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Business Connect to help NSW Small Businesses

Business Connect to help NSW Small Businesses

New Program

Small businesses are set to benefit from a new $30 million NSW Government investment in Business Connect – a new advisory service specifically designed to help businesses with the digital economy.  Small businesses across Barwon are now able access affordable, high-quality professional advice and specialist digital information since the program launched on January 1.
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Radio Wow Available in Wee Waa

Radio Wow Available in Wee Waa

Tune In to 88.0

Radio Wow - Now Available on 88.0 within Wee Waa bridge to bridge.  Tune into Today's hits and hear what coming........

Wednesday, 21 December 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (830)/Comments (0)/
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FRRR December News

FRRR December News

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Like most people, the FRRR team is certainly having a busy run right to the end of the year! It's a heady mix of assessing grants and planning for the New Year.

In November, FRRR and Schools Plus co-hosted a joint meeting of the Philanthropy Australia Rural and Education Funder Groups. We presented the outcomes of a research collaboration between FRRR, Schools Plus, Myer Foundation and VFFF, with the support of skilled volunteers from Origin Foundation. We shared data to build a collective picture of what rural schools and non-profits are seeking support for and where grants are being directed, in an effort to better understand the issues and needs in rural education and the contribution being made by the philanthropic sector.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Welcome to our Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Welcome to our Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland NSW

Welcome to our new Funding Opportunities Newsletter where you’ll find details of selected grant submissions from around the region.

Our regular newsletter will be along in January, but this new edition will occur in the middle of the month, every month.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Farmers and beekeepers urged to use BeeConnected

Farmers and beekeepers urged to use BeeConnected

Cotton Australia News Flash

Cotton Australia has joined with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) in calling on all farmers and beekeepers to use BeeConnected to better communicate with each other to protect bees and crops.
Farmers and beekeepers should use this checklist:
Wednesday, 21 December 2016/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.

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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 (1396)/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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Boggabri Meats: Ninety days to pay its way

Boggabri Meats: Ninety days to pay its way

By Marie Low Feb. 2, 2016, 2 p.m. Namoi Valley Independent

Boggabri’s butcher has been given an 11th hour reprieve by two locals concerned about the future of the town.

New Boggabri Meats manager Paul Higgins – who worked at the butcher’s under its previous ownership – said the men, who wanted to remain anonymous, had set an ultimatum the store had to make a profit within 90 days.

Boggabri Meats and the nearby Battler’s Cafe were both set to close last week due to lack of customers, despite thriving activity at the nearby mines.

Battler’s Cafe, run by Leah and Matthew Faulkner, has given up the battle.

But the butcher’s was doing brisk business yesterday as news filtered around town it was still open.

“These guys are guardian angels,” Mr Higgins said of the butcher’s new owners.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Super cell storm wipes out cotton crops in north west New South Wales

Super cell storm wipes out cotton crops in north west New South Wales

Lisa Herbert ABC NSW Country Hour

Growers in north west New South Wales are still to assess the full extent of damage to their dryland cotton crops after a super cell storm on Friday, but early reports indicate substantial losses.

 

Significant damage has been reported in the Bellata and Millie areas, half way between Moree and Narrabri, with many crops expected to be written-off.

Agronomist Craig Lockhart said he was working between Edgeroi and Bellata about 11am on Friday when the storm ripped through.

He says he saw a number of houses with roofs ripped off following the storm.

Mr Lockhart says dryland cotton in the area was up to a metre high and had good yield potential, but that's no longer the case.

"It was probably up to my waist and now it's probably six inches high.

"It's like someone's put an old slasher straight across the top of it."

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police cop a spray over ‘heavy’ duty handling

Police cop a spray over ‘heavy’ duty handling

Feb. 2, 2016, 8 p.m. Northern Daily Leader

POLICE have refused to comment on claims pepper spray was used to subdue a protester on Monday during a lock on at Santos’ Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest.


Two South Australian women, Kerri Tonkin and Cyd Fenwick, locked themselves to an excavator at 9am as part of a peaceful protest.

According to the group, police arrived at 9.40am, removed all other protesters and requested the women remove themselves.

A spokesperson for the protesters told The Leader one of the officers allegedly pepper sprayed Ms Tonkin at close range.

