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Posted on: 15 October, 2020

Council apologises to the Bombala community for tree removal

Council apologises for not communicating with the Bombala community about the removal of three mature English oaks and five floribunda and ioensis crabapple trees from Bicentennial Park on 21 October 2020.

This park is an architecturally landscaped garden developed and planted as a community garden 32 years ago. Council acknowledges the community’s dismay over the removal of these trees and notes that the community should have been informed that these tree...Read on...

Posted on: 20 October, 2020

Council places key strategic documents on exhibition

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is calling on our community to provide feedback on two key strategic documents that will help to shape the region’s future planning priorities and guidelines.

At last week’s October Council Meeting, Councillors voted in favour of placing the Rural Land Use Strategy and Settlements Strategy on public exhibition for 40-days.

The documents will guide the development of the Snowy Monaro Local Environment Plan (...Read on...

Your Say Snowy Monaro website link...
Posted on: 19 October, 2020

Bredbo water restrictions lifted

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has lifted water restrictions for Bredbo residents with a conserve water notice now in place.

Following improvements in the quality of the raw water taken from one of the village’s bores, level 4 water restrictions will no longer be enforced.

Bredbo residents are still encouraged to conserve water where possible.

Council thanks the Bredbo c...Read on...

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Posted on: 14 October, 2020

Application for street stall – Bombala township 2021

Applications are invited from interested organisations that wish to hold Street Stalls on any day in the main shopping area of Bombala in 2021.

Applications must be received on the application form, which can be downloaded via the below link or picked up from the front counter of Bombala Office. The applications must reach Council by close of business on Friday 4 December 2020.

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Download the form here...
Posted on: 13 October, 2020

Council responds to community concerns over Companion Animals Act correspondence

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is working with the community to alleviate concerns over the distribution of letters advising residents of annual permit renewals for non-desexed cats and restricted/dangerous dogs.

Residents who received correspondence through letters issued on behalf of the Office of Local Government, have expressed concerns they received their letters after the October 1 payment cut-off. The letters advised of changes to annual permit payments und...Read on...

Posted on: 13 October, 2020

Ready, set, go – feedback opens for Cooma Sports Hub project

The Cooma Sports Hub project presents an exciting opportunity to enhance grassroots sport in the Snowy Monaro and provide a state-of-the-art precinct capable of hosting regional level events.

The $15 million facility will feature a three-court indoor sport facility at Monaro High School and a synthetic athletics track and field at Snowy Oval.

Once complete, the new facility will host basketball, netball, athletics, Australian rules footbal...Read on...

Have your say here...
Posted on: 1 October, 2020

Update on Bredbo, Nimmitabel and Numeralla Transfer Stations

The scheduled openings of Bredbo (Friday), Numeralla (Saturday) and Nimmitabel (Sunday) will now be able to proceed for the long weekend.

The Bredbo Transfer Station will resume its standard operating hours following the removal of asbestos sheet debris from the surface of the waste disposal area.

An asbestos assessor has confirmed a thorough visual inspection at the site found n...Read on...

Posted on: 29 September, 2020

Update on Bredbo, Nimmitabel and Numeralla Transfer Stations

Last week, Snowy Monaro Regional Council took the decision to temporarily close the Bredbo, Nimmitabel and Numeralla Transfer Stations.

The temporary closure was due to the identification of asbestos at the Nimmitabel Transfer Station. A member of the Nimmitabel community identified the asbestos and alerted Council to the issue.

As a result of this, Council also inspected the Bredbo a...Read on...

Posted on: 29 September, 2020

Help shape the Snowy Monaro’s arts and culture sector

If you’re passionate about seeing the Snowy Monaro’s arts and culture sector progress, there is still time to have your say on a discussion paper that will guide the sector’s future.

The public exhibition period for the Snowy Monaro Arts and Culture Discussion paper has been extended until Sunday 11 October to allow our community more time to provide feedback.

This discussion paper is designed to spark conversation amongst decisio...Read on...

Posted on: 29 September, 2020

SMRC NOTICE OF PESTICIDE USE: for the period 29 September 2020 to 30 June 2021

Notice is given pursuant to Part 5 of the Pesticides Regulation2017, Snowy Monaro Regional Council will be carrying out the following herbicide applications on roadsides, reserves, operational lands and selected Crown lands within the Snowy Monaro region:

· Flupropanate products for the control of Serrated Tussock, African Lovegrass, Chilean Needle Grass, Coolatai Grass and other exotic, perennial grass weeds.

· Glyphosate 450 for the control of exotic, perennial grass weeds as...Read on...

Posted on: 25 September, 2020

Temporary transfer station closures

The Nimmitabel and Numeralla Transfer Stations have been closed while Council deals with matters on-site.

Council is working quickly to rectify the matter and will inform our community when both transfer stations are re-opened to the public. Council apologises for any inconvenience.

The Bredbo Transfer Station is only accepting general household waste an...Read on...

Posted on: 22 September, 2020

Nimmitabel Transfer Station closed on Wednesday 23 September

The Nimmitabel Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesday 23 September. Council apologises for any inconvenience.

The transfer station is expected to reopen on Sunday for its regular operating times.

Posted on: 21 September, 2020

Councillor Lynley Miners re-elected as Deputy Mayor

Councillor Lynley Miners has been re-elected as Snowy Monaro Regional Council Deputy Mayor for the remaining 12 months of Council’s term of office.

This term has been extended beyond September 2020 on a statewide basis across all Councils due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At tonight’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Clr Miners was elected unopposed to serve as the region’s deputy mayor until t...Read on...

Posted on: 14 September, 2020

Snowy Monaro Access Breastfeeding Education Live Sessions

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) and Council have announced a new project that will provide sponsored places at Breastfeeding Education Live sessions and 12 months ongoing support via membership for up to 30 women in the Snowy Monaro.

