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MAN TRAPPED FOLLOWING HUNTER CRASH

Emergency services are working to free a man, following a serious crash in the Hunter Valley. A ute crashed into a tree at about 3pm on Old North Road at North Rothbury. The 30-year-old driver is still trapped and it's unknown the extent of his injuries. The Westpac ...
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SMOKE HAZE PROVIDING PERFECT PICTURE

Early risers have been greeted with unique sunrises and sunsets this week, as hazard reduction burns take place right along the coast. Smoke covered Coffs Harbour this morning, working its way down to Port Macquarie. The burns appear to be under control, but people are being reminded ...
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TAMWORTH HOCKEY CENTRE SET FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

After two months of preparation, Tamworth's Under 15s boy hockey team is ready to hit the ground running at the State Championships tomorrow morning. Holding home ground advantage, the Frogs are confident of reaching Sunday's finals. "We've got some first grade hockey players there currently playing. Toby ...
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ANOTHER SUSPICIOUS FIRE NEAR BAT COLONY

Police are investigating, following two suspicious fires in bushland where a large flying fox colony resides at Cessnock. The most recent incident occurred at around 2:30 this morning near Long Street and Old Maitland Road, while another fire was lit on Saturday. The site is near homes ...
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DRIVERS URGED TO MAKE THEIR PLEDGE

If you passed through Coffs Harbour's city centre on Thursday, you may have noticed something a little out of the ordinary. The Fatality Free Friday inflatable car was parked at the Growers Market, to raise awareness about road safety. Residents were invited to sign their names, as a ...
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COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO END OF DAYS

Giving people dignity and choice in their dying days is the focus of a new project launched today in Coffs Harbour. It is also designed to reduce hospital admissions ...
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TENNIS SMARTS COME TO THE FORE AT SENIORS TOURNAMENT

About 60 veteran tennis players are set to wind back the clock this weekend, for the 15th West Tamworth Seniors competition. They may not be as athletic as they once were, but they are just as competitive ...
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TENDER AWARDED FOR HIGH ST UPGRADE

The upgrade of Wauchope's main street is a step closer, after the state government named the winning tender. Local company King and Campbell will carry out the $530,000 project, which includes improvements to several intersections and crossings on High Street. Work is scheduled to start early next ...
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SWANS FLOCK TO NUMBER ONE OVAL

In round eight of Tamworth A-F-L this weekend, Narrabri play host to the defending premiers, and Gunnedah welcomes Moree. While the Swans celebrate two milestones at their home game against Inverell ...
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WEATHER: GOOD RAIN FOR THE NORTH WEST

A lovely rain band has swept across the North West today, with the better falls coming down where they are needed most. The system will clear tomorrow for a return to mostly sunny days, but there is a catch. The winds will get stronger and colder, ...
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LOCAL WOMEN BOW OUT OF STATE CARNIVAL

Local lawn bowlers have missed out on the finals of the New South Wales Women's State Carnival in Port Macquarie. Two host teams made it to the fourth day of competition, only to be edged out by their southern rivals ...
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BIG BAND BLAST THIS WEEKEND

The annual Big Band Blast returns to Port Macquarie this weekend, complete with a last-minute addition to the line-up. Jazz musician Nic Jeffries received a four-chair turn on The Voice this week, for his performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water. The three-day event with a Motown Funk ...
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BALLINA BLUEPRINT UNVEILED BY COUNCIL

Ballina Shire Council has released its 20-year strategic plan for the regional centre. Called 'Ballina 2035', the document outlines how the town should develop both economically and environmentally, while maintaining a good quality of life for residents. Mayor David Wright says the plan provides council with a framework ...
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STATE GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES BAT OFFENSIVE

The state government will spend $1-million dispersing large colonies of flying foxes throughout the north coast. The animals, which are endangered but spread the Hendra and Lyssa viruses, have long pestered residents throughout parts of Casino and Maclean. Richmond Valley Council says it'll be applying for a share ...
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BABYSITTER CHARGED OVER CASINO ACCIDENT

A babysitter is due to face court next month, charged over a road accident east of Casino last December, that left a young girl dead. Courteney Matthews will face several charges, including dangerous driving occasioning death. The 18-year-old was allegedly behind the wheel of a Mazda which collided ...
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FATHER OF GIRL WHO ALLEGEDLY SHOT HERSELF CHARGED

The father of a three year old Ballina girl, who allegedly shot herself in the leg with a BB gun on Tuesday night, has been charged. The 39-year-old, who doesn't hold a gun license, is accused of possessing an unauthorised and unregistered pistol. He'll face Ballina Local ...
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WOMAN CHARGED OVER FATAL CRASH NEAR CASINO

An 18-year-old woman is facing a string of driving offences, following a fatal crash on the Far North Coast last year. On December 18, a Mazda 232 and Suburu Libery collided on the Bruxner Highway, about 10-kilometres east of Casino. A four-year-old girl died and another child ...
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SUPERCARS HISTORY MADE WITH FEMALE MECHANICS

