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LIFT OFF FOR KEMPSEY PILOT PROGRAM

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A partnership between a Port Macquarie pilot school and Kempsey Shire Council will see a training program launched at the Kempsey airport. It comes just a week after a tender was awarded to improve the airport’s facilities. Read More »

PILOT ERROR IN COFFS CHOPPER CRASH

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has found pilot error was the cause of a helicopter crash at Coffs Harbour Airport earlier this year. The pilot was found to have altered his pre-flight checks and as a result, forgot to switch-on the fuel valve. The Osborne Aviation helicopter took off shortly after 7am on April 17, with the pilot and one passenger on board. 10 metres above the ground, the engine failed and the Bell Jet Ranger crashed. The pilot suffered serious injuries, and the tail rotor was sheared off in the accident. Read More »

LIFEGUARD RESCUES FALL ON COFFS HARBOUR BEACHES

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Rescues along Coffs Harbour’s sixty beaches have reduced significantly over the past year. The annual report from Council Lifeguards indicates the message about swimming between the flags is finally getting through. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: A FEW SHOWERS ON THE WAY

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It’s been a bit showery over NE New South Wales and there is more on the way tomorrow. Winds are going to swing from the SW to SE for most and generally be light. The shower activity is going to mainly focus on the northern New South Wales coast once again with a few isolated showers developing across the NW where totals will be very small. SE Queensland will see the afternoon shower activity ramp up a bit. Showers for Newcastle and the Hunter will be few and far between. Read More »

GREENS CHALLENGE SAVINGS CLAIMS FROM CARBON TAX REPEAL

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The Greens have challenged Abbott Government claims that consumers will be better off financially following last week’s axing of the carbon tax. But Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker maintains the average household will save $550 a year. Read More »

DREDGING WORK AT LAKE CATHIE

Long awaited dredging work at Lake Cathie is set to begin next week. The $300,000 project will see the lake deepened and sand pumped to the beach in front of Illaroo Road. Sand will be removed from the western side of Ocean Drive and used to replenish the beach, which has had significant erosion. Access to Lighthouse Beach and the boat ramp will be restricted while the dredging takes place. The work should be finished by mid-September. (No Audio) Read More »

LIVE LOVE COFFS

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Community development expert Peter Kageyama was in Coffs Harbour today to discuss economic growth strategies. He’s encouraging locals to have their say on the future of the city. Read More »

MANNING’S PREHISTORIC PAST IN PICTURES

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A glimpse of the region’s prehistoric past is captured in the latest exhibition at Manning Regional Gallery. The intricate illustrations by local artist Peter Schouten will be featured in a new book released next year. Read More »

WORK MOVES FORWARD ON WALLANBAH ROAD

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The major reconstruction of Wallanbah Road at Nabiac continues to move forward, with the tender awarded for stage three. It’s the second last stage in the $7.5-million project, which aims to be complete by mid-2015. Read More »

28 AUSTRALIANS KILLED IN MH17 DISASTER

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The tragedy is the biggest civilian disaster affecting Australians since the Bali bombing almost 12 years ago. As we said earlier, sadly, 28 Australians have lost their lives… a Burleigh Heads woman in her 50s, among the victims. National flags are to be flown at half-mast tomorrow and the Prime Minister is planning a nation-wide day of mourning. Read More »

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