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It seems the recommendations of the Rural and Regional Taskforce are back on the agenda. The Member for Northern Tablelands, Richard Torbay, has met the state Minister for Regional Development, Phillip Costa, in the hope the government will finally act on the findings. Taskforce members held six public meetings last year, focusing on the challenges of rural areas. Recommended reforms include a new model for delivering health services, improved regional public transport, and fixed income revenue for local councils. The taskforce is also seeking more funding for roads and bridges as well as drought relief.

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The region’s builders and petrol stations are being given the once over by the Department of Fair Trading. Department officers are carrying out compliance checks at Gunnedah, Narrabri and Moree to ensure traders understand their responsibilities and consumers rights are protected.

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A 28-year-old woman has been refused bail after being charged over the abduction of a baby girl in Armidale. It’s alleged Kelly Maree Fenton, from Grafton, picked up the 4-month-old and her mother from a Morson Street home yesterday afternoon, before driving to a local swimming pool. Upon entering the pool entrance gates, the 28-year-old allegedly returned to the car with the infant and drove off. Her car was stopped by police at around 6.30 last night at Tyringham and she was charged with taking and detaining a child with intent to remove from parental control and intent to obtain advantage.

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