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Department of Primary Industries looking for an Agronomist

Department of Primary Industries looking for an Agronomist

Temporary full time position for 12 months with possibility of extension (depending on funding)

About the Role

In your new role, you will support the summer and winter pulse agronomy research project within DPI Agriculture, Northern Cropping Systems branch. You will provide technical assistance to the Research and Development Agronomist in research operations and management as well as assisting with the day to day running of projects, including the supervision of Technical Assistants and casual staff.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (6070)/Comments (0)/
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Northern Daily Leader

After ten years opposition to Santos and Eastern Star Gas efforts to get coal seam gas projects approved, North West NSW farmers respond in alarm to ACCC suggestions that onshore gas should be rolled out in the Pilliga and across farmland. 

While supporting ACCC calls for coal seam gas exports to be curbed for domestic supply, farmers and communities who depend on safe reliable supplies of underground water will not accept any coal seam gas project that puts at risk this valuable resource. 

As extreme drought conditions are being experienced across major parts of NSW, farmers, graziers and rural communities are faced with the worrying prospect of how their water supply will hold up in these conditions.

Friday, 6 October 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (8003)/Comments (0)/
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Will the government's agreement with gas supplier deliver lower gas prices?

Will the government's agreement with gas supplier deliver lower gas prices?

ABC 7.30 Report 5 October, 2018

The three big gas exporters - Shell, Santos and Origin - have signed an agreement to ease a forecast domestic gas shortage. But there are serious doubts about whether it will bring prices down.
Friday, 6 October 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Fly Corporate will commence Sydney - Narrabri flights in September.

Fly Corporate will commence Sydney - Narrabri flights in September.

6 July, 2017 Press Release

Media Release 

It's with extreme excitement that Council can now announce that Fly Corporate will commence Sydney - Narrabri flights in September.

This announcement comes after a sustained and unrelenting effort by Council to secure flights to Sydney for Narrabri Shire and regional residents.

"A number of key staff and myself have been very active in regards to securing Sydney - Narrabri flights" stated Council's General Manager, Mr Stewart Todd.
Thursday, 6 July 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (19392)/Comments (0)/
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Public Exhibition - Full Suite of Draft Strategic Documents

Public Exhibition - Full Suite of Draft Strategic Documents

Narrabri Shire Council

(17-May-17)

Pursuant of the NSW Local Government Act 1993, Council advises the Narrabri Shire that the full suite of draft strategic documents are now on public exhibition from Wednesday, 17 May 2017 until Thursday, 15 June 2017.

The full suite of draft strategic documents includes:

Placing draft strategic documents on public exhibition provides our community with the opportunity to review each document in detail and provide feedback to Council on the future direction of our Shire.

Members of the public may view draft strategic documents at Council Libraries, Council’s Administration Office, Council’s website and the following specific locations:

  • Baan Baa Pub
  • Bellata Golf Club
  • Boggabri Book Exchange
  • Gwabegar Post Office
  • Pilliga Community Links

Thursday, 18 May 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (24417)/Comments (0)/

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Two More New Bridges for Narrabri Shire open to public

Two More New Bridges for Narrabri Shire open to public

The Narrabri Shire Council will benefit from today’s opening of the new Brigalow Creek and Wee Waa Lagoon Creek bridges on Pilliga Road.

This project involved the replacement of four aging timber bridges that supported freight traffic on Pilliga Road and Cypress Way in the Narrabri, Wee Waa and Pilliga areas, including the Baradine Creek Bridge, Dubbo Creek Bridge, Brigalow Creek Bridge and Wee Waa Lagoon Creek Bridge.

It was primarily funded by a $5.3 million investment from the NSW Government under the Restart NSW Resources for Regions program.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (24744)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri’s perfect dilemma

Narrabri’s perfect dilemma

The Northern Daily Leader Julie Maughan 2 Mar 2017, 11:44 a.m

Narrabri will feature harness racing again this Sunday with their big Carnival of Cups meeting presenting an eight race program.

