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Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

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Sprout lovers

Sprouts can sometimes be overlooked on the weekly grocery list… except for those in the know, of course!

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

Man charged with assault after death at Coffs Harbour

A man will face court today charged with assault as inquiries continue into the death of a man at Coffs Harbour after an altercation on Saturday.

Inspector condemns prisoner health services

In the forward to the Inspector of Custodial Services Report published last month, Fiona Rafter Inspector of Custodial Services says that the provision of health services to inmates in New South Wales custodial facilities is a complex and challenging responsibility.

Northern Rivers Food Harvest food trail will return in 2021!

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, to be held on the weekend of 1–2 May 2021, is guaranteed to be a very Northern Rivers experience, reflecting and celebrating the distinctive provenance of our region’s food. The Trail will offer lots of wonderful eating and drinking experiences; being jam-packed with our most-acclaimed restaurants, producers, farmers and growers.

Universities unite against funding cuts.
Universities unite against funding cuts.

Australia’s 39 vice-chancellors are united against federal government plans to slash funding, and plans to apply an interest rate of up to six per cent to student debts.

A Fairfax Media poll shows the nation’s vice-chancellors are divided on the question of deregulation of university fees, but are unanimously opposed to the other two measures.

University of Technology Sydney vice-chancellor Ross Milbourne is quoted as saying he doesn’t believe any vice-chancellor supports increasing the interest rate on HELP debt.

Meanwhile, UNSW acting vice-chancellor Iain Martin says they’re ‘surprised and concerned’ at how much the government’s planning to reduce its contribution to the cost of a degree and how that will impact on students.

Flinders University vice-chancellor Michael Barber warned that students will face debt levels as high as America under the proposed interest rate changes, ‘and we don’t want to see that here’.

Peak body Universities Australia is calling on the government to rethink both policies.


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