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NORTHERN TABLELANDS URGED TO REPORT KOALA SIGHTINGS

Keeping an eye on the tree tops could help a new conservation project in the Northern Tablelands. Researchers are looking into the koala population in the area, who say the species are in decline. Ecologists are spending the next few months surveying land between Armidale and Inverell, in a bid to determine population numbers. Initial studies show only three concentrated groups of the marsupial in the region. Any residents who spot a koala should report the sighting to Southern New England Landcare. (vision only)

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NEW WILLOW TREE BOWLO SET TO BE BUILT FOLLOWING 2017 FIRE

A new bowling club in Willow Tree could soon be on the cards with a development application expected to be lodged with council this week. The small community was reportedly devastated, when the original club house was destroyed by fire in January last year. The blaze was sparked by an electrical fault. Since then the club has been operating out of the town’s Visitor Information Centre. (vision only)

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$42-MILLION AGED CARE FACILITY TO BE BUILT IN MOORE CREEK

A $42-million aged care facility, proposed for Tamworth’s Moore Creek area has been given the green light by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel. The development submitted by RSL Life Care, will see a 57-unit retirement village as well as a 62-bed nursing home and purpose built dementia wing . A community centre will also be built on the site. Developers say the new facility will create up to 80 new jobs. Construction will start later this year. (vision only)

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ROOSTERS DIG IN FOR TINY SUPPORTER

It’s been a difficult start to life for one very tiny Roosters supporter, and his parents. This weekend’s Kootingal-Moonbi Rugby League charity round will raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Community care – after a former player’s son was diagnosed with the condition at just three weeks old.

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STUDYING PARENTS GIVEN HELPING HAND AT TAFE

Parents studying at Armidale’s TAFE have been given a helping hand, with a new creche facility now open. Anyone studying at TAFE can use the service free of charge. The new facilities will support a number of refugee families settling in Armidale, who are undertaking their 500 hours of free English language courses. “This is a great advancement for Armidale TAFE, it provides much better support for our students. Many of our students have young children.” (VISION AND AUDIO IN PARTS)

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