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HANDBRAKE FAIL = CAR UNDERWATER

A slip-up at the boat ramp has ended with a Landcruiser on the bottom of the Corindi River, north of Coffs Harbour. It’s believed the cause of the mishap was driver error – forgetting to pull on the handbrake after returning from a fishing trip around three this morning. The driver managed to retrieve his boat before his four-wheel-drive slipped into the drink with its keys still in the ignition. To make matters worse, the trailer is jack-knifed. Photos courtesy Traffic & Community Updates – Australia

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SUBARU SUBMARINE AT SHELLY BEACH

Beachgoers at a popular Mid-North Coast beach have been treated to the unusual site of a car driving around in the water. It’s been reported a 39-year-old Port Macquarie man drove his silver Suburu on to the sand and into the water at Shelly Beach earlier this week. The driver allegedly returned a negative breath test, and told police “he just wanted to wash his tyres”. He will likely be charged under the Local Government Act. It’s believed the vehicle could not be restarted after leaving the water. Video courtesy James Godfrey.

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COMMUNITY PROPOSAL FOR COFFS HARBOUR JETTY PRECINCT

The rejuvenation of Coffs Harbour’s Jetty Foreshore precinct is one step closer, with the release of a preliminary concept plan. More than 2,000 ideas and comments were submitted by the community online and at information sessions. “I think when you get that number of people who all have an interest in the Jetty area, making submissions I think it’s a great reflection of what the public wants down here.” Mr Fraser says the proposal will not overdevelop the area. “I would like to see the growth start on the Northern side along the new breakwall, which will give an opportunity for people to put restaurants and shops and what have you down there and make it a boulevard.” The timeline for further consultation will be about 12 months.

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