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Property and legal with Angela Backhouse

What is a Family Provision Claim? by Angela Backhouse Protecting your wealth from legal challenges to your deceased estate is an important consideration when undertaking the estate planning process. In particular, minimising the risk of a challenge by a disgruntled family member under family provision legislation is essential for ensuring your estate

Teaching children to kill

Narooma HuntFest deplored by residents by Susan Cruttenden In 2013 a licence was granted by the Eurobodalla Shire Council to the South Coast Hunters Club to hold a festival of hunting ( HuntFest) on crown land in Narooma on the June long weekend each year from 2013 to 2017. There was no community

Ten important things you need to know before breakfast

The Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council administration has seemingly extensive rate- and taxpayer-funded resources for communicating its activities and policies. For example, the monthly newsletter landing in everyone’s mailbox, backed up by council advertising and Administrator messages in weekly publications. We noticed Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is using a cute way of getting

ANU loses much loved cabaret and food venue(s)

Teatro Vivaldi back-story, last shows, see below by John Shortis Teatro Vivaldi on the ANU campus has been a much-loved cabaret venue and restaurant for 14 years. During that time it has hosted significant names like Jon English, Caroline O’Connor, Simon Burke, Rhonda Burchmore, Simon Gallaher, as well as numerous student productions,

Buying merger goodwill

Council watch April With Peter Marshall In late March, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Administrator Tim Overall distributed the second tranche of Strong Community Fund grants, colloquially referred to as ‘The Merger Bribes’. The Administrator even alluded to this in his media release: “It is very rare for councils to have $9m to spend

Book review: The Bionarrative

The Bionarrative – the story of life and hope for the future by Stephen Boyden ANU Press 162pp   We are in ecological crisis and face collapse of civilisation. This is the grim warning of Stephen Boyden, ANU professor and farmer from just south of QPRC local government area. The warning, however, carries a message

What caused most of the recent area bushfires?

Burning off, both legal and illegal, caused about one third of the bushfires started in the Tarago, Bungendore region (including Boro, Mt Fairy and Bywong incidents) and towards Goulburn between September 2016 and the end of February 2017. There were 17 incidents, most quickly put out, in a report provided

Wildcare’s albino brushtail

Almost everyone can recognise a brushtail possum, all bright eyes, bushy black tail and little pink nose. They are among Australia's most attractive and adaptable animals and are found the length and breadth of the continent, save in the arid interior. [Ed note: unfortunately killed in mass numbers in Tasmania]. Would

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