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Amelia Bernasconi

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Hailing from Scone in the Upper Hunter, Amelia is based at our North West bureau in Tamworth. She joined NBN News in June, 2017 and graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) from Charles Sturt University later that year.

WELCOME BOOST TO WATER SAFETY PROGRAM IN GUNNEDAH

The Gunida Gunyah program has welcomed a $54-thousand grant to train five new swim coaches and teach young children water safety in Gunnedah. “We really would like to develop the program so they’re not only safe in the pool but we’ve also reached out to Lake Keepit and they’re going to do us program for us as well,” Tracey Reid, Grant Writer with Gunida Gunyah. The funding is aimed at regional and Indigenous communities to see professional swimming lessons keep kids safe this summer. “We’ve seen staggering results over last summer, 5.6% reduction in drowning deaths. We were at 36 which is still 36 too many and every one of those is a tragedy but we’re certainly looking to drive that number down this summer,” Troy Grant, Emergency Services Minister. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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CAROLS IN THE PARK TOMORROW NIGHT

Christmas celebrations are only just beginning with Carols in the Park ready to light up the night on Saturday evening. All the festive favourites will ring out across across the city, along with a special performance. “Colin Buchanan is coming, for the first time to our Christmas event and he’ll put on like a mini concert as part of the program,” Rod Chiswell, Senior Minister, St Peter’s Anglican Church. Fireworks will return to this year, from 9pm. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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COUNCILS CALL FOR MORE DROUGHT ASSISTANCE

Local councils are banding together to call for more drought assistance from the Federal government. The Namoi Joint Organisation is pushing for a further $2-million for each local government area to help deliver more projects to alleviate pressures of drought and future proof the region. Organisation Chair, Jamie Chaffey says it won’t make the grass grow or put water in dams but it WILL send money through local businesses and support employment during the ongoing dry. It comes as Glen Innes Severn, Armidale Regional, Inverell Shire and Tamworth Regional Council’s were approved for funding under the Federal Government’s current $1-million regional drought grants, this week. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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