UP and AT IT: Friday, August 22

9AM: And that's it for this morning and this week! Tune in on Monday for the next edition of UP and AT IT! Have a great weekend.

In the meantime, check out what is happening here:

Tamworth          Gunnedah           Armidale             Glen Innes

8.50am: A NSW Government grant worth $85,319 will allow some long-standing and critical infrastructure issues at the Inverell Showground to be addressed. 

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced the funding during a meeting with Showground Trust members at the Inverell showground. Read more here.

FUNDING: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall at the Inverell Showground with Bruce Turner and Geoff Mather from the Showground Trustee, Inverell Show Society vice president Jodie Burtenshaw and Tane Richardson, president of the Inverell Basketball Association.

FUNDING: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall at the Inverell Showground with Bruce Turner and Geoff Mather from the Showground Trustee, Inverell Show Society vice president Jodie Burtenshaw and Tane Richardson, president of the Inverell Basketball Association.


8.40am: AGQUIP has meant tens of millions of dollars worth of sales for exhibitors, with the promise of more to come.

Rural Press Events general manager Barry Harley said, although numbers were down on the first day of the three-day event, some exhibitors had their best first-day sales ever.

Mr Harley said the exhibitors averaged about $50-$60 million from the site overall across the three days and, in follow-up sales, they get about $160 million worth of sales directly from the event. 

Read more here.

BUY BUY: AgQuip is packing up for another year after millions of dollars of sales and plenty of positivity in the agricultural sector. Photo: Barry Smith 190814BSC27

BUY BUY: AgQuip is packing up for another year after millions of dollars of sales and plenty of positivity in the agricultural sector. Photo: Barry Smith 190814BSC27

8.30am: In case you missed all the AgQuip action, see a gallery of photos and videos from the three-day event here.

8.20am: Did you have a ticket in last night's $70 million Powerball? 

8.10am: Do you have the region's daggiest dad? Maybe he could win the prize up for grabs from The Northern Daily Leader and Barbeques Galore. Read more here.

8AM: This Gunnedah veteran is quietly confident of victory this year when Division 1 and 2 singles matches get underway on Saturday morning, with the notable absence of the defending title holder, Zac Martin.

7.50am: Fatal fire: Arson ruled out

And a little bit further afield, but a place close to many:

ARSON has been ruled out as investigators continue to examine the scene of a fire that destroyed an iconic Cobar pub.

Cobar firefighter Daniel Howard, 37, died and a colleague suffered a broken arm during a wall collapse as the pair battled a blaze that gutted the New Occidental Hotel. Read more here.

7.40am: Did you see any characters in your town recently for the Variety Bash?

7.30am: Stepping into the ring in his first professional fight after years of hard training and working though the amateur ranks, Glen Innes 58kg super featherweight Michael Hamilton said win, lose or draw, he was happy to have achieved a life-long goal. Read more here.

 Float and sting: Hamilton said it was hard training, light feet and playing to his strengths that led to the comfortable win over Alistair Lardner in his first professional fight. Photos by Down Under Boxing.

Float and sting: Hamilton said it was hard training, light feet and playing to his strengths that led to the comfortable win over Alistair Lardner in his first professional fight. Photos by Down Under Boxing.

7.20am: AS the star of Australia’s beloved film The Castle, Michael Caton, took his stand against coal seam gas at Gunnedah’s AgQuip yesterday, one local resident was facing her own battle.

Violeta Hiscock was still reeling from the shock of finding out her home is in the path of the recommended option for the new rail overpass.

Much like Michael Caton’s character, Darryl Kerrigan, Violeta Hiscock’s Barber Street home is her castle.

Read more here.

Not willing to give up her home: Violeta Hiscock in front of her Barber Street house

Not willing to give up her home: Violeta Hiscock in front of her Barber Street house

7.10am: Armidale residents will be happy to once again have their garbage collected.

Residents and businesses will have their rubbish collected on Thursday after trucks have been found to be safe.

Cleanaway trucks were taken off the road nationally on Wednesday for a safety check after a fatal accident in South Australia.

The company has the contract to collect rubbish in Armidale. Read more here.

7AM:   A little bit of a throwback to start your Friday morning.

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 22 and we're at the end of the working 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: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog on the southern slopes early in the morning. The chance of showers in the late morning and afternoon, mainly on the slopes. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching between 18 and 22.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:Partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 10 with daytime temperatures reaching between 12 and 18.

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

Anniversaries:

1770 - James Cook's expedition lands on the east coast of Australia.

1934 - Australia beat England by 562 runs to regain Cricket Ashes

1984 - Last Volkswagen Rabbit produced

BIRTHDAYS:

Tori Amos - Singer -(1963), Ty Burrell -American Actor -(1967),  

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