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Edition MP9 June, 2018

Volunteers rewarded

Member for Monaro John Barilaro recently presented local volunteers with community service awards, recognising the contribution they make to the community. The presentation was held at the Alpine Hotel, Cooma, on May 18. Pictured above: the Jindabyne based volunteers with Mr Barilaro and Bronnie Taylor, MLC. See more information and photos inside.





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Elizabeth’s Wisdom Words - The Treasured Key Relationships are so special. Most of us spend time looking for connections, and the people who are in relationships love what they have. Others twist and turn, caught up in relationships that have become toxic. Our biggest learning comes from all our different forms of relationships. Most people marry or connect when the relationship is at its highest peak. The love, care, and passion are all in

full flight. The feelings can’t be contained, so a ceremony is created making the feelings for each other public. Basically you’re showing your tribe what you have chosen in a partner, and asking for their approval of your choice. Hence there is a great deal of applause at weddings. Relationships are so precious and special, when they are right. Often we pick a partner from a previous life. We may


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do this to continue the power of the connection from that time, or to fix all that went wrong in that lifetime. Due to that connection we often feel so at ease with our new relationship, or there is a feeling of something is not right here. I often advise my clients to put a deep memory into their subconscious if they want a particular person to connect with them again in the next lifetime. You can hold onto that deep subconscious memory as you prepare to reincarnate, bringing your loved one into your new life. If you have the fortune in your life to meet that very special person on the deeper level of love and companionship then you have experienced something very special. When you can stand in a crowded room, knowing without looking that your special one is watching your every move, their care and love surrounding you. To hear your name spoken in loving terms, and connect to eyes that know what your thinking without a word been spoken, then you have been given The Treasured Key. It opens a door for

you to experience what many cannot. That key opens a door that explores a deeper understanding, a knowledge of each other that is almost like a code to be shared by only you two. A very treasured gift to experience. If you are careless, over confident, or truly don’t understand the connection the key can so easily fall through your fingers and be lost for a life time. Losing or throwing away the key has dire consequences. You have been given a most trusted precious gift, of two souls combining on a higher level. This is not the average experience in daily relationships. A higher spiritual side of a relationship

that must be respected and treasured has touched you. I see so many keys thrown away. Many find the effort to make the changes too difficult or not worth the effort. Often the soul does not understand the depth of the learning offered. I weep for these lost magical experiences and feel pain from the lost hope. When you are offered The Treasured Key in a relationship understand and honor the gift, knowing you have been given a chance of a lifetime. WISDOM Will you be mine forever?

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John Barilaro and Bronnie Taylor present Monaro Service Awards

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The Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Jindabyne.

Noel Braun of Jindabyne.

Noelene Dahlene of Jindabyne.

Nira Windeatt of Jindabyne.

Helen Blackmore-Lee of Jindabyne.

Jindabyne Country Womens Association.

Dr Bill Crozier of Grosses Plain.

Helen and Julian Besestri of Jindabyne.


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Koscuiszko to Coast Update Quolls and other Monaro arboreal mammals. Our mini forum on 20 April was both informative and optimistic. Andrew Claridge (NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service) presented us with his findings on quolls, actually spotted-tail quolls, on the Monaro. Andrew has been surveying quolls on private land to increase understanding of their population, distribution and behaviour. Dietary studies of the red fox and feral cat reveal an almost complete overlap with that of the spotted-tailed quoll. Hence, in sites where foxes and cats are numerous it may be difficult for quolls to obtain food resources. Threat abatement plans should therefore aim to reduce the impact of foxes at priority sites around Australia. However, as yet for cats, no effective control strategies that can be applied at landscape-scale. Ten-eighty poison can be used effectively against foxes, but has almost no impact on native fauna, apart from dingoes. Study methods for quolls include trapping, scat analysis (both location and content), sand traps, satellite collars, hair traps and sensor cameras. Together they are producing an picture of quoll behaviour. Andrew showed many pictures of magnificent animals, their habitats, latrine behaviour, images of their meanderings (if carrying a collar) and various graphs. Spotted-tailed quolls were once plentiful. Andrew showed an image of a quoll cloth to demonstrate the point. However, settlers decided to hunt them, thus greatly reducing their number - disease was also a factor. However, his research and that of others provides some optimism that at least on the Monaro numbers are slowly growing. This appears not to be the case in Victoria. He estimated that there were about 500 animals in the Monaro. This was not an inconsiderable number given the quoll is a top order predator. It seems to hold its own against cats and foxes. While it cannot beat up a fox, it has the ability to climb trees giving it access to food not available to foxes and a place to escape from fox attack. His talk also briefly touched other marsupials such as koalas and gliders. Thank you Andrew for your presentation and ongoing support.

