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Big clean up at Rushes Bay It was all hands to the wheels at Rushes Bay, East Jindabyne recently as more than 30 residents, including newly elected councillor John Castellari, joined forces in a big clean up, supported by Clean Up Australia, Snowy Hydro and the East Jindabyne Residents Committee. Residents were assisted by the East Jindabyne Fire Brigade. Pictured are JERC President, Shane Trengrove (left), Clean-Up Co-ordinator Margaret Mackinnon and local resident Rod Dunning (right). See story on page 3.

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The Boomerang Bags Jindabyne group are holding another bag making construction bee at the Jindabyne Bowling & Sporting Club on Saturday October 28 from 12 – 5pm, and are looking for assistance in making lots of bags. They need a variety of helpers in the production line to cut and trim, iron, sew and cater. Bring a smile, enthusiasm, scissors, sewing machine‌ or a plate! Boomerang Bags is an international, but Australian-founded organisation that works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities to make Boomerang Bags from recycled materials, providing a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. They are seeking more hands to get as many bags constructed before the NSW Legislation bans all single-use plastic bags from 2018. Boomerang Bags will be available at supermarkets free of charge if you forget your own, simply return them next time. The bags are also for sale at local markets

and the Op Shop for a gold coin donation to help cover the cost of the threads. For more information on the Boomerang Bags project, go to their Facebook page: Boomerang Bags Jindabyne Community or contact Susan Shelley on 0427 645 713.

During the September school holidays our OSHC Vacation Care children have been engaged in a range of different activities. These included tie-dying, kite making, movies, swimming and excursions into the community. Penny Ingram, our OSHC Coordinator, arranged for the children to visit KNP Discovery Centre, Gaden Trout Hatchery and the Cookie factory. To join us for our next vacation care program, please call Snowy Mountains Care and Early Learning Centre on 64562569.

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East Jindabyne Fire Brigade helps residents clean up Rushes Bay More than 30 local East Jindabyne residents, including newly elected Snowy Monaro Councillor, John Castellari, arrived early on Saturday morning, October 14, to clear green waste and discarded junk from the foreshore of Rushes Bay. It is a mammoth task undertaken by the Jindabyne East Resident Community (JERC) every few years, but an important one for the community’s bushfire preparation and mitigation strategy. This event was supported by the Clean-up Australia Day initiative, the East Jindabyne Residents Committee, Snowy Hydro and Snowy Monaro Regional Council. After a week of chain-sawing dead trees by the local men, the gang of workers arrived at 9am to rake, wheelbarrow and stockpile, quickly creating a stack over three metres high. After creating two enormous piles of green waste, the Captain of East Jindabyne Fire Brigade, Mark Roarty was enlisted to do a control burn, assisted by Volunteer Firefighters, Sean Cragnolinie and Naomi Nevin. It was a spectacular sight, as the bonfires ignited quickly, and took several hours to reduce to a pile of smoking ashes. Fire hoses, the pumper truck and an auxiliary Fire Brigade utility were used to wet and cool down any hot embers, before extinguishing the residual hot coals. There was plenty to do, with a delicious morning ‘smoko’ break of scones, fruit, tea, coffee – thanks to local CWA member, Barb Daley. Margaret Mackinnon, who spent six months organising the event, rallying the community and securing the necessary permits, said “It was a great turn-out and result. “ Bring on the summer!”

Left, East Jindabyne student, Kesha Oayda was helping clean up on the day with her family and keenly took video of the bonfire event.


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Diploma students present to Alpine Industry Experts Australia’s only Alpine Tourism and Ski Industry Operations Business Diploma, conducted by Study Alpine, has its first intake of five students studying all aspects of the ski industry from the experts and mentors. Ten years ago, Tom Liolios, teacher and co-founder (former Ski Instructor with 25 years’ experience), and Erik Bickerton, teacher and small business mentor in Tourism (ex-CEO DWA) at Study Alpine identified a gap in the professional educational pathway in the alpine industry, specific to the unique business of ski resorts. Whilst introducing the Study Alpine concept, Tom said “It is important to invest in the young people of today to create the industry leaders of tomorrow, this pilot programme is an exciting work in progress.” There are many tourism and hospitality courses in the marketplace, yet nothing designed particularly to benefit the ski operations and ski resort sector. Tom Liolios identified the key issue by saying, “Nothing else in the world runs like an Australian ski resort, and the peripheral regions, with a unique set of needs.” Both Tom Liolios and Eric Bickerton identified the training needs from all sectors, and developed the Diploma of Business curriculum, after a lot of research and discussion with stakeholders. Subjects covered include

Ski Resort Operations, Mountain Resort Marketing, Small Business Start-Up in Alpine Regions, Mountain Resort Summer Operations, Mountain Biking Industries, Alpine Event Management, Disability Alpine Tourism & Adaptive Snowsport and Heritage and Indigenous Tourism in Alpine Regions. This Government Accredited Diploma (AQF Level 5) is delivered in a flexible format, with a combination of on the job full-time paid placements, industry visits, networking opportunities, and the balance via online tuition and self-paced assignments. Most students are expected to complete the Diploma within six months, which is a Nationally Recognised TAFE/ VET qualification and part of the Universities Pathway programme. “The immediacy of this training is evident, with genuine practical results in the workplace”, said Tom Liolios. Tom Liolios and Eric Bickerton were proud and delighted to introduce three of their five students at the Rydges Resort for a morning tea, Jayme Small, Gareth Bozier and Sari Moore. Sari was working at Rydge’s that day, and will do her presentation later via video, as will the other two interstate candidates. These short presentations by students, gave them an opportunity to share their experience of this pilot program, their plans for a future career and to engage with the industry professionals who have

