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RICHMOND VALLEY RESIDENTS HIT WITH WATER RESTRICTIONS

Richmond Valley residents are the latest to be hit with water restrictions. Level 1 restrictions will come into effect from next Wednesday, with Council putting it down to low rainfall and falling river levels. Residents are banned from using sprinklers and fixed hoses between 8am and 4pm, with some minor exemptions. Council is reminding everyone to be water-wise during the dry period. (VISION ONLY)

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SYDNEY JUNIOR CRICKETERS’ WIN CARNIVAL

Sydneysiders dominated both the under 12’s and under 13’s junior cricket carnivals held in the Northern Rivers this week. At Oakes Oval, Northshore proved too strong for Parramatta batting 302 runs, while the Wests rounded out the game on 67. Meanwhile at Kingsford Smith Park, Northshore was defeated in the under 13’s, going down to Manly by 84 runs. The annual competition gives junior players their first taste of competitive cricket. (VISION ONLY)

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BALLINA POOL DRAWS RECORD-BREAKING CROWD

It seems everyone had the same idea when trying to cool down during the recent heat wave with incredible numbers passing through the gates of Ballina’s revamped Memorial Pool.  Thursday was record-breaking, with 1230 swimmers. “We’ve been getting around 900 most days through the holidays but another 300 on top of that makes it pretty busy let alone 350 on top of that.” Redeveloping the Ballina and Alstonville pools, cost Ballina Shire Council around $16-million.  (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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SHOULD RODEOS BE BANNED?

There will be plenty of action at tonight’s Byron Bay rodeo, and not just in the ring. Animal rights groups will hold a peaceful protest, claiming the sport doesn’t meet safety guidelines, but organisers disagree, inviting activists to come behind the scenes.

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