New Video of local North West Farmers Case IH

New Video of local North West Farmers Case IH

the heart of farming beats red - Case IH Australia TV commercial

We’ve got the land in our blood Not everyone is made like us We’re made to do our best And find ways of doing it better We’re made to know that listening is 
Sunday, December 20, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2344)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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No clarity as water study gets muddy

No clarity as water study gets muddy

Dec. 20, 2015, the Northern Daily Leader.

THE University of NSW has reaffirmed its position that the drop in groundwater levels around Werris Creek are in part caused by the Whitehaven Coal mine, despite an independent state government commissioned report claiming otherwise.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Water commissioned independent expert Noel Merrick to conduct a peer review of the UNSW study, which was done on behalf of Caroona Coal Action Group who have used water concerns at Werris Creek in a campaign against the proposed Shenhua mine.

Dr Merrick’s review confirmed there had been a drop in groundwater levels, but “found no evidence that the declines are due to the mine”.

Instead, Dr Merrick pointed to climatic conditions as the likely cause for the decline.


Saturday, December 19, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Christmas warning for farm visitors

Christmas warning for farm visitors

Racing around on motorbikes, riding horses, swimming in dams and generally getting dirty is a dusty dream-world for the many children visiting farms these summer holidays. But they’re not always as aware of potential dangers as those who live there, so it’s important to set some rules and boundaries to keep everyone safe.

Children under 15 years old make up about 20 per cent of the on-farm deaths in Australia each year, and nearly one-third of those children are visitors, according to the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (ACAHS).

Historically the biggest risk has been drowning, but quad bikes are an increasing issue, with two deaths involving children recorded in the first half of 2015.
Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2381)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Grant Writing Guide now available

Grant Writing Guide now available

The process to complete an application for funding can be challenging and is often approached with a degree of apprehension. RDA Central West has developed a Guide to Successful Grant Writing to help individuals, organisations and communities in our region develop an understanding of how to apply for funding assistance.

 

 

The Guide to Successful Grant Writing will help you to:

  • Identify which grants will support your project.
  • Research and collect background material for your proposal.
  • Clarify the components of grant applications.
  • Learn to write an effective application.
  • Have confidence in the final result.

Download the Guide to Successful Grant Writing


Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (2203)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Pilliga protests set to mount against CSG fields

Pilliga protests set to mount against CSG fields

The Daily Liberal

Protests in the Pilliga Forrest about the region's coal seam gas (CSG) project are only going to get bigger, according to Dubbo resident Dave Mould.

The proposed Narrabri Gas Project area covers about 95,000 hectares of land in and around the Pilliga, south of Narrabri. It is expected to supply up to 50 per cent of NSW's gas needs.

Earlier in the week farmers blocked access to a CSG wastewater plant with a six-metre high wall of hay. There have also been numerous blockades at different work sites.


Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Newsletter

A word from the CEO

Firstly, thanks to those who sent such warm words of welcome in response to my being formally appointed CEO of FRRR – they were greatly appreciated. There is a wonderful legacy on which to build and I am very much looking forward to continuing to grow FRRR and connect even more donors with local leaders to deepen our reach into rural, regional and remote Australia. Recently, we welcomed Dominos as a new partner, and I hope they will be the first of many. 
Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Help save koalas from localised extinction

Help save koalas from localised extinction

By Jamieson Murphy Dec. 12, 2015,

Northerners are being urged to help map the NSW koala population west of the Great Dividing Range to save them from localised extinction.

The Western Woodlands Alliance (WWA) said its project was the first step towards creating a landscape-wide koala park.

The group is calling on people from the New England region to share their memories and records of koalas over the past 50 years.

WWA spokesman Noel Plumb said koalas and their woodland habitats were being lost rapidly due to intensive over-logging, coal mining, coal seam gas extraction, land clearing, and climate change with record drought.

Koala numbers in the Pilliga forest have fallen from about 10,000 to less than 100 in only 20 years, while numbers in the "Koala Capital" of Gunnedah are down significantly.

"Koalas are nearly extinct in the mighty Pilliga forest, after decades of intensive industrial logging and fire management that has put the interests of the logging industry before the wildlife, the woodlands and the safety of the broader community," Mr Plumb said.

Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Teens arrested after brawl turns ugly

Teens arrested after brawl turns ugly

'Ongoing issues' through night leads to charges.

Three Narrabri males, including a 13-year-old boy, were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning after allegedly arming themselves and going to a local house looking for someone they had been arguing with hours earlier.

Inspector Robert Dunn said there had been "ongoing issues" through Friday night with a street fight and cars damaged.

The trio then went to a Park Crescent house and allegedly forced entry after throwing rocks through a window.

Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Narrabri CBD median strip rejected by councillors

Narrabri CBD median strip rejected by councillors

But what will become of the CBD masterplan?

Narrabri Shire councillors have narrowly rejected a median strip with trees and lights on Maitland Street.

But just what will finally happen in the main street is no clearer after councillors did not vote on any of the other options. - a median strip with lights only, footpath lighting and an extension of the footpath and footpath lighting.

