Namoi News

Roy Butler MP Member for Barwon

Namoi News

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May

2020

All controversial projects determined in 12 weeks, Minister demands

The Independent Planning Commission will have 12 weeks to decide whether to approve controversial developments and mining projects, as part of the government's push to ensure timely decision-making.

The three-month timeframe will now apply to all projects for which the commission must hold public hearings, not just the controversial Narrabri Gas Project which was capped at 12 weeks earlier this year.

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May

2020

Inland Rail: Narrabri to host biggest logistics hub in the North West says GM

The huge industrial estate set to become Narrabri's "inland port" will be even bigger than initially predicted as council seeks to take advantage of the Inland Rail project.

Narrabri Shire Council General Manager Stewart Todd revealed the council are considering buying extra land for the project. 

Doing so would make the business park "the premier industrial and logistics hub development in North West NSW," he said in an announcement online.

The $9.3 billion Inland Rail project, which will link Brisbane and Melbourne by train, is set to start work in Narrabri later this year.

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May

2020

Showground upgrades welcomed for Narrabri, Boggabri

He founded an event many mark in their calendars once a year, and despite having to cancel this year's Drover's Campfire, Geoff Eather says upgrades to the Boggabri showgrounds will be "perfect".

These grounds, as well as their Narrabri counterpart, are set to receive a face-lift thanks to funding announced by the NSW Government.

"The upgrades they are working on will make a big difference," Mr Eather said.

"They [facilities] were getting rather old, and well and truly due for an upgrade, so it's great news. 

"Hopefully we will have a lot better facilities once we return next year, bigger and better."

Boggabri Showground's seating will be redone with brand new aluminium seating, the control tower will be repaired, four sets of access steps will be replaced for the toilet block, with an underground power supply installed to an onsite water pump.

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May

2020

Boggabri community welcomes start date of Idemitsu's child care centre build

She's been one of many working for almost 10 years to get a childcare centre to Boggabri, and says the upcoming build is ' just fantastic'.

Catherine Collyer's patience and persistence have paid off, and says the flow-on effects of having the first child-care centre in town will benefit the not just families, but the wider community and region.

"I can't wait," she enthused.

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May

2020

Hot Kitchen Trends This Year

The kitchen is considered the heart of every home. With everyone forced to stay indoors to slow down the spread of COVID-19, kitchens are seeing more traffic than any place in the house.  In addition to preparing meals, most people prefer to eat, talk, and even work at the kitchen table, a reason you might want to consider a kitchen renovation. Depending on the condition of your kitchen, a few simple upgrades should give it a fresh new look and improved functionality. 

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May

2020

WORKING FROM HOME WORKS – IT’S TIME FOR THE BUSH TO TELECOMMUTE

If there is one positive from the COVID-19 pandemic it’s the widespread realisation that working from home works, says Member for Barwon, Roy Butler.

Mr Butler is calling on the NSW Government to review the suitability of all Public Sector positions for telecommuting, and introduce new requirements for Public Sector roles to be advertised as ‘suitable for telecommuting’. 

The way roles are currently advertised, shows a geographic area where the role is based, inhibiting the attraction of the best possible candidate, no matter where they call home.

“COVID-19 has meant more and more people have shifted to working from home, with videoconferencing for team meetings, and remote access tokens bringing the office to people’s dining room tables and study’s.

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Apr

2020

Running a Small Business: How to Reduce Outgoings and Boost Profits

Do you run a small business?

 

Among all the challenges of a small business, perhaps the most important to overcome is that of cash flow. Some business owners seek real guidance from those who have survived a similar situation and have experienced big business success in the end.”

 

Money tips for small businesses can help you thrive in today's tough economy.

 

These tips represent real ideas to help you lower your overheads and cut your costs while still reaching your target consumer base and growing your business.

 

 

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Apr

2020

Boggabri child care centre: Tamworth builder to construct facility

A Tamworth construction company will build Boggabri's first child care centre.

