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  • 17 Dec 2021 5:28 AM | Anonymous

    Local News for Friday the 17th of December.

    There were 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District to 8pm on Wednesday.

    - 6 cases are from Coffs, 5 are from Port Macquarie and 3 are from the Nambucca Local GA

    - 6 cases are linked to a known case or cluster

    - 8 cases are under investigation.

    Two people are in hospital and there are 80 active cases throughout the District.

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    The Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey joined Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell to open numerous components of the

    new Verge and Eden Streets Sporting Complex Yesterday in front of a collection of local sporting groups.

    The event capped off a key milestone for Council’s $10 million project to improve sport and recreation and host

    large scale events in the Shire, funded through a NSW Government grant.

    Tank FM's Richard Kinny reports,

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    Around 30 police officers and detectives have spent more than four weeks scouring bushland and waterways near Kendall, where

    three year old William Tyrell was last seen on September 12, 2014.

    This week the police announced the latest massive search was to wrap up in the coming days.

    Police have left a memorial at the site and emergency crews have signed their names on a hoe.

    A message has also been written on the handle, which reads "we will never give up" and "search for William Tyrrell".

    The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey has praised The Police, forensic experts, RFS and SES crews, Salvation Army and the local community

    for their efforts over these past few weeks.

    The NSW Police Force remains committed to finding William Tyrrell.

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    Talented swimmer Josie Charlton has ticked off another achievement this month after she was selected as Kempsey Macleay Sportsperson of the Month for December.

    Josie recently competed in the area swimming championships hosted by Sawtell Swimming Club and was named girls age champion for the 17s.

    Competing in nine events Josie achieved three 1sts, five 2nds and one third.

    Swimming at these championships is part of the criteria for the Area Development squads membership for the next year's squad days.

    Josie's swimming efforts will see her compete at national's next year in Adelaide.

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    This has been Tank FM's Local News.


  • 16 Dec 2021 5:30 AM | Anonymous

    Local News for Thursday the 16th of December.

    A teenage boy has been charged after allegedly stealing an all-terrain bike from a store in Wauchope.

    It’s alleged that two men forced entry to a store on High Street, Wauchope, yesterday afternoon and stole a side-by-side ATV buggy.

    One of the men then put a motorcycle into a ute tray, before both men fled the scene.

    A short time later, an off-duty officer travelling to work along the Oxley Highway at Huntingdon observed the ATV buggy stopped to

    the side of the road before the rider fled into nearby bushland.

    Responding Police officers stopped a Mazda ute on the Oxley Highway, where they arrested a 17-year-old teenage boy.

    The Taree boy was charged with aggravated break enter dwelling in company and drive while unlicensed.

    He was refused bail to appear at a children’s court, where he was granted conditional bail to reappear on Thursday 10 February 2022.

    Police are continuing inquiries to identify and locate the second offender.

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    A woman has been seriously injured following a two-car crash at South West Rocks Road, Kinchela on Tuesday.

    At About 7.20pm Tuesday night, emergency services were called following reports a Toyota Landcruiser and a Haval SUV had collided.

    The driver of the Toyota – a 22-year-old man – and his sole passenger, were uninjured.

    The driver of the Haval – a 25-year-old woman – suffered fractures and injuries to her arm, leg, and pelvis, and was airlifted to

    John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

    The man underwent mandatory testing at the scene and produced a negative result.

    Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue.

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    A Man Has Died After A Two-Truck Crash On The Pacific Highway

    At about 6.30am on Tuesday, emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, near Midge Street, Coolongolook,

    following reports that two trucks had collided.

    The driver of one of the trucks, a 49-year-old man, passed away en route to the hospital.

    The driver of the other truck, a man ages in his 70s, was uninjured and was taken to Bulahdelah Hospital for mandatory testing.

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    Locals are being encouraged to wear masks and get vaccinated as NSW health warns of Omicron spread.

    The NSW Premier, Health Minister and Chief Health Officer are urging residents to be cautious and get

    the third vaccine if eligible as Omicron infects at a much faster rate than previously seen.

    The Minister urged people to be smart about their decisions saying while restrictions have eased including no masks, health experts are encouraging residents

    to continue wearing them in locations where social distancing is not easy.

    They also encouraged residents to make the most of the summer weather and socialise, where possible outdoors.

    NSW health believe's that the Omicron vairant combined with relaxed restrictions

    and Delta are responsible for the sudden increase in cases.

