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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 (716)/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 (1052)/Comments (0)/
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Thursday, 10 November 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1000)/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 (729)/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 (649)/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 (755)/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 (819)/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 (918)/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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Santos v People: court case date

Santos v People: court case date

By Jamieson Murphy Feb. 8, 2016, 9:30 p.m. The Northern Daily Leader

A DATE has been set for Santos and People for the Plains to battle it out in court.

The two-day court case will by heard by the NSW Land and Environment Court on April 6 and April 8.

The local anti-coal seam gas (CSG) group will argue the approval for the gas company’s Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest is illegal.

Under NSW planning laws, CSG explorations works don’t need development consent.

Monday, 8 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.

Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.

Congratulations to the tireless team!

Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night. Congratulations to the tireless team!


Image from Namoi Valley Independent

Monday, 8 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

Local Coonamble/Pilliga Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad

Local Coonamble/Piliga, Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad to represent the Waratahs this season.

Last year he played in the under 20's side and toured OS with them. After watching many games with him in it at St Josephs College, Hunters Hill it's nice to see the hard work pay off.

A great career for an outstanding sportsman.

Congratulations Ned.

From the Daily Liberal

NED Hanigan is a star on the rise.

The Coonamble boy earned Australian Schoolboys selection in 2013, and last year represented Australia at the World Rugby 20s Championships in Italy, where he was named Australia's MVP.

Now his career has soared to new heights, with Hanigan elevated into the core training squad for the NSW Waratahs just before Christmas.

"I think it was a bit surreal," he said.

"Daryl (Gibson, Waratahs head coach) called me into his office and said 'you've been training well and we want to pull you on full-time'.

click the heading to read the full story

Sunday, 7 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Friendly Face Helping Hands Foundation gets a helping hand

Friendly Face Helping Hands Foundation gets a helping hand

Landmark Classic Sales Tamworth Saturday 6th February

Yesterday we attended Landmark Classic sale and spent the day with Mark and Shelley Ruff who had donated 10% of the sale profits for an amazing horse called Bulla Ava. Ava sold for $25,000 which was amazing. 7 years ago I decided that I needed to help and support people who had medical incidents or accidents. I was selfish in that I needed to feel worthy and I also felt I was given a second and third chance and others just don't get another chance so I needed to feel that I was helping others and making a difference. This year Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is 5 years old and the people we have helped the lives we have saved has been overwhelming over 50,000 people have been helped and supported. But what I did not think would happen would be the amazing building of this foundation many businesses are built on bricks, mortar, statistics and projected income. Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is built on love, friendships, honesty, integrity and understanding. Our walls are the hands of friends we have found along the way and our foundations are strong and supportive and built to last. I started this to help others but it is me who has been helped most my life is so full of beautiful People who have become my friends and the walls of our Foundation. Many people have a few friends our foundation is so blessed to be a network of friends who volunteer work and support. Just this week we need to thank these amazing friends for all the support 
Mark and Shelley Ruff
Anna Moulder and Kelly Fuller ABC radio
Jenny Dillion and Kylie Galbraith The Northern Daily Leader, Mark Barton Landmark, Anita Osbourne and Murry Wilton Royal Agriculture Show Sydney Royal Easter Show and Tim OBrien Australian Agriculture Show Society. Allana McIntire A Pollocrosse Affair. Thank you for the friendship we are strong and with your friendship we will keep fighting and help any more people. From our hearts Thank You...
Saturday, 6 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1243)/Comments (0)/
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Rural Biz Training

Rural Biz Training

Latest Newsletter

Make 2016 your best year ever for skills - learn new skills by training, or get your existing skills formally recognised by RPL.  We're here to help!

Our first newsletter this year has details of an exciting training partnership with Grain Growers plus some great opportunities for funded training
Friday, 5 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Farmer puts neck on the line for protest

Farmer puts neck on the line for protest

Feb 4 Daily Liberal

A 73-YEAR-OLD sixth generation farmer from the Coonamble area yesterday became the latest person to block access to the construction site of Santos' Leewood CSG waste water facility in the Pilliga forest .

