Santos faces community opposition to Narrabri gas field

Santos faces community opposition to Narrabri gas field

KATHY FAIRFAX Friday, February 24, 2017

Gas giant Santos’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its proposal to create a gasfield in the Pilliga Forest was made public on February 21, two weeks after it was lodged with the government for assessment. It will be on public exhibition until just April 24.

The EIS shows that Santos still intends to drill coal seam gas (CSG) production wells despite widespread protests over the trouble-plagued Narrabri Gas Project.

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Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for hospitality, retail workers, Fair Work Commission rules

Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for hospitality, retail workers, Fair Work Commission rules

ABC News 24 February

Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for full-time and part-time workers in the hospitality, retail and fast-food industries, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

Key points:

Workers will continue to receive penalties but they will be reduced
Retailers say the decision means they can extend opening hours
Unions say low-paid workers will struggle to make ends meet
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said nearly half a million people, including some of the country's lowest-paid workers, would lose up to $6,000 a year.
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Santos­: Farmers fear One Nation is set to capitalise on CSG

Santos­: Farmers fear One Nation is set to capitalise on CSG

Miles Godfrey, The Daily Telegraph February 22, 2017 12:00am

THE state’s CSG wars have exploded back to life as Santos­ prepares to extract gas in northern NSW despite opposition from farmers who say the issue may give One Nation a foothold.

Santos has lodged plans to drill up to 850 coal seam gas wells across about 1000ha of Pilliga State Forest, south of Narrabri — unlocking half of NSW’s gas needs over the next 20 years and generating $1.2 billion in royalties for the state government. It could also create hundreds of jobs for regional and rural NSW.

“Natural gas has a vital role to play in delivering energy security, while having the additional benefit of being 50 per cent cleaner than coal, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon emissions,” Santos said.
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Santos submits Narrabri CSG plan amid sale speculation

Santos submits Narrabri CSG plan amid sale speculation

Mike Foley The Land 1 February, 2017

AFTER years of delays, gas developer Santos has finally submitted development plans for its Narrabri project in and around the Pilliga forest to NSW government.

The company says the project will deliver supply security and construction jobs to the State. But opponents claim the company is seeking approval to boost the prospects of the project, given Santos has written down the value of the project by $1 billion.

Santos’ major planning assessment document for the project, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), was lodged with NSW Planning on Wednesday morning. The Department typically reviews EIS documents for several weeks before they are made public and submissions are opened.

 

Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher was quoted in a statement on the Australian Securities Exchange which said had “spent time producing a comprehensive EIS so the local Narrabri community and stakeholders can be confident the environment and water will be protected as the project is developed”.

The statement said CSG be located on about 1000 hectares in and around the Pilliga forest near Narrabri. About 60 percent of the project area covers land set aside by State government for forestry, the rest on privately held farmland. Santos signed a statement to government and farm groups which committed not force entry on any privately-held land.

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SANTOS REIGNITE COAL SEAM GAS WAR LODGING PLANS FOR NARRABRI PROJECT

SANTOS REIGNITE COAL SEAM GAS WAR LODGING PLANS FOR NARRABRI PROJECT

The Greens NSW Resources and Energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said today that Santos’ lodgement of plans for their Narrabri project would reignite the war over coal seam gas in NSW and called on the called on the new NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to clarify whether she will support the development of a toxic coal seam gas industry in NSW.

Santos announced today that they have lodged their Environmental Impact Statement for their proposed Narrabri coal seam gas project with NSW Planning as well as a deal with the APA Group to build a new pipeline to connect the project to APA’s existing pipeline between Moomba and Sydney.

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Santos lodges Narrabri Gas Project EIS to trigger NSW’s final CSG showdown

Santos lodges Narrabri Gas Project EIS to trigger NSW’s final CSG showdown

Santos today submitted the State Significant Development Application and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Narrabri Gas Project to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The proposed Narrabri Gas Project, located in North West NSW, could supply up to 50% of NSW gas needs and provide significant benefits to the region and the state more broadly.  Santos will make the gas available to NSW and the east coast domestic market via a pipeline linking into the existing Moomba to Sydney Pipeline. The pipeline will be constructed by APA Group and will be subject to a separate approval. 
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Urban wheat crop grown on Narrabri footpath provides bumper harvest

Urban wheat crop grown on Narrabri footpath provides bumper harvest

Radio Australia By Kristy Reading

A Narrabri man is harvesting the wheat crop he planted on the verge outside of his home.

