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Lake Light Sculpture better than ever The 2014 Lake Light Sculpture on the foreshores of Lake Jindabyne promises to be the best ever with a new partnership, increased prize money and an impressive roll call of exhibitors. The experience is an outdoor art walk over the Easter Long Weekend where visitors stroll along the foreshore viewing the many sculptures that have been positioned to best immerse with the backdrop of the lake and mountains. The unique quality of the event is in its evening illumination that transforms the sculptures and provides an amazing variation to viewing during the day. This aspect encourages return visitation throughout the event. Visitors can also vote for their favourite sculpture via the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and purchase sculptures. Now in its 12th year, Lake Light Sculpture has welcomed Thredbo on board as a Major Partner of the popular Easter event. The partnership will offer greater

opportunities to work together to increase the event profile and it has contributed to an increase in the prize pool to $12,000. Announcing the new partnership, Event Director Todd Costa said he was delighted Thredbo had teamed up with

to showcase quality outdoor sculptures along the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne,” said Mr Costa. This year Lake Light Sculpture Jindabyne will promote a Sculpture Trail side event with Thredbo, Wildbrumby Distillery and Lake Crackenback Resort

the event. “As a not for profit community organisation run by a committed volunteer committee, the event relies on support from businesses to make it happen.” “We are thrilled to work with Thredbo

and Spa. This is a driving tour along the Alpine Way encouraging visitors to view the permanent outdoor sculpture displays and walks at those locations. The event days have also increased to include Easter Monday and night.

“It is great to support local events like Lake Light Sculpture, it all helps to promote the Snowy Mountains region as a great holiday destination” said Angus Thomson – Director of Brand – Thredbo Resort. The partnership is significant for Lake Light Sculpture as it coincides with a new direction to develop a year round program of e events and continue to rrepresent the art culture sscene of the Snowy M Mountains. Visitation to the event h has grown considerably o over the years attracting o over 14,000 visitors a annually since 2009 and d displays of more than 55 ssculptures. The event starts on F Friday April 18 and this yyear has been extended b by one day to include M Monday April 21. For more information go tto www.lakelightsculpture. o org Pictured: “Picture” by Peta Levy, photo by Michael Scott Lees. “Urban Plant Life” by Dylan Brown, photo by Michael Scott Lees.

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Seaman’s hut in Kosciuszko National Park If you walk or ski along the Summit Road towards Mt Kosciuszko, six kilometres from Charlotte Pass you will see on the right hand side of the road a small building known as Seaman’s Hut. This alpine hut and memorial was built following the death of two skiers, W. Laurie Seaman and Even Hayes in 1928. Laurie’s family built the hut to provide shelter for future users of the Kosciuzko National Park, in order to prevent recurrence of a similar tragedy. Constructed from rock, Seaman’s Hut with its plank flooring, has two rooms and a foyer for storage. The site on Etheridge Range was chosen by W H Seaman, to build a shelter in memory of his son Laurie Seaman, who died of exposure in 1928 at the same location. The hut was officially opened by Mr F Chaffey and a small Group, on Friday, May 17th 1929. Today the hut is looked after by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Laurie Seaman (1894-1928) was from a distinguished American Quaker family that had first settled at Glen Cove, Long Island in 1647. He graduated from the elite Swarthmore College in 1915 and had been a test pilot

in WW1. Laurie had set up in Sydney with his Australian bride, as a consulting engineer. Evan Hayes (1989-1928) was Secretary of the Millions Club (founded 1912) ski group and a keen competitive skier with 12 years of experience in the snow. The annual excursion to Hotel Kosciusko (near where Sponars Lakeside Inn now stands on Kosciuszko Road) was the highlight of his year. Since 1922 there had been an annual pilgrimage of about 100 club members to the Hotel Kosciusko and the snowfields. On Tuesday August 14th, 1928 following an overnight stop a group of members set out to ski to Mt Kosciuszko, including experienced and intrepid W. Laurie Seaman and W. Evan Hayes, who distanced the rest and by mid morning, they were last seen waving back from the top of Charlotte’s Pass. It is thought that they were tempted by the good weather to make a dash for Mt Kosciuszko. The two men were caught in a sudden blizzard. Evan, who appears to have been blown down hill towards Lake Cootapatamba below the Kosciuszko cornice, and possibly injured, could not regain the ridge line. Laurie waited for him using his upright skis (with which he might have skied out) as a visibility marker and took shelter from the storm against nearby rocks. Despite an exhaustive search by skiers, horsemen and airplanes, Laurie’s body was not found until September 9th when

the skis were spotted by a walking tour of SHORE school boys, led by Evan Mander-Jones. Laurie Seaman’s body lay close to the spot where Seaman’s Hut now stands. Evan Hayes’ remains lay hidden for fifteen months hidden under snow near Lake Cootapatamba below the Kosciusko cornice, where in December 1929 they were discovered by local stockmen. The two deaths were the first recorded fatalities in the Snowy Mountains. A bulky Kodak camera was found on the body of Laurie Seaman. The film inside was developed and amongst the images on the role were two shots, one of Evan Hayes standing beside the cairn on the summit of Mt Kosciuszko and the other of Laurie Seaman in a similar position. Public pressure following the deaths of Seaman and Hayes, and the popularity of skiing eventually lead to the opening of the Chalet at Charlotte Pass in 1930. Today in the Thredbo Ski Museum you can view the camera found on the body of Laurie Seaman and examine his beautiful, hand manufactured skis made of carved and steam bent hickory wood, the graining running parallel the length of the ski. They are lean and graceful, possessing gently curved sides, a narrow waist with a flared tip to cut a smooth path through the snow. On the sole at the tips of the skis are imprinted “Ludvig Munthe Oslo”. The skis were fastened to the boot with leather toe straps. The poles or stocks were also hickory with leather hand grips. References: University & Schools Club Newsletters 2001, 2005, 2013

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Jindabyne Easter Art show The Jindabyne Easter Art Show and Sale has been one of the highlights of Easter in Jindabyne for more than 10 years. It is a showcase for the artistic talent of the district with over 250 entries expected. The Lions President, Terry Chalk, said that each year we have more and more discerning buyers looking to snap up a bargain, and again we expect to sell over thirty pieces. Often this is the only outlet that some of our talented artists have for selling their work. Everyone is welcome to enter no matter what your standard. The categories accommodate Watercolour, Oils, Acrylic, Pastel and Drawing, Mixed Media, Sculpture & Craft and Photography. There are sections for Adults, Primary and Secondary school students. Perisher sponsors the major youth prizes and Kunama Galleries will again provide an encouragement award for an emerging youth artist. The Show commences with the Mitre 10 Opening Night at 7pm on Thursday April 10 with the Announcement of Prize Winners, Drinks, Food and music by Manny Aigner.

