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editorial Welcome to this week’s editorial, When you think it isn’t possible for the opinion polls on the Mayor and most of her Councillors to fall any Vol 16 September 15th 2017 lower.. they do.2019 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 This week has seen the revelaAon that Council staff have used ratepayer contact informaAon stored on Council servers to inAmidate and threaten for their own private purposes. So much so that a formal complaint was even lodged with the police. But will there be any acAon against the council staff member? … we will never know as it is deemed ‘confidenAal’. So confidenAal in fact that for over a year the General Manager and her staff have even failed to advise the councillors of this serious privacy breach. This week we also learn that Council elecAons have been officially deferred unAl September 2021 which means that our present councillors will remain on, unchallenged for another 15 months. With such long term employment it is small wonder that next week will see them considering if councillors should receive superannuaAon on top of their aGendance fees. The Mayor also remains unchallenged as she is the ‘popularly’ elected mayor, and, unlike Bega Shire for example, remains mayor for the whole for year period of tenure. In Bega they do not have a popularly elected mayor requiring their councillors to re-elect a new mayor each year from their number. The fact that our Mayor is considered a ‘Popularly Elected Mayor’ is in conflict with the opinion polls that indicate that she has fallen from popularity across the shire as a consequence of the conAnued secrecy and subterfuge around most Council maGers and the Mackay Park project that has taken on a disAnct odour of sAnking fish and pork as a result of the revelaAons of the NSW State Government Arts Rort that saw the proposed Arts centre announced as the recipient of an $8m Regional Cultural Fund grant before the Grant Round had even opened. Adding to the plummet in trust and reputaAon held by the community of Council will be the inevitable decision next week by Councillors to endorse the General Manager’s intent to raise rates by 2.6% The Council meeAng, the first in a month and the second in 11 weeks, will be held via Zoom. Can Council slip any further into disrepute? All we need do is wait and see. UnAl next—Lei www.southcoastps.com.au/property?property_id=568541 Beagle Editor…….. Lei Parker 0405100257 All Enquiries please email beagleweeklynews@gmail.com PO Box 3029 Tuross Head, NSW 2537 Copyright © South Coast Beagle Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. The Beagle Weekly is owned by SOUTH COAST BEAGLE PTY. LTD.

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OUT NOW—the latest Beagle Abode : your Volonline 16 September 15th 2017 weekly 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 Eurobodalla real estate guide This week saw the launch of the beagle abode, an online weekly Eurobodalla real estate guide showcasing the current Eurobodalla market and our independent realtors. As local printed newspapers journey into history, so too will the weekly glossy real estate inserts they typically carry. In launching the new plaSorm under the South Coast Beagle Pty Ltd banner, Lei Parker, director, editor and owner said "It is important that our local independent agencies are able to bring to the market their properAes in an affordable manner. The beagle abode is the new addiAon to the South Coast Beagle that owns The Beagle and the South Coast Travel Guide: The Nature Coast of NSW : from Durras to The Tilbas The Beagle Abode has been established to provide that service while also providing our readers with a glossy overview of latest properAes on the market each week. You can find Beagle Abode on the Beagle website under REAL ESTATE The latest Beagle Abode lisAngs are also available each week as a FlipBook on the website and also distributed to readers via our social media pages and our twice weekly mailouts.

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Compe**on: Name the new Batemans Bay Regional Aqua*c, Arts and Leisure Vol 16 September 15th 2017 Centre 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 Eurobodalla Council is now seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced respondents to work with the Council to develop a brand, logo and corporate idenAty for the new Batemans Bay Regional AquaAc, Arts and Leisure Centre. The acronym of BBRAALC doesn't role off the tongue so it will be interesAng to see what they might come up with keeping in mind that their most recent naming experience turned out to be a bit of a disaster.

The Porky Heffalump ????

In rebadging the Eurobodalla away from #unspoilt and The Nature Coast the Council moved towards #allkindsofwonderful only to find that they had been beaten at the post by Gippsland who launched the slogan weeks ahead of Council's big reveal. So back to the drawing board to come up with #allkindsofnatural In Moruya we have the Basil Sellers ExhibiAon Centre named aWer the patron of the facility, Mr Basil Sellers. Council like to call it The Bas. There are many sAll among us who can remember the rebadging of the Eurobodalla Council many years ago, going from a tradiAonal coat of arms to what became referred to by Council staff as the "Road to nowhere", accompanied by its own Style Guide Council are now puXng it out there for "expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced respondents" to name the new Batemans Bay Regional AquaAc, Arts and Leisure Centre and come up with something that will roll off the tongue and give a sense of pride, ownership and belonging. It is unknown if there are businesses out there that specialise in naming of public buildings and deem themselves "suitably qualified and experienced respondents". The local member for Bega, Andrew Constance, does have experience at naming things such as ferries so it might be expected, as he contributed to the bulk of the funding for the Batemans Bay Regional AquaAc, Arts and Leisure Centre that he be on the selecAon panel. The naming of The Bas came about thanks to a generous donaAon of $300,000 toward the project from internaAonal arts philanthropist Basil Sellers. Possibly we might find that the name of the new facility will pay tribute to a philanthropist patron such as Edwin "Ted" Street and his wife Daisy who giWed Batemans Bay their 50m swimming pool, soon to be demolished for the new centre. The Beagle launches the Name that Edifice compeAAon, an open compeAAon that includes the whole community and not just the "suitably qualified and experienced respondents". To Enter: Submit your suggested name and logo for the new Batemans Bay Regional AquaAc, Arts and Leisure Centre by email to beagleweeklynews@gmail.com. Entries close July 1st, 2020 The winning entry will receive a $50 voucher at Moruya Books. beagle weekly : Vol 160 June 19th 2020



