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BRANDON COSTIN TO COACH COFFS COMETS

The Coffs Comets rugby league side are set to take on a new coach for the 2018 season. The Comets, who finished in second place on the Group 2 ladder, are to be coached by former assistant coach for the Sydney Roosters, Brandon Costin. Costin, who was a Comets junior player, also coached Bellingen and Sawtell in recent years. Comets President, Steve Gooley, says the appointment of the former Wests, Canberra, Souths and Roosters player has excited the club. He’ll replace this season’s captain/coach Kerrod Selmes.

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BELLINGEN SHIRE TO FACE WATER RESTRICTIONS

The continuing dry spell on the north coast is placing pressure on the region’s water supplies. The Bellingen Shire Council says it is now considering the introduction of water restrictions. Its two sources of water, the Bellinger and Bielsdown rivers, are experiencing low flows and with no substantial rain forecast, Level-1 restrictions could come as soon as this week. The council says residents are likely to face restricted use of garden hoses and sprinklers.

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$138,000 GRANT FOR YARRAWARRA CULTURAL CENTRE

The Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Red Rock, north of Coffs Harbour, is in for a revamp. The centre has been granted $138,000 by the state government to carry out a refurbishment of its premises. The grant will allow an upgrade of the art gallery, museum and conference centre, which plays a major role in the preservation and exhibition of local Indigenous culture. Local MP, Andrew Fraser, says the project will benefit the community by making it easier for people to access Aboriginal arts and culture.

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BIG CROWD FOR GRAFTON BULL RIDE

A big crowd was on hand last night for the Grafton round of the Professional Bull Riders tour. With $12,000 and Australian and International World rankings points up for grabs, spectators were assured a night of action. Tamworth’s Lachlan Slade, who was making a comeback after injury, dominated the event taking home the trophy for most successful rider. Last night’s bull ride was the second round in the Australian series, with three riders making it through to the championship round.

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