Two female mechanics are set to make Supercars history, when they take control of pit lane for Hunter motorsport driver Aaren Russell. Russell has promoted Frances Buckley as top mechanic, with Bonnie Beard as her assistant. They'll start from the next race of the series in Darwin next ...
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WINNING ‘SET FOR LIFE’ TICKET PURCHASED FROM GRAFTON

One lucky person, who is yet to be identified, is now 'Set for Life' after purchasing the winning ticket from Grafton on the Mid North Coast. This means they'll receive $20,000 a month for the next 20 years. All players who had an entry in last night's ...
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MACKENZIE GETTING A FEEL FOR AUSTRALIA

A little girl who lives her life in darkness brought her sunshine to Coffs Harbour this week. Seven-year-old Mackenzie is on a campervan adventure with her mum Tanya to promote Vision Australia - and feel life to its fullest ...
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FOURTH CASE OF MENINGOCOCCAL IN HUNTER

A child is in a stable condition at a Hunter hospital after contracting meningococcal disease. It's the fourth case in the Hunter New England health region this year. Close contacts of the patient have been prescribed clearance antibiotics, and authorities say there is no link to previous ...
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$1.5M WORTH OF DRUGS SEIZED DURING RAIDS

Police have seized drugs worth an estimated $1.5-million, following raids across the Central Coast and Sydney. Strike Force Bamberry was established in December last year to investigate the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs across the region. Yesterday officers conducted several search warrants on the Coast and ...
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SUSPICIOUS FIRE DESTROYS MOTORBIKES AT GOLD COAST SHOP

SUSPICIOUS FIRE DESTROYS MOTORBIKES AT GOLD COAST SHOP

Motorbikes at a Gold Coast business have been destroyed in a suspicious fire overnight. A passing police patrol noticed smoke pouring from Bike Sales Qld, on Lawrence Drive in Nerang, about 11.15pm. Ten fire trucks were called into fight the fire at the used motorcycle shop, with ...
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MAN'S EAR SEVERED IN GOLD COAST CRANE CRASH

MAN’S EAR SEVERED IN GOLD COAST CRANE CRASH

Police say a tyre blowout is to blame for a crane that rolled and tipped near the Gold Coast. Two men were injured when the mobile crane lost control and crashed through a fence at Pimpama yesterday morning. The 57-year-old driver's ear was severed during the ordeal ...
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EDGEWORTH DRAWS AN OLD RIVAL IN THE FFA CUP

Defending NPL champions Edgeworth will get the chance for revenge at the Northern New South Wales FFA Cup qualification weekend in June. The Eagles have drawn Urunga, the team that beat them in the 2013 State Cup decider ...
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DASILVA MURDER TRIAL COMING TO A CLOSE

After almost three weeks, the trial of Ricardo Dasilva - the man accused of murdering Wyong teacher Amanda Carter six years ago - is coming to a close. The prosecution today wrapped up its case against the former real estate agent, who's pleaded NOT guilty ...
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LADIES PLAY FOR CLUB HONOURS IN TAREE

Golfer Christine George has been named Ladies Club Champion in Taree. George prevailed by two shots, after three tight championship rounds ...
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FIRST MIDCOAST COUNCIL MEETING SHUT DOWN

The first meeting of the merged MidCoast Council has descended into chaos, after noisy protesters refused to let members speak. It followed a protest outside Forster Council Chambers. "We have lost the councilors and mayors from three different councils for some 15 months and they've been replaced by ...
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LANDMARK AGREEMENT SIGNED

History was made on the Central Coast today, with the signing of an agreement between a major construction contractor and the Local Aboriginal Land Council. It's hoped the partnership will boost employment opportunities for the region's Indigenous community.   ...
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EXCLUSIVE: NBN OBTAINS PICTURES OF ALLEGED ISIL-INSPIRED ATTACK I

NBN News has obtained pictures of the moments following an alleged ISIL-inspired attack within Kempsey prison. One inmate suffered horrific injuries - the other today fronted court charged with grievous bodily harm. A warning, the following report contains images you may find confronting ...
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TITANS KEEN TO SNATCH FORMER WARRIORS CENTRE

It's understood the Titans are keen for the signature of destructive centre Konrad Hurrell. They began the hunt just hours after the 24-year-old was let go by the Warriors ...
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EXTRA ROADWORKS LEAVE MOTORISTS FUMING

Council is vowing to inject an extra $15 million to get Gold Coast roads ready for the Commonwealth Games. But the flurry of work across the region has left drivers fuming ...
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CHAINSAW WARNING AFTER MAN’S LEG CAUGHT IN GRINDER

DIY warriors are being warned to think twice before picking up power tools, with more winding up in the emergency department. It comes after a Mermaid Waters man was rushed to hospital, after his leg became caught in a grinder ...
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ARMIDALE TO FACE HAMILTON IN FFA CUP

Armidale's Norths United will face tough competition first up in the Northern New South Wales FFA Cup qualification weekend in June. Today the side was drawn against Hunter region NPL leaders, Hamilton Olympic. If the boys make the top two, they'll be in the running to earn ...
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JERKIC TARGETS BIG NAME

