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Fires in the Pilliga - Whirlybrook Trail Fire

Fires in the Pilliga - Whirlybrook Trail Fire

4307 Grain Valley Rd, Boggabri, NSW 2382 as of 27 November burnt out 3,500 Hectares

The bush fire is being Controlled by the Forest Corporation in control of the situation

Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1367)/Comments (0)/
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Santos waste water plant approval to face legal appeal

Santos waste water plant approval to face legal appeal

By Kerrin Thomas - ABC Sydney

The state's Environmental Defenders Office has launched legal action against the State Government and Santos, over the approval of a waste treatment facility near Narrabri.

The application for a waste water treatment plant at the Leewood facility should have been viewed as outside the scope of exploration and therefore required to face a higher level of development scrutiny, according to the EDO and its client, Narrabri-based group People for the Plains.

Under State planning laws, some CSG exploration works are exempt from requiring development consent but the EDO's Principal Solicitor, Sue Higginson, said this development should not have been exempt.

She said the approval processes are significantly different.

"The process that's been applied to this development required a less onerous environmental assessment," she said.

"It also didn't provide for the full public participation that, had it gone through the full and rigorous legal assessment and procedures, we say ought have been applied."

Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Protesters Vs Santos - Wastewater court battle

Protesters Vs Santos - Wastewater court battle

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 25, 2015, 9:30 p.m. - Northern Daily Leader

A NARRABRI anti-coal seam gas group is taking the energy giant Santos and the state government to court over the approval of the Leewood wastewater treatment plant in the Pilliga forest.

People for the Plains will argue the approval given to the CSG wastewater treatment plant last week is invalid.

CSG explorations works are exempt from requiring development consent under NSW planning law, but the group will argue the plant is not for the purpose of CSG exploration and required separate development consent.

They will be represented in the NSW Land and Environment Court by the NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO).

Principal solicitor of EDO NSW, Sue Higginson, said the case is about ensuring proper laws and development assessment processes are followed in approving such development.


Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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People for the Plains rally in Narrabri

People for the Plains rally in Narrabri

Gathering in Narrabri on Sunday to protest against coal seam gas developments.

It was billed as a "Big Picture" event to show opposition to coal seam gas developments in NSW and many turned out to do just that in Narrabri on Sunday.

Organised by People for the Plains, a group opposed to CSG, the event attracted about 200 people.

The family-themed day featured a barbecue, activities for the kids and music by local artist Sarah Leete, but the main feature was hearing speakers against CSG developments.

The crowd, which among others included Narrabri Shire councillors Bevan O'Regan and John Tough, also heard about experiences of landholders in Queensland.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Premier Mike Baird tours proposed mine sites

Premier Mike Baird tours proposed mine sites

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 24, 2015, 9:30 p.m. The Northern Daily Leader

PREMIER Mike Baird toured the sites of two proposed coal mines during his visit to the region last weekend.

Mr Baird visited the site of BHP’s proposed underground mine at Caroona and the Shenhua mine site at Breeza with a number of representatives from protest groups.

It was the premier’s third visit to the Liverpool Plains since becoming premier, and he told The Leader on each occasion he had been “struck by the beauty and importance of the area”.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Kerry's striding for stroke

Kerry's striding for stroke

After her 10-year-old son Cameron suffered a stroke, through having Moyamoya disease, Kerry Speer wants to raise awareness.

A Yarrie Lake family has had an ordeal that would frighten anyone - and now they’re raising awareness in the hope that it won’t be such a shock for others.

The ordeal happened in August when Cameron Speer, then 10, was at a camp at Gulgong with Wee Waa Public School.

His mother Kerry got a phone call from the school.

“The teacher told me he had collapsed,” she said.

Cameron was taken to Dubbo Base Hospital.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Drugs, cash seized from Narrabri man's car

Drugs, cash seized from Narrabri man's car

A police operation near the Queensland border turns up a local connection.

A major police operation near the Queensland border has led to the arrest of a Narrabri man after he was caught with, and was allegedly driving under the influence of, crystal methamphetamine.

It was part of Operation Northmore XII, a traffic operation which involved several Narrabri Shire police officers at Boggabilla last week.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Countafitt ready to launch debut album

Countafitt ready to launch debut album

Wee Waa rockers will officially launch Empty Tears on Friday night at imperial Hotel 8.30pm

It’s been 10 years in the making, and even those behind it must have thought it would never come, but Countafitt has got there - and what a story it is.

The Wee Waa band will officially launch its first album, Empty Tears, at the Imperial Hotel from 8.30pm on Friday, and it promises to be a gig with a difference.

Firstly, it will be an acoustic set for the rockers. And secondly, it will be a new line-up, of sorts, in the band’s first concert for a year.