Two charged with bushfirerelated fraud – South Coast Two people have been charged following an Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 invesAgaAon into bushfire-related fraud on the state’s Vol 48 2018 111April July 27th 12th 2019 South Coast. In March 2020, detecAves from South Coast Police District commenced an invesAgaAon into a group of people suspected of fraudulently obtaining bushfire assistance payments from a number of chariAes. Following extensive inquiries, police executed two search warrants at homes in Surf Beach about 8am today (Thursday 18 June 2020). Officers located and seized documents for examinaAon. A 47-year-old man and 38-year-old woman were arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police StaAon. The woman was charged with five counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by decepAon. The man was charged with two counts of dishonesty obtain financial advantage by decepAon. Both were refused bail and are due to face Wollongong Local Court via AVL tomorrow (Friday 19 June 2020). Police will allege the group claimed in excess of $10,000 from these chariAes and made further aGempts to claim an addiAonal $20,000. South Coast Police District Crime Manager, DetecAve Inspector ScoG Nelson said the arrests are the culminaAon of great work by local police. “Our South Coast community has been devastated in recent months, and this type of crime – preying on vulnerable members of the community and abusing the good will of others – is absolutely abhorrent,” DetecAve Inspector Nelson said. “We will conAnue to invesAgate bushfire-related crime and take acAon against those who choose to do the wrong thing.” InvesAgaAons are conAnuing.

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Council to consider offering a grant up to $1000 to cover DA fees for fire destroyed homes Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Recent weeks have seen a public outcry from fire affected Eurobodalla property owners at the revelaAon that Council offered no dispensaAon on Development ApplicaAon fees for new buildings under recovery. Next week's Council meeAng reveals the intenAon to recommend that Council allocate $200,000 from the Disaster Recovery Funding – Commonwealth Government, Councils Affected by Bushfires, to assist significantly impacted ratepayers, as categorised by the NSW Government, with Development ApplicaAon fees. The details suggest that eligible ratepayers can submit an applicaAon through the Eurobodalla Disaster Relief Fund for up to $1,000 to assist with Development ApplicaAon fees if they owned the subject property during the bushfires. The plane, if adopted, will mean that grant applicaAons will be accepted for a period of two years from 1 July 2020 or unAl funds are uAlised, noAng that ratepayers could apply retrospecAvely. The report to councillors says that the aim of the moAon is to further support those members of the community who have been significantly impacted by the bushfires, to speed up the recovery efforts and to help the rebuild. The report offers that the NSW Government has idenAfied 711 properAes that were significantly impacted in Eurobodalla. This mo*on, if adopted, is to assist those ratepayers who have been significantly impacted by the bushfires with a grant of up to $1,000 to assist with Development Applica*on fees. It is anAcipated that affected ratepayers would apply for this grant at lodgement of their Development ApplicaAon. It is also recommended that the applicaAons be open for a period of two years from 1 July 2020 or unAl the fund is fully uAlised. Council has already received 67 Development ApplicaAons. These applicants could apply retrospecAvely, provided they are one of the 711 properAes idenAfied by NSW Government. To date, the NSW Government has provided financial assistance, via Council, to ratepayers who have commenced the rebuilding process by waiving of Planning NSW fees, Long Service Levy fees and Bushfire AGack Level CerAficates. Currently the Development Fee and Consent AdverAsing Fee are payable by the applicant. The DA fee won't be paid, as such by Council or ratepayers but instead funds set aside funds from the Disaster Recovery Funding – Commonwealth Government, Councils Affected by Bushfires, for emerging issues. The report to be presented to councillors at the next ordinary meeAng of Council says that "this is an issue that Council needs to address by allocaAng $200,000 of the money to assist current property owners of the significantly impacted properAes to rebuild their homes." In a media release issued June 17th Mayor Liz Innes has said “In an effort to assist the building industry, it is also proposed that S94 and S64 contribuAons, which go toward the cost of Council infrastructure associated with development, be deferred to later in the process.” beagle weekly : Vol 160 June 19th 2020



Moruya RSL meets spread out MORUYA Returned Soldiers League met for the first Ame since February, as usual the Memorial Hall on Tuesday aWernoon but in the Hall itself where Vol 16 in September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 111 Julyroom 12th 2018 2019 there was to spread out and keep social distancing. As another mark of the situaAon members had their temperatures taken, with all returning saAsfactory results. Eighteen members were there, not much less than the usual monthly meeAngs. President Kevin SeGer was in the chair, but didn’t have much to report. He did give an outline of improvements made to the hall, in parAcular the kitchen, since the February meeAng. Members were told that Rose Bay RSL had contacted the sub-branch offering donaAons of up to $1000 to any member who had been affected by the bushfires. Some members had benefited. There was some discussion about possible events later this year to make up for the diminished Anzac Day acAviAes, but no decisions were made.

