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Council wants to change CBD rules

Council wants to change CBD rules

Narrabri Shire’s three CBDs are about to become affected by a rule change that aims to ensure the Merton Street motel development in Boggabri cannot be repeated.

ABOVE: Maitland Street in Narrabri, between Bowen and Lloyd, will be one of three main streets in the shire affected by new council rules.

Narrabri Shire’s three CBDs are about to become affected by a rule change that aims to ensure the Merton Street motel development in Boggabri cannot be repeated.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Fire and Rescue NSW Wee Waa

Fire and Rescue NSW Wee Waa

Needs Your Services

Retained Firefighters are men and women from all walks of life who are "on call" to respond to a range of emergencies.  They also perform a vital role in community education and fire prevention.  Most Retained Firefighters have either full or part time jobs or have retired from the workforce, but when needed they respond as part of a specialist team, ready to face any emergency.


Fire & Rescue NSW needs community minded people during the day.  Most of the activities that occur during this time are community education at schools. assisting the elderly with smoke alarm battery replacements, and other preventative tasks.  However, we do also respond to incidents.  

We are desperately short of firefighters that are available during the day and need more members to keep the community safe.  Fire & Rescue NSW will pay you to be avaialble, pay for your training, pay you to respond to incidents and provide uniforms and equipment.
Tuesday, 13 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (836)/Comments (0)/
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Draft North West Local Strategic Plan

Draft North West Local Strategic Plan

North West Local Land Services want your feedback on our strategic direction

North West Local Land Services Draft Strategic Plan is out for 
community Consultation.

We want your feedback on our strategic direction.

This plan sets the direction for our work priorities, customers, partners and areas of investment.

Tell us your thoughts and let us know if you agree with its direction.
Our online survey, fact sheets and FAQs can be found at northwest.lls.nsw.gov.au - follow the link in the updates section, alternatively hard copies are availble at all North West Local Land Services offices.
Monday, 12 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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‘Let this be a warning to all’

‘Let this be a warning to all’

Even though the aluminium can has been sitting in the car for nearly 12 months, this week it decided that it had had enough.

ABOVE: Narrabri Fire and Rescue firefighter Tim Korteland, left, station commander Shane Bradford, and firefighters Simone Kerr and Lucas Warren inspect the cause of an explosion that happened to Courier journalist Michael Hutchison’s car.

Believe it or not the now gaping hole where my back window used to be wasn’t the result of looting thieves, an unfortunate stray cricket ball or a hail storm event that would have been considered a normal occurrence around Narrabri.

Friday, 9 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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‘Join us’ urge campaigners

‘Join us’ urge campaigners

A new initiative to combat domestic violence and sexual assault has been launched in Narrabri.

ABOVE: Members of Narrabri based agencies are lending their support to Reclaim the Night. At yesterday’s Inter Agency meeting, back, Jacqui Richards, Fiona Robinson, third row, Kirren Apthorpe, Nicole Beatty, Robyn Keeffe, Sharon Booby, Cathy Redding, Wendy Ross, Brenda van Gosilga, Chloe Orman, second row, Owen Atkins, Chris Buckman, Lorrie Bradley, Chloe Faucett, Renee Finnigan, front, Sandy Avis, Cigdem Watson, Ros Laws, Bernie Green, Jess Hawkers and Linda Slee.

A new initiative to combat domestic violence and sexual assault has been launched in Narrabri.

‘Reclaim the Night’ is a program to raise awareness of the issues and promote the assistance services available for victims.

Friday, 9 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Two Wilgunya Merino rams make $2400

Two Wilgunya Merino rams make $2400

By Andrea Crothers Oct. 8, 2015, 5:13 p.m.

TOP PRICE: Jim Hunt, Elmore Spring Plains, Wee Waa, bought the equal top-priced ram for $2400 at Wilgunya Merino sale, pictured with stud principals Heather and Max Wilson. Picture: ANDREA CROTHERS.

WHEN Wilgunya Merino Stud principal Max Wilson saw the first hammer fall at $2400 for their annual ram sale today, he thought “you bloody beauty!”

The winning bidder was Walgett’s David Harthog.

His purchase of the auction opener toppled last year’s highest price by $250 to plant a firm smile on the Dirranbandi stud principal’s face for the remaining 79 single-pen auction rams as they all cleared.

“She starts strong and you’ll finish strong,” Mr Wilson later commented.

He was right.

