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WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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We are now entering the worst period, as the east coast low reaches its peak and begins to track south along the coast. Heavy rain causing flooding, strong to gale force winds and huge dangerous seas and swell will track south overnight into tomorrow. It’s expected to reach the Hunter by Saturday afternoon. Once the centre of the low passes, conditions will ease quickly in the north. The system will clear during Sunday. Boating and surfing is not recommended, until the centre of the low passes. Read More »

COFFS COAST PREPARES FOR MORE WILD WEATHER

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The Coffs Coast may be on the edge of the bad weather sweeping across northern New South Wales but the SES says the worst is yet to come. More heavy rain and high winds are forecast overnight and tomorrow. Read More »

WEATHER: THE LOW DOWN

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The east coast low is still yet to form properly. There are two troughs deepening and both will merge tomorrow to form another intense east coast low. It will hug south east Queensland and north east New South Wales, hitting them the hardest. Gale force winds and huge seas will accompany this storm. The worst of it will be Friday into Saturday, before easing on Sunday. Rain will spin in across the northern ranges to the North West plains. Showers will be heavy at times and will extend south, but the Central Coast and Hunter should largely be spared by this system. Read More »

RATE RISE ON THE HORIZON FOR GREAT LAKES

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Residents in the Great Lakes area may be forced to foot larger rate bills next year following Council’s application for an additional 3.5 percent increase. The money will help to fund infrastructure backlog in the area. “Our information on our assets tells us that we need about an extra million dollars into roads- rural sealed roads so the intent is to apply that money into that,” Great Lakes Council’s Steve Embry said. Council will hold a number of meetings next week to update the community on its current financial position and plans for the future. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

LEAGUE LEGENDS JOIN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL

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Footy drills have been used to help combat domestic violence as part of a workshop in Grafton today. League legends Nathan Merrit and Alan Tounge ran the program designed to change attitudes towards the issue. Read More »

HONEYCOMB VALLEY FARM BUZZING WITH TOURISTS

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Agri-tourism in the Manning Valley has been gaining momentum, helping to keep many farms afloat. More farmers are being encouraged to participate in a range of workshops in Taree in May, to learn more about the concept. Read More »

STAY AND PLAY AT BIG BANANA WATER SLIDES

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The iconic Big Banana in Coffs Harbour wants to compete with Queensland’s theme parks. With work starting on a $1.6 million water slide on site, management hopes travellers will spend more time in the city before heading to the Gold Coast. Read More »

KEMPSEY LENDS A HAND AFTER STORMS DESTROY RAIL LINE

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The storm that hit the Hunter last week is one of the worse the region has ever seen – devastating homes, businesses as well as the main interstate rail line. Now the small town of Kempsey is doing its part to help keep the economy moving, providing a temporary freight solution for the eastern seaboard. Read More »

LUCKY ESCAPE FOR TRUCK DRIVER

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A truck driver had a lucky escape on Wednesday night, after the wheels on the heavy vehicle he was driving caught alight on the Oxley Highway. The 38-year-old Hurstville man was driving east at around 6-o’clock, when he saw smoke coming from his back tyres. He was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation. Police are investigating what caused the blaze. Read More »

WORK TO START ON NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION

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The first sod has been turned on Coffs Harbour’s newest tourist attraction. Work is about to commence on a $1.6-million water park at the famous Big Banana. The new park will include a 96-metre long slide and a raft ride spanning more than 100-metres. Management says the Big Banana will remain in its traditional spot, despite the major development. Construction should be completed by September. Read More »

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