Area Health rep to meet Premier

THE chairwoman of North Coast Area Health Advisory Council and its chief executive will meet with the NSW Premier and Health Minister in Sydney today to discuss the Prime Minister’s health plan.

Hazel Bridgett and Chris Crawford will join representatives from all Area Health Services across the State to discuss issues Kristina Keneally raised in a letter to Mr Rudd.

The meeting comes after Greens leader Bob Brown yesterday warned Mr Rudd he had to do more than just win over State and territory leaders to his planned overhaul of the nation’s health system.

“He’s going to have to deal with the Senate,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Rudd rounded off a three-state visit yesterday by meeting Victorian Premier John Brumby in Melbourne for talks he described as ‘a good, positive, constructive conversation’.

Mr Brumby agreed the meeting was positive but said the two leaders were ‘way apart’.

On Saturday Mr Rudd met with Queensland Premier Anna Bligh in Brisbane, a day after discussions with Kristina Keneally in Sydney.

Missing swimmer on north coast, search underway

HAZARDOUS SURF: Surf lifesavers are pleading with the public to stay out of the water this weekend after one of the biggest rescue days occurred on Saturday and swimmer is still missing on the north coast.

Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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Service will not resume as expected

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