Shadow Roads Minister’s visit

Labor spokesperson on roads, Martin Ferguson.THE Shadow Minister for Transport, Road and Tourism, Martin Ferguson, will be in Bega on Monday to talk about the Princes Highway.
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He will inspect the highway at Brogo Pass with the mayor, Cr Tony Allen, and the Labor candidate for Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly.

A commitment of Federal funding for a Bega bypass if the Labor Party were to win Government this year is likely to be high on Cr Allen’s agenda, along with designation of the Princes Highway as a Road of National Importance.

Mr Kelly said he had invited Mr Ferguson to the Bega Valley so he could see at first hand the traffic problems associated with the Princes Highway at both the Brogo Pass and Bega.

“I realise the difficulties and dangers facing those who negotiate the Brogo Pass every day,” Mr Kelly said.

“I also understand how important a Bega bypass not only for Bega residents, but the whole district, especially Bega Cheese.”

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Salute to youth

THE fourth annual Neil McGill Family concert featuring the Sapphire Coast Concert Band will be on Saturday, September 1.
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The musical evening is promoted by The Robin Hood Service Club as a great opportunity for local musical youth to show their skills in a professional concert arena and in doing so, earn valuable funds for the band’s expenses of music and instruments.

This year the evening will commence at 7.15pm in the new auditorium of the Merimbula RSL Club.

Compered by the well-known ABC radio personality, Paul Turton, the varied program will include:

Eden’s Coast and Sea, Great Waldo Pepper March, Summertime, Rhapsody in Blue, You Raise Me Up, Baby Elephant Walk, Hero, Tijuana Brass in Concert, Dixieland Struttin’, Salute to Louis Armstrong, Mozart, The Blues Brothers, Mission Impossible, Pachelbel’s Canon, Aladdin, A Disneyland Celebration, The Star Wars Saga, and Eighties Flashback.

Ticket prices are $12 adult, $6 child, and $30 for a family of two adults and two children.

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Pambula wetlands

PAMBULA Wetlands and Heritage Project has been nominated in the 2007 NSW-ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
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The awards program is the first of its type in Australia to encourage, acknowledge and reward the achievements of those living in remote and regional communities of NSW and the ACT.

Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project at their site in Panboola continue to provide opportunities for people to be educated about wetlands and to benefit from working in and watching and environment grow and recover under their care.

The project has been a huge success and would not be possible without the ongoing support from community members and organisations.

For the survival of Panboola, the group undertakes major fundraising projects such as a creating a “Moods of Panboola 2008 Calendar” and a Wetland Walk Fundraiser.

Prizes in the awards include up to $20,000 in Commonwealth Bank AwardSaver accounts and the support of Prime Television with airtime packages to category winners.

Nominations close on August 3. Phone 9643 1677 or visit the website at www.awardsaustralia南京夜网 for details.

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Passion found in lovely jewels

CREATIVE FLAIR: Jewellery making has become a favourite past time for Auralia Reid. She will showcase some of her creations at the Amara Jewellery exhibition in March.BOWRAL woman Aurelia Reid has spent much of her working life in the film industry.
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She’s now starring in a new role in life, shining in a new field in her retirement.

Mrs Reid, who worked in the corporate world for 40 years – 20 of those in the film industry – has more recently turned her hand to a more creative endeavour: jewellery making.

And she is revelling in her new creative role.

“Shortly after moving to the Highlands in retirement about two years ago I saw an advertisement for a jewellery making workshop and immediately decided it was something I wanted to do,” she said.

“I had never tried anything like this, but after one workshop with Kathy Geurts’ Amara Jewellery School I was hooked.

“I find jewellery making relaxing, enjoyable and a great way to be creative.”

Mrs Reid said her foray into the craft saw her begin working with silver, but she soon extended her interests into polymer clay items.

In fact carefully crafted silver and polymer feature pieces have become an appealing quality of many of her creations.

She said she had attended silver and polymer workshops with Amara Jewellery as well as others in Canberra, and even planned to attended a workshop in the USA later in the year.

“My focus is still on silver items, particularly necklaces and bracelets,” she said.

“But I have branched out to use a variety of materials including freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and natural precious stones.

“I really enjoy sourcing different materials for my jewellery pieces.”

Jewellery making has become a treat for both Mrs Reid, her family and friends, and other special people in her life.

