Bungendore Ambulance Station taking shape and on track
News
A milestone in the construction of the Bungendore Ambulance Station with the concrete slab, structural steel, roof sheeting and external wall sheeting now complete. “I am excited to see the progress. This is something the community fought hard for, and I am proud to be delivering on this important asset,” Member for Monaro, John Barilaro says. “In the event that...
Lucky escape for family after clothes dryer catches fire overnight
News
A Murrambateman family have had a lucky escape after their clothes dryer caught fire overnight. The Murrumbateman Rural Fire Brigade have shared pictures on social media of flames inside a clothes dryer, stating that it was a terrifying event for a local family on Sunday night (21 July). Firefighters said the laundry fire was a reminder to check lint filters and...
Smoke testing of Bombala Sewer starts today
News
Snowy Monaro Regional Council started to blow smoke into the criss-cross of sewer pipes in and around Bombala today - July 22. The smoke testing of the sewer network is being done by Interflow and takes in connections throughout the township. Non-toxic smoke is injected into the sewer system to identify potential sources of stormwater infiltration - where there is...
Canberra academic warns of dangers of using viral FaceApp ageing filter
News
A Canberra academic and cyber security expert is warning people about the dangers of using the hugely popular FaceApp – saying their images could be used in malicious ways. FaceApp was developed in Russia by Wireless Lab and its latest old age filter has been taking social media by storm, with celebrities among the hordes of people responding to the...
Batehaven women charged with domestic violence following house fire
News
A Batehaven woman has been charged with domestic violence following a building fire late Saturday night. Police report that at about 10.40 pm (July 20), emergency services were called to Peter Crescent, Batehaven with reports that a residential building was on fire. Officers from South Coast Police District arrived to find a distressed 45-year-old male with injuries to the right...
Tangle of issues combine to knock Merimbula’s mojo
Economy
It seems like Merimbula, one of the region's key tourist towns, is undergoing an identity crisis. A dozen empty shops are the most obvious symptom and have left people asking why the once-thriving seaside town is struggling. Bruce Marshall is a Jindabyne-based investor who owns the buildings on the corner of Main and Market Streets in Merimbula. His property extends...
Baby support booms for Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma
Community
A new branch of support, friendship and fun is growing for parents and guardians of babies aged under six months in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma. 'Embracing Babies', run by Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Children’s Services, is a friendly and casual fortnightly catch up for mums, dads, grandparents or other guardians of babies, to come together and socialise. Child Development Officer...
For Squishy Taylor fans, a new heroine from children’s author Ailsa Wild
Arts & Culture
"No pressure," author Ailsa Wild says cheerfully over the phone "but you do know me better than anyone who has ever written about me so I have high expectations." Ailsa and I grew up together on an idyllic property near Candelo with goats and a creek and although she is five years older than me, I know why it is...
Don’t forget – Princes Highway closure at Quaama this Sunday night
News
The first of a number of closures of the Princes Highway kicks in this Sunday (July 21) night 30 km north of Bega. The shut down of the Dry River Bridge at Quaama is the first step and a round of essential maintenance works that started in late June and will roll through until early August. NSW Roads and Maritime...
Canberrans love a royal name but there is a new queen in town
News
Canberra parents love to name their kids after royalty. Think of enduring favourite William, Canberra's most popular boy's name last year, which has made it to the top 10 list of ACT baby names for the past two decades. Or 2017 and 2015's favourite girl's name, Charlotte, which spiked after the birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the second child and...
Mogo’s role in building the new Batemans Bay Bridge
News
“Batemans Bay Bridge is using some of the widest precast segments of their kind in Australia," says Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, and they are being made locally. The vast concrete bridge segments that will form the backbone of the new Batemans Bay Bridge are being made at a purpose-built facility south of Mogo. “ 20.1m wide, compared to those...
Two men charged, stolen goods seized in Queanbeyan
News
Two men have been charged with 25 property offences following an investigation into a spate of burglaries in Queanbeyan earlier this year. After a three month investigation by Monaro Police District officers, police arrested a 34-year-old man at a Queanbeyan home and an 18-year-old man at a Jerrabomberra home on Tuesday afternoon (16 July). Around 5 pm on Wednesday afternoon (17...
Canberra Reptile Zoo devastated after crocodile and pythons stolen
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A thief broke into Canberra Reptile Zoo in the early hours of Friday morning (19 July) and stole two pythons and a freshwater crocodile, leaving the zoo's staff and owner devastated. Around 5am, a man was caught on CCTV footage stealing a Stimson's python called Tim Tam, a hatchling jungle python called Zebra, a freshwater crocodile named Jaws Junior and an expensive register...
Think you were born smart? ANU research shows that blue-tongue lizards really are
News
We say that some people are ‘born smart’ but new research carried out mainly at the Australian National University shows that it’s really eastern blue-tongue lizards who are born with adult-like learning ability. And while human babies with the highest potential intelligence still have to learn to walk and talk, the baby blue-tongues must fend off dangers without help from...
Dramatic and devastating house fire east of Jindabyne
News
Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a dramatic and devastating house fire east of Jindabyne. Rural Fire Service crews from Berridale, Kalkite, Jindabyne East, Jindabyne and Wollondibby responded to the emergency on Geikle Creek Road just after 7 pm on Wednesday night. Fire and Rescue NSW from Jindabyne, Thredbo, and Cooma also attended a combined effort that stopped the...
Tantawangalo logging – “People don’t realise this is going on”
News
The Forestry Corporation of NSW says its current operation in the Tantawangalo State Forest, southwest of Bega is about promoting sawlog growth, as the value of woodchipping native forests is again brought into question. Peter Day is a concerned resident and one of those behind the Tantawangalo Forest protest page on Facebook. "They seem to be logging continually, I can see and...
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