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Narrabri Shire Road Update

Narrabri Shire Road Update

As at 11.30am on Thursday, 5 November 2015

Narrabri Shire Council would like to advise that whilst local roads are open to all traffic, road users are advised that some floodways are running and to drive with caution.

Road users are reminded that;

• They may be liable for any damage that they cause to a road that is closed to their vehicle type.
• Travelling on roads covered with water is extremely dangerous and should be avoided.
• Road conditions can change without warning and drivers should travel with caution.
• Unsealed roads damage very easily when they are wet and only essential journeys should be undertaken until these roads dry out.
• Repairs to damaged roads are not usually possible until the roads and gravel stockpiles begin to dry out.
• Council prioritizes repairs with higher trafficked roads usually receiving attention first.
Thursday, 5 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (881)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri to Sydney Regular Passenger Transport Air Route Update

Narrabri to Sydney Regular Passenger Transport Air Route Update

Media Release - Narrabri Shire Council

Following the recent completion of airside upgrade works, an expression of interest was called for an airline to service the Narrabri to Sydney air route. Two (2) submissions were received from Northwest Airline Holdings Pty Ltd and JETGO Australia Holdings Pty Ltd.
Thursday, 5 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (702)/Comments (0)/
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Council rejects airline bids for Narrabri route

Council rejects airline bids for Narrabri route

Northern Daily Leader Article dated 4 November, 2015

THE search for a new airline carrier for Narrabri has gone back to the drawing board after both the preferred companies failed to satisfy the local council.

Narrabri shire announced in September Northwest Airlines and JetGo had both submitted expressions of interest for the Narrabri to Sydney route, but yesterday said neither bid could be accepted at this stage.

“The Narrabri region is at a point where it is imperative that the next ... provider that operates the (town’s) Sydney air route has the confidence of local and regional passengers,” mayor Conrad Bolton said.
Thursday, 5 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (838)/Comments (0)/
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On-farm deaths could be halved through simple solutions

On-farm deaths could be halved through simple solutions

RIRDC Research

Almost half of all deaths on farms could be prevented, simply by implementing solutions we already know about, according to new research exploring what’s stopping primary producers from improving their safety practices.

Focus groups were run with farmers, growers, pastoralists and fishers, along with a desktop audit of peer reviewed research. Funded by the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership, the study will guide efforts over coming years to improve the uptake of Work Health and Safety (WHS) initiatives.

Study author, Richard Franklin of James Cook University, says the rates of death and injury on farms and fishing vessels have improved, but are still unacceptable.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1127)/Comments (0)/
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The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program,

The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program,

Entries Close - 5pm Friday 18 December, 2015

The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program, an exciting initiative that will give young people the opportunity to visit historic Anzac sites during the remainder of the Centenary of WWI.
The 2016 program, sponsored by ClubsNSW, will see six young people chosen to retrace the steps of WWI Australian soldiers across Athens, Lemnos, Crete, Paris, Ieper and the Somme in April 2016. 
Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5094)/Comments (0)/
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Development approvals streamlined for Regional NSW

Development approvals streamlined for Regional NSW

Press Release - Kevin Humphries

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today welcomed the NSW Government’s move to help speed up building projects in the Barwon Electorate.

Mr Humphries said all 13 rural and regional local government areas in Barwon now have complying development assessments fast-tracked so builders and renovators can get on with projects in their communities.

“These changes will help save people time and money, and will mean building projects can be delivered faster across the electorate,” Mr Humphries said.

“The NSW Government has listened to the local community, industry and businesses who have said previous requirements made complying development in regional and rural areas more expensive, time consuming and confusing.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (734)/Comments (0)/
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Former Narrabri jockey Tim Bell killed in Singapore

Former Narrabri jockey Tim Bell killed in Singapore

Former Tamworth apprentice Tim Bell has been killed in a non-racing related accident in Singapore.

