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$3.4 MILLION FIRE CONTROL CENTRE IN GLEN INNES

The Glen Innes region will be well prepared for bushfire season, with the opening of a $3.4 million Fire Control Centre. The new complex is a joint collaboration between Council and the Rural Fire Service, and will be used as an emergency response coordination centre for all natural disasters in the Northern Tablelands “This is all about giving our local volunteers, our local firefighters, the very best facilites and the very best equipment that government and councils can afford to make sure that they can do the best job possible,” says Member for the Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall. The new centre also includes seven new firefighting vehicles.

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ATTEMPTED CARJACKING IN ARMIDALE

Two people are lucky to be alive, after an attempted carjacking and assault on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Armidale last night. It’s alleged a man pulled a firearm on a male driver at around 9:30pm, whilst also attempting to smash the driver’s window. The attacker fled the scene with another man, before allegedly assaulting a woman in a nearby park. She was treated by paramedics and taken to Armidale Hospital with facial injuries. Police are seeking two men who may be able to assist with inquiries.

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NURSE-TO-PATIENT RATIOS AT AN ALL TIME LOW, ACCORDING TO LABOR

The president of the Ballina Nurse and Midwives Association says more needs to be done to boost nurse-to-patient ratios. According to the group, one nurse can be assigned up to 10 acute care patients at a time. They say ratios need to increase to ensure vital healthcare skills remain in regional New South Wales. “It would also help to stop burn outs of our nurses and moving onto other industries and other areas. It would mean we would like to see that transition into aged care.” Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh pledged to boost staffing levels should the party form government. “Labor will deliver more nurses for Ballina District Hospital it mean there’ll be more nurses looking after our patients, it’ll mean much better patient care.” He says the move would be funded by money that’s allocated to stadiums.

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DONATIONS CONTINUE TO POUR INTO THE NORTH WEST

The support continues to flow in to the North West from further afield to support our farmers… Sisters from south of Sydney, Naomi and Fiona Bennett, have delivered more than $1500 worth of groceries to Tamworth as part of the ‘Doing It For Our Farmers ‘ appeal. They say the message is breaking regional boundaries into the city, and people genuinely want to help. “So this started with the donation of some shampoo and conditioner and sugar and salt and all those things, to okay now we understand what’s happening, we need to be able to do something.” Also a chance to teach the little ones about where their food comes from. “We showed Imogen about the grass and the places we went through that didn’t have grass and she was concerned that, how would the animals eat…you know, that’s …

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SCAMMERS TARGET GUNNEDAH RESIDENTS

Two weeks after Gunnedah switched over to the National Broadband Network, scammers are already taking advantage. Residents have reported calls from people claiming to represent the company, asking for personal information. The National Broadband Network says it will never make unsolicited calls and is reminding customers they have 18-months to make the switch. If you think you’ve received a scam call, you can report it to the ACCC. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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