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Mayoral Column

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Posted on: 24 February, 2021

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 24 February

Mayor Beer is on leave this week so we’re providing an update from Council.

Our first Council meeting for the year was held last Thursday in Bombala and as always there were a large number of reports presented. You can read the full business papers on ...Read on...

Posted on: 17 February, 2021

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 17 February

Council Meeting

The next regular Council meeting is tomorrow, 18 February 2021 in Bombala. It is one of the last meetings before we go into caretaker mode in the lead-up to the election period and I am looking forward to a constructi...Read on...

Posted on: 10 February, 2021

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 10 February

Draft Rural Land Use Strategy

The submission period for Council’s Draft Rural Land Use Strategy closed last week.

As you are no doubt aware, this has been a contentious matter for both council and residents. I anticipate that thi...Read on...

Posted on: 3 February, 2021

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 3 February


I acknowledge and thank all the community groups that worked tirelessly over the last couple of months to bring the Australia Day events throughout our region to life last week – they wouldn’t happen without you!

Unfortunately it wasn...Read on...

Posted on: 27 January, 2021

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 27 January


Due to the Australia Day public holiday I am writing this column a number of days in advance this week. Accordingly, by the time you read this the Peak View Rural Fire Brigade memorial will have taken place for the American air crew ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 January, 2021

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 20 January


I spent last Friday with our local members John Barilaro and Bronnie Taylor visiting some of the recipients of recent funding programs.

First stop was the Cooma Festival Swimming Pool which will shortly re...Read on...

Posted on: 13 January, 2021

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 13 January 2021

Visitor numbers still high

While the recent border closures caused some disruption as Victorians quickly headed for home, our region was fortunate not to be as severely impacted as our friends on the Far South Coast. We’ve experienced yet another bumpe...Read on...

Posted on: 6 January, 2021

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 6 January 2021

I’ll start this week by wishing everyone a very happy new year. I’m sure I share the views of the entire community in hoping that 2021 is a better year for us all.


The year has certainly started on the right note as our towns...Read on...

Posted on: 30 December, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 30 December 2020

By the time you read this I trust that you’ve all enjoyed your Christmas break and are feeling refreshed and ready for 2021.

I’m sure we’re all ready to say goodbye to the year that is passing. As I said in my column last week, from drought and fire to...Read on...

Posted on: 23 December, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 23 December 2020

Council Meeting

Our final Ordinary Council Meeting for the year was held in Jindabyne last week and a number of important items were discussed:

• The draft Rural Land Use Strategy was a hot topic for the evening with extensive discussion around stra...Read on...

Posted on: 16 December, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 16 December 2020

Council Meeting

Our final Ordinary Council Meeting for the year will held at Rydges Jindabyne on Thursday 17 December 2020. This is the first Council meeting open to the public since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place and it will be great to see ...Read on...

Posted on: 9 December, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 9 December 2020

Council Meeting

The next Ordinary Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 17 December 2020 at Rydges Jindabyne. This will be the first Council meeting open to the public since COVID restrictions were put in place. If you are able to attend in person,...Read on...

Posted on: 2 December, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 2 December 2020

Local Government NSW Annual Conference
The Local Government NSW Annual Conference was a little different this year, with attendees from nearly all local councils in NSW dialling in last week to participate online. Presentations were delivered by NSW Prem...Read on...

Posted on: 25 November, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 25 November 2020

At last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting Councillors resolved to adopt in principle the Monaro Rail Trail Draft Feasibility Report, investigate transition of Council’s light vehicles to an electric/low greenhouse gas emissions fleet, and hold further discu...Read on...

Posted on: 18 November, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 18 November 2020

The November Ordinary Council Meeting will be held this Thursday, 19 November 2020. While the meeting remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, I encourage the community to participate by viewing the webcast via Council’s website or Faceb...Read on...

Posted on: 11 November, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 11 November 2020

At the recent Country Mayors’ Association (CMA) meeting, a presentation was delivered by Mary Kane AC who co-authored the NSW bushfire enquiry report that delivered 76 recommendations to improve the state’s preparedness and response to future bushfire eme...Read on...

