Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)


Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)


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AUG 1: A flurry of commercial activity around the intersection of Pound and Queen sts in Grafton, including the sale of the former Farmer Lou's site and plans for a new restaurant, indicate a new retail hotspot for the city.

AUG 2: The bushfire season comes early to the Clarence Valley, with fires burning across the Valley. In sport, former Yamba Buccaneer Kane Douglas is preparing for the Waratahs' Super Rugby Final game against the Crusaders.

AUG 4: Houses are lost, people airlifted from their properties and areas of Clarence Valley are on high alert for much of the week as the 2014 bushfire season gets off to an early start.

AUG 5: Fire threatens the Clarence Valley, with an aerial bombardment helping firefighters keep on top of blazes in the region. In sport, Yamba squash star Cameron Pilley wins a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

AUG 6: Police inspecting fire-damaged buildings at McGills Rd, Kremnos, stumble on a hydroponic cannabis crop in a buried shipping container. They find 118 plants completely untouched by the fire.

AUG 7: Real estate pundits are predicting a boom for landlords as workers on the Pacific Highway upgrade arrive in town. The Valley continues to lick its wounds after early bushfires ravage the region.

AUG 8: Crime stats show failing to pay for petrol is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the Clarence Valley, and petrol stations on margins as slim as 5% are taking a hammering.

AUG 9: National Missing Persons Week draws attention to an 11-year-old mystery surrounding the discovery of the remains of a man aged between 18 and 50 near Iluka.

AUG 11: Police are appealing for assistance to locate 88-year-old Gerardus Bakkenhoven, who has gone missing in Iluka. In sport, the Grafton Ghosts charge into the Group 2 Rugby League grand final.

AUG 12: The Valley hears predictions of more than 9000 jobs for the region when construction begins on major infrastructure works like the Pacific Highway upgrade and the second Grafton Bridge.

AUG 13: An inquest into the death of a woman at 10 Mile Beach in January, 2011, hears that she bled to death as a result of her injuries. …

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