Queanbeyan councillor seeks Labor preselection for Monaro
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Queanbeyan-Palerang Councillor Bryce Wilson has officially thrown his hat into the ring to be NSW Labor's candidate for the upcoming Monaro by-election following the abrupt departure of former Deputy Premier John Barilaro. Mr Barilaro held the Monaro seat from 2011 as a member of the National Party until he left parliament officially on 31 December 2021. Mr Wilson was Labor's...
Dallas Tout and Jenny McKinnon new respective Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Wagga Wagga City Council
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The nine new councillors of Wagga Wagga City Council have elected their new Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Longstanding Deputy Mayor Dallas Tout has been elected into the top job as Wagga Wagga City Council Mayor. Jenny McKinnon will join him as new Deputy Mayor. Dan Hayes was the only other contestant in both votes. Councillors voted 7-2 in favour of...
Stop Use Order issued to Goulburn’s Alpine Heritage Motel due to alleged health and fire risks
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Owners of the Alpine Heritage Motel in Goulburn continued to operate for a few days during the holiday period despite a Stop Use Order that was issued by Goulburn Mulwaree Council in November 2021. Council's Emergency Development Control Order issued on 19 November, 2021, prohibited the premises from operating for the purposes of accommodation due to "risks associated with fire...
Fourteen-year-old among teens arrested after allegedly assaulting police
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Six people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been charged over the alleged assault of two police officers in the Riverina region on Tuesday (11 January). At about 11:10 am, officers attached to Riverina Police District's Proactive Crime Team attended a home on Connorton Avenue, Ashmont, to make inquiries regarding a teenager wanted over an unrelated matter. While attempting to arrest...
Helicopter crash highlights inadequacies of upper torso restraints
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A helicopter crash in the NSW Snowy Mountains has highlighted the inadequacies of standard restraints in aerial firefighting and long-line lifting, with an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation finding they are likely not fit-for-purpose. On 17 April, 2018, the pilot of a Garlick Helicopters UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopter was conducting long-line lifting operations near Talbingo, in the Snowy Mountains, to...
Murrumbateman Vineyards take stock of damage after freak hail storm
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The hail storm that passed over Canberra last week (4 January), wreaked havoc in Belconnen and left thousands of households without power. But as it left the suburbs and travelled north, the storm continued to cause damage, which will have long-lasting effects on some vineyards in the Murrumbateman region. Sarah Collingwood from Four Winds Vineyard says the storm lasted only...
Bega Valley Shire Council issues boil-water notice from Brogo to Bermagui
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The combination of heavy rainfall and summer visitors to southeast NSW has led to Bega Valley Shire Council issuing a boil-water notice for users connected to the Brogo-Bermagui water supply. Boiling water before use for drinking, food preparation, teeth cleaning and ice-making is now considered essential for water users in Quaama, Cobargo, Bermagui, Beauty Point, Fairhaven, Wallaga Lake, Wallaga Lake Heights,...
Elderly Victorian man dies after boat capsizes at Eucumbene Dam
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An elderly man died after a boat capsized at Eucumbene Dam on Saturday, 8 January, 2022. NSW Police said emergency services were called to Braemar Bay, an inlet that is part of the dam, at about 9:30am on Saturday. Police said they were told the 87-year-old from Ramsey, in Victoria, had been seen on the small boat, but he was...
Will the aeroplane ever take off as a way to get to the beach?
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When the car first graced the Western world, many of the advertisements sought to sow seeds into the imagination of potential buyers about how easy it would be to dash down to the beach for the day. After all, you'd be doing a lot more than 10 km/h on the back of a horse. The opportunities for travel would be...
Heritage verandah to be removed from iconic Commercial Hotel in Yass
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The Commercial Hotel has a storied history in Yass which spans more than 170 years. However, it has been left to go derelict since its last beers were poured in 2005, and now new owner Andrew Turnbull will be required to remove the venue's iconic front verandah. Yass Valley Council has announced it will be forcing the new owners of...
Traffic changes on the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain
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Motorists travelling between Canberra and the South Coast on the Kings Highway could face delays from next week. Slope remediation work, as part of the second stage of National Disaster Recovery on the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain, will recommence on Monday 10 January 2022, after ceasing temporarily in mid-December due to wet weather and machine repairs.  READ ALSO: Bay filmmaker breaking...
Yass residents invited to have their say on town’s future
Community
The people of Yass are invited to have a say on the future of their town. People who live in the Yass Valley and are passionate about their community - including improving the main street, parks and reserves - are invited to apply to join the Yass Valley Open Space Strategy Committee and Yass Main Street Masterplan Committee. Yass Valley...
Mental health initiatives helping rural and regional communities
Health & Wellbeing
Floodlights are beaming into rural and regional NSW, lighting the way to better support for those with mental health conditions - starting with the addition of two new safe havens in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. A recent announcement from NSW Mental Health Minister Bronnie Taylor has been a coup for the communities surrounding Wagga Wagga and Griffith; they are...
Two town halls in Bega Valley a step closer as architects put pen to paper
Community
Plans are afoot to resurrect two town halls in the Bega Valley after they were razed to the ground during the Black Summer fires. The communities at Kiah and Wandelle have been without a public indoor venue since the bushfire of January 2020, but the Bega Valley Shire Council has now engaged three architectural firms to provide concept designs for...
Lowest rate rise cap in 20 years puts added pressure on councils
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A decision to cap next financial year's rate rises at the lowest level in 20 years has been described as a "devastating blow" to local councils in regional NSW. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has set the rate cap at a baseline of 0.7 per cent - less than half the previous lowest cap of 1.5 per cent. Tribunal...
Cars bank up as accident disrupts Kings Highway traffic near Braidwood
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A two-car crash on the Kings Highway near Braidwood this afternoon (2 January) has left traffic banked up for six kilometres and highway traffic disrupted in both directions. Emergency services are now on the scene of the crash which occurred near Braidwood at Foxs Elbow Road. According to NSW Police, there have not been any fatalities from the incident. READ...
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