The stabbing in Dondingalong wasn't a random attack, both parties knew each other.
If you're looking at larger acreage type properties, I'd stick with south and east of Kempsey, Euroka, the aforementioned Dondingalong, Verges Creek et al. Why? Because if you need access to the highway you don't have to drive through the main part of Kempsey to get there.
To be honest I wouldn't even consider going anywhere near the town. I'm only 29, my mum n dad both live there and both work. It's a nasty place if you haven't grown up there. Aldavilla is just the same as the rest of Kempsey. I regret every second I was there. I currently live in Newcastle and i can't fault it. Go on to google and type Kempsey police news. Every day there's stagoabbings, family friend was stabbed to death in donfingalong only 2 months ago. The list of crime will have you looking elsewhere very fast. The beach areas are beautiful if you live 4 hours away. Sorry to put a downer on this, but Kempsey is a good for nothing, make you wanna die kind of place.