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FORSTER’S REECE CHAPMAN FINISHES IN 5TH PLACE IN ROUND 2 OF THE AUSSIE RACE CAR SERIES

Forster’s Reece Chapman has finished in a promising 5th place in round two of the Aussie Racing Car Super Series in Phillip Island. The 18-year-old struggled with car balance at one of the fastest high speed tracks in the country, leaving him with a qualifying position of 10th. It was all hands on deck for the Great Lakes Auto team, making constant improvements to the race car, finally allowing Chapman to push his way into the front runners. The youngster will be back on track in four weeks at Winton for round three of the championship.  

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ANZAC DAY IN TAREE

More than 4,000 people are expected to march the streets of Taree tomorrow, paying their respects to our fallen diggers.   This year, marks a century since the Battle of Villers- Bretonneux.   (“It’s a great opportunity to remember and to commemorate and to thank and pay our respects but also to celebrate as a community, the sense of community that we do have in this region in particular.”) The day’s proceedings will begin with a dawn service at the memorial clock at 5.45am.  

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GLOUCESTER GROUNDSWELL TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF THE ROCKY HILL COAL MINE

Gloucester Groundswell has been given the green light by the Land and Environment Court to participate in legal proceedings regarding the future of the controversial Rocky Hill coal mine at Gloucester. Gloucester Resources Limited is appealing a decision by the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission, that the mine is not in the public interest and could further harm the town. During a hearing last Friday, GRL strongly opposed the lobby group’s application to have its say. Gloucester Groundswell says it’s pleased to play a key role in the next step of what’s been a been a 12-year battle.  

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NSW FARMERS ASSOCIATION STEPPING UP ITS FIGHT AGAINST RURAL CRIME

New South Wales Farmers’ Association is stepping up its fight against rural crime.   Farmers will be better equipped to protect their properties following the addition of 26 new police workshops across regional areas. The Association has been granted more than $165,000 by the New South Wales Government to aid the delivery of Security Assessment Workshops. Livestock theft came at an expense of more than $2.3-million across a nine month period last year. For more information on the workshops visit  www.nswfarmers.org.au  

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WATER MANAGEMENT IN FORSTER, TAREE AND SURROUNDS GIVEN THE TICK OF APPROVAL

Water management in Forster, Taree and surrounding areas has been given the tick of approval by MidCoast Water Services and New South Wales Health.   The organisations renewing a Memorandum of Understanding for the MidCoast Region. “It governs the way we manage our supplies particularly in relation to public health and collaborating on the protocols and procedures governing those services.” It’s been in place since 2008 and is now approved for a further five years. Director of Water Services Brendan Guiney says the region’s water meets all of Australia’s drinking water requirements and is measured on a regular basis. “We go through a rigorous risk assessment and we collaborate on the development of our drinking water quality management plan.” MidCoast Water supplies up to eight billion litres of water annually, servicing 16 towns in the region.  

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