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Mayoral Column

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Posted on: 15 May, 2019

Another fantastic Resource and Waste Expo - Mayoral Column 15 May 2019

On Saturday, Council’s Resource and Waste team partnered with community groups and local businesses to stage another successful Resource and Waste Expo. The expo focussed on the 5Rs of zero waste – refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

Held every tw...Read on...

Posted on: 8 May, 2019

Locals recognised for Red Shield Appeal efforts – Mayoral Column 8 May 2019

The Snowy Monaro is home to many hardworking volunteers. Throughout May, these individuals will be proudly holding the coin buckets aloft as they collect for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.

Last Friday, the Red Shield Appeal for our region was...Read on...

Posted on: 1 May, 2019

Snowy Monaro region pauses to commemorate ANZAC Day - Mayoral Column 1 May 2019

ANZAC Day commemorations were held across the Snowy Monaro to honour the men and women who have served their nation. At dawn and morning services we paused to remember the sacrifices of those who never returned home.

I attended the morning service in ...Read on...

Posted on: 24 April, 2019

Another spectacular Lake Light Sculptures event - Mayoral Column 24 April 2019

Locals and visitors flocked to the Jindabyne Lake Light Sculpture event over the Easter long weekend. Held along the Lake Jindabyne foreshore, Lake Light has become one of our region’s showpiece events.

I had the privilege of presenting the Council sp...Read on...

Posted on: 17 April, 2019

Long weekend events set to attract thousands - Mayoral Column 17 April 2019

Last week, the Snowy Monaro Youth Awards were held to celebrate the achievements of young people in our region. The awards night was a wonderful occasion with around 160 people in attendance.

I had the honour of presenting the Mayor’s Award for Overal...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2019

Internationally acclaimed authors visit Cooma Library - Mayoral Column Wednesday 10 April 2019

Our region has a strong connection with the Polish community. This has been achieved through the contributions of Polish workers to the Snowy Mountains Scheme and the exploration of Edmund Strzelecki.

On the weekend, our Polish friends visited the reg...Read on...

Posted on: 3 April, 2019

So much on offer for National Youth Week in the Snowy Monaro - Mayoral Column 3 April 2019

Two of the Snowy Monaro’s smaller schools are celebrating big milestones with the Adaminaby and Nimmitabel Public Schools marking 150 years of education.

Despite the weekend’s cooler conditions, the Nimmitabel community came together to celebrate the ...Read on...

Posted on: 27 March, 2019

Nimmitabel gets their Nimmity Bell - Mayoral Column 27 March 2019

Congratulations to re-elected Member for Monaro John Barilaro. John is a strong advocate for the Snowy Monaro region and I look forward to continuing to work with him to deliver for our region. Congratulations also to Gladys Berejiklian, the first elected...Read on...

Posted on: 20 March, 2019

Cooma Multicultural Festival a huge success - Mayoral Column 20 March 2019

There was a great turnout for the Cooma Multicultural Festival on Sunday with our community coming together to celebrate and embrace the many wonderful cultures here in the Snowy Monaro.

The festival showcased a wonderful array of international perfor...Read on...

Posted on: 13 March, 2019

Council to attached Bombala Show - Mayoral Column 13 March 2019

Another fantastic local show was held last weekend. The Cooma Show attracted a large crowd with families enjoying the pavilion exhibits, rides, entertainment and to conclude the show, a fireworks display.

Well done to the Cooma Pastoral and Agricultur...Read on...

Posted on: 6 March, 2019

Showtime in the Snowy Monaro - Mayoral Column 6 March 2019

Local show season is well and truly upon us, with the Delegate and Dalgety Shows were held over the weekend.

I enjoyed my time at the Delegate Show, getting to know more locals, and taking in the very best of rural life. I also had the pleasure of pre...Read on...

Posted on: 26 February, 2019

More exciting announcements for the Snowy Monaro - Mayoral Column 27 February 2019

What a busy week it has been! We have seen important funding announcements for our region, a major step taken in the Snowy 2.0 project, and an Ordinary Council Meeting held last Thursday.

On Saturday, our local member John Barilaro announced the exciti...Read on...

Posted on: 20 February, 2019

Flowing Festival makes a splash - Mayoral Column 20 February 2019

I am continually impressed with our region’s ability to host events. One of the best events in the Snowy Monaro is the Lake Jindabyne Flowing Festival.

Banjo Paterson Park was definitely the place to be on the weekend as thousands turned out for the F...Read on...

Posted on: 20 February, 2019

International delegation visits the Snowy Monaro - Mayoral Column 13 February 2019

It has certainly been a busy start to the week with an important announcement made on the future of Snowy 2.0.

The State Government has granted planning approval for Snowy 2.0 exploratory works, a significant step in the progression of this project. ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 February, 2019

Billy Kart Derby success, Council meeting wrap up - Mayoral Column 23 January 2019

It was a wonderful weekend in Cooma for the 2019 instalment of the Monaro Billy Kart Derby. The annual derby has quickly become one of the most exciting events in our region.