Friday, 9 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

15th October,

If you want to do something special, be inspired and connect with rural women sharing their stories on the 15th October 2015 then join

It's completely FREE, 100% online and is LIVE - so you can interact, ask questions and engage with all of our presenters.

Try something new and experience the joy that brings!

If you are worried about #datadrought or internet usage, please get in touch support@therw.biz as we have teleconferencing facilities available too.

Register today
Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NSW LABOR SENATE CANDIDATE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

NSW LABOR SENATE CANDIDATE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Tuesday 6th October 2015

It was great to meet up with Vivien over the weekend to discuss items of concern in the local community.  Having know Vivien for some time and helping her with her website about her book Ashes of the Firefighters it was great to catch up and discuss with her, her senate election for the State of NSW in the Upper House next year will be something to watch.  Here is the press release from her local visit.  We will be organising some meet n greet next time she travels by.


Labor Senate candidate, Vivien Thomson AFSM has been busy visiting rural communities in the central west and north coast of NSW.

 

Vivien is a mixed farmer and award winning firefighter from Muttama near Wagga Wagga.

Over the last week she has spoken to locals from Casino, Wee Waa, Walgett, Come By Chance, Pilliga, Coonamble and Dubbo.

 

“As a farmer and mother from rural NSW, I feel that we have been overlooked for far too long. As a Senate candidate, I will provide a strong alternative voice to small communities like Wee Waa, Pilliga and Come By Chance.”

 

Ms Thomson plans to travel to as many rural communities as possible leading up to the election to discuss local issues.

 

“I hope to meet many people in our rural and regional communities and work with them to provide a solution to many local issues.”

 

To keep up to date with Ms Thomson’s campaign, like her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VivienThomsonCountryLabor and follow on twitter @VivThomson . If you have an issue you would like to raise, please email Ms Thomson: vivien.thomson@australianlabor.com.au

 

Media Contact:

Att: William Wood

Ph: 0417 466 096

Email: vivien.thomson@australianlabor.com.au

Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (915)/Comments (0)/
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Drought continues in the west

Drought continues in the west

Wee Waa and western regions are still in need of drought breaking rain, with the dry conditions persisting as the weather warms up.

Crops are struggling with the warm change and more rain is needed to ensure plants mature properly.

Gary Wooldridge from the Pilliga Community Links Centre said conditions have not improved.

“It’s still pretty shocking out here, wheat crops are going back into the ground and it’s not looking good,” he said.

“There have been a few little cloud bursts here and there, but there has been no decent rain events yet.

“We’re hoping for storms for the wheat crops, but it does seem to have dried up.

Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Celebrity chef visits Pilliga

Celebrity chef visits Pilliga

Celebrity chef Mark Olive has paid a visit to one of western NSW's smallest communities.

ABOVE: Back, Mila Doolan, Gail Naden, Maude Smith, Mark Olive, Middle, Caleb and Linda Doolan, Tommy Leonard and Janet Nicholls, front, Jai Dooland and Esther Knowles.

Over 100 visitors and locals gathered at the Pilliga Bowling Club last Thursday for a Cultural community day organised by the Gunidah Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation based in Gunnedah.

Visitors travelled from Burren Junction, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Taree and Dubbo to attend the day, which featured celebrity indigenous chef Mark Olive.

Nationally recognised indigenous dance droup Koomurri performed traditional dance and painting demonstrations.

Koomurri Dancer, Jahmarley Dawson, 19, was excited to visit Pilliga for the first time.

Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Variable results expected for north west harvest

Variable results expected for north west harvest

Harvest time is near, but local agronomists and farmers are expecting highly variable results across the region.

ABOVE: Narrabri’s George Scilley, Shaun Thomson and Richard Scilley and a row of headers ready for hopefully a busy harvest.

For some grain growers this year’s crop will be the best they have had for many years, but for others, crops won’t be worth stripping.

Pursehouse Rural Agronomist James Fleming is currently seeing growers at both ends of the spectrum.

“There is patches that will go quite well and other patches that are fast running out of moisture,” he said.

“Some of my clients are having a really good season, while others aren’t having such luck.

“Rain is probably too late for most crops but some that were planted late would benefit.”

Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Annual Pony Camp a huge success

Annual Pony Camp a huge success

ABOVE: Hayley Gordon, Most Proficient in Purple Troop with award sponsor Cecil Woods.

This year’s pony camp was a huge success.

Although it was a smaller camp than in the past, with 90 campers and 22 Purple troopers, the smiles of the junior and senior riders was still proof that lots of fun was had by all.

