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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.

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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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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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We’re not alone claim: anti-csg stance

We’re not alone claim: anti-csg stance

Feb. 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Northern Daily Leader

ANTI-coal seam gas groups have hit back at claims the majority of people in the Narrabri Shire support Santos’ operations.

The Narrabri Chamber of Commerce told The Leader on Monday the “vast majority” of the shire was pro-Santos.

However, Lock The Gate and People For The Plains said their research showed the opposite.

People For The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said they had conducted door-to-door community surveys.

Of those asked, 96 per cent of people were opposed to coal seam gas (CSG).

“The surveys have conclusively demonstrated Santos has no social licence to operate here,” Ms Ciesiolka said.

“Despite what Santos,  Yes2Gas and the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce would like people to believe, there is wide-scale community rejection of the CSG industry in North West NSW, and Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project in particular.”

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Ngura: photographic aerial landscape exhibition of the central Australian desert

Ngura: photographic aerial landscape exhibition of the central Australian desert

Local Photographer Joshua J Smith recently exhibited in a Sydney Gallery

Joshua J. Smith set out in a small plane to capture the remarkable colours and textures of the land of the Anangu people in the central Australian desert.

If you're a passionate landscape photographer, it's a good idea to make friends with a pilot. That's just what Australian photographer Joshua J. Smith did in order to produce his latest series, Ngura. His first major solo exhibition, on now at Black Eye gallery in Sydney, features aerial landscape photographs of Anangu land in Australia's central desert.

"With my good mate and pilot, Joe, I set out from north-west NSW and flew inland with the idea of capturing Australia's unique landscape ... what we encountered was the spiritual and emotional legacy of an ancient natural terrain," Smith said.

These lands, which have been home and identity to the Anangu people for more than 40,000 years, are known as ''Ngura'' in Pitjantjatjara language, thus the title of the exhibition. The striking images show rugged landforms in earth tones – deep ochre, indigo, teal – as well as the brilliant oranges of desert sands.



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Congratulations to all Citizens of the year

Congratulations to all Citizens of the year

From Narrabri Shire Council

Congratulations to all the Citizen of the Year nominations. The winners were announced on Australia Day with the following receiving awards.

Young Citizen of the Year - Secondary - Gemma Ferguson

Gemma was nominated for her community contributions through groups and committees such as the Narrabri Youth Shack, involvement in events and various fund-raising activities. Gemma has significant academic achievements and was School Captain 2015.

Community Event of the Year - Narrabri High School Cambodia Group

The group was nominated for successfully raising close to $16,000 for the Tabitha Foundation Australia's House Building program in Cambodia which was able to build eight houses and donate funds to a school and orphanage in Cambodia.

Citizen of the Year - Shirley Pankhurst

Shirley was nominated for her involvement in various groups, she was named Life Member of the Newcastle Women’s Hockey Association, Life Member of the Wee Waa Garden Club and a Life Member of the Wee Waa & District Historical Society. Shirley is also a volunteer for HACC (Home and Community Care).

Well done to everyone!

Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (748)/Comments (0)/
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How to lose $425m in three months: bet on Santos

How to lose $425m in three months: bet on Santos

Simon Evans SMH

Ouch. Chinese private equity fund Hony Capital is down $425 million on its investment in ailing Santos.

The oil price has plunged a further 40 per cent since Hony came to the rescue in early November 2015, as part of the temporary fix to the Santos balance sheet, which also included a rights issue, a cut in dividends, and big cost reductions.

Hony, through its quaintly named investment vehicles United Faith Ventures and Robust Nation, holds 9.81 per cent of Santos.

It will soon find itself free of restrictions three months from November 9, 2015 prevented it moving 9.9 per cent under the original agreement to become a cornerstone shareholder.



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Sero-X on track for September release

Sero-X on track for September release

By RUTH CASKEY The Land Newspaper

A BUTTERFLY pea biopesticide developed by Wee Waa-based business Innovate Ag will be released for commercial use in September following the recent approval of its active constituent.

Sero-X has passed the biggest hurdle in its approval stage, with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority approving butterfly pea extract in December.

​Innovate Ag project director Nick Watts said the approval of the active constituent took time as APVMA hadn’t assessed a similar product in the past.

“An active constituent is normally a single compound chemical, so we had to create a new standard for a new active constituent, which is Clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea) extract, and develop the whole data package required to register it.”

