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RFS DECLARES EARLY START TO BUSH FIRE DANGER PERIOD

A spate of out-of-control hazard reduction burns has forced the Rural Fire Service to start the bush fire danger danger period a month earlier. From August 1, landholders in the Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell, Uralla, Tenterfield and Walcha areas will need fire permits. The RFS says the north of the state has only received half its average rainfall so far this winter, resulting in extremely dry conditions. (VISION ONLY)

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TAMWORTH PARKRUN ACHIEVES MAJOR MILESTONE

Since it launched in September 20-14 Tamworth’s Parkrun course has hosted more than 3000 participants, who’ve collectively run just under 124-thousand kilometres. And this weekend it will celebrate a major milestone – with the 200th Parkrun event being held on Saturday. The anniversary coincides with the Bicentenary of Tamworth, with runners being asked to dress up in 1800 period costumes.

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TAMWORTH MP MEETS WITH BUSINESSES AT ‘STATE OF THE STATE’ LUNCHEON

New South Wales boasts the richest economy in the country and today Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson met with local business owners to discuss how the local region is benefiting. More than 100 people attended the Tamworth Business Chamber’s ‘State of the State’ luncheon, with jobs, skills and investment all hot topics. The impacts of drought also a concern. “Those associated businesses in agriculture are feeling it. Those in Peel Street, those retailers. There’s not that excess cash floating around at the moment where they’re going to buy that coffee or they’re going to go and buy that dress or they’re going to go and buy those shoes.” The State of the Nation lunch will be held later in the year. (VISION AND AUDIO IN PARTS)

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INVERGOWRIE ELECTRICIAN TO RUN FOR NORTHERN TABLELANDS SEAT

An electrician from Invergowrie will run as a candidate in next year’s state election. The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party have named Rayne Single as their candidate for the seat of Northern Tablelands. Launching his campaign in Tingha, Mr Single believes the region’s smaller communities have been ignored by the Nationals. “They’ve failed to fight council mergers, they’ve failed to fight for drought funding and they’ve failed to stand up against the city Liberals.” (vision and audio in parts)

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ARMIDALE COMMUNITY MEETS OVER CRIME CONCERNS

Concerned Armidale residents met with local police and councillors overnight to discuss crime concerns in the town. Over the past few weeks there’s been a number of break-ins and robberies – particularly around the Girraween Shopping Village, on Queen Elizabeth Drive. A lack of drug rehab facilities in the city was also a concern raised at the meeting. The group is expected to meet again next month. (vision only)

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ANZ TAMWORTH BRANCH TO CLOSE FOR TWO MONTHS

ANZ bank customers in Tamworth will be without a branch for two-months, with the Peel Street office set to close on Friday. Over the next eight weeks, it will be upgraded to a new ‘digital’ branch – with free wifi and tablet devices on offer. It means the closest branches will now be Gunnedah and Armidale, but customers can still access services online or at the Tamworth post office. Employees will also be re-located during the upgrade. The branch reopens on September 12. (VISION ONLY)

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TAMWORTH NAMED CHAMPION CLUB AT COUNTRY GYMNASTICS CHAMPS

Tamworth has been named the overall women’s champion at the recent New South Wales Country Gymnastics Championships. More than 1500 gymnasts competed at the event – with Maisie Wilde and Annalise Tighe going one and two in the level-seven junior division. Jemma Baker and Josie Douglas claimed gold and silver in the level-seven seniors… Overall, Tamworth took out gold in level six, silver in level five and silver in the level seven-to-ten competition. (VISION ONLY)

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