UP and AT IT: Tuesday, August 5

This photo was taken by Erryn Crowell.

This photo was taken by Erryn Crowell.

9AM: And that wraps up today's brekkie blog folks. Join us from 7am tomorrow for the latest news and more.

While you're waiting for our next edition - why not check out these sites below for your latest news fix throughout the day.

Tamworth           Moree          Glen Innes         Inverell       Gunnedah

8.50am: The stars of the hit television series The Big Bang Theory have signed new deals which will net them $US1 million per episode.

8.40am: A COW that miraculously survived for almost a week after falling 30m down an abandoned mine shaft near Tamworth has been liberated from her underground prison in a daring rescue.


8.20am: HEALTH ALERT: Eating when you’re hungry is a no-brainer. However there are foods you could be eating to tackle your hunger that actually make it worse. Read more here.

8.10am: Meet the Aussie Athlete everyone is talking about after a surprise appearance on stage during the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

8AM:  NEARLY 500 Tamworth families will be affected by federal budget cuts to the Community Support Program (CSP), meaning changes to family day care.

7.50am:  Wheat farmer Ian Turnbull ambushed Glen Turner on a public road and opened fire while the environment compliance officer was inspecting an unrelated site, police will allege.

Mr Turner was not on the Turnbull family's properties and was not serving a notice for illegal land clearing when he was allegedly shot several times, throwing serious doubt on claims by Mr Turnbull's family that the 79-year-old farmer had been pushed to the edge by repeated harassment.

Read the story by the Sydney Morning Herald, here.

7.40am: MOREE will host one of Australia’s largest solar energy projects and yesterday mayor Katrina Humphries couldn’t get the smile off her face.

The company behind the multi-million dollar development, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), has confirmed finance for the project has been finalised and construction will begin immediately.

Read more here.

7.30am: THE NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting members of the Bingara community to take part in a sweep of the streets near the showground following the death of about 30 native birds near that location.

7.20am: TAMWORTH turned out in force to remember the cruel war years of 1914-1918 yesterday, marking the beginning of four years of major remembrance services.

7.10am: And the saga about the parents of little baby Gammy continues.

7AM: The stars, the colour and the action of the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 4 - just 148 days until the end year! 

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. Let us know on Twitter -  @fairfaxNSWNW

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 easterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light before dawn. Overnight temperatures falling to between zero and 6 with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 22.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Patchy fog in the south early in the morning. Sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 7 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 13 and 20.

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


1806 – Captain William Bligh arrived in Sydney to take over the governorship.

1947 – Australia becomes a member of the International Monetary Fund.


Neil Armstrong - American Astronaut (1930-2012), Adam Yauch - rocker (1964)

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