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WEATHER: SMILES ALL ROUND

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There shouldn’t be too many grumpy faces at the moment. Farmers have enjoyed some wonderful rain, wine makers have their sunshine back and surfers are in for an awesome weekend of waves, as the classic southern point breaks turn it on thanks to an east coast low in the south. The fine run of sunshine, cooler nights and crisp mornings will continue across the weekend, before we see some shower activity return to the coast next week. Read More »

WEATHER: BACK TO A DRY PHASE

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It has been a very wet start to 2015 across the region, but now the clouds are getting ready to clear and the sun to return, especially inland from tomorrow. Along the coast there is going to be plenty of swell thanks to an intense east coast low, luckily forming a long way to the south and well offshore. The swell will be bigger along the Central Coast and Hunter. The occasional coastal shower will be possible, but generally speaking, it is going to be fine until early next week when the coastal showers will return with moderate falls expected once again. Read More »

CALLS FOR AGL’S CSG LICENCE TO BE SUSPENDED

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A community group in Gloucester is calling on the state government to suspend AGL’s coal seam gas licence, after chemical traces were found in flowback water samples. Traces of BTEX chemicals – compounds which can be found near natural gas deposits – were discovered in two of the four wells, and an above ground water tank. AGL says none of the hydraulic fracturing fluids it uses at the site contain BTEX components. Groundswell Gloucester believes New South Wales Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts has no choice but to suspend the company’s licence, and is calling for a moratorium on all CSG activities in the area. “This confirms our worst fears and shows there are significant environmental problems with AGL’s coal seam gas operations at Gloucester,” said group spokesperson John Watts. The EPA is investigating the incident, and says it’s ... Read More »

POLICE SEIZE DRUGS AND CASH IN TAREE

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A 36-year-old Wingham man is facing several drug-related charges, following a search of a storage unit in Taree. Officers attached to the Manning-Great Lakes command allegedly seized almost three kilograms of cannabis during their search yesterday afternoon, which they say is worth an estimated $23,000. Police allegedly also found more than $35,000 cash. The man is due to face Forster Local Court today. Read More »

EXTRA POLICE FOR AUSTRALIA DAY

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Police have increased their presence on the Mid North Coast for the Australia Day long weekend, targeting anti-social behaviour and alcohol fuelled violence. In Coffs Harbour, an additional 80 officers have been deployed. “The day is about our nation and about the people that we are, and it’s not about alcohol consumption, being drunk and acting like buffoons.” Insp Darren Jameson While Manning-Great Lakes Police are warning drivers to take extra care on the road, with double demerit points in place. “There’s increased numbers of traffic on the highway over this period of time and we’d just like to get those people that have come on holidays, back to where they come from safely.” Insp John Sullivan.   Read More »

WEATHER: FLOODING RAIN FOR SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

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South east Queensland has copped a deluge, causing flooding and rock slides. The beaches have been closed and there is more to come over night. Across the border, rain totals have also been high for the Northern Rivers, causing flooding. The intense rain system will begin to weaken early tomorrow and conditions will ease, but the damage will be done. Cloud has spread affecting most of the broadcast region with showers falling as far south as the Upper Hunter and Tamworth. Most of the Australia Day long weekend is looking okay for most – cloud with only small scattered showers about for Saturday and Sunday. Increased rain and storms will begin to move back in on Monday. 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 »

WEATHER: MORE NORTH COAST RAIN ON THE WAY

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Today we have seen a little bit of everything unfold across the region – from sunny breaks, overcast areas, scattered showers and afternoon patchy storms. Tomorrow there is going to be increased rain periods building across the northern New South Wales coast and south east Queensland, with moist onshore winds. There’ll be more afternoon showers for the Hunter. A fine start for the North West will end with afternoon showers and storms once again. Read More »

UPDATED: TWO PROPERTIES SEARCHED IN CONNECTION TO WILLIAM TYRELL

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Police have confirmed a number of items have been seized from two mid north coast properties, as part of their investigation into the disappearance of William Tyrell. Forensic police and an excavation crew are searching a semi-rural property at Bonny Hills, which has been under police watch since yesterday. Officers have also searched a unit on the corner of Bold and Seymour Streets at Laurieton, where it’s believed they seized a mattress and computer equipment. The items will be forensically examined. Mid North Coast Superintendant Paul Fehon says a number of people have been spoken to, but no charges have been laid. It comes four months after the three-year-old went missing from his grandmother’s home at Kendall. We’ll bring you more details throughout the day. Read More »

WEATHER: HEAVY OVERNIGHT RAIN

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Heavy overnight downpours produced some big rain totals for coastal communities. Kempsey to the Bellingen and Nambucca Valleys saw one to 200mm fall. From Byron to the Tweed, and the Gold Coast, received 60 to 120mm. Merewether to Blacksmiths recorded 50 to 95mm, while 75mm fell on the Hunter vineyards. More moderate falls are expected, with another system closing in from the west. Cloud will increase inland and the North West is likely to receive rain form in this next system along with areas east of the Divide. Read More »

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