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“BRUSHES FOR LIFE” HELPING BRING AWARENESS TO MENTAL WELLBEING

Art therapy is taking centre stage on the mid north coast with preparations for the sixth annual “Brushes with Life” exhibition getting underway. The program focuses on the awareness of mental wellbeing. Close to 60 participants have been attending workshops, preparing more than 200 art works. The event will run from October 10 at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. (AUDIO IN PARTS)  

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EARLY WORKS TENDER ANNOUNCED FOR COFFS HOSPITAL EXPANSION

The $194-million expansion of Coffs Harbour Hospital has taken another step forward, with a tender awarded to start early works. Architecture firm Lipman will start on the four-storey expansion. It will include a new emergency department, operating theatres, additional critical care and inpatient beds, as well as increased capacity for chemo and renal dialysis. This project also includes a short stay surgical unit, orthopaedic and vascular unit, ambulatory care area and the expansion of Community Health. The early works will start in the coming weeks, while tenders will open for the main contract next month.

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MORE MONEY RAISED FOR CAN TOO FOUNDATION

Their vision is to transform lives, while supporting the cancer research and prevention, and yesterday “Can Too Foundation” raised more than $3,000 towards that aim. More than 120 people turned out to play foot golf and barefoot bowls a charity day at Kew Country Club. “We’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of people have come out here and supported our local Port Macquarie crew in support of cancer research” – Danielle Maltman – Can Too Foundation. Can Too hope to reach their target of $13,000 by the middle of next month. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CROSSMAGLEN RESIDENTS CELEBRATE NEW BRIDGE

Residents of Crossmaglen, near Coffs Harbour, turned out this morning to celebrate the construction of a new bridge in their valley. The new two lane Bardens Bridge is of concrete construction and replaces an old wooden bridge. The $450,000 project was jointly funded by the Coffs Harbour City Council and the federal government. “t’s about connecting the residents and the business community who live in Crossmaglen into the city, be able to get to work, get to school and things like that.” All 10 students from the Crossmaglen school were among those who took part in this morning’s event.

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