Students Gareth Bozier, and Jayme Small with their family and supporters celebrate their achievements through the Study Alpine Diploma of Business in Alpine Tourism and Ski Industry Operations.

mentored them on this journey. Jayme Small, an 18-year-old from Manly West in QLD, spent this season as an intern, working at Charlotte Pass whilst studying. He was employed as a lift operator, whilst exploring other resort roles such as customer service, public relations, ski technology and marketing. He was excited about furthering his business studies in the ski industry, and thoroughly enjoyed the course saying, “Alpine tourism is more than skiing, alpine is the destination… and it’s one hell of a destination at that!” Gareth Bozier has worked for seven years in the ski industry, both in Whistler, Canada and in Perisher Resort as a ski technician, lift operator, and rental supervisor. He was originally inspired to ski by James Bond movie: “For your Eyes only” as a teenager. Whilst studying mostly online with Study Alpine, Gareth has gained the confidence to pursue a further university qualification, and one day start his own business in the ski industry. Keynote speaker, Colin Hackworth (CEO, Australian Ski Areas Association) congratulated the students, teachers, parents and supporters. As a 37-year veteran in the ski industry both here and overseas as a Ski Instructor, Ski School Director and General Resort Manager. He impressed on the students the importance of the ‘business’ aspects of

this industry, as well as being passionate about their chosen career path. Learning how to wrap the numbers around a creative business proposal is critical to raising capital, and innovating to find the ‘strategic edge’ without losing the investors’ money. “There is only one chance for your great idea” Mr Hackworth advised. As the Managing Director of the Japanese Nihon Ski Resort, Mr Hackworth advised the students saying, “tourism can be fickle and harsh, it is essential to continuously run the business better, and maintain the business’ viability until conditions improve. He concluded with a few words of advice, “love the industry you are in… or your competitors will love it more and eat you alive!” Tom thanked the industry panel for their engagement and contribution to the student’s learning experience: Alex Morcom (CEO, InTouch Technology Group); Dr Gary Grant (Senior Executive and Educator); Neil Thew (Community Relations Manager, Snowy Hydro Limited); Fiona Latham-Cannon (Director, Tall Red Poppy Marketing); Donna Smith (Cooma Tourism); Sarah Jones (HR Manager Thredbo Resort); Carolyn Ewart (Board Director, Cooma Universities Centre); Luke Beaumont (Guest Services Manager, Thredbo Resort); and Chris Harris (Mountain Operations Manager, Charlotte Pass).

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Rex releases new Snowy Come and celebrate NPWS 50th anniversary at Kosciuszko Mountains schedule Regional Express (Rex) has released its core flight schedule for the Snowy Mountains (Cooma) to Sydney route which will operate throughout the upcoming summer. The five weekly return services will operate in conjunction with Rex’s Sydney to Merimbula service. This consistent weekly service has been coupled with a dedicated service on Sundays to suit both the tourist market as well as business people travelling to Sydney for early morning Monday meetings. See the Annex for the schedule. Additional direct flights will be added to the core schedule during the winter snow season in 2018 and these flights will be released in the coming months. Rex has also released a special promotional fare of $129* one-way

between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains. Early-Bird sales are available outside of 30 days prior to departure subject to booking class availability and Last-Minute sales are available for all remaining unsold seats within 1 day prior to departure. Regional Express (Rex) is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of more than 50 Saab 340 aircraft on some 1,500 weekly flights to 59 destinations throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the regional airline Regional Express, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (air freight and charter operator), Air Link (Dubbobased regional airline) and the Australian Airline Pilot Academy.

This year, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Since 1967 they’ve been proudly protecting and preserving our natural landscapes, wildlife, culture and heritage. There are special events planned in all areas, and everyone is invited to join the party. A recently published commemorative coffee table book, ‘NSW National Parks’, is now available from the NSW Government Shop and NPWS Visitor Centres, for $38.00 (RRP). The glossy book covers NSW heritage, including Aboriginal culture and heritage and its central role in NSW national parks. A diverse range of national park regions and landscapes are explored, highlighting the work of NPWS field staff and scientists on NSW wildlife and conservation. Visitor experiences and the volunteers who help to keep the National Parks are also represented by more than 35 photographers and more than 150-pages of colour, and black and white images and wildlife illustrations. Kosciuszko National Park has premium exposure, as Murray Vanderveer’s image of Thredbo River at Dead Horse Gap graces the front cover. NSW Office of Heritage and Environment invites everyone to celebrate the NPWS at a 50th anniversary event, buy the new book, or add their memories to social media under #50yearsNPWS. Kosciuszko National Park Summer Activities There are a multitude of outdoor activities available to visitors during the summer months… from a short walk to a more adventurous expedition, floating down or casting a fly line on rivers, and

riding mountain bikes or horses along bush trails. Whether you stay overnight in a tent, under the stars in a swag, or in a luxurious chalet… the Kosciuszko National Park is an ideal destination for those wanting to get away from the crowded beaches and hot cities for a ‘cool change’. For more information, visit the website www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or contact: Snowy Region Visitor Centre – Jindabyne, Ph: (02) 6450 5600 Contact hours: 8.30am5pm daily (closed Christmas Day); Tumut Visitor Centre, Ph: (02) 6947 7025 Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day); Khancoban Visitor Centre, Ph: (02) 6076 9373 or (02) 6076 9382 Contact hours: 9am-4pm (closed 12.30pm-1pm) Monday to Friday. Open daily during peak summer season and school holidays or Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre Ph: (02) 6454 9597. Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day).


