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TWO NEW ENGLAND GREYHOUND TRACKS CLOSE

There will be NO racing at the Armidale greyhound track this Saturday. Both the Tamworth and Armidale tracks have been closed indefinitely by the state’s peak body. All racing and training has been suspended in Tamworth until an independent track safety assessment can be carried out… While remediation works must be completed in Armidale to ensure dog welfare. It’s a blow to the region, following the closure of Gunnedah’s track in February. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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DUST OVER NEW ENGLAND

The New England North West felt the effects of the dust storm the system rolling into the region by mid-morning. Moving in from the west, it brought with it some strong winds. The orange haze only thickened into the afternoon, but the Bureau of Meteorology predicts it should clear up overnight. While it wasn’t as colourful as the red skies of 2009, it was still quite the sight. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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WHEAT STOLEN FROM PROPERTY NEAR SOMERTON

Around 25-tonnes of wheat has been stolen from a property near Somerton. A red prime mover, towing a silver tipper-trailer, was seen parked at a silo loading the grain on Saturday. Witnesses were unaware at the time that it was in fact being stolen. Police are now calling for information or dash-cam footage from anyone travelling along the Oxley Highway near Somerton around midday on Saturday.

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DRIVING SIMULATOR UNVEILED IN INVERELL

There’s a new way for elderly drivers to test their skills with a virtual reality simulator unveiled in Inverell today. A partnership between McLean Care, Deakin University and the federal government has seen the Australian-first slowly take shape, after months of trials with McLean Care residents. The test gives drivers feedback on how they can improve, as well as measuring their anxiety in certain situations. It’s aimed at those over 85 who are tested every two years to make sure they can hold on to their driver’s licence. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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TAMWORTH HOTELIER CLAIMS TOP ACCOLADE

A Tamworth hotelier has been inducted into the Australian Hotels Association’s Hall NSW of Fame overnight. Bevan Douglas celebrated with his wife Joan, after receiving the prestigious accolade. Mr Douglas took over ‘The Pub’ in Tamworth in 1989, and would go on to expand his hotel empire to six separate businesses, employing more than 400 staff. The CEO of the Hotels Association also acknowledged his tireless campaigning for country pubs. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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DRAFT MASTER PLAN FOR TAMWORTH ENTERPRISE AREA NOW ON SHOW

A master plan for the brand-new Tamworth Enterprise Area has been revealed. Community members can have their say on the draft plan as it goes on exhibition, ahead of the project’s construction in Westdale. With the intermodal freight hub recently given a multi-million dollar boost from the state government, the projects are expected to raise Tamworth’s profile. “One of the big things we heard from the public, particularly residents in Westdale, was to protect Marathon Street from any industrial development, and that’s one of the big features of this plan- there is no access off Marathon Street.” The community will have until the 17th of December to provide feedback. (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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