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UPDATED: Immediate demolition for Wallendbeen bridge as road and rail services disrupted
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UPDATE March 31, pm: Demolition of the Burley Griffin Way railway overpass bridge at Wallendbeen is almost complete and trains resumed operations on Wednesday night. A NSW Transport spokesperson said the Sydney-Melbourne XPT service was scheduled to run tonight (Wednesday) after remaining debris, signal testing and the all clear was given. Concerns that the planned journey of the 3801 heritage...
Driver who killed wool legend Trevor Picker sentenced to jail
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The man responsible for the death of an Australian wool industry leader and grandfather of two former Canberra Raiders players, Trevor Picker AM, will spend at least two and a half years in jail.  Blake Robert Meers, of Crookwell, has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison, with a non-parole period of two years and six months, after...
Negotiations to start as Goulburn prison officers end strike
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The Assistant Commissioner and Director of Custodial Corrections have agreed to meet this week with 200 prison officers who walked off the job at Goulburn's Supermax prison on Friday, 26 March. Chair of the Prison Officers’ Vocational Branch of the Public Service Association of NSW, Nicole Jess, said the officers were back at work on Monday, 29 March and hoping to start discussions...
It’s a block-buster! LEGO store coming to Canberra
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The pieces have come together for Canberra's first LEGO store which will open in the Canberra Centre in the next few months. The popular stores are renowned for their imaginative shopfronts, with each store custom-built to include tributes to the increasing creativity associated with the iconic plastic blocks. The Canberra store is likely to feature a large, wall-mounted mosaic of a...
Demand for mental health support doubles as Rural Fire Service members hit hard by disaster
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Demand for NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) mental health and support services more than doubled following the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020, with more than 3300 members seeking assistance. The surge in requests came after more than 450 NSW RFS members experienced some form of damage or loss at their own properties, with at least 70 losing or sustaining damage...
Emergency workers and Aboriginal Elders lead walk across new Batemans Bay bridge
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After weeks of rain, blue skies made for spectacular views for the crowds of people who thronged across the new Batemans Bay Bridge on Saturday. With a price tag of $274 million, the project to replace Batemans Bay's ageing but iconic bridge marked a historic milestone with a community walk led by local emergency services across the new span. Bega...
Railway bridge closure impedes flow of vital produce to market
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If you were thinking of skipping over to Griffith or further west for Easter, it may pay to add half an hour to your travel plans now that Burley Griffin Way, between the Olympic Highway at Wallendbeen and Milvale Road at Temora, has been closed to all traffic. This is what heavy transport companies are doing to ensure produce from...
Snowy Mountains Grammar School receives $4.5 million for learning hub
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The NSW Government will contribute $4.5 million towards a new learning hub at the Snowy Mountains Grammar School. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and local Legislative Council Member Bronnie Taylor announced the funding during a visit to the school. The two-storey building will house flexible learning spaces equipped with the latest technology, modern science laboratories, a digital...
Major works start on multi-million dollar Barton Highway duplication
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The multi-million dollar Barton Highway duplication project has started with major work to build two new lanes northbound on the highway from south of the NSW-ACT border to the intersection of Rolfe Road. While initial preparation work on the $200 million project began last November, this week has seen the start of the construction work that will directly benefit the 13,000...
Couple saves cattle from Braidwood bushfire only to lose them in flood
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A year after fires burnt their Braidwood property, Peter Bowie and Tracia Milton have watched floods wash away cattle and a three-bedroom cottage from their second farm in Mondrook near Taree on the Mid-North Coast. The couple was thrown into the spotlight by the media this week as images emerged of the cottage floating down the Manning River. Ms Milton...
Anzac Hall, dozens of trees to go in War Memorial redevelopment’s ‘early works’
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The Australian War Memorial has been accused of trying to sneak through fundamental elements of its controversial $500 million redevelopment by labelling them as 'early works'. It has submitted a works application prepared by Knight Frank to the National Capital Authority (NCA) that includes the demolition of the award-winning Anzac Hall, the ripping up of the parade ground and the...
Tiny turtles find any port in a storm will do after being blown off course
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The intense storm cell lashing the East Coast is displacing animals as well as people with seven baby loggerhead turtles washing up on South Coast beaches so far. The hatchlings have been found in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley shires after being washed down from their nesting areas in Queensland. Listed as a vulnerable species, loggerhead turtles usually disperse...
High demand for swim teachers as kids line up to learn
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High demand from ACT and capital region parents wanting to enroll their children in swimming lessons has led to a shortage of teachers, according to the peak industry body Swim Australia. Swim Australia says 2000 swim teachers are needed to fill a national shortage - with 600 teachers needed in NSW and 50 in the ACT - and it's concerned...
Community walk to mark Batemans Bay’s historic bridge opening
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Despite days of flooding rain on the NSW South Coast, Member for Bega Andrew Constance's office says everything is still on track for the new Batemans Bay Bridge to open to traffic in time for the Easter break – months ahead of schedule. Traffic is scheduled to move onto two lanes of the new $274 million bridge in coming weeks with the...
South Coast residents stranded as Deua and Moruya rivers flood
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Residents situated on the Deua River and Moruya River, on the NSW South Coast, are preparing for a few days of disruption as statewide heavy rain causes minor flooding and several local road closures. Deua River at Wamban, a 10-minute drive inland from Moruya, peaked at 6.7 metres around midnight on Sunday, 21 March, while Moruya River, at Moruya Bridge,...
South Coast driver clocks almost 200km/h on Barton Highway
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A NSW South Coast driver has been clocked speeding at almost 200km/h in north Canberra. ACT Policing said at about 1:40 pm on Saturday, 20 March, when it was raining slightly, officers saw a blue Ford Falcon sedan travelling east at speed on the Barton Highway, near Crace. The 22-year-old driver from Bermagui was recorded travelling at 196km/h on a section...
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