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Amelia Bernasconi

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Hailing from Scone in the Upper Hunter, Amelia is based at our North West bureau in Tamworth. She joined NBN News in June, 2017 and graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) from Charles Sturt University later that year.

FESTIVAL TAKES CENTRE STAGE

While the Country Music Festival doesn’t officially kick off until Friday, preparations are well underway. The stage is almost ready to go, but before the festival begins stake holders have met for one of many pre-festival events. It was an opportunity for organisers and artists to be commended for their hard work and involvement. “To just wish them well for the next ten days which will hopefully be very rewarding for all of those stakeholders and entrepreneurs who have actually put a fair amount of effort into this exercise,” Barry Harley, Festival Manager, Tamworth Regional Council. NOTE: ACCOMPANYING AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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LEE KERNAGHAN CLAIMS FIRST GOLDEN GUITAR OF 2018

It’s one of the biggest nights in country music – the Golden Guitar awards. And almost two weeks out from the event, Lee Kernaghan has already picked up his first golden guitar of 2018. He’s been announced as the Top Selling Australian Album of the Year recipient for his 25th Anniversary Album. Kernaghan is also nominated for three more Golden Guitars, to be announced on January 27. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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MERINO FIELD DAYS DRAW PROMISING CROWDS, SUPPORTING LOCAL PRODUCERS

The New England Merino Field Days have wrapped up after two days of tours on local properties. 19 sheep studs took part- opening their gates to the public and potential buyers. Organisers believe the high number of visitors was due to the current soaring wool and meat prices. “A lot of interest. Not just tyres kickers, there was people really interested with investing in New England merino rams and ewes – they were inquiring in the ewes as well,” Tim Bower, President New England Merino Field Days. The showcase also drew international and interstate buyers, who will hopefully return to the New England for the local stud’s upcoming ram sales.   NOTE: ACCOMPANYING AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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‘TAKE TAMWORTH BACK’ FACEBOOK PAGE RE-BRANDED AFTER MEETING WITH POLICE

After being labelled a ‘vigilante’ group by local police earlier this week, the former ‘Take Tamworth Back’ Facebook page has re-branded itself as ‘Tamworth Crime Watch’. A recent post by the former group fuelled concerns, as it called for volunteers to do nightly street patrols – some even commenting on what weapons to bring. The new ‘Tamworth Crime Watch’ group has issued its first post, following a meeting with Oxley Police. It explained a renewed vision, as well as changes to how information is presented and passed on to authorities.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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KOOTINGAL CONNECTS TO THE NBN

Residents and business owners on more than 700 Kootingal properties, will now be able to connect to the National Broadband Network. It’s the latest suburb to go live, joining more than 12,000 sites across the Tamworth region. More than 70 per cent of the New England electorate has now been connected, with Manilla, Uralla and Walcha next on the list. Homes and businesses now have 18 months to make to switch. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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