Water bombing tankers Southern Belle, Thor help battle Pilliga bushfires

Water bombing tankers Southern Belle, Thor help battle Pilliga bushfires

By Breanna Chillingworth Jan. 15, 2016, 11:30 a.m. The Northern Leader

UPDATE: The Newell Highway has reopened today after two massive water bombing tankers were called to battle a bushfire burning out of control in the Pilliga Forest.

According to the Rural Fire Service on Friday morning, the bushfire, burning between Narrabri and Coonabarabran, had swelled to almost 8,000 hectares in size after southerly and hot temperatures on Thursday night.

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The vile scourge of ice tortures everyday Aussie families

The vile scourge of ice tortures everyday Aussie families

January 15, 2016 12:00am Miles GodfreyThe Daily Telegraph

A MOTHER who disowned her addict son. The paramedics regularly attacked by drug-fuelled psychos.

A police chief devastated by the impact of drug lords killing his community.

The pregnant addict who turned to prostitution.

A terrified wife who fled the violent husband who cut off her horses’ ears and handed them to her.
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Mega merger a fix for Santos and Origin Energy

Mega merger a fix for Santos and Origin Energy

Angela Macdonald-Smith Energy Reporter SMH

A mega-merger between Santos and Origin Energy could drive $3 billion of cost synergies and help both weather rock-bottom oil prices, according to Credit Suisse.

The deal as envisaged by the bank's energy equities team would involve spinning off Origin's utilities business, while the oil and gas operations would be combined to create "Soritos E&P".

"We are struck by the beauty of both the industrial and political logic to the deal at a time when the companies are on their knees and the east coast market is staring down the barrel of an uncomfortable date with destiny," the analysts said in a note to clients.

A zero-premium merger would be the most logical structure for combining the two companies, which are both suffering from the impact of funding large liquefied natural gas projects in Queensland just as cash flows are being hit by plunging crude oil prices, they said.



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Off-target spray drift costs the cotton industry millions

Off-target spray drift costs the cotton industry millions

By Amelia WilliamsJan. 13, 2016, 5:01 a.m. The Land

A WHOPPING 20 per cent of Australia’s cotton crop has been damaged from off target spray drift this season, costing the cotton industry $20 million to date.

Cotton Australia chief executive Adam Kay said all cotton growing regions in Australia have been affected by off target spray drift this season, with about 60,000 hectares reporting damage.

“I've been in the cotton industry for 30 years, and this is the worst year in memory for spray drift damage to cotton crops, so we are taking this issue extremely seriously,” he said.

Heavy rainfall spurred rapid weed growth across the country, prompting cropping farmers to spray their fallow country.

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Santos hits 20 year low

Santos hits 20 year low

Cameron England The Advertiser Adelaide

Santos shares have hit levels not seen since 1995 as the oil price continues to slide

 

SANTOS shares have plunged to a two-decade low despite vague takeover rumours floating around the market.

Santos stock was hammered on Tuesday, closing 26c, or 8.1 per cent lower at $2.95 — levels it has not touched since late 1995.

The Adelaide company’s shares have basically halved in each of the past two years to January, trading at $12.51 in January 2014 and $6.35 in January last year.

At the current share price, the company is worth about $5.2 billion, well below the value of its investment in its $US18.5 billion Gladstone liquefied natural gas plant, let alone its other assets such as its Cooper Basin oil and gas fields and the Moomba gas plant in South Australia, and its overseas and offshore Australian assets.

There was a rumour that the company was being considered as a takeover target by French oil giant Total — also a partner in GLNG — but those rumours were played down by analysts.

 

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Local Lee Parish joined the Burrumbuttock Hay Run

Local Lee Parish joined the Burrumbuttock Hay Run

To help out with the drought in Queensland.

From the words of Lee Parish it was a 4 day trip of a lifetime.


Just had the biggest 4 days of my life and didn't make one cent from it but I loved every second and I'd do it all again in a heart beat. 


They say money doesn't buy happiness but I say that's xxxx. It cost everyone on the hay run there time and money but there wasn't a person there that wouldn't do it again for the farmers up north. 


I met some amazing people along the way and there were plenty more around here that helped Myself and Wayne get there. 


Lockes mini mart fueled used with energy drinks. Samand all the guys at Kenways serviced the truck. 


Paul and Ren donated the last 30 bails we needed. 


My parents for the fuel that set us off on our way. 


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Friendly Face Helping Hands foundation CEO Nominated for Award

Friendly Face Helping Hands foundation CEO Nominated for Award

Kelly Foran nominated for Regional Woman of the Year.

Congratulations on being nominated for the REX Airlines' Regional Woman of the Year Award. 

