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NSW kids can come home from Queensland boarding schools

NSW kids can come home from Queensland boarding schools

Media Release from Roy Butler MP

“Over 400 NSW kids attend boarding schools in Queensland, many of them coming from remote and regional NSW where we’ve had no cases of COVID, these kids and their families were tied up in politicking,” said Mr Butler.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (580)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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North West NSW Mobile GP Respiratory Clinic -

North West NSW Mobile GP Respiratory Clinic -

Wee Waa -Tuesdays 10.30am to 2.30pm Narrabri Wednesdays 12.30pm to 4.30pm Boggabri Fridays 9.00am - 1pm

Respiratory Clinic

Call for an appointment
6760 9765

Friday, June 19, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2541)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Police seize ammunition and cannabis – Central North

Mirage News

Police seized ammunition and cannabis following a search of a home in the state’s north west last week.

As part of a proactive rural crime operation, officers attached to Central North Rural Crime Prevention Team with the assistance of investigators from Central North Police District, conducted a Firearm Prohibition Order (FPO) at a property on the Castlereagh Highway, Walgett, about 3.55pm on Friday 5 June 2020.

During the search, officers located and seized, two rifle bolts, ammunition, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds.

Friday, June 12, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2724)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Walgett Shire Council to paint mural of singer Jimmy Little

Walgett Shire Council to paint mural of singer Jimmy Little

Daily Liberal

The late Aboriginal musician Jimmy Little will soon be part of the NSW silo art trail after Walgett Council chose to recognise his legacy in a mural painting.

Jimmy is from the Yorta Yorta nation and for a time lived in Walgett. He was the first Indigenous Australian to receive mainstream music success.

At a Walgett Shire Council meeting in March, councillors agreed to paint a mural image of Jimmy on the town's water tower.

Friday, June 12, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2202)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Fury as NSW CSG project gets state's tick

Fury as NSW CSG project gets state's tick

Environmental groups and some MPs have pleaded with an independent planning body to oppose a controversial coal seam gas project after it was recommended for approval by the NSW government.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on Friday recommended the Narrabri coal seam gas project be approved and referred it to the Independent Planning Commission for a final assessment.

Oil and gas giant Santos wants to develop the $3.6 billion project over 95,000 hectares in the Pilliga forest and nearby grazing land in the state's northwest.

It involves drilling 850 new gas wells over 20 years, with Santos saying it has the potential to satisfy up to half of NSW's natural gas demand.

 

Friday, June 12, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3019)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Disaster resilience and youth mentoring for OS

Disaster resilience and youth mentoring for OS

Echo Daily

Ocean Shores residents are set to benefit from a $40,000 grant as part of the NSW disaster resilient and future ready (DR:FR) Get Ready program. 

Wee Waa and North Richmond were the other NSW communities that participated in the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) program.

The funding has been split between a program which aims to engage local youth, and another that will play a role in the disaster preparation process, including a map identifying local flood and bushfire risk areas and identifying important community information.

Byron Youth Service’s Ocean Shores Youth Response Team (OSYRT) say they will be using $25,000 of the grant to run five weeks of skills-building and awareness workshops for local youth. 

This will include sessions from a local Indigenous facilitator, and aims to boost their morale and self-confidence and provide an opportunity to role model positive behaviours for younger students.

Thursday, June 11, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Queens Birthday 2020 Honours List

Queens Birthday 2020 Honours List

Wee Waa - Julie Dowleans receives Order of Australia

The Governor-General has today announced the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, recognising 933 Australians.

Included in the list are:

  • 710 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia (3 AC, 50 AO, 200 AM and 457 OAM)
  • 28 recipients of awards in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (3 AO, 12 AM and 13 OAM); and
  • 128 meritorious awards.

“In this list, we see all the positives that are in our community – we see the great ideas, we see the hard work, we see the love and compassion for fellow human beings – it’s a microcosm of Australia,” the Governor-General said.

Sunday, June 07, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4215)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2
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Chorus of criticism for defeat of coal seam gas moratorium, but NSW Government holds firm

Chorus of criticism for defeat of coal seam gas moratorium, but NSW Government holds firm

ABC New England / By Patrick Bell and Lucy Thackray

Farmers in north-west New South Wales are furious at the defeat of a bill to temporarily put a stop to Coal Seam Gas activity in the state.

The Bill passed the NSW Upper House late on Wednesday night, and the Government unexpectedly brought it to a vote in the Legislative Assembly yesterday afternoon.

