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LET IT SNOW: Live updates from the Narrabri region

LET IT SNOW: Live updates from the Narrabri region

Social photos, road closures, and everything you need to know about the snow on Mt. Kaputar.

What you need to know about snow around the region: 

Check out this post for live updates. 

Mt Kaputar is now closed. Due to the snow fall and ice on the road. The entrance is now shut off to the public.

Experts say that the worst is now behind us, with cold front moving on but could expert more low temps for the rest of the week.

If you post photos to our Facebook page, we will update them into this image gallery. 

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair

Media Release

 

3 September 2015

Drought-affected farmers in New South Wales can now apply for a Drought Concessional Loan or a Drought Recovery Concessional Loan, with applications opening today for the 2015–16 round of both schemes.

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said the schemes helped those doing it tough during drought to restructure existing debt, or to fund operating expenses or drought preparedness and recovery activities.

“Through the Agricultural Competiveness White Paper, we are ensuring farmers have greater certainty about the support available to them during periods of drought. We are delivering on our White Paper commitment to continue both drought-related concessional loans schemes during 2015–16, with up to $30 million available for Drought Concessional Loans and up to $25 million available for Drought Recovery Concessional Loans in NSW,” Minister Joyce said.

 

Friday, 4 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4147)/Comments (0)/
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Abbey legend to be honoured at Campdraft Carnival

Abbey legend to be honoured at Campdraft Carnival

Legendary stockhorse stallion, Abbey, and the two horsemen who forged his success will be honoured at a campdraft carnival at Narrabri Showgrounds this weeken (September 4, 5 and 6).

The ‘Abbey Dynasty Campdraft Carnival’ will be open only to descendants of the great sire and offer more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.

The event is one of the first of its kind and has received in excess of $23,000 in cash sponsorship.

All proceeds raised this weekend will be donated to pancreatic cancer and dementia research.

The carnival follows the recent death of Theo Hill, who stood Abbey on the historic Comara Station near Kempsey. Friends and associates of Mr Hill got together after his passing and decided to have a public tribute honouring his immense contribution to the stockhorse world.

Under Mr Hill’s management, Abbey sired a string of campdraft, showjumping and polocrosse champions that pushed the Australian Stock Horse Society stud book to an unbeaten 60,000 descendants.

Thursday, 3 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Koala challenge: Court hears case against Shenhua

Koala challenge: Court hears case against Shenhua

As Save the Koala Month begins today, Shenhua is facing a court challenge arguing its Watermark mine will threaten the local koala population with extinction.

The high-profile case has been brought by the Upper Mooki Landcare Group supported by the Nature Conservation Council.

But as the second day of the four-day hearing goes ahead at the NSW Land and Environment Court, one koala expert has said the figure of 262 koalas living in the area could be over-estimated by more than 200.

Environmental researcher John Lemon, who has studied koalas on the Watermark site near Breeza and close by, said he was “very surprised” not to have been called to speak at the hearing.

Mr Lemon, who is a former Office of Environment and Heritage employee and now works as a consultant, said he wrote Shenhua’s Interim Koala Habitat Plan and was very familiar with the koala habitat in the area.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Wardrobe clear outs wanted at Narrabri op shops

Wardrobe clear outs wanted at Narrabri op shops

The campaign slogan for Op Shop week is ‘Op Till You Drop!’.

ABOVEOne of a Kind (formerly Lifeline) store manager Mary Ritchie with volunteer Pru Knight catering to the community members looking for pre-loved clothes.

National Op Shop Week is now on, from Sunday, August 23- 30.

The campaign slogan for Op Shop week is ‘Op Till You Drop!’.

The start of spring on September 1 is the most popular time of year for women to clear out their wardrobes. Nearly a quarter of women sort and de-clutter during September. 

Now in its third year, the Op Shop Week event promoters are asking people to donate good quality clothing to their local charity op shop.

National Op Shop Week is an initiative of the Do Something charity and is run in association with NACRO, the National Association for Charitable Recycling Organisations.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Welcome district rain, but some suffer hail, storm damage

Welcome district rain, but some suffer hail, storm damage

Heavy and widespread district rainfall has been welcomed, coming at the right time for crops.

Heavy and widespread district rainfall has been welcomed, coming at the right time for crops.

While the rain was more than welcome, some properties experienced damaging winds and hail during the storms on Sunday night.

