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SAUMAREZ HOMESTEAD WINS BIG

It’s a local landmark that’s made quite the impression among tourists from far and wide. Armidale’s Saumarez  Homestead has been put in Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame, after receiving a Certificate of Excellence for the past five years. The award is given to businesses and attractions with outstanding customer service and consistently high ratings. The manager of the historic site says it’s all down to the passion of the dedicated volunteers. “The face-to-face interaction of the public with Saumarez Homestead is through our volunteers, I do a fair bit of it, but my volunteers do most of the guiding, they do all the catering, they do a lot of the gardening, yeah they’re just amazing how much they contribute.” (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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BEEKEEPERS URGED TO INSPECT HIVES FOR DISEASE

Beekeepers are being urged to watch out for dead larvae and dark caps in their hives. It’s American Foulbrood Awareness Month, and regular checks are encouraged to make sure the disease doesn’t spread. If hives are found to be infected, the Department of Primary Industries must be notified within a day. Affected bees will need to be euthanised.

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WATER RESTRICTIONS CREEP CLOSER AS CHAFFEY DAM FALLS

Residents in Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal could be facing level one water restrictions as early as December. That’s according to projections from Water New South Wales, after Chaffey Dam dipped below 50-per cent – for the first time since its augmentation in 2016. It comes as the state government shifts its focus to further upgrades of the dam, after a $480-million price tag was put on the Dungowan Dam augmentation proposal. “What we’ve got to do is get the best value for money. We’ve also got to think about water security for the Peel Valley, going into the next 20, 30, 40 years time. It’s not just about the city, it’s about agriculture, it’s about other associated industries,” Kevin Anderson, Member for Tamworth. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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