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MINISTER BLAIR LAUNCHES NEW FOOD STRATEGY

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair was on the Central Coast today to launch the state government’s new strategy to support regional food-based businesses. “It’s about fostering the talent so the workforce that’s needed particularly in regional areas. It’s about attracting investment into the sector and making sure we continue to be a world player when it comes to food and beverage processing and manufacturing.” It’s hoped increasing international exports from New South Wales will increase demand for local products and produce. “For us 70 per cent of our products are actually created by Australian farmers that go into out ingredients, so we love to be local.” (AUDIO ONLY IN PARTS)

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AVOCA MAN FALLS OFF A RETAINING WALL

A man had to be airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon, after he fell three metres off a retaining wall at his Avoca Beach home. The 56-year-old was gardening when he fell, suffering injuries to his head, back and chest. A cricket game at a nearby oval ground to a halt, so that the CareFlight chopper could come in to land and provide the patient with treatment. (VISION ONLY)

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MAN FALLS THREE METRES WHILE GARDENING AT AVOCA BEACH

A 56-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital, after he fell from a retaining wall on the Central Coast. The man was gardening at his Avoca Beach home at around 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, when he fell around three metres. He suffered back, chest and head injuries in the fall and was taken to a nearby oval to meet a waiting helicopter. A local cricket game had to be stopped to allow the CareFlight helicopter to land. The man was flown to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.

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POLICE SEEK MORE INFO ON FESTIVAL PILL DEATH

Police are trying to trace a woman, who was with a man when he collapsed at the Lost Paradise music festival. Josh Tam, aged 22, later died of a suspected drug overdose at the Central Coast event last month. Party-goers are now being urged to come forward with details, as officers prepare a report for the coroner. Vision only.

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INJURED BUSHWALKER WINCHED FROM BOUDDI NATIONAL PARK

There was a delicate rescue on the Central Coast this morning, with an injured bushwalker winched from the Bouddi National Park. The woman was walking along the Bouddi Coastal Walk when she hurt her ankle at around 8 o’clock on Friday morning. It triggered a large emergency response, with paramedics, Fire & Rescue, Rural Fire Service and Central Coast Lifeguards all involved in the rescue The woman was eventually airlifted from the scene by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. She was taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition. Video via Fire and Rescue NSW Station 353 Kincumber (VISION ONLY)

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