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TEMPORARY WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR REGULATED NAMOI RIVER SYSTEM

Rainfall is scarce and the Namoi region is battling through some of the worst drought conditions. A temporary water restriction for general security water users is now in place. Lake Keepit and Split Rock Dams have not seen levels so low since the 1940s, with only 31 gigalitres of in-flow since August last year. As of November 5th, Upper Namoi general security users can now only access 85-percent of the water held in their account. Lower Namoi users can’t access orders placed after that date. (NO AUDIO)

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FLUORIDE APPROVED BY NSW HEALTH FOR GUNNEDAH’S WATER SUPPLY

Smiles around Gunnedah could soon be brighter, as fluoride is approved for the town’s water supply. New South Wales Health has given the proposal the thumbs up, meaning the town is in the last stages of making the change. Fluoride is already in more than 90-percent of the state’s water supply, but community debate has raged over the issue for years. It’s hoped the plan will be implemented by 2020. (NO AUDIO)

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GUNNEDAH SOLAR FARM DEEMED ‘APPROVABLE’

A proposed Photon solar farm in Gunnedah has been given the green light by the Department of Planning and Environment. If the 150-megawatt farm goes ahead, it would power 48,000 homes, and provide 150 full-time construction jobs. It would cover just over 300 hectares, nine kilometres outside town on Orange Grove Road. The project will be reviewed by the Independent Planning Commission, and a public meeting will be held later this month. (VISION ONLY)

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NATIONAL RECYCLING WEEK

While most people make an effort to put their paper and plastics in the recycling bin, it seems not everyone is doing it correctly- causing more harm than good. Tamworth Regional Council says more than 10 per cent of the city’s recyclables are contaminated, and it’s a figure it wants to change. “Simple things residents can do to help reduce that contamination is by lids off but lids in, so you can put your lids in the recycling but please just make sure you take them off first, soft scrunchy plastics are another one.” Council has developed a new resource to help with this, as part of National Recycling Week. A recycling roadshow will also be on tour around the region till Friday.

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