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Narrabri ‘is sick of CSG protesters’

Narrabri ‘is sick of CSG protesters’

Jamieson Murphy Feb. 1, 2016, 10 p.m Northern Daily Leader

NARRABRI is sick of out-of-town coal seam gas protesters speaking on behalf of their community, according to the local chamber of commerce.

Chamber president Russell Stewart said the “vast majority” of Narrabri Shire was pro-Santos – and they’re sick to death of fly-in, fly-out protesters purporting to represent local interests.

“We are sick and tired of people travelling in, annoying us, getting on the television and telling the world what we think,” Mr Stewart said.

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RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD NAMES LOCAL FINALIST

RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD NAMES LOCAL FINALIST

Fiona Mead named as a finalist in the NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award

Congratulations to Narrabri local Fiona Mead who has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award.


Fiona Mead has been recognised for her dedication to improving our primary industries and rural communities, and named as a finalist in this year’s Rural Women’s Award, each applicant submitted a project initiative as part of the award, aiming to drive regional communities and primary industries’ growth and prosperity.


Fiona’s project ‘Rural New Generation Project’ aims to introduce younger farmers onto the land by providing ideas on innovative pathways into farming.

“It will assist emerging farmers to acquire knowledge that will ensure they have the tools and skills required to move into agricultural enterprises.

The award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to our local area.

The overall four finalists for 2016 are Sophie Hansen from Orange, Fiona Mead from Narrabri, Aimee Snowden from Tocumwal and Hannah Wandel from Kingston ACT.

The winner will be announced in 8 March at Parliament House in Sydney, and will receive a bursary of $10,000 and participate in an Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.

The three finalists will receive a $1000 NSW Department of Primary Industries Leadership Bursary for skills and leadership development.

The award provides financial assistance, mentoring, resources and peer support via a nation-wide network of dynamic business and community leaders through the award alumni.

The NSW-ACT winner will compete for the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award on 12 October&am

Friday, 29 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2906)/Comments (0)/
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 Enhancing the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve

Enhancing the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve

The benefits of improving native fish habitat will be communicated to the local community through locally run events.

In the Namoi, Narrabri Shire Council, the LLS and Narrabri Fishing Club received a joint grant of $22,605 to enhance the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve.

This will include rehabilitating a degraded recreational fishing reserve by removing noxious, invasive and environmental weeds, re-vegetating with native species and removing rubbish along the Namoi River.

Funding for these grants was provided through the Recreational Fishing Trusts from money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and spent on activities to improve recreational fishing

The Recreational Fishing Trust - Habitat Action Grant Program is a great example of how anglers’ money is being invested back into recreational fishing and supporting the improvement of recreational fish populations.

A full list of successful projects can be found at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag

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CSIRO astronomers may have found 'hazelnuts' in the Milky Way

CSIRO astronomers may have found 'hazelnuts' in the Milky Way

Lucy Cormack Environment Reporter SMH

Next time you are sleeping under the stars, consider this: above you there could also be noodles, lasagne sheets or hazelnuts – or, at least, invisible structures shaped like them.

The structures appear to be "lumps" in the thin gas that lies between the stars in our galaxy.

In a breakthrough observation of one of these "lumps", CSIRO astronomers have been able to make the first estimate of its shape.

The lumps were first discovered in 1987, but technological limitations at the time made it difficult to perform any real mathematical modelling or to determine the shape of the structures, due to the time delay between recording the find and realising what they had captured.


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Environment minister’s cousin protests at Santos’ Pilliga site

Environment minister’s cousin protests at Santos’ Pilliga site

National News | January 25, 2016 | by Chris Dobney

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt’s first cousin has taken the extraordinary action of suspending herself 12 metres in the air to block access to construction vehicles and interrupt work at Santos’ controversial Leewood coal seam gas wastewater plant in the Pilliga, north-west NSW.

Jen Hunt is a 51-year-old retired social worker, a mother of two and stepmother of six. She is the latest of a series of people who have taken peaceful direct action and risked arrest to stop the controversial project over the last two months.

Ms Hunt says she wants to send a message to her cousin about the need to protect the Great Artesian Basin. So she suspended herself on a platform hanging from a tree in an effot to halt Santos’ construction work.

She was joined today by 20 supporters including two ‘climate angels’ from Lismore who are part of an international theatrical movement for peaceful climate action. In the past two weeks ten people have been charged for involvement in protests at the Leewood site.

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Lord's Taverners Top Sports Camp gives bush kids opportunities to try something new

Lord's Taverners Top Sports Camp gives bush kids opportunities to try something new

ABC North Coast By Samantha Turnbull

A group of 30 disadvantaged children from the north west of New South Wales has travelled eight hours east to a camp where many saw the ocean for the first time.

