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Gloucester Advocate – News Summary

Another step towards healing

A compilation book of short stories and poems about being alone was launched as part of a Palliative Care Week luncheon in Stroud last week.
An initiative of the Lower Mid-North Coast Palliative Care bereavement groups, contributors reflect on personal moments of tragedy, loss and sadness.
The book was compiled and edited by Susan Filson and Sherry Stumm and involves stories from many people in the Gloucester and Stroud valleys.
“These are our stories, collective attempts to render meaning in our world that is forever changed,” the ladies said… Read the full story

Barrington Tops driving trails to close over winter

SEVERAL popular driving trails in the Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area will be temporarily closed from June 1.
The Barrington Trail (north and south), Paddys Ridge Trail, Butchers Swamp Trail, Thunderbolts Trail, Tugalow Trail and Bullock Brush Trail will all be closed from the start of winter until October 1.
The temporary closures mean that there is no vehicle access to Little Murray, Junction Pools and Gummi Falls camping areas during winter.
National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager Anthony Signor said in accordance with the plan of management for the park, the trails were closed annually during winter as a safety precaution…Read the full story

Stratford mine benefits questioned in planning review

THE extension of the Stratford coal mine has been dealt a blow with a review calling into question the project’s economic benefits as well as questioning its impacts to biodiversity and strategies for dealing with noise issues.
The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) Review Report handed down late last month said figures provided by mine proponent Yancoal outlining the economic benefits of the project could not be substantiated and further assessment was required.
In its original submission Yancoal claimed the extension of the mine would provide a net production benefit of between $145 and $174 million to the Commonwealth as well as State royalties of $130 million, taxes of $39 million, capital investment of $75 million and indirect output of $340 million per annum into the NSW economy.
The company also claimed an increase in the workforce at the site to 250 jobs plus an additional 464 indirect jobs and $29 million in non-market benefits of employment…Read the full story

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