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POLICE INVESTIGATING AS YOUNG MAN STILL CRITICAL

Police still don't know how an aspiring hip hop artist wound up critically injured in the middle of Tallai Road. 27 year old Andrew Mavridis was posting on Facebook just minutes before he was found in a pool of blood, by a passing driver.   ...
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CULLEN TO PLAY MAROONS REP ROUND

Titans back-up five-eighth Cameron Cullen will pull on a Maroons jersey this Sunday, for Rep Round. The Burleigh Bears star will help the Queensland Residents team hunt a third-straight win over the Blues.   ...
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SUNS STEP UP FOLLOWING GEELONG THRASHING

Communication and taking risks are on the cards at Suns training this week, as players get back on track following their embarrassing loss to Geelong. Skipper Gary Ablett says they want to shine for supporters, as they attempt to break their finals drought ...
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PELICAN WHISPERER URGING GOLD COASTERS TO FISH RESPONSIBLY

We hear a lot about animals- below the water- falling victim to stray fishing line and hooks. Now one local man is working hard to protect animals above the water, too.   ...
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SEARCH FOR EMERGENCY BEACON IN TERRIGAL

Authorities were sent on a wild goose chase yesterday afternoon, tasked with locating an emergency beacon at Terrigal. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was forced to land on Killarney Vale Oval at around 5.30pm, with the crew then searching the streets to locate the beacon. It was discovered ...
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SHOW JUMPING A FAMILY AFFAIR

Rod Brown is a legend of the Australian show jumping scene, recently picking up a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the sport. Now his daughter Jess is following in his footsteps, and she's got her eye on Olympic selection ...
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BIG CASH SPLASH FOR WILLIAMTOWN, WHILE LABOR SAYS TAX CUTS WILL H

In the Hunter, Williamtown saw the most budget cash, with the government forking out millions for the RAAF base, and to help those affected by the contamination scandal. Meanwhile, Labor says the Coalition's planned tax relief will have little effect here ...
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SMALL BUSINESS BIGGEST BUDGET WINNER ON FAR NORTH COAST

On the far north coast, it's the small business owners who are cheering the loudest. But the budget hasn't won over everyone - the Opposition claims the government has its priorities wrong ...
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THE FORCE IS STRONG IN LISMORE

It's not every day you see Storm Troopers in Lismore, let alone at a university. But today, Star Wars fanatics were out in force, for the biggest day on the intergalactic calendar - May the Fourth. The annual event saw Princess Leia take on Darth Vadar... And ...
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ARTISTIC BOOTS HELPING TO KICK DEPRESSION

Old shoes and artwork don't usually go hand in hand. However a group of determined women is helping to change that perception, raising funds and awareness for depression.   For more information visit: www.quotaalstonville.com ...
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REGION’S UNEMPLOYED GIVEN A BOOST IN FEDERAL BUDGET

On the Central Coast, small businesses and the region's unemployed have emerged as the budget big winners. While there's money for roads - including upgrades along the M1.   ...
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MILESTONE REACHED FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH STUDY

A nationwide survey of women's health has reached a milestone. Today, researchers from the University of Newcastle and Queensland celebrated two decades of what's known as the Australian Longitudinal Study. "It's been a real honour to be able to work on one project for 20 years and ...
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GARAGES GUTTED BY FIRE AT HAMILTON

Three garages were gutted by fire at Hamilton this morning. More than 20 people had to be evacuated from nearby buildings, with the blaze breaking out right in the middle of the peak hour rush ...
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WHAT DO NORTH WEST LOCALS THINK OF THE BUDGET?

In the New England North-West, locals are coming to grips with what the federal budget means for them. Small businesses and job agencies are cheering, but farmers are nothing short of appalled by an impending backpacker tax ...
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TOUR DE CURE ROLLS THROUGH COAST

Perfect weather and rapturous receptions welcomed Tour de Cure riders to Macksville, as part of their charity cycle from Brisbane to Sydney. The 200-strong contingent is on a roll, after marking a number of significant milestones ...
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SIMS DEFENDS RELEVANCE OF CITY-COUNTRY FIXTURE

More than a dozen players may have withdrawn from the City-Country showdown, but Tariq Sims is adamant the fixture needs to stay. He's relishing the chance for more game time as he looks to break back into the Blues ...
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A POLE LOT OF FUN

Forget push ups and jogging - pole dancing is a form of fitness going from strength to strength. Tamworth's only pole dancing studio continues to grow in popularity, as students reap the physical rewards.   ...
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BUDGET DELIVERS LITTLE FOR NSW NORTH COAST

On the mid north coast, business leaders have welcomed the budget as a boost for small operators. They hope with extra money in their pockets, they'll look to create added jobs ...
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HUNTER CROSSFIT ATHLETES PREPARE FOR NATIONAL STAGE

