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STUDENT STRESS HIGH IN REGIONAL AREAS

The HSC may be wrapping up for another year, but that doesn’t mean an end to to the stress for school leavers. A new report shows high levels of concern among regional students as they embark on the next stage of their lives. “Our research has shown that 60-per cent of young people in regional areas are experiencing worrying levels of exam stress with nearly nearly of them attributing that stress to concerns about getting a job after school,” Ashley De Silva, ReachOut CEO. The drought was put down as another factor, as was travelling for study or having to move from their hometown to gain employment. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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THREE WEEKS LEFT TO BACK PUSH FOR NEW HOSPITAL AT MOREE

There are just three weeks left for residents to back the push for a new hospital for Moree. The petition began circulating four weeks ago and has received almost 2,200 signatures. The aim is 5,000 in the next three weeks before it’s taken to State Parliament. Petitions are available at Adam Marshall’s Office, Council and a number of local businesses. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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WALCHA EXPLORES OPTIONS FOR WATER SECURITY

Walcha Council’s plans for a larger water storage facility may be one step closer to reality – thanks to a $115-thousand grant from the state government. The funding will go towards a feasibility study to find the best option to future-proof the town’s water supply. It comes as the town is on the cusp of level four restrictions. Engineers are already on the ground working with Walcha Council to see the feasibility study completed within the next two to three months. “We will then submit them through the safe and secure water program – which I’m really pleased to say that there is a significant amount of money set aside in that program particularly in the conditions we’re in with drought,” Kevin Anderson, Member for Tamworth. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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TRIAL TRIO CUT BACK TO TWO TRAINLINK SERVICES

One of the three TrainLink trials from Tamworth has been axed, following a lack of interest. On average, coaches were just 7-percent full for the Tamworth to Newcastle service, while Port Macquarie and Dubbo had much stronger results. A daily train via Newcastle will continue to operate, as will the Dubbo and Port Macquarie coach services. A revised timetable for the Dubbo route will be introduced from December 3. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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