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2015 Year 12

2015 Year 12

Narrabri High Year 12 students attended their farewell assembly on Friday, September 18 before the start of the HSC on October 12. 
Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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​​​‘Thanks, Narrabri’ says famed scientist

​​​‘Thanks, Narrabri’ says famed scientist

Rotary scholarship began research career of achievement

ROTARIANS MEET RAJARAM: Narrabri Rotarians welcomed Dr Sanjaya Rajaram back to Narrabri on Friday, from left, Pat Carberry, Barry Keys, Dr Kedar Adhikari, Vesna Rendulic, Rotary president Daryl Bartlett, Dr Rajaram, Michael Carrigan and Clive Norrie.

The winner of the World Food Prize, the agricultural research equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Dr Sanjaya Rajaram, returned to say ‘thanks’ to Narrabri last week.

“I owe it all to Narrabri” the world renowned plant breeder told an audience of Narrabri Rotarians and researchers at the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI)on Friday.

Dr Rajaram is the keynote speaker at the 9th International Wheat Conference in Sydney this week.

Last year he was awarded the World Food Prize for his work in developing 480 new wheat varieties which have been adopted in 51 countries and provide the annual wheat consumption for more than one billion people.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Stray Cat Strut, hip-hop stars on stage for fun fundraiser

Stray Cat Strut, hip-hop stars on stage for fun fundraiser

The Stray Cat Strut, ‘hip hop’ and rock waltz will be just some of the dance styles to be performed when Narrabri ‘Stars’ take to the stage to dance for the defeat of cancer.

ABOVE: Dance stars gathered at the Tourist Hotel on September 17 to learn more abut their part in the fundraiser. Among the dancers, from left, David Pierce, Brendan McIllveen, Wanda Dunnet, Jim Purcell, Graham Richardson, Peter Richardson, Phil Dennis, Vesna Rendulic, Trevor Dean, Hunter Harley, Ernie Allen, Christine Davies and Michael Mullholland. Absent: Matt Schwager, JJ, Conrad and Michelle Wilkinson.

The Stray Cat Strut, ‘hip hop’ and rock waltz will be just some of the dance styles to be performed when Narrabri ‘Stars’ take to the stage to dance for the defeat of cancer.

A gala fund raiser night for The Cancer Council NSW on March 5 will partner shire ‘amateur’ dance volunteers with trained dancers to present ‘Stars of Narrabri Dance For Cancer’ at The Crossing Theatre.

A night of entertainment, for a good cause, is assured.

The “Stars of Narrabri” line up has been announced and each star has had their dance genre revealed.

Some are challenging, but all are fun.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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‘No outlay’ solar energy offer will be outlined

‘No outlay’ solar energy offer will be outlined

​Narrabri businesses and farmers tomorrow can learn about a program whereby they can reap the benefits of solar energy without any financial outlay, according to a solar energy company.

ABOVE: Lindsay Young and Urth Energy CEO Mark Marjoribanks at AgQuip

Buoyed by major uptake of their “Urth Saver” in Sydney and regional centres, Urth Energy is now intent on taking the “Urth Saver”solar program to the rural sector, says spokesman, former Narrabri resident Lindsay Young.

Lindsay and Urth Energy CEO Mark Marjoribanks will host an information session for interested businesspeople and farmers in Narrabri tomorrow, Wednesday, at Narrabri Bowling Club.

“We have installed the “Urth Saver” over a diverse cross-section of commercial, retail and industrial clients across NSW” said Lindsay.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards:

NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards:

"We are excited to be launching the 2016 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards on Thursday 8th October 2015. On behalf of Santos, we would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the official Launch in Narrabri for 2015/2016."

"The Free Community Launch will announce the call for nominations, recognising the fantastic achievements of young people up to the age of 29 in their chosen fields of endeavour. The Awards aim to applaud leadership, vision and commitment while fostering the pursuit of excellence and highlighting the efforts and successes of young people making meaningful contributions to their local communities.

