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Thunderstorms predicted, but theyre only bringing the dust

THUNDERSTORMS may be predicted for much of the Central West during the coming week, but meteorologists say the only thing they are likely to bring is dust. The drought-affected region received well below average rainfall during 2018 and forecasters say the hot, dry weather will continue. Recently, a number of dust storms have swept across the region swallowing up towns,
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South West couple revealed as missing $1.7 million Megadraw winners

While others are lining up to secure a ticket in tonights $50 million Powerball jackpot, one of Western Australias missing $1.7 million Megadraw winners has claimed their prize. A retired couple from the South West have become millionaires after receiving the winning ticket as a Christmas gift from one of their children. “Its been a long-standing tradition to purchase
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Very avoidable collision divides opinion on whos at fault

A CENTRAL West road safety expert has weighed in on debate surrounding a collision and said that it could have been avoided. Footage of a collision that was posted to the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page has divided opinion with some people claiming a slow-to-react motorist could have avoided the smash. In the video a black four-wheel-drive can be seen pulling out
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Violence, weapons, assaults are part of days in the old schoolyard

VIOLENCE, assault, drugs, weapons, threats and intimidation – welcome to public schoolyards of the Central West. The latest report from the NSW Department of Education details a wide range of incidents that have occurred in schools across the Chifley, Canobolas and Orana Mid Western police districts. All incidents involve students, and often teachers and other staff, and
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New laws mean NSW institutions can now be sued for abuse

VICTIMS of child sex abuse in NSW can now sue the church after the state government removed a legal roadblock used by institutions to avoid compensating survivors. From January 1 churches will no longer be able to use the “Ellis defence” as a way of avoiding paying compensation. In 2007 former altar boy John Ellis lost a landmark civil action against the Catholic Church
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Less crashes, injuries, drink drivers: Police praise motorists

SPEEDING may have topped the list of driving offences in Central West during the festive period, but overall police have praised the many drivers who stuck to the road rules. During the 12 days of Operation Safe Arrival, which ran from December 21 to January 1, police targeted motorists doing the wrong thing on the road and double demerit points were in place for speeding,
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The new laws that are taking effect in NSW from January 1

WITH a new year upon us, and in the lead-up to a state election, NSW residents will now be able to take advantage of a swag of new cost-of-living measures. An extension of preschool subsidies, rebates for creative children, baby hampers and a grace period are among a number of changes to laws and regulations in NSW from January 1. Early childhood education has received a