Celebrating 11 years of Jindabyne Tai Chi with leader Jacqui Van Weel The Jindabyne Tai Chi group celebrated Tai Chi for Arthritis leader Jacqui Van Weel last weekend. Jacqui has been conducting classes in Jindabyne since 2007. She and nine other leaders were celebrated and acknowledged for their support of the communities’ health and wellbeing by being involved in the program for over 10 years. Southern NSW Local Health District recently held a Tai Chi for Arthritis training in Batemans Bay for 36 existing leaders and more than 20 leaders. “The Tai Chi Falls Prevention Program has been a valuable service over many years to SNSW towns. Our volunteers have been key to the success and availability of the program being sustainable in smaller communities,” said Southern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Mr Andrew Newton via video message to the participants. Whilst the primary reason for the program is to reduce falls with Tai Chi classes focusing on improving participant balance, strength and concentration, the program has resulted in additional benefits. It aids in reducing social isolation as, after each class, participants meet at a

local café where they talk, catch up and share stories over a cuppa. “Tai Chi classes are often the only time a person leaves their home or socialises. Over the years, the classes have been a great source of community support and inclusion and we have Jacqui’s dedication to the program to thank for that”, said Southern NSW Local Health District Health Promotion Office, Jennifer Mozina. The class is run as part of Southern NSW Local Health District’s Falls Prevention Strategy, and is held on Thursday mornings at the Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club in the summer months and at the Jindabyne

Bowling Club in winter. Jacqui has been supported in running the class with Co-leader Judith Batson since 2016 who will soon be commencing a beginner’s class with new Tai Chi for Arthritis leader Peta Truscott who trained at the weekend. The class and Southern NSW Local Health District would like to give a special thank you to the Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club and the Jindabyne Bowling Club who kindly allow the class to meet in their clubs each week. If you would like to know more about Tai Chi for Arthritis classes in your area please contact SNSWLHD Jennifer Monzina on 6492 9616.

Are you getting enough Vitamin C? Almost all animals can synthesise Vitamin C in their own bodies, making five to 15,000 mg a day. Animals can also supercharge their Vitamin C production as a biological defence mechanism, some (under times of significant health stress) manufacturing up to 100,000 mg a day (wish I could do that). Fruit bats, guinea pigs and primates (that includes us) have lost this ability and consequently rely on ingesting foods to access this essential vitamin. Vitamin C is required for the bio synthesis of collagen, L-Carnitine

and certain neuro transmitters. It is involved in protein metabolism and is a vital component of connective tissue which is essential for wound healing. Vitamin C improves your resistance to infection. To maintain your body’s needs for Vitamin C, it is suggested that you have a least five servings a day of fresh fruit and vegetables. However, you will need more if you are going through a period of emotional stress, have a fever or a viral illness or are on a course of antibiotics, cortisone or pain medication. Are you getting

enough? Symptoms that may be related to low Vitamin C levels include sensitive, swollen or bleeding gums; nose bleeds; dry weak and brittle hair; slow wound healing; dry, red or wrinkled skin; winter itch; easy bruising; frequent infections; weight gain; iron deficiency (Vitamin C helps absorb plant based iron). Supplements to optimise your Vitamin C levels, in next month’s Echo. Cheers from Moontree

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Recognising local business: Snowy Monaro Business Awards

Winners: Eucumbene Trout Farm, Troldhaugen Lodge and Pauline Coxon Gallery.

Gaye Kable, Pauline Coxon and Monaro Post sales rep Cori Isele.

The team from Tourism TRC P/L, winners of the Excellence in Export award.

Fiona of Tall Red Poppy Marketing and Lake Crackenback Resort GM Anthony Cleary.

