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BIG PLANS FOR A BIG RIVER

There are ambitious plans in the Clarence Valley to make the river Australia’s most visited waterway. The Clarence Valley Council wants to attract more than $70-million in private investment to build marinas and tourist facilities along the length of the river.

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PARKING PLAN ANGERS BUSINESSES

Business owners in Wauchope are predicting traffic chaos if a planned reconfiguration of parking in Hastings Street goes ahead. It’s been adopted by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council as part of a project to save 29 historic fig trees from the axe.

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FRASER DUMPED AS NATIONALS DEPUTY

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser has been dumped as The Nationals deputy leader, following a party meeting in Sydney today. The decision comes following the National’s poor showing at last weekend’s Port Macquarie by-election, which was won by independent candidate Peter Besseling. Andrew Stoner has been retained as leader, with Murrumbidgee MP Adrian Piccoli elected as the new deputy.

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COFFS HARBOUR ART PRIZE

It’s only in its second year but the Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery’s still life art award has attracted more than 300 entries. Works by the finalists in the $22,000 competition were put on display in the gallery this morning.

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HAIL DAMAGE BANANAS AND BLUEBERRIES

Banana and blueberry growers at Moonee near Coffs Harbour were counting the cost today of a vicious hail storm which swept through the area late yesterday afternoon. As we reported last night, hail stones the size of cricket balls caused tens of thousands of dollar damage to crops and netting.

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HAIL STORM HITS MID NORTH COAST

A massive hailstorm has ripped through the mid-north coast. A blueberry farm and banana plantation at Moonee near Coffs Harbour copped the brunt of the storm, with cricket-ball-size hailstones causing tens of thousands of dollars damage. It lasted a few minutes, smashing nets and crops and it even punched holes through the steel roof of a packing shed.

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BODY SCANNER KEEPS PRIVATE PARTS PRIVATE

Last week we told you about the new security system being trialled at Melbourne airport, which takes full body scans of passengers. The technology leaves nothing to the imagination, but overseas they’re already using a product which allows private parts to remain, well, private.

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MID NORTH COAST TOURISM

In a bid to reverse the expected downturn in the number of tourists visiting the mid north coast because of the economic crisis, the region’s tourist body is set to launch a new marketing campaign. And nature will be the focus.

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