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CATTLE PRODUCERS GIVE LENDING HAND TO WESTPAC CHOPPER WITH ‘TAG A CALF’ DAY

They may be going through some tough times themselves, but that didn’t stop the region’s cattle producers lending a helping hand. Today was the seventh annual Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service ‘Tag A Calf’ at Tamworth sale yards, where farmers can donate a calf, or part of the proceeds from their sale. The event is held in conjunction with the Tamworth Livestock Selling Agents Association, with around 3000 head-of-cattle going through today’s sale. PLEASE NOTE: SOME AUDIO UNAVAILABLE.    

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CHAFFEY DAM ENVIRONMENTAL WATER RELEASE SCALED BACK

A planned environmental water release from Chaffey Dam has been scaled back. A planned six-point-two-five gigalitres of water will be pulled back to just four-gigalitres…after local irrigators voiced concerns. Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce says he wants more done.. “I’ve also written to the Minister Josh Frydenberg to relay those concerns and see if there’s any potential for this smaller section, which is the Commonwealth section, to be held back.” Decisions on the remainder of the water lie in the hands of the state government.   NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISCLOSURE SCHEME EXTENDED

The state government’s Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme has been extended for another year. The scheme helps people, who may be at risk of domestic violence, find out if their partner has a history of violent criminal offences. In 2016, Tamworth was one of four regions chosen to trial the initiative, allowing residents to request a safety risk assessment from police. The scheme’s expected to be rolled out across the state if it proves successful. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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SEFTON APPOINTED TO REGIONAL COMMS REVIEW COMMITTEE

A Tamworth businesswoman has been appointed to the Regional Telecommunications Review Committee. Robbie Sefton has been named as one of six members who will examine communication issues in rural and regional Australia. The independent review is expected to get underway in coming weeks, with a number of public consultations to be held across the country. The committee will report to the federal government by the end of September. (vision only)

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