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Mayoral Column

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Posted on: 28 November, 2018

Snowy Monaro welcomes third annual L’Étape Australia - Mayoral Column 28 November 2018

I often get asked, “John, you must clock up some kilometres travelling around a region the size of the Snowy Monaro?” The answer, of course, is yes. And I always add, “And what a pleasure it is”. While some days I can spend hours driving around the Snowy ...Read on...

Posted on: 21 November, 2018

Congratulations to newly appointed General Manager, Peter Bascomb - Mayoral Column 21 November 2018

Firstly, I’d like to start this week’s column by congratulating our newly appointed General Manager, Peter Bascomb.

On 9 November 2018, an Extraordinary Council Meeting was held to select the General Manager from the shortlist of candidates. I was imp...Read on...

Posted on: 14 November, 2018

Snowy Monaro set to celebrate ability - Mayoral Column 14 November 2018

On Sunday, we commemorated 100-years since the armistice that ended the First World War.

At Remembrance Day services across the Snowy Monaro, we paused to remember the sacrifices of the servicemen and servicewomen who have served our nation, in all co...Read on...

Posted on: 7 November, 2018

Spring events throughout the Snowy Monaro - Mayoral Column 7 November 2018

On Monday, I joined the Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, and the Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, for the exciting announcement of a $2.4 million masterplan for Jindabyne.

Jindabyne is the fastest growing town in our Snowy Monaro regio...Read on...

Posted on: 31 October, 2018

So much to love in and around the Snowy Monaro - Mayoral Column 31 October 2018

Our region certainly knows how to come together in support of a cause. It’s this community spirit that makes the Snowy Monaro a wonderful place to live.

On the weekend, locals came together for the Masquerade Ball at the Cooma Ex-Services Club. Money ...Read on...

Posted on: 24 October, 2018

Another successful Garage Sale Trail weekend - Mayoral Column 24 October 2018

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Spring is definitely event season here in the Snowy Monaro. On the weekend, we welcomed the annual Girder Fork Rally to the region. A wonderful collection of vintage motorcycles converged on the Cooma Car Club before heading off for two-days riding.

...Read on...

Posted on: 17 October, 2018

Business Boost Month - Mayoral Column 18 October 2018

International Day of Rural Women was celebrated on Monday with Council’s Community
Development team joining representatives from the United Nations and the Cooma Multicultural Centre for the occasion.

This inaugural event included guests from the Coo...Read on...

Posted on: 10 October, 2018

Let's play - Mayoral Column 10 October 2018

On the weekend, we welcomed about 300 Rotarians to the Snowy Monaro for the Rotary District 9710 Annual Conference. I had the pleasure of delivering the opening address at the conference.

Held in the Cooma Multifunction Centre on Saturday and Sunday, t...Read on...

Posted on: 3 October, 2018

A busy 12 months - Mayoral Column 3 October 2018

It was fantastic to see so many holiday-goers stopping in our towns and villages over the long weekend. With so much to offer tourists, our Snowy Monaro is the perfect place to visit all year round. Following a bumper winter season, we are heading for one...Read on...

Posted on: 27 September, 2018

Local Bombala students artwork unveiled on new recycling truck – Mayoral Column 26 September 2018

An exciting partnership between the Country Universities Centre (CUC) and the National Rugby League (NRL) was launched last week at the CUC Snowy Monaro.

The CUC Snowy Monaro is based in Cooma, and on Friday, the Deputy Premier John Barilaro joined NR...Read on...

Posted on: 19 September, 2018

Thank you firefighters and emergency services personnel - Mayoral Column 19 September 2018

Following a community meeting in Michelago last week, the Saturday morning waste collection service will continue into the foreseeable future. Residents living outside the town will still bring their rubbish into town on a Saturday morning, an outcome the...Read on...

Posted on: 12 September, 2018

Nimmitabel CWA turns 90 – Mayoral Column 12 September 2018

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On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the renovated Nimmitabel Country Women’s Association (CWA) rooms. The opening also coincided with the 90th birthday of the Nimmitabel CWA.

I joined Member of the Legislative Council B...Read on...

Posted on: 5 September, 2018

Youth Council the future of our region - Mayoral Column 5 September 2018

One of the highlights in the year-since Councillors took office has been the establishment and success of the Snowy Monaro Youth Council.

The Youth Council brings together young people from across the region, who discuss issues pertinent to people the...Read on...