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Manly2Mountain Team Cycle for Bear Cottage Kids Now in its third year, Manly2Mountain is a charity cycling adventure, leaving from Sydney’s Manly Beach to ascend Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, via Bowral, Kangaroo Valley, Batemans Bay, Broulee. Bega, Bemboka, Brown Mountain, Dalgety, the infamous “Beloka Wall”, Jindabyne, and Thredbo. This dedicated team of charity cyclists completed the event for the first time in December 2015, and raised over $20 000 for Bear Cottage. This year, a smaller team of three (Ben Gardem, Nathan New and Viv Lavan) cycled over 900kms and 6 days in early October, encountering an icy reception at the summit due to the recent heavy snowfalls late in the winter. A last-minute strategy change the day before the final leg, saw them don snowshoes and cross-country skis to complete their mission, where they were joined by Clare Rose (support van) and Daniel Boland. Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW and provides support, love, care, laughter, fun, regular respite, specialized camps and end of life care for terminally ill children and their families. Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Bear Cottage is a medically supported home away from home that currently costs more than $3.2 million a year to keep their doors open, so the team is seeking donations, hoping that their efforts will make a real difference. Ben’s ‘Beloka Wall’ tip for those riding in L’Etape Australia this year… “get into the gear that you expect to ride the whole hill on at the beginning

of the bottom third section, as it is the hardest… recover on the second third, and if you have anything left on the top third… go for it!” “Where we cannot add years to life, we add life to years. But only with your help”. So far the team is close to achieving their fundraising target, and they wish to thank their donors.

To help the Manly2Mountain team provide a little happiness, please visit their fundraising page: give. everydayhero.com/au/manly2mountain-2017-1 and to find out more about Bear Cottage and the support services they provide to families in need, visit: www.bearcottage.chw.edu.au

Save the Date for Snowy Christmas Fair This new event, organised by Jacinta and Jane of Charmed Events, is intended to bring all the communities in the Snowy region together to celebrate Christmas, have fun and enjoy family time together. Located at Jindabyne Equestrian Resort on Kosciuszko Road, between Berridale and Jindabyne, there will be plenty of parking and open space for outdoor market stalls, food vans and amusement rides at the fair. To fund the infrastructure required to stage such an event, the organisers have collated a raffle with a fantastic array of prizes from local businesses and sponsors. The prizes include: a Rydge’s accommodation and restaurant voucher; seven nights’ holiday in Japan; accommodation at Lake Crackenback; $650 worth Rhythm Snowsports goods; Wild Brumby Schnapps and Massage vouchers.

All the fun at the fair starts at midday, when Santa arrives with Mrs Claus, ringing his bel. His available for photos with the children in Santa’s Grotto, located inside the Resort stables, from 12pm until 8pm. Whilst waiting in line for Santa, a petting zoo will be situated nearby, as well as outside, to help keep the children amused. DJ Alii will be perfoming all day, and schools, music groups and dance acts from the entire region are invited to perform. What is a fair without the rides? The Snowy Christmas Fair will host a 20m Ferris wheel, Aerojump, water-balls, Crazydance (fast ride) and inflatables will be available on the day, along with Arrow Tag and sideshows such as clowns, balloon pop and more. Catering to all tastes and appetites, there will be food vans galore, so take a

seat and enjoy lunch, dinner or just a snack. Charmed Events will provide tables and chairs, where you can dine in comfort, and JE Resort restaurant will serve beautiful cuisine and glass of wine. For those who are a whizz in the e kitchen, the CWA is holding a Christmass Cake Competition. Sign up today to enter your cake… there are prizes, and nd kudos up for grabs. For the Grand Finale…colourful ul fireworks will burst into the sky, thanks ks to a Council grant. Save the date – this event will be huge! For more information –on booking a stall please contact Charmed Events as there are limited spaces available, and nd stallholder applications close on 5th th December 2017.

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Another Magical Night: Jindy Idol 2017 Jindy Idol once again lit up the Jindabyne Memorial Hall on Saturday night. Now in its seventh year, the show was as entertaining as ever, with 18 acts performing to a sell-out crowd of more than 200 people. From start to finish, every performance had the audience enthralled. They cheered and hooted, sang along, danced, and even cried. There were a number of standout acts, from Eva Burke’s yellow-sequined Rockin’ Robin to Robert Michael’s Elvis Is “In� the Building. We saw fantastic performances from Encouragement Award winners The Tapping Boys (Joey Nichols and Luke Fely of Berridale) who delivered a self-choreographed piece to the song Tequila; and Gracie Anderson, who’s demi character piece The Nanny delighted the judges. Little Isabella Ward melted hearts with Colours of the Wind from Pocahontas. The song was beautifully sung and her delivery compelling: Isabella had everyone convinced that the rainstorms and the rivers are her brothers; that the herons and the otters are her friends.

Judge Tim Draxl wasn’t the only person in the crowd shedding tears. Isabella won the $600 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Michael Henley Real Estate and Mid-Station. But it was Kesha Oayda who won the night with a compelling rendition of Amy Winehouse’s Valerie. It was a powerful performance by the six-time Jindy Idol contestant, who first performed for us as a seven-year-old in 2012 with Molly Malone – a cappella. Brady Jones of Bombala received the Mid-Station Perisher Runner-Up for his energetic performance of One Jump Ahead from Aladdin. Jindy Idol would not be possible with the support of our sponsors and our community. This year’s major sponsors were Jindabyne Mitre 10/ Leading Edge. We also received tremendous support from Mid-Station at Perisher and Michael Henley Real Estate; as well as Kosciuszko First National Real Estate, Snowy Mountains Cookies, Ray White Jindabyne, Woolworths Jindabyne, Wild Brumby, Design and Detail, and Cocina Mexican Grill and Cantina.

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Artisans feature at Wild Brumby Markets The November Local Producers Market is on the 4th from 10am until 2pm. For more information, please see www.wildbrumbydistillery.com.au or their Facebook page.

