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Madeline Lewis is a reporter with NBN News in Tamworth. She grew up in the Hunter Valley and studied Broadcast Journalism at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.

RFS AND SES CONTINUE SCOUTING FOR NEW HOME

Tamworth’s rural fire fighters and SES are still on the look out for a new home, after the proposed site on Country Lane was deemed unsuitable. The SES claims it’s prone to flooding from Timbumburi Creek, so council has gone back to the drawing board. “We had about 14 to 15 sites around the Tamworth area, so we’ve narrowed it down to three or four and they are in crown land and some on council land, within a five kilometre radius of Tamworth.” It’s now up to the RFS and SES to make a final decision. “The most likely options are going to be within the precinct to Forrest Road in the back of the hospital, in that area there.” [VISION WITH AUDIO]

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PRE POLLING OPENS IN TAMWORTH

After the longest election campaign in history voting is now underway in New England, with pre-polling opening in Tamworth today. Greens candidate, Mercurius Goldstein, arrived bright and early to spruik his support for ‘National Tafe Day’. He also revealed where the party’s preferences lie. “The Greens local members in New England have decided to preference Tony Windsor in the second spot and Barnaby Joyce as Nationals last on the ticket.” Independent candidate, Rob Taber, also campaigned outside, saying he won’t be allocating preferences. “A true independent doesn’t allocate preferences, yeah so, that’s the way it’ll be.” [VISION WITH AUDIO]  

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REGIONAL NSW PULLING IN BIG VISITOR NUMBERS

It seems more tourists are choosing to stay in regional areas, rather than the city. The latest national visitor survey shows regional New South Wales recorded more than 20 million overnight visitors in the past 12 months. Events like the Tamworth Country Music Festival have been attributed to the state’s overall success. The Baird Government says tourists contribute $16.4 billion to the state’s economy. [VISION ONLY]

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POWERSTATION PLAN ADOPTED

A strategic plan has been adopted by council for the Tamworth Power Station Museum. The document sets out how the museum will attract more visitors over the next four years. It also details the need for more space, to expand the exhibition. “They’re busting at the seams you know they’ve got very limited display opportunities there, their collection has grown quite large.” Council hopes the museum will play a larger role in its overall tourism strategy. [VISION WITH AUDIO]

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TRUCK CRASH CLAIMS TWO LIVES

An horrific crash has claimed two lives near Uralla, in the state’s north west. Just before 2pm, emergency services were called to the Thunderbolts Way at Rocky River, amid reports two trucks had collided head-on. Following the impact, both rigs caught alight – two people, believed to be the drivers, were found dead at the scene. The road is expected to remain closed for some time. (VISION ONLY)

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