Snow tourists turn trauma around
Community
A family visiting the Snowy Mountains during the ski season last year, have turned a holiday trauma into an act of support and activism for a local community group. Devastated by the number of dead animals they encountered on their trip to Thredbo, the McAlester family from the lower Blue Mountains turned their experience around by doing something to help local...
And you thought the snow season was for skiing! Taking photos is much more fun!
Arts & Culture
After what felt like the hottest and longest summer on the Eurobodalla coast we've finally arrived at what I think is the most photogenic season of the year - winter! You don't need expensive gear either to get the money shot - just a good eye for composition as in the rule of thirds (which as a photojournalist I break...
Spotlight on Eurobodalla business excellence, award entries open now
Business
The Eurobodalla is preparing for a celebration of business excellence with entries now open for the 2019 Eurobodalla Business Awards. “Entering the Eurobodalla Business Awards is a fantastic opportunity to get your hard work recognised,” Mayor Liz Innes says. Supported by the shire's five chambers of commerce and Eurobodalla Shire Council, award categories include: Outstanding Young Employee Outstanding Young Entrepreneur...
“Council has tunnel vision” on Merimbula ocean outfall option
News
A group of locals concerned about the proposed ocean outfall in Merimbula Bay is calling for the project to be stopped so that alternatives can be reconsidered in a 2019 context. "Please contact councilors, if they get enough flack from the public they are going to have to stop and listen," says Marianne Kambouridis from the Merimbula/Pambula Wastewater Alternatives group. In 2009...
Why free, good quality local media matters more than ever in this region
Opinion
After two decades of tumultuous change in the news industry, local media is arguably more important than ever. Huge financial pressures have forced hundreds of redundancies and changed formats dramatically as traditional mastheads grapple with what the audience wants and how they can pay for their business models. Yesterday, as a result of those pressures, the venerable Canberra Times went behind...
Liberal MP says ACT “cushioned from reality of where people actually make money”
News
In an extraordinary radio interview, Liberal MP Tim Wilson has claimed that Canberra is "a massive government bureaucracy" that is "cushioned from the reality of where people actually make money and make investments off their private capital". Wilson, the Member for the Victorian seat of Goldstein and the former Human Rights Commissioner, was being interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne along...
New drink driving penalties in force this long weekend
News
This Queens Birthday Long Weekend is the first holiday period where the state's tough new drink driving laws have been in place. All drink driving offenders will now immediately lose their licence under new penalties which came into play last month. Under the new law, even first-time, lower range offenders will receive an immediate three-month licence suspension, as well as...
Where to watch this weekend’s Bega Valley Rally
Sport
Nine local crews are among the 65 who will take on each other and the forest roads of the region at this weekend's Bega Valley Rally. Australian Rally Champions Neal Bates and Nathan Quinn will join Wallagoot local and ex-Toyota rally driver Ben Barker as headliners, with Barker seeded first after two consecutive wins in 2017 and 2018. President of...
Woman rescued more than 17 hours after crash near Narooma
News
An extraordinary tale of survival with a woman from Benandarah north of Batemans Bay rescued from her car 17 hours after she was involved in a single-vehicle crash near Narooma. While travelling between Moruya and Wallaga Lake, a Holden Trax SUV left the roadway and crashed into water sometime after 11 pm on Wednesday (June 5), trapping the female driver inside....
Illegal fish and lobster sellers sprung at Batemans Bay
News
A Canberra man suspected of illegally selling fish has been nabbed at Batemans Bay. Fisheries officers apprehended the 48-year-old from Bruce, ACT, following a surveillance operation by the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (NSW DPI) Statewide Operations and Investigations Group. Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully says the man was observed allegedly exchanging fish for a quantity of cash at...
Four days of ‘all that Jazz’ for Merimbula’s long weekend festival
Arts & Culture
Strutting their stuff across stages all over Merimbula this weekend will be jazz musicians, singers, bands and fans, for the 39th Merimbula Jazz Festival. This year there will be some new events including a swinging street parade that transforms into a vibrant street “fest” with music, food, dancing and market stalls, then at 5 pm a magical twilight lantern-walk to...
$230,000 raised from Monaro Spectacular for local cancer patients
Community
The Monaro Spectacular - a fun community dance competition that raises money for local cancer patients - has raised in excess of $230,000 in 2019! Since 2010, The Monaro Committee for Cancer Research has raised nearly a million dollars, according to committee president of seven years, Sandy Scholfield. The annual event sees groups learn a dance routine over twelve...
Broulee aged care facility gets final tick from industry regulator
News
Broulee residential aged care facility, Banksia Lodge has now met all 44 of the 'expected outcomes' set down by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. The Banksia Villages’ facility came to the attention of the Commission late last year when an unannounced re-accreditation audit raised a number of flags. The audit of December 5 and 6, 2018 found: The...
Four men charged after $9 million worth of cocaine seized in Yass
News
Detectives have charged four men, including a Spanish National, and have started to dismantle a large-scale clandestine laboratory after police seized 30 kilograms of cocaine in Yass on Tuesday (4 June). In April 2019, New South Wales police launched an investigation into the manufacture and supply of cocaine and methylamphetamine in the Southern Tablelands. Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested four...
ANU staff and students on high alert after data breach by ‘sophisticated operator’
News
The Australian National University has been the victim of a significant data breach, compromising personal details of its staff and students dating back 19 years. The breach occurred late-2018 and was detected two weeks ago. Officials say a 'sophisticated operator' is behind the breach and has had unauthorised access to a range of information belonging to the ANU community. Depending...
Early snow brings winter’s blast to Goulburn, Tablelands
Community
The earliest snowfall that old-timers can remember has fallen on the Southern Tablelands overnight, closing the Goulburn to Crookwell and Taralga to Laggan roads and filling social media with photographs of cars covered in snow. Light snow also fell in Goulburn. "I don’t think I can remember it ever snowing around May, and I've spent 50 years farming in the...
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