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Can you help Shared Table this Christmas?

Can you help Shared Table this Christmas?

Community kitchen needs donations for its Christmas dinner - and toy appeal.

Narrabri’s own community kitchen is gearing up for another big Christmas lunch - but it needs your help.

Shared Table volunteers are busy organising the free annual event, with more than 70 people already expected at the West Anglican hall from noon on Christmas day.

But they will need to be fed, and that’s where Shared Table is calling for public help.

A donation box has been set up at Woolworths in Narrabri for non-perishable food items.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Free Webinar - "What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?"

Free Webinar - "What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?"

10.00am-11.00am Eastern Summer Time, Thursday 17 December 2015


In April 2015 the National Mental Health Commission released its National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The review provided
"a strong, achievable and practical plan for modernising and reforming Australia’s mental health system and ultimately improving the lives of millions of Australians".

Last month the Australian Government responded to the Review stating it aimed "to transform Commonwealth mental health funding and leadership over the next three years to achieve a more efficient, integrated and sustainable mental health system and to improve mental health service delivery for Australians".
 
What will the changes mean for mental health services and their clients in rural and remote areas?
Tuesday, 8 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (691)/Comments (0)/
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DROVERS’ CAMPFIRE TO BENEFIT FROM $10,000 FUNDING

DROVERS’ CAMPFIRE TO BENEFIT FROM $10,000 FUNDING

Winner Again.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres announced today that Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire will receive NSW Government funding under the 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program, which aims to increase visitation to the fabulous festivals of regional NSW.

The Drovers’ Campfire event plays an important role in Boggabri’s economy, helping to attract people to the beautiful area and also showcasing what is unique about our region.

In 2015 over 2,200 people attended the event, which has grown considerably since being established in 2006.

Monday, 7 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3119)/Comments (0)/
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I live daily with the stress that farmers are powerless to refuse access to coal seam gas

I live daily with the stress that farmers are powerless to refuse access to coal seam gas

Sara Ciesiolka Opinion piece in The Guardian today

Farmers and traditional land owners are petitioning the Coag meeting of mining and energy ministers to control their livelihood, and their land

As a large scale food producer on the extremely valuable and productive lands just downstream from the largest of the State’s proposed gas hotspots at Narrabri, I live daily with the knowledge, and the stress, that ultimately we are powerless to refuse access for coal seam gas extraction on our land.

This is land that we have successfully toiled over for generations to build into a sustainable and productive enterprise capable of feeding hungry mouths both at home and abroad.

For our city cousins, it’s like someone knocking on your front door, demanding to be let inside, and taking up residence in your living room and making a mess. Sometimes they don’t even bother to knock.

The balance of power is skewed heavily in favour of the coal seam gas companies, who have all the rights, against individual landholders, who have nothing but risk.

On Friday there is a meeting of Council of Australian Governments (Coag) mining and energy ministers, and federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg has promised landholders that the issue of a farmer’s right to say ‘no’ will be on the agenda.

Seventy-nine farmers, landholders and traditional owners, including myself, from every state and territory across Australia have sent a letter to minister Frydenberg and the state ministers, calling on them to grant us this right.

The signatories include beef graziers, wine-makers, and landholders struggling in the centre of the Queensland gasfields, the coalfields of the Hunter Valley, and traditional owners from the Kimberley, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

In NSW, Santos and AGL have signed an agreement not to enter freehold landagainst the express wishes of an individual landholder. But this agreement only covers drilling activities, not the extensive range of critical infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines which are essential to coal seam gas extraction.&

Friday, 4 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Veronica Dewar wins SIAHTO award

Veronica Dewar wins SIAHTO award

Narrabri SIAHTO Woman of the Year is announced.

Veronica (Ronnie) Dewar has been named Narrabri SIAHTO Woman of the Year.

The award is recognition for community service over a long period.

SIAHTO, which stands for Self Improvement and Help to Others, was established in 1973 and the award has been a tradition since 1982.