A band of hailstorm activity was reported across parts of the Pilliga, Turrawan, Harparary and Maules Creek area causing damage to properties. Several property owners reported damge to homes, fences and crops.

The rain event, which delivered up to 60 millimetres to areas around Narrabri, could be worth millions of dollars to the local community as it brings farmers one step closer to strong winter crops and a busy harvest period.

According to Narrabri Shire Weathernet, Harparary recorded 66 millimetres, the Wheat Research Centre received 40 millimetres and Tookey Creek 66 millimetres.

Further west, 34 millimetres fell at Merah North and 31 at Wee Waa.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos in sale mode as pressure builds to cut debt

Santos in sale mode as pressure builds to cut debt

by Angela Macdonald-Smith - Financial Review

Santos's initiation of a no-holds-barred strategic review has stoked speculation over which assets may be sold or whether the whole company may be targeted in a takeover.

Chairman Peter Coates made clear on Friday he would "turn over every stone" in seeking to restore shareholder value at the indebted oil and gas player, meaning that even the most-prized assets will be considered for sale.

Given the size of Santos's debt mountain, at $8.8 billion, a chunky divestment is expected to be required to make a material difference, especially as the company would be selling in the trough of the cycle from a weakened negotiating position.

Citigroup's Dale Koenders said Santos would need to sell $2 billion to $3 billion of assets – or raise that amount in new equity – to bring gearing down to a more comfortable 30-35 per cent by 2017 or the company could cease all growth.



Read more: http://www.afr.com/business/energy/oil/santos-in-sale-mode-as-pressure-builds-to-cut-debt-20150821-gj524u?stb=twt#ixzz3jnC2iluz 
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Farmers prepare their fight to say no

Farmers prepare their fight to say no

RUTH CASKEY - The Land Newspaper

LIVERPOOL Plains, Narrabri, Bylong Valley farmers will take the next step in their fight to say no to coal and coal seam gas mining at a senate hearing in Tamworth.

The meeting, to be held at Wests Diggers on Tuesday, is a hearing into a bill introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters' to give landholders the right to say no to coal and unconventional gas and to ban fracking.

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Santos gets early approval for CSG treatment plant without detailed plans.

Santos gets early approval for CSG treatment plant without detailed plans.

Peter Hannam ENVIRONMENT EDITOR, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The Baird government has been accused of making a "reckless" decision to give conditional approval for a coal seam gas desalination plant one of its own agencies said could pose a "significant environment risk".

Santos has won approval for its Leewood Produced Water and Beneficial Reuse Project for its proposed CSG field at Narrabri even though the company is yet to submit detailed water treatment and irrigation plans, nor been given a deadline to submit them.

The NSW government shouldn't be rushing decisions on a project that some analysts think Santos has shelved. 

Naomi Hodgson, Wilderness Society Newcastle campaign manager.

The nod was given by the Division of Resources and Energy (DRE) with the proviso Santos detail within six months how it will manage as much as 500,000 litres of brine a day.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/santos-gets-early-approval-for-csg-treatment-plant-without-detailed-plans-20150821-gj4k6m.html#ixzz3jn9uwXLo 
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Water Quality Warning

Narrabri Water Quality Warning

​Many Narrabri residents took the opportunity recently to find out what’s in their drinking water and are probably very glad they did.

Many Narrabri residents took the opportunity recently to find out what’s in their drinking water and are probably very glad they did.

Some recorded unacceptably high concentrations of lead in their rainwater.

Macquarie University researcher Paul Harvey came to Narrabri in July to take samples from rainwater tanks, bores, dams and town supplies.

The results are in, and while water quality generally is OK, he said, water from some older rainwater tanks is much too heavy in the lead and copper department.

Lead and copper are two things you ‘absolutely don’t want too much of’ in your water, said Mr Harvey.

“I almost fell off my chair when I saw the data on the amount of lead in the water from some Narrabri district rainwater tanks” he said.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Google Street View Trekker in NSW national parks

Google Street View Trekker in NSW national parks

Working in partnership with Google, NSW National Parks has captured imagery across 25 national parks using Google Street View Trekker. You can get a bird’s-eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.