Two Hunter athletes have qualified for the national stage of the Crossfit Games - billed as the annual search to find the fittest people on the planet. Samantha Sullivan and Sean Brickwood will have to finish in the top five, to reach the world final ...
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COUNTRY TEAM TRAINS IN TAMWORTH

The Country Origin team has touched down in Tamworth ahead of its clash with City this Sunday. The boys showed good form today at a training session held at Oxley High School ...
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‘DROUGHT-PROOFING’ RELATIONSHIPS

Meanwhile, one man has taken it into his own hands to help those struggling with drought. Simon Santosha is a counsellor and he's been travelling around the north west, aiming to build resilience in rural communities.   ...
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TOUGH TIMES PREDICTED FOR GRAZIERS

A long, tough winter has been predicted for the region's cattle producers. It's led to a warning for graziers to plan ahead, before they run out of options.   ...
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BALD AND BEAUTIFUL

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can change your entire life - suddenly, days become gruelling physically and mentally. To help shift the focus, a Hunter woman set up an event to pamper those touched by the disease - and today, it celebrated its 12th year ...
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NSW ALL SCHOOLS STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP WRAPS UP

The north coast's Kyle Underwood and Sydneysider June Song have been crowned state champions at the New South Wales' All Schools Strokeplay Championship, held in Taree. The two-day comp saw nearly 100 of the state's best young golfers vye for state spots ...
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MANNING VALLEY PETITION AGAINST RAIL CUTS HANDED OVER

A petition against proposed cuts to rail staff at train stations on the mid north coast, has reached more than 2000 signatures. Concerns residents today delivered the petition to Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, calling on the Baird Government to abandon the plan. "I think it's sending ...
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INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE INTO WAUCHOPE CLUB ROBBERY

Police remain on the hunt for four offenders who robbed a mid north coast club on Monday night. Two staff members were closing up at Wauchope Country Club, when they heard the front doors being smashed just after 10pm. The staff members left the building, but the ...
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BUSINESS OWNER EXPECTED TO FACE COURT OVER CAR RE-BIRTHING CHARGE

A man's been charged with re-birthing motor vehicles, after he was arrested at his Woolgoolga business yesterday afternoon. The arrest was made as part of Operation Strike Force Neerim and police aren't ruling out further charges ...
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WEATHER: CLASSIC AUTUMN CONDITIONS

Classic Autumn weather has settled in across the region today. Fine, clear, cool mornings have been followed by warm days with low humidity and westerly winds. Sea breezes will build tomorrow along the coast and the fine weather will be here until the weekend arrives. There is ...
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DEAD BIRDS FOUND AT WARNERS BAY

Hunter Wildlife Rescue says it's disgusted and disturbed, after more than 50 birds were believed to have been poisoned at Lake Macquarie. The corellas were discovered at parks throughout Warners Bay over the past few days. Tests are being carried out on the dead birds. If anyone finds ...
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RECORD NUMBERS TAKE PART IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

More than a thousand budding young scientists and engineers are in Taree this week, to take part in the annual Science and Engineering Challenge. The event aims to spark interest in pursuing a career in the field ...
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POLICE RENEW APPEAL INTO LAKE MACQUARIE SHOOTING

Police have renewed their appeal for information into a shooting at Lake Macquarie earlier this year. On February 29, officers were called to Stratton Street at Edgeworth, where they found a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. He was treated by paramedics and taken ...
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VETERAN’S MISSION TO SAVE WWI GRAVES IN FRANCE

A veteran is selling up his family home to save the war graves of Australian soldiers, killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War One. The French want to develop the site after the Australian government knocked back an offer to buy the land ...
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SNAPPER POINT MURDER ACCUSED TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY

The lawyer for a man accused of murdering a young Chinese student and dumping her body in waters off the Central Coast, says his client will plead not guilty. 27-year-old Derek Barrett's defence lawyer, Bill Whitby, made the statement outside Burwood Local Court this morning, where ...
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HUNTER BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Williamtown RAAF Base will get more cash for stage two of its redevelopment. Commercial fishermen will get more compensation, either $20,000 or $25,000, depending if the state government reopens rivers in the wake of the Williamtown contamination scandal. The WET Tax is being reformed, which means ...
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FIRE DESTROYS GARAGE AT HAMILTON

More than 30 people were evacuated from their homes this morning, after a nearby garage went up in flames at Hamilton. The blaze broke out at about 8:30am on Gordon Avenue. Police blocked off the street, while fire crews worked to extinguish the fire. No-one was injured. The blaze ...
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NEW COUNCILLOR EMBROILED IN CAMPAIGN FUNDING SCANDAL

Newly-elected Gold Coast City Councillor Kristyn Boulton has found herself embroiled in a funding scandal. It's come to light the self-professed independent received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funding, on the sly from the Liberal party ...
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GLOVES ON AS BOXERS FIGHT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

