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Live Blues from the top of Australia The 23rd annual Festival is a celebration of the best in Australian blues. Home grown blues guitar prodigy James Southwell is back with a power house band including Atlanta (USA) bassist extraordinaire Charlie Wooton. Jeff Lang with tabla player Bobby Singh is set to take audiences on an eastern blues journey. The Foreday Riders return to Thredbo for their 50th anniversary as one of Australia’s best blues outfits. Other music legends on the program include Kevin Borich, Phil Manning, Mal Eastick, Mick Pealing and Nick Charles and crowd favourite Ray Beadle performs his solo show. With an incredible lineup of music, an easy to get around village and unique venues - this Festival is a standout amongst Blues lovers. All venues are within easy strolling distance from the village centre and they range from

Thredbo, high in the Snowy Mountains, is set to transform into a Blues town come 20—22 January 2017, as some of Australia’s best and internationally acclaimed artists play the Thredbo Blues Festival over three big days and nights.


intimate bars and dining settings, big band concert style, outdoor poolside performances to shows at the top of the chairlift, some 2000m above sea level. If you need a little blues break, Thredbo has a stack of “other to do options”. Hiking, biking, ride the bobsled, play a round of golf, have a hit of tennis, shopping and dining are just a sample of what’s on offer. The atmosphere is electric, the ambience is social and there’s music galore. With over 75 artists playing in 15 venues, the 2017 festival is set to continue the tradition of Australia’s top Blues party. All-inclusive accommodation packages start from $101 per person per night twin share, this includes two nights accommodation and all weekend festival pass. For bookings call Thredbo Resort Centre on 1300 020 589

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Yarrangobilly’s Harrie Wood Cave has reopened after being closed for the last 10 years for cave research. Join this specialised guided tour in Kosciuszko National Park to find out more. When: Thursday 29 December 2016, Thursday 5 January and Saturday 7 January 2017, 12.30pm – 2pm and 1.30pm – 3pm Where: Yarrangobilly Caves, Kosciuszko National Park Accessibility: No disabled access Grade: Medium. Suitable for adults and children 6 years and over. Price: Adult/child $38 per person. Private tour $304 (maximum 8 people). Meeting point: Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre Bookings: Public tours available during school holidays. Bookings required, phone Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre on (02) 6454 9597. Maximum 8 people per tour. Collect your tickets from the visitor centre at least 30 mins before the tour starts. Availability: Private tours available on request outside school holidays. Descend into this richly decorated old tourism cave, now open after 10 years of research. You’ll be issued with a torch and your guide will explain how stalagmites, like trees, contain annual growth rings and can be viewed as archives of the past. View the Temple of the Thousand Idols,

the heritage crystal bucket and the climate change monitoring equipment. Explore the underground secrets of Castle Cave, in Kosciuszko National Park, with your trusty head torch and a guide by your side. When: Wednesday 28 December 2016, Wednesday 4 January and Sunday 8 January 2017, 12pm – 2.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm Where: Yarrangobilly Caves, Kosciuszko National Park Accessibility: No disabled access Grade: Medium. Suitable for adults and children 6 years and over. Average fitness required. Price: Adult/child $38 per person (maximum of 10 people). Private tour $304. A site fee of $4 per car applies. Entry fees: Park entry fees apply for vehicles without a Kosciuszko National Park day entry pass or NPWS All Parks annual pass. Meeting point: Buy your tickets at Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre before your tour. Then drive 100m to the South Glory carpark. Meet your guide at the Ticket Box on the road above the carpark, where you’ll receive a helmet and head light. Bookings: Bookings required. Phone Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597. Availability: Contact Yarrangobilly Caves to book a private tour. Public tours available during school holidays. Maximum 10 people per tour.

Do you have a sense of adventure? On this exciting 2.5 to 3-hour tour of Castle Cave, you’ll get a special chance to view one of the unlit caves rarely seen by visitors to Yarrangobilly Caves. One of the more remote caves, it was developed in the 1900s. After a 30-minute hike up the Yarrangobilly Valley, you’ll be given helmets and lights. Led by an experienced NPWS guide, you’ll discover the cave’s magnificent formations. These include a vast array of speleothems, from formations like King Solomon’s Temple, to delicate straws and helicities. After exploring the magic of Castle Cave, you can take a walk to the Thermal Pool, which stays 27°C all year round. There’s no crawling involved on this cave tour, and helmets and head lights are provided. It’s a good idea to wear sturdy, enclosed shoes and bring a jacket, even in the warmest weather. YARRANGOBILLY CAVES CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: 17TH & 18TH December So whether you are looking for interesting & unusual presents or stocking fillers come and see us to do your last minute Christmas shopping, we will offer you a 10% discount on all merchandise (not valid for cave tours). This offer is only available for the weekend of the 17th & 18th of December 2016. Please mention the promotional code XMAS 2016 to receive your 10% discount.

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Snowy Scheme added to National Heritage List Former and present Snowy workers gathered in Cooma in October to witness the Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenburg, announce the Snowy Mountains Scheme had become the 107th place to be added to the National Heritage List. The scheme is recognised as the biggest industrial development Australia has ever attempted. Constructed between 1949 and 1974, the scheme is made up of 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts, with only two per cent of the entire construction visible above the ground. The National Heritage Listed area includes 15 major dams, nine power stations and a

pumping station, covering a mountainous area of 4,600 square kilometres in southern NSW. The scheme’s dams, tunnels, aqueducts and power stations are some of the most complex and technical engineering and construction feats in the country and the world. As well, significant engineering advancements were achieved during the construction of the scheme, including rockbolting and the use of 330 kV transmission lines. Importantly, the scheme was completed on time and on budget. More than 100,000 people from around 30 countries worked on the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Seventy per cent of these were migrants displaced from their homes in Europe during the Second World War. These workers and their children lived in towns and camps across the Snowy Mountains during construction and still holds a special significance for workers, their descendants and the wider community as a symbol of multicultural Australia. Mr Frydenburg said the Snowy Mountains Scheme was an audacious and brilliant example of modern Australia—a bold idea brought to life by the hard-work of thousands of people coming to Australia from all over the world. The Snowy Mountains Scheme remains one of Australia’s largest producers of renewable energy, including nearly a third of renewable energy fed into the eastern mainland grid, and water flowing from the scheme supports over $3 billion in agricultural production. The scheme’s inclusion in the National Heritage List formalises the important chapter the Snowy Scheme has in the Australian story and cements its place in the nation’s history.

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November through to January is a busy time for the Snowy Mountains, with several festivals and annual events taking place. With so many events to pick from, The Snowpost has a guide to help you choose which ones to put in the diary. Our top three favourites are Australia Day, the Flowing Festival and the Numeralla Folk Festival. Australia Day is celebrated in various ways in towns such as Jindabyne, Berridale, Adaminaby, Nimmitabel, Numeralla, Michelago, Bredbo, Dalgety, Bombala and Cooma. In Cooma this year, the Australia Day theme is “Renewable Energy”. Each town has a different way of celebrating, but most include a good Aussie breakfast. In February, Jindabyne will once again host the Flowing Festival on the lake. Next year, the festival will be held on February 18 and 19, with Sunday February 19 being the main day. The festival includes dragon boat races as well as markets and is great fun for all the family. January 20 to 22 will see the annual Numeralla Folk Festival return. Or as it is more affectionately known as ‘the little festival with the big heart’. The Numeralla Folk Festival is the oldest festival of its type in NSW. Now more than 40 years old, this is a popular event among locals and tourists alike, especially because there is no charge for camping or entertainment at the event. Highlights of this homespun festival are the Bush Dances on Saturday and Sunday nights and the Blackboard Concert, where seasoned professionals and budding artists can chalk their name up to play a couple of songs, recite a poem, spin a yarn or entertain the crowd in any creative way. You might also like to amble about the Country Markets on Sunday morning to pick up a bargain, hear some homespun bluegrass music or have a cuppa. Other events that are highlights of the summer season across the region include: Talbingo Tattoo: 26 Nov 2016 Come, join us in the mountains as we hear the pipes call out. Pipe bands, brass bands, choirs, local performing groups and solo artists from throughout the region will perform. Outside Venue: Talbingo Country Club over-looking Jounama Dam Commences 5pm Cost is $30 and includes your meal. Child (6-14 years) $10. Under six free. Pre purchase tickets by November 25 by phoning Gary, 0490 520 440. Tumut Rodeo Charity Campdraft: 1 Dec 2016 Come along and enjoy the huge event four day run by the Tumut Rodeo Club. Held on December 1 - 4 2016. $14,250 Prize money plus $3,000 Prizes and Trophies. BAR • BBQ • KIOSK Event starts 2pm on Thursday 1st and from 6.30am the following days. Cooma Cup and Sundowners Cup: Dec 3 2016 Ti Tree Racecourse, Numeralla Road, Cooma. Come along to the region’s biggest annual race meeting. Full betting facilities. On course. NO ATM AVAILABLE. Bars, refreshments, courtesy buses to and from the course. Get dolled up and enter the Fashions on the Field events. Gates open at 11am for the six-race program. Tumut Turf Club Boxing Day Races: 26 Dec 2016 Celebrate with family and friends this Boxing Day. Free live entertainment with Brendan Carroll Country and Metropolitan bookmakers Full TAB facilities BBQ and kiosk available Gates will open at 11am, with the first race starting after 1pm. Admission: Adult $15, Pensioners $8, Children under 16 years FREE in the company of a responsible adult

