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18

Oct

2019

Moving Made Easy: Packing Tips For Your Next Moving Day

Ways To Reduce The Stress of Packing It All Up 

Moving home can be quite a frustrating task, especially if you've accumulated a lot of items over-time.

When it comes to packing everything we own into boxes, it becomes more of a task we think is both time-consuming and a burden to our daily lives.

Sometimes we even wish we could pay someone to do all the hard work for us.  So, here are some hints you need if you're looking to make packing less of a task and more of an experience, especially if you're moving into your dream home. 

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26

Sep

2019

Service station in Narrabri held up with knife

Two men threatened a service station worker with a knife in a frightening early-morning attack in Narrabri today.

Police are investigating after the incident about 4.40am at the Newell Highway business, in which the men held the employee at knifepoint.

The thieves demanded money and cigarettes, but the employee was not harmed.

The men left the station with a cash and cigarettes and were last seen running north through bushland towards Kelvin Vickery Avenue.

Officers attached to Oxley Police District attended and established a crime scene at the service station.

Police wish to speak with the occupant/s of a white, older-model ute seen driving from the location on Cooma Road shortly after the offence.

The dual-cab ute with a tray back was headed towards Narrabri.

Anyone with information, including CCTV or dashcam footage from the area, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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25

Sep

2019

Barwon MP fighting for desperately needed drug rehabilitation centres in western NSW

Member for Barwon, Roy Butler is calling on the NSW Government to take action and establish more residential rehabilitation centres in the west of the State.

Drug related crime figures, presentations to emergency departments, and Ambulance call outs for drug related incidents are all on the increase.

In the Far West, amphetamine use and possession has increased by 61 per cent between April 2017 and March 2019 – the highest increase in the State. 

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24

Sep

2019

Applying For a Small Business Loan: Everything You Need To Know

The Simple Guide To Getting A Business Loan

There are roughly 2 million small businesses across Australia. This makes small business owners a major contributor to Australia's economy and an integral part of our country's economic independance. 

If you're looking to fund your own small business dreams, here's everything you need to know about nailing a business loan application.

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18

Sep

2019

How to Get the Perfect Spray Tan Before Your Wedding

Do you have a wedding on the horizon?

First things first...CONGRATULATIONS!

Now, onto the most important question - are you spray tanned ready?!

Looking beautiful on your big day is more than a matter of self-confidence. When you’ll look back on the photos for a lifetime, feeling sexy in your skin is super important.

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12

Sep

2019

Connecting the Regions through the World’s Digital Platform

Monday this coming week our Principal Kate Schwager of KateS On Web and the instigator of the Namoi Group of Websites will be talking at the Australian Regional Development Conference at the Sunshine Coast, what an honour for her abstract to be chosen  

Her Abstract - Connecting the Regions – Through the Worlds Digital Platform, Under the Theme - Local Leadership; influence and information transfer.  

Kate will be doing a 20 minute presentation at the Australian Regional Development Conference at the Sunshine Coast on the 17th September. 

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10

Sep

2019

Member for Barwon calls for immediate independent audit of Rural and Regional Public Hospitals

Barwon MP Roy Butler has renewed his party’s call for an independent audit of rural and regional public hospital services and staffing.

This call follows the deeply concerning revelations in the Four Corners report Health Hazard

Mr Butler says the government needs to undertake an immediate independent audit of rural and regional public hospitals to determine what services are missing or lacking from hospitals; and the distribution of the health workforce across the State. 

“It’s time to make the health, welfare and safety of people across rural and regional NSW a priority,” said Mr Butler.

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9

Sep

2019

First Home Owners: Build or Buy

A must read if you're ready for your first home

Ready for your first home?

You might be tossing up between building a new home or buying an existing one. 

Read this article to discover the pros and cons of each and find out which option is right for you.

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9

Sep

2019

North West Local Land Services 2019/2020 Funding opportunities

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5

Sep

2019

5 Ways to Increase The Value of Your Home

(That don't break the bank)

Do you want to increase the value of your home?

There are plenty of small changes you can make to your house to give you the best chance of adding value on auction day.

Here are 5 proven ways to increase the value of your home before it comes time to sell.

