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Palerang going ahead with rate rise exercise

While waiting to hear the NSW verdict on forced amalgamation with Queanbeyan, (verdict promised before Christmas), Palerang councillors resolved 7–2 at their December meeting to proceed with the special rate variation exercise. According to every councillor who spoke for going ahead, proposing some level of rate rise is required for Palerang’s

Election roundup: Personality politics, backed by two party $$ won in Monaro

Report by Robin Tennant-Wood with contributions from other Bulletin election observers Sifting the tea-leaves after the NSW election, what impact did the campaigns, the personalities, the issues or the policies have on the outcome? Despite a state-wide swing towards Labor of 8.6%, New South Wales voters returned the Liberal-National Coalition government

Free speech under threat with ag-gag laws

by Ben Latham. INSPIRED BY legislation introduced in several states in America, politicians in NSW and elsewhere are currently discussing establishing ‘ag-gag’ laws, which specifically seek to censor investigations that expose animal cruelty and abuse in factory farms. Most cases of animal cruelty on Australian farms are exposed by undercover investigations by

Palerang’s ‘Tea Party’ Moment?

By Maria Taylor Appalling, intimidating, aggressive, boorish, hideous behavior –– these were some of the descriptors by Palerang councillors and observers of the gallery performance at the 5 September council meeting by people demanding renaming of the rural residential areas of Palerang, currently drafted as  E4 (environmental living) in the Palerang

Residents opposed to Ellerton Drive Extension

by Bulletin ‘Queanbeyan watch’ correspondent The Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance submitted signatures of 213 residents to Queanbeyan Council in July opposing the two to four lane construction of the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE) skirting suburbs and through bushland in eastern Queanbeyan. A spokesperson for the Alliance said they expect Council to respond

Stop, strike time for Queanbeyan’s nurses

by Farz Edraki The battle between NSW nurses and the state government continues as 30 Queanbeyan nurses took part in a strike at the Kangaroos Club on Wednesday, 24 July. Queanbeyan was one of 180 hospitals across NSW which took part in the state-wide protest. Nurses and midwives are concerned about what

Local member goes to bat for ‘property rights’ – But zones may be over-ridden by new state policy anyway

by Maria Taylor Bungendore, 8 June  2013. In an unusual move for a state representative, Member for Monaro John Barilaro has involved himself with the Palerang draft local environment plan on behalf of ‘property rights’. In May he circulated a survey asking landholders in rural residential or rural areas whether they were satisfied