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Everything you need

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At Nugget’s Crossing we have everything you need for your Snowy Mountains Winter holiday. Perisher and Thredbo have ticket offices located in the centre and are open during the winter months to help with ticketing and lesson enquiries. Equipment and clothing buy or hire or a bit of both, the choices are plentiful and the quality and prices the best around. If you like the finer things in life and want to be in the latest ski clothing, we’ve got you covered. If you are looking for a

bargain or a “just for one season” deal you will find it. You are very spoilt for choice with so many brands and options available. Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor is a top of the line business has an A – Z directory of brand names including Helly Hansen, Icebreaker, Bodner and Arc’tery. The quality and range of their boots is exceptional and their strong tradition of quality boot fitting to ensure comfort on the slopes is as legendary as Larry Adler himself. In the shop they are so committed to providing you with the best ski hire experience, they have created a standalone website called rentaski. to show you the huge range of ski and snowboarding gear. You will also see how easy it is to book your ski hire online 24/7 and pick up in the mountains. The aim is to get you on the slopes quickly and with little fuss.

NEWS for the snow season First Tracks Board Store is the be all and end all in the snowboarding world. This is a rider owned and operated snowboard store. They carry one of the largest ranges of boards, boots and bindings that you’ll find anywhere, providing you with the best on and off snow experience possible. Burton, Arbor, K2 and Capita are just a few of the brands available instore. The dedicated staff are on hill riding almost every day using the gear the store sells, so you know you’ll always get superior and informed service. Ski and snowboard rental gear is available to suit every level from beginners to experts.

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02 6456 1099 Shop 20 Nuggets Crossing Wilderness Sports are the Snowy Mountains adventure ski and outdoor specialists. They are one of the most experienced mountain adventure specialists in the Snowy Mountains and have been based in Jindabyne for more than 30 years. They know and understand the mountains and the right gear to use. The expert guides offer alpine touring skiing, nordic/cross country skiing, telemark skiing as well as snowshoeing gear and tours. Have a look around the web store or contact the very knowledgeable staff about the great offers. There is no-one better to guide you on your Snowy Mountains adventure. Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the crew on The Search. The products they make, the events they run, the riders they support and the people they reach globally, are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on. Rip Curl offers a range of products

visitors and locals and they have built a reputation they are proud of. It would take a page to go through all the big brands that Alpine Sports stock; Smith, Spyder, Salomon, Scott, Skull Candy, Swix and Swany are just the S’s. Use their online ski hire service and check out the great kids ski package deals. Most businesses in Nugget’s Crossing are open seven days a week in winter to cater for the huge demand. Many have extended hours Friday and Saturday to ensure convenient hire and returns. Check out exact hours on the Nugget’s Crossing or individual store websites. Make this a winter to remember.



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There are fungi at the bottom of my garden by DR BILL CROZIER used by ancient tribes. Later, people found that by boiling the brackets, pounding them and peeling them apart to make a “felt� from the fibre structure inside, a “tinderlike� material could be produced. This could catch fire from a spark. In the days of early gunpowder produced by the Chinese and flint-spark guns by Europeans, (above) Brackets of Fomes fomentarius (hoof this felt-like substance produced from Fomes fungus) growing on dead Silver Birch log in brackets was used Sherwood Forest, UK to produce “punk�, a preparation used to ignite the gunpowder in primitive weapons. It was also found to have medicinal properties. The famous Hippocrates (460 – 377 BC) first wrote of the use of Fomes fomentarius as a topical treatment for cauterising wounds (above) “Hoof fungus� brackets, growing on and for externally underside of dead Silver Birch log, in Sherwood treating inflamed Forest, UK organs. Finally, the well-known There are quite a number 5,000-plus-year-old ice man (later of accounts of this bracket nicknamed “Otzi�), who was fungus growing in Australia. For found frozen in Alpine glaciers, many years, I have looked for carried Fomes brackets and also specimens and never found any. some of the “felt�, presumably In May 2017, my wife and I were both for use in fire-making. on a trip to England and, visiting Now, back to the question of family in Nottingham, visited whether the “hoof fungus� really the famous Sherwood Forest, does grow in Australia. The Atlas the refuge of Robin Hood, Maid of Living Australia lists around 35 Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John sightings in this country, which and the rest of Robin’s “merry admittedly is not a lot. In a 2003 men�. To keep this spectacular Commonwealth of Australia book woodland viable, forestry workers on Australian Fungi, Dr Tom have to keep cutting down some May and his co-authors note of the trees; some are sold for that many species of bracket various purposes; others are left fungi, formerly placed in Fomes to decompose and add to the genus, have now been shown to nutrients of Sherwood Forest. It belong in Phellinus genus. So, was on a fallen Silver Birch tree the previous identifications of that I found clusters of brackets Fomes fomentarius in Australia growing and these were Fomes were probably misidentifications. fomentarius, a historically very To check on this, I contacted Dr important fungus. Tom May at the Royal Botanic Fomes fomentarius has many Gardens, Melbourne (Fungimap common names, including Inc.). Dr May’s answer was that “tinder fungus�, “hoof fungus�, he is “still confident that Fomes “Amadou� and “ice man fomentarius is not an Australian polypore�. The “hoof fungus� fungus�. name comes from its similarity Hence, the mystery of why I in appearance to a horse’s hoof. had never located any of this The “tinder fungus� is slightly historically-important bracket more obscure. Remnants of this fungus, despite many years of mushroom have been found at searching, is now solved – it does Stone Age sites, dating back as not live naturally in Australia. far as 11,600 BC. The internal Nevertheless, because of its fungal hyphae mass is highly historical importance, I have flammable. The fungal bracket attached some photos taken of can be dried, a hole bored into F. fomentarius, growing quite its hard shell and fire embers happily in famous Sherwood transferred inside the hole. This Forest in England. (And not a smouldering fire-starter could sign of Robin Hood, nor any of be transported for days and was his Merry Men !!! ) 34. FOMES FOMENTARIUS – AN IMPORTANT FUNGUS HISTORICALLY













