Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Snowy Mountains Local News from the Capital Radio Newsroom

JINDABYNE VOLUNTEERS HONOURED

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

Monaro Service Awards were presented to 2 champions of the Jindabyne Community yesterday.

Gordon Jenkinson was recognised for his hard work with the Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce.

And Nick Elliot was awarded for his hard work involving several community organisations including the Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce, Jindabyne Central School, Council and Junior Rugby Union.

Recently 18 other volunteers were honoured with Monaro Service Awards at a ceremony in Queanbeyan.

The recipients were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the community in areas such as the arts, environment, multiculturalism, education, health, sport, heritage and pastoral care.

MOVE TOWARDS BETTER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SMALL BUSINESS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

The states peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber says the State Government's adoption of its Small Business Friendly Council idea, is a positive move to end the divide between local small business and their council.

CEO of the NSW Business Chamber Stephen Cartwright says, the organisation is aiming to improve the overall business climate for small business in NSW and raise awareness of the difference local government can make by better communication with local business.

Right now, many small businesses find dealing with Local Government to be too complicated.

Councils and businesses are being encouraged to adopt the program. More details on www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

NSW GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO MR FLUFFY ASBESTOS

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

The NSW Government has announced that there will be a parliamentary inquiry into the Mr Fluffy Lose Fill Asbestos insulation problem in NSW.

The Motion was put forward by Duty MLC for Monaro Steve Whan.

It will be a joint select committee which means members from both houses of parliament will participate.

Monaro MP John Barilaro says he looks forward to working with Mr Whan and other MPs on the issue.

Both agree that the issue is too important to play politics on.

You can contact Workcover on 13 10 50 if you are concerned about Lose Fill Asbestos in your home.

It's important not to go into the roof yourself or take samples.

FULL TIME UNIVERSITY DEGREES TO BE AVAILBLE AT COOMA UNIVERSITY CENTRE FROM 2015

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

From next year, it will be possible to study a full university degree in Cooma, all thanks to the Cooma Universities Centre.

A Degree in Bachelor of Education, specialising in Primary or Early Childhood, as well as Events and Tourism will be available at the Cooma Universities Centre, in Bombala Street Cooma.

Both degrees will be offered via Supported learning, a combination of both distance and face to face learning.

The education degree will be facilitated through Central Queensland University, while the Events and Tourism degree currently has options being explored with the University of Canberra.

Cooma-Monaro Shire Mayor Dean Lynch says it's the start of retaining a young vibrant population in Cooma.

“This is the start to retaining youth and training youth here locally,” Cr. Lynch said.

“My great dream is that we'll be able to have people moving here to Cooma to study here full time,” he said.

“This is a way of keeping our population young and also growing our population,” Cr. Lynch said.

TERRORISM RAID

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

IMPORTANT BREAKING NATIONAL NEWS:

A police operation is currently underway in Sydney’s northwest suburbs this morning as a result of a joint counter-terrorism operation involving the NSW Police and Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The arrests follow the execution of a number of search warrants across Sydney’s north-west suburbs early today.

The operation involves officers from Australia Federal Police and the NSW Police Force.

Police executed search warrants across Sydney this morning in Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.

The operational activity is ongoing at this time.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

PENSION PAYMENT INCREASE

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:


Eden Monaro MP Dr Peter Hendy says Pensioners in the electorate can look forward to an increase in their payments.


DR. Hendy, said single age pensioners will receive an increase of up to $11.50 a fortnight, while pensioner couples will receive an extra $17.40 a fortnight.


This means total payments for a single pensioner on the maximum rate will be $854 a fortnight and couples will receive $1288,” Dr. Hendy said.


There will also be increases for those who are on other income support payments like Newstart or Parenting payments, again they will go up on the 20th of September,” he said.

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