It was defeated 38 votes to 36.

The legislation had the support of Labor, the Greens, the Shooters Fishers and Farmers (SFF) and other independents.

The Deputy Premier John Barilaro has accused the SFF of having "sold out jobs in regional NSW to align themselves with the Greens, not because of outcomes, but because of politics".

Key points:

  • The State Government defeated a bill that would have temporarily stopped all coal seam gas activity
  • Farmers in the state's north-west are worried about the implications for the impending Narrabri Gas Project
  • The government insists it has the community on its side
Saturday, June 06, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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CSG mine's mountain of unwanted salt  (This was published 8 years ago )

CSG mine's mountain of unwanted salt (This was published 8 years ago )

Brisbane Times - Still no solution to this problem or where to put it.

Coal seam gas (CSG) mining at just one Queensland site will produce three million tonnes of salt - enough to raise a pile 10 metres high and 11 kilometres long, senators have been told.

A parliamentary committee yesterday took evidence in Canberra looking at the impact of mining CSG on the Murray Darling Basin.

Liberal senator Bill Heffernan told the hearing of the salt produced by one approved Queensland project.

"Eleven-point-three kilometres by 30m wide by 10m high - that'll be the pile of salt that'll be produced from this one mining approval," Senator Heffernan told representatives of the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (DTIRIS) attending the hearing.

"This is for you to think about because we don't want this to happen in NSW - that's approved under the onerous provisions of the Queensland DERM (Department of Environment and Resource Management).

"I wouldn't like that on my landscape."

Friday, June 05, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Cheap gas, really? Why gas — from coal seams or ships — may not mean low power prices

Cheap gas, really? Why gas — from coal seams or ships — may not mean low power prices

ABC News - Published on 12 February 2020

Think about this — Australia is now the world's biggest exporter of natural gas, yet we're looking at importing gas to deal with a domestic "shortage".

If this happens, Australia will be using huge amounts of energy and spending large sums of money to compress, liquify and ship its abundant gas reserves to markets overseas.

Then gas will be shipped back, with all the costs and resources involved, to supply the local market.

Does that make sense? Go figure.

But there's money to be made from it.

Andrew Twiggy Forest, iron ore baron, philanthropist and one of the nation's shrewdest businessmen, is backing a proposal to import gas through Port Kembla, NSW.

Welcome to the world of Australian gas policy.

'Pure stupidity'

Alistair Donaldson, a fourth-generation farmer from outside Boggabri, north-west of Newcastle, has been fighting coal seam gas development in the region for 10 years, but he's equally appalled by the gas importation plan.

"It would have to be the purest form of stupidity imaginable," the plain-talking cattleman says.

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ABC NSW Country Hour

ABC NSW Country Hour

  • Farmers raise concerns over coal seam gas but the Nationals say water and agricultural land will be protested by the planning process
  • World environment day sees solar dairy and tree production pushing ahead
  • Brumby control of 4000 head set to go underway despite appeals from deputy premier John Barilaro.
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Berejiklian government rushes to defeat coal seam gas moratorium bill

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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Banking on Gas will leave us stranded

Banking on Gas will leave us stranded

Sydney Morning. Herald - John Hewson - Columnist and former Liberal opposition leader

Governments were generally caught short by COVID-19. Scott Morrison boasts that he saw it earlier, and acted quicker and more decisively, than most – that he relied on medical and scientific advice, forged a “national” response, ignored ideology.

But his government has a split personality on the need to rely on science. It so easily ignores climate science, still swayed by a small rump of Coalition deniers.

In a sense, the experience of the pandemic is a dress rehearsal of what will happen with climate, if governments continue to ignore the science. There had been imprecise warnings of possible pandemics, but these had been ignored. Climate science is far more substantive, peer-assessed and uniform than that relied on to support the COVID responses; the predicted catastrophic weather events have become more frequent and more intense, and over decades.

 

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Assault on environment by gas fracking multinationals escalates

Assault on environment by gas fracking multinationals escalates

Michael West Media by Callum Foote | Jun 5, 2020 | Energy, Featured

Multinational corporations have captured the national polity and continue to push last-century energy solutions on Australia, in defiance of sound policy and due process. The US fracking industry has collapsed. Yet the Covid Commission forges ahead with coal seam gas plans for Santos at Narrabri. Callum Footereports.

As if a tradie-led recovery wasn’t bizarre enough, the COVID Commission and Liberals and Nationals in NSW are forging ahead with plans to open up Narrabri for coal seam gas fracking.