We are very grateful for the support provided by the town’s businesses who sponsor the category prizes or give us other inkind help. Without these organisations we wouldn’t be able to mount the Show. Our sponsors and supporters this year are Essential Energy, Mitre 10, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, Ray White Real Estate, 2020 Group, Perisher, Snowy River Echo, Wendy Hukins Home Cleaning Service, Blizzard Print & Design, Snowy River Shire, NPWS, Kunama Galleries, CWA and Jirra Wines. The Jindabyne Lions Easter Art Show and Sale will be in the Jindabyne Memorial Hall from April 18 until 26. Entries close at 4pm on Sunday April 13 in the Jindabyne Memorial Hall. Entries can be delivered to the Hall between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday April 12 and Sunday April 13. Alternatively for people from outside Jindabyne, artwork can be mailed or couriered complete with an entry form and entry fee to 6 Kurrajong Street Jindabyne by Friday April 11.

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Berridale Lions Easter Fair Nearly 30 years ago the Lions Club of Berridale was approached by the Berridale Chamber of Commerce to take over a fair they had started running. The Club saw the Easter Fair as a vehicle to permit other non profit organisations in the town to raise funds, as well as raising funds for its own use, but the Fair has developed over the years into the ”Market” type fair it is today. While community groups can still use the fair to raise funds, public expectations have meant that there are now a greater variety of goods available than when the fair first started. The Berridale Lions Easter Fair will be held this year on Saturday April 19 between 9am and 2pm in the Lions Park and Central Park on Jindabyne road.

At the Easter Fair children are catered for with a jumping castle, a merry-go-round, face painting, and an Easter Egg scramble conducted by our own Easter Bunny. The goods available from stallholders are very extensive and should meet the needs of even the most fastidious of patrons. Catering of course will be by the Lions. As an adjunct to the fair the women of the Berridale branch of the CWA will be selling Devonshire teas and craft items in their hall across the street from the Fair, beside the Anglican Church We are looking forward to seeing a large gathering of people at this year’s Monster Easter Fair.

Easter fair at Adaminaby Adaminaby will come alive again this Easter Saturday as the town holds its Easter Fair. The fair has grown enormously in recent years, but still features its favourite attractions, the Wacky Quacky Duck race, the pieeating and Coo-ee competitions. The Easter Bunny will also visit the fair.

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The Snowy Mountains Trade Fair will be held on Tuesday May 6 and Wednesday May 7, 2014. . It features over 70 stands, with local, national and international companies showcasing the latest innovations in food and beverage, communications, commercial equipment, cleaning products, point of sale systems to the people who make or influence the purchase decision as industry professionals or business owners. This is a once a year opportunity for potential buyers to gain a full appreciation of exhibitor’s product/ services whilst developing a personal and direct relationship with the suppliers. Buyers will be able to see products/services in real life rather than in a catalogue and give immediate feedback. Admission is free to industry professionals and all delegates will be asked to present their business card or an introductory letter from their employer. As the Snowy Mountains Trade Fair is an industry only trade fair, children under the age of 18 will not be permitted into the exhibition area under any circumstances. The Snowy Mountains Trade Fair has been held for 28 years and is the ideal opportunity for suppliers to the Southern New South Wales and

Northern Victorian industries to show case their full range of products to people who make or influence the purchase decision at one location. Past exhibitors include commercial linen, kitchen equipment, laundry equipment, liquor, food, tableware, cleaning equipment, chemicals, utilities suppliers, packaging and numerous other suppliers. This trade fair allow potential buyers to gain a full appreciation of your product/services whilst developing a personal and direct relationship with new and existing clients. Exhibitors can show their product/service range in real life rather than in a catalogue and get immediate feedback on your product range. The trade fair also allows exhibitors to raise your profile in the region and add value to your brands whilst also sourcing new target markets. The Station, 8228 Snowy River Way, Jindabyne located in the foothills of the spectacular Snowy Mountains. Don’t miss this opportunity and register online now to attend. For further details on visiting the Snowy Mountains Trade Fair contact Peter Hastings on 02 6451 4800 or email functions@perisher.com.au Doors open 10am Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Pictured: exhibitors at last year’s trade fair were from all around the region.


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Australia’s Sochi Winter Paralympic Games team Australia’s team consisting of nine athletes plus support staff at the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi from March 7 to 16, could not have had a more disastrous start to their campaign when they were advised that one of their development athletes had a horrendous fall at a World Cup Snowboard event that resulted in his death. Matt Robinson from Perth with an upper arm disability was competing at a World Cup event in Spain and fell sustaining serious back and head injuries. He was transferred immediately to hospital in Barcelona where he was stabilised. It was decided to transfer him by air ambulance back to Australia and under the supervision of a AIS doctor and nurse they flew from Barcelona to Kuwait. It was there that Matt suffered a heart attack from which he did not recover.

Back in Sochi the Australian team whilst preparing for the alpine event, were devastated to hear the news. At the opening ceremony all team members wore black armbands. Back on the training slopes the team suffered a further blow

when Cameron Rahles-Rehbula our dual bronze medallist in Vancouver four years earlier, fell sustaining a hairline fracture of the shin and facial injuries which was to rule him out of the Games

altogether. Icy, rutted and the spring snow conditions were far from ideal for all nations competitors which was reflected in the high numbers of DNF’s in all the alpine events. [Sit skier Victoria (Tori) Pendergast compared her final event down t bumpy course to riding the o a bucking horse – a on f feat clearly visible in the t television footage. Australia finished the G Games in 19th position w with two bronze medals. T Thredbo skier above k knee amputee Toby Kane t took bronze in the Super C Combined. Toby, a medical s student currently studying i Melbourne added in t his bronze medal in to t the Super G attained i Torino, Italy in 2006. in Jess Gallagher blind skier from Highton Vic with Christian Geiger, her guide took Australia’s second bronze in the final event of the Games in the Giant