The group then claims Ms Tonkin was lifted and thrown over the arm of the excavator while her arm was still locked on.

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We’re not alone claim: anti-csg stance

We’re not alone claim: anti-csg stance

Feb. 2, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Northern Daily Leader

ANTI-coal seam gas groups have hit back at claims the majority of people in the Narrabri Shire support Santos’ operations.

The Narrabri Chamber of Commerce told The Leader on Monday the “vast majority” of the shire was pro-Santos.

However, Lock The Gate and People For The Plains said their research showed the opposite.

People For The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said they had conducted door-to-door community surveys.

Of those asked, 96 per cent of people were opposed to coal seam gas (CSG).

“The surveys have conclusively demonstrated Santos has no social licence to operate here,” Ms Ciesiolka said.

“Despite what Santos,  Yes2Gas and the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce would like people to believe, there is wide-scale community rejection of the CSG industry in North West NSW, and Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project in particular.”

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Ngura: photographic aerial landscape exhibition of the central Australian desert

Ngura: photographic aerial landscape exhibition of the central Australian desert

Local Photographer Joshua J Smith recently exhibited in a Sydney Gallery

Joshua J. Smith set out in a small plane to capture the remarkable colours and textures of the land of the Anangu people in the central Australian desert.

If you're a passionate landscape photographer, it's a good idea to make friends with a pilot. That's just what Australian photographer Joshua J. Smith did in order to produce his latest series, Ngura. His first major solo exhibition, on now at Black Eye gallery in Sydney, features aerial landscape photographs of Anangu land in Australia's central desert.

"With my good mate and pilot, Joe, I set out from north-west NSW and flew inland with the idea of capturing Australia's unique landscape ... what we encountered was the spiritual and emotional legacy of an ancient natural terrain," Smith said.

These lands, which have been home and identity to the Anangu people for more than 40,000 years, are known as ''Ngura'' in Pitjantjatjara language, thus the title of the exhibition. The striking images show rugged landforms in earth tones – deep ochre, indigo, teal – as well as the brilliant oranges of desert sands.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/clique/ngura-photographic-aerial-landscape-exhibition-of-the-central-australian-desert-20160122-gmc8dn.html#ixzz3yt4lilF3 
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Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Congratulations to all Citizens of the year

Congratulations to all Citizens of the year

From Narrabri Shire Council

Congratulations to all the Citizen of the Year nominations. The winners were announced on Australia Day with the following receiving awards.

Young Citizen of the Year - Secondary - Gemma Ferguson

Gemma was nominated for her community contributions through groups and committees such as the Narrabri Youth Shack, involvement in events and various fund-raising activities. Gemma has significant academic achievements and was School Captain 2015.

Community Event of the Year - Narrabri High School Cambodia Group

The group was nominated for successfully raising close to $16,000 for the Tabitha Foundation Australia's House Building program in Cambodia which was able to build eight houses and donate funds to a school and orphanage in Cambodia.

Citizen of the Year - Shirley Pankhurst

Shirley was nominated for her involvement in various groups, she was named Life Member of the Newcastle Women’s Hockey Association, Life Member of the Wee Waa Garden Club and a Life Member of the Wee Waa & District Historical Society. Shirley is also a volunteer for HACC (Home and Community Care).

Well done to everyone!

Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1057)/Comments (0)/
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How to lose $425m in three months: bet on Santos

How to lose $425m in three months: bet on Santos

Simon Evans SMH

Ouch. Chinese private equity fund Hony Capital is down $425 million on its investment in ailing Santos.

The oil price has plunged a further 40 per cent since Hony came to the rescue in early November 2015, as part of the temporary fix to the Santos balance sheet, which also included a rights issue, a cut in dividends, and big cost reductions.

Hony, through its quaintly named investment vehicles United Faith Ventures and Robust Nation, holds 9.81 per cent of Santos.

It will soon find itself free of restrictions three months from November 9, 2015 prevented it moving 9.9 per cent under the original agreement to become a cornerstone shareholder.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/how-to-lose-425m-in-three-months-bet-on-santos-20160127-gmev9l.html#ixzz3yt3AXB4o 
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Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Sero-X on track for September release

Sero-X on track for September release

By RUTH CASKEY The Land Newspaper

A BUTTERFLY pea biopesticide developed by Wee Waa-based business Innovate Ag will be released for commercial use in September following the recent approval of its active constituent.