Idemitsu named Greg Bartlett Construction of Tamworth as the successful tenderer for the long-awaited facility on Friday, and said work is expected to start in May.

The 397 square-metre centre, on the corner of Brent and Oakham streets, will cater for children aged 0-5 and provide after-school care for students aged 6-12.

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Apr

2020

Love thy Farmer advocating for rural communities

Growing up with cotton and wool at their fingertips, it's no surprise Sarah Wilson and Melinda Palmer would one day find themselves with a business showcasing one of Australia's great fibres. 

The pair recently launched Love thy Farmer, a business which is clearly founded on a passion for farming, rural communities and natural fibres.

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Apr

2020

5 Ways To Prepare Your Child for Preschool

How to reduce anxiety and replace it with smiles

Is your little one heading off to preschool soon?

Preparing your child emotionally for pre-school can be a challenge. Between getting them ready (as well as yourself) there are a number of steps you’ll need to take to make sure everyone gets through with as few moments of stress as possible.

Find out here!

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Apr

2020

New study reveals the true cost of trade barriers and subsidies to Australian agriculture

As Australia looks to renegotiate trade partnerships with key global markets, a new study reveals the impact of global farm subsidies and agricultural trade policies on the competitiveness of Australia’s rural industries. 

Trade barriers and domestic subsidies have always been part of global farm policies but, since the 2000s, their impact on Australia’s global competitiveness has not been quantified. A new AgriFutures Australia-funded study fills a knowledge gap in the current cost of trade subsidies, arming our rural industries and governments with evidence to inform trade negotiations and policy discussions going forward.  

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Mar

2020

5 Driving Tips To Stay Safe At The Roundabout

Some non-Corona Virus advice to get you through the day

The news is full of Covid-19 right now, but there are other dangers in the world that YOU need to look out for.

One of the greatest dangers comes in the form of your very own car (or someone else’s)

Approximately 40% of all car accidents happen at intersections, with most of these resulting in serious injuries.  

Roundabouts, however, make intersections much safer.

Here's how to stay safe driving around the roundabout.

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Mar

2020

Tamworth braces for shutdown: 12 more coronavirus cases diagnosed in Hunter New England Health district

Northern Daily Leader - Madeline Link

ANOTHER 12 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus [covid-19] at the weekend in the Hunter New England Health district, bringing the total to 30.

The news comes as Premier Glady Berejiklian announced today that NSW would go into "comprehensive shutdown" of non-essential services.

"Tonight I will be informing the National Cabinet that NSW will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services," she said.

Supermarkets, petrol stations, pharmacies and convenience stores, freight and logistics and home delivery will remain open.
The shutdown will take place over the next 48 hours.

Schools will be open on Monday but Ms Berejiklian is expected to make more comment on that in the morning.

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Mar

2020

Don’t panic: Aussie farmers have your back

National Farmers

Fears of a coronavirus lockdown have left supermarket shelves looking empty, but there is plenty of food to go around.

Thanks to our world-class farmers, Australia is one of the most food-secure countries on Earth.

Between 80-96% of the food on our supermarket shelves is Aussie grown. In fact our Australian farmers produce enough food to feed 75 million people.

That’s triple Australia’s population!

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Mar

2020

NFF welcomes Basin report's focus on community & solutions

National Farmers

The National Farmers Federation has welcomed the release of the Murray Darling Basin Social and Economic Assessment Panel Draft Report.

Led by an independent panel comprised of Basin industry leaders, the report highlights the experiences of communities and how they have been affected by the myriad of reforms to water management in the Basin.

“The report’s findings are similar to the messages the NFF heard on our tour across the Basin last month: there is a need to bring communities back to the heart of the conversations and actions that ultimately impact their futures.”