Guy Roth was sick of weeds growing on the footpath out the front of his Narrabri, New South Wales home, so he decided to do something about it.

"I had nothing but khaki weed, pig weed and bindi-eye," Dr Roth said.


Tuesday, January 03, 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (742)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Farmers urged to register for backpacker tax rate or risk having to withhold higher rate

Farmers urged to register for backpacker tax rate or risk having to withhold higher rate

ABC Rural News

Farmers and labour contractors that employ backpackers are being urged to register with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to take advantage of the new tax rate.
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Business Connect to help NSW Small Businesses

Business Connect to help NSW Small Businesses

New Program

Small businesses are set to benefit from a new $30 million NSW Government investment in Business Connect – a new advisory service specifically designed to help businesses with the digital economy.  Small businesses across Barwon are now able access affordable, high-quality professional advice and specialist digital information since the program launched on January 1.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1148)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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FRRR December News

FRRR December News

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Like most people, the FRRR team is certainly having a busy run right to the end of the year! It's a heady mix of assessing grants and planning for the New Year.

In November, FRRR and Schools Plus co-hosted a joint meeting of the Philanthropy Australia Rural and Education Funder Groups. We presented the outcomes of a research collaboration between FRRR, Schools Plus, Myer Foundation and VFFF, with the support of skilled volunteers from Origin Foundation. We shared data to build a collective picture of what rural schools and non-profits are seeking support for and where grants are being directed, in an effort to better understand the issues and needs in rural education and the contribution being made by the philanthropic sector.

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Welcome to our Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Welcome to our Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland NSW

Welcome to our new Funding Opportunities Newsletter where you’ll find details of selected grant submissions from around the region.

Our regular newsletter will be along in January, but this new edition will occur in the middle of the month, every month.

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Farmers and beekeepers urged to use BeeConnected

Farmers and beekeepers urged to use BeeConnected

Cotton Australia News Flash

Cotton Australia has joined with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) in calling on all farmers and beekeepers to use BeeConnected to better communicate with each other to protect bees and crops.
Farmers and beekeepers should use this checklist:
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Santos v People: court case date

Santos v People: court case date

By Jamieson Murphy Feb. 8, 2016, 9:30 p.m. The Northern Daily Leader

A DATE has been set for Santos and People for the Plains to battle it out in court.

The two-day court case will by heard by the NSW Land and Environment Court on April 6 and April 8.

The local anti-coal seam gas (CSG) group will argue the approval for the gas company’s Leewood facility in the Pilliga forest is illegal.

Under NSW planning laws, CSG explorations works don’t need development consent.

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Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.

Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.

Congratulations to the tireless team!

Boggabri Drovers' Campfire snagged a silver in the Festivals and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night. Congratulations to the tireless team!


Image from Namoi Valley Independent

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A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

A 'TAH ON THE RISE: Coonamble's Hanigan joins Super Rugby Club for 2016 season

Local Coonamble/Pilliga Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad

Local Coonamble/Piliga, Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad to represent the Waratahs this season.

Last year he played in the under 20's side and toured OS with them. After watching many games with him in it at St Josephs College, Hunters Hill it's nice to see the hard work pay off.

A great career for an outstanding sportsman.

Congratulations Ned.

From the Daily Liberal

NED Hanigan is a star on the rise.

The Coonamble boy earned Australian Schoolboys selection in 2013, and last year represented Australia at the World Rugby 20s Championships in Italy, where he was named Australia's MVP.

Now his career has soared to new heights, with Hanigan elevated into the core training squad for the NSW Waratahs just before Christmas.

"I think it was a bit surreal," he said.

"Daryl (Gibson, Waratahs head coach) called me into his office and said 'you've been training well and we want to pull you on full-time'.

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