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Articles from August 15, 2015

A Most Conscious Traveller
Byline: Claudia Jambor KAREN Collins likes to take the road less travelled and help those most at need. In October, Karen will head to Boksburg, South Africa, with 13 other volunteers to work on a community development project with The Conscious...
A Retreat in Your Own Backyard
DO YOU ever feel like you need a little extra room in your home? If you answered yes then developing a granny flat in your own backyard may provide the perfect solution. Whether you are looking to assist an elderly relative, derive an extra income...
A Shot at Redemption
Byline: BRAD GREENSHIELDS PRELIMINARY FINALS Sunday at Geoff King Motors Park. 2.30pm: First grade - Coffs Harbour v Nambucca Heads (Referee: Nathan Grace) 12.45pm: Reserve grade: South Grafton v Grafton (Referee: Ray Pettit) 11.30am:...
Breakers Will Need to Lift Their Game
THE Coffs Breakers have an opportunity to put a disappointing season behind them if they can upset Port Macquarie and earn a grand final berth this afternoon at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. They have beaten Port during the season but their...
Choosing the Right Loan; Variable Orfixed, Look for Bonus Ways to Pay Less Interest
Byline: Adam Davies THERE is virtually no bigger decision in life than investing your hard-earned coin on a patch of dirt and some bricks and mortar. Entering the property market can be a daunting and stressful prospect, but one most Australians...
Commitment the Key to Success
Byline: BRAD GREENSHIELDS PRELIMINARY FINALS Today at C.ex Coffs International Stadium 2.20pm - Seniors: Port Macquarie v Coffs Harbour Breakers 12.50pm - Reserves: Port Macquarie v Macleay Valley 11am - Under-18s: Sawtell/Toormina v...
Computer Glitch Leaves 25 Workers Unpaid
A COMPUTER glitch has resulted in 25 factory workers being short-changed $45,000 in leave entitlements over eight years. A Nambucca Heads factory found itself in hot water after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman discovered the business...
Controlling Wild Dogs
NSW Farmers has welcomed the NSW Government's decision to make Canid Pest Ejectors available to farmers as a tool for managing wild dogs. Environment Minister Mark Speakman has approved a pesticide control order which will allow trained landholders...
Deb Shipman Explains the Ins and Outs of NDIS
DEB Shipman is the acting CEO of Coffs Harbour Support Services, a local not-for-profit community based organisation. Established in 1993, it provides services and supports individually tailored to enable a rich and fulfilling life for people with...
Dry Argument; Water Carters on the Warpath and Customers Hit as Council Hikes Fees
Byline: David Barwell WATER carting businesses on the Coffs Coast have slammed a 66% increase to their water fees, saying it is hurting homeowners who are already disadvantaged. Coffs Harbour City Council has told the region's water carters that...
Dry July Just the Beginning
Byline: David Barwell THE Coffs Coast is experiencing its driest winter in 20 years as the influence of El Nino takes hold. Just 88mm of rain has fallen on Coffs Harbour this winter - the lowest since 1995 when 65mm was recorded, and significantly...
Eating in the Right Portions
EXERCISE is vital to good health and weight control but piling too much food on our plates is a common problem and a sure way to get those extra kilos creeping on. Did you know we all have a simple built-in way to perfectly portion out what we actually...
Encourage Break Time
Byline: NATHAN WOULFE Recruitment editor I'M PULLING up stumps and heading off for a few days' holiday later this week. Do I feel guilty? Absolutely, 100%, without a doubt not. Unfortunately though, that's not the case for all of us, with...
Enjoy the Crossmaglen Country Life
CROSSMAGLEN 505C Crossmaglen Rd 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car PRICE: O/O $849,000 INSPECT: Today 11.30am-noon CONTACT: Tom Sullivan, NSW Real Estate 0400 446 332 WEBSITE: nswrealestate.com.au PHOTOS: TREVOR VEALE / CONTRIBUTED...
Finals Weekend for Young Suns
HAVING finished in fourth position after a testing season, Coffs Harbour's under-16 boys and girls basketball teams have qualified for this weekend's Country Premiership League (CPL) finals. Travelling to Gosford for the big games, the Suns teams...
Final Touches Go on Forest Roads for Rally Australia
THE Forestry Corporation of NSW is putting the final touches on the 60km of forest roads that will be used next month during the Coates Hire Rally Australia. Forestry Corporation's partnerships co-ordinator Justin Black said a large part of the...
Find out How to Access Services in Coffs Coast Area
MANY people can benefit by enhancing their quality of life, improve life expectancy and receive social benefits from accessing services that help them live more independently, remain in their own home and be involved and connected to the community....
Forum to Tackle University Hurdle
NATIONALS Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is inviting students, parents, and teachers to come forward with ideas on how the Australian Government can better support local young people to achieve a university degree. Mr Hartsuyker has asked Senator...
Get Linked into Life
COFFS Harbour Living Well ambassador, Paul Nunnari, who is affectionately known as The Other Superman, invites you to join you to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Coffs Harbour expo next week. Paul is the manager of the NSW Event Access and...
