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Academics warn 'dense' land clearing reform could be an easy target for green detractors

Academics warn 'dense' land clearing reform could be an easy target for green detractors

By ALEX DRUCE May 10, 2016

EXPERTS say last week’s release of draft land clearing reforms was a moment of strength for the NSW Nationals.

But the same academic voices warn the bill’s complexity will see it more easily picked apart by conservation groups in the looming political scrap.

Experts across Sydney’s political and environment faculties say the proposed native vegetation laws - released by the Coalition for public eight weeks of consultation last week - are firmly in the favour of farmers.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Beware acid soils affects when sowing faba beans

Beware acid soils affects when sowing faba beans

Bob Freebairn May 9, 2016,

​Faba beans with improved varieties and high standard agronomy not only are yielding high more consistently but also are commonly the best grain legume for building soil nitrogen.

But a key requirement for success from faba beans is effective nodulation and root growth not adversely affected by either surface or subsoil acidity. 

Monday, 9 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Day One of Country Championships Rugby | Photos, Updates

Day One of Country Championships Rugby | Photos, Updates

Sam Newsam May 7, 2016 The Northern Daily Leader

The Novocastrians were the Kookaburras’ nemisis with the opens clipping the Kookaburras wings 33-18.

The Kookaburras were chasing their first Caldwell Cup since 2001 and really took the fight to last years runners-up.

There was nothing in it in the first half, Simon Newton putting the Kookaburras ahead 3-nil with a few minutes remaining, before Newcastle hooker Steve Lamont ploughed through a few tired Central North tackles in the shades of half-time to give them a 5-3 lead at the break.

Monday, 9 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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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. 
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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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 (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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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 (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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GALLERY: Kootingal v Wee Waa

GALLERY: Kootingal v Wee Waa

Northern Daily Leader 1st May, 2016

Sunday, 1 May 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (280)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

29 April, 2016

Water Reductions harm our irrigation dependent towns - socio economic impacts need to be included in the Northern Basin Review#morethanflow
Friday, 29 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (826)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

21 April, 2016

Water storages in the Namoi play an important role in providing diverse habitat for native birds and fish. Key to this is design including tree snags to provide refuges and corridors. Birds found on this storage include Spoonbill, Ibis, Pelicans, Black Swans and Jabiru's. Tks to Robbie Barclay for photo taken last week. #morethanflow
Thursday, 21 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (697)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

18 April, 2016

2016 Narrabri carp muster removed 1.4 tonne of carp from the Namoi River. From Tamworth to Walgett hard working fishing clubs organise carp musters to improve river health every year - outcome based actions! #morethanflows
Monday, 18 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (835)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

15 April, 2016

Friday, 15 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (595)/Comments (0)/
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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

15 April, 2016 Photo Sarah Wheeler Photography

Friday, 15 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (726)/Comments (0)/
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