The town of Narrabri lies in one of the richest agricultural regions in Australia.
The 13,000 square kilometer Narrabri Shire, in the heart of the Namoi Valley, is home to a divers range of agricultural enterprises. The fertile country north, west and south-east of Narrabri produces cotton, wheat , barley, oilseeds, and a variety of other crops, ranging from grapes to peanuts. Livestock production includes sheep, cattle and pigs.

The annual value of agricultural production is in excess of $330 million per year. This figure includes more than $200 million from cotton and about $60 million from wheat.

Irrigation farming, utilizing both surface water from the Namoi River (provided via a regulated flow from Keepit Dam) and groundwater, is a very important component of the Shir’s success. The success of the agricultural industries have resulted in the development of big storage and transport centres in the Shire.

The high volumes of agricultural commodities have led to the extablishement of big secondary processing industries such as the huge Cargill Oilseeds plant at Narrabri which processes about 250,000 tonnes of cottonseed each year.

The moder Canzac Pulse Processors Pty Ltd plant in Narrabri brings state of the art technology to the task of producing high quality pulse seeds for export. Other plants include seed grading, mixing and packaging operations.

The huge agricultural industries are in turn supported by a host of specialist supply, engineering, chemicals, and consulting firms.

Two world-rank research establishments are located in the Narrabri district; the I.A Watson Grains Research Centre (operated by the University of Sydney), and the big Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) a shared venture between the CSIRO and the NSW Department of Agriculture.

Late 2005 saw the launch of the new Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre – based at ACRI. This new CRC will provide a multi-faceted approach to cotton industry research.

Narrabri is also home for the important Cotton Research and Development Corporation. The CRDC is a $15 million body funded by the Federal Government and industry to select and fund suitable research projects.

It was from humble beginnings in Narrabri that the Prime Wheat Growers’ Association was born.  This local wheat grower organization went on to encompass wheat growers across NSW before acquiring GrainCorp which now operates grain handling and other businesses in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Narrabri Shire’s growth and development is strongly tied to the success of its agricultural industries. Fortunately, district farmers are acutely aware of the need for the wise use of resources and sustainable farming methods. It is this knowledge and expertise which is driving the town and district forward to a bright, prosperous future.
Santos waste water plant approval to face legal appeal

Santos waste water plant approval to face legal appeal

By Kerrin Thomas - ABC Sydney

The state's Environmental Defenders Office has launched legal action against the State Government and Santos, over the approval of a waste treatment facility near Narrabri.

The application for a waste water treatment plant at the Leewood facility should have been viewed as outside the scope of exploration and therefore required to face a higher level of development scrutiny, according to the EDO and its client, Narrabri-based group People for the Plains.

Under State planning laws, some CSG exploration works are exempt from requiring development consent but the EDO's Principal Solicitor, Sue Higginson, said this development should not have been exempt.

She said the approval processes are significantly different.

"The process that's been applied to this development required a less onerous environmental assessment," she said.

"It also didn't provide for the full public participation that, had it gone through the full and rigorous legal assessment and procedures, we say ought have been applied."

Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Protesters Vs Santos - Wastewater court battle

Protesters Vs Santos - Wastewater court battle

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 25, 2015, 9:30 p.m. - Northern Daily Leader

A NARRABRI anti-coal seam gas group is taking the energy giant Santos and the state government to court over the approval of the Leewood wastewater treatment plant in the Pilliga forest.

People for the Plains will argue the approval given to the CSG wastewater treatment plant last week is invalid.

CSG explorations works are exempt from requiring development consent under NSW planning law, but the group will argue the plant is not for the purpose of CSG exploration and required separate development consent.

They will be represented in the NSW Land and Environment Court by the NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO).

Principal solicitor of EDO NSW, Sue Higginson, said the case is about ensuring proper laws and development assessment processes are followed in approving such development.

Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
It's time to Celebrate - We're Still Gasfield Free!

It's time to Celebrate - We're Still Gasfield Free!

While Narrabri Gas Project is close to worthless we face a powerful moment to remind Santos of the social and investor risk it faces in North West NSW and to stop CSG spreading across our land. 

Pull out the stops. Just 2 -3 hours on a Sunday afternoon. We all need to be at this one.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1351)/Comments (0)/
Small grants to fertilise sustainable agriculture knowledge

Small grants to fertilise sustainable agriculture knowledge

Media Release - 5 November

Farmers and fishers across the country are set to receive a boost, with $2.2 million in small grants announced to increase industry capacity and support the adoption of productive management practices.  

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today said that these small grants would contribute to the overall resilience, competitiveness and productivity of Australia's agriculture and fishing industries. 

Friday, 6 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1838)/Comments (0)/
On-farm deaths could be halved through simple solutions

On-farm deaths could be halved through simple solutions

RIRDC Research

Almost half of all deaths on farms could be prevented, simply by implementing solutions we already know about, according to new research exploring what’s stopping primary producers from improving their safety practices.

Focus groups were run with farmers, growers, pastoralists and fishers, along with a desktop audit of peer reviewed research. Funded by the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership, the study will guide efforts over coming years to improve the uptake of Work Health and Safety (WHS) initiatives.

Study author, Richard Franklin of James Cook University, says the rates of death and injury on farms and fishing vessels have improved, but are still unacceptable.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1149)/Comments (0)/

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