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Cotton farmer defends water use in drought-hit Murray-Darling Basin, as ecologists warn of 'tipping point'

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Cotton has become a contentious crop in this drought.

Farmer Andrew Watson, from Boggabri in north-west New South Wales, says some of the criticism of irrigators has been vicious.

"Having seen some death threats … it just shows there's a real lack of understanding of how the systems work," he said. 

"We only use the water that's allocated to us."

It's harvest time and Mr Watson says this year's crop is down.

"We've actually had a real shortfall in water. So the crop outcome is not very good," he said.

"We're probably going to produce an outcome that's about 70 per cent of what we'd like to produce."

Unless there's significant rain, next year will be worse.


Boggabri school students gain leadership tips at primary conference

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GIVING their best to themselves, their peers and their school was the theme of a leadership event this week - for children.

The GRIP Student Leadership Conference took place at the Tamworth town hall, drawing schools from not only the local areas but also as far away as Scone and Narrabri.

Among the Gunnedah area schools represented were eight students from Boggabri Public School, whose assistant principal said it was a "very fun and inspirational way to instil some leadership qualities into students and give them a motivation for where they can go and how they do that".

BOGGABRI CBD benefits from drought Communities Program


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Boggabri's CBD has received a face-lift thanks to more than $80,000 in drought funding. 

Seven businesses in Merton Street have been spruced up in recent weeks by Narrabri Shire Council, which received funding under the Drought Communities Program to update and repair facades and awnings in the shire.

It was a godsend for the Commercial Hotel's new owners, Britt and David Poole, who said the historic building "hadn't been given any serious love for a long time".

Gunnedah Eisteddfod Society donates to local schools

Namoi Valley Independent - Vanessa Hohnke

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Gunnedah Eisteddfod Society has donated $3000 to 10 local schools ahead of this year's eisteddfod.

Society members met with representatives from Gunnedah Public School, Carinya Christian School, St Xavier's Primary School, Gunnedah South Public School, GS Kidd Memorial School, Carroll Public School, Curlewis Public School, Sacred Heart School Boggabri, St Mary's College and Gunnedah High School on Monday


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