Thursday, May 05, 2016
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Snowy Mountains Local News from the Capital Radio Newsroom

Rain postpones re-sealing in Snowy Mountains


Wet weather has forced Snowy River Shire Council to postpone works to upgrade the Jindabyne and Berridale car parks.

Both car parks will reopen today and remain open for the duration of the ANZAC day long weekends.

Council will restart work on Tuesday morning, starting with Jindabyne, and moving onto Berridale, which is likely to require further works on Wednesday.

Residents are reminded there is no parking in these locations when work recommences on Tuesday.

Youths reprimanded after Snowy Mountains break-in

Several youths will be dealt with under the young offenders act after an alleged break-in at a Snowy Mountains home.

Police say several young people let themselves into Jindabyne unit on Sunday, after a window was left slightly ajar.

Monaro Duty Officer Michael Handley says a number of the culprits have been identified, however investigations are continuing into the incident.

"That is being investigated by local police. A number of young people have already been spoken to in relation to it, but I thionk there are still a few more to be spoken to. If anyone has information in relation to that contact the Jindabyne police or Crime stoppers," he said.



Monaro region fourth worst speeders in NSW


Motorists are being reminded there is no such thing as safe speeding, following the release of data, identifying Monaro drivers as some of the worst offenders in the state.

New south wales police are conducting Operation Saturation, which started on Friday April 8th, targeting speeding, and other road offences throughout the school holidays period.

Since 2014 police have issued 484,721 speeding infringements to motorists.

Out of 55,569 speeding events so far this year he Monaro LAC, encompassing Cooma, Jindabyne and Bombala recorded registered 1562.

The Hume region recorded the worst figures at 3606, followed by the Mid North coast and Camden. 


Carers accomodation at Bega hospital vital for Monaro and Snowies

The Cooma Lions Club says the construction of on-site carers accommodation at the new South East regional hospital will be integral for residents in The Monaro and Snowy Mountains.

The club made a $5000 donation to the cause on Thursday, following the completion of the $187 million dollar hospital in March this year.

The aptly named facility intends to service all of South-East new south wales, meaning locals will no longer have to travel to Canberra for certain services.

Lions Club Publicity Officer Ian Hampton says the club believes the project will be vital for families across the local community.

"I think it's going to be even more important for people from Cooma Monaro and the Mountains than people down on the Far South Coast. In the case that somebody does get hospitalised for some time- then the parents, the carers, the family, will be able to go down there and stay somewhere close. So this new accommodation is just going to be brilliant for people here in the high country," he said. 

Discussions begin around limiting angler access to Eucumbene River


A Snowy Monaro fishing organisation is leading discussions around how to reduce environmental impacts on a South-East waterway. 

The Monaro Acclimitasation society held a meeting at the end of last month to try and resolve issues around environmental impacts on Eucumbene river, with the arrival of large numbers of anglers for the brown trout spawn run.

President Steve Samuels says its becoming increasingly problematic, and they're starting to look at what can be done to limit damage to the local environment around the Denison Campground near Providence Portal.

"Last year we were counting 140 vehicles per day, which were driving up and down the river, crossing the river, and then driving over the river into the national park- into some of grasslands, the snowlands- and there's been a number of gates cut by anglers wanting to get access further afield.

So, it's no so much a problem of people wanting to fish the river, but its certainly a problem that a huge numbers of vehicles being unregulated and being allowed to wander over what is a pretty fragile sort of landscape," he said. 

He says it's early days but the establishment of a car park would prevent uncontrolled vehicle access, limiting destruction to the waterway and fragile riverbank.

"The main option is to keep the vehicles away from the riverbank. So we're looking at trying to establish a car park away from the riverbank. The land down there is owned by Snowy Hydro and Kosciusko National Park, so they have to agree to whatever it is we want to do. But we also need to get funding. So that doesn't happen overnight, we only just held the meeting. I'm hopeful we'll be able to organise the funding perhaps for this time next year," he said. 


Cooma's distance ed model heads to Young


The success of a tertiary education model in the Monaro has seen it picked up at another regional centre in new south wales.

The Cooma University Centre offers locals a chance to study at institutions around Australia from their own back-yard, with assistance from a local tutor. 

Cooma Mayor Dean Lynch visited Young last week with chairman Duncan Taylor to launch the program at an education provider there. 

Councillor Lynch says its fantastic to see the innovative initiative recognised outside the region.

"We always said the model here in Cooma could potentially revolutionize education in regional Australia and it's really coming to fruition. Its really exciting, so the Young community are over the moon and we're helping them out," he said. 

"They've got a primary education degree up, with 9 students at the university there, so we're looking to get some more numbers there but it's looking really positive," he said.