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.

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Police break up CSG blockade

Police break up CSG blockade

By Jamieson Murphy Northern Daily Laeader

ANTI-coal seam gas activists have continued to disrupt Santos activities in the Pilliga forest, staging small protests throughout the week, including a 22-hour blockade of the company’s pilot gas wells that had to be broken up by police.

At 9am on Tuesday, police were called to end the overnight standoff, which started at 10am on Monday.

Santos said the group of eight protesters restricted access at two separate sites where the company was undertaking routine pump maintenance, delaying work for about three to four hours.

“Three of the protesters slept at the site overnight, with another five protesters joining in the morning. When the police arrived, the protesters left the site without incident,” Santos general manager of energy NSW Peter Mitchley said.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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PARK CLOSURE NOTICE

PARK CLOSURE NOTICE

To all public due to Severe Fire Weather Conditions

All Walking tracks & Visitor Areas wihtin the Pilliga Forest have been closed today (Sandstone Caves, Salt Caves and 'Sculptures in the Scrub')

Issued for:  Friday 11th December 2015

Valid until:  Further Notiece

 

For more information please contact:

Baradine Area Office on Ph: (02) 6843 4000

(02) 6843 1370  (emergency AH) or 

The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre Ph: (02) 6843 4011

Thank you - NPWS Area Manager Baradine

 

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Narrabri main street decision gets closer

Narrabri main street decision gets closer

Councillors to consider a report by general manager Stewart Todd on Tuesday.

Options for the future development of Narrabri’s main street, part of the Narrabri CBD Masterplan, will be on the table at Tuesday’s Narrabri Shire Council meeting.

Narrabri Shire Council general manager Stewart Todd confirmed he would present a report to the meeting.

The council is exploring three options for the upgrade of street lighting in the three business blocks.

The options include the installation of lights on the footpaths, lights in the centre of the three blocks and lights interspersed with shade trees in a two metre median strip.

The proposed lighting upgrade has been a contentious issue for many in the community.


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Wednesday, December 09, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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4G coming to Narrabri as tower worked on

4G coming to Narrabri as tower worked on

Telstra team gets to work in Narrabri CBD.

A team of expert aerialists has been at work atop Narrabri’s 50 metre Telstra tower this week to bring improved 4G data and voice communication to Narrabri district customers.

The major expansion of the 4G network is part of upgrades across country NSW, one of the largest and most complex changes to voice calling in the network for more than 40 years.

On Wednesday a giant crane set up next to the tower and work got underway, with the technical team pulling on safety harnesses and climbing to the top of the tower.

The climb and the height would probably unnerve most, but it was routine work for the crew.


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Mystery deepens over missing father

Mystery deepens over missing father

Goondiwindi Argus

THE search for a missing Goondiwindi man in the Pilliga south of Narrabri re-commences today (Wednesday, December 9).

The NSW State Emergency Service and other volunteers had a rest day yesterday after searching thick scrub for the 51 year-old since Wednesday.

They will be joined by Police with sniffer dogs from Sydney tomorrow.

Concern for the father and grandfather, Terry  Lloyd, grew after his car was found abandoned in the Pilliga Forest.

Terry is a familiar face to many in Goondiwindi.

A former local with many family ties, he also worked  for Care Goondiwindi’s Medico Run before it ceased due to lack of funding, and is a man known for his kindness.  

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High Alert - Scammers using local Addresses for Wee Waa and Narrabri

High Alert - Scammers using local Addresses for Wee Waa and Narrabri

This morning we were contacted by a person from another area of the state to say that a person calling himself Williams Alfred wanted to purchase a car that they had not seen and needed her paypal details to do so.  

The Internet coming up to Christmas is a high time for scammers to be active.  This person advertised on Gumtree.  This has happened before with a fictitious advertisement for a job in the area which people fell for and paid money.  This is a serious way to get money and take identity from people.  This guy has even give a drivers license number although it has no letter on the end a sure sign that it is fake.  Below is the email the person received.  Please be alert and aware coming up to Christmas for these online scammers, mostly from overseas. 

 

Hello,Williams Alfred ..My address is 69 Boolcarrol Rd wee waa nsw 2388,My license no is 12944704..With the issue of my details,transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the pick up agent so you don't have to worry about that.,as soon as you send me your PayPal email i will make the payment and you will be notify in your email that the payment have been made.Very easy.For example my PayPal email is williamsalfred7@outlook.com Send me your PayPal email now so i can pay in

Wednesday, December 09, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1791)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 2.0
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Protesters tell Santos to hit the pause button

Protesters tell Santos to hit the pause button

ANTI-coal seam gas activists have followed up on their promise to continue disrupting Santos activities in the Pilliga forest by staging a road blockade at the gates of the energy company’s Leewood wastewater treatment yesterday morning.

About 20 people prevented contractors from entering the site for two and a half hours.

Construction started at the site last week, despite the facility being at the centre of a court battle over the legality of its approval.

Wilalla farmer Alistair Donaldson took part in the protest and said he was “deeply concerned” construction was under way before the outcomes of the court case were determined. “If I was in court about the legality of the development application for my house, do you think I’d be allowed to keep building before the case was determined?” Mr Donaldson said.

