NASA plans new $81 million Canberra dish as skyrocketing space missions cause bottleneck
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NASA will build a new cutting-edge deep-space antenna at Tidbinbilla as a rising number of missions puts increasing pressure on the network. Excavation, construction and testing of the new 34-metre deep-space communication dish is expected to cost around $81.3 million. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Deep Space Network Project Manager Bradford Arnold says recent upgrades to its facilities are already struggling to...
Tributes flow for former Tumut Deputy Mayor Audrey McKenzie
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Tributes and condolences are pouring in and around Tumut with the news that popular long-time shire councillor Audrey McKenzie has died. She was Tumut's deputy mayor in the 1990s, and is being remembered for her tenacity and advocacy for the townspeople during her seven terms as a councillor with the former Tumut Shire Council, which later merged with Tumbarumba Shire Council to...
Motorists warned daily Kings Highway closures will continue for months
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The main road connecting Canberra to the NSW South Coast will be closed during work hours four days a week for up to three months as Transport for NSW works to remove unstable trees near the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain. Transport for NSW regional director, south, Sam Knight said the closures from River Forest Road to Misty Mountain Road...
Cootamundra soil recyclers fined by EPA for alleged asbestos breach
Environment
A Cootamundra soil recycling facility has been slapped with a $15,000 fine by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for allegedly accepting and storing asbestos-contaminated waste at its contaminated soil treatment facility. Environmental Earth Sciences International (EESI) Contracting is permitted by its licence to receive hydrocarbon – petrol, diesel, waste oil – contaminated soils from NSW, ACT and Victoria. Its Cootamundra...
Frustrated communities face double-edged sword as council term extended again
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The postponement of the NSW local government elections until 4 December, 2021, is a double-edged sword for disgruntled communities desperately seeking a change of council representation. For the second time – just two weeks away from entering caretaker mode – the elections have been postponed due to COVID-19, giving councillors another three months in their seats. A number of community groups and...
Motorists urged to stay safe by avoiding Lilli Pilli worksite
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Eurobodalla Shire Council is pleading with motorists to stay clear of roadworks in the north of the shire to allow workers to safely realign George Bass Drive, near Lilli Pilli. Council is urging residents and road users to follow road closure directions amid reports of people putting themselves at risk by driving through council’s worksite at Grandfathers Gully. George Bass...
Cause of Orroral Valley fire under spotlight as Chief Coroner launches inquiry
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ACT Chief Coroner Lorraine Walker will hold an inquiry into the cause of the Orroral Valley fire that burned 78 per cent of Namadgi National Park and 22 per cent of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The landing light of an MRH-90 Taipan helicopter is believed to have sparked the fire on 27 January 2020 while trying to clear landing zones in...
Sydney man arrested after elderly man allegedly carjacked in Moruya
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A Sydney man will appear in court today over the alleged assault and carjacking of an elderly man on the NSW South Coast last week. Just after 2:20 pm on Tuesday 20 July 2021, emergency services were called to a carpark on Vulcan Street, Moruya, after reports of an assault. Police have been told an 83-year-old man was in the...
Canberra man flees into dam after allegedly stealing livestock trailers from Cooma
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A man accused of stealing two livestock trailers near Cooma was arrested by police after allegedly attempting to flee and then running into a dam. NSW Police said they received a report of the alleged theft after two trailers disappeared from a property on Saleyards Road on Sunday (25 July). Police began an investigation and found the trailers attached to a...
Ongoing project funds needed to support Yass Valley growth
Business
When she steps away from her position as Mayor of Yass Valley Council, Rowena Abbey hopes the new council - to be elected in December - will continue to work with state and federal MPs to attract infrastructure funding to the region. Mayor Abbey said recent projects, such as the Barton Highway duplication and Yass to Murrumbateman pipeline were just...
Severe weather warning issued for south-east NSW, blizzards in alpine regions
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A severe weather warning has been issued for south-east NSW and southern parts of the ACT for damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with the possibility of peak gusts topping 90 km/h. Blizzards are expected for alpine areas above 1600 metres this morning (28 July) while gusts in excess of 125 km/h in the region above 1900 metres are likely...
She writes just like a (crazy) woman, but she bakes (sometimes) like a little girl
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Long time journalist Sally Hopman is the latest recruit to the Region Media / About Regional team. She'll be familiar to readers from her years at The Canberra Times where she wrote extensively about Canberra and the Capital Region before joining the National Library. A Yass Valley resident, she'll focus on stories about our regional community with all its wonders, quirks and...
All lanes of new Batemans Bay bridge unlikely to be open for some time
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While traffic is already flowing across the new Batemans Bay bridge, it will be some time before all four lanes are open to motorists. Transport for NSW has released details of the works planned for the next three months, and said it will include laying the foundations for opening up to four lanes of traffic towards the end of the...
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