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The billy’s on for Boggabri campfire

The billy’s on for Boggabri campfire

The Land RUTH CASKEY April 20, 2016

ALL roads lead to Boggabri this week as hundreds of caravanners set up camp for the annual Boggabri Drovers Campfire.

The town of 900 will host thousands of visitors this week for what has become the Narrabri shire’s premier tourist event.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Nominations for this year’s Thermoskin Community Sports Fund are closing.

Nominations for this year’s Thermoskin Community Sports Fund are closing.

As you might know, grass-roots funding is on the rise in Australia, encouraging Aussies to get active, stay healthy and become social through the participation in sports.

Australian Olympian Gold Medalist, Melanie Wright, Retired Australian Netballer, Sharelle McMahon and ex-Soccerro Brett Emerton are all showing their support for Aussie sport through their involvement as judges in this years Thermoskin Community Sports Fund.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Creating a healthy, working northern basin

Creating a healthy, working northern basin

Get involved with the MDBA

People love their rivers. They mean many different things to different people – recreation, culture, business, survival.

We are currently reviewing parts of the Basin Plan(External link) in thenorth(External link). Over the next few months we will be hosting a range of conversations to help us understand what you value about your rivers and communities. We will use the information from these discussions to help guide our decisions about potential changes to the Basin Plan.

Water management is complex, so it's important we hear from many different people and groups to help build a strong knowledge base. Through this site we're encouraging people to discuss their points of view with others.

These conversations should also help you understand some of the work we have been doing, why this work is important and how you can be a part of the process.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Regional schools need urgent repair

Regional schools need urgent repair

MIKE FOLEY April 19, 2016

A HEFTY bill for repairs and maintenance to schools across the state is mounting and regional NSW is over-represented in the list of campuses with the biggest backlog.

The cost of works required to schools across the state tops $730 million, according to Department of Education figures obtained by Labor under a freedom of information request.
Tuesday, 19 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Banking on wind power

Banking on wind power

The Land Ruth Caskey April 18

THE state’s wind farm industry is beginning to recover from the investment freeze caused by the lengthy review of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET), but it could be years before approved projects are in operation.

Construction on the state’s biggest wind farm, White Rock Wind Farm near Glen Innes, will begin at the end of the month following Chinese investment which has been critical for the project.

Monday, 18 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Regional Australia makes noise on data drought

Regional Australia makes noise on data drought

JESSIE DAVIES April 17, 2016

IT’S been a big week at The Land HQ. 

We’ve received hundreds of calls, emails, tweets and Facebook comments from our readers telling us about the internet troubles they experience at their homes, businesses and schools.

Sunday, 17 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Sky’s the limit for regional tech potential

Sky’s the limit for regional tech potential

The Land Mike Foley April 15

IT’S COMING in from above. The National Broadband Network’s Sky Muster satellite is circling the skies to beam internet access with business-and-precision-agriculture-friendly download speeds of 25 megabits per second by the end of April.

A second satellite is set to launch before the end of the year. Then, each Sky Muster will service 200,000 rural and remote homes and businesses.

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

NSW Energy Rebate

13th April, 2016

NSW families with dependent children who may be eligible to apply for the 2015-16 Family Energy Rebate of up to $150. 

The Family Energy Rebate is one of a number of NSW Government energy assistance programs to help eligible households reduce the impact of energy cost

Wednesday, 13 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (651)/Comments (0)/
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Don't put Wee Waa into Permanent Drought

Don't put Wee Waa into Permanent Drought

If you are concerned about the reduction in Water and want to do something about it read this.

