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STATE GOVT WON’T FUND COAL STUDY

Landholders at Caroona continue to block the entrance of a property earmarked for test drilling by BHP Billiton. While the picket line thinned overnight, a hard core of protestors still stood its ground. The group has made national headlines in its fight to stop BHP Billiton from drilling for coal, calling on the state government to fund an independent water study. The Minister for Natural Resources, Ian Macdonald, today refused to fund the study. Mr Macdonald said he believes environmental information to be provided by BHP Billton will be rigorous.

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CAROONA FARMERS STAND GROUND

Farmers on the Liverpool Plains are standing their ground, maintaining a blockade at the entrance of a property near Caroona. The group is protesting plans by mining giant BHP Billiton to continue test drilling for coal in the region. Around 150 people attended the protest early this week and farmers are forming a skeleton picket line at the property, calling for an independent catchment-wide water study. The protestors are planning to meet with members of the National party to discuss the issue and will continue to man the blockade throughout the night.

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BEARS IN PREMIERSHIP HUNT

West Lions remain on top of the leader board following round 10 of the Group 4 rugby league competition. Cross town rival’s North Tamworth are now now firmly in the mix for the finals after beating Gunnedah 60 to 28 over the weekend. GROUP 4 LEADERBOARD West Lions 28 North Tamworth 26 Wee Waa 20 Moree 18 Gunnedah 16 Coonabarabran 14 Narabri 10

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LOCAL MP TO VISIT CAMBODIA

The Federal Member for Parkes will join a parliamentary delegation in South East Asia this week to help oversee the Cambodian general election. Mark Coulton will represent the Australian Government to ensure the result is independent and fair.

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PROTESTORS BLOCKADE COAL DRILLING

Protesters at Caroona on the Liverpool Plains have blockaded the entrance to a farming property earmarked for coal exploration by BHP Billiton. Landholders are promising to stand their ground unless an independent study on the impact mining could have on underground water supplies is carried out.

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CHASING BAILEY RETURN HOME

Tamworth band Chasing Bailey have returned home after performing at the World For Youth Concert in Sydney. The adrenaline and energy of the night still very real for the members who say they could get used to performing in front of massive crowds.

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