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WITH LEE TAYLORFRIEND A few weeks back I was having a chat with Maree McMillan. We were discussing the upcoming Dalgety Women’s Day and the catering that would be done by the DalgetyNumbla Vale branch of the CWA. It is always a big day with much to be done by a dedicated band of volunteers. “Do you need a hand?� I asked. “Yes. That would be good.� Maree replied. I ventured down to the iconic Dalgety Hall early on Saturday morning. An amazing spread of homemade cakes, slices, scones and other delicious morsels were already out on the morning tea table whilst Maree, Meagan, Judy and a committed band of helpers buzzed away in the kitchen deftly cutting, chopping, crafting and arranging in preparation for the order of lunches soon to be filled. It was such a pleasure to work in this kitchen alongside amazing, down to earth women who banded together to get the job done with no fuss and a few laughs along the way. I even got

Randy Wieman of Hot Shots Photography has run several free photography workshops in Thredbo throughout this summer. Due to popular demand, one final free workshop is organised for Thursday May 31, running from 10:30am to 12:30pm, in the Lounge Bar at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. The workshop is for those who want a better understanding of their camera, and a basic understanding of photographic techniques with the following points covered: to proudly wear a CWA apron for the day!! The 19th Dalgety Women Day was another interesting, informative and thought-provoking day with a focus on mental health and wellbeing. There was wonderful entertainment, dancing, singing and several speakers that shared heartfelt stories, experiences and sage advice. I was particularly impressed with the talks given by Bronnie Taylor and Dr Louise Arnold. It was a beautiful day of collective wisdom and connection. I look forward to the big DWD 20th birthday bash next year. Hope to see you there‌Lee‌xx

20 YEARS‌ DALGETY WOMEN’S DAY 2019 Reflections – connections. Everything starts with vision. Dreams – winding streams. From all corners of the Snowy-Monaro and beyond. Floating – flowing – twirling Turning – forever yearning. Navigating – gravitating To ‘Mother Snowy’‌ An annual gathering. Pilgrimage of feminine souls. Refilling their bowls. Deep and abiding. Not subsiding this bond Of women from all walks of life. Trouble and strife fade to a place Of obscurity as wisdoms rise And laughter reigns‌

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Many famous faces and names Wins and gains. But it is the everyday people with Stoic hearts and untold stories That flourish and bloom In this room where we celebrate A ‘High Country’ tradition. Venerated addition to our Annual dance card. Dalgety Women’s Day. She turns twenty. Memories a plenty. As then‌ Now‌ Tomorrow‌ Blend And become One‌ LEE TAYLOR-FRIEND

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• How to use the settings on your own camera to take better photos. • Basic tips for better photo taking. • Using speed settings for action photos. • Using aperture settings of better portraits. • The difference between auto and manual settings. It is a great opportunity to ask general photographic questions, and connect with other local photographers. For more information, please contact Randy at or M: 0408 453 632

The photography workshop group is snapped in action at a recent workshop with Randy Wieman in Thredbo.



