• JON WOLFE

NEWS ROUNDUP

Fire and rescue NSW crews in Gunnedah and Armidale were kept busy over the weekend with Gunnedah crews called to a car fire in Finch Street about 12.15 on Sunday morning.

The fire was quickly extinquished.

In Armidale crews attended a fire at a local business twice over the weekend.

Crews were first called to Neville’s Store restaurant on Brown Street just before 11.15 on Friday night and fought a blaze until 1.15 the following morning, and they were called back on Saturday night after the fire apparently reignited.

Police are also investigating these fires.

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The member for New England Barnaby Joyce says with new Commonwealth funding of up to $20 million and equivalent funding from the State government, new dam infrastructure works are now closer to becoming a reality.

Mr Joyce says from Quipolly Dam in the south to Chaffey Dam and Mole River, water infrastructure is vital to continue the economic growth and jobs in the New England

He says he fought hard to secure a new Dungowan Dam for the city of Tamworth and now we’re delivering it and now he's fighting for new water infrastructure in other areas in the New England like Malpas Dam.

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The local swimming season has come to an end after Tamworth Regional Council closed the Scully Park pool at the weekend.

Council has reported more than 30,000 residents took to the pools while both the Tamworth Olympic and Scully Park pools were open, however it recorded a 20 percent drop on the 2019 season when both pools were operational.

Council believes the drop in numbers was due to Covid and the cooler than average summer.

The millions of litres of water in both pools will be retained and no significant works are scheduled.

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Image: Fire And Rescue NSW Station 314 Gunnedah