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Whitehaven's Paul Flynn responds to concerns from Maules Creek farmers

Whitehaven's Paul Flynn responds to concerns from Maules Creek farmers

Whitehaven says it is not necessary to apply a new condition to its Maules Creek mine preventing blasting when the winds blows in a north westerly direction.
Two local farming families have asked the mine to stop using the explosives when the wind blows across their properties.
The Environment Protection Authority is conducting audits of noise, air and blasting operations on the site.
The company's CEO, Paul Flynn says while the mine agreed to a similar condition at its Werris Creek mine, the situation is different at Maules Creek and is not needed.
He is speaking to Kelly Fuller on ABC New England North West after the ABC Australian Story on the situation:
Wednesday, 29 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Good fall registered on summit of Mt Kaputar

Good fall registered on summit of Mt Kaputar

June 27, 2016, The Northern Daily Leader

ONE of the easy-access places for a snow day yesterday was at Mount Kaputar near Narrabri, especially if you were a cabin guest with a warm and cozy front-row couch.

Narrabri area NPWS ranger Michael Mulholland said there had been “a light dusting of snow” yesterday that had been expected on Sunday.

“I haven’t been up there, but basically there’s been a good fall of snow on the summit of the mountain all the way down to Coryah Gap,” he said yesterday morning.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Permission sought to modify original consent

Permission sought to modify original consent

Kate Ramien June 27, 2016, Namoi Valley Indpendent

WHITEHAVEN Coal is seeking a change in its original development approval that would allow more private vehicles to access the Maules Creek mine site.  

The coal company’s original condition of approval required it to transport 90 per cent of its mine workforce to and from the site using a shuttle bus, however due to the high percentage of employees now living locally, bus services have become less convenient.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Regional Development Australia

Regional Development Australia

Newsletter

In This Issue
Welcome from the Chair
AGCAP Funding to Keep our Youngest and Brightest
Taking Control of Your Power – Business Workshop
20 Megawatt Solar Farm Coming for Glen Innes
New Apprenticeship to Revolutionise Truckie Training
Spreading the Ideas Boom Across Regional Australia
Grants and Funding Opportunities
What's On in the Northern Inland
Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Maules Creek farmer left in lurch by NSW Government's mine deal

Maules Creek farmer left in lurch by NSW Government's mine deal

Australian Story By Jennifer Feller

Life changed dramatically for the Murphy family when exploration for an open-cut coal mine began right next door to their property at Maules Creek, NSW.

Now that the mine is operating, Pat Murphy claims that he and his family are being affected by noise, dust and blast fumes. He says he wants to move, but that State government regulations have left him in limbo.

Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Panthers left out in the cold as Uralla kick clear at the top

Panthers left out in the cold as Uralla kick clear at the top

June 26, 2016, The Northern Daily Leader

URALLA pulled three points clear at the top of the Second Division Shield table with a big win over Wee Waa, while Boggabri’s 34-18 victory at Bundarra and Werris Creek’s 50 point win over Dungowan has caused a log jam at the top with three sides tied in second place.
Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Wee Waa Shankers day at Wee Waa Golf Club

Wee Waa Shankers day at Wee Waa Golf Club

Great day at the Wee Waa Shankers day. Thanks to all the teams that played especially the team from Coonabarabran. We are going to make this a annual event with all proceeds going to support our golf club. 
Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (660)/Comments (0)/
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The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

farmers helping farmers beat suicide.

