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FIREARM CHARGES LAID OVER GILGAI DOMESTIC INCIDENT

A man will face court after allegedly threatening two other men with a firearm in the north-west of New South Wales. The incident took place at a house on Wood Street in Gilgai, about 75 kilometres west of Glen Innes, at around 11am yesterday. The men fled and notified police, who located a loaded pistol in a subsequent search of the property. A 26-year-old man was charged with a range of offences including using an unauthorised pistol, and not keeping a firearm safe.

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TOTAL FIRE BAN TOMORROW FOR PARTS OF NORTH WEST

A bushfire north of Tenterfield has burnt out more than 3,400 hectares.. It peaked to a Watch and Act during the day, with firefighters employing a large air tanker, loaded at Dubbo to drop retardant on the blaze. It has now been downgraded to an Advice level, and is under control. It comes as the Rural Fire Service issued total fire bans to Northern Slopes and North Western fire zones, with Very High and Severe fire danger forecast for tomorrow. (VISION ONLY)

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ARMIDALE AIRPORT TEMPORARY CAR PARK READY

Construction of Armidale Airport’s temporary car park has been completed and will be ready for use from tomorrow. Armidale Regional Council says it will provide safe, all weather car parking while work to the permanent car park is undertaken. However the interim car park will be closed itself between November 3 to 5 for further work to take place.   (VISION ONLY)

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CALALA POSTAL AGENCY ON ROCKY GROUND

The Calala Community Postal Agency, run through the Family Pharmacy at Calala, looks set to close its doors. The owner recently notified Australia Post of their decision to step aside. Expressions of interest were sought, however none were put forward by this afternoon’s 5pm deadline. Australia Post say they will be in Calala early next week to try and make other arrangements. (VISION ONLY)

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FITZROY STREET TAKING SHAPE

The Fitzroy Street upgrades hit another milestone in Tamworth this morning, with the pouring of over 70 cubic metres of concrete. It may not look too exciting yet, but once finished the street will feature a plaza area, with parking, wifi a water re-fill station and Chinese Elm trees. Council says the project is on track and on budget, with work due to be completed well before the Country Music Festival. (VISION ONLY)

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RURAL NSW LEADS DOMESTIC REGIONAL TOURISM

New tourism stats show rural New South Wales is leading the charge in domestic regional tourism. In the 12-months to June this year, a record 21.3-million people visited regional centres, spending $10.5-billion. On a national scale, New South Wales has achieved the highest annual growth of domestic tourism in the last five years, welcoming more than 30-million visitors.   (VISION ONLY)

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