Slalom. A feat she repeated from her Slalom performance in Vancouver four years earlier. One of the true highlights for Australia was the performance of cerebral palsy boarder fourteen year old Ben Tudhope from Manly, who in his first major competition finished 10th in the inaugural Snowboard Cross event at these games. Ex Thredbo ski instructor and Paralympic Head Coach, Steve Graham was proud of how his athletes performed considering the loss of their fellow Paralympian together with the ever-changing snow and weather conditions. The youngest athlete of the 550

competitors from 45 countries who competed in Russia from March 7-16, Australian snowboarder Ben Tudhope, 14, became his country’s youngest flag bearer at the closing ceremony Australian bronze medallist, Toby Kane was one of two athletes awarded the prestigious Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award. The award recognises athletes who not only succeed on the sporting field, but also inspire teammates and the international community as a whole. Pictured: Toby Kane (Photo: Disabled Winter Sports Australia)

Disabled WinterSport Australia Disabled WinterSport Australia conducts regular camp programs run for client groups such as Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Spina Bifida and Yoralla at ski resorts in Victoria and NSW. These programs are designed to introduce individuals and groups with disability to the mountain environment and the joys of skiing and/or snowboarding. To get involved in any of these camps please contact your Disability provider to see if they offer ski camps.

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Commencement of trout spawning season Fishers are reminded that the annual trout spawning season commences in the Snowy Mountains from May 1. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Inland Senior Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said changes to fishing rules apply to the Thredbo River and the Eucumbene River and its tributaries (including Providence Portal) upstream of Lake Eucumbene. “Restrictions are in place from May 1 to provide protection for early spawning trout while also providing fishers with the opportunity to catch a trophy sized trout,” Mr Westaway said. “The Eucumbene River in particular has provided excellent fishing for large brown trout over the past two years. “A minimum size limit of 50cm, daily bag limit of one and possession limit of two trout will apply to these waters between May 1 and the end of the Queens Birthday long weekend on June 9. “Anglers will be permitted to use one attended rod and

uninterrupted until the trout fishing season opens on the October long weekend on October 4. Trout dams remain open to fishing throughout the year. “The minimum size limit of 25cm, daily bag limit of two and possession limit of four trout will again apply to the Thredbo and Eucumbene Rivers when the season opens in October,” Mr Westaway said. “While 150,000 rainbow trout have been stocked into Lake Eucumbene and 50,000 rainbow trout into Lake Jindabyne each year for more than a decade, it is important to provide increased protection for brown and rainbow trout during their annual spawning runs.” Fisheries officers will be patrolling the Thredbo and Eucumbene Rivers to ensure that fishers are abiding by these rules. All fishers are reminded to respect other users, use Rohan Rehwinkle with a typical rainbow trout sampled from the Eucumbene river during the annual spawning run. facilities provided, dispose Photo: Jamin Forbes, DPI. of any rubbish or refuse responsibly and should not interfere with other fishers line with up to two hooks with by parking or camping too close to the water artificial flies or lures. Fishing (where permitted) when fishing these rivers. gear rigged for bait fishing is Detailed information on the fishing rules can prohibited.” be found at www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au or in The annual closure on fishing the NSW Freshwater Fishing Guide which is in trout streams throughout available from DPI fisheries offices and most NSW will then be in place bait and tackle stores. from June 10, allowing brown and rainbow trout to breed

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Ski lifts of the Snowy Mountains

Photo: Murray Vanderveer

To mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Australia’s longest chairlift from Charlotte Pass to the Alpine Way in 1964, the Thredbo Historical Society’s Ski Museum, pays tribute to the many engineers, tradesmen and volunteers who built and operated the variety of forms of Snowy Mountains mechanised uphill transport in fair and foul weather. The special exhibition in the Ski Museum will be launched during Snowfall Cocktails to be held on Saturday June 14, 5.30 – 8pm. All are welcome to attend. On display will be prints of photos from the collections of the legendary characters, Johnny Abbottsmith and Benny Zeller, amongst others. These will be accompanied by some of the tales which surround the history of these lifts when grunt power was a major source of energy. Such lifts include the Meat Hook (1938), the Northcote Tow, the Gam Rope Tow, Thredbo’s first rope tow, the Abbottsmith tows, and Australia’s longest chairlift. Supporting the display will be some memorabilia which has survived. Most lift components were recycled as components of other ski lifts. The permanent display of ski memorabilia in the Ski Museum reflects the development of skiing in Australia

which began in 1861 with the Kiandra gold rush and the formation of the first club in the world devoted entirely to skiing and ski racing, namely the Kiandra Pioneers Ski Club. The Ski Museum is proud to announce that, also on exhibition will be the skis used by Laurie Seaman prior to his untimely tragic death together with that of his companion Evan Hayes, in a white-out at the base of Mt Kosciuszko in August 1928. Laurie’s skis are on loan for a two-year period courtesy of his son, Laurie Seaman Jnr and the Sydney University and Schools’ Club. The deaths of these two men led to the erection of Seaman’s Hut at Rawson’s Pass by the Crackenback Chairlift bottom station in 1960 (Photo Clifford Collection, Thredbo Historical Society). Seaman family. Today the hut provides shelter to many people caught out in an unexpected northern end of the Thredbo Alpine Historical Society’s extensive collection, Hotel, are 1–5pm during July and August you can find us on Facebook “Friends of snow storm. The opening hours during winter for (closed Mondays); and at weekends Thredbo” or www.thredboskimuseum. the Thredbo Ski Museum, centrally only during June and September. For com, phone: 02 6456 2279. located in the village on the lower more information about the Thredbo

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beautiful accommodation for his clients who wish to stay overnight after doing their lessons. Tumut Fly Fishing provides lessons and guiding all year for beginners and the experienced Fly Fisher. The Fly Fishing lessons Tony provides also include all the gear you need. In just one Fly Fishing lesson Tony will help you make the ultimate start, or help you fine tune what you know. Over many years of experience Tony has developed exclusive, easy Fly Fishing techniques which he is always happy to share and teach. Contact Tony for a nice relaxed and friendly talk about Fly Fishing lessons and guiding. 69475790 0458388383. URL: www.tumutaccommodationcentre.com.au/trout_ flyfishing.htm E-Mail: booking@tumutaccommodationcentre.com.au

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The search for that perfect water hole then trying to entice the Trout to rise to the top of the water to take that fly pattern which you have cleverly cast in its direction, is truly an exhilarating feeling. The relaxing art of Fly Fishing has a long and aristocratic history dating back to ancient Macedonia around 150AD and once upon a time only available to the Lords, Barons and Royalty for they were the owners of all the mountain streams and waterways. But these days Fly Fishing is available to anyone who wishes to experience Fly Fishing and the beauty of the Snowy Mountains. The Snowy Mountains Tumut area provides some of the best scenery and Fly Fishing in the world. Crystal clear waterways and an abundance of native plants, wildlife, bird life, platypus, and with stunning beauty as far as you can see, you’ll become a part of

