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RETAILERS SHRUG OFF DOOM AND GLOOM

Forecasts of economic doom and gloom don’t appear to have touched Port Macquarie retailers, who are reporting a prosperous start to the New Year. The local Chamber of Commerce says the sector is benefiting from a greater-than-expected number of visitors.

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LITTE TERNS BREEDING SITE

The endangered Little Tern will receive some additional protection with the closure today of a beach access at Hearnes Lake near Coffs Harbour. The failure of many breeding sites this year, including one at Sawtell due to dune erosion, has made the Hearnes Lake site one of the most significant in the state. Around 60 breeding pairs of the seabirds are currently nesting near the Flat Top Entrance to Hearnes Lake Beach. The access will be closed for two weeks and vehicle owners are advised to use an alternate beach access nearby.

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SUPPORT FOR YOUNG DRIVER PROGRAM

With P-plate drivers again in the news, a mid north coast population has come out in support of a community-based education program which they say is the key to saving young lives. Member for Port Macquarie, Peter Besseling, says programs such as the Power of Choice should be adopted state wide.

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POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE ON ASSAULT

Coffs Harbour detectives are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault on New Year’s Day which left a man with multiple fractures to his face. A 21-year-old man was bashed in Jordan Esplanade at the Coffs Harbour Jetty at around 1.45am. Police say they wish to speak to a man described as having an aboriginal appearance, about 183 centimetres tall, of solid build with short dark curly hair.

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ARRAWARRA FATAL

A man has died following a car crash on the Pacific Highway north of Coffs Harbour this morning. The northbound car, with two people inside, veered across the highway then crashed into trees near Arrawarra at around 7.30. The man was trapped for half an hour, before being freed by emergency services. He was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. It’s believed the man may have suffered a heart attack. A female passenger escaped the accident with minor injuries.

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