Newcastle boxer Rocky Jerkic admits he knows very little about his opponent for Saturday night's bout at Souths Leagues Club. A win will likely see Jerkic supersede Anthony Mundine on top of the Australian super welterweight rankings. The current Australian champion is targeting a big name American ...
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RYAN PREPARES FOR BOXING REMATCH IN CHINA

A Gunnedah boxer will head to China in July to defend his WBC Asian Continental Middleweight title. Wade Ryan has had a few months to prepare and hopes he can get the job done a second time ...
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NORTH WEST DAIRY FARMERS HOPE IT’S ENOUGH

In the North West, dairy farmers have welcomed the multi-million dollar package. Tamworth's Terry Tout hopes it'll be enough to keep farms in affected regions running ...
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BOORAGUL ANGUS SALE PULLS IN HALF A MILLION

Buyers from all over the country travelled to the Booragul Angus stud near Carroll today, to see the quality of bulls on offer in the north west. Despite drought conditions, the Vincent family managed to produce their best bulls yet ...
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LAMB LOOKS AHEAD AFTER INJURY

Knights half Brock Lamb is hopeful he'll have surgery on his injured ankle in the coming days. The 19-year-old is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, but hasn't ruled out making a return to the top grade this season ...
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AIRPORT UPGRADES TAKE FLIGHT

Tamworth's airport expansion has been given wings, thanks to a massive injection of state government funding. Nearly $4-million will be spent updating the terminal, to cater for rising passenger numbers.   ...
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MARINE SEMINAR ATTRACTS LEADING SCIENTISTS

Marine science experts today praised Lake Macquarie Council's plan for dealing with rising sea levels. The top thinkers are in the Hunter for a major research seminar, and say community interaction is the best way to learn about - and protect - our coast ...
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EMPIRE HOTEL SITE FINALLY LOOKS SET FOR DEVELOPMENT

Five years after Newcastle's Empire Hotel was demolished, there's finally some movement regarding the inner city site. The Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese has lodged a development application to create the CBD's first major affordable housing project ...
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WOMEN ASSAULTED AT POPULAR WALKING TRACK

A popular Byron Bay walking track has been the scene of at least five separate sexual assaults since last November. Police are now appealing for the public's help to catch the offender ...
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DECEPTIVELY POWERFUL SURF FORECAST

Surfers, swimmers and boaties are being urged to stay cautious out on the water, with deceptively powerful surf conditions predicted to last until early tomorrow morning. South-facing beaches will cop the brunt, with swell of around three metres anticipated in some parts. Conditions are expected to ease ...
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EDUCATORS DEMAND FULL GONSKI FUNDING

The Education Union claims far north coast schools will be among the hardest hit if the federal government doesn't fully fund the Gonski reforms. Teachers say several schools, including Casino Public, have noticed incredible improvements since receiving the money. "They've been able to put on additional staff... To ...
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SEAGULLS ASK COUNCIL TO FUND KINGSFORD SMITH REPAIRS

Despite being home to the region's reigning NRRRL premiers, Ballina's Kingsford Smith park is slowly rusting away. The club is now seeking funds from council, to replace the rapidly deteriorating grandstand ...
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MULTICULTURALISM CELEBRATED AT COMMUNITY EXPO

The Hunter has welcomed some new arrivals, with the first three families seeking refuge from Syria, re-homed in the region. Meanwhile, the Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre hosted its sixth expo at Lambton today. The event connects residents from a variety of non-English speaking backgrounds with vital support services. "We ...
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TONY CLARKE’S ROOS REFUSE TO BECOME COMPLACENT

With several players on representative duties, the Wyong Roos could be forced to make up to four changes to their side for this Sunday's match against Terrigal. Tony Clarke's men remain undefeated in the Central Coast Rugby League competition, following last week's win over Toukley ...
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CRUSADERS TO HOST BASKETBALL FINALS

A massive coup for Central Coast basketball with the Crusaders to host this year's Waratah League finals at Scholastic Sports Stadium at Terrigal. The region won over the likes of Newcastle, Maitland and Sutherland to host the premier event for the first time in eight years. "You ...
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TODDLER INJURED AFTER SHOOTING HERSELF WITH BB GUN

A three-year-old girl has undergone surgery on the far north coast, after apparently shooting herself in the leg with a BB gun. Police say the toddler had found the unsecured replica air pistol at her Ballina home. She was taken to Ballina District Hospital by a 39-year-old ...
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STATE GOVERNMENT HELP ON OFFER TO DEAL WITH BAT PROBLEMS

The Hunter's flying fox problems are again in the spotlight, with the Parliamentary Secretary for the region today visiting a site at Port Stephens. Scot MacDonald is encouraging councils to work with the state government, and take advantage of funding on offer ...
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COUNCIL NOT SWAYED BY COMMUNITY OUTCRY

The fate of the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club hangs on a meeting at council tomorrow night. The club says more than three thousand people have signed a petition, claiming they'll lose the landmark at the beginning of next month, if their application isn't met ...
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WEATHER: WINTER IS COMING

