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QPRC bid to review rural residential zoning — what’s behind it?

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Ratepayers would underwrite a long-running personal campaign  By Maria Taylor with 'Council Watch'. CASH-STRAPPED QUEANBEYAN-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) is proposing to spend up to $150,000 on a consultancy for a councillor-driven bid to re-assign Palerang rural residential zoning to a more development-friendly designation. This is despite a staff recommendation against the

After COAL: cooperative business offers new jobs, lower prices

earthworker coop

As the federal Liberal National government tears itself apart continuing the energy policy wars of the past decade, a worker-owner business in the Latrobe Valley, where coal is winding up, shows how ‘ordinary Australians’ working with progressive policy-makers can show the way. A  Bulletin special feature on community solutions with

Greyhound racing: NSW Coalition latest bid for votes?

greyhound racing

IN ANOTHER POLICY backflip, the NSW Liberal-National government is tossing $500,000 of public funding towards a major greyhound racing event dubbed the ‘Million Dollar Chase’. While political backflips by the NSW government have become commonplace in the run up to the March 2019 state election, this latest announcement is surely among

Pegasus horse-riding puts smiles on all faces

Jordan Thomas, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled

By Crystal Bevan. “HORSE. FUN”, a little girl is using a communication device, an iPhone around her neck, to vocalize her excitement. She is disabled and is about to commandeer an animal over three times her size. She is assisted by ‘side walkers’, volunteers who walk alongside the horse to help

Rooftop solar steadied energy grid over summer

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A pat on the back THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE’S Climate & Energy program has released findings that rooftop solar delayed and reduced peak demand in the National Electricity Market this past summer. This improved the reliability of the grid and covered for coal-fired power plants during breakdowns. Solar produces reliably during hot days

Labor commits $50,000 to Rail Trail, Bungendore to Captains Flat

Labor supports Molonglo rail trail

THE NSW OPPOSITION has pledged to fund a detailed development plan as a critical next step in progressing the Molonglo Rail Trail proposal. The proposed trail passes through the Molonglo Valley showing off the region’s wonderful landscapes. The trail includes the villages of Bungendore, Captains Flat and Hoskinstown and incorporates old

NSW Budget 2018: Opposition counts the cost

NSW Budget impacts 2018

Savage cuts to environment, parks, tourism promotion, Rangers and area managers sacked, Did Monaro get any budget goodies? Regional: roads backlog, service downgrades, job losses THE NSW GOVERNMENT is showing form in continued assaults on the natural environment in city and regional areas with additional budget cuts equivalent to 20% imposed on the

Crown Lands Act: will there be stealth sales?

stock route crown land

At stake, travelling stock routes, crown roads, parks and reserves. THE NSW OPPOSITION has raised the alarm about July 1 start of the Crown Lands Act that opens the door to public land sales without community consultation. In regional NSW Crown Lands include old Crown roads that provide public access; travelling stock

Private Forestry bill to get NSW Upper House review

native forest bill

Environmental, beekeeper and farmer concerns Submissions close 30 May 2018 THE FORESTRY LEGISLATION Amendment Bill 2018 transfers much of the responsibility for the management of Private Native Forestry from the EPA to Local Land Services. It also amends the Forestry Act 2012 and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016*  to “update” the regulatory

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