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WILL A TAMWORTHIAN CLAIM TONIGHT’S $100-MILLION JACKPOT?

Local newsagents were run off their feet today, with thousands of people getting down to purchase their last-minute tickets for tonight's record Powerball draw. But not everyone had decided how they would spend their $100-million ...
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CALL UP FOR NEW FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS THE NORTH WEST

Local firefighting ranks are wearing thin in smaller towns like Bingara and Barraba. Fire and Rescue New South Wales is now recruiting - encouraging everyone to consider signing up ...
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DROUGHT RELIEF TICKETS ON SALE FROM MONDAY

Tickets for Tamworth's drought fundraiser concert go on sale from Monday. The 'Hay Mate - Buy a Bale' concert will be headlined by John Farnham, accompanied by the likes Guy Sebastian, Adam Harvey and Tim ...
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GREEN LIGHT GIVEN FOR WILLOW TREE QUARRY EXPANSION

A Willow Tree quarry has been given the green light to double its operation. It's set to secure local jobs well into the future ...
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BUSHFIRE DANGER PERIOD BROUGHT FORWARD FOR TAMWORTH REGION

Rural Fire Service crews are gaining the upper hand on a blaze at Pinkett, near Glen Innes. It's burnt more than 1400-hectares, but overnight, crews established strong containment lines. Meanwhile, the number of winter bushfires has ...
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THE SHOW WILL GO ON IN TAMWORTH

Meanwhile, despite the drought forcing a number of local shows to cancel events altogether, the Tamworth Show will go on. The organising committee says very few displays have been impacted by the dry conditions. "Dairy cattle ...
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COUNCIL HOPEFUL AFTER TEST DRILLS IN MURRURUNDI

The third test drill at Murrurundi is looking promising, as the Upper Hunter Shire Council continues its search for a permanent bore to supply the town with water. Of the three drills, one has been completely ...
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DROUGHT TAKING A TOLL ON SMALL BUSINESS AND SMALL COMMUNITIES

Residents are being encouraged to keep buying local, with rural businesses suffering due to the drought. The Liverpool Plains Shire Mayor says it's particularly important for smaller centres such as Quirindi ...
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COUNCIL VOTES TO SUPPORT FARMERS BATTLING DROUGHT

Tamworth Regional Council has voted to introduce a range of drought assistance measures. Councillors voted overwhelmingly to make water a number one priority ...
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SHED DESTROYED, HOME OWNER TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

Neighbours have acted fast to stop the spread of fire to a West Tamworth home today, after a shed caught light. After seeing smoke, they made a number of triple-zero calls and within minutes, firefighters ...
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$100-MILLION ON THE TABLE FOR TOURISM PROJECTS

Councils, community groups and tourism operators are being encouraged to put on their thinking caps, and come up with new ideas to attract tourists. There is $100-million in grant money on offer from the state government ...
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COUNCIL TO TRIAL SOLUTION FOR SPRING RIDGE’S LACK OF WATER PRESSURE, AS FLUORIDE DEBATE RAMPS UP

It's a subject that can spark heated debate. Liverpool Plains Shire Council is considering adding fluoride to its water supplies... and that's not the only issue in the pipeline ...
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MORE THAN A DOZEN HAY TRUCKS BOUND FOR MOREE

More than a dozen trucks are travelling through the state, delivering much needed resources to our farmers. The interstate delivery comes all the way from Tasmania ...
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MARSHALL RULES OUT A RUN IN FEDERAL POLITICS

Northern Tablelands M-P Adam Marshall has squashed rumours he'll challenge Barnaby Joyce for pre-selection for the seat of New England, ahead of the next federal election. Mr Marshall says he's satisfied with his current role. "Well ...
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PUSH FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES TO RECEIVE MORE STATE FUNDING

Public libraries are all-too-often considered relics of the past. But a new campaign is determined to show how important they are to communities, and encourage the State Government to fund them better ...
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DROUGHT FORUMS A SUCCESS SO FAR

It's been almost a week since the first drought forums were held in the region, and they're attracting attention. Organisers say their success could see them expanded state-wide. "The government has identified them as probably ...
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COUNCIL TO DISCUSS STRATEGIES TO EASE THE BURDEN OF DROUGHT

For those battling drought, everyday necessities such as water can become costly. Tamworth Regional Council will discuss strategies to ease some of the burdens faced by those living on the land ...
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STATE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES LARGER LOADS CAN HIT THE ROADS

Transporting feed during the big dry will soon be easier, with the State Government today announcing new measures for carrying freight. Changes will mean more hay per truckload can be transported, which is expected to ...
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FIGHTING FOR OUR FARMERS DROUGHT RELIEF APPEAL HITS $3-MILLION

It's been one week since the Today Show's live broadcast from Loomberah, and now the drought appeal is reaching new heights. As of today, the total money raised so far has hit more than $3-million ...
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TEENAGER DIES AFTER NORTH WEST MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A 15-year old boy has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Walcha late yesterday afternoon. Emergency services were called to bushland beside the Oxley Highway at around 5pm, after the motorbike the teenager was ...
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JOHN FARNHAM ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINE ACT FOR DROUGHT FUNDRAISER CONCERT

The Country Music Capital will once again host some musical legends, all in the name of helping our farmers. It's been announced John Farnham will headline a charity concert at Scully Park in October, with ...
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ANNUAL DROVER’S RUN RAISES OVER $70,000

After nine straight days and thousands of kilometres travelled, this year's Drover's Run has finally come to an end. Over 30 people took part in the charity drive, raising more than $70-thousand to support the ...
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DEREK SCHOEN ANNOUNCED AS STATE’S DROUGHT TRANSPORT INTEGRITY ADVISOR

With feed for stock increasingly in demand, prices are skyrocketing. Because of this, the state government has announced a new Drought Transport Integrity Advisor, to help monitor the cost of freight. Former New South Wales ...
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ROBB COLLEGE ADVANCE TO GRAND-FINAL WITH WIN OVER ARMIDALE BLUES

They reached the grand-final of the New England competition last year, that result falling St Albert's way. Twelve months on and Robb College has again qualified, taking out yesterday's major semi-final ...
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EVERY WEDDING NEED SHOWCASED AT ‘A DAY FOR 2’

For any couples planning a wedding Tamworth's Tangaratta Vineyard was the place to be today. After a long term wedding expo was cancelled earlier this year, a group of local business owners joined forces to ...
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NEEDLES AT THE READY TO KNIT LAMB JUMPERS

Selfless Aussies are continuing to support those affected by the drought in every way they can think of. The Gunnedah CWA is one of many groups knitting jumpers for poddy lambs - and those on ...
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WATER FOUND IN FIRST TEST BORE AT MURRURUNDI

Test drilling for emergency bores has begun in Murrurundi as the town continues to run dry. From the first test hole, they've struck water - but not enough to supply the town. Two more holes ...
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POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS BLAZE IN ARMIDALE

A suspicious blaze erupted in Armidale just after 9.30 this morning. It's understood it began in the living room. The Brown Street home sustained significant damage, but fortunately no one was injured with the house ...
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CALALA HOME GUTTED BY FIRE

Police remained on the scene today after fire tore through a home at Calala, near Tamworth overnight. Crews arrived within just seven minutes to a house fully alight. No one was home at the time, and ...
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TAMWORTH JOCKEY CLUB IN TALKS TO SOLVE DRAINAGE WOES

Tamworth Jockey Club says today should be the last time a race meet is forced to move. The club is in talks with Racing New South Wales to see the track's drainage and safety improved ...
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