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    COFFS HARBOUR COVID-19 DRIVE-THOUGH TESTING CLINIC IS TO DOUBLE CAPACITY

    In the past week, locals have waited up to 5 hours in line to receive a COVID-19 test at the clinic, which is based at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium.

    The surge in wait times is due to a Queensland Government requirement that visitors must obtain a negative result up to 72 hours prior to entering the state.

    Coffs Harbour MP, Gurmesh Singh says up to 40 per cent of those being tested are passing through from out of town.

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    The latest SPORTS FIELDS UPDATE has all fields in Kempsey, the Villages and South West Rocks open.

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    Kempsey Shire Council have organised an extra bin collection over Christmas.

    From Dec the 20th to the 31st all 3 bins will be collected each week.

    The collection day remains the same.

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  • 15 Dec 2021 6:04 AM | Anonymous

    Local News for Wednesday the 15th of December.

    Rumours that the Kempsey mental health unit is to close have been quashed by NSW Health.

    An online petition has been circulating expressing concerns the unit was to close permanently.

    Mid North Coast Health confirmed in November that the 10-bed mental health unit in Kempsey had temporarily closed in a bid to re-direct resourcing to

    areas that required immediate COVID-related staffing.

    The unit returned to normal operations mid-November.

    Mid North Coast Local Health District chief executive Stewart Dowrick reassured the community there are no plans to close the facility and that

    the unit is open 24 hours a day, is appropriately staffed, and is currently treating patients onsite.

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    Services Australia customers are reminded of changes to payments and services over the upcoming

    Christmas and New Year holiday period.

    All service centres and most phone lines providing Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services will be closed on the public holidays

    from Monday the 27th December through to Wednesday the 29th December, and Monday the 3rd January.

    Services Australia General Manager Hank Jongen said Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support customers can still access

    self-service options during this period.

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    Reporting and payment dates may change if they normally fall on a public holiday over

    the Christmas and New Year period and reporting early will avoid any delays in payments.

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    The NSW Government has yesterday announced the $5 million Country Shows Support Package which will help provide financial support

    for shows to continue into the future.

    Funding of up to $15,000 will be available to small shows with an audience of less than 2,000 people across all event days,

    while medium and large shows can apply for up to $30,000 and $45,000 respectively.

    Applications opened yesterday and close on Friday, 29 April 2022.

    For further information, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/CountryShows

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    Crimestoppers would like to remind the community that one of the things most commonly targeted at this time of year are parcels being

    delivered to homes.

    This includes Christmas Hampers, presents being delivered from loved ones and parcels from online purchases.

    Some simple tips to keep parcels safe include:

    ☑️ Checking your mail box daily and keeping it locked!

    ☑️ When expecting a delivery, make sure you are home, or organise to pick it up from the post office.

    ☑️ Consider CCTV cameras.

    ☑️ Advise of a safe or hidden place the delivery driver can leave the parcel or package.

    ☑️ Ask a neighbour to keep an eye out.

    if your delivery has been stolen you can Call the Police Assistance Line on (131 444)

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  • 14 Dec 2021 6:09 AM | Anonymous

    Local News for Tuesday the 14th of December.

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    THERE are 69 active cases of COVID in the Mid North Coast Local Health District as of today.

    There were nine new cases of COVID-19 reported in the District to 8pm yesterday.

    Six cases are from Port Macquarie and three are from the Nambucca Valley.

    Two of the cases are linked to a known case or cluster and the source of the infection of seven cases is being investigated.

    Two people are receiving care and treatment in hospital.

    Kempsey West Public School has closed after a member of the school community tested positive for COVID-19.

    It follows the closure of Hastings Secondary College's Westport campus in Port Macquarie.

    There have been 588 cases reported in the District since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.

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    The distribution of preferences for the December 4th Local Government Election is scheduled to commence on Monday for the Mayoral contest

    and on Tuesday for Councillors.

    First preference results for Kempsey Shire Mayor has candidate Liz Campbell ahead of Leo Hauville by a margin of 494 votes.

    The results will be declared as they are confirmed by the New South Wales Electoral Commission from Tuesday 21st of December onwards.

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    Kempsey Shire Council and St Vincent de Paul are relaunching the "Light Up Your Street" Christmas Lights competition for 2021.

    After a couple of very challenging years, Christmas is a great opportunity for residents and business to brighten up the streets and bring the joy of

    Christmas to all.

    Locals are invited to get into the spirit with the added bonus of winning some great locally sourced prizes.

    Prizes will be awarded to best lit home, best lit street and best lit business.

    Applications open Friday 3 December 2021 and are available at the yoursay.macleay website.

