Why Yass Valley reckons this barber is a cut above the rest
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Wayne Dawe strikes you as the sort of bloke who would never tell you if he were crook. But back on 8 March, he knew something was wrong. He was short of breath and felt a lump in his throat when he swallowed, although he couldn't feel it on the outside. He went to the GP who told him his...
Dolly Parton improves literacy outcomes for Snowy Valleys children
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What do Dolly Parton and the children of the Snowy Valleys have in common? The US country singer’s name is on the lips of parents in the local government area with every local newborn child eligible to receive a free age-appropriate, culturally sensitive book every month until they turn five. Devised in 1996, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program grants children...
Seriously injured police officer back on the beat
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It was all smiles as Senior Constable Jason Farrell returned to duty at Cooma Police Station having recovered from serious injuries sustained while on duty as part of an alleged hit and run in Nimmitabel. Three people have been charged over the incident and are before the courts. Snr Const Farrell said he doesn't remember much of the incident, and...
Boxing helps Jennifer McKenna punch above her weight in life
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There was something missing in Jennifer McKenna's life. Then the devoted mother, grandmother, and volunteer found it in something she usually kept clear of - the digital world. It was a small Facebook post calling for people interested in keeping fit. Not through lawn bowls, tennis, or gentle walks along the river, but through boxing. For Jennifer, 64, it was...
A travelling nurse returns to her Cootamundra roots
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On the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, nurses all over the world are celebrated for the contribution they make to global society. International Nurses Day has been especially noteworthy over the past few years as COVID swept the planet, putting nurses under immense pressure. Closer to home, the pandemic helped one nurse realise the importance of where you live. While...
Farewell Nimmitabel’s Peter Taylor, a giant among agriculture leaders
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"Putting primary industry in the care of trade union mogul Simon Crean is akin to putting Ned Kelly at head of security at Westpac".  Topping the Sydney Morning Herald Quote of the Year published on December 31 1991 was this one liner from Peter Taylor. Those who knew him would chuckle: a formidable intellect, adroit and unsubtle, he never missed an...
Region’s largest book fair kicks off this Saturday
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Wagga Wagga Showground has set the stage for a weekend of bibliophile heaven in the Riverina. Booklovers and collectors can leaf through more than 40,000 titles for sale at the annual Wagga Rotary Book Fair. "After we took over the book fair from Lifeline, we got bigger and bigger and moved here (showground)," organiser Graham Russell said. "We are proud of...
Community calls for changes to Jindabyne skatepark plans
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Sitting on the shore overlooking the lake, Jindabyne's skatepark is said to be in one of the most beautiful spots in the country for such a facility. It is also in a fast-growing town and the skaters who flock to it will be happy to know plans to make it even better have passed another milestone. Snowy Monaro Regional Council...
Forty years between drinks: Wagga’s newest pub was built in 1982
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Wagga Wagga's pubs are a hot commodity right now, with investors paying as much as $29 million for a piece of the action. But while the city's population has doubled in the past 50 years, not a single new hotel has been constructed since 1982. Geoff Burch from the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society has been researching the Riverina's...
Queanbeyan locals awarded for backbreaking efforts to preserve heritage homes
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For a town founded nearly two centuries ago, it's little wonder Queanbeyan is rich in heritage. But over the years, many of the original landmarks have made way for the new and sparkly, making the ones that have survived extra special. One of these, 4 Alice Street, received a badge of honour as part of this year's Heritage Festival. Owner...
The CWA is 100 years young and still baking the best scones in the Riverina
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The Country Women’s Association (CWA) this year marks 100 years as the backbone of rural Australia. Piping hot tea and fresh scones with lashings of cream and jam have long been associated with the not-for-profit organisation, but there's a lot more to its hard-working members than afternoon tea. The first Branch of the CWA was established in Crookwell NSW in...
Eden Mountain Bike Hub trail construction starts late May
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The project to bring kilometres of new mountain bike trails to the forests outside Eden has reached a milestone, bringing the Far South Coast town closer to becoming a prime destination for biking enthusiasts. The first trails for the Eden Mountain Bike Hub in Nullica State Forest, west of Eden, are expected to open later this year. Stage one, comprising 20...
Historic Yass hall is now Murrumbateman home for the Ellerys
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Myrna and David Ellery see themselves as custodians of the many houses they've bought, restored and sold over the years. There have been houses across the country for banker Myrna and journalist David, but there's been one that has really become a "home". It's a house in Murrumbateman which, ironically, used to live in Yass. The Yass Temperance Hall, built...
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