UP and AT IT: Wednesday, March 5

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9AM: That wraps up day three of UP and AT IT - New England North West, we'll leave you with an updated photo from this morning's Gunnedah protest. Enjoy your day!

8:55am: We know of some city slickers who have made the tree-change to country NSW. But is it long term?  We'd love to know if you'd consider the city scene in Sydney again, in the CBD or in the suburbs. More info here. Here.  Why not vote in our poll below and tell us what you think.

8:45am:  A lovely photo of Tamworth on Twitter this morning.

8:35am:  Here's some of our most clicked on stories from Tuesday.

TAMWORTH: Croc eats snake: Photos, video

TENTERFIELD: The week in Tenterfield

ARMIDALE: Mega-gallery: The Crowds at A Day on The Green

MOREE: The real Rhonda and Ketut

GUNNEDAH: Clean up Australia Day

GLEN INNES: Gallery: GIHS Reunion

INVERELL: CycloSportif brings out the strong and keen

GUYRA: The week that was across New England and the North West

WALCHA: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

8:25am: TWO people have been granted bail over their involvement in an affray that saw a mob chase down and attack a man in broad daylight in Armidale.

8.15am: POLL RESULTS - Yesterday we asked you, Does NSW need three tiers of government - local, state and federal. Which one would you cut?

71.4  per cent of you said you'd cut the STATE government tier, followed by the LOCAL tier at 22.4 per cent

8.05am:Thunderbolts Way 45km north of Gloucester is now open.Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) had closed the road on Tuesday for a salvage operation to retrieve a truck involved in a serious accident in early February.

The operation was expected to take two days, but was completed earlier than expected and the road was reopened late on Tuesday.

8AM: You'd be forgiven for thinking something major was happening at the Tamworth Regional Airport yesterday - but it was all in the name of training.  Click here for the story or check out the video below to find out what went on in Exercise Overshoot.

7:45am: A 21-year-old man has suspended himself from a tripod this morning, blocking the gates to Whitehaven Coal’s coal rail loader at Gunnedah, as a group of people gather to protest the company's plans for a coal mine at Maules Creek.

A spokesperson for the protesters says the man has travelled from Victoria where his brother is fighting the coal seam fire at Hazelwood.

7.35am: Tributes continue to flow in for Australia's first Olympic female equestrian rider, Bridget 'Bud' Hyem of Carroll (near Gunnedah) who died at the age of 81 this week.  More here

7.30am: Who's a fan of the television show The Block? If you're a wannabe contestant or just a big fan in general then we've got news for you from Tenterfield. Click here

7.20am: A photo from the scene of the Gunnedah protest. Do you know more? Email hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

7.15am: Police are at the scene of a protest site at Gunnedah.

Officers say up to 12 protesters are blocking access to a coal loading facility on the Boggabri Rd.

We'll try and get more details for you when they become available.

Do you know more? Let us know.

7AM: You've got to love waking up to a sunrise like this.  Thanks to Pamela West for this one - taken near Tamworth's AELEC yesterday. Do you have a photo you'd like to share? send it to hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

6.45am: Good morning and welcome to day three of our regional morning report.  We'll be bringing you as much information as we can from the state's New England and North West over the next couple of hours.

We can always do with your help. If there's something happening in your part of the world - between Tamworth, Moree, Inverell, Armidale, Walcha, Guyra, Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Gunnedah - then feel free to share. Email Haley at hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au  or let us know on Twitter -  @fairfaxNSWNW

WEATHER:

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Patchy fog on the southern slopes early in the morning. Mostly sunny day. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending north to northeasterly in the morning then becoming light in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog early in the morning. Isolated showers in the north in the morning and early afternoon. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light before dawn. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 16 with daytime temperatures reaching 23 to 29.

Check your weather here: Tamworth - Armidale - Moree - Inverell - Gunnedah - Guyra - Walcha - Tenterfield - Glen Innes

ANNIVERSARIES:

1824: The first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Francis Forbes arrives in Sydney.

1868: Lucy Osburn and five other nurses trained by Florence Nightingale arrive in Sydney.

1983: The ALP, with Bob Hawke as leader wins with one of the biggest parliamentary majorities in Australian political history.

BIRTHDAYS: 

Mike Walsh (1938), Philip K Chapman (1935), Nicole Pratt (1973)

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