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Australian coal seam gas protest

Australian coal seam gas protest

BBC News report on the Pilliga

28 January 2016 Last updated at 02:44 GMT

It's a natural gas that supporters say could power another resources boom in Australia.

Coal seam gas is found in coal deposits and it has supplied 90% of domestic gas in the state of Queensland for the past two decades.

But activists want to stop exploration in neighbouring New South Wales because they say it is an environmental catastrophe.

The BBC's Phil Mercer went to a huge protest near the farming town of Narrabri.


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KNITTING NANNAS READY FOR FIGHT FURTHER SOUTH

KNITTING NANNAS READY FOR FIGHT FURTHER SOUTH

Sam Burbury reporting for NBN News

After ridding the Northern Rivers of coal seam gas mining, protestors have shifted focus.

They’ve now set their sights on Santos’ Pilliga CSG operations, while also lending a hand to campaigners overseas.

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Narrabri ‘is sick of CSG protesters’

Narrabri ‘is sick of CSG protesters’

Jamieson Murphy Feb. 1, 2016, 10 p.m Northern Daily Leader

NARRABRI is sick of out-of-town coal seam gas protesters speaking on behalf of their community, according to the local chamber of commerce.

Chamber president Russell Stewart said the “vast majority” of Narrabri Shire was pro-Santos – and they’re sick to death of fly-in, fly-out protesters purporting to represent local interests.

“We are sick and tired of people travelling in, annoying us, getting on the television and telling the world what we think,” Mr Stewart said.

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RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD NAMES LOCAL FINALIST

RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD NAMES LOCAL FINALIST

Fiona Mead named as a finalist in the NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award

Congratulations to Narrabri local Fiona Mead who has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award.


Fiona Mead has been recognised for her dedication to improving our primary industries and rural communities, and named as a finalist in this year’s Rural Women’s Award, each applicant submitted a project initiative as part of the award, aiming to drive regional communities and primary industries’ growth and prosperity.


Fiona’s project ‘Rural New Generation Project’ aims to introduce younger farmers onto the land by providing ideas on innovative pathways into farming.

“It will assist emerging farmers to acquire knowledge that will ensure they have the tools and skills required to move into agricultural enterprises.

The award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to our local area.

The overall four finalists for 2016 are Sophie Hansen from Orange, Fiona Mead from Narrabri, Aimee Snowden from Tocumwal and Hannah Wandel from Kingston ACT.

The winner will be announced in 8 March at Parliament House in Sydney, and will receive a bursary of $10,000 and participate in an Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.

The three finalists will receive a $1000 NSW Department of Primary Industries Leadership Bursary for skills and leadership development.

The award provides financial assistance, mentoring, resources and peer support via a nation-wide network of dynamic business and community leaders through the award alumni.

The NSW-ACT winner will compete for the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award on 12 October&am

Friday, 29 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2295)/Comments (0)/
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 Enhancing the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve

Enhancing the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve

The benefits of improving native fish habitat will be communicated to the local community through locally run events.

In the Namoi, Narrabri Shire Council, the LLS and Narrabri Fishing Club received a joint grant of $22,605 to enhance the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve.

This will include rehabilitating a degraded recreational fishing reserve by removing noxious, invasive and environmental weeds, re-vegetating with native species and removing rubbish along the Namoi River.

Funding for these grants was provided through the Recreational Fishing Trusts from money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and spent on activities to improve recreational fishing

The Recreational Fishing Trust - Habitat Action Grant Program is a great example of how anglers’ money is being invested back into recreational fishing and supporting the improvement of recreational fish populations.

A full list of successful projects can be found at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag

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CSIRO astronomers may have found 'hazelnuts' in the Milky Way

CSIRO astronomers may have found 'hazelnuts' in the Milky Way

Lucy Cormack Environment Reporter SMH

Next time you are sleeping under the stars, consider this: above you there could also be noodles, lasagne sheets or hazelnuts – or, at least, invisible structures shaped like them.

The structures appear to be "lumps" in the thin gas that lies between the stars in our galaxy.

In a breakthrough observation of one of these "lumps", CSIRO astronomers have been able to make the first estimate of its shape.

