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26

Nov

2019

5 Important Benefits Of Choosing A Gluten-Free Diet

Ever wondered what the fuss was about the gluten-free diet?

There's actually a variety of health benefits to be had from eliminating gluten from your diet.

From increased energy levels to greater digestive comfort. There's plenty more that come with this great health move!

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14

Oct

2019

Dylan Smith U17 National Cricket Championships🏏 congrats on your efforts. The Raffle Results

Dylan Smith U17 National Cricket Championships🏏

⭐️Raffle Winners Announcement⭐️

Kindly drawn by Roxanne Bushby Whitton😊

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Oct

2019

Migration roundtable to address skills shortage

RDA Orana will host a two-day discussion focussed on migration as part of the organisation’s commitment to regional workforce shortages.

“Locally-led migration strategies have provided a response to issues facing rural and regional communities, including shifts in workforce and population,” RDA Orana Director for Regional Development Megan Dixon said.

The event will begin with an employer forum to discuss visa options for employers who may be interested in hiring migrant workers. This will be followed by a workshop about migrant experiences and a roundtable to look at regional settlement.

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3

Oct

2019

Walgett Memorial Pool Now Open

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3

Oct

2019

Closure of Collarenebri Boat Ramp

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3

Oct

2019

Level 5 Water Restrictions for Collarenebri

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3

Oct

2019

Boil Water Alert Lifted for Walgett

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Oct

2019

Walgett Quarterly News from Walgett Shire Council

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26

Sep

2019

Service station in Narrabri held up with knife

Two men threatened a service station worker with a knife in a frightening early-morning attack in Narrabri today.

Police are investigating after the incident about 4.40am at the Newell Highway business, in which the men held the employee at knifepoint.

The thieves demanded money and cigarettes, but the employee was not harmed.

The men left the station with a cash and cigarettes and were last seen running north through bushland towards Kelvin Vickery Avenue.

Officers attached to Oxley Police District attended and established a crime scene at the service station.

Police wish to speak with the occupant/s of a white, older-model ute seen driving from the location on Cooma Road shortly after the offence.

The dual-cab ute with a tray back was headed towards Narrabri.

Anyone with information, including CCTV or dashcam footage from the area, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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25

Sep

2019

UK investor backs AgriWebb’s agtech growth

Duke of Westminster to help four-year-old livestock management software outfit AgriWebb's digital development

New-age Australian agribusiness, AgriWebb, has won significant old money investment support from Britain to help fuel its rapid growth as a farm management and supply chain software provider.

In just four years AgriWebb’s digital livestock production and farm management service has grown from a three-man startup to become used by sheep and beef cattle producers responsible for about 10 per cent of today’s national herd and flock.

In a move set to supercharge its digital development, including expansion into the dairy supply chain, AgriWebb has gained backing from the Wheatsheaf Group.    http://www.agriwebb.com/

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25

Sep

2019

Burren Junction rallies to keep school of arts hall open

Members of the Burren Junction School of Arts Hall Committee at the re-opening on the weekend. Pitcured is Philip Powell, Coral Marshall, Elizabeth Powell, Sandy Stump, Philip Marshall and Lucinda Stump with the Powell's grandchildren Harry, Rachel and Maggie Powell. Photo by Ali Smith, The Courier.

Burren Junction School of Arts Hall is the town's beating heart, a building that once symbolised hope and prosperity.

So when it was condemned in 2014 a group of the town's volunteers rallied to keep it's doors open.

"It's got heart and soul...it was the last significant building in Burren Junction and if it was torn down there wouldn't be much left," hall committee secretary Lucinda Stump said.

The hall was built in 1914 and over time it's walls have seen many dances and weddings, meetings, festivals, school events and charity functions. It even held school classes when Burren Junction Public School's numbers were high and they need more room.

It was the venue for the Victory Ball after the Second World War to welcome home the town's soldiers and it also marks the names of those who didn't come home, at the war memorial.

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18

Sep

2019

How to Get the Perfect Spray Tan Before Your Wedding

Do you have a wedding on the horizon?

First things first...CONGRATULATIONS!

Now, onto the most important question - are you spray tanned ready?!

Looking beautiful on your big day is more than a matter of self-confidence. When you’ll look back on the photos for a lifetime, feeling sexy in your skin is super important.

