Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

In Brief

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

In Brief

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Upgrade beacons

WESTPAC Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Crew Chief Roger Fry warned people contemplating going into the bush or on offshore boating trips to equip themselves with the latest distress beacons.

This followed two distress beacon searches on consecutive days last week.

aThe 121.5MHz distress beacon that was located by our heli- copter last Friday is no longer detected by satellite,a Mr Fry said. aIt was fortunate that Lifesaver 4 had equipment that could detect the signal, though it still made the search very difficult.

aThe old beacon signal emits low-frequency radio signals making it very difficult to pinpoint exactly where the signal is coming from.a

Mr Fry urged people to switch to a 406 MHz distress beacon as soon as possible.

A say on Big Scrub

NORTHERN Rivers residents are being offered a say in how one of the last remaining patches of the Big Scrub is managed.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Byron Coast Area manager Sue Walker said the 8ha Hayters Hill Reserve is a remnant of the once 75,000ha Big Scrub and forms part of a critical wildlife corridor linking the coast to the Nightcap Range aand beyonda. The reserve was also significant to the Arakwal people. …

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