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‘Let this be a warning to all’

‘Let this be a warning to all’

Even though the aluminium can has been sitting in the car for nearly 12 months, this week it decided that it had had enough.

ABOVE: Narrabri Fire and Rescue firefighter Tim Korteland, left, station commander Shane Bradford, and firefighters Simone Kerr and Lucas Warren inspect the cause of an explosion that happened to Courier journalist Michael Hutchison’s car.

Believe it or not the now gaping hole where my back window used to be wasn’t the result of looting thieves, an unfortunate stray cricket ball or a hail storm event that would have been considered a normal occurrence around Narrabri.

Friday, 9 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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‘Join us’ urge campaigners

‘Join us’ urge campaigners

A new initiative to combat domestic violence and sexual assault has been launched in Narrabri.

ABOVE: Members of Narrabri based agencies are lending their support to Reclaim the Night. At yesterday’s Inter Agency meeting, back, Jacqui Richards, Fiona Robinson, third row, Kirren Apthorpe, Nicole Beatty, Robyn Keeffe, Sharon Booby, Cathy Redding, Wendy Ross, Brenda van Gosilga, Chloe Orman, second row, Owen Atkins, Chris Buckman, Lorrie Bradley, Chloe Faucett, Renee Finnigan, front, Sandy Avis, Cigdem Watson, Ros Laws, Bernie Green, Jess Hawkers and Linda Slee.

A new initiative to combat domestic violence and sexual assault has been launched in Narrabri.

‘Reclaim the Night’ is a program to raise awareness of the issues and promote the assistance services available for victims.

Friday, 9 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

15th October,

If you want to do something special, be inspired and connect with rural women sharing their stories on the 15th October 2015 then join

It's completely FREE, 100% online and is LIVE - so you can interact, ask questions and engage with all of our presenters.

Try something new and experience the joy that brings!

If you are worried about #datadrought or internet usage, please get in touch support@therw.biz as we have teleconferencing facilities available too.

Register today
Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NSW LABOR SENATE CANDIDATE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

NSW LABOR SENATE CANDIDATE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Tuesday 6th October 2015

It was great to meet up with Vivien over the weekend to discuss items of concern in the local community.  Having know Vivien for some time and helping her with her website about her book Ashes of the Firefighters it was great to catch up and discuss with her, her senate election for the State of NSW in the Upper House next year will be something to watch.  Here is the press release from her local visit.  We will be organising some meet n greet next time she travels by.


Labor Senate candidate, Vivien Thomson AFSM has been busy visiting rural communities in the central west and north coast of NSW.

 

Vivien is a mixed farmer and award winning firefighter from Muttama near Wagga Wagga.

Over the last week she has spoken to locals from Casino, Wee Waa, Walgett, Come By Chance, Pilliga, Coonamble and Dubbo.

 

“As a farmer and mother from rural NSW, I feel that we have been overlooked for far too long. As a Senate candidate, I will provide a strong alternative voice to small communities like Wee Waa, Pilliga and Come By Chance.”

 

Ms Thomson plans to travel to as many rural communities as possible leading up to the election to discuss local issues.

 

“I hope to meet many people in our rural and regional communities and work with them to provide a solution to many local issues.”

 

To keep up to date with Ms Thomson’s campaign, like her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VivienThomsonCountryLabor and follow on twitter @VivThomson . If you have an issue you would like to raise, please email Ms Thomson: vivien.thomson@australianlabor.com.au

 

Media Contact:

Att: William Wood

Ph: 0417 466 096

Email: vivien.thomson@australianlabor.com.au

Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (915)/Comments (0)/
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Drought continues in the west

Drought continues in the west

Wee Waa and western regions are still in need of drought breaking rain, with the dry conditions persisting as the weather warms up.

Crops are struggling with the warm change and more rain is needed to ensure plants mature properly.

Gary Wooldridge from the Pilliga Community Links Centre said conditions have not improved.

“It’s still pretty shocking out here, wheat crops are going back into the ground and it’s not looking good,” he said.

“There have been a few little cloud bursts here and there, but there has been no decent rain events yet.

