Construction of $3.7m ambulance station in Yass underway
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The construction of the new ambulance station in Yass has begun after a sod turning ceremony last week. The new station, which is estimated to cost $3.7 million and located adjacent to the Yass Hospital on Meehan Street, will enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to meet the current and future patient demand for emergency medical care in Yass and the surrounding...
Farmers call on new PM to ‘break the drought on climate action’
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Regional voices have been loud on the first parliamentary sitting day of the new Morrison Government in Canberra. Farmers from across southern New South Wales have gathered in front of Parliament House frustrated by the new Prime Minister's response so far to climate change. "I am really disappointed at the first indications from the Morrison Government, it looks like nothing is going...
An Open Letter to Catherine McGregor AM
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Dear Catherine, Thanks for being the opening speaker for the Festival of Open Minds held in Bega last Friday on the first day of Spring. You left us feeling a sense of deepest honour and respect for baring your heart and life to us. Ian Campbell nailed it when he said that you opened our hearts as well as our...
Firearms stolen from remote Monaro property – police ask for help
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Monaro Police are hopeful the public might be able to help with their investigations after a number of items including firearms were stolen from a remote country property. At about 9 am yesterday (September 9) a 69-year-old man returned to his home on Stoney Ridge Road at Jinden, about 78km north-east of Cooma, when he noticed possessions missing and a door that had...
Missing 84-year-old Cooma man found
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Police have found missing 84-year-old Richard Karpinski after he disappeared from his home two days ago. Around midday on Thursday (6 September), Mr Karpinski was located by searching personnel. He is currently on his way to Cooma hospital for a check-up. Mr Kapinski was last seen on Tuesday afternoon around 4 pm (4 September) walking towards the bush near his home...
String of assaults spark search for man on South Coast 
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Police are investigating a series of assaults on the NSW South Coast, one of which left a woman with suspected serious leg and pelvic fractures after being hit by a car. Police said that about 4:45 pm on Wednesday (5 September) a man was involved in a domestic argument at a Catalina home with a woman who was known to him. The...
Another gold medal for region’s famous berries
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Parkesbourne Produce near Goulburn has won its second gold medal in one of Australia’s most prestigious food industry awards, consolidating its industry reputation for quality berries with a focus on flavour and freshness. The boutique enterprise was awarded the medal in the 2018 Delicious Produce Awards for its Rainbow Raspberries. The awards are judged by the country’s top chefs and...
Man approaches 5-year-old girl outside Queanbeyan school
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Police are appealing to the community for information after a child was approached outside a school in Queanbeyan on Monday afternoon (3 September). Around 3:15 pm, a man approached a five-year-old girl at a bus stop outside a school on Alanbar Street. The man spoke to her but did not touch her. When the girl’s mother saw the incident and...
Police continue search for missing 84-year-old Cooma man
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Police are continuing their search for a missing 84-year-old Cooma man who was last seen walking towards the bush near his home yesterday afternoon (4 September). Shortly before 4 pm, officers from Monaro Police District were called after Richard Karpinski was reported missing from his home on Bobeyan Road at Shannons Flat. An overnight search involving police, SES, RFS, a rescue...
Site selected for Queanbeyan’s new school for special needs students
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Children with disabilities from Queanbeyan and the surrounding NSW region will no longer need to travel to Canberra to attend specialist schools, as plans are currently underway for a new special needs school in Queanbeyan, due for completion in 2020. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Education Rob Stokes have unveiled...
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service releases free app to improve park experience
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NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has released a new, free mobile app, providing park visitors with information and maps at their fingertips to help improve their park experience. With information on over 225 national parks and hundreds of things to see, do, and places to stay, it's the ultimate NSW parks guide for your phone. The NSW National Parks...
The Festival of Open Minds – challenging bias, fostering conversation, building understanding
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The Festival of Open Minds has been inspired by a regional community that values shared conversation, personal reflection, the wisdom of experience, and FUN! A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre, a TEDx style event that will have people talking. The broad festival theme is ‘change’. The Festival of Open Minds...
Police say Phoenix was found in remote NSW bushland with no water or warm clothing
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ACT Policing has revealed six-year-old Phoenix Mapham, who was missing for more than a week, was found with his mother in remote New South Wales bushland with no water, warm clothing or shelter. Police said they found Phoenix Mapham and his 36-year-old mother Tessa Woodcock yesterday (30 August) in the Tallaganda National Park on foot, with no nearby tent or car,...
Six-year-old Phoenix found safe and well after week-long search
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Six-year-old Canberra boy Phoenix Mapham has been found safe and well after having been missing for a full week. ACT Policing located Phoenix in the Carwoola area late this afternoon (August 30) and have said that he will be brought back to the ACT to be reunited with his father, Cliff Mapham. Phoenix’s mother, Tessa Woodcock, was found nearby a...
Monaro Police want to speak to these men – but who are they?
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Rural Crime Detectives on the Monaro are asking for your help to identify the two men in this photo. These guys were snapped trespassing and hunting illegally on a property in the Tinderry area east of Michalago. Police are keen to speak with them. Chatter on the Monaro Police District Facebook page has questioned the date stamp on the photo being...
Community steps out to reject Frogs Hollow Flight School
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The Bega Valley has delivered a resounding "bugger off" to those who want to develop a $10 million flight school at the grassy Frogs Hollow Airstrip between Merimbula and Bega. Close to 400 people packed into the Bega Civic Centre to address the State Government's Joint Regional Planning Panel who will determine the fate of the development. Because of the scale and...
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