Jindabyne’s Snowy String Ensemble win Gold Award at Australian National Eisteddfod On Saturday 19 May, eight girls from Jindabyne travelled to Canberra to take part in the Australian National Eisteddfod at the Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music. The girls, five from Snowy Mountains Grammar School and three from Jindabyne Central School, are all aged 12 and 13 and perform under the title Snowy String Ensemble. They took part in the 16 Years and Under String Ensembles and were awarded a Gold Award as the best performers in their section. Their performance, conducted by their music teacher MaryAnne Simpson, was made up of three pieces: “Jane and Josey�, a traditional American piece; a classical piece “Allegro Con Brio�; and a contemporary Australian piece “Iron Horse Express�. Mary-Anne Simpson, attributes their success to their love of music, the camaraderie they gain from performing together and the solid support of their parents.

The Snowy String Ensemble, back row: Pippi Fuller, Lucy Cross, Aja Bailey, Ayumi Bailey and Alexi Cross. Front row: Olivia Henley, Jaimee Pask and Jasmine Zollinger.

Tim Draxl Fund Workshop Application forms for the ‘Drama and Public Speaking Workshop’ on June 16 in Jindabyne are available now from the Cooma and Jindabyne Information centres. The numbers are limited and may need to be cut off well before the date of the workshop, so to avoid disappointment, collect an application form today! Elise McCann, one of Australia’s most unique

modern day performers will be presenting this workshop for students aged eight to 12 years of age. Elise, who visited Jindabyne last year for a musical theatre workshop was one of our judges for Jindy idol 2017. She is currently starring in Oklahoma as Ado Annie Carnes. Although not compulsory, if the students would like to bring along a short prepared piece of drama or a speech

they have worked on, it would be welcomed on the day. The workshop will be held in the Memorial Hall in Jindabyne, costs $30 and includes lunch. Pictured, last year’s workshop‌three students prepare their short piece of drama to perform amongst the group.

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ENVIRONMENTAL ZONES … ALIVE AND WELL We’ve been a bit bogged down in the Alpine Zone, the smallest area but oh so comprehensive. Not many people actually experience the real Alpine Zone. It stands at the top of the Environmental Zones in our Snowy Mountains … very limited areas elsewhere. Our original inhabitants and settlers used the vast amounts of its bounties. Not yet mentioned are the areas, correctly known as, ‘Windswept Feldmark in the Australian Alps Bioregion’ … easy ‘Feldmark’. These are normally identified by small, broken granite and quartz pieces, with poor soil, in areas of extreme winds, namely Main Range (2010m-2150m).

The natural condition renders plant life almost impossible and those that manage to grow are dwarfed and flattened to the ground. Similar areas to Feldmark can be found around Mt Selwyn, Jagungal and Tabletop. Mt Lee is an excellent classic example, and near Lake Cootapatamba [the highest lake in Australia]. White ‘Hoary Sunrays’ and purple ‘Eyebrights’ are common inhabitants of these areas, greatly reduced in size. Epacris shrubs, growing flat to the ground grow as miniature trees across the stony surface. To wander around the Alpine Zone evidence of past ‘presence’ is clear with fencing and little else. However, to move into the Subalpine Zone there is plenty of tangible evidence of human presence. Many of the mountain huts are still standing and well looked after by Kosciuszko Huts Association member groups. Sadly, there are also many remains, some almost too obscure to recognise as prior buildings. The fact there’s buildings means the Subalpine

flowers; the leaves are small milky, dusty green.

Zone had plenty to offer – including shelter.

OK, Subalpine. It’s an interesting intermediary environmental zone that’s very familiar to most of us without realising it. For a start, there’s trees. Trees are sparse and consist of spartan snow gum woodlands. These woodlands may appear up to about the mid-1800m elevations. In winter months the main settling snow line may be marked by lines of trees. Regular snows must sit for at least a month in these altitudes. Obviously, local weather conditions vary and provide flexibility. Both Alpine and Subalpine Zones can be in pockets within each other where warmer, or cooler, temperatures provide weather havens. There’s always exceptions to any ‘rules of thumb’.

