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NBN Rollout

NBN Rollout

Press Release - Mark Coulton - 16 October, 2015

THE National Broadband Network (NBN) yesterday (October 16) released its full construction schedule for the next three years, providing Australians with the greatest detail yet on when the NBN will reach them.

The comprehensive construction plan to network 9.5 million premises nationwide will see more than 40,500 homes and businesses across the electorate of Parkes accessing super-fast broadband under an accelerated three-year roll-out.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton welcomed the plan, saying it demonstrates the Coalition Government’s commitment to rural and regional Australia in closing the digital divide.

“I am very proud to be part of a Government that is bringing cutting edge technology to the people of rural and regional Australia,” Mr Coulton said.

“The release of this accelerated roll-out plan means that most of my electorate is now on track to be rolled out by the end of 2017, bringing the entire NBN roll-out forward by quite a few years.

Saturday, 17 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1734)/Comments (0)/
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Forum informs gas compensation

Forum informs gas compensation

Financial compensation for landholders affected by coal seam gas exploration and production was the focus of a public forum convened by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) in Narrabri on Tuesday.

IPART has been commissioned by the NSW Government to make recomendations on draft compensation models as part of the Gas Plan for the state.

The forum, led by IPART chair Dr Peter Boxall AO, was gathering feedback to help inform its report and final recommendations to the Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Mr Roberts by the end of November.

Friday, 16 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Council Grants Scheme

Council Grants Scheme

The Special Events Grant is currently open. Closing date Friday 20 November 2015.

Narrabri Shire Council offers several Grants to the local community throughout the year. 
The grants offered by Council are:

  • Small Area Grant
  • Sporting Grant
  • Contribution to Special Events Grant

The Small Area Grant and Sporting Grant are offered once every financial year. The Contributions to Special Events Grant is offered twice a year. Grants are advertised in local media and via this website. 

Contributions to Special Events Grant

Organisations eligible for the Contributions to Special Events funding should fit the following criteria:

  • Organisations should be not for profit;
  • Organisations should be community based;
  • Not be a sporting body;
  • Not to be individuals; and
  • Organisations to be excluded if they have a self-funding capacity.
  • Events must occur between the dates of 1 January and 30 June or the 1 July and 31 December of that year.

Small Area Grant Scheme

Council's Small Area Grant Scheme is currently open for applications. 
Applications are invited for community not-for-profit organisations outside the towns of Narrabri, Wee Waa and Boggabri. Projects should relate to the provision of new facilities or additions/improvements to existing facilities.

The grants are to be offered on a dollar for dollar basis with organisations able to contribute cash or in kind.

Sporting Grant Scheme

Council's Sporting Grants Scheme is currently open for applications.
Applications are invited from Sporting organisations or clubs within Narrabri Shire. These grants relate to sports which are not otherwise supported by Council with either playing fields or facilities. Projects should relate to the provision of new facilities or additions / improvements to existing sporting facilities.

The grants are to be offered on a dollar for dollar basis with organisations able to contribute cash or in kind.

Friday, 16 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation’s Community Futures Grant Program is now open for applications!

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation’s Community Futures Grant Program is now open for applications!

Closing date 6th December 2015 at 5pm.

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation’s Community Futures Grant Program is now open for applications! 


 

  • Do you have an idea or project in need of funding that will inject life into your local town?
  •  Are you aged 35 or under?
  • Do you have a local organisation you can partner with to deliver your project?

 

If YES  - you are eligible to  apply http://www.rasnsw.com.au/Community-Futures-Grant.htm or visit us on Facebook and share the link https://www.facebook.com/RASofNSWFoundation


The RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant Program encourages and champions rural youth leadership through the provision of up to $25,000 to fund community projects that address a need or issue in your town.  We fund projects in rural and regional NSW that will result in enhanced social and economic outcomes for the wider community.

 

For previous projects see http://www.rasnsw.com.au/our-projects.htm


For more information call Cecilia Logan, Program Manager 02 9704 1232 or Kate Ross, Executive Officer 02 9704 1234 or email foundation@rasf.org.au

 

Closing date 6th December 2015 at 5pm.  

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Ready for the fire season

Ready for the fire season

There is a new weapon in firefighters’ armoury.

ABOVE: Firefighters Morris and Will Brooks were among the RFS volunteer firefighters at Saturday’s training session to see the new pumper in action hurling water 60 metres.

