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COFFS FISHING CLASSIC SAVED BY A DREDGE

Coffs Harbour’s Easter Fishing Classic will go ahead following the arrival of a small dredge from Tweed Heads. There were concerns the competition would have to be cancelled after a build up of sand blocked the entrance to the harbour boat ramp. Council warns there could be some minor disruption to access for boat owners during the dredging but the Deep Sea fishing Club is pleased something is being done. Club spokesman Bill Maybey said,”people entering those events can now do so with confidence with the knowledge that they’ll be able to get into and out of their boat ramp without any problems.” The dredging will continue until April 16th. (NO AUDIO)

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BREEDERS PROVE WORTH

Thoroughbred breeders in the Hunter Valley hope a new campaign will convince the state government, the industry is just as important to the economy as coal mining. It comes as the region starred on day two of Australia’s biggest thoroughbred auction with a colt by Jerry’s Plains Darley Stud stallion Street Cry fetching $1.5-million.

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JAPANESE TRADE AGREEMENT A GOOD OUTCOME FOR BEEF INDUSTRY

A new trade agreement between Australia and Japan has been welcomed by the New England and North West’s beef industry. Earlier this week the Australian government signed off on an economic partnership with Japan, which is set to provide more trading opportunities across the state. Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce returned from the Middle East this morning and says the deal will mean lower tariffs for beef exports. “In frozen from 38 down to about 19 and a half and we should get 8 per cent off in the first year. From chilled beef we’re going to be going down from 38 and a half to around about 23.” [VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS]

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THOROUGHBRED HEAVY WEIGHTS JOIN SAVE THE HUNTER VALLEY CAMPAIGN

PHOTO: Courtesy of the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association.  Australian thoroughbred heavyweights have voiced their concerns about a potential coal mine, proposed for the Hunter Valley. Gai Waterhouse and Bart Cummings are a few of the leading trainers joining the Save the Hunter Valley campaign. The campaign opposes the Drayton South open cut coal mine destined for a site 15 kilometres south of Muswellbrook. In an online video launched today by the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA), the group says mining “was once a minor part of the Hunter Valley (and) is now a full blown industry”. The proposed mine at Drayton South is 500 metres from the doorstep of two of the largest thoroughbred breeding operations, Coolmore Australia and Darley Australia. Anglo American, the owners of the Drayton mine, have previously said in an open letter to the new New South …

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