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WOMAN CHARGED WITH HIGH RANGE DRINK DRIVING

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A 26-year-old North Boambee Valley woman has been charged with high range drink driving after blowing almost five times the legal limit. Police arrested the woman just before 12.30 yesterday morning on Bailey Street in Coffs Harbour, where she blew point-244. Subsequent checks also allegedly showed that the woman had never held a New South Wales licence. She’ll appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on May 25.     Read More »

MINOR FLOODING FOR HASTINGS AND MACLEAY

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The Hastings and Macleay are continuing to experience minor flooding, despite the rain easing overnight. In Wauchope, the Hastings River peaked at 3.68 metres this morning. Rocks Ferry Reserve is flooded in parts, but the waterline is expected to drop this evening. While the Macleay River peaked at 4.6 metres in Kempsey at 11am, causing a number of roads and bridges to remain closed throughout the day.   (NO AUDIO) Read More »

AGL WILL RECOMMENCE FLARING GAS AND PUMPING FLOWBACK WATER

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AGL will recommence temporarily flaring gas and pumping flowback water at its Waukivory Pilot in Gloucester, after receiving conditional approval from the New South Wales Department of Trade and Investment. The approval came with a number of conditions including storing the flowback water at an existing above-ground tank and analysing the gas and water samples for hydrogen sulphide daily. The work will start on Monday, and is expected to take five to eight days.   (NO AUDIO) Read More »

TOWNS STILL ISOLATED FROM FLOODING

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The Mid North Coast has now seen the tail end of the east coast low which has drenched the region over the past few days. A number of towns across the region are still isolated, with a number of bridges and roads damaged.   Read More »

BELLINGEN CUT IN TWO BY SWOLLEN RIVER

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The Coffs Coast has so far been spared serious flooding from the east coast low pressure system. But one swollen river has cut the town of Bellingen in two and may rise even higher in the next few hours. Read More »

OLD BAR BOOTY HELPS OUT NEPAL APPEAL

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The Old Bar Bootcamp crew exercised in the elements today, with the rain proving no deterrent. The session was all for a good cause – funds donated by participants went directly to assist those affected by the Nepal earthquake. Read More »

NEW LIBRARY FINALLY ON THE WAY IN FORSTER

Book lovers in Forster will have a new space to call home after Council announced it will fund a library redevelopment. The new facility will be almost double the current size, forming part of the town’s civic precinct. Read More »

WET WEATHER CAUSES CONCERNS AHEAD OF IRONMAN

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State Emergency Service crews on the Mid North Coast are on standby tonight, with concerns that the heavy rain could heighten the impact of high tides due at Port Macquarie. Complicating matters further is the number of people in town for the Australian Ironman event. “The tides around eight o’clock at settlement point that’ll be a key factor for us obviously there is quite a lot of visitors in the Port Macquarie area tonight so we are hoping things will calm down, Mid North Coast SES Deputy Regional Commander Tony Day said. The Mid North Coast SES has already responded to more than 40 jobs since lunchtime yesterday. Crews have come from across the state to assist in the efforts, with many exhausted from the two week onslaught of wild weather across New South Wales. A moderate flood warning is in ... Read More »

WORK FOR DOLE PROGRAM GIVEN WELCOME BOOST

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A program to make work opportunities more accessible, has been launched in Port Macquarie. It’s hoped the extension of Work for the Dole, will find positions for 25,000 people across the country.   Read More »

FISHING CLUB CREDITORS MEETING IN COFFS HARBOUR

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Administrators for the Deep Sea Fishing Club are hoping other clubs in Coffs Harbour will be interested in amalgamation as an option to rescue the business. There are also plans to sell the iconic club which closed its doors on Monday. Read More »

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