Namoi News

Roy Butler MP Member for Barwon

Namoi News

5

Jun

2020

Berejiklian government rushes to defeat coal seam gas moratorium bill

Sydney Morning Herald

The Berejiklian government has rushed to defeat a private member's bill to derail the controversial Narrabri gas project as anti-coal seam gas groups were preparing to target National party seats.

In a rare move, the Coalition suspended the day's parliamentary agenda on Thursday to debate a coal seam gas moratorium bill in a bid to fast-track its demise in the Legislative Assembly.

It comes after the bill, put forward by independent MP Justin Field, passed the NSW upper house on Wednesday night with the support of Labor and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

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Jun

2020

GOVERNMENT VOTES AGAINST BETTER PROTECTION FOR VITAL GROUNDWATER

Roy Butler - Press Release

The Member for Barwon, Roy Butler today carried the historic Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill in the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Assembly.

“Much will be made of me carrying the CSG Moratorium Bill, but it should not surprise to people that I have followed through on my commitment to not support any extractive industry that puts water, our most precious resource at risk,” said Mr Butler. 

“I committed to do it through the campaign, and I kept my word.

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Jun

2020

Police charge woman over business fraud at Oxley

Mirage News

A woman will face court next month charged with fraud in the state’s north east.

Last month, officers from Oxley Police District commenced an investigation following reports two machinery businesses were defrauded.

Following extensive inquiries, Oxley detectives attended a home on Yarrie Lake Road, Narrabri, about 1pm last Friday (29 May 2020).

Officers located and seized three pieces of excavator equipment worth an estimated value of $50,000.

A 32-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Narrabri Police Station where she was charged with three counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

Police will allege in court that the woman provided false documentation to hire machinery between March and May 2020.

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4

Jun

2020

120 years of wheat varieties planted to track industry's evolution

ABC News

Wheat researchers are going back in time to produce a visual display of just how far the industry has come and to examine what work remains to improve crop productivity.

Seeds from 15 wheat varieties dating back to 1901 have been sown, and by the end of the year will paint a picture of the changes made over the past 120 years.

It is part of the University of Sydney's 60-year celebrations of its Plant Breeding Institute at Narrabri in north-west New South Wales which has been responsible for continually improving wheat lines.

"Farmers always have a favourite, or not-so-favourite, variety," said the university's director of northern agriculture, Guy Roth.

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4

Jun

2020

Narrabri under threat from new legislation

PERTH (miningweekly.com) – The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) is lamenting the passing of the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Moratorium Bill through the New South Wales Legislative Assembly late on Wednesday.

Appea CEO Andrew McConville said on Thursday that if the Bill was implemented, it would condemn New South Wales to higher gas prices and a slower economic recovery, particularly in regions like Narrabri that are already struggling after years of drought and the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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3

Jun

2020

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland

Newsletter

Dear Northern Inlanders,

As our region continues to face unprecedented times, the resilience of our communities continues to shine. As our communities start to reopen with decreased restrictions, it is now time to work together to rebuild from the devastation of not only COVID-19, but also the bushfires and the ongoing drought. While the Australian Government’s support programs have helped us through these times, I am looking forward to hearing further details of the JobMaker program when they become available so we can work towards a stronger economy for our region together.

The results of our Impacts of COVID-19 on Businesses survey are in, and the impact has been significant. Almost half of our businesses have had a downturn of 50% or more of their income, and 67% do not have enough income to cover their operating costs. We are continuing to work closely with the Australian Government to provide feedback about the experiences of businesses in our region during the shutdown and during the recovery period, which will take years of hard work.

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Jun

2020

Calls to expand Indigenous circle sentencing after success in Walgett and Dubbo

ABC News

A former Dubbo-based magistrate who presided over 25 Indigenous circle sentencing cases in Walgett said only one person had since reoffended.

Circle sentencing is a method in which Aboriginal offenders are sentenced through a discussion involving local elders, family members and sometimes victims. 

Magistrate Claire Girotto worked for several years on the Dubbo and Walgett circuit and is calling on the program to be expanded in New South Wales, after a study supported her experience that participants had better outcomes. 

"I'm a big fan of it," Ms Girotto said.

She said the process allowed offenders to take ownership of their crimes and their futures.

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2

Jun

2020

Deep cracks in Pilliga Forest caused by drought-busting rain will cost $1 million to fix

ABC

An unusual phenomenon has destroyed access roads critical to firefighting and logging in the Pilliga Forest in western New South Wales.