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Experience the magic in Tumbarumba Tumbarumba Shire is situated on the western side of the Snowy Mountains in NSW, and boasts mountains, rivers and lakes, parks, forests and farms, and clean fresh air amongst its natural assets. The boundaries extend as far south as Mount Kosciuszko in the south, and to the Murray River on the western border. The area is ideal for recreational activity such as bush walking, horse riding, fishing and cycling. The history of goldmining, timber and cattle, and the cleverly engineered Snowy Mountains Scheme has created an intriguing heritage. The snowfields of Mount Selwyn and Thredbo can be accessed from Tumbarumba and Khancoban, and the Kosciuszko National Park offers stunning mountain scenery and a variety of walking tracks. Snow does fall occasionally in the town of Tumbarumba and surrounds during winter. A variety of accommodation is available, some in the major towns of Tumbarumba and Khancoban, some in rural and bush settings. The Shire includes the small villages of Jingellic, Rosewood, Tooma, and Laurel Hill. Explore some fo the regions nature walks, listed below:

SUGAR PINE WALK, LAUREL HILL Turn right into the Bago Forest along Knopsens Road just after the village of Laurel Hill. Follow this logging road for about 400 metres and on your right you will see the entrance to the Sugar Pine Walk. The walk is about half a kilometre. Interpretive signage on this impressive stand of pines is provided by Forests NSW. Setting foot on Sugarpine Walk is like walking into a natural cathedral. Pine needles carpet the ground and soften every footfall.

CREEKSCAPE WALK, TUMBARUMBA The Creekscape Walk is located behind the main shopping centre of Tumbarumba, HUME AND HOVELL WALKING TRACK parallel with the main street, The Parade. Follow the This track follows the footsteps of explorers Hamilton Tumbarumba Creek along to the Bicentennial Gardens. Hume and William Hovell on their expedition in 1824. The This is a lovely tranquil spot to have a picnic lunch. track runs over 440 km from Yass to Albury with several access points available in Tumbarumba Shire. It provides TIME WALKS something for everyone, the opportunity to explore rugged Tumbarumba has a number of well preserved old bushland, visit one of the picnic and camping trackheads, buildings, such as the Court House and the Police and discover native flora and fauna. Residence which were constructed in the 1880s, probably as a result of the discovery of gold in the area in 1855 HENRY ANGEL TRACKHEAD which led to an influx of population. Interpretive plaques Located 7 kilometres south of Tumbarumba on the with some background information on some of the Tooma Road, provides a good base for day walks in either buildings are placed a key points in the town. direction. The walk from this point on the Hume and Hovell The Tumbarumba Historical Society has produced a Walking Track to the Tumbarumba Creek is 6km one way small booklet on Walks around Tumbarumba that relate to with the opportunity to check out the events, places and people of historical interest; including evidence of early gold mining sluicing one on the history of the town buildings with a suggested and dredging sites on Burra Creek, route to follow around town. This booklet is available from including a 70 metre tunnel which has the Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre for $5.00 to now become the creek course. cover the printing cost. THE MAJESTIC BUDDONG FALLS LAKESIDE WALK, KHANCOBAN One of the highlights of the Hume Start at the dam wall, with its massive spillway gates, and Hovell Walking Track but requires a and follow the foreshore of Khancoban Pondage for about drive of around I hour from Tumbarumba, 2 kilometres around to the Boat Ramp and Picnic Area. either from Bago Forest (near Laurel Hill The water reflects the high mountains of the main range turn into Knopsens Road, then Snubba and Mt Kosciuszko above. Road, and follow the signs) or from the

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Powerline Road off the Elliott Way. The Elliott Way is south of Tumbarumba, about 18kms along the Tooma Road. Turn left at the Elliott Way and continue until you come to the gravel road which runs underneath the large high voltage powerlines. Turn left and continue on until you see the directional sign to Buddong Falls. Both roads into Buddong Falls are not suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles. There is an easy 400 metre return walk from the picnic area to view the top fall, and a steeper 1.6 km return walk to view the bottom fall. Listen for the lyrebirds calling in the steep valley below the falls. For experienced hikers, a total of 17 campsites have been developed along the whole track. Each campsite is about a day’s walking from the next. KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK Tumbarumba Shire’s link to the northern end of Kosciusko National Park is the Elliott Way, and the Alpine Way at Khancoban is the gateway to the southern alpine area. Except in winter, the Khancoban to Cabramurra road also provides access. The Geehi Walls track provides a good day walk from the Geehi camping area, which is located 34 kms south of Khancoban on the Alpine Way. The huts at Geehi were damaged in the fires of 2003, but have since been restored to their original condition. There are a number of short and longer walking tracks in the park. For more information contact your nearest National Parks and Wildlife Visitor Centre or the Khancoban Information Centre. Remember that weather in the mountains can change quickly at any time of year. It is essential that you are adequately prepared for all conditions. Vehicles traveling on the Alpine Way will need to carry a Park entry pass, which can be purchased from the National Parks and Wildlife Information Centre in Khancoban. Information courtesy of the Tumbarumba Shire Council website: http://www.visittumbashire.com.au


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Tumut’s festival of the falling leaf in April and May As the air cools and trees of Tumut begin their spectacular autumn show, the activity level begins to rise for the organisers of this year’s Festival of the Falling Leaf. The Tumut Region boasts a jam-packed calendar of events and activities throughout the month of April and into early May. The highlights include the inaugural Falling Leaf Music Festival set amongst the picturesque Tumut Racecourse on 5 April, various exhibitions, concerts, tournaments and workshops, ending with the perennial favourites the Street Parade, Fireworks display and the Gala Day in the park on Saturday May 3. The excitement kicks off on Saturday April 5, as the Music Festival rocks on at the Tumut Racecourse for the family from 11am – 6pm on the River. Classic rock by talented local bands will entertain the crowds, along with amusements and activities for the kids, food and a fully licensed bar for the grownups. The annual Art Exhibition will run between April 11–27 at the

