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Jack O'Brien keeps busy in Walgett while training for Olympics

Western Magazine

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While the town of Walgett may be a long way from Tokyo in Japan, that hasn't stopped Jack O'Brien and his Olympic dreams.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed, so Jack has been spending his time helping out on the family farm.

While his return to the property has been a great help to his family during this time, he has also been working hard in his homemade gym, dedicated to his training on an erg machine.

Jack ordinarily lives in Canberra and as a member of the Australian Rowing Team, is working towards realising his dream of representing his country at the Olympic Games.

"I want to continue with rowing to wherever it takes me," he said.

Santos Narrabri gas project final hurdle looms as Minister sets timeline for IPC determination

ABC

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The fate of a controversial coal seam gas project in north-west New South Wales will be decided within 12 weeks.

Santos's Narrabri Gas Project has received backing from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, recommending its "approval with strict conditions".

After three years of consideration, the department has referred the multi-billion-dollar project to the state's Independent Planning Commission, and Minister Rob Stokes has requested a determination within 12 weeks.

More than 23,000 submissions were made to the department during its assessment.

A public hearing will be held as part of the IPC's deliberations.

Police seize ammunition and cannabis – Central North

Mirage News

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Police seized ammunition and cannabis following a search of a home in the state’s north west last week.

As part of a proactive rural crime operation, officers attached to Central North Rural Crime Prevention Team with the assistance of investigators from Central North Police District, conducted a Firearm Prohibition Order (FPO) at a property on the Castlereagh Highway, Walgett, about 3.55pm on Friday 5 June 2020.

During the search, officers located and seized, two rifle bolts, ammunition, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds.

Walgett Shire Council to paint mural of singer Jimmy Little

Daily Liberal

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The late Aboriginal musician Jimmy Little will soon be part of the NSW silo art trail after Walgett Council chose to recognise his legacy in a mural painting.

Jimmy is from the Yorta Yorta nation and for a time lived in Walgett. He was the first Indigenous Australian to receive mainstream music success.

At a Walgett Shire Council meeting in March, councillors agreed to paint a mural image of Jimmy on the town's water tower.

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