After three extremely dry years, more than 500 cracks — some up to three metres deep — have appeared throughout the forest floor. 

NSW National Parks Castlereagh area manager John Whittall estimated 60 per cent of the access roads in the forest's west end, near the township of Baradine, had been affected.

"We've counted 364 cracks so far, 30 to 40 access roads are impacted," Mr Whittall said.

 

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Jun

2020

Narrabri Shire Small Business in Focus.

Gillian Goddard - Small Business Liason Officer

Here is the June Newsletter from Gillian Goddard the Business Liason Officer packed with great information about Grants, online workshops, tips and lots lots more. Click the heading to read the full newsletter.  Lots of help out there to get your business over the hurdle we are facing. 

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Jun

2020

CRDC Spotlight: Disease suppression and species shift

Winter Edition

Welcome to the Winter edition of CRDC's Spotlight magazine! 

In this edition:

  • Our industry's five-year sustainability report card is released;
  • Creating disease suppressive soils; and
  • The CCA survey shows species shift in herbicide resistance.

... plus much more!

Spotlight has been landing in the mailboxes of our subscribers over the past week, in preparation for the start of Winter.

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Jun

2020

CottonInfo e-news: Three new options to control ratoons

Cotton Info E News

Effective crop destruction is an important part of the management of a Bollgard 3 system.

Ratoon cotton poses a resistance risk as it extends the amount of time Helicoverpa are exposed to the toxins contained in Bt cotton outside of the cotton growing season. Ratoon cotton is a host for pests and diseases. Pests such as aphids, silverleaf whitefly and mealybug can use ratoon cotton to survive over winter and re infest the following cotton crop. Ratoon cotton can also carryover disease such as verticillium wilt, black root rot and fusarium wilt. In other crops and subsequent cotton crops, ratoon cotton is considered a weed and can affect yield through plant competition.

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Jun

2020

Narrabri firearms: Benjamin John Presbury and Zachary Steven Janezic sentenced for guns found wrapped in crocheted blanket

Northern Daily Leader

TWO mates who said they found four firearms wrapped in a crocheted blanket in the bush while pig-hunting have been sentenced to a stint in prison.

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May

2020

My community loved Dad until he retired from football and needed a job

The Guardian

My dad and his family grew up in a tin humpy on the banks of the Namoi River in Walgett, New South Wales. My grandmother worked on a station, raising the station manager’s children, and never received her pay during her lifetime.

Growing up my father was denied an education and instead given a football; he left school at 15 and later in life was drafted with five other Aboriginal men to play rugby league for the Gundagai Tigers. That year Gundagai saw their first grand final win. Gundagai loved Dad until he retired from football and needed a job. 

My journey towards becoming a business owner started standing on the Gundagai overpass, waving goodbye to my father as he hitchhiked for work, as no one wanted to employ an Aboriginal.

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May

2020

FRRR NEWSLETTER May 2020

Hello everyone,

As I write this, it is the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. In the spirit of reconciliation, FRRR acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which our programs are delivered, and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders - past, present and emerging. We encourage everyone to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. As I reflect on the extraordinary times we continue to experience as a nation and global community, it seems especially appropriate that this year's theme is In This Together - as we certainly are.

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May

2020

North West Local Land Sevices - Newsletter Winter 2020

What's the news?
Everything you need to know
We are still here on the ground when it matters, with knowledge, networks and experience. Our staff are still able to assist landholders to manage and plan their agricultural production, biosecurity, natural resource management and emergency management needs.

Like all government agencies, our top priority is the safety and health of our customers and employees. At the same time, we understand that our customers rely on our services and that they are important for business continuity. You can still contact us directly on mobile, via 1300 795 299 or through our online enquiry form. 
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May

2020

Legal action looms over water sharing plans

Harriet Alexander Sydney Morning Herald

Floodplain graziers and environmental groups are considering legal action against the NSW government if it signs off on controversial water sharing plans, arguing the plans do not adequately take into account the needs of downstream users and the environment.

The Australian Floodplain Association, Macquarie Marshes Environmental Landholders Association and Inland Rivers Network have not ruled out litigation in the Land and Environment Court or the Federal Court if the plans are not amended to more evenly share the pain of a drier climate.

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May

2020

NSW water officials knew decades of unmeasured floodplain harvesting by irrigators was illegal

Kerry Brewster - Guardian

New South Wales water officials have acknowledged that decades of unregulated and unmeasured floodplain harvesting by irrigators was illegal, the minutes of recent meetings show.

