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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.

BLANCH TO TAKE ON A SECOND YEAR AS BEARS COACH

Scott Blanch has committed to coach the North Tamworth Bears again in 2019. The side’s captain-coach says he wanted to get the decision out of the way, before the team heads into the Group 4 final rounds. “I thought, you can’t just do one year, you’ve sort of got to carry on and do a couple, so obviously this year there’s been some challenges but next year I think there’ll be equally as many.” The Bears currently sit second on the ladder, ahead of this weekend’s qualifying final against the Gunnedah Bulldogs. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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RECORD NUMBERS AT 5TH ANNUAL INDOOR SPORTS DAY

More than 100 people have packed the Tamworth Sports Dome for the annual Indoor Sports Day. Now in its fifth year, the event is adding more and more fun activities to its line up. This year, the ever-popular Nerf Gun target shooting made a comeback. “Our focus is about everyone having fun. In fact, one of our trophies this afternoon is an award specifically for the person who has the most fun, the most participation and gets the most enjoyment out of today,”  Ada Maughan, Regional Manager, Sunnyfield DisAbility Services. Participants travelled from as far Glen Innes, Narrabri and Inverell to attend. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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THE SHOW WILL GO ON IN TAMWORTH

Meanwhile, despite the drought forcing a number of local shows to cancel events altogether, the Tamworth Show will go on. The organising committee says very few displays have been impacted by the dry conditions. “Dairy cattle have been cancelled, fat lambs are going ahead, they were but we’ve turned that around so they’re going ahead, there’s not a lot of things cancelled. The campdraft has gone by the wayside naturally because of the availability of cattle and team penning at this stage,” Show Committee President, Greg Townsend. The event is switching venues to the AELEC, with the facility also celebrating its tenth anniversary. “We’ll have a stage with entertainment, on the hour every hour and then through to your shearing, your sheep, cattle, animal nursery, dairy goats, alpacas..” The three day event kicks off on August 31. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS …

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COUNCIL HOPEFUL AFTER TEST DRILLS IN MURRURUNDI

The third test drill at Murrurundi is looking promising, as the Upper Hunter Shire Council continues its search for a permanent bore to supply the town with water. Of the three drills, one has been completely ruled out, while two others remain a possibility. It’s unclear yet whether one can be converted into a supply bore to get the town out of trouble. If unsuccessful, Council has a list of back-up measures, including carting water from Scone. Residents are invited to a drop in session on Monday between 11.30am and 1.30pm. NOTE: VISION ONLY  

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SHED DESTROYED, HOME OWNER TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

Neighbours have acted fast to stop the spread of fire to a West Tamworth home today, after a shed caught light. After seeing smoke, they made a number of triple-zero calls and within minutes, firefighters arrived on-scene. They extinguished the blaze in around 20 minutes, but the shed was completely destroyed. The home-owner was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to hospital for observation. The cause of the fire is being investigated. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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