Fiveways Studio. The NNL Titles Scale Model Exhibition will again be held on April 13 at the Tumut Boys Club for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Glitz and glamour are guaranteed at the Festival of the Falling Leaf Diamond Ball on Saturday April 12, celebrating the festival’s 60th anniversary in style. Tickets are available for purchase from the Tumut RSL Club for $95 per person. This year, the Diamond Ball will feature a charity auction with an impressive list of items from generous donors, and all proceeds are going to the Snowy Hydro Southcare helicopter. The Boys Club plays host to the Easter Bazaar on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, where bargains are assured among the various stalls. The highly anticipated Tumut Rodeo will guarantee thrills and spills on Saturday April 26, followed by the three-hour Mountain Bike Endurance race on Sunday April 27. Friday May 2 sees the beautifully restored Montreal Theatre host

a Silent Films night to coincide with the late evening shopping in Tumut’s main streets. The banks of the Tumut River will again set the scene for the Snowy Hydro Gala Day in Bila Park on Saturday May 3. Entertainment for all ages and a large variety of market and food stalls will be a popular attraction for both visitors and locals. The popular Festival Street Parade takes centre stage at 12pm with a large variety of floats and walking groups adding to the festivities of the day. Saturday’s festival activities will conclude in style as Tumut’s night sky lights up with the annual Festival fireworks display at the Bull Paddock. This year, the fun continues at the Bull Paddock with rides and amusements and a special choreographed firework spectacular. Sunday May 4 allows visitors to the festival to

experience the wider delights of the Tumut Region with a bus tour running to Yarrangobilly Caves for the day, and yet another bus tour exploring the agricultural produce of the Shire. Sunday May 4 also sees Adelong celebrate their rich gold heritage with the Adelong Gold and Antique Fair. Saturday May 17 is cider tasting day at the Batlow Ciderfest. Here, the bounties of the local apple harvest can be

sampled and the range of ciders explored. Autumn is a splendid time to visit the Tumut Region. Visit www.tumutregion.com.au for more information on all of the Tumut Region events. More information on any of the Festival of the Falling Leaf program of events, visit www. fallingleaffestival.com.au .

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Being a bit obsessive about motor cars probably helps if rallying is on the cards. While rallies are tremendous fun, there is always a bit of rivalry between teams and car makers. The Fly the Flag rally which visited Cooma in March is a good example. As cars lined up for the off on the Wednesday morning, the lead car and its owner exuded a bit of smugness – being number one gave this Triumph Dolomite Sprint a clear path onto the highway to start the next leg. The prime number was purchased at auction for $400. The buyer, John Exnon, of Melbourne, was intending to bid for Number One at the next auction, although his wife Connie said she was going to sit on his hands. John was prepared to go to $500 for the honour for the next rally. John’s pride and joy is the 1975 Sprint, which

he bought for $100 “about 25 years ago”. He then spent “a lot” of money on it in the early years, but now finds it very economical to run. John explained the Triumph Dolomite Sprint was the first production car in the world to have alloy wheels as standard equipment. These are now common-place. It was also the first car to have 16 valves, or four valves per cylinder. It was brought out by British Leyland to compete with BMWs and Alphas and was a popular choice for rallying. It was also trialled by the highway patrol for pursuit work, before Mini Coopers were put to work. Car Number One was sporting the “Mimosa Yellow” paintwork and black vinyl top the original 1600 imports sported in 1975. It is pictured above, leading the procession.

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Book review: “The Grass Castle” by Karen Viggers The Grass Castle by Karen Viggers will appeal to people who love the rugged mountain ranges which extend from the Brindabella’s close to Canberra, south to the Victorian Bogong High Plains, appreciate their unique environment, wildlife and history of displacement, settlement and resumption. The story is woven around the chance meeting of two women – one young scientist and the other in her senior years – and tales of their courage, forgiveness and acceptance. Viggers’ portrayal of the characters demonstrates a remarkable insight into human behaviour especially that of the older woman. Abby is a young woman shying away from close contact with

others and running from a terrible event in her early teens that shaped her life. Then she meets the daughter of a pastoralist, Daphne, who grew up in a remote valley of the Brindabella Ranges. Daphne raised her family in the high country with her husband Doug, in a world of horses, cattle and stockmen. But the government forced them off their land and, years later, Daphne is still trying to come to terms with leaving the property and the tragic impact it had on her husband. Despite the difference in ages and life experience, Abby and Daphne understand each other and a gentle friendship forms. Whilst Abby’s traumatic past hampers her involvement with journalist Cameron, Daphne struggles with her own family history and the shadow it may have cast over the original inhabitants of the land. Both women must help one another face the truth and release longburied family secrets before they can be free. The Grass Castle published by Allen & Unwin, is a sweeping rural epic that reflects the strength which resides in us all: the courage to grow and learn from the past. Pictured: Karen Viggers (Photo Chrissi Webb).

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Elm Cottage again recognised Internationally guests experience and decision making Elm Cottage has recently signed up with ‘Visitbyroad.com.au’ which both Deborah and David believe will further enhance the Snowy Mountains experience. ‘Visitbyroad’ provides the opportunity for guests to plan day trips or visits within a region. The Sheldon’s believe it’s an app of the future

for holiday makers, and make the simple statement, ‘how many of us holiday by road? In conclusion David explained he and Deborah will continue to develop Elm Cottage and strive for excellence in providing guests with the best holiday experience available.

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TripAdvisors prestigious ‘FlipKey’ Top Vacation Rental Property silver award has been awarded to local regional and Snowy Mountains accommodation provider Elm Cottage, which is located in the Goobarragandra Valley east of Tumut. This is third year in row Elm Cottage has been recognised Internationally with ‘Top Vacation Rental Property’ award from the Internationally respected review and booking Company. Having recently celebrated 10 years in operations and the launch of their new 2014-15 campaign ‘There’s no time like the present’ Elm Cottage owners and Tree changers, David and Deborah Sheldon, are delighted to be recognised again by such a respected Boston based International Company. Elm Cottage also received the ‘Rated Excellent’ badge. This award has been made available to Elm Cottage, from the highly regarded and verified reviews the business has received from their customers. ‘We are delighted and humbled to receive this recognition.’ Just like the accreditation process for our accommodation we firmly believe in such processes, you are always learning. TripAdvisors, ‘FlipKey’ offers our guests the opportunity to post reviews, something both Deb and I encourage. You take the

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Celebration ‘of a dream’ at Elm Cottage On Friday March 7 there was a trail of bright green balloons leading from Tumut to Little River Road, enticing invitees to join in on what was aptly described as “a celebration of a dream,” Elm Cottage’s 10th birthday. Peter Shepherd, former Tourism Snowy Mountains CEO, said it best in his congratulatory speech, “This place is a Shangri-La, it is just gorgeous,” He said. “It reminds me of a Neil Diamond song, ‘Clouds that are hung for the poets eye,’ this place is definitely a land for the poets eye,” he explained. This was a sentiment that was reflected by all who spoke on the day, indicating that owners David and Deborah Sheldon had achieved a tourist destination that would make a lasting impact on all of its guests. “I had no idea how beautiful this place actually was,” admitted the Honourable Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry. “There are a lot of people who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk,” explained Mr Baldwin. The proverbial walk he is referring to is that of providing a sustainable and wellplanned tourist destination in a regional location. The general theme of the congratulatory speeches on the day was that the Sheldons know how to run a business.

