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Residents oppose sub-division Residents of East Jindabyne/Rushes Bay have asked Snowy Monaro Regional Council to refuse a development application for a sub-division project in their area. The group was represented at the December 14 meeting of council, when Margaret McKinnon and Shane Trengrove addressed council. Using a Powerpoint presentation, they explained the group’s opposition to the proposed 21-lot subdivision. Their opposition is based on their opinion the

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development will compromise what is presently largely untouched green space, follows the length of Rushes Bay Creek and removes public access to the Rushes Bay ravine, which is a popular recreation area. Dr McKinnon said she had lived in the area for 50 years and was aware of the recreational use locals made of the creek and ravine. She said locals were concerned about the road access: Rushes Bay Avenue has two single lane sections

across culverts; is designed as cul de sac and has a blind junction with Jerrara Drive. Jerrara Drive is not built for current traffic volume and offers only single entry to the village. This lack of road access has also raised concerns about fire evacuation. She said there were also significant issues with flora and fauna. Continued on page 5

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Because I Said So OH how well I remember that saying of “because I said so.� It was daily used when I was a child. I grew up knowing that one. Don’t ask question, don’t think out of the box, just do as I say. Well what if I want to know more or understand what this life is all about and what if there is more to all this than I’m being told? Great questions but all answered in the same way. Just do as your told “because I said so.� It was the same at school as the teachers dictated what we needed to know and learn. When an answer was given, unless it was totally right it was not accepted. There was never a chance to be told what a good answer, what else do you think? We were just left with the reality of knowing we were wrong and the answer held no value. We were encouraged so little to think for ourselves. I suppose in classes of 45 children the rule had to be “because I said so.� Even now we are all indoctrinated to do as we

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are told. The television tells us to buy this and that, and we race out to do exactly what has been asked of us. Never once do we question, or ask if that was what we really needed. We buy what the advert tells us to buy, filling the pockets of some very rich firm. They are not interested in you, only happy to take your money, as you have done exactly what the advert told you to do. We race about like little lambs obliging and doing as we are told. There has to come a point where we asked ourselves are we actually doing what we want? Or are we doing what we have been influenced to do, by what we see daily? I always advise people to listen to that inner voice. The inner voice, that brings balance. What do you really want in your life, and what do you want your intentions to be? The person you must trust in all of this confusion is yourself, as only you know exactly what you really want. When I was always told, �because I said so,� I found “whys“ pouring out of me. Why do I have to do this or that? Why is this what I have to do? Why do I not have a choice? I was so pleased to hear the other day that saying “because I said so“ is no longer in fashion. Thank goodness something’s change. It was never a phrase I used in all my teaching years. How wonderful that to no longer be in fashion can make such long awaited changes. Children have always been much wiser than adults. I find when children question and ask anything,

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their magnificent minds are much clearer and unrestricted than ours. I never tire of hearing childlike logic. So as we approach the New Year make sure you are wiser in your choices. Manufacturers want you to buy their products to make them very wealthy and if they add a big slice of �because I said so�, we are all ready to take a bite. Ask yourself, if this is what you really want, and will everything you buy please and excite, because you feel it will. Who makes the decisions around here? Buy what IS right for you, not “because I said so,� but because you said so. WISDOM I’m off shopping.

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$20,000 in prizes for sculptures After its stunning success last Easter, the Lake Light Sculpture committee is Calling for entries for the 2018 event to be held next Easter on the foreshores of Lake Jindabyne from March 30 – April 2, 2018 with a record prize pool of $20,000. “Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organisations and supporters of this event, we are again able to offer a prize pool of $20,000 including the major prize of $10,000,� said Lake Light Committee Chair, Lisa Matthes. “The illumination of the sculptures which may be viewed at night under the Easter full moon makes Lake Light Sculpture a unique outdoor exhibition and to encourage artists to incorporate illumination into their artworks, we will again be offering an Illumination Award Category of $5,000 along with the People’s Choice Illumination Award Category.� The Snowy Mountains area is a great holiday destination at Easter and the picturesque Snowy Mountains and lake backdrop combined with glorious autumn colours provide a wonderful setting for sculptures.

Longtime exhibitor to the event and multiple major award winner, Eden’s Jesse Graham was thrilled to sell another of his sculptures, the 2018 major award winning piece Buoyansea to the Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce where it is now proudly on display on Beach Road. This piece will join Song & Dance in his array of public arts acquisitions which was purchased by the Snowy Monaro Regional Council after the 2013 Lake Light Sculpture event. With record sculpture sales last Easter, the event continues to grow and is now considered one of the feature events on the Snowy Mountains calendar and the Regional Arts NSW calendar. Prize levels in all categories continue to be high with many diverse categories including a range of environmental, encouragement and community awards attracting entries from established professional and emerging artists, tradespeople, local school and community groups. The application form can be found at www. lakelightsculpture.com.au and entries close 2nd March 2018.

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Local properties sell well over reserve prices

On Tuesday December 12 the last Nick Kirshner Property and Livestock auction for the year certainly did not disappoint and will undisputedly go down in the history books. Two iconic Monaro grazing properties were up for auction; “Cave Creek” 491 Jimenbuen Road, Dalgety NSW 2628 and “Geoff’s & Blyton Paddock” 564 Jimenbuen Road, Dalgety NSW 2628.

Both properties throughout the entire marketing campaign received a tremendous number of enquiries from local, metropolitan, interstate and even overseas were all in the mix. With 13 registered bidders on both properties, let the auction begin. The first property up for auction was “Geoff’s & Blyton Paddock” selling under the hammer for $825,000 purchased by

Snowy advisory committee open for nominations Member for Monaro John Barilaro said nominations are now being sought from people interested in applying to join the Snowy Advisory Committee (SAC) with the group to be operational in the New Year. Mr Barilaro said the committee aims to strike the right balance between community interests, technical expertise and Government representation. “SAC members will allow greater transparency of environmental water strategies in the Snowy Mountains and boost the health of the Snowy River even further,” Mr Barilaro said. “We are looking for people with expertise, knowledge, and skills in the management of water for environmental, Aboriginal and/or local community values.”

Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair said the make-up of the new committee will include representatives from both NSW and Victoria. “The new committee will ensure all stakeholders are represented fairly as well as allowing for additional specialised expertise to be incorporated when required,” Mr Blair said. All positions are available on the SAC, including the appointment of an independent Chair. Appointments will be for up to three years, commencing in early 2018. Enquiries may be directed to Jeremy Kinley, NSW Department of IndustryWater on (02) 6229 7314 or at jeremy. kinley@dpi.nsw.gov.au. Final applications must be lodged by 16 February 2018.

David and Suzanne Baines who are a local grazing family, next was “Cave Creek” selling under the hammer for $810,000 purchased by Michael Brown and Gary Thompson, business partners who have grazing interests in the area. Congratulations to the vendors and purchasers with both properties well exceeding their reserves. Nick and his team could not have asked for a more

perfect auction evening. Nick Kirshner Property and Livestock’s first auction for 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday evening 20th February 2018, at the off-site venue ‘Tuscany’ 5474 The Snowy River Way Dalgety NSW from 6pm. For further details, visit their website at www.nickkirshner.com.au or please contact 02 6456 6783 or nick@ nickkirshner.com.au.

Awards to SES volunteers Volunteers from the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) CoomaMonaro and Snowy River Units have been recognised for their diligent service to their community at an award ceremony held December 19. NSW State Emergency Service Southern Highlands Region Controller, Colin Malone, and Deputy Region Controller, Joanne Humphries awarded five awards to five members from both of the Units. Awards and Medals presented at this event included: • _NSW SES 10 Year Long Service Medal

o Jeremy Witherdin – Snowy River Unit o Yvette Amos – Snowy River Unit • _NSW SES 25 Year Long Service Award o Owen Amos – Snowy River Unit Pictured, Ms Humphries and Mr Malone with Yvette and Owen Amos.

Wishing our community a safe New Year & Holiday Season from all the tribe here at Rawsome Earth Cafe & Earth Song Wellness Centre

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Continued from page 1 Fauna • 75 different species, 96% native • Of 12 species of conservation concern in our local area, 4 (perhaps 5) are known to inhabit this site. • Of the 42 threatened species in our locality, 27 could potentially inhabit this site. Flora • The site consists predominantly of an ‘Endangered Ecological Community’ (Candlebark/ Snow Gum/Ribbon Gum/ Kangaroo Grass). • It contains healthy trees of the species currently suffering 100% mortality in a eucalyptus dieback event across the Monaro. Dr McKinnon said the development would create a significant increase in water run-off as a result of the roads and buildings • Erosion • Creek – flow and pollution • The development is proposed for the bestpreserved section (Block 6). It should instead be on the highly degraded section (Blocks 1-5). The group has surveyed 82 people about their concerns. Twenty-four responded, 22 objected to the development, one was in favour (nonowner) and one was in favour if developer improves Rushes Bay Avenue and provides an easement for public access to the creek and gorge. Dr McKinnon urged council to reject the proposal and to meet with East Jindabyne residents in January to see their concerns first-hand. That meeting date is yet to be advised.

Snowy Mountains Care and Early Learning Centre have an end of year celebration where families were invited to come and celebrate with staff and children. The fair featured a variety of activities for the children such as jumping castle,

face painting, cupcake decorating, patting zoo, beauty bar. There was also a graduation ceremony for children that are heading off to kinder in 2018. Miss Jenny has been teaching our students this year and they performed

for our parents. Gayle from the Commonwealth Bank at Jindabyne offered to come and help us out for the afternoon and also donated $500 to our community centre to purchase and maintain our equipment.

Rawsome Ramblings We hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! After those big Christmas meals our digestive systems won’t be happy! We thought we would talk about DETOX this month. Resetting our body is important to cleanse our digestive systems not just after over indulgence but a reset at least once a month is great as our digestion is constantly overloaded with toxins and over consumption of food. A safe detox is a foundation of organic raw food for natural minerals and vitamins, juices and smoothies. When we consume fruit, and veg in its

uncooked form our body thrives on the natural fibres, minerals and enzymes and will naturally repair cells in the body and push toxins out. Our stomachs get so over loaded with food caused by over consumption that it can’t keep up which in turn, the food sits and ferments in the intestines and causes leaky gut. Leaky gut happens when toxic, fermented food sits on our gut fillae and causes little holes that leak toxins into the blood stream which cause all sorts of irritability, inflammation and autoimmune disease. When we fast on

organic juices and smoothies it resets our stomach and starves toxic cells in our body which in turn lead to increased mood, glowing skin, more energy and less bloating and gas. We will be closed over the Christmas / new year period and will reopen on the January 8 and would love to help

reboot your system over a two week period with info films, cooking and juicing classes and encouragement get togethers. Here’s a great recipe to have first thing in the morning over a week or so to cleanse heavy metals from the body. Remember …. What you fuel