PHOTO: A cloud formation at Lennox Head sent by an anonymous photographer!  It's been a very long, warm, dry period. This week the cold air arrived and now rain will spread across the region tomorrow with the better falls coming down on the western side of ...
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ROADS FUNDING COMMITTMENT MADE IN ROBERTSON

The Liberal Party has upped its campaign to retain the seat of Robertson, today announcing millions of dollars to fix neglected roads in Umina Beach and Booker Bay. But the election sweetener hasn't gone down well with some residents, who say they're tired of promises.   ...
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BALL KID TRIALS COMING TO KENDALL

If you've ever dreamed of rubbing shoulders with the best in Tennis, now's your chance. The town of Kendall is hosting trials to become a ball kid for the Sydney International ...
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TRUCK ROLLS ON TOP OF WOMAN’S CAR

A woman is lucky to be alive, after a truck rolled on top of her car in Tumbi Umbi this afternoon. The truck was unable to stop at the intersection of Tumbi Road and the Ridgeway at 12.40pm, colliding with a Toyota Yaris. A 48-year-old woman was ...
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FORUM TO ADDRESS WAUCHOPE CRIME CONCERNS

Wauchope residents have called a meeting for tomorrow night, to address growing concerns about an increase in crime and antisocial behaviour. A petition calling for a round-the-clock police presence in the town has attracted more than 1,000 signatures. "If they can't you know get the police station ...
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TODDLER SHOOTS HERSELF IN BALLINA

A three-year-old girl is being treated for a leg injury after shooting herself at Ballina. The toddler allegedly discharged the unsecured replica air pistol, or BB gun, on Tuesday night at a property on North Creek Road. A 39-year-old man took the girl to hospital where she ...
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FARMERS CALL FOR FAIRER MILK PRICES

Manning dairy farmers say the $600 million support package is only a short-term fix for an industry on the decline. They've called on the government to do more, today confronting the Agricultural Minister during a meeting in Wauchope ...
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FOOTY PLAYER LEFT A QUADRAPLEGIC

Hunter rugby league player Damian Jobson has been left a quadriplegic after a botched tackle snapped his neck last Saturday. Friends, family and fans of the Windale Eagles back-rower have feared the worst after the 35-year-old hit the knee of an opposition player as he went in ...
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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDS FOR DAIRY FARMERS

Help is on the way for struggling dairy farmers, with the agriculture minister announcing a federal assistance package this morning. The Coalition Government will provide $555 million in concessional loans for dairy farmers who have been doing it tough since milk processors unexpectedly slashed the price ...
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POLICE SEIZE CANNABIS IN LAKE MACQUARIE

A 39-year-old man is due to front court, after police allegedly seized over 30 cannabis plants during a search at a home at Lake Macquarie yesterday. Police searched the house on Kalaf Avenue, Morisset, at about 9.20am, where they allegedly located a highly sophisticated hydroponics set-up, ...
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CARMICHAEL THROUGH TO ROUND THREE AT CHIBA

Mixed results for Central Coast surfers at the Chiba Open in Japan, with Terrigal's Sam Lumsden knocked out in round two, while Avoca's Wade Carmichael kept his campaign alive. Using his trademark powerful style, the 23-year-old posted an eight, the highest score of his heat. A solid ...
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TITANS HOPEUL AFTER TWO WINS

Belief, courage and consistency are the new buzz words at the Titans, with the team now chasing improved results after two wins on the trot. The club has a bye this weekend before a squad of 20 embark on a nine day road trip to Perth ...
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SMOKE HAZE TO RETURN WITH MORE GOLD COAST BURN-OFFS

The Gold Coast's bright blue sky will continue to look a little dirty over the next three weeks, as fire fighters burn off dry Hinterland areas. They say, the discomfort now will be worth it, to prevent smoke ten times worse, if a big blaze was to ...
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BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL

There'll be a milestone in the creation of the new Central Coast Council tomorrow, as it holds its first meeting. A proposed transport development at Kangy Angy, along with the role of former councillors, will head the agenda.   ...
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VEGETATION DESTROYED BY VANDALS IN FORSTER

A Forster rainforest has become the target of vandals- with large sections of endangered littoral forest, poisoned. Mid-Coast Council has installed a temporary barrier, to help save the vegetation along One Mile Beach ...
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INJURY UPDATE FOLLOWING TAREE RACE FALL

Apprentice jockey Samantha Clenton will undergo surgery on a broken collarbone, but has been cleared of a leg fracture, following yesterday's horror five-horse fall at Taree. 19-year-old Jackson Murphy is expected to remain in John Hunter Hospital for several days, after splitting his spleen. Two other jockeys involved ...
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BATTLE LINES DRAWN ON VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Labor Candidate for Dobell Emma McBride has hit out at the Turnbull Government - accusing it of cutting $2.75 billion from the skills portfolio. But Liberal MP Karen Mcnamara says that's not the case - telling Labor to 'get it's facts right.'   ...
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WOMAN PELTED WITH GOLF BALLS IN ROAD RAGE ATTACK