Rubbers Dilemma from the Tony Missen stables will make a return in the opening event after the filly scored her first career win last week at Narrabri from six race starts. The win surprised Missen who trains the Blissful Hall filly – and races her along with Alan Tinden, Tamworth HRC Board member Greg McDonell and Bob Peterson – as the filly had only been in the stables for two weeks.

Friday, 3 March 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Gas Project EIS leaves locals frustrated

Narrabri Gas Project EIS leaves locals frustrated

Western Magazine 3 March 2017

A 7000-page Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Narrabri Gas Project (NGP) that’s been at least five years in the making has the local community overwhelmed, with only 60 days to frame its response.

The EIS for the project was placed on public exhibition on 22 February 2017. 

Many in the community believe Santos has deliberately stymied the community’s response efforts by limiting availability of the file in an accessible electronic form.

Complying with its obligations of ease of use and accessibility, as promised to the local Community Consultative Committee. 

Friday, 3 March 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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BAAN BAA WATER PROJECT GETS OFF THE GROUND

BAAN BAA WATER PROJECT GETS OFF THE GROUND

Today it was announced that Narrabri Shire Council has awarded the construction tender of a new water supply system for Baan Baa.

The people of Baan Baa are one step closer to having a secure and reliable supply of high-quality water.

The  contribution consists of  $2.2 million in funding from the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program to Narrabri Shire Council for the delivery of this project,

Works will include the development of a production bore, rising mains, a reservoir, and reticulation system into Baan Baa. 
Wednesday, 1 March 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (24755)/Comments (0)/
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BOGGABRI DROVER’S CAMPFIRE TO BENEFIT FROM NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDING

BOGGABRI DROVER’S CAMPFIRE TO BENEFIT FROM NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Today it was announced that triennial funding of $27,500 will be invested in the Boggabri Drover’s Campfire through the NSW Government’s 2017 Flagship Event Fund.


It is great news that the Drover’s Campfire Weekend will benefit from the Flagship Event Fund.  Events play a fundamental role in attracting new and returning visitors to our regional towns, bringing with them additional business to restaurants and cafes, local tourism operators, attractions and accommodation providers.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (25498)/Comments (0)/
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Readily and able to win well

Readily and able to win well

ulie Maughan 27 Feb 2017, 1 p.m

Readily picked up his second win this month in taking out the G & K Anderson/Agies Rural Wee Waa Cup at the Narrabri harness meeting on Sunday.

Trained by Lola Weidemann and driven by her niece Stacey, it was a big day out for the stable, having ten runners competing at the meeting.

Lola trained four winners on the seven event card as well as driving two winners in Hero Bromac and Rocknroll Annie while Stacey also drove a double - which included a win in the feature with Readily – while Royal Luck made his way into the John Dean Memorial next Sunday at Narrabri after taking out the first heat.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NBN website update allows you to find out when network is available in your area

NBN website update allows you to find out when network is available in your area

ABC Monday 27 February

Have you wondered when you will have access to the NBN?

For the first time, you will be able to find out. The company has updated the website's address tracker to show a timeframe for when people in an area can connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Previously, the NBN website told people when construction would begin in an area — not when the service would actually be available.

"The number one question we get asked by people is 'when will it actually be available?' so this new update gives people an answer to that very question," NBN spokesperson Dan Chamberlain told the ABC.

Monday, 27 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Inside the Santos gas 'thought bubble' that didn't fly

Inside the Santos gas 'thought bubble' that didn't fly

Fin Review

Towards the end of a frighteningly turbulent 2015, Santos management approached a small community of major Australian manufacturers and gas customers with invitations to acquire discounted equity in the strategically important but politically controversial Narrabri coal seam gas project.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/business/energy/gas/inside-the-santos-gas-thought-bubble-that-didnt-fly-20170224-gukofz#ixzz4Zx7YKxU7 
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Sunday, 26 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Crossroads beat Tatts to book Narrabri grand final berth

Crossroads beat Tatts to book Narrabri grand final berth

northern daily leader

Craig Trindall wound back the clock as Crossroads snatched the minor premiership - and first grand final spot - from Tatts on Saturday.

The former NSW Country quick claimed a remarkable 8-37 to steamroll Tatts for 88 and bowl Crossroads to a 100 run win.

