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There’s no word yet on if the state government will fund a new hall and gymnasium at Gunnedah High School. The Member for Tamworth, Peter Draper, is behind the push, which has the council’s support. The facility would be built at the front of the school premises, and cater for 600 students as well as the wider community. Gunnedah mayor, Adam Marshall, says there is a huge opportunity for all members of the community to receive benefits from the building to utilise it fro concerts, gatherings, meetings and large entertainment events. The mayor says the current hall dates back to the 1960s.

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An Armidale teenager has been charged with a string of assaults, at an Armidale high school early last month. Police allege the 13-year-old boy assaulted four other students and a teacher. He’s been charged with eight counts of assault and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The boy has been granted bail and is due to reappear in court in Armidale, on March the 19th.

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A 47-year-old Maitland man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car on Thunderbolts Way at Nowendoc. The rider was thrown from his machine and died at the scene yesterday afternoon. The car’s driver, a 35-year-old Tamworth man and three passengers escaped injury. Police have interviewed the driver and no charges have been laid.

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Two Tamworth detectives were injured in a head on crash on the New England Highway. On Friday afternoon a Mitsubishi Magna, collided with the officer’s unmarked four wheel drive, three kilometres south of Rocky Gulley Road at Bendemeer. The Magna burst into flames and the 17-year-old Tamworth driver was trapped in the car. He was taken to Tamworth Hospital suffering severe cuts to the face and leg and is in a stable condition A 42-year-old Detective Inspector was airlifted to Armidale Hospital with leg fractures and head injuries. He is also in a stable condition. The 36-year-old Detective Sergeant who was driving the car suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

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Member for Tamworth, Peter Draper has launched a crime survey- and is hoping the findings will help pressure the State Government into providing more police officers for North West communities.

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The New South Wales Farmers’ Association met in Tamworth today, to discuss key issues affecting the sector. Among the items on the agenda, the global financial crisis, grain prices and opposition to certain imports.

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