The mystery of the girl beneath the floorboards
Community
Wagga resident Sam Ryan was getting to work renovating his heritage home on Crampton Street in Wagga Wagga when he made a remarkable discovery. "I grew up here in the 90s and purchased the house from my father," he explained. "We started doing some renovations out the back and I moved this old cabinet that had been there since I remember....
Gunning cut out to be perfect venue for sword show
Community
When you live in a village with a history as rich as Gunning's, a return to the past is never far away. Like the good old days when men were men - and they usually carried a sword. About two years ago local policeman Daniel Wise and some like-minded souls decided to indulge their passion for days gone by and...
Consultation begins to make councils more resilient against disaster
News
The disaster resilience of councils across NSW will be put under the microscope in a series of workshops across the state. This kicked off with Resilience NSW Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons meeting with the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) to examine its roadmap to readiness for whatever the future holds. Commissioner Fitzsimmons said he wanted to understand the disaster resilience of...
From hard early years, Yass coach wins the fight of his life
Sport
Aaron Reid's life could have gone two very different ways. As a young man, he fought everything and everyone. He had what he describes as "a pretty dark childhood", getting involved with the wrong crowd and at age 13, finding himself too close to the wrong side of the law. "I remember back then my father saying to me, 'you...
Life on the force is not a bad job for a horse
Community
The NSW Police Mounted Unit is recruiting. They prefer their applicants to be unbroken, free of blemishes, have good intelligent heads and be between three and twelve years of age. They will of course also need to be a horse. The call went out through social media across the state. Inspector Sally Anne Rodgers from the Mounted Police Unit says they are...
TAFE course serves up hope, job prospects for Cooma’s newest citizens
Community
An inspiring TAFE NSW course is helping some of the Snowy Mountains’ newest citizens get the skills they need to find jobs and help feed the region.  Twenty-one women from Cooma’s growing multicultural community have recently completed a Statement of Attainment in Food Handling at TAFE NSW Cooma – and all plan to use it to parlay their passion for...
The highs and lows of life ‘up the river’
Community
Unreliable roads, isolation and patchy reception might not sound like paradise, but Moruya woman Jess Dwyer knows better. She grew up on the Deua River, west of Moruya, and has battled to return home with her sons since the Black Summer bushfires. She remembers the hour-long bus ride to school, with potholes so big the kids would compete to see...
When it comes to building self-esteem, these women are nailing it
Community
Jo Saccomani spends her days teaching women and children how to build things: from a stool to a deck, a cubby to a tiny house. But she has a much larger building project in mind for them - a project that could actually do herself out of a job. Jo also teaches women how to build confidence. And, in a...
Icy reception to the cancellation of Tumut’s Falling Leaf Festival
Community
The last-minute cancellation of this year's Festival of the Falling Leaf, due to forecast extreme weather, has resulted in a frosty outcome for organisers, who are now rallying to make reparation. There was already community disquiet around location, ticket prices, the loss of several festival favourites such as the street parade and fireworks display at the Tumut event but then...
‘It’s created a stronger bond’: Bega community pitches in to renovate Girl Guides hall
Community
Knowing the importance of Girl Guides to the community, Bega locals have again demonstrated that amazing small-town spirit by coming together to renovate the group's ageing hall. "Guides are always trying to help the community," Bega Girl Guides leader and NSW, ACT and NT district manager Anne Moore said. "By having the community help us, it's created a stronger bond...
Childhood memories of Pooh’s Corner inspire Canberra filmmaker
Community
Not-so-fond memories of the carsickness that accompanied holiday trips to the coast have inspired Canberra filmmaker Matthew J Thompson’s newest documentary. As a child, Matthew regularly made the trip from Canberra to Ulladulla with his family and there was one high point on the nauseous trip over the Clyde Mountain – Pooh Bear’s Corner. “I’d always get really car sick...
Recovery Pods extension endorsed to keep roofs over locals’ heads
Community
Families displaced by the Black Summer bushfires will still have a base to recover after Snowy Monaro councillors unanimously voted to keep their temporary homes in place. The Minderoo Foundation and Resilience NSW sent six Recovery Pods to the area to house locals who lost their homes in the 2019/20 fires. A council spokesperson said five of the six local...
Yass Valley community prays for future of Mundoonan church
Community
There's always been a Buckmaster connected to the tiny St Mary's Anglican Church, Mundoonan, in the Parish of Yass. They were there when it was built in 1911 as regular parishioners and were there just as regularly when the grass surrounding the small brick and iron building needed mowing. But as descendant John Buckmaster, 82, well knows, times change. Today...
Wood hammers iron to sculpt an artistic legacy in the Riverina
Community
John Wood's shed is a metalworker's dream. Racks of tongs and hammers line the wall amid a collage of large scale sketches and half-finished projects. Specks of rusted steel blanket the ground outside. "It looks like the Pilbara out there after it rains," John says with a wry smile. Red fire roars in the propane forge as the Wagga based...
A new adventure playground has swung into Bungendore
Community
Bungendore's $1 million adventure playground has officially opened. Two years in the making, Bungendore Park has been brought to life with support from the NSW Government, Bungendore Playground Committee and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. It was jointly funded through the Federal Government's Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package ($895,370) and the NSW Government's Everyone Can Play grant ($200,000)-  a program that supports the renewal, renovation...
Bush brigade celebrates 420 years of service in their new shed
Community
The soldier settlement of Maimuru, northwest of Young, has long been known for its stone fruit production but last weekend was all about celebrating a combined 420 years of community service from a handful of residents. A National Emergency Medal and 14 long service medals were presented to local Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigade members, recognising service ranging between 11...
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