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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 (779)/Comments (0)/
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Sonia Dada at the Crossroads in December

Sonia Dada at the Crossroads in December

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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 (534)/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 (769)/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 (766)/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 (1084)/Comments (0)/
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NOT-FOR-PROFIT ACCOMMODATION SUBSIDIES TO INCREASE

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ACCOMMODATION SUBSIDIES TO INCREASE

Press Release 18th November

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to boost Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) rebates for patients accessing not-for-profit accommodation.

Mr Humphries said IPTAAS subsidies assist patients who must travel long distances to access specialist medical treatment.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (800)/Comments (0)/
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New stories for Kamilaroi Touchscreen project

New stories for Kamilaroi Touchscreen project

A pair of Sydney-based filmmakers came to Narrabri Shire recently and couldn't believe what they saw.

Alex Begetis and Morgan Bennett have toured the world filming their popular travel show, but even they were blown away by what they saw in our region last week.

Mr Begetis runs Rusty Cage production company, which among other projects films a show called The Travel Bug, which screens around the world with an estimated audience of 10 million.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Senseless vandalism in Narrabri CBD

Senseless vandalism in Narrabri CBD

Arcade targeted for the second time in a week.

Someone - or a group - has targeted an arcade in the Narrabri CBD for the second time in a week, leaving a $5000 trail of damage.

Some time over the weekend several shops in the Tanya Arcade, which runs between Maitland and Tibbereena Streets, were broken in to and vandalised.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Drovers Campfire does it again

Boggabri Drovers Campfire does it again

The iconic Boggabri event nets the first of a possible hat-trick of awards.

Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire has added yet another title to its impressive portfolio of achievements and is poised for more triumphs.

The Drovers’ Campfire was announced as winner of the Events and Tourism category at the 2015 NSW and ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards at a gala presentation dinner in Dubbo on Saturday night.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Bridge of Spies showing at the Crossing Theatre

Bridge of Spies showing at the Crossing Theatre

Rotary Club of Narrabri holding special screening to raise funds for the Polio Plus Program.

Tomorrow night the great new movie, Bridges of Spies, starring Tom Hank will screen at 6pm at the Crossing Threatre, Narrabri. 
This is a Narrabri Rotary Club fundraising event to raise money for 
our Polio Plus program. Polio Plus has successfully helped to 
eradicate polio in all but two countries.
Please buy a ticket and come and join us for a glass of wine, some canapés and a great movie.
Click here to buy your tickets. http://www.crossingtheatre.com.au/
Thanks for helping us eradicate polio once and for all. 
From the members of the Rotary Club of Narrabri.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1017)/Comments (0)/
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It's time to Celebrate - We're Still Gasfield Free!

It's time to Celebrate - We're Still Gasfield Free!

While Narrabri Gas Project is close to worthless we face a powerful moment to remind Santos of the social and investor risk it faces in North West NSW and to stop CSG spreading across our land. 

Pull out the stops. Just 2 -3 hours on a Sunday afternoon. We all need to be at this one.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1087)/Comments (0)/
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Hearts Of Australia Extraordinary love stories from the bush.

Hearts Of Australia Extraordinary love stories from the bush.

Do you know of an amazing, inspiring, hopeful love story from around our great nation?

This journey will be an impressive reflection of life on the land, complemented by anecdotal stories that capture the resilience and strength of the people who live and work on it.

Collecting stories from every corner of our heartland. 

Please drop a direct line if you know of a love story worth mentioning!

Book release for Valentine's Day 2017.

Know of a great love story? Email: publication@edwinarobertson.com www.facebook.com/heartsofaustralia

Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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In memory of Tim Bell

In memory of Tim Bell

TIM Bell’s brief but brilliant life was remembered and celebrated in Quirindi and Narrabri yesterday when the gifted 22-year-old jockey was laid to rest at the Narrabri Lawn Cemetery.

Jockeys, racegoers and the Quirindi Jockey Club gathered at the Quirindi Racecourse for a short service at around 2.15pm yesterday before the big nine-race program got underway.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Call for senate inquiry into CSG

Call for senate inquiry into CSG

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 15, 2015, 8:30 p.m. The Northern Daily Leader

THE unconventional gas industry has labelled Senator Glenn Lazarus’s call for a committee to look into the impact of unconventional gas mining in Australia as “politically motivated”.

Coal seam gas exploration is the biggest unconventional mining issue in the North West, with Santos holding exploration licences over parts of the Pilliga Forest, Narrabri surrounds and other parts of the region. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Prussic acid poisoning in livestock

Prussic acid poisoning in livestock

Local Land Services

What is prussic acid poisoning?

Prussic acid is not normally present in plants but under certain conditions, several common plants can accumulate large quantities of cyanogenic

glycosides which can convert to prussic acid. The risk of prussic acid poisoning in livestock is increased during periods of drought, and even

more so after drought breaks, when stressed, stunted plants begin to grow. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Jockey Tim Bell farewelled in Narrabri after fatal fall in Singapore

Jockey Tim Bell farewelled in Narrabri after fatal fall in Singapore

Narrabri-born jockey Tim Bell will be farewelled in his northern New South Wales hometown today, remembered as not only as "champion rider" but as a "champion person".

A funeral service is being held for the popular young jockey at The Crossing Theatre in Narrabri.

The 22-year-old was living and working in Singapore, where he fell to his death from a 12th floor apartment two weeks ago.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (511)/Comments (0)/
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The Environmental Trust Survey

The Environmental Trust Survey

Closes Friday 12 November, 2015

The Environmental Trust is currently conducting a survey on how it engages with stakeholders. We will use the information received to improve the way we communicate with applicants and grantees about funding opportunities.

We are especially interested in hearing from groups and organisations that may have had little or no involvement with the Trust before.

The survey can be accessed through the following bare link if that is easier to distribute: https://insidestory.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1UskwTcueKML8oJ

The survey closes this Friday.

Thursday, 12 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos shares sink 27pc on shortfall in take-up of $2.5b rights issue

Santos shares sink 27pc on shortfall in take-up of $2.5b rights issue

November 12, 2015 - 10:31AM Angela Macdonald-Smith Energy Reporter for SMH

Santos shares have slumped as much as 27 per cent after resuming trading on a shortfall in the institutional part of the gas player's underwritten $2.5 billion equity raising.

The stock slid as much as $1.60 to $4.34 after being halted all week since Santos announced its $3.5 billion rescue plan on Monday. The shares had closed at $5.91 on Friday. The decline was  almost 16 per cent from the theoretical ex rights price of $5.15.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/santos-shares-sink-as-resume-trading-after-25b-rights-issue-20151111-gkwtvm.html#ixzz3rEkfn8aN 

Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook
Thursday, 12 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Weather the Storm

Weather the Storm

National Rural Women's Coalition Projects - Weather the Storm

Weather the Storm is a free toolkit which can be used to support women to prepare for disasters and emergencies
Thursday, 12 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Melbourne Cup Day 2015

Melbourne Cup Day 2015

Melbourne Cup Day is always an excuse for a party, and 2015 was no different in Narrabri shire, with plenty of functions to choose from in both Narrabri and Wee Waa.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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