Bay CBD graffi* South Coast Police District report: Batemans Bay Police are seeking community informaAon in relaAon to graffiA vandalism that occurred to public toilets in Clyde Street, Batemans Bay (near the North Street intersecAon). The incident (below) happened someAme during the evening Tuesday 16 June, early morning Wednesday 17 June 2020. The building is a Eurobodalla Shire Council facility and had just been repainted. Anyone with informaAon is asked to call Batemans Bay Police on 44720099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000. Above Right: Tomakin also suffered at the hands of vandals

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community Narooma locals say receiving leGers of support from Brisbane kids aWer the summer bushfires was just as important as the donaAon from their generous parish. The South Coast Vinnies members were overwhelmed to Vol 16 September 15th 2017 receive over 220 messages from Queen of Apostles school 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 in Stafford and $20,000 from parishioners. The President of the St Vincent de Paul Society Narooma conference, ChrisAne Huntsdale, said the community had tears in their eyes reading the kids’ cards. “There were all these lovely liGle messages like ‘You used to be strong, you can be strong again’ and ‘You’re awesome’,” ChrisAne said. “And all of these wonderful drawings for children of families who had lost their homes or been affected by the fires. In one way the leGers and cards were as exciAng as the money because it meant people ‘up north’ could be there for people ‘down south’.” Narooma covers a large area of the coast and hinterland including the small town of Cobargo that was hit hard by the summer fires. In the northern Brisbane suburb of Stafford, it was parish priest Fr Denis Scanlan and Alison Golden, president of the St Vincent de Paul Society Stafford Conference, who organised the fundraising. “Our parish raised an impressive $20,000 over one weekend of Masses, the highest ever for an appeal,” Fr Denis said. At Narooma, ChrisAne recalls the “call out of the blue” from Brisbane. “This lady said, ‘You don’t know me but we’ve heard about what you are going through and we want to help’,” ChrisAne said. “And then she told me they’d raised all this money. “I was astonished. You can’t find words to express that a whole bunch of people have thought about you. They don’t know you and are a long way away, but they care so much and are giving what they can.” ChrisAne did not tell her fellow Vinnies members about the generous giW. She leW that to Alison, who phoned in to a Narooma Conference meeAng with the news. “All the VincenAans were cheering,” ChrisAne said. Vinnies Narooma Conference president ChrisAne Huntsdale with Secretary Bill Clark

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Vinnies Narooma Conference president Chris(ne Huntsdale with Secretary Bill Clark



Make a date with waste calendar The 2020-21 Household Waste and Recycling Calendar is currently being delivered to households across the shire.

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The handy calendar is the perfect size for your fridge or message-board. The calendar lists all the important collecAon dates; including bin-collecAon, hard-waste and chemical drop-offs dates on the front, and a useful A-to-Z of waste types and how to manage them on the back. This year, only the calendar will be delivered to your door. Last year’s informaAon booklet hasn’t changed and remains current. To download a copy of the booklet, visit hGps://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/council-services/water-wasterecycling/waste. To request a copy of the 2020 calendar or to discuss waste and recycling with Council’s friendly waste services team, call 4474 1024.

CreaAve Arts Batemans Bay (CABBI) aWer recovering from the fires, storm damage and the coronavirus shutdown, have renovated the Gallery Mogo ready for the Exhibi*on opening at 5.00pm on Friday the 19 June2020 at The Gallery 2/52 Stanley Street Mogo. The Gallery Mogo is a CABBI venture, that is open to local and regional visual art and craW pracAAoners. All CABBI sponsors, members and the general public are invited to join in a celebraAon of our local visual arAsts, with an exhibiAon that features Judy Lawler, a 3D arAst and painter.

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New poll finds majority of Eden-Monaro electors back call for major funding boost to the aged care system Vol 16 September 15th 2017 More than eight of ten people in the Eden-Monaro region want the Federal Government to provide 28 December 7th,out 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

the aged care system with more funding, according to a new poll.

The poll is part of a new campaign, Fight for BeGer Aged Care, being launched in the region this week to raise awareness of Australia’s broken aged care system and to improve the quality of life for thousands of older Australians. Pat Garcia, CEO of Catholic Health Australia, which is behind the Fight For BeGer Aged Care campaign, said it was high Ame that all poliAcal parAes and candidates stood up for older Australians and demanded an urgent funding injecAon. "Older Australians are being let down across the Eden-Monaro region because the aged sector is operaAng on life support. Funding has not kept up with demand or with what older Australians deserve at this Ame in their lives, and costs are rising faster than funding,” said Mr Garcia. "It's Ame to change that and we need the support of everyone living in the region. Those of you with parents in homes who see the condiAons too many people live in, carers who are desperately waiAng for support, and all of us who will one day need care and to be treated with dignity. Our polling shows there is overwhelming support to fix our aged care system and for it to be properly funded. It's Ame to call on our poliAcians at this criAcal Ame and put aged care on the poliAcal map." The uComms survey conducted solely in the Eden-Monaro region asked nearly 700 people if the government should provide the aged care system with more funding. More than eighty percent agreed with the need for more funding, with just five per cent disagreeing. There was even more support for people aged 51-65 with around 85 per cent backing a funding injecAon for the aged care sector. Gerard Hayes, Secretary of the Health Services Union which represents thousands of workers in the aged care sector, has also backed the campaign. “We already knew how short-changed our aged care homes are but COVID-19 has seriously sharpened the focus. Older Australians built this country. They gave us the prosperity and fairness that make Australia such an excellent place to live. We owe it to them to properly fund aged care, so they can enjoy dignity and comfort in reArement,” said Mr Hayes. Data shows that almost 70 per cent of aged care homes in rural regional NSW are in danger of closing because of severe funding shortages. Around 1,200 older people who have been assessed as needing home care support are either receiving no services or are receiving fewer services than their assessed need. The awareness campaign calling for Australians to take the pledge to Fight For BeGer Aged Care has been backed by aged care providers across the region. People in the Eden-Monaro area are also being urged to write to their candidates in the upcoming by-elecAon and share their support of the Fight For BeGer Aged Care campaign on social media.

