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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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15

Aug

2019

Broken Hill pipeline business case should never have been kept from the public

“This business case should never have been kept from the public,” says Barwon MP Roy Butler. 

Today after a three-year battle, repeated calls from the community and Members of Parliament the Government has passed on a copy of the business case for the Broken Hill pipeline project.  

“For years the community called for transparency around the pipeline project and the Government didn’t deliver.

“Restricting information on the expenditure of public money, or projects affecting local communities does nothing to build trust in government,” said Mr Butler. 

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13

Aug

2019

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

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

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

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

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Aug

2019

LIBERAL-NATIONAL GOVERNMENT DENIES OPPORTUNITY FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MURRAY-DARLING BASIN PLAN

The Liberal-National Government has denied regional communities the opportunity for transparency, voting down a motion for a Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. 

The motion introduced by the Shadow Minister for Water, Clayton Barr to Parliament last night called on the Liberal-National Government to “endorse the position of the NSW National Party Leader and Deputy Premier for a Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin Plan for the purpose of openness, transparency and accountability”.

The motion was defeated by three votes (47-44), with Labor and the crossbench voting for it with and The Nationals joining the Liberals to defeat it.

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8

Aug

2019

Top Fitness Trends of 2019 Revealed

Are You Ready To Get Physical?

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

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

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6

Aug

2019

Barwon MP Roy Butler presents Terms of Reference for independent inquiry into water management

Member for Barwon, Roy Butler is calling on the NSW Government to commit to an inquiry into aspects of New South Wales water management and their impacts on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Mr Butler’s call for an independent inquiry comes after consultation with communities, irrigators, graziers, towns, water researchers and ecologists, all of whom raised serious concerns about government decision making in relation to water management.

“I’m calling for an inquiry to restore public confidence, and identify how certain decisions contributed to the current conditions in western NSW,” said Mr Butler. 

“I have discussed the inquiry with Minister Pavey and provided her with the draft Terms of Reference. In our conversation, I emphasised that this inquiry is needed to restore the public’s confidence in the NSW water planning and management processes.

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25

Jul

2019

Simple Money Saving Tips to Fund Your Next Getaway

The Secret Tips and Tricks All Money Savers Use

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

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

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

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

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19

Jul

2019

Water quality and availability concerns in drought for dialysis patients

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

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

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

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

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17

Jul

2019

When Will the Government Listen

Call this drought what it is - a Natural Disaster

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

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

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

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

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13

Jul

2019

Walgett News

Walgett in the News this week with a number of articles across the country.

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13

Jul

2019

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

From the Gloucester Advocate story by Anne Keen

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

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

 

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

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11

Jul

2019

Winter Feral Pig Control Program 2019

Join the effort in reducing pig numbers this winter!
North West LLS has free grain available for co-ordinated baiting and trapping programs. Speak to your local Biosecurity Officer to access the grain.
Tamworth, Gunnedah & Quirindi 6764 5900 - Grahame Kelly & Greg Lumber
Narrabri 6790 7600 - John Busby & Lucy Collingridge
Moree 6750 9000 - Toni Jericho & Tim Daly
Warialda 6729 1528 - Dave Lindsay
Walgett 6828 6400 - Heidi Mackay

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5

Jul

2019

Walgett Shire Newsletter

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4

Jul

2019

How to Take Control of Your Credit Score

If you’re planning on buying a new car through finance, or you’ve finally saved up enough money to move out of your parents’ house and apply for a mortgage, then you need to start building a good credit score. 

Your credit score is essentially a bunch of statistics based on all your financial decisions and hiccups over the last 6 years. In today’s world, it is all too easy for banks to access this report. This makes it all too easy for them to reject your loan application based on a few regretful money mishaps.

 According to financial experts Empowered Finance, “This is because lenders believe they might be taking a higher risk when lending to you. This means your loan application will either be flat out rejected or you will be expected to pay a much higher interest rate.”

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Jul

2019

Barwon MP Roy Butler calls on government to immediately funds rates relief

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP, Roy Butler is calling on the NSW Government to provide immediate rates relief funding to local government. 
 “Rates relief funding to local government would greatly assist in reducing the financial pressure on our rural and regional communities,” Mr Butler said.
Across western NSW towns and communities are struggling through drought and as a result families and businesses are experiencing extreme financial pressure. 

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28

Jun

2019

Grants and Awards available now and over the next few months.

Grants and awards available.

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24

Jun

2019

We need to support those who are supporting our Farmers

Roy Butler, Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP

Rural Financial Counsellors are the link between drought stricken farmers and government support.

