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RED ALERT EXTENDED: TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE LEVELS INCREASED

With Australia Day just days away, holiday-makers and locals are being reminded NOT to swim in Lake Ainsworth. Last week, council issued a red alert, due to an outbreak of toxic blue-green algae. Testing on Monday revealed levels have increased… and Ballina Shire Council’s environmental health officers expect they’ll continue to rise in the coming days. People who have been swimming in the lake recently are advised to watch out for gastro symptoms and rashes. “In the morning when it is still conditions you will see it on the shore, it can look like a spilled green paint and it can look quite thick and just when you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there because it is still present it just mixes through the water column as the wind comes up over the day.” The popular lake is …

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MAN CHAINED TO EXCAVATOR TO STOP DEMOLITION AT HOSPITAL SITE

Work at the former Mullumbimby Hospital site came to a halt today, as activists chained themselves to an excavator. When workers arrived at 7am, they found filmmaker David Bradbury with a metal chain around his neck, tied to the giant excavator which was brought in to demolish the buildings. Bradbury says he’s making a ‘one-minute-to-midnight’ appeal to Byron Shire Council, to stop the hospital from being destroyed. “I can’t see any other way to draw attention to this issue before this monster behind me here starts knocking over this building that was built with love and energy and of previous generations.” Council bought the hospital site from the state government at the bargain of 1-dollar in August last year. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MAN STABLE FOLLOWING BENTLEY ROAD CRASH

A man in his 60s was yesterday flown to hospital, following a single vehicle crash at Bentley west of Lismore. Emergency services were called to Bentley Road on Monday afternoon, following reports a car had left the road. The Lismore based Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called in to transport the man, who’d suffered numerous lacerations as well as an injury to his ankle in the crash. He was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

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HIGH TIDES LIKELY TO CAUSE LOCALISED FLOODING AT BALLINA

Ballina motorists are being warned, with this week’s king tides likely to cause localised flooding. Although large tides in summer are nothing new, they often lead to minor flooding on some local roads. The salt water can be damaging to vehicles with road users and pedestrians advised to avoid affected roadways where possible. Roads likely to be affected include: Tamar Street, Ballina Riverside Drive, West Ballina River Street, West Ballina Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina Southern Cross Drive, North Ballina Uralba Road, Uralba Old Bangalow Road, Tintenbar Tamarind Dr, Cumbalum North Creek Road, North Ballina For road information you can visit myroadinfo.com.au or call Ballina Shire Council on 1300 864 444.  

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DROUGHT RELIEF FUNDS BEGIN TO FLOW FOR NORCO FARMERS

More than 190 NORCO farmers will see some much needed drought assistance as Coles begins to distribute its drought relief fund. Between September and December last year, customers paid an extra 30 cents for a bottle of Coles 3 litre milk – raising $3.9-million. Recognising members were being burdened with extra work due to the drought, NORCO help a large number of their members apply for a share of the money. “It’s still very very dry and farmers are still buying a lot of feed and even now buying water for all their stock so it’s a good outcome at the moment.” – Greg McNamara – NORCO Director All 639 eligible applicants across Australia will receive an equal share of the total amount raised – a little over $6000. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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