The result saw them leapfrog Tatts and finish on top, leaving the premiers and RSL to thrash it out next week for the remaining spot in the decider.

Trindall’s haul wasn’t the only outstanding effort for the round with Civeo openers Nick Smart and Lachlan Cameron both cracking centuries as they defeated RSL.

Smart hammered 110 in a 150-run opening stand with his districts captain, who carried his bat for 114 to pilot Civeo to 4-291.
Sunday, 26 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri school swimming carnivals

Boggabri school swimming carnivals

NVI 24 February

Boggabri Public School and Sacred Heart Primary School recently held their annual swimming carnivals with Kamilaroi and Namoi houses taking out the trophies. 

This year at Boggabri Public participated in two swimming carnivals – primary and infants. 

The primary swimming carnival was held at the Gunnedah Memorial Pool. The carnival involved those students turning eight years of age, up to Year 6. 

The school said it was a fabulous day. It was very pleasing to see so many children having a go and getting a point for their house for participation. 

Friday, 24 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos faces community opposition to Narrabri gas field

Santos faces community opposition to Narrabri gas field

KATHY FAIRFAX Friday, February 24, 2017

Gas giant Santos’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its proposal to create a gasfield in the Pilliga Forest was made public on February 21, two weeks after it was lodged with the government for assessment. It will be on public exhibition until just April 24.

The EIS shows that Santos still intends to drill coal seam gas (CSG) production wells despite widespread protests over the trouble-plagued Narrabri Gas Project.

Friday, 24 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for hospitality, retail workers, Fair Work Commission rules

Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for hospitality, retail workers, Fair Work Commission rules

ABC News 24 February

Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for full-time and part-time workers in the hospitality, retail and fast-food industries, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

Key points:

Workers will continue to receive penalties but they will be reduced
Retailers say the decision means they can extend opening hours
Unions say low-paid workers will struggle to make ends meet
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said nearly half a million people, including some of the country's lowest-paid workers, would lose up to $6,000 a year.
Friday, 24 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos­: Farmers fear One Nation is set to capitalise on CSG

Santos­: Farmers fear One Nation is set to capitalise on CSG

Miles Godfrey, The Daily Telegraph February 22, 2017 12:00am

THE state’s CSG wars have exploded back to life as Santos­ prepares to extract gas in northern NSW despite opposition from farmers who say the issue may give One Nation a foothold.

Santos has lodged plans to drill up to 850 coal seam gas wells across about 1000ha of Pilliga State Forest, south of Narrabri — unlocking half of NSW’s gas needs over the next 20 years and generating $1.2 billion in royalties for the state government. It could also create hundreds of jobs for regional and rural NSW.

“Natural gas has a vital role to play in delivering energy security, while having the additional benefit of being 50 per cent cleaner than coal, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon emissions,” Santos said.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Santos v People: court case date

Santos v People: court case date

By Jamieson Murphy Feb. 8, 2016, 9:30 p.m. The Northern Daily Leader

A DATE has been set for Santos and People for the Plains to battle it out in court.

The two-day court case will by heard by the NSW Land and Environment Court on April 6 and April 8.

The local anti-coal seam gas (CSG) group will argue the approval for the gas company’s Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest is illegal.

Under NSW planning laws, CSG explorations works don’t need development consent.

Monday, 8 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.

Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.

Congratulations to the tireless team!

Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night. Congratulations to the tireless team!


Image from Namoi Valley Independent

Monday, 8 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

Local Coonamble/Pilliga Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad

Local Coonamble/Piliga, Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad to represent the Waratahs this season.

Last year he played in the under 20's side and toured OS with them. After watching many games with him in it at St Josephs College, Hunters Hill it's nice to see the hard work pay off.

A great career for an outstanding sportsman.

Congratulations Ned.

From the Daily Liberal

NED Hanigan is a star on the rise.

The Coonamble boy earned Australian Schoolboys selection in 2013, and last year represented Australia at the World Rugby 20s Championships in Italy, where he was named Australia's MVP.