The lumps were first discovered in 1987, but technological limitations at the time made it difficult to perform any real mathematical modelling or to determine the shape of the structures, due to the time delay between recording the find and realising what they had captured.


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Thursday, 28 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Environment minister’s cousin protests at Santos’ Pilliga site

Environment minister’s cousin protests at Santos’ Pilliga site

National News | January 25, 2016 | by Chris Dobney

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt’s first cousin has taken the extraordinary action of suspending herself 12 metres in the air to block access to construction vehicles and interrupt work at Santos’ controversial Leewood coal seam gas wastewater plant in the Pilliga, north-west NSW.

Jen Hunt is a 51-year-old retired social worker, a mother of two and stepmother of six. She is the latest of a series of people who have taken peaceful direct action and risked arrest to stop the controversial project over the last two months.

Ms Hunt says she wants to send a message to her cousin about the need to protect the Great Artesian Basin. So she suspended herself on a platform hanging from a tree in an effot to halt Santos’ construction work.

She was joined today by 20 supporters including two ‘climate angels’ from Lismore who are part of an international theatrical movement for peaceful climate action. In the past two weeks ten people have been charged for involvement in protests at the Leewood site.

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Lord's Taverners Top Sports Camp gives bush kids opportunities to try something new

Lord's Taverners Top Sports Camp gives bush kids opportunities to try something new

ABC North Coast By Samantha Turnbull

A group of 30 disadvantaged children from the north west of New South Wales has travelled eight hours east to a camp where many saw the ocean for the first time.

The children from Narrabri, Boggabri, Wee Waa, Pilliga, Rowena, Lightning Ridge, Moree, Ashford and Collarenebri spent three days at the Top Sports Camp in Lennox Head run by the Lord's Taverners.

The Lord's Taverners are a charity group with members who combine a love of sport with a desire to help people in need.

Narrabri member Tony Longworth is also a school bus driver who drove the group of predominantly 11 to 15-year-olds more than 600 kilometres to the camp.

He said their reaction when they hit the coast was worth the wait.

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Central Coast man charged in Pilliga forest coal seam gas protest

Central Coast man charged in Pilliga forest coal seam gas protest

By JOANNE MCCARTHY Newcastle Herald

A CENTRAL Coast man was arrested in the Pilliga forest outside Narrabri on Thursday as protesters ramp up a campaign against Santos plans for 850 coal seam gas wells in the forest.

Carpenter Jason Joll, of Calga, was charged with trespass after walking inside Santos’ Leewood coal seam gas wastewater treatment facility construction area.

He joined the protest to draw attention to Santos’ broader plan for 850 wells in the Pilliga. The Leewood facility is designed to treat up to one million litres of coal seam gas wastewater each day from exploratory works in the forest, and is under construction without development consent.

Mr Joll, 49, was shocked at the size of the project which protesters say threatens the Great Artesian Basin.

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Arrests continue as protesters stand ground

Arrests continue as protesters stand ground

Daily Liberal

Protestors continue to be arrested at Santos' Leewood wastewater treatment facility in the Pilliga Forest, with two more charged on Thursday morning, taking the total to seven in the past three weeks.

Gabrielle Laver, a 44-year-old from Tabulum, was arrested and charged with disobeying directives and obstruction for delaying a convoy of trucks entering the Leewood site.

The organisation Pilliga Action Camp claimed the protest was peaceful and police dragged Gabrielle from the road to allow the convoy to proceed.

Forty-nine-year-old Central Coast man Jason Jol was arrested and charged with trespassing on the inside of the facility where he ventured to halt to work on site.

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Mike Baird changes tack on coal as NSW starts to prepare for industry's decline

Peter Hannam - Sydney Morning Herald

The government has met with a series of anti-mining activists amid slumping industry fortunes, apparently making good on a pledge to give more equal weight to environmental and social issues when considering mine approvals.

The conciliatory approach with activists comes at a crucial time for the coal mining industry, with Premier Mike Baird's government considering approvals to mine 1.2 billion tonnes, after approving 1.8 billion tonnes of new coal mining since he became premier.



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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos write-downs flagged amid oil price plunge - From ABC News

Santos write-downs flagged amid oil price plunge - From ABC News

Struggling oil and gas producer Santos has warned investors

Struggling oil and gas producer Santos has warned investors that it will take asset value write-downs, but has not put an estimate on how big they will be.

