‘It’s hard to be positive’: Mayor let’s fly at merged council’s financial future
News
There’s only so much a mayor can take. As he was setting up display stands for this weekend’s Gundagai Show, Cr Abb McAlister made it clear he’s finding it hard to remain positive about the future of the Cootamundra Gundagai local government area. A straight-shooting Gundagai man to the core, Cr McAlister’s been in local government for years, 15 of...
Bushfire-affected ratepayers in the south east shires urged to access financial relief
News
Owners of properties destroyed by bushfires on the South Coast are being urged to access the NSW Government's financial assistance for rates payments after ratepayers were sent bills. The state government announced this month it will cover six months of rates for those who have lost their homes and small businesses in the state's fires. Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Liz...
Water restrictions ease for Braidwood and Yass
News
Following months concern about water security in Braidwood and Yass, water restrictions have been lifted following the recent widespread rainfall. Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) said it will relax water restrictions from level four to three in Braidwood after the Shoalhaven River began flowing again. Level three restrictions for Braidwood will start on 14 February, and water restrictions have been lifted...
Three teens arrested following Canberra man’s death at Broulee
News
Three 17-year-old males have been arrested at their homes in the Broulee area today following an investigation into the death of a Canberra man whose body was found in bushland at Broulee earlier this month. The man has been formally identified as 56-year-old Canberra resident and well-known auctioneer and real estate sales consultant Peter Keeley. A NSW Police spokesperson said Mr...
‘Extreme circumstances require extreme solutions’: Council works to improve Bega Valley water quality
Community
After heavy rains earlier this week, there appears to be an abundance of water. But the combined effects of drought, fire and rain in the Bega Valley mean water quality in some areas is so poor, council is taking drastic steps to rectify it. "Extreme circumstances require extreme solutions and that is certainly the case with the work currently being done...
Wills and Kate visit would help South Coast recovery, says Bega Mayor
News
With news breaking that Prince William and Kate are set to tour parts of Australia devastated by bushfires, Bega Valley Shire (BVS) Mayor Kristy McBain says she would welcome any visit by the royals. While no dates or locations have been announced, Mayor McBain told Region Media that every single person in the BVS is still reeling from the disasters, so...
SW Slopes residents invited to have their say on local healthcare
Health & Wellbeing
Time to express yourself about the health services in your town. The Murrumbidgee Local Health District is seeking feedback from the communities it services through the 2020 Community Survey, which has just been launched. This will be the third time the health service has undertaken a survey of this nature, with the first released in 2014 and the second conducted in...
$10 million upgrade transforms Queanbeyan East Public School
News
The $10 million upgrade to Queanbeyan East Public School has been officially unveiled, with principal Danny Scott describing the new future-proofed, world-class facilities as "extraordinary". "There are probably not enough words to describe just how amazing our new school is," Mr Scott told Region Media. "To have such a significant build in a country area such as Queanbeyan is wonderful. The upgrades are...
Man rescued from floodwater after clinging to a tree for 10 hours near Bega
News
A man was "barely hanging on" to a tree for more than 10 hours when NSW State Emergency Services (SES) crews made a successful rescue from floodwaters north of Bega in the early hours of this morning (11 February). NSW SES spokeswoman Sharon Fox told the ABC, "The message from police was quite clear, he was barely hanging on". "It's...
Hilltops mayor’s eye is firmly on the (amalgamated) future
News
Arranged marriages were likely not figuring large in Brian Ingram’s mind when he first signed up to be a councillor. But the past four years may have seemed that way as he witnessed the somewhat reluctant merging of the three rural councils of Young, Harden and Boorowa to form Hilltops Council, with a population of 18,500 residents covering an area...
Bega Valley koalas show signs of life after fire
News
Last week, in the small window after fire but before rain, a National Parks-approved search team ventured into the burnt Biamanga National Park to assess how recent fires have impacted the koala population. "The very welcome news is that fresh koala scats were found on top of burnt ground at the base of a young woollybutt at the last plot...
Disqualified learner driver clocked at 200km/h near Goulburn
News
A learner driver, who had already had his licence disqualified until September, was allegedly caught travelling at 199km/h southbound on the Hume Highway at Goulburn. The man was arrested after officers pulled over the black Audi hatchback just before 6pm on Saturday night. He was charged with speeding in a dangerous manner, exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h...
Eurobodalla fish hit hard by drought, fire and now rain
Environment
Even before the rains began washing ash and silt into waterways this weekend, native fish had been badly affected by drought and fire. The Eurobodalla Shire Council reports that mass fish deaths have recently been recorded at Tilba Lake, Whittakers Creek and the Deua River, with the combined effects of drought and bushfire to blame. Combined with low water levels...
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