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Nick Hornby-Howell is a reporter with NBN News in Tamworth. After finishing high school in Newcastle, Nick studied Sports Media at the University of Canberra.

BARNABY JOYCE TO SELL PILLIGA PROPERTIES

Meanwhile, Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he will sell his two properties in the Pilliga forest, due to their proximity to coal seam gas exploration sites. The parcels of land lie in the middle of an area near Narrabri that is under an exploration licence owned by Santos. Mr Joyce paid half a million dollars for the two properties, the latest bought in 2008. It comes after the Nationals candidate for the seat of New England was accused of having a conflict of interest due to his ownership of the properties. (No Audio.)

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BARWON WELCOMES SIX NEW OFFICERS

Barwon’s local area command welcomed six new officers today. Four of the probationary constable’s underwent their induction at Moree Police Station this morning. Tomorrow, all six will be put through their paces in the field alongside their training officer. After six weeks of supervised training, they will be transferred throughout Barwon’s different units for the next twelve months. (No Audio.)

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CAREY’S FREIGHT LINES DEFEND HORSEBALL TITLE

Carey’s Freight Lines has taken out the final, of the Northern New South Wales Horseball Championships in Tamworth Opponents Schwager Contracting had the better first half, taking a 2-1 lead. But the navy blues came home strong, winning five goals to three. On Saturday night, 18 players were put through their paces in the first round of national team trials. Tamworth has eight hopefuls, competing against others from Glen Innes, Wee Waa, Scone and Goulburn. (No Audio.)

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LIONS LOOKING TO COME OUT ON TOP IN THE BATTLE OF THE BIG CATS

Home ground advantage for the Group 4 rugby league grand final, will be up for grabs tomorrow, when West Tamworth host Wee Waa. The four time defending premiers will start as favourites, having won each encounter with the Panthers this season. Both sides will be at full strength, with Chris Hunt and Scott Rolls returning for the home side, and Wee Waa welcome back Brenton Cochrane and Pete Wenner. A date with North Tamworth in next week’s preliminary final awaits the loser. Kick off is 2:45 at Scully Park. (No Audio.)

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MODEL AIRCRAFT TAKING OFF THIS WEEKEND

The Tamworth Area Radio Model Aircraft Club will hold their major event for the year this weekend at Somerton Flying Field. It is a chance for participants to show off their model aircraft to fellow enthusiasts. There will be the best of the aeroplanes and helicopters on show, with some replicas requiring hours of concentration. “Some of these hundreds and hundreds of hours. Models that are scratch built, built from nothing, sometimes they can take years.” Events on the day will include racing and judging for the best constructed aircraft.

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