It’s crunch time. In 2012 the previous Federal Water Minister Tony Burke implemented the northern basin review. It’s aim was to ensure northern data was used by the Murray Darling Basin Authority in the science and planning used to determine what water is needed for a healthy river. We have 8 weeks to go before the MDBA board will consider the results of the review and make a recommendation to current Federal Water Minister Barnaby Joyce on the new sustainable diversion limits.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (635)/Comments (0)/
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Rural paradise turns into 'living nightmare' for Farmer Pat's family

Rural paradise turns into 'living nightmare' for Farmer Pat's family

ABC Gregg Borschmann 13th April

NSW grain grower and sheep grazier Pat Murphy lives next door to one of Australia's biggest open-cut coal mines at Maules Creek. But in an apparent bureaucratic oversight, no limits were placed on levels of noise or air pollution on the Murphy property. Gregg Borschmann reports. 
Wednesday, 13 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Media Release - A Camera on Gallipoli

Media Release - A Camera on Gallipoli

Narrabri Shire Council

The Australian War Memorial’s digital exhibition A camera on Gallipoli, featuring First World War photographs taken by Sir Charles Ryan, will open at Narrabri Library on 18th April 2016.

In 1914, at the age of 61, Sir Charles Ryan was appointed consulting surgeon to the AIF, embarking from Melbourne in October towards the Middle East and on to Gallipoli. 
Wednesday, 13 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (573)/Comments (0)/
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NSW Sustaining the Basin Irrigated farm modernisation

NSW Sustaining the Basin Irrigated farm modernisation

Round 7 IFWUEA Extension

An additional week has been added to the deadline for Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency Assessments (IFWUEAs), for North West NSW irrigators wishing to apply toRound 7 of the Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program.

Irrigators in the Lower Namoi, NSW Border Rivers and Barwon Darling catchments now have until Friday 22 April 2016 instead of Friday 15 April 2016 to submit their IFWUEA.
Monday, 11 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (578)/Comments (0)/
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DESTINATION NSW TO STEP IN FOR INLAND TOURISM

DESTINATION NSW TO STEP IN FOR INLAND TOURISM

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said he was disappointed to learn that the Inland NSW Tourism Board has appointed an administrator.

Inland NSW Tourism was the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) covering more than 25% of NSW including the New England North West, Central NSW and Outback NSW and went into administration on Friday.

Thursday, 7 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (571)/Comments (0)/
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THE CHILDREN ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE WATER CUTS

THE CHILDREN ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE WATER CUTS

St Josephs Catholic School Wee Waa

This week Steve Carolan attended St Josephs School to explain what it would mean to the school and the community if the loss of water that the proposed Murray Darling Basin Plan is about to sign off on will do to the school.

It will take the community back to permanent drought. The example was given that if the school went back to how it was in 2008 it would loose 50 students and 6 staff.

Is this what we want for our community here is Steve talking to the children and they will be writing to the Minister for Agriculture to let him know that they are not happy.

Thursday, 7 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (769)/Comments (0)/
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Santos embroiled in company’s collapse

Santos embroiled in company’s collapse

Courier Mail 7 April

RESOURCES giant Santos has been embroiled in a ­dispute over $6 million of ­allegedly unpaid work on its central Queensland LNG pipeline. Murarrie-based Lean Field Developments went into voluntary administration earlier this year owing
Thursday, 7 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Measles alert: four people with measles have been in planes, surgeries, hospitals

Measles alert: four people with measles have been in planes, surgeries, hospitals

SMH Harriet Alexander Health Reporter

Recent plane passengers, hostel residents, hospital and medical centre patients are among those at risk of developing measles following confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease in Sydney in late March and early April.

NSW Health has issued a community alert after four people with measles are known to have been in close contact with large groups of people while they were still infectious but before they were diagnosed.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/measles-alert-four-people-with-measles-have-been-in-planes-surgeries-hospitals-20160406-go023g.html#ixzz45fvtJZQq 
Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook
Wednesday, 6 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Environmental concerns raised over NSW coal seam gas water plant

Environmental concerns raised over NSW coal seam gas water plant

ABC News 6th April

CSG water plant construction at Narrabri will continue as court case adjourned

Construction of a coal seam gas (CSG) waste water treatment plant in north-western New South Wales will continue for the time being after a court case challenging its approval was adjourned in Sydney.

A group calling for greater scrutiny of the Santos plant at the Pilliga State Forest near Narrabri was set to tell the Land and Environment court it had serious concerns about the approvals process and potential environmental impacts of the facility.

