, are currently taking part in the three year project.   ...
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BARNABY JOYCE UNVEILS AGRICULTURE POLICY AT PRIMEX

For the second time in a week, the Deputy Prime Minister has visited the Northern Rivers. Barnaby Joyce today announcing a million dollar election sweetener at the opening of Primex ...
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TLC FOR TAMWORTH GYMNASTICS CLUB

Tamworth Gymnastic Club's facility is set for a facelift, with the installation of a five-tier grandstand. While it'll allow for larger crowds at competitions, the upgrade will also see more training space made available ...
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CHOPPER WINCHES SICK PASSENGER FROM CRUISE SHIP

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has performed a daring mission at sea, to rescue a passenger on board a cruise liner. A paramedic and doctor were winched onboard the Sun Princess, which was eight nautical miles off the coast of Ballina, at around one-o'clock yesterday afternoon, ...
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CHEIKA WIELDS AXE

Quirindi's Sam Carter has paid for Australia's series loss to England, dropped for Saturday's final test. The two-metre tall second-rower was brought in for the second match in Melbourne, but couldn't help his country avoid another defeat. He'll now return to the Brumbies to prepare for their round ...
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TWU FIRES UP ABOUT TRUCK DRIVER CONDITIONS

The Transport Workers Union is calling for tougher regulations on the truck-driving industry to reduce pressure on workers. It follows police laying charges against a driver on Tuesday, who is alleged to have been under the influence of the drug ice ...
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TAMWORTH SPORTING FIELDS REMAIN WATER-LOGGED

While the recent rainfall has been welcomed by farmers in the Tamworth region, its wreaked havoc with the sporting calendar. The Plain Street fields are shut until Monday, meaning no Minor League or Central North junior rugby. Final decisions will be made tomorrow regarding local football and baseball ...
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DOUBLE HEADER AT THE SPORTS DOME

While the women are in Sydney, the Tamworth Thunderbolts men will be at home this weekend for a State League basketball double header. They'll face Port Macquarie on Saturday night, before a catch-up match against Coffs Harbour on Sunday ...
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50 CANNABIS PLANTS UNCOVERED IN MAYFIELD SEARCH

A 66-year-old man is assisting police with their inquiries, after they uncovered a drug house in Mayfield this afternoon. During their search officers seized around 50 cannabis plants, which were found in three rooms of the property. This is the third drug house uncovered by police this week, with ...
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TAREE CITY BULLS ON THE RISE

In Group 3 Rugby League, the southern sides of the competition are clawing their way up the ladder. Taree City Bulls are looking to snag their fourth straight victory, after a string of wins against Hastings clubs ...
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NEW HOPE FOR INGHAM WORKERS

There's new hope for dozens of the 360 Ingham's workers, set to lose their jobs when the Cardiff plant closes in August. The Meat Workers Union is in discussions with rival poultry processor Baiada, to find work at its Beresfield or Tamworth sites for skilled employees. There's ...
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NORTH SHORE SEWERAGE CONNECTED

Septic tanks have now been phased out on Port Macquarie's North Shore, with Council's Sewerage Scheme complete. The $9.5 million project linked properties to the town's existing sewerage system, through a pipeline under the Hastings River. It's expected to deliver environmental benefits, by reducing the number of ...
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CALLS TO BETTER FUND HEALTH STAFF

Hospital workers launched a statewide campaign in Newcastle today, calling on the state government to better fund health staff. "While doctors and nurses are very important, 55% of people who work in health are not doctors or nurses, said HSU NSW Secretary Gerard Hayes. The Health Services Union ...
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FUNDING PROMISE FOR TAREE RECREATION GROUND

After years of planning, an expansion of Taree's Sport and Recreation ground is a step closer to being a reality. The Coalition today committing $750,000 towards the upgrade, if re-elected ...
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REGIONAL GIRLS GIVE IT THEIR ALL IN COAST FINALS

More than one hundred girls took to the footy fields in Toormina for the regional school finals this week. With a place in the state finals in Sydney on the line, there was plenty of intensity ...
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FUNDING PLEDGE FOR OXLEY OVAL

