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WEATHER: COOLER RELIEF SLOWLY MOVING IN

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PHOTO: Cheryl Flett, Blacksmiths Beach. A large cloud band stretches across northern New South Wales today producing very little rain inland, but triggering storms on the coast around Coffs Harbour. This system is now ready to stall over north east New South Wales and more wet weather is on the way, mostly affecting the ranges and the Northern Rivers in the form of showers and storms. Falls elsewhere will be very little. Onshore winds are delivering relief with the broadcast region becoming cooler in the days ahead. The trough in the north will clear by the weekend and we may have a better rain event next week. Read More »

HUGHES STRUCK BY BOUNCER AT SCG

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Former Macksville local and test cricketer, Phil Hughes, has been rushed to hospital after being struck in the head by a bouncer at the SCG. Hughes was playing with South Australia in its Sheffield Shield clash against New South Wales, when he was hit. The batsman apparently collapsed face first onto the pitch seconds after he was struck by a delivery from Sean Abbott. He was taken from the field on a medicab and treated by paramedics before a helicopter arrived. Read More »

WHITE RIBBON DAY IN COFFS HARBOUR

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Staff at Coffs Harbour’s Base Hospital have banded together in support of White Ribbon Day. Following the success of the hospital’s event last year, the Mid North Coast Local Health District has expanded the campaign to include all hospitals and health campuses. “Well they’re absolutely committed to ensuring there’s actions against violence against women and I think it’s a really great indication of the importance of the leadership the staff here have displayed,” said Warren Grimshaw, Mid North Coast Health District Chair. White Ribbon Day is the world’s largest male-led campaign to stop violence against women. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

RATES RISE ON THE CARDS FOR COFFS HARBOUR

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Coffs City Council is considering two consecutive rate rises which would start from next year. Council says the rise is needed to ensure it can continue to provide services that ratepayers have made clear they want to see continue. Read More »

LIGHT UP PORT MACQUARIE CAMPAIGN

If you’ve driven through Port Macquarie CBD lately, you’ll have noticed a little extra sparkle. A campaign to light up the town with Christmas lights, ensuring this year’s holiday season is the brightest one yet. Read More »

GREAT LAKES WATERWAYS GIVEN TICK OF APPROVAL

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A new study has revealed river systems in the Great Lakes are some of the healthiest in the state. But algae is still proving to be a problem in some areas, with Wallamba Cove near Tuncurry, affected by significant blooms. Read More »

TEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BREAK AND ENTER

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A 14-year-old boy has been charged following an aggravated break and enter north of Kempsey. Police allege he threatened an elderly man and woman with a meat cleaver and a tyre lever in their Cabin Street home at Bowraville yesterday morning. He demanded money, but left empty-handed. The couple was not injured. The teenager has been refused bail and will face Kempsey Children’s Court today. Read More »

WEATHER: MUCH NEEDED RAIN ON THE WAY

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PHOTO: Thanks to Kaila Darcy for this amazing snap of last night’s storm in Newcastle. Storms have been a real feature over the last couple of days and there are more to come. A passing front and associated trough is set to trigger widespread rain and storms that should see most of the region receive some much needed wet weather. That approaching system helped fire up more storms across the Hunter and North West today. Tomorrow the cloud will increase and temperatures will finally drop after record breaking November heat. The slow moving system will contract to north east New South Wales during tomorrow, before arriving at the Gold Coast on Wednesday. Read More »

STOLEN CAR ABANDONED IN THE MIDDLE OF A LAKE

A stolen car has turned up in the most unlikely of places. A Suzuki Vitara was found abandoned in the middle of Lake Cathie – a popular swimming and fishing location on Sunday. It’s believed the four-wheel-drive – which was stolen from a nearby residence – became bogged in the lake after a joy ride around the area. The vehicle will be removed by the police and council by the end of the week. (No Audio) Read More »

SHORTAGE OF STUDENT ACCOMMODATION PROMPTS POLICY CHANGES

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A shortage of student accommodation in Port Macquarie has prompted council to change its development policies. It’s hoping the changes will encourage construction of affordable student housing before the new Charles Sturt University campus opens. Read More »

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