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Mar

2020

Independent Planning Commission examining process surrounding Vickery mine and Narrabri gas field projects

Northern Daily Leader - Billy Jupp

The Coronavirus pandemic means the Independent Planning Commission will not be scheduling any public consultation meetings into two of the region's biggest proposed projects, for the foreseeable future.

The IPC has been asked to hold hearings for both Whitehaven Coal's Vickery coal mine extension project and Santos' Narrabri gas fields project.

However, due to the federal government's restrictions around public gatherings and social distancing, the IPC is unable to plan any public meetings at this stage.

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13

Mar

2020

Wee Waa Keno win: Man takes home $150,000 at Imperial Hotel

The Northern Daily Leader

A Wee Waa man's dream of owning his own home has now become a reality after winning close to $150,000 on Keno over the weekend.

The player held a Keno 9 Spot winning entry on Saturday and took home $147,817.40.

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13

Mar

2020

Bye bye Wee Waa

Farm Weekly

Namoi Cotton has cut its management ties with its Wee Waa birthplace, announcing it has officially shifted its registered head office north of the NSW-Queensland border to Toowoomba.

The cotton processing and marketing company, which has been run from its Toowoomba corporate office since 2003, was founded by pioneering Namoi Valley cotton growers in 1962, with its first gin opened a year later by then NSW Premier, Jack Renshaw.

As the company grew to establish gins across NSW and marketing operations overseas its corporate business headquarters was first moved to Sydney in 1989, although its kept its registered office roots in the Namoi Valley.

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12

Mar

2020

Narrabri Gas Project about to enter last stage of assessment

Jamieson Murphy - Queensland Country Life

THE NSW government is nearly ready to pass over its assessment of the controversial Narrabri Gas Project to the independent body that will have the final say on the development.

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes formally requested to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) to hold a public meeting in Narrabri, in anticipation of his department wrapping up its assessment.

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Mar

2020

Top 5 Tips For A Successful Australian Partner Visa Application in 2020

Are you in the process of sponsoring your partner or getting sponsored for a partner visa? 

Here are the top 5 tips to help you prepare your application and ensure a smooth process from start to finish.

 

 

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28

Feb

2020

Applications open for Future Cotton Leaders Program

Media Release 28 February 2020

The next generation of leaders within Australia’s cotton industry is encouraged to apply for a premier leadership program.

Applications for the 2020 Australian Future Cotton Leaders Program (AFCLP) opened today, with 15 spaces available.

AFCLP is funded by Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC). It is for emerging leaders and is delivered every two years. The 2020 edition will be the seventh time the program has been run.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said the AFCLP supports individuals to realise their commitment to creating and leading change in the cotton industry.

“The key goal of the AFCLP is to support those emerging leaders in developing their leadership knowledge, skills and experience,” Mr Kay said.

“Australian agriculture, including our industry, is experiencing a significant amount of change at the moment, and this program is a proactive way to support growers in developing into leaders, advocates and influencers of positive change within Australian cotton.”

 

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Feb

2020

How To Overcome Exam Anxiety: 10 Tips And Tricks

Unlock the secrets behind the best test results possible

You’ve studied well.

You know your stuff and you’re feeling confident heading into the exam.

Suddenly, your mind is racing and your heart beating out of your chest.

Sound familiar?

It's called 'Exam Anxiety' and here's how you overcome it in 10 simple steps.

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13

Feb

2020

5 Reasons You Need A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

(How to save time, money and headaches)

Want to make sure you’re making the right choice when purchasing a new home? 

While a building inspection may seem like one of the more tedious tasks of buying a house, it can be a godsend.  

This inspection is the property version of a test drive. The inspector will tell you whether the property is worth the price or if you should be buying it at all. 

Here's why a pre-purchase building inspection is a must in 2020.

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7

Feb

2020

Let’s talk about gas: It’s expensive, dirty and struggling to compete with batteries

David Leitch Renew Economy

1) The world no longer has the head room to use gas a transitional fuel. If gas replaced all coal in electricity generation, an impossibility in of itself, the world would still have well over 2°C of average global warming.

