By LOUISE AYLING
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has been undertaking a compliance operation at the region's ski resorts, to drive down incidents of littering in the Kosciuszko National Park.
Officers have bee patrolling Perisher and Thredbo the last week, and have so far issued eight infringements and four formal cautions for people caught blatantly littering.
Resort Environmental Liaison Officer David Woods says they have been working with the resorts for years, targeting the issue, but it appears year after year, and compliance is their last resort.
"It's not this winter itself, its been all the winters. We've been conducting some type of better awareness since 2001. We try and work on that triangle of better management, awareness- bringing it to the attention of people, we try to improve a bit more of the infrastructure and I guess the third part of that triangle is the compliance. We've never really done that and we try and avoid doing that, but its a little bit daunting to see that amount of litter on a daily basis, particularly at the end of the season, when the resort staff and parks staff are expected to pick up the collateral," he said.
By LOUISE AYLING
Wild winds and blizzard conditions have caused chaos in the Snowy Mountains, flooding roadways and damaging infrastructure at the region's ski resorts.
A severe weather warning was issued for the weekend with forecasts of wind gusts up to 90 kilometers an hour in parts of the alpine region.
The destructive winds caused severe damage up at Perisher Resort, with strong winds lifting the roof off a ski lodge at Guthega, while Charlotte Pass just managed to save its roof and two lodges at Perisher copped flooding from snow-melt.
By LOUISE AYLING
Negotiations on methods to reduce traffic congestion in the Snowy Mountains are still under way, with hopes there will be money for vital upgrades in next year's state budget.
Jindabyne is notorious for congestion during the winter months, as motorists attempt to navigate through the town via access points on Kosciuszko Road and Barry Way to get to the ski fields.
Snowy Monaro Council's General Manager Joe Vescio says improved transport to the town and ski resorts is one method for reducing congestion, but it really comes down to the roads and maritime network, and state government, who are responsible for this roadway.
"The Kosciuszko road is a state road, so its an RMS responsibility and not the responsibility of council. But we understand the RMS has budgeted for the duplication of the lanes from the Barry Way roundabout the the Alpine way turnoff, which we believe will ease the congestion. I don't think it's in this year's budget, but believe it may be in next year's budget to be done," he said.
Police are urging motorists in the Jindabyne area, to delay travel if possible due to dangerous conditions on local roads.
Snow has covered the Snowy Mountains highway between Cooma and Brown Mountain, the highway from Cooma to Jindabyne and along all routes up to the alpine region.
There's been about 5 accidents on the Kosciusko Road near Kalkite since last night, andmuktple vehicles were discovered off the Alpine Way towards Thredbo this morning after sliding off the road from snow and black ice.
Monaro Duty Officer Michael Trambie is urging motorists to delay any unnecessary travel to Jindabyne until conditions subside.
Police in Cooma are investigating a series of thefts from motor vehicles and the theft of three motor vehicles overnight on Tuesday 7th January 2013. During the morning of Wednesday 8th January, Cooma Police have received reports of 14 separate incidents of stealing from motor vehicles. They have been centred around Cooma North and Cooma East areas. Reports so far are of the theft of minor amounts of cash and some electronic devices, including mobile phones and ipads, as well as some sunglasses.
During the morning reports were also received regarding the theft of two motor vehilces and a motor cycle.
A white Mazda sedan was reported stolen from an address in Orana Avenue Cooma North, which was later recovered in Cooma East.
A further report was received regarding the theft of a silver Nissan Navara table top ute from Cooma East, which remains outstanding.
Later another report was received relating to the theft of a green Kawasaki trail bike from Cooma North. This also remains outstanding.
Police also want to remind people to make sure they lock their vehicles when they are left unattended, even for a short time, and when they are parked at home. Valuables should, where possible, be removed from the cars, or at least hidden from view.
Police are requesting anyone with information relating to these matters to call Cooma Police on 64520099.
Motorists are advised Alpine Way will reopen to traffic from 4pm on Monday 14 October after work to clear debris and slope stabilisation work was completed following the recent rock fall.
The 70 kilometre section of Alpine Way from two kilometres west of Thredbo and Khancoban will reopen from 4pm on Monday.
Motorists are advised alternating traffic conditions, temporary traffic lights and a reduced speed limit will remain in place while minor work including fence installation continues.
Wet weather may change work times and dates.
Roads and Maritime thanks the local community for their patience during temporary road openings and reminds them to take care in changed conditions during local events in coming weeks.
Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all signs.
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