18 corporate workers are about to get rid of their business shirts and ties, and step into the boxing ring. A Las Vegas-style fight night will put first-time amateur boxers out of their comfort zones, with three of the nine fights involving female boxers.   ...
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JOINT OPERATION NABS 10 HIGH-RISK CRIMS

10 high risk offenders have been caught in a joint operation between Queensland and New South Wales police. Federal officers were also involved to try to stop offenders trying to cross the border.   ...
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TITANS PICK APART LOSS AGAINST STORM

The Titans will be keeping a keen eye on Parramatta Eels talent, which may be off-loaded due to the club's salary cap dramas. Meanwhile Gold Coast players were feeling their own pain today, during a lengthy video session.   ...
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ROSELLAS DOMINATE REBELS SELECTIONS FOR COUNTRY CHAMPS

The undefeated Rosellas have dominated selections in the Newcastle Rebels senior squad for this year's New South Wales Country Championships. Nine players from Wests were picked in the 20-man outfit, which will begin its campaign against the Greater Northern Tigers at Wyong on Saturday week. ...
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LOCAL JILLAROOS PREPARE TO PLAY AT HUNTER STADIUM

The Knights' Korbin Sims has accepted the early guilty plea and will miss Fiji's test against Papua New Guinea on Saturday. No such problems for the Jillaroos, who continued their build-up to Friday's clash with New Zealand in Newcastle ...
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MITCH WILLIAMS NAMED NSW CUP SKIPPER

Wyong Roos skipper Mitch Williams has been named captain of the New South Wales Cup representative team. The 28-year-old is joined by Roos' team mates Omar Slaimankhel and Abraham Papalli, when the side takes on Queensland on Sunday ...
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WORK UNDERWAY ON KOOLEWONG MARINA

Work has officially begun on the long awaited, state of the art Marina at Koolewong. The multi million dollar project is expected to be finished by August ...
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MACY CALLAGHAN CROWNED JUNIOR CHAMP

She's been dubbed by many critics as the next rising star in Australian surfing, and now Macy Callaghan has the title to back it up. The Avoca teen was crowned Australian Junior Champion on the weekend.     ...
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TERRIGAL BOAT RAMP UPGRADE BEGINS

Construction is set to begin this week on the Terrigal Haven Boat ramp upgrade. Improvements include re-surfacing the ramp to improve the facility plus installing access platforms and stairs. The New South Wales Government provided $750,000 towards the $1-million upgrade. " We're seeing such increased use with recreational ...
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INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY LEGENDS TAKE TO THE FIELD FOR MASTERS WORLD

Hundreds of hockey veterans have descended on Newcastle for the Masters World Cup. The week-long event started in Broadmedow today... and while the players might be growing older, their passion for winning isn't wavering ...
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FIRST GIRL MAKES THE CUT IN PSSA LEAGUE TEAM

Werris Creek Public School will be well represented at the PSSA rugby league competition in June, with three of its students selected in North West teams. Among those is Jasmine Verrall - the FIRST girl to make the cut ...
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PEEL CARNIVAL A WASH OUT

Mother nature has again been unkind the Peel Schools Rugby League Carnival. Tomorrow's secondary section has been called off due to the recent downpour, but there are hopes this weekend's primary school division will go ahead.   ...
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CARDIAC REHAB THE FOCUS OF HEART WEEK

The Tamworth region is a growing hotspot for cardiovascular disease deaths. In a bid to buck the trend, this week the Heart Foundation is shining a light on the importance of cardiac rehabiliation ...
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TAMWORTH BUSINESSES HOPE FOR BUDGET BUZZ

Meanwhile Tamworth has its fingers crossed for a few regional inclusions in the federal budget. Looking after small businesses and building local infastructure - all on top of the wish list   ...
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BUILDING A HOME IN FAST FORWARD

A sight for passers-by in Mayfield today, with two modular homes being lifted into place. The manufacturers are aiming to hand over the keys in a matter of days ...
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NORTHERN SCHOOLS PRIME LAMB COMPETITION

Tamworth Showground was full of future farmers - and judges - today, putting theory into practice as part of the annual Northern Schools Prime Lamb competition. 12 schools from across the New England North West took part, including about 150 students. "They're also involved in bringing their lambs ...
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HUNTER VALLEY’S NEWEST HIGH SCHOOL NAMED

A milestone today, for the first Catholic high school to be built in the Hunter in more than 30 years. It's been named St Bede's Catholic College - and will cater for growing suburbs near Maitland from 2018 ...
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SUBSTANCES FOUND AT COUNCIL CHAMBERS DEEMED HARMLESS

It was an anxious wait for seven council employees today, caught up in a mysterious chemical scare. They were quarantined after both the Coffs Harbour City and Clarence Valley Council chambers were evacuated, when white powders were discovered in the morning mail ...
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FUNDRAISER AIMS TO ASSIST IN HOUSING CRISIS

