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Images of drought shock Royals

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan were shocked by the severity of drought when shown images of barren paddocks from far western NSW.

Overlooking Scott and Elaine Woodley’s property ‘Mountain View Farm” near Dubbo, NSW Drought Coordinator Pip Job explained to the royal couple the current situation of drought nationally.

Ms Job then broke it down to what was happening in each state and regionally around NSW.

Farm family shows the Royals how the drought has hurt I Gallery

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It’s not every day a Duke and a Duchess walk through the front gate on the property Mountain View Farm at Wongarbon near Dubbo – nor eight police with sniffer dogs, scores of press members and a retinue of VIPs and officials.

But that’s what happened yesterday when the Woodley family hosted Prince Harry and his new wife, US-raised Meghan Markle as the Royals took time out from their Dubbo visit to learn how hard the drought has been.

Laura Woodley, 23, even had time for a personal chat with Meghan, explaining what she does and how she is proud to be the fifth generation of Woodleys on the farm, a White Suffolk sheep stud.

Santos Narrabri: EPA investigation reveals coal seam gasfield did not have treated water approval

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AN INVESTIGATION into Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas operation has found the company irrigated with treated water without approval.

The issue was raised by the Department of Industry with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after Santos started irrigating a lucerne crop on its property with treated water.

'Embarrassing': Santos fined for using CSG water without a permit

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Santos has been fined by the NSW environmental watchdog for using water from its controversial $3 billion coal seam gas project for irrigation without approval.

The energy company copped a fine of $1500 by the Environment Protection Authority for using treated water from its Narrabri project in the state's north to irrigate lucerne on its own land.

Hundreds gather to celebrate the 2018 Rural Woman of the Year | Photos

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Guests traveled from across Australia to celebrate the mighty contribution of rural and regional women at a gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday night. 

Krista Watkins, a banana farmer from Walkamin, North Queensland was named the AgriFutures Australia 2018 Rural Woman of the Year while Darrylin Gordon, from Halls Creek, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region was named runner up. READ MORE.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced the winners, saying the annual awards had for nearly twenty years recognised and celebrated the achievements of rural women – vital in driving change.

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