    Winners will be announced and notified on Wednesday 22 December 2021.

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    The Waste Management Centre on Crescent Head Road will close from 12pm on Thursday and will close again for the full day on Christmas Day.

    The Waste Transfer Station at South West Rocks will also close from 12pm on Thursday.

    Council’s Waste Transfer Stations at South West Rocks, Bellbrook and Stuarts Point will close from the 25th to the 28th of December and the 3rd of January.

    Residents can put all three bins out on their usual bin night between the 20th and the 27th of December.

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    The latest SPORTS FIELDS UPDATE has all fields in Kempsey – Open

    The Villages – Open and Freddo as closed

    All fields in South West Rocks are Open


  • 13 Dec 2021 6:10 AM | Anonymous

    Local News for Monday the 13th of December.

    There were five new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District to 8pm Saturday (11 December).

    All of the cases are from Port Macquarie.

    Four of the cases are linked to a known case or cluster and one is household contact of a confirmed case.

    There have been 578 cases reported in the District since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.

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    The quest to find more doctors in regional areas could soon be much easier, as the Federal Government announces changes to

    accessing doctors in struggling communities.

    From 1 January 2022, there will be automatic access to the Distribution Priority Area classification for regional and larger rural areas

    in an effort to recruit more doctors.

    Federal Minister for Regional Health Dr. David Gillespie, said this change would provide a real difference to patients

    as local practices can begin reaching out to overseas doctors who want to move to regional areas.

    The Federal Government will also invest in a significant incentive for eligible doctors and nurse practitioners to practice in rural and remote areas,

    by eliminating all or part of their Higher Education Loan Programme debts.

    Dr. Gillespie said that incentivising doctors and nurse practitioners to live and work outside of metropolitan areas would help improve access

    to quality health care for local communities.

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    Rankine Street, Crescent Head will be closed for night work between East Street and Scott Street from 7pm tonight – 6am tomorrow, 12 & 13 to complete asphalting.

    Traffic control and detours will be in place.

    WORKS CONTINUE on ARMIDALE ROAD

    Last week council crews completed placing the base gravel and the drainage.

    This week, crews are expecting to finish off preparing the pavement for sealing and to begin sealing the road between Link Road and Ferrier Drive.

    Santa Claus may be busy in the few days leading up to Christmas Day but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t found time to chat to the children of the Mid North

    Coast.

    Telstra has created a direct connection between their 15,000 payphones around the country and the North Pole.

    With the pandemic restrictions over the last couple of Christmases, sitting on Santa’s knee and letting him know what's wanted for Christmas has been

    somewhat difficult, so this is a great way to get some one-on-one time with the big man in the suit.

    At any public payphone, simply dial in HO HO HO (or 46 46 46) for a direct line to Santa Claus himself.

    Santa will be available to take calls until December 24th, when he needs to prepare his sleigh for his Christmas Eve journey!

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  • 10 Dec 2021 6:49 AM | Anonymous

    Local News for Friday the 10th of December.

    The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Final Flood Warning this morning for the Macleay River

    at Georges Creek which peaked below the minor flood level and is falling.

    No further flooding is expected along the Macleay and Manning Rivers.

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    There were 13 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District on Wednesday.

    - 10 cases are from the Port Macquarie, 2 are from Coffs Harbour and 1 from Kempsey.

    - 4 of the cases are linked to a known case or cluster, 2 are household contacts of a confirmed case and 7 are under investigation.

    There are 68 active cases throughout the District.

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    The NSW Government has launched its Regional Youth Radio program yesterday to give young people in the bush more opportunities to be heard

    and to better connect with their community.

    Up to $100,000 is available for new projects that enable young people to lead and participate in youth radio and podcasting activities.

    Eligible applicants can apply for one-off grants between $2,500 and $20,000 to develop programs that promote training, skills development and

    content creation, or to fund essential equipment to support youth radio and podcasting.

    Applications are now open and close 28 January 2022.

    For program and eligibility guidelines, visit: nsw.gov.au/YouthRadio

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    The latest SPORTS FIELDS UPDATE has all fields in Kempsey open, South West Rocks – Open, and Willawarrin,

    Crescent Head and Frederickton all closed.

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    Rankine Street, Crescent Head will be closed for night work between East Street and Scott Street from 7pm – 6am on Sunday and Monday,

    to complete asphalting. Traffic control and detours will be in place.

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    The Kempsey Country Women's Association is partnering with St Vincent De Paul for a Great Christmas Bake Off to celebrate the festive season today

    and tomorrow.