Port Macquarie's Oxley Oval could be in line for a much-needed makeover, if the Coalition is re-elected. Nationals candidate Luke Hartsuyker, today pledging $100,000 for new changerooms and disabled toilets. "It will allow what is a magnificent ground to be fully utilised, providing better facilities for the ...
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COWPER CANDIDATES GO HEAD-TO-HEAD

Rob Oakeshott's campaign for Cowper is continuing to build momentum, a clear favourite at last night's election forum in Port Macquarie. With the town previously in his former seat of Lyne, he received a warm reception - a contrast to some other candidates ...
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GLOUCESTER CRASH CLAIMS A LIFE

A 53-year-old man has been killed in a car crash at Gloucester this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the Bucketts Way just before one o'clock, after a Toyota ute slammed into a power pole. The driver was treated by paramedics, but died at the scene. Traffic diversions ...
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ENVIRONMENTAL LOVE AND LEARNING FOR GREEN ARMY GRADUATES

Six months of tireless environmental work and hands-on learning has been marked by the Coffs Coast's latest Green Army team. Members of the group celebrated their graduation by carrying on with what they've grown to love ...
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MOREE FARMER SENTENCED OVER MURDER OF ENVIRONMENT OFFICER

The elderly farmer, convicted over the shooting murder of Tamworth environment officer Glen Turner, will spend at least the next 24 years behind bars. 81-year-old Ian Turnbull shot dead the father-of-two over an illegal land clearing dispute on his property near Moree in July 2014. A jury ...
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TWO CHARGED OVER 2011 DEATH OF MACLEAN WOMAN

Two men have been charged over the brutal death of a woman on a northern New South Wales beach in 2011. The body of 33-year-old Maclean woman Lynette Daley was found on Ten Mile Beach near Woodburn in January of that year, after a violent sexual ...
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NORTH STARS GM JOINS ‘THE GREAT ONE’ IN SYDNEY

He's regarded as the best ice hockey player ever and this weekend Wayne Gretzky will be in Sydney for an exhibition game. In an unexpected development, North Stars General Manager Garry Dore has been handed the chance to play alongside The Great One ...
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BELMONT LOSES DRAWCARD TOURNAMENT

After 58 years as one of the country's leading amateur tournaments, the Lake Macquarie International is now a thing of the past. Golf NSW decided to change the dates of the event, meaning it's no longer viable for Belmont Golf Club ...
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES CLOCK STRIKES ZERO IN CONFUSING BLUNDER

Tourists along Surfers Paradise beach have been sent into a state of confusion, with the 2018 Commonwealth Games 'countdown clock' striking zero ...
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ICONIC BAR PREPARES FOR LAST HURRAH BEFORE MOVE

One of the oldest live music venues in Surfers Paradise is winding back the clock...for a last hurrah before a massive modernisation. The Avenue on Orchid Ave has played host to an impressive list of celebrities since its doors opened back in 1984.   ...
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MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE MASCOT MASK

Most of us live the greatest moments of Origin from the couch...or if we're lucky, the stands... But one local's taken the field for the past two years as New South Wales' mascot.   ...
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OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE STARTS MENTAL HEALTH CONVO IN THE HUNTER

Mental health can be a hard topic to talk about, but one outspoken advocate says it doesn't have to be. Nic Newling is using his own battles with depression to break down stigma for Hunter school students ...
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BATTLE FOR SEATS ON COAST INTENSIFIES

With just 10 days until voters hit the polls, the major parties in the Central Coast's marginal seats were flexing their muscle in any way they could today. Labor pledged millions for access to higher education, while the Coalition wheeled out an experienced old campaigner.   ...
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CENTRAL COAST TASKFORCE FORMED

Staying with politics and a string of multi-million dollar pledges during this Federal Election campaign have many on the Central Coast believing it's too good to be true. In a bid to keep politicians honest, a new taskforce has been established to help voters make an ...
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ACE BACK HOME AFTER FIJI PRO

One of Avoca's favourite surfing sons is back on the Coast following his semi final appearance at last week's Fiji Pro. Adrian Buchan admits he's enjoying competing more than ever, and is now looking to go one better at J-Bay ...
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BREAKTHROUGH IN PUSH FOR NEW DORA CREEK BRIDGE

