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CHAFFEY UPGRADE STALLED

Funding for an expansion of Tamworth’s Chaffey Dam has stalled. The dam won’t be upgraded until water sharing plans are drawn up for the Peel Valley. Those involved say it’s the most complicated case to be looked at in the state.

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EMERGENCY LANDING IN TAMWORTH

An aircraft crash was avoided in Tamworth this morning when a pilot showed great skill making an emergency landing. The plane skidded to a halt after its rear undercarriage failed to descend, the pilot then making a hasty exit from the aircraft. FOR MORE VISION OF THE EMERGENCY LANDING CLICK HERE

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GOVERNMENT REFUSES CAROONA COAL STUDY

The stalemate between mining giant BHP Billiton and landholders on the Liverpool Plains continued today. The landholders are blockading access to a drill site, until the State Government commits to an independent study on the potential impact of coal mining on the catchment’s underground water supply. Minister, Ian Macdonald, says that won’t happen, but the farmers say they won’t move.

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WESTPAC WARNING

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service says it has lost thousands of dollars in donations because of confusing phone calls by a Sydney based chopper service. Westpac claims that NRMA Careflight is conducting a misleading telemarketing campaign in the Hunter.

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TRUCK DRIVER KILLED ON PACIFIC HIGHWAY

A truck driver is dead after a crash on the Pacific Highway south of Bulahdelah. The 50 year-old from the Central Coast was carrying concrete culverts to a worksite at Johns River when he lost control after a rounding a bend in the wet. The crash happend just metres from a stretch of highway where three people were killed in a truck crash four years ago.

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STATE GOVT WON’T FUND COAL STUDY

Landholders at Caroona continue to block the entrance of a property earmarked for test drilling by BHP Billiton. While the picket line thinned overnight, a hard core of protestors still stood its ground. The group has made national headlines in its fight to stop BHP Billiton from drilling for coal, calling on the state government to fund an independent water study. The Minister for Natural Resources, Ian Macdonald, today refused to fund the study. Mr Macdonald said he believes environmental information to be provided by BHP Billton will be rigorous.

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CAROONA FARMERS STAND GROUND

Farmers on the Liverpool Plains are standing their ground, maintaining a blockade at the entrance of a property near Caroona. The group is protesting plans by mining giant BHP Billiton to continue test drilling for coal in the region. Around 150 people attended the protest early this week and farmers are forming a skeleton picket line at the property, calling for an independent catchment-wide water study. The protestors are planning to meet with members of the National party to discuss the issue and will continue to man the blockade throughout the night.

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