The growing housing crisis on the Central Coast will be the focus of a cycling fundraiser at the Mount Penang parklands next Sunday. But it's hoped tonight's federal budget will also deliver funding for those in need.   ...
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RIP ALFIE: AUSTRALIA’S OLDEST MAN DIES

Australia's oldest man has passed away on the Central Coast, at the age of 110. Last November, NBN News caught up with Alf Date as he celebrated his birthday at his Umina Beach nursing home. The much-loved father of seven was born in 1905 and called Davistown ...
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AN ART EXHIBITION OF DIFFERENT SORTS

Coffs Harbour locals are being invited to check out a unique display this week. Director of the project, Chay Khamsone says it sees everyday household items set for the tip, recycled for a more creative use. "Our analogy is that there's no such thing as a dump ...
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BUSY ROAD UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

It's one of the Northern Rivers' most used thoroughfares, but Lismore-Bangalow Road is also a cause of frustration for many drivers. A draft plan has been released by the state government, which aims to turn that around ...
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VETERAN’S SONG A MOVING TALE OF WAR

It's a year of reflection for many, as the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War's Long Tan Battle edges closer. A local singer has paid homage to the returning servicemen, releasing a song written by a veteran of the war ...
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DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY AFTER HITTING POWER POLE

A man has had a lucky escape after his car hit a power pole, and crashed down an embankment just north of Clunes this afternoon. The incident took place on Lismore-Bangalow Road just before 12:30, and saw live powerlines thrown across the busy road. Traffic diversions were ...
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WEATHER: FINALLY CLASSIC AUTUMN WEATHER ARRIVES

PHOTO: Lake Macquarie shot by Glen McIntosh.  The rain, cloud and humidity has cleared after delivering some valuable falls over the past three days. The next few days are going to be clear and dry with plenty of sunshine. The low humidity will produce the feeling of the ...
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HASTINGS DRAFT BUDGET ON DISPLAY

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has released its draft budget for the next financial year. It's a lot lighter on capital works spending, with a greater emphasis on finishing major projects ...
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COLOSSAL TREK ENDS IN BYRON

Father-and-son team Richard and Benjamin Harris have wrapped up an incredible cross country road trip in Byron Bay. The duo drove 5,000 kilometres from the nation's most westerly point to Byron - raising money for charity ...
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SCHOOLBOYS TO FACE OFF IN LEAGUE SELECTION TRIALS

Hundreds of budding rugby league stars will bring their A-game to Port Macquarie tomorrow, for the Northern New South Wales Combined High Schools selection trials. Players in the 15 and 18 years divisions will face off with a Hunter side, with the hope of progressing to ...
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STEWIE THE TURTLE NURTURED BACK TO HEALTH

Some Coffs Harbour students have teamed up with a local group, to help out a 15 year old turtle. Stewie, who was suffering from a disease known as floating syndrome was released today, after being nursed back to health ...
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SIMS TAKES EARLY GUILTY PLEA

Knights forward, Korbin Sims, will miss Saturday's Pacific Test, after accepting an early guilty plea for a grade two careless high tackle during last weekend's loss to the Roosters. He had been selected in the Fijian side to play Papua New Guinea. Sims will be available for ...
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KANTAROVSKI SIGNS OFF ON ANOTHER YEAR WITH THE JETS AT ST JAMES S

Jets coach Scott Miller has been analysing the A-League champions, hoping to identify how his side can match it with the Reds. Meanwhile, the rebuilding of Newcastle's roster continued today, with the re-signing of Ben Kantarovski ...
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RUAN SIMS TO CAPTAIN THE JILLAROOS IN NEWCASTLE

A member of the Sims family will captain her country on Friday, when the Jillaroos face New Zealand in Newcastle. Ruan Sims will skipper a new-look Australian side, featuring Hunter locals Emma Young and Caitlyn Moran. For the first time, the women's game is being ...
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KORBIN SIMS LIKELY TO MISS FIJI CLASH WITH PNG

Korbin Sims has been selected in the Fijian side to face Papua New Guinea this Saturday, but he's unlikely to play. The forward is facing a one game suspension after being charged for a high tackle against the Roosters. His Newcastle teammates, Akuila Uate and ...
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BUSINESS OWNERS TAKE AIM AT LAKE MACQUARIE COUNCIL

Business owners at West Wallsend have taken aim at Lake Macquarie Council, after shops were forced to close today. It was all because power was shut off across the suburb, for renovation work at the local neighbourhood centre ...
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TRIAL OF MAN ACCUSED OF AMANDA CARTER MURDER BEGINS

Almost six years on from her brutal death, the man accused of murdering Central Coast school teacher, Amanda Carter, has fronted court in Newcastle. The trial of Ricardo Dasilva began today, and is expected to run for several weeks ...
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FORSTER-TUNCURRY WIN SUPER SENIORS SEMI

Forster-Tuncurry caused a huge upset, taking out its Semi of the Super Seniors Golf Pennants at Toukley this afternoon. The team from the Mid North Coast will now face Cronulla in the Grand Final at Shelly Beach next week ...
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GROUP 4 RUGBY LEAGUE KICKS OFF