Tumut Turf Club Family Day: 21 Jan 2017 Family Day is a great day out! It’s all about the kids with plenty of FREE kids entertainment including pony rides, jumping castle and face painting. A special children’s fashion event will also be held. You are welcome to bring a picnic but there is plenty of food with vendors selling lots of yummy treats available such as icecreams, snow cones and fairy floss! Agricultural Shows The agricultural shows in the Monaro would have to be the region’s biggest and best events! With shows in Nimmitabel (February 4), Delegate (March 4), Dalgety (March 5), Cooma (March 11) and Bombala (March 18), it is clear how important agriculture and primary industries are to our area. All five shows include competitions in cattle, horses, sheep, goats as well as many categories in the pavilion exhibitions ranging from flowers, condiments and food to fresh produce, visual art and wool. Some of the shows also include a number of rides and sideshow activities, most notably the Cooma Show. Whether you’re a bit of a competitor or just looking for a day out, one or even all of our region’s shows are not to be missed if visiting the area. Cooma Rodeo: 11 Feb 2017 The Cooma Rodeo is a local event that is looked forward to with smiling faces by young and old alike. It has a long history of providing great family entertainment and is one of the best-loved attractions of the year. Held on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Cooma showgrounds, the Cooma rodeo began over 100 hundred years ago and is still a proud and strong part of our community. It’s a great day full of bull riding, horse jumping, and rides. Cooma rodeo has grown to become one of the most respected and entertaining rodeos under the banner of the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA). It’s an important symbol of our great Aussie culture and should not be missed by any. It’s a great chance to see young and old local talent and have a good day out with family, friends and the rest of the community. Thredbo Blues Festival: 20-22 Jan 2017 If blues are your choice, then Thredbo’s annual Blues Festival is sure to be your thing. The festival is a three-day celebration of blues and roots music, held in the lively bars and restaurants throughout spectacular Thredbo Village in the Snowy Mountains. Celebrating the 18th Thredbo Blues Festival, the 2017 program reflects the great depth of talent and the heritage of Australian blues. The event will showcase a brilliant mix of blues bands and musicians performing a combination of old and new music. This is annual festival is definitely not to be missed. Man from the Snowy River Bush Festival: March 30 – April 2 2017 It’s time to get your horse out of the paddock and test your skill levels for the 2017 Man From Snowy River Bush Challenge to be held in Corryong. Now recognised nationally as home for one of the toughest tests of horsemanship in the country the Planet Power Man From Snowy River Bush Challenge three-day event showcases Australian horsemanship like no other. The Challenge, comprising of horseshoeing, packhorse, whipcrack, stock handling, bareback obstacle, cross country events to determine the top 12 competitors to go into the semi final of the Brumby Catch, a dust busting contest of speed and horsemanship as riders have four minutes to catch a brumby and demonstrate horsemanship handling skills. The top 10 scorers will then progress to the Stocksaddle Buckjump which will determine who will join the unique band of horsemen who have earned the right to belong the Man From Snowy River legends hall of fame...“where the legends ride...”

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The unrivalled beauty of the Snowy Mountains is an artists’ dream. From the snow-capped mountain peaks to the rolling hills that span the horizon, there’s an image for every artistic taste. When traversing through one of Australia’s most iconic settings, the best way to immerse yourself in the cultural and natural history of the Snowy Mountains is through its art galleries. In Delegate you can delve into the region’s rich Indigenous history before winding your way through the mountains to finish in Tumbarumba where there’s an eclectic mix of artwork on display. Here’s a snapshot of some of the Snowy Mountains art galleries, places definitely worth a visit as you take in the best the mountains have to offer.

Delegate – The Bundian Way Gallery Showcasing Indigenous artwork and exhibitions is the Bundian Way Gallery in Delegate. Located close to the Victorian border, the small town forms an integral junction on the shared history pathway, the Bundian Way. Linking Mount Kosciuszko (Targangal) to Fisheries Beach (Bilgalera), the pathway connects the mountains to the sea. The Bundian Way stretches for 365km along an ancient Indigenous walking track.

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In Delegate, at 66 Bombala Street, sits the Bundian Way Gallery. Recent exhibitions displayed the work of local Indigenous artists from the Far South Coast, the Monaro and from the NSW Correctional Centres. The gallery’s collection is a wonderful starting point to experiencing the history of the Snowy Mountains. “The opening of the gallery has presented an amazing opportunity,” John Blay, Bundian Way Project Officer with Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council, said. “Not only does the gallery highlight the heritage elements of the Bundian Way, it also throws light on the ongoing cultural connections to the land and sea country of the Aboriginal people of the region. This is reflected in their art.” Berridale – Ray Killen Art Gallery Situated between Cooma and Jindabyne in the beautiful hamlet of Berridale is the Ray Killen Gallery. This cultural space offers you a wide selection of quality landscape photographs from around Australia. Each premium enlargement is taken from the original transparency. All enlargements are framed using archival materials. The wood used in the frames is taken from plantation forests or

Jindabyne - Kunama Snowy Mountains recycled timber. Call in and see the gallery (72 Jindabyne Centre for the Arts Snowy Mountains art galleries will stimulate Rd, Berridale) when you are next in the Snowy Mountains. Take the opportunity to relax in the your imagination through the mix of paintings, comfort of the gallery where Ray will be happy music, literature, photography and sculpture. Whilst on the gallery trail, the Kunama Snowy to assist with any enquiries. Mountains Centre for the Arts is well worth Cooma – Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre investigating. Situated off Kosciuszko Road and Sitting in Cooma’s historic Lambie Street, the Kunama Drive, the gallery is a haven for local Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, is one of the artists, sculptors and authors. Formerly known as the Kunama Gallery, town’s most frequented attractions. Built in 1854 by the Hain family, the building where from 1972 Alan Grosvenor displayed is an iconic structure amongst the 19th Century his work at the studio, his passing in 2012 left a lifetime of beautiful landscapes depicting homes that dot the street. In 1994 action commenced to transform the mountain life. building into a not-for-profit community gallery. Tumbarumba – Artists on Parade Since then, arduous work has resulted in one of To conclude your artistic dalliance with the region’s foremost cultural precincts. Holding regular exhibits, the gallery features the Snowy Mountains, Tumbarumba offers the works of many local artists. The likes of one of regional NSW’s most exciting cultural John Wilson, Graeme Schreiber, Kate Litchfield, collaborations. Tumbarumba Artists on Parade is a notLesley Henstridge, and Jim Hart display for-profit, community based gallery and artworks in the gallery. There’s still time to visit the Raglan’s current artist workspace facilitated by local artists exhibition, Reflections of the Maclaughlin, and volunteers. Located at 13 The Parade, showcasing the works of the monks and friends Tumbarumba, the gallery is opened between at Holy Transfiguration Monastery on the Wednesday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Maclaughlin.

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TRAILS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION Following the success of the Epic Promise day partnership between Perisher, The Jindabyne Trail Stewardship and Council, walking and riding trails in and around Jindabyne are in excellent condition for summer tourism.

Perisher staff and Stewardship maintenance projects in Jindabyne bike and walking trails. Trail Stewardship team and Snowy volunteers collectively worked 570 and Mill Creek, near Tyrolean Village, More than 140 Perisher staff Monaro Regional Council to maintain hours on two trail building and to further build out the network of members assisted The Jindabyne and build new shared trails, remove and recycle 13 tonne of concrete to build a staircase at the soccer oval off Park Street, and remove a significant amount of general and green waste from the area. Jindabyne Trail Stewardship is a group of people that aims to preserve, improve and maintain access to existing and future trails network within Jindabyne. This is a custodian and caretaker role of trails in partnership with public, private and traditional owners. Tracks are maintained regularly using principles of trail design and maintenance to minimise impact, erosion and trail degradation, utilising dedicated community volunteers, backed and trained by the skills of professional trail builders. Jindabyne Trail

Stewardship is a group of people who believe that there is something very distinctive on the Snowy Mountains’ doorstep and wish to nurture this for locals, visitors and future generation trail users. The trails are exceptionally well utilised, particularly in the summer months where council reports numbers well in to the thousands. The Lake Jindabyne Trail begins in town and winds its way through 14km of bushland towards Tyrolean Village. There are a number of tracks leading off the main spine and the nature walk is a hotbed of native flora and fauna with spectacular views of the lake along the way. The Stewardship also partners with the National Parks to provide maintenance for around 100km of trails throughout the region. President of the Jindabyne Trail Stewardship Craig Stonestreet believes that cycling is the future of all-year tourism to the region and he says the trails are a big part of this. “I see the trails potential for summer tourism and cycling is a key element of this. Cycle tourism is the future of summer tourism,� he said.

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on mountain waters The Snowy Mountains lakes are just so beautiful and so inviting. Just being on the water is so relaxing. Whether fishing, sailing or just paddling about early mornings on the water it is just so peaceful and beautiful as you look back towards the mountains. Later as the day warms, boating activity increases as the water skiers and wake boarders come out to play, so if you’re just out for a little bit of piece and quiet then early in the day is the time to be on the water. While the lake, most mornings it is calm and mirror like, it is normal for the wind to come up later in the day and often just like the coastal afternoon sea breeze. Our lakes will also have afternoon winds and these are mostly north easterlies, so just be aware that we also get quite high waves especially on the opposite side of the lake to the way the wind is blowing. At times our lakes can get quite dangerous, with waves in excess of a metre, and this can happen quite quickly especially with a change or even an approaching summer storm.


