A flagged cut to petrol taxes in Tuesday night's federal budget has been welcomed by local transport firms, but fuel prices could stay higher in rural areas longer than the city.
The Commonwealth vowed to slash the fuel excise by 22 cents a litre, half of its current rate of 44 cents.
University of New England senior lecturer in macroeconomics, Dr Shawn Leu, said the cut was likely to be worth about $5 per tank for the average vehicle.
A campaign to remove illegal guns from the community came to Armidale on Tuesday.
Police were in Armidale Centro Shopping Centre to promote the National Illicit Firearms Campaign, an ongoing effort by Crime Stoppers and police to reduce the number of, and access to, illicit unregistered firearms in the community.
Under the National Firearms Amnesty people can safely hand in illegal or unwanted firearms, ammunition, and firearm parts without penalty or register firearms that are unregistered.
The family of a young woman who went missing in 2002 will launch a new podcast for the 20th anniversary of her unsolved disappearance.
Niamh Maye, from Armidale, had travelled to Batlow in the southern NSW to work picking fruit in apple orchards and was last seen travelling north from Jingellic on Easter Saturday on March 30, 2002.
The Maye family has said "we'll never stop searching" for Niamh, whom they described as a highly intelligent, artistic and kind young woman.
"Every patient, every time". That's the vision nurses and midwives in the Hunter New England Health District live and serve by.
Yet even this basic requirement cannot be upheld due to "dangerous" staff to patient ratios in our hospitals.
In Armidale, protests took place outside the office of state MP Adam Marshall - who has supported their actions - and outside the Centro shopping plaza on Thursday.
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