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National Farmers Federation The AGvocate

National Farmers Federation The AGvocate

News letter

What's it mean for farmers?
The Federal Budget handed down by Treasurer Scott Morrison on Tuesday night offered some good news to farmers across Australia, such as company tax changes and a commitment to inland rail, but still showed no sign or clear plan to address the controversial backpacker tax. 
Friday, 6 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Land clearing reform: the talking points

Land clearing reform: the talking points

ALEX DRUCE May 6, 2016 The Land

Farmers get cash for conservation
THE reforms aim to bolster conservation outcomes in NSW via a $240 million biodiversity fund that would reward farmers who choose to set aside land for environmental value. 

The fund – which will be topped up by an extra $70 million annually after five years – is to be managed by an independent trust that would identify private land suitable for conservation and negotiate voluntary agreements with farmers. 
Friday, 6 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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ACCAN launches guide to NBN satellite

ACCAN launches guide to NBN satellite

JESSIE DAVIES May 6, 2016, 10 a.m The Land

THE National Broadband’s Sky Muster satellite is now live but do you know how to connect? The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has the answers for you.

ACCAN has launched a guide for consumers who will receive internet services over the new satellite. 

Friday, 6 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Work with us

Work with us

Inland Rail 4 May, 2016

Narrabri Shire Council was pleased to hear that the Commonwealth Government has committed a further $594 million for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail in the recent 2016/2017 budget.

Inland Rail is a truly transformational project that will open up the freight corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane, passing through Narrabri Shire. Planning and pre-construction for this project is well advanced with this additional funding being used to buy land for the 1,700 kilometre freight line and continue pre-construction assessments.

During the construction phase, Inland Rail will create up to 16,000 jobs at the peak of construction. Once the rail line is fully operational it will provide 600 ongoing jobs across its length.

For Inland Rail to succeed it will need to work with a wide range of talented, highly skilled professionals and business partners. With a large part of the new rail line being planned to go through Narrabri Shire it is a great opportunity for local businesses to take part in this major national project.

To view opportunities on how to get involved or to express interest Council encourages you to head to

http://inlandrail.artc.com.au/work-with-us
Friday, 6 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Caldwell Cup the aim for Kookas

Caldwell Cup the aim for Kookas

May 6, 2016

HE lifted the Richardson Shield last year and now Central North skipper Matt Schwager is hoping to get his hands on the Caldwell Cup. 

The Kookaburras will in Armidale this weekend be chasing their first Caldwell Cup since 2001 and, with the squad they have assembled, are confident they can give it a good shake. 

“We’ve got probably the best team we can pick out of the whole of Central North,” Schwager said. 

Pretty much everyone coaches Tom Cullen and Hunter Harley asked committed to being involved. 

Friday, 6 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri the mouse that roared in spring of '63

Boggabri the mouse that roared in spring of '63

Stephen Young May 5, 2016 Northern Daily Leader

On a balmy Sunday night of the October holiday weekend in 1963, Tony and Genevieve Hassab were hosting a 21st birthday party for son Paul at their Laidlaw St property in Boggabri but the birthday boy was late.
Thursday, 5 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Challenge concerned over NDIS funding

Challenge concerned over NDIS funding

Kylie Galbraith May 5, 2016, The Northern Daily Leader

A LOCAL group supporting disabled people in the community has raised concerns about the future funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme after the release of this week’s federal budget.

Challenge Community Services chief executive officer Barry Murphy said the announcement of a $2.1 billion injection into a special savings account to fund the future of the NDIS was great news for the scheme, but it fell short of the additional money needed to fund it when the rollout was complete. 

The $22 billion scheme supports people with a permanent and significant disability, and is designed to provide greater choice and control over how and when they receive that support. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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High yields despite bale price slip

High yields despite bale price slip

The Land Stephen Burns May 5

PICKING is well underway for the current cotton crop, and expectations of higher than average yields is compensating for the less than average area sown.

Cotton Australia general manager Michael Murray, said the peak body was expecting 2.4 million bales nationally this year, similar to the amount produced last year.