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4

Sep

2019

Wee Waa model taking on international modelling competition

A Wee Waa local will soon get a glimpse of the big city lights of Melbourne for an international modelling contest. 

Toby Knight, 22, will be up against six other representatives from NSW in the national final event for Top Model Worldwide in February 2020. The winner of this heat will travel to London for the international competition.

Toby was first scouted via his Instagram page by a representative from Cosmopolitan magazine, who offered him the chance to compete in Top Model Australia.

"I was like, 'No worries, I'll give it a red hot crack'. I went to the [state] competition and had a bit of training ... and luckily enough I was picked up pretty quickly," Toby said.

It wasn't an easy ride to the top, though. After competing in the NSW finals and making the top 10, Toby wasn't chosen for the top four to travel to Melbourne. But, a stroke of luck meant he was offered a wildcard entry and the top four became a top six, with Toby included.

"It was a proper golden buzzer moment for me to make top 10. I didn't expect that ... at all," he said.

"This is something I would really like to do full time, but I never thought I would be capable of doing it. This opportunity has shown me I can probably bloody do this."

At the national final in February, Toby will complete another runway presentation to show his confidence and ability to pull off different looks. He will also have an interview with the judges.

From here, Toby said if he was to win it would be "unbelievable", and that Miranda Kerr should look out for "the next big thing" coming from a regional town.

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31

Aug

2019

Northern Inland Regional Development Corporation Grants List

Welcome to our Business and Infrastructure Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Welcome to our Business and Infrastructure Funding Opportunities Newsletter where you will find details of grant and funding programs that are available for the Northern Inland Region for businesses and infrastructure projects.

Due to the number of grants that are available, we send two funding opportunities newsletters a month; one for Business and Infrastructure and another for Community Projects and Award Programs. These newsletters are a free service that we provide, and can you can add the Community Funding Opportunities and Awards Programs newsletter to your subscriptions by filling your details into on the left hand side of our website: www.rdani.org.au

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30

Aug

2019

New push to stop Narrabri in NSW Upper House

He said it is designed to "press pause" on Santos' long delayed Narrabri CSG project.

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30

Aug

2019

Central North Rugby Union Deciders today in Walcha

The major semi action will get underway at Walcha's Captain Cook Oval from 11.25am with the under 19s match between Pirates and Narrabri. This will be followed by the second grade clash between Pirates and Moree at 12.55pm, with the women's sevens match between Gunnedah and Narrabri to be held at 2.35pm. The first grade fixture between Walcha and Narrabri will kick-off at 3pm.

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28

Aug

2019

Develop a Healthy Gut: From Detoxing to Energy Boosts

Do you feel 100%?

With modern diets and the stress of daily life, you won’t be alone if you feel as though your body isn’t operating at full speed.

The answer may be simpler than you think.

Detoxing. 

 

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23

Aug

2019

Mining watchdog suspends Narrabri Coal's exploration licence

Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy

THE state's mining watchdog has suspended the exploration licence of Narrabri Coal, for building unauthorised tracks in the Pilliga Forest.

The long-wall mine, which forms part of Whitehaven Coal's operations, was found to be in breach of its licence following a state-wide compliance blitz in June.

More than a dozen hollow trees, which provide important habitat to native animals, were knocked down. The unauthorised paths also failed to divert around environmentally sensitive areas.

Resources Regulator head honcho Anthony Keon said the mine's actions showed a "comprehensive failure" to follow "fundamental regulatory obligations".

"The construction of the unauthorised tracks resulted in significant environmental harm," Mr Keon said.

"Exploration activities are subject to strict conditions in order to ensure appropriate environmental protections.

Citizen science group, the Leard Forest Node, has been monitoring the mine's "progressive incursion" in to the Pilliga forest for a couple of years, spokeswoman Anna Christie said.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg, the Narrabri Coal mine has been flying under the radar for several years," Ms Christie said.

She was glad to see meaningful action taken against the mine, rather than just "a fine and a tap of the wrist".

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The suspension will remain in place until the mine conducts a full review of its compliance systems and can satisfy the watchdog that appropriate controls have been put in place.

Five other joint-venture partners also had their exploration licence suspended. The licence holders acknowledged the offending behaviour and offered to suspend all drilling and clearing activities.

