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Fed casual workers offered paid leave


WHILE WORK-FROM-home remains preferred, the Australian Public Service Commission has extended paid leave to more than 8,000 casual employees who may be forced to miss work because of coronavirus impacts. CAPTION: The APSC has announced offering paid leave to casual workers who need to self-isolate or have contracted coronavirus. But contractors

QPRC bushfire report stumbles on political grounds, ignores climate change effect on drought and fire. STORIES FROM FIREGROUND SOUGHT BY 17 APRIL.


YEARS OF DROUGHT in NSW causing water shortages, fires igniting in inaccessible country and the overwhelming scale of recent bushfires all contributed to the toll on people and nature in the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area (QPRC). This is the assessment of a submission QPRC staff prepared for the NSW government’s bushfire

Queanbeyan Palerang Council: face-to-face service closures, online access instead


QUEANBEYAN-PALERANG REGIONAL Council has confirmed the closure of a number of non-essential facilities and a restriction of some services to assist in minimising the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Acting on the direction of appropriate authorities including the Federal and State governments, a number of Council facilities have been closed since Monday.

Feds’ RURAL BUSINESS STIMULUS package in age of uncertainty


MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud addressed rural businesses with the Federal Government’s economic stimulus package, with an emphasis on traditional enterprises: agriculture, fisheries and forestry, according to the government’s media release. $1 billion in community fund to support rural industries impacted by coronavirus “$1 billion will be directed to

Care for the Earth, respect the land — timeless message


IN A HISTORIC assembly coinciding with recent extreme climate events, Aborigines from the Yuin Nation came to Tilba at the foot of Gulaga mountain to take part in a Bunaan or dance corroboree. They came from all over NSW and Victoria to strengthen their ties with their culture and traditions, and

Volunteer fire fighters’ now face paper blizzard


ON ABC’s Q and A television program on the night of 3 February we heard a popular community volunteer from Bermagui tell Australia that she did not think 10% of volunteer firefighters would put themselves through the paperwork and bureaucratic hoops surrounding government reimbursement to volunteer firefighters. At issue is the