NSW National Parks is the first Australian organisation to partner with Google as part of the Trekker Loan Program. Using a Google Street View trekker, we've visited 225 attractions and captured over 1100km of imagery. Some of our favourite highlights include:
Monday, 24 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Scientists predict weather will swing from drought to flooding rains as La Nina follows intense El Nino

Scientists predict weather will swing from drought to flooding rains as La Nina follows intense El Nino

ABC Rural By Catherine McAloon

Scientists are tipping this year's forecast El Nino will be closely followed by a reverse La Nina weather system, swinging conditions from drought to flooding rains in some parts of Australia.


There are predictions the coming El Nino, which typically brings hot and dry conditions to the country's east, could be one of the strongest ever recorded.

CSIRO principal research scientist Wenju Cai said the forecast El Nino was likely to be followed by a La Nina, bringing extreme wet weather in 2016.

"This kind of extreme El Nino event normally lasts until April, May, and then we will see the system switch to conditions that are developing towards a La Nina in, say, next June, July, August," Dr Cai said.

"El Nino and La Nina both peak at our summer season and that's why we will have floods in our summer (2016-2017)."

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Property owner concerned after shooting

Property owner concerned after shooting

Police have warned of heavy penalties for shooters firing onto private property following an incident on the Bingara road on Friday night.

A pet goat, Billy, was allegedly shot on private land, about 100 metres from a property homestead.

The distressed owner, Mrs Kath Hamilton, said the goat was a family pet of 11 years.

“I heard three shots,” said Mrs Hamilton, who was in the homestead kitchen when the shots were fired.

“These were shots from a high powered rifle from the direction of the road and our house is in a direct line from where we found Billy dead.

“The house is only about 300 metres from the road and is clearly visible.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Agquip the first Day

Agquip the first Day

Northern Daily Leader was their a Gallery of images

The sun shone brightly in a perfect opener for the massive farm field day AgQuip, with thousands pouring through the gates yesterday for the start of the three-day event.

Organised by Fairfax Rural Events, the 43rd Commonwealth Bank AgQuip covers 26 hectares on a site about 6km west of Gunnedah and features the involvement of more than 3000 companies and organisations.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Auscott Limited Education Scholarship 2016

Auscott Limited Education Scholarship 2016

One of Auscott’s most valued community services is the provision of the Auscott Undergraduate Scholarship Programme. Commenced in 1969, the program provides for three new undergraduate scholarships each year – one in each of the company’s three rural operating areas. Final year high school scholars, residing within the geographical limits laid down in the conditions of the programme, are invited each year to apply for a scholarship. Numerous criteria are used to assess the applicants. The selection process includes an interview with the selection committee and representatives of the particular school involved. 

Since inception there have been well over one hundred rural students graduate at an Australian university or other accepted higher education institutions as a consequence of having been supported by the Auscott Undergraduate Scholarship scheme. The award includes coverage of or significant contribution to tuition, accommodation, travel and book fees.

More details of the Scholarship are supplied below or can be obtained by calling one of the regional Auscott offices or the Head Office in Sydney.


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Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Biolinks – the need for trees-funding opportunities

Biolinks – the need for trees-funding opportunities

Press Release from Local Land Services North West

The Brigalow Nandewar Biolinks (BNB) program is an initiative of the North West and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and serves to protect, restore and manage existing vegetation to connect the plains with the tablelands.


"The program involves planting and protecting vegetation corridors, shelter belts, tree lines, wind breaks and clumps so that birds, insects, reptiles and mammals are able to move around the landscape. These corridors are essential if species are to survive and flourish in our agriculturally-altered environment," said Simon Turpin, Team Leader Land Services at North West LLS.

"These areas of native vegetation provide homes for many of our native fauna species which, in turn, assist our cropping and farming enterprises through the provision of ecosystem services. For example, birds, bugs and lizards that use the native vegetation for habitat eat insects and grubs that attack crops and pastures; it's a win-win situation both for landholders and native species.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Major drug bust in Bingara

Major drug bust in Bingara

The Gangs Squad has arrested two men, shut down two clan labs and seized approximately 20,000 pills and 20 litres of MDMA following an operation in the state’s north-west.

Earlier this year, Gangs Squad detectives formed Strike Force Vanderhoof to investigate the activities of a group believed to be involved in drug manufacture.

Following their inquiries, detectives executed two search warrants at properties in Bingara on Sunday August 16.

