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EPA assessing reports of water run-off from Santos' Leewood site

EPA assessing reports of water run-off from Santos' Leewood site

BY TAWAR RAZAGHI ABC News

The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority is investigating a report of run-off being discharged from a Santos-run site near Narrabri, in northern New South Wales, following recent rainfall.

The environmental regulator received reports of a minor discharge of water from the Leewood site yesterday and contacted the company to discuss how to control it.

The Leewood facility has been the subject of a number of recent protests by anti-coal seam gas activists and the approval of the site's waste water treatment facility is being appealed by the NSW EDO.

The Authority's Northern Branch Director, Gary Davies, said there's little information available about the run-off at the moment, aside from the preliminary reports received from complainants.


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Tuesday, 5 January 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Word of Warning for tonight - Dogs. cats, horses

Word of Warning for tonight - Dogs. cats, horses

Keep your animals safe

They are our precious pets.  Please take care tonight, we have had a lot of dogs going missing over the festive weeks.  Tonight will be another night where dogs will go missing.  Keep them inside or in a locked area.  There will be fieworks tonight and there will be missing dogs.  For those who find strays let people know by posting on Facebook or contacting your local pound or why not let us know here and we can post it for you.

 

Happy New Year Everyone look forward to your support in the New Year, may 2016 be a big one.

Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1357)/Comments (0)/
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HAPPY RELEASE DAY FOR THE BODY THIEF

HAPPY RELEASE DAY FOR THE BODY THIEF

Chris Taylor Local Author New Book

A race against time…

Samantha Wolfe is no stranger to death. As a senior forensic pathologist at the Department of Forensic Medicine in Sydney, she’s lost count of the number of post mortems she’s performed in the quest to find answers. But something strange is happening in the Glebe Morgue. The number of bodies coming through with donated organs has surged upwards and there doesn’t appear to be any valid reason. Has the government’s initiatives to increase the number of organ donors finally paid off, or is something far more sinister at play? The more Sam delves into the mystery, the more she’s certain evil lurks nearby.

Detective Sergeant Rohan Coleridge is put in charge of the investigation and he’s not exactly happy about it. The last time he spoke to Samantha Wolfe, she was a college student and accused him of walking out on his responsibilities. Taking on the investigation means significant hours spent up close and personal with her and he’s not sure if either of them will walk away unscathed… or even if he wants to.

The more Rohan investigates, the more he’s convinced something is amiss, but is the perpetrator one of the doctors of the prestigious Sydney Harbour Hospital, or is it someone far closer to home….?

 




Amazon  iBooks  Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1223)/Comments (0)/
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The Glove box Guide to Mental Health

The Glove box Guide to Mental Health

Glove Box Guide to Mental Health is available now and has got everyone talking across NSW.


Featuring personal stories from people across all of life's stages; including teenagers who have experienced a family members' mental illness, stories about postnatal depression and the effects on family members from suicide.

 

Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Hay bale Minions stop traffic in north-west NSW

Hay bale Minions stop traffic in north-west NSW

NSW Country Hour By Lisa Herbert

Some decorated hay bales in the form of Minions are stopping traffic on the Newell Highway in north-west New South Wales.

Rob Aitken's 13-year-old daughter and a German backpacker employee thought it would be fun to bring the animated movie characters to life by painting six round bales blue and yellow and attaching white tyres as eyes.

The movie Minions, released six months ago, made more than one billion dollars at the box office worldwide, so it was no surprise that the hay bale replicas have become so popular with passing traffic.

"I think they're Bob, Stuart and I can't remember the third one's name. I just carried them out there," Mr Aitken said.

Sitting near the front gate of Mr Aitken's property at Edgeroi, near Narrabri, the three Minions are hard to miss.

He said dozens of drivers stopped to investigate daily.

"They stop about 40 or 50 cars a day: truck drivers, caravaners, holidaymakers, everybody.

"They take photos and climb on top of them."

The hay bale Minions have not done much for Mr Aitken's hay business though.

"Most of the people that stop aren't really hay buyers," he said with a big chuckle.

"It's just a bit of fun."


Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Newell Highway crash leaves families reeling with grief

Newell Highway crash leaves families reeling with grief

By Anna Whitelaw Dec. 30, 2015, The Northern Daily Leader

A road trip to spend New Year's Eve in Queensland has left two young footballers dead, another fighting for his life and two others injured, and five families in Melbourne's west reeling with grief.

On Saturday afternoon, Jesse Edwards posted on Facebook "roadtrip :)" as the 19-year-old Werribee teen and four of his mates headed for a New Year's Eve in Queensland. 

The five 19-year-olds – who all played football for local clubs in Werribee and Hoppers Crossing – were driving to the Gold Coast to celebrate New Year's Eve together.

