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THE CHILDREN ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE WATER CUTS

THE CHILDREN ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE WATER CUTS

St Josephs Catholic School Wee Waa

This week Steve Carolan attended St Josephs School to explain what it would mean to the school and the community if the loss of water that the proposed Murray Darling Basin Plan is about to sign off on will do to the school.

It will take the community back to permanent drought. The example was given that if the school went back to how it was in 2008 it would loose 50 students and 6 staff.

Is this what we want for our community here is Steve talking to the children and they will be writing to the Minister for Agriculture to let him know that they are not happy.

Thursday, 7 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (769)/Comments (0)/
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Santos embroiled in company’s collapse

Santos embroiled in company’s collapse

Courier Mail 7 April

RESOURCES giant Santos has been embroiled in a ­dispute over $6 million of ­allegedly unpaid work on its central Queensland LNG pipeline. Murarrie-based Lean Field Developments went into voluntary administration earlier this year owing
Thursday, 7 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Measles alert: four people with measles have been in planes, surgeries, hospitals

Measles alert: four people with measles have been in planes, surgeries, hospitals

SMH Harriet Alexander Health Reporter

Recent plane passengers, hostel residents, hospital and medical centre patients are among those at risk of developing measles following confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease in Sydney in late March and early April.

NSW Health has issued a community alert after four people with measles are known to have been in close contact with large groups of people while they were still infectious but before they were diagnosed.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/measles-alert-four-people-with-measles-have-been-in-planes-surgeries-hospitals-20160406-go023g.html#ixzz45fvtJZQq 
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Environmental concerns raised over NSW coal seam gas water plant

Environmental concerns raised over NSW coal seam gas water plant

ABC News 6th April

CSG water plant construction at Narrabri will continue as court case adjourned

Construction of a coal seam gas (CSG) waste water treatment plant in north-western New South Wales will continue for the time being after a court case challenging its approval was adjourned in Sydney.

A group calling for greater scrutiny of the Santos plant at the Pilliga State Forest near Narrabri was set to tell the Land and Environment court it had serious concerns about the approvals process and potential environmental impacts of the facility.

Key points:

Santos wants to build CSG waste water treatment plant near Narrabri

Opponents say environmental impacts not properly considered

Santos says ample comment opportunity given, and process was "rigorous"

Wednesday, 6 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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An Airline Decision Reached

An Airline Decision Reached

Media Release from Narrabri Council

Narrabri Shire Council yesterday considered a confidential report on the Regular Passenger Transport service to Sydney. Following consideration, Council resolved to endorse Northwest Airlines. This decision is subject to satisfactory negotiations of a performance based licence agreement as a measure to assist in community confidence and safeguard the longevity of the service.
Narrabri Shire has been without an air service for 2 years. Since that time, the route has changed from being a regulated route to a de-regulated route, placing Council with the responsibility of filling the service.
Within the time that Narrabri Shire has been without a service, Council has completed a $10 million major upgrade to its airside infrastructure to assist with attracting a suitable airline.
Wednesday, 6 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (492)/Comments (0)/
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Electrical hazard awareness for rural workers

Electrical hazard awareness for rural workers

Cotton harvest is underway – so make sure you look up and live. Before entering any paddock, check for overhead powerlines and mark them at ground level. Watch our Electrical Hazard Awareness for Rural Workers film now
Tuesday, 5 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Historic Legal Battle Begins Over CSG Waste: People vs Santos

Historic Legal Battle Begins Over CSG Waste: People vs Santos

Press Release 5th April

An historic court battle will commence in the NSW Land and Environment tomorrow, Wednesday 6th April, as the first ever legal challenge against a CSG waste project gets underway.

The Court will be hearing a challenge against construction of the controversial Phase 2 of the Leewood CSG waste water treatment plant near Narrabri. Local Narrabri community group ‘People for the Plains’ has taken legal action against Santos and the NSW Government over the approval of the industrial facility, and have travelled to Sydney for the hearing.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (556)/Comments (0)/
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Apply Now Cotton Leaders Program

Apply Now Cotton Leaders Program

Applications close on May 6, 2016

The Faces of Australian Cotton photography competition is designed to capture striking images of the industry’s greatest asset: its people.

