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TAMWORTH TO RECEIVE NEW BIKE TRACK ON FOREST ROAD

Tamworth’s keen cyclists will soon be able to ride to and from the mountain bike park without worrying about their safety on the road. A new bike track along Forest Road from Monteray Street to the Mountain Bike Club has been made possible by a state government grant. “We’re seeing an increasing number of cycling enthusiasts, families, and on the back of the recent Tamworth Cycling Festival, more and more people are getting on their bikes.” The funding comes after $900,000 for a bike track from Calala Lane to Greg Norman Drive was announced last week. Tamworth Regional Council says it’s all part of a long-term plan to boost the city’s cycling culture. “With this funding for the Craig Ends Lane to Calala Lane and also this Monterey to the Mountainbike Park makes connectivity right across the council area.”

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HUNTER NEW ENGLAND HEALTH TO CONSIDER APPLYING FOR MEDICARE LICENSE

Tamworth’s MRI machine could soon be open to the general public, if it’s granted one of 20 Medicare licenses up for grabs. A license would mean the cost of using the machine would be bulk-billed, and more people could receive health care without having to travel outside the region. Hunter New England Health says they’re looking to see if Tamworth is eligible, but MP Kevin Anderson thinks it’s something the city needs. “An MRI machine’s not like a fax machine where you just go and buy one, set it up, use it, and then everybody can use it. It needs a license from Medicare and the federal government, so we’ve been pushing pretty hard for the feds to allocate a license, so that the general public can use this MRI machine.”

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CLUBHOUSE DESTROYED, COUNCIL DEBATING OPTIONS

Moree Plains Shire Council will meet this week to discuss how it can help the local AFL club rebuild, after fire ripped through the Suns clubhouse on Monday. The club says while it’s disappointed, the AFL 9’s program and presentation night will still go ahead as planned. Detectives are still investigating the cause of the fire. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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INQUEST RESUMES INTO TAMWORTH TODDLER’S DEATH

A coronial inquest into a Tamworth toddler’s death has resumed in Sydney today. Baylen Pendergast was found unconscious at a Gosse Court home in 2013. He was airlifted to Randwick Children’s Hospital, but died two days later after his life support was switched off. The inquest previously went before a Tamworth court in April where detectives, doctors and family members gave evidence. The inquest will continue this week as the court determines the cause and manner of the death. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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SWOOPING MAGPIES OUT IN FULL FORCE

They’re a known menace of Spring, a rite of passage that everyone contends with as they dash through the park or to their car. But one Tamworth school has had enough of swooping magpies – extraordinarily, it’s calling for those near its school crossing to be relocated – or even culled.

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UNE RECEIVES MIXED RESULTS IN 2019 GOOD UNIVERSITIES GUIDE

Students from the University of New England wanting a high-paying job when they graduate may be in luck, according to the 2019 Good Universities Guide released today. UNE landed in the country’s top 20 percent for several categories, including starting salary, overall student experience, and teaching quality. It wasn’t all good news though- the university is below the national average for student teacher ratio, learner engagement and staff qualification.

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