Sunday, August 02, 2015
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Snowy Mountains Local News from the Capital Radio Newsroom

Snowy River high-flows set to begin in August

The Snowy River high flow water releases are set to begin in August, with the department of Primary Industries Water warning land owners who are down stream to make plans.

The high-flow water releases are set to begin August 12th, with the first day set to release over 3000 mega-litres over an eight hour period.

The flows are designed to mimic the natural flow characteristics seen in Snowy Mountain rivers, with the aim of improving the long-term health of the iconic Snowy River .

DPI Water Director Surface Water Management Paul Simpson said Lake Jindabyne will not appear to change, but people need to be careful downstream near rivers.

"The flows are going to be higher than normal, so residents should take extra care when the releases are on," said Mr Simpson.

Man charged with assault. after head-butting security guard in Jindabyne

BY EMMA LAWSON

A Jindabyne man is set to face court for assaulting a security guard after he refused to leave the licensed venue last night.

The 28 year old man refused to leave the hotel on Kosciuszko Road at around 9pm, after being considered heavily intoxicated.

The man continued to stay and drink at the venue, where he then head-butted a security guard and had to be restrained until police arrived.

Police then charged the man with assault and failure to leave a licensed venue. 

The man will be facing court in September.

Locals encouraged to nominate someone for Australian of the Year Award

Monaro and Snowy mountain residents are being reminded next week will be the last chance to nominate someone for a 2016 Australian of the Year Award.

The Awards rely on the public to submit nominations for people they think are worthy of consideration for:

- Australian of the Year

- Senior Australian of the Year

- Young Australian of the Year

- Australia's Local Hero

National Manager of the Australian of the Year Awards Carolyn Ludovici said it's important for regional community's to nominate someone who is doing something great in the area as they often go unnoticed.

"I think there are a lot of unsung heroes in regional areas, it's up to people in the rurual  areas to let people know what's happening," said Ms Ludovici.

Labor Candidate for Eden-Monaro to discuss local economy at ALP Conference

Labor candidate for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly said he will be discussing the local economy and budget issues when he attends the Australian Labor Party Conference this weekend.

The ALP annual conference is the highest decision making forum for Labor, setting the priorities and direction for the party.

Its expected education, health, asylum seekers and renewable energy will be the big discussion points.

Mr Kelly said he talked to local residents as to what their problems are and found the economy is one of the big issues.

"I'll be discussing how we will forge the new economy, to secure jobs that the community and our children will need going into the future," said Mr Kelly.

Drunken behaviour leaves young men with $550 fine

From Emma Lawson in the newsroom

Police have reminded everyone in the Snowy Mountain and Monaro region for this weekend to know their alcohol limit, after three young men were fined for drunken behaviour in the past week.

A 23 year old man was refused entry to a licensed venue in Thredbo Village last night, and was later issued a $550 on the spot the fine after police caught him trying to reenter the premises.

This comes after Wednesday when another two young men, were also issued the $550 fine after failing to leave a licensed venue in Jindabyne, when they were refused service and asked to leave.

Police remind local residents and visitors if you are refused service or asked to leave, you must do so immediately by law or they will issue you the expensive fine. 

Labor candidate for Eden-Monaro stands against plans to scrap funding to wind farms

From Emma Lawson in the news room

Labor Candidate for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly is standing against the federal governments' directive to stop investment in wind farms, as he believes renewable energy is a huge source of profit for the region.

It comes as CWP Renewable's, the company behind the Boco Rock Wind Farm, is asking the Liberals to reconsider their plans to abolish the clean energy finance corporation, as they need the governments funding to begin the final stage of construction.

Mr Kelly said the Eden-Monaro region's biggest private investment into the area was through renewable energy, and that there were plans for more projects to come.

"NSW farmers have really back the need to act on climate change and introduce renewable energy, for the major reason it's a huge boost for rural and regional economies," said Mr Kelly.

"We're seeing it in our own region, with various types of renewable energy technology available, with all the different sources (wind, solar, hydro power, thermo) available to us".

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