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Goodbye, Neen Pendergast The region bid farewell to long-serving local councillor and community advocate, Neen Pendergast OAM on Friday December 15. 5. Mrs Pendergast died on December 8 2017, aged 86 years. Neen was born Neen Kidman, on March 31 1931 in Cooma, the daughter of Simon Kidman. Her mother was a Thompson who lived at Cobbin, near Jindabyne. Neen said she rode a horse ‘seven miles’ to school at Moonbah, a one-teacher school with 14 pupils. She later attended boarding school during the war years. Neen’s family worked with stock in the mountains and she had a close affinity with many of the huts there. With the advent of the Snowy Scheme, life changed in Jindabyne. Neen said it was an exciting time with many different nationalities coming to the area, and a hectic social life. Neen met and married Dave Pendergast in 1952 at Moonbah Church. They had four children, Hilary, Narelle, Peter and Colin. Neen was well known for her more than 23 years service on Snowy River Shire Council. When asked why she stood for Council in the first place, Neen responded “I wanted to do something for the old people in the town, and help those people who couldn’t help themselves.” A wish based on her views formulated after attending Council meetings for a number of years. A number of improvements in the Shire were achieved during her time in office. The one which stands out is the Snowy River Information Office in Jindabyne. The Council had always been earmarked the land for the Information Office but it wasn’t

going to happen. So a Neen facilitated ge meeting in her lounge he room, between the nt then Shire President er Ken Prendergast, Peter Beer, Ross McKinneyy of the NPWS, and Garyy Hugget, to discusss e the matter with the eventual result being the present structure. The communitybased construction of the Jindabyne Bike Path is the second best thing that happened in Jindabyne. The Council rs to the path which recently effected repairs ng waters of Lake Jindabyne resulted from rising last February. Other achievements by the Shire Council included the Snowy River Shire Hostel at Berridale; the water supply from the Lake Eucumbene rather than a creek, for Adaminaby and the Berridale water supply. On behalf of the electorate, Neen served on a number of committees. She served on the Kosciuszko National Advisory Committee for six years – a position she loved and through it, went to many great places. She was also on the Dalgety Women’s Day Committee. In line with her desire to better the care for the older people, Neen served for 17 years on the Sir William Hudson Nursing Home in Cooma. She would like to have seen the Super Clinic completed however she is sure it will happen. Neen has been lobbying for a number of years for improved health

services. Neen thought that there was a lot of changes in Jindabyne during the past twenty odd years, not everything good, but mostly for the better. For the future council: “It is important,” said Neen, “to have younger people with fresh ideas and energy. It is also important to have women on council.” As a woman, Neen was never made to feel an outsider, there was no discrimination and the male councillors treated her well. Her advice to anyone intending to standing for Council is that “They must have the support of a partner otherwise fulfilling the role of a councillor will be very difficult.” At the time she decided not to stand for reelection, Neen said the council ‘had been her life”. Another organisation which benefitted greatly from her commitment was the Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre. With Neen at the helm for 12 years as the unopposed president, the SMNC progressed and adapted to the needs of the community. The SMNC said it was proud to have been the conduit for “this remarkable individual” to safeguard availability of assistance for those who could not help themselves. Neen’s life was celebrated at a requiem mass at St Thomas Church, Moonbah and she was laid to rest in the Moonbah Cemetery. She is survived by her children, grand children and great grandchildren.

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96 Years of Teaching

Sue West and a former colleague, Kevin Dunne, are both retiring this year after a combined total of 96 teaching years between them. Sue caught up with Kevin at her retirement dinner which was held at ‘The School House’ on the Alpine Way last week. Kevin remembers Sue as a first year teacher on his Maths Staff at Monaro High in the early 1970’s. “She was the best first year out teacher that I have worked with in a school”, said Kevin. “Her strength was in her ability to manage students and to set high standards of classroom behaviour”. In those years Kevin and Sue presented in-service courses on individualised mathematics learning throughout the state. Kevin became Principal of St Patrick’s Parish

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School in Cooma and managed to employ Sue as a Mathematics teacher for several years. Sue then accepted a position at the new Snowy Mountains Grammar School in Jindabyne where she has worked for the past 20 years. Sue’s professionalism and skills as a teacher have been clearly evident in her extended career and so many students have benefitted from her excellent knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and principles. Her ability to relate to students in so many different areas has been simply outstanding. Sue’s commitment to extracurricular activities, including equestrian and skiing competitions has been exceptional.

An independent government report has predicted power bills should start to ease in the eastern states from the second half of 2018 as new generation capacity enters the market and eases prices. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) annual residential Electricity Price Trends report forecasts electricity prices across the east coast should fall by between five to seven per cent in the 2018-19 financial year and fall even further in the following year. The report predicts electricity prices will increase in 2018-19 in WA, the ACT and the Northern Territory. The report bases its east coast price predictions on around 4,900MW of new renewable generation, equivalent to more than 40 wind and solar farms, entering the market by 2020. This is predicted to have the effect of easing wholesale electricity prices which have been the main drivers of recent increases. Australian Energy Council Chief Executive Matthew Warren said “the report is welcome news for households and businesses, and suggests that we may have hit a price peak for electricity in eastern Australia. “Increased renewable generation is welcome and a key part of the re-build of the grid this century. We still need to push through with national policy reforms to ensure we make these changes sustainably and reliably, so that costs don’t spike again when the next round of older power stations exit the market.” About the Australian Energy Council The Council represents 21 major electricity and downstream natural gas businesses operating in competitive wholesale and retail energy markets. These businesses collectively generate the overwhelming majority of electricity in Australia and sell gas and electricity to over 10 million homes and businesses.

