If you have some news please forward it to kateschwager50@gmail.com

it might be a 

social event - wedding, christening, birth, birthday party, school event, or a graduation photo

new business venture, new appointment of staff, An event Or new product

something you think our readers might find interesting

Please forward image and copy to the above email.   

The more news we have the more interesting the page becomes. 

For local news visit the local paper.

Plant Breeding Institute racing ahead - From The courier Newspaper

Plant Breeding Institute racing ahead - From The courier Newspaper

The IA Watson Grains Research Centre near Narrabri is poised for major expansion.

The I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre at Sydney University’s Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri is internationally recognised as a leader in grains research.

The centre has grown significantly in recent years and is now poised for further major expansion.

“In a few weeks a very significant new appointment will be made taking us into a completely new research area,” said Associate Professor Richard Heath.

“This is yet another facet of the expansion of the work done here and the significance of the Narrabri site.

“The Narrabri PBI will continue to grow.”

Apart from its role as an agricultural research facility, the Plant Breeding Institute is also an important Narrabri Shire industry, employing 18 academic, farm and administration staff full and part time and hosting up to 30 visiting PhD students each year.

Last year the PBI took a major step forward with the acquisition of Ron and Gloria Campey’s 1800 ha property Llara adjacent to the research farm.


Click the heading for more information

Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Don't Start a flicking fire

Don't Start a flicking fire

Barwon LAC - NSW Police Force

In the midst of an 'above normal' bush fire season Police remind motorists of the dangers involved in throwing a lit cigarette from a vehicle window.

Barwon Local Area Command’s Acting Superintendent Kylie Chinnery said “as well as the environmental cost associated with littering, there is also great potential for fires from discarded cigarette butts”.

“Now more than ever we expect residents andtravellers to be responsible citizens” she said.

“Since the start of the bushfire season there has been huge media attention regarding the devastating toll on communities affected by bushfires”.

“A careless act like this by one person travelling through the area could have fatal consequences for our communities”.

The offence of Deposit litter (lit cigarette) carries with it fines of $250 – in aggravated circumstances the fine could be as much as $900 or you could be charged and placed before the courts.

Residents are asked to continue to be vigilant this bushfire season and if you see an unattended fire call 000 - if you witness suspicious behaviour report it immediately.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1166)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
News from the Government

News from the Government

Inserts of things happening in the State Government

Right to Farm Policty Released

More access as resources for regions program expands

Have you say on the container deposit scheme

Three topics from the local member.

Click the heading to read more.

 

Tuesday, 19 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1029)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Knitting Nannas charged in NSW coal-seam gas protest

Knitting Nannas charged in NSW coal-seam gas protest

The Guardian

Three women from the “Knitting Nannas” anti-coal seam gas group have been charged after chaining themselves by the neck to a wastewater plant gate in northern New South Wales.

The women locked themselves on to the gates of the Santos Leewood Water treatment plant south of Narrabri on Monday morning. The treatment plant will support 850 CSG wells above the Great Artesian Basin.

Up to 60 anti-CSG demonstrators joined the women onsite at 7am.

Monday, 18 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Water bombing tankers Southern Belle, Thor help battle Pilliga bushfires

Water bombing tankers Southern Belle, Thor help battle Pilliga bushfires

By Breanna Chillingworth Jan. 15, 2016, 11:30 a.m. The Northern Leader

UPDATE: The Newell Highway has reopened today after two massive water bombing tankers were called to battle a bushfire burning out of control in the Pilliga Forest.

According to the Rural Fire Service on Friday morning, the bushfire, burning between Narrabri and Coonabarabran, had swelled to almost 8,000 hectares in size after southerly and hot temperatures on Thursday night.

Friday, 15 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
The vile scourge of ice tortures everyday Aussie families

The vile scourge of ice tortures everyday Aussie families

January 15, 2016 12:00am Miles GodfreyThe Daily Telegraph

A MOTHER who disowned her addict son. The paramedics regularly attacked by drug-fuelled psychos.

A police chief devastated by the impact of drug lords killing his community.

The pregnant addict who turned to prostitution.

A terrified wife who fled the violent husband who cut off her horses’ ears and handed them to her.
Friday, 15 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Mega merger a fix for Santos and Origin Energy

Mega merger a fix for Santos and Origin Energy

Angela Macdonald-Smith Energy Reporter SMH

A mega-merger between Santos and Origin Energy could drive $3 billion of cost synergies and help both weather rock-bottom oil prices, according to Credit Suisse.

