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OUR KIDS ROLLS OUT VITAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT IN NORTHERN NSW HOSPITALS

Christmas has come early for hospitals in northern New South Wales, with a special delivery of 14 new Seca Height and Weight Machines. They were purchased thanks to $35-thousand in funds raised at two local charity events – the Morgans Winter Ball and the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run. “It take seconds, absolutely seconds and that’s what’s so crucial to because you can image when little ones come into accident, emergency or they’re in kids ward they’re not doing the best and to get that information quickly without traumatising the child is the best case,” Our Kids, Rebekka Battista said. The machines will aid in the medical care of children, allowing doctors to provide more accurate doses of medication and have early discussions with families about healthy weight. (VISION ONLY)

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ILUKA GETS THE GREEN LIGHT FOR THEIR VERY OWN AMBULANCE STATION

Iluka residents will soon have quicker access to lifesaving medical treatment, with the state government promising to provide a new community ambulance station. “The NSW Government committing, not as an election promise but committing to building an ambulance station and provide this community with a service that it rightly deserves,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said. It comes after a strong grassroots campaign by John and Ann McLean, to garner support for the new facility, including a petition with more than 10,000 signatures. “It’s something that we’ve been wanting for a long, long time and we’re just overwhelmed, it’s just absolutely the best news that we could ever have,” Ann McLean said. “Couldn’t wish for a better Christmas present,” John McLean said. The next step is to secure a site, facility design and relevant planning approvals. (VISION ONLY)  

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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR BAILEY, WILDCARD ENTRY INTO FINAL CT EVENT

Fresh from securing a spot on next year’s Surfing World Tour, Suffolk Park’s Soli Bailey will head into the Pipe Masters full of confidence. The 23-year-old followed up a quarter final finish at the Hawaiian pro with a spot in the semi final at last week’s Vans world cup at Sunset Beach. The natural footer currently sits 5th on the triple crown of surfing rankings. However Evans Head surfer Callum Robson wasn’t as lucky at the final World Junior Tour event in Taiwan. The 18-year-old out in the third round, despite a number of high range scores. Brazilian Mateus Herdy taking out the event. (VISION ONLY)  

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EX MILITARY AIRCRAFT TO CALL EVANS HEAD HOME

An ex-military aircraft has taken to the sky for the final time in the state’s Northern Rivers. The P-3-C Orion is a former anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft, developed in the 1960s. “Most civilian people would be familiar with the search for MH370 and also for those who remember the round the world ocean race with Tony Bullimore, it was actually a Orion that first located him and direct HMAS Adelaide to his rescue.” Among the aviation enthusiasts who came to see its final flight was former pilot James Morris. He flew more than 250-hours from the cockpit of this kind of aircraft during his 35 years of service. (VISION ONLY)  

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