Frontman and band founder Ben Ballangarry - who wrote most of the songs and produced the album - has had to leave the band for family reasons.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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LOCAL SPORT GRANT PROGRAM OPENS

LOCAL SPORT GRANT PROGRAM OPENS

Local sporting clubs can apply for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program to get more locals involved in sport and recreation activities when applications open on Thursday.  The Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation in sport and active recreation.  We all know that sport is incredibly important for health and wellbeing, as well as bringing people in the community together.  Whether it be funding towards training programs to secure more volunteer coaches or helping with that much-needed change room upgrade, these grants are designed to encourage more people to keep active.  There are four project types within the Program, these being:

1.     Sport Club Development;

2.     Community Sport Events;

3.     Sport Access; and

4.     Facility Development and Capital Equipment.

Applications open on 26 November 2015 and close 11 February 2016.  For more information and to apply, visitwww.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1782)/Comments (0)/
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Murray Darling Economic Diversification Fund

Murray Darling Economic Diversification Fund

The Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program is a $32.5 million allocation of funding from the Australian Government

The Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program is a $32.5 million allocation of funding from the Australian Government to assist economic development projects that support the economic base of New South Wales regional communities that are most likely to be affected by the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1612)/Comments (0)/
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Stories to inspire the Community from the FRRR

Stories to inspire the Community from the FRRR

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Did you know that we have been publishing podcasts? Give your eyes a break from your screen and listen to these inspiring stories from community members learning how to tackle tough times in rural, regional and remote Australia.

https://soundcloud.com/frrraustralia

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Stop Workplace Bullies

Stop Workplace Bullies

Website for those who made need some advice.

Workplace bullying has recently become recognized for what it is — a form of violence that destroys health, careers, and organizations. 

Bullying can be physical but in the workplace is more likely to be psychological and emotional. Its effects are devastating. Over time, bullying can destroy a targeted person’s ability to work ever again and can result in death from stress-related conditions like hypertension, or even from suicide. 

Popular myth says that bullies only attack weak people. In the workplace the opposite is true. Workplace bullies selectively target people who are competent, people they see as threats to themselves. The purpose of a bully’s attack is to drive a competent person away.

People enduring this enormous stress seldom have the time or the energy to read dozens of books and websites in search of advice. They need to know, right away, if they’re the target of a workplace bully and, if so, have at their fingertips clear guidelines on how to start protecting themselves. That’s the purpose of the book .... for more information please go to www.stopworkplacebullies.com
Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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96 communities say no to coal seam gas

96 communities say no to coal seam gas

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 23, 2015, 10 p.m. - Northern Daily Leader

MORE than 250 people from across the region gathered in Narrabri on Sunday to show their ongoing opposition to coal seam gas developments in the area.

At the centre of the event was the Santos Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga Forest.

The activists called on Santos’s new chief executive officer, Kevin Gallagher, to ditch the project, which they said posed unacceptable risks to their farmland, water resources and community.

People For The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said the event was an opportunity to send a strong message to both Santos and the NSW government.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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DPI Water commissions independent report into claims Whitehaven mining has helped dried up water bores at Werris Creek

DPI Water commissions independent report into claims Whitehaven mining has helped dried up water bores at Werris Creek

AN INDEPENDENT report has been commissioned by the state government into claims the Whitehaven Coal mine at Werris Creek is partially responsible for drying up the water bores of nearby farmers.

A study by the University of NSW found the coal mine was responsible for at least 25 per cent of underground water losses of between 4.5 and 15 metres, despite a predicted drop of only 10 centimetres.

The independent report was commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Water.

A DPI Water spokesperson said they anticipated the report would be completed soon.

Monday, 23 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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RDANI Innovation Awards

RDANI Innovation Awards

Congratulations to Why Leave Town Promotions

WLT Promotions team - winner of Retail, Tourism and Leisure Award at the 2015 Northern Inland Region Innovation Awards
Monday, 23 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (981)/Comments (0)/
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People for the Plains Big Picture

People for the Plains Big Picture

Congratulations Nine more communities and still CSG Free

Congratulations to the *nine more communities* in North West NSW that declared themselves gasfield free yesterday, joining 87 gasfield free communities across nine local government areas in the North West. People from around the region gathered at Narrabri to celebrate keeping the region gasfield free for another year. Congratulations People For The Plains! Give them your biggest three cheers!
Monday, 23 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (964)/Comments (0)/
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Sonia Dada at the Crossroads in December

Sonia Dada at the Crossroads in December

Tickets Selling fast Need to be a Yowie member

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Yowie Card Members - present your ticket and member card to receive a bonus $10 credit to your card. Hurry tickets are limited!
Monday, 23 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Chris Taylor Award Winning Books - The Maker, The Predator, The Ransom

Chris Taylor Award Winning Books - The Maker, The Predator, The Ransom

Available Now at Peppertree In Maitland Street narrabri

NEWSFLASH!! For everyone living in and around NARRABRI, autographed paperback copies of my books are NOW AVAILABLE for purchase from Peppertree in Maitland Street, Narrabri. A big thank you to Donna Stoltenberg for her wonderful support of local businesses and in particular a local author.
Monday, 23 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (762)/Comments (0)/
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Commonwealth to spend $89.1 million to support NSW Councils

Commonwealth to spend $89.1 million to support NSW Councils

Media Release 19 November Commonwealth Government

The Australian Government will provide $89.1 million for Councils in New South Wales. This is the second quarterly instalment for 2015–16 under the local government Financial Assistance Grant programme.
Friday, 20 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (958)/Comments (0)/
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Australia Institute report on effects of Qld gas developments a warning to NSW

Australia Institute report on effects of Qld gas developments a warning to NSW

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 19, 2015, 10 p.m Namoi Valley Independent

A NEW report by the Australia Institute highlights the impact unconventional gas developments have on towns in Queensland – and anti-coal seam gas groups in New England say the report is an important warning for NSW.

