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Olivia Portell

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Olivia began working as a journalist with NBN Tamworth in May 2018. She was born and bred in Armidale, before moving to Newcastle to study a Bachelor of Communication.

WALLABADAH AND PREMER FACE LEVEL 1 WATER RESTRICTIONS

Wallabadah and Premer are the latest towns facing water restrictions. Level 1 restrictions will come into effect tomorrow, meaning sprinklers will only be allowed for two hours a day. Washing hard surfaces can only be done with a high pressure hose. Meanwhile, Level 3 restrictions are just weeks away for Tamworth, if water consumption isn’t reduced. Chaffey Dam currently sits at just above 30-percent capacity. (NOTE: NO AUDIO)

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RFS CREWS WORK TO GET TINGHA BLAZE UNDER CONTROL

After a busy week on the fireground at Tingha, RFS crews should see some reprieve over the coming days. The blaze is being controlled, and most roads are open. The RFS will continue backburning and assessing the extent of properties affected by the fire. So far more than 23,000 hectares has been burnt and several properties have been destroyed. Currently, no further properties are under threat. (NO AUDIO)

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MAN REFUSED BAIL OVER ROBERT STREET ARMED ROBBERY

An 18-year-old man accused of committing an armed robbery has been refused bail in Tamworth Local Court. Police say about 3:30pm on Tuesday, he threatened a 35-year-old man with a knife at a Robert Street ATM. It’s alleged he stole cash from the victim, before fleeing the scene. On Friday, he was arrested from a home on Central Avenue. He’ll face court again tomorrow. (NO AUDIO)

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AUTUMN FESTIVAL UNDERGOES BIG CHANGES

The Autumn Festival is one of the biggest events on Armidale’s calendar, but this year the whole region is included. Newly named the New England Festival, it will see festivities move from the Creeklands to the mall, with a new parade route. Almost 30 years since it started, organisers say a rejuvenation was in need. “We also had a lot of people who didn’t like the fact that Autumn was not here as yet, so we’re calling it the New England Festival to incorporate a whole lot of other events.” The festival begins on the 16th of March.

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