Stall holder Clair Seymour creates her felted R Rasa Mauragis M i uses natural t l dyes d to t design d i and d beanies from locally grown 100% Australian super craft beautiful scarves and wearable accessories. soft wool and colourful natural dyes.

The spring sunshine in Thredbo Valley only brightened the colourful market stalls packed with quality hand-crafted clothing and delicious treats.

Chocolatier Margot Seares had tasting samples of her Curiosity Chocolates… and yes many were curious, even if it was before lunch!

Time to reel in recreational fishing funds Recreational fishing across NSW is set to receive a boost with applications now open for the next round of funding. Member for Monaro John Barilaro has encouraged applications under the next round of the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing Trust Grants. “Every year we see some terrific and unique projects - I hope this year we see even more so that we can continue to provide fantastic fishing across the Monaro,” Mr Barilaro said. “Fishing is a great recreational

activity, with more than one million anglers dropping a line in each year. “This year alone we have already invested $15 million in a range of projects across NSW, with anglers seeing the benefits every day.” Since 2001, hundreds of projects have been completed and there are currently over 200 recreational fishing projects underway. Some of the most popular projects include offshore artificial reefs and the Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), both of which restore and boost fish

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Celebrating the Spring Flushing of Snowy River

Tom Campbell of Cavendish in Victoria was keen to paddle the Snowy River and said, “we’ve come a long way for this!”

Speakers and members of the Snowy River Alliance at the end of a successful Snowy River Day. From left: Peter Heeley (Secretary SRA); Julie Pearson (Executive SRA); Elena Gaurrancino (Vice Chair SRA); Vickii Wallace (Chair SRA); Dr Teresa Rose; Graeme Enders (Director SW Regional Operations NSW OEH); Simon Williams (Blackfish Consulting) and Rob Cavallaro (Area Manager Kosciuszko, Snowy Hydro Ltd).

The Jindabyne Dam spillway gates opened at 7am on Wednesday October 4, sending almost 8,000 Ml down the Snowy River, the largest release of water for the year. Environmental and community groups, as well as recreational river users, welcome this large environmental flushing flow and are holding the annual Snowy River Day to celebrate the occasion. Snowy River Alliance (SRA) Chairperson, Vickii Wallace said the release has been timed to mimic melting snow in spring. “This water release is part of the restoration of the Snowy River after the construction of the Snowy Hydro scheme, which was completed in 1974. The Jindabyne Dam reduced the Snowy to one per cent of its original flow, which caused the river to silt and allowed willows and blackberries to take over,” Mrs Wallace said. The Dalgety Hall was set up with displays from local businesses, with some entertaining videos of paddlers on the mighty Snowy River in flood, and a famous historic 1937 video of two men, Hanson and Hunt, paddling the river in their Huon pine canoe. There was the usual ‘good country hospitality’ with free refreshments and cakes, and a barbecue lunch, which was appreciated by the paddlers and attendees. Paddlers came from as far away as the Grampians and Queensland to ride the big water, which was released for eight hours from 7am to 3pm. Many of the paddlers were here for the recent Snowy River Extreme Race, and stayed on for this release event. Chair of Snowy River Alliance, Vickii Wallace paid tribute to the late Angel John Gallard, who was a passionate “man of the earth and of the river, extremely knowledgeable about local indigenous culture and the interconnection with the Snowy Mountains. He left behind a comprehensive library of reading material relating to the history of the Snowy River,” said Mrs Wallace. Speakers included the former NSW Government Environment Minister, Bob Debus AM, who was responsible for bringing about the agreement with the Commonwealth, Victorian and NSW Governments in 2000 to restore environmental water flows to the Snowy River, from one per cent flow to 28 per cent. He praised the work of the scientists “who have done absolutely astonishing work on how best to eke out just a few Gigalitres initially, to finally 21 percent of the Snowy’s natural flow to go a long way to restoring the health of the river.”

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Luke Pope from South East Local Land Services gave an outline of the Snowy River recovery work and regional economic benefits of a healthy Snowy River. His estimates indicated an increase in tourism revenue from paddling activities of around $3 million per year, and around $16 million per year from increased fishing related tourism. The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has a new role, advising the annual pattern of Snowy River flows to DPI Water. Graeme Enders, Director South West Regional Operations for NSW OEH presented the protocol OEH uses to manage environmental water flows in other valleys. Scientist, Dr Teresa Rose, paid a tribute to the late Professor Wayne Erskine, who was instrumental in addressing the need for environmental flows for the Snowy River, and presented an overview of her research on the impact of the environmental water releases on the Snowy River. Richard Swain from Alpine River Adventures shared the indigenous connections to the Snowy River and told paddling stories from the early encounters by adventurous canoeists with timber canoes to recent research trips undertaken with scientists. Rob Cavallaro from Snowy Hydro presented information on the modifications to the Jindabyne Dam spillway that enables large environmental water releases. Simon Williams from Blackfish Consulting spoke on the key factors for river rehabilitation success. His research proposes new approaches to the use of environmental flows for river rehabilitation based initially on restoring riverine processes. Graeme Enders, Director South West Regional Operations at NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, explained the anticipated role that OEH might play in advising the future pattern of Snowy River flows to DPI Water. The Snowy River Day was hosted by the Snowy River Alliance and the Dalgety District and Community Association, supported by the South East Local Land Services and the Snowy Monaro Regional Council. Downstream at McKillops Bridge in Victoria, the Snowy River peaked at 2.30 metres (which is below the minor flood level of 2.50 metres) around 1:30 pm on Friday October 6. Further information on Snowy River releases can be found at www.snowyhydro. com.au/our-energy/water/releases/snowyriver/ and to keep up to date with the advocacy work of Snowy River Alliance, follow their facebook page or website: www. snowyriveralliance.com.au


