Monaro MP John Barilaro is urging locals with an interest and passion for regional and rural issues in the Monaro to nominate for a position on the Local Land Services board.
The LLS will commence in January 2014, and will bring together agricultural production advice, biosecurity, natural resource management and emergency management into a single organisation.
Nominations for elected board member positions will close on the 31st January 2014 with elections scheduled for the 12th of March.
"The Monaro region is home to many individuals who are passionate about rural and regional affairs," said Mr Bailaro.
"Those who can bring strong and varied skills to LLS are urged to consider standing for election and all ratepayers are encouraged to vote in the poll."
Across the 11 LLS regions, ratepayers will elect 34 board members to work with NSW Government-appointed directors to ensure local priorities drive the effective and efficient delivery of services to farmers and land managers across the State.
More information about the new LLS is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/locallandservices.
An inquest has now begun into the disappearance and likely murder of 53-year-old Sylvia Pajuczok from the Monaro in 2008.
The mother of three and grandmother of five vanished on Christmas Eve from a friend's house in Bombala and has not been seen or heard from since.
Her green Toyota Tarago van was found abandoned by the side of the Monaro Highway, 10 kilometres south of Bombala.
The movements of a white van described as a Toyota Hiace, which was seen parked near the home Ms. Pajuczok was visiting, are the subject of a police investigation.
The NSW Government has announced a $100,000 reward for information into the presumed murder of Ms. Pajuczok.
The inquest continues.
The future of the Cooma Community Offender Support program (COSP) facility remains in question following it's closure in September.
It was closed after a state-wide review which found it's operational costs were too high, coupled with increasing community concerns over the number of crimes committed by it's residents, who are prisoners on parole.
Cooma-Monaro Shire Mayor, Dean Lynch, says he's now keen to see the facility operate as a low security prison, for which it was originally designed.
"The Correctional Services in Cooma is one of our major operations, and I'd like to see that able to grow. And part of the expansion could be with the Centre being used as a minimum-security jail," Clr Lynch said.
"If that could happen, I believe it would be a great outcome for the community."
The Jindabyne Rodeo is returning this month and we're being told it'll be bigger and better than ever.
The return of the Horse events last year, and a decision by the Committee to join the ABCRA (Australian Bushmen's Campdraft & Rodeo Association) points-scoring Rodeo resulted in attracting riders from all over the State. The same is being planned again for the 2013 event.
It's on the 28th of December at John Connor's Oval and will see Open and Novice Bulls events, the Open Bull Shootout and the excitement of the Horses with Open and Novice Saddle Bronc and Bareback. There'll be Ladies and Junior Barrell races, and a number of Junior Steer rides to keep the kids entertained.
Allan Rowson from the Committee says this year a new event called the Poly Buck Jump is being introduced for cowboys wishing to try their luck.
"It's a local events, going back to the old days a bit. It's mainly designed for the local riders," he said.
Gates open on the day at 11am for a 1pm start. The General Entry fee is Adults $15, Child $10 or Family $40.
Any further information can be obtained by contacting the Jindabyne Rodeo Committee on 0408 484 905.
An ongoing issue with the quality of Bombala's water supply is now reportedly being addressed by the Council.
Local residents and owners of the Cosmo Cafe, Arthur and Dina Dracopoulos, started a survey in July this year calling for community feedback on their own experiences with the town's water supply.
Their findings have shown at least 286 people are dissatisfied with the quality, prompting Arthur and Dina to take the results to Council's November meeting.
Dina says while the problems with varying taste, discolouration and smell are continuing, the meeting itself produced a positive outcome.
"Council did agree there's a big problem, so for me, that was a huge victory to get them to admit it and pledge to look into it," she said.
During the meeting it was confirmed that sand filters are currently used for the town's water supply, which can allow sediment to pass through into the tap water. While it's safe to drink, Council has reportedly acknowledged the water's sediment is at a reasonably high level.
The Dracopoulos' have now requested the findings of any future water test results be made available to the public.
"We're aiming at getting Council to communicate more effectively with the community, and keep us up-to-date on what's actually happening with the water," Dina said.
Nimmitabel Public School teacher Karen Swan has now been recognised for her outstanding educational contribution.
Monaro MP John Barilaro recently presented Ms. Swan with the inaugural Member for Monaro Excellence in Education Award 2013, as part of a new program aiming to acknowledge the important work that teachers and school staff do in our community.
Each school in the electorate was given the opportunity to nominate one staff member for the Award, and Mr. Barilaro says Ms. Swan was chosen for her role in developing a unique reading program at her school.
He's now encouraging Monaro schools to put forth nominations for the 2014 Awards.
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