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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

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

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