The idea of gas as a “transition” fuel arose in the time when wind and solar energy were expensive and little used. But we have passed that point. The cost of solar has plunged 90 per cent in the past decade, wind more than 60 per cent. Exactly what role is gas supposed to serve in electricity generation in Australia?

2) Extracting gas from the Narrabri field in NSW at the mooted rate of 60 petajoules (PJ) a year is likely to require a price of at least $6 a gigajoule, and probably more like $7-$8 GJ to be economic. Imported LNG is likely to cost a bare minimum of $A7.50/GJ and no-one’s going to build an import terminal without a higher price than that. Nor do we see Narrabri as increasing price competition, mainly because its owned by Santos, and so the producer oligopoly remains in place.

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Feb

2020

$3 billion gas deal labelled a 'bribe' to approve Narrabri gasfield

Jamieson Murphy - Northern Daily Leader

FEARS have been raised the independent approval process of the controversial Narrabri Gas Project has been destroyed by a $3 billion deal, which some have labelled a "bribe".

The state government has committed to injecting an additional 70 petajoules (PJ) of gas per annum into the east coast market in return for $3 billion from the Commonwealth government.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged two possibilities to supply the gas; import it or source it from the yet-to-be-approved Santos Narrabri Gas Project, which will create 70 PJ a year.

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Feb

2020

Eight 'leaks' discovered as second CSG hearing gets underway

STATE government officials will be grilled about a number of "leaks" at Santos' Narrabri Gas Projects at a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday.

It's the second hearing into whether the NSW Chief Scientist's 16 coal seam gas recommendations have been implemented by the NSW government, after the first hearing in December was described as a "train wreck", with many questions going unanswered.
The first hearing did uncover that eight leaks at the Narrabri Gas Project were found by the NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during 2018-19.

Two of the leaks were repaired within 24 hours, however the EPA is still investigating if the remaining six were "gas releases" that were part of the wells' operation or whether they "should be classified as leaks and further action taken".

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Jan

2020

Narrabri farmers feel 'sold out' by federal-NSW energy deal that boosts gas supply

Guardian Adam Morton, Lisa Cox and Anne Davies Fri 31 Jan 2020 19.39 AEDTLast modified on Fri 31 Jan 2020 20.56

Farmers near the proposed Narrabri gas development in northern New South Wales fear they will be “sold out” by a federal-state energy deal that promises to dramatically increase supplies of the fossil fuel in the state.

Announcing the $2bn deal alongside the prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Friday, the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, nominated Santos’s long-promised Narrabri coal-seam gas project as a way to deliver 70 petajoules of new gas a year as promised under the agreement.

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Jan

2020

Expression of Interest Temporary Classroom Teacher K-6, Burren Junction Public School, 2020. Full Time (preferred) or Part Time position

Burren Junction Public School Teacher position

Expressions of interest are invited from qualified teachers interested in a career opportunity relieving in the position of classroom teacher, K-6, for the 2020 school year (with the possibility of an extension). The position will be located at:
Burren Junction Public School, NSW 7 Alma Street, Burren Junction, 2386
School Information
Burren Junction Public School has an enrolment of 40 students, with 3 multi-grade / stage classes. The school is situated in the rural community of Burren Junction, located 40 minutes west of the township of Wee Waa.

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30

Jan

2020

Yarrie Lake Test Bore Update

Wee Waa and Narrabri

With a few stories doing the rounds, I just wanted to clear up a few points. 
• We have permission from the Yarrie Lake Trust to drill a test bore.
• A grant is available to more than cover the cost.
• Drilling to a max depth of 400m to hopefully tap into the warm bore water of the Great Artesian Basin.
•DPI do not see the lake as a fish habitat and have no issue with the project.

