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KEMPSEY CINEMA PLANS STALLED

Plans for a $6-million cinema in Kempsey have hit a roadblock, with the Office of Local Government rejecting the public-private partnership. Council wants to enter into commercial agreements with Majestic Cinemas and Kempsey Central to build and operate the cinema. But the OLG has criticised council’s planning of the project – saying it hasn’t adequately addressed the financial risks. Council’s General Manager David Rawlings says it’s unfortunate no weight was given to the social and economic risks of the project not going ahead. The matter will be discussed at an extraordinary meeting next Tuesday.

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AKUBRA CLASSIC TO GO AHEAD

Kempsey’s Akubra Classic will go ahead this weekend as planned, despite the wet forecast. There were fears the event could be washed-out for a second time, but organisers made a final call this morning. If it is rained out, the Classic will be moved to the following weekend.

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FINGERS CROSSED FOR AKUBRA CLASSIC

The Macleay District Motorcycle Club is hoping for clear skies this weekend, for its 27th annual Akubra Classic. The dirt bike race at Green Hill Speedway has already been postponed once due to wet weather. It features 21 divisions, from Pee Wee up to Solo Pro. Organisers say so far the track is looking good, but they’ll make a final call by Thursday morning.

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NEW BINS ROLLED OUT

Big changes are on the way for rubbish collection services in the Kempsey Shire. Council is rolling out 36,000 new bins in the lead-up to the new system on July 1, which aims to reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill. “Our red bin waste is the most expensive to process – so if we can get the waste in the right place and ‘sort and save’ is our logo – we can reduce cost to the community and council as a whole,” Kempsey Shire Council’s Trevor Dixon said. Under the system, green bins will be collected weekly, while yellow and red bins will be picked up fortnightly.

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SUPER LEAGUE HEADING TO KEMPSEY

The best of indoor cricket will be on display in Kempsey this weekend, in round three of the New South Wales Super League. Six regional zones from the Hunter up to Coffs Harbour will battle it out over two days at the Macleay Indoor Sports Centre. This year, the men’s and women’s division one competitions have been extended into a new national league. Games start at 9:30 on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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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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