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Australia Day a chance to reflect on exceptional community service

In every corner of Australia, community service is placed in the spotlight on Australia Day.
People from all walks of life come together to celebrate achievement at all levels, from the presentation of Australia Day Honours to acknowledging dedication at a community level.
Narrabri Shire has no shortage of great achievers and this was evident at the presentation of local Australia Day awards on Friday morning.
The presentation of awards is a reminder of extraordinary service to the community.
This service takes many forms, through community groups, sporting clubs, achievements and just generally being a person who is both kind in spirit and with time.
There is no greater gift than giving back to the community.
That investment in time is usually returned and more, through the friendships and connections you make while rolling up your sleeves and getting to know your community in greater detail.
Australia Day also serves as a reminder of the great work community and sporting groups provide at a local level.
In towns and cities, small and large, these groups are the glue which keep communities together.
Without these organisations, important services, cultural and sporting activities our communities would be poorer.
From the volunteer firefighters who put their lives on the line to the groups which fundraise for services and facilities, every organisation and individual plays an important role in the fabric of our society.
The greatest gift you can give back to your nation is to volunteer in your community.

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March promises to be an exciting month of events for Narrabri Shire

By Cr DARRELL TIEMENS
I am back and I want to extend a big thank you to deputy mayor Brett Dickinson for his stewardship as acting mayor during my leave.
March promises to be an exciting month for Narrabri Shire, with a calendar brimming with events that celebrate our community and its talents.
A highlight is the upcoming CREATE Festival 2024, kicking off on March 8.
For 16 days, Narrabri Shire will transform into a bustling hub of creativity and innovation.
This year’s festival promises an array of activities, from craft shops and galleries to exhibitions and creative workshops, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
We’re particularly thrilled about the return of NarraBRIGHT on March 15.
This spectacular evening will light up Narrabri’s CBD with stunning projections by Illuminart, live music, entertainment, and a variety of activities catered to all ages.
It’s an event that truly showcases the spirit of our community.
For more details, I encourage you to visit the council’s website.
In conjunction with the vibrant activities of CREATE, we will also celebrate the NSW Seniors Festival on March 14 at the Narrabri RSL’s Auditorium Room.
This event is a wonderful opportunity to honour our senior residents, with the announcement of the Narrabri Shire Senior of the Year, a luncheon, and a mini aged care expo.
This celebration is a testament to the strength and vitality of our senior community, made possible through the collaboration of council, local organisations, and aged care providers.
I invite our senior residents to join us for this free event.
To RSVP to this free event, please visit TryBooking at www.trybooking.com/CPCWK or call council’s community development team on (02) 6799 6866.
Our commitment to the wellbeing and safety of our community remains paramount, as evidenced by the recent closure of the Boggabri waste transfer station.
The discovery of suspected asbestos-containing materials required immediate action, and I want to acknowledge the patience and understanding of the Boggabri community during this period.
I’d like to acknowledge the work of council’s waste manager as well as the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) who worked collaboratively in the investigation and containment of the material.
While the transfer station is closed, we have ensured alternative waste disposal options are available for residents. Updates on this matter can be found on the council’s website and Facebook page.
In closing, I look forward to catching up with you at the shared events and celebrations that March brings.
These should not only enrich our community life but also reinforce the bonds that make Narrabri Shire such a great place to live.
Together, let’s embrace the opportunities to connect, celebrate, and create.

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