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by Chrissi Webb The need for vigilance when driving on alpine roads both in summer and winter remains a continuing cause for concern by drivers of both large and small people movers as constant braking will overheat the brakes and render them useless on steep descents. If a sign indicates “Buses use low gear”, then it is suggested all motorists should heed the advice. When the English London-trained nurse Pippa Robinson who following

qualification as a mid wife in Scotland, arrived in Australia in 1970 with only $2 in her pocket, little did she realise that one day she would be tending survivors of the worst bus crash ever to occur in the Snowy Mountains. Pippa’s Australian life began at nursing at Mona Vale hospital and then spent her first winter working for Dr John Sheddon in Perisher Valley after which she began a 2 year stint at Talbingo with the SMA. It was in Talbingo that she met Snowy Mountains Authority (SMA) fitter and


turner, Joe Robinson who, when Pippa went back to work for John Sheddon at the Chalet at Charlotte Pass as a Sister, hitch hiked every alternate weekend up to Perisher to see her. When the snow disappeared, Pippa went back to Talbingo and then to work at Tumut hospital followed by three months at Cooma hospital. In January 1973, Pippa and Joe married and as employees of the SMA, went to live in the small company alpine village of Cabramurra. The fatal Cabramurra Bus Crash on September 23rd 1973 remains a vivid memory for Pippa and Joe. The crash believed to have been caused by mechanical failure resulted in the death of 18 elderly passengers and 21 others being injured - all were members of the Brighton’s Seniors’ Club from Adelaide. The accident occurred on a foggy, miserable day at about 3pm on the steep winding road, high above the Tumut Ponds dam about 15 minutes drive south west of Cabramurra on the road from Cabramurra to Khancoban, following a desperate two-mile attempt by the driver to stop the descending bus after the brakes failed. It is very possible that the brakes overheated. The driver had endeavoured to drive the bus into the rock cliff wall before the bus failed to take an almost blind corner and rolled down the very steep, rocky scree slope on the downhill side of the road as it disintegrated, flinging the victims on to the rocks, An off duty SMA employee came upon the horrific accident that had just occurred and immediately drove down to the Tumut Pond Intake structure where he broke a window to access the telephone and raise the alarm at the control centre. The operator on duty called the emergency team of Snowy employees based in Cabramurra and the rescue and retrieval operation sprang into immediate effect with military precision. All the employees were told to stop work, take their first aid bags and get to the crash site to be allocated jobs. Many of them had come from Europe and their war service and discipline was evident. At first it was assumed that the bus had crashed into the dam, and to get the water level down as quickly as possible, the SMA opened up all the turbines to lower the dam as quickly as possible. Joe was in the operator’s room when the call came through, and he related that the operator said to the trades people there “Go get your vehicle and get yourself down there to give what assistance you can give.” Teams were called in from other


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Pippa Robinson at work in the shearing shed on Maneroo. Snowy operations and their services were rapidly deployed at the crash site. Cabramurra’s Medical Centre was alerted and the women of Cabramurra were informed to arrange care for their children, so that they could be on assist with the care of the survivors. The role of Sister Robinson, who was heavily pregnant with twins and on duty whilst the resident nurse was in Cooma, was to medically assist and comfort the survivors, many of whom had lost their life partners. She remembers how calm the survivors were – many of them were in a state of shock. The resident nurse was delayed in returning from Cooma due to the weather conditions so there was no nurse on site at the accident, however she did get there later after a slow drive in fog from Cooma. Pippa related that the Tumut Pond diesel power station was immediately prepared as a mortuary for the presumed dead lying in the water and on the surrounding unstable scree slope of tunnel spoil. The bodies were transferred by little privately owned fishing boats or “tinnies”, across Tumut Pond from the partly submerged bus lying in about 30 feet of water. The injured were placed in metal akjas, similar to a ski-slope akja or sleds, for winching up the dangerous scree face to the road using the employees’ 4-wheel vehicles. There would be one man operating the winch, another calling and several men supporting each akja as they were winched up the dangerous slope. Some of the men were hit by the boulders tumbling down as they were dislodged by the akjas bumping their way up the slope. The wounded and akjas were then loaded into the waiting vehicles and the one ambulance on site (those from Cooma, Tumut, and Corryong came later) for transport directly to Cooma or to the Cabramurra Medical Centre to be triaged, wounds dressed and sent on to Cooma Hospital by ambulances. Cooma’s operating theatre did not close until 3am, after six hours of continuous surgery. Two attempts were made to fly the doctor from Cooma into Cabramurra however the plan was unable to land because of the heavy fog, however he was flown to Adaminaby airstrip and met by transport and arrived by road in

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time to sign the death certificates although he was too late to assist at the Medical Centre where Pippa, worked with her team of mothers and the resident nurse who had already taken care of the injured at the crash site. According to Joe, the time that it had taken to get the bodies and the living away from the accident scene was done possibly in two or three hours due to good communications. There was no shortage of people - there were a lot of ready hands. He estimated that Cabramurra had a resident population to 56 or 60 adults at the time. After the last ambulance departed for Cooma on that night at about 7 or 8pm, the women in the Medical Centre drank cups of tea and then joined the men at the pub to debrief. The Snowy opened the whole mess so everybody was fed. Joe, who had spent most of the time at the crash site, remembers having half a glass of rum when it was all over – it was a cold night and trauma counselling services did not exist then. “In those days” said Pippa “it was different and she doubts if such an efficient rescue could be replicated in such a calm atmosphere in such a small work town today, such was the organisation of resources by men such as Harry Cross who coordinated the rescue and retrieval. It was amazing. Everyone knew exactly what to do. Communications were very good” she added. Pippa and Joe’s twins, Adam and Jane were born in October, 1973 with Esther arriving in 1976. The family remained in Cabramurra for seven years until Pippa’s dream of living on a farm – a dream resulting from her four week stint as a nanny for a farmer in Canowindra – was fulfilled and they purchased a small property which they called “Maneroo” on the Snowy River Way just outside of Jindabyne. But Pippa’s time to become a full time small farmer was put on hold until she had worked for the Doctor Geoffrey Cocker before becoming the Cooma Hospital-based Community Nurse for Jindabyne and later the Early Childhood Nurse for the area. During this time she qualified as a wool classer at Technical College. In the year 2000, Pippa put aside her much love Community Nursing and retired from nursing to care for her flock of super fine merino sheep and lambs. She said “It’s been a long journey and I love my Snowy Mountains community.” Her work as a dedicated nurse was recognised by the Snowy River Shire in the Australia Day Awards in January 1999 Now retired, Joe assists Pippa with her farming passion whilst he engineers well-balanced farm gates which open and close with ease, sheds, farm equipment and chips out every Paterson’s and other noxious Curses in sight on their manicured property bordering on the Snowy River.

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Bombala sisters, Rachel Giles and Penny Campbell have embarked on an exciting venture, offering their charming childhood home as boutique accommodation in the heart of the town. Hillside Cottage has been in the girls’ family for 44 years, with their parents buying the run down 1800s home in the early 1970s, and spending many years renovating what would become their pride and joy. “Now that the house has been passed to us, we wanted to keep that legacy going and hang onto it, but we also wanted to do something with it, and after a lot of deliberation we decided we could offer it as a really beautiful Bed

and Breakfast,” Rachel said. With Penny being involved in the local Chamber of Commerce, she realised there was not enough accommodation available in Bombala, and that a lovely property like Hillside Cottage would be the perfect option for many visitors. “We weren’t ready to part with the house, so if we could find something like this that would allow us to showcase it and meet new people, as well as giving visitors the chance to experience the area, then that’s perfect,” Penny said. Hillside Cottage boasts three spacious themed guest rooms Rustic, Vintage and Classic - and at this stage can sleep up to nine people with the use of a sofa bed and day bed in the spacious living area. It also features a Victorian bathroom complete with claw foot bath, a brand new kitchen with all modern facilities and truly beautiful garden surrounds. And the girls are all about adding those extra little touches that can make a stay in Bombala so special. “We’ll be providing welcome packages, specialty items in the bathroom and a complimentary continental breakfast, all of which will showcase quality products sourced in the local area,” Penny said. And Rachel adds that the wood fire will be roaring ready to greet guests who may come in the cooler months, while basic supplies such as fresh bread and milk will also be provided ready for


guests to walk in and relax. Those who wish to explore the area will find a series of brochures on the region’s attractions, both in the immediate area as well as throughout the wider region encompassing the mountains and the coast. Maps and other information on local businesses and services will also be available in the cottage, and the girls intend to work in with local events and happenings to offer their guests the best the area has to offer. “We can even arrange things like farm stays for those from the city, and are happy to accommodate all kinds of events and getaways like high teas, different themed retreats and girly weekends,” Penny said. With a professional and trusted approach being paramount, the sisters have decided to run their new Hillside Cottage venture through Airbnb, with all bookings taken care of directly through this reputable company. “We’ve stayed at number of other Airbnb properties ourselves and they are all of a very high standard and they have lots of little points of difference and charm,” Rachel said. “The company was just perfect for us.” And already Hillside Cottage has had an extremely positive response, with bookings for weddings, the local Bike Show, Christmas and a vow renewal already flowing in. “We’re really excited to be getting off to such a positive start with bookings, and our Facebook page has been popular since it launched too, so we’d just like everyone to check Hillside Cottage out and spread the word,” Penny said. For more information on this beautiful 1800s property in the heart of Bombala or to make bookings, please visit Pictured: The beautiful Hillside Cottage is an 1800s property that has been extensively renovated to offer three themed rooms, a Victorian bathroom, new kitchen, spacious living areas and gorgeous gardens.