Most of the week was a little chilly but it finished with a beautiful day on the Saturday.

It was great to have so many talented instructors in all areas of horse sports.

This year we had a number of electives for the senior troopers including tent pegging, horse shoeing, polo, campdrafting, polocrosse, presentation and dressage.

Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Poised for top award

Poised for top award

The Drovers’ Campfire has won tourism industry accolades over its ten year life, and is now poised for a new triumph.

ABOVE: Richard Gillham, left, and the original co-ordinator of the event, Geoff Eather take a break from their labours at the Drovers’ Campfire in April this year.

Boggabri is nowadays a name recognised in the four corners of Australia.

The reason is not its agricultural production or large coal mines, or even its proud reputation as the ‘little town with a big heart.’

Boggabri is known nationally as the home of the annual Drovers’ Campfire.

The Drovers’ Campfire has won tourism industry accolades over its ten year life, and is now poised for a new triumph.

The event has been listed as a finalist in the NSW-ACT Regional Achievement and Tourism Awards.

The winners of the prestigious awards will be announced at a gala presentation night in Dubbo on November 14.
Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural support services in the local area have resolved to set up a network to improve the delivery and effectiveness of support for the rural sector.

ABOVE: Cattle on the road near Pilliga.

The newly formed Rural Support Services Network (RSSNs) held its first meeting in Narrabri recently, with financial counsellors, Centacare representatives, landholders, government representatives and other organisations in attendance.

RSSNs are usually made up of local rural service providers including agribusiness and government, but also include interested landholders and representatives from community groups.

The network meets quarterly to discuss the needs of the local rural community with a view to working towards servicing these needs.

The meetings also allow for the sharing of information between service providers and the identification of any gaps in service delivery.

Narrabri Rural Financial Counsellor Fiona Mead said the first meeting of the Narrabri RSSN was an overwhelming success.

“We had 17 people at the meeting which was a great turn out, we plan on meeting every three months at this stage with the next meeting to be held in February,” she said.

Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police pay tribute to their fallen

Police pay tribute to their fallen

Narrabri police officers paused this week to remember fellow officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty or while off duty.

Local police pay their respects at St Cyprian’s service, from back, Constable Matt Cave, Senior Constable Clayton Watt and Senior Constable Ben King, middle, Leading Senior Constable Tim Monticone, Constable Trevor Robinson, Constable Ernest Allen, Senior Constable Grant Osbourne and Senior Constable Shane Middleton, front, Sergeant Grant Bell, Constable Natasha Cooper, Inspector Robert Dunn, Senior Constable Michelle King and Sergeant Chris Fuller.

The National Police Remembrance Day service for the Barwon Local Area Command (LAC) was held at St Cyprian’s Anglican Church in Narrabri on Tuesday, with police from Moree and Wee Waa in attendance.
Police Chaplain, Father Paul McCabe, led the service which was also attended by members of the local community.
“The primary reason for today’s gathering is to remember those officers of the Australasian Police Forces who have been killed in the course of their duties,” Fr. McCabe said.
“We are here to offer our support to their families and friends.”

 

Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Schwager wins top award

Schwager wins top award

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Schwager was out of town on Saturday night, however proud parents, Tony and Shirley, were on hand to collect the trophy on his behalf.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Wee Waa community busts school holiday boredom

Wee Waa community busts school holiday boredom

​Local volunteers have ensured the completion of a refurbished games room at the Wee Waa Sports Complex which was officially opened last week.

ABOVE: Tracks volunteers help refurbish games room: Robyn Keeffe, Max Davis, Shirley Schwager, Gail Wilson, Tanya Shipley, Pat Thompson and Meaghan Brown.

Local volunteers have ensured the completion of a refurbished games room at the Wee Waa Sports Complex which was officially opened last week.

The room was finished just in time for the school holidays and includes a fully restored pool table, air hockey table, tennis tables, a Wii and new furniture.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Tragic accident at Narrabri

Tragic accident at Narrabri

The community has been shocked and saddened to learn of the death of a local man following a tragic workplace accident near Narrabri yesterday.

At about 11am yesterday (Monday September 28) emergency services were called to a cotton storage facility on a rural property following reports a 79 year old man had been injured by a front end loader.

Officers attached to Barwon Local Area Command arrived to find an elderly male had been run over by the driver of the vehicle.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Honour for road transport pioneer

Honour for road transport pioneer

Lex Gordon’s lifelong contribution to the Australian transport industry and that of Mary have been recognised with their recent induction into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.