This zone introduces us to ‘frost hollows’. Confusing? The tree-line is above areas of herbfields, or grasses. This inverted phenomenon is caused when cold air sinks into valleys and plains below the trees … as seen in my header photo.

Now, plant communities … areas where similar plants group together, requiring similar soil and weather conditions to grow and reproduce prolifically. Alpine heaths and herbfields give way to the snow gum woodlands. Plants in this zone often prefer to grow amongst snow grasses as a lower storey beneath weather moulded, stunted, and knotted, snow gums.

The ‘Dusty daisy bush’ is a scrappy looking, white flowering bush that bursts into seeds that blow in the wind like dandelions.

Two common white bushes are ‘Alpine Mint-bush’, identified by its sagging white flowers with delicate markings inside. The aroma comes from the tiny leaves that coat the stems. ‘Ovate Phebalium’ is a shrub adorned with five petalled tiny flowers and glossy deep green leaves. The ‘Tall Rice Flower’ is an interesting specimen, often known as ‘Kosciuszko Rose’. The flowers bud like a pink rose but bloom as a ball head of tiny white

Some brightly coloured yellow peas and ‘Leafy Bossiae’ thrive in the Subalpine Zone. ‘Billy Buttons’ and ‘Golden Everlastings’ trip in from Alpine Zone and add yellow to the understorey amongst grasses.

Huts, as mentioned earlier, have been in large numbers in the Subalpine Zone. Examples of these huts are Teddys’ Hut, a cattlemen’s hut, above the Thredbo River catchment valley; Harvey’s Hut near Tantangara; and, Mackays Hut on the Grey Mare Fire Trail. Flora around these huts consists of all the natural Subalpine Zone species. The snow gums are significant with their colourful barks beautifully enhanced by rains and snow. Naturally in all zones there are associated bugs. Various skinks and grasshoppers abound. The beautiful ‘Mountain Grasshopper’ with her rounded, iridescent red, black and blue coloured body under her wings. The male is black, a totally different shape, with a habit of laying on its side to warm in the sun – not dead! There’s also the ‘Mountain Spotted Grasshopper’ and ‘Alpine Thermocolour Grasshopper’. Next month we’ll look at some bugs who reside prolifically in this and other zones.





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Dalgety Women’s Day focuses on mental health

The May 19 Dalgety Women’s Day was again a big success. Pictured above, guest speaker Bronnie Taylor MLC and Dalgety Women’s Day organiser Narelle Willems.

Wendy Hukins and Bert Girling.

The change of day from a weekday to Saturday drew a good crowd to Dalgety Hall.

Speaker Megan Wright.

New names accepted for Highview Estate Snowy Monaro Regional Council has agreed with suggested names for a road in a new Jindabyne development. The development of Highview Estate in Jindabyne has involved the naming of a number of new roads using the theme of mountain peaks in Kosciuszko National Park. In Stage 6B of the Highview Estate in Jindabyne, the developer has proposed the names Alice Street and Rawson Street (after Alice Rawson

Peak) and Abbot Street (after Abbott Peak). These peaks are in the top 10 highest peaks in Australia. Checks have been done to ensure these road names are not already in use in the region or in the national park. The latest stage of development in Tyrolean Village includes the creation of a new road and the name Echidna Place has been proposed as echidnas has been seen at the development

site. In the development at Kunama Ridge around the Snowy Mountains Centre for the Arts in East Jindabyne, the road names Grosvenor Place (named after artist Alan Grosvenor) and Heyson Drive (named after artist Hans Heyson) have been proposed. Council is the authority for naming roads in its Local Government Area. According to the NSW road naming procedures, where new road names

are proposed in a subdivision, the developer must consult with Local Government on road names. Where no other property owner is directly affected, consultation on the road naming proposal is not required. Once Council has approved the road name and the Geographical Names Board (GNB) concurs with the name, Council can gazette the road name. For more information, see council’s website.

