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Volume 6 Edition 70 ISSN 1834-0318

WEDNESDAY December 19, 2012


Merry Christmas

With only five days to go, The Monaro Post wishes its readers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Pictured last week, Santa came to visit Cooma Public school’s picnic day at Cooma showground. Kindergarten student Tyler was able to tell Santa exactly what he wanted for Christmas this year. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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Theatrical nominations for DWTCS The final curtain from Dancing With The Cooma Stars in May this year. “Green Room’ hostess Bronnie Taylor, with then MCCR president Sue Litchfield and new president and event manager, Sandy Schofield.



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Lisa Deas Dancing With The Cooma Stars (DWTCS) has quickly become the event that is the centre of our social calendars. The glittering dance-off has been growing since it’s beginnings in 2010 and proved this year to be another smash-hit, raising $180,000 all in the name of cancer research. But it is the entertainment value of the mirror-ball and lycra-clad spectacular that has earned the Monaro Committee for Cancer Research (MCCR) their most recent honour. The committee received news that they have been nominated in two separate categories for the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards. “We are

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extremely proud and excited to be nominated” , MCCR President Sandy Schofield, said. Raising money for cancer research can be considered quite a rewarding experience in itself, but for the individuals of the committee such a fantastic achievement shows them the extent of how successful their hard work has been. “We are nominated in the categories of the ‘In the Spirit of the Community Award’ and the ‘Best Production of a Variety Show Award”, Sandy said, “Fingers crossed we can take one of them out!”. Running an event like DWTCS is not something that is organised overnight, it takes at least 12 months of preparation, “It’s like a full time job, I would hate to

count the hours”, Sandy said. The committee is buzzing with news of the nomination and eagerly anticipating the black-tie event that will announce the official winners on February 16. This nomination is not only a valuable recognition of the MCCR but the Monaro community as a whole. Events like these could not be successful without the support of the wider community, and luckily our community gets behind this event whole-heartedly. “We really want to thank the stars who participated in the event and the whole community for supporting it, because without them it wouldn’t happen”, Sandy said. “This is an award that would really go to the community as a whole.”

Bates Bridge remains closed

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Snowy River Shire Council would like to inform the public that they have received a request for an extension to the completion date for Bate’s Bridge replacement project, until February 1.

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The proposed delay is due to a number of unforeseen circumstances that have impacted upon the original completion date of December 23. Council has been Council regrets any inconvenience informed of the delay and has this extended deadline may cause approved the request. to commuters, local businesses and Council would like to assure residents of Dalgety. residents that every effort is being made to minimise this delay and deliver a far superior bridge across Wullwye Creek before the end of school holidays.


Council can also reassure residents that CC Pines Pty Ltd have completed a significant amount of work since the contract was signed in June 2012. Work to date has included the design approval for a dual lane concrete bridge, removal of the existing timber bridge, realignment of the approach roads and installation of the piers.

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Residents are reminded that council’s contact for the Bate’s Bridge Replacement Project is the Manager of Operations, Gary Shakespeare, who can be contacted on 02 6451 1007.



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The Cooma St Vincent de Paul Society has again benefitted from the generosity of the High Country Automotive Group (HCA). Last Friday, dealer principal Adam D’Amato and general manager David Crawford presented a cheque for $2500 to St Vinnies president Damien Kenneally and incoming president Paul Everett. The presentation was a continuation of the support HCA has given the St Vincent’s both in Cooma and elsewhere in the state. Pictured at the presentation are Paul and Ruby Everett, Damien Kenneally, Adam D’Amato and David Crawford.

Spencer continues fight in Federal Court Commonwealth and NSW ordered to attend Discovery mediation meeting. At the directions hearing of Spencer v. Commonwealth on Friday December 14, Senior Solicitor Nick Gouliaditis for the Commonwealth Government asked the Court for an order prohibiting Peter Spencer from discovery of any further Commonwealth Government documents of any category on the grounds that the Commonwealth has fulfilled its discovery obligations pursuant to Court orders. Mr Spencer’s counsel Peter King responded with a blistering attack on the orders sought by the Commonwealth and State of NSW. As a result, Justice Emmett ruled for a mediation meeting between the parties (Spencer,

Commonwealth and NSW Government), to be held early in the New Year to be followed by a directions hearing on Friday February 8. The mediation meeting will enable Spencer to put on the table a list of categories of documents that have been sought and not produced; also documents that relate to documents that have been provided. This is a breakthrough for Mr Spencer who has been frustrated by Commonwealth tactics since his historic win in the High Court in September 2010

where the finding was that Spencer should have access to the documents he needs to present his case. Continued to Page 7.


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MEIS Fundraising thank you By Michael Boyce Pictured outside the new MEIS premises last week are, from left, Jordyn, Belinda Bucknell (educator), Jacob, Charli, Hamish, Jane, Felix, Justine McKeogh (OT), Liliana, Fleur, Simone Peadon (educator) Bradan, Rhonda (director).


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purchase would stretch their limited funds and could put the service in significant debt. MEIS chose to go ahead and purchase the property. MEIS launched a public fundraising campaign and wrote letters seeking donations to the building fund appeal. Letters were posted to a







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wide section of the community across the three shires of CoomaMonaro, Snowy River and Bombala. MEIS also arranged a loan facility with Westpac. The result has been wonderful. Kath Nichols, a member of the fundraising committee said “That while we were optimistic about the fundraising drive before it started, we have been overwhelmed by the community response to the appeal” The family and friends of MEIS wish to thank everyone

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Direct mail appeal 2012 Golf Day Sip’n’Swing Previous fundraising MEIS working funds Westpac loan balance

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who contributed to the appeal. The direct appeal raised $72,550. This is in addition to the funds raised at the Sip’n’Swing night $5,449 and the 2012



Charity Golf day which raised $7,912. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Monaro – you’ve done it again.


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Guest speaker at Cooma Rotary Club’s December 5th meeting was Chris Adams, who shared his recent experience at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. He attended his first Military Tattoo in 1975 when his family was travelling in the UK. In 1976 when the family returned to Australia he was playing a variety of instruments in the Kiama Silver Band when Adrian Shepherd, who was the side drummer in the brass band, said he was thinking of starting up a pipe band in Kiama and asked if Chris was interested. That was when he started learning the pipe and when Chris left Kiama to move to Nimmitabel he was the Pipe Major. Chris shared the first eight minutes of the event (on DVD) in which the combined Pipes and Drum Corps opened the event. The Edinburgh Military

Tattoo celebrated its 63rd anniversary this year, which was also the Queen’s diamond jubilee year so the theme of the Tattoo was diamonds, this translated into the event through a ‘diamond’ formation that consisted of 200 pipers and 150 drummers. They had two sets, the march on and the static. The event is quite exclusive, bands can only participate if invited and the Canberra Pipes and Drums band were amongst 14 representing the Commonwealth. This event marks the second visit for the band, who based on their performance were invited back for the event in 2014 and who will also be travelling to Canada next year. Whilst there, the visiting nonmilitary bands were accommodated at the grand old building that is Edinburgh University. Before arriving for the event they had about 21 pieces of music to learn, eight for the march on, six for the static set and another six or seven for their final set. They get the music about 10 weeks before the event, several bands had some of their pipers and drummers rejected, portraying the expertise needed to perform at such a level. During rehearsals the Brigadier and the Pipe Major inspect the band and if you are not up to scratch you are out. The band travelled over to Scotland around July 25 and met in Edinburgh on July 28. After arriving they participated in four days of rehearsals during which they had to work

through the Tattoo four times each day. So by the performance time they weren’t too bad, there were 26 performances in total over the two weeks and the weather was quite good with only the occasional rainy evening. Chris said it was a totally amazing experience. There was plenty of time during the day for sightseeing as the show was on at night. On one

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Reliving the days of morse code From the desk of the General Manager, Mr John Vucic Cooma-Monaro Shire Council

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Harry Winchester, Traffic Officer, sending the last telegram from Sydney GPO to Bombala Post Office. Courtesy of Telstra Museum, Bankstown. Fifty years ago on December 13, the last ever Morse Code telegram to be sent in Australia was received by the Bombala Post Office. That was until December 13, 2012 (last Thursday) when the whole affair was re-enacted in order to celebrate the momentous occasion. In 1962 the important official telegram reached Bombala from its senders in Martin Place GPO Sydney. This official message was intended to be the last transmission, but in a twist, Post Master at the time Stan Blyton took it upon himself to reply to the message, for manner’s sake. The telegraph operator on reenactment day was Phil McGrath, who said the event went off without a hitch. “It was a lovely day, the weather was beautiful and it was thouroughly enjoyable”, Mr McGrath said. Locals who came down to be a part of the event were allowed to Pictured, Phil McGrath, volunteer as they have always been and it was a send their own souveneir telegrams to Morsecodian Fraternity & Eden Killer very special day”, Mr McGrath said. anywhere in the world, Bombala Post Whale Museum, transmitting from The event had a good turn out and Office even received a few telegrams Bombala Post Office, last Thursday. is one that is special in regards to this from keen Sydney-siders to mark the Photograph by Barry Smith, Eden Killer history of our region”. occasion. Whale Museum. “The people of Bombala were lovely,

Spencer continues fight Continued from Page 3. Since then the Commonwealth have produced 3,500 documents; however in a great many of these documents the relevant material has been redacted, and Mr Spencer has been denied access to many documents on the grounds of “cabinet privilege”. With regard to the State of NSW they have only delivered 350 documents. These documents reveal absolutely nothing and appear to have been selected on their merits as a PR exercise. However, mediation will provide

a forum for Spencer to pursue the categories not produced by the State. This will not force the two Governments to provide the documents if they are still not inclined to; needless to say that action will reveal a particular attitude towards the proceedings and will be taken into account. There is a sense that with a consistent approach and solid research and advocacy, Mr Spencer is starting to make headway in the Federal Court against the primary respondent, the Commonwealth.

Driver ejected Cooma Police report a number of move-on notices and other incidents outside Dodd’s Hotel on Saturday night. They reported a number of brawls, one of which resulted in a person being hospitalised. Police also attended a motor vehicle accident at Polo Flat on Sunday night. The driver was ejected from the vehicle after it hit a tree and he was taken to Cooma Hospital for assessment and later allowed to leave. Police were awaiting results of blood and urine tests, but were expected to lay a number of charges, including being a disqualified driver and driving an unregistered vehicle. Cooma Fire Brigade and ambulance also attended the accident.

The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport is now calling for community volunteers with vision, drive and integrity to join the Regional Development Australia (RDA) network in New South Wales. RDA is a national network of 55 committees made up of local people developing local solutions to local issues. Individuals with community, industry or local government experience who are able to represent the broad interests of the RDA Southern Inland region of NSW (RDASI), understand local challenges and achieve results are encouraged to apply. Expressions of interest are being sought from community minded individuals to represent and make a difference to our region. It is vital that there is diversity and strength represented in the RDASI Committee. Expressions of Interest are encouraged by Wednesday 16 January 2013. To find out more about RDA Southern Inland visit Further information, including an EOI form and information booklet, can be found at or by contacting 1800 505 938 (Mon–Fri 9am-5pm AEDST) or

A Christmas thought As the festive season continues to gather pace, I’ve been thinking about Christmas and what it means to most people. I’ve also been thinking about a Christmas message that has meaning, value and substance without offending anyone. And I decided to consult some very important people in my life – my grandchildren – and ask the question: What does Christmas mean to you? They responded with a passage from their (and my) favourite Dr Seuss book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and I would like to share this with you: “And the Grinch with his Grinch feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling how could it be so? “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘til his puzzler was sore. “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” On behalf of council and staff, I wish everyone a joyful and peaceful time with their families and friends over the Christmas period and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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The Postman’s thoughts are with the families of the 27 people shot in Newtown, Connecticut last Saturday. It has been reported that 84 people are shot each day in the USA. That’s a fair percentage of the population being killed every year. But, it is a ‘right’ in that country to carry arms. Weapons, even high power ones, can be easily purchased and used for whatever purpose. So would gun laws similar to ours in Australia work over there? Probably not. During the great gun buy-back here, only the law-abiding gun owners handed their guns back in. The baddies and criminals still have theirs. But who knows what goes through the mind of someone which leads to his gunning down 20 innocent children? As this is the last Monaro Post edition before Christmas, The Postman would like to wish all his readers a very Merry Christmas and a particularly happy New Year.

2012 has really flown by – it feels like it was Christmas only a few weeks ago. But the presses aren’t stopping - we’ll be out again next week and again on January 2, to begin another busy year. If you are travelling away for Christmas, take care on the roads, drive defensively and for goodness’ sake – don’t drink and drive. Fellow kamikaze shoppers – we now have five shopping days left. But, if you take the simplistic avenue open to you, you can purchase gift cards/shopping vouchers, until closing time on Monday night. Be brave! A Christmas funny - a woman, with nondescriptive hair colour, goes into the (not necessrily Australian) Post Office and asks for 50 Christmas stamps. The postal clerk asks “What denominations?”. The woman, says, “this is PC gone to far, but you had better make it 10 Catholic, five Protestant, three Baptist and two Lutheran”. Boom! Boom!

Yuletide Greetings

Wednesday December 19, 2012

The front and back covers of the much-travelled Christams card, cannily exchanged for 60 years. Editor, It is already that time in December when we must make time to send off our annual Xmas cards to those many friends we have made over the years and like to keep in touch with – not forgetting of course, dear old Aunt Maude in WA. I have a good mate whose parents were from Scotland while he is a first generation Australian. He just turned 22 this year. (well actually he is 88 – but being born on February 29 his parents may have foreseen an opportunity to economise on birthday presents for their young offspring.) I was best man at his wedding many years ago prior to moving to NSW to join the SMHEA and we have kept in touch over the years. Bill (I call him Will) inherited his parent’s frugal ways and so 60 years ago he sent me a Scottish Christmas card, claiming it cost him a lot and would I save it? Well I did save it and the next year (1953) I sent the card back to Will. Lo and behold that card has travelled back and forth between us via Australia Post for


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the last 60 years! It is looking pretty scruffy now, silverfish, moths, wear and tear have all taken their toll but it records “To/From - To/From” over the years together with the additional news of growing families, wedding anniversaries (our 65th this week) and on the front of the card it reads “ - - I’m hopin’ that ye’ll save it since it was so verra dear” One of Will’s messages on the card says “We thank ye for the trouble o’er heedin’ this wee verse, Ye no’ only saved the greetin’ ye also saved our purse. Keith Montague 45 Orana Ave Cooma 2630

Meals on Wheels roster Mon 14: Uniting Church, Jan Wansink, 6452 2474; Tue -Thur 15-17: town roster, Di Good, 6452 3516; Fri 18: Baptist Church, Margaret Echarri, 6452 3911; Mon-Fri 21-25 Catholic Church, Norma Lynch, 6452 3334; Mon 28: Closed. Tue -Wed 29 - 30: Lions Club, Bob Weston, 6452 2875; January Thu 31: town roster, Di Good, 6452 Tue 1: closed Wed – Fri 2-4: town roster, Di 3516; Good, 6452 3516; Mon-Fri 7-11:Anglican Church and February Friends, Laurine Mugridge, 6452 Fri 1: NAB. Darren Steinke, 0427 780 284. 1167; December Mon-Fri 17-21: Catholic Church, Norma Lynch, 6452 3334; CLOSED MONDAY 24 TO WEDNESDAY 27 Thurs 28: town roster, Di Good, 6452 3516; Fri Dec 28: NAB. Darren Steinke, 0427 780 284.

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Wednesday December 19, 2012


Car Club helps SouthCare

Pictured, Snowy Southcare CEO Owen Finegan is presented with a $2000 cheque by car club president Michael Manthey. Also pictured are club members Kel Goodman and Rodney Britton. The Cooma Historic Motor Club The money was accepted by (Car Club)has made a $2000 Southcare CEO, Owen Finegan, last donation to Snowy Hydro Southcare Thursday. helicopter. Mr Finegan thanked the club for The money was raised through the donation. club activities which included a The $2000 is roughly the cost of recent rally to the South Coast, a Southcare mission from Cooma to which saw 79 vehicles take part. Canberra.





