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(In case you didn’t know) National party drives NSW environment policy: water, biodiversity, national parks at risk

land clearing NSW

THE NSW NATURE Conservation Council, which has taken the state government to court over regressive new land-clearing permissions, has lauded a report exposing Coalition internal divisions and maneuvers over environmental policies. These policies have the National Party tail wagging the Liberal Party dog – variously on water extraction, logging, or land

Poll: business confidence falling in regional NSW

Gibralter Street, Bungendore.

Infrastructure promise ignored, millions unspent THE LATEST SENSIS Business Index report found business confidence in regional NSW had fallen 20 points to 34, which is below the national average. Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park said the figures should serve as a wake-up call for the Berejiklian-Barilaro government as business confidence drops. Deputy Premier and

Wildlife vet saves thousands

Howard Ralph Tawny Frogmouth

By Maria Taylor, District Bulletin, April 2012 HOWARD RALPH is a legend amongst wildlife carers in Palerang and in Sydney and becoming so across the nation. Based in eastern Palerang, he goes where other veterinarians can’t or won’t go and he has an awesome lifesaving track record. Lesley Machin, a wildlife carer from

Crony politics at QPRC

Sacrificing Wamboin/Bywong & rail trail for majority vote? COMMENT by Maria Taylor. AT THE 13 December council meeting a mutually agreeable voting alliance between Team Overall (with four votes) and two councillors who gained seats from Palerang became about as transparent as suspected backroom deals will allow. As Councillor Peter Marshall said after

Confusion erupts over QPRC plans for new admin building

Maria Taylor reports from new council’s first meeting and aftermath At the September council meeting,  Mayor Tim Overall and election team A, with the help of two unquestioning Palerang-based councillors, Schweikert and Hicks, and two Queanbeyan-based councillors, Brown and Noveska, ticked and flicked approval for a new $57 million council headquarters