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Larger, faster, hotter: the megafires are coming

Koorabri bushfire 2013

IN 2006 JERRY WILLIAMS, formerly of the US Forest Service, visited Australia to talk to workshops organised by Australian bushfire authorities, and he used the term ‘megafires’. These fires, he said, are essentially ‘unbounded’, but there’s surprisingly little agreement about what the term actually means. Is it a measure of a

New housing estates and Bungendore water supply

Bungendore NSW

PROPOSED GREENFIELDS developments in Bungendore have been on hold until more water is found to service them. The present water allocation from the alluvial aquifer is only adequate for the existing town. Any completion of permitted Bungendore urban infill would exhaust the presently available water supply. More water is needed for

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

Barilaro suggests new coal power station

BACK IN JUNE, The District Bulletin reported on the Berejiklian Government’s unholy appetite for selling off serviceably performing public assets for little apparent public gain. RELATED STORY: Selling NSW by the pound, while losing your $$. In an eye-watering act of the counterintuitive, Monaro local member, Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals

Legal challenge to NSW land-clearing codes

AT THE END of November the NSW Nature Conservation Council launched legal proceedings in the Land and Environment Court seeking to overturn controversial land-clearing codes made under the Local Land Services Act earlier this year. “We are taking the Berejiklian government to court to scrap its destructive land-clearing laws, to defend

Police to stay put: QPRC back to drawing board

By District Bulletin Council Watch. IT LOOKS LIKE it’s back to the drawing board for Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) on a new administration building. But that’s not all bad news. QPRC’s efforts to entice the NSW Police to move from their current Queanbeyan station into the proposed six-storey, $57 million council headquarters

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