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HOSPITAL FUNDING CAMPAIGN

The people of Kempsey have launched a campaign demanding a share of the Federal Government’s new $10-billion health and hospital fund. Members of the Hospital Action Group joined politicians at the Kempsey District Hospital, calling on the government to redevelop the ailing facility.

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TRUCK DRIVER KILLED ON PACIFIC HIGHWAY

A truck driver is dead after a crash on the Pacific Highway south of Bulahdelah. The 50 year-old from the Central Coast was carrying concrete culverts to a worksite at Johns River when he lost control after a rounding a bend in the wet. The crash happend just metres from a stretch of highway where three people were killed in a truck crash four years ago.

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GULMARRAD LAND CLEARING

Environmentalists on the mid north coast have slammed government agencies over what they say is inaction over illegal land clearing near Maclean. The groups say around 50 hectares has been cleared for a rural subdivision without government consent. [display_podcast]

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RIVER DREDGING

Dredging is set to start within a fortnight to clear the navigational channel in the lower Hastings River. Up to 13,000 cubic metres of sand will be removed from the river and used to rejuvenate dunes on nearby Town Beach.

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MATERNITY LEAVE CAMPAIGN

The push for paid maternity leave today moved to the mid north coast with the launch of the campaign in Grafton. Unions New South Wales wants all Australian women to receive 26 weeks paid leave when they have children. [display_podcast]

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SCHOOL CROSSING ANGER

A group of angry parents has taken its fight for better pedestrian facilities to the streets of Port Macquarie, staging a protest this morning. The parents are calling on council and the RTA to take action to protect their children’s lives.

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BYRON BAY WRITERS FESTIVAL

It’s a tough industry to break into, so visitors to this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival are looking for an edge to help them enter the world of words. The week-long event includes literary lunches, film premieres and book launches and is expected to draw a crowd of around 30,000.

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BELLINGEN JAZZ FESTIVAL

Organisers of next month’s Bellingen Jazz and Blues festival say the success of last year’s event has attracted a line up of some of Australia’s top musicians. The three-day festival is the town’s major annual event. [display_podcast]

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