Severe weather warnings issued for South Coast and surrounds
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A severe weather warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for southeastern and central parts of NSW today with forecasts of "vigorous and gusty winds" of up to 120 km/h for areas above 1,900 metres. For areas below 1,900 metres, damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with gusts reaching 90 km/h are possible for the Southern Tablelands, Snowy...
Snowy 2.0 work begins again after fire, despite major losses
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Despite suffering "major losses" in their operational township of Cabramurra after the Dunns Road fire passed through it, the Snowy Hydro 2.0 team re-started work this week, saying that the project will be a key part of the region's recovery. A total of 36 houses were destroyed in the 4 January fire, along with several of the unit blocks, the...
Sixteen arrested in South Coast crime crackdown
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An increased NSW Police presence on the South Coast after the fires has seen 16 people arrested, and 43 people and 18 vehicles searched as officers continue to crackdown on crime in bushfire-ravaged communities. Seven people were issued with move-on directions, 20 were issued with traffic or court infringement notices and seven were found to be in possession of illegal...
BOM issues severe weather warning for damaging winds
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Following yesterday's catastrophic hailstorm, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds that will sweep through the region later this evening. For areas above 1500 metres in the Snowy Mountains, ACT and South West Slopes, damaging winds between 80 and 90 km/h are expected from late Wednesday. Gusts in excess of 120 km/h could also...
Experts warn of “critical” after-effects on insects and wildlife
Environment
Two acclaimed experts from the Australian National University have warned of the after-effects of bushfires on fire-damaged habitat and rare insect species that may become extinct. Member of the Australian Entomological Society’s Conservation Committee and Associate Professor at the ANU Michael Braby says the bushfires will have a huge impact on native insects, as well as the plants and animals that rely...
Vehicle heads for Canberra after armed robbery in Bungendore
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A woman was threatened with a knife during a robbery at a shop in Bungendore yesterday. The robbery occurred just after 5:00 pm when a man walked into the shop on Gibraltar Street, Bungendore and threatened a 75-year-old female employee with a knife. After a short struggle with the woman, the man grabbed the cash register and ran from the store...
Bega Valley on the cusp of water restrictions
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About Regional has received many inquiries as to why the Bega Valley has no current water restrictions, given the ongoing drought conditions, drying impact of bushfire and the assumed impact of using freshwater reserves for firefighting over the last few weeks. The low level of Brogo dam has been a particular concern to residents with Bega Valley Shire Council's website...
NSW Premier and Governor visit fire-ravaged South Coast
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The NSW Premier, Governor and emergency service leaders toured the South Coast today (20 January) to meet and thank volunteer firefighters and emergency workers. NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter, NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and Member for Bega Andrew Constance visited Moruya, Cobargo, Quaama, Brogo, Bemboka and Candelo. They met with RFS volunteers and locals...
Anxious wait for winemakers to see if smoke has impacted harvest
Food & Wine
With bushfire smoke regularly choking Canberra, there are concerns the flow-on could affect this year's wine harvest from vineyards in the capital region. When vineyards and grapes are exposed to high levels of smoke, wines can be left with a smoky, burnt or ashy taste known as 'smoke taint', according to the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). Ken Helm from...
Broulee store a hub for local creativity
Arts & Culture
As an artist and producer of organic skincare and beeswax products, Greta Sharman appreciates the value of a space dedicated solely to the wares of local artisans. Her Broulee store, Bliss & Trove, has been established in that spirit. Mogo’s Greta – known for the well-loved Bliss honey products, produced by her beekeeper husband Tom – recently opened a Broulee...
Injured horses and destroyed huts – how Kosciuszko fared the fires
Environment
Cooma resident, photographer and administrator to The Snowy Brumby Heritage Group, Michelle Brown, this week ventured on foot into Kosciuszko National Park, which burnt on New Year's Eve. "It was a massive shock, just driving along the park boundary. My heart dropped to my feet when I saw the devastation to our beloved park," she shares. Many are wondering how...
Canberra comes to the rescue for Braidwood’s water supply
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Braidwood's dwindling water supply is safe, for now. Following a request from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC), the ACT Government and Icon Water will provide temporary water relief after the town’s water supply all but dried-up following bushfires in the region. The initial supplies of water to Braidwood will come from Bungendore and then Queanbeyan under a bulk water agreement with the ACT. QPRC...
Mike Kelly calls for “concrete outcomes,” not a Royal Commission, on fire disaster
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"We have never before been under threat east to west, north to south. The whole region has been smashed," Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly says of the South East fire disaster. He's considering how we respond to future catastrophic events as a region and as a nation. "Obviously we need to be better prepared as a nation to come...
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