These places were made possible thanks to funding from Council and will be delivered by volunteers from the ABA.

“Pregnant women in the Snowy Monaro area have previously had to travel either to Canberra or Wagga Wagga to access Breastfeeding Education ...Read on...

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Posted on: 14 September, 2020

Council’s donations and sponsorship program set to open

Community organisations are being encouraged to apply for the latest round of Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s donations and sponsorship program.

Around $50,000 was delivered to Snowy Monaro community organisations and events through the first round of the program in 2020. Applications will open on Wednesday 30 September with not-for-profit groups, individuals and events eligible to apply.

Snow...Read on...

Posted on: 9 September, 2020

Snowy Monaro residents encouraged to reboot their recycling

Do you recycle well? Snowy Monaro residents are being encouraged to follow a number of helpful tips to avoid common mistakes that cause contamination in our recycling stream.

These tips will also assist in preventing overflowing bins that when presented for collection can send flyaway litter into the environment.

Here’s a few tips to keep you recycling right:

• Keep out polystyrene: Polystyrene can’t be recycled through ...Read on...

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Posted on: 9 September, 2020

Garage Sale Trail returns with online sessions helping second-hand shoppers

Snowy Monaro residents can prepare for this year’s Garage Sale Trail with a series of online workshops promoting second-hand styling for sellers and buyers.

Garage Sale Trail has partnered with Snowy Monaro Regional Council to deliver three online sessions to help locals bid farewell to fast fashion and reduce items ending up in the region’s landfills.

2020 marks the first time Snowy Monaro residents can ...Read on...

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Posted on: 9 September, 2020

EOI for culvert pipes

Council is advertising this EOI to allow all interested parties to bid on the pipes to the value of not less than $150.00 per pipe. The culvert pipes can only be collected once payment has been confirmed.

Council is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) in relation to, three 1200mm x 2400mm culvert pipes in second-hand condition.

These pipes are not fit for purpose on Council’s road network and are surplus to Council’s requirements.

Council is ad...Read on...

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Posted on: 9 September, 2020

Level 4 water restrictions for Bredbo

Bredbo residents are advised that as of 12:00pm Wednesday 9 September 2020, Level 4 water restrictions are in place until further notice.

Council is currently carting water to Bredbo. The water in the bores that normally supply Bredbo has failed to improve in quality after recent rainfall caused minor flooding of the Murrumbidgee River.

To keep demand low, Council is placing Bredbo on L...Read on...

What do Level 4 restrictions mean?
Posted on: 7 September, 2020

Reminding all residents to place their waste and recycling bins out the night before collection day

Tuesday 8 September, residents in East Jindabyne, Kalkite, Eucumbene, Braemar Bay and Rocky Plains Road recycling and waste collection will be taking place early. Please be advised that the vehicles will not be revisiting the area for missed collections

The collection vehicles will undergo routine vehicle inspections and therefore will be undertaking scheduled collections earlier need normal on this day.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Posted on: 3 September, 2020

Spring, time to tackle grassy weeds

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Serrated Tussock and African Lovegrass are the most common grassy weeds found on the Monaro. Grassy weeds invade many hectares of productive farmland.

African Lovegrass and Serrated Tussock are now creeping into our towns, villages and recreation areas. Learn to identify and control these priority weeds and you can play a part in protecting our pristine environment.

The best control stra...Read on...

Posted on: 31 August, 2020

Nijong Learner Bike Track a family favourite

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Some of Cooma’s youngest residents joined Member for Monaro John Barilaro, Member of the Legislative Council Bronnie Taylor and Councillors Corbett and Ewart to officially open the new Nijong Learner Bike Track.

The project will help teach children the ins and outs of road safety while they learn to ride their bike or scooter. The track was delivered through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.

Councillor Ewart thanked the community for their suppor...Read on...

Posted on: 27 August, 2020

Bushfire recovery grant supports Two Thumbs Wildlife Sanctuary

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Wildlife carer James Fitzgerald has received a $5000 grant to help rebuild his animal sanctuary after it was destroyed in the summer bushfires.

James lost his home and 16-years of work when the Good Good Fire tore through his Two Thumbs Wildlife Sanctuary at Peak View.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has passed on the $5,000 grant to help James rebuild his sanctuary.
The grant is part of the D...Read on...

Posted on: 25 August, 2020

Rates notices delayed until 31 August

Council has delayed the delivery of rates notices by one month and they will now be issued by 31 August 2020 with the 1st instalment due by 30 September 2020.

When residents receive their rates notice, there will be a flyer included explaining the changes and how to read the rates notice.

“Due to changes made for COVID-19 impacts, we decided to delay sending out rate notices by one month,” said Council’s Chi...Read on...

Posted on: 20 August, 2020

Future Generation and Snowy Hydro Adaminaby Community Information sesson

Future Generation and Snowy Hydro are holding a drop-in session at Adaminaby this Saturday to talk to local residents and businesses about the traffic impacts during planned road closures on the Snowy Mountains Highway over the coming weeks & months.

All welcome to attend the drop-in session this weekend:

Date: Saturday, 22 August 2020
Time: 9am to 12 noonPlace: Denison Street, Adaminaby Town Centre

Feel free to circulate this public notice to others who may find this information u...Read on...

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Posted on: 19 August, 2020

Water carting to commence in Bredbo

The bores that supply water to Bredbo township have been turned off due to poor raw water quality resulting from high rainfall events in the area.

With the quality of the raw water in the bores failing to improve, Council has now begun carting water to Bredbo.

Residents should not notice any change in the quality of the water supplied and Council has increased water quality monitoring.

Counc...Read on...