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What’s your Plan B? In NSW, drink driving plays a part in about one of every seven crashes where someone dies. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Eurobodalla Council’s road safety officer Kate McDougall said the rules around drink driving were clear but with pandemic restricAons easing and favourite watering holes opening up, now was the perfect Ame for motorists to brush up. “For example, NSW has three blood alcohol concentraAon limits – zero, under 0.02 and under 0.05,” Ms McDougall said. “Since May 2019 drink driving can result in the immediate suspension of your licence – even if it’s a first-Ame or low Above: Eurobodalla Council’s road safety officer -range offence. Do you know which limit applies to you?” Kate McDougall with Transport for NSW’s Glenda Castles helping 2019 Red Hot Summer Tour patrons Ms McDougall said Eurobodallans had unAl 21 June to check blood alcohol levels. test their knowledge of NSW’s road rules regarding alcohol. “Transport for NSW are running their Plan B road safety quiz,” she said. “It’s not only a fun way to test your understanding of the rules around alcohol and driving, but there are $50 supermarket giW cards to be won.” To complete the Plan B road safety quiz, visit hGps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLANBQUIZ5. For more informaAon about road safety educaAon in Eurobodalla, including an online presentaAon for senior drivers, visit hGps://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/council-services/works/road-safety.

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NSW Police are urging the community to have a plan and stay ‘Snow Safe’ as the 2020 ski season commences next week. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 The official NSW snow 28 December 7th, 2017season begins next Monday (22 June 2020), with ski resorts opening throughout Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

the week and enacAng their ‘COVIDsafe’ plans.

AddiAonal police will be deployed to the Snowy Mountains region from across the state as part of the high -visibility police operaAon. Visitors can expect to see officers from General DuAes, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Southern Region Enforcement Squad, licensing police and other specialist officers – including trained Alpine Operators – throughout the season. Regional NSW Field OperaAons, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys APM, said visitors to the area can expect to see a different kind of snow season in 2020. “The populaAon of our snowfields and surrounding towns increases exponenAally during winter, and for local police, community safety is always the number one priority,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said. “This year we have the added complexiAes of COVID-19, and we are working closely with the ski resorts and our partner agencies to ensure the safety of the community. “Police will conAnue to patrol these areas to ensure compliance and we ask the public to conAnue to adhere to restricAons and ensure they observe physical distancing guidelines.” Southern Region Commander, AcAng Assistant Commissioner Greg Moore APM, said police will be out in force to ensure the safety of the community. “People can expect to see police out and about throughout the season targeAng road safety, alcohol-related crime, anAsocial behaviour and personal safety,” AcAng Assistant Commissioner Moore said. “We will have addiAonal staff seconded to Jindabyne from other police districts who will support the work of our local police, and other units such as Highway Patrol, the Dog Squad and the Region Enforcement Squad. “Our priority is to keep people safe – on the slopes, roads, licensed venues and out and about in the alpine region. Snowfield condiAons can be difficult to navigate so we’d like to remind everyone to prioriAse safety on your journey – pay close aGenAon to the roads, don’t get distracted and slow down.” Further informaAon on driving in snowfield condiAons can be found by visiAng the Centre for Road Safety website: hGps://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/index.html For general snow safety Aps when visiAng alpine regions, as well as useful links you can access: hGp://snowsafe.org.au/

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Council admits it s*ll holds Raindance funds from 2018 "for use in future projects" InVol November 2018 Council hosted Eurobodalla’s biggest drought fundraiser, the Eurobodalla 16 September 15thEurobodalla 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 Raindance. 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 Three big events were held simultaneously at golf clubs in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma, with 100 per cent of proceeds – including all Acket sales – going to farmers baGling the drought. “The grass may be green aWer the small amount of rain we’ve had, but our farmers are finding it tough, and will conAnue to find it tough for some Ame even aWer the drought has broken,” she said. “Locally, the price of feed for stock is sky-high, water stores are low or non-existent, and many farmers have been forced to destock their land in low market condiAons, having a huge impact on farm income. “The Eurobodalla Raindance is about showing our support and doing everything we can to help our brothers and sisters in need.” 450 people aGended - in all Council raise $44,000 At its meeAng on 11 December 2018 the Council endorsed 75% of the funds raised to be transferred to Cobar Shire Council for distribuAon through its determined governance process and a further report detailing the governance process for the distribuAon of funds to Eurobodalla farmers’. In February 2019 Council set in place the Terms of Reference - Drought Relief Community Steering CommiGee to determine the most effecAve governance process for the distribuAon of the remaining funds to Eurobodalla farmers affected by the drought to enable an Expression of Interest process to commence to establish the Eurobodalla Drought Relief Community Steering CommiGee. The Council advised that the commiGee would have a key role in determining the most effecAve governance process for the distribuAon of the remaining funds from Eurobodalla Raindance saying "The role of the commiGee will be to provide advice to Council on the most effecAve governance process and assist in the selecAon of funding recipients for Council endorsement." That was the last we heard. Was a commiGee formed? We don't know. What we do know is that in the last Annual Report it was reported that $33,000 from the Raindance fundraiser was dispatched to Cobar Council. This leaves a residue of $11,000 that has been siXng in the Council bank account for 18 months. While the Shire was conAnually impacted by the drought through 2019 and remains so the 25% of funds raised in Raindance HAVE NOT been distributed. This makes a mockery of the Terms of Reference that states: Tenure of the Commi4ee The tenure of the Steering Commi4ee will coincide with the distribu(on of the funds in the first instance. It is noted that the commi4ee could be extended should the drought con(nue during 2019. So where are the Raindance funds? A Council spokesperson has responded today June 17th 2020 advising: “We have $11,025.00 remaining from the Raindance fundraiser. These funds are restricted for use in future projects that support the shire’s farmers as we move into our fourth year of drought.” On June 3rd, 2020, the Mayor told Sophie Longden of ABC South East ((me stamp 12:38) that she was "geXng more and more disappointed with Red Cross" in regard to their "holding of funds donated by people for bushfire relief" saying "It has to stop, and I think we all, as a community, need to put more pressure on them to get that money out, get it out now".