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COUNCIL communiqué Weather permitting the following roadworks will continue Wooran & Yareen Roads, watermain Dulcie Street, Bredbo, construction Smiths Road, pothole repair Old Dangelong Road, maintenance grading Jerangle Road, maintenance grading, gravel re-sheeting Carlaminda Road, maintenance grading Peak View Road, maintenance grading

Christmas Day Waste Collection Cooma-Monaro Shire Council wishes to advise that Waste Collection for Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December will be brought forward to Monday 24 December Please put your bins out on Sunday night for Monday morning collection New Year’s Day collection will be as normal Cooma-Monaro Shire Council Resource and Waste Services wish you a

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe 2013


Dulcie Street, Bredbo

Notice is hereby given that weather permitting, Council staff will be undertaking repairs/ construction work as listed below. LOCATION: 4574 Monaro Highway, Colinton, NSW 2626 Proposed Date: From 17 December 2012 up to and including 28 December 2012 Planned Duration: 9 days Description: Upgrade to the Colinton Fire Shed. This work is expected to have a direct impact on: • Flow of Traffic • Access to Premises • Pedestrian Movement Council apologises for the inconvenience. Enquiries can be directed to Council’s Works Manager on 6455 1830

SCRAPMART CLOSURE OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD The Scrapmart facility at the Cooma Landfill will be closed on Saturday, 29 December, 2012 and Saturday, 5 January, 2013. Scrapmart will reopen on Saturday, 12 January, 2013 and continue trading every Saturday during the year. The Resource and Waste Department would like to wish everybody an enjoyable Christmas and a happy new year.

Additional funding allocation by council Footpath Repair Program As a result of community concerns that footpath hazards are not being repaired in a timely manner, council resolved at its December meeting to increase footpath maintenance funding for 2013 by $22,000. This funding was allocated from council’s Infrastructure Reserve. Work will commence early in the new year. Council owns approximately 36.69km of built footpath across the shire, totalling approximately 44,028m2. The area of footpath that requires replacement due to identified hazards is 2417m2. Council’s annual budget for footpath maintenance is typically $32,000. The cost to remove all trip hazards, other than by grinding or patching, is estimated to be in the vicinity of $300,000.

NEXT COUNCIL MEETING – 11 FEBRUARY 2013 The next council meeting will be held on Monday, 11 February 2013 in the Council Chambers, Cooma commencing at 4.30pm.

Road construction works on Dulcie Street in Bredbo have now been completed.

Tinderry Road

RECLASSIFICATION OF COMMUNITY AND OPERATIONAL LAND Members of the public are invited to attend a Public Hearing in the Monaro Regional Library meeting room on Thursday, 17 January 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, regarding the classification and reclassification of council-owned land as Community or Operational Land, as listed in Schedule 4 of the draft Cooma-Monaro Local Environmental Plan 2012. A representative from a local firm of solicitors will preside at the hearing. Members of the public are invited to make submissions at the hearing. JOHN VUCIC  GENERAL MANAGER 

PO Box 714 COOMA NSW 2630

Gravel resheeting on Jerangle Road Council has allocated an additional $30,000 to its Jerangle Road gravel resheeting program for the 2013 calendar year. Council recognises there is still much more to be done and will continue to seek ways to address the estimated $150,000 shortfall in funds needed for a shire-wide program of sustainable gravel resheeting.

ARE YOU HOSTING A CONFERENCE, REUNION OR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP IN COOMA? We can provide your guests with our ‘Welcome to Cooma Packs’ completely free of charge to you. These packs are designed to inform visitors of things to see in do in our town, provide dining and accommodation information, maps & general details about the area. Please contact the Cooma Visitors Centre to enquire Ph: 02 6455 1745 or e-mail

Council recently completed significant road widening works on the Tinderry Road, using specialist contractors to assist in blasting rock to widen the narrow mountain road.


Wednesday December 19, 2012


Mooney celebrates 50 years as agent Fifty years is the one occupation is becoming a rarity, but it is a testament to the dedication and enjoyment stock and station agent, John Mooney, has enjoyed in the industry. John celebrated his 50th anniversary as an agent last Friday, December 17, having started his career on that date in 1962 as an agent with AML & F in Cooma. His boss, and mentor in that first position was the late Jim Quodling. For the next seven years, John continued to work for AML & F around NSW, at Orange, Nyngan, Cowra, Guyra and Forbes. His experience included bookkeeping, merchandise, insurance, livestock and auctioneering. He returned to Cooma in 1970, employed as an agent with Pitt Son and Montague. When Frank Montague moved to Canberra, John became manager. In 1983, the business changed, becoming Elders, Pitt Son, AML with John as manager. He set up the new business in Massie Street, Cooma. In 1986, John decided to go out on his own, so set up John Mooney Pty Ltd, trading as a stock and station agent, real estate agent and registered valuer. John remembers his career clearly. He remembers starting work on December 17, 1962. He walked into AML & F at 9am and

was given a broom by Jim Quolding and told the sweep the footpath. “Jim was a great boss and so was Frank Montague”, John said. John remembers the vagaries of the rural industry, the highs and lows over many years. He believes the boom years were 1988-1990, with high wool and Merino markets and said 2010-2011 were the best two years for sheep and lambs, with stock selling to $200 a head. John said “I have crossed a few dry gullies as well, experiencing the 1965/6 drought in Nyngan, the cattle crash of 1974/6, the big drought on 1979/83, in particular 1982. “In 1991, we were shooting sheep and giving them away for nothing. Twenty years later, similar sheep realised $150/ head. “The 1990 were tough years with recession, dry years and falling livestock and property values. Tough times toughen agents up and make them wiser and better agents n the future. “I have enjoyed my time as an agent and have many longtime and lasting friendships with clients, buyers and agents alike. John has thanked his wife Gai and his family for their support over the years. He said he has clients that have entrusted him with their business for more than 40 years, and their loyalty is most appreciated. “As I enter the home straight of my

agency life, I intend to put to good use the experience I have gained, until the concrete in the yard gets too hard” John said. John Mooney is presented with a memento of his 50 years by fellow agent, Chipy Boller at Monday’s sheep sale. Below; the ‘old’ AML & F team, John Mooney, Bob Norton and Chippy Boller.


19th December, 2012

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Cooma-Monaro Shire Council wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy 2013.


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Councillor Rogan Corbett 0412 722 505

Councillor Martin Hughes 0405 209 685

Councillor Angela Ingram 0410 036 671

Councillor Tony Kaltoum 6452 1730

Councillor Craig Mitchell 0429 383 388

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Wednesday December 19, 2012

Citizenship award for Marie Elaine Koenig The Koenig family poses for a photograph with mayor Dean Lynch last Monday night, after Marie Elaine was made a Citizen of Australia prior to the monthly Cooma-Monaro Shire Council meeting.

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Snowy River Shire Council’s project to replace the single lane timber bridge that crosses Wullwye Creek on the Dalgety road (locally known as Bate's Bridge) has been underway since the contract was signed on 19 June 2012. The expected completion date for the new concrete dual lane bridge, with minor realignments to the approaches was identified as the 23rd December 2012. Unfortunately during the construction phase a number of small issues have required the contractor to request an extension until February 2013, the details of which were briefed to Snowy River Shire Councillors at its DOC Committee meeting on 11 December 2012. Council would like to assure the public that the agreement to delay this project was not taken lightly but the reasons provided were sufficient to justify this extension. Council would also like to reassure residents, businesses and tourists that every effort is being made by the contractor to minimise the delay, although any major activity during period 22 December 2012 to 2 January 2013 is unlikely.

Security investment for Monaro High School Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced that Monaro High School will receive a security upgrade as part of the NSW Government’s Security Initiatives Program. “CCTV cameras will be installed at Monaro High School to improve the security of the School’s facilities and assets,” Mr Barilaro said.

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has ensured that schools like Monaro High haven’t been left behind on funding programs such as this one,” Mr Barilaro said. “I am very pleased that the Monaro High School will be better protected through this State Government investment.”

beyondblue report card beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO has welcomed the release of the National Mental Health Commission’s (NMHC) first national Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide. “The National Report Card has focused on how governments, service delivery organisations,those working in the health sector and non-government organisations like beyondblue need an integrated collaborative approach to improve

the lives, health and wellbeing of people with a mental illness. We should not lose sight of the fact that the wellbeing of people with mental health problems and their families is our first priority. “ b e y o n d b l u e supports this approach and commends the National Mental Health Commission for committing to drive continuous improvement and evaluation of programs and initiative. This will help people with mental illness and

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their families have better access to services, meaningful employment and a safe place to live. “We endorse Commissioner Janet Meagher’s comment that people with mental health problems want the same thing as everyone else and agree that even the most disadvantaged people should be able to lead a contributing life. “We welcome the NMHC’s commitment to pull together a Taskforce to promote better work opportunities for people with mental health problems and we thank the Commission for the opportunity to participate in the Taskforce and to build on the work we have already done in raising awareness of good mental health practices in the workplace. “We recognise that mental illness like depression and anxiety has a high economic and social cost to the community, and will continue as the Report suggests, focusing on and promoting the value of good mental health to the community. “We are pleased to see that several of the NMHC’s priorities are already priorities for beyondblue”, she said.


Wednesday December 19, 2012

Rewa’s work to feature in 2013 National Portrait Prize The judges for the National Photographic Portrait Prize for 2013 have selected Rewa Nolan’s portrait as a finalist for the NPPP 2013 exhibition. The quality of the submissions was exceptional which made it a difficult task for the three judges to reduce the overall pool of 1200 photographs to the final 53 portraits for the exhibition. The winning portrait will be announced at the exhibition launch at the National Portrait Gallery on March 9. The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.


“During this photo session my two children Molly and Finn jumped around like cheeky monkeys and I was about to either add the cat to the scene or call it quits! Then the laughter stopped “Family portraits and this moment are easier when the happened. I captured children aren’t your

Molly’s expression then I asked Molly why the frown? She told me, “You have washed out all the birdsnests and now the birds have nowhere to live!” “Sharing this steep learning curve with our children is a privilege, their curiosity is contagious and it

inspires me to use my camera to explore our journey together”, Rewa said.

Rewa Nolan’s winning portrait of her daughter Molly.

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Member for Monaro John Barilaro has reassured the community the Snowy Mountains Highway would be open in both directions during the Christmas break. “Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is carrying out essential maintenance work on a retaining wall at Brown Mountain between Bemboka and Nimmitabel, about 400 metres below Pipers Lookout. The work is to restore a 60 metre section of the outer embankment which has been eroded by a number of severe storms since 2010,” Mr Barilaro said. “Work being carried out

includes a new outer face for the embankment, repairs to the road shoulder and re-installation of guardrail. “Traffic passing the worksite has been restricted to one lane for the safety of motorists and workers. “Work will be suspended during the holidays from the afternoon of Friday 21 December and both lanes will be reopened to traffic. “Many families use the road to travel between Canberra and the coast during the holidays, with traffic doubling at times. “RMS is working to ensure this vital route can deal with the

increased traffic volumes without unnecessary delays during this time. “Work will restart on 7 January 2013, reverting to one lane with portable traffic lights in place to guide motorists through the worksite. “Traffic control will again be removed and both lanes reopened for the Australia Day long weekend also. “Work to improve safety and travel conditions on Brown Mountain is expected to be completed in late February 2013, weather permitting,” Mr Barilaro said.

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Ross Tinker, on duty at Berriale Pool.

Ross Tinker In summertime, Berridale pool becomes a centre of social enjoyment, adults exercising and catching up, children having fun, and everyone enjoying the warmth, water, swimming and sunshine. This is my 15th season at the Berridale Swimming Pool. Prior to that, I spent a few years at the Cooma swimming pool. In a day’s work I enjoy meeting many members of the Snowy Mountains community, and have learned we are amongst a great community of friendly and generous people. It seems I’ve spent most of my life around water. Born near the beach, I started swimming and surfing when very young and I still really enjoy both. For a number of years I was involved in triathlons, and I spent three years in the UK teaching water skiing. I started a swim squad at Berridale Pool as a Level 1 coach in the early 90s, producing a great bunch of successful young swimmers over several years. As you know, we have some interesting weather over the summer. One particular hot January morning, just before opening, a whirlwind stormed across the pool causing a waterspout. The pool cover was unfurled and spiralled

twenty metres up into the air. It was an amazing sight, but a big job to unravel. Of the three I have witnessed here that one was the most dramatic! We’ve also had many thunderstorms. One I clearly remember was approaching looking very ominous. Shortly after I evacuated the facility, a lightning strike hit the car park light tower beside the filtration room, blowing out the electrical box, leaving a hole in the ground, and leaving my ears ringing for about an hour. Many generations have grown up enjoying this valuable town asset. The positive mental, emotional and physical well-being derived from having this facility in Berridale is immeasurable; and the number of children that have learned to swim here since 1967 is incalculable. Council’s made the pools free from December 17 - 23, so jump in and enjoy this sunny outdoor 25m pool, and toddler area for free. I look forward to seeing you there! Swim into Summer is a Snowy River Shire Council Preventative Health Initiative made possible by the Monaro Rural Health Service and Department of Health and Ageing. For more information on this promotion, Contact Lee Brulisauer, Health Promotions Officer, on 02 6451 1509 or lee.

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Wednesday December 19, 2012

Street Carnival celebrated in Bombala

singing some old time favourites. The BMX demonstration organised by John Graham showcased some of the region’s best talent on a bicycle with local rider Tony Anthony of Cooma banging out some of his amazing tricks and international professional rider Rhys Kember showing off his skills with an array of back flips, tail whips and superman variations! Along with the shop local promotion

Tej Annual Bombala Street Carnical was held last Thursday night. The event was a huge success with many of the people in attendance praising the hard work put in by Council staff and event organiser Steve Rickett. The Dunking machine was a huge hit with the locals. The live music performed by local musicians was also a major drawcard along with the local choir


Thank you to all of those who attended raffle and numbers wheel, the locals were rewarded with lots of prizes donated by and we look forward to next year’s event. local business and community groups Pictutred, Rhys Kember whipping up a All in all it was an awesome event that storm in the BMX demo, back flipping for was enjoyed by all. A big thankyou goes out to all the the crowd and doing what he does best! businesses, community groups, Bombala Council and all the people involved to make this event one of the best that Bombala has seen in a long time.


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Wednesday December 19, 2012

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Teaching driving at school ? The idea of adding a compulsory driving unit to the school curriculum is one that would be considered in a perfect world scenario, but Lydia Mckeachnie from the Monaro Driving School can see that with a curriculum that is so full, it something that will only remain a dream. “I believe the school curriculum is just too full, it’s not feasible to do something like that.” Said Mrs Mckeachnie. “Children should be learning about driving at a much younger age.” She said. The main problem is that outside of school hours, children do not want to participate in driving programs. The Government has recently approved a new program called keys2drive (which can be accessed online at which allows all learners in Australia to receive one free driving lesson from an accredited driving instructor. “It’s a great initiative” Says Mrs Mckeachnie, “But unfortunately the uptake rates of this opportunity in the country do not match those of the city.” She said. “A problem that we have here in the country is that a lot of children learn to drive from a young age on properties, they then don’t think they need driving lessons.” She said. Mrs Mckeachnie believes that driving lessons are essential as a part of developing a child’s driving skills and that all children should be encouraged to have at least one lesson before applying to get their P Plates. The Monaro Driving School already participate in many programs in order to assist young driver training. The school alone funded many advertisements to attempt to promote the Government’s keys2drive program, “I only received calls from two children who were interested in the program”, Mrs Mckeachnie said. The lack of awareness in regards to such programs is something that bothers Mrs Mckeachnie greatly. The free lesson counts towards three hours in a learner’s log-book and there are no requirements for further lessons from the driving school or any other catches. The Federal Government have made this initiative for the sole purpose of helping learner drivers become safer drivers. Mrs Mckeachnie would like to promote this program so that

more children make the most of this opportunity. The Monaro Driving School also actively participate in the RYDA program that is run by Rotary and held at Bega on an annual basis. This program has a participation level of more than 3000 children in the Snowy Mountains and South Coast regions and is aimed at year 11 and 12 children. Local schools are involved in the program and it is free of charge for the children who only need to pay for the bus ride to the event. The Monaro Driving School offer their services free for three days and have received feedback that it is one of the best driving programs they have ever participated in. Mrs Mckeachnie recently spoke to the ABC radio about the suggestion of compulsory driver education in schools and this has sparked conversation of the topic throughout our local schools. Monaro High School Principal Adrian Bell feels similarly about compulsory driving units in schools. “It sounds like a very good idea, the only concern for us as a school is the balance we need to maintain in regards to the demands of the school curriculum.” He said. “In other words, what would we need to take out of the curriculum to make room for it?” Mr Bell said. However, as a parent he could see the definite benefits of having such a program. “I do feel like primarily the responsibility lies with the parents. I have children and I believe it’s my job to ensure they have the skills required to drive.” He said, “But also I believe that the more experience possible the better. So if the school could help with that, then we definitely would.” Said Mr Bell. Monaro High School, along with several other schools in the region, already participate in the Snowy Hydro Young Driver Training Program, which sees children learning to deal with the risks associated with snow and ice driving. Mr Bell said that he believed more general time behind the wheel would be very beneficial for children. “As a community it is something we need to get behind and support for our children.” Continued on Page 19.

