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FARRER FACE BULLYING ALLEGATIONS

Student care at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School has come under fire with the Department of Education admitting it breeched its duty of care towards a former student. Yesterday David Gregory was awarded almost half a million dollars to compensate for the bullying he endured, while he attended the Tamworth school during the late 1990s.

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MCDONALD’S MANAGER HAILED A HERO

A man accused of holding police at bay for more than eight hours at a McDonald’s outlet near Port Macquarie, has been refused bail. 49-year-old Sydney man, Dennis Borg, faced court this morning charged with a string of firearm offences. Meanwhile, a customer who was inside the restaurant, says a McDonald’s manager should be given a bravery award for his actions.

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GUNNEDAH HIGH HALL A REALITY

Gunnedah high school has secured funding for a new gymnasium and hall. The project was announced in this week’s budget,after a long-running campaign which included hundreds of signatures on a petition. The facility will include a multi-purpose court, equipment store, amenities, and a first aid room. Construction will begin in December and be open for students, teachers and the community by August next year. The project is part of the government’s four year $2-billion Building Better Schools program.

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HUNTING CRACKDOWN

The New South Wales Games Council is cracking down on illegal hunting on declared public land and private properties. A campaign called Bush Alert is being run in conjunction with the police and Forests New South Wales, encouraging country people to report offences such as trespass and spotlight shooting. Forests with a long history of illegal hunting, including that at Nundle, will be targeted. Fines of up to $5,500 apply for people caught without a game licence.

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