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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

Notes from the fire front

“What sticks in my mind from this fire? Fear– that was controlled by training and a trust in my fellow crew members. We were alone in the middle of a running fire with a task to complete as best we could, but we knew each had the other’s back. The

Queanbeyan/Palerang council starts clearing wildlife habitat on contested new road corridor

Cutting trees for EDE

As these images show, the chainsaws have moved in to the controversial Ellerton Drive Extension road corridor in January, under the direction of council administrator Tim Overall and against the documented wishes of a sizeable community segment. Environmental destruction in the river corridor and escarpment and loss of community amenity in

Craft beer and cider at Bungendore show

Every year sees the region’s beer brewers, wine makers and cider squeezers uncork their best for the Bungendore Show Home Brew competition. While the Show will be held on Sunday 29 January, the judging is a special night, open to the public and held on the evening of Wednesday 25 January from

Hire a vet and offer skilled ex-military people a new career

L-R: Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC, Ben Roberts-Smith VC and Prime Minister of Australia the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP at the Launch of the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program at Kirribilli House, Sydney on 17 November, 2016.

Minister for Veteran’s Affairs Dan Tehan has highlighted the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program aimed at encouraging business to consider employing veterans when they transition to civilian life. About 5,500 skilled sailors, soldiers and airmen/airwomen leave the military each year and about 70 per cent do so to pursue an alternative