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NEW FUNDING AND UPGRADES TO PORT MACQUARIE LIBRARY

You can go for a ride on a roller coaster, swim with sharks or rocket through space, without ever leaving Port Macquarie. Virtual reality has made it possible, with the local library officially opening its new innovation portal. “Virtual reality is an area of growth and I think a lot of young people are interested in it but it’s also a way that people can come up with their own programming and technology and enjoy that space” – Cameron Morley – New South Wales Library Eight new study rooms and an outdoor reading area have also been constructed as part of a $196-thousand expansion. The state government also announced funding for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to buy a new Library Van. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON PORT MACQUARIE’S GOLF COURSE

As many as 30-thousand Australians go into cardiac arrest each year, and statistics show around 90-percent of those people will die. In a bid to increase survival rates, Port Macquarie Golf Course has welcomed two new defibrillators. The life-saving equipment comes thanks to a partnership with the Private Hospital, and will be installed at hole seven and hole 15, to service both halves of the course. “We have one in our club house and ground keeper sheds, so they’ve got to come from those locations whereas they will be physically closer to anyone on the golf course who has a cardiac event, so therefore we’ll be ale to get to the person quicker” Every minute without defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by approximately 10-percent. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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POLICE SEEK WITNESSES AFTER WAUCHOPE FIRE

Investigations are underway after a fire broke out at a residential property in Wauchope. Emergency services were called to the scene just off High Street at around 5:30 yesterday afternoon to find a caretaker residence in a paddock well alight. Fire crews were quick to extinguish the blaze but two people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. At this stage, the cause of the fire is unknown and is being treated as suspicious. Anyone who may have been in the area before the blaze took hold is urged to contact police. (NO AUDIO – VISION ONLY)

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ANOTHER WRAP OF THE TOUCH FOOTY STATE CUP

Doyalson has claimed the Men’s Open trophy at this year’s touch football State Cup in Port Macquarie, while the Canterbury Bulldogs dominated the women’s event. The East Sydney Roosters narrowly defeated Murwillumbah to claim the mixed open’s title. And at a local level, Port Macquarie’s campaign was strong, with three sides making it through to the semi-finals.

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