“We’re hoping for storms for the wheat crops, but it does seem to have dried up.

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Variable results expected for north west harvest

Variable results expected for north west harvest

Harvest time is near, but local agronomists and farmers are expecting highly variable results across the region.

ABOVE: Narrabri’s George Scilley, Shaun Thomson and Richard Scilley and a row of headers ready for hopefully a busy harvest.

For some grain growers this year’s crop will be the best they have had for many years, but for others, crops won’t be worth stripping.

Pursehouse Rural Agronomist James Fleming is currently seeing growers at both ends of the spectrum.

“There is patches that will go quite well and other patches that are fast running out of moisture,” he said.

“Some of my clients are having a really good season, while others aren’t having such luck.

“Rain is probably too late for most crops but some that were planted late would benefit.”

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Annual Pony Camp a huge success

Annual Pony Camp a huge success

ABOVE: Hayley Gordon, Most Proficient in Purple Troop with award sponsor Cecil Woods.

This year’s pony camp was a huge success.

Although it was a smaller camp than in the past, with 90 campers and 22 Purple troopers, the smiles of the junior and senior riders was still proof that lots of fun was had by all.

Most of the week was a little chilly but it finished with a beautiful day on the Saturday.

It was great to have so many talented instructors in all areas of horse sports.

This year we had a number of electives for the senior troopers including tent pegging, horse shoeing, polo, campdrafting, polocrosse, presentation and dressage.

Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Poised for top award

Poised for top award

The Drovers’ Campfire has won tourism industry accolades over its ten year life, and is now poised for a new triumph.

ABOVE: Richard Gillham, left, and the original co-ordinator of the event, Geoff Eather take a break from their labours at the Drovers’ Campfire in April this year.

Boggabri is nowadays a name recognised in the four corners of Australia.

The reason is not its agricultural production or large coal mines, or even its proud reputation as the ‘little town with a big heart.’

Boggabri is known nationally as the home of the annual Drovers’ Campfire.

The Drovers’ Campfire has won tourism industry accolades over its ten year life, and is now poised for a new triumph.

The event has been listed as a finalist in the NSW-ACT Regional Achievement and Tourism Awards.

The winners of the prestigious awards will be announced at a gala presentation night in Dubbo on November 14.
Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural support services in the local area have resolved to set up a network to improve the delivery and effectiveness of support for the rural sector.

ABOVE: Cattle on the road near Pilliga.

The newly formed Rural Support Services Network (RSSNs) held its first meeting in Narrabri recently, with financial counsellors, Centacare representatives, landholders, government representatives and other organisations in attendance.

RSSNs are usually made up of local rural service providers including agribusiness and government, but also include interested landholders and representatives from community groups.

The network meets quarterly to discuss the needs of the local rural community with a view to working towards servicing these needs.

The meetings also allow for the sharing of information between service providers and the identification of any gaps in service delivery.

Narrabri Rural Financial Counsellor Fiona Mead said the first meeting of the Narrabri RSSN was an overwhelming success.

“We had 17 people at the meeting which was a great turn out, we plan on meeting every three months at this stage with the next meeting to be held in February,” she said.

Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police pay tribute to their fallen

Police pay tribute to their fallen

Narrabri police officers paused this week to remember fellow officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty or while off duty.

Local police pay their respects at St Cyprian’s service, from back, Constable Matt Cave, Senior Constable Clayton Watt and Senior Constable Ben King, middle, Leading Senior Constable Tim Monticone, Constable Trevor Robinson, Constable Ernest Allen, Senior Constable Grant Osbourne and Senior Constable Shane Middleton, front, Sergeant Grant Bell, Constable Natasha Cooper, Inspector Robert Dunn, Senior Constable Michelle King and Sergeant Chris Fuller.

The National Police Remembrance Day service for the Barwon Local Area Command (LAC) was held at St Cyprian’s Anglican Church in Narrabri on Tuesday, with police from Moree and Wee Waa in attendance.
Police Chaplain, Father Paul McCabe, led the service which was also attended by members of the local community.
“The primary reason for today’s gathering is to remember those officers of the Australasian Police Forces who have been killed in the course of their duties,” Fr. McCabe said.
“We are here to offer our support to their families and friends.”

