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2013 draft report warned that NSW towns would be left high and dry

2013 draft report warned that NSW towns would be left high and dry

The NSW government was warned by its own bureaucrats more than five years ago that reliable water supply in parts of the state could plunge by a third, with the situation now so dire that some of the largest regional towns face being left with no water within the next year.

The warnings were contained in a draft paper, Assuring Future Urban Water Security, which was dated December 2013 and commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries.

Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Broken Hill pipeline business case should never have been kept from the public

Broken Hill pipeline business case should never have been kept from the public

“This business case should never have been kept from the public,” says Barwon MP Roy Butler. 

Today after a three-year battle, repeated calls from the community and Members of Parliament the Government has passed on a copy of the business case for the Broken Hill pipeline project.  

“For years the community called for transparency around the pipeline project and the Government didn’t deliver.

“Restricting information on the expenditure of public money, or projects affecting local communities does nothing to build trust in government,” said Mr Butler. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (71)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Country Universities Centre North West Moree and Narrabri sites now open for study

Country Universities Centre North West Moree and Narrabri sites now open for study

Moree distance university students now have a dedicated space they can go to study, work on assessments and complete exams, with the Country Universities Centre (CUC) North West now open for business.

The CUC North West, which has a site in Moree and one in Narrabri, was opened to students on July 8, and already 35 people have registered to use the facility - a one-stop shop with all the resources local students need to successfully complete their degrees.

The Moree site features a computer room, lecture room, meeting space and a fully-equipped kitchen, and is complete with wifi, computers, printers, photocopiers, and video conferencing technology.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Man dies on Pilliga Road property at Wee Waa after quad bike accident

Man dies on Pilliga Road property at Wee Waa after quad bike accident

A MAN has died in a quad bike accident near Wee Waa at the weekend.

The man, believed to be aged about 60, died on Sunday morning on a property off Pilliga Road.

Ambulance NSW confirmed two units, as well as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter from Tamworth, were tasked after a triple zero phone call at 11.20am.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Walgett temporary supermarket opens after town's IGA was destroyed by fire

Walgett temporary supermarket opens after town's IGA was destroyed by fire

Walgett residents have a supermarket again after a temporary outlet opened its doors on Tuesday.

The town's permanent IGA was destroyed by fire in June, which left Walgett without a supermarket for the second time in six years.

Western NSW Minister Adam Marshall said the supermarket will resume its normal 8:30am-6pm trading hours after a successful trial run on the weekend.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Crash near Narrabri leaves two in serious condition at Oxley

Two people have been seriously injured after a two-vehicle crash on the Kamilaroi Highway south of Narrabri overnight.

About 8.20pm yesterday (Friday 9 August 2019), a 73-year-old woman was traveling north on the Kamilaroi Highway, about 20km south of Narrabri when her 4WD and a southbound utility collided.

The woman, and the 42-year-old man driving the ute, suffered serious injuries, both were airlifted to Tamworth Hospital where they remain in critical but stable condition.

Monday, August 12, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Namoi Valley cotton farms sold to local families for $35m

Namoi Valley cotton farms sold to local families for $35m

The sales come amid the $300 million offering of cotton giant Auscott's Midkin aggregation in the Gwydir Valley and with expectations of a smaller cotton crop next year due to the drought.

At 275 Spring Plains Road, Wire Lagoon, a 738 hectare irrigated cotton farm 15 kilometres from Wee Waa has changed hands for $11.4 million.

Sunday, August 11, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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LIBERAL-NATIONAL GOVERNMENT DENIES OPPORTUNITY FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MURRAY-DARLING BASIN PLAN

LIBERAL-NATIONAL GOVERNMENT DENIES OPPORTUNITY FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MURRAY-DARLING BASIN PLAN

The Liberal-National Government has denied regional communities the opportunity for transparency, voting down a motion for a Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. 

The motion introduced by the Shadow Minister for Water, Clayton Barr to Parliament last night called on the Liberal-National Government to “endorse the position of the NSW National Party Leader and Deputy Premier for a Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin Plan for the purpose of openness, transparency and accountability”.

The motion was defeated by three votes (47-44), with Labor and the crossbench voting for it with and The Nationals joining the Liberals to defeat it.

Thursday, August 08, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (288)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Top Fitness Trends of 2019 Revealed

Top Fitness Trends of 2019 Revealed

Are You Ready To Get Physical?

As every year passes, trends involving fitness training change. And as 2019 continues it is clear that a new set of fitness training trends are set to explode.

People who never would have dared to say the word 'fitness' are now jumping onboard thanks to the following exciting fitness trends of 2019.

Thursday, August 08, 2019/Author: Julian Parsons/Number of views (210)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
Barwon MP Roy Butler presents Terms of Reference for independent inquiry into water management

Barwon MP Roy Butler presents Terms of Reference for independent inquiry into water management

Member for Barwon, Roy Butler is calling on the NSW Government to commit to an inquiry into aspects of New South Wales water management and their impacts on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Mr Butler’s call for an independent inquiry comes after consultation with communities, irrigators, graziers, towns, water researchers and ecologists, all of whom raised serious concerns about government decision making in relation to water management.

“I’m calling for an inquiry to restore public confidence, and identify how certain decisions contributed to the current conditions in western NSW,” said Mr Butler. 

“I have discussed the inquiry with Minister Pavey and provided her with the draft Terms of Reference. In our conversation, I emphasised that this inquiry is needed to restore the public’s confidence in the NSW water planning and management processes.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (108)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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