Posted on: 4 November, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 4 November 2020

Council’s Strategic Planning team will hold community information sessions over the next fortnight to provide further information and to help our community have their say on the Draft Rural Land Use and Settlements Strategies.

Both documents are gener...Read on...

Posted on: 28 October, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 28 October 2020

I acknowledge Council’s apology to the Bombala community for not communicating with residents about the removal of trees in Bicentennial Park. These trees hold sentimental value to the community and their removal has caused angst as residents did not know...Read on...

Posted on: 21 October, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 21 October 2020

At last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Councillors resolved to place two important strategic planning documents on public exhibition. The Rural Land Use Strategy and Settlements Strategy are now out for community comment.

The Settlements Strategy pr...Read on...

Posted on: 14 October, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 14 October 2020

The October Ordinary Council Meeting will be held this Thursday 15 October. While the meeting is closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, I strongly encourage the community to participate by watching the webcast via Council’s website.

Council...Read on...

Posted on: 7 October, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 7 October 2020

Towns and villages throughout the Snowy Monaro welcomed an influx of visitors across the long weekend. It was pleasing to see our beautiful region busy as our business and tourism operators continue to work hard to ensure they are meeting COVID-19 guideli...Read on...

Posted on: 30 September, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 30 September 2020

Community groups have the opportunity to apply for funding through the latest round of Council’s donations and sponsorship program. Submissions open Wednesday 30 September and will be accepted until November 7.

I encourage all groups hoping to see thei...Read on...

Posted on: 23 September, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 23 September

At last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Councillor Lynley Miners was re-elected as deputy mayor. Congratulations to Lynley who has served as our region’s deputy mayor since Council was elected in September 2017.

I look forward to continuing to work wi...Read on...

Posted on: 15 September, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 16 September 2020

Community groups are encouraged to apply for the upcoming round of Council’s donation and sponsorship program.

In the last round of donations, Council handed out around $50,000 to organisations across our Snowy Monaro Region. We supported a range of w...Read on...

Posted on: 9 September, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 9 September 2020

The first of two Minderoo Pods has arrived in the Snowy Monaro with the temporary housing solution delivered to a property near Cathcart.

Tantawangalo resident John Rocke lost his home and all structures on his property in the summer bushfires.

In...Read on...

Posted on: 2 September, 2020

Mayoral Column - 2 September 2020

Our Snowy Monaro was certainly the centre of attention last Friday with the second annual Bush Summit event held in Cooma at the showground.

The Summit put our region on the national agenda as federal and state politicians joined local stakeholders to...Read on...

Posted on: 25 August, 2020

Mayoral Column - 26 August 2020

At our Ordinary Council Meeting last week, Councillors voted in favour of placing on public exhibition a proposal to support the accreditation of the Bombala Medical Centre with a one-off donation of $19,000.

Ensuring the medical centre is able to mee...Read on...

Posted on: 19 August, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 19 August 2020

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with the Governor General David Hurley and his wife Linda regarding the effects of the summer bushfires, ongoing drought and COVID-19 on the Snowy Monaro.

We discussed the challenges facing local businesses, men...Read on...

Posted on: 13 August, 2020

Mayoral Column - 12 August 2020

Our winter athletes are set to benefit from a world-class training facility in Jindabyne with a development application for the National Snowsports Training Centre lodged with Council.
Stage 1 of the $5.2million project will see the construction of a dry...Read on...

Posted on: 5 August, 2020

Mayoral Column - 5 August 2020

In continued efforts to prevent people from littering throughout the region, the Monaro Litter Program has been launched.

On Friday, the initiative came to fruition in Berridale’s Lions Park, one of seven rest areas that boasts these improved bin faci...Read on...

Posted on: 29 July, 2020

Mayoral Column 29 July 2020

We were disappointed to hear of two COVID-19 breaches in our region over the weekend. Monaro Police attended a facility in Thredbo and a party near Jindabyne where numerous breaches of the Public Health Order occurred.

These acts have the potential to ...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 22 July 2020

As of midnight Tuesday 21 July, tougher COVID-19 restrictions came into force for residents along the NSW-Victorian border. In our region these changes will affect some residents in the East Gippsland Shire who access Bombala for services.

For the lat...Read on...

