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Former school counsellor charged over student assaults
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A former school counsellor has been charged over the alleged assault of two students at a high school on the Far South Coast. For 12 months, officers from South Coast Police District having been investigating reports two girls – aged between 13 and 15 – had been assaulted by a school counsellor. Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 55-year-old man...
Rain, snow and thunder on way to the ACT and South Coast
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A cold air mass with at least two low-pressure systems embedded will cross the Great Australian Bight over the weekend before forming into an east-coast low on Tuesday next week (14 July). The systems will bring swells of more than six metres and damaging winds to the South Coast, and rain and possible snowfalls to the ACT area and south-east...
NBL Hall of Famer Cal Bruton still fighting racial inequality
Opinion
Prior to my wife and I adopting two children from Ethiopia in 2004, I had little understanding of the issues faced by people of colour in the community. Being protective of your children, you notice nuances that may have slipped by in the past but now become flashpoints. It wasn’t so much in Canberra, it has to be said; it...
Dog Leg Farm turns the corner but it’s a bit like burying a loved one
Community
The piles of tin, twisted metal, broken glass and burnt debris are a constant reminder of the unforgettable summer for landholders in the region whose properties are still being cleaned up by contractors employed by the NSW Government. The containment lines dozed by heavy machinery during the summer's devastating bushfires are also a reminder of a path less travelled these...
BaptistCare aged care facilities in total lockdown in response to COVID-19
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The Federal Government announced tough visitor restrictions this week for aged care facilities in response to COVID-19, but BaptistCare lodges has even gone further, declaring a total lockdown at its Griffith and Queanbeyan facilities. BaptistCare PR and communications manager Marcela Cuevas said the closure of all BaptistCare lodges was a preventative measure following the death of a 90-year-old resident at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge...
Cultural precinct DA to drive Queanbeyan’s future
News
The public has just one more week to comment on the Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct development application which will reshape the face of Queanbeyan. The DA is on notification until 17 March with work expected to begin in the second half of this year. The precinct will be located on the site of the former Council administration building at...
Work starts on new early-intervention autism hub to help Canberra region families
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Isabella Plains couple Brian and Katie Meilak moved to Queensland in 2015 to access autism services for their son Zachary, but now a new autism hub in Canberra will mean families in the region will get the help they need here in the national capital. The world-class autism hub, with $3.5 million in capital funding from the John James Foundation and owned and...
Riverina and SW Slopes hospitals to welcome new blood with 85 nurses to join ranks
Best of Region
Hospitals throughout the Riverina and South West Slopes will get an injection of new blood this year as 85 nursing graduates prepare to join the staff ranks. One registered midwife and 52 registered nurses are set to start in the regional and rural hospitals this month, while a further 33 registered nurses will start in August 2020. In making the...
Experts warn of “critical” after-effects on insects and wildlife
Environment
Two acclaimed experts from the Australian National University have warned of the after-effects of bushfires on fire-damaged habitat and rare insect species that may become extinct. Member of the Australian Entomological Society’s Conservation Committee and Associate Professor at the ANU Michael Braby says the bushfires will have a huge impact on native insects, as well as the plants and animals that rely...
RFS water-bombing helicopter goes down near Eden
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A water-bombing helicopter has ditched into a dam on the far South Coast at around 4:00 pm this afternoon (9 January). The aircraft, which was contracted to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and tasked to the Clyde Mountain fire, was ditched into the Ben Boyd Reservoir in the Ben Boyd National Park at Edrom, in the Bega Valley Shire. The...
Iconic Selwyn resort suffers extensive damage from bushfire
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The Selwyn Snow Resort, a popular skiing destination for families in winter, has suffered extensive damage after the buildings were all but destroyed by bushfires. The full extent of the damage to ski lifts and snowmaking infrastructure is still unknown despite NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service accessing the area on Sunday (5 January), the resort said on their website....
Federal Government to compensate firefighters as South East blazes continue
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After weeks of mounting pressure, NSW volunteer firefighters will receive compensation payments for loss of income. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this weekend that volunteers will receive payments of $300 per day, up to $6000 in total if called out for more than 10 days this fire season. Some firefighters in the South East have been on duty for weeks...
Solar systems for free – trial for low income households on the South Coast
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For many, with all the best intentions in the world, getting solar on your rooftop is just too much of a stretch. The need to move to renewables has been brought sharply into focus with record temperatures across the country and bushfires burning out of control. However now, the South Coast has been included in a trail of up to...
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