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MYSTERY DISEASE KILLING RARE TURTLES

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Vets are trying to work out what’s caused dozens of rare freshwater turtles, found only in the Bellinger River, to become sick. Many of the reptiles have already died, while rescuers are working tirelessly to save the few remaining. Read More »

FERAL PIG NUMBERS ON THE RISE IN THE UPPER MACLEAY

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There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of feral pigs in the Upper Macleay Valley. North Coast Local Land Services is calling on land owners for help, to reduce the impact of the animals in the previously pest-free area. Read More »

LADIES GOLF DAY FUNDRAISER FOR HELICOPTER RESCUES

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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter service will benefit from a new Coffs Coast fundraiser. A ladies-only event for golfers and non golfers called, “Beauty on the Greens” will be held at Bonville Resort on March 26. Proceeds go towards the $4 million needed to operate the chopper service each year. “Every year, it’s called upon more and more, whether it’s attending emergencies or an accident or even transferring patients between hospitals,” said Zeke Huish from the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service. Those attending the “fun day” can play nine holes of golf and enjoy good food and champagne out on the course. (PART AUDIO ONLY) Read More »

WEATHER: STILL VERY DRY INLAND

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The weekend deluge has helped ease conditions across the Clarence Valley and around Casino in the Northern Rivers after a prolonged dry spell. The excessive rain in south east Queensland may trigger a Ross River outbreak with mosquito numbers expected to swell, but the inland areas of the North West remain very dry. They received some good rain at the beginning of the year, which helped increase top soil moisture, but sub soil remained dry. There is a little rain on the way for the North West for the second half of the week. The coast will see more showers and high humidity levels thanks to the consistent onshore winds. Read More »

LESS CARS, MORE PEOPLE – THE PLAN FOR FORSTER FORESHORE

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More walkways and less parking – that’s the plan for Forster’s foreshore. Great Lakes Council is proposing a half-a-million dollar upgrade to the area, which prioritises pedestrians and cyclists, not cars. Read More »

COUNCIL UNCOVERS HISTORICAL GEMS

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Council has identified more than 500 homes and landmarks it believes represents the Coffs Coast’s history. It’s part of the Draft Heritage Study, which is now on public exhibition. Read More »

COFFS LOCALS URGED TO BOOK CHARTER FLIGHT SEATS

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Coffs Coast residents are being urged to make the most of a one-off opportunity to persuade airlines to introduce direct flights to Brisbane. The Chamber of Commerce wants people to book seats on two Virgin charter flights early next month. Read More »

CLARENCE POLICE AND MAYOR SEEK HELP TO CATCH VANDALS

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In a senseless act of vandalism, hoons in cars doing wheelies have extensively damaged a cricket field at Coutts Crossing. Police and Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson want public help to catch the offenders. Read More »

TASTINGS ON HASTINGS THEME ANNOUNCED

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It’s one of the biggest events on the Mid North Coast’s calendar, and now the theme for this year’s Tastings on Hastings food and wine festival has been unveiled. “Fire, Water, Harvest” aims to celebrate the region’s best produce, by exciting all the senses through creative place making activities. Organisers say this year’s event might include a Friday night food market and master classes. More than 17,000 foodies attended the Port Macquarie festival last year, which brought in an estimated $1-million to the local economy.   (NO AUDIO) Read More »

UPGRADE TO SPORTS STADIUM REMAINS STALLED

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Whether it’s for futsal, basketball or badminton – the Port Macquarie Sports Stadium gets a work out every week. But the multi-million dollar upgrade to the facility remains stalled, as funding agreements continue to be debated. Read More »

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