They have, together, built an excellent tourism destination on the outskirts of a small country town and have been prospering for ten years now. “They understand you have to take other people on the journey with you,” said Mr Baldwin. This is exactly what Elm Cottage has done, partnering with Destination NSW and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, they are not only attempting to bring people to their accommodation, they are attempting to encourage a boost in tourism to the Tumut region. Mr Baldwin indicated that there is an entirely new market forming for regional tourism, one that we in the Snowy Mountains could definitely benefit from. “People are looking to this region to find things they can’t find at home,” he said. This not only refers to city dwellers, but also international tourists who are searching for that ‘fair-dinkum’ Australian experience. It is in locations like Elm Cottage that this kind of tourism is possible. With self-contained cottages, animals on location and breath-taking country views, there are not many places that could offer a more genuine rural experience. “A lot of what people want to experience when they come to the country is very basic,” said Member for Wagga Wagga

Daryl McGuire, “II often hear that they’re favourite thing about traveling around Australia is the stars,” he said. “Just being able to see the stars at night,” he finished. Mr McGuire went on to explain how proud he is e, of his electorate, indicating that he ts “the believes he represents ctorate in most beautiful electorate Australia.” He indicated that the Snowy Mountains have a lot to offer and that David Sheldon has been a huge advocate in helping to achieve funding for the tourism industry. Mr Baldwin indicated that there were several things about Elm Cottage that had impressed him on its tenth birthday, particularly the design of the cottages and the ambience of the location. “Tourism is all about the experience,” he said, “It’s about maximising what you have and its potential,” he explained. Obviously the picturesque nature of the location of Elm Cottage doesn’t need a lot of maximising, but the Sheldon’s have successfully incorporated the rolling hills and pristine environment of the river into much of the design and location of their cottages. “In order to succeed a destination needs a point of difference,” said Mr Baldwin. Elm Cottage has a point of difference, and it’s focused around the unique views

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and landscape that sur surrounds the Tu Tumut region. As the destination moves through its tenth year, it will offer a range of new attractions. As part of the c celebrations, there wil be four themed will com competitions, with a w weekend at the cottage cottages as the major prize. Upcoming events also iinclude l d a B h T Bush Tucker Discovery Day in September and a Five Senses Cool Climate Food and Wine Expo in November. The new slogan, ‘There’s no time like the present,’ encourages visitors to make a booking now, and reward themselves with the present of a relaxing experience at Elm Cottage in their tenth year of operation. David Sheldon indicated that it is his hope to turn the Snowy Mountains into a “diverse 365-day of the year destination.” Daryl McGuire indicated that the Sheldons had endured “…a long road, 10 years of hard work. Absolute hard work.” It’s work that has paid off, however, with Environment and Heritage Minister Robyn Parker stating, “Their business is a great example of how well tourism and the environment can work together.” This is a sentiment that is backed up well through the destination’s strong relationship with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. “Elm Cottage is a wonderful success story of tourism in Regional NSW and across the state,” said George Souris NSW Member for Tourism.


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Birdsnest, now one of Australia’s most well-loved online fashion retailers, has cemented its position as a serious design house with the launch of its second label, Boho Bird. ‘We’ve got the bug’, says founder Jane Cay, ‘we’ve fallen in love with creating ranges that our diverse customer base will covet.’ This bohemian inspired range is a meeting of feminine, whimsical pieces that are as practical as they are beautiful. ‘The Boho Bird concept is almost a coming of age for the birdsnest customer’, explains Jane. ‘Our birds are evolving and gaining confidence, and we love that this range has no rules or boundaries – you can mix and match and be who you want to be.’ ‘We have seen an international bohemian trend, but we didn’t have a local brand that was dedicated to this story’, explains Creative Director and passionate boho fan Peige Eber. The debut range comprises 35 pieces including dresses, vests, pants, skirts, tops and a scarf.

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Snowy touring advice Need some ideas on how to see the best of the Snowy Mountains Scheme? Snowy Hydro Ltd has developed some self drive itineraries that provide an insight to some of the regions natural attractions as well as iconic Snowy Mountains Scheme locations and points of interest. These touring routes are easy to undertake and are mostly on fully sealed roads. However during winter the roads may be closed or impassable so please ensure you check the road conditions prior to your journey. Self driving through the Snowy Mountains may take you into some remote areas where forward planning is extremely important to ensure your experience is safe, enjoyable and memorable. Please read the following safety tips to assist you • Check the road and weather conditions prior to setting off, some roads may be closed • Always tell someone where you are going, your return date and your itinerary • Ensure your vehicle is in good condition. Check tyres, water and mechanics

• Always carry chains in during the snow season • Carry extra water, food and warm clothing • In event of a breakdown in a remote location, remain with your vehicle • Large slow moving vehicles may be encountered on roads and highways, take care when overtaking • Beware of wondering wildlife, especially at dusk and dawn when visibility may be poor and wildlife become more active • Be prepared, pack a first aid kit • Expect rapid changes in weather conditions. • Some roads are unsealed. • A fee is charged for entry to Kosciuszko National Park • Snowy Hydro strongly recommends driving with your lights on at all times The Snowy Mountains Scheme is situated in this picturesque area and provides a number of opportunities to see and experience the mighty Scheme!