    The categories include best Christmas treat (U14s category), best Christmas themed cupcake and best plain/chocolate Christmas themed cake.

    Baked submissions can be brought to the Kempsey CWA Hall today from 3pm-5pm and Tomorrow, December 11th from 9am-10am.

    Entry is free for everyone and there are some great prizes on offer.

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    Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club will be holding a public event this Sunday to celebrate it's centenary.

    The event is open from 10am until 6pm, and the club is inviting everyone to come along for a chat and to have a look at their rich history.


  • 9 Dec 2021 6:50 AM | Anonymous

    Local News for Thursday the 9th of December.

    There were nine new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District on Tuesday.

    - 7 are from the Port Macquarie, 1 from Coffs Harbour and 1 case is from Kempsey.

    - 7 of the cases are linked to a known case or cluster and 1 is a household contact of a confirmed case and the source of the

    infection is under investigation.

    There are 62 active cases throughout the District.

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    Aldavilla Primary School has been awarded the 2021 NSW Sustainable School of the Year.

    In an award ceremony held via Zoom by the Australian Association for Environmental Education, with school representatives from all over New South Wales

    in attendance, Aldavilla Primary School has been crowned as the best School in the state for sustainabilty.

    The school has been working for over a decade to continually improve their sustainability and have adopted a holistic focus in many areas including water,

    waste, biodiversity, food gardens and Indigenous culture.

    Some of the projects in progress at the school include a $1,500 Junior Landcare Grant to plant native trees, plants and bee hotels, with the aim to attract

    native bees and encourage pollination, a $15,000 grant for installing water tanks, and a "Recycling Station Relocation Project" funded

    by the Macleay 2021 Sustainable Schools grant.

    Sustainability has been embedded into the school's curriculum, and an environmental team comprised of senior students has been established.

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    Dunghutti artist and elder Gus Kelly has won the first Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award with his powerful drawing Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These…

    which depicts the impact of colonisation throughout history to the present day through a series of 8 colourful bars.

    Lismore Regional Gallery are hosting this award for innovative contemporary indigenous artistic practice.

    The works show the enormous depth of talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in Australia.

    The Exhibition runs until January 30, 2022 at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

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    The latest SPORTS FIELDS UPDATE has all fields in Kempsey all open, the Villages – All open, except Freddo

    and South West Rocks sports fields are all Open.

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    Rankine Street, Crescent Head will be closed for night work between East Street and Scott Street from 7pm – 6am on Sunday and Monday, 12 & 13 December

    to complete asphalting.

    Traffic control and detours will be in place.

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  • 8 Dec 2021 6:51 AM | Anonymous

    Local News for Wednesday the 8th of December.

    There were five new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District to 8pm on Monday.

    - 3 cases are from Port Macquarie and 2 are from Coffs Harbour.

    - 2 cases were acquired overseas, 1 is a household contact of a confirmed case and 2 cases are under investigation.

    There are no local hospital cases and there are 51 active cases throughout the MNCLHD

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    The latest SPORTS FIELDS UPDATE has all fields in Kempsey open,

    the Villages – All open, except Freddo

    and South West Rocks – Closed

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    Kempsey Shire Council is sponsoring a series of free screenings of the Black Summer & Beyond documentary at Majestic Cinema Kempsey,

    with 2 sessions screening tomorrow, Thursday, at 9.30am & 3.45pm.

    Tickets are free at the cinema, online reservations are available but will attract an automatic booking fee.

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    Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has announced that Kempsey will benefit from funding as part of Round 1 of Minor Works and Equipment Projects

    through the NSW Government’s Creative Capital program.

    The Slim Dusty Centre is the recipient of $186,000 to improve and develop arts and cultural facilities in the

    Macleay Valley, with the investment helping to boost the local tourism industry.

    The funding will deliver a fit-for-purpose Regional Art Gallery, a larger performance space to support performances, school events and activities

    an additional fit-for-purpose performance/event space, an Art Lab to support professional development/art workshops/residencies and upgrades of existing AV equipment

    and other event equipment to support touring performance needs.

    The Slim Dusty Centre is one of 60 recipients sharing in more than $6 million across the state to support the development of new and upgraded cultural infrastructure

    and equipment for museums, theatres, performance spaces, galleries and Aboriginal Keeping Places.

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    Farmers and interested organisations in the Cowper electorate are encouraged to apply for a share of $23 million available as part of the

    Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Program, with applications now open.

