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WINCH TRAINING IN NEW CHOPPERS

A paramedic was winched onto a moving vessel in Ballina this afternoon as part of a joint training exercise between the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and Marine Rescue. The aim of the exercise – to prepare emergency services for when the new $18 million Agusta Westland helicopters become operational next month. “It’s really good training for our guys to get used to working with the new type helicopter and particularly the stronger downwash from the new chopper” Training for the larger and more powerful helicopters has been underway since January. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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PEDESTRIAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT

A woman, struck by a car crossing Ballina Road early this morning, has died in hospital. The incident happened near the Molesworth Street intersection about seven. The elderly woman suffered head injuries and went into cardiac arrest, before being rushed to Lismore Base Hospital. Traffic was diverted around the scene for several hours. (VISION  ONLY)

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AMBULANCE OFFICERS ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED IN THE STATE’S NORTH

A man will front court later today after two paramedics were allegedly indecently assaulted on the New South Wales far north coast. Paramedics responded to reports of a man suffering medical issues at a house on Oleander Street in Bogangar, just before 5pm last Friday. Police say a man allegedly made sexually explicit remarks towards the paramedics, before indecently assaulting one of them. A 49-year-old was arrested, before allegedly hindering police while in custody. He was charged with a number of offences including indecent assault and hindering police.

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PLANS UNVEILED FOR NEW OLYMPIC SKI CENTRE

Plans for a new multi-million dollar Olympic Training Centre at Lake Ainsworth will be revealed tomorrow. The $6 million centre will include ski jump ramps and an olympic pool to give elite winter sport athletes a venue to train year-round. Lennox Head was chosen for the project due to its warm weather and close proximity to both Ballina and Gold Coast airports. A community information session is being held tomorrow at the Lennox Head Community Centre from 10am to 2pm. (NO AUDIO)

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DOWELL NOW AN HONORARY DOCTOR

Former Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell has received an honorary doctorate from Southern Cross University. The award recognises Doctor Dowell’s outstanding service to the community, through her volunteer work and activism. “I just feel quite overwhelmed by it, deeply honoured, I’ll always be a strong advocate for our university, and it was a very proud but humbling moment this morning” Dr Dowell gave the occasional address to the first of two graduation ceremonies held at the Lismore campus today. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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