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Barry Way and Eagle View Lane improvements Snowy Monaro Regional Council has resolved to improve the intersections of Barry Way with Eagle View Lane and Bungarra Lane. For some years, Council has been aware that Barry Way Jindabyne is off-line by a considerable distance in some sections and is traversing private property without a road reserve in other sections. There are also some sections of Barry Way which are still Crown roads, never having been transferred to Council. From the boundary of the Kosciuszko National Park on Barry Way to the Victorian border there is no road reserve and it is not proposed to address this section at this time. Barry Way is a Council public road which commences at the roundabout intersection of MR286 and travels south to the Victorian border. The road is bitumen sealed for approximately 26.6km and from “The Gap” is a gravel road for approximately 46km to the Victorian border. Recently, the Department of Industry – Crown Lands at Goulburn contacted Council with a view to Council “tidying up” the intersection of Barry Way with Eagle View Lane and Barry Way with Bungarra Lane. Barry Way There are a number of sections of Barry Way where: • the constructed road is a considerable distance off-line, traversing private property. • they traverse private property without any road reserve having ever being created. • there are a number of intersections with Barry Way and access roads off Barry Way whereby, at present, residents are accessing their properties across private land because Barry Way is offline and their access stops short of the constructed road. • the various sections are still Crown reserve road and should be transferred to Council. If Council approves the project to realign Barry Way over the constructed road then it is proposed that the first section to be realigned will be that section around the intersection of Eagle View Lane.

The second section to be addressed will be that section involving the intersection of Bungarra Lane. Discussion with the Crown revealed that Council could apply to transfer all the sections of Crown reserve road where the Barry Way is on line to Council as a job lot. The Crown has indicated that this process could be dealt with expediently. There are some sections of the constructed Barry Way which pass over Crown land and in order to ensure that the road is acquired free of all encumbrances, it will be necessary to acquire the land through the process of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1993 under the

authority of the Roads Act 1991. This process ensures that any Aboriginal Land Claims are either excised or extinguished prior to acquisition and that any Native Title is appropriately addressed. Eagle View Lane Eagle View Lane is, for the most part, a Crown reserve road. In 2014 Council received a request from residents of Eagle View Lane to open Eagle View Lane as a Council public road. In accordance with resolution DOC273/14 the residents were notified that Council declined their request to open Eagle View Lane as a Council public road due to Council’s limited

roads budget and the precedent that would be set. To ensure that the residents of Eagle View Lane enjoy legal access to their properties into the future it is proposed that Council enter into negotiations with the landowner to acquire the section of constructed road which traverses lot 2 DP 1234376 to the intersection of the Crown reserve road. The process will involve a plan of subdivision of the constructed road and a closure of Crown roads to be offered in compensation. The Crown reserve road section of Eagle View Lane would remain as Crown reserve road. It is proposed that the section acquired from the landowner from Barry Way to the Crown reserve

road (approx. 200m) will be opened as a Council public road. This section of Eagle View Lane will then be added to Council’s roads assets register and to the road grading program. However, if Council cannot agree with the landowner on the terms of acquisition of the land then it is proposed to acquire the land through the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 under the authority of the Roads Act 1993. Bungarra Lane Bungarra Lane intersects Barry Way at the top of Cobbon Hill (approx. 3km from the roundabout on Kosciuszko Road). Bungarra Lane is a private gravel road which is the access to a number

of properties including the Bungarra Alpine Centre (accommodation for up to 200 people), and SCEGGS Redlands Limited (a high country campus for schoolchildren from Year 7-10) as well as a number of rural residential properties. Crown Lands has requested that Council realign Barry Way where the constructed road is offline where it traverses two Crown land allotments (lot 209 DP 729704 and lot 36 DP 756686). It is proposed to include realignment of the section of Barry Way between Bungarra Lane and the intersection of Snowy River Way at the same time. This will involve negotiation with landowners together with a plan of subdivision involving road opening and closing of the Crown reserve road. Council officer’s recommendation: That Council A. Approve the proposal to realign Barry Way over the constructed road from the intersection with MR286 to the boundary of the national park. B. Approve the proposal to apply to the Crown to transfer those sections of Barry Way which are Crown reserve road to Council. C. Authorise staff to negotiate with landowners for acquisition of the constructed Barry Way and, where possible, to offer to close corresponding sections of paper road and to dedicate the land to the landowner in compensation. D. To engage the services of a surveyor to identify those sections of Barry Way which are not on line with the constructed road. E. To acquire any Crown land upon which Barry Way has been constructed through the process of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 through the authority of the Roads Act 1993. F. Authorise the General Manager to execute any documents necessary to complete the project. G. Authorise the expenditure and allocate an amount of $135,000 in the 2018/19 year Budget with funding to be provided from Stronger Communities Project PP-219 (Undertake project to align the road with road reserves).



