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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
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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...
ReVive Art Prize at The Bas during Recycling Week
Arts & Culture
This years’ ReVive Art Prize has been won by Michelle Slezak for her work Planet, a striking circular walk piece comprising small rolls of discarded cloth, textile remnants and a wine barrel ring. Entries in the ReVive Art Prize can now be viewed at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya, showcasing re-inventive works by 18 artists. The biennial competition...
Final relief comes for Frogs Hollow Flight School opponents
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The window has closed on any last attempt to revive plans for a flight school at Frogs Hollow, southwest of Bega. In accordance with Section 8.10 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the six-month appeal period available to Sports Aviation Australia has expired. Bega Valley Shire Council reports that "No appeal against the Southern Regional Joint Planning Panel’s (SRJPP)...
490 years of volunteer service to Lake George RFS Zone
Community
Where would we be without the NSW Rural Fire Service? Ever at the ready for times of crisis, the RFS is a service that enables the continued security of our lives in rural areas. Last week, more than 490 years of volunteer service to the RFS was recognised in the Lake George Zone. NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM joined...
Livestream of Public Forum at Eurobodalla Council up for discussion
Community
A heated debate over the Draft Code of Meeting Practice was a feature of this week's Eurobodalla Shire Council meeting. In proposing the Draft Code, General Manager Dr Catherine Dale is looking to bring the Eurobodalla in line with advice from the Office of Local Government (OLG). However, several speakers slammed the changes as "backwards." In essence, the 62 page Draft...
Life as a Raiders supporter is an emotional roller coaster, but I jump on it every year
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So here we go again: Brimming with optimism after a lengthy off-season filled with talk that the players are fitter than they were this time last season. Another cause for optimism is more about hope than anything else; hope that the side has learned from the pain of last season with three losses by two points or less to start...
Dob in a Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven drug dealer
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“Our officers see the impact of illicit drugs in the community on a daily basis and police, together with the community, want it to stop,” says South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Stephen Hegarty. A new campaign aimed at mobilising members of the public in the fight against illicit drugs has been launched through the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, and Bega Valley. “Dob...
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