Posted on: 19 August, 2020

Technology boost for region’s libraries

Library lovers have yet another reason to visit Snowy Monaro Regional Library following the addition of two new interactive hubs.

Bombala and Cooma libraries are now each home to a large screen, smart TV that will enhance the digital skills of library users and allow staff greater access to online resources.

Library goers of all ages will benefit from interactive TVs with the ne...Read on...

Posted on: 17 August, 2020

BlazeAid boosts Bombala in bushfire recovery

Volunteer organisation BlazeAid is continuing their local recovery work in the Bombala area with their contribution of labour, goods and services amounting to $1 million in just six months.

BlazeAid certainly hit the ground running since arriving in March 2020 post the bushfires, amassing some 4000 volunteer days, clearing and installing over 70 kilometres of fencing plus bolstering the fire affected community financially to the tune of $350...Read on...

Posted on: 17 August, 2020

Boiled water alert lifted for Jindabyne water supply

Snowy Monaro Regional Council advises all residents in Jindabyne, Leesville, Lakewood, The Station Resort and High Country that tap water is now SAFE to consume and use.

There is no longer a public health concern over the quality of drinking water and it is now considered safe for all typical uses including drinking, preparing food and beverages, personal washing, dishwashing and laundry purposes.

Snowy Monaro Regional...Read on...

Posted on: 13 August, 2020

Bombala Street Cooma water main repair works Sunday 16 August 2020

Council's Water and Waste Water team will be carrying out repairs on a leaking valve and damaged surrounding pavement on Bombala Street Cooma, outside Alpine Ford, this Sunday 16 August. Work will commence at 8am and should be completed by the afternoon.

These works are being carried out on a Sunday to minimise disruptions to local businesses on this block, as they are closed on Sundays.

Traffic moving through the area are asked to follow signage and drive safely to ensure the safety of our team.

...Read on...

Posted on: 12 August, 2020

Introduction of annual permits for non-desexed cats, dangerous/restricted dogs

From 1 July 2020, the NSW Government introduced annual permits for owners of non-desexed cats, restricted dog breeds, and dogs declared to be dangerous.

Owners of cats not desexed by four months of age are required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee. Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual pe...Read on...

Posted on: 12 August, 2020

New amenities block coming to the Jindabyne Boat Ramp

As part of upgrades to the Jindabyne Boat Ramp facility, construction is set to commence next week on a new amenities block at the site.

Works on the amenities block project will be carried out over the next few months and are being delivered through round two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Traffic control measures will be in place along the access road to the boat ramp, how...Read on...

Posted on: 11 August, 2020

Informal camping no longer permitted in Jindabyne and surrounds

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and health considerations, there can no longer be consideration of informal camping around Jindabyne such as has occurred to date.

Effective Monday 17 August 2020, camping within Jindabyne, Tyrolean Village, East Jindabyne and Kalkite will be regulated. There will be no camping in carparks, streets, reserves and lake foreshore and new signage will reflect this. There will also be no ...Read on...

Posted on: 11 August, 2020

Help sculpt the Snowy Monaro’s arts and culture sector

The Snowy Monaro Region boasts a strong arts and culture sector and now the community is being encouraged to help shape the future of this sector throughout the region.

A discussion paper released by the Snowy Monaro Regional Council Arts and Culture Advisory Committee allows the community to have their say on the priorities and direction of the region’s arts and culture sector.

The discussion paper is designed to ge...Read on...

Provide your feedback here...
Posted on: 10 August, 2020


Australian winter sports athletes are one step closer to having their own world-class training facility after the NSW Government today lodged the Development Application for Stage 1 of the National Snowsports Training Centre at Jindabyne with SMRC.

Stage 1 of the $5.1 million project will see the construction of a dry slope airbag jump and upgrades to the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre.

NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the National Snowsports Training Centre woul...Read on...

Posted on: 10 August, 2020

Monday 10 August 16:30 Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Jindabyne Boil Water Alert

Poor raw water quality

Recent wet weather conditions have caused increased turbidity making drinking water in the Jindabyne, Leesville, Lakewood, The Station Resort and High Country unsafe.

Water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil to make it safe. Kettles with automatic shut off switches can do this. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.

B...Read on...

Posted on: 5 August, 2020

Rates Notice Update – Delayed

Due to COVID-19, an extension of one month has been granted by the NSW Office of Local Government for the issue of Rates Notices.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council intends to forward notices by 31 August to take advantage of this extension.

The 1st instalment will now be due on 30 September 2020.

Posted on: 6 August, 2020

Bombala landfill closed Friday 7 August

Due to current and forecasted weather conditions, the Bombala landfill will be closed to the public for Friday 7 August, as it has been deemed unsafe due to the high risk of slippage and the slippery access to the site.

Our Resource and Waste team will reassess the Bombala landfill on Friday afternoon and will update the community if there are any changes to our weekend operating hours.

If you have any question please contact us on 1300 345 345. Council apologies for...Read on...

Posted on: 5 August, 2020

HOLTS FLAT TO VICTORIAN BORDER: The Monaro Highway is closed in both directions due to heavy snow


UPDATE 12.25pm: Council staff have reopened the road. Please drive with caution and to the conditions. For the latest traffic information, visit, download the Live Traffic NSW app or call 132 701.

Live Traffic
Posted on: 3 August, 2020

Further support for primary producers and small businesses in bushfire communities

Primary producers impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires will benefit from expanded eligibility for the $75,000 Special Disaster Recovery Grant and timeframe changes with small businesses also given more time to request support.

There will be some key eligibility criteria changes for the $75,000 recovery grant and include:
• Removal of the off-farm income threshold where an applicant’s income from primary production is less than 50 per cent of their total income. • Allowing e...Read on...

