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TODDLER ESCAPES CAR ROLLOVER

A toddler was injured when a car rolled just outside Lismore earlier this morning. Ambulance, police, the RFS and the SES were called to Broadwater Road just after 8:30. They arrived to find a car had flipped onto its roof, with one person trapped inside. All three passengers, including the toddler, escaped with minor injuries. (VISION ONLY)

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‘GIRL TO WOMAN’ FESTIVAL AXED

The controversial ‘Girl to Woman’ Festival will NOT go ahead after organisers pulled the plug. The festival has come under fire for its alleged links to Universal Medicine, which a Supreme Court jury previously branded a “socially harmful cult.” The decision came hours before Ballina Shire Council was set to debate a motion which could have seen the festival banned from council venues. Despite this, Councillor Keith Williams says changes to Council’s statement of business ethics needed to be amended. “We wanted to make sure that our staff where empowered, that if that arose again they could make a clear decision not to hire facilities to groups like that. We think that was an important step achieved today.” In a Facebook post, organisers say they’re looking forward to a new era of the ‘Girl to Woman’ Festival in 2019. (AUDIO …

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“CLOTHING OPTIONAL” BEACH RESCISSION MOTION KNOCKED BACK

A rescission motion to close a ‘clothing-optional’ beach at Tyagarah has been knocked back by Byron Shire Council. The motion would’ve included community consultation, to look into opening an alternative nude beach. Outside council chambers, residents say council could’ve done more to address long-standing issues. “For the past year and a half I didn’t really speak up because I thought there would be a better third option instead of being let’s wait it out or let’s shut it down but a third option never came up.” Council says it will continue to work on finding a solution. (VISION ONLY)

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MAN ACCUSED OF DUMPING DAUGHTER’S BODY IN WATER

UPDATE: A 47-year-old man has been charged, following the alleged murder of his nine-month-old daughter earlier this week. Emergency services were called to Surfers Paradise on November 19, after a young girl was found unresponsive on the beach. The child was declared dead at the scene. Investigators then spoke with the child’s parents – with a 47-year-old man arrested that day. It will be alleged the child died in New South Wales. The man has been extradited, and will face Tweed Heads Local Court today. ************************************************************************************ EARLIER: The father of a nine-month-old girl whose body was found on a Gold Coast beach, will be extradited to NSW over her death. Police will allege he dumped her into the water over the border, before she was swept north.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE “DIRTY LAUDRY” STRUNG OUT ACROSS THE REGION

More than 500 T-shirts designed by victims of domestic and family violence will be strung up across the Northern Rivers, as part of White Ribbon Day. The hanging of ‘dirty laundry’ in public is a protest against the stigma surrounding violence in the home. For the first time in the nine-year history of Dirty Laundry Day, businesses, community and council leaders gathered in the C-B-D to send a strong, clear message – “violence is not welcome in Lismore.” “What we know it’s certainly higher than the state average sadly and in the programs we work in homelessness and some of the family support other programs we might find that you know up to half or more the people we’re working with and that’s thousands every year have experienced domestic violence.” The t-shirts will be placed in shops and businesses throughout …

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