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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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4G coming to Narrabri as tower worked on

4G coming to Narrabri as tower worked on

Telstra team gets to work in Narrabri CBD.

A team of expert aerialists has been at work atop Narrabri’s 50 metre Telstra tower this week to bring improved 4G data and voice communication to Narrabri district customers.

The major expansion of the 4G network is part of upgrades across country NSW, one of the largest and most complex changes to voice calling in the network for more than 40 years.

On Wednesday a giant crane set up next to the tower and work got underway, with the technical team pulling on safety harnesses and climbing to the top of the tower.

The climb and the height would probably unnerve most, but it was routine work for the crew.


Read the rest of the story in today's Courier or click the heading to subscribe.

Thursday, 10 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Mystery deepens over missing father

Mystery deepens over missing father

Goondiwindi Argus

THE search for a missing Goondiwindi man in the Pilliga south of Narrabri re-commences today (Wednesday, December 9).

The NSW State Emergency Service and other volunteers had a rest day yesterday after searching thick scrub for the 51 year-old since Wednesday.

They will be joined by Police with sniffer dogs from Sydney tomorrow.

Concern for the father and grandfather, Terry  Lloyd, grew after his car was found abandoned in the Pilliga Forest.

Terry is a familiar face to many in Goondiwindi.

A former local with many family ties, he also worked  for Care Goondiwindi’s Medico Run before it ceased due to lack of funding, and is a man known for his kindness.  

Thursday, 10 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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High Alert - Scammers using local Addresses for Wee Waa and Narrabri

High Alert - Scammers using local Addresses for Wee Waa and Narrabri

This morning we were contacted by a person from another area of the state to say that a person calling himself Williams Alfred wanted to purchase a car that they had not seen and needed her paypal details to do so.  

The Internet coming up to Christmas is a high time for scammers to be active.  This person advertised on Gumtree.  This has happened before with a fictitious advertisement for a job in the area which people fell for and paid money.  This is a serious way to get money and take identity from people.  This guy has even give a drivers license number although it has no letter on the end a sure sign that it is fake.  Below is the email the person received.  Please be alert and aware coming up to Christmas for these online scammers, mostly from overseas. 

 

Hello,Williams Alfred ..My address is 69 Boolcarrol Rd wee waa nsw 2388,My license no is 12944704..With the issue of my details,transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the pick up agent so you don't have to worry about that.,as soon as you send me your PayPal email i will make the payment and you will be notify in your email that the payment have been made.Very easy.For example my PayPal email is williamsalfred7@outlook.com Send me your PayPal email now so i can pay in

Thursday, 10 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1602)/Comments (0)/
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Protesters tell Santos to hit the pause button

Protesters tell Santos to hit the pause button

ANTI-coal seam gas activists have followed up on their promise to continue disrupting Santos activities in the Pilliga forest by staging a road blockade at the gates of the energy company’s Leewood wastewater treatment yesterday morning.

About 20 people prevented contractors from entering the site for two and a half hours.

Construction started at the site last week, despite the facility being at the centre of a court battle over the legality of its approval.

Wilalla farmer Alistair Donaldson took part in the protest and said he was “deeply concerned” construction was under way before the outcomes of the court case were determined. “If I was in court about the legality of the development application for my house, do you think I’d be allowed to keep building before the case was determined?” Mr Donaldson said.

“If the court finds that Leewood has not been properly assessed, Santos will have to go back to the drawing board in the assessment process and all the work currently under way will have been completed without  valid approval.

“There’s double standards at play here and Santos should be required to press pause at least until it’s clear its approval is legal.”

Santos general manager of energy NSW, Peter Mitchley, said the protest activity at Leewood had no impact on Santos operations and the company had all approvals in place to undertake the work.

“The Leewood Phase 2 Project was approved following a rigorous and detailed assessment process which was carried out in accordance with the relevant regulatory guidelines.



Wednesday, 9 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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North-West farmers say new DroughtHub website "the last thing they need"

North-West farmers say new DroughtHub website "the last thing they need"

By ALEX DRUCE The Land

DROUGHT-ravaged farmers say a new government website will give little comfort to communities devastated by worsening conditions.

Last week Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair trumpeted the arrival of the DroughtHub information portal and NSW Drought Framework flowchart as a one-stop destination for farmers to access drought support and information. 

But Walgett Shire Council deputy mayor Jane Keir said the new internet resource was of little use to locals who were struggling to get back on their feet.  

