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Louise Rennie is a reporter for NBN News Port Macquarie. She studied journalism at Curtin University in Perth and worked in radio in Sydney for two years, before joining NBN in 2015.

PORT TEAMS PROGRESS IN SCHOOLS CUP

St Columba and Hastings Public are through to the next round of the netball Schools Cup after winning their local gala day in Port Macquarie. 15 primary schools from Laurieton up to Kempsey took part, hoping to book a spot in the regional final. “The North Coast finals will be played here at these fabulous brand new courts in Port Macquarie in July, so it’s exciting for Hastings Valley netball, and it’s great to have such a fabulous facility in our area,” Netball NSW Regional Coordinator Gill Cotter said. The action continues tomorrow, with the high school competition.

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ORCHIDS IMPRESS AT FIRST LASIANDRA SHOW

The aroma and colour of some of the world’s most exotic flowers filled Wauchope RSL today, for the inaugural Lasiandra Festival Orchid Show. It was the Hastings River Orchid Society’s first Autumn show in years. “We’ve got the members now that have got the plants, and we also have other members from other societies that have come over and brought their plants – we’ve got nearly 200 plants on the bench,” Secretary Greg Elliott said. Paul Sloan won top prize for his stunning purple bloom.

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BIGENI DOES PORT PROUD IN SURFTAG

11 years after a car accident crushed his professional surfing dreams, Port Macquarie’s Kiel Bigeni has made an unlikely comeback. Bigeni, who was left with a fused ankle and no shin bone, represented his home club at the national Surftag qualifying event in Newcastle. “Overwhelmed mate, stoked to be with the boys like Scotty Lawrence, Mitchy V and the Howard brothers, it’s really good, really happy to get the call-up” Bigeni said. The five-man team placed ninth overall, just outside the cut off for the Australian Championships.

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CCTV IMAGE RELEASED IN RELATION TO ARMED ROBBERY

Police have released the image of a four-wheel-drive, in the hope of solving an armed robbery at South Kempsey earlier this year. Two masked men entered a fast food restaurant at the highway service centre on the morning of January 9 and threatened staff with a knife, before taking cash. They drove off in this mid 1990s Toyota Landcruiser, which was later found burnt out in bushland. Anyone who recognises the vehicle should call police.

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