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CANDIDATES PUT THEIR HANDS UP THE FOR SEAT OF BARWON

Candidates are coming out of the woodwork for the 2019 state election in the seat of Barwon. Current MP Kevin Humphries has announced he’ll be stepping down after more than a decade in the job, endorsing the Nationals candidate Andrew Schier (SH-I-A) alongside deputy premier John Barilaro. Gilgandra’s Phillip Naden has put his hand up as an Independent, while Roy Butler will run for the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party. Speculation mounts over whether Broken Hill Mayor, Darriea Turley will run for Labor.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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PROPERTIES THREATENED IN TAMWORTH GRASSFIRE

A fast-moving fire threatened a number of properties at Tamworth this afternoon. More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze, which came within metres of a radio station, car yard and church. A nearby home and hay shed were also nearly engulfed, as the grass fire scorched 10 hectares in 20 minutes. Blustery winds didn’t help the situation, but emergency crews eventually brought the situation under control. It’s not yet known what sparked the blaze. (NO AUDIO ON STORY)

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UNE CONTRACTS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO REVIEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The University of New England has contacted the Australian Human Rights Commission, to review sexual assaults and harassment at the university’s residential colleges. It comes after a shocking report into Australian universities last year revealed 1 in 2 UNE students had been sexually harassed in some way. Vice Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan says the review will help the university better understand the culture in each college and where changes can be made.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PARKING IN TAMWORTH’S CBD?

Tamworth residents are being encouraged to take part in an online survey to help Council improve parking in the CBD. While the number of car parks is set to increase, Council is also seeking the community’s opinion on price and security.   Survey: http://www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/Council/Have-your-say/Active-Consultation-Projects/CBD-Car-Parking-Survey/CBD-Car-Parking-Survey

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FINANCIAL HELP ON OFFER FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED FARMERS

Drought-affected farmers can now access financial assistance to help manage livestock through the continuing dry conditions. Today, the state government has announced a new drought transport fund – allowing farmers up to $20, 000- in low interest loans. The money would allow eligible farmers to pay freight costs for fodder and water, as well as move livestock to other properties for agistment. Currently more than a third of the state is experiencing drought conditions – many Upper Hunter farmers are expected to access the new fund. (vision only)

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CHAFFEY NEW CHAIR OF NAMOI UNLIMITED

Gunnedah Mayor Jamie Chaffey has replaced Liverpool Plains Mayor Andrew Hope as the chair of Namoi Unlimited. He was elected unopposed at a recent board meeting in Walcha, after Councillor Hope resigned from the position due to personal reasons. Namoi Unlimited is an organisation of local councils working together on regional projects. The group recently developed a Namoi Roads Network Strategy and has also just returned from a trade mission in China. (vision only)

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PROPERTY CRIME DROPS IN TAMWORTH

Oxley police say they’ve made significant headway in property crime across the Tamworth region. In January there was 121 break and enters reported, which reduced to 76 in Februrary.. While last month 48 incidents were reported to police. Oxley Crime Manager Chief Inspector Phil O’Reilly says the drop in crime is the result of a co-ordinated response from the Target Action Group and Regional Dog Squad, as well as information from the community. The new figures comes as police raided three properties in Calala and Tamworth late last week – which allegedly uncovered stolen property. Three men have since been charged. (vision only)

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LARGE SCALE DRUG LAB UNCOVERED IN INVERELL

A large-scale drug lab has been uncovered by New England police at a property in Inverell. Strike Force Clune was established to investigate the manufacture and supply of the drug ‘ice’ – on Friday detectives searched a property on Mitchell Cresent, where they uncovered a clandestine lab in a shed. So far more 100 items have been seized, including scientific glassware and other drug-making paraphernalia. No arrests have been made, but police say investigations are continuing. (no vision)

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