UP and AT IT: Thursday, August 28

Thanks to Andrew Pearson Photography for this photo.

Thanks to Andrew Pearson Photography for this photo.

9AM: And that wraps up today's edition of the brekkie blog. Join us from 7am tomorrow for your Friday news report to end the working week!

8.50am: 

Troy Gross was relaxing around the pool with partner Rachel Deane at the Phuket resort last Friday when he heard the ear-splitting cries for help of the boy’s mum.

Acting on instinct, the Tamworth police officer ripped off his shirt and dived to the bottom of the pool to scoop up the motionless five-year-old.

8.40am:  

CONTROVERSIAL statements from a fitness instructor about new mothers being “fat” and “lazy” has sparked outrage among Tamworth mums. 

The statement came from Sydney-based trainer Allan Trinh, who told “lazy new mums” to “get off the couch and start exercising”.Read more here.

8.30am:

Local diversions are now in place in Inverell due to the closure of the Gwydir Highway near Fern Hill Road.

The highway is expected to remain closed for some time due to a serious car and truck accident.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution, follow the direction of on site traffic controllers and allow additional travel time.

8.10am:

The Gwydir Highway is closed in both directions in Inverell due to a serious accident near Fern Hill Road.

Motorists are advised to delay their journey.

Emergency services and local traffic crews are responding to the incident.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

8AM: 

7.50am:

7.40am: GUNNEDAH man Don McDonagh is lucky to be alive after his  house burnt down this week.

Mr McDonagh was in hospital when the fire broke out at his Barber St home early on Tuesday morning, destroying the house and badly damaging the well-known miniature railway in his yard.

7.30am: And some shocking news for fans of this US star.

7.20am: 

EXPRESSIONS of interest have been put to Moree Plains Shire Council regarding a possible crematorium in town.

Council land is available to the south of the Moree cemetery and should the crematorium development happen, it would benefit the community as a whole according to a spokesperon from an interested company.

7.10am: NSW Premier Mike Baird has labelled the state government “the farmers’ friend” after listening to drought-stricken farmers on a tour of the North West yesterday, but failed to announce any further assistance packages.

7AM: 

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: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers on the southern slopes in the late morning and afternoon. Winds south to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 4 and 8 with daytime temperatures reaching between 16 and 21.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:  Partly cloudy. Isolated showers on and east of the ranges in the morning and afternoon. Winds south to southeasterly 25 to 40 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 10 with daytime temperatures reaching between 11 and 20.

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

Anniversaries:

1941 – Arthur Fadden becomes the thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia.

BIRTHDAYS:

Sonia Kruger - Australan television personality, (1965), Jack Black - Actor (1969), Jason Priestley -Actor (1969), 

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