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MAGPIES KICK OFF IN SUPPORT OF MENTAL HEALTH

The Tamworth Rugby Club will join forces with Headspace tomorrow to raise awareness about mental illness in the sporting community. Player’s jerseys will be auctioned off, with all funds going to the cause. “This isn’t a one off thing, they’ve been really amazing at supporting us and not only getting the name of headspace out there, but it really is about reducing the stigma around mental illness. It can affect anyone, you know, and I think that it normalises things greatly that you can be a sports person and touched by mental health in some way,” Josie Hoffman, Headspace Tamworth. The day will kick-off at 12pm.   NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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STAMPING OUT STIGMA

Young people living in a non-traditional household with a disability had their voices heard today at an event in Tamworth. Hosted by the CREATE Foundation, the day showcased a video sharing the difficulties involved with overcoming discrimination. Participants came from around Australia, and shared messages about inclusion and belonging.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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FIGHT TO KEEP FUNDING FOR DAM INFRASTRUCTURE

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, says he’s begun talks surrounding water infrastructure following last week’s budget. $75-million was recommitted for the Dungowan Dam upgrade, but with cost estimates over $400-million there are concerns. Mr Joyce thinks it could be better spent in upgrading Chaffey Dam. “I would have preferred Dungowan Dam but the one thing I don’t want to do is lose the funding, if we lose the funding good luck getting it back.” It’s something he says needs to be prioritised to cater for Tamworth’s growing population. “The city of Tamworth needs to see that it is heading towards 100,000 people and it’s going to get there a lot quicker than anybody expects.”   NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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MURRURUNDI MOVES TO LEVEL FIVE WATER RESTRICTIONS

Residents in Murrurundi will need to be more water wise as restrictions tighten. As of midnight tonight the town will move to level five restrictions. That means no watering of lawns, and gardens can only be watered by bucket between one and three o’clock on Sunday afternoons. It comes as only 155-millimetres of rain has fallen this year. The restrictions aiming to cut water usage by 70-percent.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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