The Wee Waa District is a major producer of a variety of agricultural commodities including cotton, wheat, beef cattle and sheep. These industries demand much support in terms of supplies, equipment, expert advice and labour provision. The interdependent relationships between farmers, graziers and business organizations provides the economic basis upon which the Wee Waa Community thrives.


Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural support services in the local area have resolved to set up a network to improve the delivery and effectiveness of support for the rural sector.

ABOVE: Cattle on the road near Pilliga.

The newly formed Rural Support Services Network (RSSNs) held its first meeting in Narrabri recently, with financial counsellors, Centacare representatives, landholders, government representatives and other organisations in attendance.

RSSNs are usually made up of local rural service providers including agribusiness and government, but also include interested landholders and representatives from community groups.

The network meets quarterly to discuss the needs of the local rural community with a view to working towards servicing these needs.

The meetings also allow for the sharing of information between service providers and the identification of any gaps in service delivery.

Narrabri Rural Financial Counsellor Fiona Mead said the first meeting of the Narrabri RSSN was an overwhelming success.

“We had 17 people at the meeting which was a great turn out, we plan on meeting every three months at this stage with the next meeting to be held in February,” she said.

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University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

ABOVE: University of Newcastle researchers Dr Meg Sherval and Dr Hedda Haugen Askland. Interested parties should contact Hedda Askland on 0405 066 470.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

The collaborative pilot project is run by both the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and will form part of a planned state-wide study exploring changing land use in rural and regional communities.

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Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

A local farmer has called on all involved in agriculture to start actively promoting the industry.

ABOVE: Drew Penberthy, Bellata, Penny Blatchford, Gurley and James Tydd (Bellata) at the recent agribusiness forum in Narrabri.

At a recent conference held in Narrabri, agronomist Drew Penberthy argued that people in agricultural industries were failing to communicate their good news stories to the wider community.

He said the farming sector had much to be proud of.

“A lot of people have no idea how scientific agriculture has become, I think they’d be amazing if they knew what we’re actually doing out here,” he said.

“Robotics are coming in and new varieties released in the last few years have led to massive inroads.

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Plan points to CSG problems

Plan points to CSG problems

MOREE Plains mayor Katrina Humphries has criticised the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) draft report into coal seam gas landholder benchmark compensation rates, calling it an “admission of guilt”.

The NSW government asked IPART to undertake the review, under Action 12 of the NSW Gas Plan, to provide benchmark compensation rates for landholders who host gas exploration and production activities on their properties.

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​​​‘Thanks, Narrabri’ says famed scientist

​​​‘Thanks, Narrabri’ says famed scientist

Rotary scholarship began research career of achievement

ROTARIANS MEET RAJARAM: Narrabri Rotarians welcomed Dr Sanjaya Rajaram back to Narrabri on Friday, from left, Pat Carberry, Barry Keys, Dr Kedar Adhikari, Vesna Rendulic, Rotary president Daryl Bartlett, Dr Rajaram, Michael Carrigan and Clive Norrie.

The winner of the World Food Prize, the agricultural research equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Dr Sanjaya Rajaram, returned to say ‘thanks’ to Narrabri last week.

“I owe it all to Narrabri” the world renowned plant breeder told an audience of Narrabri Rotarians and researchers at the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI)on Friday.

Dr Rajaram is the keynote speaker at the 9th International Wheat Conference in Sydney this week.

Last year he was awarded the World Food Prize for his work in developing 480 new wheat varieties which have been adopted in 51 countries and provide the annual wheat consumption for more than one billion people.

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