Garage Sale Trail registration...
Posted on: 25 July, 2018

NRMA unlocks NSW Snowy Mountains to electric vehicle motorists – Mayoral Column 23 July 2018

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This Council is committed to boosting the Snowy Monaro’s tourist potential, and on Monday, I joined Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Councillor John Castellari, former Senator and now NRMA Director Kate Lundy and representatives from the NRMA to launch two e...Read on...


Media Releases

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Posted on: 12 December, 2018

Changes to kerbside waste and recycling collection services over the holiday period

Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s Resource and Waste Services Department would like to notify all residents who receive a kerbside collection service on a Tuesday that there will be NO COLLECTIONS on Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018.

The below service changes will occur to replace the Christmas Day services:

Cooma – All Waste and Recycling collection service scheduled for Tuesday 25 December will now occur on Monday 24 December 2018.

East Jindabyne, Kalkite, Eucumbene, Braemar B...Read on...

Posted on: 12 December, 2018

Resource and waste facility closures over the holiday period

Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to notify domestic and commercial customers that all resource and waste facilities, including transfer stations, will be closed on public holidays as well as the dates set out below.

Affected facilities are the Bombala, Cooma and Jindabyne landfills and the Adaminaby, Berridale, Bredbo, Delegate, Nimmitabel and Numeralla transfer stations.

The following closures dates apply at all resource and waste facility sites:
Christmas Day, ...Read on...

Posted on: 12 December, 2018

International Day of People with Disability 2018 – Celebrate Ability Festival

Snowy Monaro Regional Council was pleased to once again partner with local community organisations to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, with the Celebrate Ability Festival held on Friday 7 December in Centennial Park.

International Day of People with Disability is a day to break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities. It is marked around the world with celebrations on or around 3 December.

The event featured live entertainment from the award-winning Cooma...Read on...

Posted on: 12 December, 2018

Jindabyne Aged Care Facility Steering Committee

The Snowy Monaro Regional Council is seeking nominations to establish a Jindabyne Residential Aged Care Steering Committee. The Section 355 Committee will comprise of Councillor, up to 11 community representatives and Council staff.

We are seeking nominations from residents with an interest in Aged Care and a connection to the local community in the following areas:
• One representative with a background in Construction Project Management• Two representatives with a background in...Read on...

Nomination Form...
Posted on: 5 December, 2018

Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail Network

Snowy Monaro Regional Council assures the community that access to the Lake Jindabyne shared trial network will remain in place under current access arrangements.

“Council continues to work closely with Snowy Hydro on our Lake Jindabyne shared trail network as options for future trail extensions are explored,” explains Mayor, John Rooney.

Snowy Hydro has recently called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a n...Read on...

Posted on: 28 November, 2018

Community to have its say on Masterplan to revitalise Jindabyne

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The community can have a say on the Go Jindabyne Masterplan, a NSW Government initiative to revitalise the gateway town to the Snowy Mountains.

Lee Shearer APM, who is leading the development of the Masterplan, will be in Jindabyne with a team of planners and architects from Tuesday 4 December to Thursday 6 December to hold a series of workshops for the public to attend.

Attend a public inform...Read on...

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Posted on: 27 November, 2018

APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS - Nimmitabel Racecourse Land Manager

The Department of Industry is looking for a good mix of people with a variety of skills, however, sound business and financial management skills and objective decision-making expertise would be a distinct advantage.

Ever wondered who is responsible for keeping Crown reserves operating?

Countless facilities like showgrounds, local halls and parks are run by Statutory Land Managers, made up of people just like you. People who understand the need and have a desire to...Read on...

Application forms...
Posted on: 20 November, 2018

Appointment of General Manager, Snowy Monaro Regional Council

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council will be entering an exciting new chapter with the announcement of a new General Manager, Peter Bascomb.

Recruitment for a new General Manager started in August this year following Joseph Vescio announcing his departure as the General Manager.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney said the announcement of the new General Manager comes at the end...Read on...

Posted on: 14 November, 2018

Applications for street stalls – Bombala CBD

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Applications are invited from interested organisations seeking to hold street stalls on any day in the main shopping area of Bombala 2019.

Applications must be in writing and must reach Council by 4:30pm on Monday 3 December 2018.

1. Applications are to be limited initially to one per annum for any one organisation.

2. Council is not responsible for allocating dates for bazaars, fetes,...Read on...

Posted on: 13 November, 2018

New playgrounds get the ‘thumbs-up’

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Local children have given two new playgrounds in the Snowy Monaro the ‘thumbs-up’ following the official opening of both recreational spaces last week.

On Friday, Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney joined Councillors, and local school students to officially launch the new Bombala Playground and Nijong Ninja Park in Cooma.