A breakthrough for residents of Dora Creek, with the state government confirming it is looking into building a new bridge. But the community wants a firm commitment to replace the structure, that's been largely unchanged since 1940 ...
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CALLS FOR LOCALS TO DESIGN LIGHT RAIL FLEET

The Property Council has welcomed news the state government could abandon plans for a raised light rail system and opt for one level with Hunter Street. It also says Novocastrians should have the final say on how the fleet looks ...
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JACKSON BAKER REMEMBERED AS COMPASSIONATE AND LAID BACK

There's been a tragic end to the search for a missing Newcastle man, with a body found at Stockton today. 20-year-old Jackson Baker went missing after a night out last week, and was thought to have gone swimming in Newcastle Harbour. A member of the public found ...
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KYLIE PUMPS STEEL IN VEGAS BID

Tamworth fitness model Kylie Steel has her sights set on the international stage. It's been a year of personal bests for the competitor and she's hoping it'll take her to Las Vegas by the end of the year.   ...
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RUGBY BOYS TACKLE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

In 20-13, much loved Tamworth man Scotty Campbell lost his struggle with anxiety and depression. This Saturday his former rugby team will take to the field in a memorial match, raising funds for mental health awareness.   ...
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BOLTS TAKE THE THUNDER TO SYDNEY

Tamworth's Thunderbolts have been plagued with injuries and disappointments throughout the season. But this weekend they're hoping to turn it around, heading to Sydney to take on some of the best in the women's Division 1 state league.   ...
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TAMWORTH TACKLES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic violence victims who have a disability are about to get more support in the Tamworth region. The city's second Domestic Violence Forum today heard most targets from last year's action plan are being met.   ...
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MAJOR DRUG HAUL IN THORNTON

In a major coup for police - a second house, dedicated solely to cultivating cannabis, has been uncovered in the Hunter. Today, close to 200 plants were removed from a property in the Hunter Valley... while police investigate possible links to a Sydney drug syndicate ...
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MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION INTO PAEDOPHILE RING

A Lismore man has been charged, following an investigation into an alleged online paedophile ring. The 42-year-old was arrested at Goulburn Police Station yesterday, as part of an ongoing investigation into child sex offences and was charged with allegedly possessing child abuse material. He's been refused bail ...
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STUDENTS TACKLE SCIENCE CHALLENGE

High school students from around the Far North Coast are building bridges, designing Mars Rovers and flying hovercrafts this week. The challenge at Southern Cross University, all part of an initiative to encourage up and coming scientists and engineers ...
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TAREE YOUTH TO REPRESENT STATE IN HOCKEY

A young Taree local will be representing the state in hockey, after a successful selection into New South Wales' PSSA team. He'll be heading to Queensland in a couple of months for his most challenging competition yet ...
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TAREE PCYC COUNTS THE DAMAGE AFTER BREAK-IN

A Taree youth centre is still recovering from a senseless break-in on Sunday which has caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. It's a huge blow to the non-for-profit organisation which has been forced to suspend a number of new programs ...
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TRAGIC DEVELOPMENT IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN

Police believe a body, which was found in Newcastle Harbour at Stockton today, is that of missing man Jackson Baker. The 20-year-old was last seen leaving a nightclub in the early hours of June 16. Police were investigating several lines of inquiry, including whether he may have gone ...
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BANTING RETURNS TO J-BAY

Port Macquarie surfer Matt Banting has returned to Jeffries Bay in South Africa, where he suffered a season-ending injury 12 months ago. Banting dislocated his knee while warming up for the J-Bay Open, cutting short his rookie year on the Championship Tour. The 21-year-old is getting some ...
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FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON NEW PLAYGROUND

Kempsey Shire Council is asking South West Rocks residents to have their say on a proposed new playground for Horseshoe Bay Reserve. The existing playground would be expanded to include a water play area, flying fox and more seating. The project is being delivered in collaboration with ...
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FORMER DOG OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO ANIMAL CRUELTY