"Join local dignitaries, VIPs, community leaders and young achievers from the Narrabri community as we acknowledge youth excellence. The launch event will be an afternoon tea event from 3 pm to 4 pm at the Crossing Theatre in Narrabri. It is a great chance for networking and we will hear from the Overall Young Achiever of the Year for 2015, Rhett Burraston.

"Feel free to invite any colleagues, friends or like-minded people to the launch. To RSVP, please follow this link and fill in our easy online form:

http://bit.ly/nswyaanarrabrilaunch

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Northern Inland Innovation Awards Deadline Extended

The Northern Inland Innovation Awards entry deadline has been extended to Monday 28 September.

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland has been talking to businesses and organisations around the region in recent weeks. Spring is a busy time, so the one week extension should help ensure that a quality regionally representative field of entries are received. So far, a good regional spread of entries have received but more examples of innovation are being sought from the Liverpool and Moree Plains, Tamworth, Inverell and the Gwydir Shire. We are particularly keen to see how innovative the manufacturing and engineering sector is in our region. Hopefully, our engineering businesses can make the most of this extended time and get an entry in. Our region needs your positive story.

Businesses, public and not-for-profit organisations, together with the 13 local councils of the Northern Inland NSW region are being urged to submit entries for the 8th annual Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Innovation Awards.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2385)/Comments (0)/
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PBA Nasma released at Narrabri

PBA Nasma released at Narrabri

RUTH CASKEY22 Sep, 2015 04:00 AM The Land Newspaper

GROWERS looking to maximise nitrogen fixes and improve crop rotations could look towards the latest faba bean variety on the market, PBA Nasma.

The variety was released at the annual University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute field day at Narrabri last week.

It's the first variety released since PBA Warda in 2012.

Narrabri-based University of Sydney plant breeder Kedar Adhikari said Nasma was a much improved version of Warda, improving crop quality while maintaining a solid disease package.

"The biggest improvement is that Nasma can yield three to five per cent more than Warda, in both irrigated and dryland operations," Dr Adhikari said.

"It does that with no compromise in the disease package, so farmers are sure to be happy about that."

Tuesday, 22 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NSW regional has big plans and new investor

NSW regional has big plans and new investor

Airspeed Northwest who has tendered fro the Narrabri to Sydney run

19 Sep 2015

Airspeed Northwest has added hotel and tourism entrepreneur Dr Jerry Schwartz as an investor in the air services group, with the prospect of establishing a regional airline to service the NSW north-west and Hunter areas.
 
Airspeed Northwest is currently tendering for services from Narrabri Airport, where it propose to operate a 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft on the Narrabri-Sydney-Narrabri route.
 
Narrabri has been without regular air services since the collapse of Brindabella Airlines in 2013, which has meant long drives to Moree or Tamworth for residents of North West NSW travelling to Sydney.
 
The service would be operated by experienced regional aviation company Airspeed Aviation, and would be focussed on regional investment, regional development and regional employment.

Sunday, 20 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police open day draws crowd

Police open day draws crowd

ABOVE: Kianna Allen, Stevie Waters, “Constable Charlie”, Shane Murphy, Ricki Waters and Constable Natasha Cooper.

Hundreds of visitors streamed through the gates at Narrabri Police Station as part of an open day held recently.

Families interacted with local officers and were able to have a closer look at what a modern Police Force looks like as Narrabri Police Station opened its doors to the public.

Visitors jumped at the chance to get up close with displays from Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance.

Friday, 18 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Dorper sells for $12,000

Dorper sells for $12,000

A ram bred locally has achieved top price at the National Dorper and White Dorper Sale held in Dubbo recently.

Pictured: The Gett family’s top selling ram.

A ram bred locally has achieved top price at the National Dorper and White Dorper Sale held in Dubbo recently. 

The ram was bred by the Gett family and fetched $12,000, almost tripling their previous best price of $3750.

