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CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE AT COFFS HARBOUR BASE HOSPITAL

While planning continues for the major upgrade to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital,¬†three smaller projects are about to begin construction. Upgrades to both the Intensive Care Unit and Transit Unit, to increase bed capacity, will begin in the coming months. As well as an Aboriginal Cultural and Wellbeing Centre, that will feature local Indigenous artwork. The $2.4 million contract has been secured by Indigenous Enterprise, J-N-C Group. “To have people come in that know their own culture, that know what’s needed and will encourage Aboriginal people to actually utilise the services.” Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 20-18.

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MID NORTH COAST’S ANNUAL ORCHID SHOW

Chatham’s Mal Myers has proved he has one of the mid north coast’s greenest thumbs, taking out grand champion at the Manning’s annual Winter Orchid Show. This stunning slipper orchid helped add another trophy to Mr Myer’s cabinet, who has won the prize nearly a dozen times. The two-day event continues tomorrow, attracting entries from across the Manning Valley and Great Lakes. (VISION ONLY)  

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THE NEXT STEP FOR TAREE POLICE STATION

Taree’s new police station is a step closer to reality with an approximate start date now set for the build. Work will commence in the next three months, following the re-announcement of nearly $11-million of funding in this week’s state budget. The new facility will provide secure parking for police vehicles, and improved alcohol and drug testing facilities. (AUDIO IN PARTS)  

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COMMUNITY REMEMBERS HIDDEN HISTORY THROUGH ART

As Refugee Week is recognised around the country, the Coffs Harbour community is remembering a piece of hidden history through art. An exhibition of mixed-media wall hangings, by Frances Larder, presents the stories of the Dutch-Indonesian Buitenkampers, many of whom relocated to Australia after the War of Independence. “Particularly with this as part of the Dutch heritage and Dutch history and part of Australian history it needs to be known and it will give the people a bit of closure and a bit of recognition.” The Dutch were the largest group of post World War 2 migrants to relocate to Coffs Harbour. The exhibition will run until July 7 at the regional gallery.

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