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12

Sep

2019

Connecting the Regions through the World’s Digital Platform

Monday this coming week our Principal Kate Schwager of KateS On Web and the instigator of the Namoi Group of Websites will be talking at the Australian Regional Development Conference at the Sunshine Coast, what an honour for her abstract to be chosen  

Her Abstract - Connecting the Regions – Through the Worlds Digital Platform, Under the Theme - Local Leadership; influence and information transfer.  

Kate will be doing a 20 minute presentation at the Australian Regional Development Conference at the Sunshine Coast on the 17th September. 

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10

Sep

2019

Member for Barwon calls for immediate independent audit of Rural and Regional Public Hospitals

Barwon MP Roy Butler has renewed his party’s call for an independent audit of rural and regional public hospital services and staffing.

This call follows the deeply concerning revelations in the Four Corners report Health Hazard

Mr Butler says the government needs to undertake an immediate independent audit of rural and regional public hospitals to determine what services are missing or lacking from hospitals; and the distribution of the health workforce across the State. 

“It’s time to make the health, welfare and safety of people across rural and regional NSW a priority,” said Mr Butler.

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9

Sep

2019

First Home Owners: Build or Buy

A must read if you're ready for your first home

Ready for your first home?

You might be tossing up between building a new home or buying an existing one. 

Read this article to discover the pros and cons of each and find out which option is right for you.

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9

Sep

2019

North West Local Land Services 2019/2020 Funding opportunities

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5

Sep

2019

5 Ways to Increase The Value of Your Home

(That don't break the bank)

Do you want to increase the value of your home?

There are plenty of small changes you can make to your house to give you the best chance of adding value on auction day.

Here are 5 proven ways to increase the value of your home before it comes time to sell.

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4

Sep

2019

Wee Waa Women's Health Night

Local ladies will be treated to a night of fun, food and relaxation in celebration of Women’s Health Week this month.
“It’s going to be a nice, relaxed atmosphere for women to socialise and have a good time; and hopefully to get something out of it as well,” HealthWISE primary health care nurse Chloe Wilkin said.

​The free dinner will feature a range of rural health professionals eager to share their knowledge, including Hunter New England Health’s Margaret Burns and Alvin Hill, Rural Adversity Mental Health’s Letitia Cross, HealthWISE dietitian Sammy Humphries and Kayla Oakley from Divine Healing.
Event goers will learn about women’s health and continence, accessing wellness and resilience programs, gut health, yoga and meditation.
“This is about getting women to support each other with the drought,” Chloe said. “It’s not looking good, but it’s about remembering that we’re all in this together.”

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4

Sep

2019

Wee Waa model taking on international modelling competition

A Wee Waa local will soon get a glimpse of the big city lights of Melbourne for an international modelling contest. 

Toby Knight, 22, will be up against six other representatives from NSW in the national final event for Top Model Worldwide in February 2020. The winner of this heat will travel to London for the international competition.

Toby was first scouted via his Instagram page by a representative from Cosmopolitan magazine, who offered him the chance to compete in Top Model Australia.

"I was like, 'No worries, I'll give it a red hot crack'. I went to the [state] competition and had a bit of training ... and luckily enough I was picked up pretty quickly," Toby said.

It wasn't an easy ride to the top, though. After competing in the NSW finals and making the top 10, Toby wasn't chosen for the top four to travel to Melbourne. But, a stroke of luck meant he was offered a wildcard entry and the top four became a top six, with Toby included.

"It was a proper golden buzzer moment for me to make top 10. I didn't expect that ... at all," he said.

"This is something I would really like to do full time, but I never thought I would be capable of doing it. This opportunity has shown me I can probably bloody do this."

At the national final in February, Toby will complete another runway presentation to show his confidence and ability to pull off different looks. He will also have an interview with the judges.

From here, Toby said if he was to win it would be "unbelievable", and that Miranda Kerr should look out for "the next big thing" coming from a regional town.

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31

Aug

2019

Northern Inland Regional Development Corporation Grants List

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

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30

Aug

2019

New push to stop Narrabri in NSW Upper House

He said it is designed to "press pause" on Santos' long delayed Narrabri CSG project.

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30

Aug

2019

Cricket: Landan Price and Dylan Smith to play at under-17s nationals

Price and Smith were both featured among the wicket-takers, both picking up two.

