Poor phone, internet services put rural lives at risk: Ombudsman
Business
Those who are most in need of reliable telephone and internet services in life-threatening situations are the least likely to have them, according to the Regional Telecommunications Review 2021. Unreliable service, poor coverage, lack of choice and weak infrastructure are the main problems facing telco users in remote, regional and rural Australia, despite the fact they need it the most,...
Historic Kosciuszko huts to be faithfully rebuilt after Black Summer bushfire damage
News
Snowy Valleys locals are welcoming news that some of Kosciusko National Park's most important historic huts that were damaged in the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020 will be rebuilt. Former Member for Monaro Peter Cochrane was in a helicopter as the bushfires hit and saw the flames engulf the historic structures. "It was heartbreaking to watch them burn," he said. "There...
Snowy Valleys Council backs landowners’ push to put HumeLink through national park
News
HumeLink for the Snowy 2.0 project may be moved to a route that cuts through national parks rather than TransGrid's earlier preference to run it mainly through private land. Snowy Valleys Council on Thursday (21 October) voted unanimously in favour of supporting the proposed public route - siding with landowners who have been very outspoken about their desire not to...
Frictionless airports critical to post-COVID international travel
News
Hopes of regional travellers again using Canberra as a hub to international destinations received a welcome boost on Tuesday (19 October) when Singapore opened its borders to a number of countries for quarantine-free travel. Singapore's national carrier, Singapore Airlines, also suspended international flights in and out of Canberra in September 2020, and a revival will depend on various factors -...
Wallendbeen’s temporary bridge causing community concerns
News
Earlier this month it took a 750-tonne crane to successfully lift a 30-metre long, four-metre wide steel bridge over the rail corridor and into place on the Burley Griffin Way at Wallendbeen. The new but temporary bridge replaced a century-old cracked and aged two-lane brick overpass, which was closed in March due to major damage and, as a result, led...
Cop ‘mowed down’ in Nimmitabel hit and run may never walk again; trio arrested in Canberra
News
Three people have been arrested in Canberra over a hit and run at Nimmitabel that left a police officer so badly injured he may never walk again. NSW Police had been pursuing a stolen car on the Monaro Highway on 30 August 2021 before its driver got out and entered an Audi sedan, which then hit the policeman. ACT Policing arrested...
30 km/h speed limit on Moruya streets a South Coast first
News
Motorists travelling through two streets in Moruya will have to be on the alert for a change in speed limits designed to make it safer for shoppers and pedestrians, particularly during the upcoming summer holidays. A Transport for NSW spokesperson said speed zones along Shore and Ford streets will be permanently reduced from 50 km/h to 30 km/h from Monday...
Queanbeyan Respite Centre edges closer to development but still no luck on operational funding
Health & Wellbeing
Despite being on the verge of submitting a Development Application for the new $1.5 million Respite Centre in Queanbeyan, organising charity "Respite Care for Queanbeyan" is yet to be informed whether they will receive annual funding of $1 million which has been estimated as the ongoing operational cost of the facility. With the planning process for the building all but...
Rare snap has Yass photographer flying high
Environment
Rhonda Corcoran reckons she was just in the right place at the right time. Other photographers and bird lovers beg to differ. The Yass photographer, who has only "seriously" been shooting the abundant birdlife of Yass since the beginning of the year, last week caught a rare Peregrine Falcon with three babies in the nest. Although the powerful bird of prey...
Police release CCTV images of bungled Bungendore ram raid
News
Police are appealing for information after a white Subaru Impreza was reversed through the roller door of a Bungendore service station in a bungled ram raid. About 4:45 am on Friday 15 October 2021, the thieves backed the car, bearing ACT number plates, into the retail section of the service station on Malbon Street, Bungendore. After gaining entry, a man...
Heritage-listed Kenmore Hospital in Goulburn goes up in flames
News
A police investigation is underway after emergency services were called to a fire at a heritage-listed building in Goulburn on Saturday afternoon. Fire and Rescue NSW received a phone call at 4:30 pm about a fire in one of the buildings at the old Kenmore Hospital (also known as the Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital) on Taralga Road. Upon arrival, an FRNSW...
Handful of new COVID-19 cases in Southern NSW, 18 in Murrumbidgee
News
As NSW passes the 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark for people aged 16-plus and children start to return to school, COVID-19 case numbers in the southern region remain low. Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has been notified of five new cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, including three in the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area. Of...
Accessibility upgrade concept design for Queanbeyan Railway Station placed on public exhibition
Community
The initial concept design for the accessibility upgrades at Queanbeyan Railway Station have been released and Transport NSW is now inviting the community to comment on the proposal. The proposed works include upgrading the existing paths and kerb ramps at the front of the station, a new accessible car space and taxi-bay, improved toilet amenities and a new pedestrian crossing...
New COVID-19 cases in Surfside, Goulburn, Yass and Queanbeyan
News
The Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has been notified of four new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday - all of them so far unconnected to previous cases. One new case is in Surfside, one is in the Eurobodalla, another is in Goulburn, one is in Yass and the final one in Queanbeyan. All are under...
Almost two years on, have the Black Summer fires changed how we think?
Environment
Nearly two years have passed since the Black Summer fire-front swept through the region and, despite the passing of time, the memories are crystal clear for many. As trees and shrubs continue to regrow - the black wattle in particular at lightning speed - the thought of another large-scale fire season has people worried. Despite these concerns, many residents are...
Nationals pick Nichole Overall to replace John Barilaro in Monaro
News
Queanbeyan historian, journalist and former real estate agent Nichole Overall has been preselected to run for the Nationals in the recently vacated seat of Monaro. Her announcement comes just days after her husband, Tim Overall, announced he would step down after 13 years as mayor of the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. The vacancy in Monaro followed former deputy premier John Barilaro...
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