Measles case in Canberra sparks Health alert
News
Canberrans have been urged to check for measles symptoms after a person who recently returned from an overseas trip was diagnosed with the disease. Authorities issued the health alert this morning after discovering the person had visited a Woden shopping centre after flying from Melbourne to Canberra during the contagious period. ACT Public Health Physician Dr Kerryn Coleman is alerting the...
Planning moves ahead for new Eurobodalla hospital
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Planning for the new Eurobodalla regional hospital is advancing with the doctor that led the charge for a new facility attending his first planning meeting. Moruya Obstetrician, Dr Michael Holland is now a member of the clinical services planning group which met last week on the back of the NSW Government’s $150 million commitment in October. “It’s a very positive,...
Bermagui start-up joins global tech giants in anti-encryption protest
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A Bega Valley start-up has joined global technology giants in criticising the anti-encryption laws passed during the last sitting of Federal Parliament for 2018. Under the banner of the Reform Government Surveillance (RGS) coalition, companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, Evernote and Twitter have slammed the new laws. In a statement earlier this month, the group said, "RGS has consistently...
High schools for Jerrabomberra and Bungendore, plus $23m for new innovation precinct
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Two new high schools - in Jerrabomberra and Bungendore - and $23 million for an innovation precinct in Jerrabomberra: it's been a busy day for NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, as he continues to roll out spending pledges ahead of the state election in March. In a $23 million announcement, Mr Barilaro said the South Jerrabomberra Innovation Precinct would transform...
Man killed in motorbike crash near Crookwell
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A 69-year-old man has died after he crashed his motorbike near Crookwell on Sunday morning (16 December). Just before 11 am, the man was riding his motorbike northwest on Junction Road near the intersection of the Tuena Creek Crossing, when he lost control and fell off his bike during a left-hand turn. The man hit a guardrail and sustained fatal...
“Canberra bubble” an irritating word of the year for ACT
News
If you're an ordinary Canberra citizen, paying your taxes and going about your (possibly private sector) business, you might justifiably be a bit narked by the ANU Dictionary Centre's word of the year. It's "Canberra Bubble", a phrase thrown around with enthusiasm by politicians who are eager to win votes back home by signalling that they're straightforward decent people, not...
Old whaling techniques used to save whales from entanglement
Environment
The whale migration of 2018 has been a delight, but more and more a specialist team from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is being called upon to untangle our mammal cousins from ropes, buoys, and fishing gear. With increasing familiarity, whales are leaping, splashing, blowing, and singing their way up and down the New South Wales coastline headed...
Bushwalkers reunited with family after a week in Morton National Park
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A couple of bushwalkers stranded during an adventure in the Morton National Park, west of Nowra have been reunited with family a week after their ordeal started. Fifty-nine-year-old Canberra lawyer, Bill McCarthy, a Senior Counsel with BAL Lawyers, and Francisca Boterhoven De Haan, 60 years, from Wollongong, went bushwalking in the rugged Ettrema Gorge last Saturday (December 8). Concerns for...
Barr ignites over ‘blatantly political’ Space Agency decision
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is refusing to concede that the Federal Government has shot down the ACT's bid to host the new Australian Space Agency by handing it to Adelaide, launching a furious attack on the Coalition and pinning his hopes on Shorten Labor being elected next year. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said South Australia, as a key hub...
Rescuers head to lawyer and companion stranded in Morton National Park
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A rescue team is on its way by foot to reach Canberra lawyer Bill McCarthy and his female companion who have spent the last six nights in the Morton National Park near Nowra. A NSW Police spokesperson said the that it was decided this morning to walk into the park instead of extracting them from the air due to the...
Frogs Hollow Flight School –  “I will fight this into my old age.”
News
Bega thespian David Stocker almost stole the show yesterday as the Southern Regional Planning Panel (SRPP) met to determine the future of the proposed Frogs Hollow Flight School between Bega and Merimbula. I say 'almost' because the panel's refusal of the Development Application (DA) was what the community had really come to see yesterday (December 13). Mr Stocker was one...
Green buzz: How drones will be good for the environment
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The introduction of a drone delivery service in the ACT would help the Territory meet its zero emissions goal and reduce congestion on Canberra's roads, according to a new report. Commissioned by Wing, which is preparing to trial drone delivery services in Canberra's north next year from its new base in Mitchell, the report by AlphaBeta says that by 2030...
This one hurts the most: Canberra misses out on securing an A-League licence again
Sport
Canberra has missed out on securing an A-league expansion licence again after Western Melbourne Group and Macarthur-South West Sydney were given the two coveted A-league spots. NSL powerhouse South Melbourne, start-up clubs Team 11, Canberra and Sydney’s Southern Expansion have missed out on selection, leaving three teams in Melbourne and three teams in Sydney but none in the nation’s capital....
Police release CCTV footage of gun-wielding man robbing Hotel Queanbeyan
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Police are appealing for the public's help after releasing CCTV footage of a gun-wielding man in a black balaclava who robbed Hotel Queanbeyan in the early hours 15 November. Just after midnight, a utility believed to have been stolen smashed through a hotel on Crawford Street, Queanbeyan and a male exited the vehicle, armed with a firearm. The male fired a...
Headspace Bega open and servicing Cooma, Bombala, Eden, Narooma
Health & Wellbeing
On the same day that the region's HSC students get their results comes a significant boost to youth mental health services in South East NSW - the opening of Headspace Bega. While the bricks and mortar of the centre are in Bega, the Commonwealth funded service will provide outreach services within a 120 km radius. "In a densely populated area a centre based service is...
Search under way for Canberra lawyer and woman missing in bushland near Nowra
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A large-scale search is under way for a prominent Canberra lawyer and his female companion who are missing in bushland west of Nowra. Special Counsel with BAL Lawyers Bill McCarthy, aged 59, and Francisca Boterhoven De Haan, aged 60, went bushwalking in the Ettrema Gorge within the Morton National Park, Ettrema, west of Nowra, on Saturday (8 December). Mr McCarthy...
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