Posted on: 15 July, 2020

Mayoral Column - July 15 2020

Our region has welcomed heavy snowfalls and consistent rain to start the week. The conditions did cause a number of accidents and resulted in road closures across the Berridale, Eucumbene and Jindabyne areas. When driving through our region conditions can...Read on...

Posted on: 8 July, 2020

Mayoral Column – July 8 2020

Counting is still underway in the Eden-Monaro by-election. This was an unusual by-election with 14 candidates standing. At the time of writing, the Australian Electoral Commission had yet to officially declare a winner for the seat.

Whether it’s Krist...Read on...

Posted on: 1 July, 2020

Mayoral Column - July 1 2020

The Cooma Regional Sports Hub has been given the go ahead with the official launch for this exciting project taking place last week. This $15 million project will see a three court indoor facility built within the Monaro High School precinct and a 400 met...Read on...

Posted on: 24 June, 2020

Mayoral Column - June 24 2020

The weekend’s rainfall has been welcomed across the region with a number of landholders reporting their best figures since February this year. We are hoping to see more solid rainfalls looking ahead to a good forecast for the first week of June and for th...Read on...

Posted on: 17 June, 2020

Mayoral Column - 17 June 2020

Bushfire recovery is still an ongoing priority in the Snowy Monaro. The cleanup effort continues with Laing O’Rourke crews removing bushfire damaged structures throughout the region.

The hard-working BlazeAid volunteers are doing a fantastic job assis...Read on...

Posted on: 10 June, 2020

Mayoral Column - June 10 2020

Visitors returned to the Snowy Monaro over the long weekend with our towns and villages the busiest they’ve been since the start of the year.

Our business operators have worked hard to ensure they are complying with COVID-19 requirements and after six...Read on...

Posted on: 3 June, 2020

Mayoral Column - 3 June 2020

Our region is starting to see visitors return following the easing of travel restrictions within NSW.
With confirmation last week a snow season will commence later this month, we anticipate an influx of visitors to the Snowy Monaro in coming weeks. As mu...Read on...

Posted on: 27 May, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 27 May

We are starting to see life in the Snowy Monaro return to normal with Council’s customer service desks reopening.

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

Posted on: 20 May, 2020

Mayoral Column - 20 May 2020

With an easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the Snowy Monaro, families are now able to enjoy the region’s playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment.

This easing is recognition that so far, social distancing measures have been working to r...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 13 May 2020

Due to the efforts of our health care workers and the public’s cooperation in following social distancing requirements, we are now starting to see COVID-19 restrictions ease across the state and nation.

Life in the Snowy Monaro will start returning ...Read on...

Posted on: 6 May, 2020

Mayoral Column - 6 May 2020

The welcomed early season snowfalls have generated plenty of discussion on whether our region will have a snow season. Talks are ongoing between local stakeholders (including Council) and the NSW Government. Our region eagerly awaits a decision.

I am ...Read on...

Posted on: 29 April, 2020

Mayoral Column – Wednesday 29 April 2020

This year’s ANZAC Day was different from any we’ve experienced before. Our usual dawn services and marches weren’t possible under COVID-19 restrictions. This didn’t stop the Snowy Monaro community from commemorating ANZAC Day in their own special way.
...Read on...

Posted on: 22 April, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 22 April 2020

At the time of writing my column, it is pleasing to know there are still only six confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Snowy Monaro. We still have a long way to go before this crisis is over and now is definitely not the time for complacency. We must still fol...Read on...

Posted on: 15 April, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 15 April 2020

I hope you had a safe and relaxing Easter at home, self-isolating. Easter is normally an occasion where many of us travel to visit family or stay in the Snowy Monaro and take in the many wonderful events that are usually held over the long weekend.

It...Read on...

Posted on: 8 April, 2020

Youth Mayor’s Column – 8 April 2020

With this unfortunate start to 2020, it’s great to see our local community stepping up to the challenges and banding together through unprecedented times.

In an effort to help our community band together, Snowy Monaro Youth Council has been hard at wo...Read on...

Posted on: 8 April, 2020

Mayoral Column Wednesday 8 April 2020

As we approach the Easter long weekend, I once again urge all prospective visitors and non-permanent residents to avoid the Snowy Monaro.

