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FFNC PUTS CALL OUT FOR REFEREES

Football Far North Coast expects more than 7,000 player registrations this year, which requires a team of match officials. The code is offering an entry-level referee training course at Goonellabah next Sunday, February 17. It’s open to people aged age 13 and up. “You get to see a different perspective on the game and I think for those players that have become referees they’ve really appreciated the role that referees play and also gives them a better understanding of the game.” There’ll also be a refresher course for returning match officials this Sunday. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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WORKS BEGINS ON HIGHWAY SERVICE CENTRE

Popular with passing drivers, the rest stop on Teven Road in West Ballina is closing, as work on a new highway service centre gets underway. Plans for the $27-million complex include a petrol station, convenience store, and tourist information centre. There are some concerns the work could impact on people visiting the area, looking for somewhere to stay, despite camping onsite being illegal. “It’s actually an illegal parking spot now there’s no amenities here and as a service station it’ll actually have the amenities and maybe there might be some arrangements than.” For more information when planning your journey, visit Roads and Maritime Services’ website. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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INNOVATION PRECINCT TO BECOME BALLINA’S “NEW SENSATION”

A new attraction is planned for the vacant site opposite the Ballina Byron Airport, as the State Government has chipped in close to $4-million for an “innovation park”. The funding will enable preparation work to be undertaken, so Ballina Shire Council can begin marketing the lots. The INXS Music Museum, which has been rumoured to call Ballina home… is the kind of business council wants to see in the area. “This could be a visionary site for our community, to have a museum dedicated to INXS, to have the Byron Film Studio situated on the land right behind me at the airport here, if that comes to pass that will put Ballina on the map.” This week, the Nationals have been criticised for pork-barrelling in the lead-up to the March 23 election. But Ballina’s mayor has welcomed the funds coming …

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JOSE HERNANDERZ REMEMBERED AFTER BRUNSWICK DROWNING

The identity of a man who drowned at Brunswick Head last week has been revealed as 36-year-old-Mexican Jose Hernanderz. The Mullumbimby local was swimming just south of the surf club last Thursday, before being caught in a rip. Tragically he couldn’t be revived. Jose has been remembered as an active community member, with his partner telling NBN News she’s ‘shattered’ by the loss. (VISION ONLY)

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100 DAYS UNTIL ‘NEW LOOK’ PRIMEX

A new look Primex Primary Industries Expo is being fashioned 100 days out from the launch. For the first time, the event will be held a month earlier than usual, in what’s being described as a perfect gateway into Casino Beef Week. “I think the 2 will work really well together they compliment each other. People can come to Primex then they can stay on and enjoy Beef Week.” The 13-day event is tracking towards 400 exhibitors, almost 25 per cent up on last year. “I think timing has got something to do with it but I think also the new direction we take. I think people are seeing we’re actually investing into the event and seeing some really good outcomes.” Primex kicks off on May 16. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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