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Hot Kitchen Trends This Year

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

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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The lowest blow of this election campaign may have come from a firm of real estate agents

The lowest blow of this election campaign may have come from a firm of real estate agents

Danielle Wood - The Guardian

People are being told their rents will go up under a Labor government but that is a jumped-up scare campaign.

The lowest blow of this election campaign may have come from a firm of real estate agents that abused its position of trust to scare renters about Labor’s proposed negative gearing changes.

If you are one of those renters, relax. You have nothing to fear from the changes. You might even benefit from them. The only interests the real estate firm is protecting is its own.

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Boggabri Art Shed new exhibition now open

Boggabri Art Shed new exhibition now open

The Art Shed Boggabri is welcoming locals and visitors to check out its brand new exhibition, displaying the creativity of local artists.

Emerald Hill's Shirley Urquhart, Narrabri's Cherina Grey and Katie Browning, and Coonabarabran artist Sue Munoz will have their paintings on show, as well as images taken by Gunnedah photography group Lens on Life.

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Greens Candidate stands down to become an Independent in Parkes

Greens Candidate stands down to become an Independent in Parkes

Hi friends, I suppose most have heard that I have stood aside for the election following public disclosure of a post I made on a Port Arthur conspiracy site on FB, 8 months ago. The Greens found it difficult to refute in this stage of the election which I understand. I really do apologise to all of you who have helped me get this far.

It appears I was targeted by a journo from The Australian using a firm who does handle searches on social media etc, not sure who they are. I really don't think the tragedies of the past need rehashing like this in public view and it must grieve families and survivors of the tragedy to see it being discussed like some political football. I also apologise to those people who are affected in this way, very much.

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Santos declines NSW Government request for more info about CSG project.

Santos declines NSW Government request for more info about CSG project.

Jamieson Murphy - Northern Daily Leader

SANTOS has been slammed for refusing to provide the NSW government with the requested information about its coal seam gas development near Narrabri.

The gas giant recently responded to the concerns of various organisations, including 14 government agencies, in its Supplementary Response to Submissions.

In the report, Santos refused more than a dozen specific requests for information and commitments from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Rural Fire Service, and Narrabri council.

Narrabri farmer and Lock the Gate spokeswoman Sally Hunter said the company had refused the RFS's request to not flare gas during catastrophic bushfire conditions.

"This shows an extraordinary and reckless disregard for the safety of our community," she said.

"Santos has also refused the EPA's request to assess the capacity of landfill facilities to accommodate huge volumes of salt waste with potentially high concentrations of metals and other contaminants.

"It has refused Narrabri council's request that it obtain environmental insurance for offsite and long-term environmental harms, despite this being a recommendation made by the NSW Chief Scientist for all coal seam gas operations."

An NSW Department of Planning and Environment spokesperson said the company's response was being reviewed, in consultation with the relevant government agencies.

"In finalising its assessment, the Department may request additional information from Santos before referring the proposal to the Independent Planning Commission, which will make the final decision," they said.

"The Department wants to ensure a rigorous and comprehensive assessment is undertaken, given the complex nature of the application and the high level of community interest."

Santos did not respond to the Leader's request for comment.

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A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever

A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever

By Casey Quackenbush | Photographs by Adam Ferguson for TIME February 21, 2019

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Firefighters save a little kitten's life with CPR after she stopped breathing while being rescued from a storm drain

Firefighters save a little kitten's life with CPR after she stopped breathing while being rescued from a storm drain

A tiny kitten has used one of its nine lives after being rescued from a storm drain and given CPR.

The firefighters rescued the kitten and resuscitated him after noticing he wasn't breathing, in Wee Waa, rural New South Wales. 

The crew strapped an oxygen mask on to the kitten and wrapped it in a fireman's jacket as it miraculously recovered.   

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Rural News

Wheat production concerns in Europe spook the market...

The world wheat market is certainly at the whim of the weather right now with futures markets bouncing sharply off an eight-month low set early last week as concerns for the state European Union (EU) winter crop start to outweigh those of the Russian crop.
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Travel debate continues in UK, US passes 100,000 deaths

Our COVID-19 Informer will keep you up to date with everything you need to know today.
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Pandemic could cause regional Australia renaissance

The pandemic could lead to a regional Australia renaissance if governments, businesses and communities work together, regional advocates say.
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How viable are sheep prices ahead of winter?