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Dalgety Public School walks Mount Kosciuszko Maddy Kirshner On Thursday December 6, the whole of Dalgety public school and parents walked to the summit of the highest mountain in Australia. At the half way mark the students had a choice of going to the summit or staying at half way and playing games. All of the students decided they wanted to climb to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko. We had about five stops on

the way to the top so we could catch our breath and give ourselves energy boosts. At Rawson’s Pass there was only one kilometre to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko which made everyone determined to reach the top. There was one part on the walk where there was about 20 metres of snow that we had to walk through. It was really hard for everyone to get across because it was very slippery

and wet. It was especially hard for the younger students in the school but they still managed to reach the top. At the top we all got our pictures taken on the summit. We were all very proud of ourselves and each other. We all sat down and ate lunch before continuing on the long journey home. It was a very tiring day but everybody had a fantastic time.

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Wednesday December 19, 2012

Teaching driving at school Continued from Page 17. David Hogan from Snowy Hydro backs up what Mr Bell has to say and goes on to say that targeting children through the school environment is the best way to get large numbers of children involved. “We used to run our driving programs on the weekends and get around 30 – 40 children attending.” He said, “now that we run the program through the schools we get around 300 children participating from all the high schools in the Snowy Mountains Region.” Said Mr Hogan. Mr Hogan also expressed that Snowy Hydro did not wait for the Government to act and instead took the situation into their own hands, directly contacting the schools in the region, who were more than happy to accommodate the program. The program has been running for the last four years and consists of two theory lessons as well as a practical

experience learning to control a skid car. Snowy Hydro support any young driver training initiatives and will be the first to say that attempting to target children through their schooling environment is a very effective way of getting the message across. So when it comes to the consideration of including driver training in the school curriculum it is obvious that there are many considerations to be made. The idea itself is one that has the support of many who are involved with the education of children, but currently the popular opinion is that with the school curriculum as full as it is, it’s just not a practical expectation. However, it is obvious that attempting to target children in the schooling environment is definitely the most effective way to get the safer driving message across.

Berridale Lions Carols in the Park This event will take place on Friday December 21 in the Berridale Lions Park. With the Berridale SBS committee no longer needing funds to operate the SBS television service in Berridale the Club has decided to run the event as a fundraiser for Monaro Early Intervention Service (MEIS). This service is funding a program called “Berridale My Time” being implemented by Melissa McCarey to support parents and carers of children with disabilities. Berridale Chamber of Commerce has again joined the event to run a ‘Twilight Market’ concurrently with the Lions catering (sausage folds and drinks) and carols presentation. • The Lion’s catering will commence 6pm as will the ‘Twilight Market’ • Catering will cease at 8pm..The Market will conclude at the same time as the Carols in the Park event - 9pm. • Melissa McCarey will run a Christmas Hamper raffle and sell Glow Sticks To raise money for the MEIS project • Santa will visit from 7pm with lollies for all the children and a photo opportunity • Children’s Christmas songs will

start at 7:30pm. • A Christmas tableaus together with carols will be presented by the Kid’s Club under the direction of Natalie Milliken from 7:45pm. • There will be a short address by the Senior Minister to the Anglican and Uniting Church - Chaplain Owen Davies at 8:05PM. • Adult Christmas Carols will start at 8:15pm. • Various raffles will be drawn and presentations made after the Carols. Lion’s Christmas Cakes and Puddings - the Club has Christmas cakes and puddings available for anyone who appreciates a quality product. Orders can be placed by calling Lion Colin Reid on 64563275 for a 1.5kg cake at $15, a 1kg cake at $11 and a pudding at $11. All orders for cakes and/or puddings will be delivered free of charge. Alternatively cakes and puddings can be purchased from a number of local outlets or at Berridale Lions events prior to Christmas. We wish to thank everyone for their continuous support of the Club’s activities and events and wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas period and a prosperous New Year.

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As Christmas lights begin to brighten homes and streets across New South Wales, Essential Energy is encouraging householders to stay safe when installing their festive decorations. Essential Energy’s regional general manager South Eastern region, Phillip Green, said simple safety preparations would help ensure light displays are safe for all. “Before decorating the house and tree with lights, remember they have been stowed away in a box for almost a year,” Mr Green said. “Take the time to inspect the lights and the wires for signs of damage or wear and tear and if repairs are required don’t attempt to do it yourself – employ the services of a qualified electrician.” Essential Energy also encourages customers to purchase lights that meet Australian Safety Standards and only use lighting labelled suitable for external use for outdoor Christmas displays and

remember not to overload power boards. “Never string lights or electrical leads on or near powerlines or the house service lines, or near water such as swimming pools and ponds,” Mr Green said. Essential Energy recommends switching off the light display before going to bed for safety and to help reduce energy consumption. If you are planning an elaborate Christmas display the whole street can enjoy, Essential Energy recommends hiring a qualified electrician to install the lights. “If you want to bring the ‘wow’ factor to your light display, call a professional to carry out the job – your families need you around this holiday season,” Mr Green said. For information regarding electrical safety, visit safety or call 13 23 91.

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Riposte Lisa Ashurst What is happening in some of our schools? Something that sounds a wrong note with me, that’s for sure and it’s a bit creepy but it appears that some NSW schools have introduced a set of very strange rules and parents are understandably concerned about the new regime. The NSW Department of Education say they are not aware of this (but I guess they are now) but in some schools across the state, students are being instructed not to refuse to play with another child who wants to play with them. They just aren’t allowed to say no. This is happening because some klutz thinks it’s a great idea that will stamp out bullying and mean every child in the class/ school will be friends. They are kidding themselves, right? As it stands now, kids are no longer allowed to do handstands, cartwheels, somersaults, have best friends (whaaat?), touch in any way, play ball games, eat a lolly or run around. Why can’t they??! This is what kids do and school playgrounds are generally large enough places for kiddies to do what they do best; race around, leaping, tumbling and jumping and generally working off all that pent up energy they builds while in the classroom, but it sounds like the days of carefree play during recess and lunchtime are over and now every kid in the class/school has to play with every other kid in the class/school whether they want to or not.

So who thought this was a good idea? The thing is this; school playgrounds are great levellers. It’s where kids usually encounter their first inklings that everything does not necessarily revolve around them and not everyone wants to be their friend. Difficult as this can be to swallow, kids learn to cope with these early facts of life and as a result, they learn their first important lessons in the workings of everyday social interaction. It prepares them for life in the big wide world which means that “warm, fuzzy” policies designed to make “everyone friends” will not only interfere with these vital life lessons, but will make the school environment a tense place as, by nature, we do not get along with everyone we meet! Fortunately most parents, school associations in general and a number of child psychologists have questioned the warm and fuzzy thing, believing that not only is it unworkable but that it will damage children’s natural development of social skills and let’s face it, kids don’t like every other kid they come into contact with which is why they will happily play with some and avoid others. It’s the way the world works and left to find their own place in the crowd, kids will generally sort it out for themselves. They don’t need to be forced into friendship with every other kid to do this! Why can’t the social engineers just butt out and allow children to develop their own social niche, have besties and just be kids, and why is all this stupidity allowed into any school in the first place? Whoever thought up this latest exercise is definitely in the wrong job.


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6.00 WorldWatch. 1.00 America Before Columbus. (PG) 2.00 A Taste Of Iran. 2.50 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong Bitesize. 3.00 France 24 International News. 3.30 Al Jazeera News. 4.00 The Journal. 4.30 PBS NewsHour. 5.30 Global Village. 6.00 Food Safari. (PG) 6.30 World News Australia. 7.30 Monster Bug Wars. 8.30 Toughest Place To Be A…. (PG) 9.30 Under Fire: Journalists In Combat. (M) 10.35 World News Australia. 11.10 Movie: The Refuge. (2009) (MA15+) 12.45 Iron Chef.

6.00 WorldWatch. 1.00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia. 1.30 My Biggest Fan. 2.30 Parent Rescue. 3.00 France 24 News. 3.30 Al Jazeera News. 4.00 The Journal. 4.30 PBS NewsHour. 5.30 Global Village. 6.00 Food Safari. 6.30 World News Australia. 7.30 My Sri Lanka. 8.00 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 2. 8.30 Raymond Blanc. 9.35 One Born Every Minute. (M) 10.30 World News Australia. 11.00 The Sunny Side Of Sex. 11.55 Movie: Slaughter Night. (2006) (AV15+)

6.00 WorldWatch. 1.00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia. 1.30 The Nest. 2.30 Here Comes The Neighbourhood. 3.00 France 24 International News. 3.30 Al Jazeera News. 4.00 The Journal. 4.30 PBS NewsHour. 5.30 Global Village. 6.00 Food Safari. 6.30 World News Australia. 7.35 Trevor McDonald. 8.30 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions: Friends And Rivals. (PG) 9.30 As It Happened: How To Go To War. (PG) 10.30 World News Australia. 11.05 Movie: Desire. (2010) (M)

6.00 WorldWatch. 1.00 The Extraordinary Voyage. 2.15 A Trip To The Moon. 2.35 Piano Notes. 2.45 Twiggy: The Face Of The 60s. (PG) 3.45 Romance. 3.55 Photo. 4.30 PBS NewsHour. 5.30 Who Do You Think You Are? (PG) 6.30 World News Australia. 7.30 Amazon With Bruce Parry. (PG) 8.30 Hunted. (M) 9.30 Real Humans. (M) 10.40 Movie: Tornado. (2006) (M) 12.55 Anatomy For Beginners: Digestion. (MA15+)

6.00 WorldWatch. 8.30 PopAsia. 10.30 Football Asia. 11.00 FIFA Futbol Mundial. 11.30 Speedweek. 1.30 Al Jazeera News. 2.30 Oz And Hugh Drink To Christmas. 3.30 The Legends Of Santa. 4.30 ADbc. (PG) 5.00 Cycling Central. 6.00 Thalassa: The Curse Of K-19 Pt 1. 6.30 World News Australia. 7.35 Lost Worlds: The Crusades – The Clash Of Titans. (PG) 8.35 Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design: The Meaning Of Life. 9.30 Valentino: The Last Emperor. 11.20 Movie: The Red Baron. (2008) (M)

6.00 WorldWatch. 1.00 Johnny Clegg Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre. 3.00 France 24 International News. 3.30 Al Jazeera News. 4.00 The Journal. 4.30 FIFA Futbol Mundial. 5.00 PopAsia. 5.30 Global Village. 6.00 Food Safari. 6.30 World News Australia. 7.30 James May’s Man Lab. (PG) 8.30 Derren Brown. 9.30 Heston’s Feasts. (M) 10.30 World News Australia. 11.00 The World Game. 12.00 SOS. (PG)

6.00 WorldWatch. 1.00 PopAsia Christmas Special. 3.00 France 24 International News. 3.30 Al Jazeera News. 4.00 The Journal. 4.30 PBS NewsHour. 5.30 Global Village. 6.00 Food Safari. 6.30 World News Australia. 7.30 Rolf Harris Paints His Dream. (PG) 9.15 Movie: Micmacs. (2009) 11.10 Movie: Iznogoud. (2005) (M) 12.55 Mad Men. (M)

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wednesday 6.00 News. 10.00 Missing. (PG) 11.00 Big Ideas. (PG) 12.00 Midday Report. 12.30 National Press Club Address. 1.30 Can We Help? 2.00 The Forsyte Saga. Final. (PG) 3.00 Children’s Programs. 5.00 Eggheads. 5.30 Poh’s Kitchen. 6.00 Jimmy’s Christmas Food Factory. 6.30 Choccywoccydoodah. 6.55 Audrey’s Kitchen. 7.00 News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 QI Christmas Special. 8.30 Movie: Bran Nue Dae. (2009) (PG) 9.55 Absolutely Fabulous. (PG) 10.25 News. 10.35 Spooks. (M) 11.35 Blue Murder. (M) 12.20 Durham County. (M)


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Your Prime Time TV Guide

RATING ADVICE: (PG) Parental Guidance Recommended (M) Mature Audiences (MA15+) Mature Audiences Only (AV15+) Extreme Adult Violence PLEASE NOTE: Listings are correct at the time of print and are subject to change by the networks.

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December 19–25




6.00pm Children’s Programs. 8.30 Louis Theroux: America’s Most Dangerous Pets. (M) 9.30 Louie. (M) 9.55 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. (M) 10.40 Louis And Michael. (M) 11.45 Hit & Miss. (MA15+) 12.30am Friday Night Lights. (PG)

6.00pm Children’s Programs. 7.30 Doctor Who. (PG) 8.30 Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends. (PG) 9.30 Louie. 9.55 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. (M) 10.40 Louis Theroux: America’s Most Dangerous Pets. (M) 11.40 Gavin & Stacey. (M) 12.40am Misfits. (MA15+)

6.00pm Children’s Programs. 7.30 Doctor Who. Final. (PG) 8.45 Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends: Swingers. (M) 9.35 Louie. (MA15+) 9.55 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. (M) 10.45 Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends. (PG) 11.35 Alan Carr. 12.20am Face Facts: The Truth About Botox. (PG)

6.00pm Children’s Programs. 8.30 Louis Theroux: Behind Bars. (M) 9.30 Louie. (PG) 9.55 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. (M) 10.40 Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends: Swingers. (M) 11.30 The Royle Family. (PG) 12.30am Latin Music USA.

6.00pm Children’s Programs. 8.30 Louis Theroux’s Weird Christmas. 9.30 Louie. (M) 9.55 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Final. (M) 10.40 Louis Theroux. (M) 11.40 The Real Filth Fighters. 12.05am Traffic Blues. 12.30 Blade Of The Immortal. (M)

6.05pm Children’s Programs. 7.50 Almost Naked Animals. 8.05 Jeopardy. 8.30 The Killian Curse. (PG) 8.55 The 3 Factor. Follows a group of up-and-coming Australian kids who excel in their chosen field, and prove that commitment and talent can take you far. 9.00 Close.

6.05pm The Avengers. 6.30 Horrible Histories. 7.00 Dani’s House. 7.30 Prank Patrol. 7.55 Almost Naked Animals. 8.05 Jeopardy. 8.30 Good Game: SP. Hex, Bajo and robot Darren look at the latest in the Australian video game scene. 9.00 Close.

6.25pm Prank Patrol Road Trip. 6.50 The Aquabats Super Show! 7.15 Kaeloo. (PG) 7.25 Good Game: SP. 7.50 Vampire Knight. Final. (PG) 8.15 Astro Boy. 8.35 Voltron: Defender Of The Universe. 9.00 Close.

6.05pm Final. 6.20 Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids. 6.30 Horrible Histories. 7.00 Wolverine And The X-Men. 7.25 The Avengers. 7.50 The 99. 8.10 Fruits Basket. 8.35 Ouran High School Host Club. 9.00 Close.

6.00pm The Adventures Of Figaro Pho. 6.10 The Avengers. 6.30 Horrible Histories. (PG) 7.00 My Friend Bernard. 8.15 My Life As A Popat. 8.40 Good Game: SP. Hex, Bajo and robot Darren look at the latest in the Australian video game scene. 9.05 Close.

6.00pm Children’s Programs. 6.10pm Almost Naked Animals. 6.35 Horrible Histories. (PG) 7.05 The Adventures Of Figaro Pho. 7.15 The Slammer. 7.45 Dani’s House. 8.15 Life With Boys. 8.35 My Almost Famous Family. 9.05 Close.