“SIAHTO wishes to recognise these women who epitomise the aim of the club and work tirelessly and silently giving themselves in helping others,” president Tricia Mackereth said.

“Many have contributed and been involved in charity and social work within our community.”

Mrs Dewar has a long list of accomplishments.

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri starts junior fire brigade

Narrabri starts junior fire brigade

With the state championships to be held in Narrabri next year, the time is ripe for a junior fire brigade.

It’s not every day Narrabri gets to host a state championship event, and it has had a spinoff.

The Narrabri Rural Fire Service has started up a junior section, for those aged 12-15 years old.

Brigade deputy captain Tim Baxter said there had been some interest in a junior brigade so “we thought we’d capitalise on that”.

“We wanted to find out whether kids who were interested and wanted to have a go would learn and be part of it,” he said.

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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North West Local Land Services Tree Give away

North West Local Land Services Tree Give away

Free trees available from North West Local Land Services

Yes, that's right - the ‪#‎TreeGiveaway‬ is here again!

If you are keen to plant a few native trees in our region, then take a look at the details attached.

Expressions of interest are being taken until 12 February 2016.


North West Local Land Services is seeking requests from landholders, nongovernment organisations,
government departments, clubs, schools and community groups for free trees.

• trees will be available for pick up in winter 2016
• all species are native to North West NSW and come in hiko trays
• over 30 different species available
• up to 1000 trees available per request
• to apply, complete all sections over page.

Requests must be submitted by the 12th February 2016

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1429)/Comments (0)/
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Farmers plead for right to ‘no’

Farmers plead for right to ‘no’

By Jamieson Murphy Northern Daily Leader

NORTHERN landholders want the NSW government to give them the right to say no to mining companies, when the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Energy Council meets this week.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will hold discussions with his state counterparts, including NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts, on Friday.

Gunnedah farmer and Mary’s Mount Protection Alliance chairman Phil Herbert said it was vital the meeting delivered tangible action and gave farmers, landholders and traditional owners the power to refuse mining companies access to their land.

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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AMCA Nationals - Cartwright Collects Win

AMCA Nationals - Cartwright Collects Win

Totally Speedway great writeup on the Newtown Park Speedway Narrabri

The strong start to the 2015-16 season continued for Shane Cartwright when he last Saturday night at Narrabri’s Newton Park Speedway triumphed in the feature race.

Despite it only being Cartwright’s second outing of the season and his first visit to the Newton Park Speedway track, he qualified third for the feature race after a third, win and a DNF (due to front-end damage after a collision with John Markulin) in his three heat races. From the drop of the green flag, Cartwright managed to work his way into the lead by the completion of the opening lap and that was where he stayed until the fall of the chequered flag.

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Shire Snapshot Photography Competition

Shire Snapshot Photography Competition

Entries are now open for the Shire Snapshot Photography Competition! 

Get out and get snapping and send them into Council to be in the running to win great cash prizes! 

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Register now for Narrabri energy workshop

Register now for Narrabri energy workshop

Western Magazine

Cotton Australia, CottonInfo, and the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) invite growers, irrigators, farm managers, service providers to an upcoming workshop at Narrabri.

The event will be held at the Narrabri Bowling Club on Friday, December 4, from 10:30 am to 1:30pm.

Registration is essential and those interested should contact Cotton Australia Regional manager (Namoi, Gwydir, Walgett and Bourke) on phone 0448 094 883 or email PaulS@cotton.org.au

Wednesday, 2 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Gamilaraay opposed to CSG

Gamilaraay opposed to CSG

by Samantha Walton - Moree Champion

A GROUP of Gamilaraay people from Moree travelled to Narrabri and Tamworth to take a stance against Coal Seam Gas (CSG).

A "Big Picture" event was held to show opposition to CSG developments in NSW was held in Narrabri on Sunday.

Organised by People for the Plains, Lock the Gate and a group opposed to CSG, the event attracted about 200 people.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Northwest Speedway holds a very successful event

Northwest Speedway holds a very successful event

Weekend wrap up from their Facebook page.

