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A state divided: parts of NSW 'recession-hit' as Sydney booms

A state divided: parts of NSW 'recession-hit' as Sydney booms

Sydney Morning Herald Matt Wade

A yawning growth gap has opened between city and country as Sydney's dynamic economic hubs streak ahead of the rest of the state.

Economic growth in Sydney averaged 2.2 per cent between 2012 and 2015, while regional areas of NSW contracted by 0.3 per cent in that period, research by SGS Economics and Planning has revealed.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The One Huge Change That EVERY P-Plater Needs To Know About

The One Huge Change That EVERY P-Plater Needs To Know About

newsroom by Deidre Fogarty

There are important changes coming into effect for provisional licence holders, and they're happening soon.
Monday, 28 November 2016/Author: Student Work Experience/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair describes Northern Basin Review as "double-edged sword"

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair describes Northern Basin Review as "double-edged sword"

By Lucy McNally Updated yesterday at 7:21pm

The MDBA is proposing to remove more productive water from the Namoi & this will impact Wee Waa. Despite finding the state has already been over-recovered.

The term "productive water" refers to water used to grow food and fibre. When water is returned to the environment — and becomes "unproductive" — job opportunities are reduced and in the next drought this is when these reductions will bite hard in Wee Waa.



The New South Wales Government has criticised the Murray Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA) long-awaited Northern Basin Review, saying it is unfair on farmers in the north of the state.


The authority has recommended a reduction in water recovery targets from 390 gigalitres to 320 gigalitres, amid plummeting employment in some communities where water has been taken from farmers and returned to the environment.

The recommendations were part of the MDBA's review, which looked at the socioeconomic impact of the Murray Darling Basin Plan on communities in southern Queensland and northern NSW.

In NSW, employment in Collarenebri fell by 21 per cent, and 11 per cent in Warren under the plan, which was implemented in 2012.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Northern Basin Review fails communities: time to have your say

Northern Basin Review fails communities: time to have your say

A coalition of a dozen industry and community groups - including Cotton Australia - has rejected proposed changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, saying the proposal to reduce the water recovery target from 390 GL to 320 GL in the north would still take too much water from production and hurt communities as a result.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (705)/Comments (0)/
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Helen Cathcart Honoured

Helen Cathcart Honoured

Exceptional Registered Nurse Helen Cathcart, RN, will be Honorably Mentioned in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

Exceptional Registered Nurse Helen Cathcart, RN, will be Honorably Mentioned in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare
Wednesday, 16 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Water Act changes welcome, but focus needs to shift to Northern Basin: cotton

Water Act changes welcome, but focus needs to shift to Northern Basin: cotton

Media Release from Cotton Australia

Australia's cotton industry has welcomed the passage of changes to the Water Act through Federal Parliament, which will grant an additional year to find water-saving projects to implement the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP).
 
The legislation changes the operation of the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) Adjustment Mechanism with the intention of eliminating water purchases in the Southern Basin.
Thursday, 10 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1037)/Comments (0)/
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Thursday, 10 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (995)/Comments (0)/
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Testing on 88.0 around Wee Waa

Testing on 88.0 around Wee Waa

88.0 testing Wee Waa and  surrounds over the next few months.  Moree news soon........

For More information visit. www.xrn.com.au

Thursday, 10 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (721)/Comments (0)/
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New Program to Drive Home Road Safety to Regional Apprentices

Apprentices studying at TAFE NSW campuses across the electorate will now be taught lifesaving road safety skills as part of a new program designed to save young lives on NSW roads.
Thursday, 10 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (641)/Comments (0)/
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NSW Healthy Town Challenge is on Again

NSW Healthy Town Challenge is on Again

Small rural communities can now apply for NSW Healthy Town Challenge funding of $15,000 each for 2017. Grants are available for five towns in NSW to organise healthy eating active living projects, with the winner receiving an extra $5,000 to spend on improving the healthy living environment.
Thursday, 10 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (746)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri landowners' appeal of Santos water treatment facility begins in NSW

Narrabri landowners' appeal of Santos water treatment facility begins in NSW

By Natasha Robinson Posted yesterday at 2:23pm ABC News

Landowners from Narrabri on the state's north west slopes are asking the NSW Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that gives the green light to a controversial water treatment facility. 

Gas giant Santos has been given approval to operate the facility, which would treat wastewater and brine from coal seam gas exploration activities near the Pilliga State Forest.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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One man injured, another killed in Edgeroi crash

One man injured, another killed in Edgeroi crash

Northern Daily Leader October 20

ONE man has been seriously injured and another has been killed after two four-wheel-drives crashed north of Narrabri.

The two men were thrown from a Toyota Landcruiser when it lost control and rolled onto its roof shortly before 7.30pm on Tuesday.

Police said the vehicle then rolled onto the men, killing a 36-year-old at the scene near the intersection of Homestead Road and Ten Mile Lane at Edgeroi.

A 38-year-old man suffered head injuries and was freed by emergency services and treated at the scene by paramedics.

Thursday, 20 October 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Great Opportunities here for funding for Communities.

Great Opportunities here for funding for Communities.

RDA Australia Northern Inland Grants newsletter

Welcome to our new Funding Opportunities Newsletter where you’ll find details of selected grant submissions from around the region.