This is despite:

  • warnings only a day ago that the global glut could force natural gas prices into negative;
  • the science telling us clearly that for the sake of the planet we need to move on from fossil fuels, especially given that renewable energy can compete on cost with oil, coal and natural gas-fired power plants;
  • figures showing that fugitive emissions from natural gas production are driving massive increases in greenhouse gas; and
  • the fact that domestic gas users are massively price gouged because the East Coast gas market is controlled by a cartel of three producers, Santos, Origin Energy and Exxon/BHP, who starve the domestic market to force up prices and make super profits  Meanwhile overseas buyers of Australian gas pay far less than the domestic buyers do.
Friday, June 05, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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GOVERNMENT VOTES AGAINST BETTER PROTECTION FOR VITAL GROUNDWATER

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.

Thursday, June 04, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2582)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Deep cracks in Pilliga Forest caused by drought-busting rain will cost $1 million to fix

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.

 

Tuesday, June 02, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Narrabri Shire Small Business in Focus.

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. 

Monday, June 01, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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My community loved Dad until he retired from football and needed a job

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.

Friday, May 29, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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FRRR NEWSLETTER 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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Welcome to our Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs Newsletter

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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Welcome to our business and infrastructure Funding Opportunities Newsletter

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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Russell Webb, Rebecca Reardon, Scott Kermode among new LLS board members

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.

Friday, May 22, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Wild Horse signs now on Pillaga Road.

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.”

Thursday, May 21, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2145)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Narrabri councillor Ann Loder removed from civic office while battling breast cancer because she did not fill out an absence form

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.

Monday, May 18, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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GRANTING OUR SPORTS CLUBS A KICK ALONG

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. 

Monday, May 18, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2520)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Showground upgrades welcomed for Narrabri, Boggabri

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.

Thursday, May 14, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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We Went to the Daft Punk Album Premiere in Wee Waa, Australia, Pop. 2,100

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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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WILL DAFT PUNK EVER TOUR AGAIN? HERE'S EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THEIR POSSIBLE RETURN

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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Roy’s Round up

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. 

Monday, May 11, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2505)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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FRRR NEWSLETTER April 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.

Thursday, April 30, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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5 Driving Tips To Stay Safe At The Roundabout

5 Driving Tips To Stay Safe At The Roundabout

Some non-Corona Virus advice to get you through the day

The news is full of Covid-19 right now, but there are other dangers in the world that YOU need to look out for.

One of the greatest dangers comes in the form of your very own car (or someone else’s)

Approximately 40% of all car accidents happen at intersections, with most of these resulting in serious injuries.  

Roundabouts, however, make intersections much safer.

Here's how to stay safe driving around the roundabout.

Friday, March 27, 2020/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (4790)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
THE SHOW WON’T GO ON – COVID-19 THE LATEST BLOW FOR REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

THE SHOW WON’T GO ON – COVID-19 THE LATEST BLOW FOR REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

Media Release Roy Butler Saturday 14 March

The Government now more than ever needs to provide cash based assistance to struggling regional communities according to Member for Barwon Roy Butler. 

Mr Butler has renewed his calls for cash based assistance for regional communities following the Government’s announcement banning gatherings of over 500 people in response to COVID-19. 

“Our regional economies, especially  agriculture dependant economies had a small ray of hope with some rain, and a season of local shows, race carnivals, festivals and themed events promising to bring some much needed turnover to small business in regional communities,” said Mr Butler. 

Saturday, March 14, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4849)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Narrabri Gas Project about to enter last stage of assessment

Narrabri Gas Project about to enter last stage of assessment

Jamieson Murphy - Queensland Country Life

THE NSW government is nearly ready to pass over its assessment of the controversial Narrabri Gas Project to the independent body that will have the final say on the development.

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes formally requested to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) to hold a public meeting in Narrabri, in anticipation of his department wrapping up its assessment.

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Can Assist and greenslips.com.au help Narrabri cancer patients who rely on their cars

Can Assist and greenslips.com.au help Narrabri cancer patients who rely on their cars

Press Release

The Cancer Assistance Network local branch has received funding from greenslips.com.au to help pay for cancer patients’ green slip insurance. Cancer patients in need, and who rely on their car to get to treatment, are encouraged to reach out forfinancial assistance from Can Assist Narrabri.

