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Rural land use consultation period extended as community raises concerns
Community
Snowy Monaro Regional Council has voted to extend the consultation period for its Draft Rural Land Use Strategy, with extensive discussion being held around the draft environmental management plan. Council resolved to form a steering committee and extend the consultation period while the strategic consultation process continues as planned. Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer thanked council staff for taking...
Border ‘bubble’ clarified by Bega Valley Shire Council
News
Bega Valley Shire Council has clarified cross-border travel permissions for residents of border communities in Victoria and New South Wales. People who live in a border community who have not left the border area in the last 14 days can travel to another border community in the ‘border bubble’ without a permit. This means that anyone who is a resident of a Victorian...
Lindy Hume takes the reins at Four Winds as festival embraces new direction
Arts & Culture
Internationally acclaimed festival director Lindy Hume will head up the next two Four Winds Festivals at Bermagui, with a focus on creatively energised, locally embedded performance drawn from her deep attachment to the place she has called home for the past 15 years. The role of Creative Director is a new leadership position and the COVID-safe Easter 2021 event also...
Goulburn couple face $38,000 fines for allegedly fleeing Melbourne quarantine
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A Goulburn couple faces fines of $19,000 each after allegedly escaping Melbourne Airport when police told the pair they would have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.* The 24 and 26-year old allegedly fled in a car waiting outside the airport after arriving from Canberra, Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said. "Upon the advice of the public health team, those people...
ACT toughens border restrictions with NSW
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Travellers who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in NSW - which includes the Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong Local Government Areas (LGAs) - will be banned from entering the ACT from midday today (2 January). If people from the above areas need to travel to the ACT for extraordinary circumstances, they will need to apply for...
More traffic interruptions for Batemans Bay Bridge project
News
Motorists travelling on Clyde Street west in Batemans Bay are advised that the turn-around area at the end of the street will be widened to accommodate long vehicles. The works will impact the area along the southern foreshore as well as parking and access to the private jetty at the end of the road. Transport NSW has advised work is part...
UPDATED: Eden, Bermagui residents urged to test after two possible COVID venues identified
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3pm, January 1:  Bega Valley mayor Russell Fitzpatrick has urged all visitors to the Great Southern Hotel in Eden and the Beachside Cafe in Bermagui on December 30 and 31 to get tested for COVID and self isolate immediately. "The NSW Government has today announced two visitors to our region have tested positive to COVID-19", Cr Fitzpatrick said. The cases...
States shut borders to NSW but ACT unaffected so far
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The borders are clanging shut on NSW as its COVID-19 outbreak spreads, but so far the ACT has not been caught up in the new travel restrictions, other than Canberrans being urged to stay away from the NSW hotspots. Both Victoria, now battling its own Sydney-sourced cluster in Melbourne, and South Australia, will reimpose hard borders with NSW - Victoria...
Project to irrigate sporting fields with recycled sewage kicks off
News
Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk and Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor turned the first sod for the Goulburn Water Reuse Scheme at Seiffert Oval, in Goulburn, one of seven designated sport and recreation facilities which will be connected to recycled effluent supply for irrigation purposes. The $8.8 million project will ramp up in 2021, to improve parks, gardens and sporting...
2020 Year in Review: A surprising twist in a year of bushfires and COVID-19
News
Of Australia's two biggest stories in 2020 – COVID-19 and the Black Summer bushfires – surprisingly our top story was neither of those. An amazing photograph hooked in Region Media's readers and helped one tale go viral. Bushfire-related content comprised a majority of our most popular posts, but we've decided to bring you a broader view of the year with 12 of...
Eurobodalla Bushfire Recovery Support Service extended until December 2021
News
The Eurobodalla Bushfire Recovery Support Service will continue to provide assistance to bushfire affected residents until the end of December 2021, after additional funding from the NSW Government and Federal Government of more than $1 million. The service is run by Eurobodalla Shire Council to support the community, which was severely impacted by the Black Summer bushfires. The funding will...
Bushfire anniversary triggers impact on south coast
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Communities on the NSW South Coast are being urged to look out for each other on the first anniversary of the devastating bushfires that started on New Year's Eve 2019. As people affected by last summer's bushfires mark the new year in their own ways with events in Batemans Bay and Bega, the Australian Red Cross says communities need to...
Concept plan for Bega War Memorial Pool paves the way for funding applications
News
Bega Valley Shire Council has endorsed an upgrade concept plan for Bega War Memorial Pool which will enable further project development and applications for external funding. Council's leisure and recreation manager, John Grady, said the facility is due for renewal and the concept plan proposes widening of the pool, improved accessibility, multi-use spaces, and operational efficiencies created by improvements in...
Lifesavers respond to crowds and incidents
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Surf lifesavers have been responding to numerous incidents across the Christmas period, including a drowning at Mungo Brush, Myall Lake on Saturday.​ On the South Coast and in Wollongong, beaches were deemed to be over-crowded and restrictions were implemented. Alerts were issued on the Beachsafe website and app for locations including Surf Beach near Batemans Bay and Austinmer in Wollongong....
Peter Garrett speaks of urgent need to reduce horse numbers
Environment
Former Federal politician, Australian rock legend and passionate Kosciuszko National Park supporter Peter Garrett has called for urgent steps to cut feral horse numbers in the park, describing their current numbers as a 'plague'. Following an aerial and ground inspection of the northern end of the park, accompanied by Invasive Species Council CEO and Reclaim Kosci spokesperson Andrew Cox, Mr...
Massive storm cell hits Eurobodalla hard on Boxing Day
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2020, the year that never stops giving, has had a last hurrah in the Eurobodalla, where a storm described by locals as "a supercell" belted the community late on Boxing Day. There's extensive damage in some areas and George Bass Drive has been closed to motorists after the wild weather lifted the bitumen seal completely off the road on George Bass...
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