Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Snowy Mountains Local News from the Capital Radio Newsroom

Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre receives grant

From Andrew Page in the Radio Snowy Mountains Newsroom:

The Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre is set to undergo a major refurbishment thanks to a $40,220 Community Building Partnership grant from the NSW Government.

The refurbishment will provide better access, more space and a private meeting room for confidential sessions at the centre.

The centre already offers information, referrals, free Wi-Fi plus affordable printing, faxing and scanning services

The centre had over 1000 visitors during the ski season this year, with up to 50 visitors a day during peak periods.

Wild dog control program receives boost

From Andrew Page in the Radio Snowy Mountains Newsroom:

South East Local Land Services says all major Wild Dog Baiting Programs are coming to an end for the season and so far the program appears to have been a huge success.

The news follows a state wide announcement yesterday from the Minister or Primary Industries involving the laying of 3850 baits across 27 local properties and national park land, covering 16000 hectares.

Senior Bio Security Officer from Local Land Services Ben Serafin said the programs have been extensive in the Snowy Mountains & Monaro.

“This had large scale broad-scale baiting involving private and public land managers, we've also had our aerial bating programs finish up and that was in the Adaminaby area, working in conjunction with The National Parks & Wildlife Service,” Mr Serafin said.

“There is still the odd wild dog about, but generally across the broader region is has been very successful,” he said.

Steve Whan concerned communities are being forgotten in council amalgamations

From Andrew Page in the Radio Snowy Mountains Newsroom:

Country Labor Candidate for Monaro Steve Whan has expressed concerns on how the NSW State Government is handling it's policy on Council Amalgamations.

Mr Whan said the government appears to talking about what it wants to do, before listening to the interests of the community.

“The Premieres speech to the local government conference once gain ramps up his rhetoric about amalgamations and it's pretty clear, despite the fact that the government is still saying that this is voluntary, that the Premiere is getting stronger and stronger in everything he says,” Mr Whan said.

“He's pushing councils before they've even had a chance to talk to their communities about this and that's a critical thing,” He said.

“This shouldn't be about what the Premiere or even what councillors want, it's about what the community wants”

Monaro MP John Barilaro says the choice will remain in the power of local councils, despite the refusal of the Premiere to give a direct re-assurance earlier in the week.

“There's in excess of 60 recommendations across the local government sector, this Fit for the future about mergers is only one part of it, this is a range of policies that's been called for to strengthen local government,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We know how important it is, we want to make it sustainable and viable long term, we've said consistently this is a choice for local government, they'll make the decisions at a local level on where they want to go,” he said.

Missing Grandmother, 53, declared officially dead

From Andrew Page in the Radio Snowy Mountains Newsroom:

A missing Eden Grandmother who's not been seen since 2008 has been declared officially dead.

Magistrate Mark Douglass declared 53 year old Sylvia Pajuczok officially dead in what he said were suspicious circumstances in a coroners inquest at Bombala.

In 2008, Pajuczok went missing after visiting friends in Rockton South of Bombala.

Her locked van was later found on the side of the Monaro Highway near Bombala.

Despite extensive searches and a $100,000 reward, MS Pajuczoks body has never been found.

The inquest heard that so far, all evidence pointed to Ms Pajuczok having met with foul play around the 23 or 24th of December 2008.

Family members are not hopeful of the body ever been recovered, but they hope justice will be served.

Monaro MP John Barilaro honoured to be elevated to cabinet position

From Andrew Page in the Radio Snowy Mountains Newsroom:

Monaro MP John Barilaro says he feels honoured and privileged to be elevated to a cabinet position in the wake of the March 2015 election.

Mr Barilaro takes on the portfolios as Minister for Small Business and Regional Tourism.

He looks forward to working with the new Nationals leader Troy Grant and Premiere Mike Baird.

“They’re showing a bit of trust in me and I'm definitely not going to let them down, as the parliamentary secretary for small business, it's been an area where I've been able to cut my teeth, in an area that I have a strong passion for and when your adding the Regional Tourism portfolio, it's great synergy for small business,” Mr Barilaro said

“I'm looking forward to representing all of those regional communities around small business and regional tourism, but first and foremost I will always be the Member for Monaro,” he said.

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council considers tourism options

From Andrew Page in the Radio Snowy Mountains Newsroom:

Cooma Monaro Shire Council in collaboration with the Monaro Tourism Advisory committee is considering a range of options to promote tourism in the region for the long run.

It was highlighted in a recent meeting that if council contributed $50,000 towards marketing, it could be matched dollar for dollar by Destination NSW giving a total of $100,000.

Mayor Dean Lynch said while nothing is official at this stage, it could potentially attract a lot more tourism.

“This all has to go to council to be ratified, but we'll be looking at various options to get the best bang for our buck, if we can have money matched by Destination NSW or Tourism Snowy Mountains, it could potentially be a good thing,” Cr Lynch said.

“We would get a massive advertising campaign and it would bring more business and tourism to the Snowy Mountains,” he said.