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CREDIT FOR UNI

Southern Cross University has gained a tick of approval as a suitable option for school leavers in 2009. The Lismore-based university has achieved a five-star rating in the Good Universities Guide, for flexibility in its student entry marks. Nationally the guide found that education, engineering and medicine are providing students with the best career prospects. Surveys suggest that job prospects and starting salaries aren’t as great in accountancy, agriculture and tourism.

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ENGINEERING AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

There have been calls for an all-of-government approach to combat the damage of rising sea levels, coastal erosion and storm surges. Scientists, engineers and staff from 38 coastal councils are this week examining climate change predictions. The think-tank is occurring at the national conference of the Institute of Public Works and Engineers in Coffs Harbour. Next week the State and Federal Governments will be briefed on the outcomes. [display_podcast]

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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS GOES TO YELGUN

Just a few weeks out from local government elections, Byron Shire Council has made a decision about one of the region’s most contentious issues. It has approved plans for major music festival Splendour in the Grass to be trialled at a new site at Yelgun, causing outrage among nearby residents.

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TICK FEVER FEARED

There are fears of another tick fever outbreak on the far north coast. A post mortem has been conducted on a dairy cow, but conclusive blood tests are still two weeks away. A positive result could force the council to rethink its management strategy. It’s expected border security will be tightened to prohibit the transport of tick-infected cows. Earlier this year a dozen cattle died from tick fever in the Tweed Valley. Experts say it is an unusual time of year for a tick fever outbreak, but they are advising farmers to stay alert.

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MAN ARRESTED OVER CLUB HOLD UP

A 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged over the armed robbery at Lismore Workers Sports Club on Sunday. It’s alleged the man entered the club around 7:30pm and threatened two employees with a gun. Police arrested a man this morning in Casino, seizing cannabis and a replica firearm. The man has been refused bail and will appear at Lismore Local Court tomorrow.

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TEEN NOMINATED FOR BRAVERY AWARD

A teenager who tried to save his best mate from a shark attack in April, has been acknowledged for his bravery. Wollongbar 16 year old Brock Curtis has been nominated alongside police, fire and ambulance officers to receive a Royal Lifesaving Society award.

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TRUCK DRIVER NAMED

Police have released the name of the 50-year-old truck driver, killed near Bulahdelah yesterday. He was Phillip John Midson from Erina on the Central Coast. The Police Crash Investigation Unit says it will take a number of weeks to determine the cause of the accident on the Pacific Highway yesterday morning.

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