The Narrabri-raised jockey, who was pursuing a three-month riding contract in Singapore, was killed after reportedly falling from a high-rise building.

Bell, 22, started his apprenticeship with Sue Grills at Tamworth and was leading apprentice in NSW in his first two seasons with more than 170 winners, Racenet reports.

Two weeks ago he won his first Singapore major, the $150,000 Group 3 El Dorado Classic (2200m) riding stayer Sebrose.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Michelle Payne creates history with 100-1 win in Cup

Michelle Payne creates history with 100-1 win in Cup

Story Courtesy - Sunshine Coast Daily

UPDATE: MICHELLE Payne has created history at the 2015 Melbourne Cup by winning on outsider Prince of Penzance.

Payne was the only female jockey in the race and her horse was a $101 to 1 shot - only the fourth of such long odds to win the race.

"I can't believe it! The most funny thing is that my sister, Margaret, and I both had a feeling that I was going to win and I actually had a really strong feeling I was going to win,'' Payne said.

"But I thought, "Oh, don't be stupid, it's the Melbourne Cup" and it turned out exactly how I thought it would!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1898)/Comments (0)/
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North West communities want CSG protection after Metgasco announcement

North West communities want CSG protection after Metgasco announcement

Media Release - 3rd November

In the wake of yesterday’s announcement by the NSW Government that it would pay Northern Rivers unconventional gas aspirant Metgasco $25 million to essentially exit the region, paving the way for it to be “gasfield free,” communities from North West NSW want action from the Government to protect rural industries and groundwater from unconventional gas, too.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1105)/Comments (0)/
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Strengthening Regional Development in the Northern Inland

Strengthening Regional Development in the Northern Inland

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) appointments

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Chair, Russell Stewart and Deputy Chair, Ian Lobsey OAM are pleased to announce three new appointments and four reappointments to the RDANI Committee following endorsement by the NSW Cabinet.

The Committee members are:

click the heading to see more

Monday, 2 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (873)/Comments (0)/
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New Tourist Attraction

New Tourist Attraction

Then there were two for the minion lovers

Then there were two.

 

Have you got a little Minion fan or are you a Minion lover yourself??? 

These little guys are right in our Shire's backyard on the Narrabri side of Edgeroi!  about 20kms north.

How cool is he!!! It's definitely worth the drive out! The kids will love him! I'm not sure if he's Kevin or Stuart!


 

Friday, 30 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (990)/Comments (0)/
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Nats must ‘stand up’ for councils threatened by Fit for the Future reforms: mayor

Nats must ‘stand up’ for councils threatened by Fit for the Future reforms: mayor

THE Nationals must stand up for councils across the region committed to standing alone as the prospect of forced amalgamations looms, or risk a backlash at the ballot box, a mayor has said.


Seven of the region’s councils were judged “unfit” for the future as part of IPART assessments under the state government’s contentious local government reform process.

The clock is now ticking on a 30-day period in which councils can respond to the findings.

Gwydir Shire mayor John Coulton says his council, despite failing the IPART test, is committed to remaining autonomous and will be “going all out” in its bid to win its argument with the government.

“There’s a strong determination to stand alone ... and we have a mandate from our ratepayers – that has not changed,” he said.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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DAISY APP NOW CONNECTS MORE WOMEN TO SUPPORT SERVICES

More women experiencing the impacts of sexual assault, domestic and family violence including those in rural and remotes area of Australia, or where English is not their first language can now find help in the one place through the updated Daisy app. With new features increasing accessibility, Daisy is now connecting more women to vital information and services. The Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the app is a valuable tool for women experiencing violence to access services relevant to their unique situation.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Know the rules

Know the rules

Mobile phone road rules

Learner and provisional P1 (red Ps)
Learners and provisional P1 licence holders are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding. This includes when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. You must be parked out of the line of traffic to use your phone in any way.