Deck the halls with essential community funding More than 102 community halls in the Southern Region received a little bit of extra help with their maintenance costs this year thanks to Essential Energy’s 2017-18 Community Support program. Acting Regional Manager Southern, Mark Summers, said Essential Energy recognised the value of community halls in providing localised services and a treasured gathering space and was delighted to support them. “For over a decade, Essential Energy has been committed to providing support to community halls. They are often the backbone of small communities in regional, rural and remote NSW and play an important part in connecting local communities,”

Mark said. “In this season of giving, we’d like to thank all the passionate, dedicated community groups for their efforts,” Mark said. “They’ve each received a $200 donation to support the general maintenance costs of running these important local halls.” In total, 329 community halls across regional, rural and remote NSW will share more than $65,000 in financial assistance. “This funding is in addition to the Essential Giving program where Essential Energy employees donate via regular pre-tax, payroll deductions and those donations are matched by the company,” Mark said. “Since the inception of the Essential Giving

program in January 2014, Essential Energy and its staff have donated over $500,000 to local communities and selected charities.” Essential Energy also participates in the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Red25 group program. For three consecutive years, Essential Energy has been awarded the Service’s NSW State Award for the highest number of blood donations and lives saved in the corporate category for organisations up to 5000 employees. To receive an email notification about the 201819 Community Support program application dates, register online at essentialenergy.com.au/ communitysupport

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Indoor gym equipment aids in the rehabilitation recovery process.

Bruce Wilson is a familiar face in the Snowy Mountains as an experienced physiotherapist. He qualified in 1989 from Cumberland College, and gained his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from Sydney University in 2004. With 15 years of experience in the Snowy Mountains region, he is very familiar with snowsports injuries, and continuously upgrades his knowledge by attending symposiums. Drawn to the area when invited

to manage a ski lodge in 2002 in Smiggin Holes, Bruce and his wife Jill settled permanently in 2003, and took over Jindabyne Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Centre in 2006. At the end of 2015 Bruce and his family left for England to enable a personal journey, and returned to the Snowy Mountains in May 2017, to open a new physiotherapy practice, Peak Physio Plus, located at 1/72 Jindabyne Rd, Berridale.

Peak Physio Plus is fully equipped with therapeutic ultrasound, low level laser and electrotherapy and in house rehabilitation gym facilities to restore function after injury, surgery or to manage chronic conditions. Bruce also fits Vasyli foot beds and prescribes manual massage, joint mobilisation, heat, ice and exercises. From mountain biking to horseriding, water-skiing to snowsports, or just general household activities

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Workshops that may change your life for the better! Bianca Black has been a personal life coach for her Sydney clients for over five years, and moved to East Jindabyne three years ago. She has recently relaunched her consulting business with a series of workshops that she believes will also inspire and motivate locals to make positive changes in their lives. At her inaugural ‘Declutter Your Life’ learning workshop in November, an eager group of ten new clients experienced Bianca’s practical tips, on getting rid of the physical (and mental) clutter and implementing change to live a simpler and more enjoyable life. What has Bianca planned for 2018? Here is her menu for a healthy happy New Year! January = The Best Year of Your Life Work shop: Work on putting together

a year that you are excited about. We will explore new beginnings. Fine tuning the things that you have always wanted to achieve but have never got around to doing. Looking after yourself (mind, body and soul). Detoxing negativity, and the allimportant f i n d i n g happiness and peace for the whole year. March = Stocktake Time: A great w o r k s h o p dedicated to checking in with how your plans from the first workshop are panning out.

Or not! We will explore where you may be getting stuck on a few hurdles. Let’s also look at where your time, energy and finances are being spent and finding out if we can plug up

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wish you could be free of the mess in your life and head that’s weighing you down? Come along to this clutter busting workshop. December = Create Your Very Own Vision Board: Get ready for the new year. Find inspiration and motivation in images. Learn the concept of vision boarding and the principles to what the layout means! Create the life you desire on paper and learn how to make it happen in real life. Bring your scissors! Warning… these workshops may change your life for the better! Bianca can be contacted on 0416 216 677, via email biancablackconsulting@ gmail.com, visit www. biancablackconsulting.com or her Facebook page Bianca Black Consulting.

Snowy Mountains Shine for 2017 Clubman Nationals The Clubman Nationals held late November in Jindabyne, showcased a colourful array of around 80 Clubman or ICV’s (Individual Constructed Vehicle) from as far afield as South Australia and Queensland. Around 150 motoring enthusiasts with their partners, stayed at the Station Resort whist exploring the scenic alpine photo

opportunities of the Snowy Mountains. Each day the vehicles toured different planned routes, whilst nondriving partners explored the area on a tour bus. Thursday’s options included the Long Run, from Jindabyne through Kalkite to Adaminaby, and back over the top to Khancoban where lunch was provided by the Khancoban Primary School P&C. An

alternative observation run through to Dalgety and the back of Cooma was enjoyed by a smaller group. The Alpine Cruise on Friday toured up to Charlotte Pass where organisers complimented Rachel at the Kosciusko Chalet, who opened the café and raised the International flags to welcome the group for morning tea. After a lunch stop in Thredbo

the procession returned to Jindabyne. One of the attendees, Tony Anderson said “The 2017 Clubman Nationals was memorable as a direct result of the outstanding service and performance of The Station Resort staff. Peter Hastings and his team were awesome, and the food was exceptional. Many of our attendees commented that the meals

were far better than they had experienced in bigger towns and cities around Australia.” Despite the thunderstorms and heavy rain on the Friday, trophies for the ‘Show and Shine’ and “People Choice” Awards were awarded at a presentation dinner after a glorious Saturday morning viewing at the Old Town Centre in Jindabyne.

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A big thank you The TS Orion Navy Cadet Unit Support Committee would like to thank the following Jindabyne Businesses for supporting our recent Summer in the Snowies Raffle. Mitre10, Perisher, Jindy Snow, Thredbo, Larry Adler, Time to Ride, Jindabyne Sports, High Country Outfitters, Tracies Cafe, Spoilt Beauty, Bottle-O East Jindabyne, Wilderness Sports and Alpine Sports. A big thanks also to Mountain Life Church for allowing us to draw the raffle at the Spectacular Carols in the Park. Thank you to all those people who bought tickets. The money raised from

this raffle will enable cadets to travel to various activities around Australia and also overseas. The organisation is a youth development program for children aged between 13 and 20 years of age. The program teaches life skills in a fun and safe environment. The Unit is based out of the NSW Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre and caters for all children across the Snowy Mountains. The unit currently hosts cadets from Jindabyne, Berridale, Bombala, Cooma and Nimmitabel. The winners of the raffle were as follows.

