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There are high hopes that a weather system moving across Australia will deliver welcome rain and a dump of snow to South East NSW - the region's first significant break from at least five months of dry, warm days. A strong cold front from the Southern Ocean is moving across from Western Australia now, it's chill is likely to be...
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Goulburn now has a second reverse vending machine giving locals a chance to recycle and pocket a few extra dollars. The Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme has been operating out of the Goulburn Woolworths carpark for a number of months, but a second collection point has just been opened at the Goulburn Gateway Service Station on the corner of the...
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Oyster lovers, fine foodies and many families from Sydney, Canberra, and south-east NSW will head to the annual Narooma Oyster Festival this weekend. The Festival launches on Friday (4 May) afternoon at 4:30 pm with a free family concert featuring the Steve Edmonds Band, a freestyle motocross display, climaxing with fantastic fireworks at 8 pm. Saturday’s Festival starts at 10 am. The Narooma Oyster...
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Canberra's 2018 kangaroo 'cull' will number up to 3252, and is a thousand more than last year. The shooting will cost up to $500,000. At the launch of the cull on 2 May 2018, RiotACT spoke to ACT Government Ecologist, Doctor Melissa Snape, about the success of a recent trial on dart delivered contraceptives for kangaroos. The ACT Government has...
Community
Local government in South East NSW is stepping forward with a range of ideas to cope with what has been described as a global crisis. In January 2017, China started demanding an almost zero contamination rate in the raw recyclable materials it accepted for processing from countries around the world. According to the NSW Environment Protection Agency, until recently China...
Community
The inaugural Snowy Monaro Youth Awards have highlighted the vast contribution being made to the community and the future by teens in towns like Bombala, Jindabyne, and Cooma. Awards in eleven categories were contested by 49 nominations, with the awards ceremony at the Cooma Ex-services Club one of the highlights of Youth Week celebrations in the Shire. Snowy Monaro Youth Mayor, Zara...
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Eurobodalla Shire Council has released plans for a second water supply storage in the shire. Concept designs for a new $100 million dam near Bodalla are now complete and available for the community to view and make comment on. The proposed facility is unlike a traditional dam in that it is off-stream, with water pumped to it from the Tuross...
Environment
Australia's highest places have just received a $27 million boost with 46km of new walking and mountain bike trails to be developed through the picturesque Kosciuszko National Park. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, says the investment will create one of Australia’s, if not the world’s, best multi-day walking tracks and will totally transform summer tourism in the...
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Largely unknown but very colourful creatures in the waters between Narooma and Nadgee have been turning heads this last week. A Sea Slug Census has captivated divers, snorkelers, rock poolers, walkers, and kayakers in the lagoons and estuaries that dot the Far South Coast. This “hunt” for the jewels of our coastline – nudibranchs, sea hares, and bubble shells, is...
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A town that has championed grassroots action against climate change has perhaps fallen victim to it, according to a longtime greenhouse gas campaigner. Tathra resident and local orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Matthew Nott believes the bushfire that scorched his town on March 18 was supercharged by climate change. As the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity, Dr Nott and his group...
Arts & Culture
Over the Easter weekend, Lake Jindabyne provided a stunning natural backdrop for sculpture with the 17th Lake Light Sculpture exhibition welcoming over 20,000 visitors. Like Bondi’s famous Sculpture by the Sea and the more recent Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe (WA), people have voted with their feet, and trodden pathways and hills to view outdoor sculpture exhibitions locally. In South East...
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New Federal funding promises to fill in a number of Mobile Black Spots in South East NSW. One hundred and six (106) priority locations across Australia have been singled out for improved mobile phone coverage through Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone. One hundred and two (102) new base stations will be built, including five local sites: Bombala – Will receive a...
Health & Wellbeing
Money is flowing to support good mental health in the wake of the March 18 bushfires that moved in on Tathra and surrounds. NSW Federal Liberal Senator, Jim Molan announced the $250,000 for extra counselling services at the Recovery Centre in Bega set up to manage the physical and emotional rebuilding that will take place in the months ahead. "This...
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"It was a matter of pick a house and save it," - the words of firefighter Brett Evans as he reflects on the effort of Sunday, March 18 as flames moved into the heart of Tathra. Brett works with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and has been a bushfire fighter for close to 30 years, "You feel apprehension, but probably...
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Eurobodalla residents are being asked to outline their concerns, experiences, and values when it comes to the shire's troublesome population of visiting flying foxes. A shire-wide flying fox management plan is being drafted that will set out how Council makes decisions about managing the impacts this threatened species has on residents. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Director of Planning and Sustainability, Lindsay...
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Farming in the Bega Valley has always been a collective effort, the 1899 foundations of the region's iconic Bega Cheese company are a cooperative of local farmers, that spirit of working together is getting a tech makeover this week at the Bega AgTech Days. "It's hard to change or scale up as an individual, but if you collaborate and come...
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