ANU offers free tax service for the ACT and southern NSW
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It's hard to remember a year as relentlessly tough as 2020, what with the fires, the smoke, flooding and the worst pandemic in a century, so you probably don't want a reminder that it's also tax time. But it's not all bad news. Students from the Australian National University (ANU) are offering free tax assistance through the 2020 ANU Tax...
Former school counsellor charged over student assaults
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A former school counsellor has been charged over the alleged assault of two students at a high school on the Far South Coast. For 12 months, officers from South Coast Police District having been investigating reports two girls – aged between 13 and 15 – had been assaulted by a school counsellor. Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 55-year-old man...
Middle Arm Road upgrade almost complete
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Three kilometres of improvements, worth $480,000 and funded by the Federal Government Blackspot Program, are nearly finished on Middle Arm Road, Goulburn. Upgrades to the road include shoulder widening, installation of guard rails, speed advisory signs and strip sealing on the road's edges. The work began in March this year and was prompted by two serious accidents in 2016 on...
1000 more firefighting staff needed to combat future fire seasons, says union
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NSW needs to employ 1000 additional firefighting staff to "to reverse a decade worth of cuts and to begin properly preparing NSW for future bushfire risks" if it wants to handle another Black Summer bushfire season, the Public Service Association (PSA) says. More aircraft and better equipment for those on the front line of bushfires were also urgently needed following a...
Residents form a barricade to protect elm trees in Bungendore
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A group of angry residents from the Bungendore community have formed a barricade to prevent the removal of a stand of elm trees being cleared to make way for a multi-million dollar sports hub in the town. About 12 residents formed the barricade on Wednesday morning (12 August) before taking their protest to the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) chambers at...
Call for action over COVID-19 clusters in schools
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The union representing staff in all non-government schools in NSW and the ACT is calling for decisive action from government given the expanding COVID-19 clusters in schools. Students at two schools in Batemans Bay tested positive to coronavirus this week, while the cluster linked to a Sydney Catholic school grew to 17 with contact tracers homing in on a retreat...
Accessibility transformation of Pambula Beach precinct commences
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Bega Valley Shire Council has started work on improving functionality, accessibility and infrastructure in the Pambula Beach Surf Club precinct. As part of council's 'Bega Valley Shire – A Destination for All' plan to put southeast NSW and the Bega Valley Shire on the map as a leader in accessible tourism, improvements will be made at Pambula Beach, the Bruce Steer...
Yass, Binalong and Bowning told to boil water
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Yass, Bowning and Binalong residents have been told to boil their water after the weekend deluge filled Yass Dam to overflowing and affected the shire's ability to treat its water. Yass Valley Council says drinking water in the Yass Water Supply System is unsafe and water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil to make it safe....
Second school linked to Batemans Bay COVID-19 cluster
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The new Batemans Bay COVID-19 cluster has grown to three, with two cases linked to local schools. Southern NSW Local Health District has confirmed the new cases, which are known close of contacts of a recently identified case in Batemans Bay. One of the positive cases is linked to Batemans Bay High School, while another is linked to Batemans Bay...
“It looked like an atomic bomb”: Eden residents seek compensation from roadworks damage
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Roadworks undertaken in Eden from 10-11 June by a company contracted by Bega Valley Shire Council has resulted in property damage as corrosive lime settled on cars and roofs along Mitchell and Calle Calle streets. Sylvia Anderson lives midway down one of the streets impacted by the lime plume and works in construction herself. "What happens when you're building a road...
COVID-19 case closes Batemans Bay High School
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Batemans Bay High School will be closed for a deep clean tomorrow after a student tested positive for COVID-19. All staff and students are being asked to self-isolate while contact tracing occurs. In a statement on its website, the school said it would be "non-operational for on-site learning tomorrow, Tuesday 11 August 2020. All students will undertake at home learning"....
Southeast NSW receives good soaking during wild weather
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While the past weekend's wild weather system moved north, southeast NSW is soaking up the welcome rain. In recent days, up to 400 mm of rain was recorded in areas east of Braidwood, and the Shoalhaven River rose to nine metres at Warri, where the Kings Highway crosses it. By the afternoon of Monday, 10 August, the river had dropped...
Papua New Guinea youth and Rotary Club donate $61,000 to bushfire recovery
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The city community of Lae in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, has donated $61,000 to the bushfire affected NSW South Coast. In a country where the average wage is equivalent to one Australian dollar per day, Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Sharon Tapscott acknowledged the generosity of the donation. "We sincerely thank the Lae city community for their thoughtfulness and...
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