Opinion

Editorial: White Elephant for Blue Horse

THE Council’s decision to pick the most expensive rail overpass option to serve the least amount of residents looks set to deliver another overpriced, unpopular structure…a little like their decision to buy a blue string horse, so now we seem set to have a $31 million white elephant to be its friend. See story: Council […]



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Editorial: Hell’s Highway

EMERGENCY services estimate there is a serious accident on the New England Highway around Scone each month, prompting them to dub it “Hell’s Highway”. In the Upper Hunter Shire area last year there were two fatalities, 24 serious injuries, 16 moderate injuries and 6 minor injuries resulting from accidents on our roads. Across the whole […]



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Editorial: Keep It Local

IT sounds terrible at first, but bear with me… Stop raising money for Sydney based charities, especially children’s charities and start taking care of our own. I’ve worked for and with, major charities in Sydney, I’ve seen the opulent balls where high net worth individuals each drop tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars at […]



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Editorial: Switching Funding Game

ON Friday the government announced $7.7million for the Muswellbrook and Singleton Shires for 10 projects and described it as “major”. See story: Where’s Out Slice. Maths is definitely NOT my forte, but the bucket of money it came from was mining royalties which is more than $1.5 billion a year, so the “major” funding announced […]



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Editorial: Fire Sale to Combat Drought

FARMERS beware the main advice I see emerging from the new “eyes and ears” of the state government on the drought is likely to be to sell up. While agriculture underpins the national economy it is increasingly distanced from the hearts and minds of politicians of all persuasions in favour of a city-centric model of […]



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Editorial: Farmers Not Seen or Heard

LOCAL farmers are speaking out about the drought, there are entire government departments representing primary industry, the Farmers Federation, New South Wales Farmers, Local Land Services, more organisations than you could poke a stick at and a raft of politicians from regional New South Wales actually in government walking around State Parliament, but the Premier […]



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