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Santos approval for Narrabri coal-seam gas project in NSW

Santos approval for Narrabri coal-seam gas project in NSW

Press Release from Roy Butler Member for Barwon

Member for Barwon Roy Butler has expressed his disappointment and concerns over Santos gaining conditional approval for its controversial Narrabri coal-seam gas project in NSW.

“I’d rather that the project was not approved,” said Mr. Butler.

Saturday, October 3, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (934)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Boosting cotton education must be a focus for schools

Boosting cotton education must be a focus for schools

Press Release from Cotton Australia

Australia is calling for increased education about cotton in schools, after a student survey revealed more could be done to inform young people about Australian agricultural production.

The Food, Fibre and Our Future Report 2020, commissioned by the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia, found students lacked basic knowledge of many agricultural industries, including cotton production.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2430)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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 8, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2671)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Roy's Round Up

Roy's Round Up

There will come a day sometime in the future when I’m not starting my column with a warning about COVID-19, its not that day yet.

Unfortunately, we’re now seeing a possible second wave of the virus in NSW and Victoria. It’s really important that we follow the public health advice, practice social distancing, wash our hands and use sanitiser, and make common sense decision for our own health and the health of our families.

This week I am around the western side of Barwon visiting Baradine, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo, Leadville, Coolah, Rowena, Burren Junction, Come-By-Chance, Narrabri, and Cryon, meeting community groups to talk about health, community development, drought support, and a whole raft of other topics. If there’s an issue you’d lie to raise with me please get in touch with my offices. I look forward to seeing you out in the community.

Stay safe, look after yourself and your community.

Thursday, July 23, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5581)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Roy’s Round-Up

Roy’s Round-Up

Roy Butler MP

It has been another busy fortnight, one week sitting in Parliament, and since Parliament rose, I have been in Canberra talking water and energy with federal actors. I also managed to slip down to Eden Monaro where Matt Stadtmiller is running for the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party in the by-election. Matt and I spent a couple of days talking to locals and looking at the impact of recent devastating fires. We also turned to locals for advice on what needed to happen to prepare for the next fires.

In early July I am heading out to Coonamble, Walgett and Lightning Ridge. I hope to speak to plenty of people, and report back on the work we have been doing relevant to their communities.

Please keep your guard up on Coronavirus, as we see people moving around more and more, social distancing and hand hygiene is our best defence to keep the virus at bay. You have done an amazing job, hopefully in coming months we can see zero cases, and get back to a more normal life.

Monday, June 29, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (7031)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Welcome to our Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs Newsletter

Welcome to our Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs Newsletter

Grants and Funding

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.

Saturday, June 27, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (6335)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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'If you've never seen a gas drilling site up close, they're not pretty'

'If you've never seen a gas drilling site up close, they're not pretty'

Opinion - John Tough

After years of delays, the NSW state government has approved the expansion of the controversial Narrabri gas project, despite opposition from many in the local community. 

The project, which was opposed by the vast majority of submissions during the consultation process, could involve up to 850 new coal seam gas wells being drilled on 1,000 hectares of a 95,000 hectare site covering the Pilliga forest and nearby farm land.

If you've never seen a gas drilling site up close, they're not pretty. 

Towers being raised across the countryside, orange flames from gas flares, glaring floodlights, constant noise from the grind of the drill - and that's not even touching on the potential for land and water pollution from fugitive emissions during the drilling process.

Saturday, June 20, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (6235)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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GRDC Northern News

GRDC Northern News

June 2020

It has been an encouraging start to the season across much of New South Wales, with most areas receiving reasonable falls, but across Queensland the majority of growers are still anxiously waiting for rain to assure emerging crops or commence planting.

So if you are back in the office after planting or you’re waiting to start in the paddock you might have time to tune into the GRDC 2020 Farm Business Updates, which will be delivered online from June 22-26.

In a forced break from tradition, the annual Updates will be beamed directly into the homes and offices of growers and advisers, ensuring they have access to expert advice and insights to guide their business through this year and beyond.

Friday, June 19, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (7900)/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 (3937)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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North West Local Land Services Smoko Sessions  8 in total

North West Local Land Services Smoko Sessions 8 in total

Our staff regularly run events across the North West region to support your land management work.

click the heading to see all the events and links through to past events. 

Friday, June 19, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5318)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Santos Narrabri gas project final hurdle looms as Minister sets timeline for IPC determination

Santos Narrabri gas project final hurdle looms as Minister sets timeline for IPC determination

ABC

The fate of a controversial coal seam gas project in north-west New South Wales will be decided within 12 weeks.

Santos's Narrabri Gas Project has received backing from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, recommending its "approval with strict conditions".

After three years of consideration, the department has referred the multi-billion-dollar project to the state's Independent Planning Commission, and Minister Rob Stokes has requested a determination within 12 weeks.

More than 23,000 submissions were made to the department during its assessment.

A public hearing will be held as part of the IPC's deliberations.

