TWO fire trucks and a small bus left Nambucca Heads on Monday morning bound for Sydney and the dire situation unfolding there.
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Rural Fire Service (RFS) zone Superintendent Lachlann Ison said 17 volunteers from the Valley plus seven aviation specialists had been mobilised to be part of the Mid North Coast strike team. The team includes trucks from the Valla and Newee Creek brigades.

“We’ve sent enough crew for day and night teams for the two trucks,” Supt Ison told the Guardian.

“The crews are rostered for shifts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and potentially we’ll send fresh crews south on Friday.

“They are doing it hard in Sydney at the moment so we will keep providing whatever support we can and responding to whatever requests we receive.”

Supt Ison said while Friday’s rain in the Nambucca Shire had helped ease conditions slightly, the underlying drought conditions were still a major concern and fire permits continue to be suspended.

“We’ve really only had 18mm since July and then nothing for the last four weeks, so the message is: it is still very dry and people need to be extra vigilant.

“The warm westerly winds are bad and even the southerly changes are coming through dry and blustery.”

He said the Hades Creek and Cedar Trail fires that National Parks and Forests NSW had been fighting for the past two weeks had now been put on ‘patrol’ status.

Meanwhile, town firefighters from Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Bowraville Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) were deployed to the southern parts of the State on Tuesday.

“Fifty-three fire engines, tankers and crews – more than 200 fire officers from across regional NSW – have headed to Sydney this week to assist in the extreme fire conditions,” FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said.

“The Blue Mountains and surrounding communities could be facing a bushfire threat on a scale that has not been experienced before. As such, FRNSW will be at maximum capacity and will work shoulder to shoulder with NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers to protect lives and property in mountain communities.”

Last week, Nambucca Heads FRNSW captain Robert Couchman issued a timely reminder to around 200 residents of the Valley in a demonstration which simulated what not to do in a kitchen fire.

“During the day we worked alongside RFS volunteers which allowed us to get a good breadth of information to the community,” he said.

Capt Couchman reiterated the fire safety message this week.

“Don’t be complacent, if you live in or near the bush you must take the time to prepare your home and prepare a bushfire survival plan.”

For bushfire preparation tips and to download a Bushfire Survival Plan, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au or www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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A SUCCESSFUL Blue September fundraiser was conducted in Portland during September by Portland RSL Sport and Recreation Club.
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Besides the support of the patrons through the charity raffle each Friday during the month at the club, a barbecue courtesy of Williams and Sons Meats was conducted in conjunction with a meat raffle, which realised $650.

This, added to the amount raised at the club, made a total of $1100 for the worthy cause, which goes towards cancer research for men.

Many thanks go to Ray Williams and Wayne and Greg Simpkins for manning the barbecue, along with Laurie Bender and Bruce Groves for selling the raffle tickets.

A big thank you also to all the patrons of the club and those who supported the barbecue and raffle in a job well done.

PORTLAND’S GENEROSITY: Wayne Griffiths and Greg Simpkins man the barbecue with proprietor and sponsor from Williams Meats Ray Williams. lm102213charitybbq

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WHAT: Deviot Spring Market.
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WHEN: Sunday, October 27, between 2pm and 6pm.

WHERE: Deviot Hall, 514 Deviot Road, Deviot.

THE Deviot Spring Market will be held in the twilight zone for the first time this weekend.

The biannual market will be staged at the Deviot Hall on Sunday, October 27, between 2pm and 6pm.

Co-organiser Lisa Boyter said the the market would feature Tamar Valley fresh garden produce, wines, flowers, plants and arts and crafts.

“We are doing it in the afternoon this time instead of the morning, which gives people a chance to do all of their morning things before enjoying an afternoon at the Deviot Hall,” she said.

“The market is a fund raiser for the Deviot Hall as it is owned by the community and we hope to start a building project at the end of this year to modernise the toilets and kitchen area.

“There will be more than 20 stalls and a lot of people come from outside the area.”

There will also be a children’s craft tent that will featuring a pet parade at 3.30pm.

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CLEAN Seas Tuna has received more than $6 million for research and development expenditure.
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The company announced on Monday it would claim a refund of $6.157 million under the research and development tax incentive scheme by the Australian Taxation office for expenditure last financial year.

The company’s chief executive officer, Craig Foster, said the payment would allow the company to continue kingfish research.

“These funds, together with the funds to be raised from the company’s current $6 million underwritten share purchase plan will be applied to working capital to be used to support the kingfish expansion strategy and continuing related research and development initiatives,” he said.

“The directors are confident that the level of finding on completion of the share purchase plan will be sufficient for the company to execute its plans to increase kingfish production to 1500 tonnes per annum by 2015.

“As announced previously the company expects to be cash flow positive and profitable at that production level in 2015.”

The company announced earlier this month it planned to raise up to $6 million from shareholders through a share offer.

The company’s directors Hagen Stehr and Marcus Stehr, along with alternate company director Paul Robinson and chief executive officer Craig Foster would be participating in the share offer.

Under the plan, each shareholder will be able to buy as few as $1000 of Clean Seas shares and up to $15,000.

Clean Seas Tuna has received more than $6 million for research and development expenditure.

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EMERGENCY crews were called to an accident involving two trucks in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
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One of the vehicles was parked at the truck stop across from the Urunga BP Service Station, and the other was travelling south.

It is believed the southbound truck clipped the parked vehicle, pushing it some metres.

The parked vehicle was transporting steel rods, and it’s understood the driver was filling out his log book at the time. The other truck was transporting sugar.

Both drivers sustained moderate injuries however the damage to the trucks was extensive.

The inside lane at the beginning of the southbound 80kph zone was shut down as soon as emergency crews arrived.

The carnage left after two trucks collided in Urunga in the early hours of Tuesday morning

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