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CHARITY WALK LAUNCHED IN COFFS

Coffs Harbour’s annual charity walk for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter is looming¬†with as many as 600 people set to make the walk again this year from Moonee to Coffs Harbour. The walk is a major fundraiser for the charity and this morning it was officially launched at the Jetty. “there’s also an exciting addition to this year’s walk with the super hero stride, so for the little kids and the big kids who love to dress up in their super hero outfits they can take part in a three kilometre walk around the beautiful marina in Coffs Harbour.)( runs13 secs,ends,Coffs Harbour” The charity walk will be staged on Sunday the 18th of June.

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POOL EVACUATED AT BOAMBEE

A suspected chemical leak at a Boambee swim school near Coffs Harbour this morning forced the evacuation of more than a dozen people, suffering nausea and eye irritations. Two toddlers were among five people treated at Coffs Harbour Hospital – they were later discharged. Late this afternoon a faulty air conditioning vent was found to be the likely cause of the incident. It has since been repaired.

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PORT LOSES DIRECT FLIGHTS TO MELBOURNE

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says it remains committed to securing a direct flight route to Melbourne, following JetGo’s decision to pull out. After just six months the airline has announced it will suspend the service, because it’s no longer viable. Customers who’ve booked flights after July 16 will be given a full refund. Council says it’s disappointed by JetGo’s decision, and believes there is still sufficient demand for direct Port Macquarie to Melbourne flights.

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CANNABIS SEIZED IN MID NORTH VEHICLE SEARCH

A vehicle search on the mid north coast has resulted in the seizure of cannabis. Police stopped a Honda CRV on the Pacific Highway at Johns River, just after 9 o’clock last night. The 55-year-old male driver was wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant relating to alleged drug offences. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis in the boot. The man was charged with supply cannabis and the outstanding warrant.

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SORRY DAY IN TAREE

The Biripi community gathered in Purfleet for Sorry Day today, sharing stories of loss and hope. A sombre ceremony with personal accounts of the effects the Stolen Generation had – and continues to have – on some elders. The mood lifted by a preschool performance, which sent smiles through the crowd. A strong message of hope in the younger generation, being taught to their culture. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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GOOD NATURED FAMILY THANKED FOR THEIR GENEROSITY

A mid north coast family has been thanked for their generosity to another family, stuck far from home during one of the worst times of their lives. Rob and Kim Redden, along with their son Bray, brought food and drink – and kindness – to the family of Ali Al-Mosawi. Detective Sergeant Matt Zimmer thanked them at a presentation today… “The support and comfort you provided to Al Mosawi’s family was greatly appreciated by them and as a token of our appreciation, I’d like to present you with this ticket of appreciation… Thank you very much” “THANK YOU VERY MUCH.” The 17-year-old Sydney boy was caught in a rip north of Coffs Harbour last month and sadly hasn’t been seen since. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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