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23

Aug

2019

Hughes family carrying on Phillip's cattle legacy

The late cricketer Phillip Hughes' sister Megan has come back to the farm to help grow the business her brother and father Greg started.
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23

Aug

2019

Experience no barrier to farm accidents

It was a task Natimuk farmer Michael Sudholz had done 1000 times before, but that didn't stop a freak wind from causing a serious accident.
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23

Aug

2019

Vietnam work and holiday maker visa program expanded

Australia ups Vietnamese visas from 200 to 1,500.
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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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23

Aug

2019

AGT catapults new variety into market

AGT is thrilled with its new wheat line, which it says will offer growers flexibility in terms of time of sowing without compromising yield.
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23

Aug

2019

Rocksville asking $1.45 million

The Charleville property Rocksville has been listed for sale through Landmark Harcourts for $1.45 million.
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22

Aug

2019

Weak dollar drives fuel prices higher

Petrol prices in the five biggest capital city markets averaged 141.2 cents a litre in 2018-19.
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22

Aug

2019

A bonnie Texel ram sells for $380,000 in Scotland

A Texel ram lamb has sold for an astonishing $A380,000 in Scotland.
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22

Aug

2019

Dogs to sniff out citrus canker

A new project will see sniffer dogs used to detect citrus canker disease.
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22

Aug

2019

Over 100 guns seized: Man to face court on firearms charges

A man is due in court today after more than 100 prohibited firearms were seized from a primary industry field day at Gunnedah.
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22

Aug

2019

GrainCorp not granted Portland port exemption

GrainCorp has not been granted an exemption to the ACCC port access code for its Portland facility.
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22

Aug

2019

Book covers range of food plants

The info flows easily in Food Plants of the World.
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22

Aug

2019

Hay fire at GrainPro storage

Grain business GrainPro can't take a trick, with news of a fire destroying hay at its Gumly Gumly storage.
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22

Aug

2019

Fischer a "titan" of the National Party

Tim Fischer was a man of the people and farmer at heart
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Aug

2019

Fischer a "titan" of the National Party

Tim Fischer was a man of the people and farmer at heart
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21

Aug

2019

Tasmania remains GM-free

South Australia's high profile decision to remove its moratorium on GM crops has overshadowed Tasmania's move to retain their ban.
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21

Aug

2019

Multikraft hints at further Aussie expansion

A probiotic fertiliser company could build a manufacturing plant down under.
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21

Aug

2019

Making the right wet weather decisions

Not all farmers are dealing with drought this year. In a patch of Victoria croppers are losing paddocks to waterlogging.
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21

Aug

2019

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer dies aged 73

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has died in Albury after a fight with cancer.
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21

Aug

2019

ACCC gives Ruralco, Landmark deal the all clear

The $470M sale of Ruralco to Landmark has been cleared by the ACCC.
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21

Aug

2019

You know it's dry when...

We asked visitors to AgQuip for some of the more usual signs of the drought.
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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

Riverina canola crops look good, but fuel light on

Canola crops in the Riverina look in great condition, but there is precious little moisture remaining. Will farmers cut them for hay?
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21

Aug

2019

Dusting herself off after a brain bust

One year ago, jillaroo RaeLea Foley sustained a life-changing brain injury and is now focusing on her own charity, the Dust Off Brain Bust.
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21

Aug

2019

Money pit: NSW's $262m Shenhua deal a coal dud

Government's use of taxpayer money questioned as new documents show Shenhua didn't want the exploration licence area NSW paid for.
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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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21

Aug

2019

Grassed up Gundoo sold at auction

The 16,594 hectare Isisford property Gundoo has sold at an Elders auction for $3.4 million.
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21

Aug

2019

Bayer sells its Animal Health business to Elanco for $7.6m

Elanco to become world's second largest animal health company.
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21

Aug

2019

Bayer sells Animal Health business to Elanco for $7.6b

Elanco to become world's second largest animal health company.
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21

Aug

2019

Plant biosecurity takes focus at symposium | PHOTOS

The Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium was held in Brisbane last week.
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21

Aug

2019

Inland Rail funds on offer for locals to build their businesses

Federal government will pay the cost of preparing funding pitches for new road and rail freight links to the Inland Rail.
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20

Aug

2019

From dust storms to floods in just four hours

Victoria is the smallest mainland state, but there is still a wild variance in seasonal conditions from dust storms to waterlogging.
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Aug

2019

Simsons win Brownhill Cup

Ed and Fiona Simson accepted the award at AgQuip today.
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20

Aug

2019

East coast grain imports set to continue into 2020

The outlook for southern Australia is better, but a lack of hard wheat will mean wheat imports from Canada will keep coming in.
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Aug

2019

Paving the way for women in meat

Tickets now on sale for Brisbane Meat Business Women event.
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Aug

2019

Tassal Group to develop Exmoor as major aquaculture operation

Exmoor Station at Bloomsbury will be developed as a major aquaculture operation by its new owner, the Tassal Group.
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Aug

2019

Heart Foundation tick for full-fat dairy

Healthy Australians can indulge in the joy of full-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt without increasing their risk of heart disease or stroke.
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Aug

2019

NAPCO's Ross Peatling takes out prestigious beef innovation award

Cattleman Ross Peatling, Alexandria Station in the NT, was awarded the prestigious 2019 NABRC producer medal last night.
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Aug

2019

Alarm bells ring over corn crop projections

It has not been a walk in the park for the developing corn crop since planting.
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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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20

Aug

2019

Karawarra delivers Mackenzie River diversity

Karamarra has been developed as three separate businesses: Irrigation, broadacre farming and cattle.
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Aug

2019

Tassal to develop Exmoor as major aquaculture operation

Exmoor Station at Bloomsbury will be developed as a major aquaculture operation by its new owner Tassal.
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Aug

2019

Tassal Group to develop Exmoor as major aquaculture operation

Exmoor Station at Bloomsbury will be developed as a major aquaculture operation by its new owner, the Tassal Group.
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Aug

2019

ACCC: beef sector still not doing enough

The ACCC has commended the beef and cattle industry for improving transparency, but wants more work done.
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Aug

2019

Can we triple grain-fed beef exports to China by 2030?

A new report from Rabobank says Australia has an opportunity to increase grain-fed beef exports to China by 65 per cent by 2030.
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19

Aug

2019

Fresh Awards 2019 declare NSW/ACT's best fresh produce suppliers | PHOTOS

There were plenty of smiles at this year's Fresh Awards.
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19

Aug

2019

National farm debt mediation scheme expected by mid-2020

Federal government is working with states to deliver the key rural recommendation from the Banking royal Commission.
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19

Aug

2019

Cunnamulla aggregation asking $9 million

The Godfrey family's 40,468 hectare Barrygowan aggregation in South West Queensland is on the market for $9 million.
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