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NARRABRI? NARRABYE: FIRST-EVER PLAN FOR A GAS-FREE NSW UNVEILED

NARRABRI? NARRABYE: FIRST-EVER PLAN FOR A GAS-FREE NSW UNVEILED

Climate Council

EXACTLY ONE YEAR since Santos’ polluting and expensive Narrabri Gas Project was approved, a new report has found the gas this project would produce isn’t needed.

The report by energy analysts Northmore Gordon, which was commissioned by the Climate Council, reveals that New South Wales could reduce its annual gas demand by the same amount that the Narrabri Gas Project is forecast to produce, as soon as 2030.

“This report effectively renders the Narrabri Gas Project redundant. We already know that this project will drive up greenhouse gas emissions, worsen climate change and do nothing to reduce power prices. Now we also know the project is completely unnecessary when it comes to meeting the state’s energy needs,” said Climate Council Senior Researcher, Tim Baxter. 

“To ensure the New South Wales Government is capable of reaching its newly announced target to halve emissions by 2030 – it needs a plan to reduce gas use across the state. This new report shows them how to do it,” said Baxter.

“This is the first-ever plan that spells out how we can wean Australia’s most populous state off polluting and expensive gas using common-sense measures. This is a pathway to healthier, more affordable, and more efficient gas-free homes and businesses,” he said. 

Report Key Findings: 

  • Gas demand within New South Wales could be 70 percent lower as soon as 2030, and ​​eliminated altogether as soon as 2050, using readily available, commercially viable technologies.
  • With the right policies in place to support technologies like electric resistance heating and renewable hydrogen, gas use can be reduced in emissions-intensive industries like iron and steel manufacturing. 
  • Homes and commercial buildings are responsible for almost half of New South Wales’ gas use and meeting their needs with electricity is readily achievable with existing, commercially available technologies. 
  • Putting common-sense measures in place to reduce gas demand in New South Wales, such as electrifying homes and upgrading commercial buildings, would make the expensive and polluting Narrabri Gas Project redundant.
  • There is no shortage of gas anywhere in Australia with the growing demands of a swollen gas export industry driving supply issues, higher energy bills, and worsening climate change.
  • It is critically important for our economy, health, and climate that every state and territory transitions away from fossil fuels like gas as quickly as possible.
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Wee Waa mould: Education Minister Sarah Mitchell announces new high school

Wee Waa mould: Education Minister Sarah Mitchell announces new high school

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The state government will build a new Wee Waa High School after the old site was laden with mould, the education minister announced on Thursday.

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‘A ghetto school’: Six students suspended after fight at troubled school

‘A ghetto school’: Six students suspended after fight at troubled school

Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker

Police were called to contain a brawl between students at Walgett Community College after simmering tensions within the community erupted on school grounds, forcing teachers to intervene and leaving a police liaison officer with a minor injury.

A student filmed the incident on Tuesday morning and posted the footage on social media. It shows several students fighting and others being attacked when they stepped in to intervene.

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Roys Roundup

Roys Roundup

Hi Folks,

I hope this Round-Up finds you well. It’s been a very full two weeks, I have been in Walgett a couple of times, Bourke, Nyngan, Carinda, Warren and even managed a stop off for a good lunch at the Nevertire Hotel.

As I write this I am in Argent St Broken Hill, preparing for very full days at the Western Division Conference that has an agenda packed with Ministers and Shadow Ministers and Mayors and Councillors from across western NSW. It’s a great chance for Ministers and Shadow Ministers to understand what is happening in western Councils.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (8194)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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FRRR Newsletter

FRRR Newsletter

Welcome to 2020 - it is certainly off to an unprecedented start, with communities across the length and breadth of the country dealing with fires, and others going into their eighth or ninth year of drought. Add to that relentless dust storms, and the odd flood event - there aren't many places experiencing a 'normal' season.