Friday, 18 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Two airlines interested in Narrabri air service

Two airlines interested in Narrabri air service

ABOVE: JETGO managing director Paul Bredereck and CEO Jason Ryde at Narrabri airport in November last year.

Narrabri shire may be just weeks away from learning if the community will again have a regular air service.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) closed on Monday, August 31 and two operators have lodged bids to provide the service.

The EOI will be considered by council in the coming weeks.

One of the bidders may present a case which will earn it the service.

Friday, 18 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Field Day brings growers up to date on varieties, challenges

Field Day brings growers up to date on varieties, challenges

PICTURED: Bellata farmers Glenn Fernance, Drew Penberthy and Mick Coffey at the Lochearn field day.

About 150 people travelled to ‘Lochearn’ east of Bellata on Tuesday to see exciting trials of the newest winter crop varieties.

Farmers, agronomists, bankers and industry representatives attended the field day, run by Kalyx and Drew Penberthy of Penberthy Agricultural Consultants (Penagcon).

New wheat, faba bean, chickpea, canola and safflower varieties were demonstrated.

A new variety of durum, Lillaroi, developed by the Department of Primary Industries was also launched on the day.

Crown rot resistance in wheat and legume treatments to induce higher yield in legumes were key discussion points while Richard Daniels from the Northern Grower Alliance spoke about nitrogen management and protein accumulation.

Friday, 18 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri’s future traffic needs subject of study

Narrabri’s future traffic needs subject of study

​What will Narrabri’s traffic picture look like in 20 to 30 years time?

What will Narrabri’s traffic picture look like in 20 to 30 years time?

Tuesday’s Narrabri Shire Council meeting voted for a comprehensive study of the town and immediate area’s future traffic movement needs as the volume of vehicles increases and the town and district grows.

Council agreed to seek a grant to fund a ‘big picture’ investigation into the movement of semi trailers and cars through Narrabri and the surrounding area, and pedestrian and parking issues in town.

The mayor Cr Conrad Bolton said a grant would be sought from the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to fund the study which would identify the traffic scenario for several decades ahead.

Friday, 18 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Who will be sportspeople of the year?

Who will be sportspeople of the year?

Narrabri Shire Sports Awards are just around the corner....

ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell will provide some insightful and colourful knowledge on modern sport and Australia's dismal efforts in the recent Ashes tour.

 

Nominations for the Narrabri Shire Sportsperson of the Year Awards will close on Monday, September 21.


Chair of the Lord’s Taverners organising committee for the Sportsperson awards, and a founder of the local Lord’s Taverners, Mrs Kath Hamilton, urged parents, friends and team mates to lodge a nomination or contact her with the name of someone they think should be a nominee.

Phone Kath on 0428 652 124, or Ian McGregor, 0417 247 868 or The Courier sports journalist Michael Hutchison, 6792 1011.
Nomination forms are available at McDonald’s restaurant Narrabri, Wee Waa and Boggabri newsagencies, Longies Sportspower and The Courier in Narrabri.

 

Thursday, 17 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Kik Start 4 Life Cherina Gray

Kik Start 4 Life Cherina Gray

Fitness Classes for everyone at all levels.

Recently we have seen an influx in fitness classes, here is one lady who is reaching out to people on all levels of fitness.  whether it be beginner or fitness freak this lady has a great way of making you feel it is easy to get fit.

 

If she has enough interest in a class in Wee Waa she will start one a week there.  So if your interested please let Cherina know your interest either by her Facebook page or by message.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1562)/Comments (0)/
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Sawmill owners fear Pilliga forest in NSW being destroyed by timber contract pressures

Sawmill owners fear Pilliga forest in NSW being destroyed by timber contract pressures

Sawmill owners in western New South Wales fear they are destroying the Pilliga forest in order to meet their timber contracts.

They say they are being forced to harvest increasingly younger trees — including saplings of the bare minimum size — which they say will ultimately devastate the forest.

