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ESTABLISH A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE HUMAN IMPACT OF CSG MINING

TO: THE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT

My name is Glenn Lazarus. I am an independent Senator for Queensland in the Australian Senate.

I need your HELP to assist rural and regional communities, farmers and landowners across Australia being impacted by Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining. I would like your support to call on the Turnbull Government to establish a Royal Commission into the Human Impact of CSG mining.

Please sign this petition.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Why are you wasting my time

Why are you wasting my time

OCTOBER 27, 20158:46AM

Q&A debates CSG mining after Helen Bender asked about it on behalf of her father, who recently took his life

THE daughter of an Aussie farmer who took his life after campaigning against CSG mining, criticised the Q&A panel for not answering her question.

Helen Bender, whose father George battled to stop CSG (coal seam gas) companies coming onto his land in Queensland, recently committed suicide.

After being affected by the fight to stop the controversial mining, Helen appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program to ask the panel the question most farmers want to know.

“When will farmers be given the right to say ‘No’ to the CSG companies from coming on to their land?”

Panellist Joel Fitzgibbon replied, saying he was always a “strong supporter of the coal mining industry”, but it was a “state-based issue”.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NBN Long Term Satellite restrictions: revealed

nbn proposes standard 75GB data cap per month with 100GB and 150GB premium options to ensure satellites aren’t congested.

On Friday, nbn, the company responsible for building the National Broadband Network, released draft documents relating to the NBN Co Satellite Network set to launch in the second quarter of next year as part of the Satellite Trial Product Agreement.  The documents (see bottom of page) reveal a number of measures and restrictions expected to be taken by the company to prevent excessive use of data by end users.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Satellite Types

What type of Satellite Installation do I have?

There are several different satellite services currently operational.  This can lead to some confusion on the type of satellite installed. The information below helps differentiate the differences in Satellite Installations.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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You only have one more week to apply for the Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Program.

Press Release

Meeting today with police officers at the North Sydney Police Station, the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the pilot would help families who struggle to access child care because of where they live or the hours they work.

“Standard child care hours don’t always fit the needs of parents who don’t work standard jobs, for example people who live in rural and remote areas, or those who work shifts, like police officers, hospitality workers, nurses and emergency services workers, ” Senator Birmingham said.

“The Australian Government’s innovative $246 million Nanny Pilot Programme gives families another choice in how they balance their family and work demands, and will help us determine how best to target taxpayer funding to support them.

“This is a great opportunity for parents who need flexible child care, such as a nanny, in order to work or get back to work and I encourage families to put in their applications by 30 October to avoid missing out.”

Saturday, 24 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3330)/Comments (0)/
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

The NSW Government’s $60 million package to target perpetrators and support women, men and children who have experienced domestic and family violence (DFV) has been announced.  The package includes new Police Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams to target perpetrators and reduce the rate of reoffending.  The package also includes DFV Suspect Target Management Plans that will put offenders on notice, as well as mandated behaviour change programs to make perpetrators address their behaviour.  In addition, the package will increase crisis accommodation support for victims and introduce Australia’s first Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, which discloses information about a perpetrator’s violent history, and provide a stronger response to sexual assault.  We will also be expanding the number of qualified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in high-risk rural and regional communities in NSW.  These specialised nurses provide services and collect forensic evidence for adult victims of sexual assault. They also provide crucial expert advice for criminal proceedings where required.  This means quality evidence can be collected without delay in regional and rural communities across NSW to support victims when they need it most.  This is the first stage of the NSW Government’s increased investment into DFV. The Government is currently working with the non-government sector to analyse service gaps through a DFV Blueprint. This work will be completed in 2016.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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CLAMPING DOWN ON REAL ESTATE UNDERQUOTING

