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MURRURUNDI MOVES TO LEVEL FIVE WATER RESTRICTIONS

Residents in Murrurundi will need to be more water wise as restrictions tighten. As of midnight tonight the town will move to level five restrictions. That means no watering of lawns, and gardens can only be watered by bucket between one and three o’clock on Sunday afternoons. It comes as only 155-millimetres of rain has fallen this year. The restrictions aiming to cut water usage by 70-percent.   NOTE: VISION ONLY

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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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