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Funds to tap into thousands of years of bushfire knowledge
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Two capital region organisations will share almost $400,000 in government funding to harness thousands of years of Indigenous land and fire management knowledge and help communities better prepare for major bushfire events. The collaboration between Indigenous and conventional land and fire managers is being supported by the Federal Government’s $200 million investment in bushfire recovery for wildlife and their habitat,...
Botanic garden proposal to beautify Queanbeyan River
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A proposal to build an extensive botanic garden in Queanbeyan will link the town's river with the rest of the city while providing a major tourist drawcard akin to Canberra's arboretum, according to Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. The project is part of the city's ongoing beautification work on a parcel of land on both sides of the Queanbeyan River, from the existing Morisset...
Heavy rain sees flooding and dangerous seas along the coast
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Following heavy rains in the upper catchment and surrounding districts, minor flooding is occurring along the Deua River at Wamban west of Moruya. Araluen Road at the Kiora Bridge is now closed with floodwaters over the bridge. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast further moderate to heavy rain for Sunday into Tuesday. The situation is being closely monitored. The Deua River...
Want to be a zookeeper? Follow your animal instincts at Moruya TAFE
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A new TAFE course aimed at upskilling the next generation of zookeepers has been unveiled in Moruya. TAFE NSW Moruya has just launched the Certificate III in Captive Animals after extensive consultation with zoos in the Illawarra, South Coast and beyond, including Mogo Wildlife Park. The unique course, which is enrolling now, is the minimum required qualification for zookeepers and...
Historic Cuttagee Bridge to be replaced with two-lane concrete span
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An outcry has erupted over plans to replace a historic timber bridge on the NSW Far South Coast. On 10 March, 2021, Bega Valley Shire Council resolved to replace the single-lane Cuttagee Bridge with a two-lane concrete alternative, but the community opposition has been swift with more than 8300 people signing a petition against the decision. Council noted the bridge, which...
Urgent action needed as plague proportions of mice head south
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A plague of mice continues to surge across the state with reports they are now rising in numbers in the southern part of NSW and the ACT just as farmers prepare to sow their cereal crops. Mouse populations have spiked over the past 12 months as the farming regions on the eastern seaboard have benefited from solid rainfall, leading to...
Police seize and destroy $7.5 million worth of cannabis near Goulburn
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NSW Police have charged three men after cannabis valued at $7.5 million was seized near Goulburn yesterday (18 March). The three men, aged 26, 27 and 35, were arrested at a property on Junction Point Road, Crooked Corner, about 80 km north-west of Goulburn after police from the Hume Police District received information relating to the cultivation of cannabis at the property. READ...
Australian Army to set up camp in Goulburn
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Around 160 trainee soldiers from the Royal Military College (RMC) at Duntroon, in Canberra, will complete part of their training in Goulburn in April and May, 2021. Realistic training scenarios – including rescuing casualties, crowd control and shooting drills – will all be part of the training held at the Goulburn Cadet Depot, Salvation Army Centre and NSW Police Academy. READ ALSO:...
‘Careless and negligent’: EPA takes action against Cleanaway for toxic spill
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Allegations that it took Cleanaway Equipment Services in Queanbeyan five hours to notify the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of a toxic chemical spill into the Molonglo River in May 2020 will form part of legal proceedings that have begun in the Land and Environment Court. The EPA claims that on 14 and 15 May 2020, the solvent VivaSol 2046 leaked from...
Wedge-tailed eagle survived after possibly being shot from the sky
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A wedge-tailed eagle had a lucky escape after it was possibly shot in its wing and survived for at least several days on the ground before it was rescued. The bird coordinator for Wildlife Rescue Far South Coast, Goldie Fulton, said a carer found the eagle on the side of the road near Bega and brought it to her on...
First staff vaccinated ahead of rollout across the region
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Medical clinics across the region are bracing themselves for an onslaught of bookings with Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout scheduled to commence in general practice next week. The announcement of the second phase of the national scheme follows the first health care workers from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, 15 March....
Machines move in to start work on Bungendore Sports Hub
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Work has begun on multimillion dollar new sports facilities in Bungendore, giving the small NSW town even more appeal for young families looking to relocate to the country. NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro joined Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall to inspect early progress at the new Bungendore Sports Hub on 12 March, 2021. The $2.45 million community sports precinct...
Great weather for soup as rain settles in around the region
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It's great weather for soup as cooler temperatures and a slow-moving weather system are forecast to bring rain and cloudy skies to the region for the next seven days. We may even have to wait until the end of next week before we see a full day of sunshine. In Canberra, the weather will be dominated by cloudy skies and a...
85 cubic metres of compost wasted after single act of contamination at Cooma Landfill
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Thanks to the inappropriate use of a green bin, staff at Cooma Landfill were forced to dump 85 cubic metres of future compost into landfill last week. A canvas bag filled with dirty needles and other intravenous items was discovered in the Cooma Landfill compost farm, wasting dozens of hours of work, thousands of litres of water, hundreds of kilograms...
Council to consider Crookwell District Hospital redevelopment plan this March
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Upper Lachlan Shire Council will consider plans for a $2.5 million upgrade of Crookwell District Hospital this March. Under the plans, a new emergency department and ambulance bay will be built at the front of the hospital. The emergency department will include two holding bays, a resuscitation bay, an IV dialysis sitting room, a triage assessment room, three public toilets,...
Check your tickets! Cooma lottery win remains unclaimed
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If you've bought a lottery ticket in Cooma recently, it's time to check your pockets. A mystery player has picked up the $100,000 Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize, but they need to check their ticket and discover their winning news. The NSW player won first prize in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10448, which was drawn on 15 March, 2021....
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