A young woman has had golf balls hurled at her, in a bizarre road rage attack on the M1. Reporter Hayley Webb has more ...
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LAMB JOINS NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS’ GROWING INJURY LIST

At last some positive news for the Knights on the injury front, Jeremy Smith's bicep injury isn't as bad as first thought. He's been named to face the Eels on Monday, but is still a 50-50 chance to do so. Jaelan Feeney has been named at five-eighth ...
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COUNCIL ADOPTS DRAFT PLAN FOR PUBLIC RESERVE

A document, which guides the recreational use and management of Trinity Point Reserve at Lake Macquarie, will go on public exhibition later this week. The draft plan, which was adopted by the council last night, covers almost four hectares of public space at Morisset Park. Adjoining the ...
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WALLSEND MP CALLS FOR REVIEW OF NEWCASTLE BUSES

The Member for Wallsend is calling for a review of Newcastle Buses, arguing a lack of public transport to the University of Newcastle's Callaghan Campus is putting added pressure on its parking. Sonia Hornery says untimely and inefficient buses are contributing to the problem. Transport for New South ...
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LYME DISEASE FEATURE: PART TWO

Now to the second part of our series investigating Lyme Disease in Australia. After NBN News highlighted the plight of those battling the illness last year, the federal government launched a Senate inquiry. But that's now been put on hold, leaving many fearing the worst. Emma Murphy reports ...
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NIMBIN LIGHTS UP THE SILVER SCREEN

A Far North Coast business is quickly making it's mark on Hollywood. The Nimbin Candle Factory have featured in a number of major blockbusters - and it's just landed another starring role ...
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PSSA SCORING HOOPS IN TAMWORTH

Tamworth's basketball courts came alive today for the Primary Schools Sports Association's girls basketball championships. 14 teams from around New South Wales will battle it out over the next two days, in the hopes of being selected for the state side.   ...
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NEW ENGLAND COULD BENEFIT IN ELECTION COMMITMENTS

The Coalition has committed an additional $60 million in funding for its mobile black spot program, if it's re- elected on July 2. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says four locations in the New England would benefit ...
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TAFE CUTS LABELLED EDUCATION VANDALISM

Deaf students studying at Tafe New England are pleading with the state government to increase funding for the institution. The protest comes as a disability specialist and a number of counsellors fight to keep their jobs ...
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GREENS STEP OUT IN NEW ENGLAND

Meanwhile the Greens party was on its regional tour, stopping by with New England candidate Mecurius Goldstein. Leader Richard Di Natale says the Shenhua mine and renewable energy are the party's main focuses in the region ...
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CRUSADERS GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

The Crusaders started the Waratah Basketball season as reigning wooden spooners - but 11 rounds in, they look like title contenders. The side has now won seven games - including a high-profile victory over the top-of-the-table Bears ...
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ANIMAL SHELTER IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP

A far north coast animal shelter could be forced to close its doors by the end of the year. The Animal Rights and Rescue Group says increasing vet costs and a lack of funding has put huge financial strain on the organisation ...
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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE ON UNIQUE CHALLENGE

High school students are solving crimes, building bridges and firing medieval weapons at the University of Newcastle this week. The unique challenge is designed to spark excitement in the next generation of scientists and engineers ...
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HUNTER BAT SOLUTION CLOSER WITH LICENSE

A long term solution to the bat problem in Singleton's Burdekin Park is closer, with the local council issued a license to help deal with the issue. The Office of Environment and Heritage has granted Singleton Council permission to cut down trees or remove branches that have ...
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ORIGIN SQUAD PAINTING COFFS BLUE

The New South Wales squad is firmly entrenched in Coffs Harbour, ahead of game one. It's not all hard work however - with the Origin stars enjoying a bit of sightseeing, and even inspiring some local players ...
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ONE WOMAN’S PROTEST TO SAVE SCHOOL DEMOUNTABLE

A Singleton grandmother is single-handedly taking on the state government, in a bid to save part of her local public school. She's vowing to chain herself to the gates, until a decision to relocate a demountable classroom is reversed ...
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NEWCASTLE UNI STUDENT’S CREATIVE PLAN TO SEND SNACKS TO SUR

Surfers are a keen bunch - and now a Newcastle University student may have found a way for them to ride waves all day. In a creative plan, Matt Evans delivered snacks to his mates using a drone, ensuring they never had to leave the water ...
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LABOR PLEDGE TO EXTEND WATER PROTECTIONS

Labor says it will strengthen legislation protecting water from gas mining activities, if it wins power. Currently, only CSG mining is subject to federal oversight. Under the plan, shale and tight formation gas projects would also face additional scrutiny. "There are also significant shale gas developments, which would ...
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FITZSIMONS PROMOTES REPUBLIC PUSH

The Australian Republican Movement is using the federal election to shore-up support for a shift away from the monarchy. Prominent social commentator Peter FitzSimons hit Lismore today, explaining why he thinks we should ...
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WEATHER: MORE SUNSHINE AND SWELL ON THE WAY