6.00pm The Crocodile Hunter Diaries. (PG) 6.30 Dealers Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. (PG) 7.45 Heartbeat. (PG) 8.45 Beatles Biggest Secrets. (M) 10.30 Hale And Pace. (M) 11.00 The Bill. (M) 12.00am Dealers Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. (PG)

6.00pm Steve Irwin: The Crocodile Hunter Diaries. (PG) 6.30 Dealers Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. (PG) 7.45 Heartbeat. (PG) 8.45 Inspector Morse. Final. (M) 11.00 The Bill. (M) 12.00am Dealers Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. (PG)

6.00pm The Crocodile Hunter Diaries. (PG) 6.30 Dealers Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. (PG) 7.45 Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em. (PG) 8.45 Escape To The Country. 10.00 Cowboy Builders. (PG) 11.00 Downsize Me. (PG) 12.00am Movie: Milk. (2008) (M)

6.30pm Michael Bublé: Home For The Holidays. 7.30 Heartbeat. (PG) 8.30 Miniseries: P.D James’s Cover Her Face. (M) Part 1 of 2. Detective Adam Dalgliesh is called in to investigate the murder of a maid and becomes immersed in a sea of suspects. 11.50 Movie: Eight Days To Live. (2006) (M)

6.30pm The Food Truck. (PG) 7.00 Country Calendar. (PG) 7.30 Ballykissangel. (PG) 8.30 Keeping Up Appearances. 9.10 Escape To The Country. 10.30 60 Minute Makeover. 11.30 Homes Under The Hammer. 12.45am Hale And Pace. (M)

7.30pm Heartbeat. (PG) 8.30 Heartbeat. (PG) Councillor Blaketon arranges a party at the Aidensfield Arms. 9.40 Movie: Death Becomes Her. (1992) (M) 12.00am Hale And Pace. (M) 12.30 Australian Open Tennis Classic. 2009 Australian Open. Final. Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer. Replay.

6.00pm The Crocodile Hunter Diaries. (PG) 6.30 Dealers Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. (PG) 7.45 Heartbeat. (PG) 8.45 Keeping Up Appearances. (PG) 9.30 Carry On Christmas. (1973) (PG) 10.30 Property Ladder. (PG) 11.30 House Doctor. 12.30am Movie: Ice Castles. (1978) (G)


6.00pm Pimp My Ride. (PG) 6.30 My Name Is Earl. (PG) 7.00 How I Met Your Mother. (PG) 7.30 Cities Of The Underworld. (PG) 8.30 Hardcore Pawn. (M) 9.00 Bid America! (PG) 9.30 American Pickers. (PG) 10.30 Trouble In Paradise. (M) 12.30am Parks And Recreation. (PG)

6.00pm Pimp My Ride. (PG) 6.30 My Name Is Earl. (PG) 7.00 How I Met Your Mother. (PG) 7.30 Turtleman. (PG) 8.00 Gator Boys. (PG) 9.00 Swamp People. (PG) 10.00 Operation Repo. (M) 10.30 Lizard Lick Towing. (M) 11.30 Bear Swamp Recovery. (M) 12.00am 30 Rock. (PG)

6.00pm Pimp My Ride. (PG) 6.30 Minute To Win It. (PG) 7.30 Air Crash Investigations: Explosive Evidence. (PG) 8.30 Warehouse 13. (M) 9.30 Alphas. (M) 10.30 Alphas. (M) 11.30 Jail. (M) 12.00am Blokesworld. (MA15+) 12.30 Parks And Recreation. (PG)

6.00pm Pimp My Ride. (PG) 6.30 Parking Wars. (PG) 7.30 World’s Deadliest Roads. (PG) 8.30 Full Throttle Saloon. (M) A wrap of the week’s events at the Throttle, featuring everything from problems on opening night to the day a tornado hit the saloon. 9.30 Movie: Doomsday. (2008) (AV15+) 11.45 Unsolved Mysteries. (M)

6.00pm Pimp My Ride. (PG) 6.30 MythBusters: Buried Alive/Bridge Jump/Cola Myths. (PG) 7.30 Movie: Fletch. (1985) (PG) Chevy Chase, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Tim Matheson. 9.30 Movie: 7 Seconds. (2005) (AV15+) 11.30 Punk’d. (M) 12.00am The Cape. (M)

6.00pm Pimp My Ride. (PG) 6.30 My Name Is Earl. (PG) 7.00 How I Met Your Mother. (PG) 7.30 My Name Is Earl. (PG) 8.00 Bid America! (PG) 8.30 Pawn Stars. (PG) 9.30 Cash Cowboys. (PG) 10.30 Wild Justice: California. (PG) 11.30 Banged Up Abroad. (M) 12.30am Boston Legal. (M)

6.00pm Pimp My Ride. (PG) 6.30 My Name Is Earl. (PG) 7.00 MythBusters: Rocket Car/Pop Rocks & Cola. (PG) 8.00 How I Met Your Mother. (PG) 8.30 Family Guy. (M) 10.00 American Dad! (M) 10.30 American Dad! (M) 11.30 Sports Disasters. (M) 12.30am Blokesworld. (MA15+)


6.00pm Teen Mom. (PG) 7.00 The Middle. (PG) 7.30 Prehistoric Park: T-Rex Returns. (PG) 8.30 The Big Bang Theory. (PG) 9.00 The Inbetweeners. (MA15+) 9.30 Movie: Get Shorty. (1995) (MA15+) 11.40 Two And A Half Men. (M) 12.00am Conan. (M)

6.00pm Teen Mom. (PG) 7.00 The Middle. (PG) 7.30 The Big Bang Theory. (PG) 8.00 The Big Bang Theory. (PG) 8.30 Sun, Sex And Suspicious Parents. (M) 9.30 Movie: Striptease. (1996) (MA15+) 12.00am Eclipse. (PG) 12.30 Conan. (M)

5.30 Movie: Shorts. (2009) (PG) 7.30 Movie: National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation. (1997) (PG) Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Ethan Embry. 9.30 Movie: Excess Baggage. (1997) (M) 11.30 Two And A Half Men. (M) 12.00am Conan. (M)

6.00pm Two And A Half Men. (PG) 6.30 The Cube. 7.30 Movie: Gremlins 2: The New Batch. (1990) (PG) 9.30 Movie: Airheads. (1994) (M) Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Joe Mantegna. 11.30 Two And A Half Men. (M) 12.00am Conan. (M)

7.30pm The Big Bang Theory. (PG) 8.30 Mike & Molly. (M) 9.00 Mike & Molly. (M) After Molly receives disappointing news at work, she is thrown into a funk that threatens to ruin Christmas. 9.30 Movie: Mars Attacks. (1996) (M) 11.40 Chuck. (M) 12.30am Alcatraz. (M)

6.00pm Teen Mom. (PG) 7.00 The Middle. (PG) 7.30 Top Gear. (PG) 9.00 Worst Case Scenario. (M) Adventurer Edward “Bear” Grylls is confronted with a road rage incident that could turn violent. 9.30 Movie: Hard To Kill. (1990) (AV15+) 11.30am Two And A Half Men. (M) 12.40 Park Street.

6.00pm Spin City. (PG) 6.30 Two And A Half Men. (PG) 7.00 The Middle. (PG) 7.30 Movie: Deck The Halls. (2006) (PG) 9.30 Movie: Bad Santa. (2003) (MA15+) 11.30 Movie: Bam Margera Presents: Where The #$&% Is Santa? (2008) (MA15+)

6.00pm Friends. (PG) 7.00 The Zoo. 7.30 Customs. (PG) 8.30 RPA. (PG) Cooking enthusiast Anna discovers she is suffering from a potentially life-threatening condition after a diminished sense of taste and severe headaches. 9.30 Cold Case. (M) 11.30 Flashpoint. (M) 12.30am Friends. (PG)

6.00pm Friends. (PG) 7.00 The Zoo. 7.30 Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. (PG) 8.30 Super Nanny. (PG) Jo helps out a widowed mother who is struggling to raise her three children. 9.30 Jailhouse Girls. (M) 10.30 The Big C. (M) 11.30 Friends. (PG) 12.00am First Love, Second Chance. (PG)

6.00pm Friends. (PG) 6.30 Friends. (PG) 7.00 The Zoo. 7.30 Life In The Undergrowth. (G) 8.30 Movie: The Pursuit Of Happyness. (2006) (M) Will Smith, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, Thandie Newton. 11.00 Sensing Murder. (M) 12.00am Friends. (PG) 12.30 Psychic TV. (PG)

6.30pm Secret Dealers. (PG) 7.30 Antiques Roadshow. 8.30 CSI: NY. (M) After a buzzard flying over Manhattan drops a human eyeball into Stella’s coffee, the race is on to find the body it belongs to before crucial evidence is lost. 9.30 CSI: Miami. (M) 10.30 CSI. (M) 11.25 Memphis Beat. (M) 12.20am Psychic TV. (PG)

6.30pm Antiques Roadshow. 7.30 To The Manor Born. 8.30 Movie: Zodiac. (2007) (M) Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. A serial killer in San Francisco taunts authorities with dozens of letters containing eerie messages and cryptograms. 11.45 Movie: Curse Of The Pink Panther. (1983) (PG)

6.00pm Friends. (PG) 6.30 Friends. (PG) 7.00 The Zoo. 7.30 Big Families. (PG) 8.30 Super Nanny UK. (PG) 9.30 My Strange Addiction. (PG) 10.00 My Strange Addiction. (PG) 10.30 Hoarders. (PG) 11.30 Friends. (PG) 12.00am Super Nanny UK. (PG)

6.00pm Friends. (PG) 6.30 Friends. (PG) 7.00 The Zoo. 7.30 Baby Planet. (PG) 8.30 The Closer. (M) Brenda and her squad probe the slaying of a young female housesitter. 9.30 Rizzoli & Isles. (AV15+) 10.30 The Mentalist. (M) 11.30 Memphis Beat. (M) 12.30am Friends. (PG)

6.00pm M*A*S*H. (PG) 6.30 Get Smart. (PG) 7.00 Cops. (PG) 7.30 Black Gold. (PG) 8.30 Burn Notice. (M) After learning his old boss is in town for the annual spy convention, Jesse sets out to confront him with a little help from Michael, Sam and Fi. 9.30 Burn Notice. (M) 10.30 Sons Of Anarchy. (AV15+) 11.30 Prison Break. (M) 12.30am M*A*S*H. (PG)

6.00pm Ozzie Holiday. 6.30 Get Smart. (PG) 7.00 Cops. (PG) 7.30 Extreme Fishing With Robson Green. (PG) 8.30 Hell’s Kitchen USA. (M) 9.30 House Of Lies. (MA15+) 10.10 Brand X. 10.40 Psych. (PG) 11.40 Psych. (PG) 12.40am M*A*S*H. (PG)

6.00pm M*A*S*H. (PG) 6.30 Get Smart. (PG) 7.00 Cops. (PG) 7.30 American Digger. (PG) 8.00 Flip Men. (PG) 8.30 Law & Order: SVU. (M) Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate the murder of a multi-millionaire. 9.30 Movie: Lies & Illusions. (2009) (M) 11.30 World Class. 12.30am Black Gold. (PG)

6.00pm Get Smart. (PG) 6.30 Meteorite Men. 7.30 M*A*S*H. (PG) 8.00 M*A*S*H. (PG) 8.30 Movie: Bad News Bears. (2005) (M) Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear. 10.55 48 Hours: Name, Rank And Serial Killer? (M) 11.55 Mafia’s Greatest Hits: Charles “Lucky” Luciano. (M)

6.00pm Big Fish, Small Boats. 6.30 Master Of Disaster: Into The Tornado. (PG) 7.30 Dangerous Drives. (PG) 8.30 Movie: Rat Race. (2001) (M) John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Lanei Chapman, Cuba Gooding Jr, Seth Green, Wayne Knight. 11.00 48 Hours. (PG) 12.00am Black Gold. (PG)

6.00pm M*A*S*H. (PG) 6.30 Get Smart. (PG) 7.00 Cops. (PG) 7.30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) 8.00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG) 8.30 Movie: A River Runs Through It. (1992) (M) Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, Tom Skerritt. 11.05 World Class. 12.05am Whose Line Is It Anyway? (PG)

6.00pm M*A*S*H. (PG) 6.30 Get Smart. (PG) 7.00 Cops. (PG) 7.30 Undercover Boss Australia. (PG) 8.30 Cops: Adults Only. (M) 9.30 Mafia’s Greatest Hits: Joe Colombo – The Maverick Mobster. (M) 10.40 Breakout Kings. (M) 11.40 Better Off Ted. (PG) 12.10am Fear Factor. (PG)


6.00pm The Office. (PG) 6.30 Frasier. (PG) 7.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. 7.30 The Simpsons. (PG) 8.00 Futurama. (PG) 8.30 The Simpsons. (PG) 9.00 Futurama. (PG) 9.30 The Cleveland Show. (M) 10.00 Bob’s Burgers. (M) 10.30 King Of The Hill. (PG) 11.30 Craig Ferguson. (PG) 12.30am ET. (PG)

6.00pm The Office. (PG) 6.30 Frasier. (PG) 7.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. 7.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. (PG) 8.00 Raising Hope. (PG) 8.30 Star Trek: The Next Generation. (PG) 11.30 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. (PG) 12.30am Entertainment Tonight. (PG)

6.00pm The Office. (PG) 6.30 Frasier. (PG) 7.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. (PG) 7.30 So You Think You Can Dance. (PG) 9.30 To Be Advised. 12.05 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. (PG) 1.00am Entertainment Tonight. (PG)

6.00pm Sabrina. (PG) 6.30 Becker. (PG) 7.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. (PG) 7.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.00 Becker. (PG) 8.30 Star Trek: Voyager. (PG) 9.30 Star Trek: Voyager. (PG) 10.30 Star Trek: Voyager. (PG) 11.30 The Loop. (PG)

6.00pm Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. (PG) 6.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. (PG) 7.30 The Simpsons. 8.00 Futurama. (PG) 9.00 The Cleveland Show. (M) 9.30 The Office. (PG) 10.00 The Office. (M) 10.30 Frasier. (PG) 11.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. (PG) 12.30 Sabrina. (PG)

6.00pm The Office. (PG) 6.30 Frasier. 7.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. 7.30 Futurama. (PG) 8.00 Futurama. (PG) 8.30 Movie: Lake Placid 2. (2007) (M) John Schneider, Sarah Lafleur, Sam McMurray. 10.30 American Horror Story. (MA15+) 12.30am Craig Ferguson. (PG)

6.00pm The Office. (PG) 6.30 Frasier. (PG) 7.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.00 Excused. (PG) 9.00 Snog, Marry, Avoid? (PG) 9.35 Being Lara Bingle. (PG) 10.35 Skins. (MA15+) 11.35 ET. (PG) 12.05am The Insider. (PG) 12.35 Everybody Loves Raymond.


6.00pm Globe Trekker. 6.30 Foodie Planet. 7.30 Into The Mind: Broken Brains. (PG) 8.35 24 Hours In Emergency. (M) 9.30 Movie: The White Ribbon. (2009) 12.00am Movie: The Secret Of The Grain. (2007) (M)

6.00pm Globe Trekker. 6.30 Foodie Planet. 7.30 Berlin: Ruined Visions. 8.30 All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace: Love And Power. (PG) Part 1 of 3. 9.30 Movie: Max Manus. (2008) (M) 11.35 Movie: Boudu. (2005) (M)

6.00pm Globe Trekker. 6.30 Foodie Planet. 7.35 Brave New World With Stephen Hawking: Health. (PG) 8.30 Carrier. (M) 9.30 Movie: Beijing Bicycle. (2001) (M) 11.30 Movie: Goemon. (2009) (AV15+)

6.00pm At The Table With…. 6.30 Feasts: Japan. (PG) 7.30 New York: Order And Disorder (1825-1865). (PG) 8.30 The Young Montalbano. 10.30 Movie: Cell 211. (2009) (AV15+) 12.30am Movie: Sexy Boys. (2001) (MA15+)

6.10pm Rescue 117. 6.40 Iron Chef. Final. 7.30 Behind The Front Door. 8.00 Tomorrow’s Doctors. (PG) 8.40 Paul Simon. 9.45 SOS. 10.45 Movie: Nosferatu. (1922) (PG) 11.55 Movie: Transylvania. (2006) (M)

6.00pm The Law Of The Dragon. (PG) 6.35 Foodie Planet. (PG) 7.35 Rex In Rome. 8.30 Inspector Rex. (M) 9.30 The World Game. 10.30 Dambusters Fly Again. (PG) 11.30 Movie: Broken Embraces. (2009) (M)

6.00pm Globe Trekker. 6.30 Foodie Planet. 7.30 Lost Worlds: Mystery Of The Hope Diamond. (PG) 8.30 Paris: The Luminous Years. Part 1 of 2. 9.30 Movie: Asterix At The Olympic Games. (2008) (PG) 11.35 Movie: Yatterman. (2009) (M)

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6.00pm Children’s Programs. 7.30 Face Facts. (PG) 8.30 Louis Theroux. (M) 9.30 Louie. (M) 9.50 The 27 Inch Man. (PG) 10.40 Louis Theroux: A Place For Pedophiles. (M) 11.40 OMG! Sextuplets! 12.25am The Urban Chef. (PG) 12.55 The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

6.00pm Children’s Programs. 7.30 World’s Toughest Driving Tests. Final. 8.30 Louis And Michael. (M) 9.30 Louie. (M) 9.50 Alan Carr: Chatty Man. 10.40 Louis Theroux. (M) 11.40 The Young Ones. (M) 12.15am Gavin & Stacey. (M) 12.40 Party Down. (M)

6.05pm The Avengers. 6.30 Horrible Histories. 7.00 7.10 Big Babies. 7.30 Total Drama World Tour. 7.50 Almost Naked Animals. 8.05 Jeopardy. 8.30 The 99. 8.55 The 3 Factor. 9.00 Close.