“It is on the lighter side of our expectations, because we would like to see three million bales, which is the long term average,” Mr Murray said. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Native veg policy: what the draft biodiversity bill means for you

Native veg policy: what the draft biodiversity bill means for you

The Land Alex Druce May 5

PROPOSED land clearing laws are designed to cut red tape and speed up clearing applications for landholders – but nevertheless the new regime relies on a complex set of regulations.

The draft legislation is already being pored over by stakeholder groups on both sides of the fence, before it’s introduced to parliament in the Spring session, after September.

At the heart of the proposed laws are statewide classifications – designating land as either exempt or regulated land.

Thursday, 5 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Funding for Narrabri Museum

Funding for Narrabri Museum

Press Release

Media Release

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton was pleased to present the Narrabri and District Historical Society with a cheque for over $5,000 which will go towards an electrical upgrade for the local museum.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (555)/Comments (0)/
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$50m roads funding windfall

$50m roads funding windfall

Northern Daily Leader 4th May Jacob McArthur

Wednesday, 4 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (640)/Comments (0)/
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North West Local Land Services Ag Extension Newsletter

North West Local Land Services Ag Extension Newsletter

May 2016

This Month
Diary Dates
Current Funding Opportunities
Landcare Australia Special Projects Grants 2016
National Landcare Investment Program
Farm Innovation Fund
Farm Business Skills Professional Development
Winter Crop Variety Sowing Guide
Tuesday, 3 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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New addition to GrainFlow network

Gregor Heard Farm Weekly

CARGILL Australia’s storage and handling business GrainFlow has added to its grain receival network, purchasing family owned storage site Corglen at Narrabri.

The site has 130,000 tonnes of storage, mainly in flat sheds and is used primarily for storing cottonseed.

Cargill Australia general manager of customers Ben Fargher said the site would be mainly used for storing cottonseed for use at the 

Tuesday, 3 May 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
National Stronger Regions Fund – Round 3 Contenders
Namoi Freight Study is Good for Local Business
Jobs for NSW Releases Assessment Framework
Digital Futures Report: A Case Study of The Northern Inland Region
Tamworth’s Economic Development Strategy 2016-2021
2016 NSW Creative Achievement Awards
Financing for Export Expansion
Grants and Funding Opportunities
Whats On in the Northern Inland
Monday, 2 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Carp plan a boost to management of rivers in Murray Darling Basin

Carp plan a boost to management of rivers in Murray Darling Basin

Press Release

Cotton Australia has welcomed the announcement of a nationally coordinated approach to eliminating the common carp from inland rivers.

The $15 million National Carp Control Plan has been allocated as part of this year’s Federal Budget, and was announced at a press conference on the Peel River in NSW today (Sunday, 1/5/16) by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Monday, 2 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (545)/Comments (0)/
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Fashionistas tour Narrabri cotton farm

Fashionistas tour Narrabri cotton farm

Industry tour 27 April 2016

Narrabri cotton growers, researchers and ginners hosted leading Australian fashion and textile figures at an exclusive cotton industry tour on Wednesday 27 April, 2016.

The tour incorporated a visit to Auscott’s Narrabri farm during harvest and gin during processing and the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) to meet some of Australia’s world-class cotton scientists.

Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, says the tour was a huge success, and helps create a strong connection between both ends of the cotton supply chain – growers and end-users.

Sunday, 1 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (578)/Comments (0)/
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Teenagers arrested after high-speed police chase on Newell Highway

Teenagers arrested after high-speed police chase on Newell Highway

BREANNA CHILLINGWORTH April 27, 2016 Northern Daily Leader

A 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were in custody in Moree on Wednesday night after a police car was rammed during a wild, high-speed pursuit up the Newell Highway.

The teenagers were arrested in a paddock near Gurley about 3pm after a chase which started south of Narrabri, and continued north, before it unravelled in a paddock off the highway.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Manly Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon announces he will retire at the end of the 2016 NRL season

Manly Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon announces he will retire at the end of the 2016 NRL season

April 27 SMH Daniel Lane

Manly captain Jamie Lyon has announced that he will retire at the end of 2016 NRL season.

