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ARTIFICIAL REEF TO BE DISCUSSED AT PUBLIC MEETING

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The location for an artificial reef off Port Macquarie’s coast will be thrown under the spotlight at a public forum on Tuesday night. The project’s environmental impacts will also be addressed. Read More »

POLICE RE-ISSUE APPEAL TO FIND MISSING TEEN

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Police have re-issued an appeal for information to help find a missing teenager from Dudley. 16-year-old Taylor Almond was last seen at her home on Sunday, October 12. Following an initial appeal for information, police say Taylor may have been in the Kotara, Adamstown and Newcastle Beach areas during the past week. They also believe she could be as far north as Kempsey. Taylor’s family hold serious concerns for her safety, saying her disappearance is out of character. She is described as being Caucasian in appearance, around 160-centimetres tall, with a slim build and long blonde hair. Taylor was last seen wearing a white sleeveless shirt and blue denim shorts. Read More »

JACARANDA FESTIVAL STARTS WITH COMMUNITY FAIR

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The Clarence Valley’s 80th Jacaranda Festival is underway, with celebrations beginning with a new event in South Grafton. Hundreds were drawn to a Community Fair. Read More »

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED FOR UNWANTED KITTENS

Over the next few months, the RSPCA in Port Macquarie expects to receive hundreds of unwanted kittens. Staff are desperately seeking foster carers who can give the cats a temporary home. Read More »

MAN FALLS INTO A FIRE AT WEDDING RECEPTION

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A 28-year-old man suffered serious burns to his back when he fell into a fire at a wedding near Forster last night. Emergency crews were called to the Whoota property at about 8:30. The man was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter for treatment, and was later released. Read More »

PORT STEPHENS SHUCKS AND CHOPS FOR FESTIVAL

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Port Stephens celebrated its primary industries today, in the annual Timber and Oyster festival. The event, on the Karuah riverfront, attracted a wood-chopping world champion. Read More »

WALKLEY AWARD HONOUR FOR CLARENCE VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHER

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A Grafton based photographer has picked up one of the most prestigious awards in Australian media. Adam Hourigan has been named the best regional photographer at the annual Walkley Awards. Read More »

CURTIS LANDERS HONOURED WITH PREMIER’S AWARD

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Curtis Landers, the young footballer who suffered a serious neck fracture while playing in Port Macquarie earlier this year, has been recognised for his outstanding spirit. Today, the 15-year-old was honoured with the Premier’s Award. Read More »

REBELS TOLD THEY’RE NOT WELCOME IN COFFS

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Coffs Clarence Local Area Command and the Local Liquor Accord have managed to stop the annual general meeting of the Rebels Motorcycle Club to be held this weekend. Around 1000 bikies were warned by local police to steer clear of the city, following legislation in state parliament banning outlaw motor cycle gangs from gathering in large groups. “Traditonally and historically it will show that these groups are criminals by their own definition. They participate in criminal behaviour, they’re very violent”. The local liquor accord backed the police intervention, agreeing to ban outlaw gangs from attending pubs or clubs Read More »

WINGHAM AKOOSTIK FESTIVAL IN FULL SWING

Wingham was a hive of activity today, with hundreds flocking to the small town for the annual Wingham Akoostik Music Festival. Fans are being treated to an extra long festival this year, with the event officially kicking off last night. Despite the dreary weather today, local and national artists like James Reyne and Grace Knight rocked out to big crowds. The festival continues tomorrow with Jake Davey and Rick Price taking to the stage. It’s estimated the festival injects around half a million dollars into the local Manning Valley economy each year. Read More »

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