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Drainage and safety the focus for Riverside Drive Vol 16 September 15th 2017 upgrade 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 Stormwater drainage and road safety will be the focus of work to further improve Narooma’s Riverside Drive. Eurobodalla Council will rebuild a 450 metre secAon of the road, from the southern end of the skate park toward the Princes Highway, from Monday 29 June. Council’s infrastructure director Warren Sharpe said the northern end of the street was due for a new road surface, kerb and guGer, and stormwater improvements. “The pavement on that secAon of Riverside Drive is patchy and prone to puddles aWer rain,” he said. Mr Sharpe said an addiAonal roundabout would also be built at the intersecAon with Burrawang Street, to “help reduce speeds and improve road safety in the area”. “This secAon of work will Ae in where the last upgrade along Riverside Drive finished off.” Riverside Drive will be closed to through traffic between the Princes Highway and the Field Street roundabout during the work, which is expected to finish on Friday 14 August – weather permiXng. Nonresidents will need to use Field Street to move between Riverside Drive and the highway. The skate park and shared pathway will remain open.

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community Cobargo's burnt out phone box set to become museum piece The melted phone box that once stood in the centre of Cobargo is now safely within the Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th,Na*onal 2017 Vol 48 2018 collecAon of the Museum of Australia. 111April July 27th 12th 2019 It will be one of the centrepieces of an exhibiAon that will launched in the middle of next year reecAng on 2020 in Australia.


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St Peter’s Bounces Back from Bushfires Vol 16 September 15th 2017 by Heslop 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol Isabella 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Following the devastaAng bushfires, the COVID-19 crisis has only emphasised the suffering felt by those in the Eurobodalla community. However, St Peter’s Anglican College conAnues to rebuild and expand its connecAons with the regional area. On the 31st of December 2019, sAfling smoke surrounded St Peter’s, The New Years Eve Fires ripped through Broulee and the surrounding as flames completely engulfed encompassing bushland. The blaze area. Photo by Isabella Heslop drove the neighbouring community from their homes as it tore through Broulee and the surrounding area, leaving a trail of destrucAon in its wake. The only reason the school was not obliterated was due to the resilient and dedicated families who stayed behind to defend it, including the principal Darren McPartland; ‘When you come this close to a fire of such magnitude, I think the dominant emoAon is fear’ he stated ‘The fire is just so powerful and we realise how powerless we actually are’. Throughout the bushfire season, the school sustained much damage. The administraAon building was disintegrated by the flames, while many of the Junior School classrooms faced irreversible smoke contaminaAon. A temporary office building has now been added to the front of the school while the admin building is being replaced, and all ten junior school classrooms have been enArely refurbished. Unfortunately, the new administraAon building arrived just before the school closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. ConstrucAon wasn’t the only thing to be obliterated. During the clean up over seventy large trucks leW the site full of burnt debris from the school gardens. Since the school has been closed unAl only very recently due to COVID-19, there has been a shortage of students to maintain the gardens, bringing about a swell in the number of community volunteers coming forward to assist in the school's market garden program. Recently, a new market garden stall has been established at the front of the school to enable residents to purchase local produce grown in the school gardens. The community has responded well; one local woman shared: “I live close by, and it’s been a lovely place for me to walk to and visit with my dog and at the same Ame buy some lovely fresh homegrown produce!”. The school landscape gardens have also gained aGenAon with students set to plant over one thousand new trees during the year. Overall, despite the struggles faced by the school over the last several months, St Peter’s Anglican College conAnues to The market garden program has support one another and the neighbouring community. Where assisted the school in connecng there has been destrucAon, there have been enduring with the community. Photos by connecAons to assist everyone through these difficult Ames. Isabella Heslop beagle weekly : Vol 160 June 19th 2020



Family History Corner No 8 By Roy Lupton The next in the series of arAcles by Roy Lupton on family history research Vol 16 September 15th 2017 hGps://www.beagleweekly.com.au/post/family-history-corner-no-8 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Ah, those were the days …. A conductor taking fares and giving out liGle holed Ackets that were immediately made safe in a fob pocket or purse. The days of wearing a hat to town and enjoying a broadsheet newspaper that actually contained more news than adverAsements. Even the wearing of wrist watches is becoming a thing of the past with everyone having a mobile phone to tell the Ame. And look at his lot… not a device to be seen… they may have even spoke to each other beagle weekly : Vol 160 June 19th 2020



Moruya Examiner June 19th 1920 MILK.- Our local suppliers are obtaining the splendid price of 1/- per gallon for milk at the Cheese Factory.