These laws encourage learner and P1 drivers and riders to concentrate on developing their vehicle control and hazard-perception skills. Mobile phone use can distract novice drivers and riders from the driving task.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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ESTABLISH A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE HUMAN IMPACT OF CSG MINING

TO: THE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT

My name is Glenn Lazarus. I am an independent Senator for Queensland in the Australian Senate.

I need your HELP to assist rural and regional communities, farmers and landowners across Australia being impacted by Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining. I would like your support to call on the Turnbull Government to establish a Royal Commission into the Human Impact of CSG mining.

Please sign this petition.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Why are you wasting my time

Why are you wasting my time

OCTOBER 27, 20158:46AM

Q&A debates CSG mining after Helen Bender asked about it on behalf of her father, who recently took his life

THE daughter of an Aussie farmer who took his life after campaigning against CSG mining, criticised the Q&A panel for not answering her question.

Helen Bender, whose father George battled to stop CSG (coal seam gas) companies coming onto his land in Queensland, recently committed suicide.

After being affected by the fight to stop the controversial mining, Helen appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program to ask the panel the question most farmers want to know.

“When will farmers be given the right to say ‘No’ to the CSG companies from coming on to their land?”

Panellist Joel Fitzgibbon replied, saying he was always a “strong supporter of the coal mining industry”, but it was a “state-based issue”.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NBN Long Term Satellite restrictions: revealed

nbn proposes standard 75GB data cap per month with 100GB and 150GB premium options to ensure satellites aren’t congested.

On Friday, nbn, the company responsible for building the National Broadband Network, released draft documents relating to the NBN Co Satellite Network set to launch in the second quarter of next year as part of the Satellite Trial Product Agreement.  The documents (see bottom of page) reveal a number of measures and restrictions expected to be taken by the company to prevent excessive use of data by end users.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Satellite Types

What type of Satellite Installation do I have?

There are several different satellite services currently operational.  This can lead to some confusion on the type of satellite installed. The information below helps differentiate the differences in Satellite Installations.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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You only have one more week to apply for the Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Program.

Press Release

Meeting today with police officers at the North Sydney Police Station, the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the pilot would help families who struggle to access child care because of where they live or the hours they work.

“Standard child care hours don’t always fit the needs of parents who don’t work standard jobs, for example people who live in rural and remote areas, or those who work shifts, like police officers, hospitality workers, nurses and emergency services workers, ” Senator Birmingham said.

“The Australian Government’s innovative $246 million Nanny Pilot Programme gives families another choice in how they balance their family and work demands, and will help us determine how best to target taxpayer funding to support them.

“This is a great opportunity for parents who need flexible child care, such as a nanny, in order to work or get back to work and I encourage families to put in their applications by 30 October to avoid missing out.”

Saturday, 24 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3063)/Comments (0)/
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

The NSW Government’s $60 million package to target perpetrators and support women, men and children who have experienced domestic and family violence (DFV) has been announced.  The package includes new Police Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams to target perpetrators and reduce the rate of reoffending.  The package also includes DFV Suspect Target Management Plans that will put offenders on notice, as well as mandated behaviour change programs to make perpetrators address their behaviour.  In addition, the package will increase crisis accommodation support for victims and introduce Australia’s first Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, which discloses information about a perpetrator’s violent history, and provide a stronger response to sexual assault.  We will also be expanding the number of qualified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in high-risk rural and regional communities in NSW.  These specialised nurses provide services and collect forensic evidence for adult victims of sexual assault. They also provide crucial expert advice for criminal proceedings where required.  This means quality evidence can be collected without delay in regional and rural communities across NSW to support victims when they need it most.  This is the first stage of the NSW Government’s increased investment into DFV. The Government is currently working with the non-government sector to analyse service gaps through a DFV Blueprint. This work will be completed in 2016.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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CLAMPING DOWN ON REAL ESTATE UNDERQUOTING

