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BARNABY JOYCE RECEIVES INAUGURAL NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY AWARD

Meanwhile, Barnaby Joyce’s absence from the community forum could be explained by this… Last night, he received the inaugural National Agriculture Day award from Australian mining magnate, Gina Rinehart. The award carrying a $40,000 bonus. “The inaugural Agricultural and related industries award goes to… Barnaby Joyce.” But Mr Joyce told his Twitter followers, while he was ‘humbled’ to receive the award, he ‘took immediate action to politely decline any acceptance. (AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY) (VISION COURTESY: FAIRFAX MEDIA)

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CHILD APPROACHED AT CALALA

Police are investigating after an 8-year-old boy was approached in Calala around 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. It’s understood the boy was walking along Falcon Drive off Calala Lane when a man in a silver car asked him to get into the vehicle. The man is being described as being around 20-years-old, with olive skin, a thin build and brown hair. Police believe the car is possibly an older model Mitsubishi Lancer with Victorian number plates. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers or the Tamworth station. (VISION ONLY)

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MOTHER AND TWO CHILDREN MISSING FROM NEW ENGLAND AREA

Police are seeking public help to find a woman and her two children, missing from the New England region. 27-year-old Mia Gillon, a young boy and a newborn were last seen at a property in Armidale on Sunday. There are serious concerns for their welfare. It’s believed the woman may be in the Glen Innes-Inverell area, or be travelling to Queensland with the children.

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GOLDEN GUITAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The Golden Guitar finalists have been announced today ahead of¬†January’s Country Music Festival. Contesting the Traditional Country Album of the Year will be Ashleigh Dallas, the Davidson Brothers, Tania Kernaghan, The Bushwackers and Darren Coggan. Coggan will also be in the fight for the Male Artist of the Year title alongside Adam Brand, Brad Butcher, Matt Cornell and Shane Nicholson. And in another tight contest, the Female Artist of the Year finalists include Aleyce Simmonds, Ashleigh Dallas, Fanny Lumsden, Kasey Chambers and Tania Kernaghan. The festival kicks off on January 19.   (VISION ONLY)

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