Neil Kennedy locked himself by the neck to the front gate of the construction site, and was joined this morning by around 30 local and regional supporters.

His actions came as protesters opposing a coal seam gas wastewater plant in the area declared they aren't giving up their cause any time soon.

"I don't think it's right that Santos can build this waste water treatment plant, with all the risks involved, while a court case is still underway to sort out whether its approval without a proper environmental assessment was lawful or not," Mr Kennedy said.

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Thursday, 4 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Protesters continue to block NSW CSG site

Protesters continue to block NSW CSG site

9 News 3 February 2016

Protesters opposing a coal seam gas wastewater plant in northern NSW aren't giving up their cause any time soon.

Around 30 anti-CSG demonstrators blocked access on Wednesday morning to the Santos Leewood Water treatment plant in the Pilliga forest south of Narrabri, which will support 850 CSG wells above the Great Artesian Basin.

Sixth-generation farmer Neil Kennedy from Coonamble has chained himself by the neck to the site's front gate, despite heavy rain turning the ground to mud.

"We're going to keep on protesting and doing what we can, fighting this thing," Mr Kennedy told AAP from a mobile phone.

The 73-year-old admitted he was "getting a bit old for this", but he doesn't want to see the land destroyed for future generations.

"I've got 13 grandchildren, and they're good little blokes and I'd like to think they've got a future out here," he said.


Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/03/13/05/protesters-continue-to-block-nsw-csg-site#J3zK3rJ5EerCduql.99
Wednesday, 3 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Meats: Ninety days to pay its way

Boggabri Meats: Ninety days to pay its way

By Marie Low Feb. 2, 2016, 2 p.m. Namoi Valley Independent

Boggabri’s butcher has been given an 11th hour reprieve by two locals concerned about the future of the town.

New Boggabri Meats manager Paul Higgins – who worked at the butcher’s under its previous ownership – said the men, who wanted to remain anonymous, had set an ultimatum the store had to make a profit within 90 days.

Boggabri Meats and the nearby Battler’s Cafe were both set to close last week due to lack of customers, despite thriving activity at the nearby mines.

Battler’s Cafe, run by Leah and Matthew Faulkner, has given up the battle.

But the butcher’s was doing brisk business yesterday as news filtered around town it was still open.

“These guys are guardian angels,” Mr Higgins said of the butcher’s new owners.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Super cell storm wipes out cotton crops in north west New South Wales

Super cell storm wipes out cotton crops in north west New South Wales

Lisa Herbert ABC NSW Country Hour

Growers in north west New South Wales are still to assess the full extent of damage to their dryland cotton crops after a super cell storm on Friday, but early reports indicate substantial losses.

 

Significant damage has been reported in the Bellata and Millie areas, half way between Moree and Narrabri, with many crops expected to be written-off.

Agronomist Craig Lockhart said he was working between Edgeroi and Bellata about 11am on Friday when the storm ripped through.

He says he saw a number of houses with roofs ripped off following the storm.

Mr Lockhart says dryland cotton in the area was up to a metre high and had good yield potential, but that's no longer the case.

"It was probably up to my waist and now it's probably six inches high.

"It's like someone's put an old slasher straight across the top of it."

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police cop a spray over ‘heavy’ duty handling

Police cop a spray over ‘heavy’ duty handling

Feb. 2, 2016, 8 p.m. Northern Daily Leader

POLICE have refused to comment on claims pepper spray was used to subdue a protester on Monday during a lock on at Santos’ Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest.


Two South Australian women, Kerri Tonkin and Cyd Fenwick, locked themselves to an excavator at 9am as part of a peaceful protest.

According to the group, police arrived at 9.40am, removed all other protesters and requested the women remove themselves.

A spokesperson for the protesters told The Leader one of the officers allegedly pepper sprayed Ms Tonkin at close range.

The group then claims Ms Tonkin was lifted and thrown over the arm of the excavator while her arm was still locked on.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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