The reduction in lamb numbers at eastern states markets last week helped drive the market higher.
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Prospect Park auction on July 9

The 1559 hectare Bauhinia property Prospect Park will be auctioned by Hourn & Bishop Qld on July 9.
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Cedar Meats reopens

It's back to work for staff at the Melbourne abattoir, hit by a COVID-19 outbreak.
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Political News

Roy’s Round up Monday, May 11, 20200

Roy’s Round up

Hi Folks,  We are two months into something that will hopefully only happen once in a lifetime. I want to offer my thanks to all of you,...
WORKING FROM HOME WORKS – IT’S TIME FOR THE BUSH TO TELECOMMUTE Tuesday, May 05, 20200

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,...
Butler calls on the NSW Government to waive car rego fees Friday, April 24, 20200

Butler calls on the NSW Government to waive car rego fees

Member for Barwon, Roy Butler is adding his voice to calls for car registration waivers saying motorists shouldn’t be slogged with car...
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Local Events

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Jul

2018

Gas import spells end of Santos' controversial Narrabri CSG, analysts say

By Cole Latimer & Peter Hannam 9 July 2018 — 2:30pm

Author: Kate

Analysts say four proposed new gas import terminals around Australia have ended Santos’ contentious NSW Narrabri coal seam gas project.

Santos’ Narrabri project is a proposed $3 billion gas operation that has been consistently opposed by environmental groups, and now Macquarie Bank analysts believe the rise of Australian gas import terminals will end all potential government support.

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Aug

2018

Boggabri library to close for refurbishment

Namoi Valley Independent August 29

Author: Kate

The Boggabri library will temporarily close on September 12 to undergo renovations.

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Aug

2018

Rowena farmers call for better long term drought policy

PRIME7 News North West August 30, 2018, 5:50PM

Author: Kate

They're the farmers of the north western plains, where drought is no stranger.

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Aug

2018

Catching up with Boggabri Public School and Sacred Heart School

Namoi Valley Independent August 30

Author: Kate

Boggabri Public School got creative and dressed as characters from stories in Book Week and Sacred Heart School held belated NAIDOC Week celebrations recently and learnt about Indigenous weapons and music. 

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Sep

2018

Drought relief for Rowena

Prime7 news North West August 31

Author: Kate

The first drought charity drop was made to Rowena this week. 

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Sep

2018

Do you know a child with Autism?

31st August, 2018

Author: Kate

Do you have a child with autism? If so, please consider coming to a focus group discussion (one hour for one day) to discuss your experiences and the factors that have influenced your decisions regarding their schooling. Held in Narrabri and Dubbo in September/October 2018. $20 Smiggle gift voucher for each family that attends. Morning/afternoon tea provided. Register via the online questionnaire. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/85Z2BS3

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Sep

2018

Three injured in Newell Highway car accident near Edgeroi

The Northern Daily Leader 31 August, 2018

Author: Kate

A woman has been airlifted to Tamworth hospital in a serious condition after a car accident near Edgeroi on Thursday.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the Newell Highway at 3.45pm after a car crashed into the back of a stationary car.

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Sep

2018

Boggabri Business and Community Progress Association calls for Grain Valley Road to be completed

Author: Kate

Boggbari is missing out on tourism because Grain Valley Road isn't completely sealed, the town's progress association says.

The road is a major thoroughfare, which connects Mullaley and Boggabri, with 17.4km still unsealed after more than a decade of lobbying. The project is estimated at $8.2 million and is waiting on state funding.

The gravel section has been labelled “dangerous and vehicle-destroying”, with many avoiding the route altogether and instead going through Gunnedah.

“Boggabri is missing out on tourism because the tar’s just not there,” Boggabri Business and Community Progress Association member Donna Turner said.

“A lot of people that come down from Coonabarabran to Boggabri and have caravans won’t use the road because it’s not tarred. They go through Gunnedah instead and bypass Boggabri.”

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Oct

2018

Barnaby backs coal unless Australians want nuclear power supply

Author: Kate

Barnaby Joyce has called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recommendation to phase out coal by 2050 as “wrong and ridiculous”, while once again suggesting Australians need to look at nuclear power.