Our regular newsletter will be along in two weeks, but this new edition will occur in the middle of the month, every month.

We wish you all the best with the Funding Opportunities below.

Thursday, 20 October 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Adam was One of a kind, says family

Adam was One of a kind, says family

The Scone Advocate 18 October,

THE heartbroken family of Adam O’Regan has paid tribute to the popular Scone real estate agent a day after the Gundy car accident that claimed his life as well as those of two passengers. 

A five-year-old boy was the only survivor of the tragic incident.

Following Tuesday afternoon’s media conference at Scone, a short statement was released on behalf of the family.

“Adam was an exceptional, one of a kind father, husband, son, brother and friend,” it said.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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FUNDING BOOST TO TURN BARWON HOUSING INTO HOMES

FUNDING BOOST TO TURN BARWON HOUSING INTO HOMES

Local community groups, councils and charities have received funding for projects in and around our social housing communities, announced today.

 

The one-off grants of up to $50,000 are part of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) – a three-year, $20million commitment to build stronger social housing communities. 

Friday, 14 October 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (811)/Comments (0)/
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Murray-Darling report confirms what some northern NSW communities have known for years

Murray-Darling report confirms what some northern NSW communities have known for years

ABC Central West Joanna Woodburn and Tawar Razaghi

A new Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) report on the socio-economic effects of the removal of water from farming has confirmed what local farmers have known for years.

The Gwydir Valley Irrigators' Association said the report backed evidence on the effects on irrigation and jobs being felt by water users at Moree and Wee Waa.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Armed Robbery in Narrabri

Armed Robbery in Narrabri

10th October, 2016

Police are investigating an armed robbery in the state’s north where a blood filled syringe was used to threaten staff.

About 10.20am today, an 18-year-old woman was working at a store on Maitland Street, Narrabri, when a man holding a blood filled syringe entered the store.
Monday, 10 October 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (914)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri tests for uranium in water after Tamworth scare

Narrabri tests for uranium in water after Tamworth scare

The Northern Daily Leader Jamieson Murphy

IN the wake of the Moonbi-Kootingal uranium drinking water scare, one council has taken swift action to make sure its water supply is safe.

Narrabri Shire Council will test its water for uranium next week, following the news two bores in the Tamworth Regional Council area have shownelevated levels for up to two years.

“Due to the issues which have come to light in Tamworth, Narrabri Shire Council will be including uranium in its testing, due next Tuesday,” a council spokesperson said.

So far it is the only council in the New England region to change its testing regime.

Friday, 7 October 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - THE SOLUTION IS MORE THAN FLOW! - PETITION

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - THE SOLUTION IS MORE THAN FLOW! - PETITION

Saving Wee Waa Petition

Many rural towns are being affected by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan - it is a water reform that removes productive water for no real environmental gain. This affects real people, real communities and real futures.

In our video Saving Wee Waa, the local community came together to showcase our town's community spirit and to highlight the harmful effects caused by the Basin Plan.

Click the heading to sign the Petition 

Thursday, 29 September 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

Together we can make a difference

Wee Waa is an amazingly unique and authentic place and it needs to be protected from the harmful impacts of the Basin Plan.
Show you care – Look out for our petition and share and sign, launching soon....  Thank you to the Courier and Robbie Barclay for the image.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1024)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

We are here because we want to be here

We live in Wee Waa because we want to be here - don't take that choice away from us by putting our town into permanent drought. The solution is #morethanflow science tells us this is right, common sense tells us this is right - the environment will benefit if we put the remaining funds into measures like fishways, carp control, resnagging the river, reducing cold water pollution etc.
Sunday, 25 September 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (809)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

Our Kids are our future

A huge thanks to everyone for their support of the Saving Wee Waa launch. Wee Waa is a great place to raise a family and their future depends water solutions that are #morethanflow Helen Smith photo credit Wee Waa News Robbie Barclay
Friday, 23 September 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (724)/Comments (0)/
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NON-COMPLYING BULLBAR EXEMPTION ORDER

NON-COMPLYING BULLBAR EXEMPTION ORDER

In 2014 a Ministerial Exemption Order was established to provide some tolerance for people who have inadvertently purchased non-complying bullbars.  That Ministerial Order has been extended until 16 September 2017.  The NSW Centre for Road Safety is consulting with industry, manufacturers and enforcement agencies before any changes to the guidelines takes place.  The Ministerial Order allows some tolerance from the standard but still ensures that key areas of the bullbar’s design consider safety such as having minimum ground clearance, forward vision and lights, indicators and number plates remain visible.  If you have any doubt as to whether your bullbar is compliant, more information can be found here:
Wednesday, 21 September 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

Human sign to Save Wee Waa

TA DA ...... Great effort Wee Waa!!!!!
400 people helped make our human Save Wee Waa sign in the main street despite roads cut and wet weather.
Thanks to Wee Waa Chamber for organising such a great event.
Wee Waa & District Chamber of Commerce, WeeWaa.com — in Wee Waa, New South Wales.
Friday, 16 September 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (733)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

Amazing turnout

Amazing turn out to #savingweewaa launch tonight 450 people in town despite flooded roads and wet weather - Wee Waa residents you do us proud! Keep watch for photos of our human save wee Waa sign or watch the video https://vimeo.com/182616802
Thursday, 15 September 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (578)/Comments (0)/
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