“The last thing (farmers) need, working on their own out on the farm, is to look at a nice fuzzy website,” Cr Keir said.

Cr Keir called for the government to commit to interest-free loans instead. 

“We don’t want any handouts,” Cr Keir said.  

“We just want interest-free loans we can have a while to pay back. And we don’t want to have to be acrobats to get it.”

Paddocks between Walgett and Bourke are cracked and barren and communities are struggling after four years of horrendous conditions. 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Coal lodges plans for groundwater bores

Boggabri Coal lodges plans for groundwater bores

By Kerrin Thomas ABC

The operators of the Boggabri Coal Mine, located in northern New South Wales, are seeking permission to extract groundwater from a site close to the existing mine.

Boggabri Coal's operators, Idemitsu Australia Resources, want to construct two new water production bores and four back-up bores, to complement two existing bores.

In an application before the Department of Planning and Environment, the company said it needs the bores to ensure the nine megalitres of water the mine requires per day can be sourced.

The water is primarily used for washing coal at the handling plant and for dust suppression.

In its application the company said the groundwater model developed for the proposal identifies the potential for a drawdown of the alluvial aquifers in the vicinity of the bores.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Anti-mining groups and farmers claim hypocrisy over Pilliga gas well fire rules

Anti-mining groups and farmers claim hypocrisy over Pilliga gas well fire rules

By ALEX DRUCE The Land

FRUSTRATIONS are burning over a NSW Rural Fire Act exemption that allows mining companies to burn gas flares during intense fire conditions when farmers are forced to cease harvest. 

The Act says fires are not to be lit or maintained during a total fire ban.

But some mining activities are exempt, with companies allowed to burn gas exhaust through a chimney as long as sparks or incandescent materials can’t escape from the site. 

Anti-mining groups and landowners in fire-prone regions say the rule is hypocritical and potentially dangerous.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said its Special Hazards Working Group found the risk of bushfire from gas wells to be minimal. 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Search to resume today near Narrabri for missing Qld man Terry Lloyd

Search to resume today near Narrabri for missing Qld man Terry Lloyd

Namoi Valley Independent

AN EXTENSIVE search of bushland near Narrabri is expected to resume this morning to find a missing Queensland man.

Police and emergency services will return to the co-ordinated search zone near Gwabegar in an effort to find Terry Lloyd, who disappeared in late November.

Concerned family and friends reported him missing from Goondiwindi, Queensland, but police said he was last seen in the Pilliga area on November 25.

On December 2, police were called to reports of a car crashed into a tree in the Pilliga Forest, west of Gwabegar, and found a black Toyota RAV4, owned by Mr Lloyd that had hit a tree.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Can you help Shared Table this Christmas?

Can you help Shared Table this Christmas?

Community kitchen needs donations for its Christmas dinner - and toy appeal.

Narrabri’s own community kitchen is gearing up for another big Christmas lunch - but it needs your help.

Shared Table volunteers are busy organising the free annual event, with more than 70 people already expected at the West Anglican hall from noon on Christmas day.

But they will need to be fed, and that’s where Shared Table is calling for public help.

A donation box has been set up at Woolworths in Narrabri for non-perishable food items.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Free Webinar - "What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?"

Free Webinar - "What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?"

10.00am-11.00am Eastern Summer Time, Thursday 17 December 2015


In April 2015 the National Mental Health Commission released its National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The review provided
"a strong, achievable and practical plan for modernising and reforming Australia’s mental health system and ultimately improving the lives of millions of Australians".

Last month the Australian Government responded to the Review stating it aimed "to transform Commonwealth mental health funding and leadership over the next three years to achieve a more efficient, integrated and sustainable mental health system and to improve mental health service delivery for Australians".
 
What will the changes mean for mental health services and their clients in rural and remote areas?
Tuesday, 8 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (803)/Comments (0)/
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DROVERS’ CAMPFIRE TO BENEFIT FROM $10,000 FUNDING

DROVERS’ CAMPFIRE TO BENEFIT FROM $10,000 FUNDING

Winner Again.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres announced today that Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire will receive NSW Government funding under the 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program, which aims to increase visitation to the fabulous festivals of regional NSW.

The Drovers’ Campfire event plays an important role in Boggabri’s economy, helping to attract people to the beautiful area and also showcasing what is unique about our region.

In 2015 over 2,200 people attended the event, which has grown considerably since being established in 2006.

