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CO-OP PROGRAM HELPS THOUSANDS OF FARMERS

A Lismore-based initiative, that uses the expertise of local co-ops, has been hailed a success. The Farm Co-Operatives Centre of Excellence has helped 16,000 farmers across the country and more than 300 farming groups, in the past 12 months. “We’ve had so much interest from all facets of the agricultural, fishing and forestry industries, in all regions of Australia” “To be able to come here and get access to that expert specialist knowledge around the legalities and the financial issues in setting up a co-op is absolutely essential for the success of the co-op” Last month, the centre launched the world’s first online co-op builder, resulting in more than 60 new agricultural co-ops. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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POLICE RAID HOMES LINKED TO OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS

Police have seized cash, a rifle scope and a small amount of drugs, following a raid on the home of an associate of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang in northern NSW. Strike Force Walenore was formed to target bikie gangs, following recent acts of violence which are believed to be related to tensions between rival clubs. This week police searched for firearms, firearm parts and ammunition at two properties. They seized a rifle scope, a laser pointer, more than $6000 cash and cannabis from one at Commissioners Creek on Monday. A search was also conducted at the home of a member of the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Gang at Terranora yesterday, where a 39-year-old man was issued a warning for consorting. Police say they’re determined to disrupt the activities of outlaw motorcycle gang members and their associates. “These operations are …

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MAN ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTS THREE WOMEN IN ONE MORNING

A man will face a north coast court today after he allegedly assaulted three women yesterday morning. Police say a 70-year-old woman was walking her dog along Powell Street in Grafton around 8am, when she was approached by a man. It’s alleged the man, aged 40, indecently assaulted the woman. Shortly after, a 40-year-old woman was seated in her Toyota Hiace van on Hoof Street, when the man entered the vehicle and allegedly assaulted her. He then ran towards a 55-year-old woman on the other side of the road, and allegedly committed a third assault. Police arrested the man at the scene shortly after. He was charged with assault with act of indecency, two counts of common assault, and attempting to escape custody.

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MINIMAL HEADACHES FOR POLICE AT SPLENDOUR

Police say they’re pleased with the overall behaviour of festival-goers at the weekend’s Splendour in the Grass festival, despite more than 140 people being issued with field court attendance notices. More than 32,500 people attended the festival each day between Friday and Sunday, including 22,500 campers. With the assistance of the Dog Unit, 267 people were detected in possession of prohibited drugs, including cannabis, ‘ice’, MDMA and cocaine. Police issued 76 cannabis cautions and more than 142 field court attendance notices. 12 people were charged with drug supply. In one instance, a 21-year-old Gold Coast man was allegedly found with 60 ecstasy pills. Police also issued more than 65 criminal infringement notices after people attempted to enter the event without valid tickets.

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PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SOUGHT TO IDENTIFY INJURED MAN

Police are seeking information from the public to help identify a man who was found unconscious on the side of a road in northern New South Wales. A motorist on Kyogle Road at Kunghur, about 12km south-west of Uki, noticed the injured man around 7:30pm last night. The man had suffered injuries to his face and abdomen, and was treated at the scene by the motorist and a local doctor. He was airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. It’s not known how the man was injured.

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