NEWS ROUNDUP: Dateline - 19 April, 2021

Tim Duddy, a Liverpool Plains farmer and former Gunnedah Shire councillor, says he will not be a candidate for the Upper Hunter by election.

Mr Duddy was an independent candidate in the 2011 NSW election for the Upper Hunter seat and came in second behind George Souris with more than 12,000 votes.

He says he is hoping somebody steps forward to challenge the pro-mining stance of some of the major parties.


THE Australian Bureau of Statistics will be running a national census this year and says there are almost 100 jobs available across the New England North West.

20,000 jobs are available, with 97 of those in Tamworth, Gunnedah and Armidale – 46 in Tamworth, 30 in Gunnedah, and 21 in Armidale.

Census executive director and national spokesperson, Andrew Henderson, said roles were open for field officers and field managers.


Joy McKean, the widow of Slim Dusty, will be honoured with the 2022 Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.

The honour will be presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association/ Australian Music Copyright Owners Association at this year’s APRA Music Awards in Sydney on Wednesday, April 28.

Joy said she is honoured to be chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Ted Albert Award.

Tim Duddy (Image: The Australian)