The challenge of ‘farming the desert’ in Australia

The plight of drought-hit farmers in Australia has prompted an outpouring of sympathy across a country that has long mythologised the inhospitable "bush" and its inhabitants. But it has also raised questions about subsidising those eking a living in agriculturally marginal areas, writes Kathy Marks in Sydney. Mellissa Conomos runs beef cattle on a 300-acre property in Gunnedah, in north-western...

DOROTHEA MACKELLAR POETRY AWARDS WINNERS 2018

On the 31st August 2018, in a little town called Gunnedah, the winners of the 2018 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards were presented with their prestigious prizes. Congratulations to the below students who captivated the judges with their imagination and creativity. Also worth mentioning are the wonderful students who received a Commended, Highly-Commended or Shortlisted poem, and as James Roy (Secondary Schools'...

Not the time to bale on our Gunnedah Farmers

The Gunnedah Shire Council Airport has provided an unusual opportunity for donating 285 round bales of hay and grass to Australian charity Aussie Helpers Ltd to be distributed to local farmers. The grass in the Gunnedah Airport had been getting long and rather than mowing the grass, it was baled and Councillors at tonight’s Extraordinary Council Meeting voted to donate...

MORE THAN $1 BILLION TO HELP FARMERS FIGHT WORSENING DROUGHT

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the NSW Government’s increased drought support package of $500 million, which will help all farmers right across region. This package now takes the Government’s drought support to more than $1 billion, with $584 million announced in June 2018. “Every farmer in the Tamworth electorate is finding it tough as farmers are experiencing one of...

Northern Inland Regional Waste (NIRW) is celebrating 20 years of operation!

NIRW is a voluntary regional waste groups in the North England North West region of NSW. It is one of eight groups covering regional NSW, forming the Regional Networks for Effective Waste Management (RENEW NSW). NIRW is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Waste Less, Recycle More (WLRM) initiative, funded from the waste levy. The first meeting of...

Tracey Reid’s Impact Solutions Gunnedah specialises in Grant Writing

My aim is to help the community and small businesses apply for grants that are available to them. There are a wide range of grants available that people would not be aware of, for example grants for drought assistance, sporting groups, charity and community, women living and working in regional NSW, Aboriginal women, young women with disabilities, older women, employment...

Australian Cancer Council – What We Do

Cancer never rests, and for that reason, neither do we. And tomorrow, with your help, we'll start again. Find out how we're here for all Australians affected by cancer. Research We're funding world-class researchers to unlock more answers to cancer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruKV8HY4Ppk&feature=youtu.be Transport To Treatment Our dedicated drivers are transporting people affected by cancer to vital treatment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ZOozPh8VA&feature=youtu.be 13 11 20 Support Hotline Our 13 11 20 nurses...

Gunnedah one step closer to a Koala Park and Education Centre

Gunnedah’s title as Koala Capital of the world will be cemented for the future as $6.48 million for a world-class Koala Park and Education Centre was earmarked for the project in the state budget. The news was announced today by Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson, on the back of the state budget for 2018/19 through...