However, we have also seen Australia's generosity in response to the fires, with an outpouring of support . We have been overwhelmed with the way people want to help, both here in Australia and across the world

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NO SHORTAGE OF GAS – JUST A SHORTAGE OF COMMON SENSE

NO SHORTAGE OF GAS – JUST A SHORTAGE OF COMMON SENSE

“There is no shortage of gas in Australia, there’s a shortage of common sense in Canberra when it comes to gas export policy and domestic gas reservation policy,” says Member for Barwon, Roy Butler. 

Mr Butler’s comments follow the new energy deal struck by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Friday, January 31, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (17994)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Yarrie Lake Test Bore Update

Yarrie Lake Test Bore Update

Wee Waa and Narrabri

With a few stories doing the rounds, I just wanted to clear up a few points. 
• We have permission from the Yarrie Lake Trust to drill a test bore.
• A grant is available to more than cover the cost.
• Drilling to a max depth of 400m to hopefully tap into the warm bore water of the Great Artesian Basin.
•DPI do not see the lake as a fish habitat and have no issue with the project.

Thursday, January 30, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (14286)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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5 Simple Habits For a Long and Happy Marriage

5 Simple Habits For a Long and Happy Marriage

Relationship rules you can apply today

Are you happy in your marriage?

Certain habits will either make or break your relationship. 

Many people, however, only learn how to co-exist with their spouses after they get into a marriage. Making an effort to establish healthy boundaries and habits before getting into a relationship can be the difference between a sad and happy marriage.  

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Let’s celebrate our remarkable senior volunteers in Barwon

Let’s celebrate our remarkable senior volunteers in Barwon

Member for Barwon, Roy Butler is calling on people across the electorate who know a remarkable senior volunteer to nominate them for the 2020 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards.  “Seniors provide invaluable skills and help our community thrive in so many ways,”
said Mr Butler.  “This year in Barwon as part of the statewide Seniors Festival we’ll be recognising our senior volunteers – those selfless individuals who donate their time, energy and efforts to volunteering in our communities.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (14162)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Seven (Surprising) Health Benefits Of Drinking Wine

Seven (Surprising) Health Benefits Of Drinking Wine

That will inspire you to pour a glass

We have all heard that one glass of wine from time to time isn’t bad for health, but how exactly does wine contribute to health? 

The answers appear to be almost endless as new studies continue to continually back up the health benefit claims of drinking wine moderately. 

From attacking cancer cells to a decreased mortality rate, a glass of wine a day has proven to be good for your body both now and in the long run. 

By sipping a glass of chilled white or red wine, here is how you will be helping your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (17135)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
Water is scarce! So here are some water saving tips that you can do right

Water is scarce! So here are some water saving tips that you can do right

Written by David Green

Water is scarce! So here are some water-saving tips that you can do right now. 

While Australia is well and truly the lucky country it is also the driest continent on this planet outside Antarctica. It means that we are constantly at risk of drought and It is usually a case of how severe and how long rather than when. 

There is no denying that we have seen some of the harshest conditions in Australia over the last few years with warmer and drier weather. The data below is information from the Bureau of Meteorology and just shows how hot and dry it has been.

Sunday, January 12, 2020/Author: David Green/Number of views (28139)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Business success in 2020 - 3 tips to make sure it happens!

Business success in 2020 - 3 tips to make sure it happens!

Written by David Green

It is easy to lose focus throughout the year. Before you know it, 2020 is upon us. We get it. You get busy, jobs start to pile up, bills need to be paid and before you know it, you are buying Christmas presents! Make 2020 different. Before anything gets too wild, it's time to make a plan and set your business up for success in 2020.

These 3 key things will make sure you have the structure and rigour for business success in 2020! 

Sunday, January 12, 2020/Author: David Green/Number of views (17007)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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OP-ED_ Water Royal Commission is the way forward

OP-ED_ Water Royal Commission is the way forward

Water Royal Commission is the way forward

Leaving the Basin Plan will not solve the issues we have with the allocation and management of water in this State. It will not see any more water in our rivers, or return any water back to farmers.

