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Newell Highway 40km south of Narrabri near Pilliga closed after accident

Newell Highway 40km south of Narrabri near Pilliga closed after accident

Northern Daily Leader

A clean up effort is under way after a truck crash closed the Newell Highway near  Pilliga on Friday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to the scene 40km south of Narrabri at 2.45pm after reports a truck had crashed and lost its load.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said crews arrived to find about 200 litres of petrol had been spilled as a result of the accident.

“A group of hazardous materials firefighters from Narrabri are on the scene at the moment and they are laying a blanket of foam to help absorb the spill,” the spokesman said.

“A 300m exclusion zone has been set up around the crash site to allow the firefighters to clean up the spill.

“At this stage, motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.”

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Burren Junction Public School students win year five Top Coder in the Robotics Competition of the 2018 ANSTO Top Coder Competition

Burren Junction Public School students win year five Top Coder in the Robotics Competition of the 2018 ANSTO Top Coder Competition

The Moree Champion

Burren Junction Public School students have been named the best year five coders in a state-wide coding and robotics competition.

More than 100 budding robotics engineers and coders took part in the 2018 ANSTO Top Coder Competition, with the grand final held at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights' campus.

Burren Junction Public School students, Jenna Hattingh and Emma Slack-Smith, took out 2018 Top Coder in the Year 5 Division of the Robotics Competition, where their robot successfully navigated an obstacle course filled with tracks and tasks.

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Murray-Darling authority accused of maladministration and ignoring best science

Murray-Darling authority accused of maladministration and ignoring best science

The Guardian

Royal commission counsel also says officials tried to lean on CSIRO to reduce water recovered for the environment

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has been accused of maladministration, deliberately ignoring the best science on the river, leaning on the CSIRO to alter reports on the adequacy of the basin plan and ignoring the impact of climate change in its future planning.

In a scathing assessment of the authority, counsel assisting the South Australian Murray-Darling royal commission, Richard Beasley SC, has painted a picture of an organisation cowed by its political masters and too afraid to present its own scientific data to the greater scientific community.

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Hot farmer anger as climate, drought trends ignored by politicians

Hot farmer anger as climate, drought trends ignored by politicians

The Land

Farmers are angry and perplexed by former Nationals federal leader Barnaby Joyce’s obsession with promoting coal-fired power stations and a deep seated reluctance by some politicians to acknowledge Australia’s carbon emissions must be curtailed.

As increasing climate variability threatens to cut our agricultural productivity 10 per cent in the next 20 years, farmers generally feel cheated and fed up with the political manoeuvring and denials of the need for practical policies on energy, climate change and drought says fast-growing national lobby group, Farmers for Climate Action (FCA).

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Rural infrastructure funding: Restart NSW Fund only half spent in rural NSW

Rural infrastructure funding: Restart NSW Fund only half spent in rural NSW

Northern Daily Leader

RURAL communities have been short-changed half of their owed state government infrastructure funding, an auditor-general report reveals.

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Far right extremists 'not welcome' in Nationals, leader says amid investigation

Far right extremists 'not welcome' in Nationals, leader says amid investigation

Guardian

Nationals allegedly infiltrated by people with links to neo-Nazis and white supremacists

Senior members of the NSW Nationals have held a special meeting to discuss how their party has been infiltrated by people with alleged links to the far right, neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups, with plans to purge the party of any extremists.

Michael McCormack, the federal leader of the Nationals, says his party will not tolerate the “politics of hate”.

The issue came to light earlier this month when the ABC’s Background Briefing reported it had uncovered a plot by Australia’s alt-right movement to join major political parties.

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OPINION: Paddock bashers a big problem for NSW Police

OPINION: Paddock bashers a big problem for NSW Police

The Land

WE ALL know the tradition.

Kids who aren’t even tall enough to see over the wheel are thrown the keys to the “paddock basher” or a quad bike and their driving career begins.

I’m a mum and I also manage the Crash Investigation Unit for the NSW Police Force.

Lately we have been called to so many cases of young children losing their lives in cars or on motorcycles or quad bikes being driven or ridden on private property.

The most recent of these has been the death of a 14-year-old boy who died after a single car crash at Yerong Creek near Wagga Wagga on October 11.

The driver, also a 14-year-old boy, was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous.

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It was Queensland versus New South Wales in Gold Cup runoff

It was Queensland versus New South Wales in Gold Cup runoff

Daily News Warwick

CAMPDRAFTING: Capella rider Steve Comiskey has won a runoff to win the Pryde's EasiFeed Gold Cup at the Warwick Showgrounds.

