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PIRATE PARADISE IN SUPPORT OF CHARITY

It was a pirates paradise on Main Beach at Port Macquarie this morning. Hundreds of pint-sized-pirates shovelled in hope of finding treasure, all digging up much needed funds for local charities. Port Macquarie’s Rotary Sunrise Club hosted the annual dig, organisers saying there was lots of loot hidden beneath the sand. But some like this father, weren’t so lucky. “It’s just a great family day family event and it’s an opportunity for the club to come together, join in with the community and raise some much needed funds for some local charities.” Brave Hearts and Lifeline amongst the recipients of the treasure.

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PORT MACQUARIE RELAY FOR LIFE RAISES CLOSE TO 60K FOR CANCER COUNCIL

At Oxley Oval in Port Macquarie there were some weary walkers this morning, after 24-hours of completing Relay for Life. 500-people started the event on Saturday morning which raised close to $60,000 for the Cancer Council. By this morning some were tired, but most harnessed super hero energy to get them through. Local identity Michael Reid named this years ambassador. “It’s a really fabulous honour to be asked to do that. Cancer’s is something that is pretty close to everyone and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by it.”

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19-YEAR-OLD GRANTED BAIL OVER ALLEGED HIGH SPEED PURSUIT

A 19-year-old man has been granted bail – charged over an alleged high speed pursuit on the mid north coast. The p-plater is accused of reaching speeds of up to 200-kilometres an hour in the getaway…which ended near Macksville when his car slammed into road works. Six people were injured, including two children aged nine and 11. The man will return to court later this month.

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MILLION PAWS WALK FOR COFFS HARBOUR

Hundreds of dog owners turned out in Coffs Harbour this morning to lend support to the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk fundraiser. The event began at Coffs Creek and with participants making the trek to the Jetty. There was no shortage of variety among the pooches who were all on their best behaviour for the annual walk. “this is our biggest local event and our biggest national event so it’s a massive fundraiser for us and we receive thousands of dollars from this event alone to help us with our local work.” (runs 9 secs, ends: local work) A perfect sunny day helped draw one of the event’s biggest crowds in years.

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POLICE PURSUIT ENDS IN MULTI CAR CRASH NEAR PORT MACQUARIE

Six people, including two children, have been taken to hospital after a police pursuit ended in a multi-car crash on the New South Wales Mid North Coast. Officers were travelling along the Pacific Highway at Cooperabung north of Port Macquarie, just after 7 o’clock last night, when they detected a Mitsubishi Lancer travelling 132km/h in a 100km/h zone. A pursuit started, with the Lancer allegedly accelerating to speeds of up to 200km/h in a 110km/h zone, before crashing into several cars. Six people, including a 9 year-old and an 11-year-old were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The 19-year-old driver was uninjured and underwent mandatory testing. He was charged with a string of offences, and refused bail to appear in court later today.

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56-YEAR-OLD MAN CHARGED WITH MID NORTH COAST MURDER

A 56-year-old man has been charged with murder, after the discovery of a woman’s body at a home on the Mid North Coast. Officers attended a home at Argents Hill near Nambucca Heads last night, to check on the welfare of a 46-year-old woman. After speaking with the man, the woman’s body was located on the property. He will face Port Macquarie Local Court tomorrow. It’s believed the incident was domestic violence related.

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ULMARRA’S 50KM ZONE EXTENDED

Ulmarra residents are leading the charge to make the riverside town a tourist desitination after the Pacific Highway Upgrade. But residents say there’s some immediate issues that need to be resolved before a long term plan can be implemented – including an extension of the 50 kilometre zone in the local blackspot.

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