"We have Charles Mitchell, Jayden Zahra Smith and Harrison Townsend returning after having being involved in the joint national title winning team from 2018," McLay said.

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29

Aug

2019

Hats off to creativity of young writers in writeon 2019

Two Gold award winning students read their works at the ceremony, Erin Kruger from Masada College and Gabriel Siemer from Bourke Walgett School of Distance Education.

Six year old Gabriel has lived the devastating effects of the drought most of his young life on the family farm outside Walgett. They haven’t harvested a crop since 2016 and had to sell all their sheep and cattle due to the drought.

Young Gabriel and his older brother Rafael ‘attend’ the School of Distance Education by satellite link two or three times a week, leaving mum Casey to supervise their work and run the farm. Dad works as a movie and TV stuntman and due to the drought has been away from home much of the year.

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28

Aug

2019

Develop a Healthy Gut: From Detoxing to Energy Boosts

Do you feel 100%?

With modern diets and the stress of daily life, you won’t be alone if you feel as though your body isn’t operating at full speed.

The answer may be simpler than you think.

Detoxing. 

 

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28

Aug

2019

New flights to provide Dubbo link for Bourke, Cobar, Walgett and Lightning Ridge

Local residents are set to benefit from special rates offered as new air services take to western NSW skies next month.

With the support of the NSW government and the Far North West Joint Organisation (FNWJO), the airlines are able to offer a 'local fare'.

The local fare price for Cobar to Sydney is $249 one way, and the Dubbo to Cobar local fare price is $129 one way.

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23

Aug

2019

Mining watchdog suspends Narrabri Coal's exploration licence

Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy

THE state's mining watchdog has suspended the exploration licence of Narrabri Coal, for building unauthorised tracks in the Pilliga Forest.

The long-wall mine, which forms part of Whitehaven Coal's operations, was found to be in breach of its licence following a state-wide compliance blitz in June.

More than a dozen hollow trees, which provide important habitat to native animals, were knocked down. The unauthorised paths also failed to divert around environmentally sensitive areas.

Resources Regulator head honcho Anthony Keon said the mine's actions showed a "comprehensive failure" to follow "fundamental regulatory obligations".

"The construction of the unauthorised tracks resulted in significant environmental harm," Mr Keon said.

"Exploration activities are subject to strict conditions in order to ensure appropriate environmental protections.

Citizen science group, the Leard Forest Node, has been monitoring the mine's "progressive incursion" in to the Pilliga forest for a couple of years, spokeswoman Anna Christie said.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg, the Narrabri Coal mine has been flying under the radar for several years," Ms Christie said.

She was glad to see meaningful action taken against the mine, rather than just "a fine and a tap of the wrist".

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The suspension will remain in place until the mine conducts a full review of its compliance systems and can satisfy the watchdog that appropriate controls have been put in place.

Five other joint-venture partners also had their exploration licence suspended. The licence holders acknowledged the offending behaviour and offered to suspend all drilling and clearing activities.

The mine will be able to continue operating, however the suspension stops it from expanding or investigating new sites.

Whitehaven CEO Paul Flynn accepted that on this occasion the company failed to properly obverse its exploration obligations

"Based on our inquiries to date, the circumstances and communication failures that led to this outcome are unacceptable," Mr Flynn said.

"Whitehaven took immediate corrective action following the Regulator's site inspection, suspending all exploration activity and commissioning an independent audit and investigation to determine necessary corrective actions.

"The company is committed to ensuring all relevant issues are identified and addressed before exploration activities at Narrabri can resume and will continue to cooperate fully with the NSW Resources Regulator to achieve this outcome."

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23

Aug

2019

Coal seam gas moratorium bill put forward by NSW MLC Justin Field

Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy

AN independent politician has put forward a bill to establish a moratorium on all coal seam gas projects in the state.

The private member's bill, introduced to the NSW upper house by MLC Justin Field, would put a halt to Santos' Narrabri Gas Project, establish no-go zones for CSG including agricultural land and introduce a public interest test for proposed developments.

Mr Field said the bill was modelled off a moratorium put forward by Labor in 2015, and was hopefully it would be widely supported.

"The Greens, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, Animal Justice Party and Christian Democratic Party have all previously voted for, or supported, legislation or policies that endorse a moratorium on coal seam gas," Mr Field said.

