The Daily Examiner PM update

Hi, Kate here this afternoon with the PM update.

Editor Jenna Cairney has been flat out as usual, and has been following up on last night's Clarence Valley Community Unions forum.

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"I've just been speaking to our new recruit Matthew McInerney who has just moved to Grafton to start work on Monday and is pumped about taking up the position," she said.

"Trawling through council notes from the meeting the other night and I've just emailed all the council candidates to invite them to our election forums next week and to gather their information for our election form guide that will be printed in Monday's Daily Examiner. Anyone who would like to write a commentary piece for that can also email me."

Reporter Lachlan Thompson, who is battling man-flu, has filed a story on local up-and-coming model Tayla Monkhouse.

He is also chasing up some community concerns regarding the service provided by a local bus company, and finalising a story on scams and how to avoid them.

Meanwhile reporter Emma Pritchard has written an article about Clarence Valley Council entering into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre which will see the youths at the facility expand their work skills and be in a position to give something back to their local community.

"I hit the streets earlier today to chat to locals about this new agreement and many of them said they thought it is a good idea," Emma said.

"I am also busy writing another promo yarn for The Daily Examiner 2012 Wedding Expo on Sunday, and I am busy chasing the tails of a few other stories to put up my sleeve for our weekend edition."

At the other end of the Valley, I've had an interesting day working on a variety of stories.

Last night I attended a public meeting held yesterday in Maclean, where employees of the Ambulance Service of NSW expressed their concerns about current working conditions and a proposal to restructure their roster. Paramedics say they are increasingly worried about fatigue and the affect on work place safety and the community.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say the community is behind our local ambulance officers and would like to see them enjoy safe working conditions.

Restructuring of the boundaries to NPWS parks is another issue that has ignited concern in the community, which is result in job losses and cuts to local programs.

Currently waiting for a response from NPWS and the Ambulance Service of NSW before I can file either of these stories.

On a lighter note, this morning I met with Vanessa Brown and Rebecca Beare of Brown Bear Projects in Yamba.

The ladies are working together to celebrate and promote local artists through a new exhibition, which will be launched in January 2013.

We had lots of fun with our photo shoot in Flinders Park. It sounds like a great local initiative and should benefit the community in a variety of ways.

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