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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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...
Pill testing, safe injecting room in new Drug Strategy Action Plan
Health & Wellbeing
An expansion of pill testing at events in the ACT and revisiting a safe injecting room for opioid users are two of 43 measures contained in the ACT Government’s new three-year Drug Strategy Action Plan released on Tuesday (11 December). The Government says harm minimisation underpins the Action Plan 2018-2021, which outlines the priorities over the next three years to tackle the...
Merimbula cyclist’s widow calls for tough stance on road rage
News
On the third of July this year, Louise Brand lost the man she had loved for nearly 40 years. Seventy-two-year-old David was killed while he rode his bicycle with friends in what looks to be a road rage incident on Mount Darrah Road at Lochiel between Eden and Pambula. David died after being airlifted to Canberra Hospital with serious head...
Bournda abalone bust nets over 800 molluscs and four men
News
A fisheries surveillance operation south of Tathra has seen four men in possession of 867 abalone apprehended. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully, says the four offenders were found with the abalone in their vehicle in November, following extensive surveillance along a remote stretch of coastline in the Bournda National Park. “DPI Fisheries Officers and Bega...
Seven working dogs stolen from Michelago
News
Precious working dogs have been stolen from a property on the Monaro. The seven Kelpie-Cross Huntaway puppies were taken from a farm in the Tinderry area near Michelago. Monaro Rural Crime Investigators believe the theft of the five male and two female dogs took place between 5 pm and 9 pm on Sunday, December 9. The puppies are nine weeks...
Police officer charged with domestic violence offences
News
Local police have had to move on one of their own with an off-duty police officer charged with alleged domestic violence offences. The 32-year-old senior constable, attached to Southern Region, was charged with intentionally choking a person with recklessness, assault occasioning actual bodily harm (x2), and common assault. The offences relate to alleged incidents between June and October this year....
New life injected into proposed Narooma Arts & Community Centre
Arts & Culture
  Plans for a new arts and community centre in Narooma are live again with the town's creators keen to see the idea progress. "Narooma needs it" was the general consensus at a recent community meeting. The Narooma School of Arts is leading the way, presenting preliminary designs and plans for land next to the historic Kinema. Spokesperson Laurelle Pacey says the volunteer...
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