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Regional families discover what’s really in their food

Regional families discover what’s really in their food

A food additives seminar held at Wee Waa High School last week has generated widespread interest while also raising important funds for local schools.

ABOVE: Additive Alert: Helen Smith, Louise D’Allura, Lisa Harrison (RichmondPRA) and Paul King (Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Armidale).

A food additives seminar held at Wee Waa High School last week has generated widespread interest while also raising important funds for local schools.

Over the course of two hours, Brisbane-based Home Economist and East Coast’s Additive Alert Community Talk’s presenter Louise D’Allura, helped families learn about food additives, interpreting food labels and alternative food options in an effort to encourage low additive eating. 

The event, ‘Food for a happy and calm community’, was attended by 120 people and raised $2146.80 for local schools.

Parents and teachers who attended the session found it informative.

One of the Organising Committee members, Helen Smith, said the event was a great success.

“Louise shared a lot of information about additives and the effects it can have on our lives and health,” she said.
Friday, 7 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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One in six drivers test positive to drugs

One in six drivers test positive to drugs

A random drug testing operation conducted in Narrabri from July 15 to 18 found that 10 out of 29 drivers tested for illicit drugs returned positive results.

A random drug testing operation conducted in Narrabri from July 15 to 18 found that 10 out of 29 drivers tested for illicit drugs returned positive results.

The results were listed as part of a random drug testing operation in rural NSW where, overall, one in six drivers tested positive for illicit drugs.

Police are warning road users of the dangers of drug driving.

While random breath testing for alcohol across NSW had an arrest rate of one for every 288 tests, the number of arrests for positive drug testing in rural NSW was one in six, a shocking revelation that should concern not only drivers and passengers, but their families and other road users, Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Catherine Burn said.
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Two air services bidding for route

Two air services bidding for route

Two operators have so far confirmed they are keen to provide the Narrabri to Sydney air service.

A Narrabri Shire Council advertisement calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the route was published on Friday.

Potential air service providers have until August 31 to lodge their submissions.

Scone-based air charter operator Airspeed Aviation has announced its bid.

And JetGo Airlines has confirmed its interest.

Airspeed Aviation director and chief pilot, Ben Wyndham, said the new air service, North West Airlines, would be based in Narrabri if successful.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Less than 100 days to go till Sky Muster has lift off!

Less than 100 days to go till Sky Muster has lift off!

New NBN Satellite

Launch of our historic first specialist broadband satellite getting closer…

After more than five years of hard work and planning we are getting close to launching our historic Sky Muster (NBN-1A) satellite into orbit from French Guiana. It’s an extraordinarily exciting time for everyone on the nbn™ Satellite team and for the rural Australians who will benefit from the service.

Right now Sky Muster is about to come out of storage at its manufacturer SS Loral in California having already passed its testing procedures – and we will shortly begin preparations to ship it to French Guiana.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Northwest Airlines Announces

Northwest Airlines Announces

A Narrabri based Airline for the people of the Northwest

This is a post from the Northwest Airlines Facebook page.  You can visit and like the page to get updates, by clicking  this link.

 

Northwest Airlines: A Narrabri-based Airline for the people of the NSW Northwest

Scone-based Air Charter operator Airspeed Aviation has confirmed tonight their intention to win approval to operate the Narrabri-Sydney airline route, advertised for tender on Friday in the Australian.

"What we are offering is the opportunity for Narrabri to bring skilled jobs to their community" stated Director and Chief Pilot, Ben Wyndham.
"Our proposal will bring jobs and investment to the North-West, and as country people ourselves we and our partners know how important it is to invest in our local communities and invest in the skills of country people".

 

Friday, 31 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1609)/Comments (0)/
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'Barrier to entry' removed as Narrabri to Sydney air route deregulated

'Barrier to entry' removed as Narrabri to Sydney air route deregulated

By Kerrin Thomas ABC News

The New South Wales Government has deregulated the Narrabri to Sydney air route, removing a perceived barrier to a new airline coming in to provide flights.

Commercial passenger flights between Sydney and Narrabri ceased in May last year when Vincent Aviation went into receivership.

Narrabri Shire Council has since moved to offer financial incentives including subsidies to entice an airline to fly the route but despite discussions with a number of operators no airline has been secured.

Thursday, 30 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire, tourism titles champs

Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire, tourism titles champs

Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire has won two major awards at the 12th annual 2015 Travel In Inland Tourism Awards in Broken Hill on Saturday.

