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LISMORE MAN CHARGED AND STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED NEAR KEMPSEY

A Lismore man has been charged after police recovered a number of stolen items from a property south of Kempsey. Police searched the Burnt Bridge Road property just before nine o’clock yesterday morning and arrested a 29-year-old man. During the search, a $15,000 motorbike, high-end electronic equipment and diamond ring were located. The man was charged with a number of offences, including two counts of receiving stolen goods. He was granted conditional bail to re-appear in Kempsey Local Court later this month.  

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COFFS COAST COMMUNITIES IDENTIFY TOP HEALTH ISSUES

Communities on the Coffs Coast have identified the top health and well-being issues in their area through the Healthy Towns community survey. Today, the Woolgoolga community got the chance to have their say, and workshop solutions to key issues. The North Coast Primary Health Network program identifying housing affordability as a major well-being concern. “So we’re looking at mental health services, we’re looking ageing issues, we’re going to talk about diet and exercise today and they were also in the top issues that people have identified.”

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BUSWAYS INCREASE SAFETY OF SERVICES IN PORT MACQUARIE

Port Macquarie’s Busways has welcomed a new fleet of modernised buses to its daily services, in a bid to increase safety. The new school bus is specifically designed for rural areas, fitted with seatbelts which must be worn by all passengers and drivers. The Volvo B7 also features an emergency evacuation door on the passenger side of the bus. “It also has some other features in it such as inbuilt fire suppression in the motor, it’s designed to dampen the fire down and allow the full evacuation of the bus” – Gaven Muller, Fire and Rescue The rest of the fleet is fitted with an access ramp and vehicle kneeling system, making it easier for passengers to get on and off. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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TAREE TRAIN STATION SET TO GAIN MAKEOVER

Taree’s train station is set to benefit from a million-dollar makeover. In another pre-budget announcement, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance have allocated a further $133-million to the Transport Access Program. The upgrade is set to improve accessibility, with two new ramps and improved lighting. Taree station is one of at least 11 sites expected to benefit from the investment. (VISION ONLY)  

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SAFEWORK CRACKS DOWN ON FORKLIFT SAFETY

A rise in the number of workplace injuries and deaths involving forklifts has prompted the state’s workplace safety regulator to crack down on dangerous worksites. In March, SafeWork inspectors visited 180 businesses, issuing more than 90 notices. In 20-15, Rachel Noble’s husband was killed while operating a forklift at a meat processing business in Frederickton. “So the forklift hand break gave way and he became pinned between a bin and the wall and he died” – Rachel Noble The 28-year-old was not licensed to operate a forklift and was not being supervised. The company was fined $375,000. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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PORT MACQUARIE WELCOMES TWO NEW REVERSE VENDING MACHINES

Making money from unwanted cans and bottles is becoming even easier in the Hastings with two more reverse vending machines now operating in Port Macquarie. One is located at Gordon Street’s Grower’s Market while the other is in the Lake Innes shopping centre car park. “I always said that I’ll continue to work towards getting more reverse vending machines because I knew that our community would certainly grab hold of this initiative. They’ve demonstrated clearly that they have. We’ll now start working on new machines at Lake Cathie and obviously at Laurieton and then at Harrington” – Leslie Williams, State Member for Port Macquarie The Return and Earn scheme means residents can dispose of their unwanted cans, glass and plastic bottles – as well as juices boxes, in exchange for 10 cents per item. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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