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Jindabyne CWA 2017 Christmas raffle results The results of the Jindabyne CWA 2017 Christmas raffle drawn on Thursday December 14th by Nira Windeatt from Mitre 10: 1st prize – a doll (donated by CWA member Pamela Gymer) – won by Ian McClassage – ticket 231950 2nd prize – the Mitre10 pack of homeware products and $50 voucher – won by Glen Symons – ticket 139680 3rd prize – Woolworths gift card for $100 – Noel Braun – ticket 139646 4th Prize – Hairdressers 2627 voucher for $80 – won by Antoinette Braeder – ticket 231886 5th prize – Kristine Ciok Beauty Treatment Voucher – won by M Griffiths – ticket 231861 6th Prize – Snowy Textiles $50 voucher – won by Andy Hearne – ticket 139880 7th Prize – Jindabyne Bowling Club lunch voucher, three jars of BeeJays Honey and Lorraine Phillips awardwinning Christmas Fruit Cake – won by Nicole Warner – ticket 139507 Many thanks to everyone who bought a ticket. Through your generous support, the Jindabyne CWA managed to raise $1,177.50 to put towards helping the Jindabyne community.

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There are fungi at the bottom of my garden by DR BILL CROZIER 22. HYDNOID FUNGI This strange group of fungi are commonly called “toothed fungi”, “wrinkled fungi”, or “spine fungi”. Many can look like normal mushrooms, such as one finds in the previouslydescribed Agaric and Bolete fungi. The big difference is that they do not form gills or pores underneath the caps. Some genera form “spines” or “teeth”, in which the spores are produced on the surface of these spiny projections. Other genera form folds or wrinkles underneath the cap, looking superficially like gills, but far more shallow. Spores are produced from these wrinkles. Although I am certain there are other Hydnoid fungi in the Monaro, I have only encountered one genus so far, the unusual genus: Phellodon. Phellodon tomentosus Commonly known as “Zoned Cork Hydnum”, this fungus was found in several vicinities and with slightly differing habitats. One was growing mid-winter on the water-saturated root area of a dead Snow Gum. Another was growing in late Autumn on rotting wood, on a grassed-soil area, in the vicinity of conifers and Snow Gums. (It is said to have a mycorrhizal association with Beeches, Oaks and Pines). Caps were funnel-shaped; several fruiting bodies were growing side-by-side and fusing together around blades of grass; tough, leathery; 1.2 – 4 cm across; zonal distribution of colours, as follows:

beige at margin, fawn, brown, fawn, blueyblack , black at centre. Undercap was beige; covered with short spines (initially white, then becoming beige), from which spores are released; Spore print whitish. Stem was rudimentary; lateral to cap; 2 X 3 mm. Odour was pleasant. Not edible. Generally: Phellodon species are sensitive to air and soil pollution; they are in general decline in West Europe. In the “Red List of Threatened British Fungi”, P. confluens, P. tomentosus, and P.melaleucus are considered “vulnerable”, while P.niger is considered “rare”. So, our Zoned Cork Hydnum, growing happily at Grosses Plain, leads us to the conclusion that the area must be low in air and soil pollution !!! Phellodon species contain thelephoric acid, and some produce phellodonic acid, which exhibits antibiotic activity against bacteria and other fungi. Finally, Phellodon niger has been used for mushroom dyeing of fabrics. Since finishing the segment on Hydnoid Fungi, I have found another example on my Grosses Plain property. Although well past its “use-by-date”, the legacy of a very hot summer with very little rain, I have been able to record most of its identifying characteristics and confirm the identity by microscopic examination of the few spores present. It is a most unusual fungus, since it looks superficially like one of the Coral Fungi, having a “coralloid” appearance. It was only on

closer examination that minute spines were apparent and this effectively groups the fungus with the Hydnoid Fungi. Hericium coralloides Commonly known as “Coral Tooth”, this coralloid fungus was found, growing at right angles out of a Snow Gum trunk; the tree had died and been blown over during last winter. Some authors group this fungus with the Coral Fungi for convenience, because of its “coralloid” appearance, but the presence of spines from which spores are released, puts it quite legitimately in the Hydnoid Fungi group. The fruiting body was a single clump or coralloid tuft, 10 cm long X 6 or 7 cm wide X 2 – 3 cm high. It was undergoing decomposition to some degree, so the Colonies of “Zoned Cork Hydnum” full fruiting body structure was not present. Colour was dirty-white towards growing on grassed-soil, from dead wood underneath grass. the tips, brownish towards the stem; it was covered at the branched tips by tiny spines, 2 – 3 mm long. The stem was very short, tough, fleshy, branched and cream to brown in colour. A spore print was attempted and, although spores were few due to the state of the specimen, I recorded the spore print as white. On microscopical examination, spores were small, globose to slightly ovoid, smooth, hyaline and around 3 – 4 microns. When fresh, “Coral Tooth” is claimed to be edible. I certainly would not eat this Under-cap surface of “Zoned specimen, as found. Cork Hydnum”, showing many short spines, from which spores are produced.


