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MP’s SON ON PORN CHARGES

Ned Saffin, the son of federal member for Page, Janelle Saffin has been charged with possessing child pornography. Police raided the 23-year-old’s Lismore Heights house in March, allegedly seizing computer and electric equipment containing offensive images. Ned has been granted bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court next month. Ms Saffin has released a statement saying she loves her son, but will not comment further while the matter is before the court. Read More »

WET WRITERS FESTIVAL

After months of planning the Byron Bay Writers Festival, it’s not quite the fairy tale ending organisers were hoping for. Day one of the event was cancelled because of heavy rain, but will continue as planned. Read More »

BRAVERY MEDAL FOR GRAFTON HERO

A 16-year-old boy who helped rescue a drowning woman from the Clarence River at Grafton earlier this week says he can’t understand all the fuss being made about his brave act. Michael Bethune who suffers from cystic fibrosis has been nominated for a bravery award for helping to save the life of a 70-year-old woman. [display_podcast] Read More »

OFFICER FAREWELLED

One of the far north coast’s most respected police officers was remembered for his fighting spirit in Lismore. Senior Constable Gary Hill lost his long battle with cancer on Sunday, just days after being blessed by the Pope. Read More »

FIRST WORLD SURFING TITLE TROPHY FOR SALE

North Burleigh’s Jenny Parry has helped Australia to its first gold medal at the World Surf Life Saving Championships in Germany. After three days of competition, Australia is now sitting in fourth place, but is expected to push for the top spot once competition hits the beach. Read More »

AMBULANCE ACTION

Everyday they save lives, but now it’s their service that’s under threat. Far north coast ambulance officers say they’re overworked and can’t keep up with patient numbers. Workloads are increasing at about five per cent per year, but staffing levels haven’t changed since 2000. “It wouldn’t be unusual for a paramedic to be available for duty five days in a row between a 24 hour period. And especially during the summer months, the fatigue is enormous.” Wayne Lewry helped organise yesterday’s rally at Parliament House. Hundreds of angry ambulance officers passing a vote of no confidence in the CEO Greg Rochford, and demanded an extra 300 paramedics across the state, including extra support in the Northern Rivers. “We’re pushing for an extra 29 full-time staff and an extra five patient transfer officers.” The state government has been given until midday ... Read More »

GP SUPER CLINIC FOR GRAFTON

A promised GP super clinic for Grafton is moving closer to being realised with a series of public consultation meetings now underway. The $5-million centre was a key election promise made by Kevin Rudd. [display_podcast] Read More »

MATERNITY LEAVE CAMPAIGN

The push for paid maternity leave today moved to the mid north coast with the launch of the campaign in Grafton. Unions New South Wales wants all Australian women to receive 26 weeks paid leave when they have children. [display_podcast] Read More »

BYRON BAY WRITERS FESTIVAL

It’s a tough industry to break into, so visitors to this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival are looking for an edge to help them enter the world of words. The week-long event includes literary lunches, film premieres and book launches and is expected to draw a crowd of around 30,000. Read More »

BALLINA FOOD STALL HELPS THOSE IN NEED

Those struggling to afford essentials like bread, milk, fruit and vegetables now have a lifeline on the north coast. Yesterday, Ballina’s Life Care group began operating its first discount food stall on Tamar Street. The service gives those on a pension or health care card access to cheap produce. “I like to help people and make a difference – try to make a difference to people who are doing it hard.” The service will be offered every Wednesday from 9:30am until noon. “If there is anyone else out there two has fresh food or any other food they would like to donate it would be greatly received.” Life Care also accepts donations. Read More »

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