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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTH COAST

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast. The storm is likely to produce heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, over the next several hours. Areas between Lismore and Taree will be affected. Wooli River Caravan Park has already recorded 75-millimetres in the hour to 9am. Read More »

PUMPING ON THE CARDS FOR BELONGIL

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There’s been yet another twist in council’s attempt to tackle erosion at Belongil. The Office of Environment and Heritage has said sand must be pumped from Tallow Beach, if council pushes ahead with its plans to build a rock wall.   Read More »

HEAVY RAIN AND STORMS PREDICTED TO FLOOD THE NORTHERN RIVERS

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Residents of Northern New South Wales have been warned to brace for heavy rain, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a flood warning for the region. It comes just one week after the devastating storms that thrashed the Hunter, causing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage. Read More »

FLOOD WATCH ISSUED AHEAD OF SECOND EAST COAST LOW

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for 11 rivers between the Queensland border and Taree. Onshore winds and rain will increase as a trough deepens off the northern New South Wales coast on Thursday and Friday. Another East Coast Low is expected to form within this trough on Saturday near the Queensland border, before moving south to be offshore of the Mid North Coast on Sunday. The Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers will receive the heaviest rain with falls of 150 to 200-millimetres over several days. Friday and Saturday will see the heaviest widespread falls. There is also the possibility of renewed flooding for the Paterson and Williams rivers in the Hunter on Sunday and Monday. Below is a list of areas with a 70 per cent chance of flooding: Tweed River – moderate to major ... Read More »

METGASCO TO RETURN

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Metgasco plans on returning to Bentley in the next few months, after its suspension was quashed in the Supreme Court on Friday. The decision as renewed calls from ‘Lock the Gate’, for the state government to cancel exploration licenses across the Northern Rivers.   Read More »

HOPE FOR NORTHERN RIVERS GIRLS MISSING IN NEPAL

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There’s fresh hope for two North Coast families, whose daughters are still officially listed as missing following Sunday’s Earthquake in Nepal. The hand written names of Ngaire Seccombe and Athena Zelandonii have appeared on a Facebook page dedicated to finding survivors.   Read More »

WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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The second east coast low is set to form in the coming days. Moist onshore winds will feed a deepening trough sitting over the eastern states, so coastal showers will begin to ramp up from tomorrow. The low will form Thursday into Friday, hitting the south east corner of Queensland first, before moving south across the Northern Rivers and onto the Mid North Coast during Saturday. The tail of the system is expected to hit the Hunter on Sunday before clearing Monday. This low is a different monster to the one that hit the Hunter and Central Coast last week. This one will be on the move producing flooding rain, heavy down pours and huge dangerous seas and swell as it tracks south over a period of five days. Read More »

GROWING FEARS FOR THREE LOCALS MISSING IN NEPAL

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Meanwhile there are growing fears for three Northern Rivers locals still missing in Nepal following the massive earthquake. 20 year-old Oliver Kohlenberg from Byron Bay was last seen in Kathmandu. While two local women travelling together have yet to make contact since Sunday’s disaster. 25-year-old Casino woman Ngaire (NEYE-A-REE) Seccombe’s brother Edward told NBN the family is hopeful she will pop her head up soon. Alongside her is 25-year-old woman Athena Zelandonii (zell-and-own-ee) from Goolmangar. The pair were reportedly last seen in Langtang Valley North of Nepal, one of the country’s worst affected regions. Read More »

COUNTDOWN IS ON UNTIL BYRON BAY OCEAN SWIM BEGINS

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Recent bad weather has wreaked havoc on Byron Bay winter whales entry numbers. Organisers say at the moment less than 600 have signed up to take part in the fundraiser. Read More »

BROTHERHOOD OF BLUES USE MUSIC TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS

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Three local men with disabilities are showing there’s no barrier to achieving your dreams. Forming the band ‘The Brotherhood of Blues’, the boys are inspiring others with their musical talents. Read More »

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