The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party have been calling for a Federal Royal Commission for over a year now, with the sole intent of untangling the mess water management is in.

The mismanagement of water is destroying our rivers, communities and industries. That’s why myself and Helen Dalton have been pushing hard on pausing the Basin Plan and conducting a Royal Commission.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (16640)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Wee Waa Long Table Weave – 17th December, 2019

Wee Waa Long Table Weave – 17th December, 2019

All Wee Waa and surrounding area residents are invited to attend the upcoming Wee Waa Long Table Weave event on the 17th December 2019 held in Rose Street during the Mardi Gras form 6pm.

The Wee Waa long table weave is funded by the Empowering Rural Communities PHN Hunter New England & Central Coast and hosted by QOE Health to harness the richness of the community through creating conversations and connections between community members.

Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (21664)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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5 Important Benefits Of Choosing A Gluten-Free Diet

5 Important Benefits Of Choosing A Gluten-Free Diet

Ever wondered what the fuss was about the gluten-free diet?

There's actually a variety of health benefits to be had from eliminating gluten from your diet.

From increased energy levels to greater digestive comfort. There's plenty more that come with this great health move!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (23083)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
Five Reasons You Need To Consider Travel Insurance

Five Reasons You Need To Consider Travel Insurance

Whether you travel frequently or rarely, travel insurance is one of your most valuable expense especially for the inexperienced.

Travel insurance can be beneficial for various reasons, especially if you're travelling to an unfamiliar destination. 

Without travel insurance, disruptions to your trip can end up costing you a fortune.

Insurance ensures that in any circumstance, you are covered and here's five things to help prove it to you.

Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (25247)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
Moving Made Easy: Packing Tips For Your Next Moving Day

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. 

Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (29686)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
Dylan Smith U17 National Cricket Championships🏏 congrats on your efforts. The Raffle Results

Dylan Smith U17 National Cricket Championships🏏 congrats on your efforts. The Raffle Results

Dylan Smith U17 National Cricket Championships🏏

⭐️Raffle Winners Announcement⭐️

Kindly drawn by Roxanne Bushby Whitton😊

Monday, October 14, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (18728)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Migration roundtable to address skills shortage

Migration roundtable to address skills shortage

RDA Orana will host a two-day discussion focussed on migration as part of the organisation’s commitment to regional workforce shortages.

“Locally-led migration strategies have provided a response to issues facing rural and regional communities, including shifts in workforce and population,” RDA Orana Director for Regional Development Megan Dixon said.

The event will begin with an employer forum to discuss visa options for employers who may be interested in hiring migrant workers. This will be followed by a workshop about migrant experiences and a roundtable to look at regional settlement.

Thursday, October 3, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (15011)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Barwon MP fighting for desperately needed drug rehabilitation centres in western NSW

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. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (25873)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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How to Get the Perfect Spray Tan Before Your Wedding

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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (25783)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
First Home Owners: Build or Buy

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.

Monday, September 9, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (25035)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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5 Ways to Increase The Value of Your Home

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.

Thursday, September 5, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (26711)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Wee Waa model taking on international modelling competition

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.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Northern Inland Regional Development Corporation Grants List

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

Saturday, August 31, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Central North Rugby Union Deciders today in Walcha

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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Cricket: Landan Price and Dylan Smith to play at under-17s nationals

Cricket: Landan Price and Dylan Smith to play at under-17s nationals

Price and Smith were both featured among the wicket-takers, both picking up two.

"We have Charles Mitchell, Jayden Zahra Smith and Harrison Townsend returning after having being involved in the joint national title winning team from 2018," McLay said.

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Hats off to creativity of young writers in writeon 2019

Two Gold award winning students read their works at the ceremony, Erin Kruger from Masada College and Gabriel Siemer from Bourke Walgett School of Distance Education.

Six year old Gabriel has lived the devastating effects of the drought most of his young life on the family farm outside Walgett. They haven’t harvested a crop since 2016 and had to sell all their sheep and cattle due to the drought.

