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Georgia Maher

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After studying a BA in Communication and Journalism at UTS, Georgia moved into health and aged care reporting for three years. She also studied broadcast journalism at California State University, Sacramento and The Australian, Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. An interest in social business took her to India to direct a series of micro documentaries.

WHALE TO BE EXHUMED

It’s the tale of the buried whale that’s upsetting locals in Port Macquarie. The government stepping in today with cash to help move creature’s body, after residents raised concerns that its beach burial was attracting sharks.

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COUNCIL LOOKING AT WHALE REMOVAL OPTIONS

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is bowing to public pressure following the burial of a deceased whale at Nobby’s Beach on Monday. The council have said they are taking the concerns very seriously, discussing the matter at length with the community at last night’s council meeting. Retrieving the 20 tonne whale would be difficult as the beach isn’t accessible by vehicle. While beaches in Port Macquarie are still closed amid fears that sharks will be attracted to the dead animal. With the official patrol season starting this weekend, a drone is set to monitor shark activity from Saturday until the end of the upcoming school holidays. (VISION)

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KRAMBACH, TAREE-WINGHAM MERGER DECIDED TONIGHT

The fate of Kramach Racing Club will be voted on tonight. Members of the Taree Wingham Race Club will have their say, voting on whether to accept or reject a proposed merger. If the members do accept, the club will be renamed the Manning Valley Race Club. The move was recently announced by both club officials after lengthy negotiations. It comes after Krambach was asked by Racing New South Wales to merge with Forster-Tuncurry or Taree-Wingham, or face closure. (VISION ONLY)

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PUBLIC CONCERNED OVER SAFETY OF WHALE BEACH BURIAL

Some Port Macquarie locals are furious over the decision to burry a dead humpback whale at Nobby’s Beach, which washed ashore on Monday. Port Maquarie-Hasting Council says it was the last resort, as the whale was unable to be towed back to sea. Locals are worried that the move will attract sharks. There are now calls for it to be exhumed, and taken to the tip – the same outcome for the whale euthanised at Sawtell recently. (VISION ONLY)

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