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LOCAL ACTS OF BRAVERY HONOURED

Two Yamba men who saved the crew of a crashed helicopter, have been honoured with national bravery awards. They are among eight mid-north coast people commended for courageous acts which helped save lives in a host of dangerous situations. [display_podcast]

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PET PORPOISE POOL BEST IN AUSTRALIA

Coffs Harbour’s iconic Pet Porpoise Pool has been recognised for excellence, taking out the best Tourism Attraction category at last night’s Australian Tourism awards in Melbourne. The porpoise pool, which is renowned for its performing dolphins, is visited by thousands of local and international tourists each year. Along with dolphins, the tourist attraction has seal shows and an underwater observatory where patrons can view fish and other marine creatures. The porpoise pool was one of six New South Wales winners in the national competition.

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MAN ASSAULTED COFFS HARBOUR

A man was allegedly held up at gunpoint and bashed outside of a Coffs Harbour motel this morning. The armed assault occurred in the driveway of the Golden Globe motel in Grafton Street at about 10.30. Police say the man was beaten before the suspects fled the scene on foot. This afternoon, officers were on the lookout for a vehicle which is believed to have been involved in the incident.

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PLAN FOR HEARNES LAKE

A new plan of management for Hearnes Lake near Coffs Harbour will go on display next week. The lake has been recognised as an important coastal feature and includes a nearby nesting area for the endangered Little Tern. Under the plan, a buffer zone will be created around the lake, to protect the area from future development. Tree planting by volunteer community groups and the development of a sewerage system for a nearby caravan park are also part of the management plan.

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NOT-SO-QUIET ON THE VICTORIAN FIRE FRONTS

As communities on the mid north coast continue to hold benefits for victim’s of the Victorian bushfires, others are helping in a different way. So far, more than 50 RFS volunteers from the Manning have taken their expertise where it’s most needed and another group has flown out, headed straight to the fire fronts.

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