UP and AT IT: Monday, September 1

Thanks to Andrew Pearson Photography for this photo.

Thanks to Andrew Pearson Photography for this photo.

9AM: And that's it for this morning! Tune in tomorrow for the latest news.

In the meantime, check out what's happening here:

Tamworth         Gunnedah            Armidale                Moree

8.50am: VISITORS to Uralla can now access a GPS-based program that will give them, through their mobile phones, an informative and entertaining “soundtrail” as they walk around the town. Read more here.

8.40am: See a gallery of photos from Barraba's win over Dungowan at the weekendhere.

8.30am: The sporting gongs flowed thick and fast for Gunnedah’s Andrew George on the weekend after two days of stellar results. Read more here.

8.20am: TENTERFIELD Shire Council will receive over $4 million under the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grants program.

While Member for New England Barnaby Joyce was lauding the investment, council has been left to count the costs of funding that they won’t receive.

MP Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the grants while council count the costs of money they could lose out on.

MP Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the grants while council count the costs of money they could lose out on.

8.10am: 

8AM: This steam train chugged across the North West from Sydney, giving thousands of people a trip back in time. Read more here.

7.50am: Did you lose your watch, possibly 30 years ago? What is the mystery behind the lost watch?

Find out here.

7.40am: Are you a smoker? The latest hike in tobacco excise may change your mind.

7.30am: A LINESMAN  is still recovering after being knocked unconscious  during a New England rugby union match at Bingara on Saturday.

The alleged assault occurred early in the second half after  a Gwydir River Rats player apparently took offence at being sent from the field. Read more here.

7.20am: A young asylum seeker who has been learning English for only nine months had a shock win in the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, announced last week in Gunnedah.

7.10am: 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.

The spokesperson was expected to put in an expression of interest and said they felt a crematorium would be an extension of services they provide. Read more here.

7AM:  And some good news in relation to Tamworth's fight for a police dog unit - but, there's a catch!

6.55am: Good morning. It's August 29 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: Sunny. Light winds becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 7 with daytime temperatures reaching 20 to 25.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:Areas of fog early in the morning. Mostly sunny day. Light winds becoming west to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 11 with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 25.

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

Anniversaries:

1874 - Sydney General Post Office opens in Australia

1912 – The Golden Wattle is declared as Australia's national flower but only declared as Australia's official floral emblem in 1988.

1982 - Max speedometer reading mandated at 85 MPH

BIRTHDAYS:

Dr Phil McGraw - American Television personality(1950), Craig McLachlan - Australian actor (1965), Marcus Ambrose- Australian race car driver(1976)

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