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FUTURE SCHOOL DESIGNS UNVEILED

The Armidale community is being encouraged to come forward and have its say on concept designs released this week for the $65-million future school. It will begin to take shape on the Armidale High School campus, with demountable buildings soon to arrive at Duval High School.. All staff and students will be moved to the Duval campus over the coming months, ready for day one of school next year. A list of potential names for the school have been sent to the Education Minister, and a working group is continuing to design uniforms. Residents can keep up to date via the future school website.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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NUNDLE AND MANILLA WATER RESTRICTIONS TIGHTEN, AGAIN

The ongoing lack of rain is being felt in the Peel and Namoi rivers. From tomorrow, residents at Nundle and Manilla will again have water restrictions tightened, as the towns move to level two. Tamworth Regional Council says the Peel River at Nundle has now stopped flowing, with water from the Crawney Road bore now backing up the town’s water supply. While at Manilla, flow in the Namoi River is less than one megalitre a day. Level two restrictions mean residents cannot use sprinklers or fixed hoses, and hand held hoses can only be used between 6pm and 8am. It comes less than a month after level one restrictions were introduced.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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LOCAL SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BACKLOGS HALVED

A school holiday blitz has cut local public schools’ planned maintenance in half. Roofing, flooring and painting just some of the work undertaken over the school break. High schools across the Tamworth electorate alone have seen planned maintenance slashed by more than $2.5-million, and primary schools almost $1.2-million. While on the Northern Tablelands, around $7.29-million has been spent halving the maintenance backlogs.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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CUTCLIFFE JERSEY FOUND

The rugby jersey of former Pirates player Jack Cutcliffe has been recovered and returned to his family. It was stolen during a break-in at the Pirates’ club house on Tuesday afternoon, along with televisions and alcohol. But the framed memorial jersey of 16-year-old Cutcliffe, who passed away from a heart-related condition last year, was irreplaceable. The Pirates and police have thanked the community for their help in returning the jersey to his family.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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13-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH JAMES STREET HOUSE FIRE, MOREE

A 13-year-old has been charged in relation to a house fire in Moree on James Street last December. It follows a three-day arson operation by Barwon Police, after more than 200 fires were attended to over the past two months. The youth was charged with damaging property and was granted strict conditional bail. They’ll face Moree Children’s Court in March. Police say they’re expecting to make more arrests in the coming days.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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RED ALERT FOR MANILLA RIVER

The Manilla River, downstream of Split Rock Dam has now been issued a red alert warning by Water New South Wales. It comes less than a week after high levels of blue-green algae were found at Split Rock Dam. With the red alert warning in place, people are advised not to consume the water or come in direct contact with it. Farmers are also being warned it could pose a threat to livestock and pets. Town water supplies remain safe to drink.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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