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Minister appoints Ms Cathy McGowan AO as the new Chair for AgriFutures Australia

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Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr Murray Watt has today welcomed the appointment of Ms Cathy McGowan AO to the position of Chairperson of the AgriFutures Australia Board.

Ms McGowan is a sixth-generation farmer from northeast Victoria and has held various leadership roles in rural and regional organisations, including as President of Australian Women in Agriculture. Ms McGowan was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 and was elected and served in the Australian Parliament as the Federal Member for Indi from 2013 to 2019.

Cannabis crop worth $22 million seized by police at remote property near Narrabri

ABC News 25 November 2022

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Six people will face court today after almost $22 million worth of cannabis plants were seized near the north-west NSW town of Narrabri. 

Police said officers found almost 11,000 cannabis plants and a quantity of cannabis seeds when they raided a remote property on Killarney Gap Road at Rock Creek on Thursday at 3am.

Five men aged 28, 33, 35, 45 and 56 and a 41-year-old woman were arrested.

The six people were charged with knowingly taking part in cultivating large quantities of cannabis and were refused bail.

They will face Tamworth Local Court this morning.

The arrests follow extensive police inquiries that began in September with the formation of Strike Force Lyretrail.

More to come.

Mozzies are everywhere right now – including giant ones and those that make us sick. Here’s what you need to know

Published by The Conversation 18 November 2022

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Like all insects, mosquitoes thrive in warmer weather. But what they really need is water. La Niña rainfall and flooding are providing the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, with numbers exploding in recent weeks.

 

People are also seeing giant mosquitoes, tiny mosquitoes, and species they haven’t noticed before. Some of these mosquitoes are around every season but their numbers are booming, thanks to the favourable conditions.

Australia has around 300 species of mosquito. So which do you need to look out for?

First, let’s go over some mozzie basics.

Community rolls up sleeves for flood assistance in Boggabri

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Boggabri SES put out a call for help in filling sandbags on Sunday morning and Boggabri residents responded en masse.

Boggabri SES member Chris Rixon said the service needed to replenish the stock as, over the past few days, it had used up the supply.

“We filled 170 in Gunnedah a couple of days ago and transported them here, but we have used all of them.

By air or water, school show goes on

Published by NSW Department of Education

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Widespread NSW flooding has seen staff and students use innovative transport solutions to get to school. Linda Doherty and Kerrie O’Connor report.

When Kate Slack-Smith, relieving principal of remote Burren Junction Public School, got stranded by floodwaters, a local farmer and former student came to the rescue to fly her home in his six-seater aircraft.

Mrs Slack-Smith touched down on a farm airstrip to lead her school of 35 students, most of whom have kept attending - rain, hail or shine despite the tiny town, 50 kilometres west of Wee Waa, being surrounded by floods.

Teachers have been hitching a ride on the Wee Waa SES boat to cross the Namoi River and reach the school bus. For farm kids, gum boots have been at the ready to wade through paddocks or into town. Four-wheel-drive buggies are the only way for many farming families to get to school.

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