Mrs Reid’s clever creations have even become a regular feature on her gift list for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions.

“I get so much fun out of making jewellery,” she said.

“And I love that what I make puts smiles on the faces of the special people in my life.”

* Mrs Reid will have some of her work featured in the Amara Jewellery exhibition to be held in Bowral on March 12. The event will feature a selection of contemporary jewellery including works by students from the school.

Some works will be available for sale and jewllery making demonstrations will also be conducted during the day.

It will be presented at St Judes Anglican Church Hall, Bendooley Street, Bowral, from 10am to 3pm.

Details: Kathy Geurts on 4877 1026, [email protected]南京夜网.auor visitwww.studioamara南京夜网.au

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Sussex St to anoint candidate

THE Labor Party is yet to field a candidate for the area and the Coalition is light on any promises for the Highlands so voters would be forgiven for thinking they have been ignored by the major parties.
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Goulburn Liberal MP Pru Goward could only point to her party’s strategic land use policy, which she claims will stop mining in the Highlands, as the only real indication the electorate is on the Coalition’s radar.

The opposition is pledging money for hospitals in marginal seats like Tamworth and Dubbo plus $133 million for Illawarra hospitals but not a single cent to improve waiting times or facilities at Bowral Hospital.

Ms Goward said mining not health was the main priority of the electorate.

“I think we have delivered a very good coal mining policy and my impression is that was the number one issue of concern here,” she said.

“When it comes to Bowral Hospital there is a huge list of hospitals more run down than ours and I have to accept and Bowral has to accept that.”

She said the Coalition’s promise of more nurses would benefit Highlands residents.

“We are going to offer more nurses. A lot of the problem at that hospital (Bowral) is administration, not the building of the hospital itself,” she said.

“It’s the administration and the maintenance of the hospital. Those things will be addressed.”

The Greens Goulburn candidate Maree Byrne has been critical of Ms Goward’s reluctance to show her hand in several policy areas and said it was “annoying” the likely government was drip feeding its policies to the public.

Ms Goward gave the News the “stay tuned” answer when asked what the Coalition government would deliver for the area.

“We’ve go five weeks to go, we’ve got your policy debate on the 21st. I expect I will have some announcements to make by then,” she said.

“What I can say is what this electorate wants most is a change of government.”

At a candidates forum at Moss Vale TAFE on Monday Ms Goward was the only of the four candidates, including independent Rob Parker and Christian Democrat Adrian Van Der Byl, not to sign a Teacher’s Federation pledge to improve funding and services.

Ms Goward pointed to the Liberal’s education policy not being released as her reason for not signing.

“Because we haven’t announced our policy and until that policy is announced I can’t give any indication as to what it is and signing that would be giving indications,” she said.

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Cockatoo Coal has open doors for its Hume project

THE new faces of Cockatoo Coal’s Hume project said they will have an “open door” policy and haven’t been “hiding” from the community as opponents to the project have claimed.
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Project manager Mike Cunnion and newly appointed community liaison officer Julie Gander sat down with the News last week to clear the air on their plans for a possible longwall mine at Sutton Forest.

One of the first things Mr Cunnion ? who managed the Medway mine for eight years ? said was the company hadn’t even established if the coal deposits on the 115 million ton lease were worth mining and what type of mine would be used.

“The first preconception that everyone seems to be raising is that we are going to longwall mine,” he said.

“I don’t know where that came from. There has been no publication by Cockatoo Coal that is going to be the method of mining adopted,” he said.

“An awful lot of work needs to be done before we even contemplate what type of mining is going to take place.”

The Southern Highlands Coal Action Group’s [SHCAG] Peter Martin said he was told by POSCO, the Korean steel giant bank rolling the project, that the most “economically efficient” method of mining would be used. He said this clearly indicated longwall mining because it was more capital intensive.

Ms Gander, who lives outside Goulburn at Towrang, hasn’t worked specifically as a community liaison before and has a tough road ahead with SHCAG’s concerted campaign to turn the community against the miners.

“We’ve heard it, ‘lock the gate you’re not coming in’. We are disappointed by that,” she said.

“We are hoping there are enough people out there willing to talk to us.

“They are the ones we prefer to talk to.”

She said she would meet the SHCAG.

“We’d love them to come and talk to us. Obviously they have fears and concerns and we want to talk to them about it,” she said.

