Sep 26 2017

By Georgia Holland


The Jindabyne Dam spillway gates will open on Wednesday 4th October, sending the largest release of water down the Snowy River for the year.

Environmental and community groups welcome the large environmental flow and are holding the annual Snowy River Day to celebrate the occasion.

Snowy River Alliance chair Vickii Wallace says the release has been timed to mimic melting snow in spring.

The Dalgety Hall will be set up with displays from local businesses, while Paddlers will come from near and far to ride the big water which will be released for eight hours, from 7.00am to 3.00pm.

Wallace believes that while the Snowy River Day is a time to honour a momentous decision by three governments, with $1.2 billion invested to address the health of the river, there is still important work to be done to ensure the gains are not lost.

She says the Snowy was on life support for 43 years and it’s only just got into the recovery room.

Adding the current 10 year Snowy Licence Review appears to be intentionally narrow and excludes environmental water issues.



Sep 22 2017

By Georgia Holland


Eleven people have been charged and will face court following investigations into alleged illicit drug supply in the NSW snowfields.


Detectives attached to Monaro Local Area Command established Strike Force Minnta in July 2017 to investigate the supply of illicit drugs within the NSW snowfields.


Earlier this week, officers executed five search warrants in Jindabyne and Smiggin Holes and seized drugs including cannabis, MDMA, cocaine, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, dexamphetamine and methyl amphetamine and $3,000 in cash.


Over the duration of the operation police have seized illicit drugs with an estimated potential street value in excess of $10,000.


During the two days of raids this week, police arrested eleven people and laid twenty-eight charges predominantly relating to the supply of illicit drugs.


Charges of note include:


A 23-year-old man from Smiggin Holes was charged with possession of cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, MDMA, methyl amphetamine and cannabis. He was also charged with supplying a prohibited drug (MDMA) and knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug (MDMA).


A 22-year-old man from Smiggin Holes was also charged with ongoing supply of a prohibited drug (MDMA), one count of supplying cocaine, and three counts of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug (MDMA).


A 26-year-old man from Jindabyne was charged with supplying drugs on an ongoing basis (dexamphetamine tablets) and four counts of supplying a prohibited drug (dexamphetamine).


A 29-year-old woman from Gerroa was charged with possession of cocaine, cannabis and MDMA.


The three men and woman were granted strict conditional bail to appear before Cooma Local Court on Wednesday 18 October 2017.


Three other men from the Alpine areas have also been charged with the supply of prohibited drugs and will appear before the Cooma Local Court in due course.


Commander of Monaro Local Area Command, Superintendent Mark Murphy said I find it disappointing that within the snowfields of NSW there remains a minority that continue to try to profit from the sale illegal drugs that can cause significant health issues and devastate local communities.


“This operation is a clear indication that drug dealing will not be tolerated within the Monaro Command” said Supt Murphy.


Sep 20 2017

By Georgia Holland


Retail workers and supporters from across the South East region are calling on MPs to reject moves to allow stores to trade on Boxing Day.  

The NSW Treasurer introduced legislation into Parliament last week that would allow stores across the state to trade on Boxing Day.

NSW Secretary, Bernie Smith says the move would rob thousands of retail workers and their families of the ability to spend the Christmas period together.

Over 150 workers from across the state joined Santas yesterday, marching on State Parliament to call on politicians to protect Boxing Day from retail trading.

At the rally, Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, was presented with thousands of signatures from workers and supporters, including many from the South East region.

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