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Penalties apply to the owners and masters of vessels found not carrying lifejackets, or if there are not enough lifejackets for everyone on board. Penalties may also apply if occupants are not wearing lifejackets when they are required to do so. More importantly, if you are not wearing your lifejacket, it can’t save your life. Why do I need to wear it? Since 2002-03, nearly 200 people have been killed in boating accidents in NSW, with more than two-thirds of those killed being presumed to have drowned. However, more than 9 out of 10 people who drowned when boating weren’t wearing a lifejacket.

Many factors affect the development and unfolding of vessel incidents. However, lifejacket wear is clearly an over-arching factor in determining the outcome of such incidents, especially when persons end up in the water. A study done by the former National Marine Safety Committee, looking at boating incidents where one or more people were killed, found that wearing a lifejacket more than doubled the chances of surviving such an incident. The Transport for NSW publication Boating Incidents in NSW – statistical report for the 10-year period ending 30 June 2012 also provides compelling evidence of the value of lifejackets, including evidence of a significant decline in bar crossing fatalities since the implementation of compulsory lifejacket wear requirements for all vessels crossing ocean bars.

On November 1, 2010, lifejacket laws were amended to require mandatory lifejacket wearing in a number of high risk situations, especially by people in small vessels and particularly children under 12 years. These changes came about after a very extensive consultation with the boating community which saw more than 86 per cent support for the proposed changes. Remember: Nine out of 10 people who drowned when boating in NSW were not wearing a lifejacket, Lifejackets must be worn in vessels under 4.8m at night, offshore, when alone, and by children under 12 years of age.

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Scheme as well as information on Kosciuszko National Park and native wildlife. There are two theatres that show different short films throughout the day and visitors can see if they can generate enough electricity to power basic household appliances with pedal power on the exercise bikes. The Discovery Centre also has a shop with a wide range of gifts and souvenirs as well as a café run by a team of friendly and helpful staff.



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It could be a short stroll on a heritage trail, a strenuous day’s activity or even an overnight camp, the walking experiences in the Australian Alps are unmatched. The 650km Australian Alps Walking Track winds through the high country of south-eastern Australia, linking this ancient mountain landscape. It traverses rugged remote alpine country where bushwalkers must be experienced and self-reliant. The track climbs our highest mountains and crosses exposed grassy high plains. It passes through magnificent tall forests and stunted snow gum woodlands, and discovers sites rich in history. It is possible to walk the track in six to eight weeks, but the majority of walkers choose to tackle shorter sections such as the Baw Baw Plateau, Mount Howitt, the Cross Cut Saw, the Bogong High Plains, Mount Kosciuszko, and the wilderness areas of Jagungal and Bimberi. The Australian Alps Walking Track represents the spirit of cooperation across the Australian Alps national parks.

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What is the definition of an “alpine” wild flower? A rule of thumb measure is that the word alpine in botanical terms applies to those native flowers found above 1800 metres to 1850 metres above sea level in Kosciuszko National Park, or more simply, abovee the ees to “tree line” where it is too cold for trees grow. Saying this, on the southern facing sides of slopes where the air is cooler due to less sunlight and there is more moisture, the alpine species, for example the Silver Snow Daisy, can w grow at lower altitudes such as below the Crackenback Ridge in Thredbo. The seasons vary but generallyy y. the best display is January/February. ht However the flowering can be brought ith on earlier by an early snow melt with er. a moist and warm spring and summer. A warm summer is when average day ees time temperatures are above 10 degrees centigrade, which is most beneficial in terms of flower production. ower There are 26 different alpine flower ound species, unique to the alpine area around Mount Kosciuszko, however there are over 200 different alpine plants throughout the alpine area of Kosciuszko National Park with many of these growing lower down the mountains in sub alpine areas such as at Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes or in the vicinity of Rainbow Lake near Sponar’s Lakeside Inn. nating Insects play a major role in pollinating the plants including the pesky March etles, Flies, many biting insects, beetles, moths and butterflies. Some plants such as the Mountain Celery, Plum rass, Pine and Kosciuszko Pineapple-grass, nts. grow as either male or female plants. The Marsh Marigold is the firstt to bloom in November/December. The he plant begins to flower under the ad water or snow and pokes its head od above the snow in November. Good w examples can be seen in the “snow w cave” at Blue Lake or near snow drifts. The yellow Buttercups (Ranunculas) are early flowering plants. One type flowers under water. There is a Buttercup ion, eg dry, specimen for every type of location, windswept or damp. The Anemonee Buttercup is the largest flowering alpine plant. Then by mid December one of the most prolific flowers, the Silver Snow Daisy (Celmisia costiniana) which is one of three species, begins to make its appearance. Like some other of the alpine plants, the Silver Snow Daisy forms its buds in the late autumn, then lies under 2 metres of snow during winter and spring, before bursting into bloom following the snow melt. This flower often creates the impression of a carpet of flowers which under some conditions, cascades down the mountain sides towards the Snowy River. The abundant beautiful yellow Hairy Billy Button (Craspedia costiniana) with its globular head which are clusters of florets on the top of a single stem, can be quite

spectacular especially above Blue Lake and Lake Albina. Then there are the showy Eyebrights (Euphrasia collina) which vary in colour from shades of violet or lilac to white and flower abundantly beside the metal walkway from above Thredbo to Mt Kosciuszko.

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The Mountain Celery (Aciphylla glacialis), is named so because of its celerylike stems and strong odour which attracts the insects who assist the pollination from the male to the female plants. You can find the hardy spectacular white everlasting Alpine Sunray (Leucochrysum albicans, subspecies alpinum) with its large,

white papery flower heads with orangeyellow centres and silvery woolly leaves on the exposed windward rocky areas such as on western side of Mt Kosciuszko. Towards autumn, the Waxy Bluebells (Wahlengergia ceracea) with its pale blue to pale pa violet flowers appear. Lastly at the end of the season in March, the delicate Mue Mueller’s Snow Gentian (Chionegentias mue muelleriana alpestris) blooms in clusters in sod sodden tussock grassland. TThe Alpine Poa or Snow Poa (co (commonly referred to as snow gra grasses) is found on the grasslands aro around Kosciuszko. The Poa is part of the “mosaic of plant communities di distributed according to variations in th the site conditions on the Main Range” – whether it be aspect, drainage, soil aaccumulation, persisting snow patches oor the prevailing wind from the west. Another alpine grass is the Ribbony Grass (Chionocloa frigid) especially common on steep rocky slopes and beside watercourses. As with some other aalpine plants, it is more prevalent since h grazing of livestock ceased in areas above the 1370 metres in 1958. The treeline in Kosciuszko National Park, unlike many other alpine areas around the world, is dominated by only one species, the Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora subspecies niphophila). In some areas above the treeline yyou mayy see a single snowgum or a clump of snowgum snowgums growing. Often these are rocky areas where a seed has managed to find its way and grow within the protection of the rock. However, such trees tend to be low growing and gnarled, reflecting tthe harsh conditions and limits of th their survival. But don’t be deceived by what are low growing and small looking trees. So Some of these trees can be over 350 yea years old, growing ever so slowly in som some of the harshest conditions in Aus Australia. Such trees are also admired for tthe diverse bark colours, particularly when wet, such as those found at the Charl Charlotte Pass Turning Circle. The Mountain Plum Pine (Polodarpus Lawre Lawrence), the only native conifer above the tre treeline, is also the longest lived alpine species at Kosciusko. It spreads itself between and across the boulders which provide it with a locally warmer climate. The Plum Pine female red berries are eaten by the Mountain Pygmy Possum. (p. 86) There are many, many more flowers and plants including the large daisy family of eight species, living in this rare ecosystem around Australia’s highest mountain Mt Kosciuszko which is 2,228 metres above sea level. This is only a snapshot of this alpine area of outstanding beauty and diversity. Reference: of “Kosciuszko Alpine Flora – Field Edition” by Alec Costin, Max Gray, Colin Totterdell and Dane Wimbrush, Second Edition 2000, published by CSIRO Publishing.


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Bombala is fondly known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Platypus Countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no better place to admire these much loved natives than at the Bombala Platypus Reserve. to watch the stars of the show, and a visit very rarely fails to reveal them. The platypus are by nature inquisitive creatures, and if you stand on the platform in the early morning or late afternoon in particular you will soon spot them playing and feeding in the river. Sometimes several of them! Platypus can hold their breath for 14 minutes so a little patience is required, but the information on the nearby display board and the signage on the platform itself will assist you in finding them. Simply watch for a v-shaped rippling of the water surface, and before you know it youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be watching the platypus swim about, duck dive and perhaps even cast a look in your direction! In the past there have even been kayak tours of this part of the river to help visitors get up close and personal with the platypus, and paddlers of all kinds are still welcome to gently explore the waters. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to get a closer look from dry land there are steps leading down to the river bank, the sides of which are where the platypus hide their burrows. Here they rest throughout the day, as well as laying their eggs and raising their precious babies - known as puggles! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn all this and more if you visit the Bombala Platypus Reserve and spend a little time there, with visitors encouraged to make use of the platform, the bird hides and the picnic tables to get the most out of this truly beautiful local attraction any time of the year.