At a January meeting, a week before the first drenching rains in northern NSW, members of a senior government water group discussed the legal implications of irrigators harvesting floodwaters, a widespread but unregulated method that accounts for up to a third of the water used by operators in the northern part of the Murray-Darling Basin.

The practice of irrigators collecting floodwaters using banks and levees to divert the water into large storages and dams has been blamed for contributing to declining flows further down the Murray-Darling River system. The 2018 South Australian royal commission described floodplain harvesting as “one of the most significant threats to water security in the Northern Murray-Darling Basin to both licence holders and downstream states”.

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May

2020

Country community welcomes new ECEC build that has been a decade in the making

A small country town in north-western New South Wales, with a population of 856 at last count, has welcomed news that a major employer in the town, Idemitsu Coal Boggabri, will construct a childcare centre in the town, with the six-month build expected to start in May, local news source The Northern Daily Leader has reported.

Construction company Greg Bartlett Construction will build the facility, which was designed by Hill Lockart Architects, who will manage the construction process. 

Local resident Catherine Collyer welcomed the news, telling The Northern Daily Leader that many locals have been working tirelessly for nearly a decade to secure an early childhood education and care facility in the town.

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28

May

2020

It's Only Just Begun

The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party have been told by Treasurer Dominic Perrott that the

proposed public sector wage freeze is “just the beginning” of changes the Government will make to

regain the economy and employment in New South Wales.

Following a meeting, this morning with the Treasurer and leader of the Upper House Damien

Tudehope the SFF’s position remains.

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May

2020

Best Environmental Technologies is passionate about helping farmers improve soil

Farm Weekly

Things aren't growing the way they should. My place is going backwards.

This is how some farmers across the country have felt. And for many, this has started their journey with Best Environmental Technologies. And they haven't looked back.

Best Environmental Technologies is a family-run, 100 per cent Australian-owned company, and for business manager Darren Falconer, the mission is to help farmers of all kinds improve soil health.

"Our goal is to help producers reduce inputs, minimise risk, both financial and health, improve soil structure and produce nutrient-dense food," he said.

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28

May

2020

COVID-19 NSW small business grant criteria questioned in light of business downturn from drought

ABC News

Peter Nash has run a shoe shop in Broken Hill for 45 years and has endured countless droughts and the closure of mines, but nothing has come close to the economic stress of COVID-19.

The Federal Government's 'JobKeeper' scheme is helping keep him afloat but he is angry his business did not qualify for a New South Wales Government small business grant. 

"Unfortunately, our downturn at the beginning of April was 72 per cent and they have a benchmark of 75 per cent," he said.

"I started the application but got booted out so to speak."

The sum of $10,000 is available to businesses who have experienced a loss of 75 per cent in income because of COVID-19.

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May

2020

Welcome to our Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs Newsletter

Welcome to our Community Funding Opportunities and Awards Program Newsletter where you will find details of grant and funding programs that are available for the Northern Inland Region for community based projects and social enterprises.

Due to the number of grants that are available, we send two funding opportunities newsletters a month; one for Business and Infrastructure and another for Community Projects and Award Programs. These newsletters are a free service that we provide, and can you can add the Business and Infrastructure Grants newsletter to your subscriptions by filling your details into on the left hand side of our website: www.rdani.org.au

We wish you all the best with the Funding Opportunities below and if you are looking for a grant between newsletters, have a look at the grants area of our website which is updated weekly: www.rdani.org.au/our-region/grants-and-funding-opportunities.php

If you need some facts and figures for your applications, a range of data for our region is also available on our website here: www.rdani.org.au/our-region/regional-data.php

Please note the below information is intended as a guide only. Closing dates and other details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

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May

2020

Strike Force Trawler detectives charge man over online child procurement

A man has been charged following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives into alleged online child procurement.

In February this year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from the state’s north west.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 13-year-old girl and engaged in sexually explicit conversations about acts he wished to perform on the child and sent sexually explicit material.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 52-year-old man at Walgett about 3.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 27 May 2020).

A short time later, officers executed a search warrant at a home at Lightning Ridge and seized mobile phones and electronic storage devices.

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27

May

2020

Louis Dreyfus takes lead role in Namoi Cotton marketing partnership

Farm Weekly

Drought-weakened Namoi Cotton has re-jigged its marketing joint venture with multinational commodities giant Louis Dreyfus Company, effectively giving its partner control of day-to-day management of Namoi's trading and marketing and warehousing activities.