The former owner of four border collies, found with wounded noses, has pled guilty to animal cruelty charges. RSPCA staff discovered the neglected animals, during a 2015 visit to Woodford Island man James Connelly's property. Muzzles, fitted to the dogs, caused the injuries and made it nearly impossible ...
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EXHIBITORS FINISH PRIMEX PREPARATIONS

Industry exhibitors have spent the day, preparing for Casino's biggest annual agricultural exhibition, Primex, which begins tomorrow at the Richmond Valley Events Centre. Over 400 companies will showcase the latest farming and construction machinery, during this year's event. Record crowds are expected through the gates over the next ...
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SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE CENTRE STAGE

Students from the Great Lakes to the Macleay put their best foot forward today, for the Southern Network Dance Festival More than 25 schools have come together for 3 days of performances at Camden Haven High ...
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POLICE INVESTIGATING COSTLY CRASH

Police are investigating whether a motorcycle rider, involved in a collision with a car in Park Beach overnight, has any connections with outlaw motorcycle gangs. The rider fled the scene and hasn't been seen since ...
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FOOTBALL FANS URGED TO SHOW RESPECT AND APPRECIATION

Football fans are being asked to show some appreciation and restraint. North Coast Football wants everyone involved in the game to recognise the invaluable contribution of all match officials over the referees recognition weekend ...
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MAN CHARGED OVER HISTORICAL CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT

A 51-year-old man has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a young girl more than a decade ago in the Hunter. Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad have been investigating the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in Newcastle by a man known ...
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MAJOR DRUG OPERATION UNCOVERED AT THORNTON

Police have uncovered a major drug operation at a home in Thornton. Officers are at the scene this morning to dismantle the hydroponic cannabis set up. This is the second drug operation discovered in the Hunter this week, with more than 120 cannabis plants found at a ...
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MILLER GETS HIS MAN AS HOOLE RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE

Andrew Hoole has officially returned to the Jets, five months after Scott Miller expressed an interest in bringing him back from Sydney. The 22 year old has signed a one year deal and the coach is confident he'll become a vital member of the squad ...
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DISABLED BOY LEAPS FROM WALKER IN ATHLETICS RACE

An inspirational Gold Coast student isn't letting a disability get in the way of life. Video has captured the heartwarming moment he leaps from a walker, making a dash for gold at an athletics carnival ...
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WYONG HOSPITAL MISSES OUT IN STATE BUDGET

Today's state budget has received a mix response on the Central Coast. While many have welcomed a $45 million dollar investment in roads- fears about the future of the Wyong Hospital re-development have been renewed, after it was left out altogether.   ...
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NO MAJOR SURPRISES IN BUDGET FOR FAR NORTH COAST

No major surprises for the Far North Coast, in today's budget - the state government largely delivering on existing funding commitments. However, an additional $1.4-million has been set aside for shark management strategies in the region. While, $2.8-million will go towards Ballina Hospital upgrades. As promised, $75-million has been ...
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HOGAN PROMISES WOLLONGBAR CLUBHOUSE

Campaign spending commitments kept coming in the federal seat of Page today - the Coalition promising to expand the currently-under-construction Wollongbar Sports Complex, if re-elected. Half a million dollars would be spent building a clubhouse, overlooking several fields. "There'll be covered spectating areas so the community will be ...
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DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS WILLIAMTOWN TO DISCUSS CONTAMINATION

It's taken almost 10 months for the federal defence minister to visit Williamtown to discuss the RAAF base contamination saga, but Marise Payne still appears to be shying away from the issue. The Minister was in town this afternoon, but would only speak to a select ...
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ACCUSED KNIFE ATTACKER FRONTS LISMORE COURT

The case of a man, accused of stabbing a 49 year old man, multiple times at Byron Bay two months ago, has returned to court. Anthony Norris is accused of attacking the man in the Butler Street Reserve in April. The 48 year old today faced Lismore Local ...
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SURPRISE FAMILY AFFAIR AS BABY ARRIVES EARLY

The arrival of a new baby is a family affair and for one Gold Coast family it really was. Family was right there to help paramedics do their job, as a little one made an unexpected early appearance.   ...
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