 

Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Schwager wins top award

Schwager wins top award

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Schwager was out of town on Saturday night, however proud parents, Tony and Shirley, were on hand to collect the trophy on his behalf.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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World wheat leaders in Narrabri

World wheat leaders in Narrabri

A visit to Narrabri on Sunday by world leaders in wheat research underlined the significant role of Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute (PBI) in international programs to underpin global food security.

ABOVE: From left, Dr Tadesse Wuletaw, wheat breeder International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco, Ms Sandra Micallef, Sydney University, co-ordinator of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT ) and Australia- ICARDA Germplasm Evaluation (CAIGE) project, Dr Hans Braun, Director, CIMMYT wheat program Mexico, Dr Meiqin Lu Australian Grain Technologies wheat breeder, Dr Amer Dabadat, pathologist, CIMMYT, Turkey,Prof. Richard Trethowan, director IA Watson Grains Research Centre, Mr Jim Watson, chairman WRF and Prof. Peter Sharp, director Plant Breeding Institute, Sydney University.

A visit to Narrabri on Sunday by world leaders in wheat research underlined the significant role of Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute (PBI) in international programs to underpin global food security.

The group of 60 scientists was hosted by the PBI following last week’s 9th International Wheat Conference in Sydney.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Tragic accident at Narrabri

Tragic accident at Narrabri

The community has been shocked and saddened to learn of the death of a local man following a tragic workplace accident near Narrabri yesterday.

At about 11am yesterday (Monday September 28) emergency services were called to a cotton storage facility on a rural property following reports a 79 year old man had been injured by a front end loader.

Officers attached to Barwon Local Area Command arrived to find an elderly male had been run over by the driver of the vehicle.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Honour for road transport pioneer

Honour for road transport pioneer

Lex Gordon’s lifelong contribution to the Australian transport industry and that of Mary have been recognised with their recent induction into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.

ABOVE: From back left, Lex’s grandson Joe Smith, Lex’s sons Steve, Ross and Paul Gordon, middle, Steve’s wife Kylie and Ross’ wife Flora, front, Lex Gordon. PHOTO: joshua j smith photography

Lex Gordon was about 14 when he climbed into the cabin of a truck to drive for his father’s haulage business and over the next 60 years built one of the largest family owned transport operations in regional NSW.

Narrabri remains the hub for Lex and his late wife and business partner Mary’s business, Gordon Roadways, which nowadays operates some 40 road trains across Australia.

The transport industry is a large and important segment of the Narrabri shire economy and Gordon Roadways has been a major part of it for decades.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Motorcycle event promotes importance of a caring community

Motorcycle event promotes importance of a caring community

Two days of dirt bike racing action, fun and family activity at the Newtown Park Speedway has helped spread the message to look out for one another.

ABOVE: Some of the participants at the weekend’s Living to ride event, from left, Dean Gray, Jaiden Kearin, Brandon Petrie, Richard Squire and Jono Druce.

Two days of dirt bike racing action, fun and family activity at the Newtown Park Speedway on the weekend achieved what the organisers had hoped.

“The aim of the ‘Living to Ride’ weekend was to bring the community together with our local community aid services, give exposure to the services and promote awareness and prevention of suicide” said organisers Leon Ryman and Craige McInnes who planned the event which was hosted by the Narrabri Dirt Bike Club.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

ABOVE: University of Newcastle researchers Dr Meg Sherval and Dr Hedda Haugen Askland. Interested parties should contact Hedda Askland on 0405 066 470.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

The collaborative pilot project is run by both the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and will form part of a planned state-wide study exploring changing land use in rural and regional communities.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1041)/Comments (0)/
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Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

A local farmer has called on all involved in agriculture to start actively promoting the industry.

ABOVE: Drew Penberthy, Bellata, Penny Blatchford, Gurley and James Tydd (Bellata) at the recent agribusiness forum in Narrabri.

At a recent conference held in Narrabri, agronomist Drew Penberthy argued that people in agricultural industries were failing to communicate their good news stories to the wider community.

He said the farming sector had much to be proud of.