The deal as envisaged by the bank's energy equities team would involve spinning off Origin's utilities business, while the oil and gas operations would be combined to create "Soritos E&P".

"We are struck by the beauty of both the industrial and political logic to the deal at a time when the companies are on their knees and the east coast market is staring down the barrel of an uncomfortable date with destiny," the analysts said in a note to clients.

A zero-premium merger would be the most logical structure for combining the two companies, which are both suffering from the impact of funding large liquefied natural gas projects in Queensland just as cash flows are being hit by plunging crude oil prices, they said.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/soritos-santos-and-origin-energy-merger-makes-sense-credit-suisse-says-20160112-gm4mbx.html#ixzz3xefSF7Qo 
Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook
Wednesday, 13 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Off-target spray drift costs the cotton industry millions

Off-target spray drift costs the cotton industry millions

By Amelia WilliamsJan. 13, 2016, 5:01 a.m. The Land

A WHOPPING 20 per cent of Australia’s cotton crop has been damaged from off target spray drift this season, costing the cotton industry $20 million to date.

Cotton Australia chief executive Adam Kay said all cotton growing regions in Australia have been affected by off target spray drift this season, with about 60,000 hectares reporting damage.

“I've been in the cotton industry for 30 years, and this is the worst year in memory for spray drift damage to cotton crops, so we are taking this issue extremely seriously,” he said.

Heavy rainfall spurred rapid weed growth across the country, prompting cropping farmers to spray their fallow country.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Santos hits 20 year low

Santos hits 20 year low

Cameron England The Advertiser Adelaide

Santos shares have hit levels not seen since 1995 as the oil price continues to slide

 

SANTOS shares have plunged to a two-decade low despite vague takeover rumours floating around the market.

Santos stock was hammered on Tuesday, closing 26c, or 8.1 per cent lower at $2.95 — levels it has not touched since late 1995.

The Adelaide company’s shares have basically halved in each of the past two years to January, trading at $12.51 in January 2014 and $6.35 in January last year.

At the current share price, the company is worth about $5.2 billion, well below the value of its investment in its $US18.5 billion Gladstone liquefied natural gas plant, let alone its other assets such as its Cooper Basin oil and gas fields and the Moomba gas plant in South Australia, and its overseas and offshore Australian assets.

There was a rumour that the company was being considered as a takeover target by French oil giant Total — also a partner in GLNG — but those rumours were played down by analysts.

 

For the full story click the heading

Tuesday, 12 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Local Lee Parish joined the Burrumbuttock Hay Run

Local Lee Parish joined the Burrumbuttock Hay Run

To help out with the drought in Queensland.

From the words of Lee Parish it was a 4 day trip of a lifetime.


Just had the biggest 4 days of my life and didn't make one cent from it but I loved every second and I'd do it all again in a heart beat. 


They say money doesn't buy happiness but I say that's xxxx. It cost everyone on the hay run there time and money but there wasn't a person there that wouldn't do it again for the farmers up north. 


I met some amazing people along the way and there were plenty more around here that helped Myself and Wayne get there. 


Lockes mini mart fueled used with energy drinks. Samand all the guys at Kenways serviced the truck. 


Paul and Ren donated the last 30 bails we needed. 


My parents for the fuel that set us off on our way. 


Jeff and Monday, 11 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1337)/Comments (0)/

Tags:
Friendly Face Helping Hands foundation CEO Nominated for Award

Friendly Face Helping Hands foundation CEO Nominated for Award

Kelly Foran nominated for Regional Woman of the Year.

Congratulations on being nominated for the REX Airlines' Regional Woman of the Year Award. 

You were nominated by Claire Coulton (on behalf of NSW Nationals Women's Council).

We wish Kelly a lot of luck with this award.

Sunday, 10 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1373)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Tribute to Narrabri Tim Bell

Tribute to Narrabri Tim Bell

at the Magic Millions

"I was struggling at the 50m mark and needed something. I'm not sure if it was Rex's training or help from Tim above but we got there" - Jockey Damian Browne pays tribute to Tim Bell after the emotional win of Tinto in the Magic Millions Trophy
Saturday, 9 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1433)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Agriculture confidence rings in the New Year

Agriculture confidence rings in the New Year

By Jamie BrownJan. 9, 2016, 5 a.m. The Land

WITH rain falling from Collarenebri to the coast this new year has arrived with confidence, despite a consolidation of commodity prices during the latter half of 2015.  

NSW Farmers’ president Derek Schoen, speaking from a tractor on his Corowa property, predicted 2016 would be a “solid year for agriculture”.

