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KNITTING NANNAS SAY NO TO COAL AND CSG MINING

While there were plenty of buskers along Peel Street today, a sea of yellow emerged outside Barnaby Joyce’s electorate office. Members of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas group set up camp, hoping to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister to put an end to coal and CSG mining…and discuss a new health report. “Through this report Dr Geralyn McCarron, she speaks about the increase of hospitalised visits so we’re wondering if that’s what we’re going to see in the New England North West if we continue the industrialisation of our region.” Members travelled from all over the state for today’s event – but unfortunately Mr Joyce was out of the office. (vision and audio in parts)

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ARMIDALE REGIONAL COUNCIL BACK FLIPS ON MALL REDEVELOPMENT

Armidale Council has back flipped on plans to redevelop the city’s Beardy Street mall – withdrawing a $3.3-million funding application from the state government. Under the plan, one controversial option would see vehicle traffic reintroduced into the mall. Mayor Simon Murray says the decision to withdraw the application was made to encourage more community engagement. It follows the announcement last week that a group of concerned residents plan to hold a rally in the mall, in protest of the upgrades next month. (vision only)

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THE BIG GOLDEN GUITAR TURNS 30

Tamworth’s famous landmark has celebrated a major milestone. On January 22 in 1988, the Big Golden Guitar was officially opened by Australia’s King of Country Music, Slim Dusty. Today on its 30th birthday, many tourists made a pit stop to take a quick snap.. The idea to build a big guitar was brought about by former Mayor Warrick Bennet and festival founder Max Ellis… The 12-metre high fibreglass structure was made by Tamworth local Len Surtees and modelled on the famous Golden Guitar awards. (vision only)

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