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FORMER PRIEST TO REMAIN IN CUSTODY

Former Armidale priest David Joseph Perrett will remain in custody until a committal hearing in January. He was charged with an additional 30 counts of child sexual assault back in August and is facing more than 110 charges in total, all of a similar nature. Police allege the incidents occurred between 1960 and 1990. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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MOONBI HOME TO ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST SWAGING PRESSES

Moonbi-based company ‘Andromeda Industries’ is now home to one of the largest swaging presses in Australia. Valued at half a million dollars, the Swedish machine will manufacture steel sling-cables up to 100 millimetres wide to be exported overseas. “We need to start pressing larger slings for bigger jobs that need to be done out in the field and in the mines so we’ve got this new press, 4200 tonne press to increase our sling making capability.” (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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POSSUM SKIN ARTWORK EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY

It’s an unusual subsititute for paper….but it’s also a technique used in indigenous art for thousands of years. 30 possum skin artworks have gone on show at an exhibition in Tamworth – created by school students, young mothers and indigenous elders. The unique art form tells the individual stories of each artist. “The artworks are about your story, about your journey through life. Where you lived, where you come from and about your family I guess, what you put down and how it relates to where you are today.” Each took about eight weeks to complete… Part of a project encouraging the passing-on of ancient skills from generation to generation. “It has grown to a community workshop as part of the health-wise indigenous mental health program that had elders and young mums come and participate and we’ve then grown the …

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98 PERCENT OF NSW STILL IN DROUGHT

It’s been just over two months since the entire state was declared to be in drought. The Department of Primary Industries has recorded a 2-percent drop in drought conditions across the state thanks to recent rainfall. But according to its seasonal update for September, more heavy rain is needed before farmers will be able to see the benefits. (NO AUDIO)

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FORMER MAYOR WINS $100,000 DEFAMATION CASE

Former Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Conrad Bolton has been awarded more than $100-thousand in damages in the state’s Supreme Court, after a judge ruled he had been defamed. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, former town clerk Stephen Stoltenberg made disparaging comments about Mr Bolton on his self-operated Facebook page ‘Narri Leaks.’ Current councillor Ann Loder was also found to be a publisher of the Facebook page at times. Mr Stoltenberg was ordered to pay $100,000, while Ms Loder will pay $10,000. (NOTE: NO AUDIO)

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PETITION LAUNCHED FOR $20-MILLION REDEVELOPMENT OF GLEN INNES HOSPITAL

State Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall continues to work to redevelop hospitals around his electorate. Today he launched a petition at Glen Innes District Hospital, pushing for a $20-million upgrade. The first signatures were added today, and the politician hopes they continue to flow in over the next six weeks. “I want to make sure that when I go to the health minister and the treasurer later this year, saying I want $20-million here, I want $80-million for Moree that I’ve got the strongest possible case that I can to put on the table.”   (NOTE: AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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THREE NORTH WEST ATTRACTIONS NAMED AS FINALISTS IN NSW TOURISM AWARDS

The finalists of the 20-18 New South Wales Tourism Awards have been announced, and three attractions from the North West have made the cut. The Tamworth region has been named in two categories, with the Country Music Festival landing a spot in Major Festivals and Events, and Nundle’s Woollen Mill listed for Cultural Tourism. Glen Innes also made the list, with the Celtic Festival recognised in the Festivals and Events category. (VISION ONLY)

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