The Ripple Effect is about farmers helping farmers. We know through our own experience, that no one tells a story about the ups and downs of life on the land better than farmers themselves. We also know that people in farming communities are renowned for helping each other—that’s what keeps small communities alive. The Ripple Effect combines the strength of storytelling with rural people’s natural enthusiasm for supporting each other.
Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Australian Story - Maules Creek  Monday 8pm ABCTV

Australian Story - Maules Creek Monday 8pm ABCTV

ABC New England North West ‪#‎agforceoz‬ Liverpool Plains Youth

Farmer Pat Murphy and his family moved to their 'dream property' at Maules Creek in New South Wales seven years ago.
They were optimistic about the future, with plans to sub-divide their farm, run sheep and grow crops including barley and wheat.
The location was close to towns and a school for their young children.
But life changed dramatically for the Murphy family when exploration for an open-cut coal mine began right next door, just a year after they'd arrived in the area.
Now that the mine is operating, Pat Murphy claims that he and his family are being affected by noise, dust and blast fumes.
He says he wants to move, but that state government regulations have left him in limbo.
Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos under the microscope over undisclosed political donations

Santos under the microscope over undisclosed political donations

Jamieson Murphy June 26, 2016 The Northern Daily Leader

SANTOS is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over undisclosed political donations, however the company says everything is by the book.

In NSW, the developers of major projects are required to disclose all donations of $1000 or more to the Department of Planning in the two years prior to an application being lodged, so the donations can be put on public exhibition.

In 2013, Santos made five donations, totalling $7575, to the Nationals which don’t appear on the Department of Planning’s website.

Monday, 27 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Coal Seam Gas protest on the road around the country | Photos

Coal Seam Gas protest on the road around the country | Photos

Lynn Pinkerton June 25, 2016 The Border Mail

Thousands of cars lined the roads across the country on Saturday as part of the Lock the Gate Coal Seam Gas protest. 

Started by the Coonabarabran community last year, the peaceful roadside protest went national in just its second year running, the week before the federal election. 

Following the success of last year coordinators had planned to hold the protest on July 2, however when the election was called they changed the date.

Saturday, 25 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Manchee Agriculture at Narrabri aims for the top beef shelf

Manchee Agriculture at Narrabri aims for the top beef shelf

NICOLA BELL, The Weekly Times June 23, 2016

PRODUCING cattle with paddock to plate attributes is the key for John and Liz Manchee.
The owners and managers of Manchee Agriculture at Narrabri, on the northwest slopes of NSW, focus on profitability and performance data to achieve cattle with a better carcass.
Manchee Agriculture comprises of the Yamburgan Shorthorn stud, Wilgaroon Santa Gertrudis stud and the composite breed, Durham Tropicals, developed by John and Liz.
Thursday, 23 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Horseball reps saddle up for Wee Waa carnival before World Cup in Portugal

Horseball reps saddle up for Wee Waa carnival before World Cup in Portugal

Namoi Valley Independent22 June, 2016

TWELVE Australian horseball representatives will have their last training run this weekend ahead of their trip to Portugal for the sport’s world cup in August.

The two Australian teams are among five teams playing at the North West Horseball Carnival at Wee Waa this weekend.

The team, made up of players from Tamworth, Barraba, Gunnedah, Wee Waa, Limbri and Armidale, have been playing in their representative teams for the past two carnivals, with the senior team reaching the A-grade finals at both events.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Here’s the experience of four different Aussies on four different NBN technologies

Here’s the experience of four different Aussies on four different NBN technologies

JUNE 19, 2016 News .com.au

THE National Broadband Network is the biggest and arguably the most important infrastructure project in our nation’s history.
A different preference in the technology used for the rollout between the major parties has become a bitter political battle that is front and centre in the upcoming federal election.
But how is the acrimonious politicking reflected in the experience of those already connected to the NBN on the ground?
Tuesday, 21 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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RANSW Grants News Flash

RANSW Grants News Flash

REGIONAL ARTS FUND COMMUNITY GRANTS FOR 2017 OPEN MONDAY 20 JUNE

There are some exciting changes to the RAF program. Applications will be taken online using SmartyGrants.  We’ve revised and simplified the guidelines – so make sure you read them carefully.  And we have a new Small Regional Festivals Support category to provide some money to pay a part time arts worker to assist your arts festival’s future development.  Check out all the details on the RANSW Website
Monday, 20 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Zoologist turned cotton RiverCare champ

Zoologist turned cotton RiverCare champ

A zoology degree is not a traditional qualification for a cotton grower... but for southern QLD grower Mark Palfreyman it provides an ideal grounding for his new role as our national Cotton RiverCare champion.

