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COUPLE CONCLUDE COUNTRY-WIDE RIDE

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A Newcastle couple has dismounted after a year-long bike trip around Australia. The pair travelled all over the country to raise money for Angel Flight and Neuroscience Research Australia. Their bikes were laden with up to 60 kilograms of necessities for life on the road. The couple has raised over $20,000. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: EAST COAST LOW

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An east coast low is going to form whipping up strong to gale force southerly winds for the Central Coast, Hunter and Macquarie waters. Swell will grow quickly as well. Offshore boating in these regions is not recommended across the weekend. Further north things will be calmer for the Northern Rivers and SE QLD but showers and storms will be possible. Inland across the north west expect a mostly fine weekend. Read More »

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION FOR CULTURE

Coffs Harbour City Council has agreed to undertake comprehensive community engagement, regarding the need for an Entertainment Centre, Central Library and Regional Art Gallery at its meeting last night. Council says that the first step in the process was to establish support for community feedback on the potential for more cultural facilities in the region. Read More »

HARTSUYKER BEHIND BARS FOR A GOOD CAUSE

It wasn’t Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker’s usual attire or workplace,¬†sporting prison garb while locked behind bars in Coffs Harbour’s shopping centre. But it was all for a good cause – to help raise money for the local PCYC as part of the ‘Time 4 Kids’ campaign. “The more activities we provide, it keeps youth off the streets, we run police programs, we’ve got plenty of activities every afternoon, some during the day and lot’s of programs as well.” Donations can be made at the Time 4 Kids website. Read More »

$1.8 MILLION DOLLARS OF MARIJUANA DESTROYED

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Police have destroyed $1.8 million dollars worth of cannabis today as part of their annual ratification operation. It’s the second drug burn-off in just a month on the mid north coast. Read More »

HEANEY SENTENCING MOVES TO SYDNEY

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Sentencing for former AFL regional manager Mark Heaney will move to Sydney after again been adjourned in Coffs Harbour District Court. Today the court heard submissions from a clinical psychologist regarding the mental state of the 43-year-old. Heaney has pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to groom a person under the age of 16, after being arrested in Coffs Harbour in May last year. He remains on bail and is scheduled to be sentenced in Sydney District Court on July 10. Read More »

DRAGON BOAT CLUB BACKS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

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Members of the Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club are backing a breast cancer awareness campaign. The club’s breast cancer survivors group erected a marquee in the city today, inviting women and men to feel lumps in a prosthetic rubber breast. They say cancer survival rates are good if detection is early enough. “That’s confirmed with the number of people involved in our dragon boating group who are breast cancer survivors that enjoy an active life now.” Spokesperson Fran Stephenson said. The group will set up the tent again on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Bunnings and the Harbourside Markets. Read More »

POLICE INVESTIGATE DOUBLE FATALITY SOUTH OF PORT MACQUARIE

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Two people are dead after the truck they were in crashed and burst into flames on the Pacific Highway, south of Port Macquarie this morning. The fierce blaze was fuelled by the rig’s load of hazardous material. Read More »

$2.4 MILLION DOLLAR AIRPORT UPGRADE UNDERWAY AT TAREE

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The $2.4 million dollar upgrade has begun at Taree Aviation Business Park. The area will see 11 new lots constructed and selling for just a quarter of the price to those in metropolitan areas. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: PATCHY RAIN

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Cloud has moved in across the region and light patchy rain will start to fall overnight continuing into tomorrow. The far NE of NSW and SE QLD will remain dry and things will be quite warm thanks to northerly winds. The system will contract to the NE so there will be some rain about on the weekend for the Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast. Rain is also going to ramp up for Newcastle on Sunday. Read More »

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