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Hospital a few weeks ago, have returned home vastly improved in health. SUCCESSFUL STUDENT.– At the recent examination held by the Association of Accountants of Australia, our old friend, Mr. H.E. Simpson, we are pleased to note, was a successful candidate FIRE.– On Saturday night last Mr. Nes Christensen, of Bateman’s Bay, had the misfortune to have his milking machine, engine, sheds, bails and shed of hay completely destroyed by fire. Mr. Christensen, who estimates his loss at £200, cannot account for the conflagration, but thinks it way have been caused through rats. The plant and sheds were uninsured. A STURDY AUSTRALIAN.– Whilst playing in a practice match on Sunday Mr. P. J. Feneley of the Forestry Dept., had the misfortune to have his collar bone dislocated. Despite this painful accident, our brave sport, who is evidently fully endowed with the true Australian grit, went to Cobargo and played in the challenge match there on Wednesday. Yesterday however, Mr. Feneley had to go to Narooma, where Drs Birmingham and Lister will replace the bone. We sincerely trust our young friend will have a speedy recovery. FISH OH!- Some enormous hauls of fish have been made lately by our fishermen at Tuross and Coila. Mr. H. Waters, lessee of the local Refrigeration Works, informs us that during the past week 475 baskets were brought in from Tuross. 370 baskets were the result of one haul alone, which included 450 odd Jew fish, their total weight being 4500 lbs. The value of this wonderful catch to the four fishermen was £122 clear of expenses. One man’s work in Coila Lake scoured 40 baskets of mullet. Mr Waters has also in cold storage 40 prime dressed bullocks belonging to Messrs. M. and C. Keating. WEDDING AT BATEMAN’S BAY. A very large congregation assembled at the R.C. Church, Bateman’s Bay on Saturday last at 11.30 a.m. to witness the wedding of Miss Mary Barclay, youngest daughter of Mr. James Barclay, and Mr. Fred Sellick. Both bride and bridegroom are well-known and popular in the district. The bride, is a member of one of our oldest pioneers and the same may be said of the bridegroom. When the war broke out, he joined the A.I.F. and remained at the front till its termination. He gained honours on the field. The bride who was given away by her father, looked charming and was attended by the following bridesmaids, viz., Misses F. Barclay, Dorrie Ryan, Annie Thomsen, Olga Thomsen, Thelma Thomsen. Mr Arch Barclay attended as best man. The Parish Priest, Father O’Sullivan officiated. The wedding march was played by Miss Keating (organ) and Miss Hilda Higgins (violin). After the ceremony, the party motored to “Blandford House” where a reception was held…. We were not able to obtain a list of the presents, but we are told it was a good one. MINES.-In connection with the reports from the South Coast of supposed floating mines off the Coast, the opinion is that they were not mines, but floating drums sighted by passing shipping. A resident of Narooma, on the South Coast stated that during recent operations for locating the sunken danger struck by the seamer Anghinish, off Montague Island, several drums, with lines attached, were used for draging purposes, and they having drifted off the Coast, have been mistaken for floating mines.

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Gadfly 116 By Robert Macklin Labor Leader Anthony Albanese is playing a dangerous game with his complaints about the government’s delay of the referendum for Aboriginal constitutional recognition. If he’s not Vol 16 September 15th 2017 careful, PM Scott Morrison 28 December 7th, 2017 might take him seriously. That would be a disaster all round. Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 Something profound has changed since the presentation of the original Uluru Statement from the Heart called for a Voice, a Treaty and a ‘Makkarata’ or Truth-telling commission in that order. The younger generation of Aboriginal activists – where a cohort of very bright, articulate Aboriginal women have taken an increasingly public role – have realised that the timing was back to front. The ‘big men’ guiding that original order had no taste for the massacre and poison stories that pictured their recent ancestors as primitive victims of the whitefellas’ guns. They had come a long way since then. They hated the idea that they were victims seeking recompense. They wanted to be seen as equals negotiating the right to have their 60,000 years of occupation appropriately recognised. So Voice first, Makkarata later. It was an understandable position. But the whitefella politicians didn’t see it that way - the Conservatives never would – and neither right now did a majority of the voting population. Their education had made heroes of the white explorers and pioneers. And all around them were the rich fruits of their endeavours, this Australian middle power that perennially ‘punches above its weight’. Only very tentatively were a growing number discovering the true Australian history as revealed in such works as Scott Cane’s First Footprints, Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, Henry Reynold’s The Other Side of the Frontier, Billy Griffiths’ Deep Time Dreaming and even - dare I say it - my own Castaway. They knew that the Makkarata was needed to turbocharge the process. So behind the scenes the younger generation was reversing the call: the truth telling should come first, with the Treaty and the Voice to follow. But they also knew that the process of change would not happen overnight, so they were pretty sanguine about the Morrison delays. Even when the cause received a huge boost from the Black Lives Matter eruption in the US and around the nation, they held off demands for speedier government action. They also knew that while Minister Ken Wyatt’s heart was in the right place, any proposal he put to the Coalition Cabinet would be filleted before it emerged as a referendum question. And because Labor would not want to be seen voting against any advance in the Aboriginal cause, they’d support some half-hearted proposal or be blamed for a defeat that postponed real advance to the political never-never. Besides, they were afraid that any rush to action would mean that the consultation process with the scattered Aboriginal communities would be incomplete. And the opportunity was too precious to be rushed. On the other hand, Scott Morrison would quite like to be seen as the champion of a broad movement toward reconciliation, particularly if he were able to ‘wedge’ the Opposition along the way. So, if Albanese’s demands became a clarion call, he might well be tempted. Albanese and his advisers aren’t fools. They will try to calibrate the message to keep it fresh in the electorate’s perceptions but not so urgent that the PM will chance his arm. Of course, all their finely-honed restraint will be for nought unless they actually win the next election. But that’s another story. beagle weekly : Vol 160 June 19th 2020