Delivered through the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Prog...Read on...

Posted on: 1 November, 2018

Household bin surveys to guide Council’s future services

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council will soon conduct household bin surveys across the region with the data obtained to guide the Council’s future waste education programs and collection services.

Household waste, recycling and organic bins will be surveyed from Monday 12 November to Friday 23 November.

The survey will identify if households are correctly discarding materials into the appropriate bin, and how full the bins are when presented for...Read on...

Posted on: 8 November, 2018

COMMUNITY MEETING - Call for volunteers for this year's L’Étape Australia event

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Be a part of this year’s L’Étape Australia event as a volunteer and showcase our region to the world!

L’Étape Australia volunteer meeting
6.30pm Wednesday 14 November 2018At the Banjo Paterson Inn, Jindabyne

All welcome, come along to learn about the different volunteer roles required for Berridale, Dalgety and Jindabyne, along with the amazin...Read on...

Register as a volunteer...
Posted on: 8 November, 2018

Increase in graffiti and vandalism at all of Council’s Jindabyne public toilets

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Sadly, due to the increase in graffiti and vandalism at all of Council’s Jindabyne public toilets, the Banjo Paterson Park public toilets will be closed each evening from 9pm and will be reopened at 6am each morning for a trial period.

Council has been working closely with Jindabyne Police over the past few months to address graffiti and vandalism in Jindabyne.

Police will continue to do regular patrols around our facilities in Jindabyne throughout the trial period. We encourage anyo...Read on...

Posted on: 6 November, 2018

Council proud to support Australian National Busking Championships

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to congratulate all the buskers who performed in the Australian National Busking Championships.

Held over two days, for the first time, the busking championships attracted a record number of buskers. On Saturday, buskers competed in the Cooma regional finals with the winners in each age category progressing through to the national grand final concer...Read on...

Posted on: 6 November, 2018

Centenary of Armistice at Snowy Monaro Regional Library

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To commemorate the Centenary of Armistice that ended the First World War, Snowy Monaro Regional Library will host a week-long exhibition.

In recognition of Remembrance Day, Cooma Library will host a series of talks, presentations, and a special display honouring locals who served in the First World War.

The display will feature images, biographical information and the names of local ser...Read on...

Posted on: 28 October, 2018

Nominations called for 2018 Celebrate Ability Awards

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Nominations are now open for the 2018 Celebrate Ability Awards. The awards are a key feature of International Day of People with Disability celebrations in the region.

International Day of People with Disability is celebrated on, or around, Monday, December 3. The day aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s Community Development Office...Read on...

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Posted on: 22 October, 2018

End of year closures for Council offices, facilities

Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to advise the community of the following end of year closures.

Council offices (Berridale, Bombala, Cooma, and Jindabyne): Closed from 12pm Friday 21 December to 8.30am Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Libraries (Bombala and Cooma): Closed from 12.30pm Friday 21 December, reopening as per normal hours on Wednesday 2 Janu...Read on...

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Posted on: 9 October, 2018

Bombala Playground ready for action

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Ready, set, fly. The new Bombala Playground has opened to the public and local families are already enjoying the enhanced recreational space.

Home to a new flying fox (the Double Sky Rider), the Bombala Playground is the latest project delivered through the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program.

Within the new playground, the existing all abilities swing set has been retained and ...Read on...

Posted on: 3 October, 2018

Public safety put first with Elm tree removal

At its Ordinary Council Meeting on Thursday 5 April 2018, Snowy Monaro Regional Council resolved to remove an Elm tree in Cooma’s Centennial Park.

Following recommendations from an independent arborist, Council decided the tree (located on the corner of Sharp and Bombala Streets) would be removed to ensure the public’s safety.

The tree is scheduled for removal during the week starting Monday 15 O...Read on...

Posted on: 27 September, 2018

Student’s artwork showcased on collection vehicle

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A Bombala student’s creative flair is helping promote an important message throughout town with her recycling inspired artwork showcased on the side of the kerbside collection vehicle.

Alex Reed from St Joseph’s Primary School is the winner of the Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s Resource and Waste team’s artwork competition.

As the winning student, Alex not only has her artwork featured on the collection vehicle but also received a b...Read on...

Posted on: 18 September, 2018

Council releases Residential Aged Care Community Report

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council has released its Residential Aged Care Community Report, outlining 14-key recommendations for the ongoing delivery of quality residential aged care services and facilities in the local government area.

The Report supports calls for a residential aged care facility to be established in Jindabyne, and the need for a purpose-designed facility catering for residents with ‘severe and challenging behaviours’ to be co-located at Yallambee Lodge, Cooma.

