Mar 29 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Today, 56 riders will pass through Cooma as part of the 842km-long Tour de Kids’ farewell tour.

Since its inception 17 years ago, Tour de Kids has raised over $6.5 million for Starlight’s programs, including Captain Starlight.

Arriving in Cooma late afternoon, the cyclists will be staying overnight at the Cooma Motor Lodge.

The farewell tour hopes to raise $750,000, some of which will go towards opening a new Starlight Express Room at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Mar 28 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

The critically endangered Spotted Tree Frog reintroduced into Kosciuszko National Park is surprising researchers by showing outstanding survival rates and breeding sooner than expected.
 
Four hundred of the grey-green coloured amphibians were released into the park three years ago and monitoring shows that more than 50 per cent of the frogs have survived and are breeding.
 
The frogs were bred in captivity at the Amphibian Research Centre in Melbourne then were placed in the park.

The endangered frog was extinct in the wild in 2001 in NSW, a result of a fungus wiping out the last known wild population.

Previous attempts to reintroduce the species into the park have failed because of the fungus.

The Office of Environment and Heritage says they are quietly confident their approach will prove successful in the long term.

Mar 28 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has put out a reminder to parents regarding parking restrictions within schools.

Council rangers say they've seen an alarming disregard for the safety of students by ignoring the road rules within bus zones and disabled parking areas.

To improve the safety of children, penalties for parking offences in school zones are heavy and demerit points apply.

Rangers have issued several penalties carrying 2 demerit points to vehicles in breach of parking zone restrictions.

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