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Tuesday 27th: Jindabyne, Man from Snowy River, Rodeo. Jindabyne Sports Ground, from 12 noon

Thursday 1st: Kids Writing Classes @ Inspire, Write & Saturday 31st: New Year’s Eve Street Party – Thredbo Educate – 88 Vale Street, Cooma, 3.30pm till 5pm, Class 10 Free Hand, $5 per session or $45 for the terms Casino Royale New Year’s Eve Extravaganza – Rydges Horizon Resort, Jindabyne, 8pm, canapes all night, live Patchwork @ Inspire, Write & Educate – 88 Vale Street, music and DJ Cooma 10am to 2pm, bring along your current patchwork quilt, sewing machine and a bit of lunch, cost $10

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Monday 2nd – Friday 6th: Air Rifle Australian Championships – Monaro Air Rifle Club, Ti-Tree Racecourse, Cooma Saturday 7th: Kosciuszko Craft Beer Festival – Poolside Thredbo Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th: Australian Water Skiing Speed & Marathon Championships

Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd : L’Etape Australia by Tour De France – Snowy Mountains, first Tour de France cycling event held in Australia

Friday 13th: Berridale Community Music Afternoon – CWA Rooms, $2 per person includes afternoon tea, come along and listen to music, poetry and stories, all welcome Friday 13th – Saturday 14th: Kids Fishing Workshop – Gaden Trout Hatchery, 10am till 2pm, learn fishing

Saturday 3rd: Cooma Race Day – Ti Tree Race Course, including the “Sundowner Cup” Fashions on the Field TAFE NSW Illawarra Cooma Choices Day – Commissioner Street, 9am till 1pm, explore career options, seek advice, pick up a copy of the Career Guide

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd: Thredbo Blues Festival – Thredbo

Thursday 8th: Kids Writing Classes @ Inspire, Write & techniques, bag and size limits, and fish handling Educate – 88 Vale Street, Cooma, 3.30pm till 5pm, Class 10 Free Hand, $5 per session or $45 for the terms Sunday 22nd: Billy Kart Derby – Cooma Showground Patchwork @ Inspire, Write & Educate – 88 Vale Street, Cooma 10am to 2pm, bring along your current patchwork quilt, sewing machine and a bit of lunch, cost $10


Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th: Cannonball Mountain Bike Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th: Alpine Trail Running at Lake Crackenback – 1650 Alpine Way Festival – Thredbo Saturday 10th: Cooma Table Top Wargaming – 88 Vale Saturday 4th: Australian Alpine Ascent Triathlon Festival Street, Cooma from 4pm till late, paint models, create – Jindabyne and surrounds terrain or play battle games Friday 10th – Sunday 12th: Ladies Mountain Bike Monday 12th: Pasture and Soil Fertility Workshops – Workshop & Wellness Weekend – Lake Crackenback Cooma and Surrounds, 10.30am till 3pm, join us for a 3 Resort & Spa, develop your mountain bike skills whilst session workshop that could provide participants with enjoying the pampering of luxury inclusions information to make informed decisions about managing their paddocks Thursday 15th: Jindabyne Connect – Rydges Snowy Mountains, 5.30pm till 6.30pm, meet other people behind the business in the region, share ideas, hear about business support, grow your business Friday 16th & Friday 23rd: Cooma Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion – Cooma, extended trading hours and the chance to win 4 x $100 Cooma Gift Cards Saturday 24th: Carols by Candlelight – Thredbo Sunday 25th Christmas Day: Christmas Lunch – Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, 12pm, indulge in a festive Christmas buffet lunch featuring fresh seafood, traditional Christmas roast with a special visit from Santa Christmas Lunch @ Rydges Horizon Resort – 10 Kosciuszko Road, 12noon, seafood buffet

Saturday 11th 11th: COOMA RODEO COOMA SHOWGROUND Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th: Best of Both Worlds Walk – Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, experience the beauty and solitude of the Kosciuszko National Park with our two-day walk

The Thredbo Cannonball Festival returns for 2016 and once again will be the showpiece on the Australian MTB calendar as amateurs, rising stars and the world’s best descend on Thredbo for 4 days of nonstop gravity action and the chance to take home their share of the massive $50k in cash and prizes on offer making it the biggest prize purse in Australian mountain biking. The festival will feature 5 impressive events enticing riders from across the nation and a select few international superstars with something on offer for all skill sets. 2016 welcomes an exciting new event, the Canyon All-Mountain Assault, taking riders on an epic 7km flowy descent through the diverse Thredbo alpine terrain. The line-up of events also includes the RockShox Pump Track Challenge on Thredbo’s Village Green, the SRAM Whip Wars Big Air held on a purpose built kicker, the leg burning Maxxis Flow Motion Cup and the raw & rough GoPro Australian Open Downhill. With an assortment of categories on offer, the Cannonball Festival caters to all and is a great introduction to the growing world of mountain bike competition. Participation is crucial for the pro field as the riders that have the complete Cannonball package across the weekend will be crowned the GoalZero King & Queen of the mountain. You may not win every event, but consistency is key and the higher you place, the more you will score. The action doesn’t stop there. Each evening Thredbo Village, known for its huge village parties, will come to life and is the perfect venue for the event, with both sides of the resort pumping during the weekend long mountain biking party. The mountain will be going off with incredible biking action whilst the village enjoys an awesome line-up of DJ’s and live music.


LOCAL MARKETS Saturday 3rd December, Saturday 7th January: Crackenback Markets @ Wildbrumby Distillery – Wollondibby Road, 10am till 2pm, local producers markets Captains Flat Country Markets – Community Hall, 10am to 2pm Sunday 18th December, Sunday 22nd January: Cooma Rotary High Country Markets – Centennial Park, Cooma

NOW BIENNIAL next event 18-19 February 2017 Come and experience this fantastic event is set in Banjo Paterson Park on the foreshore of beautiful Lake Jindabyne. Enjoy a family picnic, while watching the 2KM Sports Team dragon boat race, live entertainment and amusement rides on Saturday night or be apart of the 11th Lake Jindabyne Dragon Boat Challenge / including High Country Challenge for community teams on Sunday. Sunday’s program also features a huge range of market and food stalls and new amusement rides. The entertainment will ‘flow’ throughout the weekend.


Saturday 10th December, Nimmitabel CWA Markets – Bombala Street, 9am till 1pm, food, plants, bric-a-brac plus lots more Saturday 17th December, Saturday 21st January: Jindabyne Local Produce Markets – Snowy Region Visitors Centre and Mitre 10, 9am till 1pm, Sunday 29th January: Bredbo CWA Village Markets – Bredbo Hall, Monaro Highway, 9am to 3pm, knitted toys, potholders, home baked goodies, goats milk soap and lots more.

UPCOMING EVENTS SNOWY MOUNTAINS 1000 L’ÉTAPE AUSTRALIA Friday 20 January to Monday 23 January 2017 The Numeralla Folk Festival is held over three days and is one of the oldest festivals of its kind. 2016 is the 42nd year, and it’s going to be a humdinger. The Festival is the last traditional ‘free’ folk festival left in Australia, there are no tickets, all entertainment and camping are free. Join a long weekend of music, poetry, dance, markets, dips in the river, yarns around the campfire and convivial conversation. Highlights of the festival include bush dances, a fun kid’s program, dance and music workshops and the blackboard concert. Markets will be held on Sunday where local produce is showcased. Everyone is welcome to head along to the festival and enjoy a great weekend soaking up the traditional folk festival atmosphere.


Events are held at locations across the region to celebrate BOMBALA SHOW Australia Day and the richness of our national history. DALGETY SHOW Celebrations include the presentation of Citizen of the DELEGATE SHOW Year Awards in a number of categories.



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For more information on these events and more head over to:

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Taco and Trivia Thursday @ the Cooma Hotel 7.30pm

Thursday Night Music Club at the Two Vaults Restaurant – Sharp Street, Cooma, 7.30pm till 9.30pm

Check out page 37 for a handy map of the Snowy Monaro Region and The Snowpost Food Guide on pages 24 & 25 for the best places to eat.

performers bringing entertainment to the Monaro

Saturdays “Open Mic” Literary Afternoons @ The Two Vault’s Restaurant – Sharp Street, from 1pm


Friday Nite Live @ The Federal Hotel – Nimmitabel, 8pm, exciting regional & interstate



Busking brilliance comes to cooma The Australian National Busking Championships has become one of the Snowy Mountains most anticipated events. Each year hundreds of tourists and locals converged on Cooma to watch some of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best musicians battle it out

for the crown of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s number one busker. This year the event saw a record field of buskers take to the streets of Coomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CBD. 161 performers showcased their talents at 28 busking hotspots before the pick of the crop were chosen to compete in the finals concert. Coomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centennial Park was filled with spectators sp for the finals concert as the winners w across multiple categories were decided. de Mat Brooker took out $2000 prize pr money for finishing first, ahead of Kit Watts W and Canberraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tessa Devine. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ye winners, The String Family from Wollongong, W was a runner up in the Busking Championships. C There was a stack of emerging talent on o show at the Saturday, November 5 extravaganza. In the secondary division Lucy e Sugerman, Shelby Grace and local busker, S Oscar Litchfield, wowed the judges and the O audience. a The Busking Championships saw competitors of primary school-age vying c for f $600 in prizemoney. Tumutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rory Phillips returned to the championships for P his h second stint and came away with first place. Jindabyneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tulli Oayda finished p were ory categ second, while the band Two Plus One came open the of rs winne The award and nd), (seco Watts Kit , (first) er third. Mat Brook Tessa Devine (third).