“The...Read on...

Residential Aged Care Community Report –
Posted on: 17 September, 2018

Nijong Ninja Park a step closer to completion

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council is excited to announce the Nijong Ninja Park is a step closer to completion with site works commencing today.

The Nijong Ninja Park is set to become one of the region’s most exciting recreational spaces. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of September.

A grand opening will be held to mark the occasion with local children set to enjoy the play...Read on...

Posted on: 12 September, 2018

Berridale Landscape Masterplan ready for action

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The Berridale Landscape Masterplan presents an exciting vision for the town, and Snowy Monaro Regional Council is pleased to inform the community the intersection of Myack Street and Jindabyne Road will be upgraded this financial year.

Council will also progress with the creation of shop signage at the entrance to the Highdale Shopping Centre, and formalising the car park outside the Coolamatong Snowy Mountains Country Club.

Berridale residents and the local business community will r...Read on...

Posted on: 30 August, 2018

Jindabyne Boat Ramp improvement works delayed to late September 2018

Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to advise that the start date for improvement works on the Jindabyne Boat Ramp has been delayed to late September 2018. The facility will remain open until this time.

The expected start date and end date (will be between 24 September and mid-December 2018) are dependent on weather and approvals from Office Environment Heritage.

Council would like to remind the public and event organisers that once work commences, th...Read on...

Posted on: 29 August, 2018

NSW RFS declares early start of Bush Fire Danger Period

The Snowy Monaro local government area will start the Bush Fire Danger Period a month early this year due to ongoing warm and dry conditions. The NSW Rural Fire Service is urging residents to prepare now for what could be a long & protracted fire season.

While 1 October is when the 2018/19 bush fire season officially commences, the Snowy Monaro area will begin the fire season on Saturday 1 September 2018.

Monaro Team Manager NSW RFS Superintendent Jim Darrant, is urging residents to make and discuss th...Read on...

Posted on: 15 August, 2018

Upgraded Bombala Playground a step closer to completion

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council is excited to announce Bombala Playground is a step closer to completion with site works commencing next week.

Ten playgrounds will be upgraded/constructed throughout the region as part of the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program. Bombala Playground is the first to be upgraded with works starting the week of Monday 20 August.

The revitalised playgro...Read on...

Posted on: 15 August, 2018

Ongoing improvements to Bombala’s water quality

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council is continuing to improve the quality of Bombala’s drinking water with a further $200,000 to be spent on essential maintenance to the town’s water reticulation system.

In the last 12-months, electrical control systems and filtration valves have been upgraded at the Bombala Water Treatment Plant to the tune of $620,000.

Council has been working with the Bombala community to deliver an improved water supply.
Earlier t...Read on...

Posted on: 9 August, 2018

Locals set to splash into summer

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Families in Adaminaby, Berridale, and Bombala are set to make a splash this summer following Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s decision to waive pool fees for the upcoming swimming season.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 19 July, Councillors voted in favour of allowing free entry into Adaminaby, Berridale, and Bombala swimming pools. In a move aimed at boosting the recreational opportunities for local families, the 2018/19 swimming seaso...Read on...

Posted on: 6 August, 2018

Swing Gates on Lake Jindabyne Community Trail- Hatchery Link

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to inform riders and walkers that additional swing gates have been installed on the Lake Jindabyne Community Trail, Hatchery Bay link.

The gates have been installed to prevent the stock from escaping through the existing barriers.

Council is working on a suitable design through the fence lines that will work for both the landholder and our trail users.

Please ensure the gates rema...Read on...

Posted on: 6 August, 2018

Pesticides to be used until June 2019

Council would like to notify the Snowy Monaro community that pesticides will be used from August until June 2019.

Notice is given pursuant to Part 5 of the Pesticides Regulation 2017, that Council will be carrying out the following herbicide applications on roadsides, reserves, operational lands and Crown lands within the Snowy Monaro Region:
• Flupropanate products...Read on...

Posted on: 31 July, 2018

New Road Rule from September 1 2018

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From 1 September 2018, the NSW Government will introduce a new road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles which are displaying red or blue flashing lights.

Reduce your speed in a controlled manner so you are not exceeding 40 km/h when you pass the emergency vehicle. Keep to 40 km/h until you’ve safely passed all people and emergency vehicles.

If you are travelling on a road divided by a median and the em...Read on...

Posted on: 23 July, 2018

Council partnership making business easier

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Starting a business will now be easier following Snowy Monaro Regional Council partnering with Service NSW to launch the Easy to do Business program.

