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TAMWORTH TURNS 200 IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS

Tamworth will be taken over by streamers and party hats in just under two weeks, as the city celebrates its 200th year. After 18 months of planning, organisers say the bicentenary will be a chance for locals to celebrate all that the Country Music Capital has achieved. Activities are set to run all day. “There’ll be a lot of dance, a lot of music, marching, we’ve actually got four bands involved with that as well, and we’ve also got most importantly a very big community aspect to it as well.” Celebrations will kick off at 9am next Sunday. (NOTE: AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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MAN DIES AFTER SWERVING TO AVOID A KANGAROO

A 39-year-old man has died, after appearing to swerve to avoid hitting a kangaroo in the state’s north west yesterday. Around 10pm, a woman contacted a friend after her partner failed to return home as expected. The friend then retraced the route the man would have driven, which included travelling along Fossickers Way, just south of Bingara. The friend located the man’s utility, which appeared to have rolled in a paddock. Police believe that as the driver travelled north sometime after 6pm, he negotiated a slight left-hand bend, and swerved in an attempt to avoid a kangaroo. It appears the vehicle crossed to the incorrect side of the road, left the sealed section of the carriageway, and struck a grassed culvert before rolling. The driver was located deceased a short distance away, while a dead kangaroo was also located nearby.

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SUPPORT GROWING FOR A NEW HYDROTHERAPY POOL IN ARMIDALE

Support is growing in the New England for a new hydrotherapy pool. The Armidale Regional Council backs the plan, though assistance from the State Government is needed. The organisation is seeking just over $1 million to make it happen. “The community and the council ranked on priority what they’d like, and the hydrotherapy pool was highest ranking for both groups so it is really seen as an important need for the community.”

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