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FINES ISSUED FOR FORESTRY BREACHES NEAR MOUNT SEAVIEW

A private forestry consultant, a logging contractor and two landholders have been fined a total of $33,000 for unauthorised and illegal native vegetation clearing near Mount Seaview. The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority issued the fines following investigations into private native forestry operations on three adjoining properties at Forbes River. It was discovered the logging, which took place between July and October 20-16, occurred well after the expiry of approvals and without a valid Forest Operation Plan. One property was logged without the knowledge of the landholder. (VISION ONLY)

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NEWCASTLE JETS SIGN DEAL WITH ST COLUMBA ANGLICAN SCHOOL

The Newcastle Jets have signed a two year deal with St Columba Anglican School to host a new football academy in Port Macquarie. It’s aimed at creating more opportunities for players aged between 9 and 14. The academy, which is now underway, will provide an additional training venue and access to coaches and players from the Jets. It also opens the door for players and coaches from St Columba to visit the main academy in Newcastle. (VISION ONLY)  

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TWO WOMEN CHARGED AFTER AN ALLEDGED ROBBING AND ASSUALT IN WAUCHOPE

Two women have been charged after allegedly robbing and assaulting a man at a licensed premises on the Oxley Highway at Wauchope. Police say a group of people entered Coopers Bar and Grill just before six o’clock last Wednesday night and allegedly threatened a 28-year-old man before assaulting him. Following investigations officers arrested two 18-year-old women on Monday afternoon at Port Macquarie Police station. The owner took to social media claiming the duo got away with a mobile phone, CCTV cameras, work keys and nearly $3-thousand cash. The pair were charged with robbery in company and are due to appear in court on June 6. (VISION ONLY)

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MORE DOORKNOCKERS NEEDED FOR THE SALVATION ARMY’S RED SHIELD APPEAL

It’s nearly that time of year again where people are asked to dig deep and give to those less fortunate in our community. Next weekend thousands of people across the country will be door knocking homes as part of The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. It’s hoped this years efforts will raise more than $7-million nationwide. “The money is used for the Salvation Army’s social programs. Locally that means help for people who are desperately in need with food and shelter as well as different accounts they can’t pay” – Major Kevin Unicomb. The Salvation Army is still calling on members of the Hastings community to help take to the streets. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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