Newsroom AM update 23/8/12

IT'S been a whale of a morning here at DEX hq.

Fresh from having a rare southern right whale grace today's front page, we are now chasing news of a beached juvenile humpback on Sandon Beach north of Minnie Water.

National Parks and Wildlife personnel are on the scene and reporter Dominic Zietsch is heading out to see what's happening.

We've also just had the sad news a 63-year-old man has been trapped in a cane fire at Harwood. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been scrambled to the scene and is expected to touch down soon at Nicholsons Lane. Road ambos are on the scene caring for the injured man.

Terry Deefholts was at last night's second meet the candidates forum at the Grafton District Services Club.

As at Monday night's forum in Maclean, the attendance was good and the debate feisty. Terry will provide a comprehensive coverage in pages 4 and 5 in tomorrow's paper.

We're getting the most our of our new recruit Lachlan Thompson.

At the moment he's working on a new surfing column for the paper with some of the local luminaries in Yamba and Angourie.

Kate Matthews will catch up with local kids attending the RYDA driving school at the Raymond Laurie Centre at Angourie.

She's also made contact with a former Olympian opening a cafe called Lane 7 at Yamba.

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



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