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There are fungi at the bottom of my garden Last article, we looked at one of the more famous of the Ascomycetes, the delicacy, the highly-prized Black Truffle. In contrast, the Ascomycetes we will look at this time are not prized food delicacies; they grow around animal manure or on dead, rotting trees. They are nevertheless an important part of our Monaro ecosystem. Peziza repanda This Ascomycete also has the common name, “Spreading Brown Cap Fungus�. The genus : Peziza contains a reasonable number of fungi, most of which are associated with leaf litter, wood debris, or even animal manure. This specimen was found growing on a very damp piece of dead Snow Gum in a garden bed, well-mulched with wood chips, at the base of a prostrate Juniper. It grew in the middle of Winter, following numerous snowfalls, frosts and rain, at Grosses Plain in early August. The specimens I encountered in the Southern Highlands were always in a group, cluster or colony of cuplike structures. These Grosses Plain ones were solitary, single cup-like structures, hard, rubbery, smooth on the inside of the cup, covered with a fine, downy or scurfy texture on the outside surface. They were light brown to beige in colour; 2 cm in height X 3 cm in diameter; with a somewhat vestigial stem when young, but really sessile when older and spreading. No spore print was obtainable. The specimen shown in photos is an immature one. Inedible. Sources consulted report this fungus as “inedible�. Closely-related Peziza vesiculosa (which grows on animal manure), is reported as either “edible� or “poisonous�, depending on which sources are consulted. Personally, I would not consider risking my health by eating any of these fungi.

Bisporella citrina This brightly-coloured Ascomycete has several common names, including “Yellow Fairy Caps� and “Lemon Disco�. It is a saprophyte, or “saprobe�, meaning it grows on dead wood. Around the Monaro, I have seen it growing commonly on stumps of both hardwoods and conifers. It grows in dense clusters on decaying wood. This one was found at Grosses Plain growing on damp, fallen, Snow Gum trunks, during the Summer-Autumn seasons. The fruiting bodies were cup-shaped to disc-shaped; smooth above and below; up to 3 mm in diameter; if present, stems were tiny, tapering, up to 1mm long; often it is found nearly without any stem; when younger, colour was bright yellow, becoming dull orange-brown when older; when colonies become drier and more crowded, the surface becomes wrinkled. No spore print was attempted. Not edible. Neobulgaria species Another unusual Ascomycete, growing in the Grosses Plain region on water-saturated, dead Snow Gum, following heavy Winter rains. The fungus formed “button� type fruiting bodies; with further growth, some became distorted, forming “cup-like� structures. They were buff-coloured, with a

Cup-like structure of Peziza repanda growing on damp chip of Snow Gum.

Ascospores of Hypoxylon multiforme, showing somewhat rugby football shape, but with one side flatter and inclusions of oil droplets. (looking down the microscope).

Colonies of Neobulgaria species, some clearly showing “cup-like� structures, growing on watersoaked dead Snow Gum wood.

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L’Etape Berridale It’s just under eight weeks before 5,500 riders converge on Berridale for the second Letape event for L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France This year Lateral Events are looking for Berridalians to assist with our food and drink station located at the end of Myack Street as well as people to take on the important rolls of road marshalls. We are looking at having locals who know Berridale to take charge of our town and give the

visiting riders and their support crews the most memorable of days. No experience or special skills are required for the volunteer positions just someone who is enthusiastic and supportive to the riders. If you can help AND I KNOW YOU CAN, email me at berridalelpo@ hotmail.com or directly to Isabelle Slack from Lateral Events at isabelle. slack@lateralevents. com

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With just under five weeks until this world-class event showcases the Snowy Mountains region to an international audience, L’Etape Australia Race Director, Florent Malézieux is delighted to announce a Local Community Artwork Competition, sponsored by Snowy Hydro Limited, and supported by British Airways. To enter, people will have to create an artwork and display it along the race course on Saturday 2nd December. They will have the full week after L’Etape to lodge their application, with a photo taken during the event, online at www.letapeaustralia.com. The competition will no doubt be fierce, but friendly, between neighbourhoods and villages to create the most innovative artwork. The winner will be picked by a jury composed of Chris Froome, Phil Liggett, L’Etape Australia, Snowy Hydro Limited and British Airways. The winning entry will receive a trip for two people to Paris in July 2018 for the last stage of the Tour de France. This prize includes return economy airfares for two from Sydney to Paris; two nights of accommodation in Paris, and $1,000 spending money. It also includes two VIP seats on the Champs Elysées to watch the last stage of the 2018 Tour de France. Thanks to the support of local

Roads & Maritime Services and the NSW Police, riders will enjoy fully closed roads, under the same conditions as those of the Tour de France. The road will close 30 minutes before the fastest rider and will reopen progressively. To reduce traffic on the Alpine Way, Race and Ride participants only need to book the shuttle services to the start line on the morning of the race, and all other services do not need to be booked. The shuttle service from Jindabyne to Bullocks Flat and return will be available for everyone, besides the pre-booked service on the morning of the event, and will run at set times (this information will be published near to the date). The shuttle service will be free of charge. Over fifty Jindabyne Cycling Club members have registered for the L’Etape Race and Ride events, and have recently cranked up their team training schedules in earnest, after an extended ski season. With heavy late snowfalls this spring, the road cycle training season was delayed as snow, frost and high winds affected the Snowy Mountains region. Spring sunshine also brought out the swooping magpies… and now hibernating snakes are active. By early December, riding conditions should be perfect!

