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Snowy Mountains Local News from the Capital Radio Newsroom

Police in shock as 3 more hikers go missing in Kosciuszko National Park

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

Only days after a Canadian Hiker was declared officially dead, the police are reporting that 3 more hikers went missing in Kosciuszko National Park on Monday Night.

Police had to conduct a special operation with officers trained in Alpine Search and Rescue Operations to locate the trio.

Temperatures overnight in the area plummeted to minus 7 degrees overnight.

The men contacted Triple 0 and police found them hiding under rocks near Mount Morgan in the early hours of Tuesday Morning.

Duty Officer Ben Bowls with Monaro Local Area Command says they were lucky to be alive after setting out with no specialised equipment and only wearing light clothing.

Meanwhile, the National Parks and Wildlife Service is cautioning bush walkers to respect the alpine environment and be extremely well prepared.

Green army projects roll out

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

The third round of Green Army projects is set to roll out over the next year following the announcement of successful projects for the program.

Eden-Monaro MP Dr Peter Hendy says Young people in Cooma who are interested in being a part of one of the Australian Government's major environmental initiatives and in helping our community deliver important local conservation outcomes now have the opportunity to join the Green Army

Initiatives include the South East Weeds Action Program Protecting Priority Sites is a four-phased project designed to protect threatened species and communities through targeted, on-ground control supported by detailed mapping and monitoring.

Further information on the program is available by searching online for Green Army.

Check out Yarrangobilly Caves

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

While it’s cold above ground, the warmth and sheer beauty of Yarrangobilly Caves make them a tantalising option for Kosciuszko National Park visitors these school holidays.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is encouraging visitors and locals in the Snowy Mountains to take a look.

Yarrangobilly Caves Manager George Bradford said cave tours were very popular during the winter when skiing families were looking for a break.

He says “It’s remarkable how many people comment not only on the caves’ natural beauty, but the fact that it’s so much warmer inside them,”.

Mr Bradford said that after a day of caving, visitors could wander through the lush surrounding Kosciuszko National Park and explore the abundant flora and fauna.

He says bush walkers may also want to stroll down the river walk to the thermal pool that is a warm 27 degrees all year round.

More information is available by calling 6454 9597

Drunken idiots continue to frustrate police

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

Police from Monaro Local Area Command are continuing with their focus on alcohol related crime as they deal with 2 more instances of people failing to exit premises when asked to leave.

At about 11.20am last Wednesday, police were patrolling a hotel in Jindabyne when they observed a 23 year old male who was heavily intoxicated standing outside the premises.

This male had already been asked to leave but tried to re-enter.

He was subsequently issued with a $550 infringement notice.

At about 11.40pm on Saturday night, a female patron allegedly threw drink over a security officer and then refused to leave. she was also issued with a $550 fine.

Detective inspector Shane Box says police will continue to take the issue seriously.

Bomb scare: Snowy River Shire Council Offices

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

Snowy River shire Council offices in Berridale and Jindabyne are currently closed off due to a suspected Bomb scare.

Full details at this stage are not available, although 2XL understands that the initial threat was made to the Berridale office.

All council sights were evacuated with police guards put in place.

Officers from the Australian Federal Police are currently searching the offices.

Jindabyne Nightbus Returns for 2015

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

The Roads and Martine Service in conjunction with Hummingbird Charters is announcing the return of the Jindabyne Night Bus for 2015.

2 Buses will operate on Wednesday and Saturday Nights from 9.45pm until 2.30am.

There will also be 1 bus operating on Friday Night from 9.45pm until 2.30am.

East Jindabyne Venues have also come on board.

Users can scan a "QR code" which is found on night bus posters in supporting venues to access time table information.

You can also download the nightbus app or visit www.nightbus.com.au/jindabyne

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