Today, Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney and General Manager Joe Vescio joined Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, Council staff, and members of the local business community for the launch in Cooma’s CBD.

The Easy to do Bu...Read on...

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Posted on: 30 May, 2018

Bombala Platypus Viewing Platform re-design

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Following community feedback, Snowy Monaro Regional Council has committed to a re-design of the Bombala Platypus Viewing Platform.

At the March 15 Council Meeting, Councillors voted in favour of incorporating the Viewing Platform into the Therry Street redevelopment. The Viewing Platform will complement the Therry St upgrade, a project to be delivered through the Stronger Communities...Read on...

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Posted on: 16 May, 2018

Designs unveiled for Cooma’s Nijong Ninja Park

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The Nijong Ninja Park is set to become one of the region’s most exciting recreational spaces and it’s now time to have your say on the playground’s concept design.

Cooma’s Nijong Oval Playground concept design (Nijong Ninja Park) is available for viewing online at Council’s Your Say platform. You can view the 3D concept designs that outline proposed equipment and a layout of the playground.

The Ninja Park wil...Read on...

Your Say Snowy Monaro site...
Posted on: 15 May, 2018

Streetscape Projects

The Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program Streetscape Projects are currently underway.

Council’s consultant team engaged in delivering the Streetscape projects have visited the sites and the next step is for Council to organise community meetings to discuss the community’s vision for these major improvements.

Council welcomes feedback f...Read on...

Posted on: 16 April, 2018

Bombala: Have your say on Major Projects

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Fancy playing on the new equipment at Ginger Leigh Park or taking a leisurely walk through Platypus Place in Therry Street? Perhaps you need to use the new amenities building in Maybe Street.

This will be a reality for the Bombala community in the next 12 months as Snowy Monaro Regional Council continues the rollout of the Stronger Communities Fund (SCF) Major Projects Program.

Council is calling on the community to have their say on the co...Read on...

Your Say Snowy Monaro site...
Posted on: 11 April, 2018

Feedback sought for Bombala’s Therry St development

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Snowy Monaro residents are being encouraged to provide feedback on the concept design for the Therry Street development in Bombala, a project that will be delivered through the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program (SCFMPP).

The area will undergo a significant upgrade with the design set to create a functional 'green corridor' along the Bombala River foreshore. This will complement the natural environment, providing a key link with the Bombala CBD.

Communit...Read on...

Provide feedback now...
Posted on: 20 March, 2018

Stronger Communities Fund – Major Project Program Delegate Sportsground seating

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Delegate residents are the latest to benefit from the delivery of a Stronger Communities Fund Major Project with the Delegate Sportsground receiving new seating.

As the latest SCF Major Project to be completed, the upgrades to the Delegate Sportsground will allow for improved seating options at the precinct.

Council worked with the Delegate Sportsground Committee to install new seats along the edge of the spo...Read on...

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Posted on: 12 March, 2018

A further three Major Projects delivered

A further three Stronger Communities Fund (SCF) Major Projects have been completed with cemeteries across the region benefiting from recent upgrades.

Bredbo, Nimmitabel, and Numeralla Cemeteries have all been enhanced as part of a major investment into public health works in the Snowy Monaro.

A new storage shed has been constructed at the Bredbo Cemetery, while the Nimmitabel Cemetery Committee welc...Read on...

Posted on: 13 December, 2017

Future playground design in safe hands

Buddy benches, reflection ponds, and even an innovative picnic table, were just some of the bright ideas Bombala students came up with as part of their studies into playground design.

Students from St Joseph’s Primary School have presented a range of thoughtful and captivating 3D playground models, paving the way for future playground construction in Bombala.

Following months of hard work, students presented their final playground d...Read on...

Posted on: 11 July, 2017

Stronger Communities Fund – Major Projects Program Calling all contractors, we need your help!

It’s set to be an exciting time for the region as Snowy Monaro Regional Council delivers 100 important community projects.

The Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program has been approved and with a two-year timeframe to deliver the projects, Council is calling on the assistance of local contractors.

To ensure the program of works can be successfully delivered, Counc...Read on...

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Posted on: 30 May, 2017

Council Set to Deliver One Hundred Community Projects

Council in partnership with the NSW Government is set to deliver an unprecedented number of projects for its community following the adoption of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund – Major Projects Program at last week’s Council meeting.

Administrator Dean Lynch approved the $14 million Major Projects list with Council ready to deliver 100 projects across the Snowy Monaro region.

The $14m allocated for the Major Projects Program has been split evenly across the three former shires of B...Read on...