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.

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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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DROVERS’ CAMPFIRE TO BENEFIT FROM $10,000 FUNDING

DROVERS’ CAMPFIRE TO BENEFIT FROM $10,000 FUNDING

Winner Again.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres announced today that Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire will receive NSW Government funding under the 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program, which aims to increase visitation to the fabulous festivals of regional NSW.

The Drovers’ Campfire event plays an important role in Boggabri’s economy, helping to attract people to the beautiful area and also showcasing what is unique about our region.

In 2015 over 2,200 people attended the event, which has grown considerably since being established in 2006.

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I live daily with the stress that farmers are powerless to refuse access to coal seam gas

I live daily with the stress that farmers are powerless to refuse access to coal seam gas

Sara Ciesiolka Opinion piece in The Guardian today

Farmers and traditional land owners are petitioning the Coag meeting of mining and energy ministers to control their livelihood, and their land

As a large scale food producer on the extremely valuable and productive lands just downstream from the largest of the State’s proposed gas hotspots at Narrabri, I live daily with the knowledge, and the stress, that ultimately we are powerless to refuse access for coal seam gas extraction on our land.

This is land that we have successfully toiled over for generations to build into a sustainable and productive enterprise capable of feeding hungry mouths both at home and abroad.

For our city cousins, it’s like someone knocking on your front door, demanding to be let inside, and taking up residence in your living room and making a mess. Sometimes they don’t even bother to knock.

The balance of power is skewed heavily in favour of the coal seam gas companies, who have all the rights, against individual landholders, who have nothing but risk.

On Friday there is a meeting of Council of Australian Governments (Coag) mining and energy ministers, and federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg has promised landholders that the issue of a farmer’s right to say ‘no’ will be on the agenda.

Seventy-nine farmers, landholders and traditional owners, including myself, from every state and territory across Australia have sent a letter to minister Frydenberg and the state ministers, calling on them to grant us this right.

The signatories include beef graziers, wine-makers, and landholders struggling in the centre of the Queensland gasfields, the coalfields of the Hunter Valley, and traditional owners from the Kimberley, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

In NSW, Santos and AGL have signed an agreement not to enter freehold landagainst the express wishes of an individual landholder. But this agreement only covers drilling activities, not the extensive range of critical infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines which are essential to coal seam gas extraction.&

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Veronica Dewar wins SIAHTO award

Veronica Dewar wins SIAHTO award

Narrabri SIAHTO Woman of the Year is announced.

Veronica (Ronnie) Dewar has been named Narrabri SIAHTO Woman of the Year.

The award is recognition for community service over a long period.

SIAHTO, which stands for Self Improvement and Help to Others, was established in 1973 and the award has been a tradition since 1982.

“SIAHTO wishes to recognise these women who epitomise the aim of the club and work tirelessly and silently giving themselves in helping others,” president Tricia Mackereth said.

“Many have contributed and been involved in charity and social work within our community.”

Mrs Dewar has a long list of accomplishments.

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Narrabri starts junior fire brigade

Narrabri starts junior fire brigade

With the state championships to be held in Narrabri next year, the time is ripe for a junior fire brigade.

It’s not every day Narrabri gets to host a state championship event, and it has had a spinoff.

The Narrabri Rural Fire Service has started up a junior section, for those aged 12-15 years old.

Brigade deputy captain Tim Baxter said there had been some interest in a junior brigade so “we thought we’d capitalise on that”.

“We wanted to find out whether kids who were interested and wanted to have a go would learn and be part of it,” he said.

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North West Local Land Services Tree Give away

North West Local Land Services Tree Give away

Free trees available from North West Local Land Services

Yes, that's right - the ‪#‎TreeGiveaway‬ is here again!

If you are keen to plant a few native trees in our region, then take a look at the details attached.

Expressions of interest are being taken until 12 February 2016.


North West Local Land Services is seeking requests from landholders, nongovernment organisations,
government departments, clubs, schools and community groups for free trees.

• trees will be available for pick up in winter 2016
• all species are native to North West NSW and come in hiko trays
• over 30 different species available
• up to 1000 trees available per request
• to apply, complete all sections over page.

Requests must be submitted by the 12th February 2016

Wednesday, December 02, 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1699)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Farmers plead for right to ‘no’

Farmers plead for right to ‘no’

By Jamieson Murphy Northern Daily Leader

NORTHERN landholders want the NSW government to give them the right to say no to mining companies, when the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Energy Council meets this week.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will hold discussions with his state counterparts, including NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts, on Friday.

Gunnedah farmer and Mary’s Mount Protection Alliance chairman Phil Herbert said it was vital the meeting delivered tangible action and gave farmers, landholders and traditional owners the power to refuse mining companies access to their land.

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AMCA Nationals - Cartwright Collects Win

AMCA Nationals - Cartwright Collects Win

Totally Speedway great writeup on the Newtown Park Speedway Narrabri

The strong start to the 2015-16 season continued for Shane Cartwright when he last Saturday night at Narrabri’s Newton Park Speedway triumphed in the feature race.

Despite it only being Cartwright’s second outing of the season and his first visit to the Newton Park Speedway track, he qualified third for the feature race after a third, win and a DNF (due to front-end damage after a collision with John Markulin) in his three heat races. From the drop of the green flag, Cartwright managed to work his way into the lead by the completion of the opening lap and that was where he stayed until the fall of the chequered flag.

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Shire Snapshot Photography Competition

Shire Snapshot Photography Competition

Entries are now open for the Shire Snapshot Photography Competition! 

Get out and get snapping and send them into Council to be in the running to win great cash prizes! 

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