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TEENS FACE COURT OVER POLICE PURSUIT

Two teenagers have faced court, charged with stealing a car at knifepoint in Queensland, and failing to stop for police near Glen Innes. Local police were alerted after receiving reports of stolen fuel. At around 10:30 last night, a pursuit began on the New England Highway, with road spikes deployed to stop the stolen vehicle. A 16-year-old driver has been granted a 12-month good behaviour bond, while a 15-year-old passenger was released on probation.

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$900,000 BIKE PATH ON TRACK

The wheels are in motion for the construction of Tamworth’s new $900-thousand cycleway. The bike track from Greg Norman Drive to Calala Lane was announced just over a month ago, and now the foundations have been laid. The Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence entered stage-two yesterday, and Tamworth M-P Kevin Anderson says the new path is needed now more than ever. “We’ve been getting a lot of calls from the community saying it’s a really really busy road and they feel unsafe when they try to get across Goonoo Goonoo Road to get out to what will be the premier sporting facility in New South Wales.” Work is expected to be complete in the coming weeks. (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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TWO MEN CAUGHT DRINK DRIVING IN SAME CAR 15 MINUTES APART

Two men have been charged with high-range drink driving – in the same car, within the space of just 15 minutes. Police stopped a vehicle on Duri Road, South Tamworth on Sunday night where a 21-year-old allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0-point-1-7-7. Just 15-minutes later, the same car was pulled over, where upon a breath test, a second driver allegedly blew 0-point-1-6-2. Both men will front Tamworth Local Court next month.

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NEW ENGLAND A PRIORITY FOR GREENS RENEWABLES PLAN

The New England already has an abundance of renewable energy projects, however The Greens want to see more. They’ve dubbed the region as a top priority in their national plan to increase the number of such projects. The policy would see the New England become one of 31 Renewable Energy Zones- as a way to decrease power costs and create more jobs. (VISION ONLY)

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