Spring Plains Hall Receives Funding

Spring Plains Hall Receives Funding

Community Building Partnerships program - NSW Government

The funding is part of the Community Building Partnerships program, a NSW Government initiative which aims to create more vibrant communities by supporting projects that deliver positive social, environmental, inclusive or recreational outcomes.
Sunday, December 11, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1110)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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A state divided: parts of NSW 'recession-hit' as Sydney booms

A state divided: parts of NSW 'recession-hit' as Sydney booms

Sydney Morning Herald Matt Wade

A yawning growth gap has opened between city and country as Sydney's dynamic economic hubs streak ahead of the rest of the state.

Economic growth in Sydney averaged 2.2 per cent between 2012 and 2015, while regional areas of NSW contracted by 0.3 per cent in that period, research by SGS Economics and Planning has revealed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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The One Huge Change That EVERY P-Plater Needs To Know About

The One Huge Change That EVERY P-Plater Needs To Know About

newsroom by Deidre Fogarty

There are important changes coming into effect for provisional licence holders, and they're happening soon.
Sunday, November 27, 2016/Author: Student Work Experience/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair describes Northern Basin Review as "double-edged sword"

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair describes Northern Basin Review as "double-edged sword"

By Lucy McNally Updated yesterday at 7:21pm

The MDBA is proposing to remove more productive water from the Namoi & this will impact Wee Waa. Despite finding the state has already been over-recovered.

The term "productive water" refers to water used to grow food and fibre. When water is returned to the environment — and becomes "unproductive" — job opportunities are reduced and in the next drought this is when these reductions will bite hard in Wee Waa.



The New South Wales Government has criticised the Murray Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA) long-awaited Northern Basin Review, saying it is unfair on farmers in the north of the state.


The authority has recommended a reduction in water recovery targets from 390 gigalitres to 320 gigalitres, amid plummeting employment in some communities where water has been taken from farmers and returned to the environment.

The recommendations were part of the MDBA's review, which looked at the socioeconomic impact of the Murray Darling Basin Plan on communities in southern Queensland and northern NSW.

In NSW, employment in Collarenebri fell by 21 per cent, and 11 per cent in Warren under the plan, which was implemented in 2012.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Northern Basin Review fails communities: time to have your say

Northern Basin Review fails communities: time to have your say

A coalition of a dozen industry and community groups - including Cotton Australia - has rejected proposed changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, saying the proposal to reduce the water recovery target from 390 GL to 320 GL in the north would still take too much water from production and hurt communities as a result.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (802)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Water Act changes welcome, but focus needs to shift to Northern Basin: cotton

Water Act changes welcome, but focus needs to shift to Northern Basin: cotton

Media Release from Cotton Australia

Australia's cotton industry has welcomed the passage of changes to the Water Act through Federal Parliament, which will grant an additional year to find water-saving projects to implement the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP).
 
The legislation changes the operation of the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) Adjustment Mechanism with the intention of eliminating water purchases in the Southern Basin.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1112)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Testing on 88.0 around Wee Waa

Testing on 88.0 around Wee Waa

88.0 testing Wee Waa and  surrounds over the next few months.  Moree news soon........

For More information visit. www.xrn.com.au

Wednesday, November 09, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (787)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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New Program to Drive Home Road Safety to Regional Apprentices

Apprentices studying at TAFE NSW campuses across the electorate will now be taught lifesaving road safety skills as part of a new program designed to save young lives on NSW roads.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (704)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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NSW Healthy Town Challenge is on Again

NSW Healthy Town Challenge is on Again

Small rural communities can now apply for NSW Healthy Town Challenge funding of $15,000 each for 2017. Grants are available for five towns in NSW to organise healthy eating active living projects, with the winner receiving an extra $5,000 to spend on improving the healthy living environment.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (820)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Narrabri landowners' appeal of Santos water treatment facility begins in NSW

Narrabri landowners' appeal of Santos water treatment facility begins in NSW

By Natasha Robinson Posted yesterday at 2:23pm ABC News

Landowners from Narrabri on the state's north west slopes are asking the NSW Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that gives the green light to a controversial water treatment facility. 

Gas giant Santos has been given approval to operate the facility, which would treat wastewater and brine from coal seam gas exploration activities near the Pilliga State Forest.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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.

Sunday, February 07, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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

Sunday, February 07, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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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Saturday, February 06, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Friendly Face Helping Hands Foundation gets a helping hand

Friendly Face Helping Hands Foundation gets a helping hand

Landmark Classic Sales Tamworth Saturday 6th February

Yesterday we attended Landmark Classic sale and spent the day with Mark and Shelley Ruff who had donated 10% of the sale profits for an amazing horse called Bulla Ava. Ava sold for $25,000 which was amazing. 7 years ago I decided that I needed to help and support people who had medical incidents or accidents. I was selfish in that I needed to feel worthy and I also felt I was given a second and third chance and others just don't get another chance so I needed to feel that I was helping others and making a difference. This year Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is 5 years old and the people we have helped the lives we have saved has been overwhelming over 50,000 people have been helped and supported. But what I did not think would happen would be the amazing building of this foundation many businesses are built on bricks, mortar, statistics and projected income. Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is built on love, friendships, honesty, integrity and understanding. Our walls are the hands of friends we have found along the way and our foundations are strong and supportive and built to last. I started this to help others but it is me who has been helped most my life is so full of beautiful People who have become my friends and the walls of our Foundation. Many people have a few friends our foundation is so blessed to be a network of friends who volunteer work and support. Just this week we need to thank these amazing friends for all the support 
Mark and Shelley Ruff
Anna Moulder and Kelly Fuller ABC radio
Jenny Dillion and Kylie Galbraith The Northern Daily Leader, Mark Barton Landmark, Anita Osbourne and Murry Wilton Royal Agriculture Show Sydney Royal Easter Show and Tim OBrien Australian Agriculture Show Society. Allana McIntire A Pollocrosse Affair. Thank you for the friendship we are strong and with your friendship we will keep fighting and help any more people. From our hearts Thank You...
Friday, February 05, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1288)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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