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Fire and local government role

Council watch with (former Palerang councillor) Peter Marshall On Friday 17 February, like many other volunteer firefighters, residents and their neighbours, I was involved in defending properties against a fast-moving grassfire in Carwoola, which quickly became a bushfire. Many houses were saved, but sadly many others were lost, as were other structures,

Council case for EDE as road corridor clearing begins

Artist impression of EDE

BACKGROUND: The EDE has been controversial and contested by resident groups in Jerrabomberra, Karabar, Greenleigh and Googong since at least 2009 when planning began in earnest.  Issues in affected suburbs are about amenity: car and truck noise and pollution with a new road next to houses. Environmental destruction along the

ONLY ONE SPARK NEEDED; here’s what not to do

Fire danger continues through March In the aftermath of recent large fires in the Queanbeyan Palerang region, several started by machinery, Captain Sharon Field of the Burra Rural Fire Service, has appealed for extra vigilance from all residents who live and work in our surrounding rural areas. Given the conditions we have

FIRE aftermath: Wildcare needs help

Wildcare has mobilised to rescue and treat wildlife burnt in the Mt Fairy, Sutton and Carwoola fires. About 20 kangaroos, some reptiles and turtles have come into care so far. Wildcare is also providing fodder drops to keep wildlife alive whilst their habitat regenerates over the next few months. What with

Carwoola grass fire aftermath and funding appeal

Stop press:  How sparks fly and create tragedy. The grass fire that devastated Carwoola on 17 February was apparently started by a spinning metal cutting wheel according to a brave post in Carwoola FB hub by the property owner.  Construction was taking place on his property at Brindabella Place Carwoola. 

Downtown development proposal begs some questions

Before the Christmas break, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council announced it had received an unsolicited bid from a consortium of ‘experienced’ local property developers to re-develop a large section of the Queanbeyan CBD. The proposal involved a mix of commercial, cinema, office, residential and carparking developments on council-owned property. The amalgamated council administrator,

Country life … it’s been dry

(Ed note: as of the weekend of 18 February, following devastating fires in western Palerang and also thunderstorms and rains in that part of the world, this is the picture on the eastern side of the Divide towards Araluen). The grass is brown and crunchy underfoot and the little trees I

Notes from the fire front – personal accounts

Apocalyptic weather:  one woman’s fire experience (followed by flood) Bronte Davies from Sydney, who was visiting ‘Merigan’, a sheep and cattle property between Tarago and Bungendore in the Mt Fairy area in mid-January, gives a dramatic first person account of what it was like for an ordinary person (without a fire plan