UP and AT IT: Tuesday, August 19

Photo: Fiona Sing of Manilla.

Photo: Fiona Sing of Manilla.

9AM: And that's it from us today folks, enjoy your Tuesday.

Until we meet again at 7am tomorrow, why not check out these sites throughout the day for your latest local news.

Tamworth       Glen Innes      Gunnedah       Moree

8.50am: A TEENAGER has been refused bail following a dramatic roof top arrest in Tamworth’s CBD. 

Police will allege the 15-year-old boy and a co-accused pelted officers with projectiles from the roof of the Central Hotel on Sunday afternoon as they tried to resist arrest.


8.30am: TRUCK drivers are not normally known for their hairstyling skills, but Tamworth’s Ben McLeod has turned that idea on its ear.


TRIBUTES have continued to flow for Daniel Howard, the Cobar firefighter who lost his life while battling a blaze that destroyed the New Occidental Hotel.

The 37-year-old was believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest and a fellow firefighter received a broken arm when a wall collapsed at the site on Sunday morning.

Mr Howard leaves behind a family including his partner Jenna and her son.  Read more here.

8.10am: Bruce Treloar, the man described as the proudest proponent and the most passionate promoter of the city of Tamworth, has died, leaving a legacy of outstanding regional retail leadership.

Read more about his life story and the tributes from others, here.


7.55am: Hope Estate will host its own major country music event after the promoters of CMC Rocks the Hunter last week announced they were moving the annual festival to Queensland.

7.45am: A BLITZ on bullbars is causing quite the stir, not just in Moree, but across country communities. Read more here.

7.30am:  This year marks three decades since iconic Australian philanthropist Dick Smith kick-started the annual Variety Bash and now, in its 30th year, 84 wacky and wonderful vehicles synonymous with the Variety Bash will be passing through Glen Innes tomorrow, taking lunch at the Glen Innes and District Services Club before heading off on the road to Noosa, raising funds for disadvantaged Aussie kids.

7.20am: It appears Clive Palmer got himself into a bit of hot water last night.


THE best rain the region has seen in five months has delivered uplifted spirits in drought and a more optimistic outlook for a good spring season to come.

And a weekend of gentle soaking falls averaging about 25mm across the slopes and the tablelands has lifted farm hopes and created a magnificent lead-in to AgQuip, which starts today.


6.55am: Good morning. It's August 19 and we're halfway through the week!

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: Cloudy. Isolated showers on the southern slopes in the morning and afternoon. Patchy morning fog. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 4 and 8 with daytime temperatures reaching between 13 and 18.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Cloudy. Isolated showers on and west of the ranges in the morning and afternoon. Winds west to southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h tending south to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 10 with daytime temperatures reaching between 10 and 19.

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


1907 – The Rabbit-proof fence is completed.

1961 – Four Corners TV current affairs program first screened.

1967 - Beatles' "All You Need is Love" single goes #1

1979 - "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)


Ian Smith - Australian Actor (1938), Bill Clinton - former US President (1946), Matthew Perry - American Actor (1969)

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