The children from Narrabri, Boggabri, Wee Waa, Pilliga, Rowena, Lightning Ridge, Moree, Ashford and Collarenebri spent three days at the Top Sports Camp in Lennox Head run by the Lord's Taverners.

The Lord's Taverners are a charity group with members who combine a love of sport with a desire to help people in need.

Narrabri member Tony Longworth is also a school bus driver who drove the group of predominantly 11 to 15-year-olds more than 600 kilometres to the camp.

He said their reaction when they hit the coast was worth the wait.

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Monday, 25 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Central Coast man charged in Pilliga forest coal seam gas protest

Central Coast man charged in Pilliga forest coal seam gas protest

By JOANNE MCCARTHY Newcastle Herald

A CENTRAL Coast man was arrested in the Pilliga forest outside Narrabri on Thursday as protesters ramp up a campaign against Santos plans for 850 coal seam gas wells in the forest.

Carpenter Jason Joll, of Calga, was charged with trespass after walking inside Santos’ Leewood coal seam gas wastewater treatment facility construction area.

He joined the protest to draw attention to Santos’ broader plan for 850 wells in the Pilliga. The Leewood facility is designed to treat up to one million litres of coal seam gas wastewater each day from exploratory works in the forest, and is under construction without development consent.

Mr Joll, 49, was shocked at the size of the project which protesters say threatens the Great Artesian Basin.

Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Arrests continue as protesters stand ground

Arrests continue as protesters stand ground

Daily Liberal

Protestors continue to be arrested at Santos' Leewood wastewater treatment facility in the Pilliga Forest, with two more charged on Thursday morning, taking the total to seven in the past three weeks.

Gabrielle Laver, a 44-year-old from Tabulum, was arrested and charged with disobeying directives and obstruction for delaying a convoy of trucks entering the Leewood site.

The organisation Pilliga Action Camp claimed the protest was peaceful and police dragged Gabrielle from the road to allow the convoy to proceed.

Forty-nine-year-old Central Coast man Jason Jol was arrested and charged with trespassing on the inside of the facility where he ventured to halt to work on site.

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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Mike Baird changes tack on coal as NSW starts to prepare for industry's decline

Peter Hannam - Sydney Morning Herald

The government has met with a series of anti-mining activists amid slumping industry fortunes, apparently making good on a pledge to give more equal weight to environmental and social issues when considering mine approvals.

The conciliatory approach with activists comes at a crucial time for the coal mining industry, with Premier Mike Baird's government considering approvals to mine 1.2 billion tonnes, after approving 1.8 billion tonnes of new coal mining since he became premier.



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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos write-downs flagged amid oil price plunge - From ABC News

Santos write-downs flagged amid oil price plunge - From ABC News

Struggling oil and gas producer Santos has warned investors

Struggling oil and gas producer Santos has warned investors that it will take asset value write-downs, but has not put an estimate on how big they will be.

The Adelaide-based energy company has seen its share price fall 72 per cent from a recent peak of $9.10 in May, to yesterday's close of just $2.56, leaving the company hovering around its lowest share price since the early 1990s.

In its fourth-quarter production report Santos reiterated comments in a November 9 investor presentation that it expected to book reductions to asset carrying values and reserves in its full-year accounts, to be released on February 19.

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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Calling all Young Grain Growers

Calling all Young Grain Growers

Want to drive change on farm and in the Grains industry? The 2016 Australian Farm Grain Leaders Program is about to kick off. Join 9 other young farmers to visit farms in Queensland and Western Australia and visit with industry leaders in Sydney . Grow your own knowledge and skills to apply to your own farm project. Meet industry leaders and attend the industry’s Innovation Generation conference in Western Australia. For more Information contact Facilitator – Jo Eady Phone 0419912879 or email jo.eady@bigpond.com. Applications close 29 January. This program is an initiative of and funded by Grain Growers Limited.
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Defending the Pilliga in Court

Defending the Pilliga in Court

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

You may have heard that our client People for the Plains, a community group from the Pilliga, is taking CSG company Santos to court over its Leewood CSG waste water development near the iconic Pilliga woodlands. The group argues that without a proper environmental assessment and public consultation, the development is illegal.

The Pilliga – a biodiversity hotspot
The Pilliga is the largest remaining unfragmented block of temperate dry forest and woodland in eastern Australia. It functions as a key refuge for native plants and animals in a landscape largely cleared for agriculture. It is part of a National Biodiversity Hotspot, home to rare species such as the Pilliga Mouse, and is recognised as a globally significant Important Bird Area.[1]

The Pilliga is an important, biodiverse ecosystem. It is also a significant recharge area for the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest underground water reservoirs in the world and the most important ground water resource in arid and semi-arid eastern Australia.