They voted 6-5 on Tuesday night not to adopt a recommendation by council officers that Option Three - a 2m median between Bowen and Lloyd Streets containing both lighting and trees - be chosen.

That option would have cost $1.3 million. The council has $1.437 million available.

Before deciding councillors heard arguments by residents and business owners for and against the median strip option.

Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Narrabri paramedic has a 'heart of gold'

Narrabri paramedic has a 'heart of gold'

Liam McDermott awarded for a life-saving mission last year.

Narrabri paramedic Liam McDermott was honoured with a bravery award during a special ceremony in Sydney in October.

He was one of several that were bestowed with a Victor Chang Bravery Award, after his life-saving efforts last year.

Mr McDermott, who was working at Randwick Ambulance Station at the time, was first called to the scene with his partner Richard Torrens, when a young male, Scott Winn, went into cardiac arrest.

“It was around 10pm at night on a busy Oxford Street outside a convenience store in the city,” recalled Mr McDermott.

Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Police investigate armed robbery at Narrabri

Police investigate armed robbery at Narrabri

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed at knifepoint in Narrabri yesterday morning.

About 9.45am yesterday (December 16), a 25-year-old man was walking on Violet Street, when he was approached by a man.

Officers have been told the man threatened him with a knife and demanded his wallet.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (4030)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Healthwise New England North West and Royal Far West

Healthwise New England North West and Royal Far West

Healthy Kids Bus Stop - Wee Waa

Healthwise New England North West was so thrilled to be part of this fantastic initative at the start of the month. Over 72 children showed up to the Healthy Kids Bus Stop in Wee Waa, New South Wales.

Over 54 Children were identified for referrals to local and specialised health services. Well done to everyone involved!

Our Healthy Kids Bus Stop team are making their final visit for 2015 this week in the town of Wee Waa. A huge thanks to all of our supporters who have helped make this visit possible. A special mention to the Hunter New England Local Health District, Healthwise, Auscott, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Wee Waa Public Schoo

Tuesday, December 15, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1928)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce - Mardi Gras

Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce - Mardi Gras

Held Thursday the 10th December

Great evening was held with lots of stalls and chocolate wheel.  Great support for this community event.  Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce do a great job to organise this event.  Thank you to all the shop fronts and stallholders, Lions club, Max Fm, Face painters, Rotary club,the fishing club, grins and giggles photo booth and Santa! You make this night such a success. 
And congratulations to the winners of the shopper dollars! 
$1000 Winner - Kay Wood
$500 Winner - Katlin Manton
$250 Winner - Kathy Allwell

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1564)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF REGIONS TO AUSTRALIA’S PROSPERITY

THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF REGIONS TO AUSTRALIA’S PROSPERITY

Australia’s economic performance of the last 20 years has been unlike anywhere else in the world. This remarkable story has generally been told in terms of industries: the mining boom, the fate of manufacturing in Australia and now, the role of construction and infrastructure investment for our future.

This is an important part of the story – but it is not all.

A spatial perspective reveals many hidden insights about our economy, and its future potential. Far from being a drag on national prosperity as is commonly assumed, regions outside our major cities are an important source of Australia’s economic growth.

Our regions’ workforce accounts for one third of employment in Australia, and regional Australia is at the forefront of output per worker in over a third of industries. Most remarkably, since 2001, regional Australia has gained ground on metro areas in productivity terms in every industry except mining.

The importance of regional Australia to the national economy means that realising the potential of our regions remains critical to securing future prosperity for all Australians. Understanding the scale of this opportunity will be critical for getting things right for Australia as a whole.

click heading to read the full report

Tuesday, December 15, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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No bluffing over Pilliga blockade

No bluffing over Pilliga blockade

The Land Newspaper

FARMERS near the Pilliga Forest are gambling on having their voices heard after they blockaded a CSG wastewater plant with a six-tonne hay bale wall in protest action yesterday.

About 50 farmers, their families and supporters blockaded the access road for Santos’ Leewood CSG wastewater treatment facility near the Pilliga forest with nearly six tonnes of hay bales formed into a six-foot high wall. 

The farmers played poker atop the hay wall and beneath them was a banner stating “Santos: Stop Gambling with our Farming Future”. 

The blockade stopped construction of Phase 2 of the Leewood project yesterday. 

“We simply cannot accept this game of Russian roulette Santos is playing with our groundwater,” said Coonamble farmer Josh Borowski.

“Coal seam gas jeopardises our future as farmers on the land and we are determined to stop Santos and protect our sustainable farming livelihoods. 

“We are utterly opposed to the Santos Narrabri Gas Project proposal in the Pilliga forest.” 

Mr Borowski’s wife, Stephanie, attended the protest with their one-year-old baby and said they could not stand by while the “toxic industry” polluted their environment and contaminated their groundwater.

“We utterly rely on groundwater on our farm – a risk to groundwater is a risk to our future,” she said.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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