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Monument to the Irish

The Irish Harp is a monument dedicated to the Irish men and women who worked on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. When the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority was established in 1949, there was a serious national shortage of skilled personnel, equipment and construction materials as a legacy of World War II. The Snowy began an intensive recruitment campaign overseas; concentrating in Europe. The Scheme also absorbed many of the migrants who were arriving in Australia in response to the Commonwealth Government’s Immigration Scheme in the post-war years. Overall, 100,000 people worked on the Scheme’s construction between 1949 and 1974 two-thirds of them migrant workers. The workforce reached a peak of 7,300 in 1959. Workers from over 30 countries including Australia, Austria, Finland, Jordan, Russia, USA, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Cyprus,

Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Estonia, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Rumania and The Ukraine worked on the Scheme through planning and construction. In 1999, it was the 50th anniversary of Snowy Mountains Scheme and a group of local Irish residents organised a reunion. This reunion raised over $6,000 in funds. John McLoughlin, Harry Cummins and Albert Costello decided to use the funds to construct a memorial to the Irish workers. John’s brother in Ireland sent him some small tourist shop sculptures of harps and bridges, and the group decided on the Harp, as it is the national emblem of Ireland. From there, they went about organising the construction of the Harp and after some funny location discussions, the Harp now has pride of place on the lake’s edge. Actor Gabriel Byrne called the memorial “most impressive� and has written an article on his experiences in Jindabyne and the significance of the Harp to Irish history.

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Kunama Gallery reopens On March 29, the Kunama Gallery, Jindabyne, launched “The Stockman Artists of the High Country� exhibition. The exhibition was staged by Noelene Dahlen-MacLean and is the first of a number of events Noelene envisages will suitably commemorate her partner of 23 years, the late Alan Grosvenor. She wants to ensure Alan’s contribution to the art world, particularly locally, is remembered. His legacy is a wonderful venue overlooking Lake Jindabyne which lends itself so easily to a multitude of uses, including social functions, writers’ and artists workshops, social evenings, or high-end art tours. To start, is this exhibition celebrating the high country. The artists featured in this exhibition are part of a group formed by Mr Grosvenor, a renowned ‘high country’ artist and his long time friend and fellow artist Peter Mortimer, now of Bangalow. This group of artists was formed to celebrate in their works, the images of the high country of Australia, the landscape, the wildlife, the life and people of this beautiful region of Australia. Most importantly, the stockmen

and women who helped forge the essence of living in tis at times harsh, but always incredibly beautiful, part of Australia. Sadly, the art world has lost Alan Grosvenor, who was renowned for his paintings depicting these images and I is only fitting that this group of artists make Kunama Gallery their permanent home. The exhibition of “The Stockman Artists of the High Country�, was a realisation of a dream for Alan and his friend Peter Mortimer. There are more than 15 artists exhibiting, including both painters and sculptors. Alan’s work will be an important part of the exhibition. Other artists include Peter Mortimer, Ernie Dingo, Belinda Williams, John Kokaev, Connell Lee, Scott Bridle and Robert Keen, among others. Local artists included in the exhibition include Kerry Wooden, Jeannine Cahill, Deb Tyler, Sandy Munsten, Terry Chalk, and Anne Marie Wilcox. Sculptors include Todd Costa, Steve Croker, Richard Nutt and Gary Gravenor. Pictured Noelene and ‘Rebel’ with some of Alans works.

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Why cloud seeding and how does it work? Snowy Hydro relies on precipitation falling in the catchments of the Snowy Mountains to supply water for the production of hydro-electricity. Cloud seeding over this area is used to enhance snowfall which in turn leads to increased run off and, ultimately, the amount of water available to produce clean, renewable energy. Other benefits of cloud seeding include additional snow for the NSW ski resorts located within the target area and, once the snow melts, additional water from the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers for irrigation. Snowy Hydro’s Cloud Seeding Program began as a trial in 2004. The exceptional scientific merit of this trial, positive results of the evaluation, and absence of adverse environmental impacts were sufficiently compelling for the government to pass the necessary legislation for an ongoing, operational cloud seeding program. This commenced from the winter of 2013. History Early days The potential for cloud seeding in the Snowy Mountains was recognised more than fifty years ago, with a study undertaken by the CSIRO and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority between 1955 and 1959. This early research reported a 19% increase in precipitation for those storms that were seeded. The outcomes were challenged however because of issues relating to trial design, and the evaluation and interpretation of the results. Cloud Seeding Trial, Stage I (2004 – 2008) An extended period of drought during the second half of the 1990s prompted Snowy Hydro to further investigate and confirm the effectiveness of cloud seeding for enhancing snowfall. During 2003, Snowy Hydro gave evidence to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Inquiry into “Future water supplies for Australia’s rural industries and communities�, outlining a proposed cloud seeding research trial. The Committee subsequently found that cloud seeding should be considered as potential generator

of additional water. In 2003, an independent Expert Panel was commissioned to investigate any environmental issues associated with cloud seeding. The Panel reported to the NSW government that cloud seeding would be unlikely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment. On 25 February 2004 the NSW Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries announced that after careful consideration of the Expert Panel Report, the NSW Government would make the necessary legislative arrangements for a six

year cloud seeding trial to be undertaken. The Snowy Mountains Cloud Seeding Trial Act 2004 (NSW) (SMCST Act) was subsequently proclaimed on 7 April 2004. This legislation authorised a target area of approximately 1000 km, with a trial duration of six years. Amongst other things, the SMCST Act established the role of the NSW Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to supervise authorised cloud seeding operations and report back on any environmental impacts of cloud seeding. The trial commenced in the winter of 2004, with all suitable storms seeded during this start-up year. All of the necessary infrastructure, instrumentation, experimental and operational procedures were developed, installed and tested during the winter of 2004. The Cloud Seeding trial was fully funded by Snowy Hydro. Cloud seeding experiments commenced during the winter of 2005. Commonwealth Grant In late 2006, the outstanding scientific merit and national benefit potential of the trial was recognised by the Commonwealth government, and Snowy Hydro was awarded a grant of $4.02 million under the Renewable Energy Development Initiative to support the research. Cloud Seeding Trial, Stage II (2009 – 2012) With protracted drought conditions

