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From Kerala to Queanbeyan: a migrant experience

My new home “I love to call myself a person of Queanbeyan”, said Sethuparvathy ‘Sethu’ Kiran with a beaming smile that instantly breaks the ice, and keeps on warming the conversation. “I’m so proud to call Queanbeyan my second home.” Her enthusiasm is infectious. But it was a typical hard start for

National Parks slams Baird for opening door to land clearing

The Baird government has finally introduced its controversial land clearing legislation in Parliament despite almost uniform opposition from scientists and environment groups and a significant proportion of farmers. [But] The bucket of money that Mike Baird will pour into private land conservation won’t be enough to stem the loss of biodiversity

Speaking out: young grazier takes on the stereotypes

A cook book triggered Josh Gilbert’s light bulb moment about the benefit of a public alliance between environment and agriculture. The conviction brought him to a high -profile showdown in January when he resigned as chair of NSW Young Farmers in protest against the NSW Coalition government’s plans to gut the

Enjoying endorphins in communal harmony

Moya Simpson leads the WORLDLY GOODS choir in performance. The choir starts again on Monday 10 October at Gorman House. Enquiries 6238 1827.   As I settle down to write about communal singing, aka choirs, and the benefits to your health and wellness, what should come on the radio but a spontaneous

Local ‘representation’ except when it’s not

Eight former councillors from the former Queanbeyan City and Palerang councils have been appointed to the Queanbeyan-Palerang Local Representation Committee (LRC). The Committee will be chaired by former Palerang Mayor Pete Harrison and includes four each from the former council areas. Besides Harrison they are Peter Bray (Deputy Chair); Paul Cockram;

From the Editor

In this issue of the District Bulletin, as a community service, we bring you three pages of federal election candidate responses to some top current issues, unedited so you hear the candidates’ views directly. There is a lot of anxiety about the issues raised and on social issues we did

‘Dissolving’ those ratepayer voices on council

On Thursday 12 May the axe fell. Councillors in Palerang and Queanbeyan had been expecting it but nevertheless the abruptness and lack of courtesy stunned most of them. Former Palerang Mayor Pete Harrison said he received a text message from the local member (John Barilaro) “advising me that there would be