Jindabyne Amateur Swimming Club presentation

L to R Back: Cody Becker, Nic Coleman, Jake Viitanen, Joe Quinlan, Lucy Moroney, Bridie Linton. L to R Front: Mac Livissianos, Hudson King, Lincoln Adam, Will Ballinger

L to R Back - Emily Becker, Keira Parr, Sam Quinlan, Charlotte Linton. L to R Front - Angus Ballinger, Zana Evans, Tamzyn Davies

Cody Becker, Isla Adam, Tia Viitanen, Lucy Quinlan, Ruby Kite

Saturday 12 May saw the Jindabyne Amateur Swimming Club hold their 2017-2018 presentation night at the Lake Jindabyne Hotel. Club President Graham Windeatt, Vice President Cam Ballinger and Race Secretary Jenny Coleman presented awards, medallions and certificates to all the children for their great efforts throughout the year. Jindabyne swimmers awarded for outstanding efforts and results: Club Champion (Highest points on championship day) - Zana Evans Point Score Champion (Highest club points over the entire season) - Lucy Quinlan Most Improved Boy – Dakoda Smith Most Improved Girl – Tia Viitanen Encouragement Award Boy – Lincoln Adam Encouragement Award Girl – Tamzyn Davies Perisher Rising Star Award – Emily Becker Perisher Rising Star Award – Flynn Willmott Coaches Award – Angus Ballinger 14 Years Boy Age Champion – Brock Freeburn 13 Years Boy Age Champion – Sam Quinlan 14 Years Girl Age Champion - Zana Evans 13 Years Girl Age Champion - Charlotte Linton 13-15 Boy Point Score – Sam Quinlan 13-15 Girl Point Score – Keira Parr 12 Years Boy Age Champion – Nicholas Coleman

11 Years Boy Age Champion – Joe Quinlan 11 Years Girl Age Champion - Ruby Freeburn 10 Years Boy Age Champion – Cody Becker 10-12 Boy Point Score – Jake Viitanen 10-12 Girl Point Score – Lucy Moroney 9 Years Boy Age Champion - Joe Livissianos 8 Years Boy Age Champion - Max Adam Zana Evans - Club Champion , Lucy Quinlan - Pointscore Champion 8-9 Boy Point Score – Harry Fish 6 Years Boy Age Champion - Kalani Smith Tadpoles 7 and U Boy Point Score – Kalani Smith 6 Years Girl Age Champion - Isla Adam 8 Years Girl Age Champion - Ruby Kite Tadpoles 7 and U Girl Point Score – Isla Adam 8-9 Girl Point Score – Lucy Quinlan Jindabyne Swim Club Members 2017-2018 Tia Viitanen, Molly Cavallaro, Isla Adam, Lucy Quinlan, Ruby Kite, Brock Freeburn, Zana Evans, Sam Quinlan, Angus Ballinger, Tamzyn Davies, Emily Becker, Charlotte Linton, Keira Parr, Letitia Murphy, Jake Viitanen, Mac Livissianos, Nicholas Coleman, Flynn Willmott, Hudson King, Joe Quinlan, Wil Harmer, Cody Becker, Will Ballinger, Lincoln Adam, Ruby Freeburn, Bridie Linton, Jesses Paske, Lucy Moroney, Dakoda Smith, Angus Linton, Lawson Willmott, Joe Livissianos, Luka Pasalich, Harry Fish, Max Adam, Jenson Pasalich, Dylan Becker, Tyson Viitanen, Oscar Cavallaro, Kalanii Smith. Graham Windeatt and Angus Ballinger - receiving Coaches Award

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After seven rounds in this year’s rugby competition, the Bushpigs senior team is in third place on the ladder with 24 points. Top of the ladder is

Taralga on 34 points and Crookwell second, on 25 points. The Piggies have won five of their seven encounters (the May 26 result against

Crookwell was not available at time of printing). The Piggies started the season with a 33-7 loss to Taralga, followed by a 18-15 win over Boorowa.

They then annihilated Braidwood 80 to 5 and defeated Gungahlin 41-21 before losing 28-12 to Yass. In two recent home games, the Piggies defeated

Bateman’s Bay 50-8 and won a close one against Bungendore 36-34. The Piggies play at home again on June 2, when they meet ADFA.

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Snowy River ECHO June 2018 Edition  
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