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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.

ALMOND SPILL CLOSES HIGHWAY

A truck driver has made a lucky escape after rolling his semi-trailer north of Narrabri around 6.30 this morning, losing a load of almonds. One lane of the Newell Highway was re-opened within two hours, while the clean up extended into the afternoon. NOTE: VISION ONLY PHOTOS COURTESY: NARRABRI FIRE + RESCUE

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CALL PUT OUT FOR LOCALS WANTING TO SIGN UP FOR WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

It’s a little known sport in the New England but it’s hoped wheelchair basketball will soon take off. Today’s Northern Shootout saw players from Newcastle combine with those from our region to make up full teams, until the sport gains the numbers locally. “With the new chairs living out of SportsUNE we’re hoping to really, greatly increase our numbers in the New England. We’ve had a lot of feedback from events that people are keen to get in and have a go, we just haven’t had the equipment so now that we’ve got the chairs hopefully we’ll get some more people involved,” Joe Shoebridge, Wheelchair Sports NSW. It’s hoped a local competition could be up and running by the end of the year. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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FUNDS RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH IN FRIENDS HONOUR

More than 100 keen golfers took to the greens today, but it wasn’t so much a competition, but to honour an old friend – David Clemson, who lost his battle to cancer in 2016. “He passed away to years ago and we had this day in memory of his to support his family and the support’s just overwhelming,” Dan Elsley, organiser. Now an annual event, it aims to raise awareness for regular check-ups. This year’s fundraising goal of $10,000 will be spread between multiple families impacted by the loss of a loved one to cancer. “We’re well and truly behind the cancer unit of Tamworth, we’re looking towards that in the future because as I said it’s building up to be quite a big thing and I hope more and more people get behind it.” NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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MAN STABLE AFTER BEING SHOT IN ARMIDALE

Police are investigating a shooting in Armidale in the early hours of Thursday morning when a 24-year-old man was approached by two men along Niagara Street. Officers say one of the men drew a gun and shot the 24-year-old in the leg before fleeing. The wounded man went to a service station on Queen Elizabeth Drive before he was taken to Armidale hospital for treatment. He’s reported to be in a stable condition. Anyone with information is urged to contact police. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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