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

WOMAN FALLS DOWN CLIFF AT SOUTH WEST ROCKS

A woman was winched to safety, after falling down a cliff at South West Rocks last night. She was walking with friends near the Trial Bay Gaol, when she slipped on rocks shortly before 6pm. Police and paramedics stayed with her until the helicopter arrived from Lismore. “Due to the failing light in the area, the medical crew were inserted on last light, and then it took approximately about an hour to stabilise the female before she was extracted out of there via wincher,” Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter’s Jimmy Keough said. The 39-year-old was flown to Coffs Harbour Health Campus with leg and hip injuries.

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YACHT CATCHES FIRE OFF POINT PLOMER

Three people were rescued, after the engine of their yacht caught fire off Point Plomer, early this morning. Marine Rescue volunteers responded to the distress call around 5am, before towing the boat to Port Macquarie. While the yacht wasn’t badly damaged, the skipper was taken to hospital after hitting his head on the stove top in rough seas.

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ALERT OVER MEASLES CASE IN KEMPSEY

Mid North Coast health authorities are warning of a potential measles outbreak, after a person was diagnosed with the disease. Anyone who was in Port Macquarie or Kempsey last week should be on high alert, especially if they haven’t been vaccinated. Measles is highly contagious, and symptoms include a fever, cough and red rashAnyone displaying symptoms should stay out of public areas and call their GP straight away.

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FINAL INSPECTION OF WAUCHOPE POOL

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says it will conduct a final inspection of Wauchope’s upgraded swimming pool tomorrow, before an opening date is decided. It comes after locals vented frustration at delays in the work, which was meant to be finished before Christmas. The multi-million-dollar revamp includes a new heating system, access ramps, and a shaded children’s play area.

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KITCHEN IN STRONG POSITION DOWN UNDER

Port Macquarie cyclist Lauren Kitchen remains in a strong position, after Stage Three of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide. The 26-year-old put in a solid effort in today’s 92.4 kilometre race, finishing two of the intermediate sprints in the top three. She’ll head into tomorrow’s final round, sitting fourth in the General Classification, and third in the Sprint Classification.

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SHARK PROMPTS EVACUATION OF FORSTER BEACH

There were dramatic scenes at Forster’s Main Beach this morning, with a shark prompting the evacuation of hundreds of swimmers. Lifeguards raised the alarm shortly before 11, after a helicopter spotted what’s believed to be a 2.6 metre grey nurse. The Department of Primary Industries says while it wasn’t considered to be dangerous, the shark was swimming very close to shore.

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FUNDING TO MAKE KEMPSEY BUSINESSES ‘DIGITAL READY’

The State Government has offered $50,000 to help Kempsey businesses transition into the digital economy. It’s hoped the funding will attract new businesses to the town, and encourage existing ones to take full advantage of the National Broadband Network. Kempsey Shire Council says $30,000 will go towards providing workshops and training, with the rest being used to update digital content on its visitor websites.

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