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Snowy Mountains Local News from the Capital Radio Newsroom

BUSH FIRE SEASON STARTS

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

More Local News from Andrew Page.

Today Marks the official start of the Bush Fire Season in the Snowy Mountains & Monaro.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a hot dry summer with strong winds.

District Technical Officer Ailish Pope with the Monaro Rural Fire Service said, residents and business owners must take immediate precautionary measures.

“People do need to prepare their properties, we are gearing up for a potentially big season, people need to start clearing and maintaining their asset protection zones around their houses,” Ms Pope said.

“You now if you want to burn off or start a fire, require a permit to do so, so we know where burning is happening and if required, we can suspend permits if needed,” she said.

Ms Pope went on to say that it would advantageous to carry out hazard reduction burning of weeds and other combustible materials.

HELP COOMA COUNCIL BUILD A TOILET

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council has identified a need for a toilet block to be installed at Norris Park.

Norris Park is the only only park within the CBD that also has BBQ facilities, with the nearest toilet facilities located at Centennial Park.

Council does not have adequate funds to build the toilets themselves and is therefore seeking expression of interest from community members and service clubs to assist council with funding.

A Community Project proposal is available on Council website and an information session will be held at council chambers on Monday the 20th of October from 5.30pm.

HIGH COUNTRY CORROBOREE

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

A High Country Corroboree is going to be held at the Jindabyne Community Stage on Saturday the 25th of October.

The day starts at 10am, with morning tea, followed by the days activities.

The High Country Corroboree acknowledges and celebrates Australia’s first peoples.

Councils Community Officer Meghan Quinn said it will be a great celebration.

“Each year, Council delivers a Naidoc Week of some sorts, we never do it in the actual Naidoc Week, because that is traditionally in July and the weather is quite miserable and we really like to do an outdoor event, that's what our elders like to do,” Ms Quinn said.

“We should have lots of fun, there'll be live entertainment, lots of food and hopefully the weather will hold out for us,” she said.

WATCH OUT FOR WAKING SNAKES

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is urging people to watch out for snakes, which are re-emerging after winter hibernation.

National Parks says never try to catch or kill a snake, both for you and the animals sake.

Also, snakes are protected by law and play an important role in the environment by keeping mice and other species under control.

You can stop snakes from being attracted to your property by removing poultry feed, cat food or other food that attracts mice and keeping your yard clean and tidy.

More details on National Parks website:

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/snakes.htm

HISTORY REPEATING - BERRIDALE POPLARS

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

History is set to repeat itself with Snowy River Shire Council calling on remaining Berridale School Children to once again take part in the replanting of the famous Poplar Trees.

At least 12 of the poplars had to be removed earlier in the year due to diseased trunks.

The re-planting of 10 poplars as you approach Berridale from Cooma will mark the start of the regeneration process.

Snowy River Shire General Manager Joe Vescio says council will also be discussing with the community the proposed Master Landscaping Plan for the replacement of the Poplars.

Contact council on 6451 1195 to register.

ADAMINABY CURTAIN

FROM ANDREW PAGE IN THE RADIO SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEWSROOM:

Snowy River Shire Council has advised that repairs will be made shortly to the Adaminaby Stage Curtain.

A local craft group was ordered to return the curtain to council after the court found that the curtain belonged to the community.

Council has sought expert assessment from the Australian National University.

The curtain will be re-hung in the Adaminaby Hall with increased security and measures taken to ensure its longevity.

A public ceremony will be announced shortly.

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