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TAFE HOSTS BRIGHTSPARKS WORKSHOPS

Conventional careers will soon be a thing of the past, according to North Coast TAFE. It’s spent the week hosting a series of bright-sparks workshops, showcasing advancements in workplace science and technology. “As automation comes in, and technology changes, we want these young students to be ready in advance.” “There’s robotics, there’s 3D printing, there’s drone technology, and this is changing the face of everything we do. Whether it be from health, whether it’s from architecture, whether it’s how we farm.” Around 450 students attended the three-day event. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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TWO CAR CRASH ON BRUXNER HIGHWAY

Emergency services were on the scene of a two car crash on the Bruxner Highway at Alstonville this afternoon. A white Subaru and a Holden hatchback were involved in the collision, at about 2.45, one kilometre east of the Kays lane turnoff. About 20 metres of highway guard-rail was destroyed and both cars needed towing. Thankfully no-one was seriously injured. Police were on scene and are investigating the incident. (NO AUDIO)

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CONCERNS TURTLE DEATHS LINKED TO SHARK NETS

Australian Seabird Rescue is concerned about a possible link between dead loggerhead turtles on Ballina beaches and the recent installation of shark nets. The loggerheads were found within two days of each other, on Ballina beaches. Both were suffering fluid retention and were bleeding from the nose, which experts say indicate a drowning. “We’re not 100 per cent that those turtles were caught in the nets but if you look at the by-catch report there are quite a few numbers of loggerhead turtles that were captured in the nets and released alive” Seabird Rescue said it would continue to work in partnership with DPI. Anyone who sees a sea turtle on the beach is urged to contact the organisation. (AUDIO IN PARTS)  

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NEW $25 MILLION LISMORE SEWAGE PLANT UNDERWAY

Construction has begun on the new $25 million South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant. The deputy mayor turned the first sod on the site today, marking the start of the 14-month project. “I’ve been in council for eight years and this is the biggest project we’ve started, 25 million dollars” The redevelopment will see the 80-year-old plant transformed into a more modern, environmentally-friendly asset, with almost double the capacity. “Economically we’ve got a massive solar farm, we’ve got the largest solar farm in the Northern Rivers, and that will provide about 60 per cent of the power for the plant” The upgrade will cater for population growth in the region. (AUDIO IN PARTS)  

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ALLEGED ANIMAL ATTACKERS TO REMAIN BEHIND BARS

Two men charged with bestiality will remain behind bars for at least another month. Bradley Presbury and Reece Parke are accused of torturing farm animals at a property near Nimbin in December. Prosecutors told Lismore Local Court today, forensic evidence and police statements are still being collated. The pair didn’t apply for bail – their matters were adjourned until the 23rd of February. An application to suppress the identities of both men, was rejected. (VISION ONLY)

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