“A lot of people have no idea how scientific agriculture has become, I think they’d be amazing if they knew what we’re actually doing out here,” he said.

“Robotics are coming in and new varieties released in the last few years have led to massive inroads.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Plan points to CSG problems

Plan points to CSG problems

MOREE Plains mayor Katrina Humphries has criticised the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) draft report into coal seam gas landholder benchmark compensation rates, calling it an “admission of guilt”.

The NSW government asked IPART to undertake the review, under Action 12 of the NSW Gas Plan, to provide benchmark compensation rates for landholders who host gas exploration and production activities on their properties.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Courier journalist takes out major category at Regional NSW Media awards

Courier journalist takes out major category at Regional NSW Media awards

The Courier and The Wee Waa News journalist Virginia Tapp has won the prestigous PF Adams Young Journalist of the Year award.

ABOVE: Virginia with her trophy.

The Courier and The Wee Waa News journalist Virginia Tapp has won the prestigous PF Adams Young Journalist of the Year award.

Virginia’s fiancee Rhys Tapscott and her mother Lynne Tapp were in the audience to applaud the announcement of Virginia’s win at the 2015 NSW Regional Media Awards in Newcastle on Saturday night.

Judges assessed more than 100 entries in the overall awards. Virginia was a Young Journalist of the Year finalist alongside journalists from metropolitan dailies the Newcastle Herald and the Wollongong Illawarra Mercury.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Johnstone Concrete named top business

Johnstone Concrete named top business

A family business which is helping build the infrastructure of a growing shire is the 2015 Narrabri Business of the Year.

ABOVE: From left, some of the team - Pat Legg, Brock Johnstone, Brice Davison, Ian Johnstone with the winner’s trophy, Patrick Spence, Karly Johnstone and Clinton Johnstone.

Johnstone Concrete and Landscape Supplies was announced as the top business at the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce Business Awards on Saturday night.

The annual awards at The Crossing Theatre saw many nominations across the spectrum of Narrabri business.

Johnstone’s won the Business Supporting Local Business category and also the major title.

The local business is providing the foundations for growth in the shire, concrete for district mines, rock and gravel for major projects from its Wave Hill quarry, including ballast for railway lines, road base materials, and recently the $10 million Narrabri Airport upgrade, and concrete and landscape supplies to customers across the region.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Business Awards 2015

Narrabri Business Awards 2015

Narrabri businesses were nominated for awards in 16 categories in the 2015 Narrabri Business Awards.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner at The Crossing Theatre attended by more than 300 people.

The event was an occasion for Narrabri businesses to celebrate their role in the community. “It is a night for the business proprietors and their staff” said Narrabri Chamber of Commerce president, Mr Russell Stewart,

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Helicopter patients don't pay

Helicopter patients don't pay

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) has responded to claims which have surfaced in the community recently about charges for the service.

ABOVE: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter in action recently following an accident north of Narrabri.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) has responded to claims which have surfaced in the community recently about charges for the service.

Patients who are transported by the WRHS do not have to pay for this service, WRHS general manager, Richard Jones, reassured the community.

“People are not required to pay an invoice they receive from NSW Ambulance.”

Mr Jones was commenting on a recent situation in which a resident received an invoice following his transfer to Newcastle by the helicopter service.

“It is important that people read the invoice carefully,” Mr Jones said.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Living to ride for a life worth living

Living to ride for a life worth living

Make sure you're at Newtown Park speedway this weekend to support our local community in suicide awareness.

Pictured: Rev Phill Matthews (Uniting Church rural chaplain and vice chairman of Life Worth Living), Elaine Jensen, (Chair, Life Worth Living), Leon Ryman and Craige McInnes (Living to Ride organisers).

Living to Ride organisers, Leon Ryman and Craige McInnes in conjunction with the Narrabri Dirt Bike Club, plan to hold a motorcycle event on Saturday and Sunday September 26 and 27 at the Newtown Park motocross and grass track to aid suicide awareness and prevention. As well as the bike activities there will be lots to entertain everyone -Gilly Goddard will perform and there will be karaoke, bonfires and sumo wrestling.
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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