AWARDS: Winners at the Inland Tourism Awards, Richard Gillham and Geoff Eather representing the Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire, with Stephen Pearson, centre, from The Seniors magazine.

Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire has won two major awards at the 12th annual 2015 Travel In Inland Tourism Awards in Broken Hill on Saturday.

The Boggabri event won first prize in the Community Festivals and events category, ahead of Silver medallist Tamworth Country Music Festival, and was also the winner of the prestigous Judges’ Award.

The Drovers’ Campfire contested the titles against the best tourism operators and venues in NSW and Victoria. The triumph further confirms the Drovers’ Campfire as a NSW tourism leader. The winners are now able to compete for finalist positions at the NSW Tourism Awards, which will be held in Sydney in November.

Thursday, 30 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5008)/Comments (0)/
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Huge clean up follows ‘freak’ cold snap in national park

Huge clean up follows ‘freak’ cold snap in national park

Mt Kaputar National Park suffered heavily from the recent ‘freak cold snap’.

The scene at Dawson’s Springs, and BELOW, trees and branches are down across a wide area. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) personnel have been busy with a ‘mammoth’ clean up since the recent cold snap which brought snow and ice to the Mt Kaputar National Park. NPWS describes widespread damage with fallen trees and limbs across large areas of the park. Visitors have been advised by NPWS to check updated conditions before visiting the park.

Mt Kaputar National Park suffered heavily from the recent ‘freak cold snap’.

“While it may have looked picturesque in the snapshots, the recent cold snap which brought snow, ice and wind to Mt Kaputar National Park caused widespread damage, bringing down tree limbs and requiring a mammoth clean-up effort” said National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Marty Linehan.

“Staff spent days in freezing conditions to enable as much of the park to remain open as possible, so that locals could enjoy the snow.

“It was a really strange weather event,” he said.

Thursday, 30 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Now for a Narrabri Air Service

Now for a Narrabri Air Service

Narrabri Airport is now officially de-regulated, allowing any airline the opportunity to start an air service to Narrabri.

Narrabri Airport is now officially de-regulated, allowing any airline the opportunity to start an air service to Narrabri.

The de-regulation was officially gazetted on Friday by Transport for NSW following a successful application by Narrabri Shire Council.

The mayor, Cr Conrad Bolton, said Expressions of Interest (EOI) can now be sought and received from air service providers.

The council has prepared an information pack for potential operators.

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Council surveys Narrabri shire businesses on drought impacts

Council surveys Narrabri shire businesses on drought impacts

The results of a local business survey conducted by Narrabri Shire Council’s Economic Development Section and tabled at today’s council meeting revealed no surprises.

The results of a local business survey conducted by Narrabri Shire Council’s Economic Development Section and tabled at today’s council meeting revealed no surprises.

The majority of businesses reported a downturn in business activity over the past year, but there was optimism.

Some respondents reported an actual increase in business or maintenance of the status quo.

The council commissioned the survey last month to provide data to argue for assistance from government for business hit by the years of drought.

The results will go to federal and state members of parliament to be submitted to the relevant ministers.The survey, designed to be a ‘snapshot’, yielded 61 responses with a large majority of businesses reporting being ‘negatively impacted’ by the drought and a majority not optimistic about future growth if the drought continued unabated.


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Cameron Hammond steps up against Sedat Tasci on Saturday

Cameron Hammond steps up against Sedat Tasci on Saturday

The fight this Saturday night at The Crossing Theatre

Mananger Matt Clark expects Cameron Hammond to turn on the style when faces Sedat Tasci in a battle of former Olympians this weekend.

Hammond defends his WBA Oceania welterweight crown against the teak tough Turk on David "Spike" Syphers' show at the Crossing Theatre in Narrabri, New South Wales and Clark believes the Moree favourite will once again underline his potential for the top.

Tasci is by far Hammond's best opponent to date. Now boxing out of Sydney, the 30-year-old represented Turkey at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and has only lost once in an eight year pro career.

"Without a doubt Sedat Tasci represents the toughest challenge Cameron has faced as a professional," Clark said. "Tasci is a rough, tough brawler who had a very distinguished amateur career himself. His sole loss was for the Australian title and it was as a result of a head clash and he was only slightly behind on the cards at the time.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Father, son pistol duo at titles

Father, son pistol duo at titles

Aussie best test local range

Narrabri Pistol Club president Frank Chisholm, left, welcomed two of Australia’s top pistol marksmen to the Narrabri Pistol Club’s Zone titles on the weekend. Current national champion Dean Brus and his son Peter Brus are the first father and son members of the Australian national team and will fly to Sweden with fellow team members on August 5 to represent Australia at the world championships, the World Association 1500 (WA1500), in Stockholm, Sweden from August 13-16.