Weekend wrap up.
Narrabri speedway hosted the Amca Country Cup round 1 and round 1of Newcastle Street Stocker Series as well as our supports.

Click heading to read more and see the winners.

Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (954)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Art and Craft Society Inc

Narrabri Art and Craft Society Inc

Recently held a Open Day and Exhibition

Festive drinks in the court yard to open our Christmas exhibition with Guest Artist Doug Weirs from Tamworth Lead lighting. 


Exhibition showing until 8th December.


Christmas Raffle 1st prize lead light mirror won by Charles Radford 

2nd prize $100 gift voucher from Relish won by Peg Tapscott 

3rd prize bottle champagne won by Joan McMicking .

Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1411)/Comments (0)/
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Rise in deadly parvovirus

Rise in deadly parvovirus

By Rebecca Belt Nov. 29 - the Northern Daily Leader

Narrabri has even been named as one of the top 10 hotspots for the disease, with 22 cases in the past few months and Tamworth vets treating more dogs in recent weeks. 

Tamworth Veterinary Hospital’s Dr Jess Bourke said they had two or three cases last week, with some of them having to be euthanased.

“There never really seems to be a break from (parvovirus), but we have had a bit of a surge recently,” she said.

The only way to stop your dog from getting the virus is to vaccinate them and ensure they have their annual booster. 
Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The Burren Junction - Pilliga road has been neglected for decades but upgrades have begun

The Burren Junction - Pilliga road has been neglected for decades but upgrades have begun

By MARK GRIGGS Nov. 30, 2015 - The Land Newspaper

THERE would be thousands of families living along dirt roads throughout the state who are hoping their road won’t be missed in the state government’s Fixing Country Roads program.

But there wouldn’t be as many whose road had changed from regional status to a shire road such as the Bugilbone Road section of the Baradine-Collarenebri Road between Burren Junction and Pilliga which was downgraded a few decades ago.

“It is considered as one of the worst and most dangerous roads within the Walgett shire according to the Burren Junction community, says Marney O’Brien, “Nunkeri” on the Pilliga end and Philip Powell, “Lochmohr”, north of the Namoi River, Burren Junction.

Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Noreen moves on to next chapter

Noreen moves on to next chapter

By Marie Hobson Nov. 26, 2015, - Namoi Valley Independent

A door has closed on a significant chapter of Noreen Boehm’s life after stepping down from her position as manager at Boggabri Home and Community Care.

Noreen’s care for her charges extended way beyond the call of duty as she organised bus trips to many tourist attractions and the very popular musicals in Singleton.

She started out on January 6, 1997, working 10 hours per week to incorporate the current Meals on Wheels (MOW) service into a Home and Community Care (HACC) Multi-Service Outlet pilot program.

“The initial service provided for Meals on Wheels, respite care and community transport,” Noreen said.

Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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CSG site blockade tip of the iceburg

CSG site blockade tip of the iceburg

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 26, 2015 Northern Daily Leader

A SMALL number of protesters blockaded Santos contractors in the Pilliga forest for three hours on Tuesday and vowed the protest was the first of many to come.

Santos said it had commenced routine maintenance activates at the coal seam gas (CSG) pilot wells at Dewhurst South in the Pilliga to "ensure the ongoing efficient and safe operation of the wells".

Local residents noticed a convoy of trucks, including a workover rig, moving through the forest on Monday afternoon.

Three men held the convoy up for about an hour by sitting on the road, but left when police were called.

Coonabarabran protester Brett Sanders-Hopkinson said eight people took part in a protest organised at short notice.

"This is just the beginning of stopping Santos' work we'll be more organised now that we know activities in the Pilliga forest have resumed," Mr Sanders-Hopkinson said.

"Our protest today is a tiny taste of what Santos can expect at every step in its efforts to establish the CSG industry in our region."

Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Fires in the Pilliga - Whirlybrook Trail Fire

Fires in the Pilliga - Whirlybrook Trail Fire

4307 Grain Valley Rd, Boggabri, NSW 2382 as of 27 November burnt out 3,500 Hectares

The bush fire is being Controlled by the Forest Corporation in control of the situation

Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1101)/Comments (0)/
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Santos waste water plant approval to face legal appeal

Santos waste water plant approval to face legal appeal

By Kerrin Thomas - ABC Sydney

The state's Environmental Defenders Office has launched legal action against the State Government and Santos, over the approval of a waste treatment facility near Narrabri.

The application for a waste water treatment plant at the Leewood facility should have been viewed as outside the scope of exploration and therefore required to face a higher level of development scrutiny, according to the EDO and its client, Narrabri-based group People for the Plains.

Under State planning laws, some CSG exploration works are exempt from requiring development consent but the EDO's Principal Solicitor, Sue Higginson, said this development should not have been exempt.

She said the approval processes are significantly different.

"The process that's been applied to this development required a less onerous environmental assessment," she said.

"It also didn't provide for the full public participation that, had it gone through the full and rigorous legal assessment and procedures, we say ought have been applied."

Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Protesters Vs Santos - Wastewater court battle

Protesters Vs Santos - Wastewater court battle

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 25, 2015, 9:30 p.m. - Northern Daily Leader

A NARRABRI anti-coal seam gas group is taking the energy giant Santos and the state government to court over the approval of the Leewood wastewater treatment plant in the Pilliga forest.

People for the Plains will argue the approval given to the CSG wastewater treatment plant last week is invalid.

CSG explorations works are exempt from requiring development consent under NSW planning law, but the group will argue the plant is not for the purpose of CSG exploration and required separate development consent.

They will be represented in the NSW Land and Environment Court by the NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO).

Principal solicitor of EDO NSW, Sue Higginson, said the case is about ensuring proper laws and development assessment processes are followed in approving such development.


Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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People for the Plains rally in Narrabri

People for the Plains rally in Narrabri

Gathering in Narrabri on Sunday to protest against coal seam gas developments.

It was billed as a "Big Picture" event to show opposition to coal seam gas developments in NSW and many turned out to do just that in Narrabri on Sunday.

Organised by People for the Plains, a group opposed to CSG, the event attracted about 200 people.

The family-themed day featured a barbecue, activities for the kids and music by local artist Sarah Leete, but the main feature was hearing speakers against CSG developments.

The crowd, which among others included Narrabri Shire councillors Bevan O'Regan and John Tough, also heard about experiences of landholders in Queensland.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Premier Mike Baird tours proposed mine sites

Premier Mike Baird tours proposed mine sites

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 24, 2015, 9:30 p.m. The Northern Daily Leader

PREMIER Mike Baird toured the sites of two proposed coal mines during his visit to the region last weekend.

Mr Baird visited the site of BHP’s proposed underground mine at Caroona and the Shenhua mine site at Breeza with a number of representatives from protest groups.

It was the premier’s third visit to the Liverpool Plains since becoming premier, and he told The Leader on each occasion he had been “struck by the beauty and importance of the area”.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Kerry's striding for stroke

Kerry's striding for stroke

After her 10-year-old son Cameron suffered a stroke, through having Moyamoya disease, Kerry Speer wants to raise awareness.

A Yarrie Lake family has had an ordeal that would frighten anyone - and now they’re raising awareness in the hope that it won’t be such a shock for others.

The ordeal happened in August when Cameron Speer, then 10, was at a camp at Gulgong with Wee Waa Public School.

His mother Kerry got a phone call from the school.

“The teacher told me he had collapsed,” she said.

Cameron was taken to Dubbo Base Hospital.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Drugs, cash seized from Narrabri man's car

Drugs, cash seized from Narrabri man's car

A police operation near the Queensland border turns up a local connection.

A major police operation near the Queensland border has led to the arrest of a Narrabri man after he was caught with, and was allegedly driving under the influence of, crystal methamphetamine.

It was part of Operation Northmore XII, a traffic operation which involved several Narrabri Shire police officers at Boggabilla last week.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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