Last weekend the IPCC, the world’s foremost panel on climate change, issued a report stating global greenhouse gas emissions must reach zero by 2050 in order to stop global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Oct

2018

Narrabri Shire Council receives stronger country communities funding

The Northern Daily Leader Newsroom

Author: Kate

NINE community projects from across the Narrabri shire are set to benefit from a welcome funding boost thanks to the state government.

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Oct

2018

Narrabri Shire Council receives stronger country communities funding

Author: Kate

NINE community projects from across the Narrabri shire are set to benefit from a welcome funding boost thanks to the state government.

More than $1.6 million will be injected into the region as a part of the state government’s stronger country communities program and will be distributed between the nine projects.

Narrabri Shire Council general manager Stewart Todd said it was very exciting to see local community groups receive a funding boost.

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15

Oct

2018

National Rugby Championship: Will McDonnell enjoys maiden flight with NSW Country Eagles

Author: Kate

Saturday’s National Rugby Championship clash at Scully Park capped off what has been a breakout season for Narrabri’s Will McDonnell.

The former Blue Boars junior was at the start of the season just hoping to cement a first grade spot with Sydney University after being hampered by injury last season.

He well and truly surpassed that, the 22-year-old’s list of achievements over the season including playing for the Waratahs on their tour of Japan, being named the Rookie of the Year for the Shute Shield competition and Sydney Uni’s Rookie of the Year, and earning a call-up to the NSW Country Eagles squad.

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Oct

2018

Former mayor awarded $120,000 over defamatory Facebook posts

Author: Kate

A former mayor in country NSW has been awarded more than $100,000 in damages after a local resident defamed him in a series of "bullying and high-handed" Facebook posts accusing him of corruption and intimidation.

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Oct

2018

Hundreds gather to celebrate the 2018 Rural Woman of the Year | Photos

Author: Kate

Guests traveled from across Australia to celebrate the mighty contribution of rural and regional women at a gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday night. 

Krista Watkins, a banana farmer from Walkamin, North Queensland was named the AgriFutures Australia 2018 Rural Woman of the Year while Darrylin Gordon, from Halls Creek, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region was named runner up. READ MORE.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced the winners, saying the annual awards had for nearly twenty years recognised and celebrated the achievements of rural women – vital in driving change.

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Oct

2018

Hundreds gather to celebrate the 2018 Rural Woman of the Year | Photos

Author: Kate

Guests traveled from across Australia to celebrate the mighty contribution of rural and regional women at a gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday night. 

Krista Watkins, a banana farmer from Walkamin, North Queensland was named the AgriFutures Australia 2018 Rural Woman of the Year while Darrylin Gordon, from Halls Creek, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region was named runner up. READ MORE.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced the winners, saying the annual awards had for nearly twenty years recognised and celebrated the achievements of rural women – vital in driving change.

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Oct

2018

'Embarrassing': Santos fined for using CSG water without a permit

Author: Kate

Santos has been fined by the NSW environmental watchdog for using water from its controversial $3 billion coal seam gas project for irrigation without approval.

The energy company copped a fine of $1500 by the Environment Protection Authority for using treated water from its Narrabri project in the state's north to irrigate lucerne on its own land.

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Oct

2018

Santos Narrabri: EPA investigation reveals coal seam gasfield did not have treated water approval

Author: Kate

AN INVESTIGATION into Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas operation has found the company irrigated with treated water without approval.

The issue was raised by the Department of Industry with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after Santos started irrigating a lucerne crop on its property with treated water.

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Oct

2018

Farm family shows the Royals how the drought has hurt I Gallery

Author: Kate

It’s not every day a Duke and a Duchess walk through the front gate on the property Mountain View Farm at Wongarbon near Dubbo – nor eight police with sniffer dogs, scores of press members and a retinue of VIPs and officials.

But that’s what happened yesterday when the Woodley family hosted Prince Harry and his new wife, US-raised Meghan Markle as the Royals took time out from their Dubbo visit to learn how hard the drought has been.

Laura Woodley, 23, even had time for a personal chat with Meghan, explaining what she does and how she is proud to be the fifth generation of Woodleys on the farm, a White Suffolk sheep stud.

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Oct

2018

Images of drought shock Royals

Author: Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan were shocked by the severity of drought when shown images of barren paddocks from far western NSW.