They never made it. 

Less than 12 hours later, the 19-year-old would be dead, along with his friend Brandon Christopoulos, in a horrific car crash that left three of their friends seriously injured.

Thursday, 31 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Major accident 25 kms south of Narrabri on Newell Highway

Major accident 25 kms south of Narrabri on Newell Highway

Highway closed both directions traffic being diverted allow extra 2 hours for journey south

Two people have died and the Newell Highway is blocked after a single-vehicle crash south of Narrabri this morning.

Emergency services were called to a location 25km south of Narrabri shortly before 6am today (Sunday 27 December 2016), responding to reports a vehicle had left the highway and struck a tree.

Five people were in the vehicle at the time; two died at the scene, three are being treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter team from Tamworth.

One person will be airlifted to hospital, two will be taken by road ambulance.

Investigators from Barwon Local Area Command are on en route.

Diversions are in place; check www.livetraffic.com for updates.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Tuesday, 29 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (6491)/Comments (0)/
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Juveniles Refused Bail at Narrabri

Juveniles Refused Bail at Narrabri

From Barwon LAC - NSW Police Force

Two young males have been refused bail after they were located with a stolen quad bike in Narrabri yesterday.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Monday 28 December 2015), Police responded to a number of reports of two males on a quad bike trespassing in Narrabri.

One boy was located with the stolen quad bike whilst a second attempted to flee on foot. He was located a short time later hiding in shrubbery in Park Crescent.

Alleged stolen property from break-ins at a Maitland Street business on 7th and 28th December 2015 was also found with the juveniles.

The boys, aged 14 and 16, have been charged with offences including:
• Agg B&E & commit serious indictable offence-in company, 
• Enter inclosed land not presc premises w/o lawful excuse, 
• Custody of knife in public place, 
• Take & drive conveyance w/o consent of owner, 
• Never licensed person drive vehicle on road, 
• Motor bike rider (alone) not wear/secure fit approved helmet, 
• Use unregistered vehicle on road or road related area and;
• Resist officer in execution of duty.

Barwon Local Area Command Commander, Acting Superintendent Kylie Chinnery said “assistance of members of the public along with a swift response from local Police worked together to effect the timely arrests and recovery of stolen property”.

“This is a really good result for both Police and the community and one which wouldn’t haven’t occurred without the input from vigilant and community minded people” he said.

Enquiries are continuing.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken with Police is urged to contact Barwon Local Area Command on 02 6757 0799.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information v

Tuesday, 29 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1810)/Comments (0)/
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New Video of local North West Farmers Case IH

New Video of local North West Farmers Case IH

the heart of farming beats red - Case IH Australia TV commercial

We’ve got the land in our blood Not everyone is made like us We’re made to do our best And find ways of doing it better We’re made to know that listening is 
Monday, 21 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1880)/Comments (0)/
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No clarity as water study gets muddy

No clarity as water study gets muddy

Dec. 20, 2015, the Northern Daily Leader.

THE University of NSW has reaffirmed its position that the drop in groundwater levels around Werris Creek are in part caused by the Whitehaven Coal mine, despite an independent state government commissioned report claiming otherwise.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Water commissioned independent expert Noel Merrick to conduct a peer review of the UNSW study, which was done on behalf of Caroona Coal Action Group who have used water concerns at Werris Creek in a campaign against the proposed Shenhua mine.

Dr Merrick’s review confirmed there had been a drop in groundwater levels, but “found no evidence that the declines are due to the mine”.

Instead, Dr Merrick pointed to climatic conditions as the likely cause for the decline.


Sunday, 20 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Christmas warning for farm visitors

Christmas warning for farm visitors

Racing around on motorbikes, riding horses, swimming in dams and generally getting dirty is a dusty dream-world for the many children visiting farms these summer holidays. But they’re not always as aware of potential dangers as those who live there, so it’s important to set some rules and boundaries to keep everyone safe.

Children under 15 years old make up about 20 per cent of the on-farm deaths in Australia each year, and nearly one-third of those children are visitors, according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (ACAHS).

Historically the biggest risk has been drowning, but quad bikes are an increasing issue, with two deaths involving children recorded in the first half of 2015.
Friday, 18 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1896)/Comments (0)/
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Grant Writing Guide now available

Grant Writing Guide now available

The process to complete an application for funding can be challenging and is often approached with a degree of apprehension. RDA Central West has developed a Guide to Successful Grant Writing to help individuals, organisations and communities in our region develop an understanding of how to apply for funding assistance.

 

 

The Guide to Successful Grant Writing will help you to:

  • Identify which grants will support your project.
  • Research and collect background material for your proposal.
  • Clarify the components of grant applications.
  • Learn to write an effective application.
  • Have confidence in the final result.

