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22,000 SUSPECTED MDMA PILLS SEIZED IN THE NORTHERN RIVERS

Three men in their 30s, have been charged with supplying a commercial quantity of drugs in the Lismore region. Police raided a home at Tuckombil yesterday and Alstonville today – allegedly seizing more than 22,000 pills believed to be MDMA. “These are the type of pills that have been killing people at these festivals, these are very dangerous drugs, they kill people and that’s 22,000 pills that are now not in the community, not at these dance festivals and we’re very happy with this outcome.” Other drugs, firearms, gold bars and knives were also allegedly located at the two properties. Investigations are ongoing. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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“GOLD STANDARD” TO BE DELIVERED AT ALSTONVILLE BYPASS

A promised $5-million ramp onto the Bruxner Highway will see the “gold standard” in safety delivered to Northern Rivers motorists. Student nurse Jeremy Plooy tragically lost his life while navigating the Alstonville junction last year. His family instrumental in keeping the issue on the agenda. “We will never get him back and our lives are just shattered forever, there’s some way of making sure no one else goes through this horrific life that we have now.” The new ramp at Ellis Road will remove the right hand turn lane from Ballina Road onto the highway – and should be finished by the end of 2020. “I don’t want this to be about elections, this is actually about doing the right thing and I would imagine that whatever happens on the 23rd of March this is a guarantee rock solid commitment.” …

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JUVENILE WHITE SHARK POSSIBLE CULPRIT OF BYRON BAY ATTACK

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries have identified a juvenile white shark as the likely culprit for the bite on a 41-year-old man at Byron Bay yesterday. Sam Edwardes was out for a morning surf at Belongil Beach when he was attacked. He was flown to Gold Coast University hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition. Due to the nature of the damage to Mr Edwardes board, shark biologists have been unable to estimate its size. (VISION ONLY)

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$5 MILLION TO GIVE BALLINA THE BEST DRINKING WATER IN THE REGION

Ballina Shire residents will soon have access to the highest quality drinking water in the region – work on the Marom Creek Water Treatment Plant’s $5-million upgrade, soon to begin. The improvements are key to making sure the plant, constructed early in the 1980’s, meets standards into the future. “It’s not just about coming up here to talk about sharks which is something I’ve done a lot with council about this about providing the infrastructure our communities need right across the state.” The state government’s $1.1 million contribution towards the project, comes from its billion dollar safe and secure water program. (AUDIO IN PARTS)IN

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