In round one of Group 4 rugby league yesterday, Wests racked up a century against the Rams, and Oxley lamented a slow start in Gunnedah. While the defending premiers out-muscled the Blues ...
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LOCAL CORELLAS SELECTIONS

Four locals were rewarded for their form at the women's New South Wales Country Rugby Union Championships in Tamworth over the weekend. Central North captain Katrina Fry was selected in the Corellas training squad, where she'll be joined by Moree-based halfback, Ashleigh Walker. New England duo Kelly ...
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HORSE FLU HANDOUT DEMANDED

It's considered one of Australia's greatest quarantine disasters - the equine influenza that paralysed the horse industry back in 2007. Nearly a decade later, hundreds of people are demanding compensation, staking a class action against the commonwealth.   ...
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BUDGET TO NOD TOWARD NEW ENGLAND

The nation awaits tomorrow's federal budget with bated breath - who will win and who will lose out? The Deputy Prime Minister says his electorate of the New England is looking to reap the benefits from the announcement ...
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BOYS IN BLUE JOINING OXLEY RANKS

There are some new faces on the beat today as six police recruits join the New England and North West. Oxley Local Area Command has snagged two of the officers, both country lads returning to police in the bush.   ...
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CRUISE SHIP CANCELS AMID ANTI-COAL PROTESTS IN NEWCASTLE

Tourism operators say the region has lost a quarter of a million dollar injection after a cruise ship cancelled its visit to Newcastle. The Insignia has pulled the pin because of a climate change protest, organised for next Sunday ...
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HEAD BEST ON GROUND IN PANTHERS RETURN

With power forward Tom Head making his first appearance of the year, Terrigal Avoca cruised to victory against Warners Bay. The Central Coast club has also unearthed another young star, with 15-year old Austin Clark kicking three goals.   ...
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SAWTELL SIT AT TOP OF THE LADDER

In Group-2 rugby league, Sawtell had a convincing win over Orara Valley yesterday to join South Grafton and Coffs Harbour at the top of the ladder. The match, a replay of a round 1 washout ...
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72YO KILLED BY BULL

A 72-year-old man has been killed by a bull on a property at Putty, south west of Singleton. Details remain sketchy, but ambulance crews were called to Putty Valley Road just after 1pm, after reports a male had been attacked by the animal. Despite their efforts, he ...
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SEAFOOD CO-OP CLOSING ITS DOORS

One of Port Macquarie's iconic businesses is preparing to close its doors. The Hastings River Fishermen's Co-operative is being forcibly demolished, under direction of the State Government ...
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KAY JOINS HAWKS NEST

Tamworth Thunderbolts junior Nick Kay has signed for the Illawarra Hawks for the upcoming National Basketball League season. After the Townsville Crocodiles folded, the reigning NBL rookie of the year also drew interest from Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. The 206-centimetre power forward will be at his new club ...
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CONSTRUCTION OF LISMORE CBD TOILET BLOCK BEGINS

Finding a bathroom in Lismore's CBD has long been a challenge, with public toilets few and far between. Now, after years of lobbying from business owners, Lismore Council is working to address the shortage ...
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MC CLYMONTS RELEASE TOUR DATES

They are one of the hottest acts in country music and today they were back in Grafton where it all started. The McClymont sisters were in town to release details of their upcoming '10 Years of Hits' tour which gets underway in July ...
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LOCALS CLEAN UP AT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Local shooters dominated the New South Wales Continental Clay Target competition in Tamworth yesterday. Brad Henshall took out the double and single barrel sections, to win the overall high gun ...
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PORT MACQUARIE BOOSTED BY DOUBLE IRONMAN

There were plenty of aching muscles around Port Macquarie today, following yesterday's full and half Ironman events. The two major triathlons combined, injecting an estimated $8 million into the local economy ...
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WEATHER: HEAT RECORDS CONTINUE TO TUMBLE

The first night of May was the hottest on record for about 20 different towns and cities across QLD, some of those records date back to the 1800s. Melbourne just experience its hottest night on record this last in the season. This is on the ...
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MACKA’S SAND FINED AND CAUTIONED OVER WASTE

The family business of Port Stephens Mayor, Bruce MacKenzie, has been fined $15,000 and issued an official caution, for breaching a clean up notice. The New South Wales EPA commenced an investigation into Salt Ash sand mining company Macka's Sand and Soil in 2013, and a ...
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PEDOPHILE EX-PRIEST SENTENCED AFTER ABUSE IN NSW NORTH WEST

A former Catholic priest and prolific child sex offender who abused a dozen children in regional NSW has been sentenced to 29 years behind bars. John Joseph Farrell, 62, preyed on three girls and nine boys over a nearly decade-long reign of abuse at Moree and ...
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POLICE RELEASE CCTV AFTER ROAD FATALITY

