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...
John Barilaro’s road from Eden leads to, well, Aspen
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Fluff your beanies, wax your skis and maybe get familiar with the term aprés-ski because Aspen might just be on our doorstep in a few short years. OK, not Aspen itself, but the Australian version of the high-flying ski resort in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (hopefully) replete with trees adorned with fairy lights, cobbled streets lined with cool boutique stores, and...
Man drowns at Long Beach on weekend
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A man has died after a suspected drowning at Batemans Bay on the state’s south coast. Emergency services were called to Long Beach about 12:30 pm on Sunday 24 May 2020, after a member of the public located an empty kayak and notified police. Officers from South Coast Police District attended and found the man's body in the water. Despite...
Funding for mange treatment program for coastal wombats
Community
Federal funding through the Communities Environment Program has been provided to WIRES Mid South Coast Branch to implement a wombat mange treatment program across the Eurobodalla Shire. Federal MP and Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips was in Moruya on Tuesday to meet WIRES volunteer Tony de la Fosse, WIRES specialist carer Nelda Paterson and little Neddie the wombat. “The South...
RFS: “We don’t want to discourage people from using fire as a management tool”
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It's the season for burning off and many people living in bushfire-affected communities are weighing up the benefits of reducing fuel load with the risk of starting an uncontrollable fire. Bega Valley Shire Council has asked residents to comment on a new draft of their Burning Off in Open Areas Policy, which aims to streamline the process of seeking council...
After brutal pre-selection barney, Fiona Kotvojs does a Bradbury for Eden-Monaro Liberals
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After a brutal few weeks of electoral brawling that captured the attention of the nation, Eden-Monaro Liberal Party branches have chosen Dr Fiona Kotvojs as their candidate for the upcoming by-election. While the ALP pre-selected former Bega Valley mayor Kristy McBain weeks ago, the unseemly stoush between NSW Deputy Premier and National Party leader John Barilaro and Member for Bega...
Funding flows for South Coast waterways
Environment
The NSW Government will give the Eurobodalla Shire Council $1.1 million over three years to mitigate the impact of bushfires on coastal waterways. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Coastal and Estuary Grant Program will fund sediment and erosion control measures to protect estuary health, weed control and strategic revegetation on public land, working with private landholders. A further...
Time is up for Braidwood’s historic poplar avenues
Community
The longstanding saga of Braidwood’s historic highway entry lined with golden and Lombardy poplar trees is progressing to the next stage. Last week, Transport for NSW emailed some residents with plans to replace the ageing poplars with new saplings. The poplars have been deemed a roadside hazard because they are too close to the highway, and there have been several...
Jobs boost for region as Snowy 2.0 passes planning approval
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Jobs have already been advertised and up to 2000 new positions will be created after the main works for the Snowy 2.0 project passed the planning approval phase by the NSW Government on 21 May. While exploratory works continue to progress onsite, the project will now be referred to the Federal Government for final approval before main works construction commences...
UPDATED: Target store closures and rebrand list announced in major retail shake-up
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UPDATED May 23: Following yesterday's announcement of a major shake-up among Wesfarmers retail brands, Target has announced which stores will close and which will change to Kmart. In the South East,  the Cooma, Cootamundra, Merimbula, Nowra and Wagga stores will all close in early to mid-2021 among other regional stores across NSW. In the ACT, Weston Creek will close in early-mid 2021. There's no word on the...
Business chamber welcomes easing of restrictions to tourism in NSW
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Businesses on the NSW South Coast will welcome back tourists from 1 June 2020 after the NSW Government lifted restrictions on travel. Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips said both tourists and locals need to continue exercising caution to avoid a rise in local COVID-19 infections. “Our community is still so vulnerable after the bushfires and what we don’t want to see...
Gaden Trout Hatchery receives $3 million recovery grant
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The Gaden Trout Hatchery on the Thredbo River has received a $3.3 million grant from the NSW state government to revitalise its educational centre and help boost tourism and jobs in the region. The grant will be put towards a new educational facility for one of Australia's main centres for breeding and rearing trout, a cold-water sport fish. The works...
Forgotten fire-affected communities still need support: Albanese
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Anthony Albanese has shoved a splinter into the side of the Morrison government, labelling it complacent in the face of a “triple whammy” of disasters that have hit regional rural communities. On a visit to the fire-affected communities of Batlow and Tumbarumba on May 19 – in support of Labor’s candidate in the upcoming Eden-Monaro by-election, Kristy McBain – the...
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