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Two Coffs Coast blueberry growers have been issued with penalties and clean up notices after random inspections by EPA compliance teams. On one farm at Sandy Beach, inspectors allegedly found multiple breaches in relation to the storage and disposal of pesticide and chemical containers. Officers reported opened and unlabelled drums strewn across the property, at risk of polluting a nearby waterway. On another blueberry farm near Woolgoolga, EPA officers found evidence of melted plastics and a large pile of partially burnt plastics, tyres, pipes, and white goods. (****)

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Fire crews were quick top respond when a fire erupted in bushland just south of Coffs Harbour’s Southern Cross Univeristy campus late this morning. Crews from the city and Sawtell arrived to find the tinder dry bushland opposite John Paul College well alight and a heavy plume of black smoke spiralling into the air. Luckily they were able to bring in under control in around 20 minutes. It’s believed to have started at a log in the centre of a clearing about 50 metres from Hogbin Drive.

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