"With those parties on board we can pass a coal seam gas moratorium bill through the NSW Legislative Council.

"The community have long opposed coal seam gas development in NSW and now it is time for the parliament to act."

Mr Field said the bill would renew the pressure on the government, and in particular the Nationals, who lost the seat of Barwon at the recent election to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, in part to CSG and water-related issues surrounding the Santos project.

"Santos have failed to address genuine concerns by the community and government agencies about their project and have breached the agreement they struck with the government in 2014," Mr Field said.

"There are significant water management and waste salt issues that have not been resolved from the company.

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Andrew McConville, CEO of gas industry body APPEA, said there was no reason NSW couldn't have a safe and sustainable CSG industry, like Queensland has had for more than 20 years.

"Repeated independent inquiries, including by NSW Chief Scientist, have found there are no risks associated with onshore gas development that can't be managed, mitigated or eliminated by an appropriate regulatory framework - which NSW has in place," he said.

"The answer to addressing NSW's gas needs is developing new supply - not further regulation or imposing bans on onshore gas development."

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21

Aug

2019

GOVERNMENT VOTES AGAINST PROVIDING REAL DROUGHT SUPPORT

Press Release - Roy Butler

The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party put on the table in Parliament a drought package that would provide real support to farmers and farming communities, disappointingly the Government voted against supporting them.

The SFF drought package includes immediate cash grants, to allow creditors to be paid, cash rebates for local government rates, transitioning legacy loans to zero or low interest loans, the establishment of a re-sowing and re-stocking grant and providing financial support for employers to retain employees on farm and in local businesses.

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21

Aug

2019

Hear Them Raw: Walgett's Jill Roughley, 79, runs her property on her own with guts and determination

The smell of a piping hot lasagne slips through the cracks of the oven in Jill Roughley's Walgett home. 

Like most rural women, a home cooked meal isn't out of the realm for this Country Women's Association stalwart, but neither are a lot of things. 

We haven't got a lot of time. That afternoon Jill will board her Kermit green truck loaded with fodder and travel around just under 20,000 acres to feed the drabs of stock that are holding on through the drought. 

 

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20

Aug

2019

Clayton Barr visits Moree to grasp water situation as he takes on new role as shadow minister for water

Cessnock MP and shadow minister for water Clayton Barr was in Moree last week as part of a trip across the region to gain a better understanding of the water situation.

Starting at Dubbo, then moving on to Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett, Moree on Friday and then Narrabri, Mr Barr wanted to get on the ground and talk to affected people and groups.

"I've only been the shadow minister for water for about six weeks now and I've been trying to read through a whole bunch of reports but for me, the best way to learn was to come and talk to people and see things and be shown how it's working and how it's failing and things like that," Mr Barr said.

He met with the Gwydir Valley Irrigators on Friday as well as local farmer and irrigator to hear their experiences with the low water.

"It's part drought, it's part water sharing, and it's a significant part around priorities of what's most important and what needs to come first, second and third and getting that balance right," he said.

Mr Barr said the reports he has read are mostly facts and figures but they don't detail the social impact on communities, with people being forced to leave town because of the lack of water and therefore lack of work.

"For example, at Walgett they were concerned about losing all of their tradesmen....because the rest of the community didn't have much work so there wasn't much money around," he said.

"So people weren't spending money or doing renovations or building new buildings and improvements, so the tradies didn't have any work but they needed to feed their families.

"They've had to move, and often it's younger families, which then drags kids out of schools so then your school numbers drop.

"That's something that hasn't been captured in any of the reports about water but it's a really important social consequence of the absence of water.

"Hearing stories like that has been fantastic in framing my understanding of how the absence of water has impacted the communities."

While Mr Barr has visited Moree and other towns across the region, it's his first visit in his new role as shadow minister for water, and he said it has been a fantastic experience.

He wants to make it clear that he nor anyone in parliament is anti-irrigation, but it's about coming up with a good strategy in regards to the distribution of water.

"While we can't do anything about rain falling out of the sky and drought conditions we can do something about the rules about what happens to the water once it lands," Mr Barr said.

"I think that's where the really important focus needs to be right now because we don't know when it's going to rain but when it does rain we have to make sure the water goes where it needs to go."