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Jan

2020

Narrabri is critical': CEOs back east coast fracking as PM steps on gas

SMH By Colin Kruger January 30, 2020

The chief executives of Santos, Beach Energy and manufacturer Qenos have backed calls by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to open up gas markets on the east coast, noting it would help lower energy prices.

Qenos boss Stephen Bell warned that gas-based manufacturing doesn't have a long-term future on the east coast unless a solution is found that will offer a reliable supply of cheaper gas.

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Jan

2020

5 Simple Habits For a Long and Happy Marriage

Relationship rules you can apply today

Are you happy in your marriage?

Certain habits will either make or break your relationship. 

Many people, however, only learn how to co-exist with their spouses after they get into a marriage. Making an effort to establish healthy boundaries and habits before getting into a relationship can be the difference between a sad and happy marriage.  

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Jan

2020

3 Things You Must Consider Before You Book Your Next Snow Holiday

Written by David Green

Author: David Green

 

Booking a trip to the snow can be a daunting task. It can feel like there are a million different options with so many variables that layer over the top. Getting the right advice can also be tough. Now to put all of those things aside, these are the 3 key things you need to consider before you book your next snow holiday (and have a blast).

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15

Jan

2020

Seven (Surprising) Health Benefits Of Drinking Wine

That will inspire you to pour a glass

We have all heard that one glass of wine from time to time isn’t bad for health, but how exactly does wine contribute to health? 

The answers appear to be almost endless as new studies continue to continually back up the health benefit claims of drinking wine moderately. 

From attacking cancer cells to a decreased mortality rate, a glass of wine a day has proven to be good for your body both now and in the long run. 

By sipping a glass of chilled white or red wine, here is how you will be helping your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

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26

Nov

2019

5 Important Benefits Of Choosing A Gluten-Free Diet

Ever wondered what the fuss was about the gluten-free diet?

There's actually a variety of health benefits to be had from eliminating gluten from your diet.

From increased energy levels to greater digestive comfort. There's plenty more that come with this great health move!

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14

Oct

2019

Dylan Smith U17 National Cricket Championships🏏 congrats on your efforts. The Raffle Results

Dylan Smith U17 National Cricket Championships🏏

⭐️Raffle Winners Announcement⭐️

Kindly drawn by Roxanne Bushby Whitton😊

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Oct

2019

Migration roundtable to address skills shortage

RDA Orana will host a two-day discussion focussed on migration as part of the organisation’s commitment to regional workforce shortages.

“Locally-led migration strategies have provided a response to issues facing rural and regional communities, including shifts in workforce and population,” RDA Orana Director for Regional Development Megan Dixon said.

The event will begin with an employer forum to discuss visa options for employers who may be interested in hiring migrant workers. This will be followed by a workshop about migrant experiences and a roundtable to look at regional settlement.

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3

Oct

2019

Walgett Memorial Pool Now Open

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3

Oct

2019

Closure of Collarenebri Boat Ramp

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3

Oct

2019

Level 5 Water Restrictions for Collarenebri

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3

Oct

2019

Boil Water Alert Lifted for Walgett

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Oct

2019

Walgett Quarterly News from Walgett Shire Council

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Sep

2019

Service station in Narrabri held up with knife

Two men threatened a service station worker with a knife in a frightening early-morning attack in Narrabri today.

Police are investigating after the incident about 4.40am at the Newell Highway business, in which the men held the employee at knifepoint.

The thieves demanded money and cigarettes, but the employee was not harmed.

The men left the station with a cash and cigarettes and were last seen running north through bushland towards Kelvin Vickery Avenue.

Officers attached to Oxley Police District attended and established a crime scene at the service station.

Police wish to speak with the occupant/s of a white, older-model ute seen driving from the location on Cooma Road shortly after the offence.

The dual-cab ute with a tray back was headed towards Narrabri.

