A group of Narrabri Shire students are off to study at university with more than a little help from their friends. The ‘friends’ is the Education Foundation of the Namoi, a community organisation whose role is to financially assist local school leavers – tertiary students, trainees, apprentices, certificate level students – meet the costs of their studies as they set off on their vocation pathways. The funds go towards defraying their start up expenses – books, travel, accommodation – the kinds of extras which face young people as they meet the costs of their studies, often at distant institutions. The […]
Two Notre Dame University medical students Marnix Bakker and Rory Maguire have embarked on a busy program to gain hands-on experience of life as a rural GP. Rory and Marnix have come to Narrabri Shire as participants in the Bush Bursary and Country Women’s Association scholarship program in partnership with the NSW Rural Doctors Network. The program aims to expose medical students to life in a rural area and hopefully encourage them to return to the bush as qualified doctors when they graduate. The two Narrabri Shire visitors are enthusiastic about their country experience. “We have been looking forward to […]
Narrabri RSL Cricket Club’s second XI returned to the winners’ circle for the first time in all forms of the game this season when they scored a dominant 38-run victory against Tatts in round two of the Narrabri District Cricket Association’s 2021-22 second grade T20 competition at Hogan Oval on Friday night. The side bounced back from a 15-run round one loss against Tourist Hotel a week earlier by producing a clinical display with the bat and in the field. RSL batted first after the team’s stand-in skipper Nick Baird won the toss, and it totalled 4-123 in 20 overs. […]
Australia has equalled its hottest day on record after a coastal town reported temperatures of 50.7C (123.26F). The temperature in Onslow, Western Australia, on Thursday last week matched a record set in 1962 in South Australia. The average temperature in Onslow at this time of year is 36.5C. Two other towns, Mardie and Roebourne, reported temperatures of more than 50C on Thursday. According to a report on the BBC, one Roeburn resident, Mark Barratt, told ABC News that temperatures got so high the air conditioning in their office had stopped working. “The record-breaking heat comes just days after a report from the EU’s satellite system confirmed that the past seven years have been the hottest on record,” the BBC said. “The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the industrial era began, and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.”
COVID is no laughing matter, but there is still room for humour. A scene in ‘The Simpsons’ TV series portrays the family’s home town of Springfield about to be wiped from the face of the Earth. Panicked worshippers hurry from the church next door to Moe’s Tavern. Moe’s regulars hurry into the church.
The cost of COVID is staggering at a national and local level. Apart from the human cost in illness and worse, businesses continue to be suffering. Supermarkets are reporting that some product lines are unavailable because of supply chain issues – some 20 per cent of workers who normally handle shipments are home in isolation. Farmers’ produce is being returned to its source after arrival at some stores because there aren’t enough people to unpack the food. All kinds of businesses have been hit, but closer to home in Tamworth, the pubs and hospitality venues that rely heavily on the annual Country Music Festival for a significant part of their annual revenue now learn the festival is postponed.