Lyndell, Torah, 22 months, and Simon Piper welcome Kody into the world after he was born on New Years Day at the Lismore Base Hospital.
Lyndell, Torah, 22 months, and Simon Piper welcome Kody into the world after he was born on New Years Day at the Lismore Base Hospital. Marc Stapelberg

JANUARY: Police chase, first baby and Coraki's bravest girl

IT was a dramatic start to 2017 when a police chase ended in the Richmond River after a man pointed a shotgun at the boys in blue on the first day of the year.

The New Year also welcomed little Kody Piper into the world as the Northern Rivers first baby for 2017.

It was also noted North Coast waters were responsible for a third of drownings in NSW over the Christmas and New Year period. Calls went out for people to be extra cautious after deaths at Coraki, Wooli Beach, Belongil Beach and Evans Head.

We had plenty of readers sending in their photos for our 'I am Summer' competition.

Meanwhile, horse owners were warned to be vigilant for signs of Hendra after a gelding died at Casino.

We reported on the tragic death of rising ballet star 19-year-old Cooper Cridland of Alstonville, who died from fatal injuries in a swimming pool accident in Fiji.

Former North Coast ballet dancer, Cooper Cridland.
Former North Coast ballet dancer, Cooper Cridland. ERIK SAWAYA

January was the month where a housing affordability survey confirmed what first home buyers already knew, that the Lismore housing market was getting further out of reach. In the survey Lismore was ranked 38th most affordable out of 54 housing markets in Australia.

It was also the month we reported on the tragic death of airpark visionary Peter Lynch and met Coraki's Paige Humphreys who was desperately in need of life-saving surgery.

Paige Humphreys.
Paige Humphreys. Contributed


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