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NSW change to mining rules could block planned projects; hopes boosted in Bulga coal mine fight

A proposed change to mining policy in New South Wales could force changes to planned projects, or even block them, by giving greater weight to social and environmental factors during the approval process.

The amendment to the Mining State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) has been proposed by Planning Minister Rob Stokes.

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Making communities better: Time is running out to nominate your hidden treasure

Making communities better: Time is running out to nominate your hidden treasure

Hidden Treasures Honour Roll 2015

2014 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll nominee Susie Cay from Corowa is a Director and part owner of the Corowa-based Warrembool Pastoral Co Pty Ltd. Its farming enterprises cover dryland cropping, beef cattle, merino sheep and prime lambs and its farming interests extend to Holbrook, Cooma and Glenthompson in Victoria.

Susie is a quiet achiever, fulfilling a vital role in the community with spirit and commitment. She is the Coordinator of an Ag & Chat group based in southern NSW. This communication network of rural families and farming businesses is linked by a common thread—Susie.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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NAIDOC Week Celebrations Begin

NAIDOC Week Celebrations Begin

NAIDOC Week celebrations were kicked off with the Narrabri Land Council Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday.

NAIDOC Week celebrations were kicked off with the Narrabri Land Council Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday.

Over 40 people attended the ceremony and morning tea which followed.

Year three student Krista Zarka delivered the Welcome to Country in the Gamilaraay language and Narrabri Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Lynn Trindall, gave the opening speech.

The honour of the flag-raising was handed to Mick Trindall and Lola Roberts.

NAIDOC Week is “a big week to celebrate heritage and culture and brings community together,” said Lynn Trindall.
Wednesday, 8 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Footpath street lights back on drawing board

Footpath street lights back on drawing board

Footpath mounted lights are now probably firming up as favourites for the proposed new Narrabri CBD street lighting.

Narrabri Shire Council voted today to revisit the option of lights on the footpaths following a comprehensive briefing by lighting consultant Mr Greg Don.

Earlier the favoured street lights option had been trending towards a two metre median strip along the centre of the three business blocks, but the proposal had drawn a mixed response from the community.

Following a comprehensive presentation from Mr Don, and many questions from councillors, council decided to give a new brief to the consultant.

The brief calls for a report ‘as soon as practicable’ for a design for footpath mounted lights, which would be 700 mm in from the kerb, with 250 watt high pressure sodium lights, all to Essential Energy specifications with a proviso that the existing street trees be retained.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Minister approves Shenhua coal mine near Gunnedah

Minister approves Shenhua coal mine near Gunnedah

FEDERAL Environment Minister Greg Hunt has paved the way for Shenhua Watermark to proceed with its $1.2 billion coal mine on the Liverpool Plains.

Mr Hunt's decision to approve the mine, with conditions, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act was released a short time ago.

Shenhua Watermark's controversial plans to construct an open-cut coal mine at Breeza, south of Gunnedah, is strongly opposed by farmers in the region.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce has described the mine's location as an "absurdity" and lobbied strongly for it to be assessed under the so-called "water trigger".

Under the EPBC Act, the Commonwealth can assess the impacts on aquifers of proposed large coal mines and coal seam gas projects.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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