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KEMPSEY WAITS FOR HOSPITAL FUNDING

As communities across the country wait to hear who has snared a slice of the federal government’s $10-billion health and hospital fund, Kempsey mayor John Bowell fears that no news is bad news. A redevelopment of the ageing hospital has been proposed for several years.

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TAREE AIRPORT UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

Parliamentarians from the Nationals have inspected Taree Airport which, the council claims, is in danger of closing if funding isn’t provided for urgent repairs to the runway. The party’s state leader, Andrew Stoner, says the airport must be supported because it encourages economic development and job growth in the region.

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GRANT FOR BOWRAVILLE MUSEUM

The Frank Partridge VC Military Museum in Bowraville is to receive a federal government grant of more $2,000 to install audio-visual equipment. The money is part of the Saluting Their Service program, designed to highlight the contribution made by the men and women who have served their country in times of conflict. The museum, which is run by volunteers, is home to thousands of items of military memorabilia including the medals of local hero Frank Partridge who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1945. The new equipment will allow the museum to conduct audio-visual displays of Australia’s involvement in all conflicts.

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RALLY FOR HOSPITAL FUNDING

Community groups protested in Port Macquarie today, demanding funding to expand the town’s base hospital. The public rally was organised to coincide with the National Party’s whistle-stop tour of regional New South Wales.

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