Download the Guide to Successful Grant Writing


Friday, 18 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1760)/Comments (0)/
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Pilliga protests set to mount against CSG fields

Pilliga protests set to mount against CSG fields

The Daily Liberal

Protests in the Pilliga Forrest about the region's coal seam gas (CSG) project are only going to get bigger, according to Dubbo resident Dave Mould.

The proposed Narrabri Gas Project area covers about 95,000 hectares of land in and around the Pilliga, south of Narrabri. It is expected to supply up to 50 per cent of NSW's gas needs.

Earlier in the week farmers blocked access to a CSG wastewater plant with a six-metre high wall of hay. There have also been numerous blockades at different work sites.


Friday, 18 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Newsletter

A word from the CEO

Firstly, thanks to those who sent such warm words of welcome in response to my being formally appointed CEO of FRRR – they were greatly appreciated. There is a wonderful legacy on which to build and I am very much looking forward to continuing to grow FRRR and connect even more donors with local leaders to deepen our reach into rural, regional and remote Australia. Recently, we welcomed Dominos as a new partner, and I hope they will be the first of many. 
Friday, 18 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Help save koalas from localised extinction

Help save koalas from localised extinction

By Jamieson Murphy Dec. 12, 2015,

Northerners are being urged to help map the NSW koala population west of the Great Dividing Range to save them from localised extinction.

The Western Woodlands Alliance (WWA) said its project was the first step towards creating a landscape-wide koala park.

The group is calling on people from the New England region to share their memories and records of koalas over the past 50 years.

WWA spokesman Noel Plumb said koalas and their woodland habitats were being lost rapidly due to intensive over-logging, coal mining, coal seam gas extraction, land clearing, and climate change with record drought.

Koala numbers in the Pilliga forest have fallen from about 10,000 to less than 100 in only 20 years, while numbers in the "Koala Capital" of Gunnedah are down significantly.

"Koalas are nearly extinct in the mighty Pilliga forest, after decades of intensive industrial logging and fire management that has put the interests of the logging industry before the wildlife, the woodlands and the safety of the broader community," Mr Plumb said.

Friday, 18 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Teens arrested after brawl turns ugly

Teens arrested after brawl turns ugly

'Ongoing issues' through night leads to charges.

Three Narrabri males, including a 13-year-old boy, were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning after allegedly arming themselves and going to a local house looking for someone they had been arguing with hours earlier.

Inspector Robert Dunn said there had been "ongoing issues" through Friday night with a street fight and cars damaged.

The trio then went to a Park Crescent house and allegedly forced entry after throwing rocks through a window.

Friday, 18 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri CBD median strip rejected by councillors

Narrabri CBD median strip rejected by councillors

But what will become of the CBD masterplan?

Narrabri Shire councillors have narrowly rejected a median strip with trees and lights on Maitland Street.

But just what will finally happen in the main street is no clearer after councillors did not vote on any of the other options. - a median strip with lights only, footpath lighting and an extension of the footpath and footpath lighting.

They voted 6-5 on Tuesday night not to adopt a recommendation by council officers that Option Three - a 2m median between Bowen and Lloyd Streets containing both lighting and trees - be chosen.

That option would have cost $1.3 million. The council has $1.437 million available.

Before deciding councillors heard arguments by residents and business owners for and against the median strip option.

Friday, 18 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri paramedic has a 'heart of gold'

Narrabri paramedic has a 'heart of gold'

Liam McDermott awarded for a life-saving mission last year.

Narrabri paramedic Liam McDermott was honoured with a bravery award during a special ceremony in Sydney in October.

He was one of several that were bestowed with a Victor Chang Bravery Award, after his life-saving efforts last year.

Mr McDermott, who was working at Randwick Ambulance Station at the time, was first called to the scene with his partner Richard Torrens, when a young male, Scott Winn, went into cardiac arrest.

“It was around 10pm at night on a busy Oxford Street outside a convenience store in the city,” recalled Mr McDermott.

Friday, 18 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police investigate armed robbery at Narrabri

Police investigate armed robbery at Narrabri

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed at knifepoint in Narrabri yesterday morning.

About 9.45am yesterday (December 16), a 25-year-old man was walking on Violet Street, when he was approached by a man.

Officers have been told the man threatened him with a knife and demanded his wallet.

Thursday, 17 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3771)/Comments (0)/
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Healthwise New England North West and Royal Far West

Healthwise New England North West and Royal Far West

Healthy Kids Bus Stop - Wee Waa

Healthwise New England North West was so thrilled to be part of this fantastic initative at the start of the month. Over 72 children showed up to the Healthy Kids Bus Stop in Wee Waa, New South Wales.