Anyone with information, including CCTV or dashcam footage from the area, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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Sep

2019

Burren Junction rallies to keep school of arts hall open

Members of the Burren Junction School of Arts Hall Committee at the re-opening on the weekend. Pitcured is Philip Powell, Coral Marshall, Elizabeth Powell, Sandy Stump, Philip Marshall and Lucinda Stump with the Powell's grandchildren Harry, Rachel and Maggie Powell. Photo by Ali Smith, The Courier.

Burren Junction School of Arts Hall is the town's beating heart, a building that once symbolised hope and prosperity.

So when it was condemned in 2014 a group of the town's volunteers rallied to keep it's doors open.

"It's got heart and soul...it was the last significant building in Burren Junction and if it was torn down there wouldn't be much left," hall committee secretary Lucinda Stump said.

The hall was built in 1914 and over time it's walls have seen many dances and weddings, meetings, festivals, school events and charity functions. It even held school classes when Burren Junction Public School's numbers were high and they need more room.

It was the venue for the Victory Ball after the Second World War to welcome home the town's soldiers and it also marks the names of those who didn't come home, at the war memorial.

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Sep

2019

How to Get the Perfect Spray Tan Before Your Wedding

Do you have a wedding on the horizon?

First things first...CONGRATULATIONS!

Now, onto the most important question - are you spray tanned ready?!

Looking beautiful on your big day is more than a matter of self-confidence. When you’ll look back on the photos for a lifetime, feeling sexy in your skin is super important.

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Sep

2019

Connecting the Regions through the World’s Digital Platform

Monday this coming week our Principal Kate Schwager of KateS On Web and the instigator of the Namoi Group of Websites will be talking at the Australian Regional Development Conference at the Sunshine Coast, what an honour for her abstract to be chosen  

Her Abstract - Connecting the Regions – Through the Worlds Digital Platform, Under the Theme - Local Leadership; influence and information transfer.  

Kate will be doing a 20 minute presentation at the Australian Regional Development Conference at the Sunshine Coast on the 17th September. 

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Sep

2019

Member for Barwon calls for immediate independent audit of Rural and Regional Public Hospitals

Barwon MP Roy Butler has renewed his party’s call for an independent audit of rural and regional public hospital services and staffing.

This call follows the deeply concerning revelations in the Four Corners report Health Hazard

Mr Butler says the government needs to undertake an immediate independent audit of rural and regional public hospitals to determine what services are missing or lacking from hospitals; and the distribution of the health workforce across the State. 

“It’s time to make the health, welfare and safety of people across rural and regional NSW a priority,” said Mr Butler.

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Sep

2019

First Home Owners: Build or Buy

A must read if you're ready for your first home

Ready for your first home?

You might be tossing up between building a new home or buying an existing one. 

Read this article to discover the pros and cons of each and find out which option is right for you.

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Sep

2019

North West Local Land Services 2019/2020 Funding opportunities

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Sep

2019

5 Ways to Increase The Value of Your Home

(That don't break the bank)

Do you want to increase the value of your home?

There are plenty of small changes you can make to your house to give you the best chance of adding value on auction day.

Here are 5 proven ways to increase the value of your home before it comes time to sell.

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Sep

2019

Wee Waa Women's Health Night

Local ladies will be treated to a night of fun, food and relaxation in celebration of Women’s Health Week this month.
“It’s going to be a nice, relaxed atmosphere for women to socialise and have a good time; and hopefully to get something out of it as well,” HealthWISE primary health care nurse Chloe Wilkin said.

​The free dinner will feature a range of rural health professionals eager to share their knowledge, including Hunter New England Health’s Margaret Burns and Alvin Hill, Rural Adversity Mental Health’s Letitia Cross, HealthWISE dietitian Sammy Humphries and Kayla Oakley from Divine Healing.
Event goers will learn about women’s health and continence, accessing wellness and resilience programs, gut health, yoga and meditation.
“This is about getting women to support each other with the drought,” Chloe said. “It’s not looking good, but it’s about remembering that we’re all in this together.”

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