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NEW ENGLAND SET TO BENEFIT FROM WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING BOOST

With rain still scarce in many parts of the country the federal government has announced an additional $500-million for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. Few details have been announced, but it’s understood money will go towards building more water storage, and enlargening dams. The New England is expected to benefit from the extra funds. (NO AUDIO)

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$2-MILLION TO RESEAL BINGARA ROAD

Farmers needing to drive B-Doubles have always had to avoid the eight kilometre gravel stretch of Bingara Road between Bundarra and Bingara. This won’t be the case for much longer, with the state government today announcing $2-million to widen and seal the popular access route to Copeton Dam. It’s expected to improve safety, and slash 50 kilometres of travel off the heavy vehicle freight route. “Over the last few years we’ve seen a huge number of vehicles, particularly tourists using this road for the shortest route to Copeten Dam, so sealing this road’s going to dramatically improve safety.” (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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MAN KILLED IN NORTH WEST GYROCOPTER CRASH

An investigation is underway after a 50-year-old man died in a gyrocopter crash near Moree. Emergency services were called to a property on Mount Jerrybang Road east of the town at around 1 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, where they found the body of the man. Initial reports suggest the aircraft had crashed into a piece of farming equipment. No one else was injured.

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DEER HUNTING REGULATIONS LIFTED TO CONTROL NUMBERS

As the drought wears on, the Tamworth region’s deer population is sky-rocketing. Farmers will now receive some relief, with the state government lifting hunting regulations. Licensed hunters will be placed on a register that farmers can access. The effects of wild deer have been felt near Murrurundi, with Upper Hunter Shire Council looking at ways to reduce their numbers. A ban on hunting the animals at night – and from a vehicle on public land – remains in place. (NO AUDIO)

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