FIRIES MONITOR OLD BAR BUSHFIRE

Cooler temperatures today have been a blessing for local firefighters, who have been battling a contained bushfire in Old Bar for nearly ten days. The small town was engulfed by smoke late yesterday, as strong ...
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YACHT CATCHES FIRE OFF POINT PLOMER

Three people were rescued, after the engine of their yacht caught fire off Point Plomer, early this morning. Marine Rescue volunteers responded to the distress call around 5am, before towing the boat to Port Macquarie ...
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ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS TO APPEAL CONVICTIONS AFTER TARKEETH PROTEST

Activists say they're committed to protesting against logging operations near Bellingen, despite three of them today receiving fines. They were arrested last year in the Tarkeeth State Forest ...
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DISTRACTION CAUSES FATAL MOTORBIKE CRASH

A 55-year-old man from Rainbow Flat will face Taree Local Court next month, after a fatal motorcycle crash at Hallidays Point last night. A 60-year-old Failford man was riding his motorbike along Blackhead Road, when ...
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GREAT LAKES TOURISM SEASON ON PAR

Sweltering temperatures didn't stop tourists in the Great Lakes from making the most of the holiday season. This year, around $200-million is expected to be spent by visitors by the end of summer ...
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ALERT OVER MEASLES CASE IN KEMPSEY

Mid North Coast health authorities are warning of a potential measles outbreak, after a person was diagnosed with the disease. Anyone who was in Port Macquarie or Kempsey last week should be on high alert, ...
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EIGHT WEEK OLD PUPPY BAITED

A family from Corindi Beach north of Coffs Harbour is sharing their story, after their puppy was poisoned at just eight weeks of age. Disturbingly, animal welfare workers say it's not the only case of ...
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MAN CHARGED OVER HALLIDAYS POINT FATAL

A man is facing dangerous driving and drink driving charges, following a crash that killed a 60-year-old motorbike rider on the mid north coast. Police say the male rider died on impact, when his BMW ...
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NABIAC STOCKYARDS TO REOPEN

People power has prevailed for the town of Nabiac, with MidCoast Council reversing its decision to close the saleyards. Just two week ago the yards were shut down due to safety and animal welfare concerns ...
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BLUEBERRY GROWERS CONTINUE PUSH TOWARDS CHINA MARKET

Local blueberry growers were today given assurances the Federal Government is working to gain access to the Chinese market. Assistant Minister for Trade, Keith Pitt was in Coffs Harbour to discuss trade opportunities ...
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MAN DIES IN NAMBUCCA HEADS HOUSE FIRE

A house fire at Nambucca Heads has claimed the life of a man believed to be in his late 20's. The blaze erupted at around 8.30 this morning...taking fire fighters around 30 minutes to bring ...
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FINAL INSPECTION OF WAUCHOPE POOL

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says it will conduct a final inspection of Wauchope's upgraded swimming pool tomorrow, before an opening date is decided. It comes after locals vented frustration at delays in the work, which was ...
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MAN DIES IN NAMBUCCA HOUSE FIRE

A man in his late 20s has died in a house fire at Nambucca on the mid north coast this morning. Emergency services were called to Grevillea Close at around 8:30 to find the home ...
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SHARK PROMPTS EVACUATION OF FORSTER BEACH

There were dramatic scenes at Forster's Main Beach this morning, with a shark prompting the evacuation of hundreds of swimmers. Lifeguards raised the alarm shortly before 11, after a helicopter spotted what's believed to be ...
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FUNDING TO MAKE KEMPSEY BUSINESSES ‘DIGITAL READY’

The State Government has offered $50,000 to help Kempsey businesses transition into the digital economy. It's hoped the funding will attract new businesses to the town, and encourage existing ones to take full advantage of ...
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DICK SMITH VISITS SLIM DUSTY CENTRE

More than a year after opening its doors, Kempsey's Slim Dusty Centre is proving as popular as expected. Today, the attraction received an extra boost - with entrepreneur Dick Smith paying a visit ...
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POLICE RAID COAST HOTEL IN COFFS

A police raid yesterday on the popular Coast Hotel in Coffs Harbour has resulted in drug seizures and two arrests. One of those charged with possession of a prohibited drug was an employee of the ...
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TWO MEN CHARGED AFTER DRUGS ALLEGEDLY FOUND AT COFFS LICENSED PREMISES

PHOTOS: Items seized. Two men have been charged with drug possession, following an investigation on the Mid North Coast. Police from the Coffs/Clarence area established Strike Force Rawhiti, to investigate drug offences at a licensed ...
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TORRENTIAL RAINS CAUSES TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT COFFS HARBOUR

Torrential rain on the Mid North Coast this morning wreaked havoc on the flow of heavy holiday traffic. At Coffs Harbour a flooded lane on the Pacific Highway caused chaos with a number of motorists ...
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PRIZED ORCHIDS ON SHOW IN LAURIETON

Some of the world's most exotic flowers were on display this weekend, at the Camden Haven Orchid Society's annual Summer Show. Entries were down significantly, but organisers were still impressed ...
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HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR SO FAR

People have been doing whatever they can to escape the searing heat right across the Mid North Coast. The mercury rose to 39 degrees in Coffs Harbour today, with the crowds heading to popular swimming ...
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MOUTHS WATER AT TAREE’S FIRST TASTEFEST

Taree's inaugural Tastefest on the Manning has been hailed a success, as thousands packed the foreshore today for the volunteer-run food festival. Scorching temperatures didn't stop the crowd from digging in ...
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NEW TOOL TO HELP BATTLE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

A new plan, devised by the Clarence Valley community, aims to address the region's concerning suicide rate. Since 2015, 15 people have taken their own lives, and the feeling in places like Grafton remains raw ...
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A SYMPHONY OF SOUND IN URUNGA

A Urunga radio collector will show his collection to the public tomorrow. The open day raises funds for a local community station ...
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SAND SCRAPING A POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR OLD BAR

Sand scraping could soon be the interim solution for one of the state's worst erosion hotspots- Old Bar. It's a commitment made by MidCoast Council, following meetings with the Minister for Planning ...
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LOCAL YOUNG GUN SETS SIGHTS ON AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR OPEN

One of Coffs Harbour Golf Club's favourite young sons is about to take another step onto the big stage. Teenage sensation Jack Pountney is one of two local players to make the cut for the ...
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OLD BAR FIRE NOW CONTAINED

A deliberately lit bushfire at Old Bar - that firefighters have been battling since Monday night - has now been contained. Warm weather and nor-easterly winds caused the fire to jump containment lines at Mudbishops ...
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NEW HOMES NEEDED FOR BLACK KITTEN FRIDAY

For some, a black cat is a symbol of bad luck, but for others it can be the ultimate companion. Tomorrow the dark-furred felines will be the centre of an adoption sale in Taree, with ...
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INSPIRATIONAL ABORIGINAL ARTS SHOWCASE LOCAL TALENT

A celebration of indigenous creativity is about to be unveiled at Coffs Harbour's Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition opening will mark the start of the countdown to the Saltwater Freshwater Festival on Australia Day ...
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AGL FINED $124K OVER POLITICAL DONATIONS

Energy giant AGL has been fined $124,000 for failing to declare thousands of dollars in political donations it made to the Labor, Liberal and National parties while it was making planning applications. The penalty, handed ...
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