NEWS UPDATE: Dateline - 8 April. 2021

In last night’s pre-selection tussle for the seat of Upper Hunter by election for a Nationals candidate, a 45- year- old engineer took on the first female sitting mayor of Singleton and in the end, Clarence Town-based engineer David Layzell was backed to become the candidate to stand for the Nationals in the crucial bi-election for the government.

He upset Singleton mayor Sue Moore in what the party says was a difference in ideas.

Mr Layzell will start on the busy campaign trail today, assisted by the Deputy Premier John Barrilaro before the Upper Hunter goes to the polls on Saturday, May 22.


Armidale Regional Council has announced the city will host the inaugural Armidale Spring Games to be held over the October long weekend, and it’s expected it will attract more than 50 hockey, cricket and football teams from all over the country.

The event will be a celebration of sport through a weekend carnival and will be a major boost to the region.

This bushfire recovery initiative is funded by a $145,000 grant from the Australian Government through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program.

For more details and information about how to participate, visit armidalespringgames.com.au


Tamworth Regional Council will be undertaking works on essential water hydrant and valve maintenance in North Tamworth today and it will leave anything up to 100 houses without water.

A Tamworth Regional Council spokesman said the properties, including TAFE, will go without water between 9:30am and 3:30pm, but Oxley High School and the hospital won't be impacted,.

He said properties have been advised of the outage, other properties in the area may experience low pressure and the disruptions will be kept to a minimum.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Upper Hunter by election Nationals candidate David Layzell. (IMAGE: Newcastle Weekly)