The mine will be able to continue operating, however the suspension stops it from expanding or investigating new sites.

Whitehaven CEO Paul Flynn accepted that on this occasion the company failed to properly obverse its exploration obligations

"Based on our inquiries to date, the circumstances and communication failures that led to this outcome are unacceptable," Mr Flynn said.

"Whitehaven took immediate corrective action following the Regulator's site inspection, suspending all exploration activity and commissioning an independent audit and investigation to determine necessary corrective actions.

"The company is committed to ensuring all relevant issues are identified and addressed before exploration activities at Narrabri can resume and will continue to cooperate fully with the NSW Resources Regulator to achieve this outcome."

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23

Aug

2019

Coal seam gas moratorium bill put forward by NSW MLC Justin Field

Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy

AN independent politician has put forward a bill to establish a moratorium on all coal seam gas projects in the state.

The private member's bill, introduced to the NSW upper house by MLC Justin Field, would put a halt to Santos' Narrabri Gas Project, establish no-go zones for CSG including agricultural land and introduce a public interest test for proposed developments.

Mr Field said the bill was modelled off a moratorium put forward by Labor in 2015, and was hopefully it would be widely supported.

"The Greens, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, Animal Justice Party and Christian Democratic Party have all previously voted for, or supported, legislation or policies that endorse a moratorium on coal seam gas," Mr Field said.

"With those parties on board we can pass a coal seam gas moratorium bill through the NSW Legislative Council.

"The community have long opposed coal seam gas development in NSW and now it is time for the parliament to act."

Mr Field said the bill would renew the pressure on the government, and in particular the Nationals, who lost the seat of Barwon at the recent election to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, in part to CSG and water-related issues surrounding the Santos project.

"Santos have failed to address genuine concerns by the community and government agencies about their project and have breached the agreement they struck with the government in 2014," Mr Field said.

"There are significant water management and waste salt issues that have not been resolved from the company.

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Andrew McConville, CEO of gas industry body APPEA, said there was no reason NSW couldn't have a safe and sustainable CSG industry, like Queensland has had for more than 20 years.

"Repeated independent inquiries, including by NSW Chief Scientist, have found there are no risks associated with onshore gas development that can't be managed, mitigated or eliminated by an appropriate regulatory framework - which NSW has in place," he said.

"The answer to addressing NSW's gas needs is developing new supply - not further regulation or imposing bans on onshore gas development."

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21

Aug

2019

GOVERNMENT VOTES AGAINST PROVIDING REAL DROUGHT SUPPORT

Press Release - Roy Butler

The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party put on the table in Parliament a drought package that would provide real support to farmers and farming communities, disappointingly the Government voted against supporting them.

The SFF drought package includes immediate cash grants, to allow creditors to be paid, cash rebates for local government rates, transitioning legacy loans to zero or low interest loans, the establishment of a re-sowing and re-stocking grant and providing financial support for employers to retain employees on farm and in local businesses.

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20

Aug

2019

Clayton Barr visits Moree to grasp water situation as he takes on new role as shadow minister for water

Cessnock MP and shadow minister for water Clayton Barr was in Moree last week as part of a trip across the region to gain a better understanding of the water situation.

Starting at Dubbo, then moving on to Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett, Moree on Friday and then Narrabri, Mr Barr wanted to get on the ground and talk to affected people and groups.

"I've only been the shadow minister for water for about six weeks now and I've been trying to read through a whole bunch of reports but for me, the best way to learn was to come and talk to people and see things and be shown how it's working and how it's failing and things like that," Mr Barr said.

He met with the Gwydir Valley Irrigators on Friday as well as local farmer and irrigator to hear their experiences with the low water.

"It's part drought, it's part water sharing, and it's a significant part around priorities of what's most important and what needs to come first, second and third and getting that balance right," he said.

Mr Barr said the reports he has read are mostly facts and figures but they don't detail the social impact on communities, with people being forced to leave town because of the lack of water and therefore lack of work.

"For example, at Walgett they were concerned about losing all of their tradesmen....because the rest of the community didn't have much work so there wasn't much money around," he said.

"So people weren't spending money or doing renovations or building new buildings and improvements, so the tradies didn't have any work but they needed to feed their families.

"They've had to move, and often it's younger families, which then drags kids out of schools so then your school numbers drop.

