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Council watch June

 Tis the season… for (normal) rate increases With Peter Marshall* Costs will still outstrip income Local social media lit up in May, with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Administrator Tim Overall’s announcement that rates would rise for the 2017-18 financial year. Many people referred back to the then Premier’s announcement that there would be no

Buying merger goodwill

Council watch April With Peter Marshall In late March, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Administrator Tim Overall distributed the second tranche of Strong Community Fund grants, colloquially referred to as ‘The Merger Bribes’. The Administrator even alluded to this in his media release: “It is very rare for councils to have $9m to spend

Plastic waste reduction on Braidwood radar

I was recently in a Canberra supermarket with a friend, when I paused by a display of coloured boxes. “Oh, you can’t buy those,” my friend announced. “Coffee pods. Think of the waste.” “Really?” I replied, and looked pointedly at my friend’s shopping trolley. Every single item was packaged in plastic. Everything.

Luke Foley answers questions in Queanbeyan

Revived Labor takes on ‘ideological’ Liberal, National coalition NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley came to Queanbeyan mid-March for one of Labor’s new series of ‘town hall meetings’. He was introduced by Bryce Wilson, Labor candidate for Monaro in this most marginal of seats. The regional backdrop reflects anger about council amalgamations and

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,

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