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COFFS RIFLE CLUB TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE ANZACS

The Coffs Harbour Rifle Club is preparing its own unique tribute in the lead up to ANZAC Day. The club will host and special shoot-out, featuring weapons used by troops during battle. Last year’s event included a Lee Enfield point 303 dating back to 1917. The shoot-out commences at noon on Saturday at the Dairyville range. (VISION ONLY)  

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NEW WEBSITE FOR MOBILE BLACK SPOT UPDATES

North Coast residents can now access up-to-date information on the rollout of the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. A new website provides updates on the construction or upgrade of 429 Telstra mobile base stations around the country “It’s vital to so many people in regional and rural Australia that we have high quality mobile phone connectivity and data being delivered, being able to check the construction for your nearest tower is good news.” It’s expected almost 80 towers will be up and running by June  

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COFFS HARBOUR MAN LOSES EYE IN ONE-PUNCH ATTACK

A 38-year-old man has lost the use of his eye following a one-punch attack in Coffs Harbour. Police say the incident occurred while Dion Marr Jr, a father of seven, was waiting for a taxi on Grafton Street on Sunday morning. He underwent surgery for serious facial injuries, but doctors were unable to save his left eye. Mr Marr’s cousin, Markeeta Marr has set up a Go Fund Me page hoping to raise $5000 for his rehabilitation and to support his family. A 22-year-old man has been charged over the assault. The Go Fund Me page can be found HERE (VISION ONLY)  

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HALFWAY CREEK UPGRADE FAST TAKING SHAPE

The Halfway Creek section of the Pacific Highway upgrade is fast taking shape with work on twin bridges well underway. Concrete girders were lifted into place today which will soon form two 70 metre long bridges. Weighing 50 tonnes each, the girders were manufactured by a Coffs Harbour based company. “A significant milestone of the project, great to see all the work happening and you don’t have to drive too far up and down the highway to see just how much work is happening.” Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said. More than 40 bridges will be constructed on the Woolgoolga to Ballina stretch, which is earmarked for completion in 2020.  

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THOMAS LOCK TO FACE TRIAL FOR TODDLER MURDER

A Coffs Harbour man will soon stand trial in the Supreme Court charged with murdering a two-year-old toddler. The girl died from severe injuries including internal bleeding, fractures and burns in the early hours of April 21, 2014. It’s alleged the injuries were inflicted by Thomas Lock who police say was left alone with the toddler on Easter Sunday in 2014, at a Karuah Avenue unit in Park Beach. Lock is expected to enter a plea on May 6. He remains in custody. (VISION ONLY)  

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