BOOK REVIEW: The Road: Uprising in West Papua — bringing Vol 16 Septemberlight 15th 2017to blackout 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

By Michael R Williams In his new book, 'The Road: Uprising in West Papua', lauded conflict journalist John Mar(nkus creates a comprehensive account of the ongoing genocide and subsequent uprising in West Papua, writes Michael R Williams. DUE TO the media blackout and the banning of non-government organisaAons (NGOs), wriAng on the West Papua tragedy has been immensely difficult. However, John MarAnkus has managed to flesh out the nuances of the story and take the narraAve to places rarely described. It's a unique and harrowing read. For decades, MarAnkus has covered war crimes not only in West Papua but East Timor, Aceh, Iraq and Afghanistan. A four-Ame Walkley Award nominee, his work in East Timor helped put it on the map for humanitarian aid. The Road is his latest instalment and it is beginning to garner a similar response. The Road is a Aghtly woven narraAve. It relays the West Papuan crisis from the establishment of the New York Agreement of 1962 to the unrest in the 2000s to the building of the Trans-Papua Highway — now the epicentre of the conflict. Throughout MarAnkus manages to keep an eye on truth. Possibly due to the threat of murder, a full in-depth personalised account of the crisis would be impossible. Because of that, much of the story is wriGen from an outsider's perspecAve. In a later chapter, MarAnkus describes a fellow journalist dying shortly aWer returning to Indonesia. The journalist wished to see his Papuan wife aWer publishing his own account of the genocide. MarAnkus speculates he died at the hands of the Indonesian Government. Despite the risk, the book displays a great degree of detail and the wriAng is sAll immersive. MarAnkus' style of wriAng is clean and precise. There is a subtlety in the prose that keeps you engaged, but never distracts from the gravity of the story itself. It doesn't put the author front and centre; it allows the story to carry. EXCERPT: In 2003, even in the most remote places I could get to, speaking to those who had never had a day of school, who could neither read nor write, I found they could s(ll quote you the en(re history of the Indonesian takeover. From the first landings to the UN New York Agreement to the Act of Free Choice in 1969— they knew it all. Dates, events, a4acks and the scale of the casual(es at the hands of the Indonesian forces were seared into their minds by their own experience or the recollec(ons of their elders. Then another genera(on came through. Educated, ar(culate, brave and defiant. It is they who have carried the struggle against the Indonesians to the higher, mul(-layered level we see today. At just over 100 pages, you can knock out The Road: Uprising in West Papua in an aWernoon. For those who are interested in the plight of the West Papuans or conflict journalism in general, The Road is a must-read. The Road is an emoAonally taxing read at Ames, but it will leave you wanAng more. Verdict: 4.5/5 The Road: Uprising in West Papua by John Marnkus is published by Black Inc Books, PB, 114 pages, RRP $24.99. This review was first published in Independent Australia and is republished under a Crea(ve Commons A4ribu(on-NonCommercial -NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License

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LeMer to the editor The Editor Our Council, for some time now, has promoted the shire as a place to live and retire to. A Sea Change shire. One of the industries being supported by the Local Council has been retirement villages. High density living Vol 16 September 15th 2017 within close proximity to shopping, retail areas has also been supported by the Local Council in recent times. 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Funding for the upgrade of roads similar to beach Rd Batemans Bay has been received to improve the quality of the roads. Those roads, often funded by authorities out side the local Council, are very likely to become a 100% responsibility of the Local Council in the very near future. The funding responsibility will become the liability of the areas residents and ratepayers at a 100%, including the aged and out of work population, the shire currently has making up a large proportion of those living here. It seems however, that our council isn’t fully understanding of the long term financial consequences it is going to be imposing on all the shires residents and ratepayers in coming budgets and so on. Allan Brown - Catalina LeGer to the Editor Canaries in the Coal mine I aGended the online Climate Council Bushfire Summit June 2020. There were many good speakers including Former NSW Fire Chief Greg Mullins who along with 23 other former Emergency + Fire heads had been at the forefront of voicing to the CoaliAon Government their concerns about changing fire condiAons due to Climate Change well before 2019-2020 Black Summer. Another stand out speaker was Ms Cheryl Durrant Former Director of Australian Defense Force (ADF) Preparedness. She talked about the ADF's Climate AcAon and disaster planning strategies. She said the ADF had been working on Climate preparedness past 10 or so years. Ten years....this has made me think differently now about the Australian CoaliAon Government. It has clarified in my mind that the CoaliAon Government hasn't been so much denying the science of Climate Change, but it hasn't suited their agenda to admit it, and only do now because its too bleeding obvious. The CoaliAon Government has leW us and future generaAons to be the cannon fodder in their addicAon to Resource Rich Australia. We are the canaries in their coal, gas and oil mines. They knew, They know. Sure a few/some do/did deny the science ...but I don't think most are that dumb. If the Defence forces here and overseas have been developing strategies for 10 years, then what does that tell us ? We and our future generaAons are being lined up as the foot soldiers in the dying days of Capitalism. Yours sincerely Sukalpa Goldflam MOGILLA 2550 Eden-Monaro Electorate

