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GAS EXPLOSION AT LISMORE TURF CLUB

A man is in hospital with severe burns following a gas explosion in Lismore this morning. Emergency services received a triple 0 call shortly after 8am this morning. Witnesses described hearing a loud bang following by flames in the canteen of the Lismore Turf Club. NSW Ambulance media said a man, believed to be in his 30s, was treated for significant burns to his legs, face, arms and head. He initially transported to the Lismore Base Hospital, and transferred to a Brisbane hospital shortly after. Police say early indications are that a gas leak caused the explosion. Several fire crews, including Hazmat responded, extinguishing the blaze within half an hour.

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FEMALE LIFESAVERS RECOGNISED 75 YEARS ON

During World War Two, as the men marched off to war, a special group of women on the Central Coast stepped up to keep our beaches safe. They formed the first all-female surf lifesaving patrol in the Commonwealth… but they were NEVER recognised for their service. Today, that wrong was made right.   Please see below for a full list of women honoured at today’s ceremony:  

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WOMAN CHARGED FOLLOWING HUNTER STABBING

A 30-year-old woman will face Maitland Local Court today, after she allegedly stabbed a man overnight. Police say the pair were involved in an altercation at a home at Cliftleigh around 9:30pm. It’s alleged she armed herself with a knife and stabbed the 30-year-old man in the chest. He suffered a punctured lung and was taken to John Hunter Hospital. The woman was arrested and later charged with reckless wounding.

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JETS HIT BY INJURY CONCERNS AHEAD OF VICTORY CLASH

A major blow for the Newcastle Jets, with the league’s leading goalscorer Roy O’Donovan set to miss three to four weeks with a grade one groin tear. Andrew Nabbout will replace him up front against the Melbourne Victory on Thursday. “I’ve played there a few times at Victory and I’m comfortable there, it’s a bit different, you have to be a little bit more patient.” Keeper Jack Duncan has also been ruled out with a foot injury, with Glen Moss returning from international duty to take his place. Nabbout says the changes won’t alter the game plan. “We need to go out guns blazing from the get go and really show that we’re here to make finals and not give them as much respect as other teams would.”

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