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Independent Planning Commission examining process surrounding Vickery mine and Narrabri gas field projects

Northern Daily Leader - Billy Jupp

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The Coronavirus pandemic means the Independent Planning Commission will not be scheduling any public consultation meetings into two of the region's biggest proposed projects, for the foreseeable future.

The IPC has been asked to hold hearings for both Whitehaven Coal's Vickery coal mine extension project and Santos' Narrabri gas fields project.

However, due to the federal government's restrictions around public gatherings and social distancing, the IPC is unable to plan any public meetings at this stage.

Independent assessment of social and economic condition in the Basin

Have your Say on the Draft Report

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Narrabri Shire Council COVID-19 statement released

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Narrabri Shire Council has released a statement saying they are "taking a proactive approach" to manage the risk associated with COVID-19.

The council said they were doing "by revising and updating" as required the council's business continuity plan to "ensure effective operations are maintained".

"Council has considered a variety of scenarios and have developed frameworks to respond to these scenarios should they eventuate," the statement read.

Cotton's poor public image troubles industry as concerns over water grow

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Growers have copped a hammering on social media in recent times over how much water they take in the northern Murray-Darling Basin, and what part the industry may have played in the Darling River fish kills.

There is evidence, generated by the industry, that it has a poor public image.

Cotton Australia commissioned a wide-ranging survey by JP Morgan that found most urban Australians had negative perceptions about the industry.

Chief executive Adam Kay said they needed to do something about it.


Media Release Roy Butler Saturday 14 March

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The Government now more than ever needs to provide cash based assistance to struggling regional communities according to Member for Barwon Roy Butler. 

Mr Butler has renewed his calls for cash based assistance for regional communities following the Government’s announcement banning gatherings of over 500 people in response to COVID-19. 

“Our regional economies, especially  agriculture dependant economies had a small ray of hope with some rain, and a season of local shows, race carnivals, festivals and themed events promising to bring some much needed turnover to small business in regional communities,” said Mr Butler. 


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