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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

Queanbeyan plaza dreaming: perhaps not so fast

Reaction from immediate neighbours has been mixed to the QPRC administration’s concept plan for a council headquarters and civic plaza in the Q carpark. Concerns revolve around lack of consultation and lack of planning options presented to the community, as well as business access and cost questions. Unhappiness extends to plans for

Broken Hill: blazing regional trail with solar farm

We’re blessed with one of the world’s biggest quotas of sunshine. But thanks to Australia’s still backward-looking energy policies, solar power seemed destined to remain a single digit item in the electricity generation profile (trailing many less blessed countries) – despite the world-beating uptake of rooftop solar by households, schools

Open door to assault on remaining biodiversity?

Time to comment now Don’t we love that word ‘reform’! The NSW Government’s ‘reforms’ of native vegetation, flora, fauna, endangered species legislative protections, are upending existing rules and permissions and many people are very worried on behalf of our environment –not least because the cheapest way to combat climate change is

Small farm model faces woes and opportunity

Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon with three pigs on one hectare of grass. The poultry was shifted around one hectare blocks.

Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon with three pigs on one hectare of grass. The poultry was shifted around one hectare blocks   Penny Kothe, with her partner Paul McKinnon have for the past four years farmed on 100 acres (40 ha) east of Bungendore. Caroola Farm is in the broadacre (RU1) zone

Notes from the fire front – personal accounts

Apocalyptic weather:  one woman’s fire experience (followed by flood) Bronte Davies from Sydney, who was visiting ‘Merigan’, a sheep and cattle property between Tarago and Bungendore in the Mt Fairy area in mid-January, gives a dramatic first person account of what it was like for an ordinary person (without a fire plan

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