Shaken to the foundations, council rejects high-rise hotel

GOWINGS’ $20 million proposal to build an 80-room hotel on top of Coffs Central hit a stumbling block tonight when council voted to refuse the DA.

Coffs Harbour Cup half-day holiday gets back on track

ON TRACK: Punters will be able hop to enjoy a half-day holiday for the Coffs Harbour Cup after councillors voted to continue to apply for one on the biggest race day of the year for Coffs.

Half-day holiday decision runs full circle at council meeting

Gnarly Harley wins a toe hanging world title heat

Coffs Coast surfer Harley Ingleby produced one of the heats of his career to defeat French style-master Antoine Delpero in round 3 of the Jeep World Longboard Championships in China on Thursday.

Harley Ingleby gives a malibu masterclass at World Longboard Champs

Staff members held-up in club robbery

Two staff members were threatened during the robbery last night.

Investigations are under way after four men robbed a Macksville club

A close call in the surf

SAVED: Mitch Harvey helped rescue a young man at Main Beach in Woolgoolga.

Two men were rescued in the surf at Woolgoolga.

Keep your cows cool, experts warn

AVOID HEAT STRESS: Watch out for faster and open-mouth breathing, reduced appetite and drooling.

Keep your cows cool, experts warn

Coffs Harbour hardware store to shut doors at weekend

CLOSING DOWN: Masters Home Improvement in Coffs Harbour will close on Sunday, December 11.

Coffs home improvement store will close its doors this Sunday

Rapist's bail revoked, back behind bars

Alessandro Bongiorno was granted bail despite being guilty of rape

French international agrees to terms with Ghosts

FRENCH FLAIR: Former NRL flier Clint Greenshields will bring a decade of top flight experience when he joins the Grafton Ghosts for the 2017 season.

Marquee signing honours age old deal with Danny Wicks.

Assault charge dropped in police bashing case

Alleged police bashing victim Corey Barker and his mother Angelique Sines leave the Sydney Downing Centre courts after giving evidence against six officers accused of assaulting him and lying in court.

"You must return a verdict of not guilty," the judge said

Cash is king over Christmas

CHOICE: Shop  with cash instead of credit.

This week Paul Clitheroe talks about budgeting for Christmas

Local blueberries a hot topic in China

The possibility of blueberry exports to China from the Coffs Coast has the potential to provide a boost to the local economy.

Local blueberries a hot topic in China

New owners for the 'Toormi'

CHEERS: New owners of Toormina Hotel Martin Short and Sean O'Hara.

Plans to make the recently refurbished Toormina Hotel even better.

Shoppers attitudes are appalling towards retail staff

Why is the general attitude towards retail staff diminishing?

Reader slams customers for their attitudes towards store staff

Not a room to spare during Rally Australia

BOOKED UP: Beachlander Holiday Apartments owner Kath McCall and Ocean Parade Motel manager Margaret Owen say accommodation is fast booking up.

Coffs accommodation booked out for rally championship.

Media boss says readers will be the winners in News Corp deal

APN Australian Regional Media CEO Neil Monaghan with a copy of the Daily Mercury

The ACCC said it could see no barriers to the deal to go ahead

9 tips to avoid credit card theft online this Christmas

Online shopping is on the rise, but is it good for us?

Aussies plan to do 40% of their Christmas shopping online this year

Businesses challenged to find 100 youth jobs by Christmas

NUMBER ONE: Jhina Sutton has started work at Darryl Evans Real Estate. Mr Evans wants Warwick to find 100 jobs for unemployed youth by Christmas.

This Christmas a Warwick businessman has a challenge for businesses

GDP growth worst since financial crisis

Scott Morrison

GDP growth was weaker than expected, falling by 0.5%

Fair Work Commission's warning for Anglo American

German Creek miners on strike over Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations.

Anglo American recently axed 82 jobs from the mine.

Coast's subsea internet cable plans hit firewall

ANNOUNCE: Ted O'Brien,Peter Dutton and Andrew Wallace at Cotton Tree Park to announce funding for a global undersea internet cable.

Tensions rising between our leaders over underwater broadband plans

Letters to the Editor - Wednesday, December 7

Letters to the Editor - Wednesday, December 7

Looking for a Christmas companion?

SOUL MATE: Give the gift of life to an animal this Christmas.

Looking for a Christmas companion?

Letter to the Editor - December 3: Staff to be proud of

IN GOOD HANDS: One patient was quite satisfied when it came to the treatment she received at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

Letter to the Editor - December 3: Hospital has staff to be proud of

Letter to the Editor - December 3: Volunteers make difference

Letter to the Editor - December 3: Volunteers making a difference

WE GOT INSIDE: Palmer's resort no 'rundown eyesore'

Exclusive tour of spruced up Palmer Coolum Resort

Tragic tale a warning to others: OPINION

Mt Warning Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News

I know how spectacular and what a special place Mt Warning can be

Hook the crooks and heed the police warnings

Hook the Crooks is a summer campaign against break and enter crimes in our community, involving Coffs Clarence Police and The Coffs Coast Advocate.