"That's something that hasn't been captured in any of the reports about water but it's a really important social consequence of the absence of water.

"Hearing stories like that has been fantastic in framing my understanding of how the absence of water has impacted the communities."

While Mr Barr has visited Moree and other towns across the region, it's his first visit in his new role as shadow minister for water, and he said it has been a fantastic experience.

He wants to make it clear that he nor anyone in parliament is anti-irrigation, but it's about coming up with a good strategy in regards to the distribution of water.

"While we can't do anything about rain falling out of the sky and drought conditions we can do something about the rules about what happens to the water once it lands," Mr Barr said.

"I think that's where the really important focus needs to be right now because we don't know when it's going to rain but when it does rain we have to make sure the water goes where it needs to go."

He said most of the reports he's read heavily criticise the government while also making recommendations from scientists, commissioners and experts in the area about what the government should do.

He is yet to see anything that proves those recommendations aren't the right way to go.

"They will cause a bit of pain and grief for some people in terms of their business model and farming models but the benefits to society, environments and in other ways will be significant," Mr Barr said.

"But I would hate to make judgmen

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19

Aug

2019

NSW pushes back on AWU criticism over backing for LNG imports

Financial Review

AWU national secretary Daniel Walton late last week rounded on the government for granting the status of "critical state significant infrastructure" to a proposed $589 million LNG import project in Newcastlewhich will now enjoy a streamlined approvals process.

The Berejiklian government has already given the green light for a separate, $250 million LNG import terminal at Port Kembla, backed by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest.

The plans for the two import terminals are racing ahead as Santos's $3 billion Narrabri coal seam gas project, which could supply up to half NSW's gas requirements, remains locked in the state government's approvals process.

But Mr Stokes said the Narrabri project has "big potential impacts" on the environment, and that in any case the state is "best served by a competitive market with multiple sources".

 

 

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15

Aug

2019

Broken Hill pipeline business case should never have been kept from the public

“This business case should never have been kept from the public,” says Barwon MP Roy Butler. 

Today after a three-year battle, repeated calls from the community and Members of Parliament the Government has passed on a copy of the business case for the Broken Hill pipeline project.  

“For years the community called for transparency around the pipeline project and the Government didn’t deliver.

“Restricting information on the expenditure of public money, or projects affecting local communities does nothing to build trust in government,” said Mr Butler. 

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14

Aug

2019

Country Universities Centre North West Moree and Narrabri sites now open for study

Moree distance university students now have a dedicated space they can go to study, work on assessments and complete exams, with the Country Universities Centre (CUC) North West now open for business.

The CUC North West, which has a site in Moree and one in Narrabri, was opened to students on July 8, and already 35 people have registered to use the facility - a one-stop shop with all the resources local students need to successfully complete their degrees.

The Moree site features a computer room, lecture room, meeting space and a fully-equipped kitchen, and is complete with wifi, computers, printers, photocopiers, and video conferencing technology.

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12

Aug

2019

Crash near Narrabri leaves two in serious condition at Oxley

Two people have been seriously injured after a two-vehicle crash on the Kamilaroi Highway south of Narrabri overnight.

About 8.20pm yesterday (Friday 9 August 2019), a 73-year-old woman was traveling north on the Kamilaroi Highway, about 20km south of Narrabri when her 4WD and a southbound utility collided.

The woman, and the 42-year-old man driving the ute, suffered serious injuries, both were airlifted to Tamworth Hospital where they remain in critical but stable condition.

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11

Aug

2019

Harrisia cactus is moving south, reaches Narrabri

It has been likened to a "fire front" that spreads five to 10 kilometres every year. But now there have been reports harrisia cactus has been found as far south as Narrabri and farmers want to the NSW Government to step up to control the weed that has a barb-like spear.

NSW Farmers' have called on the State Government to fund a concerted effort to control harrisia cactus in NSW, including biological options, and work with the Queensland Government to stop cross border re infestation.

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8

Aug

2019

LIBERAL-NATIONAL GOVERNMENT DENIES OPPORTUNITY FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MURRAY-DARLING BASIN PLAN

The Liberal-National Government has denied regional communities the opportunity for transparency, voting down a motion for a Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. 

