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GOT BEEF?

Half a ton of beef, 400 loaves of bread and an army of volunteers are behind the Beef Week Butcher’s Breakfast in Casino. The free-for-all event draws hundreds to the beef capital, to celebrate a thriving agricultural sector.

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FEROCIOUS FIRE DESTROYS FAMILY HOME

A mother and her two children are lucky to have escaped serious injury after their house caught alight on a rural property south of Lismore overnight. Fire fighters were called to Rogerson Road in Ruthven just after 10pm. When crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, taking them more than three hours to extinguish. The Rural Fire Service says the blaze was ignited by a child playing with matches. They say it’s a timely reminder for home owners to keep flammable materials in a safe place and ensure their fire escape plans are up to date.

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NEW PEST INVADES NORTHERN RIVERS

To the naked eye, the yellow crazy ant looks like any other insect but they’re believed to be one of the worst invasive species in the world. The pest has been located in Lismore for the first time in more than a decade the Department of Primary Industries now wanting to stop the colony in its tracks.

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO SES VOLUNTEERS

Northern Rivers residents turned orange today as a silent thank you to the State Emergency Service’s 520 local volunteers. Paul von Bratt has tendered his time and efforts with the force for 16 years. “When your working with people, when you assist people in need, when you’re just there I reckon that’s the greatest buzz you can possibly have.” For information on how to volunteer for the SES go to: http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/volunteer/

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FIRE DESTROYS HOME IN LISMORE

Emergency services are investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed a family home in Lismore this morning. Fire fighters were called to McKenzie Street just before 10 o’clock. When they arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames. It took crews over ten minutes to contain the blaze, all occupants managed to escape uninjured. Police say the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

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FATAL CRASH NEAR GRAFTON

The driver of a hatchback has died, after the car they were driving crashed and caught fire on the Pacific Highway near Grafton. Emergency services were called to the scene at Glenugie just before 9:30 this morning, after reports a southbound vehicle had left the road and hit a tree, trapping the driver. Passers-by attempted to free the person, before the car caught fire and was completely destroyed. The identity of the driver is unknown. Police are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed or may have dashcam vision of the crash. A motorist has #died in a single vehicle accident south of #Grafton. Police believe the car was travelling south when it ran off the road just before 9:30am. The car is believed to have hit a tree before bursting into flames. @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/2PBTS4Txd9 — Sarah Jane Bell (@SarahJaneBell94) …

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