Goal to Go All the Way
THEY say lightning never strikes twice in the same place and it's a myth Coffs United is hoping rings true. A year ago the Lions faced Boambee over two legs in the semi-finals and went down in one of the biggest upsets in North Coast Football history....
Golfers Get Their Motors Running
BELLBOWRIE Motors successfully held their 22nd corporate golf day at Bonville Golf Resort on Thursday. A total of 144 golfers played in this prestigious golf day. One of the highlights of the day is that Bonville Golf Resort is converted into...
Hidden Carers in the Spotlight
CARERS are people who provide emotional, practical, personal care and other support and assistance to people with a disability, chronic, terminal or mental illness or who are frail, aged or have dementia. Did you know a carer may include a family...
Kenya See Yourself on a Safari?
IMAGINE a vast savannah seemingly sitting on the top of the world with snow-capped mountains but located on the equator. This is Kenya, home to vast herds of wildlife but also supporting an ancient tribal population. The people bring soul and colour...
Kids in Wheelchairs Set to Sail
Byline: Claudia Jambor SAILORS with Disabilities are expected to dock their Sydney-Hobart race yacht Kayle in Coffs Harbour this afternoon for a week's sessions with special needs kids. SWD is here for its Northern Campaign, an annual adventure...
New Chapter Calls
COFFS Harbour Senior Constable Alan Millward is hanging up his cap after serving the police force for more than three decades. Born on the Coffs Coast, Snr Const Millward spent his early years on the family's banana plantation but in his late teens...
New TV Deal Sees Coffs a Chance to Host NRL Match BUSH PUSH BY NRL CEO; League Boss Promises NRL Games in Regional Centres like Coffs
TOP level rugby league could be returning to Coffs Harbour in the near future, and in good news it wouldn't be a Mickey Mouse pre-season game but a contest where two competition points are on the line. When announcing the NRL's free-to-air broadcast...
North Coast Open Is Fast Approaching
PREPARATIONS for this year's North Coast Open are well advanced with the draw for the main event now available online through the PSA Squash Tour and nominations for the qualification rounds full. This year's event has attracted another amazing...
One-Stop Shop for Carers
WHO is a carer? Anyone who provides regular support to a relative, friend or neighbour who has a disability, a chronic, terminal or mental illness, or who is frail aged or has dementia. Is this you or do you know someone in this role? The...
On Her Bike Yet Again
HAVING only just returned to Coffs Harbour to spend time with family this week, elite mountain bike rider Emily Parkes is packing her bags for more international competition. With her bike in perfect condition, Emily heads to Europe this weekend...
OTCP Empowers People, Connects Communities; Tailoring Services to Individual Circumstances and Supporting People and Their Families to Actively Participate in Their Community of Choice
OTCP is a leading local provider of support services on the Mid to North Coast of NSW. They provide assistance to more than 700 people each week and are well known as a responsive, community focussed organisation. They are funded by both state and...
Say 'Ciao' to a Great Aussie Pinot Grigio
Byline: David Ellis SOUTH Australia's boutique Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. A 2014 Charlotte's Web label pinot grigio from the latter is a rewarding...
Shark Cull Dismissed by Expert as Attacks Increase
SUGGESTIONS of a shark cull in waters off the Mid North and North Coasts have been dismissed by experts as "pointless" and "scientifically baseless". A surge in shark sightings and several attacks since February have sparked calls for a partial...
Splash Down in Coffs
IT IS great to see work beginning on the $1.6m waterpark at the Big Banana complex. Not many cities can still boast that their major attraction is still going strong more than 50 years after it was built, but the Big Banana continues to draw in...
Spring Makeover Goes Masculine
SPRING is mere weeks away, and with the new season comes a flurry of cleaning and usually, for those with a head for interior styling, a bit of a home makeover. While spring may conjure up bright colours or soft florals, the predictions for spring...
Success with KAPOW
KEY Employment's KAPOW (Kids and the Power of Work) program is looking for local businesses to offer its students work experience to improve their job-readiness. The course has around 100 disadvantaged 15-17 year olds from Kempsey to Yamba studying...
Tax Benefits for Small Business Owners
INDIVIDUALS who run small businesses may soon benefit from a range of tax measures that were announced in this year's budget. Legislation to make these changes effective has been introduced into parliament in the Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business...
Taxi Drivers Launch Legal Attack on Uber
Byline: CHRIS CALCINO APN NEWSDESK RIDE-SHARING app Uber's days in NSW could be numbered with a Supreme Court bid to have operations halted. The Australian Taxi Drivers Association hopes to argue its case in October to stop Uber and all its subsidiary...
Things to Know before You Go
Byline: Dr Neil Flanagan DEATH is no laughing matter, yet there seem to be more jokes about death than there is information about dealing with it. Woody Allen's quote, "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it...
Working in Our 60s
THE reality for most people approaching retirement is they will probably be swapping a full-time career job for a life which is part retirement and part work. There are lots of benefits in this new "norm". The additional money will help fund a retirement...
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