Friday, February 05, 2016
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Snowy Mountains Local News from the Capital Radio Newsroom

Registration to speak at the councils amalgamation meetings closed, despite advertised otherwise

Registration to speak at the public inquiries into councils merging closed today at midday, despite being advertised as 9am the day prior to the meetings.

Although the council boundary reviews website said registrations to attend and speak will close at 9am the day prior to the meetings, a spokesperson for the government said they in fact closed today. 

President of the Dalgety district and community association believed the state government may have their own agenda when it comes to the public inquiries on the merging, due to the inconsistent details on the meetings.

Cooma's water safe to drink despite discolouration according to council

Cooma's water has had a noticeable change in colour, however Cooma-Monaro council say it is still safe to drink. 

Due to Recent heavy rainfall in the upper Murrumbidgee River Cooma's water supply has become discoloured because of extremely poor river water quality. 

Council staff are currently working to improve the situation but they say it may take some time to return the water supply to the high standard of clarity expected. 

Council is reminding residents the water is safe to drink as the nature of the discolouration is not organic and disinfection residual levels are within specified limits. 

Sniffer dogs, 'Dottie' and 'Maggie' signed up to save the pygmy possum

Sniffer dogs are now being used to target feral cats in the mountains as they continue to pose risks to pygmy possums.

The cats have been knocking off the endangered possum as they have been waking up from hibernation.

The Office of Environment  are using "detector" dogs Maggie and Dottie to track the cats and find where pygmy possums are hiding.

Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews said over 20 species have already become extinct from feral cats. 

"We hope using these dogs will be able to give the pygmy possums a better chance of survival,"he said. 

Berridale firefighter takes home Order of Australia

Former Berridale Rural Fire Service operations officer Barry Aitchison was awarded the Order of Australia yesterday, for his long service with the RFS.

After more than 13 years with the RFS, Mr Aitchison remains actively involved with the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre High Fire Project, which aims to improve the understand wildfire in high alpine areas.

Mr Aitchison is using his Order of Australia to ignite the discussion surrounding the reintroduction of using high country grazing.

Delegate to play last tribute to men from Snowy River march this weekend

Delegate will play one final tribute to the men from Snowy River march this weekend with Australian legend Peter FitzSimons being the guest speaker. 

Delegate will be commemorating 100 years this Sunday since their men from the Snowy River march left to join World War 1.

Although a group of men commemorated the march in November for Remembrance Day, this event will remember the walk in the month of its' departure 100 years ago.

Member of the commemoration committee Natalie Armstrong said this walk will involve descendants of the original men, and will be for the local community. 


Police believe missing Canberra woman may be in Jindabyne area

Police now believe missing Canberra woman Yuki Motomura may be in the Berridale/Jindabyne area. 

The 31 year old was last seen on Tuesday morning around 8.00 in the Cooma area.

She drives a black 2001 Honda Civic bearing registration number YFQ80F.

There is concerns for the welfare of Ms Motomura, who is  described as about 156cm (5’5”ft), slim build, long blonde hair, and hazel eyes.

Anyone who may have seen Yuki is being urged to call police on 131 444.