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With Lee Taylor-Friend Last month my column had the subtitle ‘What a difference a month makes’. This month that subtitle is more poignant than ever‌ On the 20th November I had a fall resulting in concussion/ whiplash. We often think of concussion as something that happens on the sports field. Players get up, shake their head and get on with the game, or perhaps they get taken from the field and have one, two or a few games off before they are back into the thick of it. I now know first-hand how much more complex, debilitating and challenging the reality of concussion can be. Neck pain, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, hearing sensitivities, blurred vision, and generally feeling out of sorts. My first week or two were spent mostly in bed staring out at the gum trees, sleeping and resting. John, Ben and Jake were most understanding and supportive whilst mum was ‘off with the pixies’‌ I am also fortunate to have caring friends who checked in on me, but I could not cope with long phone calls or visits. I needed to rest‌ As I have improved and am able to do more physically, frustration often sets in as it takes so much longer to do

basic things around the home such as cook my family a meal which can leave me with a cracking headache. For someone who is used to having many ‘pots on the boil’, at present, one pot at a time is all I can handle. Multi-tasking is a thing of the past for the present‌ Forget about going out to Christmas celebrations as the noise and crowds are still too much to cope with and God forbid there are any fireworks‌ I got a call from a friend the other day to ask how I was. She is facing her own health issues and we discussed how if it is a visual injury, say a broken leg or broken arm, it elicits sympathy but if it is the unseen, a brain injury, mental health issue or someone receiving treatment for cancer it is usually unknown therefore people often expect you can function or operate at a normal level when the truth is often very different. My friend suggested I wear a bandage around my head‌A new fashion statement perhaps‌ There are many people going through their own personal challenges. May love, light and hope guide us all to a place of healing and happiness. Sometimes it just takes time, prayer and patience‌Here’s to an enlightening 2018‌Lee xx

FALL Repetitive birdsong softly soothes. Gentle breeze carrying her words to me. Soft dance of eucalypt and native grass My visual companions. My brain feels strange. A knock to the head they said And symptoms of concussion. It feels weird to feel weird. Tears explode from nowhere Then disappear as quickly as they came. Not so much angry as saying it as I see it. This level of swearing and honesty confronting yet compulsive. Like a cut out switch has been turned off

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through the beautiful Bundian Way mural painted by Yuin artist Natalie Bateman. At the Settlers Hut the volunteers were kept very busy demonstrating the lifestyle of the early settlers and feeding the children original damper and “cockys joy�. The children were captivated by the fire-place, boiling billy, and the many artefacts and pieces of machinery from the pre-electronic era. Their questions were many and varied. The Bundian Way gallery was a complete change of pace. Here the students were able to view the vibrant artwork of Yuin artists Kathryn Williams and Natalie Bateman. After an introduction to the symbols of Indigenous artwork and a few Yuin words, the students were able to apply this knowledge as they wandered through the gallery identifying animals and symbols in the artwork.

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The Kosciuszko Bicentenary Celebration This year marks the 200th year since General Thaddeus Kosciuszko passing – the Polish engineer, military leader and namesake of Australia’s highest peak – named by Polish explorer, Pawel Edmund Strezlecki in 1840. For 2017, the bicentennial has been celebrated in association with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Not only was it a historic trip to Poland achieved with the delegation of Ngarigo, the custodians of Mt Kosciuszko, but a Polish contingent arrived in Jindabyne to celebrate Kosciuszko’s death bicentenary. After a day at Memorial Hall where a pop, folk and classical music show took place, the Sunday

morning moved the celebration to a greener venue and then aloft to Mt Kosciuszko courtesy of the Jindabyne Aero Club. Making use of a combination of aircraft such as the Nanchang flown by aero club President, Paul Duncan, a Jabiru aircraft flown by Vice President Rolf Thiele and a Bell 206 Jetranger flown by Mike Roberts and Jeff Straney, at least 36 people had a chance to fly. The flights are a culmination from some years ago when the idea of Fraternity Flights over Mt Kosciuszko were borne out of the spirit of the notion to fly friends across race barrier. In this case, many Ngarigo friends had a chance to see their own land from above, like a soaring eagle. Ngarigo elder Aunty Deanne Davison, and

Jeff Straney directs guests Mr and Mrs Skrdzki to and from the helicopter.

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her daughters Iris and Cheryl made it to the clouds, and Iris’s son Jesse with his kids, and the beautiful singers Michelle Dixon with her cousin Tamika Townsend had the chance to see Lake Jindabyne from above. Not only this, but the new Mayor of the Snowy Monaro Regional Council John Rooney had a chance to see his expansive and beautiful shire from above the clouds. He and many others, mainly Poles – some, like our famous dentist Dr Ewa Walczak have experienced a spectacular and exhilarating flight above the beautiful Australian Alps. She came back to Earth unshaken! Such fun, and all thanks to the Jindabyne Aero Club Members. Ernestyna Skurjat-Kozek

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Mackenzie to compete at Royal Easter Show On Sunday, 19th November, SMGS student Mackenzie Harding and ‘Red’ were selected to ride in the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show. We were provided with a bit of background information on the complexities of selection to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show by Ms Sarah Woodhouse, Zone Chief Instructor for the local area (Jindabyne, Dalgety, Cooma, Bombala, Cathcart). For the last fifty years, there has been a strong pony club involvement at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The NSW Pony Club Association supports this and they value their ability to give pony club riders exposure to a world-class event. The NSW Pony Club Association is made up of clubs all across the state. Each rider belongs to a club (Jindabyne, in Mackenzie’s case) and each club is part of a Zone. Ours is Zone 18, which covers the whole Monaro. For the RAS (Royal Agricultural Society, an abbreviation for the show’s organiser), the whole state is divided into areas, of which there are six. We are Area 6, which includes Canberra, Goulburn, Bega, Moruya, and as far up the coast as Lake Conjola. At the Royal Easter Show, the special pony club classes are for team show jumping, some rider classes and sporting. The team show jumping is by far the most prestigious and difficult to get selected for. The horse and rider combination has considerable criteria to meet - none of them easy - and they also have to be at a show