“Pieces of the jigsaw are falling into place,” he said.

Our grains remain in vogue – especially chickpeas and mung beans - which should help offset the current global glut in wheat.

The China free trade agreement alone will see the removal of a 2 per cent sorghum tariff which will provide an immediate $7 to $8 per tonne advantage, said GrainGrowers chief executive Alicia Garden.

Saturday, 9 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Thousands of Wild Dog Baits to be laid

Thousands of Wild Dog Baits to be laid

This year’s offensive will see 16,000 ground baits laid across 160 properties, covering an area of around 260,000 hectares across the Northern Tablelands and North West region.

Landholders are now able to use canid pest ejectors, a new technology designed to specifically target dogs and foxes.

Wild dogs cause an estimated $11 million worth of damage to the state’s primary industries sector every year.

Saturday, 9 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Women locks on to truck for five hours at Santos Site

Women locks on to truck for five hours at Santos Site

A 54 year old Tweed Heads woman locked herself onto a truck for more than five hours today, protesting Santos’ Leewood water treatment facility near Narrabri.


Mina Hunt and a number of other protesters arrived at the site just before 7 o’clock, claiming ground water was being poisoned by the gas company.

“I’m just an ordinary Aussie mum standing with another Aussie mum from Narrabri, you know, people just really need to wake up and realise how serious this is.”

Police attended the site mid morning and Ms Hunt unlocked herself from the vehicle around midday.


Friday, 8 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Tamworth firefighters see drop in fire-related callouts

Tamworth firefighters see drop in fire-related callouts

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

LOCAL firefighters believe their safety messages might finally be getting through to residents, with a drop in the number of fire call-outs last year.

It’s in contrast to state figures for 2015, released this week, which show an increase in the number of accidental fire deaths (17) and house fires (4070), compared to the year before with 12 deaths and 3946 residential fires.

Tamworth FRNSW senior firefighter Rob Gander said locally the overall number of callouts for 2014 and 2015 were about the same, but there had been a slight drop in the number of fire-related incidents they attended. 

“Last year, 18 per cent of our callouts were fire incidents, which is a slight drop from 2014, when 25 per cent of our callouts were fire-related,” he said.

“What that says to me is people are listening to our fire safety message and doing the right thing.”

Friday, 8 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (569)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Nominate a mobile black spot

Nominate a mobile black spot

By FAIRFAX MEDIA Jan. 7, Extended to the 15th January to nominate

SUBMIT A BLACK SPOT: scroll to the bottom

THE deadline for government funding to fix mobile black spots is approaching fast, and residents across the country are encouraged to make sure they have nominated the worst spots in their area. 

Round two of the Mobile Black Spots Program closes on January 15, with the federal government committing $60 million to improve coverage in areas reported to have poor or no mobile coverage.

The areas to be funded will be selected from the database of mobile black spot areas, nominated by members of the public. The areas are those with poor or no mobile coverage. 

In round one, announced in June 2015, there were 499 mobile base stations to be affected by $100 million in funding. The stations were to either be built or upgraded. 

Click the heading to go to the full story.

Friday, 8 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Australian Cotton Conference

Australian Cotton Conference

Date confirmed 2 - 4 August

Thursday, 7 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
EPA assessing reports of water run-off from Santos' Leewood site

EPA assessing reports of water run-off from Santos' Leewood site

BY TAWAR RAZAGHI ABC News

The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority is investigating a report of run-off being discharged from a Santos-run site near Narrabri, in northern New South Wales, following recent rainfall.

The environmental regulator received reports of a minor discharge of water from the Leewood site yesterday and contacted the company to discuss how to control it.

The Leewood facility has been the subject of a number of recent protests by anti-coal seam gas activists and the approval of the site's waste water treatment facility is being appealed by the NSW EDO.

The Authority's Northern Branch Director, Gary Davies, said there's little information available about the run-off at the moment, aside from the preliminary reports received from complainants.


Click heading for full story

Tuesday, 5 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Word of Warning for tonight - Dogs. cats, horses

Word of Warning for tonight - Dogs. cats, horses

Keep your animals safe

They are our precious pets.  Please take care tonight, we have had a lot of dogs going missing over the festive weeks.  Tonight will be another night where dogs will go missing.  Keep them inside or in a locked area.  There will be fieworks tonight and there will be missing dogs.  For those who find strays let people know by posting on Facebook or contacting your local pound or why not let us know here and we can post it for you.

 

Happy New Year Everyone look forward to your support in the New Year, may 2016 be a big one.

Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1269)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
HAPPY RELEASE DAY FOR THE BODY THIEF

HAPPY RELEASE DAY FOR THE BODY THIEF

Chris Taylor Local Author New Book

A race against time…

Samantha Wolfe is no stranger to death. As a senior forensic pathologist at the Department of Forensic Medicine in Sydney, she’s lost count of the number of post mortems she’s performed in the quest to find answers. But something strange is happening in the Glebe Morgue. The number of bodies coming through with donated organs has surged upwards and there doesn’t appear to be any valid reason. Has the government’s initiatives to increase the number of organ donors finally paid off, or is something far more sinister at play? The more Sam delves into the mystery, the more she’s certain evil lurks nearby.

Detective Sergeant Rohan Coleridge is put in charge of the investigation and he’s not exactly happy about it. The last time he spoke to Samantha Wolfe, she was a college student and accused him of walking out on his responsibilities. Taking on the investigation means significant hours spent up close and personal with her and he’s not sure if either of them will walk away unscathed… or even if he wants to.

The more Rohan investigates, the more he’s convinced something is amiss, but is the perpetrator one of the doctors of the prestigious Sydney Harbour Hospital, or is it someone far closer to home….?

 




Amazon  iBooks  Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1188)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
The Glove box Guide to Mental Health

The Glove box Guide to Mental Health

Glove Box Guide to Mental Health is available now and has got everyone talking across NSW.


Featuring personal stories from people across all of life's stages; including teenagers who have experienced a family members' mental illness, stories about postnatal depression and the effects on family members from suicide.

 

Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Hay bale Minions stop traffic in north-west NSW

Hay bale Minions stop traffic in north-west NSW

NSW Country Hour By Lisa Herbert

Some decorated hay bales in the form of Minions are stopping traffic on the Newell Highway in north-west New South Wales.

Rob Aitken's 13-year-old daughter and a German backpacker employee thought it would be fun to bring the animated movie characters to life by painting six round bales blue and yellow and attaching white tyres as eyes.

The movie Minions, released six months ago, made more than one billion dollars at the box office worldwide, so it was no surprise that the hay bale replicas have become so popular with passing traffic.

"I think they're Bob, Stuart and I can't remember the third one's name. I just carried them out there," Mr Aitken said.

Sitting near the front gate of Mr Aitken's property at Edgeroi, near Narrabri, the three Minions are hard to miss.

He said dozens of drivers stopped to investigate daily.

"They stop about 40 or 50 cars a day: truck drivers, caravaners, holidaymakers, everybody.

"They take photos and climb on top of them."

The hay bale Minions have not done much for Mr Aitken's hay business though.

"Most of the people that stop aren't really hay buyers," he said with a big chuckle.

"It's just a bit of fun."


Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Newell Highway crash leaves families reeling with grief

Newell Highway crash leaves families reeling with grief

By Anna Whitelaw Dec. 30, 2015, The Northern Daily Leader

A road trip to spend New Year's Eve in Queensland has left two young footballers dead, another fighting for his life and two others injured, and five families in Melbourne's west reeling with grief.

On Saturday afternoon, Jesse Edwards posted on Facebook "roadtrip :)" as the 19-year-old Werribee teen and four of his mates headed for a New Year's Eve in Queensland. 

The five 19-year-olds – who all played football for local clubs in Werribee and Hoppers Crossing – were driving to the Gold Coast to celebrate New Year's Eve together.

They never made it. 

Less than 12 hours later, the 19-year-old would be dead, along with his friend Brandon Christopoulos, in a horrific car crash that left three of their friends seriously injured.

Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
Major accident 25 kms south of Narrabri on Newell Highway

Major accident 25 kms south of Narrabri on Newell Highway

Highway closed both directions traffic being diverted allow extra 2 hours for journey south

Two people have died and the Newell Highway is blocked after a single-vehicle crash south of Narrabri this morning.

Emergency services were called to a location 25km south of Narrabri shortly before 6am today (Sunday 27 December 2016), responding to reports a vehicle had left the highway and struck a tree.

Five people were in the vehicle at the time; two died at the scene, three are being treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter team from Tamworth.

One person will be airlifted to hospital, two will be taken by road ambulance.

Investigators from Barwon Local Area Command are on en route.

Diversions are in place; check www.livetraffic.com for updates.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Tuesday, 29 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (6374)/Comments (0)/
Tags:
RSS
12345678910Last


A Ligante web production. Brought to you by KateS on Web.

Copyright © KateSonWeb 2013-2015. All Rights Reserved.