You were nominated by Claire Coulton (on behalf of NSW Nationals Women's Council).

We wish Kelly a lot of luck with this award.

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Tribute to Narrabri Tim Bell

Tribute to Narrabri Tim Bell

at the Magic Millions

"I was struggling at the 50m mark and needed something. I'm not sure if it was Rex's training or help from Tim above but we got there" - Jockey Damian Browne pays tribute to Tim Bell after the emotional win of Tinto in the Magic Millions Trophy
Friday, January 08, 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1491)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Agriculture confidence rings in the New Year

Agriculture confidence rings in the New Year

By Jamie BrownJan. 9, 2016, 5 a.m. The Land

WITH rain falling from Collarenebri to the coast this new year has arrived with confidence, despite a consolidation of commodity prices during the latter half of 2015.  

NSW Farmers’ president Derek Schoen, speaking from a tractor on his Corowa property, predicted 2016 would be a “solid year for agriculture”.

“Pieces of the jigsaw are falling into place,” he said.

Our grains remain in vogue – especially chickpeas and mung beans - which should help offset the current global glut in wheat.

The China free trade agreement alone will see the removal of a 2 per cent sorghum tariff which will provide an immediate $7 to $8 per tonne advantage, said GrainGrowers chief executive Alicia Garden.

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Thousands of Wild Dog Baits to be laid

Thousands of Wild Dog Baits to be laid

This year’s offensive will see 16,000 ground baits laid across 160 properties, covering an area of around 260,000 hectares across the Northern Tablelands and North West region.

Landholders are now able to use canid pest ejectors, a new technology designed to specifically target dogs and foxes.

Wild dogs cause an estimated $11 million worth of damage to the state’s primary industries sector every year.

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Women locks on to truck for five hours at Santos Site

Women locks on to truck for five hours at Santos Site

A 54 year old Tweed Heads woman locked herself onto a truck for more than five hours today, protesting Santos’ Leewood water treatment facility near Narrabri.


Mina Hunt and a number of other protesters arrived at the site just before 7 o’clock, claiming ground water was being poisoned by the gas company.

“I’m just an ordinary Aussie mum standing with another Aussie mum from Narrabri, you know, people just really need to wake up and realise how serious this is.”

Police attended the site mid morning and Ms Hunt unlocked herself from the vehicle around midday.


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Tamworth firefighters see drop in fire-related callouts

Tamworth firefighters see drop in fire-related callouts

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

LOCAL firefighters believe their safety messages might finally be getting through to residents, with a drop in the number of fire call-outs last year.

It’s in contrast to state figures for 2015, released this week, which show an increase in the number of accidental fire deaths (17) and house fires (4070), compared to the year before with 12 deaths and 3946 residential fires.

Tamworth FRNSW senior firefighter Rob Gander said locally the overall number of callouts for 2014 and 2015 were about the same, but there had been a slight drop in the number of fire-related incidents they attended. 

“Last year, 18 per cent of our callouts were fire incidents, which is a slight drop from 2014, when 25 per cent of our callouts were fire-related,” he said.

“What that says to me is people are listening to our fire safety message and doing the right thing.”

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Nominate a mobile black spot

Nominate a mobile black spot

By FAIRFAX MEDIA Jan. 7, Extended to the 15th January to nominate

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THE deadline for government funding to fix mobile black spots is approaching fast, and residents across the country are encouraged to make sure they have nominated the worst spots in their area. 

Round two of the Mobile Black Spots Program closes on January 15, with the federal government committing $60 million to improve coverage in areas reported to have poor or no mobile coverage.

The areas to be funded will be selected from the database of mobile black spot areas, nominated by members of the public. The areas are those with poor or no mobile coverage. 

In round one, announced in June 2015, there were 499 mobile base stations to be affected by $100 million in funding. The stations were to either be built or upgraded. 

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Australian Cotton Conference

Australian Cotton Conference

Date confirmed 2 - 4 August

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EPA assessing reports of water run-off from Santos' Leewood site

EPA assessing reports of water run-off from Santos' Leewood site

BY TAWAR RAZAGHI ABC News

The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority is investigating a report of run-off being discharged from a Santos-run site near Narrabri, in northern New South Wales, following recent rainfall.

The environmental regulator received reports of a minor discharge of water from the Leewood site yesterday and contacted the company to discuss how to control it.

The Leewood facility has been the subject of a number of recent protests by anti-coal seam gas activists and the approval of the site's waste water treatment facility is being appealed by the NSW EDO.

The Authority's Northern Branch Director, Gary Davies, said there's little information available about the run-off at the moment, aside from the preliminary reports received from complainants.


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