At the end of the final, Comiskey had 268 on Broomfield Stylish Diamond, the same score as Wee Waa rider Sam Knight on O'Lara.

In the runoff, Knight was first in camp but his beast proved troublesome on course and he only finished with a cutout score.

Comiskey could have been tempted to take it easy in his run as he only had to record a score on the course to win.

He did more than that, recording 91, a score as good as any in the competition.

Tamworth rider Hugh Miles was third on Reys Ya Garter.

Kimberley Sammon (Beaudesert) riding Possum Sue and Cal Gibson (Bungarra, NSW) were equal fourth.

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Fatal crash near Wee Waa claims life of 27-year-old man

Fatal crash near Wee Waa claims life of 27-year-old man

The Northern Daily Leader

A TWENTY-seven year old man has died following a fatal car crash in the North West.

Just before 1am on Sunday morning emergency services were called to Yarrie Lake Road, Wee Waa, following reports of a single-vehicle crash.

Emergency services attended and commenced CPR on the driver – a 27-year-old man – however, he died at the scene.

Two male passengers – aged 25 and 37 – were treated for minor injuries by paramedics.

 

A crime scene was established, and an investigation has been launched into the incident by officers from Oxley Police District and the Crash Investigation Unit.

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$5bn drought future fund headlines summit

$5bn drought future fund headlines summit

9 News

Up to $5 billion will be stashed away for non-rainy days as part of a new fund to help farmers when future droughts scorch paddocks across Australia.

The Future Drought Fund was the key announcement made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Friday's national drought summit in Canberra.

From 2020, about $100 million per year will be available, with payments starting from July that year.

The fund will be underpinned by an initial $3.9 billion injection before growing to $5 billion in 2028.

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No work done after Nationals' treasurer got $850k water-saving grant

No work done after Nationals' treasurer got $850k water-saving grant

Sydney Morning Herald by nick mcKenzie and Richard Baker

The Nationals' federal treasurer and candidate for the Victorian seat of Shepparton, Peter Schwarz, is accused of gouging much of the $850,000 he was paid by Australia's largest drought-proofing project.

Mr Schwarz is also accused of then calling in favours when pressed to account for the taxpayer cash.

As Prime Minister Scott Morrison launches his drought summit, leaked government files reveal that Mr Schwarz banked the taxpayer subsidies in November 2011 and then spent years resisting efforts from water officials to get him to either return the money or use it for its intended purpose - saving water.

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Feral pests looking for food and water offers chance to control numbers, expert says

Feral pests looking for food and water offers chance to control numbers, expert says

ABC News

The impact of the drought on wild animals offers a chance to try to get on top of pest numbers, a land service officer has said.

The widespread nature of the drought is affecting more than just livestock and wildlife, with feral animals also struggling to find food and water.

This is bringing them closer to areas where humans are present as they compete with livestock for resources.

Central Tablelands Local Land Service senior officer, Paul Gibb, said the congregation of pest animals around water sources offered opportunities for landholders.

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Federal anti-corruption body motion could test Coalition control in minority government

Federal anti-corruption body motion could test Coalition control in minority government

ABC News

A motion to create a federal anti-corruption commission could test the Coalition's control of Federal Parliament as it prepares for minority government.

Greens senator Larissa Waters believes there is now majority support for a national body, with the Liberal Party likely to lose the historically safe seat of Wentworth to independent Kerryn Phelps.

All six crossbench MPs have indicated they would support a national commission and Federal Labor has already pledged to establish one if elected at the next election.

To test the numbers, the Greens will introduce a Senate motion calling on the Coalition to "establish a national anti-corruption commission".

Senator Waters expects that motion — which would require an immediate debate in the Lower House — would pass with the support of Labor.

Key points:
Senator Waters expects the motion would pass with the support of Labor
Kerryn Phelps says she sees the creation of such a body "as something that is very achievable"
Christian Porter has previously said there was no persuasive evidence for a national integrity commission

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New $5 billion future drought fund to help farmers battle changing climates

New $5 billion future drought fund to help farmers battle changing climates

ABC News

Helping farmers prepare for future droughts will be the focus of a new multi-billion-dollar fund that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil today.

The $5-billion Future Drought Fund will be announced at a national drought summit, which brings together state and federal governments, weather experts, farm lobbyists and charities, in Canberra.

