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Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a man in north west  NSW.

Police say a post mortem examination will officially determine how the 51-year-old died.

They say officers along with ambulance paramedics were called to a property about 55 kilometres north of Moree on the Newell Highway, where they found the body of the victim late on Tuesday afternoon.

Fairfax Media says the man was a NSW Department of Environment and Heritage worker, Glendon Turner, a father of six,had been serving a notice at the property in relation to the clearing of vegetation. Another worker was with him when he was shot.

The report quotes the mayor of the region saying that Glendon Turner’s death has left two communities in mourning and a family without their much-loved husband and father,

Moree Plains Shire mayor Katrina Humphries said frustration over environmental issues around the Moree area had been so great in recent years that she had feared that it would erupt in violence, but that it “shouldn’t get to this”.

Police say they arrested a 79-year-old Moree man at a nearby property without incident just before 11pm.

The Fairfax Media report says Ian Turnbull was taken to Moree police station and charged on Wednesday morning with one count of murder. He is due to appear in Moree Local Court on Wednesday.

Mr Turnbull was receiving the notice because he was suspected of clearing vegetation illegally. He had been served previous notices for illegal clearing on his property and around the Croppa Creek area.

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