CLAMPING DOWN ON REAL ESTATE UNDERQUOTING

Homebuyers across Barwon will have greater protection when purchasing a property, with strengthened laws set to clamp down on real estate underquoting passing NSW Parliament last week.  These reforms deliver on the NSW Government’s 2015 election commitment to crackdown on underquoting in real estate transactions.  Astonishingly, there have been no successful prosecutions related to underquoting made under this Act in 13 years, so this reform is long overdue.  Not only are homebuyers dealing with an increasingly competitive market but they often feel completely misled when it comes to the price of properties they are interested in buying, which is pushing their dream of home ownership further out of reach.  Amendments to the Property Stock and Business Agents Act 2002 include:

·       Agents will be required to provide evidence of their estimated selling price to the vendor and this estimate must be stated in the agency agreement;
·       When marketing a property an agent must only use the estimated selling price provided in the agency agreement;
·       Estimated selling price can be a single figure or a price range. If a price range is used, the highest price must not be more than 10% higher than the lowest price;
·       Advertisements and representations that say “offers over” or “offers above” or any similar statement will be prohibited;
·       Agents will be required to keep a register of prices quoted on a property whether these are provided to the vendor or prospective purchasers.
In addition to the existing penalty of $22,000, agents found guilty of underquoting will be liable to forfeit any commission or fees from the sale.  The new laws take effect on 1 January 2016, with information sessions already underway. For more information visit: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc Membership for 2015-2016

Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc Membership for 2015-2016

Support our organisation and the local community by joining.

If you are interested, please complete the attached Membership Form along with a $2 membership fee and forward to the NCTS Inc office at Unit 2, 116 Barwan Street, Narrabri (next to the tyre service).

 

Members receive our quarterly newsletter and the opportunity to participate in our community events.

 

Regards

 

Brooke Whitaker

Service Development Officer

Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc.

 

P: 02 67921478 | F: 02 67924860

P.O.Box 509 | Narrabri NSW 2390

Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (769)/Comments (0)/
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FIT FOR FUTURE COUNCILS DECLARED

FIT FOR FUTURE COUNCILS DECLARED

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries - Press Release

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) Report health check of NSW councils has found that the majority of Barwon councils have been declared ‘fit for the future’.

Mr Humphries said this figure contrasted to regional NSW as a whole where it was found that 56 per cent of councils are ‘not fit’ for the future.

Councils in the Barwon Electorate that were found to be ‘fit’ included Narrabri Shire Council, Coonamble Shire Council, Gilgandra Shire Council, Warren Shire Council and Bogan Shire Council.

The councils declared ‘unfit’ included Warrumbungle Shire Council and Lachlan Shire Council.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (860)/Comments (0)/
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NSW INVESTS $30 MILLION MORE IN BARWON STUDENTS

NSW INVESTS $30 MILLION MORE IN BARWON STUDENTS

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries - Press Release

The funding for 2016, made possible by NSW being the first state to sign the Gonski agreement, means NSW students will benefit from needs-based funding totalling $860 million, distributed through the Resource Allocation Model.

Examples of local needs-based funding allocations in Barwon include:
·       Warren Central School will receive $714,220, which is an increase of $158,565 from 2015

·       Bourke Public School will receive $1,212,571, which is an increase of $115,289 from 2015

·       Narrabri Public School will receive $554,893, which is an increase of $128,882 from 2015
Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (840)/Comments (0)/
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NSW Healthy Town Challenge

NSW Healthy Town Challenge

Rural communities are being urged to register for the next NSW Healthy Town Challenge, an initiative to facilitate healthy living activities in rural NSW communities.
Tottenham and Tullamore in Western NSW won last year's inaugural challenge after 10% of their populations lost a total of 100kgs.
A town is eligible to apply if its population is between 1000 and 15,000 people, located outside Sydney and did not take part in last year's challenge.
Towns selected to participate in the next challenge will be awarded $15,000 to support their activities. Support will also be provided by the NSW Office of Preventive Health and the Heart Foundation.
Applications are now open for the 2016 Challenge and close on 6 November.
Monday, 19 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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