A fine sunny day, blue skies and a big inventory of farm machinery, equipment and vehicles drew a large crowd to Saturday’s clearing sale at the Kaputar Road property, ‘Ermelo Hill’. The event was one of the first on-site clearing sales in the district since the pandemic started and the subsequent relaxation of COVID-19 health regulations. The sale at Beth and Jim Brown’s drew many people, but the there was conscientious observance of social distancing rules and agents Nutrien Harcourts Narrabri ensured the regulations around the event were adhered to. The Browns have sold ‘Ermelo Hill’ and have moved into […]
Thumbs down to the misinformation from the anti gas project activists – they say ‘you can’t eat coal or drink gas’ when they talk about the gas causing the ‘complete end of agriculture’ – that’s obviously true – but you can eat and drink the things that coal and gas energy allow to grow.
More money for the shire. Fresh on the heels of a $1 million allocation to Narrabri Shire from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program Extension fund last week for a range of district projects, a further $900,000 has been announced to be spent on local infrastructure and to provide jobs. Nationals MLC Sam Farraway visited Narrabri on Thursday bearing a cheque for the funds from the state government’s Drought Stimulus Package which will be spent across the shire. The $900,000 is aimed at supporting local tradespeople and contractors, Mr Farraway said. Five shire projects will be funded. The shared pathway […]
Following updated health advice, NSW residents returning from Victoria must go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. This regime, designed to protect the wider NSW community from the escalating COVID-19 situation in Victoria, will come into effect at 12.01am this Friday. All returning NSW residents, unless they live within the NSW border regions, will only be allowed to return to NSW through Sydney airport. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this new line of defence would further reduce the risk during this critical time in the pandemic. “I realise this may be difficult for some people, but […]
It was a day to remember for Narrabri and District Junior Rugby League on Saturday as rugby league finally kicked off again in Narrabri. Narrabri’s under-13s, under-15s and under-16s teams were all in action at Collins Park in their respective round two matches and all three were victorious. The 13s Blues made it two from two as they defeated Kootingal 28-4, and the 15s also made it two from two with a 32-16 win against Gunnedah. The 15s’ win was even more impressive considering that they played with 11 against 12 Gunnedah players for most of the contest, but the […]
Now we are hearing predictions of a ‘pandemic-driven baby boom’ after the confinement of couples in their homes during the COVID-19 crisis. Will this boom equal the post-World War II baby boom – which was real – or New York’s July 1977 power blackout induced boom? The New York blackout only lasted 25 hours and, anecdotally, caused a spike in births nine months later, although it is argued that the ‘boom’ was just an urban myth. Meanwhile, we’ll see what lies ahead in about six months.
A disaster for the moggies may have been averted. The UK’s chief veterinary officer has confirmed that the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been detected in a cat in Surrey, England, but the cat has made a full recovery. There is no evidence humans can contract the virus from their pets. The world’s cats would need all of their nine lives if they were found to be transmitters of the disease.
World chocolate consumption has fallen significantly over recent months thanks to COVID, according to a new report by Rabobank. Evidently, most chocolate demand is from impulse and gift buying, at airports and vending machines – but people aren’t travelling. In the US, chocolate buying initially increased as people stockpiled, not unlike the toilet paper buying frenzy, but since then sales have declined.