In line with advice from NSW Health and NSW Police, Council is calling on people to stay at home this long weeken...Read on...

Posted on: 31 March, 2020

Mayoral Column 1 April 2020

I am urging people to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Snowy Monaro by staying at home and not choosing our region as a place to self-isolate.

Please follow the advice from health professionals and avoid all non-essential travel. While I apprec...Read on...

Posted on: 7 March, 2020

Mayoral Column 25 March 2020

Like all of Australia, the Snowy Monaro is in shock following the announcements that non-essential services will be restricted in response to COVID-19. Not only is our region still dealing with the effects of bush fires and floods but it appears we will b...Read on...

Posted on: 31 March, 2020

Mayoral Column - Wednesday 18 March

You can well and truly feel the autumn weather in the air throughout the Snowy Monaro. This change in the weather coincides with the end of our outdoor swimming pool season, with closures to commence from this weekend. Adaminaby, Berridale and Bombala poo...Read on...

Posted on: 11 March, 2020

Mayoral Column 11 March 2020

The true spirit of country life was on display over the weekend at the Delegate and Dalgety Shows.

I had the pleasure of attending both shows. It was clear from discussions I had with people in Delegate and Dalgety, this was a time for coming together,...Read on...

Posted on: 4 March, 2020

Mayor Column 4 March 2020

Last week, I joined Council’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Bascomb for the latest meeting of the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO).

We heard from a number of Federal Ministers, including Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Deputy Prime Min...Read on...

Posted on: 26 February, 2020

Mayoral Column 26 February 2020

Along with mayors from NSW and other bush fire affected areas, I attended the State Memorial Service to honour those who lost their lives during the devastating bush fires of 2019-2020.

The service allowed people to show their appreciation to the NSW ...Read on...

Posted on: 19 February, 2020

Mayoral Column 19 February 2020

I had the pleasure of representing Snowy Monaro Regional Council at the Cooma Lions Club’s 60th anniversary celebrations on Saturday.

Charter member Bryce Peddie, District Governor Gordon Matthews and Cooma Lions Club President Lee Riley were joined b...Read on...

Posted on: 12 February, 2020

Mayoral Column 12 February 2020

Thanks to the welcomed rain that fell across the region and the ongoing efforts of our firefighters, all fires in the Snowy Monaro are now at an Advice Level. Residents are still advised to monitor conditions with the fires still burning.

The rain has...Read on...

Posted on: 5 February, 2020

Mayoral Column 5 February 2020

We have just experienced another weekend of increased fire activity and danger with a number of homes lost in the Bumbalong Road and Colinton areas.

Our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes.

For the first time, we saw the closure of t...Read on...

Posted on: 29 January, 2020

Mayoral Column 29 January 2020

Last Thursday, we heard the sad and tragic news that a large aerial tanker had crashed in the Peak View area.

On behalf of Snowy Monaro Regional Council, I extend my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the three aerial fire fighters fro...Read on...

Posted on: 22 January, 2020

Mayoral Column 22 January 2020

Businesses in the region are looking to restart their summer season with the tourist leave zone lifted and further areas of the Kosciuszko National Park re-opening.

Last week, Thredbo Valley businesses Wildbrumby Distillery and the Lake Crackenback Re...Read on...

Posted on: 15 January, 2020

Mayoral Column 15 January 2020

Once again we’ve experienced another uncertain weekend with increased fire danger across the Snowy Monaro. There has been plenty of smoke, and sadly the further loss of a number of homes.

Thank you to all our firefighters and emergency service personn...Read on...

Posted on: 18 December, 2019

Christmas is on its way - Mayoral Column 18 December

Congratulations to all the students within the Snowy Monaro region on another successful year.
I’ve had the privilege of attending quite a few end of year presentations, and I’m impressed with the next generation of Australians coming through the school...Read on...

Posted on: 11 December, 2019

Water restrictions to apply for Bombala, Delegate, Nimmitabel - Mayoral Column 11 December 2019

Residents in Bombala, Delegate and Nimmitabel are reminded that level three water restrictions will apply from midday Saturday 14 December. The restrictions will be introduced as a precautionary measure to ensure these towns have an adequate water supply ...Read on...