Shelby Grace finished second in the secondary category at the Bus king Championships.

The Busking Championships is now a nationally acclaimed event with regional finals to be held in a number of towns from next year. In 2016, Stanthorpe in Queensland became the first town outside the Snowy Mountains to host a regional final. Not only does an event of this nature bring an influx of tourists to a town, but it also provides a boost to the local economy.

Tessa Devine wowed audiences in the Busking Championships.

Buskers from as far away as Queensland made their way to Cooma for the Busking Championships. The event brings in hundreds of people to region and launches what is set to be the busiest summer season the Snowy Mountains has seen.


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Ultimate Mountain Bike Experience Following the success of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, the iconic Snowy Mountains will once again play host to the ultimate mountain bike experience on November 25-27. At the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival riders will be challenged with five stages across three days in rugged mountain terrain in the hunt for a massive $10,000 Prize Purse. Tackle all five stages as a solo, share the stages between a team of two or three, or choose to do the 45k marathon, 30k or 15k XC MTB on Sunday only in this â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;not to be missedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mountain Bike Experience. This event also includes the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thredbo All Mountain Descentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with a chairlift to the top of Eagles Nest in the shadow of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko followed by 6ks of epic cross country downhill. The festival includes five epic stages across three days aimed to test ridersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; speed, endurance and technical ability to find out exactly who in Australia has what it takes to be crowned Master of the Mountains STAGE 1: HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL 5.5k 5.5km Time Trial Lap finishing at the Alpine Larder in time for Happy Hour STAGE 2: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH 21.5k Smash it up on the 21.5km ascent climbing 533m from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo STAGE 3: THREDBO ALL MOUNTAIN DESCENT 6k 6kms of flowing downhill racing including the chairlift to thestart and finishing up at the Thredbo Village for the Peak Party! STAGE 4: GRAVITY CHECK 20.5k Soak in the thrills and exhilaration of this 20.5km roller coaster ride from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback STAGE 5: RELEASE THE CRACKEN 45K Finish up with 45kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of epic riding as we Release the Cracken! on the 15k XC circuit in and around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

Elite contenders in the event include: Males Kyle Ward â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NSW| Reigning champion Andy Blair â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ACT| Inaugural champion Emil Stoynev â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bulgaria| Tristan Ward â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NSW Brendan Johnson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ACT Will Kelsay â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Colorado, USA Guy Frail â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NSW Toby Stewart â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NSW Callum Carson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NSW Courtney Tune â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NSW Robert Bolt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NSW Charlie Todd â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NSW Females Samara Sheppard - NZ| Reiging champion Jenny Fay - ACT| Inaugural champion Renata Bucher - Switzerland Tamara Donelson - USA Briony Mattocks - NSW Ruth Owen-Evans - Wales Charlotte Culver - NSW Kelly Bartlett - ACT Cristy Henderson - ACT Zoe Cuthbert - ACT The event is not just for elite riders. The Snowies Mountain Bike Festival will be a testing event for solo riders, but those looking for a slightly less demanding challenge can take part in teams of two or three riders, with team members sharing the challenge of the various stages. Riders can also take part in either the 45km XC MTB Marathon or 30 or 15km XC MTB on Sunday, choosing the distance most suited to their ability. As the event hubs, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will offer competitors and spectators use of the resort with properties from studios to three bedroom apartments covering all budgets and tastes. Thredbo Resort also has a wide range of accommodation and activities, giving visitors a perfect base to explore this spectacular part of NSW.

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Where: Cocina Mexican Grill and Cantina, Shop 5 Town Centre Jindabyne

When: 7 days, from 5pm. Cuisine: Handmade Mexican favourites and tapas Atmosphere: Fun and vibrant. The restaurant is a restored vintage cafĂŠ, with original milk bar and booths. Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion: All the Mexican favourites, especially enchiladas and fajitas. Also must try the delicious cocktails â&#x20AC;&#x201C; great mojitos and margaritas Price: Starting at $14 for entrĂŠe. Dietary options: GF, vegan, vegetarian


Where: Shut the Gate Wines Cellar Door in Berridale On the main road. When: 10 till 5 every day of the week. Bit later on Friday nights when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open until 7pm Cuisine: Interesting selection of cheeses, terrines, meats and other providore items to either have as a picnic sitting by the fire at Shut the Gate or to take home. Atmosphere: Warm, cosy, relaxedâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śand a little bit quirky! Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion: A glass of Clare Valley Riesling with a soft goats cheese and maybe paired with a little fig and almond paste. Price: Wine $7/$8 per glass. Providore food selection from $5.00. Dietary options: think DIY Picnics, think antipasto platters all made up with items you choose.

Where: Thai E Saan 2 Snowy River Ave, Jindabyne When: 7 days, 11.30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3.00 (lunch) and 5.00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; late (dinner) Cuisine: Fresh, traditional Thai E Saan style food Atmosphere: Take away only. An easy, yummy dinner to eat in your pyjamas at home on the couch Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion: Massaman curry, red curry with duck, pad thai or pad kee mao Price: $14.90 - $22.90 Dietary options: GF, vegetarian

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Trout Festival The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival was held from October 29 to November 4 and early indications are that the numbers of fish are up on previous years. The Snowy Mountains region is famous for providing some of the best trout fishing in the world, set amongst the picturesque backdrop of rugged mountains and iconic bushland. The fishing industry sees thousands of fishermen flock to the region each year and anecdotal evidence of increased fish numbers is positive for locals and tourists alike. The winning fish from the festival was a monster Rainbow Trout weighing in at 3.5kg which fishing gurus say is a great sign for the industry in the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It caught a few people unaware that we could get a rainbow that big,â&#x20AC;? festival president Col Sinclair from the Adaminaby Angler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fish was checked out by a researcher from New South Wales Fisheries who checked for tags and gave it the thumbs up.â&#x20AC;? Mystery weight prizes were distributed each day and Col

says more often than not it is the average fisherman taking home prizes. This serves as a message that anyone who visits the region for fishing is a good chance of getting a fish, no matter what their level of experience is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Trout Festival is a way of kickstarting the season and push it and we got a lot of fish,â&#x20AC;? Col said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fish are there, there was a lot of fish caught. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it will be a very good season. Rainbow numbers are up on last year and the year before and rainbows were the bigger percentage of catches made. The fish are in excellent condition, they are big and fat and healthy. If you want to go fishing and catch a fish and put it on your plate, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you want.â&#x20AC;? There are a number of fishing stores and tour options scattered throughout the towns in the Snowy Mountains region and with increased numbers of fish this season is shaping up to deliver for anglers keen on catching healthy trout.

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Support for the Thredbo Historical Society Thredbo Historical Society President, Mr Alan Fredericks, was proud to receive a grant for $3,800 from the Associate Professor Ms Carol Liston, who is President of the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) at its Conference in Wollongong on Saturday, October 22.

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The grant was funded through the NSW Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Australian Historical Society Cultural Grants Program. It will assist the Thredbo Historical Society (THS) in researching, writing and producing a book detailing the formation of the Thredbo Ski Resort and Village since 1957 and commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Thredbo. The contents will include chapters on the many community groups which form the unique fabric of the Thredbo Village, together with stories of some of the many personalities who have either left or continue to leave their mark on this alpine Australian village. Copies of book will be available at the Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thredbo redbo Ski Museum and selected outlets, following follow W its Thredbo launch at the THS Annual Mid Winter

dinner in July 2017. Advance book orders will also be possible. The book will cost $60 plus $13.40 for postage and packaging. The opening hours for the Thredbo Ski Museum are 1pm to 5pm in the summer months of December 26 to January 26 (closed Mondays) and at weekends during February to April plus public holidays and special events. Centrally located in Thredbo, it is easily accessible from the Village Square and on the lower level of the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. A display of historical snowboards is featured this summer together alongside wooden skis which are representative of those made between 1861 and 1961.






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Snowy Scheme Museum Commemorating the massive Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, the Snowy Scheme Museum is a regional museum on the Snowy Mountains Highway in Adaminaby. The museum was officially opened in October 2010 by her Excellency, the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce AM. Operated by a group of volunteers, the museum highlights the achievements of the engineers and the builders, the machinery and the role the project played in the development of the modern Australian nation. Showcasing the greatest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia, the museum is a multi-dimensional insight into a monumental chapter in Australia’s history. The museum is located on land provided by the Snowy River Shire Council specifically for the purpose. The initial equipment exhibits have already been purchased, donated or pledged. Items of interest continue to be acquired. Further exhibits will be added as time and funds permit. Exhibits tell the story of the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme and what life was like on the Scheme. The collection consists of significant examples of the machines and materials used to

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build the Snowy Scheme. Exhibits concentrate on the stories of the Snowy workers and their impact on Australia, especially on modern Australia’s migration program. The Snowy Scheme was truly an awe-inspiring project. Nowhere, up to now, has there been a comprehensive attempt to bring all its stories under the one roof, complete with a collection of huge machines. This museum has set out to do just that, as well as pay tribute to that phase in post-war migration, and to stand as a memorial to the many Snowy workers who have brought so much to our nation. They have left their stamp on Australia. The Snowy Scheme Museum Adaminaby seeks to bring recognition of their achievements to Australian and overseas visitors alike. The museum is open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Mid week visitors and groups need to make a special booking – 02 6454 1643. The museum offers disabled access, coach parking and school and group guides.