Now his career has soared to new heights, with Hanigan elevated into the core training squad for the NSW Waratahs just before Christmas.

"I think it was a bit surreal," he said.

"Daryl (Gibson, Waratahs head coach) called me into his office and said 'you've been training well and we want to pull you on full-time'.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Friendly Face Helping Hands Foundation gets a helping hand

Friendly Face Helping Hands Foundation gets a helping hand

Landmark Classic Sales Tamworth Saturday 6th February

Yesterday we attended Landmark Classic sale and spent the day with Mark and Shelley Ruff who had donated 10% of the sale profits for an amazing horse called Bulla Ava. Ava sold for $25,000 which was amazing. 7 years ago I decided that I needed to help and support people who had medical incidents or accidents. I was selfish in that I needed to feel worthy and I also felt I was given a second and third chance and others just don't get another chance so I needed to feel that I was helping others and making a difference. This year Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is 5 years old and the people we have helped the lives we have saved has been overwhelming over 50,000 people have been helped and supported. But what I did not think would happen would be the amazing building of this foundation many businesses are built on bricks, mortar, statistics and projected income. Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is built on love, friendships, honesty, integrity and understanding. Our walls are the hands of friends we have found along the way and our foundations are strong and supportive and built to last. I started this to help others but it is me who has been helped most my life is so full of beautiful People who have become my friends and the walls of our Foundation. Many people have a few friends our foundation is so blessed to be a network of friends who volunteer work and support. Just this week we need to thank these amazing friends for all the support 
Mark and Shelley Ruff
Anna Moulder and Kelly Fuller ABC radio
Jenny Dillion and Kylie Galbraith The Northern Daily Leader, Mark Barton Landmark, Anita Osbourne and Murry Wilton Royal Agriculture Show Sydney Royal Easter Show and Tim OBrien Australian Agriculture Show Society. Allana McIntire A Pollocrosse Affair. Thank you for the friendship we are strong and with your friendship we will keep fighting and help any more people. From our hearts Thank You...
Saturday, 6 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1579)/Comments (0)/
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Rural Biz Training

Rural Biz Training

Latest Newsletter

Make 2016 your best year ever for skills - learn new skills by training, or get your existing skills formally recognised by RPL.  We're here to help!

Our first newsletter this year has details of an exciting training partnership with Grain Growers plus some great opportunities for funded training
Friday, 5 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Farmer puts neck on the line for protest

Farmer puts neck on the line for protest

Feb 4 Daily Liberal

A 73-YEAR-OLD sixth generation farmer from the Coonamble area yesterday became the latest person to block access to the construction site of Santos' Leewood CSG waste water facility in the Pilliga forest .

Neil Kennedy locked himself by the neck to the front gate of the construction site, and was joined this morning by around 30 local and regional supporters.

His actions came as protesters opposing a coal seam gas wastewater plant in the area declared they aren't giving up their cause any time soon.

"I don't think it's right that Santos can build this waste water treatment plant, with all the risks involved, while a court case is still underway to sort out whether its approval without a proper environmental assessment was lawful or not," Mr Kennedy said.

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Thursday, 4 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Protesters continue to block NSW CSG site

Protesters continue to block NSW CSG site

9 News 3 February 2016

Protesters opposing a coal seam gas wastewater plant in northern NSW aren't giving up their cause any time soon.

Around 30 anti-CSG demonstrators blocked access on Wednesday morning to the Santos Leewood Water treatment plant in the Pilliga forest south of Narrabri, which will support 850 CSG wells above the Great Artesian Basin.

Sixth-generation farmer Neil Kennedy from Coonamble has chained himself by the neck to the site's front gate, despite heavy rain turning the ground to mud.

"We're going to keep on protesting and doing what we can, fighting this thing," Mr Kennedy told AAP from a mobile phone.

The 73-year-old admitted he was "getting a bit old for this", but he doesn't want to see the land destroyed for future generations.

"I've got 13 grandchildren, and they're good little blokes and I'd like to think they've got a future out here," he said.


Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/03/13/05/protesters-continue-to-block-nsw-csg-site#J3zK3rJ5EerCduql.99
Wednesday, 3 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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