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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 (795)/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 (389)/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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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 (1033)/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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