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APPEAL FOR INFORMATION FOLLOWING INDECENT ASSAULT AT ARMIDALE

Police are appealing for information, following the indecent assault of a woman in Armidale on Saturday afternoon. The 19-year old was walking through the Creeklands between Butler and O’Dell Streets, when a male tackled her from behind. He then indecently assaulted her until witnesses intervened. The male has been described as being in his late teens with short, black wavy hair.

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CROWDS FLOCK TO THE INAUGURAL KOOTINGAL COUNTRY FAIR

Whether it was searching for a bargain, or taking in live entertainment, there was something for everyone at the inaugural Kootingal Country Fair. Dozens of stalls offered all sorts of goodies and organisers were chuffed with the turnout. “There’s about 60 stallholders so they bring people with them and lots of people are talking and it’s all communication and all that so it’s great.” A scarecrow competition was one of the highlights of the day, fair-goers voting on their favourite with a gold coin donation. The local sportsground will be getting a much-needed facelift with the funds raised. “The oval will be revamped with sprinkler system and levelling, the ampitheatre will be done up for movies like the old drive-in theatre.” (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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MORE LAND ANNOUNCED FOR KOALA CONSERVATION

Nearly 2-thousand hectares is being added to the state’s conservation estate for the protection of local koala populations….and it’s hoped Gunnedah will be next on the list. Around 13-hundred hectares of the Mount Boss State Forest near Wauchope is being turned into conservation land… Along with almost 600-hectares west of Nambucca Heads. It’s all part of a $45-million koala strategy, setting up sanctuaries and reserves for the threatened furry creatures. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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KEEPING VANDALS AWAY WITH NEW ART

It’s perhaps an unconventional method of deterring graffiti and vandalism, but it’s one Tamworth Regional Council is excited to try out. Port Macquarie artist Damon Moroney is now on Council’s payroll, helping to keep regional towns looking beautiful. “This will help, it’s been proven in many areas before. Just to help as a lot of problem children come and vandalise and find areas like this, so we target the hotspots and just cover them with bright and colourful murals.” Moroney says he goes in freestyle and free hand – taking inspiration from whatever is around him. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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