Narrabri Pistol Club hosted a history making duo among competitors at the weekend’s Zone Service shoot at the Narrabri Pistol Club range.

The weekend saw 24 shooters for the service pistol, 30 for the service unregistered and 29 for the 25 yard service (pocket pistol) events.

Amongst those competing at the weekend was current national champion Dean Brus and his son Peter Brus, 18, from Orange.

Both are members of the Australian pistol team, the first father and son national team combination ever.


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Help Rescue a Pound Dog

Help Rescue a Pound Dog

Council is looking for owners to come forward and claim – if dogs remain unclaimed they will be available for adoption soon

All pound dogs are required to be microchipped and registered as part of the claiming/rehoming process. For further information please contact Council’s Ranger within the Planning and Development Section of Council on 6799 6858.


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Polocrosse Carnival 2015

Narrabri Polocrosse Carnival 2015

52 teams attended this years annual club carnival with 11 teams competing in the Junior Challenge. There was also a women's competition along with the open competition.


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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World class boxing event for Narrabri

World class boxing event for Narrabri

Crowd favourite: Locally-trained Joebert Delos Reyes, left, is hitting Narrabri’s Anytime Fitness this week as he prepares for Saturday’s fight night in town. He is pictured with former Australian and Pan-Asian cruiserweight champion, Daniel Rowsell, trainer Richard Dumaluan and ITC National’s Ben Finnegan.

Momentum is building towards this weekend’s boxing extravaganza, as the Narrabri’s Crossing Theatre prepares to host another huge fight night.

Coined the ‘Battle in the Bri’, this year’s event is expected to be even bigger than the last, with five pro fights arranged, two of which are WBA title belt bouts.

That should draw an international audience, with all the action in the purpose-built ring being beamed live all around the world via the internet come this Saturday night.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Parents take their Barwan Street concerns to Council

Parents take their Barwan Street concerns to Council

Narrabri Shire Council yesterday met representatives of the Narrabri Public School to hear their concerns about the proposed change to the Barwan Street-Doyle street intersection configuration.

STREET PROTEST: School parents and supporters Judy Fife, Cassie Webster, Ann Loder, Kerry Nipperess, Damien, Kelly and Liam Fry and Jon Maree Baker took their Barwan Street message to the shire council chambers yesterday.

Narrabri Shire Council yesterday met representatives of the Narrabri Public School to hear their concerns about the proposed change to the Barwan Street-Doyle street intersection configuration.

Narrabri Shire Council has reaffirmed its plan to swap the Stop signs on the Barwan Street and Doyle Street intersection in Narrabri.

However, the council has allowed time for NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to appeal to the Regional Traffic Committee against the decision before it is implemented.


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Barwan Street Intersection Talks

Barwan Street Intersection Talks

Council has proposed to remove the existing Stop signs on busy Barwan Street at the Doyle street intersection and place them on less busy Doyle street.

Narrabri Shire council will invite representatives from Narrabri Public School to a meeting onJuly 20 to discuss and explain the proposed change of Barwan Street into a through road.

Council has proposed to remove the existing Stop signs on busy Barwan Street at the Doyle street intersection and place them on less busy Doyle street.

The issue has aroused strong concerns from Narrabri Public School Council and others that student and pedestrian safety will be compromised by the change in configuration.

The Local Traffic Committee has recommended against the change. 


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Wednesday, 15 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Food For a Happy and Calm Community

Food For a Happy and Calm Community

Raffle to be drawn on Thursday 30th July at the Wee Waa High School

RAFFLE

$2 per ticket or 3 for $5

All funds raised are distributed to local schools

Over 20 Prizes Drawn at Food for a Happy and Calm Community

Thursday 30 July 6:30pm - Wee Waa High School

Tuesday, 14 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1387)/Comments (0)/
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Inland Rail

Inland Rail

Find out more from the inland rail website

Inland Rail will complete the backbone of the national rail freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

It will deliver freight out of the congested Sydney network, saving approximately 10 hours of travelling time.

Trains travelling on this new, more direct route will travel at up to 115km/h and use significantly less fuel.

