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NORTHERN TABLELANDS URGED TO REPORT KOALA SIGHTINGS

Keeping an eye on the tree tops could help a new conservation project in the Northern Tablelands. Researchers are looking into the koala population in the area, who say the species are in decline. Ecologists are spending the next few months surveying land between Armidale and Inverell, in a bid to determine population numbers. Initial studies show only three concentrated groups of the marsupial in the region. Any residents who spot a koala should report the sighting to Southern New England Landcare. (vision only)

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$1-MILLION TO BOOST HOMELESS SERVICES ACROSS THE NEW ENGLAND

The Federal Government has pledged almost $1-million to the New England area to support those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The funds will go to ‘reconnect’ services, helping stabilise the lives of vulnerable people and keep them connected with their families, education and employment. The funding for the services will be spent over the next five years. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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NEW WILLOW TREE BOWLO SET TO BE BUILT FOLLOWING 2017 FIRE

A new bowling club in Willow Tree could soon be on the cards with a development application expected to be lodged with council this week. The small community was reportedly devastated, when the original club house was destroyed by fire in January last year. The blaze was sparked by an electrical fault. Since then the club has been operating out of the town’s Visitor Information Centre. (vision only)

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$42-MILLION AGED CARE FACILITY TO BE BUILT IN MOORE CREEK

A $42-million aged care facility, proposed for Tamworth’s Moore Creek area has been given the green light by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel. The development submitted by RSL Life Care, will see a 57-unit retirement village as well as a 62-bed nursing home and purpose built dementia wing . A community centre will also be built on the site. Developers say the new facility will create up to 80 new jobs. Construction will start later this year. (vision only)

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SCHOOL GIRL CHARGED OVER HOUSE FIRE NEAR ARMIDALE

A teenage girl has been charged following a house fire in the New England region last night. Emergency crews were called to the Bundarra Road property, Invergowrie just after 8.30pm. On arrival, police were told a 14 year old girl had allegedly assaulted two people, damaged cars before starting the blaze. The girl was arrested and has been charged. The house was extensively damaged.

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SPECIAL PERMIT FOR B-TRIPLES TO TRANSPORT FODDER ALONG OXLEY HIGHWAY

Heavy transport operators can now apply for special permits to transport fodder along the Oxley Highway between Gunnedah and Tamworth. The state government and local council’s have approved short term B-Triple access between the towns to ensure feed is transported to drought affected farmers more efficiently. Each permit is assessed on its merits and safety. The access period will run for up to six months.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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ROOSTERS DIG IN FOR TINY SUPPORTER

It’s been a difficult start to life for one very tiny Roosters supporter, and his parents. This weekend’s Kootingal-Moonbi Rugby League charity round will raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Community care – after a former player’s son was diagnosed with the condition at just three weeks old.

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