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ANTI-CSG PROTESTS CONTINUE IN GLOUCESTER

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Residents and anti-CSG campaigners in Gloucester today blocked an entrance to AGL’s Waukivory site for a few hours, in a bid to stop workers entering the grounds. It comes after AGL was given approval by the state government to frack four-wells. Fracking won’t begin for several weeks, but protestors say they will continue their campaign of “peaceful direct action.” Read More »

WALKWAY PLANS UNDERWAY

Construction of the walkway at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores is due to start within weeks of Council signing a licence agreement with the Australian Rail Track Corporation. The walkway will be built on land on the eastern side of the railway line from close to the level crossing through to the jetty. It will include new lighting and landscaping, as well as decorative elements. The licence agreement will be signed in September, and the project will take about three months to complete. Read More »

NEW HELP FOR THOSE SUFFERING SERIOUS VISION LOSS IN MANNING

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People suffering from serious, life altering eye conditions in the Manning, now have a new service they can turn to for help. Guide Dogs New South Wales has launched its first ‘Low Vision’ Clinic in the area. Read More »

ELDERLY COUPLE FORCED TO LIE ON GROUND, WHILE MEN RANSACK HOME

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Two elderly people have been forced to lie on the ground, while two-men ransacked their West Kempsey home on Friday night. The pair assaulted the 64-year-old man and threatened his 63-year-old wife before demanding cash and fleeing. Both men are described as being of Aboriginal appearance, aged in their late teens to early 20s, with a slim build. Read More »

HISTORIC DAY FOR THE GUMBAYNGGIRR PEOPLE

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The Federal Court has formally recognised the Gumbaynggirr people’s native title rights over land at the mouth of the Nambucca River. Justice Jayne Jagot says it shouldn’t have taken more than 20 years. Read More »

DEVELOPMENT APPROVED FOR COFFS CENTRAL

A development application for the extension of the Coffs Central Shopping Centre has been given the green light at last night’s Council meeting. The DA involves the demolition of the former hardware store and supermarket to make way for a new two storey building. It also proposes to raise footpath levels to allow pedestrian access along Harbour Drive and Gordon Street, the removal of the roundabout and installation of traffic lights at the intersection. Council and the developer will share the costs of required roadworks. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: WEEKEND RAIN

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PHOTO: A moody sky at Nords Wharf, captured by Mick Lynch. It should be the best rain event of the year for eastern Australia. The rain will be widespread with most locations receiving moderate to heavy falls. The moist onshore winds are still feeding the forming low, now over SA, with the associated trough stretching back to Central QLD. The cloud will continue to increase and the rain band will dive down across NSW and into SA. Periods of rain, heavy at times, will spread across the NW, Northern Ranges and NE NSW. The system will then move across the entire region as we enter Sunday. By Monday an east coast low will form to the SE so the winds will move from the north to the west and follow up showers will come down across the western slopes as ... Read More »

AGL ADMITS IT DIDN’T REPORT ALL OF ITS POLITICAL DONATIONS

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AGL has admitted it made mistakes when reporting some political donations to the Department of Planning and Environment. An external review, conducted by Deloitte, found three donations totaling $11,000, weren’t reported on time, while AGL sought approval for its Gloucester Gas Project Pipeline Modification. The report also found $250 wasn’t reported, while the company was applying to drill 110 coal seam gas wells at Gloucester. AGL says it sought legal advice and didn’t have any obligation to report to the department because its application was made before October 1, 2008. However the company is examining this matter further, because 14 donations totaling more than $52,000 may not have been reported in the appropriate time frame. (No audio) Read More »

SLEEPOUT AT COUNCIL TO HELP HOMELESS

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It’s estimated more than 300 people in the Manning are homeless, or are at risk of homelessness. On Thursday night around 50 people slept rough to help raise much needed funds for a new program, designed to get them off the street for good. Read More »

REVIEW FINDS AGL DIDN’T DISCLOSE SOME DONATIONS

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An external audit of AGL’s political donation disclosures since 2008 has found the company didn’t comply with reporting obligations, in some instances. The review, performed by Deloitte, found three donations totalling $11,000 were not reported within seven days, while AGL was seeking approval for its Gloucester Gas Project Pipeline Modification. It also found $250 was not reported while the company was applying to drill 110 coal seam gas wells at Gloucester. AGL says it sought legal advice and did not have any obligation to report to the Department of Planning because its application was made before October 1, 2008. The company says it’s examining this matter further, because 14 donations totalling more than $52,000 may not have been reported in the appropriate timeframe. AGL maintains it will co-operate fully with the department to identify any and all breaches of its ... Read More »

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