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BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ON FAMILY DAY CARE LEGISLATION

It was meant to be a rally about legislation changes to the family day care scheme, coming into affect on Monday. But this announcement took protestors by surprise. “The good news is that all of the proposed changes including the funding, including some of the changes with other issues; aren’t coming into affect this week.” The federal member for Page, Kevin Hogan says there’s ramifications to the change in legation that Minister Scott Morrison still wants to look over. Until then it’s been postponed. “I wasn’t aware of that, that’s great” “While those who turned out today certainly welcome the announcement, both sides admit the fight still isn’t over. Consultation will begin again next week, before the Ministers meet in a fortnight’s time.” “We cannot afford to lose the funding, we can’t provide the services that the scheme particularly provides ... Read More »

NSW’S LARGEST PRIVATE MILITARY COLLECTION UNVEILED

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The state’s largest private military collection was made public today, in the lead-up to the centenary of ANZAC Day. The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit features rare and authentic artefacts sourced by a local enthusiast. Read More »

TOURISM GRANT HELPS PUTS PACIFIC COAST ON THE WORLD MAP

Byron Bay has long been the pin-up holiday destination for the region. But the state government hopes to put the entire Pacific Coast on the map, thanks to a $640,500 promotion grant. “What we’re trying to do is say it’s not all just about Byron Bay, that we want to disburse tourism right through our region to Casino and the out lying areas.” Of that funding, $413,000 will be made available to five key tourism boards, including Ballina and Byron, Coffs Coast, Port Macquarie, Tweeds Heads and Lismore. A further $227,500 will contribute to an international marketing program – showing the North Coast to untapped markets like Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany, USA and New Zealand. “We don’t touch it very well which means that every dollar that comes in to the region is a dollar we wouldn’t of had, ... Read More »

GIRLS DEATH ‘UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE’ OF LOW FLYING

A report has found the death of a Murwillumbah girl in a light plane crash in April last year was the ‘unintended consequence’ of the pilot’s decision to fly below 500-feet. 11-year old Kayla Whitten died when the plane she was in struck a powerline and crashed into the Clarence River at Ewingar. The pilot will face charges of manslaughter. Read More »

GREENS CALL FOR MORE MONEY TO BE PUT INTO PREVENTATIVE HEALTH

More money needs to be put into preventative health care on the North Coast – that’s the message from state Greens MP John Kaye. “For every dollar spent being spent on clinical medicine, so getting people well after they get sick, this government only spends 2.8 cents on keeping people from getting sick, we think the balance is wrong.” He toured Lismore today, with local candidate Tamara Smith, who says many in the region need help with diet, exercise and finding a good GP. “With such an elderly population here in Ballina, my mother is a pensioner in Ballina, those preventative health measures can help make a huge difference to the quality of life for people” Nationals MP Don Page was unavailable for comment. Read More »

POTTSVILLE’S ST AMBROSE PRIMARY OPEN AND READY FOR LEARNING

The start of another school year, but in a brand new school. After five years of hard work, Pottsville’s St Ambrose Primary is finally open and ready for learning. “It’s exciting for the people of Pottsvile, this has been a long time in the making this school a lot of planning a lot of organisation and today is the culmination of all of that.” 10-year-old Harry Townend made history yesterday morning, as the first student through the gates. “Firstly it’s a brand new school it’s a new foundation year and I’m happy to actually be here in this school stepping in it for the first time.” Students, parents and teachers got a chance to explore the new environment, before it was time to get down to business. New Principal, Brian Laybutt, lead the countdown. “Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, ... Read More »

WEATHER: SMILES ALL ROUND

There shouldn’t be too many grumpy faces at the moment. Farmers have enjoyed some wonderful rain, wine makers have their sunshine back and surfers are in for an awesome weekend of waves, as the classic southern point breaks turn it on thanks to an east coast low in the south. The fine run of sunshine, cooler nights and crisp mornings will continue across the weekend, before we see some shower activity return to the coast next week. Read More »

COALITION KOALA PLAN SLAMMED BY LOCAL CONSERVATIONISTS

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Ballina’s Save the Koala’s group says the state government’s new plan to protect koalas is nothing but a political stunt. The government released its plan hot on the heels of Labor’s announcement last week. Read More »

GOONELLABAH MAN ARRESTED AFTER GRAFFITI SPREE

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A Goonellabah man has been charged after allegedly defacing several items of property outside the Lismore police station on Sunday and Monday. Police say he tagged numerous police vehicles, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. He’s been charged with three counts of graffiti and will appear in Lismore local court in February. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

ARMED ROBBERY IN TWEED HEADS SOUTH

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An investigation is underway following an armed robbery at a service station at Tweed Heads South. A man entered the service station on Minjungbal Drive at around 10:30 this morning, and threatened the cashier with a knife. He handed over an unknown amount of cash, before the man fled. No one was injured. The man is described as being Caucasian in appearance, in his early 30s, with a solid build and blonde hair. Read More »

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