The motion introduced by the Shadow Minister for Water, Clayton Barr to Parliament last night called on the Liberal-National Government to “endorse the position of the NSW National Party Leader and Deputy Premier for a Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin Plan for the purpose of openness, transparency and accountability”.

The motion was defeated by three votes (47-44), with Labor and the crossbench voting for it with and The Nationals joining the Liberals to defeat it.

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8

Aug

2019

Top Fitness Trends of 2019 Revealed

Are You Ready To Get Physical?

As every year passes, trends involving fitness training change. And as 2019 continues it is clear that a new set of fitness training trends are set to explode.

People who never would have dared to say the word 'fitness' are now jumping onboard thanks to the following exciting fitness trends of 2019.

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6

Aug

2019

Barwon MP Roy Butler presents Terms of Reference for independent inquiry into water management

Member for Barwon, Roy Butler is calling on the NSW Government to commit to an inquiry into aspects of New South Wales water management and their impacts on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Mr Butler’s call for an independent inquiry comes after consultation with communities, irrigators, graziers, towns, water researchers and ecologists, all of whom raised serious concerns about government decision making in relation to water management.

“I’m calling for an inquiry to restore public confidence, and identify how certain decisions contributed to the current conditions in western NSW,” said Mr Butler. 

“I have discussed the inquiry with Minister Pavey and provided her with the draft Terms of Reference. In our conversation, I emphasised that this inquiry is needed to restore the public’s confidence in the NSW water planning and management processes.

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30

Jul

2019

Barwon MP Roy Butler says Santos trying to pressure govt

The Land Newspaper

SANTOS'S predictions that its Narrabri Gas Project will be approved by the end of the year have been labelled a brazen attempt to pressure the government.

When Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher told Ticky Fullerton on Sky News in May the company expected approval by "year end" there were a few eyebrows raised.

Barwon MP Roy Butler told The Land: "this is not coming from the government, the company is trying to force a government decision on the back of the Adani Carmichael coal mine approval (in Queensland)."

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25

Jul

2019

Simple Money Saving Tips to Fund Your Next Getaway

The Secret Tips and Tricks All Money Savers Use

Imagine you’re sitting on a beautiful tropical beach right now, cold drink in your hand.

Now, what’s stopping you from making that dream become a reality?

Luckily for you, the research has been done, and here are five money-saving hacks so simple you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing them already.

You’ll be walking along the beach in no time with these...

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19

Jul

2019

Narrabri in the News this week

 A number of articles appeared in the news this week click the link to read them all.
Summary
Santos providing requested information about Narrabri project: Barwon MP
Barwon MP Roy Butler still concerned about CSG impact on Narrabri groundwater despite Santos ...
Govt to talk land acquisitions along Narromine to Narrabri with farmers for Inland Rail
Barwon MP Roy Butler still concerned about CSG impact on Narrabri groundwater despite Santos ...
Whitehaven growth defies softening coal markets
Community celebrates NAIDOC
More Dividends Likely From Whitehaven Coal
Safety first for Whitehaven
The ARTC will begin meeting with affected landowners in the Narromine section
Rail crossing danger concerns resident
 

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17

Jul

2019

When Will the Government Listen

Call this drought what it is - a Natural Disaster

This drought is breaking records, pushing families and communities to the brink − and it’s getting worse.

Across NSW, it’s drier than many have seen in their lifetimes. Farms that have never in their hundred-plus year history destocked, have sold all their livestock.

Farmers that had enough hay in storage for years of drought have used their last bale.

Farmers that have never complained, have gotten on with the job, have put food on tables across the world − are asking for assistance.

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11

Jul

2019

Winter Feral Pig Control Program 2019

Join the effort in reducing pig numbers this winter!
North West LLS has free grain available for co-ordinated baiting and trapping programs. Speak to your local Biosecurity Officer to access the grain.
Tamworth, Gunnedah & Quirindi 6764 5900 - Grahame Kelly & Greg Lumber
Narrabri 6790 7600 - John Busby & Lucy Collingridge
Moree 6750 9000 - Toni Jericho & Tim Daly
Warialda 6729 1528 - Dave Lindsay
Walgett 6828 6400 - Heidi Mackay

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8

Jul

2019

Everything you need to know about Salt Therapy (and its Benefits)

Salt Therapy has been around for over 100 years. It has been used by people of the past to ease symptoms of some illnesses. It is known for its respiratory and skin health properties. There are several areas that salt therapy can be beneficial to our health.