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Wednesday December 19, 2012

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CATHOLIC St Patrick’s 6th Jan 8am Sunday Mass Fr Paul Huthnance Ph 6452 2062


SNOWY MOUNTAINS CHURCH ANGLICAN & UNITING at St Andrews Park Rd 23rd & 25th Dec 8am at St Andrew’s Gippsland Street 23rd Dec 9:30am 25th Dec 10am & 1pm Lunch RSVP 30th Dec 9:30am Rev’d Owen Davies Ph 6456 2411 CATHOLIC St Columkille’s 8:30am Mass each Sunday but 24th Dec 8pm & 12pm Christmas Mass & 25th Dec 9am Christmas Mass Father Peter Miller 6456 2357 MOUNTAIN LIFE (AOG) 10:30am each Sunday Pastor Marc Hunter 6456 1606


ANGLICAN St Andrew’s Sat. 22nd Dec 11am Carols & picnic lunch Rev’d Owen Davies Ph 6456 2411 MICHELAGO CATHOLIC St Patrick’s 24th Dec 7pm Christmas Mass Father Troy Bobbin Ph 6299 4611


ANGLICAN St Peter’s 24th Dec 5pm Holy Communion & each Sun. 5pm Family Service Rev’d Paul Cohen Ph 6452 1544 CATHOLIC St Andrew’s 24 Dec 9pm Christmas Vigil Mass 30th Dec 8am Sunday Mass Fr Paul Huthnance Ph 6452 2062


ANGLICAN St Bartholomew’s 23rd Dec 7pm Carols 24th Dec 5pm Family Communion Rev’d Paul Cohen Ph 6452 1544

ROUND PLAIN Uniting Church Property 23rd Dec 5pm Lessons and Carols & after at the Old School Rev’d Owen Davies Ph 6456 2411



CATHOLIC Our Lady Star of the Sea 30th Dec 9am Christmas Mass Father Peter Miller 6456 2357


ANGLICAN St Mary the Virgin 30th Dec 11am combined

At Mary Mackillop Chapel CATHOLIC 5pm every Saturday Vigil Mass Father Peter Miller 6456 2357 SNOWY MOUNTAINS CHURCH 25th Dec 5pm Lessons and Carols Rev’d Owen Davies Ph 6456 2411



Celebrate Christmas in style,

dining at our Stockmen’s Restaurant, its all stress free for you to enjoy! Places are limited so bookings are essential by December 16th, to guarantee you Christmas lunch!




APPETIZER: Bread rolls, Australian king prawns, Tasmanian smoked salmon and cold meat platter SALADS: Four different selections of cold and warm salads to choose from MAIN: Red snapper, prawn stuffed chicken breast, Christmas roast turkey, ham and pork DESSERTS: Traditional Christmas pudding with Brandy custard and three other amazing desserts.

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Class Corner

Wednesday December 19, 2012

Cooma North team leaders and award winners 2012

2013 School Leaders - Back from left, Tiarne Brown, Sophie Litchfield, Tayla Marek, Emma McDonald. Front: Chamidu Karunaratne, Jesse Williams, Jake Masonand Archie Allen.

Laila Bradshaw - Snowy Hydro Excellence in Education Award and Sir William Hudson Memorial Cup for Public Speaking.

Zac Ingram - Alan Frost - Sporting Endeavour Award.

Sinclair Salvestro Cooma Ex Services Science and Technology Award.

Danyon Corby - Marie Cox Performing Arts Award.

Sam Froeschl and Karley Britton Cooma North P&C Leadership Award

Zoe Dixon and Jana Munclinger Price Endeavour Trophy.

Cameron Colvin Cooma North PS Canteen Award for Creative Arts.


Toby Haylock Ron Cox Maths Award.

Abby Freimanis - Valda Boate Sporting Endeavour Award.

Not pictured: Jacob Stockheim - Cooma Monaro Shire Council Citizenship Award

Merry Christmas to you all from Stu, Chloe and the Team at

Wishing all our valued customers a Merry Christmas from all at Bella Moda Footwear Closed X’Mas & Boxing Day.

M & T Motors.

Ben, Ross, Nat, Richard, Pete & all staff at

Monaro Wool Services

Wish you all a Happy & Merry Christmas from the Staff at

Monaro Trade Centre

Closing at 12.30pm December 22, Closed December 24. Re-open December 27, 28 & 29. Closed December 30, 31 & Jan 1 Re-open January 2, 2013.

wish all their valued clients and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and happy 2013. We will be closing Dec 24 @ 12.30pm and re-open of Wednesday 2 Jan 2012. Any enquiries over X’Mas & New Year please ring Ben on 0428445064.

The team at

Cooma Furnishing Company

would like to thank their customers for their patronage throughout 2012 and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Greg,Carmel & Staff from

Staff at

Cooma Orginial Hotbake wish all our customers a Merry Christmas. Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December Re-open 27th Closed 31st & 1st Jan 2013.

Cooma Tafe

Cooma campus will be closed from 25 December and re-open on 7 January. Course information will still be available during this time by phoning 1300 766 123


wish all their clients a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. Our office will close Friday 21st December and reopen Monday 14th January.

Wish all their valued clients a Merry Christmas. Hope Santa is good to you all. Closed Dec, 22 2012

Simon, Alicia & Staff at


Merry Christmas to you all! Stihl Shop Cooma We will be only closed public holidays.

Closed from 5.00pm 24/12 Re-open Thurs 27, 28 8.30am to 5.00pm, 29, 8.30am till 12.00pm, 31st 8.30am to 12.00pm. Re-open Wednesday 2 Januaury 2013 normal trading.

Merry Christmas from

Simon, Tracy & Tamara from

Britton Concrete & Cooma Landscape Supplies

Southern Service Centre would like to thank all their customers and wish them a very Merry Christmas. See you in the New Year.

Closed 5pm December 21 Re-open January 2 2013. 24 hour towing available accidents & breakdowns Ph: 0414848180

South East Rural Supplies: Would like to wish all their valued customers a safe and happy  Christmas and  great New Year. Closed Public Holidays

Merry Christmas

wish all our valued customers a Merry Christmas. Xmas Day - Closed Boxing day – 10am to 2pm Thursday 8.30 – 5.30pm Friday 8.30 – 5.30pm Saturday 8.30 – 2pm Sunday 10 – 2pm Monday 8.30 – 5.30pm New Years - Closed

Nicky and the team at 

from the team at

For news, classifieds and advertising, contact 6452 0313.

Cooma Crash Repairs wish all a Merry & Safe Christmas.  Only closed Public Holidays.

Seasons Greetings from Jody & Staff at

Chris, Donna & Staff at

South East Tile & Bathroom Centre wish all our customers a Merry Christmas. We will be closed from 21/12/12 5pm Re-open Monday 7/1/2013

Bush Basics. Merry Christmas to one and all from everyone at

The Adaminaby Bakehouse. Closed Dec 25, 26 Closed New Years Day.


from the

Fabric Salon

would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and advise that she will only be closed on Public Holidays

C&C Self Storage Cathy and Con

The team at

Landmark Cooma wish you a very Merry Christmas Xmas Eve 8.30am - 2.30pm Dec 27,28 - 8.30am 3.30pm. Closed Dec 29, 31. Re-open Jan 2, 2013.

Closed Public Holidays & New Years Day.

The staff at  Burchall’s Transport & recycling wish all our customers  a Merry Christmas.

The boys at

Franks Butchery wish you all a Merry Christmas. Closed on Public Holidays.

Staff at

Cooma H-Hardware wish you all a Merry Christmas. Closed 12.30pm 24/12/12 Re-open 7.00am 2/1/13

Cooma Acupuncture Clinic

Merry Christmas

Remember us for all those extra presents to store.

Call 0417274010

From the Board of Directors, management & staff at

Col, Sue, Emma, Ben & Chloe from

The Cooma Ex-Services Club


we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & a Happy & Prosperous New Year & please take care on our roads this Xmas break.

Monaro Freight Wish all their customers a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. Closed 4pm 21/12/12. Limited services exCanberra 27,28.

wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Closed Public Holidays

Merry Christmas from the team at

Wishi ng a l l o u r c lie n ts a Me r r y Ch r is t m as . C l o se d 22/12 t o 4/1/2013.

Lloyd, Tony, Justin and Matthew from

Monaro Meats wish everyone a Happy Christmas. Closed Public Holidays

For news, classifieds and advertising, contact 6452 0313.

A.X.E Cleaning Services:

Seasons Greetings from all at

Cooma Steel Metala nd. We will be closed for the Christmas break from Friday 21/12/12 Re-open Monday 14/1/2013.

Merry Christmas from the Staff @

The Staff at

Pha’s Thai Kitchen.

would like to wish all their customers a very Merry Christmas. Closed only on public Holidays.

Closed 22/12 to 4/1/2013.

Wayne & Vicki from


Flynn’s Wrecking Yard wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Closed Friday afternoon Dec 21. Re-open Jan 7, 2013.

Ange, Jodie & Kristin from OFFICE PLAY wish you a Merry Christmas! And we thank you for your support during 2012. Will be closed from Christmas Eve at 5.30pm

Merry Merry Christmas to everybody from Dale & Cheryl at Harvey World Travel Cooma Closing 5pm Dec 21, Re-opening 9am Dec 27& 28 Re-opening again Jan 2, 2013

COOMA AUTO ELECTRICS wish you a Merry Christmas. Friday December 21 closing at 5pm. Re-open Jan 7, 2013

Merry Christmas from

NRMA Cooma Wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Safe Holiday Our office will be Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day. Looking forward to helping you in the New Year


Wish you all a wonderful Christmas. Hope Santa is good to you all. Only closed Public Holidays

Ali, Sue-Ellen & Leonie from

Elders Insurance MERRY CHRISTMAS from Catherina, Steve, Fiona & Belinda of


John, Carmel & staff of

Wish you all a Jolly Christmas. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day. (Available for emergencies only on 0406 995 228 during the Christmas New Year period)

Closing Dec 21 Re-open Jan 7 2013

Merry Christmas from

thank all their customers & wish them all a Happy and Safe Holiday! Closed Dec 24 at 12pm Re-open Jan 2, 2013

Last and Maxwell Closed from 24/12/2012 – 7/1/2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the team at

from the team at High Country Automotive Group Closed Public Holiday normal trading hours. Mon-Fri 8-5.30pm Saturday 8.30-1pm

For news, classifieds and advertising, contact 6452 0313.


Wednesday December 19, 2012


Forests nsw employs temporary fire fighters at Bombala Forests NSW has employed seven temporary fire fighters to help protect the State’s valuable pine plantations and surrounding communities in the Bombala region. Forests NSW regional Resource Protection and Infrastructure manager based at Bombala, Jason Vincent, said employing temporary labour helped Forests NSW ensure it was well prepared for the fire season. “Forests NSW has also employed a further six fire fighters around Moss Vale, which brings the total of temporary fire fighters in the Monaro region to 13,” he said.

“Forests NSW has employed fit, energetic and practical people, able to stand up to the rigours of fire fighting. “When not actively fighting fires, these people will be employed on a wide range of activities including weed spraying, clearing fire trails and other maintenance jobs around the forests and plantations.” Mr Vincent said it was anticipated that the seasonal fire fighters would be employed for up to six months, which would include the extensive hazard reduction burning program in autumn. “Temporary fire fighters must be

prepared to work outdoors in a wide range of climatic conditions, plus they need to be willing to work flexible hours, especially when a bush fire occurs,” he said. Forests NSW provides accredited training for fire fighting, four-wheel driving, herbicide application, and OH&S, as well as numerous other valuable practical skills. All temporary fire fighters employed have had to pass a medical examination, a physical assessment and a fitness walk. Mr Vincent said temporary fire fighting crews may be deployed across the State when necessary.

Local residents helping visitors to help others Next month, several local people will be working with 15 visiting Pakistanis to teach them skills to take home to teach to others. The visitors will learn more about sheep and wool, with the two different strains taking them away from Cooma to Charleville and Melbourne. The visit has been organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. The group will arrive on January 14. FAO’s representative, Grant Vinning, visited Cooma last Wednesday to meet with the people and groups who will assist with the project. Rowan McDonald will be showing the group sheep handling practices, including shearing, wool pressing, etc. The Monaro Fibrecrafters will be teaching five women in the group about wool preparation, spindle spinning and spinning wheel techniques during their stay. From Cooma, the wool strain will go to Melbourne to observe the wool sales. The sheep strain will travel to Charleville, where they will experience sheep practices and shearing in a hot, dry climate, not dissimilar to the Pakistani region they live in. Mr Vinning said the group chosen to visit Australia had been selected on their status within their community and their ability, through that status, to teach others. He said there is also a cultural aspect to the visit too, with the male members of the group seeing firsthand who gender equality works in Australia. Some of the people assisting the group include female managers, bosses and agronomists, a scenario not found in Pakistan.

Casual firefighters George Reed, Ben Sproates, Jamie Robinson, Dane Cottrell, Malo Papalli, Leigh Radford and Joe Bobbin.

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Simply fill in the details below Mr Vinning said the skills the women in the group will learn will hopefully contribute to their being able to earn a better income in what is a very poor area. He said the average income is about 52 US cents per day. The region the visitors are coming from, Balochistan Province, borders Afghanistan. It is a war-torn environment and this impacts on the area’s productivity and the ability of its residents to make a living. As Mr Vinning described it, they live in “difficult conditions”. Previous similar projects have been very successful, with women now having a voice as well as a better income. In April, Rowan McDonald will lead a team travelling to Pakistan to continue the training. Mr Vinning has thanked the local businesses who have offered assistance – Boller & Co, Elders, South East Rural, Jemalong Wool, Monbeef, Cooma Steel, Cooma Auto Electrics, Rowan McDonald and his team and the spinners and weavers from Monaro Fibrecraft. The latter group is hopeful people in the area will donate any related spinning items e.g. hand carders, combs, drop spindles, wheels etc. to be sent to Pakistan for their use upon their return. (Contact Helen French 6452 3508). A group of Pakistani women who have benefitted from a similar program.


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Alex Perry Alex Perry maybe an international fashion designer, but he may have out did himself in property. Why? He has designed an apartment block in Fortitude Valley in the heart of Brisbane. This is a well sort after location with many QLD Mining head offices, trendy bars and restaurants, and all the facilities to make this an ideal place to live.

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This three bedroom home is in a quiet street and only a short walk to schools and town centre.

This three bedroom weatherboard home with tile roof would make a perfect investment. Situated on a large, corner block & unbeatably close to both primary schools & high schools, it is attractive to the family rental market. Inside, the property has timber floorboards throughout, a good sized, renovated kitchen, separate toilet and generous sized bedrooms, all with built in robes.

