UP and AT IT: Wednesday, August 27

Thanks to Andrew Pearson Photography for this photo.

Thanks to Andrew Pearson Photography for this photo.

9AM: And that's it from us folks - join us from 7am tomorrow for your latest news and much more.

8.40am: THE region’s councils stand to save tens of thousands of dollars on energy-efficient street lighting, with hopes of partially offsetting a proposed steep rise in maintenance charges.


8.20am: A MUCH-LOVED local charity has dramatically broken away from its governing body after concerns its funds were being funnelled out of the region.

Lifeline North West yesterday announced it would end its 42-year association with Lifeline and rebrand itself as One of a Kind Community Support.

8.10am: A CORONIAL inquiry will resume today in Sydney into a catastrophic bushfire which wiped out much of a national park near Coonabarabran.



A severe weather warning has been issued for the Northern Tablelands on Thursday.

The Bureau of Meterology issued the warning for the area along with the Norther Rivers and Mid North Coast.


AFTER a statewide backlash over a police crackdown on illegal bull bars, the NSW government yesterday gave drivers some breathing room. 

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay announced bull bars on light vehicles, within a reasonable tolerance of the requirements, would be given a two-year period of exemption from the vehicle registration regulations applying to bull bars in NSW.

7.30am: Some of the fashion favourites, and the not so good from the Emmy Awards.

7.20am: THE owners of Gunnedah Maize Mill are calling on people to have their say about a second rail overpass.

Stephen and Gabriele Dangerfield said there could be solutions to the project which would mean residents of the two houses at the corner of Barber and Warrabungle streets would not have to lose their homes. Read more here.


IT WAS the “proposal” that launched a million internet hits.

Tamworth man George Harradine was captured on bended knee in the City of Love last week in what appeared to be a moving offer of matrimony to girlfriend Claire Hollinworth.

But it came with a twist...or should we say a knot! Read more here.


6.55am: Good morning. It's August 26 and it's the beginning of the last week of winter!

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. Areas of rain, easing to isolated showers in the afternoon, mostly clearing by the evening. Winds southerly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 5 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching between 13 and 19.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:  Cloudy. Rain, easing to isolated showers at night. The chance of thunderstorms in the north. Locally heavy falls possible in the east. Winds southerly 25 to 40 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 4 and 11 with daytime temperatures reaching between 8 and 14.

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


1870 – John Forrest arrives in Adelaide from Perth, after leading an expedition along the south coast via the Great Australian Bight.

2003 - Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.


Sir Donald Bradman (dec) - Australian Cricketer (1908), Mark Webber - racecar driver -1976

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