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RECOGNITION FOR SES VOLUNTEERS IN FLOOD RESCUE

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Three Coffs Harbour SES volunteers and a police officer have received group bravery citations for the swift water rescue of a woman trapped in her car during flooding at Bonville in 2009. David O’Brien, Ian Gill, Athol Dorrington and Senior Constable Brad Jackson saved the woman but say they weren’t the only ones risking their lives for others that day. “I think from all of us I think it’s very humbling to be singled out when you consider on the day, everybody in the unit did their part,”said David O’Brien. Also recognised, UN paramedic Joel Donkin from Rainbow Flat. He received a bravery commendation for helping the victims of a Taliban attack on a guest house in Afghanistan in 2009. (PART AUDIO ONLY) Read More »

WEATHER WATCH: OVERCAST MONDAY

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After a superb weekend of sunshine across most of the region, the cloud has closed in bringing with it some patchy rain periods across the North West. A few storms have also flared up on the Mid North Coast and adjacent mountains. More cloud and showers with heavy down pours are possible along the coast tomorrow with some nasty storms set to develop. Conditions will ease across the Hunter and North West in the middle of the week, but the wet weather is set to return across the Easter long weekend for most of the NBN broadcast area. Read More »

COUNCILS CONCERNED OVER FORCED AMALGAMATIONS

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The Local Government Association is concerned forced amalgamations of councils could be back on the agenda for the re-elected Baird Government. The Association says Gloucester and Kyogle councils may be forced to merge with other councils. Read More »

POLICE DESTROY 12,000 CANNABIS PLANTS IN ANNUAL OPERATION

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Thousands of cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of $22 million, have been destroyed by police as part of an annual drug operation. The Cannabis Eradication Program ran from late Spring to early Autumn, with police conducting targeted aerial and ground surveillance to detect illegal crops in the New England, Richmond, Coffs Clarence and Tweed Byron Local Area Commands. A total of 4860 plants have been found in the New England, compared with about 2500 in Richmond and Coffs/Clarence and 1469 in Tweed/Byron. Most of the crops were located in dense bushland, with plants reaching up to four metres in height. Police say a number of people will face court over drug charges. Read More »

TEEN SURFERS GIVEN BRAVERY MEDALS FOR HELPING SHARK ATTACK VICTIM

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Three teenage surfers who tried to save their friend after he was attacked by a shark on the New South Wales Mid North Coast in 2013, have been awarded bravery medals. Lindsy Isaac-Davies, Shayden Schrader and Kurt Gillan were surfing with 19-year-old Zac Young at Campbells Beach, north of Coffs Harbour, when a shark bit Zac’s legs. The trio pulled him out of the water, but sadly, he couldn’t be revived. They’ve been recognised in the first round of the 2015 Australian Bravery Awards announced by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove today. Read More »

NATIONALS RETAIN ALL MID NORTH COAST SEATS IN NSW ELECTION

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The Nationals’ grip on the Mid North Coast has tightened, with the party reclaiming all seats at the election. The only change – Melinda Pavey, who’ll replace Andrew Stoner as the Member for Oxley, after winning more than 60 per cent of the votes on a two-party preferred basis. Read More »

REPTILE LOVERS UNITE IN PORT MACQUARIE

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While being in a room full of snakes and lizards may be a nightmare for some,¬†many couldn’t get through the door quick enough today for the first annual Port Macquarie Reptile Expo. Breeders from across the state were selling and exhibiting animals of all shapes and sizes. “We’re over the moon with the response we’ve got from the general public and especially all the sellers and sponsors we’ve got through the course of the preparation for the expo” It was also a chance for reptile lovers to get up close and personal with a few cold-blooded favourites. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

REALISTIC EMERGENCY TRAINING IN COFFS HARBOUR

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Ambulance officers and SES volunteers from across the mid north coast have been put through some realistic training exercises. For the third consecutive year, Coffs Harbour was chosen for the mock emergencies. Read More »

MANNING POINT ROAD UPGRADES ON THE HORIZON

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After years of campaigning, work on the Manning Point Road upgrade is set to get underway within weeks. Construction will include widening both sides of the road between Bohnock Bridge and Old Bar Road. Work will begin before Easter, despite concerns it wouldn’t go ahead after federal funding for the multi-million dollar project was cut. The upgrade’s expected to be complete by the beginning of next year. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

COFFS COUNCIL REJECTS SUBDIVISION PROPOSAL FOR EMERALD BEACH

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Coffs Harbour councillors have voted down a plans for a 39-lot subdivision just north of Emerald Beach, despite staff recommending the project for approval. The decision has been welcomed by residents, with council receiving more than 200 objections. But the developer says 95 per cent of the community wants the project to go ahead and he is now considering appealing council’s decision. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

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