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NEW CAVANBAH CENTRE FOR COFFS HARBOUR

A $2-million multi-purpose community centre has been opened in Coffs Harbour. The Cavanbah Centre replaces a hall which was used by the city’s senior citizens as a meeting point. The new centre next to the regional museum will cater for the different recreational and educational needs of a wide variety of community groups. The centre features access ramps, built-in seating and a verandah-style roof. The 260 square metre building also includes a kitchen and decks which can cater for up to 220 people.

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EIGHT PEOPLE FACE COFFS COURT ON DRUGS CHARGES

Eight people have appeared in court in Coffs Harbour, to face 33 charges relating to drug raids at four Park Beach properties. Six men and two women have been charged with a string of offences, including the manufacture and supply of amphetamines, ecstacy and cannabis. A man and a woman also faced charges of child neglect after the Department of Community Services took eight children into its care. Police allege they uncovered two drug laboratories in the raids, along with more than 700 items of stolen property and a large sum of cash. Three of the eight people were refused bail, with the remaining five granted conditional bail.

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FLOOD PLAIN PLAN

Following the recent deluge across the mid north coast, Port Macquarie Hastings Council is asking residents what should be done to prevent future flooding. It’s conducting its most comprehensive flood plain study in 20 years.

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TRAWL FISHING BAN ON MID NORTH COAST

Last week’s flooding on the mid north coast has prompted a temporary ban on ocean trawl fishing off four rivers. The move is designed to protect fish stocks off the Bellingen, Nambucca, Macleay and Hastings river mouths, where juvenile fish have been flushed into the ocean.

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SIX ARRESTED IN COFFS HARBOUR DRUGS RAIDS

Six people have been arrested and charged in Coffs Harbour with a string of drug offences, including the manufacture and distribution of amphetamines and other illegal substances. It follows police raids on four properties in the Park Beach area, where they allege they also found stolen property and cash.

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