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AGL LAUNCHES ONLINE WATER PORTAL

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Energy giant AGL has launched an online portal, which will store water data from its Hunter, Gloucester and Camden coal seam gas projects. The community will be able to check the levels and quality of surface and groundwater in the areas, as recorded by 86 monitoring points. They’ll also have access to 360-degree photos of the landscape near these points. “For Gloucester in particular, the community can monitor groundwater before, during and after exploration projects such as the Waukivory Pilot. “The community has told us they want to see their water protected.  We have responded by not only conducting thorough monitoring, but putting the results right at peoples’ fingertips,” said AGL’s Manager of Hydrogeology, John Ross. To access the portal CLICK HERE. Read More »

GUNS STOLEN FROM MID NORTH COAST HOME

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15 firearms and an amount of ammunition has been stolen from a home near Kempsey. Police say the house on Ronella Drive at Yarravel was broken into sometime between October 25 and 27, while the owners were away. Two shotguns, 12 different types of rifles and a slug gun were taken. Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area should contact police. Read More »

COUNCIL APPROVES $9-MILLION DEVELOPMENT

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Coffs Harbour Council has approved a $9 million, five-storey residential complex to be built across from Jetty Village Shopping Centre. The Edgar Street apartments will include 34 small scale apartments of one, two and three bedrooms. Some councillors were concerned the new development would create parking chaos in the already crowded area, but planners say they have provided the required number of cars spaces, including underground parking and extra public parking. The development is expected to commence early next year. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

ROYAL COMMISSION SLAMS CHURCH OVER LISMORE CHILDREN’S HOME

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A Royal Commission report has found the Anglican Diocese of Grafton avoided responsibility for child abuse at a Lismore children’s home. The church has since apologised. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: EXTREMELY LOW HUMIDITY

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Some incredibly low humidity levels were recorded across the north west today. A widespread chunk of northern New South Wales was below 10 per cent. At 11:30am Moree recorded a reading of zero per cent. This means the dew point went to -50 degrees. When this kind of dry air mass sweeps in from the desert areas, it can drive bushfire levels to catastrophic. Needless to say there was no cloud formation over the north west and very little elsewhere. Another fine, mostly sunny day tomorrow with south-west to south-east winds for most. Read More »

MENS SHED OFFICIALLY OPENED IN PORT MACQUARIE

It’s often said that every bloke needs a shed, and now men in Port Macquarie will have a new place to go and pick up some tools. But the Dahlsford Grove Men’s Shed will be more than a space for woodwork, it’ll give men an environment in which to talk about mental health. Read More »

NAMBUCCA COUNCIL AVOIDS EPA ACTION

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Nambucca Council has avoided legal action from the EPA after a million litres of untreated sewage flooded into the Nambucca State Forest in late September. The spill occurred after a fault in a sewage rising main. “We’ve satisfied our obligations by reporting it to the EPA, we’ve explained the situation to them and they’ve seen fit not to take any action against us.” Council plans to upgrade monitoring systems to ensure it doesn’t happen again. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

CLARENCE VALLEY MOURNS THE LOSS OF JEREMY AND SUE CHALLACOMBE

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The couple who died in a single vehicle crash at South Grafton yesterday afternoon have been identified as Clarence Valley Councillor Jeremy Challacombe and his wife Sue. It’s understood the vehicle failed to negotiate a right hand bend on the Pacific Highway. Read More »

MORE JACARANDA TREES PLANTED IN GRAFTON

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As Grafton celebrates its 80th Jacaranda Festival, a project to grow more of the flowering trees locally has been launched. To mark the festival milestone, council will plant 80 of the iconic trees around the city this year. Read More »

PROTESTERS AND SECURITY CLASH AS AGL BEGINS FRACKING

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There have been ugly scenes at Gloucester, with protesters clashing with AGL security outside its Waukivory CSG site. The company claims a protester even tried to hold a guard’s head underwater – while demontrators say it’s security who have been heavy-handed. Read More »

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