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ELDERLY COUPLE ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY

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An elderly couple has escaped serious injury after crashing their car on the Pacific Highway at Warrell Creek. It’s believed they were traveling north, just before noon, when the driver lost control of the Commodore and crashed into a guard rail. The pair managed to escape with minor injuries. Emergency services are urging motorists to take extra care during the busy holiday period. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

HIGHWAY UPGRADE WILL BEGIN IN 2015

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Work on the long awaited upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads will begin early in the new year. The jointly funded $830 million project aims to provide a safer road for motorists and help ease congestion in the Macksville CBD. Read More »

RAIN WASHES AWAY WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR THE MACLEAY VALLEY

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The Macleay Valley won’t require water restrictions over the summer, thanks to recent heavy rainfall. Council says it had already started planning for tighter rules around water use. Read More »

PORT MACQUARIE FIRE STATION ONLY SIX MONTHS AWAY

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Port Macquarie’s newest fire station is only six months away from completion. The $3.9 million facility on Central Road will have state of the art facilities, office space and a large storage area. Located near the SES, Ambulance Service and Surf Life Saving centre, the facility is expected to help improve co-ordination between the services.   (VISION ONLY) Read More »

LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS AT CROWDY HEAD PUBLIC SCHOOL

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While most schools are preparing to close their doors for the summer holidays on Friday, Crowdy Head Public School will close its doors forever. Despite a long community battle to keep the small school open, its eight students had their final classes today. The Education Department says most will go to high school next year, while the remaining students have been enrolled in schools nearby. Classroom furniture and resources are expected to be shared between nearby schools, including Harrington, Coopernook and Hannam Vale. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

POLICE APPEAL FOR HELP FOLLOWING PACIFIC PALMS ASSAULT

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Police are appealing for information after a violent assault in Pacific Palms on Sunday night. Just after 10pm three masked men, armed with a machete and crow bar, forced their way into the Pacific Palms Recreation Club. One of the men attacked a male employee with the machete. He’s undergone surgery at John Hunter Hospital and is in a stable condition. Police say they’ve been unable to find the stolen car used by the offenders to flee the scene, and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

FORMER CATHOLIC BROTHER LOSES EXTRADITION APPEAL

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A former Catholic brother, charged with 250 historical child sex charges, has lost his fight against an appeal to be extradited from New Zealand to Australia. 66-year old Bernard Kevin McGrath was in court earlier this month seeking a judicial review of former Justice Minister Judith Collins’ decision to extradite him. Justice Cameron Mander found Ms Collins’ decision did not contain any reviewable mistakes. McGrath, who’s a New Zealand citizen, is on bail. Read More »

RSPCA SHOWS DARK SIDE OF CHRISTMAS

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The RSPCA is calling on the community to be mindful of giving animals as gifts. The organisation says puppies and kittens are for life, not just for Christmas. Read More »

WEATHER WITH GAVIN MORRIS

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Another weak change. A pre-frontal trough has been moving across the Hunter and southern parts of the North West and Mid North Coast. There’s a large band of cloud being generated from that trough with patchy light showers and a line of storms, currently moving across the Central West Plains tracking east. A moderate southerly change will move up the coast tomorrow. There is some cooler air in behind it but it will not clear the heat building up across the interior so areas inland and across the North West will remain hot. The storm and shower activity forecast later in the week will be minimal. This great shot taken by Glen Cox. Read More »

DECISION ON NORTHERN GATEWAY LAND DEFERRED

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Greater Taree City Council has deferred a decision on whether to re-zone land set aside for a major freight project in Cundletown. If it’s give the go-ahead, the $40-million dollar Northern Gateway will be used as a hub for trucks transporting goods around the state – It’s also expected to create dozens of local jobs. But before construction can start, the land needs to be rezoned. Councillors have voted to defer their decision on the proposal until February, so further consultation can be carried out. Read More »

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