Key points:
The Federal Government will commit an initial $3.9 billion to the fund, with $100 million to be available each year from 2020
Money will be provided for community services, research, technology and infrastructure
Legislation to create the fund will need to pass Parliament
The Federal Government will initially commit $3.9 billion to the fund, which will reach $5 billion by 2028.

But only $100 million will be available each year from 2020, with that money being allocated by a board of guardians.

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Mullaley Drought Taskforce and Mark Coulton prepare for federal drought summit

Mullaley Drought Taskforce and Mark Coulton prepare for federal drought summit

The Northern Daily Leader Billy Jupp

THE Mullaley Drought Taskforce is hoping to put forward a range of suggestions via a submission to this Friday’s federal government drought summit in Canberra.

Interest rate subsides, post drought recovery and protecting stock breeding herds are some of what the group of locals will bring to the government’s attention.

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NSW Farmers furious with government

NSW Farmers furious with government

The Land Daniel Pedersen

NSW Farmers, after months of protracted negotiations with the Australian Rail Track Corporation, has laid the $10 billion Inland Rail project’s shortcomings squarely at the feet of the Coalition Government.

It says the decision to cut a new route across the Pilliga, slicing through farming properties, was ill-conceived and not even properly assessed.

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Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - September 2018

Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - September 2018

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland NSW

Welcome to our new Community Funding Opportunities and Awards Program Newsletter where you will find details of selected grant submissions from around the region for Community Projects and Award Programs.


Due to the number of grants that are available, we now send two funding opportunities newsletters a month; one for Business and Infrastructure and another for Community Projects and Award Programs, rather than the one combined newsletter.


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

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Blair seeks Federal tax concessions for farmers at summit

Blair seeks Federal tax concessions for farmers at summit

John Ellicott The Land

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair fears Friday’s drought summit in Canberra will be a talkfest with 150 people expected to attend the meeting at Old Parliament House. “That will give them about two minutes each to speak,” he says.

Instead Mr Blair is taking two firm tax-related proposals to Canberra he will will put on the table that he believes will ease financial stress for farmers.

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NSW Farmers furious at Inland Rail land acquirement

NSW Farmers furious at Inland Rail land acquirement

Daniel Pedersen Northern Daily Leader

NSW Farmers, after months of protracted negotiations with the Australian Rail Track Corporation, has laid the $10 billion Inland Rail project’s shortcomings squarely at the feet of the Coalition Government.

It says the decision to cut a new route across the Pilliga, slicing through farming properties, was ill-conceived and not even properly assessed.

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Rural News

Lockyer Valley orchard seeks offers over $2m | Video

Offers over $2 million are being sought for the Lockyer Valley orchard farmgate 1411.
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Mountain View asking $995,000 | Video

The 54 hectare Cambooya property Mountain View has been listed with Ray White Rural for $995,000.
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Credits could weaken Paris target: report

The government could use carryover credits to meet its 2030 Paris commitments.
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2018

Gas import spells end of Santos' controversial Narrabri CSG, analysts say

By Cole Latimer & Peter Hannam 9 July 2018 — 2:30pm

Author: Kate

Analysts say four proposed new gas import terminals around Australia have ended Santos’ contentious NSW Narrabri coal seam gas project.

Santos’ Narrabri project is a proposed $3 billion gas operation that has been consistently opposed by environmental groups, and now Macquarie Bank analysts believe the rise of Australian gas import terminals will end all potential government support.

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Aug

2018

Boggabri library to close for refurbishment

Namoi Valley Independent August 29

Author: Kate

The Boggabri library will temporarily close on September 12 to undergo renovations.

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Aug

2018

Rowena farmers call for better long term drought policy

PRIME7 News North West August 30, 2018, 5:50PM

Author: Kate

They're the farmers of the north western plains, where drought is no stranger.

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Aug

2018

Catching up with Boggabri Public School and Sacred Heart School

Namoi Valley Independent August 30

Author: Kate

Boggabri Public School got creative and dressed as characters from stories in Book Week and Sacred Heart School held belated NAIDOC Week celebrations recently and learnt about Indigenous weapons and music. 

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Sep

2018

Drought relief for Rowena

Prime7 news North West August 31

Author: Kate

The first drought charity drop was made to Rowena this week. 

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1

Sep

2018

Do you know a child with Autism?

