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POLICE INVESTIGATING FATAL ARMIDALE CRASH

An investigation is underway after a late night crash at Armidale on Friday, which claimed the life of a 27-year-old man. It’s understood the man was driving along Elm Avenue at around 9 o’clock when his Nissan Navara left the road and hit a tree. He was rushed to Armidale Hospital, where he later died. No-one else was injured. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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MORE CASH TO IMPROVE PEST MANAGEMENT IN REGIONAL AREAS

The state government is releasing a further $1.5-million, to improve pest management in regional communities. Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair, says the money will help farmers and landowners effectively manage stock throughout summer, and further protect vulnerable animals. The additional funding brings the government’s total pest management contribution, to 7.5 million. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CAROLS IN THE PARK TOMORROW NIGHT

Christmas celebrations are only just beginning with Carols in the Park ready to light up the night on Saturday evening. All the festive favourites will ring out across across the city, along with a special performance. “Colin Buchanan is coming, for the first time to our Christmas event and he’ll put on like a mini concert as part of the program,” Rod Chiswell, Senior Minister, St Peter’s Anglican Church. Fireworks will return to this year, from 9pm. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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COUNCILS CALL FOR MORE DROUGHT ASSISTANCE

Local councils are banding together to call for more drought assistance from the Federal government. The Namoi Joint Organisation is pushing for a further $2-million for each local government area to help deliver more projects to alleviate pressures of drought and future proof the region. Organisation Chair, Jamie Chaffey says it won’t make the grass grow or put water in dams but it WILL send money through local businesses and support employment during the ongoing dry. It comes as Glen Innes Severn, Armidale Regional, Inverell Shire and Tamworth Regional Council’s were approved for funding under the Federal Government’s current $1-million regional drought grants, this week. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS REACH NARRABRI FOR DELIVERY TO DROUGHT-AFFECTED FAMILIES

Christmas will be a whole lot brighter for drought-afftected children, thanks to a generous donation from the East Cessnock Bowling Club. $13,000 worth of toys made their way to the Narrabri Bowling Club, ready for distribution around the region. “These are the last ones going out today and they’ll be going out to the Anglican Church and they’re going to distribute in age group and what have you do we know that it all gets to the right kids and the right place,” Wendy Mortimer, Narrabri Bowling Club. Another $5,000 worth of vouchers will go to farmers, to help ease the financial pressure of the holiday period. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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TAMWORTH TO PUSH FOR PFAS COMPENSATION

Tamworth Regional Council says it will keep pressuring the Federal Government to be compensated for PFAS contamination  at the city’s airport. Local governments were not included in an inquiry into PFAS contamination, which had recommendations handed down this week. “That was all centred around defence sites, but we’re very hopeful that the recommendations, if adopted by the Federal Government, will be a positive thing for our issue as well,” Ross Briggs, Tamworth Regional Council. Those recommendations include compensation, and Council believes it should get it’s fair share. It says contamination occurred over 32-years, while the Commonwealth Fire Service was in operation at the site. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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