“Every project I have ever worked on has had an element of the community who say ‘we don’t want you, go away’ and we’ve always had to work with them and worked through the issue so they are comfortable with us being there.”

But she ruled out any public meetings, preferring to meet one-on-one with landowners in the exploration lease area.

Mr Cunnion, who lives in Moss Vale, said they are looking at less than 100 bore holes and they had to do more studies because the last exploration was done almost 30 years ago.

He said landowners would be handsomely rewarded for co-operating.

“If possible we will go beyond and above the guidelines,” he said.

If a mine goes ahead Mr Cunnion said local labour would be sourced.

“During any construction phase we would look at 400 people being employed.

“One of the big things Cockatoo has said and I am here to make sure is that we push that argument to look at local employment,” he said.

Ms Gander said they cared just as much about the Highlands’ environment as anyone else.

“We are people. We’re not an amorphous blog of a company. We’re people who also care about our home. This is our home,” she said.

The pair moved into their Moss Vale office at Clarence House last week and said a website was coming.

Call 4868 2500 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au to contact them.

Medway mine meet:?Wednesday’s News

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Corey wins talent quest

Corey Legge, the winner of the Bega High School Talent Quest and also the winner of the solo act intermediate section.COREY Legge, Year Nine, was the overall winner of the Bega High School Talent Quest held at the end of last term.
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He also was the first place winner in the solo act intermediate section.

Jacinta Galli and Zac Clark were the students’ choice winner and the first place junior.

First place in the senior section went to Overdrive, Ben Lister and Tom Llewelyn.

Second place senior was Glow Fire Dance, with Gareth Law (Year 10), Andrew Law (Year 12) and Aidan Bateman on drums

The first place intermediate was The Black Dots, Aidan Bateman, Zac Clark and Nell Cantrill (Year 10) and second place, Sol Thomas (Year 10).

The second place intermediate band was Ich Bin nicht Deutsch with Thomas Gibbs, Simon Weber, Daniel Hodges, Gareth Law and Albi McKnight-Mullen (Year 10)

The second place junior was Emma Caddey with Corey Legge (Year 8) and the third place junior, Cheyanne Chapman (Year 7).

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Children have messages for PM Howard

IN ANTICIPATION of Prime Minister John Howard’s visit to Bega a couple of weeks ago, teacher Rachel Alves and her Class 4 children at the Mumbulla School prepared a letter for the PM.
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“Dear Mr Howard, Do you have grandchildren?” the letter asked.

“I wonder what their wish for the future would be.

“I asked my class and these are the wishes they came up with. I am proud that they are so selfless in what they hope for.

“At our school we teach the tenets of ‘Goodness, Beauty and Truth’.

“As a teacher of primary age students it is sometimes difficult to hold much hope that these children will inherit the future they deserve.

“So, I ask that you take a moment to reflect on how the wishes the children have expressed might be fulfilled.

“What future can we offer these and all young people?”

The children had illustrated their wishes which included “peace”, “save the whales”, “We want a clean world” and “stop logging”.

The pupils and Ms Alves were outside the Bega RSL Club waiting for the Prime Minister to arrive for a morning tea.

However, when they were unable to give the message to Mr Howard, the pupils entrusted it to the Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, who promised to pass them on.

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Chamber re-elects Robert Hayson

The new executive of the Bega Chamber of Commerce (front from left) Michelle Delle Vergin, president Robert Hayson, Jenny Spinks, Andy Willis, vice president Anna Glover and (back) Margaret Taylor, trTHE Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry had another productive and successful year in 2006-07, president Robert Hayson told the annual general meeting at Pepperberry cafe on Tuesday evening.
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The chamber had continued to represent the business community’s interests in regards to planning of the central business district and for new development, he said.

A development committee had been formed to ensure that the interests of members were considered in development plans for the town and members were kept informed.

A highlight of the year had been the handing over of tourist information to Bega Cheese on July 1 last year.

Bega Valley Shire Council had since recommended that other tourist information centres in the shire be run on the same model as the one agreed to by the Bega chamber and Bega Cheese, Mr Hayson said.

He said the chamber had continued to lobby throughout the year for the Bega bypass and improvements to the Princes Highway and had made the bypass a priority for 2007-08.

A campaign for Federal funding for a Diploma of Education at the University of Wollongong’s Bega campus had been successful with 30 places funded from 2008.