Police have released CCTV footage in the hope of uncovering more information about a fatal crash on the NSW North Coast last year. The footage is from a premises close to the scene of a Tumbulgum fatality on October 18 , where 57-year-old Michelle Lord died ...
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POLICE SEARCH FOR MEN AFTER ARMED ROBBERY

Police are searching for two men after an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery in Hope Island on the Gold Coast early today. The men first tried to break into a service station on Broadwater Avenue about 12.20am, but were unsuccessful. They then targeted another service ...
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SHARKS BEAT GOSFORD BY 13 POINTS

To local union, Terrigal demolished Woy Woy, while Warnervale remain on the bottom of the ladder going down to Ourimbah by 35 points. Kariong easily accounted for Lakes while Avoca Beach beat Gosford 23 to 10. The home side was on the back foot early, Gosford winger Chris ...
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WYONG ROOS BEAT THE KNIGHTS UNDER LIGHTS

In a rare night game for the New South Wales Cup, the Wyong Roos took on the Newcastle Knights at Woy Woy Oval last night. After a slow start from both sides, the Roos posted a convincing 22 point win over the visitors ...
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COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND TROY WATERS

Former light middleweight boxer Troy Waters has just emerged from the fight of his life, after being diagnosed with Leukaemia two years ago. Now in remission, but struggling financially, the community is rallying behind the Wamberal local.   If you wish to take part in the fundraiser please ...
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SOUTHS TOO STRONG FOR CENTRAL IN ROUND 3 OF NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGU

In Newcastle Rugby League, Souths outclassed Central 38 points to 12, to wrap up round three this afternoon ...
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NEW LOOK FOR THE GREATER BUILDING SOCIETY

A new name - and a new look today - with the Greater Building Society becoming the Greater Bank. Its new logo was unveiled at its Hamilton headquarters, with the CEO maintaining the only real change, is in the name. The Greater remains customer owned ...
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RUNNERS GO THE DISTANCE FOR LITTLE GIRL

Runners went the distance on the Fernleigh Track today - and then some -to raise money for a young girl living with a little-known condition known as global developmental delay. Participants ran up to 60 kilometres for four-year-old, Iva Harris, with proceeds going to her ongoing ...
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BROADMEADOW AND EDGEWORTH SPLIT THE POINTS 1-1

At Broadmeadow, Edgeworth had the early advantage, but Kale Bradberry quickly made it 1-all. Michael Kantarovksi set up Peter Haynes, but the veteran's shot was wide. Bren Hammel was one of several players booked, as both sides looked for an edge. But in the end, they shared the ...
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BLUES TAKE DOWN ADAMSTOWN 2-0 IN NPL

In the Hunter's NPL competition, the clash between Maitland and the Jets Youth was washed out, the Magic and Eagles shared the points, and the Blues beat Adamstown. Charlestown City's Rene Ferguson was busy early, creating a handful of chances. His powerful shot midway through the first ...
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“NO HUMAN HEALTH EFFECTS” FROM PFOS & PFOA

Comments by the Assistant Defence Minister, disputing the possible health impacts of PFOS and PFOA, haven't been well received by some in Port Stephens. Michael McCormack argued there's no link between the firefighting foams and adverse human health effects, like cancer. Labor Candidate for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, ...
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SUNS LOSS DESCRIBED AS EMBARRASSING

Suns Coach Rodney Eade has described last night's loss to the Cats as embarrassing. The injury-depleted team is now searching for answers after its 20 point loss to Geelong at Simonds Stadium ...
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LIFESAVERS PAY RESPECTS IN MEMORIAL CEREMONY

Gold Coast Life Savers today marked the end of the volunteer patrol season. Paying respects to those who have lost lives in the surf this summer ...
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UNION MEMBERS MARCH IN MAYDAY PARADE

In Newcastle, Hamilton's Beaumont Street came to a standstill today for the Mayday Parade. Formally known as the Trades Hall Council, Hunter Workers organised the march - with transport privatisation, and contamination concerns, high on the agenda ...
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RE-SIGNING OF SAIFITI TWINS ONE BRIGHT SPOT FOR KNIGHTS

In the NRL, and twins Jacob and Daniel Saifiti are reportedly set to re-sign with the Knights. It's much-needed good news, following Newcastle's big loss to the Roosters ...
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RAIN BRINGS RELIEF TO THE NORTH WEST

There was a sigh of relief across the north west as the first drops of rain in months hit the ground. While a welcome end to the week - the downpour caused a few headaches for Essential Energy workers.   ...
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MUSHIES CLAIM TAMWORTH DERBY

East Armidale kept Moree scoreless, while the North Companions picked up their second Northern Inland Premier League victory in a row. The Demon Knights crushed Inverell, and the Mushies were too good for Tamworth FC ...
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TIM REED CLINCHES FIRST IRONMAN TITLE

