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MOREE MAN FINED OVER ROO SHOOT

A Moree district man has been fined $4,000 after illegally shooting 104 kangaroos on a property near Garah. It’s understood the man sold the meat to a Queensland meat processor after claiming the roos were killed north of the border. The Department of Environment and Climate Change says several people have been charged for illegal shooting activity in recent months. Farmers are being reminded that culling quotas are in place and shooting permits are mandatory.

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MORE SERVICES AT UNE

Students at Armidale’s University of New England are set to benefit from a plan to re-introduce compulsory student fees. Member for New England, Tony Windsor, says it will secure the future of vital services on campus including child care, health care and sport and recreation facilities. He says the announcement is well overdue after the Howard Government cut funding to the sector when it introduced voluntary student unionism.

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BARRABA CELEBRATES SHEARING PAST

One of Australia’s best shearing collections is on show in Barrabra’s Visitor Information Centre. Shearing tools from as far back as the 18th Century have been restored by Tamworth resident Alan Cameron. The exhibition also features photographs and historic letters outlining the regions long standing history with the wool industry. Some artefacts were given to the National Museum in Canberra, but Mr Cameron says he’s glad the historic pieces will remain in the North West. “I’m pleased it’s in a place where people can view it now, then my back shed.” ( (****)

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SOLVING THE SKILLS SHORTAGE

A $6.3-million upgrade of training facilities at the Tamworth TAFE campus is set to help tackle the skills shortage in rural areas. There’s been strong demand for automotive and electro-technology trades, particularly from students taking up school-based apprenticeships.

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MORE WATER FOR IRRIGATORS

Peel Valley irrigators can breathe a sigh of relief heading into summer. The Department of Water and Energy has announced water allocations for general security licence holders will increase from 55 per cent to 80 per cent, while groundwater users have been given their full entitlement. The decision follows extensive rainfall in spring, with Chaffey Dam sitting now just two per cent below its capacity. The dam hasn’t been at that level since 2002.

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STABBING IN TENTERFIELD

A 17-year-old boy has been charged over a stabbing incident in Tenterfield. Emergency services were called to a party in Margaret Street early yesterday morning, where it’s alleged the teenager stabbed a 25-year-old man twice in the buttocks. The 17-year-old has been charged with recklessly wounding another person. He was today refused bail in the Armidale Children’s Court. The case has been adjourned until 24th November.

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NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS

A Barraba supermarket is leading the fight against plastic bags. From Monday the town’s IGA will insist customers reuse and recycle bags, as the community bands together to crack down on pollution and waste.

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