NEWS ROUNDUP: Dateline - 12 April, 2021

Thousands upon thousands of hairy caterpillars have invaded backyards in Tamworth and its proving to be a prickly time for pest exterminators.

The caterpillars eventually turn into white cedar moths that only eat the white cedar and closely-related cape lilac trees until about the end of April and while not poisonous, the caterpillars cause health problems and skin reactions if touched.

Some experts say the best way to stop the problem is to cut down the trees.


A man has been charged after allegedly deliberately lighting a house on fire in Armidale.

About 12.45am yesterday emergency services were called to Allingham Street, and fire crews extinguished the blaze, however it caused extensive damage to the building.

Two people were home at the time, but they were able to escape without injury.

Following inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the blaze, a 19-year-old man was arrested at a hotel on Marsh Street, Armidale, about 12.20pm yesterday and has been charged with damage property by fire (DV) and refused bail to appear at Armidale Local Court today.


There is still time to complete the Rural Doctors Network Gunnedah Health Service Survey which has been created by the NSW Rural Doctors Network to assist in the development of a General Practitioner attraction and retention strategy for Gunnedah.

Gunnedah Shire Council is encouraging residents to share their experiences accessing local health services by completing the survey which take 10 minutes to complete and is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCV5KJY.

Thousands of caterpillars like this one have invaded Tamworth.