Overlooking Scott and Elaine Woodley’s property ‘Mountain View Farm” near Dubbo, NSW Drought Coordinator Pip Job explained to the royal couple the current situation of drought nationally.

Ms Job then broke it down to what was happening in each state and regionally around NSW.

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Oct

2018

Narrabri Shire Council prepares for Inland Rail project

Author: Kate

WITH the development of one of the country’s largest nation building projects on its doorstep, Narrabri Shire Council is looking to plan for the future.

The planning comes as plans for the Inland Rail Project come to light and are designed to maximise the benefits for the shire.

The council has recruited the services of Arcadis Australia Pacific to implement detailed documentation on the benefits and viability of a substantial commercial and industrial estate to ensure it maximises the benefits.

Narrabri shire mayor Cathy Redding said the district is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the upcoming development, and all the opportunities entailed.

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Oct

2018

Mark Coulton, MP, to contest federal seat of Parkes for fifth time

Author: Kate

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton will contest the Federal seat of Parkes for the fifth time.

Mr Coulton was successfully pre-selected by the National Party on Saturday and is looking forward to again contesting the seat after more than a decade in federal parliament.

“I am honoured to have been pre-selected by the National Party at the weekend,” Mr Coulton said.

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Oct

2018

Will Wentworth play out in the bush?

Author: Kate

The threat of strong independent candidates to the major parties in the upcoming federal election won’t be as pronounced in rural seats according to a leading political commentator.

Independent candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps remains on track to win the seat of Wentworth with a massive swing of nearly 19 per cent against the Liberal Party – a result many say highlights the threat of high profile independent candidates to the major parties. 

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Oct

2018

Lake Keepit and Split Rock Dam levels managed by WaterNSW

The Northern Daily Leader Billy Jupp

Author: Kate

WATER levels in Lake Keepit and Split Rock Dam could fall to as a low as 2 per cent and 5 per cent by the end of the year.

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Oct

2018

Wee Waa Medical Centre mentioned in Parliament this week

Daniel Mookhey Member of the Legislative Council

Author: Kate

Mookhey, Daniel to the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry representing the Minister for Health, and Minister for Medical Research

  1. To date, how many days in 2018 have in person general practitioner services been available in Wee Waa Medical Centre?
  2. How many full-time equivalent general practioners are currently employed at Wee Waa Medical Centre?
Question asked on 23 October 2018 (session 56-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 177
No answer has been printed.
Answer due on 27 November 2018.
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Oct

2018

Narrabri Shire Council was announced winner of the 2018 A R Bluett Award

Author: Kate

Narrabri Shire Council was announced winner of the 2018 A R Bluett Award last night in a ceremony in Albury; recognised as being the most progressive council in the state.

Described as “the greatest accolade a council can achieve" and "the pinnacle of local government achievement". 

A very proud Mayor and General Manager received the award on behalf of Council. The General Manager stating that it is recognition for the hard work completed over the last few years; acknowledging the leadership of both current Mayor Cathy Redding and immediate past Mayor Conrad Bolton. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
#narrabrishire #discoverthepotential

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Oct

2018

Have you seen Carp in your local waterways

National Carp Survey

Author: Kate

Community help is needed to map carp populations. 

CARPMAP https://carpmap.org.au is an online survey tool to support community surveillance of carp aggregations. Launched by the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), CARPMAP is being developed by YOU. 

 Photo of Carp
CARPMAP is a joint initiative community surveillance program led by NCCP with support from the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and CSIRO.

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Oct

2018

Narrabri coal seam gas: Santos granted another 1000 days royalty free for exploration wells

The Northern Daily Leader Madeline Link

Author: Kate

SANTOS has been given a further 1000 day royalty-free handout for coal seam gas extraction in Narrabri.

The Coalition and Labor Party voted on Tuesday to grant another 1000 days of royalty-free exploration to the gas giant for 17 wells at its Wilga Park Power Station.

Greens’ MP Jeremy Buckingham’s disallowance motion for what he calls a ‘royalty-free holiday’ was shot down in parliament.

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Oct

2018

APA shelves project after public resistance

Independent Australia Johanna Evans

Author: Kate

Community resistance from a small town has left the future of a large scale pipeline project in question, writes Johanna Evans.