    Pat Conaghan, the Federal Member for Cowper, said the competitive grants process will trial and demonstrate land management practices that support drought resilience

    through practices that can help farms manage during, and recover more quickly after drought by maintaining strong groundcover helping the soil to absorb and hold more

    water for longer to protect it from erosion and weeds..

    Mr Conahan said the program is looking for projects that provide trials and demonstrations farmers can learn and then apply on their own farms.

    The grants process is open until 11 January 2022 with Grants of $500,000 to $1 million available.

    For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/

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    This has been Tank FM's Local News.


  • 7 Dec 2021 8:05 PM | Anonymous

    Local News for Tuesday the 7th of December.

    The contest for Kempsey mayor has tightened with only 328 votes seperating candidates Liz Campbell and Leo Hauville at last count yesterday afternoon.

    First preference votes have Liz Campbell leading with 30.91 per cent and Leo Hauville close behind with 28.7 per cent.

    The mayoral position has been contested by Seven candidates, and Eight councillors will be chosen from 22 candidates with Liz Campbell, Arthur Bain and

    Alexandra Wyatt likely to be returned as councillors.

    The distribution of preferences in the mayoral contest is scheduled for December 20, followed by the distribution of preferences in the councillor

    election on December 22.

    Over 17% of the votes counted so far have been informal or wasted votes.

    In Bellingen, independent Steve Allan will win the mayoral seat from former mayor Dominic King.

    In Nambucca Valley, Rhonda Hoban will be returned as mayor with a progressive tally securing over 68 per cent of the vote so far over Susan Jenvey.

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    A man will face court next month after being charged with a fatal crash on the Mid North Coast.

    Just before 11.30am on Monday the 4th of October 2021, emergency services were called to Pindimar Road near Myall Way,

    Pindimar, after reports a Subaru Forrester and a Nissan Dualis had collided.

    Police have been told a woman stopped her Nissan Dualis on the shoulder of Pindimar Road, when it was struck by a

    Subaru Forrester.

    Emergency services attended; however, the 64-year-old Bundabah woman died at the scene.

    The Subaru driver, a 46-year-old Pindimar man, was freed after being trapped and airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

    Following extensive investigations, the man attended Manly Police Station yesterday and was charged with 5 seperate counts of driving

    occasioning death, including negligent driving and drive with mid range PCA.

    He has been granted conditional bail to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 24 January 2022.

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    There were three new Kempsey cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District to 8pm on Sunday.

    All are household contacts of a confirmed case.

    One person is in hospital and there are now 66 active cases throughout the MNCLHD.

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    The latest SPORTS FIELDS UPDATE has all fields in Kempsey and South West Rocks Open.

    Fields in the Villages are Closed

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    There were almost 200 people at the opening of the West Kempsey Pump Track on the weekend, despite the wet weather.

    Kids of all ages took turns on the track along with pro riders, Ryan Gilchrist and Zoe Cuthbert who put on demonstrations for the crowd.

    The pump track had been in development for nearly three years, and the day was to celebrate all of the work that council and the community had put into it.

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  • 6 Dec 2021 8:07 PM | Anonymous

    Local News for Monday the 6th of December.

    There were two new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District to 8pm on Saturday.

    Both cases are from the Kempsey Local Government Area.

    One is a household contact of a confirmed case and the other is linked to a known case or cluster.

    There have been 532 cases reported in the District since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.

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    Funding of $2.32 million awarded under the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Fund has enabled Kempsey Shire Council to construct a modern, centralised sewerage system

    in the South Kempsey Employment Lands Hub.

    The design for the project consists of an industry best practice reticulated sewerage system with a network of pressure pipes and pumps

    that will connect this largely industrial area to the local sewer network.

    Council’s Manager Water and Sewer, Wes Trotter, noted that the new system will remove the limitations that the current septic systems impose on land owners.

    The new system will be able to cater for additional demand and therefore has the potential to boost local industry, housing and tourism.

    Construction is expected to begin in late 2021 and is due for completion in 2022.

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    Landholders in the North Coast region who were impacted by the black summer bushfires have received on farm support through the Stock Water Recovery program funded

    by the NSW government.

    North Coast Local Land Services delivered the program which directly supported the recovery and resilience of fire-affected properties, including activities

    that led to drought-proofing of farms.

    Senior Land Services Officer, Craig Hart, said the program supported piping and fencing infrastructure and allowed properties to reclaim and introduce

    water supplies for stock on farms, with the purchase of over 308 troughs, 84 tanks and 32 pumps across 87 properties.

    The North Coast Local Land Services region extends from Tweed Shire Council in the north to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in the south.

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