He said most of the reports he's read heavily criticise the government while also making recommendations from scientists, commissioners and experts in the area about what the government should do.

He is yet to see anything that proves those recommendations aren't the right way to go.

"They will cause a bit of pain and grief for some people in terms of their business model and farming models but the benefits to society, environments and in other ways will be significant," Mr Barr said.

"But I would hate to make judgmen

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20

Aug

2019

Cafe provides vital buzz to drought-impacted Walgett locals and visitors

Katie Murray can not quite believe that her little business is bucking the trend of economic downturn due to drought, but she says the figures and the numbers speak for themselves.

Her cafe in the north-west New South Wales town of Walgett is going gangbusters despite the ongoing dry weather.

She is so busy she has expanded the business to include fresh food and is increasing the table space available.

"We have quadrupled in size and we are really busy," she said.

"We had to make room for more giftware, but the main impetus for the expansion was the food — for casual lunchtime takeaway foods like sandwiches and wraps.

"Walgett was crying out for that food."

 

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19

Aug

2019

The Boat from Wee Waa - Commercial fisherman Ross Miller, 90, still building prawn trawlers, despite concerns about industry's future

ABC News

The trawler started its life well away from the waters of the Pacific.

When Mr Miller first learnt about the boat, it was virtually a skeleton under construction in the cotton fields of Wee Waa in western NSW, where water is better known for irrigating cotton fields.

"I brought it in from Wee Waa and have been working on it ever since for the past 14 months. Nothing has been really changed in specifications," he said.

With the commercial fisher no longer on the tools, getting hold of others to carry out the physical side of the work does present problems.

"It is very, very hard indeed. There are a few people around [but] despite [their] experience with larger ships, they have not had the experience of working on a smaller vessel like this," Mr Miller said.

That experience, or lack of, has him working with 75-year-old John Wait, who has been a commercial fisher and these days also helps train potential fishers on behalf of the NSW Fishing Industry Training Council.

"I told Ross that he was crazy to do this. And I was silly enough to be with him and help him," Mr Wait said.

"I love building boats. It is one of those things that gets into your blood and you can't get rid of it. As Toad from Wind in the Willows said, there is nothing like mucking around with boats."

It is not surprising from Mr Wait's view that a person his age is providing the labour.

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Aug

2019

NSW pushes back on AWU criticism over backing for LNG imports

Financial Review

AWU national secretary Daniel Walton late last week rounded on the government for granting the status of "critical state significant infrastructure" to a proposed $589 million LNG import project in Newcastlewhich will now enjoy a streamlined approvals process.

The Berejiklian government has already given the green light for a separate, $250 million LNG import terminal at Port Kembla, backed by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest.

The plans for the two import terminals are racing ahead as Santos's $3 billion Narrabri coal seam gas project, which could supply up to half NSW's gas requirements, remains locked in the state government's approvals process.

But Mr Stokes said the Narrabri project has "big potential impacts" on the environment, and that in any case the state is "best served by a competitive market with multiple sources".

 

 

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Aug

2019

Emily Newton, Jinnara Tyson chosen on NSW Youth Summit steering committee

Kids are growing up far too quickly as they see the affect drought is having on their families, says Walgett's Emily Newton.

Ms Newton and Jinnara Tyson from Dubbo are among two of the 11 people chosen to be on a steering committee for UNICEF Australia's NSW Youth Summit on living with drought.

As part of the steering committee, the youths help select about 100 young people aged 14 to 24-years-old who will attend the drought summit. The steering committee has also helped design the summit.

The aim of it is to collaborate with participants and experts to develop solutions for the problems young people are facing in the drought. The ideas will be presented to bureaucrats and politicians on the final day of the summit in October.

Ms Newton said most of her life had been spent battling against the drought. She's lived in Walgett her whole life until moving to Wagga Wagga to further her studies.

"While most of my friends were able to go away to the beach for their summer holidays, I would spend my holidays pulling dead animals out of the mud from the middle of dried up dams - this included livestock, native animals and pet poddy lambs and calves," she said.

"This became not only physically draining, but extremely mentally draining as it felt as though there was nothing more that I could do as my parents fought away debt to support me through the remaining years of my schooling."

The 21-year-old said youths were not spending their time being kids because they were seeing the affect of mental illness and financial instability.