Over 54 Children were identified for referrals to local and specialised health services. Well done to everyone involved!

Our Healthy Kids Bus Stop team are making their final visit for 2015 this week in the town of Wee Waa. A huge thanks to all of our supporters who have helped make this visit possible. A special mention to the Hunter New England Local Health District, Healthwise, Auscott, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Wee Waa Public Schoo

Wednesday, 16 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1653)/Comments (0)/
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Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce - Mardi Gras

Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce - Mardi Gras

Held Thursday the 10th December

Great evening was held with lots of stalls and chocolate wheel.  Great support for this community event.  Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce do a great job to organise this event.  Thank you to all the shop fronts and stallholders, Lions club, Max Fm, Face painters, Rotary club,the fishing club, grins and giggles photo booth and Santa! You make this night such a success. 
And congratulations to the winners of the shopper dollars! 
$1000 Winner - Kay Wood
$500 Winner - Katlin Manton
$250 Winner - Kathy Allwell

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1315)/Comments (0)/
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THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF REGIONS TO AUSTRALIA’S PROSPERITY

THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF REGIONS TO AUSTRALIA’S PROSPERITY

Australia’s economic performance of the last 20 years has been unlike anywhere else in the world. This remarkable story has generally been told in terms of industries: the mining boom, the fate of manufacturing in Australia and now, the role of construction and infrastructure investment for our future.

This is an important part of the story – but it is not all.

A spatial perspective reveals many hidden insights about our economy, and its future potential. Far from being a drag on national prosperity as is commonly assumed, regions outside our major cities are an important source of Australia’s economic growth.

Our regions’ workforce accounts for one third of employment in Australia, and regional Australia is at the forefront of output per worker in over a third of industries. Most remarkably, since 2001, regional Australia has gained ground on metro areas in productivity terms in every industry except mining.

The importance of regional Australia to the national economy means that realising the potential of our regions remains critical to securing future prosperity for all Australians. Understanding the scale of this opportunity will be critical for getting things right for Australia as a whole.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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No bluffing over Pilliga blockade

No bluffing over Pilliga blockade

The Land Newspaper

FARMERS near the Pilliga Forest are gambling on having their voices heard after they blockaded a CSG wastewater plant with a six-tonne hay bale wall in protest action yesterday.

About 50 farmers, their families and supporters blockaded the access road for Santos’ Leewood CSG wastewater treatment facility near the Pilliga forest with nearly six tonnes of hay bales formed into a six-foot high wall. 

The farmers played poker atop the hay wall and beneath them was a banner stating “Santos: Stop Gambling with our Farming Future”. 

The blockade stopped construction of Phase 2 of the Leewood project yesterday. 

“We simply cannot accept this game of Russian roulette Santos is playing with our groundwater,” said Coonamble farmer Josh Borowski.

“Coal seam gas jeopardises our future as farmers on the land and we are determined to stop Santos and protect our sustainable farming livelihoods. 

“We are utterly opposed to the Santos Narrabri Gas Project proposal in the Pilliga forest.” 

Mr Borowski’s wife, Stephanie, attended the protest with their one-year-old baby and said they could not stand by while the “toxic industry” polluted their environment and contaminated their groundwater.

“We utterly rely on groundwater on our farm – a risk to groundwater is a risk to our future,” she said.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Police break up CSG blockade

Police break up CSG blockade

By Jamieson Murphy Northern Daily Laeader

ANTI-coal seam gas activists have continued to disrupt Santos activities in the Pilliga forest, staging small protests throughout the week, including a 22-hour blockade of the company’s pilot gas wells that had to be broken up by police.

At 9am on Tuesday, police were called to end the overnight standoff, which started at 10am on Monday.

Santos said the group of eight protesters restricted access at two separate sites where the company was undertaking routine pump maintenance, delaying work for about three to four hours.

“Three of the protesters slept at the site overnight, with another five protesters joining in the morning. When the police arrived, the protesters left the site without incident,” Santos general manager of energy NSW Peter Mitchley said.

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Friday, 11 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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PARK CLOSURE NOTICE

PARK CLOSURE NOTICE

To all public due to Severe Fire Weather Conditions

All Walking tracks & Visitor Areas wihtin the Pilliga Forest have been closed today (Sandstone Caves, Salt Caves and 'Sculptures in the Scrub')

Issued for:  Friday 11th December 2015

Valid until:  Further Notiece

 

For more information please contact:

Baradine Area Office on Ph: (02) 6843 4000

(02) 6843 1370  (emergency AH) or 

The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre Ph: (02) 6843 4011

Thank you - NPWS Area Manager Baradine

 

Friday, 11 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1295)/Comments (0)/
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