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Champion effort out at sea

TIME FOR RECOGNITION: This month's Community Champion, Darren Squibb, receives a watch from Michael Parry at Parrys Jewellers.
TIME FOR RECOGNITION: This month's Community Champion, Darren Squibb, receives a watch from Michael Parry at Parrys Jewellers. Trevor Veale

EACH week one community- driven member of the public is nominated to be featured in the Advocate and acknowledged for their work.

Community Champions can be anyone who works hard and goes the extra mile - from volunteers to taxi drivers.

Featured champion, Darren Squibb was selected this month by Parrys Jewellers owner Deborah Mauger for the work he does with Sea Shepherd.

Darren is the Coffs Harbour Sea Shepherd marine debris campaign co-ordinator, which is a voluntary role.

As a way to say thank you for the dedication he has to the cause, Darren received a Gents titanium Skagen watch valued at $295 from Parrys Jewellers.

"I'm very touched. It's great to have positive feedback and I'm really appreciative of Michael and Deb from Parrys Jewellers," Mr Squibb said.

A couple of weeks ago, Darren organised the screening of A Plastic Ocean, a documentary on rubbish in the ocean.

"It was a sell-out crowd, with 139 people attending," he said.

"Coffs Harbour public have been fantastic in supporting the movie."

If you missed the chance to attend the film, there will be a second screening on Monday, May 1, at Sawtell Majestic Cinema. Don't miss this opportunity.

More details on the Sea Shepard Marine Debris Facebook page.



Yacht club gets its iconic race back

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Resident's run-in with wild dogs sparks investigations

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Multi-agency reponse after incident.

A rock 'n' roll band with plenty of ability

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Coffs band has a message to play loud and clear

Local Partners

Numbers add up for students

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Challenge for cyclists of all levels and ages

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This year's cycle challenge is being held on Sunday, August 6.

New developments announced for Curryfest

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Bundy mum blogging to get families offline

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Emilia Clarke in a scene from season 7 of Game of Thrones.

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THE colour, the sights, the aromas, the joyful vibe.

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Watch the game at Woopi C.ex

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New apartment development being snapped up by locals.

Island caretaker has weeks to live, abandons paradise

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His health has deteriorated in the past couple of months

Prime CBD site sold as laneway culture progresses

The Longs building Ruthven Street has been purchased by a group of investors to be renovated into a series of shops/eateries.  June 2017

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House build hits the spot

Owner Libby Parish from Thora commissioned licensed builder Cormac McMullan, of Cormac & Co to build her a two bedroom, one bathroom house with a skillion roof.

Is this the answer to affordable housing on the Coffs Coast?

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