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...
NSW loosens travel restrictions to capitalise on long weekends and ski season
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The NSW Government is encouraging travel for holidays and recreational purposes from 1 June, a sign life is slowly returning to normal after weeks of COVID-19 travel restrictions. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian called it "an opportunity for NSW, no matter which way you look at it", while ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has called the development "an important next step" to post-COVID...
Upgrade work begins on Mountain Ash Road
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Construction work has commenced on the upgrade of Mountain Ash Road, near Goulburn, which is expected to continue until December 2020. Goulburn Mulwaree Council secured $1.5 million from the NSW Centre for Road Safety's Saving Lives on Country Roads program, and Mayor Bob Kirk says he is happy to see work begin. “I’m pleased to see work will now get...
Water restrictions end in Eurobodalla Shire
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Water restrictions have been lifted from level two to permanent water conservation measures, but there's no end in sight for either the Bega Valley's extreme drought, or drought conditions in the Eurobodalla Shire. With the Eurobodalla Shire's back-up water supply at Deep Creek Dam back above 90 per cent, the water restriction measures have been lifted. “Despite February’s flooding rain,...
Free urban and traffic planning services for Mogo rebuild
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The owners of seven commercial buildings that were lost in the New Year's Eve bushfire in Mogo, on the NSW South Coast, will receive pro-bono support from planning and traffic experts, Ethos Urban and Complete Streets, to ensure the rebuilding project does more than just re-establish the heritage town's charm. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s strategic land use coordinator Nathan Farnell said...
Australian alpine brumbies win reprieve in heated High Country battle
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Victoria’s iconic alpine brumbies, which were due to be culled by shooters from Monday, 18 May on behalf of the Victorian Government, have won a reprieve. The intervention comes in the middle of heated debate over plans to manage 4000 wild horses in the northern sections of the Kosciusko National Park and wilderness on the NSW and ACT side of the...
Cobargo bands together to rebuild sustainable, fire-resistant homes
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People who have lost homes to bushfire this year are now facing a ticking time bomb. Most insurance companies cover rent for a year of temporary housing, starting from the day of the fire, but five months of that year has already passed and many sites are only now being cleared of debris, leaving a shrinking window for rebuilding. A group...
Child dies, two remain in hospital following crash in Riverina region
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A child has died in hospital following a two-vehicle crash in the state’s Riverina region at the weekend. Just after 3 pm on Saturday, May 15, emergency services were called to the Snowy Mountains Highway in Tumut, about 100km east of Wagga Wagga, following reports of a crash involving a Subaru Liberty sedan and a truck. The truck driver, a...
Three produce awards for Far South Coast oysters
Food & Wine
The state winners of the 2020 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards were announced on Monday, 18 May and three Far South Coast oyster producers are winners in the "sea" category. Mimosa Rock Oysters won for the first time – with The Boxer oyster – while Tathra Oysters were at it again with their 5 Year Old Bistro Grade, and Wapengo Rocks have won...
UPDATED: Two three-year-old girls die in Batlow house fire
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UPDATED MAY 19:  There's been a tragic twist to the Batlow house fire deaths as police have been told that a woman and another child, who were also occupants of the house may have been locked outside the home at the time of the fire. The twin girls who died in the blaze have been named in reports as Aisha...
Braidwood Heritage Centre proposal to tap into town’s rich past
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Of the three million-odd people travelling through Braidwood each year, how many have wondered just what's behind the impressive stone facade of the local Museum, or popped in to have a look? Not nearly enough, according to the Braidwood & District Historical Society (B&DHS), which plans to change that and last week unveiled an exciting multi-million dollar plan to help...
Villers-Bretonneux mayor who led bushfire commemorations dies of COVID-19
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The Mayor of Villers-Bretonneux, a French village inextricably linked with Australia since WWI, and with the Bega Valley in particular, has died from COVID-19. Dr Patrick Simon died on Wednesday, and a statement from his family described him as their "hero". He had been the village's mayor since 2008 and recently led fundraising and commemorative efforts that recognised the devastating...
Riders and shooters to face off in Victorian Alps as horse lovers mount rescue mission
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UPDATED, 11 PM: An application for an injunction preventing the Victorian Government from shooting any brumbies in the Victorian Alpine Country has now been filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria. This injunction application will now be heard on Monday (May 18) at 10.30 am May 17, 8 pm: It's a showdown with all the markings of Banjo Patterson's colt from...
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