Several JCC riders drove to Wagga Wagga over the October long weekend to ride a gentle warm up over 107km, or 50km, in preparation for L’Etape. The serious work will need to be tackled on the 3km long Col de Beloka, the most challenging section of the Ride, and probably the Race, for some competitors. Several group training sessions are planned for the local cyclists, who will be riding in their new team jerseys on race day. There is still time to get fit for the ride. Weekly motivational videos from Matt Keenan, Amanda Spratt, and Phil Liggett arrive every Wednesday via email, or Facebook page, covering some key training and riding tips to help prepare for the big event. No more excuses! For those who want to be involved without saddling up, L’Etape Australia is seeking hundreds of volunteers at this year’s event to fulfill a variety of roles. Volunteers will be given training, meals, shirts and caps, and will have the opportunity to meet Chris Froome at the Volunteer Exclusive BBQ post-event. For more information on joining the volunteer team, send an email to info@ letapeaustralia.com.au. To keep up to date with news of the event go to: http://letapeaustralia. com/news/ or social media #letapeaustralia

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Clubs donate a huge cheque to Rob Kneller Youth Foundation In a small community like Jindabyne, there are many huge acts of generosity and goodwill that make a difference to local youth, from creating opportunities to participate in, to providing financial assistance for sporting programs, equipment and training camps. In conjunction with Jindabyne Bowling Sports Club (Principal Sponsor), Coolamatong Snowy Mountains Country Club (Major Sponsor) held a Par 3 charity event on Sunday September 24, with 75 entrants playing for a cause. This year the nominated recipient for the proceeds of the day was the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation. Major raffle prizes from sponsors Thredbo Resort (365Pass) and Rex Airlines (Return airline tickets to Sydney) attracted fierce bidding at the auction, raising $1300 just for those two items. Along with the $30 entry fees, a huge cheque for $4110 was presented to founders Scott and Luke Kneller at the Jindabyne Bowling Club on Friday October 6. The Rob Kneller Youth Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation founded

by Scott and Luke Kneller in memory of their father, who was a local snowsports enthusiast. Scott was training with the Australian Olympic Ski Team training for Soichi in 2014, when his teammate Anton Grimus raised $10,000 by volunteering to shave his beard. This helped Scott and Luke to create the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation in memory of their father. They developed a range of commercial enterprises that generated an income stream whilst benefiting the community, and the funds are wholly distributed to the youth of Jindabyne. Since 2014, Scott and his brother Luke have installed a Disc Golf course on the foreshores of Lake Jindabyne, with the money from all discs sold or rented from supporter Rip Curl directed to benefit the Foundation. In 2015 Lake Crackenback also installed a Disc Golf Course providing further income from the sales and rentals of discs. This, and other fundraising activity in the first three years, has allowed the Foundation to donate money towards purchasing equipment for both of Jindabyne’s local school students and

creating the SSA Futures, and Build a Better Community programmes. For more information visit: www. robknelleryouthfoundation.com. Despite the gusty winds on the day, players from eight to over eighty years old participated in this charity event, some playing golf for their first time. The holes were ‘amended’ to ensure a consistent par 3 rating, of around 120 to 130 metres long. Cash prizes amounting to a total of $2000 were awarded for the best overall score (men and ladies), nearest the pin on each hole (men and ladies), and encouragement prizes for each junior player.

1st Hole: Bill Quin; 2nd Hole: Ken Robertson 3rd Hole: Roy Gabriele; 4th Hole: Charlie Filtness 5th Hole: Bruce Hart; 6th Hole: Blake Dawes 7th Hole: Dave Douglass; 8th Hole: Clinton Starr 9th Hole: Steve Edwards; 10th Hole: Chris Kable 11th Hole: John Henderson: 13th Hole: Charlie Filtness 14th Hole: Clinton Starr: 15th Hole: Colin Patterson 16th Hole: Craig Williams; 17th Hole: Werner Siegenthaler 18th Hole: Bill Quin

Results: Men’s Best Gross: Winner: Charlie Filtness: (55) Runner Up: Bill Quin: (61) Ladies Best Gross Winner: Jan O’Halloran (70) Runner Up: Maureen Roberts; (74) Junior Encouragement Awards Hunter Clark; Dakota Clark; Jack Foster

Nearest the Pins: Ladies 1st Hole: Madonna Siegenthaler; 2nd Hole: Kathleen Parkyn 3rd Hole: Madonna Sigenthaler; 5th Hole: Carolyn Major 6th Hole: Jan O’Halloran; 7th Hole: Megan Bridgeman 11th Hole: Kathleen Parkyn; 13th Hole: Megan Bridgeman 16th Hole: Maureen Roberts.

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workout. By morning tea-time, the kids are eagerly searching for the cake, donated by Tracie’s Café at East Jindabyne or the Snowy Mountains Cookie stash, a highlight of this very social get together. A new trail had been cut and finished, to reduce erosion on a steep section, and provide variety of terrain. Any loose jump supports had been secured with a few bags of quick-set concrete from Mitre 10 Jindabyne, and the overgrown branches chain-sawed or pruned back to ensure rider’s safety and a clear ride. Twenty-one-year-old National Series Champion for 2016, Tegan Molloy grew up in Jindabyne, riding downhill bikes from the age of 12. She came to help at Saturday’s Trail Day, saying “This is my childhood training ground, and it’s great to give back whenever I can.” Tegan was home for a few days before competing in the World Championships in Cairns. By 1pm, the crew had completed another successful Trail Day, with future dates scheduled for Saturday October 28, 9am to noon - NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service meeting at Gate 5 on Alpine Way to work on Thredbo Valley Track Saturday November 11 at 9am to noon meeting at Hatchery Bay Saturday December 9, 9am to noon meeting details to be advised (refer to Facebook or signage on trails for further info) Over winter, the JTS committee were hard at work planning how best to invest the funds raised from a successful inaugural raffle, and Round 2 Snowy Monaro Community Grant. They purchased and installed three seats along the trail as well as trail counters, and aim to purchase some new tools and equipment. New trailhead signage is soon to be installed, and in consultation with council and other stakeholders, JTS are considering options for a new flow trail and the separation of climbs from downward oriented tracks. JTS are also working towards providing a bike wash stand in town, which is the final piece in the puzzle required to achieve