The Operation New Hospital committee, established under the auspices of the chamber, had continued to work with the Greater Southern Area Health Service during the year on planning for a new health facility for the shire that the State Government had promised within five years.

The chamber sponsored a scholarship for a Commerce student at the University of Wollongong’s Bega campus and a prize for an Aboriginal artist through the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

Members also assisted with the Australia Day celebrations that were held at Tathra this year to honour the Year of the Lifesaver.

Mr Hayson said the Bega Business Awards had been changed from an annual to a monthly event, culminating with a major function for monthly winners last Saturday night.

The change was made to encourage businesses to look at their presentation and customer service at all times during the year and had proven popular with businesses and customers, he said.

The chamber’s other big promotion, Wish Upon a Star, was another success story with thousands of people turning up for the final draw in Littleton Gardens a few nights before Christmas.

Mr Hayson thanked his committee, Anna Glover, Margaret Taylor, Donna Lovelock, Michelle Delle Vergin, Jenny Spinks, Geoffrey Morrissey, Beth Hart, Chris Dwyer and Chris Maxted for their efforts during the year, his business partner, Chris Murphy and the chamber’s two paid staff, Janelle Sturt and Heather Thompson.

He also thanked Shannon Whitford who maintained the chamber’s website, www.begachamber南京夜网.au throughout the year.

Mr Hayson made special mention of the businesses who sponsored chamber promotions and events during the year, particularly Bega Cheese for its continued support for the Christmas promotion, and Bega Travelworld, Radio 2EC-Power FM, WIN Television, the St George Bank and Woolworths for their support of the business awards.

During the election of officers, Mr Hayson was re-elected unopposed as president.

Other office bearers are Anna Glover (vice president), Beth Hart (secretary), Donna Lovelock (treasurer), Geoff Morrissey, Margaret Taylor, Jenny Spinks, Andy Willis, Chris Dwyer, Michelle Delle Vergin and Chris Maxted (committee).

Ms Glover moved a special vote of thanks to Mr Hayson saying it would not be half, even quarter, the chamber it was without his efforts and those of his staff and his family.

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Hewson on shire flood risks

THE recent experiences with the floods in Queensland should have all councils around Australia re-considering their “flood policies”, their preparedness, and including the impact on their planning approval processes.
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The extreme experience of, say, Toowoomba, and its flash flooding, should make the point.

Toowoomba sits atop the escarpment. Some years ago I was involved in a debate there against the expectation that they would soon run out of water.

Residents of that famous inland “Garden City” were being encouraged to vote in a referendum on a sewerage recycling plant to guarantee adequate water supply.

How prepared are we in the Highlands? It could never happen here?

I have also witnessed several, let’s call them, “planning anomalies” over the years, when it comes to the “flood risks” on certain significant property developments.

To cite one example, I am told that the approval process for the Highlands Market Place in Mittagong recognised the risk of flooding in the basement car park.

If that is so, how come the adjoining “bulky goods” development was allowed to be built at that potential flood level, and not at the height of the ground floor of the Market Place?

This and others need to be reviewed by the new council management.

I am also told that, in somewhat technical terms, councils are reviewing their “flood definitions”, seeking to draw an appropriate distinction between “flood levels” and “depth of flow”.

This is an area requiring the urgent and transparent attention of our council and its management.

Police shootings

IN recent days we have seen yet another example, in Canberra this time, where the police have shot dead somebody who was threatening them with a knife.

Without wanting to downplay, in any sense, the severity of the risks involved to the police, or to focus on the detail of any one incident, I would suggest that two questions should be asked.

First, why do the police always seem, at least in the cases we hear about, to shoot to kill, rather than to shoot them in the leg or arm, to wound rather than to kill?

Second, why is it acceptable that when such incidents do occur that the “inquiries” are conducted by the police themselves, rather than by a truly independent and publicly transparent and accountable body?

O’Farrell landslide

THIS week’s poll suggests that Barry O’Farrell and his team will win the coming State election in a landslide, leaving the ALP with just 13 seats, from the 50 they now hold.

If so, O’Farrell will virtually have a blank cheque, virtually able to do whatever he likes to “fix” the widespread problems in NSW, especially as he is providing so little policy detail as to just what he would do.

In our democratic system, such a blank cheque is generally not a good idea, but if he is to have one, how do we ensure that we get a good piece of it for the Highlands?

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