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COUNCIL STAFF MAKE FATALITY-FREE PLEDGE

Staff at Kempsey Shire Council today did their bit for road safety, signing a pledge on a giant inflatable car to take care on the road. It comes on the eve of Fatality Free Friday, an initiative aimed at generating awareness, to reduce the death toll. “They’re committing to abide by the speed limits, to think about the other people on the road, to drive to conditions – living in a regional area, cars are critical, you have to drive, so it’s really taking care that we look after everyone on the road” Council’s Community Safety Officer Marilyn Breen said.

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CINEMA PLANS MOVE FORWARD

Plans for a $6 million cinema in Kempsey are expected to move forward at tonight’s extraordinary council meeting. The four-theatre complex will be built as a third floor extension of Kempsey Central. Council will decide on a recommendation to enter into a public private partnership with Majestic Cinemas and shopping centre owner, Gowing Brothers. “The only way that we can make something like this work is to work with commercial partners who have got experience in not only running shopping centres, but also running cinemas, because it would be very difficult for someone like council to successfully run a cinema,” General Manager David Rawlings said. Council estimates more than 40 per-cent of CBD retail is being lost to other towns, due to the absence of a cinema. It’s hoped the theatre will be up and running by Christmas next year.

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WEST KEMPSEY PAIR TO FACE COURT OVER ALLEGED TAXI ROBBERY

A man and a woman will face court over the alleged robbery of a mid north coast taxi driver. Police say that the taxi driver picked up the man and woman at a taxi rank on Belgrave Street in Kempsey on Monday afternoon. The pair were driven to Leith Street in West Kempsey, where the man allegedly threatened the driver, demanding her mobile phone and money. The taxi driver complied and the pair walked off. Police inquiries led them to a unit block in Leith Street yesterday afternoon, and after a brief struggle with police, a man in his 30’s and a 21-year-old woman were arrested. They were charged with a number of related offences including demanding money with menaces and not paying the authorised fare.

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ART EXHIBITION EXPLORES ABORIGINAL CULTURE

Aboriginal artists from around the Mid North Coast have come together for a new exhibition in Kempsey. Titled ‘Five Women Connected and Seen’, it explores the Dunghutti, Biripai and Gumbaynggirr cultures. “Each artist has their very own unique style, because they’ve had their own upbringing from different areas and different tribes and different customs,” Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery Coordinator Jann Kesby said. The five women will take turns at showcasing their artistic skills inside the gallery. “It’s an opportunity for the community, the broader community to come to the Slim Dusty Centre and engage and talk with the artists while they’re working,” Ms Kesby said. The exhibition runs until May 21.

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CCTV IMAGE RELEASED IN RELATION TO ARMED ROBBERY

Police have released the image of a four-wheel-drive, in the hope of solving an armed robbery at South Kempsey earlier this year. Two masked men entered a fast food restaurant at the highway service centre on the morning of January 9 and threatened staff with a knife, before taking cash. They drove off in this mid 1990s Toyota Landcruiser, which was later found burnt out in bushland. Anyone who recognises the vehicle should call police.

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STORM DUMPS WOODEN DEBRIS ON BEACHES

There’s a big clean-up ahead in Port Macquarie, following the weekend storms. Town Beach was closed today, after mounds of sticks and logs washed up on the sand. More debris is expected in the coming days. Meanwhile, further north, Kempsey’s Riverside Park remained submerged this morning. The Macleay River is continuing to fall, after peaking just below 4 and a half metres last night. While Armidale Road remains blocked at Bellbrook, after a landslide yesterday. The road will be cleared once it’s safe to do so.

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