The Baradine Sawmill signed wood supply agreements 10 years ago with the New South Wales Forestry Corporation.

The Forestry Corporation allocates areas to be logged based on its estimates of the timber in the forests, but it is up to the sawmills and their logging contractors to find and harvest what is out there.

Monday, 14 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Campey Farm to facilitate wider future research

Campey Farm to facilitate wider future research

I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre Director Prof. Richard Trethowan, Ron Campey, Grains Research and Development Corporation deputy chairman Kim Halbert (Geraldton WA) and Wheat Research Foundation chairman Jim Watson (Parkes) nephew of the late I.A. Watson.

The purchase of Ron and Gloria Campey’s Bingara Road property ‘L’lara’ by Sydney University in January opened the way to much wider research programs, yesterday’s Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute Annual Field Day audience heard.

Plant Breeding Institute Director Dr Peter Sharp also announced that the new additional acreage would be known as ‘Campey Farm’ in the future in recognition of a Campey family bequest.

Following the property sale, Mr and Mrs Campey gifted $400,000 to the University’s Faculty of Agriculture and Environment to support grains research through research students’ scholarships.

The new Campey Farm sign was unveiled at the Field Day.

Friday, 11 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Four jobs lost from Narrabri Essential Energy workforce

Four jobs lost from Narrabri Essential Energy workforce

Essential Energy has confirmed that four jobs will be cut from the Narrabri staff complement.

The job cuts are the first part of a reduction of 319 places across the region. A second reduction phase will begin in late 2015, according to Essential Energy.

Among other regional centres, Moree will lose two employees, Walgett two, Gunnedah three and Tamworth 13.

Narrabri is the hub for a large area in the Essential Energy network with the team of local employees based at the Logan Street depot.

“These proposed workforce reductions are regrettable yet unavoidable,” Essential Energy Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gary Humphreys said. Consultations with employees and the union had been undertaken.

Friday, 11 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Historic gathering for descendants of famed Abbey

Historic gathering for descendants of famed Abbey

Horses and riders from many parts of Australia gathered for a historic three day campdraft carnival at Narrabri Showground on Friday and the weekend.

Legendary stockhorse stallion, Abbey, and the two horsemen Harry Ball and Theo Hill who forged his success were honoured at the carnival.

The ‘Abbey Dynasty Campdraft Carnival’ was the first event of its kind and open only to descendants of the great sire.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1183)/Comments (0)/
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Westpac Helicopter services expanding

Westpac Helicopter services expanding

The Northern NSW Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is set to become one of the top five Emergency Medical Service (EMS) models in the world.

Cheque presentation to Tamworth Westpac Helicopter base: Company Secretary Pete Alcock, Engineer Shane Zoutendyk, Wee Waa Westpac Rescue Helicopter Support Group Chair Sharon Grellman, Engineer Dean Weik, Advisory Board Chair Max Cathcart, Safety Officer Robert Jenkins, Engineer Pete McInnes, Chief Pilot and Tamworth Base Manager Dave Davies.

The Northern NSW Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is set to become one of the top five Emergency Medical Service (EMS) models in the world.

The Tamworth base, which services the north west region, is preparing to begin a new contract which will see the service area expand to include much of the north of the state.

The new contract, beginning in March 2017, will mean a higher standard of service and safety for local communities.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Library Visitors to the Shire Libraries

Library Visitors to the Shire Libraries

Alex Byrne, State Librarian of State Library NSW has been travelling around the north west visiting libraries and recently called to see Narrabri and Wee Waa libraries. 

The purpose of the visit is to see the diversification between libraries in different areas, to meet the staff and to gain an understanding of how each library service meets the needs of their own community. 

Mr Byrne has visited libraries in clusters to make it easier to cover the distances between libraries. This trip included libraries in Tamworth Regional Council and Gwydir Council. After visiting Narrabri Shire libraries Mr Byrne was on his way to Brewarrina, Bourke and then Moree on his way home.

