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Snowy Mountains Local News from the Capital Radio Newsroom

Candian hiker may have died before search evan bagan inquest hears

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

An inquest has heard that a 25 year Canadian Hiker who went missing in Kosciuzko National Park may have died before the search even began.

25 year old Prabhdeep Srawn went missing on the 13th of May 2013 when he left Charlotte Pass on a hike into the mountains.

Detective Inspector Shane Box told the court a search was not initiated for the man until 6 days after he disappeared.

A timeline for survival by an expert indicated there was every likelihood Mr Srawn would have died from exposure due to blizzard conditions.

Meanwhile, the family has not attended the inquest although they do hold hopes that he may have survived.

Counsel assisting has recommended the court declare Mr Srawn legally deceased.

The court is now adjourned with a decision pending.

Weeds conferance in Cooma this October

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

This year, October will see around 250 weeds professionals converge on Cooma for the 18th annual NSW Weeds conference.

From the 12th to the 15th of October, conference attendees will be able to discuss everything to do with noxious weeds, included the latest developments in weed control, technological advancements and legislative changes.

Weeds management officer Warren Schofield with Cooma Monaro Shire council says it's a great way to learn about everything that's happening in the industry.

Inquest continues

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

As details continue to emerge on the inquest into the disappearance of Canadian Bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn, Cooma Local Court heard yesterday from 2 park rangers that they heard a yell during the search for the man in Mount Kosciuszko.

A search was called of back in May 2013 when as blizzard conditions set in and no trace of the man was ever found.

Ranger Jack Bulger told the NSW Coroners court that the yell he heard was a funny sound that was sort of like half a yell.

Former outdoor instructor Tom Batty also told the court he was a few hours behind Mr Srawn that day, where conditions started out fine first then, but then turned to blizzard conditions.

The inquest is continuing.

Inquest begins, missing man, Snowy Mountains

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

An inquest began yesterday at Cooma Local Court into the disappearance of Canadian man Prabhdeep Srawn in the Snowy Mountains.

The 25 year old man has not been seen since he left Charlotte Pass on a walk through Mount Kosciuszko back on the 13th of May 2013.

An extensive search was called off after winter set in and no trace of the man could be found.

A former housemate by the name of Carl Mannix told Cooma Local Court yesterday that he was not a risk taker and being an army reservist, he would have thoroughly planned for the walk.

Counsel assisting implied that Mr Srawn may have harmed himself, but Mr Mannix replied he was happy with where he was and always maintained regular contact with friends and family.

The inquest will continue today.

Brumby issue heats up again

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

Tensions are heating up between Conservation Groups and Brumby Advocates as the National Parks and Wildlife Service continues with it's process of review for the Horse Management Plan.

President of the Snowy Mountains Bush Users Group Peter Cochran says he is concerned at certain groups who are having a say on the issue.

But the Director of Metropolitan and Mountains with The National Parks and Wildlife Service Tom Bagnat says the review process is extensive and they are considering all sides of the issue carefully.

A draft plan of management will be released later in the year around November where the wider public will be invited to review and comment.

Open day at Cooma Fire Rescue this Saturday

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

Fire stations across the Snowy Mountains & MONARO will open their doors this Saturday with a range of free activities taking place.

The Open Day will run from 10am to 2pm and includes demonstrations, station tours and the kids will also be able to get up close to fire engines and equipment.

Captain Chris Reeks from Cooma says it's a great idea to come on out and have a look.