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Manly Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon announces he will retire at the end of the 2016 NRL season

Manly Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon announces he will retire at the end of the 2016 NRL season

April 27 SMH Daniel Lane

Manly captain Jamie Lyon has announced that he will retire at the end of 2016 NRL season.

Lyon, 34, confirmed the news on Wednesday at Sea Eagles training, ahead of Saturday night's clash with defending premiers North Queensland.

The former NSW and Australian representative has scored 120 tries in 284 NRL games, and won two premierships with the Sea Eagles in 2008 and 2011.

Lyon played 70 games for Parramatta after being recruited by the club's talent scout Noel Cleal in 2000 before stunning the NRL in 2004, at age 22, when he decided to abandon his contract and return to his home town of Wee Waa in the NSW country.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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AMCA Nationals

AMCA Nationals

Brooks Wins NSW Title

Current and two-time Tasmanian Champion Daniel Brooks last Saturday night won the NSW AMCA Nationals Title at Narrabri's Newton Park Speedway.

Like the majority of the field, racing for the first time at Newton Park Speedway, a particularly difficult track, and off the back of a disappointing Australian Title result, Brooks, from Hobart in Tasmania, qualified on pole position for the 30-lap NSW Title-deciding feature race, alongside veteran Shane Newstead (NSW). Brooks managed to get the jump off the start, retaining his lead for the remainder of the race throughout multiple stoppages and restarts.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri tour focuses on cotton

Narrabri tour focuses on cotton

Northern Daily Leader 24 April, 2016

NARRABRI will be very much in fashion this week when some leading Australian design and textile figures visit the area.

Wednesday’s visit is being hosted by cotton growers, researchers and ginners who will take them on a tour that will include Auscott Narrabri farm during harvest, the Auscott gin to see cotton processing and the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) to meet some of the world’s leading cotton scientists.

Cotton Australia chief executive officer, Adam Kay, said the tour created a strong connection between both ends of the cotton supply chain – growers and end-users – and supported Cotton 

Monday, 25 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Anti-CSG protest moves to Premier’s home turf

Anti-CSG protest moves to Premier’s home turf

Jamieson Murphy April 24, 2016 Northern Daily Leader

A DELEGATION of local anti-coal seam gas activist are taking the fight to the NSW Premier’s home turf of Manly.

The Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservation Council are hosting a forum about the region’s campaign against coal seam gas (CSG) in Premier Mike Baird’s electorate, Warringah, tomorrow. 

Artesian Bore Water Users Association president Anne Kennedy, Coonabarabran conservationist Jane Judd and Gunnedah shire councillor David Quince will all make presentations at the forum.

Monday, 25 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Centrelink payments delayed up to four months, students freakin out

Centrelink payments delayed up to four months, students freakin out

ABC, Thursday, 21 APR 2016,

Is your Centrelink four months late? You're not alone. Student welfare payments across the country have been delayed as government handles a backlog of applications.

And people are freakin out.

Hack has spoken with students who have been waiting up to four months for Youth Allowance or AusStudy payments that should take 28 days to process. Although Centrelink won't say how many students are affected, the national Student Financial Advisors Service says the delays are "across the board" and regularly happen this time of year.
Monday, 25 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Anzac tradition at Wee Waa

Anzac tradition at Wee Waa

RUTH CASKEY April 23, 2016,

PLAYING the bugle has been Peter Carrett’s contribution to Anzac Day for more than 30 years.

The Wee Waa Public School principal has been the bugler at the Wee Waa services since 1983, when he was the music teacher at the local high school and formed a band which played at the Anzac Day service.

Mr Carrett began playing brass instruments at the age of 10, starting with the euphonium, baritone and trombone.

“My mum and dad and my father’s brothers were all members of brass bands so it was a natural progression for dad’s children to join the band.”
Monday, 25 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The 2016 cotton crop just shy of record yields

The 2016 cotton crop just shy of record yields

The Land Amelia Williams April 21, 2016

A NEAR record cotton crop just shy of last year’s bin-busting records has given cotton growers something to smile about as they bring in this season’s harvest, especially as the market has softened to between $420 to $435 a bale.

Earlier in the season, Cotton Australia chief executive officer Adam Kay, Sydney, said prices were sitting at more than $500/bale. 

Fortunately, a majority of growers had forward sold a portion of their crop when prices were up. 

Namoi Cotton general manager of grower services and marketing Dave Lindsay, said the most significant influence on Australian cotton prices had been the rise of the Australian dollar. 

Friday, 22 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The Future of Regional Australia

The Future of Regional Australia

Focus on reform in Election 2016

What if regional Australia could lead its own destiny, create new opportunities on our own terms and avoid costing the taxpayer an extra cent? It is an approach the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is exploring, and is a timely discussion in the lead up to the Federal Budget and Election 2016.

Empowering regional Australians to understand their challenges and identify opportunities for their own future development is key to our regional reform approach. It’s about building aspiration and capability so our regions can succeed. It's about reforms to the way we invest in and regulate infrastructure, communications, health services and more.  
Thursday, 21 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/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 (627)/Comments (0)/
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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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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 (750)/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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Saving Wee Waa

Saving Wee Waa

15 April, 2016

Friday, 15 April 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (527)/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 (661)/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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