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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 (1064)/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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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 (1749)/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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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