There is an alarming rate of turnover and vacancies within these financial counselling positions that would appear to be due to the under resourcing and lack of support for these crucial roles.

Currently Rural Financial Counsellors are effectively hosted by the State Government and funded by the Commonwealth Government, this arrangement has varied over the life of this important service.

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18

Jun

2019

RECORD SPEND, RECORD DROUGHT, RECORD NEGLECT

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP Roy Butler has expressed his disappointment in the NSW Government’s budget announcement’s today.

“The Berejiklian Government has celebrated its operating surplus and its record investment in infrastructure across the state and that’s all good - if you forget that western NSW is also part of the state.”

The Barwon electorate is 44% of the state, but hasn’t had a significant school or hospital upgrade funded in this budget.

“All I am seeing in this budget is a continuation of record neglect of western NSW,” Mr Butler said.

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14

Jun

2019

North West Local Land Sevices - Newsletter and Workshops coming up

Local Land Services Newsletter is packed with information and Services available across the region. Workshops and help is available for those struggling with the dry times. Feel free to reach out to the new staff in Narrabri, have a read of the Newsletter for items that just might help. 

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12

Jun

2019

What You Need to Know if you Plan to Buy a Car Before The End of Financial Year

Julian Parsons - Sydney

Did you know that now is the perfect time to buy a car?

The end of the financial year is right around the corner and it couldn’t be a better time to buy a new car. If you’re after a good bargain, there’s quite a bit to consider when purchasing a car.

With different financing methods and competing sales rates, there are a lot of possibilities to ensure that you get the best deal. And the good news is that both small-time car dealers and big brands are keen to sell cars at hefty discounts before the end of the financial year.

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5

Jun

2019

WALGETT IGA SUPERMARKET FIRE – 5th June 2019 Press Release Walgett Shire Council

Following the devasting fire which destroyed the Walgett IGA supermarket earlier today, plans are well in place to ensure that the supply of basic food and necessities in Walgett.
Following a Local Emergency Committee planning meeting this afternoon, a working party has established the possibility of temporary grocery store site which we hoped to be confirmed in the coming days. Other foods outlets Walgett Newsagency, Inland Petroleum, Woodhams Petroleum and Café 64, have all arranged for additional supply of milk and bread and other basic essentials.
The Walgett pharmacy is also making arrangements for the additional infant supplies (baby formula, food and nappies).
While free bottled water will be available from WAMS on Thursday and Friday between the hours of 9am – 12pm.

 

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5

Jun

2019

'Devastating news' as Walgett's only supermarket for 80km is gutted by fire for the second time

The New South Wales town of Walgett is battling gruelling drought and is today hit with another blow as the community's only supermarket goes up in flames.

Key points:

  • Walgett's only supermarket, IGA, has been "severely damaged" by fire
  • Firefighters have been on the scene of the active fire since 8:30am
  • The town's nearest supermarket is now 80 kilometres away

NSW Fire and Rescue have declared the IGA Supermarket building completely destroyed after battling the active fire on Fox Street since 8:30am.

There have been no reports of injuries.

It is the second time the building has been damaged by fire after it was first destroyed in 2013.

NSW Fire and Rescue acting superintendent, Greg Wright, had previously stated that at the very least the building would be severely damaged.

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5

Jun

2019

Walgett IGA On Fire

FIRE AT WALGETT SUPERMARKET

A fire has broken out at the local supermarket in Walgett.

Emergency services were called to the IGA on Fox Street in Walgett after 8.30 this morning.

Three ambulance crews attended the scene.

No patients have required treatment at this stage.

Fire and Rescue are managing the scene.

It's the second time the building has been damaged by fire after it was destroyed in 2013.

UPDATE: 

The Department of Education says the primary school campus, Walgett Community College, has not been evacuated, despite claims in the community.

The department says students have either been taken home by their parents or moved to a safer area of the school.

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Jun

2019

Young NSW farmers and fishers get business savvy with new program

YOUNG farmers and fishers will have more help to build resilience into their businesses, with the launch of a new business coaching pilot and grants for leadership and development to be rolled out across the State.

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Jun

2019

Spotlight Winter Publication from Cotton Research and Development.

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

In this edition:

  • Exercise Blueprint: focusing on biosecurity preparedness
  • Cotton & grains collaborating on Helicoverpa control
  • Girls to the front: celebrating women in cotton and science

... plus much more!

Spotlight will be landing in the mailboxes of our subscribers this week: the first week of winter.

