From the newsroom AM 13/9/2012

THE big question today is ... R U OK? Today is R U OK Day, which is about raising awareness that a conversation could save a life. So Clarence Valley, how are you feeling today. Lachlan Thompson will be trying to speak to some professionals about what to do if someone says they are not okay and will be doing a street poll asking people if they are okay.

We've had word first thing this morning that the Clarence River Jockey Club has appointed a new Executive Officer. We'll have a story online very shortly and will be trying to speak to him in detail for tomorrow's print edition.

I've just had a call from the firefighters who spent half the night chasing a group of youths who were trying to set fires in South Grafton. I've been told one of the youths threw a rock that hit one of the firefighters on the helmet. We'll be talking to the police on this and will post a story online shortly.

There are some learner driver workshops at the Grafton high schools tonight, so I'm looking at the issue of learning to drive for young people. Are young people reckless drivers? Do they need more education?

Kate Matthews will be working on a story on this year's Gate to Plate, which takes place this weekend. I'm very excited to be hosting the Down River Food Trail on Saturday and will be looking forward to the lunch on Sunday.

We're working on a whole lot of other yarns for online today and print tomorrow so I better get cracking as I have to get out the door sharp tonight as I'm off to speak at the Maclean Rotary Club tonight.

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