From the newsroom PM 27/07/2012

4pm: THE fast paced sound of typing is filling the air at DEX headquarters and our dedicated editorial team is hard at work, completing articles, conducting interviews and submitting online updates for our readers to follow.

Editor Jenna Cairney has been busy organising our 2012 NSW local election meet the candidate forums and is looking at the provisional dates of August 20 and 21 for an event in Grafton and one down river.

Another candidate has also come into her office today. More details on who he is will be revealed tomorrow so keep your eyes open.

Dominic Zietsch, who has had a busy week looking after Coastal Views in the absence of Graham Orams is currently searching for fun things to do around the Clarence Valley this weekend for our weekend paper.

Dom is working on a story about a simply "monstrous" exhibition coming up at the Grafton Regional Gallery - check out the weekend edition of The Daily Examiner for more details. He is also getting ready for a big weekend at Splendour in the Grass. Check out the entertainment section in Thursday's Daily Examiner for photos and a big wrap-up of the three-day festival.

Kate Matthews is working out of our Yamba office today and is hitting the streets to find out if anyone would buy a new TV for a major sporting event? What will people tell her? Make sure you read the opinion page in DEX tomorrow to find out.

Kate also has a story online

Tim Howard has also posted a story on our home page

Photographer Adam Hourigan has been here, there and everywhere for editorial today, snapping plenty of photos to compliment our stories.

I (Emma Pritchard) have been speaking with South Grafton Bendigo Community Bank branch manager Des Plunkett and customer relationship manager Mark Hunting over the phone and earlier today made a quick trip across the bridge to chat to them in person.

After spending 10 years with the South Grafton branch, Des has made the decision to retire to pursue other interests. I am certain he will be greatly missed by Bendigo Bank customers. Mark will be taking over the reins from Monday and is eagerly looking forward to his first day in a new position.

Earlier today I put the finishing touches on a special feature which is running in Coastal Views this week. A four page spread containing colourful photos and interesting local stories will provide readers with plenty of entertainment tomorrow. Also included in the feature is a fun-filled find-a-word for youngsters to have a crack at.

I had an absolute blast writing my weekly GirlTalk column in Coastal Views - let me know what you think and don't be shy.

Now I must away and get some more interviews completed before heading home to a few coldies.

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

Four adults killed in Dreamworld ride disaster

The Thunder Rapids ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast

Riders trapped after conveyor belt malfunction, police confirm

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

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WATCH: Junior Queen gets silver screen royal treatment

NEW documentary explores the festival's 20-year-old quest as former candidates share their stories and experiences.

Tea party with the 'Queen'

TRADITION: 1955 Jacaranda Queen Stella Wilson sits with reigning 2015 Jacaranda Queen Charlotte White at last year's Jacaranda Afternoon Tea.

Meet the royal patyu in style

Making steps for 'Blacky' in Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Grafton locals are doing a Walk 4 Brain Cancer in Sydney for Robert Black.

Team Blacky aims to better $5000 to battle brain cancer.

Sound of Music star to compere An Afternoon at the Proms

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)

Saraton's rich history of stage and screen honoured in musical tribu

How Kristie blind-sided everyone to win Australian Survivor

Kristie Bennett wins Australian Survivor.

FAN favourite says she was underestimated by her competitors.

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

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

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

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

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

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

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

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

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.