DPI Water commissions independent report into claims Whitehaven mining has helped dried up water bores at Werris Creek

DPI Water commissions independent report into claims Whitehaven mining has helped dried up water bores at Werris Creek

AN INDEPENDENT report has been commissioned by the state government into claims the Whitehaven Coal mine at Werris Creek is partially responsible for drying up the water bores of nearby farmers.

A study by the University of NSW found the coal mine was responsible for at least 25 per cent of underground water losses of between 4.5 and 15 metres, despite a predicted drop of only 10 centimetres.

The independent report was commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Water.

A DPI Water spokesperson said they anticipated the report would be completed soon.

Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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RDANI Innovation Awards

RDANI Innovation Awards

Congratulations to Why Leave Town Promotions

WLT Promotions team - winner of Retail, Tourism and Leisure Award at the 2015 Northern Inland Region Innovation Awards
Sunday, November 22, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (977)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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People for the Plains Big Picture

People for the Plains Big Picture

Congratulations Nine more communities and still CSG Free

Congratulations to the *nine more communities* in North West NSW that declared themselves gasfield free yesterday, joining 87 gasfield free communities across nine local government areas in the North West. People from around the region gathered at Narrabri to celebrate keeping the region gasfield free for another year. Congratulations People For The Plains! Give them your biggest three cheers!
Sunday, November 22, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (957)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Sonia Dada at the Crossroads in December

Sonia Dada at the Crossroads in December

Tickets Selling fast Need to be a Yowie member

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Yowie Card Members - present your ticket and member card to receive a bonus $10 credit to your card. Hurry tickets are limited!
Sunday, November 22, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Rallying for Richard

Rallying for Richard

There’s a saying that ‘the most important shot in golf is always the next one.’

Truer words couldn’t be spoken for everyone’s favourite local golfing pro Richard Stokes.

The lovable larrikin from Narrabri Golf Club has always shared his passion and knowledge of the game with the local community since moving to town nearly four years ago.

However it’s been the local community’s generosity that has been at work this week, following the nightmare Rich has had to endure over the past few months.

In late October, through an unfortunate circumstance, a biopsy revealed that Rich had a serious malignant tumour on the right side of his face.

Sunday, November 22, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Chris Taylor Award Winning Books - The Maker, The Predator, The Ransom

Chris Taylor Award Winning Books - The Maker, The Predator, The Ransom

Available Now at Peppertree In Maitland Street narrabri

NEWSFLASH!! For everyone living in and around NARRABRI, autographed paperback copies of my books are NOW AVAILABLE for purchase from Peppertree in Maitland Street, Narrabri. A big thank you to Donna Stoltenberg for her wonderful support of local businesses and in particular a local author.
Sunday, November 22, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (753)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Commonwealth to spend $89.1 million to support NSW Councils

Commonwealth to spend $89.1 million to support NSW Councils

Media Release 19 November Commonwealth Government

The Australian Government will provide $89.1 million for Councils in New South Wales. This is the second quarterly instalment for 2015–16 under the local government Financial Assistance Grant programme.
Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (948)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Australia Institute report on effects of Qld gas developments a warning to NSW

Australia Institute report on effects of Qld gas developments a warning to NSW

By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 19, 2015, 10 p.m Namoi Valley Independent

A NEW report by the Australia Institute highlights the impact unconventional gas developments have on towns in Queensland – and anti-coal seam gas groups in New England say the report is an important warning for NSW.

The report, based on mostly gas industry-funded research, shows local businesses in Queensland CSG regions believe gas development has led to deterioration in their finances, local infrastructure, social connections and labour force skills.

“We can now look at what actually happened to the local economy as a result of the Queensland unconventional gas experiment,” report author Mark Ogge said.

“The results show that expectations of economic benefits largely failed to eventuate.

“Most other industries reported being worse off due to the unconventional gas industry push into their region.”

The report highlighted survey results by the CSIRO that found less than a quarter of people living in unconventional gas regions approved of the industry and only 6 per cent thought it would change their region for the better.

Most other industries reported being worse off due to the unconventional gas industry push into their region.- Mark Ogge

Narrabri farmer and People for The Plains spokeswoman Sarah Ciesiolka said the evidence showed CSG mining was “highly invasive and destructive” to agricultural land and water resources, and was a health risk to communities.