Posted on: 5 August, 2020

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for committee membership Bredbo Community Hall S355 Management Committee

Nominations for one position on the Bredbo Community Hall Section 355 Management Committee will open from Thursday 30 July and close Thursday 13 August 2020.

This committee plays a vital role in providing and managing a Council facility for the community. The committee provides a valuable link between user groups and the community, providing feedback on activities through the active participation in discussion...Read on...

Application Form...
Posted on: 31 July, 2020

Issues with free camping in Jindabyne

Council is aware of the issues in relation to free camping in Jindabyne at the Clay Pits, an incident of an overnight camper in the Kalkite Street carpark and an increase in community concern about these matters.

Claypits: Council rangers have increased their regular patrols and police are patrolling at least daily. Our cleaners are at this site three times per day to clean and we have installed an additional bin. The longterm campers are taking rubbish to the lan...Read on...

Posted on: 30 July, 2020

NSW Health ramps up testing in the region

Southern NSW Local Health District has stepped up testing throughout our region in close consultation with local GPs, ski field operators and the local National Parks staff.

NSW Health has detected a positive trace of COVID-19 in samples collected at the Perisher sewage treatment plant with further analysis occurring to determine significance.
No cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Perisher or Thredbo to date. If you...Read on...

Further COVID-19 information
Posted on: 28 July, 2020

Applications extended for Boco Rock community funding

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer is encouraging community organisations to take advantage of an extension to the application period for the Boco Rock Community Enhancement Fund.

Applications for the latest round of funding are now open until Friday 7 August with organisations in the former Bombala and Cooma-Monaro shires able to apply.

Community groups have been given an extra fortnight to apply for funding.

Mayor Peter Be...Read on...

Posted on: 28 July, 2020

Welcomed rain reduces water restrictions

Water restrictions across the Snowy Monaro will be eased following much needed recent rainfall.

After a number of months on Level 3 restrictions, the Nimmitabel community is set to move to a Conserve Water Notice. The same notice will apply for the Bombala, Bredbo, Cooma and Delegate water supplies.

These water restriction reductions will come in...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: 27 July, 2020

Bombala sewer mains cleaning and Inspection program, 10 - 31 August 2020

Residents in Bombala are advised that from 10 August 2020, the Bombala Sewer mains cleaning and inspection program will be in progress throughout the entire Bombala sewer network.

The Bombala sewer mains cleaning and inspection program is intended to enhance the operation and maintenance of sewer drainage infrastructure and access chambers (manholes).

This project will identify asset renewals in a priority program into the futu...Read on...

Posted on: 24 July, 2020

NSW-Victoria border restrictions - remote communities exemption

The NSW Government has released a list of remote communities that are now exempt from the updated border restirctions that came into force earlier this week. On the list are Bendoc, Bonang, Delegate and Tubbut.

An exemption has been granted which allows border residents living in or near the remote communities listed on the NSW Government website to cross the NSW/VIC border to get essential goods and services (including food, fuel or hygiene products or disabili...Read on...

Remote communities now exempt
Posted on: 21 July, 2020

NSW-Victorian border restrictions tightened

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From midnight Tuesday 21 July, a border zone will restrict entry to NSW for Victorians to extremely limited purposes.

In our region, the tougher COVID-19 restrictions will affect some residents in the East Gippsland Shire who access Bombala for services.

Under a permit, NSW border residents will be restricted in their reasons for travelling into the Victorian side of...Read on...

Posted on: 20 July, 2020

Bushfire recovery grant helps Tantawangalo wildlife carer

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Six months after bushfires almost destroyed his Tantawangalo wildlife sanctuary, Peter Day has received a $5,000 grant to support his animal rescue program.

Peter and his wife Mimi escaped with four joeys in their car, just moments before bushfires tore through their property near Cathcart.

“A National Parks truck came flying up our driveway and the officer told us we must get out. He said we couldn’t def...Read on...

Posted on: 10 July, 2020

NSW - Victoria border closures


The NSW-Victorian border remains closed with a number of checkpoints and road closures in place across our region.

As of 12.01am Wednesday 8 July, the NSW-Victoria border has been temporarily closed. Checkpoints are operating at the following locations:
- Alpine Way- Delegate Road
- Monaro Highway

Road closures are in place at:- Barry Way (end of sealed secti...Read on...

Click here for permit details, border closure info
Posted on: 9 July, 2020

Draft plan to shape crown land for communities

The NSW Government is calling on the community to have their say on how to manage the State’s vast Crown land assets now and into the future, with the draft State Strategic Plan released for public feedback today.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said there are over 34 million hectares of Crown land in NSW covering 42 per cent of the State, and the Government is committed to ensuring it is used to benefit local communities.

“Crown land is c...Read on...

Posted on: 8 July, 2020

BlazeAid Bombala lifting spirits

The efforts of BlazeAid’s Bombala camp have lifted the spirits of bushfire affected residents with a Rockton couple declaring the organisation has reaffirmed their faith in humanity.

Six months after Colin Bridge and Linda Kranz lost their Rockton home in the summer bushfires, the couple has praised the hard work and comradery of the BlazeAid volunteers who are helping rebuild damaged fencing across the Bombala region.

“We haven’t...Read on...

Posted on: 7 July, 2020

ScrapMart reopening this weekend!

Shopping to resume at Cooma and Jindabyne ScrapMart locations this weekend, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2020.

If you’ve been waiting to grab a bargain, looking for items to help with DIY projects, or just need some retail therapy, get excited because you can now shop at ScrapMart each weekend at the following location:
Cooma 1pm to 5pm SaturdaysJindabyne 10am ...Read on...

Posted on: 7 July, 2020

$50,000 boost for Adaminaby’s Snowy Scheme Museum after bushfires

The Snowy Scheme Museum in Adaminaby will receive a $50,000 boost to help the town’s tourism industry recover from the recent summer bushfires.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has been awarded $50,000 through the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund with the grant obtained to support the museum’s work in attracting tourists to the region.

