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MID NORTH COAST COUPLE SPEAKS AFTER HOME SEARCHED

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A mid north coast couple, whose home was searched by forensic police in relation to the investigation of William Tyrell, has denied any involvement in the three-year-old’s disappearance. Bill and Margaret Spedding have spoken exclusively to the Nine Network, after their Bonny Hills property was raided earlier this week. “It has been very difficult. I wish to thank our family, our friends for the overwhelming support we have received from them both at this time,” said Mr Spedding. Officers also raided a unit on the corner of Bold and Seymour Streets at Laurieton, used by the couple as a business.. A mattress, computer equipment and three cars are among items being forensically examined. Mr and Mrs Spedding have been questioned by police and were released without charge. See the interview in NBN News tonight at six. Read More »

POLICE WRAP UP SEARCH OF BONNY HILLS PROPERTY

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Police have finished searching a property at Bonny Hills on the mid north coast, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of William Tyrell. Relatives of the couple who rent the property today described them as loving, beautiful people. Read More »

AGL CLEARED OF BREACHES RELATING TO FLOWBACK WATER DISPOSAL

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AGL has been cleared of any breaches to environment protection licences, relating to the disposal of flowback water from its coal seam gas project in Gloucester. The energy company, contractor Transpacific and Hunter Water were all asked to provide information to the EPA. “The EPA received the information requested and has reviewed it and determined that there has been no breach of environmental legislation or environment protection licences by AGL or Transpacific in relation to this matter,” said Hunter Manager Adam Gilligan. AGL reported itself to the watchdog, after water monitoring found traces of a chemical used in the CSG fracking process. Hunter Water has however issued Transpacific with a default notice, citing four breaches of its trade wastewater agreement. Read More »

JOB LOSSES FORECAST IF KOALA PARK GOES AHEAD

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The timber industry claims hundreds of jobs could be lost, if Labor’s plan for a National koala park on the mid north coast eventuates. National party politicians agree with the claims, saying the election promise is all about attracting preferences from the Greens. Read More »

WEATHER: HEAVY RAIN FOR SE QLD ON THE WAY

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Queensland has been swamped with heavy falls causing flash flooding. That threat is set to move into the south east corner, with moderate to heavy falls spilling across the border into north east New South Wales over the next 24 to 48 hours. Conditions will ease on Sunday, but there’s going to be some rain about across the Australia Day long weekend, affecting most regions. Those falls are going to be lighter and scattered. Read More »

MAN STABBED IN PORT MACQUARIE HOME

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A 21 year-old man is in a stable condition after allegedly being stabbed by his brother at a Port Macquarie home this afternoon. Emergency Service crews were called to the Denham Street unit at around 12:45 after an argument broke out between the two men. The man was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for treatment. A man is in custody and assisting police with enquiries.   (NO AUDIO) Read More »

THOUSANDS TO ENJOY OYSTERS IN THE VINES

Thousands of oysters will be washed down with a good drop this weekend for the annual Oysters in the Vines Festival in Port Macquarie. Now in its tenth year, it’s expected to attract hordes of food lovers. Read More »

80-HOME RESORT-STYLE DEVELOPMENT PLANNED FOR OLD BAR

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An international developer is planning to build 80-new residential and holiday houses on the outskirts of Old Bar. The Manning Valley Business Chamber has backed the project, saying it’ll generate millions of dollars and new jobs. Read More »

UPGRADE FOR RIVERSIDE DRIVE NAMBUCCA HEADS

A multi million dollar upgrade to Riverside Drive in Nambucca Heads is expected to begin next month. Specialised Geo Proprietory Limited has been awarded the first contract for the $5 million project, funded entirely by the federal government. Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker says Riverside Drive has become one of the most dangerous stretches of road on the Mid-North Coast. In the past, cars have been damaged and houses threatened by land slips after heavy rain. Work to stabilise the embankment, and rebuild the worst section of the road, should be completed by the end of the year. (NO AUDIO) Read More »

PUBLIC HOUSING TOP PRIORITY AT COFFS HARBOUR FORUM

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The long wait for public housing on the Mid North Coast was the topic of discussion at a forum in Coffs Harbour today. In June last year, almost 60,000 people across New South Wales were on the social housing waiting list. Read More »

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