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NEAR DROWNING AT MIDDLE ROCK BEACH NEAR LAKE CATHIE

A woman has been taken to hospital, after being pulled from the water unconscious at a Lake Cathie beach. The 23-year-old was with two friends when she got caught in a rip at Middle Rock Beach just after 1:30 today. Emergency services and lifeguards were called to the scene to find the woman breathing but unresponsive. She’s now in a stable condition at Port Macquarie Hospital.

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PHARMACY HELD UP AT SOUTH GRAFTON

A man armed with a knife has held up a pharmacy at South Grafton. Police have been told the man entered the business on Armidale Road shortly before 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, threatening two staff members. He made of with a quantity of cash, Methadone and Fentanyl patches, and was last seen in an adjacent arcade. No one was injured in the incident, with the public being warned not to purchase any stolen prescription medication.

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PORT MACQUARIE LIONS CLUB COMMEMORATE THE ARRIVAL OF JOHN OXLEY

Members of the Hastings community took a step back in time today to commemorate the arrival of John Oxley in Port Macquarie. On this day 200 years ago the explorer journeyed from inland New South Wales and arrived in the town. The Lions Club unveiled a replica plaque, as council is still processing the bronze plaque which is expected to arrive before the end of the year. (VISION ONLY – NO AUDIO)

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STATE GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FUNDING BOOST FOR BELLINGEN SHIIRE

Meanwhile the Bellingen Shire community is set to benefit from state government funding as well. The Bellingen Memorial Hall, which is home to numerous cultural events each year, is set to receive more than $300,000 to upgrade its facilities. At Dorrigo, $260,000 has been allocated to construct a walking track from the town centre to Dangar Falls. The popular tourist drawcard is just one of seven projects which will receive a share of almost $1.5-million under the state government’s Stronger Communities Fund.

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ANOTHER LIFE LOST ON NEW SOUTH WALES ROADS

A man is his 50s was killed when the truck he was driving rolled north of Gloucester. Emergency services were called to the Thunderbolts Way at Giro at around lunchtime on Sunday, after reports a truck had rolled. The driver died at the scene. Investigations into the crash are continuing, with any witnesses urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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