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NEW SUN PROTECTION AT GUNNEDAH PLAYGROUNDS

Hot summers in the North West can deter many families from enjoying the region’s playgrounds, but Gunnedah Shire Council has taken steps to make them more appealing – new shade sails giving protection from the sun. “They’re very high UV rating, they’re extra stitched for storm rating as well. They’re high enough so hopefully they won’t incur any vandalism and so forth and the kids won’t be inclined to climb them.” Sails have been installed over several playgrounds, including Wolesley Park on Bloomfield Street – and there’s plans for more. “Council’s allocated $30, 000- in the long term financial plan over the next four years to roll the shade sails out.” (VISION AND PARTS OF AUDIO ONLY)

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TRAIN SERVICES SUSPENDED BETWEEN WERRIS CREEK AND MOREE

Train travellers can expect disruptions between Werris Creek and Moree, with New South Wales Train Link temporarily suspending services. The organisation is now working with the Australian Rail Track Corporation to resolve a monitoring system issue. Buses are replacing trains between the two locations until further notice. Services between Werris Creek and Armidale have not been affected. (VISION ONLY)

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UNE JOINS NSWRL

The University of New England is hoping to play a vital role in developing the state’s next generation of rugby league stars. Young players will use the world-class exercise and sports science departments… and hopefully end Queensland’s reign of dominance.

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UNE’S ROBB COLLEGE SET TO GET A FACELEFT

After five years of consultation, the University of New England says it will proceed with the replacement of Robb College. It was closed in 20-14, due to its age and has remained vacant ever since, while a heritage listing proposal was assessed. The New South Wales Heritage Council has confirmed it will no longer be pursuing the proposal. U-N-E says work will begin soon to demolish the existing building. (VISION ONLY)

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BACKTRACK PROGRAM CLAIMS NATIONAL AWARDS

Armidale’s Back Track program has been nationally recognised for its work in crime prevention and community safety. The youth organisation helps troubled teens across the region- providing them with education and training in the hopes of getting them into full-time employment. Back Track founder Bernie Shakesaft was presented with a gold award at the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards, one of only four handed out in Australia this year. (VISION ONLY)

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OXLEY LAC NETS HIGHEST NUMBER OF GUNS DURING AMNESTY

The Oxley Local Area Command has netted the highest number of weapons and firearms in the state under the National Firearms Amnesty. Official figures released this morning show more than 1300 items have been surrendered to police and dealers. One person alone handing in more than 950 firearm barrels. The New England Local Area Command came in at number four in the state with 290 firearms handed in… While 149 weapons were surrendered in the Barwon LAC. (VISION ONLY)

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