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‘BRIDGING’ THE GAP WITH VOTERS

The New South Wales government is promising to fix ageing timber bridges if it retains power at the March state election, including some in the Northern Rivers. The Liberals are going toe-to-toe with Labor in the region, pledging half a billion dollars in total. “There are 300 listed urgent priority cases on the mid-north and north coast and we will be turning our attention to those bridges if we win on March 23.” Councils will be asked to nominate bridges to be included in the spend. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NORTHERN NSW ON CYCLONE WATCH

A tropical cyclone warning has been issued from Bundaberg to Ballina, with the effects of Cyclone Oma already being felt. Alerts are in place for higher than normal tides, dangerous surf conditions and gale force winds. In New South Wales, lifeguards have made the decision to close all beaches on the far north coast, while the SES is urging residents to prepare their properties and have emergency kits on hand. (VISION ONLY) STAY UP TO DATE: Tweets by NSWSES

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CLOSE TO 20 HOME DESTROYED IN TABULAM FIRE

The New South Wales R-F-S has commended the efforts of fire crews after they fought for over a week to contain a bushfire near Tabulam. The blaze was officially contained this morning, after burning through more than 7,000 hectares. At last count, 18 homes and 49 outbuildings have been destroyed, while another 18 houses and 19 outbuildings were damaged. Last Tuesday, residents lives were turned upside-down, when the emergency level blaze ripped through the rural town. (VISION ONLY)

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PEDESTRIAN DIES IN HOSPTIAL AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR

An elderly man had died after being hit by a car at Tweed Heads while crossing the road. Police say the 86-year-old was walking across Leisure Drive at Banora Point just before 1pm when he was struck by a vehicle. He was treated at the scene before being transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition where he later died. The 30-year-old female driver wasn’t injured in the crash, but was taken to Tweed heads Hospital for mandatory testing. An investigation into the crash has been launched and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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MOTORCYCLIST DIES AFTER HITTING COW

A motorcyclist died after hitting a cow near Lismore this morning. Emergency services were called to Eltham Road just before 5am. The road was closed as paramedics worked on the 33-year-old man but tragically, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cow also died as a result of the crash. Officers from the Richmond Police District are investigating. (VISION ONLY)

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SEARCH FOR MISSING BALLINA SWIMMER SUSPENDED

A multi-agency search for a missing swimmer at Ballina has been called off after four days. Lynn “Raz” Burtonwood was reported missing on Saturday morning, when he didn’t return from a morning swim at Lighthouse Beach. Surf lifesavers, police, Marine Rescue, SES crews and community members have been helping with the search. “We don’t believe at this stage that we will be able to locate that person alive, obviously which is tragic but I am confident we’ve searched 100 per cent of the area and if we were able to locate the gentleman, we would have by this stage.” The Ballina Lighthouse Surf Club member was known to be a strong swimmer and he was beloved member of the Ballina community. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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22,000 SUSPECTED MDMA PILLS SEIZED IN THE NORTHERN RIVERS

Three men in their 30s, have been charged with supplying a commercial quantity of drugs in the Lismore region. Police raided a home at Tuckombil yesterday and Alstonville today – allegedly seizing more than 22,000 pills believed to be MDMA. “These are the type of pills that have been killing people at these festivals, these are very dangerous drugs, they kill people and that’s 22,000 pills that are now not in the community, not at these dance festivals and we’re very happy with this outcome.” Other drugs, firearms, gold bars and knives were also allegedly located at the two properties. Investigations are ongoing. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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