Narrabri’s Richard Barry was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day honours for service to Veterans and their families, and to the community of Narrabri. Mr Barry, pictured with his wife Yvonne Barry, is a well known author and historian, but also a Vietnam War veteran and has been a tireless advocate for official recognition of Australians who served in that war. He said he was humbled to receive the OAM and is hopeful the award will help him in advocating even more strongly for his fellow servicemen’s recognition. See more in Tuesday’s Courier.
Thumbs up – I would like to offer my congratulations to the Narrabri Shire Council for not charging an entry fee for the pool during the holidays. Over the past five years I have been returning home during the Christmas holidays and using these excellent facilities with my mother four to five times a week. We have at times been concerned to see the pool under utilised. This year it has been great to see so many people enjoying the facilities, especially families with young children. The aquatic centre is an excellent resource. It played a strong historical role in the town, has a modern present day design and hopefully a bright future providing a quality service for all shire residents for years to come. Well done council members on a community based decision.
School leavers setting off for tertiary study, TAFE and vocational training face plenty of challenges, not the least of which is financial. The costs of travel, text books, accommodation and myriad other expenses have to be met. But Narrabri and Wee Waa school leavers have the opportunity to receive some welcome financial help as they set out. The Education Foundation of the Namoi is a voluntary, community group which was established in 2002 with the express purpose of helping young people on their career journey. This year 19 Wee Waa and Narrabri young people have embarked on their career training […]
Following a year in the wilderness the Narrabri Eagles Australian Rules Football Club is determined to get back on the park for the 2020 AFL North West season. There has been no footy played at ‘the Eagles’ nest’ Leitch Oval since round one of the 2019 campaign back in April last year, just weeks before the club went into recess. Narrabri’s Australian rules football club has endured a rocky few years due to player availability, with numbers mainly impacted by injury and work commitments, as well as players relocating towns or even moving countries. The Eagles were forced to pull […]
The huge success of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the long established Elvis Festival at Parkes, the first Dolly Parton Festival scheduled for Narromine in April and the ABBA Festival in Trundle in May has prompted a reader to ask “what music festival can Narrabri stage?’ Wee Waa’s Cotton Capital Country Music Muster is showing the way.”
Smell the rain. There is a special word for the smell of rain on dry ground – ‘petrichor.’ The word comes from Greek petra meaning “stone”, and ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. The term was coined in 1964 by two Australian scientists studying the smells of wet weather.
Veganism is gathering momentum in Australia and around the world, but cows, sheep and chooks shouldn’t start planning for the future just yet. The demand for beef etc. remains high. The interesting aspect of veganism, and indeed vegetarianism, is that plant based foods are made to replicate as much as possible the original animal based protein – with nut chops, lentil burgers and the like. Luckily, a staple Australian diet item, chips, already passes the vegan test.