May 25 2017

By Georgia Holland


Local Optus customers have been experiencing disruptions to their calls, texts and data services.
Optus is currently upgrading its mobile network in the Snowy Mountains region to prepare for the upcoming snow season.

In a statement, Optus say upgrade work needs to be undertaken during daylight hours due to the difficult terrain in the region.

As a result of the upgrades, Optus mobile customers in Cooma, Jindabyne and parts of the Monaro Highway between Cooma and Canberra, may experience disruptions.

They have apologised to their customers.

May 24 2017

By Georgia Holland


The cost of the Snowy Hydro Scheme 2.0 could be double the initial $2 billion estimate.

The Herald Sun reports the price tag doesn't include installing new power transmission lines to hook up the station to the national electricity market.

Snowy Hydro Limited chief operating officer Roger Whitby says work was being done with power company TransGrid to determine the cost of building new transmission lines.

He said this would likely cost less than $2 billion but more than $1 billion.

In a senate hearing it was projected that the best case scenario would see the project finished in four years, but it could take up to a decade.

Machines will begin testing the ground within the next four or five weeks.

May 24 2017

By Georgia Holland


The Mount Gladstone Hill climb was held over the weekend.

In three outstanding drives up Mount Gladstone in his Volkswagen Golf R, Canberra Driver Reece McIntosh broke 40 seconds for the first time and set a new Mount Gladstone Fastest Time of the Day record of 39.56s. 
With some 39 entries competing, there was some close Class competitions. 

The best contest was between Harry Katsanevas and Daniel Matthews as the 2 drivers steadily improved their times over the course of the day. 

Fastest Junior driver of the day was once again Nick Coote with a best of 45.39s. 
The organisers and drivers are now looking forward to a weekend of hill-climbs on the 25th and 26th of November which will include ‘come and try’ runs with an instructor for Junior Drivers, a Classic Car event and a regular hill climb on the Sunday.

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