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COFFS COMETS DEFEAT SOUTH GRAFTON REBELS

In Group Two Rugby League the Coffs Comets have defeated the South Grafton Rebels 88 to 18. The Rebels struggled with possession from the start with the Comets dominating with five early tries. Rebels came on strong in the second half, with a try and conversion within minutes but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 70 point buffer. We’ll have a full game report tomorrow night.

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NORTH COAST WOMEN’S AFL TEAM MAKES DEBUT

In A-F-L, this year’s annual representative fixture between North Coast and North West included the formal debut of the regional women’s side. The North Coast only formed a women’s competition this year, but has already shown dominance over the North West team. North Coast were fierce on the ball from the start, gaining a 43 nil lead by half time. “The guys have been playing in this fixture for close to 20 years now but it’s always been a men’s only fixture this has been our first proper game of a rep game between women’s our league versus their league.” In the men’s, the North Coast is looking to win back the shield after last years defeat.

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CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE AT COFFS HARBOUR BASE HOSPITAL

While planning continues for the major upgrade to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital,¬†three smaller projects are about to begin construction. Upgrades to both the Intensive Care Unit and Transit Unit, to increase bed capacity, will begin in the coming months. As well as an Aboriginal Cultural and Wellbeing Centre, that will feature local Indigenous artwork. The $2.4 million contract has been secured by Indigenous Enterprise, J-N-C Group. “To have people come in that know their own culture, that know what’s needed and will encourage Aboriginal people to actually utilise the services.” Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 20-18.

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COMMUNITY REMEMBERS HIDDEN HISTORY THROUGH ART

As Refugee Week is recognised around the country, the Coffs Harbour community is remembering a piece of hidden history through art. An exhibition of mixed-media wall hangings, by Frances Larder, presents the stories of the Dutch-Indonesian Buitenkampers, many of whom relocated to Australia after the War of Independence. “Particularly with this as part of the Dutch heritage and Dutch history and part of Australian history it needs to be known and it will give the people a bit of closure and a bit of recognition.” The Dutch were the largest group of post World War 2 migrants to relocate to Coffs Harbour. The exhibition will run until July 7 at the regional gallery.

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