THE AUSTRALIAN PIPELINE ASSOCIATION (APA) has appeared to shelve their proposal for the high-pressure Western Slopes CSG Pipeline ahead of their upcoming AGM to be held in Sydney on 25 October 2018. The 460km coal seam gas pipeline (also known as “the head of the snake”) will link the Santos Narrabri Gas Project (NGP) to the Moomba/Sydney bi-directional pipeline that takes gas to the Curtis Island LNG plant for export.

In a recent release on their website, APA states:

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Oct

2018

'Anyone but Nats': Rural figures come out against Barnaby Joyce and Nationals

Guardian Gabrielle Chan

Author: Kate

Prominent rural advocates have become increasingly vocal over a potential return of Barnaby Joyce to the National party leadership as the prospect of a concerted independent push in rural areas gains momentum after the Wentworth byelection.

A nascent political movement, Anyone But Nats, has started to run advertising across northern NSW ahead of the 2019 state and federal elections. It has been funded by the IT businessman, Charles Tym, whose family has donated $20,000 to fund 400 advertising spots across regional television stations.

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Oct

2018

NSW Farmers furious at Inland Rail land acquirement

Daniel Pedersen Northern Daily Leader

Author: Kate

NSW Farmers, after months of protracted negotiations with the Australian Rail Track Corporation, has laid the $10 billion Inland Rail project’s shortcomings squarely at the feet of the Coalition Government.

It says the decision to cut a new route across the Pilliga, slicing through farming properties, was ill-conceived and not even properly assessed.

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Oct

2018

Blair seeks Federal tax concessions for farmers at summit

John Ellicott The Land

Author: Kate

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair fears Friday’s drought summit in Canberra will be a talkfest with 150 people expected to attend the meeting at Old Parliament House. “That will give them about two minutes each to speak,” he says.

Instead Mr Blair is taking two firm tax-related proposals to Canberra he will will put on the table that he believes will ease financial stress for farmers.

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Oct

2018

Community Funding Opportunities and Award Programs - September 2018

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland NSW

Author: Kate

Welcome to our new Community Funding Opportunities and Awards Program Newsletter where you will find details of selected grant submissions from around the region for Community Projects and Award Programs.


Due to the number of grants that are available, we now send two funding opportunities newsletters a month; one for Business and Infrastructure and another for Community Projects and Award Programs, rather than the one combined newsletter.


We wish you all the best with the Funding Opportunities below and if you are looking for a grant between newsletters, have a look at the grants area of our website which is updated weekly: www.rdani.org.au/our-region/grants-and-funding-opportunities.php


If you need some facts and figures for your applications, a range of data for our region is also available on our website here: www.rdani.org.au/our-region/regional-data.php

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Oct

2018

NSW Farmers furious with government

The Land Daniel Pedersen

Author: Kate

NSW Farmers, after months of protracted negotiations with the Australian Rail Track Corporation, has laid the $10 billion Inland Rail project’s shortcomings squarely at the feet of the Coalition Government.

It says the decision to cut a new route across the Pilliga, slicing through farming properties, was ill-conceived and not even properly assessed.

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Oct

2018

Mullaley Drought Taskforce and Mark Coulton prepare for federal drought summit

The Northern Daily Leader Billy Jupp

Author: Kate

THE Mullaley Drought Taskforce is hoping to put forward a range of suggestions via a submission to this Friday’s federal government drought summit in Canberra.

Interest rate subsides, post drought recovery and protecting stock breeding herds are some of what the group of locals will bring to the government’s attention.

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Oct

2018

New $5 billion future drought fund to help farmers battle changing climates

ABC News

Author: Kate

Helping farmers prepare for future droughts will be the focus of a new multi-billion-dollar fund that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil today.

The $5-billion Future Drought Fund will be announced at a national drought summit, which brings together state and federal governments, weather experts, farm lobbyists and charities, in Canberra.

Key points:
The Federal Government will commit an initial $3.9 billion to the fund, with $100 million to be available each year from 2020
Money will be provided for community services, research, technology and infrastructure
Legislation to create the fund will need to pass Parliament
The Federal Government will initially commit $3.9 billion to the fund, which will reach $5 billion by 2028.

But only $100 million will be available each year from 2020, with that money being allocated by a board of guardians.

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