NEWS ROUNDUP Dateline: 7 April. 2021

Locals wanting to escape for a coastal holiday these school holidays may have to wait a little longer after it was revealed the Oxley Highway which leads to Port Macquarie is closed in both directions for 140km after Walcha.

The road closed after landslides during recent rains and according to government officials it could take up to two to three months to clear up to 70 landslips and even then the government couldn’t guarantee both lanes would open.

Waterfall Way also remains closed due to more than a dozen landslips and work is continuing to clear the debris, with the road expected to reopen between Dorrigo and Bellingen later this week to one lane only.


Manilla will be the location for live music coming back this coming Friday and Saturday as the Manilla Micro Festival gets underway.

he show, presented by Arts North-West, the Tamworth Regional Council and the NSW Government, will be like a mini-country festival with live performances from a number of artists.

Golden Guitar winner Aleyce Simmonds, and 2021 nominee Allison Forbes will be in action on Friday, while Golden Guitar winner Ashleigh Dallas will perform on Saturday.

Entertainment venues boss Peter Ross says it’s great to see live music back in the region.


Tamworth Regional Council is advising motorists that Station St between Wagonia Drive and the Kootingal Bowling Club in Kootingal will be closed from 7am tomorrow until 1pm on Friday as sewer works are carried out.

Traffic control will be in place and a detour will be in place via Wagonia Drive and Garden Street and motorists are asked to drive with care.