Let’s explore the importance of salt therapy and its health benefits.

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8

Jul

2019

'You never forget:' Mother's pain as $1m reward offered in Penny Hill murder probe

Twenty-eight years since her daughter was found slumped against a farm gate along a NSW country road, Jeanette Hill says she still holds hope of finding out who was responsible for her daughter's death and bringing them to justice.

Penny Hill was 20 when she moved from Narrabri, in the state's north-west, to the small Central West town of Coolah in July 1991.

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8

Jul

2019

AGL says Narrabri coal seam gas project won't ease pressure on prices

A senior executive at energy giant AGL says coal seam gas projects including the contentious Santos-led Narrabri development will do little to ease power prices but cautioned politicians that misguided regulations could have unintended consequences by choking off new supply.

Richard Wrightson, AGL's head of wholesale markets, told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that moves by political parties to pressure governments to act on energy prices could backfire by discouraging exploration and production.

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Jul

2019

How to Take Control of Your Credit Score

If you’re planning on buying a new car through finance, or you’ve finally saved up enough money to move out of your parents’ house and apply for a mortgage, then you need to start building a good credit score. 

Your credit score is essentially a bunch of statistics based on all your financial decisions and hiccups over the last 6 years. In today’s world, it is all too easy for banks to access this report. This makes it all too easy for them to reject your loan application based on a few regretful money mishaps.

 According to financial experts Empowered Finance, “This is because lenders believe they might be taking a higher risk when lending to you. This means your loan application will either be flat out rejected or you will be expected to pay a much higher interest rate.”

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Jul

2019

Barwon MP Roy Butler calls on government to immediately funds rates relief

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP, Roy Butler is calling on the NSW Government to provide immediate rates relief funding to local government. 
 “Rates relief funding to local government would greatly assist in reducing the financial pressure on our rural and regional communities,” Mr Butler said.
Across western NSW towns and communities are struggling through drought and as a result families and businesses are experiencing extreme financial pressure. 

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28

Jun

2019

Patrick Allen Boon jailed for murdering Fred Tuffs on job site off Culgoora Rd between Narrabri and Wee Waa in 2017

A concreter who murdered his boss in the break room of a local worksite with "savagery and ferocity" has been jailed for at least 13 years and 10 months.

Queensland man Patrick Allen Boon struck grandfather Frederick Tuffs over the head with a sledgehammer several times and then continued the bashing with a wrench near Narrabri, on June 13, 2017.

The 57-year-old site manager died in hospital the next morning.

Boon, who pleaded guilty to murder in May, was on Friday jailed for 18 years and six months, with a minimum term of 13 years and 10 months.

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28

Jun

2019

Grants and Awards available now and over the next few months.

Grants and awards available.

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24

Jun

2019

'I won't be pushed around': Resources Minister warns Santos over gas

Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Hannam

The NSW government has blasted Santos for ramping up public pressure to secure approval for a $3 billion coal seam gas project, with Deputy Premier John Barilaro warning he "won't be pushed around".

Mr Barilaro, who also serves as Resources Minister, said the energy giant was to blame for any delays to the Narrabri Gas Project in north-western NSW.

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24

Jun

2019

We need to support those who are supporting our Farmers

Roy Butler, Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP

Rural Financial Counsellors are the link between drought stricken farmers and government support.

There is an alarming rate of turnover and vacancies within these financial counselling positions that would appear to be due to the under resourcing and lack of support for these crucial roles.

Currently Rural Financial Counsellors are effectively hosted by the State Government and funded by the Commonwealth Government, this arrangement has varied over the life of this important service.

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Jun

2019

We bought a farm to have more family time. We're risking it all to join a natural farming revolution

About a year ago, the purchase of two dairy cows led to the discovery of a revolution in our paddocks.

My partner and I, two young farmers, learned we could rehabilitate the natural environment by the way we farm.

But the stakes were high — making the switch from conventional to conservation farming could send us broke.

