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BUSHFIRE DANGER PERIOD BROUGHT FORWARD FOR TAMWORTH REGION

Rural Fire Service crews are gaining the upper hand on a blaze at Pinkett, near Glen Innes. It’s burnt more than 1400-hectares, but overnight, crews established strong containment lines. Meanwhile, the number of winter bushfires has sparked concern for those in the Tamworth area. The start of the official danger period for the region has been brought forward to September 1, partly due to the drought. “Where you would normally have our fuels would be wet, with the humidity and the winter that we would normally get – we just haven’t had that rain so all those forest fuels are really dry,” Superintendent, Allyn Purkiss. The RFS is calling for landholders to start reducing fuel on their properties, now. “Make sure they’ve got a good paddock that they can move stock into that doesn’t have a lot of fuel in…mainly projecting …

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THE SHOW WILL GO ON IN TAMWORTH

Meanwhile, despite the drought forcing a number of local shows to cancel events altogether, the Tamworth Show will go on. The organising committee says very few displays have been impacted by the dry conditions. “Dairy cattle have been cancelled, fat lambs are going ahead, they were but we’ve turned that around so they’re going ahead, there’s not a lot of things cancelled. The campdraft has gone by the wayside naturally because of the availability of cattle and team penning at this stage,” Show Committee President, Greg Townsend. The event is switching venues to the AELEC, with the facility also celebrating its tenth anniversary. “We’ll have a stage with entertainment, on the hour every hour and then through to your shearing, your sheep, cattle, animal nursery, dairy goats, alpacas..” The three day event kicks off on August 31. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS …

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COUNCIL HOPEFUL AFTER TEST DRILLS IN MURRURUNDI

The third test drill at Murrurundi is looking promising, as the Upper Hunter Shire Council continues its search for a permanent bore to supply the town with water. Of the three drills, one has been completely ruled out, while two others remain a possibility. It’s unclear yet whether one can be converted into a supply bore to get the town out of trouble. If unsuccessful, Council has a list of back-up measures, including carting water from Scone. Residents are invited to a drop in session on Monday between 11.30am and 1.30pm. NOTE: VISION ONLY  

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SHED DESTROYED, HOME OWNER TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

Neighbours have acted fast to stop the spread of fire to a West Tamworth home today, after a shed caught light. After seeing smoke, they made a number of triple-zero calls and within minutes, firefighters arrived on-scene. They extinguished the blaze in around 20 minutes, but the shed was completely destroyed. The home-owner was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to hospital for observation. The cause of the fire is being investigated. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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$100-MILLION ON THE TABLE FOR TOURISM PROJECTS

Councils, community groups and tourism operators are being encouraged to put on their thinking caps, and come up with new ideas to attract tourists. There is $100-million in grant money on offer from the state government. “We’re looking for big tourism attraction projects, there’s no better time to try and attract extra tourist to our region, to spend money, stay nights in our country communities than now, given the terrible drought conditions we’re experiencing,” Northern Tablelands MP and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall. It’s part of the second round of the Regional Growth, Environment and Tourism fund. Applications close on September 21. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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