In what is expected to be the last in a six-month run of sweeping restructuring and staff shedding actions at the NSW-Queensland ginning and marketing company, the latest Namoi business shakeup aims to bolster the trading business's financial capacity to weather volatile cotton and currency markets.

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May

2020

Welcome to our business and infrastructure Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Welcome to our Business and Infrastructure Funding Opportunities Newsletter where you will find details of grant and funding programs that are available for the Northern Inland Region for businesses and infrastructure projects.

Due to the number of grants that are available, we send two funding opportunities newsletters a month; one for Business and Infrastructure and another for Community Projects and Award Programs. These newsletters are a free service that we provide, and can you can add the Community Funding Opportunities and Awards Programs newsletter to your subscriptions by filling your details into on the left hand side of our website: www.rdani.org.au

We wish you all the best with the Funding Opportunities below and if you are looking for a grant between newsletters, have a look at the grants area of our website which is updated weekly: www.rdani.org.au/our-region/grants-and-funding-opportunities.php

If you need some facts and figures for your applications, a range of data for our region is also available on our website here: www.rdani.org.au/our-region/regional-data.php

Please note the below information is intended as a guide only. Closing dates and other details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

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May

2020

Target confirms its decision to close Narrabri's Target Country store won't be overturned

Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy

Retail giant Wesfarmers has confirmed the decision to close its Narrabri Target Country store will not be overturned, despite a community petition led by Narrabri Shire Council

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26

May

2020

Kamilaroi Highway crash: Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted woman to Tamworth hospital after serious car crash near Boggabri

Northern Daily Leader

THE KAMILAROI Highway south of Boggabri has been reopened in both directions after a serious car crash closed the road earlier on Tuesday.

LiveTraffic NSW shows the highway is now open to northbound and southbound traffic after a car rolled before 1pm on Tuesday, sparking a multi-agency response.

The driver of the car was seriously injured and has been flown by helicopter to Tamworth hospital for treatment.

Motorists should exercise caution when passing through the stretch of highway four kilometres south of Boggabri.

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May

2020

Roy’s Round-Up 25 May 2020

Hi Folks, 

Ever since the start of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions my team and I have been dealing with the community fall out. Changes made on the fly always have unintended  consequences, consequences that have a negative impact on our community. We’ve been working hard to sort these issues out and lobby the Government for changes on your behalf, I’m pleased to say we have had a lot of success in this area, changing the Health Orders on many occasions to work better for Barwon.

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May

2020

Disqualified driver charged after pursuit at Narrabri

A disqualified driver has been charged following a police pursuit at Narrabri today.

Just after 3.30am (Saturday 23 May 2020), officers attached to Oxley Police District observed a Holden Commodore with its rear lights out travelling on Cooma Road, Narrabri, and attempted to stop the vehicle near Bridge Street.

When it allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated.

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May

2020

Russell Webb, Rebecca Reardon, Scott Kermode among new LLS board members

Northern Daily Leader

THE region's primary producers will have a strong voice at a state government level thanks to the latest elected members of representative boards.

Russell Webb (Duri), Rebecca Reardon (Moree), Scott Kermode (Walcha),Grahame Marriott (Inverell), William O'Halloran, (Invergowrie) and Jane Mactier (Tenterden) were the latest members elected to Local Land Services (LLS) boards.

The Northern Tablelands and North West board members will advocate for primary producers across both regions and co-ordinate with LLS on a range of issues.

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May

2020

Wild Horse signs now on Pillaga Road.

North West Local Land Services in conjunction with Narrabri Shire Council have had wild horse caution signs installed along the Wee Waa to Pilliga road to warn motorists of the potential hazard of collisions with wild horses in the area.

Wild horses are listed as a priority species in the North West Local Land Services region. The erection of these signs comes after reports from locals who have described near miss situations along this stretch of road. There is a known population in this area and they pose a hazard for all motorists, particularly those unfamiliar with the area.

Senior Biosecurity Officer, John Busby emphasised the importance of having this awareness for motorists, as a collision could be fatal. He said “Times to be most cautious are early morning and late evening when there is reduced visibility, however, horses can be out at all times of the day or night.”

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May

2020

Nicholas Rosser: 19-year-old found safe west of Walgett

About 5pm on Tuesday, Nicholas Rosser was found on a property neighbouring the campsite he was last seen west of Walgett.

Police say the 19-year-old is safe and well.

Police would like to thank the community and media for their assistance.

EARLIER, 3pm, May 19:

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing from west of Walgett.

Nicholas Rosser, aged 19, was last seen at a campsite with friends, about 11 kilometres west of Walgett on the Barwon River on Brewon Road.

