UP and AT IT: Monday, August 11

9AM: And that wraps up this morning's brekkie blog folks - join us for another round from 7am tomorrow.

8.50am: 

FLOWER power and community spirit joined together on Friday night in Tamworth for a medicinal cannabis fundraiser.

The hippy-inspired fundraising party attracted nearly 250 people to the Tamworth Tennis Club, raising more than $7000 with a host of performers lending their musical weight to the night.

8.35am: Can this Aussie win the US PGA?

8.20am: Detectives investigating the sexual assault of a woman at Glen Innes earlier this year have widened their search across New England, issuing a computer-generated image of a man with whom they would like to speak.

8.10am: TWO men have been slapped with hefty fines after they failed to front court on illegal fishing charges.

8AM: Australia Zoo in Queensland captured the birth of its second baby giraffe in a month on film, after first-time mum Penny went into labour earlier than expected.

The healthy female calf was born at 11.51am last Thursday, less than a day after keepers had moved her mother into the birthing suite.

Check out more photos, here.

7.50am: Are times changing when it comes to what we eat?

7.40am: THE North West and New England regions were experiencing the same financial pain as the rest of the nation, a Salvation Army spokesman has said.

The first national Consumer Pulse Report, released by CHOICE on Friday, revealed an anxious picture of Australia’s households.

The national consumer survey found that in the face of rising bills during the past year, 46 per cent of Australians reported cutting back on essential spending and 62 per cent onb

7.30am: A FIRE in the backyard of a South Tamworth home was just one of a spate of fires that have kept firefighters busy, both in residential areas and out in rural areas, over the past few days.

7.20am: Did you watch the interview? What were your thoughts?

7.10am: 

HE DANCED like no one was watching and “squeezed the marrow out of the bone of every day” – and that’s what Glen Turner will be remembered for.

 Inside a small country hall in Dungowan, on the outskirts of Tamworth, were his happy shoes, his home brew, red wine and Stalwarts footy shirt – along with hundreds of family, friends, colleagues and those with a story to tell of a character named Glen. Read more here.

7AM

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. Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 6 with daytime temperatures reaching between 15 and 21.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:Mostly sunny morning. The chance of showers from the early afternoon. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the late afternoon then becoming east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between zero and 7 with daytime temperatures reaching between 13 and 21.

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

Anniversaries

1870 – Melbourne Town Hall is opened.

1989 – A pilots' strike cripples domestic air travel in Australia.

2003 – Major-General Michael Jeffery is sworn in as Governor General.

BIRTHDAYS:

Hulk Hogan, American Wrestler (1953), Chris Hemsworth, Australian Actor - (1983)

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