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DRIVER TO FACE COURT AFTER FATAL NARRABRI VEHICLE ACCIDENT

A man has passed away in hospital, and another will face court, two weeks after a single-vehicle crash in the north-west of the state. Police say a Nissan Maxima with four men on board left the road and hit a tree on the Kamilaroi Highway at Baan Baa, about 30km south of Narrabri, at around 4am on the 24the of November. One of the rear passengers was airlifted to the John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition, but he died on Friday the 8th of December. The driver and other rear passenger were treated at the scene by paramedics, while the front passenger was uninjured. On Wednesday last week, the 35-year-old driver attended Blacktown Police Station where he was issued with a Court Attendance Notice for dangerous driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning death. He will appear at Blacktown …

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MEGA GARAGE SALE EARNS GUNNEDAH COUNCIL COMMUNITY AWARD

One local council is being recognised for encouraging it residents to turn trash into treasure. Gunnedah Shire Council has been given a Community Engagement Award, following its garage sale trail event in October. It increased community participation by holding the event as a mega-sale at the town’s showground. The nation-wide program saw more than 15-thousand garage sales take place on the same weekend – the aim to cut down on landfill. (VISION ONLY)

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DUMARESQ DAM IN LINE FOR MAJOR UPGRADE

Dumaresq Dam’s recreational area could be in line for a multi-million dollar overhaul, with Armidale Regional Council set to apply for $1.5-million in funding from the federal government. If approved, the upgrade would see holiday cabins built and camping facilities restored. A bird watching platform, as well as hiking trails and a mountain bike track would also be installed, in a bid to capture the eco-tourism market. Council would also contribute $1.5-million to the project. (VISION ONLY)

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PHONE COVERAGE IMPROVED AT GLEN INNES

Mobile phone reception has been improved near Glen Innes, with a new tower now live at Kings Plains. The improved coverage will ensure the safety of motorists and landholders – small business are also expected to benefit. It’s the 50th Telstra tower in New South Wales, under the federal government’s $220-million mobile blackspot program. It follows an announcement by Optus earlier this year, to build 16 new towers in the Tamworth region. (VISION ONLY)

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FEDERAL GOVT FRONTS UP FUNDING FOR ROUNDABOUT IN ARMIDALE

There’ll soon be better access to Armidale’s refurbished airport, with the federal government making a $1-million contribution to install a new two-lane roundabout on the New England Highway. “Which is going to be part of increasing the industrial capacity of Armidale, open up a new industrial area.” Construction of the $3.2-million project will begin early next year… And will support a proposed industrial sub-division on the eastern side of the highway. “So that business has access to the New England Highway, has access to the airport, that is in a prime position, hence the interest in getting that industrial park up and going.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MORE POLICE TO CRACK DOWN ON RURAL CRIME IN BARWON

As the New South Wales police force continues its crack down on rural crime, three new positions have been announced for the Barwon Command. A Detective Sergeant and two constables will be based in Moree, to work as part of the newly-formed rural crime prevention team. Stock theft, illegal hunting and trespassing will be targeted. The new positions come just weeks after Strike Force Claymore was launched in Moree to combat the rising rates of crime. (VISION ONLY)

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