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Modern news plan for our region

Modern news plan for our region

Fairfax Media has announced plans to restructure its New England operations, reduce its workforce and invest in new digital publishing technology to revitalise its newspapers and websites.

The company is overhauling its Australian Community Media (ACM) division to build a stronger, more sustainable and modern media network of newspapers and websites serving regional, rural and suburban Australia.

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Lillian Hulbert Memorial Prize

Lillian Hulbert Memorial Prize

$11,500 REWARD FOR YOUNG ACHIEVER

Nominations are currently being called for The Lillian Hulbert Memorial Prize which will be announced on Wednesday, 24 February 2016.

Nominations should be on the form provided by Council.  Forms which include the selection criteria, can be obtained at Council’s Administration Centre, 46-48 Maitland Street, Narrabri, on the Council website, or by calling Council’s PA to GM and Mayor, Mrs Libby Lantz on 6799 6833.

Nomination forms must be submitted to Council prior to 5.00pm on Friday, 11 December 2015.  Nominations received after this date will not be considered.

Candidates will be required to be involved in an interview process.

Previous applicants who meet the criteria are encouraged to re-apply.
Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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A New Way of Working for Grants

A New Way of Working for Grants

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for Volunteer Grants 2015.

Funding is expected to be offered to around 5,700 organisations as a result of this process, with grants to be paid by 30 June 2016.

Volunteer Grants enable small community organisations to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to purchase small equipment items to assist their volunteers, assist with the reimbursement of fuel costs incurred by volunteers (and transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive), and contribute towards the cost of training courses and background screening checks for volunteers.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEDT on 9 December 2015. For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.

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Community War Memorials Fund

Community War Memorials Fund

Applications for the Community War Memorial Fund are now open and close on 11 November 2015.

The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help protect and conserve existing war memorials across NSW.

Please read through the Information for Applicants and the Caring for our War Memorials Guide before applying. These documents provide advice on eligibility, appropriate approaches to conserving war memorials, who you should talk to before applying and co-contributions to projects.

To apply, please download and complete the application form (available in MS Word and PDF formats). Applications can be submitted by email to VeteranGrants@dpc.nsw.gov.au or post to:

 

Veterans’ Affairs

Department of Premier and Cabinet

GPO Box 5341

Sydney NSW 2001

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Council Grants Scheme

Narrabri Council Grants Scheme

The Special Events Grant is currently open. Closing date Friday 20 November 2015. 

Narrabri Shire Council offers several Grants to the local community throughout the year. 
The grants offered by Council are:

  • Small Area Grant
  • Sporting Grant
  • Contribution to Special Events Grant

The Small Area Grant and Sporting Grant are offered once every financial year. The Contributions to Special Events Grant is offered twice a year. Grants are advertised in local media and via this website. 

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Food bowl protest - Festival spreads the message

Food bowl protest - Festival spreads the message

By Rebecca Belt Nov. 8, 2015, 9 p.m. the Northern Daily Leader

THE Harvest Festival on the Liverpool Plains has spread the message that Shenhua’s mine is planned for the wrong place, with more than 700 people flocking to the food bowl.

Hosted on farmer Andrew Pursehouse’s property at Breeza, the weekend festival saw more than 600 registrations, with many local farmers joining in after the registrations on Friday and Saturday nights.

“We had a good 750 people and we were expecting about 500,” Mr Pursehouse said.

“Caterers kept running out of food and we had to do emergency food runs to town.  

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Newsletter

As Acting CEO, I am very pleased to share our 2014/15 Annual Review. You can read more below, but it was our biggest grant-making and partnerships year to date: we awarded a record $8.4m in grants, and received $9.5m in donations and grants to support a diverse range of projects across rural, regional and remote Australia.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our donor partners and it was wonderful to be able to thank many of the donors at a small gathering in Sydney at historic Boomerang House, thanks to the generosity of Lindsay Fox. It was great to meet some more of our donors and I look forward to continuing the discussions we started. Considerable credit must also go to our former CEO Alexandra Gartmann, who has moved on into her new role as MD and CEO of Rural Bank. Alex was an inspiring leader - we thank her deeply for the four and a half years she gave to FRRR, and wish her all the very best for her future.

Click the header to read the Newsletter or


Read more on their website 

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Small grants to fertilise sustainable agriculture knowledge

Small grants to fertilise sustainable agriculture knowledge

Media Release - 5 November

Farmers and fishers across the country are set to receive a boost, with $2.2 million in small grants announced to increase industry capacity and support the adoption of productive management practices.  

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today said that these small grants would contribute to the overall resilience, competitiveness and productivity of Australia's agriculture and fishing industries. 

