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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

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

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

Our region skills and apprentice shortages, why?

apprenticeship skills

Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI) survey shows  62% of local businesses believe they have a skills shortage EDEN-MONARO FEDERAL representative Mike Kelly is publicising the skills shortages cropping up in regional and rural communities. He says it’s made worse thanks to the Turnbull Government’s cuts of nearly $3 billion from

Two dozen welfare organisations say STOP to kangaroo slaughter

AS BRITISH ANIMAL welfare organisation VIVA announces its latest success in dissuading UK supermarkets from selling kangaroo meat two dozen prominent national and international welfare organisations have joined forces on an open letter explaining why Australians should stop looking the other way and stand up against the ethically bankrupt, cruel

Take-home lessons from week’s extreme weather, fires

Tathra bush fires March 2018

AS THE MID-MARCH fire catastrophes, including Tathra near Bega, enveloped communities and residents, the Australian Science Media Centre gathered some expert comment on the extended fire season and the need for Australia to adapt to the changing climate. Some 70 homes and other buildings were razed in Tathra. Dr Grant Wardell-Johnson,

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