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THE CLIPPERS COME OUT FOR THE WORLD’S GREATEST SHAVE

Waratah Public School brought out the clippers this afternoon, giving one of its teachers a new hair-do. Ms Suzanne McGregor taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave. The kindergarten teacher, losing her locks for student Kane Ransom, who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. “So I choose to stand here today, tall, strong, and full of fight to do what I can to help others and to make a contribution to a future without any form of cancer.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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LABOR CALLS FOR REGIONAL FLIGHTS TO BE PUT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Local Labor representative Daniel Mookhey is calling on the Nationals to step up and make regional landing slots a priority. It comes as the Commonwealth looks at designs for Sydney’s second airport.. While local services have been thrust into the spotlight after Qantas announced it would reduce services between Tamworth and Sydney by 10 flights per week. Mookhey also noting the expense of regional flights, saying it’s significantly cheaper to fly from Sydney to Singapore per kilometre, than Sydney to Tamworth or Armidale.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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MEMBER FOR COFFS HARBOUR RENEWS CALL FOR REGIONAL ATHLETICS CENTRE

Andrew Fraser has renewed calls for a Regional Athletics Centre to be built in Coffs Harbour. Coffs Coast Little Athletics initially proposed the sporting facility on York Street Oval in 20-16. The Member for Coffs Harbour says he wants to see council apply for a State Government grant, to get construction underway. “I’m asking council to endorse this proposal, put in the application and the state government will pay $2.7 to $3 million for its construction.” The proposed synthetic track would be the only professional training facility between Newcastle and Brisbane. “This is a professional training facility that would give these young people on the whole of the north coast and north west an opportunity to compete on surfaces that they would hope to go on and compete in the Olympic Games and commonwealth games.”

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GAV’S SURF: BEACH WEEKEND

It’s looking really nice for a surf, with some left over swell and the winds tending offshore in the mornings, before the sea breeze kicks in during the afternoon. The temperature is also on the increase and with the water still warm, it’s set to be a great weekend for the beach.

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GAV’S WEATHER: SUMMER SET TO RETURN

It remains almost a cloudless nation, outside of a band sweeping in over Southern Australia. A strong front in the southern ocean is also on the approach. Hot North West winds will begin to form, making for a hot start to the weekend before it continues to warm into Sunday. The front is expected to come through next week, and will drop temperatures significantly.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER LAKE MACQUARIE POLICE PURSUIT

A police pursuit at Lake Macquarie has ended with a 26-year-old man crashing his motorcycle into a tree, before being arrested by the police dog unit. Around 11pm on Thursday, police attempted to stop a motorbike rider, who’d been spotted with no headlights travelling along the Pacific Highway at Swansea. Police pursued the rider along the Old Pacific Highway towards Murrays Beach, before the motorbike rider lost control and crashed into a small tree. He attempted to run from the scene but was arrested nearby He was was taken to hospital, where he remains under police guard.

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