CLAMPING DOWN ON REAL ESTATE UNDERQUOTING

Homebuyers across Barwon will have greater protection when purchasing a property, with strengthened laws set to clamp down on real estate underquoting passing NSW Parliament last week.  These reforms deliver on the NSW Government’s 2015 election commitment to crackdown on underquoting in real estate transactions.  Astonishingly, there have been no successful prosecutions related to underquoting made under this Act in 13 years, so this reform is long overdue.  Not only are homebuyers dealing with an increasingly competitive market but they often feel completely misled when it comes to the price of properties they are interested in buying, which is pushing their dream of home ownership further out of reach.  Amendments to the Property Stock and Business Agents Act 2002 include:

·       Agents will be required to provide evidence of their estimated selling price to the vendor and this estimate must be stated in the agency agreement;
·       When marketing a property an agent must only use the estimated selling price provided in the agency agreement;
·       Estimated selling price can be a single figure or a price range. If a price range is used, the highest price must not be more than 10% higher than the lowest price;
·       Advertisements and representations that say “offers over” or “offers above” or any similar statement will be prohibited;
·       Agents will be required to keep a register of prices quoted on a property whether these are provided to the vendor or prospective purchasers.
In addition to the existing penalty of $22,000, agents found guilty of underquoting will be liable to forfeit any commission or fees from the sale.  The new laws take effect on 1 January 2016, with information sessions already underway. For more information visit: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc Membership for 2015-2016

Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc Membership for 2015-2016

Support our organisation and the local community by joining.

If you are interested, please complete the attached Membership Form along with a $2 membership fee and forward to the NCTS Inc office at Unit 2, 116 Barwan Street, Narrabri (next to the tyre service).

 

Members receive our quarterly newsletter and the opportunity to participate in our community events.

 

Regards

 

Brooke Whitaker

Service Development Officer

Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc.

 

P: 02 67921478 | F: 02 67924860

P.O.Box 509 | Narrabri NSW 2390

Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (805)/Comments (0)/
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FIT FOR FUTURE COUNCILS DECLARED

FIT FOR FUTURE COUNCILS DECLARED

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries - Press Release

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) Report health check of NSW councils has found that the majority of Barwon councils have been declared ‘fit for the future’.

Mr Humphries said this figure contrasted to regional NSW as a whole where it was found that 56 per cent of councils are ‘not fit’ for the future.

Councils in the Barwon Electorate that were found to be ‘fit’ included Narrabri Shire Council, Coonamble Shire Council, Gilgandra Shire Council, Warren Shire Council and Bogan Shire Council.

The councils declared ‘unfit’ included Warrumbungle Shire Council and Lachlan Shire Council.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (887)/Comments (0)/
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NSW INVESTS $30 MILLION MORE IN BARWON STUDENTS

NSW INVESTS $30 MILLION MORE IN BARWON STUDENTS

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries - Press Release

The funding for 2016, made possible by NSW being the first state to sign the Gonski agreement, means NSW students will benefit from needs-based funding totalling $860 million, distributed through the Resource Allocation Model.

Examples of local needs-based funding allocations in Barwon include:
·       Warren Central School will receive $714,220, which is an increase of $158,565 from 2015

·       Bourke Public School will receive $1,212,571, which is an increase of $115,289 from 2015

·       Narrabri Public School will receive $554,893, which is an increase of $128,882 from 2015
Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (868)/Comments (0)/
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NSW Healthy Town Challenge

NSW Healthy Town Challenge

Rural communities are being urged to register for the next NSW Healthy Town Challenge, an initiative to facilitate healthy living activities in rural NSW communities.
Tottenham and Tullamore in Western NSW won last year's inaugural challenge after 10% of their populations lost a total of 100kgs.
A town is eligible to apply if its population is between 1000 and 15,000 people, located outside Sydney and did not take part in last year's challenge.
Towns selected to participate in the next challenge will be awarded $15,000 to support their activities. Support will also be provided by the NSW Office of Preventive Health and the Heart Foundation.
Applications are now open for the 2016 Challenge and close on 6 November.
Monday, 19 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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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 (1895)/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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