Monday, 4 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Cuttabri Wine Shanty back on track

Cuttabri Wine Shanty back on track

New owners have taken up residence in the Shanty

New owners Harvey and Mick Smith have taken over the reins on the Cuttabri Wine Shanty.  The Cuttabri Wine Shanty holds one of the oldest licenses of its kind in Australia dating back to 1883.  Both from the Lower Hunter region are looking forward to the change of pace. They plan to open to the public after a few renovations which could take some time to deliver.  We all look forward to the new renovated Cuttabri Wine Shanty.  Click the heading  to see what it used to be like when it was a buzzing place to get a feed and a drink.  Will they still supply the very old remedy I once drank when first visiting Wee Waa, Port and Lemonade.  We look forward to hearing more from the Shanty.
Saturday, 2 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (634)/Comments (0)/
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Yarrie Lake aerial views recently taken

Yarrie Lake aerial views recently taken

Photos supplied by Robyn Knight

Yarrie Lake photos showing how dry the past season has been.  Hoping to fill over winter with some big falls of rain.

Friday, 1 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (475)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Shire Council Media Release

Narrabri Shire Council Media Release

Intermodal Hub Submission

Council was recently invited to make a submission to the Regional Intermodal Taskforce. The taskforce was formed by The Hon. Duncan Gay, MLC, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight to independently assess the fitness for purpose, financial viability and sustainability of existing and planned logistics intermodal terminals in regional NSW. An intermodal terminal is a location for the transport of freight from one transport mode to another. In Narrabri Shire we have three intermodal terminals, one (1) in Wee Waa and two (2) in Narrabri which move agricultural freight from road to rail. 
Wednesday, 30 March 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (366)/Comments (0)/
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$200,000 FOR NEW COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

$200,000 FOR NEW COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Narrabri Shire Coucil will receive a make-over with $48,265 being awarded as part of the $222,265 funding under the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.

Narrabri Shire Council - $48,265 for Narrabri Lake Park Upgrade – new play equipment including soft fall, new accessible public toilets, children’s bike track, covered area with tables and chairs, bench seats, landscaping, tree planting and pathways;

 

Thursday, 24 March 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (649)/Comments (0)/
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Santos protest: farmer locks on after harsher laws passed

Santos protest: farmer locks on after harsher laws passed

By Jamieson Murphy March 22, 2016 The Northern Daily Leader

A NARRABRI farmer locked herself to a truck at Santos’ site in the Pilliga forest on Tuesday, in defiance of new laws passed last week cracking down on illegal coal seam gas protesters.

Cotton farmer Kim Revell, 51, said instead of targeting protesters, the NSW government should focus on protecting the nation’s water resources.

“Mike Baird has brought in new laws to crack down on protestors like myself, but he is clearly missing the point,” Ms Revell said.

“We need laws to protect our water resources, not to protect the profits of gas companies that are risking our precious water.”

Thursday, 24 March 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Cotton Leaders Program now open

Cotton Leaders Program now open

Apply Now for this fantastic journey.

Want to develop your leadership knowledge, skills and experience? Are you committed to the future of the cotton industry? Then apply to join the Australian Future Cotton Leaders program today. Applications close on May 6, 2016. Learn more about the program and apply 


Want to develop your leadership knowledge, skills and experience? Are you committed to the future of the cotton industry? Then apply to join the Australian Future Cotton Leaders program today. Applications close on May 6, 2016.

Thursday, 24 March 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (740)/Comments (0)/
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Santos v People: court case date

Santos v People: court case date

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

A DATE has been set for Santos and People for the Plains to battle it out in court.

The two-day court case will by heard by the NSW Land and Environment Court on April 6 and April 8.

The local anti-coal seam gas (CSG) group will argue the approval for the gas company’s Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest is illegal.

Under NSW planning laws, CSG explorations works don’t need development consent.

Monday, 8 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.

Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.

Congratulations to the tireless team!

Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night. Congratulations to the tireless team!


Image from Namoi Valley Independent

Monday, 8 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

Local Coonamble/Pilliga Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad

Local Coonamble/Piliga, Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad to represent the Waratahs this season.

Last year he played in the under 20's side and toured OS with them. After watching many games with him in it at St Josephs College, Hunters Hill it's nice to see the hard work pay off.

A great career for an outstanding sportsman.

Congratulations Ned.

From the Daily Liberal

NED Hanigan is a star on the rise.

The Coonamble boy earned Australian Schoolboys selection in 2013, and last year represented Australia at the World Rugby 20s Championships in Italy, where he was named Australia's MVP.

Now his career has soared to new heights, with Hanigan elevated into the core training squad for the NSW Waratahs just before Christmas.

"I think it was a bit surreal," he said.

"Daryl (Gibson, Waratahs head coach) called me into his office and said 'you've been training well and we want to pull you on full-time'.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Friendly Face Helping Hands Foundation gets a helping hand

Friendly Face Helping Hands Foundation gets a helping hand

Landmark Classic Sales Tamworth Saturday 6th February

Yesterday we attended Landmark Classic sale and spent the day with Mark and Shelley Ruff who had donated 10% of the sale profits for an amazing horse called Bulla Ava. Ava sold for $25,000 which was amazing. 7 years ago I decided that I needed to help and support people who had medical incidents or accidents. I was selfish in that I needed to feel worthy and I also felt I was given a second and third chance and others just don't get another chance so I needed to feel that I was helping others and making a difference. This year Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is 5 years old and the people we have helped the lives we have saved has been overwhelming over 50,000 people have been helped and supported. But what I did not think would happen would be the amazing building of this foundation many businesses are built on bricks, mortar, statistics and projected income. Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is built on love, friendships, honesty, integrity and understanding. Our walls are the hands of friends we have found along the way and our foundations are strong and supportive and built to last. I started this to help others but it is me who has been helped most my life is so full of beautiful People who have become my friends and the walls of our Foundation. Many people have a few friends our foundation is so blessed to be a network of friends who volunteer work and support. Just this week we need to thank these amazing friends for all the support 
Mark and Shelley Ruff
Anna Moulder and Kelly Fuller ABC radio
Jenny Dillion and Kylie Galbraith The Northern Daily Leader, Mark Barton Landmark, Anita Osbourne and Murry Wilton Royal Agriculture Show Sydney Royal Easter Show and Tim OBrien Australian Agriculture Show Society. Allana McIntire A Pollocrosse Affair. Thank you for the friendship we are strong and with your friendship we will keep fighting and help any more people. From our hearts Thank You...
Saturday, 6 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (788)/Comments (0)/
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Rural Biz Training

Rural Biz Training

Latest Newsletter

Make 2016 your best year ever for skills - learn new skills by training, or get your existing skills formally recognised by RPL.  We're here to help!

Our first newsletter this year has details of an exciting training partnership with Grain Growers plus some great opportunities for funded training
Friday, 5 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Farmer puts neck on the line for protest

Farmer puts neck on the line for protest

Feb 4 Daily Liberal

A 73-YEAR-OLD sixth generation farmer from the Coonamble area yesterday became the latest person to block access to the construction site of Santos' Leewood CSG waste water facility in the Pilliga forest .

Neil Kennedy locked himself by the neck to the front gate of the construction site, and was joined this morning by around 30 local and regional supporters.

His actions came as protesters opposing a coal seam gas wastewater plant in the area declared they aren't giving up their cause any time soon.

"I don't think it's right that Santos can build this waste water treatment plant, with all the risks involved, while a court case is still underway to sort out whether its approval without a proper environmental assessment was lawful or not," Mr Kennedy said.

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Thursday, 4 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Protesters continue to block NSW CSG site

Protesters continue to block NSW CSG site

9 News 3 February 2016

Protesters opposing a coal seam gas wastewater plant in northern NSW aren't giving up their cause any time soon.