31st August, 2018

Author: Kate

Do you have a child with autism? If so, please consider coming to a focus group discussion (one hour for one day) to discuss your experiences and the factors that have influenced your decisions regarding their schooling. Held in Narrabri and Dubbo in September/October 2018. $20 Smiggle gift voucher for each family that attends. Morning/afternoon tea provided. Register via the online questionnaire. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/85Z2BS3

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Sep

2018

Three injured in Newell Highway car accident near Edgeroi

The Northern Daily Leader 31 August, 2018

Author: Kate

A woman has been airlifted to Tamworth hospital in a serious condition after a car accident near Edgeroi on Thursday.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the Newell Highway at 3.45pm after a car crashed into the back of a stationary car.

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Sep

2018

Boggabri Business and Community Progress Association calls for Grain Valley Road to be completed

Author: Kate

Boggbari is missing out on tourism because Grain Valley Road isn't completely sealed, the town's progress association says.

The road is a major thoroughfare, which connects Mullaley and Boggabri, with 17.4km still unsealed after more than a decade of lobbying. The project is estimated at $8.2 million and is waiting on state funding.

The gravel section has been labelled “dangerous and vehicle-destroying”, with many avoiding the route altogether and instead going through Gunnedah.

“Boggabri is missing out on tourism because the tar’s just not there,” Boggabri Business and Community Progress Association member Donna Turner said.

“A lot of people that come down from Coonabarabran to Boggabri and have caravans won’t use the road because it’s not tarred. They go through Gunnedah instead and bypass Boggabri.”

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Oct

2018

Barnaby backs coal unless Australians want nuclear power supply

Author: Kate

Barnaby Joyce has called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recommendation to phase out coal by 2050 as “wrong and ridiculous”, while once again suggesting Australians need to look at nuclear power.

Last weekend the IPCC, the world’s foremost panel on climate change, issued a report stating global greenhouse gas emissions must reach zero by 2050 in order to stop global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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15

Oct

2018

Narrabri Shire Council receives stronger country communities funding

The Northern Daily Leader Newsroom

Author: Kate

NINE community projects from across the Narrabri shire are set to benefit from a welcome funding boost thanks to the state government.

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Oct

2018

Narrabri Shire Council receives stronger country communities funding

Author: Kate

NINE community projects from across the Narrabri shire are set to benefit from a welcome funding boost thanks to the state government.

More than $1.6 million will be injected into the region as a part of the state government’s stronger country communities program and will be distributed between the nine projects.

Narrabri Shire Council general manager Stewart Todd said it was very exciting to see local community groups receive a funding boost.

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15

Oct

2018

National Rugby Championship: Will McDonnell enjoys maiden flight with NSW Country Eagles

Author: Kate

Saturday’s National Rugby Championship clash at Scully Park capped off what has been a breakout season for Narrabri’s Will McDonnell.

The former Blue Boars junior was at the start of the season just hoping to cement a first grade spot with Sydney University after being hampered by injury last season.

He well and truly surpassed that, the 22-year-old’s list of achievements over the season including playing for the Waratahs on their tour of Japan, being named the Rookie of the Year for the Shute Shield competition and Sydney Uni’s Rookie of the Year, and earning a call-up to the NSW Country Eagles squad.

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15

Oct

2018

Former mayor awarded $120,000 over defamatory Facebook posts

Author: Kate

A former mayor in country NSW has been awarded more than $100,000 in damages after a local resident defamed him in a series of "bullying and high-handed" Facebook posts accusing him of corruption and intimidation.

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16

Oct

2018

Hundreds gather to celebrate the 2018 Rural Woman of the Year | Photos

Author: Kate

Guests traveled from across Australia to celebrate the mighty contribution of rural and regional women at a gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday night. 

Krista Watkins, a banana farmer from Walkamin, North Queensland was named the AgriFutures Australia 2018 Rural Woman of the Year while Darrylin Gordon, from Halls Creek, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region was named runner up. READ MORE.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced the winners, saying the annual awards had for nearly twenty years recognised and celebrated the achievements of rural women – vital in driving change.

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Oct

2018

Hundreds gather to celebrate the 2018 Rural Woman of the Year | Photos

Author: Kate

Guests traveled from across Australia to celebrate the mighty contribution of rural and regional women at a gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday night. 

Krista Watkins, a banana farmer from Walkamin, North Queensland was named the AgriFutures Australia 2018 Rural Woman of the Year while Darrylin Gordon, from Halls Creek, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region was named runner up. READ MORE.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced the winners, saying the annual awards had for nearly twenty years recognised and celebrated the achievements of rural women – vital in driving change.

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