PHOTO: Anna Bay at sunset shot by Robert Mcneil. A huge swell has been pulsing up the coast and there is more to come. It'll get even bigger tomorrow with another surge on the way on the over the weekend. The swell is being driven by ...
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SERIOUS CRASHES TRIGGER HIGHWAY WARNING

Police are pleading with motorists to drive carefully near roadworks, after two serious crashes on the Pacific Highway, north of Port Macquarie. A 48-year-old man died after he collided head-on with another car at Telegraph Point on Sunday. It came 12 hours after a woman and child ...
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COFFS HARBOUR MAYOR HOSTS BIGGEST MORNING TEA

The Coffs Harbour community united for a cuppa with a cause today as part of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. The event was hosted by the City's Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. Nationally the fundraiser is hoping to raise $4.8-million for cancer research. 130,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with ...
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BOWRAVILLE MURDERS SUBJECT OF RETRIAL BID

A warning to our indigenous viewers this next story contains the names and images of deceased people. A man, acquitted of murdering two of the three Aboriginal children who went missing at Bowraville 26 years ago, could face court again. Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, today forwarded a ...
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STATE CARNIVAL RETURNS TO THE HASTINGS

Some of the state's best female bowlers are in the Hastings, for the New South Wales State Carnival. It's a major coup for the region, with more than 1000 players taking to the greens over five days ...
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NEWCASTLE FAMILY READY FOR MEMORY WALK

Members of a Newcastle family are gearing up for a fundraising event close to their hearts. Great-grandfather, David Thorpe, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease eight years ago. Next Sunday, David, his extended family, and little dog Sammy will take part in the annual Memory Walk and Jog ...
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TEEN PLACED IN INDUCED COMA AFTER FALL

A 17-year-old boy has been airlifted to John Hunter Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, after falling from a stationary truck at Forster. The Sydney teen was on work experience when he slipped on a step while existing the truck's cabin. He suffered head injuries and is in ...
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MAY, THOMPSON RETURNS NOT ENOUGH TO FILL SUNS INJURY VOID

The Suns need their midfield replenished more than ever- after slumping to six losses in a row. Their defensive stocks will be bolstered against West Coast, with the timely return of Steven May- while Rory Thompson will also be available for selection.   ...
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50 CYCLISTS RIDE FOR MOTOR-NEURONE DISEASE

On a mammoth fundraising trek from Brisbane to Sydney, the muscles of 50 cyclists will start twinging, while the legs go to jelly. That's when their thoughts will turn to the 7-hundred lives lost each year to the muscle wasting, motor-neurone disease.   ...
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LYME DISEASE: TAHLIA SMITH’S JOURNEY

It's an illness that affects thousands of Australians - but isn't recognised by medical authorities. Last year, NBN News told the story of Tahlia Smith, a young woman in the fight of her life with Lyme Disease, who was desperately trying to raise funds to undergo ...
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Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond has allegedly been caught drink driving.

MICHAEL DIAMOND’S ROAD TO RIO IN JEOPARDY

The career of one of our most successful Olympians hangs in the balance tonight, following his arrest near Newcastle. Two-time gold medal winning shooter Michael Diamond allegedly drove drunk after a fight with his brother, with his shotgun and 150 rounds of ammunition inside his car ...
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JOCKEYS INJURED IN HORROR FALL

There were shocking scenes on the Mid North Coast today, with five horses caught up in a fall at a Taree race meeting. Four apprentice jockeys were taken to hospital, with officials describing it as one of the worst accidents they've seen ...
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BILL SHORTEN PROMISES TO INVESTIGATE ATO DEVELOPMENT

Community groups opposed to the proposed Australian tax office building on Gosford's waterfront have a new political heavy weight in their corner. Opposition leader Bill Shorten promising to look into the controversial decision if elected to office ...
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NEW ERA FOR MARINE RESCUE PORT STEPHENS

A new era began today for the Port Stephens arm of Marine Rescue, albeit at Taree. It's brand new boat was launched there, and has been named in honour of a very loyal volunteer ...
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NSW GOVERNMENT FORKS OUT TO REGROW MASSIVE KOALA CORRIDOR

South of the border, the state government's on a rescue mission of its own... injecting hundreds of thousands of dollars into regrowing a massive koala corridor. But all the money and trees in the world won't save the species, according to the Environment Minister, if pet ...
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ROSS MERRICK SENTENCED FOR MANSLAUGHTER OF MARIKA NINNESS

A former soldier will spend at least eight years behind bars, for the manslaughter of his girlfriend. Ross Merrick struck Marika Ninness in a Hunter carpark in 2013 - today a Supreme Court judge said she couldn't find any evidence of remorse ...
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COALITION OPENS CHEQUE BOOK IN DOBELL

The Coalition has again pulled out its cheque book, today making two funding announcements amounting to 2.5 million dollars in the marginal seat of Dobell. The Entrance Leagues Club and Mingara the big winners in the latest round of election promises.   ...
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DAWSON SCORES IN TEST MATCH

