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2017/18 Bush fire danger period starting

What you shouldn’t be doing on high fire danger days The statutory Bush Fire Danger Period commenced on Sunday, 1 October, 2017. The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is reminding residents that fire permits are required during the this period. Residents must also give the NSW RFS and their neighbours

Palerang fires in court

Criminal charges and a class action suit have ensued from the February 17 Carwoola fire that raged through 3500 hectares of rural residential and rural land around Widgiewa Road. It destroyed eight homes and many animals in hot, dry and windy conditions. Two tradesmen working for a plumbing contractor have been

Confusion erupts over QPRC plans for new admin building

Maria Taylor reports from new council’s first meeting and aftermath At the September council meeting,  Mayor Tim Overall and election team A, with the help of two unquestioning Palerang-based councillors, Schweikert and Hicks, and two Queanbeyan-based councillors, Brown and Noveska, ticked and flicked approval for a new $57 million council headquarters

Tips from ‘business woman of the year’

Braidwood local and Bulletin columnist Angela Backhouse was crowned 2017 ‘Business Woman of the Year’ in the Canberra Women in Business Awards at a gala ceremony in August. Angela writes our Property and Legal column and her firm Backhouse Legal has established offices in Bungendore and Braidwood as well as Fyshwick. Hailing

Seniors under shadow of wrecking ball

Queanbeyan senior citizens were dismayed to learn last month that they may have become the first casualties of QPRC's planned redevelopment of the Queanbeyan CBD. In July the Queanbeyan Senior Citizens Group received official notification from council that it would have to move from its purpose-built centre off Crawford Street by

Rural residential dog attacks raise alarm

Kangaroos the victims this time –some had survived the February Carwoola bushfire and were in a Wildcare enclosure.  Next time could as easily be sheep or alpacas. From Wednesday 16 to Monday 21 August, two cattle dogs – a red female and a blue male - left a trail of death