Friday, June 12, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4223)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Santos gets NSW government nod for $3.6b CSG project

Santos gets NSW government nod for $3.6b CSG project

Sydney Morning Herald

The Berejiklian government has given its support for the proposed $3.6 billion Santos coal seam gasfield in northern NSW, saying it was critical for energy security and that it had limited environmental impacts.

In its assessment released on Friday, the Planning Department said its "comprehensive suite of strict conditions" would ensure the controversial project was "in the public interest and is approvable".

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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 (4379)/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.

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Roy's Round-Up 6 June 2020

Roy's Round-Up 6 June 2020

It’s been a big week in Parliament. 

The Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill came on incredibly fast in the Legislative Assembly. Thank you for your public support of the position we took, it helps to show that Government members are out of touch with community sentiment. 

The next opportunity to raise concerns is through the Independent Planning Commission process. I will be making a submission, advocating for the strongest possible protection of groundwater for the sake of communities and agriculture. I encourage you to do the same. 

Monday, June 8, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4560)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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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 7, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5713)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2
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The Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants program

The Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants program

The Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants program provides funding for education and training projects delivered in rural communities to create pathways out of disadvantage.

With higher rates of socioeconomic disadvantage in rural and remote Australia compared to cities and metropolitan areas, the program can help respond to these challenges, which are exacerbated by the drought, fires and now COVID-19.

To apply for a $10,000 grant and learn more about the program, visit: http://ow.ly/dM0G50zfp4H

Sunday, June 7, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5765)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Community War Memorials Fund

Community War Memorials Fund

The NSW Government has adjusted the Community War Memorials Fund application rounds. The dates for the 2020/21 rounds are:
Round 1: Opens Saturday, 25 April 2020 (Anzac Day) – Closes Monday July 27 2020
Round 2: Opens Wednesday, 11 November 2020 (Remembrance Day) – Closes Thursday 11 February 2021
 Round 1 is now open. Eligible organisations can apply online for grants of up to $10,000 to protect, conserve or repair local war memorials in New South Wales. Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 27 July 2020.
Further information about the Community War Memorials Fund can be found on the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs website at https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/?fbclid=IwAR0jOFjF-hH5WCB1twXoZkWZDNs1hH8QHJ8GezbzeTfWjyXaiuGNFE5mraY

Sunday, June 7, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (6358)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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The Small Business Support Fund

The Small Business Support Fund

Applications open now! The Small Business Support Fund has been created to provide fast relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grants of up to $10k are available to small businesses, not for profits, and sole traders. For full eligibility criteria and to apply head to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-small-business-covid-19-support-grant Service NSW

Sunday, June 7, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (6245)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Australian Government’s small business wage subsidy

Australian Government’s small business wage subsidy

Registrations are now open for the Australian Government’s small business wage subsidy, to cover 50% of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January to 30 September 2020. For more information: contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider: https://hubs.ly/H0qrPkB0

Sunday, June 7, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4508)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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WINDMILL TRUST APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

WINDMILL TRUST APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the emphasis of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to support professional artists from regional NSW to develop and or present their work. This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of, independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs, professional development and education, presenting work in new ways, exhibiting work such as framing, space rental, promotion, artists' fees, freight, installation and documentation.
The Funding available for each individual or group will be up to $10,000 + GST.
Applications are now open and close 23:59 AEST Sunday 19 July 2020.
More information HERE »

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Community Building Partnership Program

Community Building Partnership Program

Applications will open NOW for the Community Building Partnership Program

$300,000 is available for projects in the Barwon Electorate, councils and non-for-profits are able to apply for the funds to deliver projects with social, environmental and recreational outcomes. 

Applications will open on Monday 4 May and close at 5pm, Friday 12 June

For more information and to check your eligibility visit www.nsw.gov.au

Sunday, June 7, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (6531)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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 6, 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."

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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.
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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 4, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3622)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Regional Development Australia Northern Inland

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland

Newsletter

Dear Northern Inlanders,

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

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

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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.

 

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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. 

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CRDC Spotlight: Disease suppression and species shift

CRDC Spotlight: Disease suppression and species shift

Winter Edition

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

In this edition:

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

... plus much more!

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

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CottonInfo e-news: Three new options to control ratoons

CottonInfo e-news: Three new options to control ratoons

Cotton Info E News

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

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

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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.

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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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North West Local Land Sevices - Newsletter Winter 2020

North West Local Land Sevices - Newsletter Winter 2020

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

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

It's Only Just Begun

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

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

regain the economy and employment in New South Wales.

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

Tudehope the SFF’s position remains.

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Best Environmental Technologies is passionate about helping farmers improve soil

Best Environmental Technologies is passionate about helping farmers improve soil

Farm Weekly

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Louis Dreyfus takes lead role in Namoi Cotton marketing partnership

Louis Dreyfus takes lead role in Namoi Cotton marketing partnership

Farm Weekly

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

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

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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.

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

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

Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy

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

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Roy’s Round-Up 25 May 2020

Roy’s Round-Up 25 May 2020

Hi Folks, 

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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