Thursday, March 12, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2321)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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The Government must act on improving water management transparency

The Government must act on improving water management transparency

Press release Roy Butler MP

Water Management in NSW is not transparent. We have seen in the last few weeks the issues that this lack of transparency creates for everyone, be it communities or people holding water access licences.

Monday, March 09, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3393)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Applications open for Future Cotton Leaders Program

Applications open for Future Cotton Leaders Program

Media Release 28 February 2020

The next generation of leaders within Australia’s cotton industry is encouraged to apply for a premier leadership program.

Applications for the 2020 Australian Future Cotton Leaders Program (AFCLP) opened today, with 15 spaces available.

AFCLP is funded by Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC). It is for emerging leaders and is delivered every two years. The 2020 edition will be the seventh time the program has been run.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said the AFCLP supports individuals to realise their commitment to creating and leading change in the cotton industry.

“The key goal of the AFCLP is to support those emerging leaders in developing their leadership knowledge, skills and experience,” Mr Kay said.

“Australian agriculture, including our industry, is experiencing a significant amount of change at the moment, and this program is a proactive way to support growers in developing into leaders, advocates and influencers of positive change within Australian cotton.”

 

Friday, February 28, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3123)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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How To Overcome Exam Anxiety: 10 Tips And Tricks

How To Overcome Exam Anxiety: 10 Tips And Tricks

Unlock the secrets behind the best test results possible

You’ve studied well.

You know your stuff and you’re feeling confident heading into the exam.

Suddenly, your mind is racing and your heart beating out of your chest.

Sound familiar?

It's called 'Exam Anxiety' and here's how you overcome it in 10 simple steps.

Monday, February 24, 2020/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (5231)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Wool's young guns to meet in South Australia

Wool's young guns to meet in South Australia

Queensland Country Life

Some of the wool industry's brightest young talents will gather in Clare, South Australia, next week for an intensive leadership development program.

Participants are aged between 25 and 35 and come from South Australia (10), Western Australia (3), Queensland (2), Victoria (4) and NSW (6).

South Australia: Annie Ashby, Gulnare; Dale Button, Robertstown; Josh Cousins, Burra; Declan Harvey, Narrung; James Henderson, Lochiel; Alistaire Lindner, Yunta; Peter Mitchell, Angaston; Reuben Solly, via Carrieton; Kayla Starkey, Mt Pleasant; and Karl Zerna, Eudunda.

NSW: Ian Cameron, Jerilderie; Samara Harris, Broken Hill; Amie L'Estrange, Condobolin, Emma Turner, Goulburn; Benjamin Watson, Wee Waa; and Willian Wragge, Boambolo.

Friday, February 07, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Let’s talk about gas: It’s expensive, dirty and struggling to compete with batteries

Let’s talk about gas: It’s expensive, dirty and struggling to compete with batteries

David Leitch Renew Economy

1) The world no longer has the head room to use gas a transitional fuel. If gas replaced all coal in electricity generation, an impossibility in of itself, the world would still have well over 2°C of average global warming.

The idea of gas as a “transition” fuel arose in the time when wind and solar energy were expensive and little used. But we have passed that point. The cost of solar has plunged 90 per cent in the past decade, wind more than 60 per cent. Exactly what role is gas supposed to serve in electricity generation in Australia?

2) Extracting gas from the Narrabri field in NSW at the mooted rate of 60 petajoules (PJ) a year is likely to require a price of at least $6 a gigajoule, and probably more like $7-$8 GJ to be economic. Imported LNG is likely to cost a bare minimum of $A7.50/GJ and no-one’s going to build an import terminal without a higher price than that. Nor do we see Narrabri as increasing price competition, mainly because its owned by Santos, and so the producer oligopoly remains in place.

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$3 billion gas deal labelled a 'bribe' to approve Narrabri gasfield

$3 billion gas deal labelled a 'bribe' to approve Narrabri gasfield

Jamieson Murphy - Northern Daily Leader

FEARS have been raised the independent approval process of the controversial Narrabri Gas Project has been destroyed by a $3 billion deal, which some have labelled a "bribe".

The state government has committed to injecting an additional 70 petajoules (PJ) of gas per annum into the east coast market in return for $3 billion from the Commonwealth government.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged two possibilities to supply the gas; import it or source it from the yet-to-be-approved Santos Narrabri Gas Project, which will create 70 PJ a year.

Friday, February 07, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Eight 'leaks' discovered as second CSG hearing gets underway

Eight 'leaks' discovered as second CSG hearing gets underway

STATE government officials will be grilled about a number of "leaks" at Santos' Narrabri Gas Projects at a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday.