“Now this new report shows it has also created boom and bust towns, with documented large-scale job losses, towns with hundreds of unsaleable and unrentable houses, contractor insolvency, coupled with depleted community services and infrastructure,” Ms Ciesiolka said.

Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (962)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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VTE a little known, but preventable, killer

VTE a little known, but preventable, killer

The facts on VTE were revealed to a large crowd at a public information meeting in Narrabri on Thursday.

Your risk of suffering a dangerous blood clot increases 100 times if you are a hospital patient.

Blood clots, or venous thromboembolism (VTE), is a major preventable health problem in Australia, statistically ahead of AIDS, cancer or car accidents in causing fatalities.

But the risks can be minimised.

The facts on VTE were revealed at a public information meeting in Narrabri last Thursday.

Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Narrabri Showground faces power issues

Narrabri Showground faces power issues

Future heavy power bills on cards for trust.

Narrabri Showground Trust is worried about facing crippling costs in future years as the ageing electricity supply infrastructure at the showground needs replacement.

The Trust was currently confronted with the expense of replacing two condemned power poles at the ground, president Peter Shepherdson said.

The cost will run into many thousands of dollars.

Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Australia Day Award Nominations now open!

Australia Day Award Nominations now open!

Nomination forms must be submitted to Council prior to 5:00pm Friday, 27th November, 2015. NOMINATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Council invites nominations for the 2016 Australia Day Awards in the following categories;

• Young Citizen of the Year –Primary (Primary)
• Young Citizen of the Year –Secondary (Secondary)
• Citizen of the Year 
• Community Event of the Year

Nominations should be on the form provided by Council and abide by the guidelines and selection criteria set for the awards. These forms can be obtained at Council’s Administration Centre, 46-48 Maitland Street, Narrabri, on the Council website www.narrabri.nsw.gov.au, or by calling the Corporate Services Administration Officer on (02) 6799 6832.

The recipients of awards will be decided at the December Ordinary Council Meeting, and the Awards will be presented to the successful candidates during the Australia Day Celebrations on 26th January, 2016. 
Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Pilot wants winch back: Pilliga crash victim fears worst

Pilot wants winch back: Pilliga crash victim fears worst

By Jacob McArthur Nov. 18, 2015, 10 p.m

RESCUED: Glider Paul Mander, pictured with paramedic Scott Hardes, waited for more than two hours to be rescued by the Newcastle Rescue Chopper, after he landed his glider in scrub south of Narrabri.

THE glider pilot who was rescued from the Pilliga Forest on Tuesday has added his voice to mounting calls for winching operations to return to Tamworth’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter base.

Due to the isolated landing site, a helicopter had be to be dispatched from Newcastle to retrieve pilot Paul Mander, who had to “outland” his glider in thick scrub south of Narrabri.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Academic slams local government reforms

Academic slams local government reforms

NSW councils were being forced into amalgamations unlikely to benefit local communities on the basis of flawed methodology, a leading academic has found.
Dr Joseph Drew from the University of New England’s Centre for Local Government said serious flaws in the methodology used by IPART to declare councils fit or unfit raised very real questions, which were being ignored in the government’s rush to amalgamations.
“There are two key questions,” Dr Drew said. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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A Coal Seam Gas Tragedy. Never Again.

A Coal Seam Gas Tragedy. Never Again.

Letter to the Editor of the Northern Daily Leader. by Brett Sanders- Hopkinson 

Brett is a farmer from Tambar Springs who has been a highly vocal opponent of coal seam gas exploration and a critic of what he sees as the exploitation of landholders.

"They are a bunch of liars, cheats and thieves," stated 68 year old cotton farmer, George Bender, towards the coal seam gas (CSG) industry that he had been in battle with for 10 years.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1312)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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NOT-FOR-PROFIT ACCOMMODATION SUBSIDIES TO INCREASE

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ACCOMMODATION SUBSIDIES TO INCREASE

Press Release 18th November

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to boost Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) rebates for patients accessing not-for-profit accommodation.

Mr Humphries said IPTAAS subsidies assist patients who must travel long distances to access specialist medical treatment.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (923)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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