jumping level of a metre plus, preferably above the 1.10m level, and the courses are extremely technical. It should be noted that the course builder for the pony club classes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show also builds the world cup classes. Mackenzie was selected in Queanbeyan at the Monaro Shield competition, impressing the selectors with her attitude, her strong partnership with her horse, and her obvious skill and ability. Mackenzie and Red were joint first in the B grade jumping. The team consists of six riders, of which four will ride at the show, and there are two reserves. Mackenzie was selected as a reserve. Jindabyne has never had an Area 6 representative and it’s been about fifteen years since Zone 18 had a rider selected. Of her selection to the RAS team, Mackenzie said, “This has been an amazing adventure this past couple of years and, finally, some hard work has paid off. I am so grateful for all the people who have helped me and supported me because it really is a life-changing sport. I have always wanted to be selected to compete at an event like this but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. When I got my brumby, Red, two years ago, no-one would have thought he could get this far, as he was so young, had never jumped and was a real novice. He is an amazing horse and I am so glad that I own him. Thank you to all my horse-riding friends, the coaches,

Year 8 student, Mackenzie Harding, and her brumby, ‘Red’, selected to compete in the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show

Jindy Sport and Rec news

Be water safe, not sorry As we enter the school holiday period, Member for Monaro John Barilaro welcomed the launch of the Government’s advertising campaign – Be Water Safe, Not Sorry – that will increase water safety awareness and deter risky behaviour that could lead to drowning. From Saturday 16 December, the Be Water Safe, Not Sorry campaign will run throughout summer in print, radio and social media. Mr Barilaro encouraged the community to adhere to the Governments warning and do what they can do ensure they stay safe. “Tragically last summer 41 people lost their lives in NSW waterways, including 17 over the nine days between Christmas and 2 January 2017,” Mr Barilaro said. “We want locals and visitors to enjoy beaches, rivers, lakes and pools this summer but I also urge the community to look out for one another to avoid tragedy during the festive season.” Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant urged people to do their part to ensure families and friends aren’t devastated by the loss of a loved one as a result of drowning. “Last summer’s news headlines were marred with water accidents and I call on everyone to act responsibly and remain vigilant. Together let’s make this summer a safe one. “I want everyone to take home a very simple message – where there is water, there is danger,” Mr Grant said. The advertising campaign aims to educate people of the very real risks associated with water, and what they can do to ensure they stay safe, including: • Always supervise small children in or near water – don’t get distracted by your phone, people at your door, or attending to other children;

the SMGS equestrian team and my family, for I am so lucky to have this opportunity.” The SMGS community wishes Mackenzie all the best as she prepares for the Sydney Royal Easter Show next 23 March – 3 April.

• Stay sober – don’t drink or take drugs and then go swimming or participate in a waterbased activity; and • Swim at patrolled beaches, where possible – no flags means no lifesavers, so don’t overestimate your swimming ability. The campaign is based on the findings of a report commissioned by the NSW Government from Royal Life Saving NSW which found that beaches and swimming pools were the leading locations for drowning, accounting for nearly 25 per cent of fatalities each. A further 34 per cent drowned in inland waterways like rivers, creeks, streams, dams and lakes. The report also found that 78 per cent of those who lost their life to drowning were men, with young males aged 25-34 years the most at risk. The vast majority of those who drowned were not international or interstate visitors, which is a common misconception. More than 70 per cent of victims lived within 100km from where they drowned and over 50 per cent were from Sydney. In fact only one overseas visitor lost their life to drowning last summer in NSW. The Be Water Safe, Not Sorry campaign will be rolled out across print, radio, social media and Spotify, focusing on the most common locations and behaviours that lead to drowning. For more information on the NSW Government’s Be Water Safe, Not Sorry campaign, please visit: www.watersafety.nsw. gov.au For further information on the Royal Life Saving Summer Drowning Report 2016-17, please visit: http://www.watersafety.nsw.gov. au/Documents/Publications/Reports-Current/ NSW-Summer-Drowning-Report-2016-to-2017. PDF

• It’s been a busy few months at the Office of Sport’s, Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre. • We have facilitated outdoor recreation programs for over 1300 students during Term 4 including our local Monaro Small Schools, Jindabyne Central School, Monaro High and Snowy Mountains Grammar school. • Partnered with the newly formed South East Sports Academy to provide their inaugural athlete induction camp. • Hosted a very successful Active Life Weekend for active over 55’s. Colleen Wilson-Lord OAM has been coordinating camps and vacations for over 30 years and sees Jindabyne as one of the best facilities she has come across. She also added that “the staff where supportive and around all the time to help when and if needed. Always with a smile and friendly attention.” Colleen is really looking forward to bringing more people to Jindabyne in the future. • Hosted a popular Snowy Mountains Woodturners weekend. • Hosted a large touring motorcycle event for Horizons Unlimited. • For the 16th year in a row hosted the Hartley Lifecare Cycle Challenge to raise funds to help those living with a disability to live

their best life. • In conjunction with Jindabyne Lions Club we are once again preparing to host the annual Seniors Christmas Lunch – providing an opportunity for the elder citizens of the Snowies to catch up with friends, dust off their dancing shoes and enjoy a hearty meal. • Office of Sport’s Swim and Survive program is also operating throughout the region over summer at locations including Jindabyne and Berridale Pools. https://sportandrecreation.nsw. gov.au/events/swim-and-survive Quote from Jeni Hamilton – Program Coordinator at Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre: “We are excited that our Kids Club programs are now open for bookings for January 22-25th 2018. “These programs are for children aged 5 to 12years and are jam packed full of fun outdoor activities such as bush cookout, flying fox and archery. “These programs are supervised by professional and qualified staff and allow our local children to get outside and get active during their school holidays. “The programs run from 8:30am to 5:30pm each day and are great value at $55 per day including a delicious lunch!”