Around 30 anti-CSG demonstrators blocked access on Wednesday morning to the Santos Leewood Water treatment plant in the Pilliga forest south of Narrabri, which will support 850 CSG wells above the Great Artesian Basin.

Sixth-generation farmer Neil Kennedy from Coonamble has chained himself by the neck to the site's front gate, despite heavy rain turning the ground to mud.

"We're going to keep on protesting and doing what we can, fighting this thing," Mr Kennedy told AAP from a mobile phone.

The 73-year-old admitted he was "getting a bit old for this", but he doesn't want to see the land destroyed for future generations.

"I've got 13 grandchildren, and they're good little blokes and I'd like to think they've got a future out here," he said.


Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/03/13/05/protesters-continue-to-block-nsw-csg-site#J3zK3rJ5EerCduql.99
Wednesday, 3 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Meats: Ninety days to pay its way

Boggabri Meats: Ninety days to pay its way

By Marie Low Feb. 2, 2016, 2 p.m. Namoi Valley Independent

Boggabri’s butcher has been given an 11th hour reprieve by two locals concerned about the future of the town.

New Boggabri Meats manager Paul Higgins – who worked at the butcher’s under its previous ownership – said the men, who wanted to remain anonymous, had set an ultimatum the store had to make a profit within 90 days.

Boggabri Meats and the nearby Battler’s Cafe were both set to close last week due to lack of customers, despite thriving activity at the nearby mines.

Battler’s Cafe, run by Leah and Matthew Faulkner, has given up the battle.

But the butcher’s was doing brisk business yesterday as news filtered around town it was still open.

“These guys are guardian angels,” Mr Higgins said of the butcher’s new owners.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Super cell storm wipes out cotton crops in north west New South Wales

Super cell storm wipes out cotton crops in north west New South Wales

Lisa Herbert ABC NSW Country Hour

Growers in north west New South Wales are still to assess the full extent of damage to their dryland cotton crops after a super cell storm on Friday, but early reports indicate substantial losses.

 

Significant damage has been reported in the Bellata and Millie areas, half way between Moree and Narrabri, with many crops expected to be written-off.

Agronomist Craig Lockhart said he was working between Edgeroi and Bellata about 11am on Friday when the storm ripped through.

He says he saw a number of houses with roofs ripped off following the storm.

Mr Lockhart says dryland cotton in the area was up to a metre high and had good yield potential, but that's no longer the case.

"It was probably up to my waist and now it's probably six inches high.

"It's like someone's put an old slasher straight across the top of it."

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police cop a spray over ‘heavy’ duty handling

Police cop a spray over ‘heavy’ duty handling

Feb. 2, 2016, 8 p.m. Northern Daily Leader

POLICE have refused to comment on claims pepper spray was used to subdue a protester on Monday during a lock on at Santos’ Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest.


Two South Australian women, Kerri Tonkin and Cyd Fenwick, locked themselves to an excavator at 9am as part of a peaceful protest.

According to the group, police arrived at 9.40am, removed all other protesters and requested the women remove themselves.

A spokesperson for the protesters told The Leader one of the officers allegedly pepper sprayed Ms Tonkin at close range.

The group then claims Ms Tonkin was lifted and thrown over the arm of the excavator while her arm was still locked on.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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We’re not alone claim: anti-csg stance

We’re not alone claim: anti-csg stance

Feb. 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Northern Daily Leader

ANTI-coal seam gas groups have hit back at claims the majority of people in the Narrabri Shire support Santos’ operations.

The Narrabri Chamber of Commerce told The Leader on Monday the “vast majority” of the shire was pro-Santos.

However, Lock The Gate and People For The Plains said their research showed the opposite.

People For The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said they had conducted door-to-door community surveys.

Of those asked, 96 per cent of people were opposed to coal seam gas (CSG).

“The surveys have conclusively demonstrated Santos has no social licence to operate here,” Ms Ciesiolka said.

“Despite what Santos,  Yes2Gas and the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce would like people to believe, there is wide-scale community rejection of the CSG industry in North West NSW, and Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project in particular.”

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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