Keeping older Australians safe on the road
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A panel of experts is set to deliver an online question-and-answer session for Eurobodalla Shire's drivers aged 65 and above so they can learn more about licences, road rules and how to drive safely. Drivers are invited to attend the online forum on Wednesday 3 June from 10 am to ask questions of representatives from the NSW Centre for Road...
Lion attacks zookeeper at Nowra
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A woman has been airlifted to hospital after being attacked by two lions at the Shoalhaven Zoo on the South Coast today. Emergency services were called to the zoo just before 10.30 am this morning (29 May) following reports a zookeeper had been attacked by lions. A 35-year-old woman was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics for head...
Funding paves way for showground shed at Gundagai
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Horse enthusiasts of the NSW South West Slopes have let out an almighty "yee-haw" at news of a funding boost for the Gundagai Rodeo and the popular annual stockman’s challenge, the Battle on the Bidgee. With both events well established on the annual horse event calendar, the $15,976 in funding announced this week will see the construction of a sponsor...
Thredbo to open as NSW gives ski season the green light
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The NSW ski season will commence on 22 June after Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced the NSW ski season will start on the same day as Victoria. However, numbers on the mountains will be capped, bookings will need to be in advance and social distancing rules will be in place to ensure the safety of skiers,...
Wilderness tour operators struggle back from the brink
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Tourism industry operators have been hard hit by bushfires, floods and COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, and owner-operators of Kiah Wilderness Tours, Jenny and Arthur Robb, are no exception. Kiah Wilderness Tours is an eco-kayaking attraction located 11km south of Eden. Jenny and Arthur are looking at new ways of rebuilding their business after suffering devastating losses during the past few months....
New report labels East Coast fast rail an “expensive folly”
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The dream of a fast rail corridor between Canberra and Sydney has been dealt a major blow by a new report that claims bullet trains are unsuitable for Australia and rail renovations are "unlikely to fulfil the overblown claims made for them". The report from the Grattan Institute has labelled the East Coast bullet train that would connect Melbourne and Brisbane...
Backcounty operators given go-ahead for upcoming ski season
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While it has been confirmed that the 2020 NSW ski season will go ahead, it's not yet clear how ongoing COVID-19 social distancing restrictions will change how snow lovers holiday this year. The CEO of the Australian Ski Areas Association, Colin Hackworth, said "it would be really helpful" to have a firm start date for the ski season. He is...
Fiona Kotvojs on climate change, bushfires and not fitting into a Liberal Party box
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After a political brawl of epic proportions between John Barilaro and Andrew Constance, the Liberal Party's Eden-Monaro preselection process has delivered a candidate who says she's deeply locally grounded but also hard to fit in a box. Fiona Kotvojs is remarkably diplomatic about the process that finally ended last weekend with a solid victory for her candidacy. "From my perspective, having...
Man charged over alleged sexual abuse of young girl in the Riverina
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A man faced court today charged over the alleged sexual abuse of a young girl in the state’s Riverina region at the weekend. About 6:30 pm on Sunday, 24 May, officers from Riverina Police District were contacted following reports a 10-year-old girl had been sexually abused by a man known to her at a park at Cootamundra. A crime scene...
ACT woman charged over 2019 Crookwell fatality
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An ACT woman has been charged over a collision near Crookwell last year that resulted in the death of a 62-year-old woman. The 28-year-old is due to appear before Goulburn Local Court on 5 August charged with negligent driving causing death, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and cutting in front of a vehicle after overtaking. Emergency services were called...
Committee chair quits over approval of Snowy 2.0
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The chair of a key scientific committee has quit over the NSW Government’s planning approval of the controversial Snowy 2.0 project and called for an independent review of the threats, mitigation measures and long-term impacts of the scheme. NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee chair Associate Professor Mark Lintermans, from the University of Canberra, says in his resignation statement that the NSW Government...
UPDATED: Victorian brumbies in court as traps are prepared in NSW
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UPDATED, May 26 5 pm: The Victorian Supreme Court has adjourned for the day. Both parties have completed submissions and judgement is expected at 2.15 pm on Friday. May 26: Today the fate of Victoria’s Alpine Brumbies will be determined in a virtual hearing as Omeo cattleman Phil Maguire faces off with the State of Victoria in the state’s Supreme Court....
Eden-Monaro by-election date set
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The Eden-Monaro by-election is set to be held on Saturday, 4 July, after the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith, said he intended to issue the writ to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) this Thursday (28 May). The election date falls during the school holiday period in NSW, which is not the usual protocol for elections, but an...
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