Monday, 7 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3708)/Comments (0)/
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I live daily with the stress that farmers are powerless to refuse access to coal seam gas

I live daily with the stress that farmers are powerless to refuse access to coal seam gas

Sara Ciesiolka Opinion piece in The Guardian today

Farmers and traditional land owners are petitioning the Coag meeting of mining and energy ministers to control their livelihood, and their land

As a large scale food producer on the extremely valuable and productive lands just downstream from the largest of the State’s proposed gas hotspots at Narrabri, I live daily with the knowledge, and the stress, that ultimately we are powerless to refuse access for coal seam gas extraction on our land.

This is land that we have successfully toiled over for generations to build into a sustainable and productive enterprise capable of feeding hungry mouths both at home and abroad.

For our city cousins, it’s like someone knocking on your front door, demanding to be let inside, and taking up residence in your living room and making a mess. Sometimes they don’t even bother to knock.

The balance of power is skewed heavily in favour of the coal seam gas companies, who have all the rights, against individual landholders, who have nothing but risk.

On Friday there is a meeting of Council of Australian Governments (Coag) mining and energy ministers, and federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg has promised landholders that the issue of a farmer’s right to say ‘no’ will be on the agenda.

Seventy-nine farmers, landholders and traditional owners, including myself, from every state and territory across Australia have sent a letter to minister Frydenberg and the state ministers, calling on them to grant us this right.

The signatories include beef graziers, wine-makers, and landholders struggling in the centre of the Queensland gasfields, the coalfields of the Hunter Valley, and traditional owners from the Kimberley, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

In NSW, Santos and AGL have signed an agreement not to enter freehold landagainst the express wishes of an individual landholder. But this agreement only covers drilling activities, not the extensive range of critical infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines which are essential to coal seam gas extraction.&

Friday, 4 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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North West Local Land Services Tree Give away

North West Local Land Services Tree Give away

Free trees available from North West Local Land Services

Yes, that's right - the ‪#‎TreeGiveaway‬ is here again!

If you are keen to plant a few native trees in our region, then take a look at the details attached.

Expressions of interest are being taken until 12 February 2016.


North West Local Land Services is seeking requests from landholders, nongovernment organisations,
government departments, clubs, schools and community groups for free trees.

• trees will be available for pick up in winter 2016
• all species are native to North West NSW and come in hiko trays
• over 30 different species available
• up to 1000 trees available per request
• to apply, complete all sections over page.

Requests must be submitted by the 12th February 2016

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1699)/Comments (0)/
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Farmers plead for right to ‘no’

Farmers plead for right to ‘no’

By Jamieson Murphy Northern Daily Leader

NORTHERN landholders want the NSW government to give them the right to say no to mining companies, when the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Energy Council meets this week.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will hold discussions with his state counterparts, including NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts, on Friday.

Gunnedah farmer and Mary’s Mount Protection Alliance chairman Phil Herbert said it was vital the meeting delivered tangible action and gave farmers, landholders and traditional owners the power to refuse mining companies access to their land.

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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AMCA Nationals - Cartwright Collects Win

AMCA Nationals - Cartwright Collects Win

Totally Speedway great writeup on the Newtown Park Speedway Narrabri

The strong start to the 2015-16 season continued for Shane Cartwright when he last Saturday night at Narrabri’s Newton Park Speedway triumphed in the feature race.

Despite it only being Cartwright’s second outing of the season and his first visit to the Newton Park Speedway track, he qualified third for the feature race after a third, win and a DNF (due to front-end damage after a collision with John Markulin) in his three heat races. From the drop of the green flag, Cartwright managed to work his way into the lead by the completion of the opening lap and that was where he stayed until the fall of the chequered flag.

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Shire Snapshot Photography Competition

Shire Snapshot Photography Competition

Entries are now open for the Shire Snapshot Photography Competition! 

Get out and get snapping and send them into Council to be in the running to win great cash prizes! 

Thursday, 3 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Register now for Narrabri energy workshop

Register now for Narrabri energy workshop

Western Magazine

Cotton Australia, CottonInfo, and the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) invite growers, irrigators, farm managers, service providers to an upcoming workshop at Narrabri.

The event will be held at the Narrabri Bowling Club on Friday, December 4, from 10:30 am to 1:30pm.