Monday, 20 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Airspeed Aviation calls for more regional access to Sydney Airport.

Airspeed Aviation calls for more regional access to Sydney Airport.

North west Airlines

Following the allocation of Sydney Airport Slots for October 2016 – March 2017, Northwest Airlines/Airspeed Aviation are re-evaluating the viability of providing Airline services to Narrabri.

 The new-start airline has early morning and late afternoon/evening slots from March 2016 to October 2016, however the latest slot allocations which commence 23 October 2016 are for late morning and early afternoon.

Monday, 20 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (321)/Comments (0)/
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Guns, medals taken from Rowena property

Guns, medals taken from Rowena property

June 13, 2016, The Land

NINE firearms, along with war medals and other goods, have been stolen from a property east of Walgett.
Just before 5pm on Sunday, the family told police, they left their property on Merrywinebone Rd, Rowena, to attend a local event.
When they returned about 11.45pm, the man noticed his dual-cab Toyota Hilux was missing from the driveway. Nine firearms had been taken from a gun safe, too.
Friday, 17 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Rowena crackles in support of local preschool

Rowena crackles in support of local preschool

GRACE COBB June 14, 2016, Moree Champion

THE little known village of Rowena 115 kms from Moree springs to life once a year for the WJ Matthews Cracker night, raising money for the Rowena Preschool.

Multiple bonfires, and hundreds of children brandishing glow sticks lit up the night sky as the almost 1500 guests from Narrabri, Collarenebri, Moree and the surrounding villages settled in for an evening of entertainment.

Friday, 17 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Gunnedah Pony Club makes strong impression at Narrabri

Gunnedah Pony Club makes strong impression at Narrabri

Namoi Valley Independent

SMALL in number but big on spirit, three riders from Gunnedah Pony Club joined 50 more from across the region in Narrabri on Saturday.

Harriet rode well at the Narrabri and District Pony Club Show Riding Gymkhana, winning Supreme Hack and Supreme Rider of the show.
Friday, 17 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Darling Downs CSG Santos project faces landmark legal challenge

Darling Downs CSG Santos project faces landmark legal challenge

The Chronicle 16 June 2016

IN the first ever legal challenge against federal coal seam gas approval, a green group has taken on a Santos' 6100 CSG well expansion in Queensland.
The Western Downs Alliance has commenced legal proceedings which will challenge the Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunts' approval of 6100 wells in Queensland.
The Santos GLNG Gas Field Development Expansion expands across almost 1 million hectares of land, from Roma east to Taroom and Wandoan, and north towards Rolleston.
The community group has lodged a case in the Federal Court of Australia against the approval under the national environmental law, arguing that the minister's approval was unlawful.
They say he ignored plans by Santos to discharge large volumes of CSG waste water into the Dawson River.
Thursday, 16 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NNOVATION: SPREADING THE IDEAS BOOM

NNOVATION: SPREADING THE IDEAS BOOM

Regional Australia Institute

Start-ups, business accelerators, co-working spaces, entrepreneurs, new products and services and innovative businesses are emerging across Australia.

But what does Australia’s innovative capacity really look like?
Wednesday, 15 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

Now Open

Nominations are now open for the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural NSW & the ACT.  
Tuesday, 14 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Newsletter June 2016

What a fabulous way to end FY 2015! I am delighted to welcome some new donor partners to the FRRR family and to have had some of our long-term partners recommit to funding key programs.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Nationals MP Kevin Humphries stuns colleagues with 400km move from Barwon electorate

Nationals MP Kevin Humphries stuns colleagues with 400km move from Barwon electorate

The courier Mail Andrew Clennell The Daily Telegraph June 13 2016

KEVIN Humphries is planning to represent his Barwon constituents from the picturesque seaside town of Port Macquarie – which is more than 400km away.
Monday, 13 June 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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