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NEW TAVERN FOR WOOLGOOLGA

The construction of a $10-million tavern and apartment complex at Woolgoolga is set to go ahead after it was approved by Coffs Harbour City Council last night. The development will be built in Beach Street on a site currently occupied by the Beach Motel. The three-storey project will include a street-level tavern, eight apartments with a roof top swimming pool and an underground car park. 65 objections were received from local businesses and individuals who expressed concern over car parking, noise and anti-social behaviour.

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OPERATION SAFE RETURN BEGINS

Police patrols on the Pacific Highway will be stepped up over the long weekend with motorists urged to slow down as double demerit points come into force from midnight. Highway traffic is expected to be heavy as holiday makers return home after the end of the school holidays. As part of Operation Safe Return extra police will target speeding, seatbelt and drink driving offences. Motorists are being reminded to plan their trips and take regular rest breaks to avoid fatigue. Last year’s long weekend road toll was the lowest since World War II.

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DEMENTIA CENTRE GETS GO AHEAD

For the carers of people with dementia, it’s an around-the-clock responsibility. And for the past 17 years community groups in the Hastings have been pressuring for a respite-care facility, to give carers a break. Now their calls have been answered and funding has been secured for the new centre.

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HOUSE FIRE SPARKS A CALL TO DUTY

A family of four has escaped an early-morning house fire at Repton. Fire fighters say a 40-year-old woman and her three young children owe their lives to a smoke alarm. The blaze, which destroyed a Hunter Street house, tested the capabilites of the Urunga Fire Station, which is currently understaffed. [display_podcast]

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