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Trucking unions have joined the call for more truck stops on the Pacific Highway. The Transport Workers Union says driver safety is at risk because there are insufficient and inadequate rest areas for drivers. Trucking companies, drivers and now the Transport Workers Union say more needs to be done to ensure driver safety. With increasing trucks on the road and new regulations for driver rest breaks about to be implemented, the TWU says the lack of parking areas is about to get worse. Mick Forbes has also taken a swipe at the Coalition which he says has held up a $70-million transport upgrade package in the Senate. The money he says is urgently needed to build new rest areas. Read More »


A Mardi woman is appealing for public help in catching her daughter’s killer. It follows confirmation that a body found in bushland at Kempsey is that of 33-year-old Lisa Keem. Earlier this year, Lisa Keem posed happily with her mother Rose Foster and her sister Amy. Both were too distraught to speak today But in a statement read out by a family friend, they paid tribute to the 33 year-old. “She will be remembered for her beauty, her strength of character, for her compassion for both people and animals and for her love of her family” Ms Keem was last seen shortly after leaving her dog grooming business at Hervey Bay 12 days ago. Her burnt body was discovered the following day, in Kempsey’s Maria River State Forest, some 800 kilometres away. On Ms Keem’s facebook site, friends have called ... Read More »


Barraba residents fear they’ll be left high and dry by Tamworth Regional Council’s abandonment of a pipeline project. The news comes as a major disappointment to the local community which has been fighting to secure a town water supply for more than 14 years. The pipeline from Split Rock Dam would be more of a lifeline for the residents of Barraba who have long struggled with water supply problems. Tamworth Regional Council has received a report from the Director of Water Enterprises Bruce Logan to scrap the plan, after new estimates reveal it would cost $15-million. When the plan was first flagged in 1994, it was $3.3-million. During the warmer months, Barraba survives on a dangerously low water supply from three unreliable sources and has to use emergency back-up supplies to survive. Local residents who have been waiting for the ... Read More »


West Lions are leading the Group-4 competition after a win over arch rivals, North Tamworth. It’s one of the biggest victories against the Bears in the past two seasons, Wests lead 22-nil at half time before finishing 40 points to 14. To earn the bragging rights, both sides knew it would come down to defence, and the hits came early Wests snatched early possession, with captain Nathan Hamblin opening the scoring. A wave of tries followed for the Lions. Andrew Loveday made his return from injury worthwhile while Hans Masoe grabbed another four. A grubber kick from Brendan Hunt resulted in Matt Beaton scoring the Lion’s fourth try to lead 22 nil at half time. After the break Jamie Trindall added his name to the list – the boot of Luke Berger helped extend the gap. Norths made a brief ... Read More »


We all want what’s best for our pets but putting them through surgery can be as hard on owners as on the animal. But a veterinary clinic in Newcastle is the first in Australia to begin using a revolutionary technology that provides peace of mind pet surgery. A warning that this story contains medical procedures. Read More »

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