It's the second hearing into whether the NSW Chief Scientist's 16 coal seam gas recommendations have been implemented by the NSW government, after the first hearing in December was described as a "train wreck", with many questions going unanswered.
The first hearing did uncover that eight leaks at the Narrabri Gas Project were found by the NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during 2018-19.

Two of the leaks were repaired within 24 hours, however the EPA is still investigating if the remaining six were "gas releases" that were part of the wells' operation or whether they "should be classified as leaks and further action taken".

Tuesday, February 04, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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FRRR Newsletter

FRRR Newsletter

Welcome to 2020 - it is certainly off to an unprecedented start, with communities across the length and breadth of the country dealing with fires, and others going into their eighth or ninth year of drought. Add to that relentless dust storms, and the odd flood event - there aren't many places experiencing a 'normal' season.

However, we have also seen Australia's generosity in response to the fires, with an outpouring of support . We have been overwhelmed with the way people want to help, both here in Australia and across the world

Friday, January 31, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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NO SHORTAGE OF GAS – JUST A SHORTAGE OF COMMON SENSE

NO SHORTAGE OF GAS – JUST A SHORTAGE OF COMMON SENSE

“There is no shortage of gas in Australia, there’s a shortage of common sense in Canberra when it comes to gas export policy and domestic gas reservation policy,” says Member for Barwon, Roy Butler. 

Mr Butler’s comments follow the new energy deal struck by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Friday, January 31, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4695)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Narrabri farmers feel 'sold out' by federal-NSW energy deal that boosts gas supply

Narrabri farmers feel 'sold out' by federal-NSW energy deal that boosts gas supply

Guardian Adam Morton, Lisa Cox and Anne Davies Fri 31 Jan 2020 19.39 AEDTLast modified on Fri 31 Jan 2020 20.56

Farmers near the proposed Narrabri gas development in northern New South Wales fear they will be “sold out” by a federal-state energy deal that promises to dramatically increase supplies of the fossil fuel in the state.

Announcing the $2bn deal alongside the prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Friday, the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, nominated Santos’s long-promised Narrabri coal-seam gas project as a way to deliver 70 petajoules of new gas a year as promised under the agreement.

Friday, January 31, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Yarrie Lake Test Bore Update

Yarrie Lake Test Bore Update

Wee Waa and Narrabri

With a few stories doing the rounds, I just wanted to clear up a few points. 
• We have permission from the Yarrie Lake Trust to drill a test bore.
• A grant is available to more than cover the cost.
• Drilling to a max depth of 400m to hopefully tap into the warm bore water of the Great Artesian Basin.
•DPI do not see the lake as a fish habitat and have no issue with the project.

Thursday, January 30, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3763)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Narrabri is critical': CEOs back east coast fracking as PM steps on gas

Narrabri is critical': CEOs back east coast fracking as PM steps on gas

SMH By Colin Kruger January 30, 2020

The chief executives of Santos, Beach Energy and manufacturer Qenos have backed calls by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to open up gas markets on the east coast, noting it would help lower energy prices.

Qenos boss Stephen Bell warned that gas-based manufacturing doesn't have a long-term future on the east coast unless a solution is found that will offer a reliable supply of cheaper gas.

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Water is scarce! So here are some water saving tips that you can do right

Water is scarce! So here are some water saving tips that you can do right

Written by David Green

Water is scarce! So here are some water-saving tips that you can do right now. 

While Australia is well and truly the lucky country it is also the driest continent on this planet outside Antarctica. It means that we are constantly at risk of drought and It is usually a case of how severe and how long rather than when. 

There is no denying that we have seen some of the harshest conditions in Australia over the last few years with warmer and drier weather. The data below is information from the Bureau of Meteorology and just shows how hot and dry it has been.

Sunday, January 12, 2020/Author: David Green/Number of views (7332)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Business success in 2020 - 3 tips to make sure it happens!

Business success in 2020 - 3 tips to make sure it happens!

Written by David Green

It is easy to lose focus throughout the year. Before you know it, 2020 is upon us. We get it. You get busy, jobs start to pile up, bills need to be paid and before you know it, you are buying Christmas presents! Make 2020 different. Before anything gets too wild, it's time to make a plan and set your business up for success in 2020.

These 3 key things will make sure you have the structure and rigour for business success in 2020! 

Sunday, January 12, 2020/Author: David Green/Number of views (4186)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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