Within this stunning environment, the Leewood Water Treatment Plant will process over 1 million litres of coal seam gas (CSG) waste water every day. Santos then plans to use the water to irrigate crops on farmland next to the Pilliga forest.

CSG in the Pilliga – spills, leaks and breaches

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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Plant Breeding Institute racing ahead - From The courier Newspaper

Plant Breeding Institute racing ahead - From The courier Newspaper

The IA Watson Grains Research Centre near Narrabri is poised for major expansion.

The I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre at Sydney University’s Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri is internationally recognised as a leader in grains research.

The centre has grown significantly in recent years and is now poised for further major expansion.

“In a few weeks a very significant new appointment will be made taking us into a completely new research area,” said Associate Professor Richard Heath.

“This is yet another facet of the expansion of the work done here and the significance of the Narrabri site.

“The Narrabri PBI will continue to grow.”

Apart from its role as an agricultural research facility, the Plant Breeding Institute is also an important Narrabri Shire industry, employing 18 academic, farm and administration staff full and part time and hosting up to 30 visiting PhD students each year.

Last year the PBI took a major step forward with the acquisition of Ron and Gloria Campey’s 1800 ha property Llara adjacent to the research farm.


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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Don't Start a flicking fire

Don't Start a flicking fire

Barwon LAC - NSW Police Force

In the midst of an 'above normal' bush fire season Police remind motorists of the dangers involved in throwing a lit cigarette from a vehicle window.

Barwon Local Area Command’s Acting Superintendent Kylie Chinnery said “as well as the environmental cost associated with littering, there is also great potential for fires from discarded cigarette butts”.

“Now more than ever we expect residents andtravellers to be responsible citizens” she said.

“Since the start of the bushfire season there has been huge media attention regarding the devastating toll on communities affected by bushfires”.

“A careless act like this by one person travelling through the area could have fatal consequences for our communities”.

The offence of Deposit litter (lit cigarette) carries with it fines of $250 – in aggravated circumstances the fine could be as much as $900 or you could be charged and placed before the courts.

Residents are asked to continue to be vigilant this bushfire season and if you see an unattended fire call 000 - if you witness suspicious behaviour report it immediately.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1085)/Comments (0)/
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News from the Government

News from the Government

Inserts of things happening in the State Government

Right to Farm Policty Released

More access as resources for regions program expands

Have you say on the container deposit scheme

Three topics from the local member.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (947)/Comments (0)/
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Knitting Nannas charged in NSW coal-seam gas protest

Knitting Nannas charged in NSW coal-seam gas protest

The Guardian

Three women from the “Knitting Nannas” anti-coal seam gas group have been charged after chaining themselves by the neck to a wastewater plant gate in northern New South Wales.

The women locked themselves on to the gates of the Santos Leewood Water treatment plant south of Narrabri on Monday morning. The treatment plant will support 850 CSG wells above the Great Artesian Basin.

Up to 60 anti-CSG demonstrators joined the women onsite at 7am.

Monday, 18 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Water bombing tankers Southern Belle, Thor help battle Pilliga bushfires

Water bombing tankers Southern Belle, Thor help battle Pilliga bushfires

By Breanna Chillingworth Jan. 15, 2016, 11:30 a.m. The Northern Leader

UPDATE: The Newell Highway has reopened today after two massive water bombing tankers were called to battle a bushfire burning out of control in the Pilliga Forest.

According to the Rural Fire Service on Friday morning, the bushfire, burning between Narrabri and Coonabarabran, had swelled to almost 8,000 hectares in size after southerly and hot temperatures on Thursday night.

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The vile scourge of ice tortures everyday Aussie families

The vile scourge of ice tortures everyday Aussie families

January 15, 2016 12:00am Miles GodfreyThe Daily Telegraph

A MOTHER who disowned her addict son. The paramedics regularly attacked by drug-fuelled psychos.

A police chief devastated by the impact of drug lords killing his community.

The pregnant addict who turned to prostitution.

A terrified wife who fled the violent husband who cut off her horses’ ears and handed them to her.
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Mega merger a fix for Santos and Origin Energy

Mega merger a fix for Santos and Origin Energy

Angela Macdonald-Smith Energy Reporter SMH

A mega-merger between Santos and Origin Energy could drive $3 billion of cost synergies and help both weather rock-bottom oil prices, according to Credit Suisse.

The deal as envisaged by the bank's energy equities team would involve spinning off Origin's utilities business, while the oil and gas operations would be combined to create "Soritos E&P".