Held at the Cooma Showground on Sunday, the derby saw competitors of all age...Read on...

Media Releases

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Posted on: 6 May, 2019

African Lovegrass Management Plan workshops


Council will be hosting African Lovegrass Management Plan workshops over the coming weeks at various locations throughout the region.

JINDABYNE: 5pm – 7pm 9 May, Snowy River Health Centre meeting roomCOOMA: 5pm - 7pm 14 May, Cooma Library
BERRIDALE: 5pm - 7pm 15 May, Berridale Council ChambersBOMBALA: 4:30pm - 6:30pm 21 May, Bombala Library
NIMMITA...Read on...

Your Say Snowy Monaro site...
Posted on: 24 April, 2019

Public exhibition of Draft 2020 Operational Plan

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is seeking feedback on its Draft 2020 Operational Plan, Draft 2020 Revenue Policy and Draft 2020 Fees and Charges.

The documents were placed on public exhibition on Friday 26 April and feedback will be accepted until 12pm Thursday 23 May 2019.

Each year, Council reviews its Operational Plan. The plan sets out the priorities, direction and expected levels of service...Read on...

Click here to find copies of each document
Posted on: 23 April, 2019

Proposed re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Areas

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is encouraging the community to have their say on the proposed re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Areas in Cooma and Jindabyne.

At its Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday 17 May, Council resolved to commence a 30-day public consultation process to provide residents with an opportunity to submit feedback on the proposal.

It is proposed that:
• Alcohol Free Zones (roads, stre...Read on...

Further information on the proposal
Posted on: 17 April, 2019

Latest round of donation, sponsorship requests now open


Applications are open for the latest round of Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s donation and sponsorship program.

Submissions for donations and sponsorship requests for July to December 2019 will open on Tuesday 23 April and close 5pm Friday 24 May 2019.

To make a submission, community groups and/or individuals can complete the application form for donations and s...Read on...

Application forms and further info
Posted on: 23 April, 2019

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Inclusion Action Committee

Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to invite nominations for its Inclusion Action Committee.

The Inclusion Action Committee will:
- Enrich the delivery of Council's Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021- Provide strategic advice and guidance to Council and Council Officers to support an increasingly liveable and inclusive Snowy Mon...Read on...

Nomination Form...
Posted on: 17 April, 2019

Youth awards celebrate the region’s young people

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Young people in the region have been recognised for their contributions to the community at the annual Snowy Monaro Youth Awards.

The 2019 Youth Awards showcased the achievements of young people in the Snowy Monaro. Held during National Youth Week, the awards honoured young people aged 12 to 24 years-of-age.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Youth Development Officer Mel Sass commend...Read on...

Posted on: 10 April, 2019

Help when disaster strikes - Become a Red Cross volunteer

Become a Red Cross volunteer and support your community. At the time of the event, and long after an event has happened Red Cross is there supporting community.

Come to our free one-day training course and learn how to help your local community in times of disaster, such as floods, bushfire or storm events. You’ll learn how Red Cross helps during a disaster, gain hands-on skills and get to meet like-minded people...Read on...

Posted on: 3 April, 2019

NOTICE: African Lovegrass to be sprayed at Mt Gladstone bike track

Mt Gladstone bike track users are advised that weed spraying will take place between Monday 8 April and Friday 12 April.

Signage will be erected at both the carpark and the top of the bike track in accordance with our Pesticide Notification Plan.

The track will not be closed and can be used during this period. Riders will be able to clearly see which areas have been tre...Read on...

Posted on: 3 April, 2019

Business success to be recognised

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Businesses are being encouraged to celebrate their contribution to the region with nominations open for the 2019 Snowy Monaro Business Awards.

Launched last year, the awards program showcases the important role local businesses play in strengthening the region’s economy.

Nominations opened on Monday, April 1 and will be accepted until Monday 6 May. Nominations may be submitted by the link bel...Read on...

Nomination now...
Posted on: 2 April, 2019

Resource and Waste Expo to showcase the 5Rs

In further efforts to help Snowy Monaro residents improve their recycling, Council is encouraging locals to head along to this year’s Resource and Waste Expo.

The Expo is a family-friendly event with activities, demonstrations and entertainment designed to teach all ages about the 5Rs of recycling. The 5Rs are: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

Held at the Jindabyne Memorial Hall between 10am-3pm, the ...Read on...

Posted on: 28 March, 2019

Cooma water quality update

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to advise that the Cooma water supply continues to comply with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The quality of the town’s water supply is expected to improve within the next week.

If the current water quality of the Murrumbidgee River remains as is, it is anticipated the taste and odour issues in the water supply will subside.

The change in...Read on...

Posted on: 27 March, 2019

Autumn Aerial Spraying Program - Autumn Grassy Weed Control

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Autumn is here again and Council is supporting landholders by coordinating works for those interested in having remote inaccessible infestations of Serrated Tussock or African Lovegrass sprayed by helicopter.

Please contact Councils Biosecurity Officer Jean-Monique Hawkins to register your interest. Email to attention Jean-Monique Hawkins.