Visit the library 30th of November 10:30am to meet local history authors Richard Begbie and Christine Maher.

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Above, Kurt Brulisauer, Joan and Bruce Westwood Above left, Andrew and Kim Scott and Paula Pidcock There were lots of shared memories at the Perisher Staff 1970s - 1995 Reunion, held at the Jindabyne’s Station Resort on Friday November 4 and Saturday 5. People came from near and far to be part of the gathering. The chief organiser Mrs Di Burlisauer commented the next day “There were 200 smiles over drinks on Friday night and the same people plus more, making it 360 faces, were still smiling at the Reunion Dinner.”

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A stroll around the Bombala River Walk may just deliver more than you expected, with everything from sculptures to an Anzac memorial and frolicking platypus all on offer. The walk itself is now fully sealed and features two footbridges to ensure that everyone from avid joggers through to those with prams and wheelchairs are able to make their way around the

trail. When they do they will be treated to picturesque river views, added to by the lovely trees, garden beds and lawns of the parks it passes through. So beautiful is the location in spring and autumn in particular that it has become a popular spot for wedding photos, and year round it offers scenic spaces to sit and relax. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a little more fun,

the Apex Park offers two playgrounds, one fully enclosed for smaller children, while a pair of rotundas offer great barbecue facilities. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even exercise equipment dotted around the trail! There are some very exciting new additions to the River Walk, with the first being the Centenary of Anzac Memorial which was officially opened last year. The memorial, which is situated at Gunnago Park near the top footbridge, features a striking sculpted rock surrounded by 34 smaller boulders to signify the fallen listed on the Bombala Cenotaph. The centrepiece is a sculpted basalt rock from Adelong titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dignity and Permanenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, created by world renowned

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Austrian rock sculptor, Andreas Buisman. The other rocks are the perfect size for sitting or for children to quietly explore and climb. The memorial is a tranquil place that invites people to sit and reflect peacefully on our war history, and adds even more beauty and interest to Bombalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s River Walk. So too do the sculptures that can now be found along the track, with the works of local artists using mostly local materials being much admired by walkers as they pass by. And who could forget Bombalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platypus! The area has become a hot spot for enjoying these wonderful and inquisitive creatures, which are easily spotted from the walking track at many vantage points. In fact they are so often seen playing

in the river that many international guests now come to stay at the Bombala Caravan Park adjacent to the River Walk just to watch them. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visitor signage along the trail to help you spot the platypus, as well as to point out other interesting features of the location, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no chance of missing anything along the way. While the river itself offers its own beauty of course, the hard work of the local community is really behind the development of this now popular attraction. The Bombala Lions Club with support from the local council, the District Garden Club and a series of outside grants -have worked hard to make the Bombala River Walk all that it is today, and it is certainly worth a wander!

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The CHARM OF old railways The old Bombala Railway Station is a fascinating glimpse into the past, being opened in 1921 and closed in 1986, and recently being transformed into a rail museum. There is a certain charm about old railway stations that always has people seeking them out, but in Bombala the station and its entire surrounds have become a fascinating place to explore. The station itself was opened in 1921 and stopped operating in 1986, so the historic buildings which remain are of course a glimpse into the past. From the pre-cast concrete construction of some of the main buildings, through to the remaining infrastructure, such as the goods shed, weigh bridge, gantry crane, turntable and footbridge, the significance of the building is obvious. Ensuring it is all in good restored condition for visitors to enjoy is the Friends of the Bombala Railway group, with the support of the Snowy Monaro Regional Council. Their hard work has seen parts of the station transformed into a railway museum of sorts, displaying a great deal of information about the old station and line, as well as a myriad of memorabilia items. Most notably these include “rolling stock” or old carriages and trucks of the kind that would have used the line in its glory days. There are three of these on display within the station precinct, and each are being lovingly restored. Meanwhile we

The Bombala and District Historical Engine and Machinery Society has its headquarters and Engine Shed on display within the park.

can get a further feel for life at the station through the smaller objects on show, including trolleys, rail uniforms, lanterns, luggage and other items of interest from rail’s yesteryear. Let’s not forget the many photos, written information and signs that further educate the visitor on the history of the Bombala Railway. Once you have perused all that the station and its immediate precinct has to offer, there are some more surprising additions to the surrounding location that are certainly worth a look. First up we have the Community Garden. This features a series of garden beds that produce fruit and vegetables for all to enjoy, particular those willing to lend a hand! The produce of course varies with the seasons, and large surrounding plantings of rosemary and lavender are a delight to take in during flowering. More importantly they are a part of the essential oil distilling that takes place in the nearby goods shed, and demonstrations of this fascinating process are offered on special days. Further down the track visitors will then find Lavender House,



Memorabilia and information displays give a taste of the railway line’s glory years.

which is yet another multifaceted component of the railway land which may come as a surprise. The building itself was actually a convent once visited by Mary McKillop many years ago, and now serves as a Visitor’s Information Centre, a packed local museum and a retail point for a series of local products. Want more? Walk just a few more metres and you will find the headquarters of the Bombala and District Historical Engine and Machinery Society and its Engine Shed, which is filled to the rafters with even more history. Here you will find all manner of old engines and machines, and plenty of gadgets to boot! We’re talking everything from old tractors and chainsaws down to oil cans and bottles. It’s a fascinating mix of historic items, and will further give you a taste

of life in the bygone days. And when you’re done looking back in time, you’ll have a chance to enjoy some more current treats, with a series of local artworks, and even a rural scene featuring corrugated iron cattle adding a little whimsy. The entire area is sprinkled with signage and picnic seating so everyone can make the most of what is now known as Railway Park, “where past meets the present” and you can expect to see a little bit of everything. The railway land hosts a number of local events and open days, with dates and times too numerous and varied to mention. To find out more about what’s happening when you visit, please contact the Bombala Visitor’s Information Centre on 6458 4622.




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L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France will be taking place on December 3 in the NSW Snowy Mountains with an estimated 6000 riders plus support crew expected to make their way to the region. The event will be a huge benefit for the Snowy Mountains with all aspects of the economy being boosted by the influx of tourism to the region. Member for Monaro John Barilaro said that his office worked hard to secure the event which will be locked in for at least three years. “It was a massive coup to get it, it will be beamed across the world. We have a very unique thing to offer,” he said. One of the biggest drawcards for the thousands of participants in this event is that it will be held on closed roads. What this also means is that there will be slight disruptions on the day of the event. Road closures and traffic restrictions will begin to come into effect throughout the course route and surrounding areas from 04:00 on Saturday the 3rd of December, beginning with speed reductions. Road closure timings: Section 1 from Thredbo – Jindabyne. Roads affected: Alpine Way to Kosciuszko Road. Closed from 06:00-09:15. Section 2 Cnr. Kosciuszko Road/Alpine Way – East Jindabyne. Roads affected: Kosciuszko Road (incl. diversion of traffic in Jindabyne). Closed from 06:45-10:00. Section 3 East Jindabyne – Berridale. Roads affected: Eucumbene Road, Rocky Plains Road, Middlingbank Road. Closed from 07:00-12:00. Section 4 Berridale – Dalgety. Roads affected: Dalgety Road. Closed from 08:30-12:45. Section 5 Dalgety towards Jindabyne. Roads affected: Snowy River Way, Barry Way and Kosciuszko Road (incl. diversion of traffic in Jindabyne). Closed from 09:00-15:30. Section 6 Jindabyne – Perisher. Roads affected: Kosciuszko Road. Closed from 09:30-16:00.

From 10:00 Stop/Slow traffic control in effect through Jindabyne (between Alpine Way and Kalkite Street). Access towards Thredbo resumed. Kosciuszko Road between Eucumbene Road and Munyang Street open. Diversion of traffic from Berridale to Jindabyne via Dalgety will be in effect from 06:00 – 08:30. Traffic diversions into Jindabyne from Barry Way (along Reedy’s Cutting Road) will be in place from 06:00 – 15:30 NOTE: These timings are subject to change and are based on the maximum time allowed for riders to reach the end of the closure in on about specific areas each section. More detailed information w weeks. will be made available over the next few Due to the staggered event road closure times, nt will be in the following detours or management place; dale and Vehicle access between Berridale Jindabyne Prior to 0700 hrs – Full vehiclee access between Berridale and Jindabyne via Kosciusko Rd 0700 to 0800 hrs – Detour betweenn Berridale and Jindabyne via Dalgety Rd/Snowy River Way/ Barry Way 0800 to 1000 hrs - Kosciusko Rd fully closed at Berridale. Jindabyne Township isolatedd at this time to cepted) through traffic (Emergency Vehicles excepted) After 1000 hrs – Full vehicle access between Berridale and Jindabyne via the Kosciusko Rd. A tidal flow with Stop/Slow traffic management will be in place in Berridale between 1000 and 1200 hrs. Vehicle access between Thredbo and Jindabyne is as follows during the event