The 1700km route leverages the earlier investment in the Australian rail freight network following the existing interstate line from Melbourne to Illabo. It then uses a combination of capacity improvements, major track upgrades and new track via Parkes, Moree, North Star, Oakey, Toowoomba, Gatton and Rosewood.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Existing mine’s water issue shows danger of Shenhua project: Joyce

Existing mine’s water issue shows danger of Shenhua project: Joyce

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says existing mining activity near the proposed Shenhua Watermark coal mine in his New England electorate has breached the aquifer, indicating the same is likely to happen with the new project.

The defiant Nationals' deputy leader, who is fighting last week’s federal approval of the planned Shenhua mine, at the weekend gathered more information from locals familiar with the Whitehaven coal operation.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Newsletter from FRRR

Newsletter from FRRR

From the desk of the CEO Alexandra Gartmann

As you may have seen on social media, we have been celebrating: last financial year we committed a record $8.4 million to rural, regional and remote community groups – an increase of more than $2 million on the prior year.    To read more from the CEO click the heading.
Program update

The end of financial year is always busy and we've recently announced more than $857,000 in grants across three programs - Small Grants for Rural Communities (Round 27); Repair-Restore-Renew 2013; and CIRCLE Leadership Grants.

We're preparing for the official grants presentation ceremony for theGardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities program, and are in the process of assessing applications for Dairy Australia's LEGENDAIRY Capital program and the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants, as well as the recently closed Community Philanthropy Partnerships Week grants.

Grant programs currently open include:


Read more about these grants that are available click on the heading above



Thursday, 9 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Clearing sale ends an era for Cathcart family’s farm Wild Willows

Clearing sale ends an era for Cathcart family’s farm Wild Willows

Members of the Cathcart family

Members of the Cathcart family gathered for the clearing sale at the former property of Mark and Antoinette Cathcart, Wild Willows, on Friday.

Wild Willows is located between Narrabri and Wee Waa on the Culgoora Road.

The clearing sale, run by Landmark Harcourts and attended by a large crowd, was the final stage in the changeover in ownership of the farm which Antoinette and Mark Cathcart sold to Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD).

Mark and Antoinette bought Wild Willows from Mark’s parents Bill and Anne Cathcart in 1996. Bill and Anne Cathcart had previously owned the property from 1980 to 1996.


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Thursday, 9 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Minister approves Shenhua coal mine near Gunnedah

Minister approves Shenhua coal mine near Gunnedah

FEDERAL Environment Minister Greg Hunt has paved the way for Shenhua Watermark to proceed with its $1.2 billion coal mine on the Liverpool Plains.

Mr Hunt's decision to approve the mine, with conditions, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act was released a short time ago.

Shenhua Watermark's controversial plans to construct an open-cut coal mine at Breeza, south of Gunnedah, is strongly opposed by farmers in the region.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce has described the mine's location as an "absurdity" and lobbied strongly for it to be assessed under the so-called "water trigger".

Under the EPBC Act, the Commonwealth can assess the impacts on aquifers of proposed large coal mines and coal seam gas projects.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Footpath street lights back on drawing board

Footpath street lights back on drawing board

Footpath mounted lights are now probably firming up as favourites for the proposed new Narrabri CBD street lighting.

Narrabri Shire Council voted today to revisit the option of lights on the footpaths following a comprehensive briefing by lighting consultant Mr Greg Don.

Earlier the favoured street lights option had been trending towards a two metre median strip along the centre of the three business blocks, but the proposal had drawn a mixed response from the community.

Following a comprehensive presentation from Mr Don, and many questions from councillors, council decided to give a new brief to the consultant.

The brief calls for a report ‘as soon as practicable’ for a design for footpath mounted lights, which would be 700 mm in from the kerb, with 250 watt high pressure sodium lights, all to Essential Energy specifications with a proviso that the existing street trees be retained.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NAIDOC Week Celebrations Begin

NAIDOC Week Celebrations Begin

NAIDOC Week celebrations were kicked off with the Narrabri Land Council Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday.

NAIDOC Week celebrations were kicked off with the Narrabri Land Council Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday.

Over 40 people attended the ceremony and morning tea which followed.

Year three student Krista Zarka delivered the Welcome to Country in the Gamilaraay language and Narrabri Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Lynn Trindall, gave the opening speech.

The honour of the flag-raising was handed to Mick Trindall and Lola Roberts.

NAIDOC Week is “a big week to celebrate heritage and culture and brings community together,” said Lynn Trindall.
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