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Friday
Mar062015

Council investigates puppy factory

Gwydir Shire Council has been praised by animal welfare activists as it investigates and takes action against an illegal ‘puppy factory’ operating on Onus Rd, Copeton.

According to the RSPCA, right across Australia, dogs are being confined to cruel puppy factories(also known as puppy farms or mills), in which they are essentially held for the purpose of mass producing puppies for profit. Aside from the lack of freedom these dogs have, the farms usually operate with conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, psychological and physical needs.

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Friday
Mar062015

Parking fines could be Council revenue source

With the decision on a rates increase for Gwydir Shire residents in the hands of IPART, the issue is firmly in the minds of locals, and one local has offered a suggestion for additional income revenue for the Council.

A local delivery driver said that Council could potentially raise around $850,000 a year if it becomes more stringent on fining motorists for parking in no parking and no stopping areas.

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Friday
Mar062015

Croppa Creek murder trial adjourned

The highly publicised Croppa Creek murder trial has continued, as Moree Local Court revisited the case last week.

Ian Robert Turnbull, an elderly farmer of Croppa Creek will remain behind bars as the case was again adjourned last Monday.

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Friday
Feb272015

SES Headquarters officially open

Saturday morning saw a number of locals and special guests gather at the new SES building to formally open the facility.

SES Warialda Unit Controller Graham Moxey led the proceedings, speaking of the generous contributions that had gone into making the upgrades possible.

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Friday
Feb272015

Gwydir one of many councils looking to increase rates

Gwydir Shire Council is not alone when it comes to the need to increase rates to remain financially sustainable. A report released by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) last week revealed that Gwydir is among a group of nineteen councils aiming to increase revenue through rates.

Not only have nineteen councils already submitted applications to increase general revenue above the rate peg in 2015/16, a further four councils have been granted an extension to lodge their applications over the coming weeks.

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