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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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$600,000 WORTH OF CANNABIS FOUND IN CAR BOOT

Seventy kilograms of cannabis with an estimated street value of $600,000 has been seized from the boot of a car on the state’s Far North Coast. Police stopped a Holden Commodore on the Pacific Highway near Pottsville at around 3pm on Friday afternoon, where the prohibited drug was found in four sports bags. The vehicle had come to the attention of officers after it was seen erratically speeding up and slowing down while travelling north. The 27-year-old driver from Mount Tamborine was charged with supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

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BYRON BAY MAIN BEACH OVERRUN BY CORNFLAKE SEAWEED

Byron Bay beachgoers got an unpleasant surprise this morning, with mounds of cornflake weed covering hundreds of metres of beachfront. The yellow cereal-like weed washed onto the shore overnight, amid northerly winds and strong currents. While the tides will take some of the seaweed back out to sea, the rest will be left to bio-degrade and form as a natural beach erosion defence. “Leave it alone, it’s not going to harm you, if it did become a health issue then council can investigate and potentially do something about it but at the moment it’s within a marine park it’s on a beach it’s a natural thing.” Byron Shire Council will continue to monitor the situation. (VISION ONLY)  

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SHOULD BELONGIL BE A NUDEST BEACH??

After an increase in reports of harassment at Tyagarah Beach, Byron Shire Councillor Michael Lyons is calling for an alternative ‘clothing optional’ beach. He’s considering putting a motion before Council to establish a 12-month ‘clothing optional’ trial along a stretch of Belongil Beach. He says the area is less isolated and easy for police to monitor, while still providing a space for naturalists. (VISION ONLY)

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NSW HEALTH TO REVIEW LINKS WITH UNIVERSAL MEDICINE

The New South Wales Health Department has launched an immediate review into its own links with Universal Medicine. It’s comes with the revelation that a small number of people involved with an upcoming conference, endorsed by the Local Health District, have ties to the so-called ‘healing clinic.’ A Supreme Court jury previously ruled the organisation was a ‘socially harmful cult.’ The Health Department says the content of the forum is not in question, rather the association of its members with external parties. It’s pledged to discontinue any further association with the group. (VISION ONLY)

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