The report, based on mostly gas industry-funded research, shows local businesses in Queensland CSG regions believe gas development has led to deterioration in their finances, local infrastructure, social connections and labour force skills.

“We can now look at what actually happened to the local economy as a result of the Queensland unconventional gas experiment,” report author Mark Ogge said.

“The results show that expectations of economic benefits largely failed to eventuate.

“Most other industries reported being worse off due to the unconventional gas industry push into their region.”

The report highlighted survey results by the CSIRO that found less than a quarter of people living in unconventional gas regions approved of the industry and only 6 per cent thought it would change their region for the better.

Most other industries reported being worse off due to the unconventional gas industry push into their region.- Mark Ogge

Narrabri farmer and People for The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said the evidence showed CSG mining was “highly invasive and destructive” to agricultural land and water resources, and was a health risk to communities.

“Now this new report shows it has also created boom and bust towns, with documented large-scale job losses, towns with hundreds of unsaleable and unrentable houses, contractor insolvency, coupled with depleted community services and infrastructure,” Ms Ciesiolka said.

Friday, 20 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (970)/Comments (0)/
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VTE a little known, but preventable, killer

VTE a little known, but preventable, killer

The facts on VTE were revealed to a large crowd at a public information meeting in Narrabri on Thursday.

Your risk of suffering a dangerous blood clot increases 100 times if you are a hospital patient.

Blood clots, or venous thromboembolism (VTE), is a major preventable health problem in Australia, statistically ahead of AIDS, cancer or car accidents in causing fatalities.

But the risks can be minimised.

The facts on VTE were revealed at a public information meeting in Narrabri last Thursday.

Friday, 20 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Australia Day Award Nominations now open!

Australia Day Award Nominations now open!

Nomination forms must be submitted to Council prior to 5:00pm Friday, 27th November, 2015. NOMINATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Council invites nominations for the 2016 Australia Day Awards in the following categories;

• Young Citizen of the Year –Primary (Primary)
• Young Citizen of the Year –Secondary (Secondary)
• Citizen of the Year 
• Community Event of the Year

Nominations should be on the form provided by Council and abide by the guidelines and selection criteria set for the awards. These forms can be obtained at Council’s Administration Centre, 46-48 Maitland Street, Narrabri, on the Council website www.narrabri.nsw.gov.au, or by calling the Corporate Services Administration Officer on (02) 6799 6832.

The recipients of awards will be decided at the December Ordinary Council Meeting, and the Awards will be presented to the successful candidates during the Australia Day Celebrations on 26th January, 2016. 
Friday, 20 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Pilot wants winch back: Pilliga crash victim fears worst

Pilot wants winch back: Pilliga crash victim fears worst

By Jacob McArthur Nov. 18, 2015, 10 p.m

RESCUED: Glider Paul Mander, pictured with paramedic Scott Hardes, waited for more than two hours to be rescued by the Newcastle Rescue Chopper, after he landed his glider in scrub south of Narrabri.

THE glider pilot who was rescued from the Pilliga Forest on Tuesday has added his voice to mounting calls for winching operations to return to Tamworth’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter base.

Due to the isolated landing site, a helicopter had be to be dispatched from Newcastle to retrieve pilot Paul Mander, who had to “outland” his glider in thick scrub south of Narrabri.


Thursday, 19 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Academic slams local government reforms

Academic slams local government reforms

NSW councils were being forced into amalgamations unlikely to benefit local communities on the basis of flawed methodology, a leading academic has found.
Dr Joseph Drew from the University of New England’s Centre for Local Government said serious flaws in the methodology used by IPART to declare councils fit or unfit raised very real questions, which were being ignored in the government’s rush to amalgamations.
“There are two key questions,” Dr Drew said. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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A Coal Seam Gas Tragedy. Never Again.

A Coal Seam Gas Tragedy. Never Again.

Letter to the Editor of the Northern Daily Leader. by Brett Sanders- Hopkinson 

Brett is a farmer from Tambar Springs who has been a highly vocal opponent of coal seam gas exploration and a critic of what he sees as the exploitation of landholders.

"They are a bunch of liars, cheats and thieves," stated 68 year old cotton farmer, George Bender, towards the coal seam gas (CSG) industry that he had been in battle with for 10 years.

Thursday, 19 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1321)/Comments (0)/
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