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Rural leader accepts role as Independent Chair of Gloucester Legacy Fund

Rural leader accepts role as Independent Chair of Gloucester Legacy Fund

AGL Energy

AGL Energy Limited (AGL) today announced that out-going President of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales, Mrs Tanya Cameron, had accepted the role of Independent Chair of the Gloucester Independent Community Legacy Fund.

The $2 million fund was announced by AGL earlier this year, following the company’s decision to exit gas exploration and production in NSW.

Executive General Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Ms Jeni Coutts, said today the fund would help support Gloucester and surrounding townships by identifying investment initiatives that deliver ongoing benefits through industry and job opportunities.

“We are delighted that a rural leadership figure of the calibre of Tanya Cameron has agreed to the vital role of independent chair, with her first important responsibilities to include selection of the Fund’s community panel members.

“Applications for those positions have opened today,” Ms Coutts said.

Mrs Cameron will commence her new role from 9 May.

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

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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 (627)/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 (708)/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
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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 (617)/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 (663)/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 (882)/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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