Friday, 6 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1670)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Shire Road Update

Narrabri Shire Road Update

As at 11.30am on Thursday, 5 November 2015

Narrabri Shire Council would like to advise that whilst local roads are open to all traffic, road users are advised that some floodways are running and to drive with caution.

Road users are reminded that;

• They may be liable for any damage that they cause to a road that is closed to their vehicle type.
• Travelling on roads covered with water is extremely dangerous and should be avoided.
• Road conditions can change without warning and drivers should travel with caution.
• Unsealed roads damage very easily when they are wet and only essential journeys should be undertaken until these roads dry out.
• Repairs to damaged roads are not usually possible until the roads and gravel stockpiles begin to dry out.
• Council prioritizes repairs with higher trafficked roads usually receiving attention first.
Thursday, 5 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (757)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri to Sydney Regular Passenger Transport Air Route Update

Narrabri to Sydney Regular Passenger Transport Air Route Update

Media Release - Narrabri Shire Council

Following the recent completion of airside upgrade works, an expression of interest was called for an airline to service the Narrabri to Sydney air route. Two (2) submissions were received from Northwest Airline Holdings Pty Ltd and JETGO Australia Holdings Pty Ltd.
Thursday, 5 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (604)/Comments (0)/
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Council rejects airline bids for Narrabri route

Council rejects airline bids for Narrabri route

Northern Daily Leader Article dated 4 November, 2015

THE search for a new airline carrier for Narrabri has gone back to the drawing board after both the preferred companies failed to satisfy the local council.

Narrabri shire announced in September Northwest Airlines and JetGo had both submitted expressions of interest for the Narrabri to Sydney route, but yesterday said neither bid could be accepted at this stage.

“The Narrabri region is at a point where it is imperative that the next ... provider that operates the (town’s) Sydney air route has the confidence of local and regional passengers,” mayor Conrad Bolton said.
Thursday, 5 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (722)/Comments (0)/
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On-farm deaths could be halved through simple solutions

On-farm deaths could be halved through simple solutions

RIRDC Research

Almost half of all deaths on farms could be prevented, simply by implementing solutions we already know about, according to new research exploring what’s stopping primary producers from improving their safety practices.

Focus groups were run with farmers, growers, pastoralists and fishers, along with a desktop audit of peer reviewed research. Funded by the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership, the study will guide efforts over coming years to improve the uptake of Work Health and Safety (WHS) initiatives.

Study author, Richard Franklin of James Cook University, says the rates of death and injury on farms and fishing vessels have improved, but are still unacceptable.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1025)/Comments (0)/
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The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program,

The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program,

Entries Close - 5pm Friday 18 December, 2015

The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program, an exciting initiative that will give young people the opportunity to visit historic Anzac sites during the remainder of the Centenary of WWI.
The 2016 program, sponsored by ClubsNSW, will see six young people chosen to retrace the steps of WWI Australian soldiers across Athens, Lemnos, Crete, Paris, Ieper and the Somme in April 2016. 
Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4687)/Comments (0)/
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Development approvals streamlined for Regional NSW

Development approvals streamlined for Regional NSW

Press Release - Kevin Humphries

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today welcomed the NSW Government’s move to help speed up building projects in the Barwon Electorate.

Mr Humphries said all 13 rural and regional local government areas in Barwon now have complying development assessments fast-tracked so builders and renovators can get on with projects in their communities.

“These changes will help save people time and money, and will mean building projects can be delivered faster across the electorate,” Mr Humphries said.

“The NSW Government has listened to the local community, industry and businesses who have said previous requirements made complying development in regional and rural areas more expensive, time consuming and confusing.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (687)/Comments (0)/
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Former Narrabri jockey Tim Bell killed in Singapore

Former Narrabri jockey Tim Bell killed in Singapore

Former Tamworth apprentice Tim Bell has been killed in a non-racing related accident in Singapore.

The Narrabri-raised jockey, who was pursuing a three-month riding contract in Singapore, was killed after reportedly falling from a high-rise building.

Bell, 22, started his apprenticeship with Sue Grills at Tamworth and was leading apprentice in NSW in his first two seasons with more than 170 winners, Racenet reports.

Two weeks ago he won his first Singapore major, the $150,000 Group 3 El Dorado Classic (2200m) riding stayer Sebrose.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Michelle Payne creates history with 100-1 win in Cup

Michelle Payne creates history with 100-1 win in Cup

Story Courtesy - Sunshine Coast Daily

UPDATE: MICHELLE Payne has created history at the 2015 Melbourne Cup by winning on outsider Prince of Penzance.

Payne was the only female jockey in the race and her horse was a $101 to 1 shot - only the fourth of such long odds to win the race.

"I can't believe it! The most funny thing is that my sister, Margaret, and I both had a feeling that I was going to win and I actually had a really strong feeling I was going to win,'' Payne said.