Being designed by Alex Perry you can imagine the apartment’s floor plans and finishes are top notch, with the pool and recreation area being nothing but luxury But as always the most important things to me when it comes to property investment is the timing and the numbers. I wrote a few weeks ago how the timing is perfect for Brisbane after 5 years of being in a correcting market, it is now 6.00 on the property clock and the start of the next upward swing. BIS Shrapnel believe Brisbane will experience approx. 20% growth over the next 3 years, with sustainable growth. So the timing is right for Brisbane, but you can’t just invest anywhere, as there is property cycles within a city, meaning different locations within the city (this is the same for all cities) will move sooner than others and some areas will gain more capital growth than others. There is no doubt the Alex Perry Apartments are in a great location. If you visit you can have a good look at the apartments. So how about the numbers how do they stack up? Due to having a number of clients looking to invest within their SMSF the apartments are a great option therefore we have negotiated a 8% discount on all the prices you will see on which equals instant equity in most cases $30k plus, and we have also negotiated a 7% guaranteed returns for three years for those apartments purchased before the end of Feb 2013. So for the average SMSF PURCHASE THIS EQUATES TO APPROX $200 PER WEEK IN POSITIVE CASHFLOW BACK INTO YOUR SMSF. If you are purchasing outside of a Super fund you will still have a positive cash return, which means you can have a property that. 1) Has instant 8% instant equity-$30k plus 2) Have no holding costs and actually pay you an income weekly. 3) They start at approx. $350k so they are affordable and well under the median apartment prices in the Brisbane CBD and these are luxury designed apartments – “Should of gone to spec savers” To learn more please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat. Have A GREAT XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have a great day! Peter Ingram Prosperity Property Advisors Australia’s Blatantly Honest Property Investment Advisors

0430 096 823

Property is currently tenanted, with a rental return of $240 per week. • Huge main bedroom with built in robes • Two additional bedrooms are well sized • Beautiful timber floorboards are a standout feature • Tastefully renovated kitchen adds great value • Bathroom offers separate shower & bath • Internal laundry with a convenient second toilet • Enclosed sunroom at the rear of the house • Generously sized fully enclosed backyard • Polyurethane water tank for gardens etc • Single lock up garage plus single carport

Outside, the property offers a great sized, fully fenced backyard, wood shed and single lock up garage. With a current lease in place, property is returning $255 per week in rent, this is definitely worth a look.

great opportunity!

$167,000 This property would be ideal for first homebuyers and investors alike. The property features an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area. The large kitchen has been renovated and has a natural gas cook top. There is wood heating as well as a bayonet connection for a gas heater. The property offers two good sized bedrooms as well as a third smaller bedroom off the large sunroom. Other features include instantaneous gas hot water, timber floors in all living areas and large internal laundry. Outside on the large, level block, there is a single lock up garage and a huge fully fenced backyard with a lane running behind it. This property is tenanted, with a rental return of $220 per week.

Please call our sales team for more information on 6452 4043.

Sensible spending is top of the Christmas wish list Australians’ holiday spending habits revealed More than half of Australians plan to cut back on their expenditure this festive season with sensible spending top of mind, according to a recent survey undertaken by Australia’s largest independently-operated mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice. The company’s annual Consumer Sentiment Survey asked 1,025 Australians how their spending habits this Christmas and festive season will compare to last year. The results show 43% plan to spend about the same and 5% plan to spend more, while 52% intend to spend less. Local Mortgage Choice franchise owner/ mortgage broker, Donna Robson said, “Our research shows that while the majority of Australians are struggling to cope financially with the rising cost of living*, a surprising 43% of survey respondents intend to spend the same amount during the Christmas and holiday period as they did last year, while one in 20 plan to increase their budget.” “However, for the majority of Australians it is shaping up to be turkey without all the trimmings this year, as 52% of survey respondents try to cut back on their spending this silly season. Of those who are planning to reduce their expenses, 68% will spend less on gifts, 20% intend to cut back on going out and 12% will set aside a smaller budget for food and beverages.”

Donna noted that the holiday period can be a time of lax spending and said that the survey was a timely reminder to keep this in check. “We all know that December and January can be very expensive months so it is pleasing to see many Australians planning ahead to spend sensibly in the festive season and start the New Year without any financial hangover,” said Donna. “Interestingly, our recent annual Consumer Sentiment Survey also found that for 35% of Australians, a $2,000 windfall would be best added to their savings, 23% said they would pay down their credit card debt, 20% would be inclined to spend it at this time of year and wrapping up the top five responses, 17% said they would contribute the money to their mortgage.” Here are Donna’s top sensible spending tips to help you through the silly season: Build a financial buffer throughout the year in preparation for the festive season. By repaying your home loan above the minimum amount and contributing more when you can, you may be able to redraw the additional funds in times of need. Revisit your purchases from last year and make a list of everything that was left over or unused. Use this information this year to create a well throughout, detailed shopping list before you arrive at the shopping

centre. This will help you stick to the plan and save you time and money spent on unnecessary items. Introduce secret Santa and/or set a budget for each person’s gift. This will help to limit your expenses and encourage you to shop for a better suited and well priced gift rather than the first, convenient and possibly more expensive thing you see. Budget for next year while everything is fresh in your mind. Start preparing your budget now, making sure to include expenses for food, beverages, outings and gifts, along with your general outgoings including any home or other loan repayments and utility bills. Decide now what you can prepay or do without next year. Stick to the wish list and carry on spending sensibly over the long term to make next year’s festive season easier on the wallet, giving you more freedom to enjoy the time with your family and friends. For further information or to arrange an interview please contact: Donna Robson Mortgage Choice 6456-2627 0404-666-639


Wednesday December 19, 2012

Claire’s Carousel

there with their beautiful handicraft work. The result of their raffles were patchwork quilt won by Beyrl Donovan, baby bundle won by Joy Pascoe, cradle won by Mary Stewart and garage won by Peter McMahon. The group sent their thanks to Cooma Men’s Shed for their valuable assistance. The ladies told us of their recent traditional Christmas party at the Sovereign Motel which was attended and All The Fun Of The Fair Yes, the Rotary makets last Sunday enjoyed by 17 members. Also noticed the Ice Cream Van doing a were certainly a lot of fun with the Cooma Town Band and Santa invited by the roaring trade!! RSPCA to have his photo taken with pets of the district. Rotary also invited Santa Renal Home Therapies and Mrs Claus and Darrel Gaukroger who The above in conjunction with Kidney played his accordian followed by children Health Australia, Kidney Club and John around the park eagerly awaiting Santa to Arganese provided a Christmas lunch dig in his bag and produce a bag of lollies. on December 13, for 45 patients and The stalls featured many Christmas their carers from Cooma, Canberra and gifts and the Cooma Craft Group were Queanbeyan. Welcome, readers, to Claire’s Carousel where I invite you to join me as I explore some of the social events and community happenings in our region. If you would like to tell me of your special outings or have community events coming up please phone me on 64523137, mobile 0434352992 or email

Five dialysis nurses from Satellite assisted with the outing and helped make a very happy gathering aboard the Pirate Party Boat on Lake Burley Griffin. Attending from Cooma were Greg Luton, Robin Mould, Wayne Scarlet and Christina Laub.


over 20 years and specialised in snow work recruitment.

Gloria has moved to Shoal Bay but is here on a visit to her daugher Kim who lives in Jindabyne. Gloria has enjoyed meeting up with old friends and attending Rosie O’Sullivan’s concert, the Cooma Garden Club’s A treat In Store For You Welcome to “Feed Cafe and Catering” Christmas party and morning tea at the a new coffee lounge situated in the Hain Rotary markets. So glad to see you Gloria and safe Centre managed by Nancy O’Brien and motoring home. Annabel Rivers. New décor and home made food is a delight. Cafe opens around 7am to 3pm. HO! HO! HO! Do call in and say ‘hello!’ May I take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed, safe Christmas and thank you for your support during 2012. Shoal Bay Visitor I am sure many of you will remember Gloria Irwin who worked for the Commonwealth Employment Office for

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Summer Trading Hours Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm Terrence has been in business for over 30yrs, so with his 30yrs experience and Dan as his offsider there isn’t much that they can’t do. Terrence’s Oversnow & ATV Sales and Services specialises in small engine services, snowmobiles, quad bikes, mowers, small earthmoving, dirt bikes, and horse float servicing. Terrence and Dan are local boys and know how to look after their customers, not only can they service your small engines they have a large range of Polaris quads and side by sides, Yamaha snowmobiles, Argo ATV’s, Murray and Grasshopper mowers For Sale. So if you are in need of a service or sales and want to shop local, pop into Terrence’s Oversnow & ATV’s at Leesville Estate Jindabyne, Ros is the friendly face in the office and she will point you in the right direction. Office hours are 8am – 6pm weekdays and open most Saturday mornings.

Phone: 6456 2222

Cnr Lee Avenue & Baggs St, Leesville Estate, Jindabyne

Sat 9am - Noon (No delivery Sat) 4-6 Crawford Street Leesville Estate Ph: 6456 2387 Email:

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T: (02) 6457 2400 F: (02) 6457 2900 YARD: Lot 22 Baggs St, Leesville Estate, Jindabyne 2627 POSTAL: PO Box 51, Berridale 2628

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1. Terrence’s Oversnow

Corner Lee Avenue & Baggs Street

2. Snowy Mountains Crash Repairs Lot 6, Lee Avenue 3. Jindabyne Sand & Gravel 4-6 Crawford Street 4. Snowy Mountains Sand & Gravel Lot 22, Baggs Street

Snowy Mountains Crash Repairs • All Crash Repairs • General Body Repairs • General Spray Painting • Plant, Machinery, Domestic & Commercial • O’Brien Windscreen Replacement & Chip Repairs Motor Vehicle Licence Number MVRL47379

• Firewood • Bagged cement products • Sand • Rocks • Gravel • Soil • Mulch • Hire of earthmoving • Pebbles • Sawdust • Compost equipment

P: 6456 1671

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• Agents for Yamaha & Polaris Snow Mobiles, Argo & Polaris ATV’s • Repairs & servicing of all makes & models

• Ski racks • Spare parts • Second hand machines • Mowers & ride-ons • Murry & Grass Hopper • Pick up, delivery & storage

Tel: 6456 2222 Cnr Lee Avenue & Baggs St Jindabyne Fax: 6456 2200 PO Box 171 Jindabyne NSw 2627

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LEARY Nancy Claire Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 8th 2012 at Canberra Hospital, formerly of Crest Park Parade, Queanbeyan and Jindabyne. Aged 83 years. Dearly loved mother of Gail (DEC), John, Donald and Murray. Adored grandmother, great grandmother, sister, anunty and a true friend.

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The relatives and friends of the late NANCY CLAIRE LEARY are invited to attend her funeral service to be held in the St Columbkille Catholic Church, Jindabyne, on Friday December 14th 2012 commencing at 11:00 am. At the conclusion of the service, the cortege will proceed to Jindabyne Cemetery.

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Fuel available at Cabramurra

Allens Funerals Cooma Alan & Catherine Dodd Directors Family Owned & Operated FDA - 02 6452 2094

Snowy Hydro would like to advise that the extensive upgrade of the Cabramurra Service Station is now complete with fuel available to the public 24/7 via credit card purchasing.


Passed away peacefully on Monday, December 17th 2012 at his residence, formerly of Snowy Mountains HWY, Cooma. Aged 85 years. Dearly loved husband of Annette, father and father in-law of Susie and Stephen, Peter and Glenys. Adored Grandah to Lachie, Ben and Josh. In lieu of flowers donations to the Monaro Committee for Cancer Reasearch.

For further information call Snowy Hydro’s Cabramurra Store on 02 6453 8825.

The relatives and friends of the late ATHOL AGNEW are invited to attend his funeral service to be held in the St Patrick's Catholic Church, Cooma on Thursday December 20th 2012 commencing at 1:30 pm. At the conclusion of the service, the cortege will proceed to Cooma Lawn Cemetery, Cooma.



Monaro Mowing Services.

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Town lawns mowed for $70* Lawns mowed, gardening services. Mower repairs, cheap rates, pensioner rates. *Conditions apply Contact: 6452 7655 or 0439 593 034


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Jindabyne Clinic December 22 to January 2 - Closed

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WEDNESDAY June 27, 2012

National RSL President visits

The National President of the Returned and Services League of Australia, Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd) visited Cooma last Tuesday to attend the funeral of Athol Gregory (Jock) Goodwin.


Mr Goodwin was the oldest member of the Cooma RSL Subbranch and served as a Pilot Officer with the Royal Australia Air Force during World War Two. Mr Goodwin, who was born in



Cooma in 1914, lived at “Lynton”, Carlaminda Road, Cooma. He died on June 9, aged 97 and his funeral service was held at St Patricks Church, Cooma on Tuesday.

Rear Admiral Doolan spoke of Mr Goodwin’s war service at the funeral. This is the first time a National RSL president has visited Cooma and he joined members of the sub-


April 4, 2012

branch for dinner at Cooma ExServices Club on Tuesday night. Rear Admiral Ken Doolan, AO, RAN (Ret’d) is pictured with members of the Cooma RSL Sub-branch. He is in the back row, fourth from the left.


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Mr Abbott arrived in Cooma firstly by car to lunch with carers in Centennial Park. Above left,Tony Abbott was given (Continued Norton. Above some advice by right, President Nimmitabel resident page 3) of the Dalgety Denis Wallace, also District Progress caught up with Association, Vickii Mr Abbott in Cooma last Saturday.

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Opposition leader Tony Abbott pedalled Pedal, raising into the area last funds for Carers weekend as part Australia. After spending of Pollie Friday night in Bombala, Mr for Cooma via Abbott and his Bibbenluke, where fellow cyclists carnival, before Mr Abbott stopped headed heading to Cooma. off at a schoolboys football




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Bungarra Trail Pass



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Monday. Over the Christmas holiday period (December 12th- January 27th), a Trail Pass will cover riders for any consecutive 3 day period. There is an honesty box at the trailhead with registration forms and envelopes to deposit the Trail Pass fee, which will go towards trail maintenance. The trails are closed to the general public after dark and occasionally on weekends when events are being held. Rolling Ground Jindabyne have held two mountain bike races at Bungarra, including the recent Snowy Triple Trail, and are gearing up for their next race on New Year’s Eve- the Wicked Wombat. These are social, fun, family friendly events that are well-organised and are well attended by locals, as well as bringing more visitors to the region. Entries for the Wicked Wombat have already significantly exceeded last years’ numbers. Bungarra and Action Learning are excited to move forward with mountain bike development as the Snowy Mountains continues to grow in popularity as a mountain bike destination. In 2013, Action Learning will be launching the first of their Mountain Bike Skills Instruction Clinics, the first being a women specific weekend camp scheduled for February. For more information about Bungarra trails, skills clinics or accommodation, please visit or contact Claire McDonnell on (02) 6457 2788 or




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DOWN 2. Stagger over bed head and rise up against it (5) 3. Whip group of doctors over navy boat (9) 4. Colour of name tag distinguished ... (7) 6. ... one contestant in ten making fiery speech (7) 7. Up early to cut gem (5) 8. Section of canes tossed over sector (9) 9. Frowned upon the far side of bloodless (6,3,4) 15. Terrible guilt born after worrying (9) 16. I clean out damage and give it a shot (9) 18. See old boy wait on tables (7) 19. Secret police wasted postage (7) 21. Cowboy's competition sat on the ring (5) 23. Aim to split up and leave friend (5)


Bungarra Alpine Centre is situated just 5km from Jindabyne on the Barry Way. Over the past 2 years, Rolling Ground, a local trail building and mountain bike events business, have been constructing mountain bike trails on the 200 acre property, resulting in a 20km trail network with 4 different skills areas which enable riders to progress their riding to the next level. The trails at Bungarra are well signed and have trails graded beginner, intermediate and advanced which means that there is something for all levels of riders. The mountain bike trails have been used regularly by Action Learning Initiatives for school outdoor education programs, as well as by the Jindabyne Cycling Club for their regular club rides. As more people hear about the growing trail network in the Snowy Mountains, Bungarra has had a number of enquiries about how they can access Bungarra trails. This has led to the development of a Trail Pass system, which will allow the general public to access the trails on the weekends. For those staying at Bungarra or Mountain High Cottages, the Trail Pass is waivered. Likewise, financial members of the Jindabyne Cycling Club are allowed access to trails on weekends and on Wednesday afternoon social rides. For anyone else wishing to access the trails on the weekends, a Trail Pass can be purchased for $5pp per weekend, which will allow access to trails from 12pm Friday to 12pm

