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WATCH YOUR WATER USAGE

Liverpool Plains Shire Council is encouraging residents to be water smart this summer. The reminder comes 12 months on from the Werris Creek Water Treatment Plant experiencing the first of six spikes in water production requirements. Mayor Andrew Hope says the levels are currently below average but if demand spikes similar to recent summers, water conversation measures may need to be introduced. Quipolly Dam is currently down 1.9 per cent compared to November, sitting at 75.3 per cent capacity. (VISION ONLY)

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NEW COACH SERVICES BOUND FOR TAMWORTH

New South Wales Trainlink is proposing three new coach services for Tamworth. An information session will be held on Wednesday to discuss the services between Tamworth and Newcastle, Dubbo and Port Macquarie. Trainlink is calling on input surrounding departure and arrival times, the frequency of travel and food and drink options, with feedback helping to shape the trial services in the new year. Anyone unable to attend the Tamworth Community Centre between 11am and 2pm this Wednesday can complete an online survey before the end of January. (VISION ONLY)

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ARMIDALE AIR QUALITY TALK CONTINUES

Armidale Regional Council says its working towards a solution to help improve Armidale’s air quality, particularly through winter. But Mayor Simon Murray says its challenging to determine where the air quality issues arise, and what parts of the extended council are suffering. “We can’t very well tell everyone to remove wood heaters when it’s an Armidale issue, not a Guyra issue, not a Tingha issue. It’s really just for here, so we’ve got to come up with some sort of strategy,” Armidale Regional Council Mayor, Simon Murray. Community feedback is being sought, as council continues to investigate different options. “Do a lot of monitoring of air quality so we can say, okay under these weather conditions, please make sure you’re burning your fires really well and not choking them down, because that apparently is where a lot of the smoke …

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OAKBURN PARK RACEWAY PILE UP

There was dramatic pile up at Oakburn Park Raceway last night… A motorbike- with a side car- took the third corner a little too tight during the first round of racing, ejecting both occupants. More bikes continued to fall as they attempted to avoid the crash. Two men aged in their 30s were taken to hospital via ambulance, but were later released. One suffered a hairline fracture to his leg, while the other was treated for concussion.   (VISION ONLY)

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WERRIS CREEK AND QUIRINDI POOLS EXTENDED HOURS

There will soon be more time to soak up the sun at local pools on the Liverpool Plains, with council announcing extended hours at both Werris Creek and Quirindi pools from December 18. Both pools will be open between 10am to 7pm until the end of school holidays, with the exclusion of Christmas and Boxing Day. Council has also invested in an inflatable obstacle course which will be used at both pools during the coming weeks.   (VISION ONLY)

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FUNDRAISER TO SEE MOORE FAMILY TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS

The Tamworth community is continuing to rally behind the Moore family, in a hope to see five month old Lotte Moore spend her first Christmas with her whole family. Lotte was born ten weeks premature and has spent much of her short life in John Hunter Hospital, since being diagnosed with a rare throat cist at just three weeks old. The West Tamworth Bowling Club will host a fundraiser tomorrow from 3 to 8pm to help the family pay for accommodation in Newcastle. The go fund me page has raised almost $3,500 for the family in just over three weeks.   https://www.gofundme.com/lottes-first-christmas   (VISION ONLY)

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MAN CHARGED, PROHITBED DRUGS FOUND AT CALALA PROPERTIES

A 33-year-old man will remain in police custody over drug charges, after being refused bail in Tamworth Local Court today. He’s been charged with more than 20 offences including supply and possess prohibited drugs, after two properties at Calala were searched late yesterday. Police from Strike Force Kotzur seized cash, steroids and methylamphetamine during the searches. (VISION ONLY)

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