So we set out to meet a network of regenerative farmers who are working with nature to eliminate the use of chemicals, revegetate their land, reduce carbon emissions and encourage the return of native plant and animal species.

The lure of a new approach

Our property, on the outskirts of Narrabri in north-west New South Wales, is about 130 acres of mostly farmed-up country.

There are very few trees but we have beautiful black soil and a stunning view of the mountain range to our east.

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Jun

2019

RECORD SPEND, RECORD DROUGHT, RECORD NEGLECT

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP Roy Butler has expressed his disappointment in the NSW Government’s budget announcement’s today.

“The Berejiklian Government has celebrated its operating surplus and its record investment in infrastructure across the state and that’s all good - if you forget that western NSW is also part of the state.”

The Barwon electorate is 44% of the state, but hasn’t had a significant school or hospital upgrade funded in this budget.

“All I am seeing in this budget is a continuation of record neglect of western NSW,” Mr Butler said.

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Jun

2019

North West Local Land Sevices - Newsletter and Workshops coming up

Local Land Services Newsletter is packed with information and Services available across the region. Workshops and help is available for those struggling with the dry times. Feel free to reach out to the new staff in Narrabri, have a read of the Newsletter for items that just might help. 

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Jun

2019

Better water on the Way

A better water supply for Narrabri is in the pipeline as council staff and contractors move towards completion of the major $10.4 million Narrabri water supply augmentation project.

The tender, one of the biggest let by the council in recent years, was announced in September 2018 and the project has proceeded smoothly.

The water ugrade, the product of four years’ investigation and planning, will underwrite a quality water supply at one of the lowest costs in the state, the council general manager Stewart Todd said when the contract was let.

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12

Jun

2019

What You Need to Know if you Plan to Buy a Car Before The End of Financial Year

Julian Parsons - Sydney

Did you know that now is the perfect time to buy a car?

The end of the financial year is right around the corner and it couldn’t be a better time to buy a new car. If you’re after a good bargain, there’s quite a bit to consider when purchasing a car.

With different financing methods and competing sales rates, there are a lot of possibilities to ensure that you get the best deal. And the good news is that both small-time car dealers and big brands are keen to sell cars at hefty discounts before the end of the financial year.

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Jun

2019

Oxley police honoured for bravery, service to the force in Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Wee Waa

Narrabri and Wee Waa.

Similarly, Sergeant Darren Wallington and Senior Constable Scott O'Brien were honoured for their work in dealing with a siege that unfolded in Wee Waa.

The officers arrived to find a man had barricaded himself in. They started negotiations but the man had doused himself in fuel. Their work saw the situation successfully resolved and the suspect taken into custody, unharmed.

Officers from Wee Waa, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Tamworth and across the wider Oxley district were recognised for their brave actions as well as the years they've dedicated to the force - some of whom notched up 10, 20 and 30 years in the job.

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Jun

2019

'Devastating news' as Walgett's only supermarket for 80km is gutted by fire for the second time

The New South Wales town of Walgett is battling gruelling drought and is today hit with another blow as the community's only supermarket goes up in flames.

Key points:

  • Walgett's only supermarket, IGA, has been "severely damaged" by fire
  • Firefighters have been on the scene of the active fire since 8:30am
  • The town's nearest supermarket is now 80 kilometres away

NSW Fire and Rescue have declared the IGA Supermarket building completely destroyed after battling the active fire on Fox Street since 8:30am.

There have been no reports of injuries.

It is the second time the building has been damaged by fire after it was first destroyed in 2013.

NSW Fire and Rescue acting superintendent, Greg Wright, had previously stated that at the very least the building would be severely damaged.

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Jun

2019

Young NSW farmers and fishers get business savvy with new program

YOUNG farmers and fishers will have more help to build resilience into their businesses, with the launch of a new business coaching pilot and grants for leadership and development to be rolled out across the State.

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Jun

2019

Spotlight Winter Publication from Cotton Research and Development.

Welcome to the Winter edition of CRDC's Spotlight magazine! 

In this edition:

  • Exercise Blueprint: focusing on biosecurity preparedness
  • Cotton & grains collaborating on Helicoverpa control
  • Girls to the front: celebrating women in cotton and science

... plus much more!

Spotlight will be landing in the mailboxes of our subscribers this week: the first week of winter.

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