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ONE MAN KILLED AND OTHERS INJURED IN TWO SEPARATE ACCIDENTS ON THE NEW ENGLAND HIGHWAY

A motorcyclist has been killed in an accident on the New England Highway this afternoon. The incident occurred just south of the Kankool weigh station on the Liverpool Ranges after midday. It’s believed the male rider lost control of the bike in the wet conditions. Meanwhile, a second accident on the New England Highway has seen three people taken to hospital. Emergency services were called to the scene of a two vehicle accident north of Bendemeer at midday. A 19-year-old female suffered chest injuries, while a man in his 50s received head and leg injuries. A 65-year-old female was also taken to hospital. (VISION ONLY, NO AUDIO)

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INVERELL MAYOR HOPEFUL NEW HOSPITAL WILL BRING AIRLINE TO TOWN

It’s hoped a new hospital in Inverell could pave the way for an airline to service the town. This week the final design plans were released for the $30-million redevelopment. Inverell has been without an airline for almost a decade and Mayor Paul Harmon believes modern facilities could garner the need for air access to the town. “If we have a really good health facility here, with good quality services we can attract good quality physicians to here, so then that puts the pressure on those airlines.” It’s hoped the first round of funding for the hospital redevelopment will be allocated in the upcoming state budget. (VISION AND PART OF AUDIO ONLY)

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THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS ACROSS NORTH WEST ON ANZAC DAY

There will be many early risers across the north west tomorrow with hundreds set to pay their respects at ANZAC dawn services across the region. Mid-morning in Gunnedah will see war veterans and school students march up Marquis Street at 10.30 – followed by a service at the town’s Cenotaph at 11. While in Armidale the ANZAC march will begin at Faulkner Street at 10.30 – before a service in Central Park. Big crowds are also expected in Tamworth. “Have our normal dawn service, our little service up here for these four memorials, prior to the march, the march, the main service in the town hall.” (11 secs, … The town hall) Tamworth’s dawn service will begin at 5.30am at the ANZAC park gates. (VISION AND PARTS OF AUDIO ONLY)

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SERVICE NSW CENTRE OPENS IN INVERELL

Inverell residents will now have better access to a number of government agencies, with the town’s Service New South Wales centre officially open. The Byron Street office is the second centre of its kind on the Northern Tablelands, and will enable residents to complete more than 960 different transactions in one location. “We can do business transactions for fair trade, we can do births, deaths and marriages, obviously do roads and maritime.” Moree has been earmarked as the next location in line for a Service New South Wales centre, in the region. (VISION AND PARTS OF AUDIO ONLY)

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MOTORCYCLING COMMUNITY HONOURS FALLEN SOLDIERS

Today the north west motorcycling community paid their respects, with more than 50 bikes hitting the road for the ANZAC Memorial Run. Leaving Tamworth at 10am, the group made a five hour journey around the region in honour of fallen soliders. Through entry fees and raffles, the ride raised money for Soldier On Australia – an organisation dedicated to helping service men and women injured in battle. (VISION ONLY, NO AUDIO)

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