Lyon, 34, confirmed the news on Wednesday at Sea Eagles training, ahead of Saturday night's clash with defending premiers North Queensland.

The former NSW and Australian representative has scored 120 tries in 284 NRL games, and won two premierships with the Sea Eagles in 2008 and 2011.

Lyon played 70 games for Parramatta after being recruited by the club's talent scout Noel Cleal in 2000 before stunning the NRL in 2004, at age 22, when he decided to abandon his contract and return to his home town of Wee Waa in the NSW country.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri tour focuses on cotton

Narrabri tour focuses on cotton

Northern Daily Leader 24 April, 2016

NARRABRI will be very much in fashion this week when some leading Australian design and textile figures visit the area.

Wednesday’s visit is being hosted by cotton growers, researchers and ginners who will take them on a tour that will include Auscott Narrabri farm during harvest, the Auscott gin to see cotton processing and the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) to meet some of the world’s leading cotton scientists.

Cotton Australia chief executive officer, Adam Kay, said the tour created a strong connection between both ends of the cotton supply chain – growers and end-users – and supported Cotton 

Monday, 25 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Anti-CSG protest moves to Premier’s home turf

Anti-CSG protest moves to Premier’s home turf

Jamieson Murphy April 24, 2016 Northern Daily Leader

A DELEGATION of local anti-coal seam gas activist are taking the fight to the NSW Premier’s home turf of Manly.

The Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservation Council are hosting a forum about the region’s campaign against coal seam gas (CSG) in Premier Mike Baird’s electorate, Warringah, tomorrow. 

Artesian Bore Water Users Association president Anne Kennedy, Coonabarabran conservationist Jane Judd and Gunnedah shire councillor David Quince will all make presentations at the forum.

Monday, 25 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Centrelink payments delayed up to four months, students freakin out

Centrelink payments delayed up to four months, students freakin out

ABC, Thursday, 21 APR 2016,

Is your Centrelink four months late? You're not alone. Student welfare payments across the country have been delayed as government handles a backlog of applications.

And people are freakin out.

Hack has spoken with students who have been waiting up to four months for Youth Allowance or AusStudy payments that should take 28 days to process. Although Centrelink won't say how many students are affected, the national Student Financial Advisors Service says the delays are "across the board" and regularly happen this time of year.
Monday, 25 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Anzac tradition at Wee Waa

Anzac tradition at Wee Waa

RUTH CASKEY April 23, 2016,

PLAYING the bugle has been Peter Carrett’s contribution to Anzac Day for more than 30 years.

The Wee Waa Public School principal has been the bugler at the Wee Waa services since 1983, when he was the music teacher at the local high school and formed a band which played at the Anzac Day service.

Mr Carrett began playing brass instruments at the age of 10, starting with the euphonium, baritone and trombone.

“My mum and dad and my father’s brothers were all members of brass bands so it was a natural progression for dad’s children to join the band.”
Monday, 25 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The 2016 cotton crop just shy of record yields

The 2016 cotton crop just shy of record yields

The Land Amelia Williams April 21, 2016

A NEAR record cotton crop just shy of last year’s bin-busting records has given cotton growers something to smile about as they bring in this season’s harvest, especially as the market has softened to between $420 to $435 a bale.

Earlier in the season, Cotton Australia chief executive officer Adam Kay, Sydney, said prices were sitting at more than $500/bale. 

Fortunately, a majority of growers had forward sold a portion of their crop when prices were up. 

Namoi Cotton general manager of grower services and marketing Dave Lindsay, said the most significant influence on Australian cotton prices had been the rise of the Australian dollar. 

Friday, 22 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The Future of Regional Australia

The Future of Regional Australia

Focus on reform in Election 2016

What if regional Australia could lead its own destiny, create new opportunities on our own terms and avoid costing the taxpayer an extra cent? It is an approach the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is exploring, and is a timely discussion in the lead up to the Federal Budget and Election 2016.

Empowering regional Australians to understand their challenges and identify opportunities for their own future development is key to our regional reform approach. It’s about building aspiration and capability so our regions can succeed. It's about reforms to the way we invest in and regulate infrastructure, communications, health services and more.  
Thursday, 21 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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