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WATER RESTRICTIONS TIGHTEN FOR TAMWORTH REGION

Bendemeer residents will be faced with level-one water restrictions from Monday and officials say Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal aren’t far behind. The trigger point for restrictions is 40-percent at Chaffey Dam, and currently the water level is just under 42-percent. Council estimates that gives locals another three to four weeks.”People are able to use fixed sprinklers but it’s limited to two hours per day and during daylight savings that’s between 6pm and 8pm at night,” Bruce Logan, Director or Water and Waste, Tamworth Regional Council. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY, FILE VISION

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GUNNEDAH MEALS ON WHEELS TREATED TO FUNDING TOP UP

There’s been a welcome treat for the Gunnedah Meals on Wheels with $20,000 of state government funding announced. The money will go towards upgrading and organising the back-of-office dealings, including extra storage and a security system. “We have up to 60 on the books, but they vary from week to week and day to day actually. At this time of the year they drop off a bit because family come and take their family members home,” Colleen Fuller, President Gunnedah Meals on Wheels. Work is expected to begin early next year. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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RAINBOW SERPENT TO CELEBRATE KAMILAROI CULTURE

A piece of Kamilaroi culture will take pride of place outside Gunnedah’s Cultural Precinct. Funding was announced today to see the Rainbow Serpent Fountain created, including 32 hand-crafted mosaic pieces. The Kamilaroi women’s group has been guarding the site for almost 16 years. “I said if you’re going to put anything in there you need to think about it, because you’re going to have to take it out,” Gloria Foley, Kamilaroi Women’s Group. The $300,000 project will celebrate indigenous history, and hopefully entice locals and visitors to learn more about it. “I love the story of the serpent, how he has to go out and find the good will, the nature, through water. It is about mother earth, it is about the dust, the sun and the stars,” Kevin Anderson, Member for Tamworth. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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3-YEAR-OLD KILLED IN MOONBI CRASH

A road accident in the north west has tragically claimed the life of a three-year-old boy. Police say the ute he was travelling in went off the New England Highway at Moonbi, before going down an embankment, hitting trees and a boulder. Emergency services tried to save the toddler, but he died at the scene. The 24-year-old male driver was airlifted to Tamworth Hospital – his injuries were not life-threatening. (NO AUDIO)

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OLD COURTHOUSE COULD BE HERITAGE LISTED BY FEBRUARY

Armidale’s old courthouse could join Central Park on the Heritage List as early as February. Earlier this month, it was announced the landmark would go under the hammer. It sparked community outrage, and was soon taken off the market. If the application is successful, it’s expected the building will be sold to Armidale Regional Council to be used for community purposes. (NO AUDIO)

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ARMIDALE SECONDARY COLLEGE PLANS REVEALED

As Armidale’s two public high school’s prepare to merge, the Armidale Secondary School project has reached the next stage. A contractor has been announced, and designs released. The existing central building and indoor sports complex will be refurbished, while all other buildings will be demolished, making way for 79 new learning spaces. A new way of teaching the curriculum also on the agenda. “Already we’re implementing next year at the Duval campus a middle school model where our year 7 and 8 students will have a huge reduction in the number of teachers that they’re working with on a daily basis.” A new ‘Smart Farm’ will also be built, to replace the current agricultural area. Construction is due to finish up in 2021. (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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