"We are struck by the beauty of both the industrial and political logic to the deal at a time when the companies are on their knees and the east coast market is staring down the barrel of an uncomfortable date with destiny," the analysts said in a note to clients.

A zero-premium merger would be the most logical structure for combining the two companies, which are both suffering from the impact of funding large liquefied natural gas projects in Queensland just as cash flows are being hit by plunging crude oil prices, they said.



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Wednesday, 13 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Off-target spray drift costs the cotton industry millions

Off-target spray drift costs the cotton industry millions

By Amelia WilliamsJan. 13, 2016, 5:01 a.m. The Land

A WHOPPING 20 per cent of Australia’s cotton crop has been damaged from off target spray drift this season, costing the cotton industry $20 million to date.

Cotton Australia chief executive Adam Kay said all cotton growing regions in Australia have been affected by off target spray drift this season, with about 60,000 hectares reporting damage.

“I've been in the cotton industry for 30 years, and this is the worst year in memory for spray drift damage to cotton crops, so we are taking this issue extremely seriously,” he said.

Heavy rainfall spurred rapid weed growth across the country, prompting cropping farmers to spray their fallow country.

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Santos hits 20 year low

Santos hits 20 year low

Cameron England The Advertiser Adelaide

Santos shares have hit levels not seen since 1995 as the oil price continues to slide

 

SANTOS shares have plunged to a two-decade low despite vague takeover rumours floating around the market.

Santos stock was hammered on Tuesday, closing 26c, or 8.1 per cent lower at $2.95 — levels it has not touched since late 1995.

The Adelaide company’s shares have basically halved in each of the past two years to January, trading at $12.51 in January 2014 and $6.35 in January last year.

At the current share price, the company is worth about $5.2 billion, well below the value of its investment in its $US18.5 billion Gladstone liquefied natural gas plant, let alone its other assets such as its Cooper Basin oil and gas fields and the Moomba gas plant in South Australia, and its overseas and offshore Australian assets.

There was a rumour that the company was being considered as a takeover target by French oil giant Total — also a partner in GLNG — but those rumours were played down by analysts.

 

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Local Lee Parish joined the Burrumbuttock Hay Run

Local Lee Parish joined the Burrumbuttock Hay Run

To help out with the drought in Queensland.

From the words of Lee Parish it was a 4 day trip of a lifetime.


Just had the biggest 4 days of my life and didn't make one cent from it but I loved every second and I'd do it all again in a heart beat. 


They say money doesn't buy happiness but I say that's xxxx. It cost everyone on the hay run there time and money but there wasn't a person there that wouldn't do it again for the farmers up north. 


I met some amazing people along the way and there were plenty more around here that helped Myself and Wayne get there. 


Lockes mini mart fueled used with energy drinks. Samand all the guys at Kenways serviced the truck. 


Paul and Ren donated the last 30 bails we needed. 


My parents for the fuel that set us off on our way. 


Jeff and Monday, 11 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1193)/Comments (0)/

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Friendly Face Helping Hands foundation CEO Nominated for Award

Friendly Face Helping Hands foundation CEO Nominated for Award

Kelly Foran nominated for Regional Woman of the Year.

Congratulations on being nominated for the REX Airlines' Regional Woman of the Year Award. 

You were nominated by Claire Coulton (on behalf of NSW Nationals Women's Council).

We wish Kelly a lot of luck with this award.

Sunday, 10 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1240)/Comments (0)/
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Tribute to Narrabri Tim Bell

Tribute to Narrabri Tim Bell

at the Magic Millions

"I was struggling at the 50m mark and needed something. I'm not sure if it was Rex's training or help from Tim above but we got there" - Jockey Damian Browne pays tribute to Tim Bell after the emotional win of Tinto in the Magic Millions Trophy
Saturday, 9 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1324)/Comments (0)/
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Agriculture confidence rings in the New Year

Agriculture confidence rings in the New Year

By Jamie BrownJan. 9, 2016, 5 a.m. The Land

WITH rain falling from Collarenebri to the coast this new year has arrived with confidence, despite a consolidation of commodity prices during the latter half of 2015.  

NSW Farmers’ president Derek Schoen, speaking from a tractor on his Corowa property, predicted 2016 would be a “solid year for agriculture”.

“Pieces of the jigsaw are falling into place,” he said.

Our grains remain in vogue – especially chickpeas and mung beans - which should help offset the current global glut in wheat.

The China free trade agreement alone will see the removal of a 2 per cent sorghum tariff which will provide an immediate $7 to $8 per tonne advantage, said GrainGrowers chief executive Alicia Garden.

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