Byron Bay's Tim Reed has pushed through pouring rain, to clinch his first Ironman Australia title in Port Macquarie. Defending champion Paul Ambrose pulled out of the race, which was held in tandem with the Ironman 70.3 ...
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PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF FOR NARRABRI

Two-time defending champions Narrabri have fired an early warning shot to their Central North Rugby rivals, following yesterday's 24-point win over Moree. After a bruising opening hour, the Blue Boars scored three tries in the final 10 minutes ...
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DOYLE AND HOLDER FILL THE PODIUM IN ROUND 1 OF SPEEDWAY GRAND PRI

Australian riders have made a great start to the Speedway Grand Prix season, with the Hunter's Jason Doyle and former world champion Chris Holder finishing second and third in round one. The last time Doyle competed in the series was in Melbourne late last year, where ...
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SKATEPARK BACKERS VOW TO FIGHT ON

Construction of Wollongbar's highly controversial Plateau Drive skate park will proceed, with Ballina Shire Council voting in favour of the project. Long-time backers of the park say they won't rest until it's open ...
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TAMWORTH NETBALL DISPLAYS STRENGTH

The hosts dominated today's Tamworth Netball Association Carnival, winning all four age divisions. They welcomed four Northern Inland rivals to town, while Taree ventured over from the coast. Quirindi continued to rebuild, entering teams for the second time in a row after an absence of three years. Contestants using ...
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OLD BYRON HOSPITAL SITE COULD BE SOLD

The state government says it's considering selling the current Byron District Hospital site, when the facility is replaced by the Byron Central Hospital later this month. Located on Shirley Street, within walking distance to Main Beach, it's estimated the site could fetch several million dollars. (VISION ONLY) ...
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SYDNEY ESCAPEE MAY BE HIDING OUT ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Police believe a man who escaped custody in Sydney last week, may be hiding out on the Central Coast. At about 9:30 on Friday morning, police arrested 29-year-old Maxim Koopelain on the Princes Highway at Kirrawee in Sydney. During the arrest, Koopelian managed to escape and allegedly ...
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HUNDREDS TEST THEIR GRIT IN DRIZZLY NEWCASTLE

Hundreds of Novocastrians ignored the cold and squally start to Sunday, to test their grit for a worthy cause. The wet weather also provided the perfect backdrop for a wintery tradition. Newcastle SLSC Surf and Turf ...
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A FISHY PLAN FOR CARP REMOVAL

Anglers across the country are rejoicing over a multi-million dollar plan to rid inland waterways of the European Carp. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce picked up a rod in Tamworth today to make the announcement before Tuesday's budget.   ...
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MAN HAS EAR LOBE BITTEN OFF DURING FIGHT IN BOGGABILLA

A teenager's been charged after allegedly biting part of a man's ear off during a fight at Boggabilla early yesterday morning. Police say the 17-year old male and a 44-year old became involved in a fight on Brown Street just before five. A large portion of the ...
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CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATED ON COFFS HARBOUR

The traditional Japanese celebration of Children's Day drew thousands of people to Coffs Harbour's Botanic Gardens today. The event showcased Japanese culture, including martial arts and drumming ...
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‘ICE’ WITH ESTIMATED VALUE OF $1 MILLION SEIZED IN CO

One kilogram of the drug 'ice' has been seized during a vehicle search on the state's Mid-North Coast this morning. At around 3am, police stopped a vehicle on the Pacific Highway near North Boambee Road in Coffs Harbour. Police located the methylamphetamine, which they estimate has a ...
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WORLD RALLY EVENT BACK ON TRACK

The reversal of a decision by Coffs Harbour City Council not to sponsor the World Rally Car event has been welcomed by the city's Mayor. Denise Knight said she was shocked and embarrassed, when two weeks ago, councillors voted to withdraw support for the event ...
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NSW COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS UNEARTHS TALENT

Newcastle has won its 17th-straight New South Wales Country Womens rugby union Championship in Tamworth today. The Wildfires were dominant, only letting in two tries in their four matches ...
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DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT THE MURDER OF 25-YEAR-OLD CHINESE STUDENT

Harrowing details have emerged about the death of Chinese student Mengmei Leng, who was stabbed more than 30 times, before her body was dumped on the Central Coast. The 25 year old's uncle is behind bars - charged with murder, after his mobile phone signal was ...
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NEWCASTLE’S LIGHT RAIL UNDER MICROSCOPE AT INFORMATION SESS

The Baird Government's light rail plans for Newcastle's CBD were once again in the spotlight today, at an information session held by Transport New South Wales. The discussion forum, which attracted far fewer people than expected, addressed concerns over a lack of parking. "Look I think a lot ...
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MARINE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS HONOURED FOR DECADES OF SERVICE

Five Marine Rescue volunteers on the Central Coast have been awarded for their decades of service. Former Unit Commander Norm Smith has been a volunteer for 35 years, the 74-year-old having watched the base evolve from its humble beginnings. "When I started in 1980 we used our ...
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NEWCASTLE CITY AND TERRIGAL-AVOCA LEADING THE WAY IN BDAFL