The funding will support economic re...Read on...

Posted on: 1 July, 2020

BlazeAid’s legacy stretching beyond the fence post

On numbers alone, BlazeAid has made a significant contribution to the Snowy Monaro’s bushfire recovery effort.

The volunteer-based organisation has cleared more than 100km of damaged fences and constructed close to 90km of new fencing throughout the region.

With camps set up in Bombala and Bredbo (later moving to Numeralla), the organisation has worked alongsi...Read on...

Posted on: 29 June, 2020

Council adopts Operational Plan and 2.6 percent rate peg increase

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has adopted its 2021 Operational Plan and will implement the recommended 2.6 percent rate peg increase.

At the June Ordinary Council Meeting, Councillors voted in favour of accepting the State Government’s standard 2.6 percent rate peg increase for the 2020/21 financial year.

The adopted 2021 Operational Plan sets out Council’s direction, priorities and ...Read on...

NSW Valuer General
Posted on: 29 June, 2020

$50,000 to support community organisations

The latest round of Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s donations and sponsorship program will see $50,000 shared amongst our region’s community organisations.

Dozens of community groups will have their projects and events supported between July and December 2020.

At last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Councillors determined the successful applicants for round two of Council’s donation and sponsorship prog...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: 21 June, 2020

Filling the gaps in bushfire recovery

As the Snowy Monaro region moves along the road to recovery, the Bushfire Recovery Team is taking the opportunity to check in with the community.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council and the NSW Government are committed to supporting the community in the days, months and years ahead. To assist with this, the Snowy Monaro Recovery Needs Survey has been launched as a way of monitoring that progress and plan...Read on...

Posted on: 17 June, 2020

Changes to land valuations and rates in the Snowy Monaro

Land values recently issued by the Valuer General of NSW, reflecting the property market as of July 2020, have shown large variations across the Snowy Monaro region.

As Council rates are based on these valuations, there will be large variations in rates per property without any increase in Council’s total rate income beyond the annual rate peg (revenue raised from rates). The annual rate peg increase has been set by t...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: 16 June, 2020

Restrictions eased for Jindabyne pool

A further easing of COVID-19 restrictions has seen the Jindabyne indoor pool reopen to more members of the community.

The pool had recently reopened to squad swimmers but following last week’s further easing of restrictions, the pool is now open to the public.

The pool is open to the public for lap swimming and rehabilitation exercises between 11am - 3pm Monday to Fri...Read on...

Posted on: 16 June, 2020

Applications open for Boco Rock Community Enhancement Fund

Community organisations are encouraged to apply for the latest round of funding through the Boco Rock Community Enhancement Fund.

Submissions are now open with community organisations in the former Bombala and Cooma-Monaro local government areas able to apply. Applications will be accepted until 5pm Friday 24 July.

This is an exciting opportunity for groups in these areas to obta...Read on...

Further information on Boco Rock funding
Posted on: 9 June, 2020

Youth take lead role in Cooma Hub upgrade


Creativity and enthusiasm were overflowing as a group of young people came together to start planning for the upgrade of the Snowy Monaro’s premier youth space.

A working group comprising Snowy Monaro Youth Councillors, high school students and young adults will lead the way in redesigning the Cooma Hub.

The group had its first meeting last week following expressions of interest being called for the working gr...Read on...

Posted on: 1 June, 2020

Snowy Monaro libraries re-opened

An easing of COVID-19 restrictions will see Snowy Monaro Regional Library re-open its doors from Monday 1 June.

Library lovers are set to return to the Bombala and Cooma libraries with social distancing measures in place to ensure community and staff safety.

To keep the libraries COVID-19 safe, visitors will be limited to half-hour sessions and numbers will be m...Read on...

Posted on: 27 May, 2020

National Reconciliation Week acknowledged in the Snowy Monaro

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National Reconciliation Week is being acknowledged across the country with the Snowy Monaro community encouraged to learn more about the shared histories, cultures and achievements of the region’s traditional custodians.

Held between 27 May and 3 June, National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to contribute to achieving reconciliation.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council acknowledges the Ngarigo people as the Traditional Custodians of the majority of the reg...Read on...

Posted on: 26 May, 2020

Bushfire webinar to discuss region’s clean-up

Bushfire affected landholders in the Snowy Monaro are encouraged to participate in an informative webinar to learn more about the clean-up process being undertaken by Laing O’Rourke.

An update on the region’s bushfire clean-up process will be provided by a Laing O’Rourke representative with the company working alongside affected residents to remove damaged buildings and structures.

Join Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Be...Read on...

Register in advance for this webinar:
Posted on: 26 May, 2020

Construction commences on Dalgety Showground pavilion upgrade

Work has started on the latest project to be delivered for the Dalgety community with construction now underway to upgrade the showground pavilion.

Dalgety is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque settings in regional NSW. The Dalgety Showground will become more user-friendly with the pavilion revamp to include a new roof, kitchen, and bathrooms accessible for people with a disability.

Th...Read on...

Posted on: 22 May, 2020

Council to reopen customer service counters

A further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the region will see Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s customer service counters reopen from Monday 25 May.

The community will once again be able to access the front counter areas of Council’s four office locations.

To ensure community and staff safety, a number of social distancing measures will be in place at the Berridale, Bombala, Cooma and Jindabyne of...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2020

Level 3 water restrictions for Nimmitabel

Level 3 water restrictions will be in place for Nimmitabel residents from 12pm on Friday 22 May.

Due to the prolonged dry weather conditions, flows to the Lake Wallace Dam and into the Maclaughlin River have ceased. The recent cooler weather has not resulted in rain falling in the Nimmitabel Catchment, meaning less available water at the Nimmitabel w...Read on...

