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POLICE SEIZE 200 MATURE MARIJUANA PLANTS AT COFFS HARBOUR

A man’s been charged after 200 marijuana plants were found at Coffs Harbour. Police searched a property on Bennett’s Road on Thursday where they found 200 mature plants, seeds, two slingshots, ammunition and more than five kilos of cannabis. The drugs have an estimated street value of $500,000. A 49-year-old man is facing a raft of charges and he’ll face Coffs Harbour Local Court on May 28.

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR TOURISM AWARDS 2018

Tourism operators on the Mid North Coast are being encouraged to enter this year’s Regional Tourism Awards, with nominations now open. Held annually, the awards provide an opportunity for those working in the sector to gain recognition for their success and to promote tourism in the region. Submissions close on May 25, with the winners announced at Coffs Harbour in July. (VISION ONLY – NO AUDIO)

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MAN DIES ON THE STATE’S NORTH COAST

A man has died after being pulled from the water on the state’s north coast today.. The 78 year old was found unconscious in Kingscliff Creek at Kingscliff just after 11am. He was pulled from the water and despite the best efforts of emergency services, he couldn’t be revived. Police will conduct a post mortem.

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TAREE INDIGENOUS DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT SECURES NEARLY $2 MILLION

The federal government has granted close to $2-million to not-for-profit organisation Taree Indigenous Development and Employment, hoping to create job opportunities for the Mid North Coast’s Indigenous population.   (“We apply for funds to run programs, not only to find work for our people but also caring for country and I’m really pleased with the work that our rangers are doing at the moment.”) It’s hoped the roles will be focused in several environmental, cultural and economic projects across the region. Also wanting to develop the skills of TIDE’s Aboriginal rangers. (“The scheme has allowed a lot of indigenous people that didn’t have employment opportunities to find jobs, where I come from in Gloucester, there’s nothing there but we’ve got three members there.”) (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NEW EDUCATIONAL GEOTRAIL ON PORT MACQUARIE’S COAST

A unique educational experience was officially unveiled in Port Macquarie today. The four kilometre Coastal Geotrail, spanning from Shelly Beach to Rocky Beach, tells the story of plate tectonics and how the Earth’s crust is formed. “If you move along a bit further to our right along Shelly Beach you can see a whole lot of chert which is formed out of small micro organisms that formed over more than 460 million years ago in Port Macquarie” – Professor Ron Boyd – University of Newcastle. Locals, visitors and school students can download a free self-guiding mobile phone app to learn all about the various rock formations along the trail. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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