IMBA Epic Rides status for the soon to be completed TVT/Hatchery Bay/Jindabyne trail. Epic Rides status should be a great boost in getting Jindabyne further recognition as an incredible riding destination. During 2016/2017 JTS had 113 volunteers; completing 434 volunteer hours; and 140 volunteers completing 590 hours, via the Perisher Epic Promise Day. Perisher staff collectively worked 570 hours on two trail building and maintenance projects in Jindabyne and Mill Creek, near Tyrolean Village, to further build out the network of bike and walking trails. More than 140 Perisher staff members assisted The Jindabyne Trail Stewardship team and Snowy Monaro Regional Council to maintain and build new shared trails, remove and recycle 13 tonnes of concrete to build a staircase at the soccer oval off Park Street, and remove a significant amount of general and green waste from the area. This was all completed on Tuesday 1 November 2016, and the next Epic Promise Day is set for Tuesday 7th November 2017. It is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community and learn about trail design/maintenance and discover why trails are built the way they are. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend, contribute and learn, in a family-friendly environment. The committee welcomes any new business partnerships, small or large – please refer to the Partnership Proposal document on https://www. jindabynetrailstewardship.org.au/partners For more information on volunteering or supporting Jindabyne Trail Stewardship, contact Craig Stonestreet, JTS President or Matt Murtagh, JTS Vice President on 0409 656 270, email: jindabynetrailstewardship@ gmail.com, visit their Facebook page, or visit www. jindabynetrailstewardship.org.au

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Sam Lomax is dwarfed by this submarine exhibit on HMAS Stirling base.

Able Seaman Lomax has been a Navy Cadet at the TS Orion based at Jindabyne Sport & Rec Camp for 2 ½ years, learning about the Defence Force protocols and procedures, and has now had a glimpse of Navy life first-hand. After the family dropped Sam off at the gate house, three sailors picked the group of students up in mini buses, and took them on board for a tour of the Base and Museum as an introduction to their four-day visit. Whilst at HMAS Stirling, Sam passed also the physical (PT) required to join the Navy, and tackled fast- roping exercises. A few highlights of the visit included boarding the Submarine HMAS Rankin, talking to lots of sailors who had just returned from nine months at sea, and meeting the Clearance Divers of Team 4 who took us abseiling. Now that Sam has returned to his school studies in Jindabyne, his focus might be fixed on the horizon. Navy Cadets has given Sam a glimpse into what a career in the Navy might look like, and the work experience visit was an insight into the day to day life of a sailor‌ at least on base. “I would definitely recommend this to my friends at school or to anyone who is interested in joining the Defence Forceâ€? said Sam.

It is your fault Don’t you just love it when politicians it will come back and bite you no matter point the finger at each other stating, how much you deny or hide. What goes “He is to blame? It is all his fault. The around comes around. That should be a daily mantra for us all. Let me assure mess and all the problems are his fault. Now that really solves everything you that every action, kind or unkind has and knowing who is to blame suddenly a consequence. In car accidents most people don’t everything will be fine and the original want to appear stupid or implicate problem will no longer exist. Oh, how easy life is when you can point the other driver, nor do they want the insurance consequences of their action. the finger and blame. So we are faced with lying and very big Are we really that gullible to be taken in by finger pointing? It happens all Karma. Let’s start maturing and facing up to the time at work and at home. The cry goes up “Who did this?� We all hold our not who is to blame, but a problem has breath till the finger is pointed and then been created how can we fix it and what good can come from it. You see we learn we are off the hook. The sad part is nothing is resolved greatly from the bumps in life. They teach us our biggest lessons. The till the problem is fixed. Would it not be better to say, how can we fix the problems arise so that we can be mature problem. Then everyone would be enough to grow from them –sadly few jumping up and down desperate to be do, as the finger pointing is more fun. Next time something happens stand the hero. The glass is broken, the milk is spilt, strong and tall. Look the problem in the eye and deal and to then ask who did this and point the finger gives the milk lots of time to with it, then with equal strength fix it. When the task is completed you enjoy a delicious soak into the carpet. Most problems are accidents and were will realise you have just had a great never meant to happen. Most problems experience that you have learned from. Usually we don’t repeat the big lessons can be easily fixed but the blaming lasts. In the finger pointing and blaming you and does it really matter who is to blame are actually saying, I have no faith in you. and who learned the most? No more finger pointing just a steady You have done something wrong. Are the finger pointers so perfect? I really stream of solutions. doubt it! WISDOM In my family situation when the finger Who did that? pointing happens I always say it was me. Why it must have been Mr. Nobody Then there is a great deal of coughing, spluttering and muttering under the breath about silly old Mum. At least the situation anger and malice are diffused and the problem can be dealt with. I find it so sad that we have to blame another Member International Psychic Assoc. anyone so we can remain top dog or look good. What Face to Face in Cooma or by Phone anywhere a price for ego. If the blame is on somebody else then it t4QJSJUVBM"EWBODFNFOUt1BTU-JWFTt#VTJOFTT$BSFFSt is not on you and you can be t1FSTPOBM'BNJMZt1SPPGPG"GUFSMJGFt#FSFBWFNFOUt smug and righteous. Allow me to guide you to your Highest Potential As a society we have so much to learn. PH: 6452 2145 M: 0412 833 957 E: coomapsychic@iinet.net.au If you cause the problem

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L’Etape Australia here we come – only four weeks to go! After a long winter, training has stepped up a notch amongst nearly 60 Jindabyne Cycling Club members, with regular organised training rides posted on the Club’s Facebook page for all contenders to participate in. These training rides range from hill climbing sessions on the Col de Beloka, to the annual Clearing of the Snow Ride, an endurance climb up to Charlotte Pass, part of which covers the L’Etape Australia route. The weather was perfect for the 2017 Clearing of the Snow Ride on Sunday 15th, a week later than usual due to the heavy snowfalls in spring. Mild temperatures, light winds, and brilliant blue skies greeted the 39 riders who gathered at the Old Town Centre.