Posted on: 15 May, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions eased in the Snowy Monaro

Following the release of the Public Health Order this morning, Council is pleased to advise our community that restrictions are starting to be eased in the face of COVID-19.

We currently have no active COVID-19 cases in our region and commend everyone on their adherence to the current guidelines including social distancing. Council staff are working today to ensure that access is open to facilities that are now able to be uti...Read on...

Posted on: 1 May, 2020

Almost $500,000 in relief for bushfire affected residents

More than 100 applicants will receive financial support through the Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund with the funds to support bushfire affected residents in the Snowy Monaro.

Each of the 128 applications successfully secured a portion of the fund’s $483,000 pool, which will assist those residents who have had their homes, outbuildings and fences destroyed.

The Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund was established through the Federal...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2020

Council’s consideration of financial hardship with issue of Quarter 4 Rates

In an environment that has changed for many people over the last four months, financial hardship is facing many residents in the Snowy Monaro region.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is required to charge rates under the legislation, but residents who are facing hardship should approach the council to seek support as the fourth quarter rate notices will be going out shortly.

“This year has been chall...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2020

Council welcomes NSW Government Economic Stimulus Announcement

Yesterday’s announcement from the NSW Government of a $395 million economic stimulus package to reduce impacts of COVID-19 on local councils has been welcomed by Snowy Monaro Regional Council.

Shelley Hancock, Minister for Local Government, explained that the package is designed to safeguard council jobs, boost infrastructure and service delivery, and trigger economic recovery in local communities across the state’s 128 local councils.

Mayo...Read on...

Posted on: 22 April, 2020

Council approves measures to help Snowy Monaro businesses, community organisations

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has introduced a number of measures to support businesses and community groups struggling with the ongoing financial implications of the 2020 bushfires and COVID-19 restrictions.

At last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Councillors unanimously voted to waive inspection fees for food premises for the current financial year. Council charges fees in line with the Local Government Act 1993 and the Food Regulation 2015 for inspections ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 April, 2020

Community encouraged to hold on to donations

Snowy Monaro residents planning a household clean-up are being asked to hold on to their unwanted items with the region’s buyback facilities closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Cooma and Jindabyne Scrapmarts are closed as are a number of op shop facilities in the Snowy Monaro.

Residents wishing to donate quality items (not stained, damaged or broken) are asked to hold off until restrictions are eased.

The region’s la...Read on...

Posted on: 14 April, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic correctly present your bins for kerbside collection

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Council requests that residents and businesses present their waste, recycling and organic bins correctly to the kerb for collection. This is to assist in continuing to run an efficient service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Bins are to be placed correctly to kerb the night before your scheduled collection day to avoid a missed collection. Bins are to be returned to the household within 24 hours.
• Any bin that is not present to the kerb correctly will NOT be emptied.• B...Read on...

Posted on: 14 April, 2020

New senior leaders assigned to strengthen Snowy Monaro

Snowy Monaro Regional Council (SMRC) has announced the appointments of three senior managers who will head up its new leadership team.

As part of a major organisational review and redesign initiative, the new management structure comprises of five key and strategic focused positions approved by Council last November.

Following a thorough recruitment process, the three appointments in...Read on...

Posted on: 2 April, 2020

Regional Shows 2020 Resource and Waste Services Survey Prize Winner Announced

Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s Resource and Waste education team held a recent pop-up display stall at the Dalgety Show on Sunday 8 March 2020.

During these pop-up information displays, the education officers help the community learn more about common recycling habits, demonstrate techniques to improve these habits and assist in reducing overall waste while answering our specific regions recyclin...Read on...

Posted on: 31 March, 2020

Social media helping the region’s business community come together

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is encouraging the business community to join forces and come together during this difficult time.

Council’s Economic Development and Tourism team have created the Facebook Group SMRC COVID-19 Local Business Forum to provide a space for Council and Snowy Monaro businesses to share information and ideas relating to challenges and opportunities generated...Read on...

Link to SMRC COVID-19 Local Business Forum
Posted on: 31 March, 2020

Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund now open

Applications are now open for the Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund. This fund is designed to provide equitable relief to residents directly affected by the recent bushfires.

The total value of funds available is $483,000 and recipients must be owners of fire-affected properties. A maximum of $5000 is available per affected property destroyed.

Funding priority will be given to primary residences, perimeter fencing along pub...Read on...

Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund documents
Posted on: 31 March, 2020

Mayor Peter Beer urges people to stay home to stop COVID-19 spreading

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer is urging people to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the region by staying at home and not choosing the Snowy Monaro as a place to self-isolate.

Mayor Beer is calling on people to follow the advice from health professionals and avoid all non-essential travel.

“While I appreciate people are looking to leave metropolitan areas and help support regional communities during these uncertain times, th...Read on...

Posted on: 30 March, 2020

Council reminds residents to only flush the three Ps

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is reminding residents that in light of difficulties in obtaining everyday household items, only the three Ps are to be flushed - pee, poo and paper.

Flushing paper towel, tissues, and wet wipes (even those marked as flushable) is already starting to create blockages and affect some of the region’s sewer systems.

Blockages not only damage infrastructure and harm the environment, but also result in ...Read on...

Posted on: 26 March, 2020

Yarn bombing – a community project


Snowy Monaro Community Connections is offering an opportunity to be part of a creative art installation often referred to as “Yarn Bombing”.

A “Yarn Bomb” is a form of street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn to adorn an object in the public environment. During this complex time, it is important to continue to feel part of a caring community and creating art is ...Read on...

Posted on: 26 March, 2020


Please be advised that all playgrounds within the Snowy Monaro local government area are CLOSED, in line with COVID-19 restrictions. We encourage everyone to follow these restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our region.

