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WATER FOUND IN FIRST TEST BORE AT MURRURUNDI

Test drilling for emergency bores has begun in Murrurundi as the town continues to run dry. From the first test hole, they’ve struck water – but not enough to supply the town. Two more holes will be drilled in the coming weeks – Upper Hunter Shire Council will then determine if any can be converted to supply bores. If not, Council is ready to start carting water from Scone to Murrurundi. The town’s dam is below 14 per cent of usable water, with forecasts suggesting the town supply will dry up by Christmas. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS BLAZE IN ARMIDALE

A suspicious blaze erupted in Armidale just after 9.30 this morning. It’s understood it began in the living room. The Brown Street home sustained significant damage, but fortunately no one was injured with the house currently unoccupied. Witnesses told police they saw a group of children in the area around the same time. Detectives are following up on those leads and urging anyone with information to come forward. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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CALALA HOME GUTTED BY FIRE

Police remained on the scene today after fire tore through a home at Calala, near Tamworth overnight. Crews arrived within just seven minutes to a house fully alight. No one was home at the time, and firefighters stopped it spreading to neighbouring properties. An investigation into the cause is now underway. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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TENDERS CALLED FOR GUNNEDAH’S INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND

Gunnedah is one step closer to having an all-inclusive playground. Council is now calling for tenders for the facility’s design and construction. In November last year, the state government announced $850,000 for a new playground, with council pitching in half-a-million dollars. Developed in conjunction with the Touched By Olivia Foundation, the facility will include wheelchair-accessible equipment, as well as slides, specialised swings and climbing walls. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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