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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.

TAMWORTH LOCALS CONGRATULATED FOR EFFORTS

The Quality Hotel Powerhouse has taken out this year’s business category, of the Tamworth Access Awards today. Staff commended for their efforts in training people with a disability in the kitchen. While there were joint winners in the individual section, with Shirley Ryan and Joy Carr sharing the spoils. Both working in Nundle, Carr was the driving force behind the Esi Access Walkway at Nundle Recreation Ground. While Ryan helped raise $4,000 for the project. (no audio)

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GROTH RETAINS NSW COUNTRY SPOT

Tamworth cricket star Tom Groth has been selected for his 10th straight New South Wales Country Cricket tour. The wicket keeper starred behind the stumps for Central Northern at the recent country titles. He’s hoping to help the Bush Blues defend their 50-over title at January’s Australian Country Championships in Western Australia. Tamworth’s Jeff Cook will coach the side. (no audio)

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LOCALS RECOGNISED FOR GYMNASTICS EFFORTS

Tamworth Gymnastics Club’s, Maisie Wilde and Jodie McGinnity, have today been named as nominees for major state awards. Wilde is a finalist in Gymnastics New South Wales’ Levels Development Athlete of the Year category. It follows a successful 12 months, where she was state Level Six Division Two champion, and came third overall among Level Seven’s at the Singapore Invitational. Meanwhile McGinnity has been recognised for her efforts in growing the sport – she’s up for Regional Services and VIP gongs. The awards ceremony will be held in Sydney, in February. (no audio)

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INLAND RAIL ROLLS ALONG

The federal government has settled on a preferred study corridor, for the Narrabri to Narromine section of the proposed Inland Rail network. After committing more than $8-billion of this year’s budget to the project, the government says it’s now ready to proceed to the planning and approvals stage. Solutions are still needed to reduce flood risks, as well as the impact on rural properties. Representatives are expected to meet with affected landholders in the coming months for their input. (no audio)

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TEACHERS STILL ARGUING FOR ARBITRATION

Catholic school teachers across the Armidale Diocese are set to go on strike for the second time this month. On Monday, rallies will be held in Armidale and Tamworth, with teachers protesting the lack of rights to arbitration in the proposed new enterprise agreement. Locals will be among 350 schools around the state taking part in strike action. (no audio)

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TWO HOME INVASION SUSPECTS CAUGHT

A 30-year-old man has been bail refused in Tamworth Local Court, after allegedly breaking into a Goonoo Goonoo Road residence last Tuesday night, and threatening the occupant. Meanwhile, a 24-year-old male received conditional bail in connection to the incident. They were arrested in the car park of a nearby fast food outlet just before 6pm last night. Police say the duo are members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the Finks. “They supply drugs in our community. They use stand over tactics and violence to profit from their illegal activities, and we do everything we can to try and stop that.” The 30-year-old will reappear in court on Monday, with the younger man will face court early next year. (vision accompanied by audio in part)

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