UP and AT IT: Wednesday, August 6

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 your latest news.

8.55am: Comedian Marlon Wayans has hit out at critics who have labelled him racist and insists he will not apologise for posting a photograph on social media of Australian singer Delta Goodrem, whom he labelled "the most UNRHYTHMIC WHITE WOMAN".Read more here.


RESIDENTS claim their homes will be put at risk from raging floodwaters if a proposed 72-lot subdivision in Tamworth is approved.

The Daruka Rd residents fear plans to convert nearby undeveloped land into a concrete jungle could prove disastrous for people downstream.


8.25am: We all know what an ATM is, right? Well a Canadian bank has taken it to a whole new level.

Readers, meet the 'automatic thanking machine'.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed new laws which allow residents in designated areas within the Tamworth electorate to protect their homes from bushfires.

New laws have been introduced to allow the clearance of trees and vegetation from around the home.

Think this might affect you? Check out the details here.

8.10am: An horrific end to a woman's life after a bucket-list challenge went wrong.


IT’S THE unspoken warfare at the checkouts – hidden behind the exchange of cash and pleasantries between the customer and the shop assistant.

But who’s always right? The customer, or the person handing out the customer service?

Join the conversation, here.

7.50am: A helipad for Glen Innes Hospital is inching closer, with a consultant’s engineering report due to be delivered to Hunter New England Health by the end of this week and fundraising efforts continuing.



THE Bunbury couple at the centre of the baby Gammy controversy says the Thai surrogate mother has misled the world over the situation.

The Bunbury couple - David and Wendy Farnell - have been traumatised by a messy legal battle and heavy media attention which has portrayed them as heartless. Read more here.

7.25am: Are you a brand shopper?


A MAGISTRATE has told a Moree court no amount of money or strict conditions could mitigate the unacceptable risk an accused murderer poses.

Ian Robert Turnbull will remain behind bars after he lost his bid for release on bail in Moree Local Court yesterday, despite a 10 point release “regime” submitted on his behalf.


6.55am: Good morning. It's August 6 - just 147 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: Sunny. Areas of frost on the southern slopes early in the morning. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 5 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 22.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Areas of fog and frost on and west of the ranges early in the morning. Sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 2 and 6 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 14 and 21.

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


1915 – The Battle of Lone Pine begins on Gallipoli, seven Australians are awarded the Victoria Crosses for this battle.

1919 – Harry Butler made the first air flight over a major body of water in Australia.

1996 – Australian census takes place.


Daryl Somers - Australian Entertainer(1951) Geri Halliwell - former Spice Girl (1972) Melissa George - Australian Actress (1972)

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