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BEWARE OF RIVERS AND OCEAN

Coffs Coast communities remain on flood watch tonight as swollen rivers in the Bellinger, Kalang and Orara Valleys continue to rise. Rainfall of up to 170 millimetres has been received across the region since last Thursday. Residents have been warned not to enter floodwaters and to keep an eye on river levels. Meanwhile a warning has been issued for coastal waters with dangerous surf conditions being experienced along the entire New South Wales coast. Boat skippers are advised to postpone ocean voyages and rock fishers have been urged to stay away from rock platforms.

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ATM STOLEN IN WOOLI RAID

Police are appealing for public information after an ATM was stolen in the state’s north yesterday. Just before 6am, two people removed an ATM from a licensed premises on Riverside Drive at Wooli, before loading it onto a white utility. Police were notified of the incident when a staff member arrived and disturbed the pair. The ATM was found by police on Condole  Forest Road, about 5km from the intersection of Wooli Road, after it was set alight.

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STATE GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FUNDING BOOST FOR BELLINGEN SHIIRE

Meanwhile the Bellingen Shire community is set to benefit from state government funding as well. The Bellingen Memorial Hall, which is home to numerous cultural events each year, is set to receive more than $300,000 to upgrade its facilities. At Dorrigo, $260,000 has been allocated to construct a walking track from the town centre to Dangar Falls. The popular tourist drawcard is just one of seven projects which will receive a share of almost $1.5-million under the state government’s Stronger Communities Fund.

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CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS PLAY IN COFFS HARBOUR

450 footballers from Northern New South Wales are taking part in the first ever Champion of Champions tournament this week in Coffs Harbour. A total of 28 teams, ranging in age from 12 to 16, have signed up. Coffs Harbour’s own Northern Storm had a great start to the competition this morning – their 12s and 13s thrashing New Lambton and Tuncurry Forster. “this is our inaugural season of the Champions of Champions, basically an opportunity for the community of football clubs to get together and play against the opposition that they probably haven’t played against before.” The tournament, which is played in round robin format, finishes up this coming Thursday.

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