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Alexandra Jones

Port Macquarie, NSW

Alexandra Jones is a reporter covering the NSW Mid North Coast, based in Port Macquarie, and has been a producer for the ABC News Channel. She's also a lawyer on the side. You can follow her on Twitter: @JonesAlexandraR

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Beekeepers prepare to destroy hives after varroa mite detected

Beekeepers on the NSW Mid North Coast say they are angry at the lack of communication from authorities after varroa mite is found in a new zone.
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Blueberries on the bush at Adam Atwal's orchard, north of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

Police vow to fine lone minors caught at Splendour in the Grass after last-minute rule change

The organisers of the festival, which is returning after a three-year hiatus, say the decision to impose new liquor licence restrictions is disappointing and "heavy-handed".
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A woman in a summer dress takes a long swig from a can in front of a crowd of people at a music festival.

More regional suburbs join the million-dollar-house club as 'cashed-up' buyers move in

A real estate agent says shifting buyer demographics, including retirees from Sydney, are driving up property prices in regional NSW.
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Sold sign on Queenslander-style house in a street in Brisbane.

Dog owners barking mad over national parks' beach walking bans

A new National Parks and Wildlife Service plan of management would see dogs prohibited from certain beach access routes and previously off-leash dog walking areas throughout Crescent Head.
Girl holding a ball with dog running on beach.

No end in sight for native forest logging in NSW, as north coast supply contracts extended

The NSW Agriculture Minister says the government has no plans to phase out native hardwood logging in state forests, after announcing the five-year extension of North Coast Wood Supply Agreements.
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Large felled tree in a forest

Driver crashes car into house north of Coffs Harbour, flees the scene after being helped from wreckage

Residents say they are shocked after a car crashed into a house in Korora before the driver fled the scene, only to be found by police at a nearby caravan park.
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Car upside down in a front yard of a large home

Charity lost her Aboriginal identity through years of dispossession. This cultural festival helps her reconnect

This year's Saltwater Freshwater Festival, which celebrates the art, music and culture of the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations of the NSW Mid North Coast, marks the start of Reconciliation Week and is a starting point for healing.
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Charity swfw

'It snowballed with enthusiasm and love': The heart-warming tale of the world's largest tea cosy

Knitting enthusiasts who worked together to create a world-record-breaking tea cosy have unravelled their giant creation and transformed it into blankets for NSW flood victims.
A giant brightly coloured tea cosy set up over a metal tea pot construction.

Citizen science project finds positive signs of life bouncing back in Black Summer bushfire areas

Three recent 'BioBlitz' events held in different locations around NSW have recorded the post-bushfire recovery of flora, fauna and fungi. They found nine threatened species bouncing back on the state's Mid North Coast.
Thomas Mesaglio UNSW

'Net full of death': Platypuses found in illegal yabby trap

Four platypuses and one native water rat have been found dead in an enclosed "opera house" style trap in NSW, prompting calls for more action on the deadly devices.
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close up of platypus face in water by some reeds

Nationals' Pat Conaghan declares victory in Cowper after nail-biting vote count

Nationals MP Pat Conaghan has claimed victory in the seat of Cowper, after days of vote counting left him neck and neck with teal Independent Caz Heise.
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Man in checkered shirt facing camera

NDIS participant rages as agency lawyers request $35k worth of assessments for $14k of crucial supports

Richard Bradley says tax dollars are being wasted through the "inhumane" decisions that have led to a 400 per cent increase in cases going to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal over the past year.
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Man with dark hair and beard, wearing glasses holding face in his hands sitting at a desk in front of pile of papers.

Kate is living in a tent across from a landslip so she can get her children to medical appointments

Kate Buckman's home is cut off from town by a road damaged by floods earlier this year. She needs to access the town's services, so she's set up camp on the other side of a landslip.
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Middle aged woman with light brown hair wearing purple dress looking into camera with tent and small child in the background

Terrified for her mother cut off in Ukraine, a NSW woman put her faith in a young hero to help

When war broke out, Australian resident Svetlana Ward's 80-year-old mother refused to leave her village. But when Russian bombs started falling, it took luck, bravery and a stranger's kindness to get Valentina to safety.
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Middle aged woman with blond hair, wearing a black shirt

Man faces court over allegedly having blueprints for 3D-printed firearms

A 3D printer, two spools of 3D filament and multiple electronic devices are among items seized as a Port Macquarie man faces court and authorities crack down on the illegal firearms trade.
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hand gun, gun parts and ammunition

Kempsey Deputy Mayor calls for more action over 'institutional incompetence' in iVote bungle

Alexandra Wyatt says financial penalties are not enough to make up for the emotional toll last year's local council elections, declared void due to an voting system failure, has taken on councils and communities.
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A dark-haired woman in green shirt,  jade pendant, standing against a wood-paneled wall and between Australian flags, smiles.

Man drowns at popular beach in Forster, NSW

The body of a 70-year-old man has been found washed ashore at a popular beach at Forster, on the NSW Mid North Coast this afternoon.
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Long beach with blue water and mountains in the background

Voters return to polls by August after iVote bungle in local government elections

The NSW Electoral Commission has been ordered to cover the costs of holding fresh elections in three councils where its online voting software, iVote, failed during the 2021 local government elections.
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A man walks past polling booths as people vote

'Loss-making' NSW native forest logging contracts may be extended until 2028

The Agriculture Minister has been urged to immediately halt negotiations to extend native forest logging agreements, with critics saying it makes no environmental or economic sense. 
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Cut down trees in a state forest

Critical fodder arrives for cattle that barely survived deadly floods

Farmers are travelling hundreds of kilometres to deliver fodder to dairy farms hard hit by the northern NSW floods as herds there face a new, potentially life-threatening challenge.
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Cattle standing in mud and water next to river

'Every road is gone': Landslides take out house in Main Arm, locals set up pulley system to receive supplies

Cut off by floodwaters, damaged roads and landslides, the northern NSW town of Main Arm near Mullumbimby have set up a pulley system to ensure the community has access to urgent supplies.
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A house painted red with a steel roof has slid down a hill.

How elderly couple survived Lismore's record flood inside their roof

As many people in Lismore scrambled on to theirs roofs to avoid flood waters, Fay and Bruce Ross climbed in to theirs. They thought it would be safe, but they were wrong.
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A photo before the floods of a couple rescued from a cavity in the roof.

Port Macquarie balcony gardens project gives seniors bright new outlook

In a bid to ease feelings of isolation and loneliness, a community-driven project is revamping the balconies and gardens of older Port Macquarie residents. The residents say it's bringing more joy and purpose into their lives.
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An elderly man sits next to a potted fruit tree, outdoors, smiling.

'Taken for granted': Pharmacists pull out of vaccinating young children and free RAT programs

Pharmacists across NSW are choosing not to participate in programs to vaccinate young children and give out free RAT tests, arguing a shortfall in government remuneration leaves them out of pocket.
pharmacists looking at camera holding prescriptions

Has NSW's back-to-school plan overlooked students with disabilities?

The mother of a 10-year-old with special needs says the NSW government's back-to-school plan involving rapid antigen tests will be "impossible" for children like hers coping with sensory disorders.
Father, mother and son wearing masks

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