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BUSINESSES MUST CHECK MINIMUM WAGE CHANGES

From today, the national minimum wage will increase by 3.5 per cent and the Fair Work Ombudsman is calling on Mid North Coast businesses to check the new rates. More than two-million Australians will receive a pay rise of $24.30 for a 38-hour week. Fair Work says employers must take action to pass on the wage increase to their employees to avoid unexpected costs down the track. (VISION ONLY NO AUDIO)

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LAKE CATHIE EXPECTED TO OPEN THIS MONTH

Lake Cathie is expected to be artificially opened later this month following the completion of dredging works. About 21,000 cubic metres of sand has been dredged and placed at the edge of the Foreshore Reserve, to reclaim space that had been lost to erosion. Sand was also relocated to replenish part of the beach front on Illaroo Road. With some final works still underway, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is asking the community to exercise caution. The lake will remain closed until the sand has settled. (VISION ONLY)

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COFFS HARBOUR SUPPORT SERVICES CELEBRATES 25-YEAR REUNION

Coffs Harbour Support Services has celebrated its 25-year reunion, with hundreds turning out for a family fun day. Past and present, staff and clients took part… All in recognition of the organisation’s impact. General Manager Stavros Koufis says the event was important to bring the community together following changes with the N-D-I-S. “Today is really about recognising the turmoil and the stress and the pressure that families have been through, and letting them know that everything is ok, free choice is what we do and what we facilitate. It’s just saying it’s ok the NDIS is here to stay and we’re here to help you.”

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INVESTIGATIONS INTO GLENREAGH CHURCH FIRE CONTINUE

The small community of Glenreagh was devastated when the historic St Paul’s Catholic Church was destroyed by a suspicious fire in late May. One month on, investigations continue with help from arson detectives from Sydney. “Voices were heard and people were heard in the vicinity of the church shortly before the fire was detected, police are asking for further information in regards to those persons that may have been in that area at that time.”

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