ABOVE: From back left, Lex’s grandson Joe Smith, Lex’s sons Steve, Ross and Paul Gordon, middle, Steve’s wife Kylie and Ross’ wife Flora, front, Lex Gordon. PHOTO: joshua j smith photography

Lex Gordon was about 14 when he climbed into the cabin of a truck to drive for his father’s haulage business and over the next 60 years built one of the largest family owned transport operations in regional NSW.

Narrabri remains the hub for Lex and his late wife and business partner Mary’s business, Gordon Roadways, which nowadays operates some 40 road trains across Australia.

The transport industry is a large and important segment of the Narrabri shire economy and Gordon Roadways has been a major part of it for decades.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Motorcycle event promotes importance of a caring community

Motorcycle event promotes importance of a caring community

Two days of dirt bike racing action, fun and family activity at the Newtown Park Speedway has helped spread the message to look out for one another.

ABOVE: Some of the participants at the weekend’s Living to ride event, from left, Dean Gray, Jaiden Kearin, Brandon Petrie, Richard Squire and Jono Druce.

Two days of dirt bike racing action, fun and family activity at the Newtown Park Speedway on the weekend achieved what the organisers had hoped.

“The aim of the ‘Living to Ride’ weekend was to bring the community together with our local community aid services, give exposure to the services and promote awareness and prevention of suicide” said organisers Leon Ryman and Craige McInnes who planned the event which was hosted by the Narrabri Dirt Bike Club.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

ABOVE: University of Newcastle researchers Dr Meg Sherval and Dr Hedda Haugen Askland. Interested parties should contact Hedda Askland on 0405 066 470.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

The collaborative pilot project is run by both the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and will form part of a planned state-wide study exploring changing land use in rural and regional communities.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1041)/Comments (0)/
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Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

A local farmer has called on all involved in agriculture to start actively promoting the industry.

ABOVE: Drew Penberthy, Bellata, Penny Blatchford, Gurley and James Tydd (Bellata) at the recent agribusiness forum in Narrabri.

At a recent conference held in Narrabri, agronomist Drew Penberthy argued that people in agricultural industries were failing to communicate their good news stories to the wider community.

He said the farming sector had much to be proud of.

“A lot of people have no idea how scientific agriculture has become, I think they’d be amazing if they knew what we’re actually doing out here,” he said.

“Robotics are coming in and new varieties released in the last few years have led to massive inroads.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Plan points to CSG problems

Plan points to CSG problems

MOREE Plains mayor Katrina Humphries has criticised the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) draft report into coal seam gas landholder benchmark compensation rates, calling it an “admission of guilt”.

The NSW government asked IPART to undertake the review, under Action 12 of the NSW Gas Plan, to provide benchmark compensation rates for landholders who host gas exploration and production activities on their properties.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Courier journalist takes out major category at Regional NSW Media awards

Courier journalist takes out major category at Regional NSW Media awards

The Courier and The Wee Waa News journalist Virginia Tapp has won the prestigous PF Adams Young Journalist of the Year award.

ABOVE: Virginia with her trophy.

The Courier and The Wee Waa News journalist Virginia Tapp has won the prestigous PF Adams Young Journalist of the Year award.

Virginia’s fiancee Rhys Tapscott and her mother Lynne Tapp were in the audience to applaud the announcement of Virginia’s win at the 2015 NSW Regional Media Awards in Newcastle on Saturday night.

Judges assessed more than 100 entries in the overall awards. Virginia was a Young Journalist of the Year finalist alongside journalists from metropolitan dailies the Newcastle Herald and the Wollongong Illawarra Mercury.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Johnstone Concrete named top business

Johnstone Concrete named top business

A family business which is helping build the infrastructure of a growing shire is the 2015 Narrabri Business of the Year.

ABOVE: From left, some of the team - Pat Legg, Brock Johnstone, Brice Davison, Ian Johnstone with the winner’s trophy, Patrick Spence, Karly Johnstone and Clinton Johnstone.

Johnstone Concrete and Landscape Supplies was announced as the top business at the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce Business Awards on Saturday night.

The annual awards at The Crossing Theatre saw many nominations across the spectrum of Narrabri business.

Johnstone’s won the Business Supporting Local Business category and also the major title.

The local business is providing the foundations for growth in the shire, concrete for district mines, rock and gravel for major projects from its Wave Hill quarry, including ballast for railway lines, road base materials, and recently the $10 million Narrabri Airport upgrade, and concrete and landscape supplies to customers across the region.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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