ACROSS 1. Money worked charm inside American lawyer (7) 5. Reverence for sceptre of a different sort (7) 10. Back up for one stake (4) 11. Dogs people like Hans Christian Anderson and Soren Kierkegaard? (5,5) 12. Fire sergeant, for example, for dance music (8) 13. Buoyant football organisation goes against the grain (6) 14. Celebrity beach rubbishes American image (5,3,7) 17. Totally suitable how feathers fall to earth (4,2,3,6) 20. Calls off a bad start with bad sort (6) 22. Of the stance taken after some Russian mountains? (8) 24. Fairytale character recalled in fantasy (10) 25. Help over river when very dry (4) 26. Eroding parts of what's left behind (7) 27. Tedium of a radical caught in explosion (7)

Quick Clues ACROSS 1. Upright, vertical (13) 10. Forbidden (5) 11. Section of a newspaper article (9) 12. Puppet (10) 13. Knock senseless (4) 15. Antagonism, hostility (6) 17. Headlong rush (8) 19. Rule by a king or queen (8) 20. Small breed of fowl (6) 23. Twelve months (4) 24. Quantitative data (10) 27. Governed by bishops (9) 28. Swerve, sidestep (5) 29. Person obsessed with the state of his or her health (13)


DOWN 2. Glowing coal (5) 3. Rocky headland (10) 4. Sister's son (6) 5. Annoy (8) 6. Impulse (4) 7. Flat, unit (9) 8. Thwart, hinder (6) 9. Alter (6) 14. Diplomatic representative (10) 16. Deceitfulness (9) 18. Shameless audacity (8) 19. Fracas, havoc (6) 21. Round up livestock (6) 22. Taken illegally (6) 25. Nation of the subcontinent (5) 26. Reverberation (4)


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Murrumbidgee CMA welcomes new board members in small and medium enter near Harden, Ms Cleverdon and her husband own and operate a broad acre grain and livestock farming business. Mr Hoare lives in Wagga Wagga and has an irrigation farming and wine industry background. He has a keen interest in water issues and the future of the Australian wine industry. Mr Hoare also has a longstanding involvement in viticulture research

The Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elke Cleverdon and Roger Hoare to the Board. They join Acting Chair Sulari Goonetilleke, and existing Board members Geoff Chapman and Sue Bulger. Ms Cleverdon brings to Murrumbidgee CMA a wealth of experience in accounting and financial management acquired

opportunity to thank outgoing Board member Mr Joe Burns for his contribution over the past seven years. Mr Burns has been an enthusiastic supporter of natural resource management in the catchment and I thank him for his commitment,” said Mr Francis.

NSW. Ms Cleverdon and Mr Hoare have valuable skills, knowledge and experience to share and they will play a significant role providing strategic direction for our organisation as we transition into Local Land Services. “On behalf of Murrumbidgee CMA I congratulate Ms Cleverdon and Mr Hoare on their appointments and I look forward to working with them in the future. “I would also like to take this

and development at Charles Sturt University. Murrumbidgee CMA General Manager, John Francis said that the appointments have been made at a critical time as the NSW Government works to build a better service delivery model for rural and regional NSW. “This is a great opportunity to cement the good work that Murrumbidgee CMA has achieved for sustainable landscapes in

Rabbit control critical over summer


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“Also, by reducing rabbit numbers early in their life cycle we can prevent reproduction and decrease the numbers of rabbits and therefore the damage they cause. “If landholders are looking to use 1080 or Pindone for rabbit control, they can attend one of our 1080/Pindone training courses, which will allow then to become competent and accredited in using these pesticides, both proven, effective baiting products”. Landholders are encouraged to contact their local LHPA office to find out when the next training course is taking place and for more information about getting ranger assistance in coordinating group control programs. Visit for contact details.


other control methods is vital. “Unfortunately biological control, calicivirus and myxomatosis, have been much less effective than in the past because of increasing immunity levels. These controls were introduced to assist landholders and not be a “silver bullet” for future control, so we can’t rely on them to do the job any more”. Rabbit control options need to be targeted at various stages of the rabbit life cycle. Methods will vary between areas and depending on local seasonal conditions, but local LHPA rangers are available to provide advice and assistance relative to each landholder’s situation. “It is common for rabbit populations to be across multiple holdings making coordinated group control more effective,” said Mr Luff.


A dry winter has seen an increase in rabbit numbers across most areas in the state and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPAs) are encouraging landholders to be vigilant in their control activities. According to LHPA Senior Ranger Mark Luff, it’s important that landholders get in during summer and conduct effective control methods to ensure that rabbit numbers don’t continue to increase. “There has been less focus on rabbit control by some landholders recently but with the seasonal conditions we have experienced we need to put it back on the agenda,” said Mr Luff. “Integrated control remains the most effective, so using a combination of baiting, fumigation and harbour destruction among

Source: Australian Wool Exchange

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Wednesday December 19, 2012

Sucker lambs dearer by $7 at Cooma Sheep sale Cooma Associated Agents yarded and sold Quotations 4700 crossbred lambs and 1200 sheep at Suckers the December 10 sale. P & M Sands, MLP, 37, $98; Heavy fresh sucker lambs were dearer by SP Lang, MLP, 39, $97.50; $5 to $7, selling to a top of $98. Springmore P’ship, MLP, 30, $96; Light and medium weight suckers $65SP Lang, MLP, 69, $96; $75; BM & RM Adams, E, 151, $90; Store sucker lambs $55 to $65; Old crossbred shorn lambs $55 to $84.80;

Loplexia P/L, E, 28, $85;

Crossbred hoggets $40 to $56.

Cassilles & Southgate, BC, 32, $83.80;

G & J Dobbie, JM, 43, $59.

Woodened Past Co, E, 1, $42; JP MacArthur, MLP, 28, $42;

Store crossbred lambs

G & J Dobbies, JM< 10, $35;

J & C Buckley, E, 137, $65;

Bottom & Bylund, BC, 16, $33.

McGufficke P’ship E, 242, $63; R & J Sands, MLP, 22, $61;

Store sheep

Springmore P’ship, MLP, 34 $57.

Woodend Past Co, E, 69 1st X ewes. 1 1/2yrs, April shn, NSW, $115;


FW Fletcher, BC, 24, 1st X ewes, rising 1yr, shn, $80;

Heavy mutton sheep sold at firm rates $40 J & C Buckley, E, 28, $83; McGufficke P’ship, E, 65, $83; to $45. Lighter mutton $25 to $35. The few pens of store sheep offered sold to Cassilles & Southgate, BC, 13, $81. a dearer trend.

JP MacArthur, MLP, 65, $48;

The next Cooma sheep and lamb sale is on Lambs January 7, 2013. D Bottom & S Bylund, BC, 13, $84.80;

Kylie Clifford, MLP, 1, $40.

MJ & J Pendergast, E, 223, M/wthrs, 1 1/2yrs, Nov shn, $52;

D Bottom & S Bylund, BC, 9, $74;


L & M Scheele, JM, 29, $68;

JR & LH Jardone, BC, 32, $44;

P & M Bolton, BC, 31, M/ewes, 12 1/2yrs, $42

I A McGufficke, MLP, 24, 1st X ewes, 1 1/2yrs, $74;

JM & TJ Schofield, E, 71, $43; A Wilson, BC, 54, $41;

Kylie Clifford, MLP, 97, M/wthrs, 2 & 3 yrs, Oct shn, $53;

F WFletcher, BC, 12, $40;

Ag scholarships on offer by NSW Farmers Students committed to agriculture are Students must be in their second year of encouraged to apply for a NSW Farmers’ university study, or first or second year of tertiary scholarship before mid February. vocational study to be eligible. In addition, The association has been offering the students, their partners, or parents must eight scholarships, which are valued at have held a full producer membership with $5000 each, for 10 years to students the association during the past two years.

keen to reward students who show an enthusiasm and passion for agriculture and who demonstrate the ability to become future industry leaders.

Full details and application forms are available on the NSW Farmers’ website Forms must be completed and returned to the association “We encourage all eligible students by February 15. to begin the application process now committed to helping farming and rural The chair of the association’s selection to avoid missing out on this great communities grow and prosper. panel Sarah Thompson said she is opportunity,” she said.

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Doug Arnold and Jeff Burgess have owned and operated Summit Smash Repairs for the past six years and have seen it grow, and go from strength to strength. With 10 employees on hand, from Karen at the front desk to spray painters and panel beaters to the three apprentices, their quality tradesmen are a force to be reckoned with. Summit Smash Repairs’ trade’s technicians are continually updating their 1-CR certificates so they are up-to-date with the changing technology of the modern world. The three apprentices are all performing well at CIT as well as on the job. The team at Summit Smash Repairs are the only smash repair team in the region to offer fully qualified staff for the repair of the new hybrid type vehicles now on the market. Summit Smash Repairs are members of National Windscreens and the MTA, and are also recommended by all insurance companies. When you require a repair on your vehicle, why not nominate Summit Smash Repairs as your preferred repairer or come down and talk to one of the team. They are Cooma’s leading smash repair business and no job is too large or too small with all work guaranteed.

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Wednesday December 19, 2012


Lake Jindabyne Flowing Festival on again in 2013 Dragon Boat racing community teams get involved and get ready to get wet again! Entries are now open for the Community Teams to paddle in the 8th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge at the Lake Jindabyne Flowing Festival, to be held on February 16-17. Entry forms are available on line at The Flowing Festival is now one of the biggest events on the summer high country calendar, attracting teams from community, corporate, school and sports groups. The Festival was awarded the Snowy River Shire Council Event of the Year in 2010, and continues to be a major drawcard for the local area. Dragon Boat teams come together to paddle over a sprint 200 metre course on Lake Jindabyne, and the Flowing Festival takes over Banjo Paterson Park for the weekend, with market stalls, carnival rides, food and drink stalls and the sustainable energy expo. Community teams have their own training times on Saturday, when they can learn from expert paddlers, coaches and sweeps. On Sunday the crew of 20 climb into the dragon boats, with sweeps and drummers provided by the organisers. There is a Dress-Up competition for all the community crews, and past winners have paddlers dressed as animals, jungle tribes, Stigs and BraBoyz. There are cash prizes for the Dress-Up, and handsome trophies and medals for winners on the water.

Perisher and Mitre 10 Jindabyne are again major sponsors, and they also compete as corporate crews, with Snowy Hydro also returning as sponsors for the schools junior division. The sponsorship is a major part of the event, and the Lake Jindabyne Dragon Boat Club put a high value on the help from local organisations, who have been with the Festival for the past seven years. Many of the community teams come from places such as Gidgillys and the Guides, Alpine Way, East Jindabyne and Lakeside. This year the Festival really encourages teams to get together from Berridale, Cooma, Dalgety and Jindabyne. Sporting

clubs are especially welcome and we look forward to seeing the Bush Pigs and the Touch Footie sides on the water. School teams competition is a regular event - the Snowy Hydro Junior Challenge Trophy is a hotly-contested series of races on Sunday, and teachers and parents can get their entries in on the Festival web site. Snowy Hydro pays for school entry, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hassle-free process for the students, who also get Saturday coaching, sweeps and drummers provided! The Mountain Challenge, a series of three races on Sunday, brings together the snow resorts of Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass. The Sports Teams categories attract

crews from Canberra, the South Coast and Nowra, and the local Snow Dragons are training hard to be up there on the podium. Entries are now open - so get together and get ready to get wet on Lake Jindabyne February 16-17. Use the web site www.flowingfestival. to enter, and have some fun with the fastest-growing sport in the country! Lake Jindabyne Snow Dragons always welcome new members: they meet at the Sailing Club beach after work Tuesday and Thursday and on Saturday morning. Some of the action from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dragon Boat races.

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Wednesday December 19, 2012

Squash spring finals decided

The Cooma Squash Club held the finals at the courts on Thursday night. In “A” grade Hydraulinks Cooma came out the winners defeating Paul Dyball Builders. Corey Bedingfield set the tone by def. Phil Ingram. Phil was playing his last game for the club for 12 months as he is doing an exchange programme overseas. Thanks for your support Phil – we will miss you and look forward to your return. Luke Abraham had a good match against Peter Mould before def. him in three games. Andrew Freeburn thought he was going to have an easy match against Mark Kenmir, winning the first two games 9-0,9-3. However Mark does not go down easily and took the next two, but succumbed in the fifth. The Tonini family rounded up the match with Jared beating his sister Kailey 3-1 Even though Kailey has been playing B grade she made him work for the result. In “B” grade Monaro Discount Tyres def. Cooma Crane Hire with the final result not

decided till the last match. Corey Stockton – a newcomer to the comp. def. Lyn Elton in four. Then Peter Luk, who has not had a good run during the comp. took on the ever cagey Susan Walters. They went to five games – with Susan coming out the eventual winner after some very good squash. Matt Shirvington then played another newcomer to the comp. Ned McDonnell and had a good win – Matt has been playing very well through the whole comp. This left the final match between Sarah Hamilton and Darrell Gaukroger. This was won by Sarah in four – although the 70+ year old put up a fight and took one game off her. The comp. average winners were presented with their trophies on the night. Results were: “A” Grade – A1 Corey Bedingfield, A2 Luke McDonald, A3 Andrew Freeburn and A4 Jan Wassink. “B” Grade – B1 Susan Walters, B2 Alex Walters, B3 Tony Potter, B4 Matt Shirvington

During November the Club Championships were played and trophies were presented to the following players: WOMENS: A grade champion – Tara Pateman B grade champion – Kailey Tonini, r/up Kim Kleven B grade Plate – Irene Tozer MENS: A Grade champion - Corey Bedingfield, r/up Phil Ingram A grade Plate – Luke McDonald B grade champion - Hayden Smith, r/up Stuart Wood B grade Plate – Matthew Kent The final award of the night was the presentation of the Rorey Kennedy Award – voted on by club members. It was won (for the second time) by Corey Bedingfield – and rightly so. Corey has once again done a sterling job organising the comps. through the year and it has

Cooma Field & Game Christmas shoot results

The main event is a Side by Side event that has a perpetual trophy and sash as the form of recognition for the winner. This year, the event was won by Toby Edwards a Cooma Club member from Victoria. This event also comprises a trophy and sash for the winner of the “Springing Teale” section. The “Springing Teale” is a target that is sent vertically or almost vertically into the air and the shooter who hits the most of these during the

From left, top: B Grade winners, Kailey Tonini, A grade winners and above, Corey Bedingfield receives his Rorey Kennedy Award from John Kleven.

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A Grade 1st Mark Corbett (Cooma) 2nd Trevor Heise (Cooma) 3rd Darren Redman (Bermagui)

57/75 51/75 50/75

B Grade 1st Toby Edwards (Victoria) 2nd Tony Nassar (Cooma) 3rd Steve McIntyre (Cooma)

55/75 49/75 46/75

C Grade 1st Roger Budd (Bermagui) 2nd Ian Bates (Cooma) 3rd Eddie Tierney (Cooma)

39/75 35/75 29/75


43/75 39/75 18/75

1st Andreas Nassar (Cooma) 2nd Jozeph Nassar (Cooma) 3nd Clinton Clifton ( Cooma)

Under and Over A Grade 1st Adam Shiels (Bermagui) 53/75 2nd Nev Brady (Bermagui) 52/75 3rd Bill Warrener (Canberra) 52/75

The Turner Teams in action at the shoot.

On Sunday December 16, Cooma Field & Game held their Christmas 75 target Clay Target Shoot at the Middlingbank range. This Annual Shoot comprises a number of events that are included in the 75 targets. The Christmas event is the last for the year and our Club Champion is determined at this time. Richard Seears was awarded - Cooma Club champion for 2012.

been obviously appreciated by all members. Well done Corey! The Summer comp will begin during January – there will be some chook runs in the meantime.

shoot is declared the “Springing Teale” Champion. This year, the event was won by Phillip Craig from Bermagui. A novelty “Turner Teams” tower shoot event is conducted at the conclusion of the shoot day and this was won by Jan Redman and Mark Gshwend from Bermagui. We had shooters attend from Canberra, Victoria and Bermagui as well as the locals.