Young Gabriel and his older brother Rafael ‘attend’ the School of Distance Education by satellite link two or three times a week, leaving mum Casey to supervise their work and run the farm. Dad works as a movie and TV stuntman and due to the drought has been away from home much of the year.

Thursday, August 29, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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New flights to provide Dubbo link for Bourke, Cobar, Walgett and Lightning Ridge

New flights to provide Dubbo link for Bourke, Cobar, Walgett and Lightning Ridge

Local residents are set to benefit from special rates offered as new air services take to western NSW skies next month.

With the support of the NSW government and the Far North West Joint Organisation (FNWJO), the airlines are able to offer a 'local fare'.

The local fare price for Cobar to Sydney is $249 one way, and the Dubbo to Cobar local fare price is $129 one way.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Namoi Valley cotton farms sold to local families for $35m

Namoi Valley cotton farms sold to local families for $35m

The sales come amid the $300 million offering of cotton giant Auscott's Midkin aggregation in the Gwydir Valley and with expectations of a smaller cotton crop next year due to the drought.

At 275 Spring Plains Road, Wire Lagoon, a 738 hectare irrigated cotton farm 15 kilometres from Wee Waa has changed hands for $11.4 million.

Sunday, August 11, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Walgett News

Walgett News

Walgett in the News this week with a number of articles across the country.

Saturday, July 13, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (13880)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Gloucester's Lyn Stewart to launch her self-published book at Gloucester Bookshop

Gloucester's Lyn Stewart to launch her self-published book at Gloucester Bookshop

From the Gloucester Advocate story by Anne Keen

Gloucester's Lyn Stewart had a niggling interest in researching her family history.

Like many Australians, her family tree has a range of convicted criminals, which was partly what first piqued her interest. But it was chasing down that tale of her great great grandmother, Margaret Murphy which inspired her to write a book.

 

She started researching her relative by first acquiring Margaret's death certificate as it provided details of her date of death, the date and location of her birth, and the names of her parents.

Saturday, July 13, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (42259)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
Winter Feral Pig Control Program 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

Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (25712)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Everything you need to know about Salt Therapy (and its Benefits)

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.

Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (29831)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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'You never forget:' Mother's pain as $1m reward offered in Penny Hill murder probe

'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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How to Take Control of Your Credit Score

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.”

Thursday, July 4, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (37977)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Barwon MP Roy Butler calls on government to immediately funds rates relief

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. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (19670)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Patrick Allen Boon jailed for murdering Fred Tuffs on job site off Culgoora Rd between Narrabri and Wee Waa in 2017

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

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.

Saturday, June 22, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Better water on the Way

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.

Thursday, June 13, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Oxley police honoured for bravery, service to the force in Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Wee Waa

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.

Thursday, June 6, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Rare bird and passionate twitchers provide huge economic boost

Rare bird and passionate twitchers provide huge economic boost

Birdwatching can be a compulsive pastime, a never-ending quest to see more species and add to a lifetime list.

Key Points
A study reveals birdwatchers generated an economic boom when they travelled to see the rare bird in 2017
Researchers say the study highlights the potential of bird tourism, especially around rare and vagrant birds
Work is now underway to create a bird trail in the lower Hunter Valley, NSW, to encourage tourism
It drives many devoted twitchers to travel long distances in search of unusual and hard-to-spot birds.

When a rare Alaskan shorebird, the Aleutian tern, was spotted for the first time in Australia in late 2017, hundreds of people travelled to catch a glimpse of the elusive species.

The Aleutian tern breeds in Alaska and eastern Siberia and usually spends the southern summer in the North Pacific and parts of Indonesia, so its appearance on a sandbar, off the small New South Wales mid-north coastal town of Old Bar, came as a surprise.

"There was the tufted duck in Melbourne in 2019, there was a black-headed gull in the Northern Territory, there was Australia's first collared pratincole in Perth, there was the grey-headed lapwing in Burren Junction, near Wee Waa … there's been heaps," Mr Callaghan said.

Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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