Posted on: 19 March, 2019

Snowy Mountains Quilters’ generous donation


The Quilters and Craft Group has donated $2000 worth of pressure releasing cushions to the Hostel.

The Snowy Mountains Quilters and Craft group is well known for their generosity.

Each year, the group produces a beautiful quilt that they raffle off to raise funds for a local cause.

The most recent recipients of the group’s hard work are the res...Read on...

Posted on: 18 March, 2019

Water quality update for Cooma residents

Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to advise Cooma residents that they will notice an earthy taste and odour in their water supply.

Following flash flooding last week, water quality of the Murrumbidgee River has been adversely affected.

The NSW Department of Health has been notified and water samples will be sent for independent testing to ensure water quality objectives are met.
...Read on...

Posted on: 13 March, 2019

Sod-turning ceremony for Bombala amenities building

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Construction of the Bombala amenities building is expected to commence before the end of the month following a sod-turning ceremony on Monday.

Snowy Monaro Regional Councillors joined community members, Council staff, and the company constructing the amenities building, Full On Constructions, at the site in Bombala’s CBD.

The project will provide public toilets in Bombala’ main thoroughfare, ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 March, 2019

Model Code of Conduct and Draft Code of Meeting Practice on public exhibition

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has placed on public exhibition its Model Code of Conduct and its Draft Code of Meeting Practice.

Both documents are on public exhibition for 28-days until 5pm Thursday 4 April 2019.
Feedback will be accepted on the Model Code of Conduct until 5pm Thursday 4 April, while submissions for the Draft Code of Meeting Practice will be accepted until Thurs...Read on...

Your Say Snowy Monaro site
Posted on: 6 March, 2019

Call for stakeholder registration fibre supplier operations

Sustainability is at the core of Visy operations. Visy supports responsible forest management by having a policy of sourcing from fibre suppliers whose wood and wood products are environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable.

In 2019, Visy plans to source fibre from Softwood Plantations throughout NSW, VIC and the ACT (including Snowy Valleys Shire, Greater Hume Council, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Shire, Bathurst Regional Council, Queanbeyan-P...Read on...

Register your interest here:
Posted on: 6 March, 2019


In pursuance of the provisions of the Roads Act 1993, notice is hereby given that Snowy Monaro Regional Council proposes to close the Council public road listed in Schedule 1.

Schedule 1:
Comprises Council public road, being part through Lot 22 DP 750568 and through Lot 63 DP 750568 at Bunyan, Parish of Woolumla and County of Beresford. The road closure will be done in conjunction with the road opening to legalise the existing...Read on...

Posted on: 27 February, 2019

Centennial Park playground construction well underway

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Where in the region can you now find a sky tower and a mammoth swing? Look no further than Cooma’s Centennial Park playground.

The playground is currently being upgraded, and once complete, will become one of the Snowy Monaro’s most visited recreational facilities.

Last Friday, passers-by would have noticed a crane moving the playground’s feature item, the sky tower, into plac...Read on...

Posted on: 26 February, 2019

Cooma’s learner bike track to help children ride safely

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is excited to open feedback for the proposed learner bike track at Cooma’s Nijong Oval sporting precinct.

The proposed learner bike track is set to become one of the region’s favourite family attractions. The track is set to be delivered through the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program.

The Snowy Monaro has an active cycling community. The bike...Read on...

Your Say Snowy Monaro site...
Posted on: 19 February, 2019

It's play time in the Snowy Monaro

Upgraded playgrounds in Adaminaby and Berridale are being enjoyed by families, eager to make use of the enhanced recreational spaces.

Both playgrounds were officially opened last week with Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney and Councillor Rogan Corbett joining school children for the occasion.

The Berridale Playground is home to a number of exciting pieces of equipment. ...Read on...

Posted on: 11 February, 2019

Upgrades commence for Cooma North playground

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The upgraded Cooma North playground is a step closer to completion with construction commencing on Monday February 11.

Following feedback from the community, a number of additional features will be added to the playground. These additions have been made possible through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

• Addition of an accessible concrete path, linking the exist...Read on...

Posted on: 16 January, 2019

Removal of Elm trees on corner of Amos, Massie Streets Cooma

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Council has resolved to remove six Elm trees located on the corner of Amos, Massie Streets in Cooma. Council resolved to remove the trees on Council land at its Thursday, August 2 Ordinary Council Meeting.

The decision to remove the trees followed a submission from the adjacent landowner that the trees are causing structural damage to an existing building.

Council resolved to share the costs of removing the trees located on the Council’s land and the adj...Read on...

Posted on: 14 January, 2019

Centennial Park playground upgrade set to commence


As part of the rollout of the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program, one of the region’s busiest playgrounds is set for an upgrade.

Work will begin at the end of the month to enhance Cooma’s Centennial Park playground with the new play equipment to ensure the recreational space is a favourite amongst children.

Construction is set to commence on Tuesday 29 January, and the playgroun...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: 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: 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: 15 August, 2018

Upgraded Bombala Playground a step closer to completion


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: 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: 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...

Your Say Snowy Monaro site...
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


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...

More information can be found at...
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...