Posted on: 26 March, 2020

Council offices closed to fight spread of COVID-19

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is adopting additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with its four offices now closed to the public.

Council closed the Berridale, Bombala, Cooma and Jindabyne offices at 3pm today Thursday 26 March, following updated health advice.

The community can still contact the Council by emailing or calling 1300 345 345.

Coun...Read on...

Posted on: 26 March, 2020

Resource and waste management strategy live streaming delayed due to COVID-19

With the announcement of further restrictions by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday evening Council has decided to delay the live streaming session planned for tonight, Thursday 26 March 2020.

Due to travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, the planned format of the live-streamed session was no longer feasible. Council is working on an alternative method of delivery for this presentation.

Council is pleased with the level of p...Read on...

Posted on: 26 March, 2020

Increased theft and vandalism in the region’s public toilets

There has been an increase in the theft of consumables items from the Snowy Monaro’s public toilets including toilet paper, paper towelling and soap. The theft of these items has resulted in the damage of the dispensers holding them.

Council does not have an unlimited supply of these items. Council is requesting those responsible cease their actions and act with compassion and understanding during these difficult times.

If this theft and vandalism continues, Council will need to re...Read on...

Posted on: 26 March, 2020

Cooma’s kerbside collection service re-organised

Cooma residents will notice a slight change to their kerbside collection service with recycling and organics bins to be emptied in the afternoon of the scheduled collection day.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s Resource and Waste team have temporarily re-organised kerbside collections to ensure staff can comply with social distancing requirements while still providing this essential community service.

From Thursday 26 March, t...Read on...

Posted on: 25 March, 2020

Community facilities, libraries closed due to COVID-19

Snowy Monaro Regional Council will temporarily close community facilities throughout the region following further COVID-19 restrictions announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Council operated halls, visitor centres, the Cooma Hub and Snowy Monaro Regional Library will shut their doors from midnight tonight (Wednesday 25 March).

The closures will affect the Bombala and Cooma Libraries, Bombala Platypus Country Information Ce...Read on...

Posted on: 18 March, 2020

Rainfall brings some relief to Snowy Monaro region water restrictions

Council is pleased to inform the communities of Bombala and Delegate that water restrictions will be reduced from Level 4 to Level 2. The Bredbo and Cooma supplies have been reduced from Level 2 to Level 1 and Nimmitabel supply from Level 3 to Level 1.

These water restriction reductions will be in effect from 12:00pm Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.

Recent rainfall throughout the Snowy Monaro region has provided welcome relief after a long, dry summer. While water restriction levels have be...Read on...

Posted on: 17 March, 2020

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Engaging with COVID-19

As a precautionary measure, Snowy Monaro Regional Council has halted its community engagement events.

“Based on overseas experiences the impacts of the virus could be dramatic. On top of the bushfires, we have recently been through this will test the resilience of many people in our community,” said Mayor Peter Beer. “What we are being told is that slowin...Read on...

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Posted on: 17 March, 2020

Council’s Covid-19 Considerations

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is putting plans in place to manage the potential impacts of Covid-19 on its operations.

The Covid-19 is already causing unexpected issues to Council. A toilet paper dispenser was broken and toilet paper rolls stolen at one of our public toilet blocks in Jindabyne. “This is not something we expected and with the current shortage of supplies, ...Read on...

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Posted on: 3 March, 2020

Nominations called for Bobeyan Road upgrade stakeholder group

In December of 2019, Snowy Monaro Regional Council signed off on a funding agreement with the NSW Government and Transport for NSW to deliver a $20 million upgrade of Bobeyan Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to the ACT border.

The upgrade includes sealing the NSW section of Bobeyan Road to provide an alternate, and more scenic route, between the ACT and Adaminaby.

Funding has been provided over a four-year program of works with the initial allocation of $1 million available ...Read on...

Posted on: 26 February, 2020

Have your say on the region’s strategic planning

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is currently undertaking a reform of its strategic planning framework to ensure local planning controls and decisions are in line with the community’s expectations.

Council released a planning and land use discussion paper in March 2019 and undertook 10 weeks of community consultation to help develop the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

At its Ordinary Council Meeting on Thursday 20 February, Council en...Read on...

Posted on: 21 February, 2020

Community Recovery Assistance Points to help bush fire affected residents

Community Recovery Assistance Points are continuing to be held throughout the region to assist bush fire affected residents and business operators.

The recovery points connect bush fire affected residents and business operators with representatives from multiple disaster recovery agencies.

Recovery points are informal and allow for individual consultations to discuss the types of recovery assista...Read on...

Posted on: 21 February, 2020

Cooma and surrounding areas bush fire recovery meeting

Residents and business operators in Cooma and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend a bush fire recovery meeting on Monday 24 February in the Cooma Multi-Function Centre.

A community BBQ will be held from 5pm with the recovery update commencing at 6pm.

Representatives from multiple disaster recovery agencies will deliver presentations, highlighting the types of recovery services available. The representatives will be ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 February, 2020

Feedback encouraged for Resource and Waste Management Strategy

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is encouraging the community to provide feedback on the current resource and waste management services offered by Council.

The community’s feedback will be used to develop Council’s Resource and Waste Management Strategy, an important document that will outline the community’s expectations for resource and waste management services over the next decade.

The strategy will c...Read on...

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Posted on: 18 February, 2020

Australian Defence Force equipment on show in Bombala

The Australian Defence Force brigade who has been based in Bombala to assist with the bush fire recovery process will hold a community meet and greet session on Wednesday.

Army equipment will be on display, and there will be opportunities for locals to chat with ADF personnel between 12pm – 3pm at the Bombala Showground.

