Raging shooter ‘lost control’ before firing at family’s home, court told
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A drug and alcohol-fuelled shooter lost control due to a dispute over a ute before firing on a family's home in Narrabundah, a court has been told. Brodie Owen Antoniak, 32, is facing a jail sentence after shooting at the house where his long-time friend lived with their partner and two infants on 3 November 2020. On Thursday (2 September),...
Shearers, farmers urged to work together to fight COVID-19 crisis
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Concern is growing that shearers will become the latest profession to be stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a transient workforce, often moving from one isolated regional area to an even more remote one, they are more at risk of catching the virus. This can be compounded by some shearers being obliged to work in outback areas with limited amenities....
Take a virtual fly-through as Murrumbateman school moves closer to opening
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Construction work is expected to begin on the long-awaited $20.1 million Murrumbateman Primary School early in the new year after one of the last planning hurdles was passed. A State Significant Development Application went on exhibition for the school project on 17 June and when it closed, on 14 July, only eight submissions had been received - none of which...
Far South Coast COVID-19 concerns grow
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There's growing concern on the NSW Far South Coast after fragments of the COVID-19 virus were detected at the Bega sewage treatment plant. The discovery follows two earlier detections in nearby Merimbula and no known causes. Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said undetected COVID-19 cases within the Bega Valley Shire remain a strong possibility, and low testing rates were...
Barton Highway duplication project ‘virtually’ open to traffic
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If you can't wait to see what it will be like to drive on stage one of the Barton Highway upgrade, you need wait no more. This week, the NSW Government has posted an animated 3D flyover of the completed stage one of the highway, showing how the long-awaited new stretch of road, linking Canberra and Yass, will look on...
South Coast bushfire danger period starts, landowners require fire permits to burn
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The bushfire danger period started yesterday (1 September) for 21 NSW local government areas, including Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and the Bega Valley, meaning landowners must now obtain a permit to light fires. Grass fires will be a particular concern for local Rural Fire Service brigades over the coming months due to the increased amount of rain. The threat of grass fires...
Lockdown protestors arrested and PINs issued at Goulburn, Snowy Mountains and South Coast
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Protestors at Goulburn, Moruya and Ulladulla were among more than 150 people arrested during unauthorised COVID-19 lockdown demonstrations held across NSW on Tuesday, 31 August. Protestors at Bega were also issued penalty infringement notices (PINs) of up to $3000 each, while groups were moved on at Tumut and Cooma. Acting on information and intelligence, NSW Police deployed more than 900...
Burnouts leave Nelligen park ‘unusable’, anger community
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The Nelligen community has reacted angrily to the vandalism of a local park over the weekend. Batemans Bay police are wanting to speak to anyone with information about the extensive damage caused to the park near the tennis courts in Maisies Lane, Nelligen. The vandalism happened around midnight on Saturday (28 August) and has rendered the grounds unusable for families...
UPDATED: Authorities ‘baffled’ as COVID-19 sewage fragments found in Thredbo, Merimbula
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UPDATED 3:00 PM: NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro says health authorities are still "baffled" as to the source of repeated incidents of COVID-19 virus fragments in sewage on the Far South Coast. Speaking about today's revelations of a third incident of the virus in Merimbula's sewage and an initial discovery in Thredbo's sewage, Mr Barilaro said "it's a needle in a...
Yass Valley Council secures government funding for school safety upgrades
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Yass Valley Council has secured more than $871,000 from the Federal Government and NSW Government to improve pedestrian safety around regional schools. Yass Public School will be one of the beneficiaries with increased car parking for visitors and staff, and the moving of the bus stop to Laidlaw Street, with the addition of safety barriers. A ‘kiss and drop’ zone will...
Farmers urged to take action ahead of new mice plague threat
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Farmers are being urged to help the New South Wales avert another mouse plague. Although ACT rural areas and the adjacent regional districts of NSW did not suffer as badly from the mouse plague as western areas of the state, farmers are being urged to get ahead of the game of mice versus crops immediately. Mouse populations plateaued over winter...
Hand yourself in; appeal to offenders after hit and run leaves police officer with serious head injuries
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Police have appealed to those responsible for a hit and run that has left a young Cooma police constable in hospital with serious head injuries to hand themselves in. "The clear message is, this is a low act that you were involved in," Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar said. "It's not going to get any better. "Man up and come and present...
Farm stay hosts not screened, but sexual assaults ‘exceptionally rare’
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In the wake of a recent trial involving a rapist horse breeder who was a host for two farm stay groups despite already being convicted over other offences, it still appears the agencies conduct no thorough checks on hosts' backgrounds. While one very popular organisation states it cannot provide "in-depth" checks on hosts' backgrounds due to its size, the other...
Motorists warned Kings Highway closures start today
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Months of disruptions for Kings Highway motorists start today as critical safety work begins on the main transport link between Canberra and the coast. The Kings Highway between Misty Mountain and River Forest roads will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm from today, Tuesday (31 August), to allow crews to remove hundreds of trees...
COVID case in Googong, exposure site in Sutton
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Contact tracers are working to establish the source of a COVID-19 infection in Googong. Late this afternoon (Monday, 30 August), Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) said it had been notified of a COVID-19 case in Googong, and a new venue of concern in Sutton. The source of the Googong infection has not yet been identified. Contact tracing and investigations...
Almost two dozen COVID breaches uncovered in Bay blitz
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Almost two dozen people have been nabbed by police after breaching COVID-19 Public Health Orders in the Eurobodalla. The breaches were detected after the alleged perpetrators were swept up in a traffic operation, targeting criminal activity and dangerous driver behaviour on the state’s South Coast. Between Wednesday 25 August and Saturday 28 August 2021, officers attached to South Coast Police...
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