At one of the properties, located on Keera Street, officers found a clandestine laboratory which was actively in the process of cooking approximately 20 litres of MDMA.


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Tuesday, 18 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Royal Far West Inspires Business Leaders

Royal Far West Inspires Business Leaders

Friendly Faces Helping Hands - Kelly Foran

Ms Foran, originally from Narrabri, shared her personal experience of the difficulties she faced in accessing appropriate health services in country NSW. She also spoke about how it inspired her to develop her Foundation, which links country families to much needed health information and supports.

Operations Director of Royal Far West Kevin Bone said it was important for members of the business community to be a part of the discussion. "Supporting country communities is something all sectors have an opportunity to contribute to. It may be through donating resources or volunteers, raising awareness or simply attending events like this one to share ideas on how we can all work together.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri High School Ski Trip

High students’ week in the high country

Narrabri High School Year 10 students have returned from the school’s annual excursion to the Snowy Mountains for several days of skiing and fun in the snow.

Forty nine students boarded a coach for the journey to the snowfields for what is a highlight of the school’s calendar.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Energy from waste project is proposed for Narrabri

Energy from waste project is proposed for Narrabri

Narrabri Chamber of Commerce president Russell Stewart, left, deputy president Ian Duffey, Sustainable Clean Energy strategy director Phillipa Lehmann, managing director, Alastair Brodie, director Warwick Newell and Waste Stream Solutions director Hans Felden with a sample of fuel produced from waste.
A ‘Green Energy Precinct’ industrial area is proposed for Narrabri to offer businesses low cost electricity generated with fuel created from waste including tyres, non recyclable plastics, timber and mattresses.

The project has been three years in planning and the proponent, Sustainable Clean Energy Pty Ltd., has identified a potential site of several hundred acres at Narrabri.

Sustainable Clean Energy managing director Alastair Brodie and his colleagues visited Narrabri on Friday to meet Narrabri Chamber of Commerce and Narrabri Shire Council representatives to discuss the project.
Friday, 14 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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6 degrees of Kindness

It starts with you

Thursday, 13 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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UPDATE: Local horseman's condition improves following accident

UPDATE: Local horseman's condition improves following accident

The Courier is able to report an improvement in the condition of Wee Waa local Rhys Mortimer after he sustained serious head injuries in a horse riding accident on the weekend.

UPDATE:

The Courier is able to report an improvement in the condition of Wee Waa local Rhys Mortimer after he sustained serious head injuries in a horse riding accident on the weekend.

This morning he remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Newcastle John Hunter hospital but is now showing signs of responsiveness.

The accident occurred mid-morning on Sunday and resulted in the 17-year-old male being placed in an induced coma and airlifted to Newcastle by Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

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The 2016 Show already in sights of new committee

The 2016 Show already in sights of new committee

The 2016 Narrabri Show is on the road again with a new show committee elected and keen to replicate the success of the 2015 event.

The Annual General Meeting election proceeded smoothly with several existing committee members and new volunteers stepping in to help run the 2016 show.

Cheryl Pawley is again at the helm for her second term as committee president, supported by Bec Newberry as Treasurer and Linda Slee as Secretary.

Rebecca Cope was re-elected as Vice President, while Lauren Baguley and Melissa Cain will also be taking on Vice Presidential roles for the 2016 Show.

Thursday, 13 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Wesley wins Silver in National Geographic photography competition

Wesley wins Silver in National Geographic photography competition

Year 10 student Wesley Read (a Knox boarder from Narrabri) has won a national photography award for his close-up photograph of a Rainbow Lorikeet.

Wesley, the son of Libby Guest and Michael Read, has won silver in the Australian Geographic Australia, New Zealand, Antarctic and New Guinea (ANZANG) Junior Nature Photographer of the Year Competition.

Wesley flew to Adelaide in August to attend the award ceremony at the South Australian Museum.

Thursday, 13 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Local polocrosse player in stable condition following accident

Local polocrosse player in stable condition following accident

A 17 year old male from Wee Waa was attended to by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and flown to Newcastle on Sunday following a horse riding accident on a property north east of Narrabri.

He had been competing in a local polocrosse carnival when a high speed collision occurred on the field.

He was immediately attended to by an on-site paramedic and a vet was called to attend to the horse involved.

Three local ambulances attended with the first arriving within 20 minutes of the accident.


 

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