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SOMERTON BRIDGE DELAY

Residents left stranded after the Somerton bridge collapsed last year, will have to wait until a little bit longer to access a temporary crossing over the Peel River. Tamworth Council had hoped to open it to traffic on Wednesday morning when students begin school, but that’s been pushed back to midday. Locals say they’ve waited too long for a crossing.

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GUNNEDAH COUNCIL SEEKS ANSWERS

Gunnedah Council will be looking for answers, when it meets with New South Wales Water Minister Phillip Costa in Inverell on Wednesday. Concerns have been raised about a state government plan, where dozens of councils will be forced to share responsibility for water and sewerage services. Under the proposal, Gunnedah would merge with four other shires to better manage budgets and capital works projects. All stakeholders have until March 13 to comment on the report.

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DUST SETTLES ON COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

The curtain has fallen on Tamworth’s country music festival for another year. Thousands celebrated Australia Day by taking in some last minute tunes, on the final day of the world-renowned event. Members of the popular bush band, the Wolverines, who are about to go their separate ways, were given special recognition. Ambassador John English was also among those entertaining the crowds. Mayor James Treloar did the official honours of closing the festival. “I thank every member of the Tamworth community who embraces it with such joy.”

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CURTAINS CLOSE ON FESTIVAL

Tamworth’s biggest 11 days of the year are almost over, with the Country Music Festival wrapping up tomorrow. The 2010 event won’t cross paths with Australia Day next year, with plans to reduce it from 11 days to nine.

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FREESTYLE FLAVORS

For many country music fans, a trip to Tamworth can be a toe-tapping experience. But the newest generation of line dancers are putting a twist on some barnyard classics and enjoying their share of the spotlight.

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GOLDEN GUITAR COUNT DOWN

Tamworth’s Country Music Festival’s night of nights, the Golden Guitar awards, is just days away. And today some of the industry’s biggest names lined up ahead of all the glitz and glamour, including the nominees for best male and female artists.

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ROYAL SHINE FOR QUIRINDI THEATRE

Liverpool Plains Shire Council has allocated the bulk of community funding, put up by the federal government, to Quirindi’s Royal Theatre. $307,000 will go towards upgrading the heritage building, the Quirindi Nursing Home the other big winner.

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