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BODY OF 43-YEAR-OLD MAN FOUND IN CLARENCE RIVER

The body of a man has been found in a vehicle in the Clarence River near Grafton. Police say a member of the public discovered the vehicle submerged in the river off Rogan’s Bridge on Saturday morning. Emergency services retrieved the body of a 43-year-old man from a Toyota Landcruiser. It’s believed the vehicle plunged into the water on the 16th or 17th of January. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

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TRACK SAFETY FORCES CLOSURE OF LISMORE GREYHOUND TRACK

All racing and trialling has been suspended at the Lismore Greyhound Racetrack after two dogs had to be put down this week. Greyhound New South Wales closed the track following last Tuesday’s race, where both dogs fractured their legs while racing and were euthanised. The track’s safety will be analysed by a panel of independent experts, with races to be rescheduled to Casino in the meantime. In a statement the governing body said participants may be eligible for a travelling rebate of up to $80.00. (VISION ONLY)

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‘OPERATION BACKPACK’ EXTENDED DUE TO POPULARITY

An initiative to help struggling families kit their kids out for school has proven so popular it has been extended. Lismore shoppers have been dropping off extra school supplies to ‘Operation Backpack’. The St Vincent de Paul Society says it’s been overwhelmed with the support. “We were hoping to help between 50 and 100 kids with the resources they need to go back to school, and we’re only half way through the campaign and we’ve already got enough resources.” The initiative will now be held annually at the Lismore Shopping Square.

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MAN STABLE FOLLOWING BRUNSWICK HEADS SHOOTING

Police are on the hunt for a man responsible for an early morning shooting at Brunswick Heads on the state’s far north coast. A 37-year-old man has told police he was asleep in his car in the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve when he was woken by someone tapping on his window at around 6 o’clock on Friday morning. He got out of the car and spoke with a man wielding a handgun. It’s alleged the man made several threats, before firing two shots towards the car owner. One of the shots struck the man in the forehead. He managed to run to a nearby police station, before being taken to Byron Bay Hospital suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators wish to speak with the alleged gunman who was described as wearing dark clothes and having an Australian accent. Anyone with information is …

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TWO MEN RESCUED AFTER BOAT ROLLS CROSSING BALLINA BAR

There was a lucky escape for two men on the state’s far north coast today, after their boat overturned at the entrance to the Richmond River. The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was among a number of emergency services called to East Ballina, after reports a boat had rolled while crossing the Ballina bar. Both men were plucked from the water by a passing charter boat. Neither were injured.

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TWO INJURED IN BALLINA CRASH

Two people are recovering in hospital, after they were struck by a car while walking along an East Ballina street. A 65-year-old woman and a man in his 60s were walking along Suvla Street just after 8 o’clock on Friday morning, when they were hit by a Kia Carnival. The woman was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering serious injuries, while the man was taken to a local hospital suffering minor injuries. The driver of the car, a 27-year-old woman was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory testing.

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$4.2 MILLION SEALS THE CLARENCE WAY

Another win for agri-business in Kyogle today, with the announcement of $4.2 million to seal the final 15 kilometres of the Clarence Way. Five major businesses use the road link which connects farms at Tabulam to markets in Queensland. “This is really been driven by the community, by the council, by the state government and by the federal government. So all these partnerships are really coming together and Kyogle Council is really committed to those partnerships so that we can deliver what it is the community wants and the community definitely wants this project.” It’s hoped the funding will stabilise the last section of dirt road, making it safer for freight and transport companies. (VISION ONLY)  

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RED ALERT: TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE IN POPULAR SWIMMING SPOT

A red alert has been issued, warning swimmers not to enter Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head, due to an outbreak of toxic blue-green algae. Warning signs went up at the swimming hot-spot this morning and will remain in place until the algae is gone. People who have been swimming in the lake in recent days are advised to watch out for gastro symptoms and rashes. The popular lake is expected to be closed for at least two weeks. (VISION ONLY)

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