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SHEEP STOLEN FROM WARIALDA

A search is underway for 130 merino sheep, believed to be stolen from a property at Warialda. The ewes are aged between two and six-years-old, and most were pregnant. They have earmarks, but no identification tags. Police are urging all landholders to tighten security and report suspicious activity to prevent livestock crimes. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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NEW SEARCH AS INVESTIGATION INTO DISAPPEARANCE OF ROXLYN BOWIE CONTINUES

40 years after she was last seen, Roxlyn Bowie is again the focus of a major police search. The mother-of-two disappeared from the remote community of Walgett in June 1982, with a forensic search and excavation at two locations in the town set to get underway today. A coronial inquest in 2014 found Bowie – aged 31 at the time – had died, however her body has never been located.

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AUGMENTED REALITY SIGN SHEDS LIGHT ON GOMEROI AND KAMILAROI HISTORY

Believe it or not, the best view in Tamworth has been improved. Visitors to the Oxley Lookout can now get now look into the past, thanks to a new augmented reality sign. Using a smartphone app, it tells the story of the Gomeroi and Kamilaroi country that can be seen from the lookout. A collaboration between Tamworth Historical Society and the Aboriginal Land Council, it’s hoped to be another step towards reconciliation. “The more understanding that you can promote out there, it’s better in relationships.”

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ANTHONY BARLOW PLEADS GUILTY TO WATER THEFT CHARGES

A Mungindi cotton farmer has pleaded guilty to illegally pumping water from the Barwon-Darling unregulated water source. Anthony Barlow faced the New South Wales Land and Environment Court today, accused of stealing water during an embargo and while metering equipment wasn’t working. Frederick and Margaret Barlow also faced court, but their charges were dropped. Anthony Barlow is set to sentenced in February.

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