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Construction work at Manning Base Hospital is on track, as Local Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead today inspected its progress. The work is part of the hospital’s $20-million redevelopment, which will see a new oncology centre and upgraded parking. “This is the new carpark going in, they’re digging the holes that are in the ground, very shortly we’ll see the pylons coming out of the ground and then when that’s completed we can then go to the demolition of the other carpark in high street,” Mr Bromhead said. Temporary parking arrangements have been in place since the start of the month. “The car parking situation hasn’t been the big crisis we thought it was, being able to segregate some parking under the old mental health building for patients and carers is working really well,” Lower Mid North Coast, General …

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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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Cooler temperatures today have been a blessing for local firefighters, who have been battling a contained bushfire in Old Bar for nearly ten days. The small town was engulfed by smoke late yesterday, as strong westerly winds caused the fire to flare up and jump the road at Mudbishops Point. “Some of these bigger trees, you know they’re going to smoulder now for the next 3 or 4 days so yeah hopefully we can get some rest for the locals and get these smouldering bits out,” Mid North Coast Rural Fire Service said. The 70 hectare fire remains under control. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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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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A 55-year-old man from Rainbow Flat will face Taree Local Court next month, after a fatal motorcycle crash at Hallidays Point last night. A 60-year-old Failford man was riding his motorbike along Blackhead Road, when he was hit by a four wheel drive just before 6 o’clock. “It would appear that the driver of the four wheel drive was temporarily distracted by a lighted cigarette, this has caused him to swerve into the wrong hand side of the road and then come into collision with the motorcyclist travelling in the opposite direction,” Chief Inspector Tony Power from Manning-Great Lakes Police said. The driver of the car is facing a number of charges, including dangerous driving occasioning death and low range PCA. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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