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WORK TO BEGIN ON GUNNEDAH OVERPASS PROJECT

It’s been seven years in the making, and now, work on Gunnedah’s new overpass is finally set to begin. After lengthy delays, the rebuilding of Warrabungle Street will start on Monday, allowing for a new bridge across the railway line. The $62-million dollar project has been high on the community’s wishlist, with the completed overpass expected to vastly improve safety and freight connectivity in the area. At this stage, it’s hoped work will finish up mid-2021.

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LEVEL ONE WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR TAMWORTH

Residents of Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal will need to start using their water more sparingly, with level one restrictions kicking in on Monday. Fixed sprinklers are only allowed during a two-hour period between 6 and 8pm each night. And this could tighten… Chaffey Dam’s water levels only need to drop by a further 3-per cent for Level 2 restrictions to be introduced.

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GRIM OUTLOOK FOR PRIMARY PRODUCERS

Just when farmers thought some respite may be on the way, the Department of Primary Industries has quashed that hope – declaring the drought is here to stay. Recent isolated storms haven’t been enough to break the dry conditions, and the worst could be yet to come. “We’re expecting conditions to either hold or potentially intensify considering the high evaporation rates we get over Summer,” Dr Anthony Clark, NSW Department of Primary Industries. The state’s west and north-west will continue to be among the most severely affected areas. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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FUNDRAISER FOR QUIRINDI’S ROBINSON FAMILY

The community is being invited to a fundraiser at Quirindi tomorrow, in support of the Robinson family who lost their home in a blaze just before Christmas. The open mic event will see performances from musicians, as well as raffles, auctions, market stalls and a sausage sizzle. It starts from 10am at Quirindi’s Imperial Hotel, with all proceeds going to the family to help rebuild. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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REHAB PETITION HOPED TO BOOST SIGNATURES AT COUNTRY MUSIC

A petition in favour of seeing a Drug and Alcohol Unit for Tamworth is gaining momentum. More than 500 people have now signed, meaning it will be lodged with the state government. The goal remains at 10,000 so it can be debated on the floor of parliament, those behind the petition hoping to attract many more signatures during the Country Music Festival. Advocate, Narelle Langfield, says the service would benefit the whole North West and beyond. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT NURSES RATIO RALLY

Fed up nurses from right across the Peel Cluster will take the streets of Tamworth on Saturday, to voice their frustration over what they call ‘unsafe staffing levels’. It follows a series of rallies across the state and locally, as the Nurses and Midwives Association calls on the State Government to mandate staff to patient ratios. Hundreds are expected to attend the rally outside Ray Walsh House at 10am, including all state election candidates. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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COUNCIL CALLS IN RSPCA AND POLICE TO INVESTIGATE CATTLE DEATHS

The RSPCA is investigating the deaths of 13 head of cattle on Council-owned land near Armidale. Council was informed of a deceased steer on the property on January 6. Others were found in poor condition, some needing to be put down. Council workers discovered the tap to the animals’ trough had been switched off. They had last inspected the herd a week earlier. Armidale Regional Council’s CEO says council has been managing sites like these for many years without incident.. And it will do everything in its power to ensure this doesn’t happen again – although they are investigating whether the tap was tampered with. It’s not known who owns the animals. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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