• JON WOLFE

NEWS ROUNDUP: Dateline - 9 April, 2021

Following reports earlier this week that scammers posing as RSL volunteers were door-knocking homes in the region seeking donations, it been revealed that in fact they were representing the Queensland RSL.

They had a license to fundraise in NSW and were trying to gain support for its Art Union campaign.

The local RSL sub-branch has apologised to the Queensland RSL for the misunderstanding.

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A witness in the trial of Natasha Beth Darcy, 46, who is accused of murdering 42-year-old Walcha sheep farmer Mathew Dunbar in 2017, has stated that Darcy made a really odd request for ram sedative months before the death.

The witness, a vet nurse, said near the end of a regular sounding phone call Darcy said she needed to pick up some ram sedative and she hadn’t asked for it before.

The nurse mentioned it to her vet and she in turn talked to Mr Dunbar who appeared to not have any idea of what she was talking about.

Darcy, who is the sole beneficiary of Mr Dunbar’s estate, has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting suicide, but the Crown has rejected the plea, saying Mr Dunbar's $3.5 million estate motivated her to murder.

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Waterfall Way has been reopened for the first time since March 19 when landslips forced its closure.

Motorists can now drive down the mountain from Dorrigo and Transport NSW says there were five major landslips and 12 minor slips along this key stretch.

Crews have been placing dozens of nine metre-long nails at Newell Falls, a technique known as "soil nailing", to stabilise the road.


Injecting a sheep.