Local school children have been invited to see the equipment and meet the Deputy Brigade Commander w...Read on...

Posted on: 17 February, 2020

Jindabyne bush fire recovery meeting

Bush fire affected residents and business operators in Jindabyne are encouraged to attend a bush fire recovery meeting on Tuesday 18 February in the Jindabyne Memorial Hall.

A community BBQ will be held from 5pm with the recovery update commencing at 6pm.

Representatives from multiple disaster recovery agencies will deliver presentations, highlighting the types of recovery services available. The representatives will be o...Read on...

Posted on: 10 February, 2020

Adaminaby bush fire recovery community meeting

Bush fire affected residents and business operators in the Adaminaby area are encouraged to attend a bush fire recovery meeting on Tuesday 11 February.

Bush fire affected people in Adaminaby, Yaouk, Shannons Flat and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to discuss the recovery process with the Snowy Monaro Local Recovery Officer and representatives from multiple disaster recovery agencies.

The...Read on...

Posted on: 10 February, 2020

Recognise the achievements of the region's young people

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Snowy Monaro Youth Awards. The Youth Awards are an important opportunity to recognise the achievements of young people and celebrate the valuable contribution they make to the Snowy Monaro.

The award categories this year are:
• Academic Achievement• Community Hero
• Resilience and Determination• Excellence in Sport
• Industry Award• Rural Achiever
• Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Media• Leadership
• Community Project

To be ...Read on...

Click here to nominate
Posted on: 5 February, 2020

Bombala Community Recovery Assistance Point

A Community Recovery Assistance Point has been established in Bombala. On Thursday 6 February multiple disaster welfare agencies will be present for a second round of one-on-one consultations.

Multiple government agencies and non-government organisations will be available for one-on-one consultations to help with the recovery process. Internet, telephones and computers will be available for use.

Representatives from Snowy Monaro Regional Co...Read on...

Posted on: 1 February, 2020

Snowy Monaro fire information update - Saturday 1 February 13:45PM

Currently, there are two fires burning in the Snowy Monaro at an Emergency Level - the Clear Range Fire to the north-west of Bredbo, and the Creewah-Glen Allen Fire to the north of Cathcart.

There are also a number of fires at an Advice Level - Adaminaby Complex Fire, Bondi Fire, Good Good Fire, Pilots Lookout Fire and Rockton Fire.

Due to the fire threat from the Clear Range Fire the Monaro Highway has been closed between Royalla (Old Coo...Read on...

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Posted on: 28 January, 2020

Snowy Monaro bush fire community recovery meetings

Community meetings will be held throughout the Snowy Monaro to update bush fire affected residents, business operators and communities on the region's recovery process.

At each meeting, updates on the recovery effort will be provided by representatives from multiple disaster recovery agencies. The representatives will be available to answer questions, assist with grant applications and help people access the recovery ser...Read on...

Posted on: 22 January, 2020

Bush fire customer care service now live

The NSW Government has announced the Service NSW Bush Fire Customer Care service is now live.

This service is designed to help individuals and businesses affected by bush fire navigate the support available across all levels of government.

This service will complement and not replace the work that has been delivered by disaster recovery agencie...Read on...

Service NSW Bush Fire Customer Care Service
Posted on: 9 December, 2019

Council issues conserve water notice

Snowy Monaro Regional Council advises that a conserve water notice will be in place for the following water supplies: Adaminaby, Berridale, Bredbo, Cooma, Dalgety, Eucumbene Cove, Jindabyne, East Jindabyne and Kalkite.

The conserve water notice applies from 12pm Saturday 14 December and will be in place until further notice.

A list of the residential and community-based activities that water conservation measures should be implemented for can be found at the followin...Read on...

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Posted on: 9 December, 2019

Level 3 water restrictions for Bombala, Delegate and Nimmitabel

Snowy Monaro Regional Council will implement level 3 water restrictions for residents in Bombala, Delegate and Nimmitabel.

Due to the prolonged dry weather conditions, flows to the Coolumbooka River, Delegate River and Lake Wallace Dam have decreased. As a result of these conditions, there is less available water at the Bombala, Delegate and Nimmitabel water treatment plants ...Read on...

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Posted on: 4 December, 2019

Winning artworks feature on new kerbside collection vehicle

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The artistic talents of local school students are on permanent display throughout the region with three creative designs featured on the side of the new Snowy Monaro Regional Council kerbside recycling collection vehicle.

Students from St Patrick’s Parish School and The Alpine School were congratulated for their efforts at a special ceremony held last week.

St Patrick’s Parish School was presented with a Buddy Bench, acknowledging the school’s efforts in last year’s Re...Read on...

Posted on: 2 December, 2019

Yallambee Lodge visits help foster intergenerational connections


Stories were shared and friendships forged when Cooma North Preschool paid a special visit to the residents of Yallambee Lodge.

One of Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s residential aged care facilities, Yallambee Lodge welcomed ten preschool students last week as part of efforts to build intergenerational connections within the community.

A greater understanding between the gene...Read on...

Posted on: 25 November, 2019

New management structure for Snowy Monaro Regional Council

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has approved a new senior leadership structure designed to steer a stronger and more sustainable organisation that better serves and meets community needs.

The restructure is part of a major organisational review and redesign after a number of significant issues affecting Council’s efficiency and overall effectiveness were identified.

The former management structure was considered too tall, costly and di...Read on...

Posted on: 6 November, 2019

Extended operating hours at Cooma, Jindabyne landfills

The weekday opening hours of Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s Cooma and Jindabyne landfills have been extended due to increased patronage at each site.

The new operating hours commence from Monday 4 November. There are no changes to the weekend operating hours at either site.

Users of each facility will enjoy more convenient times for disposal, and the change in opening hours will allow Council staff ...Read on...