From the newsroom AM 6/9/12

THE Daily Examiner newsroom was outraged to read in the national papers the State Government will spend $8 billion to shorten metro rail trips by a minute.

Terry Deefholts is looking into why the government can spend $8 billion for such a small return, when half that amount would go a long way to fixing the notorious death trap we call the Pacific Highway.

Terry also has a heart wrenching story about a Clarence Valley man's battle with depression and family tragedy and the help he has received from the Black Dog Institute.

The newsroom also received a tip off the South Grafton brickworks is losing its roof. The building is heritage listed so  Tim Howard is checking out what's happening over there.

Tim is also trying to track down Lawrence stalwart Max Kelsall who has been going to All Saints Church in the village for more than 70 years. We want to talk to Max about the prospect of the Anglican diocese closing All Saints and the community's battle to save it.

Grafton newsagency Lotto Plus turns 150 tomorrow and the business is planning a big party to celebrate. They've provided us with some fascinating historical stuff, which Lachlan Thompson is turning into a special feature for tomorrow's paper.

Our photographer JoJo Newby will be voting for the first time in the council elections. She is doing a story about how she feels about it which will include a few thoughts from other people her age as well.

We're also trying to track down haunted houses in the Clarence Valley. Reporter Dominic Zietsch did a fascinating yarn some time ago when he spent a night with a team of ghost hunters in the Grafton Regional Art Gallery. We're interested in hearing from people with a ghost story to tell.

In sport we're looking at local boxer whose life inside and out of the ring presents some amazing contrasts. Also The Grafton High School girls open tennis team has followed up its Combined High School title with the All Schools Championship, knocking over the Independent School contender earlier this week.

If you have any news for us, you can phone it in on 6643 0500.

Police investigate head-on collision

Two people were seriously injured in a head-on collision at Yamba on Saturday, 22nd October, 2016

Two people seriously injured in crash at Yamba

VIDEO: Lucky Meteor strikes back at Grafton

RECORD RUN: Lucky Meteor sprints clear to win the Bloomer Transport and Warehousing Jacca Prelude at the Clarence River Jockey Club yesterday.

John Shelton trained sprinter blitzes Grafton track in record time

OPINION: Memories of Dreamworld as the safe place

Queensland Emergency service personnel are seen at amusement theme park Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. It has been confirmed that the four adult victims who became trapped on a conveyor belt at the theme park after a raft they were in flipped on the Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday afternoon, have since died. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

Dreamworld was always the safe place to have big fun

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This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shows, from left, Chairmian Carr, as Liesl, Nicholas Hammond, as Friedrich, Heather Menzies, as Louisa, Duane Chase, as Kurt, Angela Cartwright, as Brigitta, Debbie Turner, as Marta, Kym Karath, as Gretl, and Christopher Plummer, as Captain Von Trapp, in a scene from the film, \"The Sound of Music.\" The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical \"The Sound of Music\" is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. To honor the milestone, 20th Century Fox is releasing a five-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector's edition, the soundtrack is being re-released, the film will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood later this month and to over 500 movie theaters in April. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

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Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

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Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

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Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

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Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

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Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

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Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

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