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Oct

2018

It was Queensland versus New South Wales in Gold Cup runoff

Daily News Warwick

Author: Kate

CAMPDRAFTING: Capella rider Steve Comiskey has won a runoff to win the Pryde's EasiFeed Gold Cup at the Warwick Showgrounds.

At the end of the final, Comiskey had 268 on Broomfield Stylish Diamond, the same score as Wee Waa rider Sam Knight on O'Lara.

In the runoff, Knight was first in camp but his beast proved troublesome on course and he only finished with a cutout score.

Comiskey could have been tempted to take it easy in his run as he only had to record a score on the course to win.

He did more than that, recording 91, a score as good as any in the competition.

Tamworth rider Hugh Miles was third on Reys Ya Garter.

Kimberley Sammon (Beaudesert) riding Possum Sue and Cal Gibson (Bungarra, NSW) were equal fourth.

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29

Oct

2018

OPINION: Paddock bashers a big problem for NSW Police

The Land

Author: Kate

WE ALL know the tradition.

Kids who aren’t even tall enough to see over the wheel are thrown the keys to the “paddock basher” or a quad bike and their driving career begins.

I’m a mum and I also manage the Crash Investigation Unit for the NSW Police Force.

Lately we have been called to so many cases of young children losing their lives in cars or on motorcycles or quad bikes being driven or ridden on private property.

The most recent of these has been the death of a 14-year-old boy who died after a single car crash at Yerong Creek near Wagga Wagga on October 11.

The driver, also a 14-year-old boy, was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous.

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29

Oct

2018

Far right extremists 'not welcome' in Nationals, leader says amid investigation

Guardian

Author: Kate

Nationals allegedly infiltrated by people with links to neo-Nazis and white supremacists

Senior members of the NSW Nationals have held a special meeting to discuss how their party has been infiltrated by people with alleged links to the far right, neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups, with plans to purge the party of any extremists.

Michael McCormack, the federal leader of the Nationals, says his party will not tolerate the “politics of hate”.

The issue came to light earlier this month when the ABC’s Background Briefing reported it had uncovered a plot by Australia’s alt-right movement to join major political parties.

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30

Oct

2018

Rural infrastructure funding: Restart NSW Fund only half spent in rural NSW

Northern Daily Leader

Author: Kate

RURAL communities have been short-changed half of their owed state government infrastructure funding, an auditor-general report reveals.

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30

Oct

2018

Hot farmer anger as climate, drought trends ignored by politicians

The Land

Author: Kate

Farmers are angry and perplexed by former Nationals federal leader Barnaby Joyce’s obsession with promoting coal-fired power stations and a deep seated reluctance by some politicians to acknowledge Australia’s carbon emissions must be curtailed.

As increasing climate variability threatens to cut our agricultural productivity 10 per cent in the next 20 years, farmers generally feel cheated and fed up with the political manoeuvring and denials of the need for practical policies on energy, climate change and drought says fast-growing national lobby group, Farmers for Climate Action (FCA).

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30

Oct

2018

Murray-Darling authority accused of maladministration and ignoring best science

The Guardian

Author: Kate

Royal commission counsel also says officials tried to lean on CSIRO to reduce water recovered for the environment

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has been accused of maladministration, deliberately ignoring the best science on the river, leaning on the CSIRO to alter reports on the adequacy of the basin plan and ignoring the impact of climate change in its future planning.

In a scathing assessment of the authority, counsel assisting the South Australian Murray-Darling royal commission, Richard Beasley SC, has painted a picture of an organisation cowed by its political masters and too afraid to present its own scientific data to the greater scientific community.

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31

Oct

2018

Is your vehicle affected?

Takata Airbag

Author: Kate

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31

Oct

2018

Burren Junction Public School students win year five Top Coder in the Robotics Competition of the 2018 ANSTO Top Coder Competition

The Moree Champion

Author: Kate

Burren Junction Public School students have been named the best year five coders in a state-wide coding and robotics competition.

More than 100 budding robotics engineers and coders took part in the 2018 ANSTO Top Coder Competition, with the grand final held at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights' campus.

Burren Junction Public School students, Jenna Hattingh and Emma Slack-Smith, took out 2018 Top Coder in the Year 5 Division of the Robotics Competition, where their robot successfully navigated an obstacle course filled with tracks and tasks.

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2

Nov

2018

Newell Highway 40km south of Narrabri near Pilliga closed after accident

Northern Daily Leader

Author: Kate

A clean up effort is under way after a truck crash closed the Newell Highway near  Pilliga on Friday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to the scene 40km south of Narrabri at 2.45pm after reports a truck had crashed and lost its load.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said crews arrived to find about 200 litres of petrol had been spilled as a result of the accident.

“A group of hazardous materials firefighters from Narrabri are on the scene at the moment and they are laying a blanket of foam to help absorb the spill,” the spokesman said.

“A 300m exclusion zone has been set up around the crash site to allow the firefighters to clean up the spill.

“At this stage, motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.”

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