The road to Charlotte Pass was clear of snow, and the gate at Spencer’s Creek still locked, which was not an issue for cyclists, but the support vehicles had to arrange special access to Charlotte Pass. The first riders left at 8am after a short briefing by Gary Pearson, with several groups following until 9am. This was a race training ride for L’Etape, with all riders following the road traffic rules, and riding at their own discretion. Cruising down the road at 80km an hour through the National Park, was within the zone. There was great relief upon arrival at Park CafÊ for a well-deserved lunch, a coffee or two‌ and some wellearned rest and recovery. The group looks formidable in their team colours‌

cheer them on when you see them out training on our local roads. Volunteer for L’Etape For those who want to be involved without saddling up, L’Etape Australia is seeking 100 volunteers at this year’s event to fulfill a variety of roles. Volunteers will be given training, meals, shirts and caps, and will have the opportunity to meet Chris Froome at the Volunteer Exclusive BBQ post-event. For more information on joining the volunteer team, send an email to http://letapeaustralia.com/volunteersletape/ To keep up to date with news of the event go to: http://letapeaustralia.com/news/ or social media #letapeaustralia

Ride for a cure at Honda Snowy Ride Jindabyne Sailing Club The Snowy Mountains community is preparing to welcome more than 2,000 motorcyclists to the region to help raise funds for vital research into a cure for childhood cancer. The 17th annual Honda Snowy Ride, hosted by Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation in Thredbo, is on Saturday 4

November. The ride has played a pivotal role in SWCCF raising more than $7 million since it began in 2001. The Snowy Ride is a fun, friendly and relaxed motorcycle ride. It’s not a race, and there’s no set starting point or time. You can leave from anywhere, whenever

you like, and take whatever route you like as long as you’re at the final checkpoint in Thredbo by 4pm on the afternoon of Saturday 4 November. There are also checkpoints manned by volunteers at Adaminaby, Dalgety, Berridale, Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala and Charlotte Pass on Saturday.

Jindabyne sailing Club is preparing for another busy season on the water. The 2017/18 Twilight series starts at 6pm on Wednesday November 1. The Saturday Pointscore series starts at 3pm on Saturday November 4. The club is also planning to run a Learn

to Sail program for Juniors at the Sailing Club during the School Holidays from December 17 to 21. This will run from 9am to noon and 1pm to 4pm. Children can register online at learntosail@ lakejindabynesailingclub. com

Local schools contest League tag carnival Roads and Maritime Services Roads Act 1993 - Section 29 Notice of proposal to fix or vary the levels of part of Snowy Mountains Highway in the local government area of Snowy Monaro Regional

Jindabyne Central School’s senior team at last week’s league tag carnival.

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Pictured, Jindabyne Central Schools junior team which participated in a local schools League Tag carnival in Cooma last week.


SPORT $70,000 prize pool at the 2017 Thredbo Cannonball

The Thredbo Cannonball MTB Festival 2017 celebrates five years as Australia’s biggest MTB festival, and with a whopping $70,000 in cash and prizes, it is also the biggest prize purse ever seen at an Australian gravity-inspired event. Held from Wednesday to Sunday December 6-10, the Cannonball will see amateurs; rising stars and the world’s best descend on Thredbo for five days of gravity-fueled action. Five events will attract different levels of riders from Australia and around the world, so don’t be surprised if you see your favourite prorider in the lift line. The line-up of events includes the RockShox Pump Track Challenge on Thredbo’s Village Green, the SRAM Whip Wars Big Air held on a purposebuilt kicker, the Maxxis All Mountain Assault, the leg burning Canyon Flow Motion Cup and the tough wearelusty Australian Open Downhill! The Cannonball organisers promise a superb MTB

party with entertainment in the village, with live gigs across the weekend and DJ’s spinning tracks until late! There will be a fully operational workshop at Valley Terminal, with qualified mechanics on hand, specialising in pre-race suspension setup and everything needed to ensure bikes are race-ready. SRAM and RockShox will also be providing techsupport across the weekend for all suspension, brake and drive-train needs. As with all Australian events, competitors are required to have a club licence or an MTBA day licence, which will be available for purchase at registration. There will be limited public chairlift access across the Cannonball weekend. Trail closures are listed below: Wednesday 6th: All trails open. Thursday 7th: All-Mountain Trail closed for

competition. Kosciuszko Flow & Cannonball Downhill Trail Open. Friday 8th: Kosciuszko Flow Trail and Cannonball Downhill closed for competition. All-Mountain Trail Open. Saturday 9th: Cannonball Downhill and Kosciuszko Flow Trail closed for competition. All-Mountain Trail Open. Sunday 10th: Cannonball Downhill closed for competition. Kosciuszko Flow Trail and All-Mountain Trail Open. Registrations are now open via the Thredbo eStore with a 15% early bird competitor discount for those signing up before midnight on 31st October. For more information, please call 02 6459 4188, send an email to mountainbiking@thredbo.com.au or go to: www.thredbo.com.au/cannonballfestival/

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