Bobcat, tractor, sheep stolen in separate incidents across Goulburn region
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Hume police need the community's help to solve three separate rural thefts from across the region. One is the theft of 150 second-cross lambs which were taken from a property on the Laggan-Taralga Road, Taralga. The animals went missing from the property between Friday, 10 June, and Sunday, 12 June. The second cross lambs are aged between six to eight...
‘Jobs for the boys’: inquiry launched into Barilaro’s trade commissioner appointment
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Former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro could have his New York City dreams dashed with his appointment as a Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas stalled by the state's upper house. In the Legislative Council on Wednesday (22 June), Opposition Leader Penny Sharpe moved a motion for Mr Barliaro's appointment to be temporarily deferred until an inquiry was completed....
Bega Valley woman among those charged during crackdown on unauthorised protesters
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A woman from the Bega Valley region was one of seven people charged following a police operation in Sydney's northwest. Officers from Strike Force Guard were undergoing a planned investigation at a property on Putty Road in Colo, believed to be used by members of Blockade Australia, on Sunday morning (19 June). There the officers said a group of people...
Charity’s DA fees waived in rare move by Queanbeyan council
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Respite Care for Queanbeyan has had almost $5000 in administrative and development application fees waived, contrary to the council's usual principle. The facility's chairman Paul Walshe appeared at a recent Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) meeting and asked for the assistance as COVID had put pressure on his budget. "Our building costs have gone through the roof, by over 30 per...
NSW Budget handed down as educators vote for unprecedented strike action
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Health, transport, education and community safety for the South East and Tablelands have all received boosts in the 2022-23 NSW State Budget. Big ticket items included in the Budget for the region were $391.3 million for the implementation of the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct, $60 million for the Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Development and $24.2 million to continue planning and...
Inland rail, housing and federal grants all on the agenda as councils gather in Canberra
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About a thousand mayors and councillors from across the country have gathered in Canberra this week for the annual national assembly of local government. Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout said there was a positive energy around the three–day gathering. "It's a good opportunity to do a number of things," he explained. "You pick up on the national trends with all the...
Rain delays replacement of Cooma’s ageing weir and fishway
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Heavy rain and a wet winter forecast have delayed the planned construction of the Cooma Weir and Fishway. Work was meant to begin in May and be finished by October. A statement from Snowy Monaro Regional Council said the project was revisited during a meeting in April. "Due to the high rains and river flows, the decision was made to delay...
Teen skier dies following crash on Thredbo slopes
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A teenager has died following an accident on a ski run at Thredbo Resort. At about 11 am on Sunday (19 June), emergency services received reports of an injured skier. Initial inquiries suggest the skier lost control on the slope, veered off track and struck trees. Other snow-goers noticed the injured 18-year-old man and alerted medical staff. He was treated...
Queanbeyan councillors vote themselves maximum pay rise
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Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has voted to give councillors a 22 per cent pay rise for the coming financial year, while the mayoral pay is going up 33 per cent. From 1 July, councillors will make $25,310 a year and the mayor $62,510. These are the maximum amounts dictated by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Annual Report, issued on 20 April...
Goulburn Mulwaree’s CEO appointment ends national search
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A nationwide search has found the new Goulburn Mulwaree Council chief executive officer. Aaron Johansson, former CEO of Charters Towers Regional Council in Queensland, will lead the organisation into its exciting future. Mr Johansson will take over from Warwick Bennett after his sudden departure earlier this year. Mr Johansson, who will move to the region with his family, starts in...
‘Well overdue’ remediation works scheduled for contaminated Captains Flat mine
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Long awaited remediation works are set to begin on the historic Lake George Mine site in Captains Flat. At a recent Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) meeting, councillors approved the NSW Legacy Mine Program's (LMP) request to access council-owned land to address lead contamination. This will include the partial removal of the heritage-listed Old Surge Bin. Councillor John Preston said the...
Peter Keeley ‘lured’ into bush and bashed, but teens acquitted of his murder
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Two teenagers involved in luring Canberra real estate agent Peter Keeley to bushland on the NSW South Coast where they bound, gagged and beat him up have been found not guilty of killing him. The boys, both aged 17 at the time of the bashing so legally cannot be named, faced a judge-alone trial in the NSW Supreme Court in May....
Arrest warrant issued for man over alleged assault, sexual offences
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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Troy Manton, with police appealing for the public's help to find him. The 36-year-old is wanted for alleged break and enter, assault and sexual offences. Mr Manton is described as being of Aboriginal appearance with a shaved head, between 170 cm and 180 cm tall with a muscular build and brown...
Dale Lee Vella committed to trial for alleged murder of Mark Vella in Murrumbateman
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A woman accused of murdering a man in Murrumbateman last year has been committed for trial. Dale Lee Vella, now 53, was arrested after the fatal shooting of 52-year-old Mark Anthony Vella. NSW Police said emergency services were called to a home on Murrumbateman Road at about 10:00 pm on 9 August 2021 after receiving reports a man had been shot....
It’s (now) official: Labor has retained the seat of Gilmore
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By a mere 373 votes, Labor's Fiona Phillips has officially retained the seat of Gilmore on the NSW south coast. It was the closest seat in the country with a 2.44 per cent swing away from Ms Phillips under a two-candidate preferred count. Ms Phillips said she was honoured to have been re-elected. "I'm ecstatic it's finally been decided. It...
Polar blast pours cold water on Selwyn Snow Resort’s 2022 opening
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Just weeks from opening to the public, two years after it was razed by the Black Summer bushfires, tools have been downed at Selwyn Snow Resort due to unprecedented amounts of snow. The hotly-anticipated, newly constructed state-of-the-art resort was set to open on 2 July but well over 100 cm of snowfall in the past week has shut down all...
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