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Regional producers have had the chance to showcase their products on an international stage. 16 exhibitors were chosen to represent New South Wales at the Fine Food Australia trade show – the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. “Some of the products you see here behind us are because of the people, that were maybe traditionally farming or doing other enterprises, either needed to change because of things like drought or saw another opportunity.” The event draws in more than 25, 000 visitors and buyers – many coming from overseas. “Its been fantastic, the level of interest has been wonderful and we’ve had quite a few export enquiries.” (VISION AND PARTS OF AUDIO ONLY)

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A trip down memory lane was the theme for the Tamworth Historical Society, celebrating its 60th anniversary at today’s Calala Cottage Spring Fair. It was a step back in time – with vintage cars lining the grounds, old school shearing demonstrations and even a quick lesson in a former school house. Entertainment stretched well into the afternoon, with market stalls complementing a day of nostalgia. (VISION ONLY)

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The final counts have been tallied and the 11 councillors to make up the first Armidale Regional Council have now been finalised. Former administrator Ian Tiley, Country Labor candidate Debra O’Brien and former Deputy Mayor of Guyra Simon Murray were elected on first count. As were Margaret O’Connor and Jon Galletley. They will be joined by the Greens, Dorothy Robinson, while Libby Martin and Bradley Widder will also take seats on the new council. Diane Gray will sit alongside former Armidale Dumaresq councillor Andrew Murat. Peter Bailey rounds out the 11th seat. The new Council will vote for Mayor and Deputy on September 27.   (VISION ONLY)

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Prescription drugs and a sum of cash have been stolen from a pharmacy in the North-West of New South Wales. A group of three men, one of whom was armed with a knife, entered the pharmacy on Amaroo Drive in Moree shortly before 2pm yesterday, and threatened the two female staff members. The men, who were wearing masks, took a quantity of cash and Fentanyl patches from a safe before fleeing in a vehicle stolen from one of the staff. The car was dumped nearby before the offenders escaped on foot. Two of the males were wearing black pants and black jumpers, while the third male was wearing a black jumper and green camouflage pants. Police have urged anyone with information about the robbery to come forward.

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It’s a survey that’s certainly prompted plenty of discussion – whether to vote yes or no on same sex marriage. Marriage equality campaigners will arrive in the New England North West tomorrow, encouraging locals and businesses to take part. “We can go about the ‘yes’ vote or the ‘no’ vote in a manner of harmony and matter of equality. So the person that you’re sitting next to having a beer with tomorrow night, is the person that will be sitting next to you having a beer after tomorrow night – they might just be wearing a ring on a different finger.” The Regional Marriage Equality Roadshow will be in Armidale tomorrow afternoon, before arriving in Tamworth tomorrow night. (AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY)

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