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PORT MACQUARIE’S FOOD FOR LESS BUILDING DESTINED FOR DEMOLITION

The days are numbered for Port Macquarie’s vacant Food for Less building on Short and William streets. Port Macquarie Hastings Council has approved its demolition with owner Woolworths given five years to develop the site. A management plan for the historic plaques adjacent to the site is required and controlled measures will be taken during the demolition phase.  

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LEARNING THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS

We often think of first aid as a physical emergency but today Port Macquarie Lifeguards were taught how to assist someone living with mental illness. “Being able to know what some of the signs and symptoms of mental illness are and then actually knowing how to talk to someone about that to be able to get them to a point where they will agree to get some support” – Judy O’Mara – Mid North Coast Rural¬†Adversity Mental Health Coordinator. One in five Australians experience mental illness in any one year. (AUDIO IN PARTS)  

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COMMEMORATING 10 YEARS SINCE NATIONAL APOLOGY

People gathered in Port Macquarie today, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation.   A minute’s silence was held at the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council. Former Aboriginal Woman of the Year Kristal Kinsela, acknowledging the gap between indigenous and non indigenous Australians has lessened, but there’s still a lot of work to be done in terms of employment and health.   “Look there’s been a lot of progress in certain areas, if you think about more young people finishing school, little children having preschool or early childhood experiences but we still have a long way to go” – ¬†Kristal Kinsela. (AUDIO IN PARTS)    

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