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NEW TANKER PROTECTS FIRIES PROTECTING COASTIES

Local firefighters have received a safety boost with Saratoga Fire and Rescue getting a brand new tanker. The truck features four-wheel drive capability, to help with navigating rough terrain. It can also carry 3,500 litres of water for an emergency. Its cabin protection features, including a water spray system, are a huge advantage for the crew. It means all Fire and Rescue crews on the coast are now up to date, and will be able to seek shelter inside their tankers, while saving lives and protecting property.   Audio in parts.

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VICTIM OF ALLEGED GOSFORD ASSAULT DIES IN HOSPITAL

A man has died in hospital after allegedly being assaulted outside a Gosford shopping centre last week. The 57-year-old was taken to Sydney’s Royal North Shore on Tuesday night in a critical condition, but later passed away. Police allege the victim was knocked unconscious during an altercation with a 20-year-old man outside the Erina Street centre. He remains in custody on assault charges and is due to appear in Gosford Local Court next week. Police say the charges are under review. (VISION ONLY)

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THOUSANDS ENJOY OYSTER HEAVEN

To other news now and for seafood lovers, it was all you could eat at the Brisbane Water Oyster Festival today. The event returned to the coast for its 18th year, but this time, at a new site – Ettalong Markets. A crowd of 30,000 people came by to enjoy fine wine, craft beer and food from around the globe….as well as some live music.

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PUSH FOR VETERANS’ EMPLOYMENT AT AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT FAMILY FUN DAY

Ex-military personnel were honoured at Gosford’s Entertainment Grounds today for the Australian Spirit Family Fun Day. Military displays and a parade complemented stalls in support of former defence workers. The event was also used to launch an initiative to get Central Coast businesses thinking about opportunities for veterans in their chosen civilian careers. Funds raised today go to Integra Service Dogs, helping Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder recovery.

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FIRIES RESCUE MAGPIE TANGLED UP ON POWER LINE

Avoca Beach firefighters were tasked with an out of the ordinary job, rescuing a magpie tangled in fishing wire and dangling from a power line. An RFS crew assessed it was safe to cut ‘Spot’ free, with a device fashioned from long poles, duck tape and a sharp knife. It took about 20 minutes to disentangle the bird to the ground, before he was set free to return to his partner and young chick.

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INFO SOUGHT INTO 33-YEAR-OLD MISSING CENTRAL COAST MAN

Concerns are held for a Central Coast man who was last seen over a week ago. 33-year-old, Jaan McKnight failed to return to his home in Gunderman about 10km south-east of Wisemans Ferry, on Monday 29 October. Police say his vehicle was last seen in Mount Kuring-Gai last Friday, November 2. He is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 185cm tall, with thin build and short brown hair, and may be travelling to Victoria in a 2002 model Silver Holden Commodore sedan. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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