Registration is essential and those interested should contact Cotton Australia Regional manager (Namoi, Gwydir, Walgett and Bourke) on phone 0448 094 883 or email PaulS@cotton.org.au

Wednesday, 2 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Gamilaraay opposed to CSG

Gamilaraay opposed to CSG

by Samantha Walton - Moree Champion

A GROUP of Gamilaraay people from Moree travelled to Narrabri and Tamworth to take a stance against Coal Seam Gas (CSG).

A "Big Picture" event was held to show opposition to CSG developments in NSW was held in Narrabri on Sunday.

Organised by People for the Plains, Lock the Gate and a group opposed to CSG, the event attracted about 200 people.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Northwest Speedway holds a very successful event

Northwest Speedway holds a very successful event

Weekend wrap up from their Facebook page.

Weekend wrap up.
Narrabri speedway hosted the Amca Country Cup round 1 and round 1of Newcastle Street Stocker Series as well as our supports.

Click heading to read more and see the winners.

Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1151)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Art and Craft Society Inc

Narrabri Art and Craft Society Inc

Recently held a Open Day and Exhibition

Festive drinks in the court yard to open our Christmas exhibition with Guest Artist Doug Weirs from Tamworth Lead lighting. 


Exhibition showing until 8th December.


Christmas Raffle 1st prize lead light mirror won by Charles Radford 

2nd prize $100 gift voucher from Relish won by Peg Tapscott 

3rd prize bottle champagne won by Joan McMicking .

Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1755)/Comments (0)/
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Rise in deadly parvovirus

Rise in deadly parvovirus

By Rebecca Belt Nov. 29 - the Northern Daily Leader

Narrabri has even been named as one of the top 10 hotspots for the disease, with 22 cases in the past few months and Tamworth vets treating more dogs in recent weeks. 

Tamworth Veterinary Hospital’s Dr Jess Bourke said they had two or three cases last week, with some of them having to be euthanased.

“There never really seems to be a break from (parvovirus), but we have had a bit of a surge recently,” she said.

The only way to stop your dog from getting the virus is to vaccinate them and ensure they have their annual booster. 
Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The Burren Junction - Pilliga road has been neglected for decades but upgrades have begun

The Burren Junction - Pilliga road has been neglected for decades but upgrades have begun

By MARK GRIGGS Nov. 30, 2015 - The Land Newspaper

THERE would be thousands of families living along dirt roads throughout the state who are hoping their road won’t be missed in the state government’s Fixing Country Roads program.

But there wouldn’t be as many whose road had changed from regional status to a shire road such as the Bugilbone Road section of the Baradine-Collarenebri Road between Burren Junction and Pilliga which was downgraded a few decades ago.

“It is considered as one of the worst and most dangerous roads within the Walgett shire according to the Burren Junction community, says Marney O’Brien, “Nunkeri” on the Pilliga end and Philip Powell, “Lochmohr”, north of the Namoi River, Burren Junction.

Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Noreen moves on to next chapter

Noreen moves on to next chapter

By Marie Hobson Nov. 26, 2015, - Namoi Valley Independent

A door has closed on a significant chapter of Noreen Boehm’s life after stepping down from her position as manager at Boggabri Home and Community Care.

Noreen’s care for her charges extended way beyond the call of duty as she organised bus trips to many tourist attractions and the very popular musicals in Singleton.

She started out on January 6, 1997, working 10 hours per week to incorporate the current Meals on Wheels (MOW) service into a Home and Community Care (HACC) Multi-Service Outlet pilot program.

“The initial service provided for Meals on Wheels, respite care and community transport,” Noreen said.

Monday, 30 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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CSG site blockade tip of the iceburg

CSG site blockade tip of the iceburg

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 26, 2015 Northern Daily Leader

A SMALL number of protesters blockaded Santos contractors in the Pilliga forest for three hours on Tuesday and vowed the protest was the first of many to come.

Santos said it had commenced routine maintenance activates at the coal seam gas (CSG) pilot wells at Dewhurst South in the Pilliga to "ensure the ongoing efficient and safe operation of the wells".

Local residents noticed a convoy of trucks, including a workover rig, moving through the forest on Monday afternoon.

Three men held the convoy up for about an hour by sitting on the road, but left when police were called.

Coonabarabran protester Brett Sanders-Hopkinson said eight people took part in a protest organised at short notice.

"This is just the beginning of stopping Santos' work we'll be more organised now that we know activities in the Pilliga forest have resumed," Mr Sanders-Hopkinson said.

"Our protest today is a tiny taste of what Santos can expect at every step in its efforts to establish the CSG industry in our region."

Thursday, 26 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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