Aug 21 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

The fastest of the fastest alpine skiers from around the world will hit the long and very steep World Cup race course located high on the hill in Thredbo from today.

More than 120 international and national racers will be competing.

Athletes are vying for hotly contested spots on Olympic teams.

The Thredbo ANC is the first leg of the series, the second series will be held in New Zealand the following week.

Several local racers are competing including

Antonia Murphy, 17 of Jindabyne
Zara Gardiner, 16 of Jindabyne
And Kate Hobbs, 19 of Cooma  

Aug 21 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Locally-based National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighting experts have travelled to Canada to help with the escalating wildfire emergency in British Columbia.
 
Ben Dickson, Rob Gibbs, Brendon Howard, Elouise Peach and Tony Stubbs are part of the team that joined up to 129 other specialist fire crew being sent to the international firefighting operation.
 
Rob Gibbs, a Jindabyne-based ranger left earlier this month as part of a team of 29 aviation specialists and fire ground commanders.
 
They have been joined by 30 NPWS remote area firefighters.

The firefighters are expected to be away from their loved-ones for up to 40 days and not expected to return to Australia until mid-September.
 
In recent years the NPWS has sent firefighters to assist in Canada in 2012 and 2014.
 

Aug 16 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Member for Monaro John Barilaro has welcomed reforms to toughen sanctions on those who repeatedly ignore driver licence laws, while also providing incentives for disqualified drivers who demonstrate good behaviour.
 
Mr Barilaro says under the new laws Police will have extra powers to confiscate on-the-spot the number plates or cars of repeat offenders for three to six months.
 
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey says tough penalties will continue to apply for very serious driving offences, like drink and drug driving.
 
Lengthy disqualification periods, which can currently exceed 10 years, are often ineffective because they've been found to offer no incentive to disqualified drivers to comply with their penalty.
 
The change aims to encourage a return to lawful driving, as opposed to the current laws that impact the disadvantaged.

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