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30

May

2019

'Myley's law': parents of six-year-old quad bike victim want change

Sydney Morning Herald

Josh Maxwell wants it to be known as "Myley's law": a series of coronial recommendations that, if implemented, could prevent tragedies similar to the one which took the life of his six-year-old daughter.

Myley Maxwell was one of two young passengers on a quad bike being driven by a 13-year-old girl on a property near Narrabri, in the state's west, when it collided with a tree.

She succumbed to head injuries soon after.

"It’s something that we, the family have got to deal with for the rest of our lives. But if we can make change to prevent other children being put in this position, we’ve done our job as parents," Mr Maxwell said outside the NSW Coroner's Court in Lidcombe on Thursday morning.

The grieving North West NSW father's comments came after Deputy State Coroner Elizabeth Ryan handed down her findings following in inquest into Myley's death, among them that adults face criminal prosecution for allowing children under 16 to ride adult-sized quad bikes.

She also recommended the NSW Attorney-General consider introducing legislation making it an offence for adults to allow children to ride any quad bike without a helmet, and legislation making it easier for police to be able to enter properties where they suspected an offence had occurred.

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May

2019

Rare bird and passionate twitchers provide huge economic boost

Birdwatching can be a compulsive pastime, a never-ending quest to see more species and add to a lifetime list.

Key Points
A study reveals birdwatchers generated an economic boom when they travelled to see the rare bird in 2017
Researchers say the study highlights the potential of bird tourism, especially around rare and vagrant birds
Work is now underway to create a bird trail in the lower Hunter Valley, NSW, to encourage tourism
It drives many devoted twitchers to travel long distances in search of unusual and hard-to-spot birds.

When a rare Alaskan shorebird, the Aleutian tern, was spotted for the first time in Australia in late 2017, hundreds of people travelled to catch a glimpse of the elusive species.

The Aleutian tern breeds in Alaska and eastern Siberia and usually spends the southern summer in the North Pacific and parts of Indonesia, so its appearance on a sandbar, off the small New South Wales mid-north coastal town of Old Bar, came as a surprise.

"There was the tufted duck in Melbourne in 2019, there was a black-headed gull in the Northern Territory, there was Australia's first collared pratincole in Perth, there was the grey-headed lapwing in Burren Junction, near Wee Waa … there's been heaps," Mr Callaghan said.

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May

2019

It's time to work together for the future of Barwon - Roy Butler

Barwon

This week I had the honour of delivering my inaugural speech in Parliament. An opportunity to talk about my goals for the next four years.  To you the people I represent I restate my election commitments – to work hard and be honest.   
 
Across the electorate I have met many people who are incredibly passionate about the future of  their  community.  They  want  recognition  that  at  this  moment  in  the  history  of  NSW  the government is faced with a choice. They continue to treat the communities of western NSW in the same manner they have been or they change their focus and reinvigorate the bush.  

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May

2019

Department of Fair Trading - Supporting Local Communities

Namoi

As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, NSW Fair Trading invites you or a member of your association to attend a free

‘Running an Association’ and ‘Role of the Committee’ Webinar Modules.   

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18

May

2019

Name Change for WALGETT Doctors Surgery

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18

May

2019

Biosecurity officer

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17

May

2019

Bone dry Barwon River reveals prehistoric bones and fossils

There may be no water, but a Walgett man has managed to find one positive to come from the 'bone' dry Barwon River.

Over the past six weeks, Allan Tighe Snr has taken advantage of the dry riverbed near Walgett and has come across dozens of bones and fossils.

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16

May

2019

Rebel wins in Paris

REBEL OF THE RIDGE WINS IN PARIS

Lightning Ridge has taken centre stage in Paris, with entrepreneur Rebel Black taking out judges award in the women in tech challenge.

Black is the founder of The Rural Woman, a company that was built in the Ridge but looks to empower women in regional Australia to develop business opportunities utilising digital and social media.

Ms Black is also a finalist in the 2019 Altitude Awards in the Changemaker category, with announcements for this on 1st June at an event in western Sydney.

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May

2019

Greens Candidate stands down to become an Independent in Parkes

Hi friends, I suppose most have heard that I have stood aside for the election following public disclosure of a post I made on a Port Arthur conspiracy site on FB, 8 months ago. The Greens found it difficult to refute in this stage of the election which I understand. I really do apologise to all of you who have helped me get this far.

It appears I was targeted by a journo from The Australian using a firm who does handle searches on social media etc, not sure who they are. I really don't think the tragedies of the past need rehashing like this in public view and it must grieve families and survivors of the tragedy to see it being discussed like some political football. I also apologise to those people who are affected in this way, very much.