Key points:

Santos wants to build CSG waste water treatment plant near Narrabri

Opponents say environmental impacts not properly considered

Santos says ample comment opportunity given, and process was "rigorous"

Wednesday, 6 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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An Airline Decision Reached

An Airline Decision Reached

Media Release from Narrabri Council

Narrabri Shire Council yesterday considered a confidential report on the Regular Passenger Transport service to Sydney. Following consideration, Council resolved to endorse Northwest Airlines. This decision is subject to satisfactory negotiations of a performance based licence agreement as a measure to assist in community confidence and safeguard the longevity of the service.
Narrabri Shire has been without an air service for 2 years. Since that time, the route has changed from being a regulated route to a de-regulated route, placing Council with the responsibility of filling the service.
Within the time that Narrabri Shire has been without a service, Council has completed a $10 million major upgrade to its airside infrastructure to assist with attracting a suitable airline.
Wednesday, 6 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (492)/Comments (0)/
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Electrical hazard awareness for rural workers

Electrical hazard awareness for rural workers

Cotton harvest is underway – so make sure you look up and live. Before entering any paddock, check for overhead powerlines and mark them at ground level. Watch our Electrical Hazard Awareness for Rural Workers film now
Tuesday, 5 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Historic Legal Battle Begins Over CSG Waste: People vs Santos

Historic Legal Battle Begins Over CSG Waste: People vs Santos

Press Release 5th April

An historic court battle will commence in the NSW Land and Environment tomorrow, Wednesday 6th April, as the first ever legal challenge against a CSG waste project gets underway.

The Court will be hearing a challenge against construction of the controversial Phase 2 of the Leewood CSG waste water treatment plant near Narrabri. Local Narrabri community group ‘People for the Plains’ has taken legal action against Santos and the NSW Government over the approval of the industrial facility, and have travelled to Sydney for the hearing.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (556)/Comments (0)/
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Apply Now Cotton Leaders Program

Apply Now Cotton Leaders Program

Applications close on May 6, 2016

The Faces of Australian Cotton photography competition is designed to capture striking images of the industry’s greatest asset: its people.

Monday, 4 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Cuttabri Wine Shanty back on track

Cuttabri Wine Shanty back on track

New owners have taken up residence in the Shanty

New owners Harvey and Mick Smith have taken over the reins on the Cuttabri Wine Shanty.  The Cuttabri Wine Shanty holds one of the oldest licenses of its kind in Australia dating back to 1883.  Both from the Lower Hunter region are looking forward to the change of pace. They plan to open to the public after a few renovations which could take some time to deliver.  We all look forward to the new renovated Cuttabri Wine Shanty.  Click the heading  to see what it used to be like when it was a buzzing place to get a feed and a drink.  Will they still supply the very old remedy I once drank when first visiting Wee Waa, Port and Lemonade.  We look forward to hearing more from the Shanty.
Saturday, 2 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (634)/Comments (0)/
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Yarrie Lake aerial views recently taken

Yarrie Lake aerial views recently taken

Photos supplied by Robyn Knight

Yarrie Lake photos showing how dry the past season has been.  Hoping to fill over winter with some big falls of rain.

Friday, 1 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (475)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Shire Council Media Release

Narrabri Shire Council Media Release

Intermodal Hub Submission

Council was recently invited to make a submission to the Regional Intermodal Taskforce. The taskforce was formed by The Hon. Duncan Gay, MLC, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight to independently assess the fitness for purpose, financial viability and sustainability of existing and planned logistics intermodal terminals in regional NSW. An intermodal terminal is a location for the transport of freight from one transport mode to another. In Narrabri Shire we have three intermodal terminals, one (1) in Wee Waa and two (2) in Narrabri which move agricultural freight from road to rail. 
Wednesday, 30 March 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (366)/Comments (0)/
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$200,000 FOR NEW COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

$200,000 FOR NEW COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Narrabri Shire Coucil will receive a make-over with $48,265 being awarded as part of the $222,265 funding under the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.

Narrabri Shire Council - $48,265 for Narrabri Lake Park Upgrade – new play equipment including soft fall, new accessible public toilets, children’s bike track, covered area with tables and chairs, bench seats, landscaping, tree planting and pathways;

 

Thursday, 24 March 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (649)/Comments (0)/
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