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Perisher, Australia’s favourite ski resort, today announced it will be replacing Leichhardt T- Bar with a new quad chairlift to be ready for the 2019 winter. The investment includes a significant snowmaking project bringing the total cost to $4.2 million with the work planned for the 2018/2019 summer. “News of the new quad chairlift is very exciting as it services a favourite area for many of Perisher’s loyal guests,� said Peter Brulisauer, chief operating officer of Perisher. “The new lift will access fantastic beginner, intermediate and advanced runs as well as the famous Leichhardt Terrain Park providing something for every level of skier and snowboarder.� By replacing Leichhardt T-bar and Home Rope Tow the new quad chairlift will increase lifting capacity in the area by a huge 75%, giving guests more time to ski and board popular runs including The Cleft, Powder Ridge, Snowy Trails and the Leichhardt Terrain Park. “Replacing the Leichhardt T-Bar with a quad chairlift is a huge improvement. The area provides some of the best tree skiing in the resort and will be a favourite during the winter storms giving access to great powder skiing amongst the shelter of the tree lined terrain on Powder Ridge,� said Andrew Kennedy, mountain manager of Perisher. The replacement of the steep, advanced only Leichhardt T-bar with a chairlift will allow it to be used by children and beginners providing another option to the nearby Happy Valley T-bar. The new chairlift will have the same conveyor load system as the Freedom Quad Chairlift in Guthega, making the loading process easy for all guests. Beginner skiers and boarders will be impressed when enjoying Snowy Trails, one of Perisher’s

most popular beginner runs with snowmaking installed from the base of Happy Valley T-Bar right through to the load of the new quad chairlift. Peter Brulisauer added: “The new snowmaking linking Happy Valley to the base of the new chairlift will provide Perisher skiers with another lift and run to enjoy under snowmaking only conditions. It will ensure we can open terrain in this part of the resort earlier providing great conditions across the entire winter for our guests.� This major investment to improve the guest experience at Perisher follows the installation of the Freedom Quad Chairlift in the Guthega area of the resort in 2014 and over $25 million in snowmaking improvements. Vail Resorts will also invest US$52 million (CAD$66 million) at Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America, including the world’s first three-gondola inter-connect. The largest single investment in the resort’s history will include a new 10-passenger gondola, new six-passenger high-speed lift and new four-passenger high-speed lift. The investment will also include an expansion of the resort’s world-renowned mountain bike park with the addition of 13 miles of new biking trails. On the heels of US$50 million in lift infrastructure and onmountain dining improvements in 2015, Park City Mountain in Utah, the largest ski resort in the United States, will further its focus on premier family experiences, mountain dining excellence and guest service through a new learning area for beginners, children and families; a transformative renovation to the iconic Mid-Mountain Lodge; and an expansion of the popular, mountaintop bistro Cloud Dine with an additional 200 seats.

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Lambert lands on his first World Cup podium at Val Thorens after coming out all guns blazing last season Jindabyne’s Adam Lambert has proved that he’s a force to be reckoned with, finishing second in the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup at Val Thorens, France. Lambert’s incredible result isn’t the only cause for celebration though, with the 20-year-old and his fellow OWIA teammate Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin having now taken out first and second places on the overall World Cup standing. “I’m super stoked, best result I’ve ever had,” a jubilant Lambert said. “The whole day I was in second place, but those first few heats I was working pretty hard to get through. I was a bit slow at the start, I was in third and I was making my moves the last two, three turns but I got through. “I feel like I raced really well and I backed up my qualification. Not quite the first place, but pretty close.” The PyeongChang hopeful is the only Australian to have previously competed at Val Thorens, coming first in two of his races at the French resort during the 2016 Europa Cup. Pullin said he had a feeling on the morning of the finals that Lambert was going to have a great race day, especially after coming first in the qualifiers. “He came in here, he’d raced here last year. He was feeling the groove early

on in the track, put a lot of that into play, won qualifying convincingly and then this morning when we were just warming up, I looked over at him and I’m like, ‘Man!’,” he said. “I didn’t want to jinx him but I was like ‘This kid’s got it, today he’s in the vibe’. “I’m just so pumped for him. Since starting to ride with him, especially the last year, year-and-a-half when he’s been on tour he’s just really put in some good performances and this one especially.” Sochi Olympian Cam Bolton placed 27th overall after coming fourth in his eighth final alongside fellow Australian Matt Thomas who came 16th. Meanwhile, after progressing through to the quarterfinals, Josh Miller ranked 11th . Despite coming second in the qualification runs on Tuesday, a fall in his final meant that OWIA athlete Jarryd Hughes came in at 25th following the conclusion of the World Cup. Following double gold in Argentina earlier this year, Pullin said that every single run for him at Val Thorens “was a challenge” but nevertheless, the two-time Olympian managed to gain enough points to keep him in the top spot overall after finishing sixth. “And now in the rankings, the first ever

in history Australia is one and two in the world – it blows my mind,” he said. “I’m so happy and it’s just really cool because we put in a lot of work, we enjoy it, we love our sport. Everyone’s having a good time. Lambo’s comment that really turned my head this morning, he just said ‘I’m just buzzing man, look at what we do. It’s just so fun.” Pullin raced in the finals against longtime rival and Frenchman Pierre Vaultier, who finished seventh. “We’ve had an incredible rivalry

throughout our time, met him in the second round and we went the whole way through,” he said. “He didn’t make it to the big final either so it was really on my mind to beat him in the small final, which I got the pass at the last turn. I had to elbow the fence out of the way and make some room in the track and that’s really cool.” The team will now have one day off before they’re back in the start gate again in Montafon, Switzerland.

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(L to R) Val Thorens SBX World Cup medallists: Lucas Eguibar (Spain) bronze, Paul Berg (Germany) gold and Adam Lambert (Australia) silver. Photo: David Barden OWIA

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