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15

May

2019

Santos declines NSW Government request for more info about CSG project.

Jamieson Murphy - Northern Daily Leader

SANTOS has been slammed for refusing to provide the NSW government with the requested information about its coal seam gas development near Narrabri.

The gas giant recently responded to the concerns of various organisations, including 14 government agencies, in its Supplementary Response to Submissions.

In the report, Santos refused more than a dozen specific requests for information and commitments from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Rural Fire Service, and Narrabri council.

Narrabri farmer and Lock the Gate spokeswoman Sally Hunter said the company had refused the RFS's request to not flare gas during catastrophic bushfire conditions.

"This shows an extraordinary and reckless disregard for the safety of our community," she said.

"Santos has also refused the EPA's request to assess the capacity of landfill facilities to accommodate huge volumes of salt waste with potentially high concentrations of metals and other contaminants.

"It has refused Narrabri council's request that it obtain environmental insurance for offsite and long-term environmental harms, despite this being a recommendation made by the NSW Chief Scientist for all coal seam gas operations."

An NSW Department of Planning and Environment spokesperson said the company's response was being reviewed, in consultation with the relevant government agencies.

"In finalising its assessment, the Department may request additional information from Santos before referring the proposal to the Independent Planning Commission, which will make the final decision," they said.

"The Department wants to ensure a rigorous and comprehensive assessment is undertaken, given the complex nature of the application and the high level of community interest."

Santos did not respond to the Leader's request for comment.

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May

2019

A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever

By Casey Quackenbush | Photographs by Adam Ferguson for TIME February 21, 2019

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May

2019

How You Can Become financially Flexible in 2019

Julian Parsons - Sydney

As the federal elections approach and the financial year comes to a close, now is a good time to assess the state of your finances and plan your route towards financial stability. Whether you are planning your financial future or retirement or are thinking of the short and long-term financials of your business, financial flexibility is important to have in order to be secure. 

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13

May

2019

NSW water woes worsen with river to dry up as tomato town faces crisis

The drought gripping much of NSW is tightening, forcing authorities to prepare to cut flows along a major river in the north west, while job losses loom as towns in the Northern Tablelands start to dry.

WaterNSW on Monday will announce that unless conditions improve, regulated flows along the Macquarie River below the town of Warren will cease from early spring to prioritise water supplies for towns and key users.

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May

2019

ICAC seeks comment on lobbying conduct and regulation in NSW

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is seeking public input as part of a new investigation it is conducting into the regulation of lobbying, access and influence in NSW (Operation Eclipse).

The Commission released a discussion paper today, Enhancing the democratic role of direct lobbying in NSW, which, amongst other matters, addresses principles of transparency, integrity and fairness concerning or associated with lobbying practices in NSW. The Commission engaged academics Dr Yee-Fui Ng, Senior Lecturer, Monash University Faculty of Law, and Professor Joo-Cheong Tham, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, to prepare the discussion paper, which invites respondents to address questions based around the main principles.

The discussion paper is appended to an introductory paper, The regulation of lobbying access and influence in NSW: a chance to have your say, which also explains how to make a submission. In this paper, ICAC Chief Commissioner the Hon Peter Hall QC notes that lobbying, when conducted on proper lines, can have beneficial outcomes. However, it could also be argued that “lobbying might lead to decisions by government and/or public officials in circumstances of unjustified secrecy, where processes are sometimes criticised as lacking transparency or accountability, while particular groups or the public generally are denied the opportunity of being heard.”

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May

2019

Inquiry into Inland Rail supported by CWA of NSW State Conference in Albury

The map that does not make sense (unless you are the owner of the red box ie Santos).

No business case has been released for this greenfield rerouting of the Inland Rail right through the Pilliga forest (no farms in there!) and the CWA have now joined NSW Farmers and Labor in the call for an inquiry.

"The conference voted to request the federal government hold an independent inquiry into the green field routes and funding for the inland rail project."

https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/6117549/what-we-are-lobbying-for-just-makes-sense-cwa-leader-says/

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May

2019

Santos slammed after refusing government requests for controversial CSG project

Published: May 07, 2019

Farmers and concerned citizens in north west NSW say the latest submission made by Santos about its controversial Narrabri CSG project is “arrogant” and “dangerous”, with the company refusing to provide information and commitments requested by the State Government and Narrabri Council.

Santos recently submitted a “Supplementary Response to Submissions” to 14 NSW Government agencies’ requests for information, data, and commitments from the gas company regarding the environmental risks of its proposed coal seam gas project.

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10

May

2019

William Landers independant for Parkes

Video from independent Will Landers

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