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Olivia Portell

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Olivia began working as a journalist with NBN in Tamworth in May 2018. Born and bred in the North West, Olivia grew up in Armidale, before moving to Newcastle in to study a Bachelor of Communication.

HIGH-SPEED ROLLOVER NEAR WARIALDA

A 56-year-old man was flown to Tamworth Base Hospital Wednesday afternoon following a high-speed rollover. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the Gwidyr Highway outside Warialda before 1 o’clock. He was treated on the scene by paramedics for multiple injuries, before being flown to Tamworth.

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TWO PROJECTS APPROVED FOR FEDERAL DROUGHT FUNDING

The improvement in quality of the region’s cattle grids is the first project Tamworth Regional Council will embark upon, after being approved to use federal drought funding. Bulk water-filling stations will also be installed in six of the city’s surrounding villages, as well as an additional facility in Tamworth. The new stations will be similar to the one already in place on Lockheed Street. Council says it will help with filling rain-water tanks and providing drinking water for stock.

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NSW STATE OF ORIGIN SQUAD TO HEAD TO ARMIDALE FOR DEVELOPMENT CLINIC

The region’s junior rugby league stars will soon have the chance to train with the pros. The University of New England is hosting a State of Origin Clinic next month, to be run by Blues coach Brad Fittler. Details are not yet confirmed, but it’s expected both boys and girls will take part – getting some tips from one of the greats. “Not long ago, UNE hosted national sports camps. It already hosts a rugby camp, a soccer camp as such, so the rugby league camp Brad Fittler was extremely keen to bring that back to Armidale and the region.” The New South Wales Origin Squad is also set to take part in a camp of its own, to strengthen teamwork ahead of the upcoming season.

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ROADWORK DROP-IN SESSIONS

Work on Tamworth’s Manilla Road is moving along, but it’s expected there will soon be significant disruptions to local traffic. The busy section of road near the Jewry Street intersection is being upgraded to introduce a dual carriageway. Locals are being encouraged to attend one of two drop-in sessions being held this week to ask questions about how they’ll be impacted. “Engineers and council staff will be there for anybody who would like some information about what those traffic changes will mean.” Sessions will be held at the intersection Thursday night and Friday morning.

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