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SWAP MEET RAISES AN EXTRA $6,000 FOR THE MID NORTH COAST CANCER INSTITUTE

The Mid North Coast Cancer Institute has been given a cash boost, thanks to members of the Hastings Auto Restorers Society. $6000 was raised from parking and raffles at a Port Macquarie Racecourse swap meet. It will be put towards the treatment of local cancer patients, as well as medical equipment, hardship assistance and comfort items. Over the past ten years, $60,000 has been raised for the cause. (VISION ONLY)

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DRUG RELATED DEATHS TRIPLE ON THE COFFS COAST

Alarming new research has found drug-related deaths on the Coffs Coast have tripled in the last decade. A new report by health research organisation, the Penington Institute, found 59 people died of accidental drug overdoses in the region between 20-12 and 20-16. Opioids including heroin, codeine, oxycodone and fentanyl claimed the most lives on the coast. The study also found the rate of accidental drug deaths in rural areas has risen significantly compared to the big cities. (VISION ONLY)

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HASTINGS CHARITIES TO BENEFIT FROM RETURN AND EARN

Charity groups across the Hastings can now benefit from the Return and Earn scheme. From today, money made from unwanted cans and bottles at four local reverse vending machines can be donated to worthwhile organisations. “Whether that’s Port Macquarie Sunrise, Animal Welfare Service, ACES or Lions Club Lake Cathie. You can now contribute to the work they do for our local area” – Leslie Williams, State Member for Port Macquarie. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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