In Black Diamond AFL, and Nelson Bay has thumped Cardiff at Dick Burwell Oval. The Hawks were under seige early and things didn't change, The Marlins taking the win, 174 points to Cardiff's 71. Terrigal-Avoca put on a strong showing at home downing Warners Bay 113 to 55, and ...
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WANDERERS THUMP THE BAY IN NEWCASTLE HUNTER RUGBY UNION

To Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union, and the Wanderers have thrashed the Bay 80-nil. The Waratahs beat Southern Beaches and Lake Macquarie went down to Maitland. In other games, University edged out Singleton and Hamilton proved why it's the competition benchmark, holding on to a 3 point victory against ...
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MARINERS LAND FORMER EPL MANAGER HARRY REDKNAPP

In a huge coup for the Mariners, the former English Premier League Manager, Harry Redknapp has joined the club as a consultant for next year's season. Meanwhile young gun, Liam Rose, took out the Mariners Medal for his breakout season at the annual awards presentation last ...
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NARROW WIN HAS SEEN GROUP 3 TAKE WIN IN LEAGUE CLASH

In local rugby league, Group 3 has narrowly snagged its third consecutive victory in the annual representative clash against Group 2, 36-34. The visiting side was the first to put points on the board, with a try to Nambucca Heads' Matt Field. But their opponents quickly fought back, ...
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NEWCASTLE TAKE DOWN ILLAWARRA IN WOMEN’S RUGBY UNION STATE

In the Women's Rugby Union State championships in Tamworth and Newcastle was on the front foot early against Illawarra, bustling over for the first try of the game. Illawarra hit back with a speedy run down the sideline. But it was Newcastle which sealed the win with some ...
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COUPLE ROBBED WHILE SITTING IN THEIR CAR ON SURFERS PARADISE

A man has been threatened with a knife, during a robbery on the Gold Coast overnight. About 4am on Saturday, a man and a woman were stopped in their car at the intersection of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Clifford Street, when two men approached the vehicle. The female ...
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WOOLGOOLGA NETBALL ASSOCIATION BENEFITS FROM COURT REVAMP

Woolgoolga Netball is set for tomorrow's North Coast Regional State League finals. Today, members celebrated the opening of the courts, following a $290,000 makeover. "It's been about 10 years hard work for all of the committee, the courts were battered and tired and water was leaking up ...
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QUIRKY AND COLOURFUL EVENTS AT MARDIGRASS

Nimbin's MardiGrass festival has long lobbied for the decriminalisation of marijuana in Australia. But for many attendees, the annual event just wouldn't be complete, without a few quirky traditions ...
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MAN’S BODY FOUND AT MACAULEYS HEADLAND

Police are investigating, following the discovery of a man's body at Macauleys Headland in Coffs Harbour today. State Emergency Services and police officers attended the scene this morning, after the body of a man, believed to be in his 60s, was found in an elevated grassed ...
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TABLE 1 ESPRESSO BEST OF THE BEST IN AUSTRALIA

Almost two years since opening its doors, Newcastle cafe Table One Espresso has taken out one of the country's most prestigious business awards. The team has been named the Most Outstanding New Business Of The Year ...
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BELLINGEN’S BEST SHOW IN YEARS

This year's Bellingen Show is being labelled the best yet. So far, more than 1,000 people have passed through the gates.. and of course it wouldn't be a regional show without a few colourful characters ...
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INAUGURAL DEMENTIA RIDE A ROARING SUCCESS

Close to 400,000 Australians live with Alzheimer's Disease - and scarily enough, that number's expected to double by the year 20-50. Today, the American Motorcycle Club banded together to raise awareness of the illness - through its inaugural Dementia Ride ...
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GRAN TRIES SKYDIVING ON 91st BIRTHDAY

Some might choose to celebrate their birthday with a quiet dinner with family - but not this dare devil grandmother. To mark her 91st year, Margaret Walton went to new heights ...
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CHILD PROTECTION CHARITY BRAVEHEARTS EXPANDS

Efforts to stamp out child sexual abuse are getting a big boost, as Bravehearts starts work on its expanded headquarters. The building at Arundel will help the charity push for more services to protect children. Hutchinson Builders and 60 sub-contractors are volunteering to help build the one-point-three million ...
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ENGLISH OAKS TOP PRIORITY FOR COUNCIL

Tamworth's famous English Oaks on King George the Fifth Avenue will be preserved for years to come, under a new plan adopted by council. To secure its longevity, between five and seven trees will be replaced each year ...
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BUSHFIRE DANGER PERIOD ENDS

The bushfire season officially comes to an end tonight across the North West New England, but the Rural Fire Service is still on high alert as dry and hot weather continues. Fire fighters are warning residents not to become complacent, especially heading into winter ...
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