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TEEN REFUSED BAIL OVER ARMED ROBBERIES

A teenage boy has been charged with three counts of armed robbery with an offensive weapon. New England Police arrested the 18-year-old in Ashford yesterday afternoon. He allegedly committed the robberies in Armidale between November 2017 and January this year. He cannot be identified, as he was just 17 at the time. He failed to appear in court today and will remain behind bars until his next appearance later this month. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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NEW STRATEGIC AVIATION COMMITTEE TO GUIDE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

Plans for Tamworth Regional Airport to become an international freight hub could soon take flight. Council has given the greenlight for a new strategic aviation committee to look into the proposal. The committee will focus on pilot and aviation technician training, and whether the airport could accomodate freight from overseas. Mayor Col Murray says the ‘sky’s the limit’ moving forward. “That was brought about by the interest you know with the airport businesses that are out there with the potential decline of the BAE and their project completing next year in Tamworth.” (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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LOCAL MAN CREATES NEW FORM OF TAI CHI

A Tamworth Tai Chi instructor is putting a modern spin on an ancient art-form. Brian Gregson has come up with his own form of Tai Chi, emphasizing relaxation, breathing and flow. “It embraces authentic Tai Chi and Quigong forms but it’s put into a combination of what I call a medley- a combination of the internal and the external.” He’s planning to present the new style to the Tai Chi Association later this month.

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STATE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCE 3 MILLION DOLLAR DROUGHT PACKAGE

We’re in the middle of one the driest years on record for the whole of the state, and in drought conditions, raising a young family can hurt the hip pocket. Those struggling to keep up with daycare bills will soon receive a helping hand, thanks to $3-million dollars of state funding announced today. The package will go towards reducing fees and ensuring centres can stay open during the drought. (NO AUDIO)

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NARRABRI SHIRE COUNCIL COPS EPA FINE

Narrabri Shire Council has been hit with a $15,000 fine by the state’s Environment Protection Authority. The EPA says Council failed to adequately maintain the Narrabri Sewage Treatment Plant, under the terms of its licence. A spokesperson says the failure resulted in partially-treated effluent and liquid waste leaking from filter tanks on the site. Narrabri Shire Council was contacted for comment.

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HERITAGE PRESERVED ALONG KING GEORGE AVENUE

Tamworth Regional Council is digging deep to preserve a local state heritage item. King George Avenue was first established in the 1930s. A further 13 advanced English Oak trees are being planted along the strip this week, to compliment the 20 planted last year. “For many people it serves different purposes. One lady who spoke to me from Europe, said she missed Germany so much she would drive down here sometimes and just sit.” Councillor Juanita Wilson says she’s looking at the possibility of building a park along the avenue in the future. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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