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$ FOR NAMOI PROJECTS

The state government has announced $2-million in funding for environmental projects in the Namoi region. It’s part of a $34-million package aimed at improving sustainability from the Murray to the Tweed. The Namoi Regional Organisation of Councils will administer the funds, spearheading programs in Narrabri, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Walcha and the Liverpool Plains. ” We hope to be able to reduce energy use and water use ad there’s some riverine restoration project we want to carry out.”

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FLOODWATERS DAMAGE ROADS

Almost every road inspected by Tamworth council so far this week has been damaged by floodwaters. From Monday RTA assessors will begin the task of calculating the cost of the repair work, which could take up to 18 months to complete.

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WEABONGA RESIDENTS FREE

Meanwhile, four families stranded near Weabonga following the weekend’s floods, have finally been able to leave their homes. A temporary bridge has been erected to replace the Scerrets bridge which was washed away a week ago. Until late yesterday, families were getting supplies from neighbours with the help of a country energy crane over the river. Down the road, another six families were given access earlier this week after a four wheel drive track was established across the Swamp Oak river. The floodwaters have washed away a one metre section of the Recreation bridge approach. (*****)

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FLOODWATERS LEAVE NORTH WEST

The floodwaters, that split Tamworth in two a week ago, have all but left the north west. The Namoi River peaked at 5.9m metres at Wee Waa last night, causing only minor flooding to outlying farmland and rural roads. Water filled creeks, gullies and billabongs, as well as covered the road at Vera’s Leap. The peak has now headed downstream to Pilliga and Walgett. (*****)

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A HERO’S FAREWELL

A commemorative service for the 25-year-old Australian solider killed in Afghanistan last week will be held in Armidale on Saturday. Lieutenant Michael Fussell, who went to The Armidale School, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan last Thursday. He was a member of the Sydney-based fourth battalion and was conducting a dismounted patrol when he and his team were struck. The ceremony for Lieutenant Michael Fussell, whose parents still live in the New England, will be held at the Armidale Teachers College ahead of a private cremation on Saturday. A memorial service was also held at the Royal Australian Regiment in Sydney today.

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RIVER PEAKS AT WEE WAA

Floodwaters continue to move westward after reaching Narrabri late yesterday. The town escaped flooding, but the State Emergency Service is now focusing on Wee Waa. The Namoi river is expected to peak at 6.2-metres later tonight.

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DISASTER ZONE OR TIDY TOWN?

Less than a week after floods swept through Tamworth, racking up a multi million dollar damage bill, the city has found itself in a very different spotlight. Today Tamworth went under the microscope for judging of the best looking place in Australia.

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WATER STUDY WIN

Landholders on the Liverpool Plains have had a win, with confirmation the Commonwealth will help fund a study into the impact of mining on underground water in their area. But they say their blockade won’t stop just yet.

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