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May

2020

Time running out to enrol in AgSkilled courses

Cotton Australia - Press Release

Time is running out for people in the cotton and grains industries to secure a place in funded training this year.

AgSkilled is a direct partnership between Cotton Australia, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Training Services NSW, Department of Education, and was developed to support training to ensure the grain and cotton workforce was well prepared for the future.

AgSkilled Project Officer Claudia Vicary says the current government funding for the AgSkilled strategy is due to conclude 30th June 2020.

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May

2020

Narrabri councillor Ann Loder removed from civic office while battling breast cancer because she did not fill out an absence form

Northern Daily Leader

IN the midst of a battle with breast cancer, Narrabri Shire Council councillor Ann Loder learned she had been removed from elected office because she didn't fill out a form.

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May

2020

Cannabis plants, drug paraphernalia found at Narrabri home

Northern Daily Leader

Police have discovered an alleged cannabis plant set-up after executing a search warrant last week.

On Friday afternoon, police officers executed a search warrant at a home on Hinds Street in Narrabri where they made the find.

Police found the cannabis set-up in the home and seized a range of items while there.

Items seized included 11 cannabis plants, cannabis, drug paraphernalia, an unauthorised restricted prescription substance and electronic components that police will allege to be used and made into a taser.

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May

2020

GRANTING OUR SPORTS CLUBS A KICK ALONG

Member for Barwon Roy Butler has announced that twelve Sporting Clubs will share in more than $92,000 in funding thanks to the 2019-20 Local Sport Grant Program.

Mr Butler said the funding will allow these Clubs to improve their facilities and remove some hurdles for people who are thinking about getting involved with their local club. 

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May

2020

Boggabri cotton farmer Andrew Watson concerned by COVID-19 impact on cotton crop

Northern Daily Leader

THE effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy have one Boggabri cotton farmer concerned about the profitability of his crop.

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May

2020

All controversial projects determined in 12 weeks, Minister demands

The Independent Planning Commission will have 12 weeks to decide whether to approve controversial developments and mining projects, as part of the government's push to ensure timely decision-making.

The three-month timeframe will now apply to all projects for which the commission must hold public hearings, not just the controversial Narrabri Gas Project which was capped at 12 weeks earlier this year.

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May

2020

Inland Rail: Narrabri to host biggest logistics hub in the North West says GM

The huge industrial estate set to become Narrabri's "inland port" will be even bigger than initially predicted as council seeks to take advantage of the Inland Rail project.

Narrabri Shire Council General Manager Stewart Todd revealed the council are considering buying extra land for the project. 

Doing so would make the business park "the premier industrial and logistics hub development in North West NSW," he said in an announcement online.

The $9.3 billion Inland Rail project, which will link Brisbane and Melbourne by train, is set to start work in Narrabri later this year.

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May

2020

Showground upgrades welcomed for Narrabri, Boggabri

He founded an event many mark in their calendars once a year, and despite having to cancel this year's Drover's Campfire, Geoff Eather says upgrades to the Boggabri showgrounds will be "perfect".

These grounds, as well as their Narrabri counterpart, are set to receive a face-lift thanks to funding announced by the NSW Government.

"The upgrades they are working on will make a big difference," Mr Eather said.

"They [facilities] were getting rather old, and well and truly due for an upgrade, so it's great news. 

"Hopefully we will have a lot better facilities once we return next year, bigger and better."

Boggabri Showground's seating will be redone with brand new aluminium seating, the control tower will be repaired, four sets of access steps will be replaced for the toilet block, with an underground power supply installed to an onsite water pump.

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May

2020

Boggabri community welcomes start date of Idemitsu's child care centre build

She's been one of many working for almost 10 years to get a childcare centre to Boggabri, and says the upcoming build is ' just fantastic'.

Catherine Collyer's patience and persistence have paid off, and says the flow-on effects of having the first child-care centre in town will benefit the not just families, but the wider community and region.

"I can't wait," she enthused.

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May

2020

We Went to the Daft Punk Album Premiere in Wee Waa, Australia, Pop. 2,100

WEE WAA, Australia–The world premiere of the latest Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, was originally scheduled to take place on May 17 at a farm show in the rural Australian town of Wee Waa, population 2,100. The unconventional choice of locale made worldwide news, as intended. The event (and its marketing) was always about more than just two French guys releasing an album: It was an attempt to breathe life into the idea that a distinct collection of songs could still be relevant in 2013, when digitally downloaded singles dominate and launch dates have become almost meaningless.

