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DRY CONDITIONS PROMPT RFS TO BRING FORWARD BUSHFIRE DANGER PERIOD

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Dangerously dry conditions have forced the Rural Fire Service to declare an early start to this year’s bushfire danger period. It’ll begin this Friday, two-months earlier than originally planned. Read More »

TAREE BOAT ACCIDENT MEN IN STABLE CONDITION

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Two men who were seriously injured while working at a boat building factory in Taree yesterday, are both in a stable condition. The men, aged 28 and 31 were injured when a boat mould fell, knocking them to the ground. One sustained a head injury, while the other suffered injuries to his neck. Both were airlifted to John Hunter Hospital as a precaution. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: A CONSISTENT WEEK AHEAD

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PHOTO: A stunning shot of Hargraves Beach on the Central Coast, snapped by Erika Smart. The forecast this week is very simple. Cold, clear nights with morning frosts on the Tablelands followed by clear, mild days and westerly winds. This trend will continue until the weekend. Read More »

SEARCH OVER FOR PORT MACQUARIE’S MYSTERY MILLIONAIRE

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Here’s a great lesson in perseverance – for 20 years a Port Macquarie man has been playing the same lottery numbers three times a week. Today he walked into his local newsagency, none the wiser it’s been on the hunt for a mystery millionaire. “Yeah just speechless. He didn’t believe us at first, it took us a while to convince him. We had to get the numbers and go through it about four to five times to let it sink in it was definitely him,” commented Plaza Newsagency owner Chris Genders. The unregistered division one ticket netted its owner a cool one million dollars and was sold at the Plaza Newsagency last Wednesday. Not surprisingly, the business has been experiencing a flurry of activity as word has spread around town. Read More »

LATE WINTER PRODUCES BUMPER STRAWBERRY HARVEST

A slow start to winter wasn’t just welcomed by those of us who love the warmer weather… The unseasonal conditions have also produced a bumper strawberry harvest. More than a tonne of the delicious red fruit was picked at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries at Port Macquarie on the weekend alone. It’s the farm’s biggest crop yet. “We’re still getting the cooler nights and the very warm days, which we all love of course at this time of year, strawberries in particular love cool nights, warm days; it’s great for production and more importantly great for flavour,” says owner Anthony Sarks. With 130,000 strawberry plants on the go, production will remain in full swing until the New Year. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

COUNCIL LAUNCH STRATEGY TO BUY PLAZA CAR PARK SITE

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There’s been yet another twist in Port Macquarie’s long running Plaza car park saga. Council will now attempt to buy the Crown-held site to stop a potential supermarket development from proceeding on the prominent gateway location. Read More »

TWO MEN IN HOSPITAL AFTER INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

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Two men have been airlifted to John Hunter Hospital by the Westpac Rescue helicopter following an industrial accident in Taree this morning. The men aged in their 20s and 30s were working at the Stebercraft boat building factory, when a lifting jib suspending a boat mould gave way, dropping the apparatus about one metre. The men were pushed to the floor, one with a knock to the head, the other was struck near the neck. Both men were conscious and have been sent to Newcastle as a precaution. Workcover is investigating. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

SEARCH CALLED OFF FOR MISSING SWIMMER AT SMOKY CAPE

The search has been called off for a 25-year-old man, who went missing off Smoky Cape near South West Rocks last Tuesday evening. The Swedish national was swimming with a friend when he disappeared from view. A large air and sea rescue mission was launched, but crews have been unable to find any trace of the man, who was in Australia to study at a Sydney university. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

BLACKSPOT FUNDING FOR TWO DANGEROUS HASTINGS INTERSECTIONS

Two more dangerous Hastings intersections will be improved under the state’s blackspot program. $400,000 will be spent upgrading the intersection of Lake and Blackbutt Roads in Port Macquarie. While $250,000 will go towards improving the surface of the Oxley Highway near the Rawdon Island Road intersection. The state government says more than $25-million is being invested in blackspot projects across New South Wales this financial year. Read More »

TAREE FAREWELLS MH17 VICTIMS

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Friends and family of a former-Taree local who died in the MH17 tragedy, have remembered him as a strong and selfless man. Michael Clancy and his wife Carole were farewelled at a moving memorial service on Saturday. Read More »

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