Narrabri district Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades are well prepared for the coming bushfire season.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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IPART review will soon report on which councils are ‘fit for future’

IPART review will soon report on which councils are ‘fit for future’

Narrabri shire delegates attend local government meeting.

Councils, and their communities, across NSW are awaiting with keen interest the release at the end of the week of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) review into local government.

The major review will set the agenda for the future of local councils including Narrabri.

Mergers of some councils will occur but Narrabri Shire Council has affirmed that it is not expected to be one of them.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Leard Forest heritage, diversity summary release

Leard Forest heritage, diversity summary release

A government audit has led to $12,000 in fines being imposed on the three mines operating in the local area.

ABOVE: Aerial shot of mines near the Leard Forest.

The Department of Planning and Environment has released a summary report for the biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage audit carried out on the Leard Forest mining precinct in February this year.

The audit led to $12,000 in fines being imposed on the three mines operating in the area.

The audit found that:

Boggabri Coal had conducted 7.7 hectares of unauthorised understorey (or lower growth) clearing of native vegetation. The company was fined $6,000 and required to implement an action plan including rehabilitation of the area, providing an extra 19 hectares of offset land and a review of procedures to ensure no further unauthorised clearing.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Two cars stolen in town, dumped and burned out

Two cars stolen in town, dumped and burned out

Police are pursuing lines of inquiry but encourage anyone who may have information relating to the crimes to come forward.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Another chapter in Dr Ojah’s amazing story

Another chapter in Dr Ojah’s amazing story

Dr Ojah has achieved his three goals and the launch of the book completed the trilogy.

ABOVE: From left, Ian Foxe, Horst Merten, Dr Rohana and Dr Ken Apen, right, were among the book buyers seeking signed copies of author Okwun Ojah’s novel ‘It Never Rained; It Poured’ at Saturday’s book launch at the Riverside Room.

The Riverside Room was filled for a local literary event on Saturday afternoon.

The occasion was the launch of Narrabri GP Dr Okwun Ojah’s first novel, ‘It Never Rained; It Poured.’

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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‘It just doesn’t make sense’

‘It just doesn’t make sense’

Council quits committee that keeps an eye on over-weight trucks on local roads.

Narrabri Shire Council is to pull out of a regional group that enforces weight restrictions on trucks, saving ratepayers tens of thousands of dollars yearly.

Councillors voted at last meeting to pull out of the North West Weight of Loads Committee, which is responsible for the enforcement on local government roads.

Run through Moree Plains Shire Council, it includes Narrabri, Walgett, Gwydir, Warrumbungle, Gunnedah, Inverell, Glen Innes Severn and Dubbo Shires.

However, Walgett Shire Council pulled out of the arrangement earlier this year and that became effective on July 1.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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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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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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Train plan a goer - sort of

Train plan a goer - sort of

A major rail development that is expected to slash the number of times the Newell Hwy level crossing is blocked during harvest season - as well as reduce train movements past Narrabri West Public School - has been given the go-ahead, but not exactly as expected.

Friday, 9 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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‘Just give an hour a month for the kids’

‘Just give an hour a month for the kids’

Narrabri High School canteen is in desperate need of volunteers to help serve hungry students.

ABOVE: Volunteers are urgently needed to help Narrabri High School canteen workers Lyn Ward and Judy Gleeson.

Narrabri High School canteen is in desperate need of volunteers to help serve hungry students.

There just aren’t enough helpers to staff the canteen.

“We need helpers to man the canteen at morning break and lunch times,” said Canteen Committee president Marg Koutoumanos.

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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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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The Museum rocks, thanks to Ron Holliday

The Museum rocks, thanks to Ron Holliday

A local rock collector has donated his life's work to the museum.

ABOVE: Narrabri Historical Society president Gordon Cain, left, with lapidarist Ron Holliday, 96, who has donated his rock collection gathered over 50 years to the Narrabri Museum.

Fifty years ago Ron Holliday began collecting rocks.

Over the ensuing decades, Ron spent innumerable hours gathering interesting rocks, cutting and polishing them, cataloguing and admiring them.

His large collection now fills several display cases, a fascinating and comprehensive array which will soon be seen by a bigger audience thanks to Ron’s generosity.

Now 96, Ron has parted with the rocks which have been such an absorbing part of his life for 50 years, donating his collection to the Narrabri Museum.

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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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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