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RETIRED MARINE RESCUE VOLUNTEER TAKES A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

A former Marine Rescue volunteer has been given a trip down memory lane, in the form of a special tour of the new tower at Ballina Bar. Retired Gold Coast resident, Ivan Mackey, volunteered at the organisation from 1982 to 92. He says the multi-million dollar tower is a far cry from the caravan set-up he’s used to.. But despite this, he believes he’s still got the magic touch. “No I wouldn’t be confused at all I can handle a computer. I saw one of the volunteers up there working the radio’s this morning, I thought I could still do that.” The tower was officially opened in April last year.

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UNSEASONAL SPIKE IN KOALA DEATHS

An early start to the breeding season is being blamed for a recent spike in koala deaths. Conservation group ‘Friends of the Koala’, say they’ve treated more than 10 of the mammals in the past 48 hours alone, of which only two could be saved. Residents are being urged to slow down when driving and look out for the furry creatures. “If you learn about koala’s and how you can identify one that’s unhealthy and really needs to come into care, your looking at a much better chance if you ring us. The sooner we get on into care, the better chance we’ve got.” If you do spot an injured koala, you can call the 24-hour hotline on (02) 6622 1233.

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