Police warn a quarter of Coffs break-ins happen around Christmas

Shark nets 'definitely in the water': DPI

FIND out about the shark net trials at drop in sessions in next two days.

Zookeeper who punched kangaroo gets death threats

The man and the kangaroo stood toe-to-toe before he threw a right-hand punch. Image: Steven Stubenrauch/Facebook.

Police called to property after threats made by animal activists

Is it time to crackdown on illegal camping at Mt Warning?

Our sleeping giant: Mt Warning overlooking the cane fields of the Tweed.

American tourist first hiker to die atop the popular summit

Killer nurse stole our grandmother and our happiness

MURDERER: Former nurse Megan Jean Haines killed two residents at a Ballina nursing home.

Family of murdered nursing home residents tell of shattered lives

Jail time for massage creep who digitally penetrated woman

SENTENCED: Timothy Moffatt, 68, was sentenced to more than 13-years imprisonment after more than 30 accounts of sexual assault.

Disgraced Coffs Harbour masseur sentenced for 13 years imprisonment

Let there be light: Power back on at iconic lighthouse

The Byron Bay Lighthouse has been damaged by lightning.

Electrical components inside the lighthouse were damaged severely

Backpacker killed by lightning on 'trip of lifetime'

Sam Beattie and Michele Segalla. Photo: Instagram

Sam Beattie was killed by lightning o the summit of Mt Warning

Family's plea to help raise $500 so tot can play in water

Mayana Wyles - Dudman and nana, Eileen.

Mayana was born with her intestines outside her body

Owner finds house demolished after letterbox mix up

While the property has 200 on the letterbox it is in fact 198.

How Australia's largest family does Christmas with 16 kids

BIG CHRISTMAS: Enjoying their new PS4 is the Bonell family (back, from left) Natalie, Karl, Jesse, Samuel, Katelyn, Claire, Cameron, Brooke, Sabrina, Timothy, parents Jeni and Ray Bonell and (front, from left) Nate, Eric, Damian, Rachel, Eve and Brandon.

The Toowoomba family said the device brought them together

$259 flights to Honolulu: Jetstar sale launched

Jetstar is offering cheap flights to allow a beach holiday either here or overseas.

Flights from as little as $49 up for grabs in massive sale

Why Mackay could be vital in black lung research

Section of a coal worker's lung showing black lung disease with progressive massive fibrosis.Contributed

Push for Mackay to lead Australia's research into Black Lung

$25 billion APLNG project spared in Origin's mass sell off

LNG FUKUROKUJU is purpose built to carry LNG from the APLNG facility at Curtis Island to Kansai Electric facility in Japan.

APLNG won't be part of a separate entity after Origin revamp.

GUILT FREE VB! Mass CUB boycott ends

VB generic

The CUB boycott is over as the company sends 55 cleaners back to work

Australia's growth rate shock sparks recession talk

Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison says more projects like Adani coal mine needed

Woman beats Pope, Obama on most inspiring list

Anja Ringgren Loven gives water to Hope, 2, after finding the emaciated boy wandering the streets in Nigeria Anja Ringgren Lovén/Facebook

Danish care worker adopted Nigerian boy she saved

Bodies 'burnt beyond recognition' in plane crash

Pakistani pop star turned evangelical cleric Junaid Jamshed on plane

Troubled teen handed to bikie associate instead of motel

Youth services dropped teen at place frequented by bikie associate

Jugger: The next epic sport you need in your life

ACTION PACKED: Jugger is not a sport for the faint-hearted.

It is one third quidditch, one third jousting and one third rugby

Is Banksy in New Zealand taunting John Key?

A curious image of John Key has popped up overnight

Welcome to Airli Beach? E goes missing

The E from the Welcome to Airlie Beach sign was  stolen.

Councillor not happy after theft of letter from sign

PETA calls for kangaroo puncher to be prosecuted

The man and the kangaroo stood toe-to-toe before he threw a right-hand punch. Image: Steven Stubenrauch/Facebook.

Hunting trip had been organised for sick young man

The hipster nativity scene for today's baby Jesus

Joseph and Mary take a selfie with their newborn baby Jesus

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Mark Hamill unaware his co-stars were romantically involved

Hamill too "self-involved" at the time to notice, he said

ABC's Fresh Blood graduates are a Skit Box full of laughs

Sarah Bishop, Greta Lee Jackson and Adele Vuko in a scene from the TV series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.

ALL-female comedy trio hitting the mark with new sketch show.

Kim Kardashian West said to be looking for a divorce

Kim Kardashian West is looking to file for divorce from her husband

HBO announces which show will replace Game of Thrones

Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, and Hannah Waddingham in a scene from Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is definitely not coming back next April