New portal makes it easier for regional communities to access $64 billion in government grants
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It has just become easier for community groups, schools, not-for-profits and businesses in regional and remote areas to access billions of dollars in government funding. Using Regional Development Australia's Grant Funding Finder portal, community groups can apply for more than 1000 Federal Government and state government grants, rebates, concessions, awards and scholarships worth $64 billion. Local councils including Yass Valley Council,...
Four charged after burnouts near Bay cemetery
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Police have charged four people with driving-related offences following reports of dangerous driving and burnouts near the Batemans Bay cemetery last week. Officers attached to the South Coast Police District started an investigation after receiving reports of several motorists conducting burnouts near the cemetery on the Princes Highway, Batemans Bay, between 11:30 am and midday last Tuesday, 21 September 2021....
McAsh Oysters’ new tech is ‘flipping’ the game
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McAsh Oysters on the South Coast are preparing for a boom in sales when NSW opens next month with new technology allowing them to harvest oysters more efficiently.  The family-owned business is utilising new FlipFarm technology that originated in New Zealand.  The semi-automated system allows them to harvest oysters more efficiently with less human labour.  Oyster farmer at McAsh Oysters,...
Unvaccinated will lose freedoms when NSW hits 70 per cent target
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It's been revealed unvaccinated people in some parts of regional NSW will actually lose some of their current freedom when the state hits the magic 70 per cent fully vaccinated target next month, as the State Government unveils more of its roadmap back to normality. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the new freedoms, expected to come on October 11, would...
Police appeal for dash-cam footage after serious crash near Goulburn
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Police are hoping witnesses or dashcam footage can help shed some light on a crash near Goulburn that has left a man in Canberra Hospital in a serious condition. The accident happened at about 1:30 pm on Saturday 25 September 2021. Emergency services responded to reports of a serious single-vehicle crash on Braidwood Road, Tirrannaville, outside the Wakefield Park raceway,...
More eyes in the sky as shark-spotting drone service expanded
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Shark-spotting drones will become a familiar sight at more South Coast beaches this summer, with Surf Life Saving NSW extending its coverage to every coastal local government area in the state. More than 50 NSW beaches will be patrolled this season, with unmanned aerial vehicle pilots employed to watch over swimmers and surfers through an expanded shark surveillance program. Last...
COVID-19 case numbers grow in Goulburn, Batemans Bay and Queanbeyan
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COVID-19 case numbers in the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) have now topped 100 since the current outbreak began in June. There were 11 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, taking the tally to 109. The majority of the new cases are linked to previous infections. Of the 11 new cases: Seven are in Goulburn...
Concrete piers the last trace of Batemans Bay’s iconic old bridge
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The sun is shining and the water is glistening on Clyde River as the John Holland workers continue to dismantle the old Batemans Bay Bridge. For the most part, the iconic bridge is completely gone. All that remains of the town's landmark structure is a few piers rising from the water. After the new bridge was officially opened to the...
A bumpy and bumper snow season comes to an end
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Thredbo Resort will officially draw the curtain on the 2021 snow season today (26 September), a week ahead of the traditional closing date. The closure was announced on the Thredbo Resort’s Facebook page: “And that’s a wrap! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions affecting the number of guests who are able to visit the resort, this Sunday, 26 September will be...
Four COVID-19 cases and new potential exposure sites in Goulburn
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New potential COVID-19 exposure sites have been released for Goulburn, with four cases recorded in the reporting period to 8 pm yesterday. Two of the cases are linked to known infections but the other two are still under investigation. There were no other cases recorded in the southern health district yesterday but the Murrumbidgee Local Health District had three -...
Rod Sims: the competition and consumer watchdog bringing big business to heel
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Competition and consumer watchdog Rod Sims had the public sector world at his feet 30 years ago, but he turned his back on running a department to join the private sector, a move that was pivotal to his current role. He was 43 when he left the public service after helping the Hawke Government deliver some of the most important...
Air pocket helps fire-fighting chopper pilot survive crash into Ben Boyd Reservoir
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An aviation safety investigation has heard how a pilot found a pocket of air in his submerged helicopter cabin, giving him the precious breaths of oxygen needed to escape from the crashed aircraft alive. The accident happened on 9 January 2020 when the firebombing helicopter lost power and dropped into the Ben Boyd Reservoir near Eden. The UH-1H helicopter was...
New cases in Goulburn, Hilltops, as simpler way to book COVID-19 vaccinations rolls out
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With case numbers continuing to rise, Southern NSW Local Health District is taking public bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations on a new online platform that offers a simpler registration process. Three new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the reporting period to 8 pm yesterday, all in Goulburn and all linked to known cases. They bring the total number of cases in...
Developers promise world-class Mogo Adventure Trail Hub
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Rocky Trail Destination will deliver the world-class Mogo Adventure Trail Hub after the company signed the contract for its detailed design, construction and maintenance this month. Rocky Trail Destination is very familiar with the region having run mountain bike events in Mogo since 2018. With its sub-contractor Next Level Mountain Bike, the two companies have pledged to bring the best...
Police release more photos after hit and run near Cooma
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Investigators have released more CCTV images in a bid to track down those responsible for a hit and run that left a policeman with serious head injuries in the NSW Southern Region last month. About 8:20 pm on Monday 30 August 2021, officers from Monaro Police District were in pursuit of a confirmed stolen utility on the Monaro Highway, Nimmitabel, about...
Defence force deployed in Yass, new COVID cases in Hilltops, Queanbeyan and Goulburn
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Australian Defence Force personnel have joined the NSW Police Force on the South Coast and The Hume Police regions as part of an expansion of COVID-19 welfare and compliance checks across NSW. Police officers will be assisted by ADF personnel as they conduct daily welfare checks and support the wellbeing of those self-isolating. ADF personnel have been deployed to assist...
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