The Photo From Left to Right:

Paul Wearne, Director Corporate Services Kay Delahunt, Library Services Manager, Central Northern Regional Library Jenny Campbell, Library Manager Alex Byrne, State Librarian, State Library of NSW Cr Cathy Redding, Council Library Delegate
Wednesday, 9 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1364)/Comments (0)/
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Western Regional Traffic Committee Appeal Notification

Western Regional Traffic Committee Appeal Notification

Press Release 7th September

Council has received formal notification from the Western Regional Traffic Committee regarding the appeal lodged by Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Police against Council’s proposal to reverse Stop Signs to reallocate traffic priority at the intersection of Barwan and Doyle Streets, Narrabri.

 

After detailed deliberation by the Committee, the appeal was upheld, which means that the status quo will remain.

 

Additionally, the Committee has suggested that a holistic review of traffic and pedestrian safety in the vicinity of the Barwan and Doyle Streets intersection should be undertaken prior to any further consideration.

 

The notification will be formally presented to the September 2015 Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1175)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Shire Council Press Release

Narrabri Shire Council Press Release

Narrabri – Sydney Regular Passenger Transport Submissions

Narrabri Shire Council’s expression of interest for the Narrabri-Sydney air route closed Monday 31 August 2015 at noon.

Council can confirm that it has received two (2) EOI submissions. The submissions were received from:

·         NorthWest Airlines

·         JetGo

 

Council will now commence the EOI assessment process and will present the results to a future Council Meeting.

Council’s General Manager Mr Stewart Todd said “It is great to see the interest in the Narrabri – Sydney air route. We will now commence our assessment and due diligence on the submissions received.”

“It will be a great outcome if we can secure a carrier for our Sydney air route. It will provide a further boost to the local economic and open up further opportunities for the Shire.”

Friday, 4 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Stock, environment in ‘win-win’

Stock, environment in ‘win-win’

​​​A recent advertisement in The Courier calling for tenders to remove widespread storm debris of trees and branches at three sites on the Old Gunnedah Road has triggered a closer look at the clean up project

ABOVE: Representatives of several agencies gathered at the corner of Kaputar Road and Old Gunnedah Road on Monday to discuss the clean up of storm debris on the Travelling Stock Route in the area. 

The aim was to achieve a satisfacotry outcome for the environment and the TSR users. At the on site meeting were Narrabri Aboriginal Lands Council CEO Lynn Trindall, Aileen Brooks, Local Land Service (LLS) Travelling Stock Route Ranger Fay Anderson, Senior Natural Resources Officer, Crown Lands, Moree, Vicki Wong, North West LLS general manager Ken Flower, LLS Native Vegetation Officer, Gunnedah, Mitch Palmer and LLS Team Leader TSRs, Goondiwindi, Gerard O’Connor.

A recent advertisement in The Courier calling for tenders to remove widespread storm debris of trees and branches at three sites on the Old Gunnedah Road has triggered a closer look at the clean up project.

Thursday, 3 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Local farmer voices concerns at CSG hearing

Local farmer voices concerns at CSG hearing

Wee Waa farmer Sarah Ceisolka has voiced her support of the new Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 at a committee hearing in Tamworth last week, but says the legislation doesn’t go far enough.

ABOVE: Kirsten Kelly (Boggabri), Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Wee Waa farmer Sarah Ciesiolka and Sally Hunter (Boggabri) at the public hearing in Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner, Northern Daily Leader.

Wee Waa farmer Sarah Ceisolka has voiced her support of the new Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 at a committee hearing in Tamworth last week, but says the legislation doesn’t go far enough.

The bill was introduced to parliament earlier this year by Greens Senator Larissa Waters and gives landholders, native title holders and local councils the right to say no to coal and gas developments.

Senators from each of the major political parties are currently touring the state to gather further evidence in favour of, or against, the new bill.

Thursday, 3 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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