"My main hope is that young people are able to come away from the summit with the life skills to be able to tackle the hardships they find themselves facing in the drought," Ms Newton said.

Ms Tyson grew up in Goodooga but now lives in Dubbo.

She said the drought was taking away youths' leisure time in rural communities and replacing it with work.

"I hope the summit will assist with providing extra support to the rural and remote communities that are impacted by the drought," she said.

The 24-year-old also wants to be a role model for other Aboriginal youths.

The NSW Youth Summit on Living With Drought will run from October 9 to 11. The applicants chosen by the steering committee will have all their travel costs covered.

 

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16

Aug

2019

2013 draft report warned that NSW towns would be left high and dry

The NSW government was warned by its own bureaucrats more than five years ago that reliable water supply in parts of the state could plunge by a third, with the situation now so dire that some of the largest regional towns face being left with no water within the next year.

The warnings were contained in a draft paper, Assuring Future Urban Water Security, which was dated December 2013 and commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries.

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16

Aug

2019

Warren, Walgett female artists contribute to Women Out Front exhibition

Spectacular gowns reflecting the landscape and other creative works make up an exhibition that shines a light on the talent of female artists in western NSW.

Women Out Front is a culmination of the work Signal Creative and Outback Arts have been doing with women in Warren and Walgett in the past two years. 

The exhibition features the 'Mother Nature Gown', the 'Yellow Belly Gown' and others, printed photos and textiles, as well as a large collaborative wall hanging.

It opened in Coonamble on Thursday, with a dance performance in the street.

"For many of the young artists, it's the first time their work has toured and been a part of a big collaborative exhibition and I'm proud to be a part of supporting these amazing young women," Signal Creative co-director Caroline Wallace said.

The Women Out Front program has already featured local performances from the young women at Warren Central School of the movement piece Drylands Wetlands, comprising sounds of the Tiger Bay Wetlands and original costume and set pieces made by the students inspired by the wetlands.

In Walgett, River Stories, created by the Sista Speak students, was exhibited in the Walgett Library as well as online.

Signal Creative co-director Emma Hoy said: "It's been an incredible two years working on Women Out Front with Outback Arts, we can't wait to see what these exciting new artists come up with next."

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14

Aug

2019

Country Universities Centre North West Moree and Narrabri sites now open for study

Moree distance university students now have a dedicated space they can go to study, work on assessments and complete exams, with the Country Universities Centre (CUC) North West now open for business.

The CUC North West, which has a site in Moree and one in Narrabri, was opened to students on July 8, and already 35 people have registered to use the facility - a one-stop shop with all the resources local students need to successfully complete their degrees.

The Moree site features a computer room, lecture room, meeting space and a fully-equipped kitchen, and is complete with wifi, computers, printers, photocopiers, and video conferencing technology.

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13

Aug

2019

Man dies on Pilliga Road property at Wee Waa after quad bike accident

A MAN has died in a quad bike accident near Wee Waa at the weekend.

The man, believed to be aged about 60, died on Sunday morning on a property off Pilliga Road.

Ambulance NSW confirmed two units, as well as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter from Tamworth, were tasked after a triple zero phone call at 11.20am.

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2019

Walgett temporary supermarket opens after town's IGA was destroyed by fire

Walgett residents have a supermarket again after a temporary outlet opened its doors on Tuesday.

The town's permanent IGA was destroyed by fire in June, which left Walgett without a supermarket for the second time in six years.

Western NSW Minister Adam Marshall said the supermarket will resume its normal 8:30am-6pm trading hours after a successful trial run on the weekend.

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12

Aug

2019

Crash near Narrabri leaves two in serious condition at Oxley

Two people have been seriously injured after a two-vehicle crash on the Kamilaroi Highway south of Narrabri overnight.

About 8.20pm yesterday (Friday 9 August 2019), a 73-year-old woman was traveling north on the Kamilaroi Highway, about 20km south of Narrabri when her 4WD and a southbound utility collided.

The woman, and the 42-year-old man driving the ute, suffered serious injuries, both were airlifted to Tamworth Hospital where they remain in critical but stable condition.

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11

Aug

2019

Namoi Valley cotton farms sold to local families for $35m

The sales come amid the $300 million offering of cotton giant Auscott's Midkin aggregation in the Gwydir Valley and with expectations of a smaller cotton crop next year due to the drought.