"But I thought, "Oh, don't be stupid, it's the Melbourne Cup" and it turned out exactly how I thought it would!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1720)/Comments (0)/
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North West communities want CSG protection after Metgasco announcement

North West communities want CSG protection after Metgasco announcement

Media Release - 3rd November

In the wake of yesterday’s announcement by the NSW Government that it would pay Northern Rivers unconventional gas aspirant Metgasco $25 million to essentially exit the region, paving the way for it to be “gasfield free,” communities from North West NSW want action from the Government to protect rural industries and groundwater from unconventional gas, too.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1053)/Comments (0)/
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Strengthening Regional Development in the Northern Inland

Strengthening Regional Development in the Northern Inland

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) appointments

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Chair, Russell Stewart and Deputy Chair, Ian Lobsey OAM are pleased to announce three new appointments and four reappointments to the RDANI Committee following endorsement by the NSW Cabinet.

The Committee members are:

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Monday, 2 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (834)/Comments (0)/
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New Tourist Attraction

New Tourist Attraction

Then there were two for the minion lovers

Then there were two.

 

Have you got a little Minion fan or are you a Minion lover yourself??? 

These little guys are right in our Shire's backyard on the Narrabri side of Edgeroi!  about 20kms north.

How cool is he!!! It's definitely worth the drive out! The kids will love him! I'm not sure if he's Kevin or Stuart!


 

Friday, 30 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (890)/Comments (0)/
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Nats must ‘stand up’ for councils threatened by Fit for the Future reforms: mayor

Nats must ‘stand up’ for councils threatened by Fit for the Future reforms: mayor

THE Nationals must stand up for councils across the region committed to standing alone as the prospect of forced amalgamations looms, or risk a backlash at the ballot box, a mayor has said.


Seven of the region’s councils were judged “unfit” for the future as part of IPART assessments under the state government’s contentious local government reform process.

The clock is now ticking on a 30-day period in which councils can respond to the findings.

Gwydir Shire mayor John Coulton says his council, despite failing the IPART test, is committed to remaining autonomous and will be “going all out” in its bid to win its argument with the government.

“There’s a strong determination to stand alone ... and we have a mandate from our ratepayers – that has not changed,” he said.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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DAISY APP NOW CONNECTS MORE WOMEN TO SUPPORT SERVICES

More women experiencing the impacts of sexual assault, domestic and family violence including those in rural and remotes area of Australia, or where English is not their first language can now find help in the one place through the updated Daisy app. With new features increasing accessibility, Daisy is now connecting more women to vital information and services. The Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the app is a valuable tool for women experiencing violence to access services relevant to their unique situation.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Know the rules

Know the rules

Mobile phone road rules

Learner and provisional P1 (red Ps)
Learners and provisional P1 licence holders are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding. This includes when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. You must be parked out of the line of traffic to use your phone in any way.

These laws encourage learner and P1 drivers and riders to concentrate on developing their vehicle control and hazard-perception skills. Mobile phone use can distract novice drivers and riders from the driving task.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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ESTABLISH A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE HUMAN IMPACT OF CSG MINING

TO: THE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT

My name is Glenn Lazarus. I am an independent Senator for Queensland in the Australian Senate.

I need your HELP to assist rural and regional communities, farmers and landowners across Australia being impacted by Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining. I would like your support to call on the Turnbull Government to establish a Royal Commission into the Human Impact of CSG mining.

Please sign this petition.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Why are you wasting my time

Why are you wasting my time

OCTOBER 27, 20158:46AM

Q&A debates CSG mining after Helen Bender asked about it on behalf of her father, who recently took his life

THE daughter of an Aussie farmer who took his life after campaigning against CSG mining, criticised the Q&A panel for not answering her question.

Helen Bender, whose father George battled to stop CSG (coal seam gas) companies coming onto his land in Queensland, recently committed suicide.

After being affected by the fight to stop the controversial mining, Helen appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program to ask the panel the question most farmers want to know.

“When will farmers be given the right to say ‘No’ to the CSG companies from coming on to their land?”

Panellist Joel Fitzgibbon replied, saying he was always a “strong supporter of the coal mining industry”, but it was a “state-based issue”.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NBN Long Term Satellite restrictions: revealed

nbn proposes standard 75GB data cap per month with 100GB and 150GB premium options to ensure satellites aren’t congested.

On Friday, nbn, the company responsible for building the National Broadband Network, released draft documents relating to the NBN Co Satellite Network set to launch in the second quarter of next year as part of the Satellite Trial Product Agreement.  The documents (see bottom of page) reveal a number of measures and restrictions expected to be taken by the company to prevent excessive use of data by end users.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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