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POSITIVE ‘RISK-TAKING’ IN THE PLAYGROUND

Encouraging children to be adventurous during play-time is the idea behind a new purpose-built space at Clunes Community Preschool. The multi-tiered playground encourages children to learn new skills, develop their physicality and trust their bodies in a variety of settings. The director of the preschool says significant research supports the idea of positive ‘risk-taking.’ “The teachers work with the children to weigh up the risks and to decide for themselves about what risks that their happy to take and to encourage them gently to take more risks.” Since the instalment of the new equipment, both teachers and parents say they’ve noticed a change for the better, in the children’s behaviour. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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LIVING LIFE AS A FEARLESS SENIOR

A collection of short films showcasing the bold and unapologetic lives of seniors is going viral in the Northern Rivers. Among these aging heroes, an 86-year-old Dutch World War 2 survivor, who can truly call himself fearless. For more information, visit: https://www.feroscare.com.au/fearlessfilms

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HOGAN FUELS MOTION FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO PETROL

Page MP Kevin Hogan says his motion calling for a Royal Commission into petrol prices and supermarkets has received strong support in parliament. Mr Hogan’s taking aim at the major supermarkets, saying retailers are misusing their power to undercut local farmers and small businesses. He also says regional motorists are being gouged when they fill up at the bowser. “In fact in my region for the last five weeks it has been 40 cents higher than a capital city 2 hours away. With very little public transport options in the country and the larger distance travelled, it’s a huge impost on people and regional economies.” Mr Hogan says he’ll continue to work with all parties to ensure the Royal Commission goes ahead. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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ALLEGED DRINK DRIVER ARRESTED AT LISMORE

A man has been charged with high range drink driving after he allegedly attempted to run down two police officers in Lismore. Police attempted to stop a vehicle on the Bruxner Highway at around 11pm on Monday, with it alleged the 42-year-old behind the wheel reversed the car towards officers, missing the pair by centimetres. The man was arrested, with checks finding he was a disqualified driver and the car was unregistered. He also failed a roadside breath test, telling officers he had drunk 10 glasses of wine. He is expected to face Lismore Local Court today.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY CELEBRATED AT LISMORE

Celebrations took a very creative and colourful turn in the Northern Rivers on Monday, with hundreds gathering in the Lismore Quadrangle to mark the day. A sea of colour and smiles washing over the CBD as kids of all abilities threw coloured chalk, danced and ran art workshops. Today’s events ensuring all people with disabilities feel part of communities across the North Coast. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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POLICE ISSUE CHRISTMAS SCAM WARNING

The cyber war against scammers wages on, with the thieves becoming ever-more sophisticated in their approach. Police from the Richmond District say they’re now dealing with at least one case a week and that number’s only increasing. NBN News’ Georgia Anderson has a warning for viewers, after she too fell victim.

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