Sero-X has passed the biggest hurdle in its approval stage, with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority approving butterfly pea extract in December.

​Innovate Ag project director Nick Watts said the approval of the active constituent took time as APVMA hadn’t assessed a similar product in the past.

“An active constituent is normally a single compound chemical, so we had to create a new standard for a new active constituent, which is Clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea) extract, and develop the whole data package required to register it.”

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Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Australian coal seam gas protest

Australian coal seam gas protest

BBC News report on the Pilliga

28 January 2016 Last updated at 02:44 GMT

It's a natural gas that supporters say could power another resources boom in Australia.

Coal seam gas is found in coal deposits and it has supplied 90% of domestic gas in the state of Queensland for the past two decades.

But activists want to stop exploration in neighbouring New South Wales because they say it is an environmental catastrophe.

The BBC's Phil Mercer went to a huge protest near the farming town of Narrabri.


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Monday, 1 February 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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KNITTING NANNAS READY FOR FIGHT FURTHER SOUTH

KNITTING NANNAS READY FOR FIGHT FURTHER SOUTH

Sam Burbury reporting for NBN News

After ridding the Northern Rivers of coal seam gas mining, protestors have shifted focus.

They’ve now set their sights on Santos’ Pilliga CSG operations, while also lending a hand to campaigners overseas.

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Narrabri ‘is sick of CSG protesters’

Narrabri ‘is sick of CSG protesters’

Jamieson Murphy Feb. 1, 2016, 10 p.m Northern Daily Leader

NARRABRI is sick of out-of-town coal seam gas protesters speaking on behalf of their community, according to the local chamber of commerce.

Chamber president Russell Stewart said the “vast majority” of Narrabri Shire was pro-Santos – and they’re sick to death of fly-in, fly-out protesters purporting to represent local interests.

“We are sick and tired of people travelling in, annoying us, getting on the television and telling the world what we think,” Mr Stewart said.

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RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD NAMES LOCAL FINALIST

RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD NAMES LOCAL FINALIST

Fiona Mead named as a finalist in the NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award

Congratulations to Narrabri local Fiona Mead who has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award.


Fiona Mead has been recognised for her dedication to improving our primary industries and rural communities, and named as a finalist in this year’s Rural Women’s Award, each applicant submitted a project initiative as part of the award, aiming to drive regional communities and primary industries’ growth and prosperity.


Fiona’s project ‘Rural New Generation Project’ aims to introduce younger farmers onto the land by providing ideas on innovative pathways into farming.

“It will assist emerging farmers to acquire knowledge that will ensure they have the tools and skills required to move into agricultural enterprises.

The award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to our local area.

The overall four finalists for 2016 are Sophie Hansen from Orange, Fiona Mead from Narrabri, Aimee Snowden from Tocumwal and Hannah Wandel from Kingston ACT.

The winner will be announced in 8 March at Parliament House in Sydney, and will receive a bursary of $10,000 and participate in an Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.

The three finalists will receive a $1000 NSW Department of Primary Industries Leadership Bursary for skills and leadership development.

The award provides financial assistance, mentoring, resources and peer support via a nation-wide network of dynamic business and community leaders through the award alumni.

The NSW-ACT winner will compete for the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award on 12 October&am

Friday, 29 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3433)/Comments (0)/
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 Enhancing the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve

Enhancing the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve

The benefits of improving native fish habitat will be communicated to the local community through locally run events.

In the Namoi, Narrabri Shire Council, the LLS and Narrabri Fishing Club received a joint grant of $22,605 to enhance the Namoi River Recreational Fishing Reserve.

This will include rehabilitating a degraded recreational fishing reserve by removing noxious, invasive and environmental weeds, re-vegetating with native species and removing rubbish along the Namoi River.

Funding for these grants was provided through the Recreational Fishing Trusts from money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and spent on activities to improve recreational fishing

The Recreational Fishing Trust - Habitat Action Grant Program is a great example of how anglers’ money is being invested back into recreational fishing and supporting the improvement of recreational fish populations.

A full list of successful projects can be found at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag

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