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ANZAC DAY IN TAREE

More than 4,000 people are expected to march the streets of Taree tomorrow, paying their respects to our fallen diggers.   This year, marks a century since the Battle of Villers- Bretonneux.   (“It’s a great opportunity to remember and to commemorate and to thank and pay our respects but also to celebrate as a community, the sense of community that we do have in this region in particular.”) The day’s proceedings will begin with a dawn service at the memorial clock at 5.45am.  

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A NEW AMBULANCE STATION FOR WAUCHOPE

Wauchope’s aging ambulance station will soon be no-more, with council approving plans for a new facility. The current structure on High Street will be demolished, making way for a new single storey station with six internal ambulance parking spaces. It will also feature administration and storage space along with lockers, bathroom, kitchen and dining areas. The ambulance station is expected to employ up to 12 full-time equivalent staff and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (VISION ONLY)

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SCHOOL LEADERS RECOGNISED

Student leaders from across the mid north coast came together in Woolgoolga this afternoon to take part in a leadership forum hosted by Page MP, Kevin Hogan. Guest speaker, former World Longboard Champion Harley Ingleby talked about the opportunities he’s experienced thanks to surfing. Today’s event is one of several hosted across the region by the Nationals member. ” it’s a two pronged thing acknowledging and congratulating students for their leadership positions but also to hear an inspiring story from one of our leaders and obviously we all know how well Harley has done in his chosen profession.”

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GLOUCESTER GROUNDSWELL TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF THE ROCKY HILL COAL MINE

Gloucester Groundswell has been given the green light by the Land and Environment Court to participate in legal proceedings regarding the future of the controversial Rocky Hill coal mine at Gloucester. Gloucester Resources Limited is appealing a decision by the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission, that the mine is not in the public interest and could further harm the town. During a hearing last Friday, GRL strongly opposed the lobby group’s application to have its say. Gloucester Groundswell says it’s pleased to play a key role in the next step of what’s been a been a 12-year battle.  

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NEW TOWERS TO IMPROVE MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE

Mobile phone coverage in the Lyne electorate is continuing to improve with Optus set to install a new mobile base station at Firefly, south of Krambach, in the coming months. The new mobile phone tower is part of the Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program. Optus also has plans to install a new macro-base station to power a tower in the Mount Seaview area, while Telstra will install a similar sized tower to service the Gresford area. Construction of the new towers will start soon. (VISION ONLY – NO AUDIO)  

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