B Grade 1st Colin Brownlie (Cooma) 2nd Ken Jones (Cooma) 2nd Craig Field (Bermagui)

53/75 51/75 47/75

C Grade 1st Andrew Fairfield-Smith (Cooma) 55/75 2nd Kris Jones (Cooma) 42/75 3rd Barry Mead (Cooma) 41/75 Ladies 1st Jan Redman (Bermagui) 45/75 2nd Barby Magrin (Bermagui) 34/75 3rd Rhonda White (Bermagui) 30/75 Juniors 1st Jake Hedger (Cooma) 45/75 2nd Grace Gschwend (Bermagui) 43/75 3rd Brody Waters (Cooma) 42/75

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Wednesday December 19, 2012


More major matches decided at Cooma Bowling Club Last Wednesday two major singles and one major pairs encounters in very warm conditions. Mario Frezza won the first three ends against Garry Taylor to lead 4/0. The next 12 ends went to Garry and yielded 23 shots to give him a 23/4 lead. A further eight shots over the next six ends gave Garry a spot in the next round 31/28. Colin Peuker brought out the best in Mark Buckley over the early ends of their match but was unable to match Mark for most of the match for the latter to win 31/21. Mike Mannille and Sergio Roncelli made a great start against Geoff Venables and Gordon Cox to lead 13/7 after 13 ends. At that point Geoff and Gordon took charge of the match in

winning seven of the remaining eight ends for a 23/14 victory. Three more matches in major pairs were played on Sunday. Allan Crowe and Kevin Jackson came up against Colin Peuker and Bob Douglass. Allan and Kevin were 8/8 with their opponents after nine ends but then hit the go button to lead 14/9. At that point Colin and Bob scored five shots to even the scores, but were only able to score on one more end for Allen and Kevin to win 20/15. Brian Seears and Paul Cannell had to earn all their shots against John Schoon and Tony Gray, with scores even or with one or the other pair in front at various stages. Three shots to Brian and Paul on the last end gave them victory

29/24. Colin Roberson and Peter Caldwell looked home against Keith Goodwin and Ignazio Mondello. However, 13 proved to be an unlucky number for Colin and Peter when they were kept on that score for seven ends, and giving Keith and Ignazio the lead 17/14. Three shots to Colin and Peter had the scores at 17/17 with one end to play, which went to Colin and Peter with one shot for a 18/17 victory. In major singles, Richard Nichols and Kim Weston were 11/11 after 11 ends, when Richard gained a narrow lead 14/11. Fourteen proved to be an unlucky number for Richard, as Kim won seven ends in a row for a good 23/14 lead. In the run home

Richard outscored Kim 15 shots to eight but couldn’t make up the leeway for Kim to advance 31/29. Cobber Seears and Dennis Steinfort had a neck and neck battle for 29 ends with scores level for one or the other in front. At 22/18 in Cobber’s favour Dennis won six ends for 10 shots. On the last two ends, each player scored three shots to give Dennis the match 31/25. In the lone social game on Sunday, Daphne Buckley and Wayne Lodge went shot for shot with Renate Winckel and Mark Buckley for 10 ends then went to the front at the halfway point to win 21/13. All too often a clear conscience is merely the result of a bad memory.

Four swimmers in Canberra carnival Four Cooma boys Josh Alford, Zac, Will and Noah Saddler swam in the Canberra Christmas Classic Carnival last week. Josh continues to impress as he works towards the National Multiclass Swimming Championships. He took 3.6secs off his 400m freestyle. To add that to his big schedule Zac reaffirmed his State Qualifying times in 50m and 100m freestyle whilst Noah has now qualified for the 50m and 100m breastroke and 50m freestyle for the Country Championships. Will improved his 50m freestyle and 50m fly times. Amber Martin-Smith has also qualified for the Country Championships in 50m freestyle. Canberra Classic results Josh Alford 13/o 200m free (2.21.51) PB, Open 50 fly (33.13), 15/o 200mIM (3.14.25), 15/o 50m free (28.68) PB, Open 400m free (5.08.71) PB, 15/o 100m free (1.04 87). Zac Saddler 13yrs 100m breastroke (1.28.94) PB,


Most Improved Molly Janota (10 secs); Improvers Josh Alford and Brenna Clayton. Freestyle C Grade 25m Most Improved Jesse Lunt (2 secs); Improver Ruby Barnes. B Grade 50m Most Improved Darcy Barnes (4secs); Improvers Sophie Janota, Burnum Brademann and Colin Kingston. Premier/A Grade 100m Most Improved Molly Janota (2 secs); Improvers Josh Alford and Chelsea Lunt. Backstroke C Grade 25m Progress to B grade Spencer Walker-Broose and Olo Brademann. Most Improved Ruby Barnes (9 secs) Improvers Spencer Walker-Broose Braith Fitzgerald and Olo Brademann. B Grade 50m Most Improved Jesse Lunt and Darcy Barnes (6 secs) Improvers Sophie Janota, Laura and Amy Hobbs, Ethan and Rachel Hunt, Shelley Kleven, Colin Kingston and Taylah Maurier. Premier/A Grade 100m Most Improved

Noah Saddler( 2 secs); Improvers Amber MartinSmith and Nikki Harmer. The Club Christmas party will be held tonight at 6m at the pool when the raffle will be drawn. All members are reminded to hand in their tickets and any outstanding sponsorship money for the 24hr swim.

Pictured at top, women’s major singles winner, Margerhita Zasso and Sherry Seears. Above, Mal Storta win the men’s event and is pictured with Peter Schroeder. More bowls presentation photos will appear in the December 26 The Monaro Post.

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Wednesday December 19, 2012

Mixed weather for golf, big win for Brian Turner Cooma golf with Terry Johnston On Wednesday December 12 at Cooma Golf Club the conditions were nice and warm in the morning for the golfers and also the flies and Tea Tree beetles that turned out. The competition was a Single Stableford in three grades and 30 players accompanied by flies and beetles took to the course to do battle. The big winner on the day was Brian Turner with a great round of 42 points to blitz A grade by four points. B grade went to Prawit Prakotasung with a steady round for 36 points and won on a count back from Denis Minehan also with 36 points. Geoff Bohringer had a strong round of golf to finish with 40 points for a win on a count back from Heikki Evans also with 40 points. The ball winners were Heikki Evans with 40 points, Norman Marshall with 38 points, followed by Col Langdon and Alexander Childs both with 37 points. The last of the balls went to Campbell Childs, Roy Kerr, Denis

Minehan and Chris Brown all with 36 points. The nearest the pin winners on nine went to Norman Marshall with a great shot to just 40cm for a tap in birdie, while on 17th Vic Carroll put his shot 150cm away to take the prize there. The Wednesday afternoon daylight savings competition had 22 players hit off in a two person Ambrose event. The scratch winners were Adam Robinson and Col Donald with a fine two under par 34 off the stick. Now the handicap winners in this 2 person Ambrose had a scratch score of five under par 31 and a nett score of 27 and 5/6 were the three-man team of Mark Rainsford, Andrew Barnes and Greg Abraham. On Saturday December 15 the weather was all over the place for the 32 players that hit off in a Single Stableford event called the Ham Hit Out, the competition is played in three grades. The winners of each grade took home a ham for their Christmas dinner table. The A grade winner was Brad Burke with a fine round of just one

over par for 40 points. B grade went to Mick Boyce with a round of 38 points, while C grade went to Tony Slater with the round of the day 44 points. The nearest the pin on the ninth hole went to Chris Brown with a good shot to 100cm and on the 17th hole Heikki Evans took it out with a fine shot to around three metres. The long drives were set up on the 10th hole A grade went to Terry Johnston with the only shot to hit the fairway. Joshua Miller took out B grade while C grade went to Roy Hankinson. In the ball comp the balls went to Brian Searl with 39 points, with 38 points were Malcolm Crockett and Campbell Childs. Tony Monday, Roy Hankinson and Norman Marshall all had 38 points, while the last of the balls went to Andrew Jeffery and Trevor Bailey both with 36 points. Sunday was a fine day for golf and a small field hit off in a Single Stableford with Tony Monday running riot over the field with a great round of 42 points.

Tigers contest Beach Soccer

The nearest the pin on the ninth hole went to the star of the day Tony Monday while Kerry Blencowe pulled off a bit of magic himself on the 17th to take home the prize. In the ball competition the winners were Kerry Blencowe with a fine 40 points followed by Neil Venables with 39 points. Denis Minehan and Sandy Litchfield both had 38 points, followed by Heikki Evans, Mark Rainsford and Matthew Schouten all with 37 points and the last of the balls went to Brian Searl with 35 points. Also on Sunday afternoon was the first six-hole competition for our juniors and they all took to the event with great gusto. The leader with 16 points was Matthew Chelin followed closely by Remy Oldrey with 15 points and just behind him were the two Jake’s, Jake Crawford and Jake Quodling both with 14 points. The other prize winners on the day were Hunter Caldwell the little five year old super star to be, Jake Mason and Ryan Monday. Coming up this week on Wednesday morning is a Single

Stableford competition for both men and women and as normal visitors are always welcome to join in and play in our competition. Wednesday afternoon is the last Daylight Saving nine hole competition for 2012. This is a two-person Ambrose open to members and non members with or without a handicap, this fun afternoon will recommence of January 16. On Thursday afternoon the last of the junior golf clinics for 2012 will commence at 4pm for all those young people wishing to have some fun and at the same time learn how to play golf, this clinic will recommence on Thursday January 17. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday there will be Single Stableford Medley competitions on all three days. Also on Sunday at 2pm the Junior six hole competition will be on for all the little budding champions. All at Cooma Golf Club would like to wish all the readers and golfers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Golfing Year in 2013.

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By Lisa Deas After winning the premiership this year, the Cooma Tigers Men’s Premier League team were invited to play in the Australian Beach Soccer Cup in Wollongong on December 5 and 6. Amongst the squad were two local boys Iain Elliott and Serdan Bircan, making their beach soccer debut at the most elite level possible in Australia. Competing under the guise of the Canberra Tigers, the team consisted entirely of Cooma premier league players with the exception of Angelo Konstantinou fresh from the Fustal World Cup, who is an occasional starter for Canberra Olympic. The competition had a total of six teams entered and boasted the big names of David Zdrillic, Alvin Ceccoli and Ante Juric, all former Socceroos, as competitors.

Although winning the premier league grand final this year has been the highlight for the team, both Elliott and Bircan said that they enjoyed competing against such a high calibre of players in the Cup. “Playing against such good players and still being competitive, even though we had never played beach soccer before was probably the highlight of the weekend.” Said Elliott. “We managed to draw with the team who won the competition.” Said Bircan, “We only lost to them in extra time after they scored a penalty and we had no time to recover.” He said. The calibre of the competition cannot be denied, this year the event was used as a trial ground for selecting a squad to compete in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers in Qatar next year.

“It was a tough, tiring game.” Said Bircan, “It’s played in a very different style to normal football.” He said. Still there is no doubt that being amongst such quality players and challenging themselves to new styles has helped to improve the overall skill level of the team. “It was a good experience for us, particularly playing with some Australian football celebrities.” Said Elliott. The event carries with it an air of exclusivity in order to maintain a high level of competition, the fact that the Tigers were asked to compete in such an event is a credit to the Cooma

Football Club and coach Gabby Wilk. It is proof that with this support Cooma can boast some of the best players in the region who with further opportunities, such as the upcoming Waratah Cup in 2013, will only continue to develop their skill. For those who watch the World Game segment on SBS on Monday nights, there was brief coverage of the Australian Beach Soccer Cup where the Tigers were featured singing their unmistakable team chant.

Cooma Tigers on the beach.

Trent Barrett (Blues Assistant Coach), Brad Frazer and Wayne Portlock (NSW Blues Training Manager). Continued from page 44 and therefore obtain the greatest performance out of their bodies. The League would also like to thank the Station Resort, Banjo Paterson Hotel, Mick Hamilton and everyone from the community of Jindabyne for their hospitality and support in making this a highlight of the 2012 Rugby League calendar. We look forward to making this an annual date and continuing to grow our relationships with bigger and

better events coming to the area. Next camp for both academies will be in Narooma with the Far South Coast Academy preparing for their games in Albion Park while the Snowy Mountains Academy will take the opportunity to have fun in the surf. Anyone still wishing to be involved can contact the NRL Far South Coast Game Development office on 64947341 or 0407445290.

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Wednesday December 19, 2012


Alcohol and sport: Cooma Cats Good Sports regional winner Cooma Cats Australian Football Club is the winner for NSW South Eastern Australian Drug Foundation’s national Good Sports Awards. The Cats have embraced the concept of the good sports program, engendering a family-friendly atmosphere in the club for both senior and junior players. The national winner of the award was North Clare Football Club, from South Australia. Good Sports works with sporting clubs across Australia to manage alcohol and to create more safe, healthy, familyfriendly environments. It aims to reduce alcohol-related harms both within the club and wider community. More than 5,000 community sporting clubs are involved with the program around Australia. Australian Drug Foundation’s Head of Community Programs, Maree Sidey, said that since joining Good Sports, the awarded clubs have continued to demonstrate their commitment to providing safe, responsible and family friendly sporting hubs for their communities. Cats elect new committee The Cooma Cats Australian Football Club has elected its new committee for 2013. Well-known local sporting identity Stu Wood has been elected president of the Cooma Cats Australian Football Club for the 2013 season. Stu has a long association with the Cooma Cats as both a player and committee member, and is also widely known throughout the Monaro region through his work as a sports development

officer and consultant. Stu is taking over from out-going president Dave Paterson who has guided the Cooma Cats through a strong period of growth and development for the club both on and off the field. On accepting the position as club president, Stu praised Dave’s work in guiding the club over the past five years. “During Dave’s tenure as president the Cats have made significant improvements on and off the field,” Stu said. “The club has grown in player numbers, developed strong and effective sponsorship arrangements with local business, overseen the introduction of a junior side in the Under 14 competition, seen the development of the senior side


as a truly competitive force in the AFL Canberra Division Three competition and carried out a number of major infrastructure projects. “These achievements will be a lasting legacy of Dave’s outstanding guidance and contribution to the Cats for years to come,” Stu said. Looking to the next 12 months for the Cooma Cats, Stu said his focus would remain on continuing to build the club’s culture on being a well-run, family-friendly football club. “Apart from building on our recent onfield success, the Cooma Cats will continue to develop our internal governance processes and provide the opportunity for people of all ages and genders to be



Cooma Cats AFL Club conducts a familyfriendly club year-round, especially at its AFL Carnival each March.




involved in AFL football,” Stu said. The full committee for the Cooma Cats for 2013 is: President - Stu Wood, Vice President - Adam Asanovski, Secretary - Rob Barnes, Treasurer -Karen Innes, Social Member - Kylie Johns, Equipment Officer - Mark Fitzgerald, Development Officer - Stu Wood, Auskick Coordinator - Matt Tronerud, general Committee Members - Dave Innes, Dave Paterson, Dulcie Thistleton, and Damien Asanovski.








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Future league ‘stars’ at camp

Jindabyne was inundated by Rugby League players past and present when the Station resort held host to the final Academy camps for 2012. Players from Bateman’s Bay to Eden, Cooma to Bombala and all towns in between converged on the glamorous setting to under take skill development. On the way to camp, the three Cooma players, Joel Smith, Zane Weston and Blayne Thomas stopped to thank their sponsor, Brad Frazer, of Frank’s Butchery, Cooma. A long-time player himself, Brad is happy to assist the development of talented juniors players

through the League Academy. NSW Blues coaching staff members Wayne Portlock and Trent Barrett plus Canberra Raiders players Joel Thompson, Blake Ferguson and Jake Wighton took the 50 players through their paces and emphasising the importance of the basics and continually fine tuning these skills. The guests also took time out to visit local sponsors in both Jindabyne and Cooma and mix with the people of the towns and game supporters. Rugby League remained the focus after the guests left but not before leaving

a lasting impression of the skill level, ability and potential of the players in the programs. With the weather not offering the kindest of days the players kept applying themselves and absorbing the knowledge being imparted with great enthusiasm, commitment and benefits were forthcoming in a short time of work. Sunday saw players up early and walking at 6am were they strolled and stretched along a 6k circuit around the roads of Jindabyne before sitting down to a much-deserved breakfast. After breakfast, the

Snowy Mountain academy wound up their final sessions with some tackle technique and contact games while the older Far South Coast prepared for their final hit-out of the weekend. Players were exposed to Elite NRL players, the importance of nutrient, correct hydration, weight and it’s effect on the body, ice baths and the immediate benefits, rest and recovery as well as injury management. This has given every player attending the camp the tools to take better control of their preparation Continued page 42.




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