“If the court finds that Leewood has not been properly assessed, Santos will have to go back to the drawing board in the assessment process and all the work currently under way will have been completed without  valid approval.

“There’s double standards at play here and Santos should be required to press pause at least until it’s clear its approval is legal.”

Santos general manager of energy NSW, Peter Mitchley, said the protest activity at Leewood had no impact on Santos operations and the company had all approvals in place to undertake the work.

“The Leewood Phase 2 Project was approved following a rigorous and detailed assessment process which was carried out in accordance with the relevant regulatory guidelines.



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North-West farmers say new DroughtHub website "the last thing they need"

North-West farmers say new DroughtHub website "the last thing they need"

By ALEX DRUCE The Land

DROUGHT-ravaged farmers say a new government website will give little comfort to communities devastated by worsening conditions.

Last week Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair trumpeted the arrival of the DroughtHub information portal and NSW Drought Framework flowchart as a one-stop destination for farmers to access drought support and information. 

But Walgett Shire Council deputy mayor Jane Keir said the new internet resource was of little use to locals who were struggling to get back on their feet.  

“The last thing (farmers) need, working on their own out on the farm, is to look at a nice fuzzy website,” Cr Keir said.

Cr Keir called for the government to commit to interest-free loans instead. 

“We don’t want any handouts,” Cr Keir said.  

“We just want interest-free loans we can have a while to pay back. And we don’t want to have to be acrobats to get it.”

Paddocks between Walgett and Bourke are cracked and barren and communities are struggling after four years of horrendous conditions. 

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Boggabri Coal lodges plans for groundwater bores

Boggabri Coal lodges plans for groundwater bores

By Kerrin Thomas ABC

The operators of the Boggabri Coal Mine, located in northern New South Wales, are seeking permission to extract groundwater from a site close to the existing mine.

Boggabri Coal's operators, Idemitsu Australia Resources, want to construct two new water production bores and four back-up bores, to complement two existing bores.

In an application before the Department of Planning and Environment, the company said it needs the bores to ensure the nine megalitres of water the mine requires per day can be sourced.

The water is primarily used for washing coal at the handling plant and for dust suppression.

In its application the company said the groundwater model developed for the proposal identifies the potential for a drawdown of the alluvial aquifers in the vicinity of the bores.

Monday, December 07, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Anti-mining groups and farmers claim hypocrisy over Pilliga gas well fire rules

Anti-mining groups and farmers claim hypocrisy over Pilliga gas well fire rules

By ALEX DRUCE The Land

FRUSTRATIONS are burning over a NSW Rural Fire Act exemption that allows mining companies to burn gas flares during intense fire conditions when farmers are forced to cease harvest. 

The Act says fires are not to be lit or maintained during a total fire ban.

But some mining activities are exempt, with companies allowed to burn gas exhaust through a chimney as long as sparks or incandescent materials can’t escape from the site. 

Anti-mining groups and landowners in fire-prone regions say the rule is hypocritical and potentially dangerous.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said its Special Hazards Working Group found the risk of bushfire from gas wells to be minimal. 

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Search to resume today near Narrabri for missing Qld man Terry Lloyd

Search to resume today near Narrabri for missing Qld man Terry Lloyd

Namoi Valley Independent

AN EXTENSIVE search of bushland near Narrabri is expected to resume this morning to find a missing Queensland man.

Police and emergency services will return to the co-ordinated search zone near Gwabegar in an effort to find Terry Lloyd, who disappeared in late November.

Concerned family and friends reported him missing from Goondiwindi, Queensland, but police said he was last seen in the Pilliga area on November 25.

On December 2, police were called to reports of a car crashed into a tree in the Pilliga Forest, west of Gwabegar, and found a black Toyota RAV4, owned by Mr Lloyd that had hit a tree.

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Great evening for Narrabri Christmas Carols

Great evening for Narrabri Christmas Carols

Perfect conditions for the annual event on the lawns of The Crossing Theatre.

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Can you help Shared Table this Christmas?

Can you help Shared Table this Christmas?

Community kitchen needs donations for its Christmas dinner - and toy appeal.

Narrabri’s own community kitchen is gearing up for another big Christmas lunch - but it needs your help.

Shared Table volunteers are busy organising the free annual event, with more than 70 people already expected at the West Anglican hall from noon on Christmas day.

But they will need to be fed, and that’s where Shared Table is calling for public help.

A donation box has been set up at Woolworths in Narrabri for non-perishable food items.

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Free Webinar - "What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?"

Free Webinar - "What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?"

10.00am-11.00am Eastern Summer Time, Thursday 17 December 2015


In April 2015 the National Mental Health Commission released its National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The review provided
"a strong, achievable and practical plan for modernising and reforming Australia’s mental health system and ultimately improving the lives of millions of Australians".

Last month the Australian Government responded to the Review stating it aimed "to transform Commonwealth mental health funding and leadership over the next three years to achieve a more efficient, integrated and sustainable mental health system and to improve mental health service delivery for Australians".
 
What will the changes mean for mental health services and their clients in rural and remote areas?
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