At 275 Spring Plains Road, Wire Lagoon, a 738 hectare irrigated cotton farm 15 kilometres from Wee Waa has changed hands for $11.4 million.

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Aug

2019

Top Fitness Trends of 2019 Revealed

Are You Ready To Get Physical?

As every year passes, trends involving fitness training change. And as 2019 continues it is clear that a new set of fitness training trends are set to explode.

People who never would have dared to say the word 'fitness' are now jumping onboard thanks to the following exciting fitness trends of 2019.

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Jul

2019

Barwon MP Roy Butler says Santos trying to pressure govt

The Land Newspaper

SANTOS'S predictions that its Narrabri Gas Project will be approved by the end of the year have been labelled a brazen attempt to pressure the government.

When Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher told Ticky Fullerton on Sky News in May the company expected approval by "year end" there were a few eyebrows raised.

Barwon MP Roy Butler told The Land: "this is not coming from the government, the company is trying to force a government decision on the back of the Adani Carmichael coal mine approval (in Queensland)."

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Jul

2019

Simple Money Saving Tips to Fund Your Next Getaway

The Secret Tips and Tricks All Money Savers Use

Imagine you’re sitting on a beautiful tropical beach right now, cold drink in your hand.

Now, what’s stopping you from making that dream become a reality?

Luckily for you, the research has been done, and here are five money-saving hacks so simple you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing them already.

You’ll be walking along the beach in no time with these...

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Jul

2019

Roy Butler Member for Barwan in the News this week

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Jul

2019

Do I Have to Pay My Interns

By Julian Parsons - Sydney

Do you have to pay your interns?

The short answer is yes and no.

Under Australian law, you must financially compensate anyone who comes to your workplace to contribute through ‘productive work’.

However, there are perfectly legal ways to bring on unpaid interns in a meaningful capacity that supports the goals of both employee and employer.

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19

Jul

2019

Water quality and availability concerns in drought for dialysis patients

The water security crisis in regional Australia could have major implications for life-saving medical procedures.

Key points:
Each dialysis patient uses up to 4,000 litres of water per week during treatment
Doctors in drought-stricken regions are worried patients may no longer be able to get dialysis in their home town if the water runs out
With dams running low, water authorities say it may be time to reconsider recycling water
Dialysis is a vital treatment, requiring approximately four billion litres of top quality water in Australia every year to keep people with acute kidney conditions alive.

The high rate of renal disease in regional Australia, particularly among Indigenous populations, means dialysis is a crucial service for remote and regional towns.

Many of these towns are also facing growing problems with water security.

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Jul

2019

Narrabri in the News this week

 A number of articles appeared in the news this week click the link to read them all.
Summary
Santos providing requested information about Narrabri project: Barwon MP
Barwon MP Roy Butler still concerned about CSG impact on Narrabri groundwater despite Santos ...
Govt to talk land acquisitions along Narromine to Narrabri with farmers for Inland Rail
Barwon MP Roy Butler still concerned about CSG impact on Narrabri groundwater despite Santos ...
Whitehaven growth defies softening coal markets
Community celebrates NAIDOC
More Dividends Likely From Whitehaven Coal
Safety first for Whitehaven
The ARTC will begin meeting with affected landowners in the Narromine section
Rail crossing danger concerns resident
 

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17

Jul

2019

When Will the Government Listen

Call this drought what it is - a Natural Disaster

This drought is breaking records, pushing families and communities to the brink − and it’s getting worse.

Across NSW, it’s drier than many have seen in their lifetimes. Farms that have never in their hundred-plus year history destocked, have sold all their livestock.

Farmers that had enough hay in storage for years of drought have used their last bale.

Farmers that have never complained, have gotten on with the job, have put food on tables across the world − are asking for assistance.

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Jul

2019

Gloucester's Lyn Stewart to launch her self-published book at Gloucester Bookshop

From the Gloucester Advocate story by Anne Keen

Gloucester's Lyn Stewart had a niggling interest in researching her family history.

Like many Australians, her family tree has a range of convicted criminals, which was partly what first piqued her interest. But it was chasing down that tale of her great great grandmother, Margaret Murphy which inspired her to write a book.

 

She started researching her relative by first acquiring Margaret's death certificate as it provided details of her date of death, the date and location of her birth, and the names of her parents.

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