The Adelaide-based energy company has seen its share price fall 72 per cent from a recent peak of $9.10 in May, to yesterday's close of just $2.56, leaving the company hovering around its lowest share price since the early 1990s.

In its fourth-quarter production report Santos reiterated comments in a November 9 investor presentation that it expected to book reductions to asset carrying values and reserves in its full-year accounts, to be released on February 19.

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Calling all Young Grain Growers

Calling all Young Grain Growers

Want to drive change on farm and in the Grains industry? The 2016 Australian Farm Grain Leaders Program is about to kick off. Join 9 other young farmers to visit farms in Queensland and Western Australia and visit with industry leaders in Sydney . Grow your own knowledge and skills to apply to your own farm project. Meet industry leaders and attend the industry’s Innovation Generation conference in Western Australia. For more Information contact Facilitator – Jo Eady Phone 0419912879 or email jo.eady@bigpond.com. Applications close 29 January. This program is an initiative of and funded by Grain Growers Limited.
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Defending the Pilliga in Court

Defending the Pilliga in Court

By EDO NSW CEO/Principal Solicitor Sue Higginson

You may have heard that our client People for the Plains, a community group from the Pilliga, is taking CSG company Santos to court over its Leewood CSG waste water development near the iconic Pilliga woodlands. The group argues that without a proper environmental assessment and public consultation, the development is illegal.

The Pilliga – a biodiversity hotspot
The Pilliga is the largest remaining unfragmented block of temperate dry forest and woodland in eastern Australia. It functions as a key refuge for native plants and animals in a landscape largely cleared for agriculture. It is part of a National Biodiversity Hotspot, home to rare species such as the Pilliga Mouse, and is recognised as a globally significant Important Bird Area.[1]

The Pilliga is an important, biodiverse ecosystem. It is also a significant recharge area for the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest underground water reservoirs in the world and the most important ground water resource in arid and semi-arid eastern Australia.

Within this stunning environment, the Leewood Water Treatment Plant will process over 1 million litres of coal seam gas (CSG) waste water every day. Santos then plans to use the water to irrigate crops on farmland next to the Pilliga forest.

CSG in the Pilliga – spills, leaks and breaches

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Friday, 22 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Plant Breeding Institute racing ahead - From The courier Newspaper

Plant Breeding Institute racing ahead - From The courier Newspaper

The IA Watson Grains Research Centre near Narrabri is poised for major expansion.

The I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre at Sydney University’s Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri is internationally recognised as a leader in grains research.

The centre has grown significantly in recent years and is now poised for further major expansion.

“In a few weeks a very significant new appointment will be made taking us into a completely new research area,” said Associate Professor Richard Heath.

“This is yet another facet of the expansion of the work done here and the significance of the Narrabri site.

“The Narrabri PBI will continue to grow.”

Apart from its role as an agricultural research facility, the Plant Breeding Institute is also an important Narrabri Shire industry, employing 18 academic, farm and administration staff full and part time and hosting up to 30 visiting PhD students each year.

Last year the PBI took a major step forward with the acquisition of Ron and Gloria Campey’s 1800 ha property Llara adjacent to the research farm.


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Don't Start a flicking fire

Don't Start a flicking fire

Barwon LAC - NSW Police Force

In the midst of an 'above normal' bush fire season Police remind motorists of the dangers involved in throwing a lit cigarette from a vehicle window.

Barwon Local Area Command’s Acting Superintendent Kylie Chinnery said “as well as the environmental cost associated with littering, there is also great potential for fires from discarded cigarette butts”.

“Now more than ever we expect residents andtravellers to be responsible citizens” she said.

“Since the start of the bushfire season there has been huge media attention regarding the devastating toll on communities affected by bushfires”.

“A careless act like this by one person travelling through the area could have fatal consequences for our communities”.

The offence of Deposit litter (lit cigarette) carries with it fines of $250 – in aggravated circumstances the fine could be as much as $900 or you could be charged and placed before the courts.

Residents are asked to continue to be vigilant this bushfire season and if you see an unattended fire call 000 - if you witness suspicious behaviour report it immediately.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (940)/Comments (0)/
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News from the Government

News from the Government

Inserts of things happening in the State Government

Right to Farm Policty Released

More access as resources for regions program expands

Have you say on the container deposit scheme

Three topics from the local member.

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