Prior to 0630 hrs – Full vehicle access between Thredbo and Jindabyne via the Alpine Way and Kosciusko Rd – reduced speed limit in place 0630 to 0800 hrs – No access between Thredbo/Bullocks Flat and Jindabyne during the start of the event 0800 to 0915 hrs – Vehicle access resumes between Thredbo/Bullocks Flat and the Alpine Way/Kosciuszko Rd intersection only (behind last cyclist). No access to Jindabyne until 0915 hrs. 0915 to 1530 hrs – Vehicle access between Thredbo/Bullocks Flat and Jindabyne resumes, with Kosciuszko Rd having managed vehicle access between the intersection of the Alpine Way and Jindabyne Township. After 1530 hrs – Full Ful vehicle access will resume between Thredbo and Jindabyn Jindabyne. Vehicle access between Perisher and Jindabyne is as follows during th the event Prior to 0600 06 hrs – Full vehicle access between Perisher and JJindabyne 0600 to 0915 hrs – Vehicle access between Perisher and an the Alpine Way/Kosciuszko Rd intersection only. Any vehicle reaching the Alpine way/Kosciuszko way/Koscius Rd intersection will be required to wait until 009:15 for access to either Jindabyne or Thredbo. 0915 to 0930 09 hrs – 15 minute only vehicle managed access betwee between Alpine Way and Jindabyne/Thredbo. 0930 to 1600 hrs - Perisher township is isolated during this time to vehicle vehicles (Emergency vehicles excepted) The Skitube train will operate between Perisher and Thredbo/Bullocks Flat. After 1600 hrs – Full vehicle access will resume between Perisher and Jindabyne. The detailed Traffic Management Plan can be viewed at Council’s offices in Berridale and Jindabyne.


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Australia’s richest mountain bike event is back in Thredbo Five events - four days - one mountain - over $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs The richest and most exciting event on the Australian mountain bike calendar, the Thredbo Cannonball Festival, is back with a fresh line-up of events and entertainment plus a massive prize purse of $50,000 up for grabs. The mountain will be alight 8-11 December 2016, as amateurs, rising stars and the world’s best descend on Thredbo for four days of non-stop gravity action. There’s plenty on the line as riders hit the tracks for their chance to take home their share of the cash and prizes and the prestige of being placed top of the podium. Known as the birthplace of gravity mountain biking in Australia, Thredbo, will play host to five big events highlighting the array of terrain on offer throughout the Thredbo Mountain Bike Park. The festival attracts riders from across the nation and a select few international superstars with something on offer for all skill sets. Returning to Thredbo to challenge for the crown is five time World Downhill Champion and technical specialist Sam Hill. excited it’s one of the best race weekends in Australia, Australia “I’m excited,


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I’ve raced it twice before and it’s always a good time. I haven’t been able to get a win yet so hopefully third time lucky. It is a good challenging and physical track and having the use of the chairlift makes it a great event” said Hill New for 2016, is an exciting new event, the Canyon AllMountain Assault, taking riders on an epic 7km flowy descent through the diverse Thredbo alpine terrain. The line-up of events includes the ROCKSHOX Pump Track Challenge on the Village Green, SRAM Whip Wars Big Air off the purpose built kicker, the leg burning Maxxis Flow Motion Cup and the raw and rough GoPro Australian Open Downhill. With an assortment of categories on offer, the Cannonball Festival caters to all and is a great introduction to the growing popularity of mountain bike competitions. As well as the massive prize pool, the field of pro’s are riding for glory to be crowned the King and Queen of Cannonball. The more events the more chance you have - you may not win every event, but consistency is key place the more you will score and the higher you place, score.

style hotels, luxurious apartments and self- contained units. To check out the festival packages call Thredbo Resort Centre on 1300 020 589. Events GoPro Australian Open Downhill – Sunday December 11th The main event, the Australian Open DH on Thredbo’s famous Cannonball Downhill, will take riders to their physical and mental limits. Starting at the peak of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, 1930m above sea level, riders face over 5 minutes of fast, intense, non- stop gravity action and this will be the best one yet with some exciting new features in the pipeline. We will see the return of the old favourite, the no holds barred Thredbo Fire Road and this is exclusive to the Australian Open DH. Along with other substantial changes that will widen sections and add more fall line riding, this event also has the biggest prize purse on the Australian DH calendar. Maxxis Flow Motion Cup – Saturday December 10th Saturday morning will see the Flow Motion Cup go down on Thredbo’s famous 5km Kosciuszko Flow Trail. A test of fitness, the flow trail is 5km of flowing single-track to negotiate on varied terrain plus a few flat pedal sections thrown in. With the blue grading of the Kosciuszko Flow Trail and no technical features to concur, this race is suited to all abilities and many bike types but only the one with the fitness and will to win will take home the big bucks! ROCKSHOX Pump Track Challenge – Friday December 9th Get ready for the ROCKSHOX Pump Challenge on Friday night. See Thredbo’s Pump Track on the Village Green in full flight as the smooth

The action happens on both sides of the mountain with the village ramping up the post event parties. Each evening the village hosts a mix of entertainment sure to get the resort pumping during the weekend long mountain biking party. The mountain will be going off with incredible biking action whilst the village enjoys an awesome line-up of DJ’s and live music. Registrations are now open via the Thredbo eStore with a 15% early bird discount for those signing up before midnight 31 October 2016. Visit for full event details or join the Thredbo MTB Facebook page for all event updates. Please note: Online registrations close 6pm 7th December. Accommodation options throughout the Village will help spectators and riders to be well rested ahead of each massive day. The layout of Thredbo ensures all accommodation is only a short walk to the Cannonball event hub, chairlifts and village activities. Options include catered lodge

momentum masters set the perfectly sculpted course on fire. A test of ultimate skill and stamina, as riders pump, double and manual around the 2-3 lap course without a single pedal stroke. Canyon All-Mountain Assault – Friday December 9th A new event for 2016, the All-Mountain Assault will be a hit for the Enduro specialists and all-mountain animals taking them on 7km of epic alpine single-track. Starting at 1800m above sea level, racers will descend over 450m vertical through the cruiser ski slopes and thick forest areas before being dealt with a gruelling 1km hill climb traversing back to the Supertrail ski slopes. One final decent will bring riders back into the event village finishing at the Valley Terminal base. The All-Mountain Assault is suited to an array of bike styles & rider abilities. SRAM Whip Wars – Saturday December 10th A crowd favourite will see the best riders in the country send their bike sideways off a purpose built show-time jump at the Thredbo base. This will see a mix of downhillers and free-riders come together to settle the debate of the King of Style. You may not win the main event, but you may take home some cash for a crowd-pleasing trick. Categories There are a wide range of categories so there is something for most level of riders, - for those new to competition to the high flying pro’s. Men: Pro – amateur – novice - under 19 - under 17 - under 13 masters 1 (30-40yrs) – masters 2 (41- 50 yrs) – masters 3 (50+) Women: Pro – amateur - under 19 - under 17 - masters 1 (30-40yrs) – masters 2 (40+ yrs)


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TROUT HATCHERY October 2016 Climatic Conditions Spring has finally arrived in Jindabyne with temperatures reaching 23°C and water temperatures heating up to around 10°C by the end of the month. Rainfall reached 119.1 mm for the month, which kept the Thredbo River running well. General Hatchery Overview It has been a busy few weeks with plenty of cleaning and feeding in the hatching room and circular ponds. With all the brown trout and rainbow eggs eyed up or already fry, we can report a 77 percent success rate from the Rainbow Trout eggs, and a 9 0percent success rate from the Brown trout eggs. A big thankyou goes to the staff here at Gaden for their tireless work over the fish stripping season. All Atlantic salmon and Brook trout fry have been moved outside into raceways, with

their development going ahead in leaps and bounds. Scheduled maintenance work has been completed on the circular ponds in the caged area, with new non slip coating and waterproofing being applied to most tanks. National Parks have been on site assessing the proposed bridge and bike track which will utilise the trout hatchery picnic area, toilet block and parking area. Some surveying works have also been completed. Four students and their teacher visited the hatchery for a few days this month from Sweden. The boys who study aquaculture back home, helped hatchery staff with daily broodstock feeding and fry maintenance. We thank them for their hard work over the 3 days. Fry stockings will occur from next month, with many of the clubs already

contacted about pick up times etc. Stocks on Hand / Fish Movements Atlantic salmon 180,500 fry 400 1+ 120 2+ 80 3+ 60 4+ 30 5+ We will begin the Atlantic salmon fry stockings to Khancoban pondage in November once disease clearance has been issued. Brook trout 200,000 fry 310 1+ Inquiries relating to sale of brook trout for private dams have been strong due to constant rain.

Disease clearance has been issued and fish can be purchased from November to Christmas 2016. Brown trout 570,500 eyed ova/fry - Gaden 280,000 green ova sent to Dutton 100,000 Eyed ova transferred to Dutton 50,000 second shipment Rainbow trout 888,750 eyed ova/fry (2,000 obtained from Eucumbene sampling) 1000 1+ future fishing clinic 700 2+ fishing clinic Visitation to the hatchery, collection of fry and ability to stock fry by Gaden staff may be affected between 1-3 December with local road closures to occur due to road bike cycling event to be held in the Snowy Mountains.

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The SnowPost Visitors guide is proudly produced by the 100% locally owned and operated newspaper The Monaro Post. The SnowPost Magazine show...