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May

2020

WILL DAFT PUNK EVER TOUR AGAIN? HERE'S EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THEIR POSSIBLE RETURN

Will Daft Punk ever tour again? It's the question the world has been asking since the Alive shows in 2006 and 2007. Their live performances are the stuff of legend and the robots' return to festival stages and concert halls is one of the most hotly anticipated events in all of electronic music. 

Daft Punk last performed "live" with The Weeknd at the 2017 GRAMMYs. They appeared on stage with the vocalist for a rendition of 'I Feel It Coming', one of the two tracks that the duo produced for The Weeknd's album 'Starboy'. Electronic music has a long history at the GRAMMYs but it wasn't enough to satisfy fans of Daft Punk.

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May

2020

Roy’s Round up

11 May, 2020

Hi Folks, 

We are two months into something that will hopefully only happen once in a lifetime. I want to offer my thanks to all of you, the people who have followed the public health advice, and the essential workers who have worked with risks to keep us all safe, and services functioning. 

As we move into an easing of some restrictions on Friday 15 May, please remain vigilant with the basic health advice. If you are a business looking to get back to trade, please be safe, and protect your staff and clients. 

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5

May

2020

WORKING FROM HOME WORKS – IT’S TIME FOR THE BUSH TO TELECOMMUTE

If there is one positive from the COVID-19 pandemic it’s the widespread realisation that working from home works, says Member for Barwon, Roy Butler.

Mr Butler is calling on the NSW Government to review the suitability of all Public Sector positions for telecommuting, and introduce new requirements for Public Sector roles to be advertised as ‘suitable for telecommuting’. 

The way roles are currently advertised, shows a geographic area where the role is based, inhibiting the attraction of the best possible candidate, no matter where they call home.

“COVID-19 has meant more and more people have shifted to working from home, with videoconferencing for team meetings, and remote access tokens bringing the office to people’s dining room tables and study’s.

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30

Apr

2020

FRRR NEWSLETTER April 2020

I hope that you are reading this in good health and adjusting to our temporary new normal. Rural communities are experts in remote working and living and while we wouldn’t wish for this situation, it has created a window of greater empathy for the daily challenges that distance can present to delivering services and staying connected and well. One might say this is rural Australia’s time to shine, as rural Australia will be a big part of the COVID-19 recovery and I’m looking forward to FRRR supporting locally-led initiatives that will strengthen their vibrancy and prosperity.

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24

Apr

2020

Boggabri child care centre: Tamworth builder to construct facility

A Tamworth construction company will build Boggabri's first child care centre.

Idemitsu named Greg Bartlett Construction of Tamworth as the successful tenderer for the long-awaited facility on Friday, and said work is expected to start in May.

The 397 square-metre centre, on the corner of Brent and Oakham streets, will cater for children aged 0-5 and provide after-school care for students aged 6-12.

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24

Apr

2020

Love thy Farmer advocating for rural communities

Growing up with cotton and wool at their fingertips, it's no surprise Sarah Wilson and Melinda Palmer would one day find themselves with a business showcasing one of Australia's great fibres. 

The pair recently launched Love thy Farmer, a business which is clearly founded on a passion for farming, rural communities and natural fibres.

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24

Apr

2020

Butler calls on the NSW Government to waive car rego fees

Member for Barwon, Roy Butler is adding his voice to calls for car registration waivers saying motorists shouldn’t be slogged with car registration fees while we’re being told to stay off the roads.

“The cost of car registration is one of the big bills households face every year – alongside mortgages, rent, and energy bills.

“We’ve seen support announced by banks for mortgage holders, protections for renters announced by government, and energy companies supporting their customers with rebates and payment extensions.

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Apr

2020

Provenance toolkit to help rural businesses stand out from the crowd

Agrifutures Australia

When it comes to food and fibre, consumers want to know who produced it, where it was produced and how it was produced. New AgriFutures Australia funded work not only confirms that building provenance through storytelling is a critical strategy for bringing brands and products to life, but also offers the practical tools to help small business achieve it. 

The provenance toolkit, developed by agricultural market research and digital marketing experts Honey and Fox, offers a suite of practical resources available for download via the AgriFutures Australia website. The toolkit is aimed at Australian producers who want to build an impactful provenance narrative for their food and fibre business and share it with current and prospective clients. 

Sharing your product’s origin story, history or journey to market is a powerful way to connect with your consumers and differentiate brands in the market. It’s an approach that can play a critical role in sustaining, increasing or expanding market share. 

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