Killarney Vale's Matt Dawson has scored a crucial goal for the Kookaburras in the second test against Great Britain in WA. The Australians fought back from two-nil down, with Dawson scoring from a Penalty Corner, and Blake Govers Finishing with a hat-trick in the four-three win. The ...
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JETS SOAR TO LATE WIN

Wyong has  missed an opportunity to consolidate its place in the Intrust Super Premiership New South Wales top eight. The Roos conceded three late tries - going down to Newtown 32-16.     ...
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TWIN WINS FOR THE NEWCASTLE NORTH STARS

A big weekend for the Newcastle North Stars, who won both their games in the Australian Ice Hockey League. With its two new imports now out on the ice, the side is hoping last night's five-goal win is a sign of things to come ...
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FITZGIBBON WARY OF BACKPACKER TAX RESSURECTION

The future of the government's 'backpacker tax' was front of mind, when shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon visited Casino today. Currently under review, he says it'll be back following the July 2 election... A claim MP Kevin Hogan denies ...
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‘DOB IN A DEALER’ LAUNCHED IN RICHMOND

Noticed something suspicious in your neighbourhood recently? Reporting it, could bring down a drug ring. That's the message of the 'dob in a dealer' campaign, launched by top brass in the Richmond Local Area Command today ...
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DRY TIMES CONTINUE

While those on the coast enjoy the endless summer, farmers across the north west are being stretched to breaking point, waiting for the rain. While there has been some assistance in helping irrigators improve their efficiency, others say they're being left high and dry.   ...
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POLICE RECOVERING AFTER ALLEGED ASSAULT

Two police officers were injured over the weekend, when a welfare check at a home in Zara, west of Murwillumbah, allegedly turned violent. When the officers arrived, a male inside allegedly became aggressive towards another resident before attacking the pair. The 22 year old was arrested and ...
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Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond has allegedly been caught drink driving.

SHOOTING AUSTRALIA ‘WORKING CLOSELY’ WITH MICHAEL DIAMOND.

Shooting Australia have said they are ‘working closely’ with Australian Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond in relation to charges relating to an alleged drink driving charge over the weekend. The organisation said they are attempting to ascertain more information in regards to the allegations but are ...
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GOLDEN START FOR FITZSIMMONS AT WORLD CUP

Avoca Lifesaver Riley Fitzsimmons has won gold for Australia, at the opening Canoe Sprint World Cup in Germany. The 19 year-old teamed with Ken Wallace, Jacob Clear and Jordan Wood to claim victory in the K4 1000.   ...
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KANGAROOS STAND UP TO BE COUNTED

In round seven of the Tamworth AFL, the Swans broke through for their maiden victory, and Gunnedah crushed the Eagles. While the defending premiers were pushed until the final siren by the Kangaroos ...
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NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER BREAKS NECK DURING MATCH

An amateur Newcastle rugby league player is facing the possibility of life in a wheelchair after breaking his neck in several places after a horror tackle. Windale Eagles back-rower Damian Jobson, 35, was playing against the University of Newcastle on Saturday when he hit the knee ...
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SHORTER WAIT TIMES FOR CANCER TREATMENT AT THE CALVARY MATER

It's hoped people battling cancer will be able to start potentially life-saving treatment sooner, thanks to extra chemotherapy services at the Calvary Mater Hospital. Four extra patient spots have been funded, along with the professionals required to run them ...
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NO TROUBLED WATERS BUT LOTS OF BRIDGES

A new multi-million dollar bridge near Wee Waa will save truck drivers hours on their journeys. The river crossing is part of the state government's Bridges for the Bush program, aimed at improving regional freight corridors.   ...
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COLD FRONTS FINALLY READY TO HAVE AN IMPACT

Record breaking May heat has been a constant this month, likely to make this the hottest May on record for many locations. This week, we will finally start to see some cooler air move in with stronger fronts pushing further north into southern QLD. The ...
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LIONS SET UP WIN IN FIRST HALF

In Group 4 rugby league, nine Blues players crossed the stripe to set up victory in Armidale, and the defending premiers remained undefeated. While the Lions roared in the first half against Oxley ...
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WOOLGOOLGA AND SAWTELL END IN A DRAW

In Group-2 rugby league South Grafton has cemented its position on top of the ladder with a close fought win over Macksville yesterday. In other matches Orara had a narrow win over the Magpies, the Ghosts were too good for Nambucca, and at Woolgoolga it was a ...
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OPTUS BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AT MULLAWAY

People power appears to have had a win with Optus going back to the drawing board to rethink its mobile phone tower proposal for Mullaway. Hundreds of Mullaway residents staged a protest two weeks ago against plans to install the tower next to the public school ...
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SERIOUS INCIDENT AT TAREE WITH FIVE JOCKEYS INJURED

There has been a serious incident at Taree Wingham Race Club today, with Racing NSW reporting five jockeys injured in a spectacular race fall. 4-year-old Bazza's Boy was the first horse to fall, with jockey Samantha Clenton suffering suspected fractures to her left leg and collarbone. Four ...
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TWO MEN ARRESTED AS PART OF STRIKE FORCE MALSBURY