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Reading—LeMers to the Editor The Beagle Editor, On the 4th of February 2020 the ABC posted an arAcle about the Australian bushfire rebuild and concluded that rebuilds of bushfire destroyed homes would take up to five years, using the Ame Tathra is taking to rebuild as a yard 15th sAck.2017 Vol 16 September 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

I do not believe this Ame span had considered the repairs to properAes that had been parAally damaged, such as my partner’s home in Malua Bay. To date our insurance company has seGled on some items and property damage, and we are sAll waiAng for them to finalise our claim for retaining walls which were destroyed by the bushfire that swept through our region on New Year’s Eve. Prior to the Morrison Government’s announcement of the HomeBuilder Grant we thought we would have replacement retaining walls completed close to Christmas 2020. Now we are not so sure. What seems to be missing from the current discussion is how this announcement would impact on all those destroyed and damaged properAes in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. Never mind that the benefit from this grant is certainly not aimed at those who have lost or have damaged properAes and seems to be aimed more at the higher end of homeowners, this will probably cause more delay to those affected by the bushfires. It is highly likely that builders will prioriAse HomeBuilder Grant applicaAons if for no other reason than that there are very Aght parameters Amewise, aGached to this construcAon work whereas, no Amelines are applied to fire damaged properAes throughout the three states. So instead of five years to rebuild it is likely to be pushed out even further. Donald MacDonald

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The Gallery Mogo presents: Judy Lawler Vol 16 September 15th 2017Bay (CABBI) aWer recovering from the CreaAve Arts Batemans 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 fires, storm damage and the coronavirus shutdown, have renovated the Gallery Mogo ready for the ExhibiAon opening at 5.00pm on Friday the 19 June 2020 at The Gallery 2/52 Stanley Street Mogo.

The Gallery Mogo is a CABBI venture, that is open to local and regional visual art and craW pracAAoners. All CABBI sponsors, members and the general public are invited to join us in a celebraAon of our local visual arAsts, with an exhibiAon that features Judy Lawler, a 3D arAst and painter. Judy Lawler a long term member of CABBI said "I am a painter of light filled land and seascapes but I do not use a brush to create my pictures. Rather I deWly wield my paleGe knife to blend undiluted oil paint, while retaining the richness of colour and feel of this medium. "I have a unique style of smoothing the paint, so it is someAmes hard to disAnguish it from the use of a brush. I find that moving the paint around the canvas with a paleGe knife is such a joy." The Gallery Mogo exhibiAon will be open for 8 weeks, for visitors to experience, first hand, the joy, which Judy brings to in her recently completed painAngs, Atled Family day at the beach. The exhibiAon ranges from some her earlier works, Beach of Fun at Berrara, which glows with light and colours, in a happy beach scene of families enjoying the day at a favourite old haunt. Other works include scenes of many of Judy’s favourite Batemans Bay scenes, which depict the boats moored on the Clyde River, rolling hills and trees on the way to Araluen, a view of historic Braidwood, a semi-abstract acrylic and a small pastel of a day out at the cricket. The Gallery Mogo supports community groups by running fund raising events to raise money for specific events, including the people affected by the fires. Judy has been involved over the years with a number of charitable events, which conAnues to this day. Judy said "My philosophy is you use what you do to help others. The Gallery Mogo has a range of products based on my artwork and created as part of a mentorship program for workers with special needs and with the proceeds going to the Brunswick Sheltered Workshops."

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Your Up to Date fishing report from the team at Tackle World Moruya Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 27th Moruya 111April JulyRiver 12th 2018 2019

Ticking along slowly, but consistently this week. Good numbers of tailor and salmon have been reported and caught in the lower secAons of the river this week. Areas around Preddy’s wharf at the top of the Ade have seen schools of salmon to 40cm hiXng yellowtail bait schools hanging around the wharf structure. Good tailor to 45cm have also been caught closer towards the mouth. Small metals, hard body lures and 3” soW plasAcs on light gear have all produced lots of fun. There are sAll bream on the sand flats under the bridge to be found on both live nippers and soW plasAcs on a rising Ade. Tuross River There have also been a few tailor caught inside the river mouth in Tuross this week, not in the numbers or size of Moruya, but they are there none the less. The same techniques that are working in Moruya are also working here on them. Add to that the chance of a jewfish in the deeper holes on either of the Ade changes, there is plenty of fun to be had this weekend. The deeper holes are sAll holding bream and flathead as well. Rock and beach Moruya breakwall has seen a few tailor at first light and dusk with the occasional salmon thrown in for good measure. Bream, drummer and luderick are also to be caught off the wall. The drummer conAnue to chew off the local ledges this week. Bread burley with prawn heads and shells, and prawn or cunjie baits will be the undoing of these fine table fish. There have been the odd school of salmon off the beaches this week, but they have been a hit or miss proposiAon. If you can find a school close enough to cast to, a good Ame can be had. Offshore Snapper to 60cm have been found in that 30-40m range if you know where to look. Not all reefs are holding good numbers of fish, but all reefs have produced a feed. Throw some nice flathead in to the mix also, and boaAes have for the most part come back to local ramps with a feed of fish. We have been super happy and excited to see the travellers returning for a weekend down the to the coast. It has really brought back a buzz of opAmism to the local community that has been desperately needed. So to all those coming to share a slice of heaven with us, THANK YOU! Stay safe everyone and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing … “ Team Tackle World Moruya

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