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TAMWORTH’S FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE ONE OF THE BEST IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

It’s been touted as one of the country’s best regional film and sound archives and today the value of the Tamworth collection was investigated by an historian from Canberra. Dating back to 1916 the local sound and film archive houses around 7000 pieces of material. The collection is being assessed as part of the Community Heritage Grants Program. “The world war one soldiers, glass slides.. They’re remarkable. A very coherent and complete collection.. That was fortunately discovered.” If more funding is available a preservation specialist will then inspect the collection. (VISION AND PARTS OF AUDIO ONLY)

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SANTOS EIS NOW ON PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Santos’ environmental impact statement for its Narrabri Gas Project is officially on public exhibition. The 7,000 page document has been broken into several chapters online, so the public can easily access the detailed analysis. The statement includes reports into the ecology of the site as well as the potential impacts of CSG exploration. Environmental groups are using the release to continue their fight against the project. Public submissions will be accepted from tomorrow until April 24. You can access the Environmental Impact Statement here. (VISION ONLY)

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COUNCIL HUNTS ‘DROP BEAR’ THIEVES

Tamworth Council is on the hunt for some ‘drop bear’ thieves after the unique street sign was stolen over the weekend. Drop Bear Lane was officially unveiled in Upper Moore Creek last Wednesday – council using special bolts and a taller pole for added security. It’s believed the sign was taken in the early hours of Saturday morning. Council says a replacement will be soon organised along with other security measures. (VISION ONLY)

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ARMIDALE HOSPITAL UPGRADE ON TRACK

The $60-million redevelopment of Armidale hospital is progressing ahead of schedule with construction of the new building almost complete. The concrete slab has been poured for the third level – which will house the peri-operative suites and day surgery facilities. The fourth and final floor will be poured next month – fit-out will then begin. (VISION ONLY)

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MOREE COOLS OFF

Moree’s record-breaking run of hot weather has ended, with the temperature finally dropping to a comparatively cool 27.7 degrees yesterday. In all, the town had 54 consecutive days of temperatures above 35 degrees, eclipsing the state record previously held by Bourke of 50 consecutive days. The heatwave smashing the town’s own previous benchmark of 17 days. And we’ll have more weather later in the news with Gavin Morris. (no audio)

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