Two men have been arrested and charged with various drug offences in Newcastle as part of Strike Force Malsbury. The investigation led to the arrest of the two men at Warnervale early on Friday morning (May 20). Search warrants were also carried out in the Newcastle CBD ...
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FATAL CRASH ON THE NSW MID-NORTH COAST

A 48-year-old man has died overnight, following a head-on collision on the state's Mid-North Coast. Around 6:20pm, emergency services were called to a roadworks zone on the Pacific Highway at Telegraph Point, south of Kempsey. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles for some time before being ...
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DEMON KNIGHTS SLAY REDMEN

The weekend's Northern Inland Premier League action saw Moree and South Armidale pick up easy wins, and Tamworth FC sneak past Northies. East Armidale and O-V-A shared the spoils, and the Redmen were handed their first loss after failing to fight back from a goal down ...
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DUNGOWAN UNBEATEN AFTER FOUR ROUNDS

Wee Waa and Werris Creek both picked up wins in the fourth round of Group 4's Shield Competition. Meanwhile, the Cowboys remain undefeated after a strong display against the defending premiers at Dungowan Showground. Having conceded an early try, the home side took the lead through Karl Withers... The advantage ...
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CENTRAL COAST FUGITIVE NABBED IN KEW

A man has been charged with a number of drug and firearm related offences after being arrested on the mid north coast. Just before 11am today, police identified a 25-year-old male who had evaded them in a pursuit on the Central Coast earlier this month. Police had ...
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GRAND FINAL REPLAY ENDS IN A DRAW

The surprises continued in today's Newcastle Rugby League action, Maitland posting its first win against second-placed Souths. Kurri beat Central, while Lakes and Macquarie shared the points in an absolute thriller ...
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EDGEWORTH MOVE INTO SECOND AFTER THUMPING CHARLESTOWN

Weston's tough run has continued, going down 3-nil to Maitland in today's NPL action. Broadmeadow and Valentine shared the points, while Edgeworth jumped to second following a huge win over Charlestown ...
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WEATHER AND EVENTS MAKE BUMPER GC WEEKEND

It's been a bumper weekend for the Gold Coast, with three major events running over the same few days. Interstate and international guests joined crowds at rival boat shows, and revellers at the Blues on Broadbeach festival...as the weather turned on a perfect tourist weekend.   ...
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MIXED BAG OF RESULTS FOR AVOCA’S KAYAKERS

Avoca kayaker Lachlan Tame has suffered a setback in his Olympic preparations at the Canoe Sprint World Cup. Tame and partner Ken Wallace finished seventh in the semi final of the K2 1000, after fading 500-metres before the finish. Meanwhile, fellow Avoca kayaker Riley Fitzsimmons will be ...
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INJURED SUNS STRUGGLE WITH SIXTH STRAIGHT LOSS

Gary Ablett and Aaron Hall have been added to the injury list at the Suns, following the side's sixth straight loss of the season. The undermanned Gold Coast outfit was simply never in it against Adelaide - losing by 75 points.   ...
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SHANE HOLMES WORKING TOWARDS WORLD TOUR

He's not a household name yet, but Central Coast surfer Shane Holmes is hopeful of landing a spot on the world tour within the next few years. The 23-year-old has just returned from the Bali Pro, where he was runner-up to Taj Burrow ...
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GOVERNOR OPENS BEEF WEEK

The governor of New South Wales and the Queen of Casino came face to face last night, as Beef Week festivities began. Both then spent today on the coast - taking the event's meaty message to Evans Head ...
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DPI SEEKING SHARK MITIGATION INVENTIONS

Do you have a clever invention that stops sharks in their tracks? The New South Wales Government wants to hear from you. As part of the $16-million shark management strategy, it's offering inventors $200,000 in funding towards projects that could one day protect beachgoers. For more information, visit ...
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WOMAN AIRLIFTED AFTER VEHICLE CRASH NORTH OF PORT MACQUARIE

A woman has been flown to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital with critical injuries from a crash on the Pacific Highway north of Port Macquarie this morning. The 33-year-old and her two children became trapped in their van, when it ran down an embankment about six o'clock. One ...
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COASTAL PLAN PLACED ON EXHIBITION

Byron Shire residents are finally able to have their say on the council's controversial Draft Coastal Zone Management Plan. Following several tense meetings, the council has voted to place the document on public display. It details the proposed installation of a rock wall at Belongil. Submissions close on the ...
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FORMER WYONG MAYOR LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

Former Wyong Mayor Doug Eaton has indicated he'll stand for election in the new regional council. Ahead of the first interim council meeting on Wednesday, Mr Eaton says his passion for local government hasn't waned, despite the merger process ...
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TITANS TAKE DOWN PANTHERS IN LAST-GASP THRILLER

Panthers centre Peta Hiku's season is almost certainly over as the mountain men were hit hard by injuries against the Titans today. The Panthers lost another tight match - allowing two tries in the final five minutes to go down 28 to 24 ...
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