Tamworth Regional Council’s decision to return to permanent water conservation measures came into force today with council’s Director of Water and Waste, Bruce Logan, saying there’s “plenty of water around".

Level P restrictions are as follows:

· Use of sprinklers, sprays, microsprays, and fixed hoses is not allowed during the heat of the day, which means watering must take place between 4pm to 9pm Eastern Standard Time and 6pm to 8pm Daylight Saving Time.

· Hand-held hoses with trigger nozzles, and buckets and watering cans, may be used for watering of lawns, gardens and vehicle washing at any time.

· Trigger nozzles must be used on all hoses to help conserve supplies and avoid waste.

· No washdown of hard surfaces unless using a high-pressure cleaner.

The council is currently sourcing water from the Peel River and Dungowan Dam.


Three teenage boys have been arrested and charged over the weekend after it’s alleged they were behind an armed robbery in Armidale.

A 15 year old, 14 year old and another teenager allegedly entered a property on Queen Elizabeth Drive and threatened an employee with a firearm and stole cigarette lighters and chocolates.

All three have been charged with the robbery while armed with an offensive weapon - a replica firearm which has been seized as a part of the investigation. The trio will appear in an Armidale children’s court in May.


NSW Crime Stoppers and the NSW Police Force will launch a a state-wide crime campaign today to address awareness of regional crime, prevention measures and to increase reporting to Crime Stoppers and the police.

New research indicates in NSW over 80% of farmers have reported being a victim of crime.

Even more critical is the high levels of repeat victimisation with over 76% of farmers being a victim of crime on more than two occasions and over 23% experiencing crime more than seven times*.

*Source: NSW Farmers Survey, data analysis February 2021, Centre for Rural Criminology, University of New England.’