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Countdown to Thredbo’s jazz festival is on as artists announced Mahalia Barnes and Ms Murphy set to join all star line up Celebrating 27 years of spectacular Jazz in Australia, the Thredbo Jazz Festival has just announced an explosive line up that promises to deliver one of the most unique festivals of the year. So mark your calendar, grab your friends and be in Thredbo on May 2-4 for a true celebration of the evolution and revolution of Jazz. The program is loaded with spectacular artists, covering every continent and genre with 18 acts playing throughout the weekend. Star performers Mahalia Barnes, Ms Murphy, Monica Trapaga with Bob Barnard, and George Washingmachine big swing band featuring Parisienne star Tricia Evy will be joined by an amazing line up including Barry Leif, Ray Beadle, Jeff Duff Trio, Righteous Voodoo, Todd Hardy Trio, Harry Brus Funk Band, The Jews Brothers Band, Chris Gudu & Afro Pamoja, Acca Daiquiris, Illya Szwec Band, Brasil Oito (8 piece latin jazz), Nigel Gavin and Richard Adams, and even performances by The Mosman High Jazz Band. Thredbo’s Jazz Festival will take you on a journey from the traditional roots of Jazz to its most modern exponents. Monica Trapaga, one of the nation’s elite jazz singers, teams up with Bob Barnard, an esteemed veteran, to create a unique sound while new stars Mahalia Barnes and

Ms Murphy will explode on the intimate stages in Thredbo. Multi instrumentalist George Washingmachine brings big swing with European flavour and the delightful Parisienne star Tricia Evy. “This is undoubtedly the best line-up in the festival’s long and established history.� (Festival Director, Stewart Wauchop) Legendary musician Jeff Duff, always a crowd favourite, loves this festival. “I’ve been coming to Thredbo to play for over 20 years now. I love how Thredbo gives all musicians the creative freedom to showcase their best and be themselves. I always look forward to coming back to Thredbo, it is my favourite festival, run by my favourite people,� he said The combination of concert, intimate and poolside venues showcasing artists at their best will create a party not to be missed with your accommodation just a short walk home. There is an accommodation option

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Dalgety Women’s Day will feature Denise Drysdale Forget the long list of things to do, come join fellow women of the Snowy region at the annual Dalgety Women’s Day. To be held on Wednesday May 7, at the Dalgety Hall, tickets are on sale now. “Dalgety Women’s Day has been running successfully for many years, it celebrates women’s lives and stories and is a great chance for local women to share ideas. The event is capped at 190 and last year we had to turn some guests away, so I urge you to book soon,� co-ordinator Lee Brulisauer said. Dalgety Women’s Day will be packed with speakers, entertainment, stories and laughs. Women of all ages will find something that resonates with them. The Friends of Dalgety Women’s Day Committee is excited to announce that this year

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Regional Events Calendar April Events Friday 4th: ‘Bright and Tight’ Trivia Night – Cooma Ex- Museum. (Contact Kerry 0408 442 414) Nimmitabel Markets – Nimmitabel, 10am to 2pm Services Club, 5pm-8pm, free trivia and games night for all young people aged 12-24 years, book a team of 6-10 (Contact Judy 6454 6463 or Jeneatte 6454 6493) Cooma Little Theatre presents ‘Caught in the Net’ – people (Contact 0437 135 092 ) Cooma Little Theatre, 8pm, the sequel to the very popular Saturday 5th: Nimmitabel Garden Club ‘Open Gardens’ ‘Run for your Wife, rated PG, tickets from the Cooma Day – Nimmitabel Surrounds, 3 beautiful and unique Visitors Centre (Contact 6455 1743) Monaro properties showcase their spectacular gardens Sunday 13th – Sunday 27th: Art Exhibition “Red Shed” ‘Erindale’, ‘Mia Mia’ & ‘Curry Flat’, bookings essential, – 101 Old Grosses Road, Ingebirah, new works by Toni $30pp (Contact 6454 6210) High Country Drama: A Master Class with Simon Burke Cary, open daily 10am – 3pm – Jindabyne Central School Hall, 11am – 4pm, the master class cost is $40 per person, spaces are extremely limited, (Please submit your expression of interest ASAP to Meaghan.quinn@snowyriver.nsw.gov.au) Bombala Markets – Bombala Visitor Centre, stalls, food and lots more (Contact 6458 4622) Crackenback Cottage Markets – Alpine Way, Crackenback, 9am to 1pm, local producers markets (Contact 0401 146 166) Sunday 6th: Cooma Car Clubs ‘Mount Gladstone Hill Climb’ – Cooma, 9.30am til 4pm, an exciting day of individual time trials against other competitors up the hill, entry details and deadlines can be obtained Cooma Car Club, spectators are free with designated viewing areas (Contact www.coomacarclub.com.au) Finding Your Voice: A Master Class with Tim Draxl – Jindabyne Central School Hall, 10am til 3pm, the master class cost is $40 per person, spaces are extremely limited, (Please submit Saturday 12th – Saturday 3rd: May The 15th John your expression of interest ASAP to Meaghan.quinn@ Briscoe Memorial Exhibition – The Raglan Gallery, Cooma’s snowyriver.nsw.gov.au) Variety Concert – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Cooma, most prestigious exhibition with valuable prizes. (Contact proceeds to Anglican Church and the Snowy Hydro 6452 3377) Southcare Helicopter Fund (Contact Nella Bacon 6452 Friday 18th – Monday 21st: Cooma Monaro Railway 2876) Easter Extravaganza – Cooma Railway, train rides, art & Friday 11th: Cooma Little Theatre presents ‘Caught in craft show, entertainment, Devonshire teas and so much the Net’ – Cooma Little Theatre, 8pm, the sequel to the more (Contact www.cmrailway.org.au) Lake Light Sculpture Festival – Lake Jindabyne very popular ‘Run for your Wife, rated PG, tickets from the foreshore, a full weekend of events, activities and Cooma Visitors Centre (Contact 6455 1743) entertainment in Jindabyne (Contact 0418 484 100 or Saturday 12th: Adaminaby Markets at Snowy Scheme www.lakelightsculpture.org) The Cooma Easter Classic – Cooma, four days of Museum – Adaminaby, 9am to 2pm, in the grounds of the

Sporting Clays Shooting (Contact Richard 6452 1400 or remould@icloud.com) Saturday 19th: Adaminaby Easter Fair – Adaminaby, stalls, food, entertainment and all the fun of the fair Local Produce Market – Jindabyne Visitors Centre, 9am to 1pm (Contact Neil Brown on 0412 047 355 or valleyvistacoffee@activ8.net.au) Sunday 20th: Cooma Rotary High Country Markets – Centennial Park, Cooma, hosted by Cooma Rotary Club (Contact 6452 1186) Friday 25th: Cooma Little Theatre presents ‘C ‘Caught in the Net’ – Cooma Little Theatre, 8pm, tthe h sequel to the very popular ‘Run for your Wife, rrated a PG, tickets from the Cooma Visitors Centre ((Contact C 6455 1743) Friday 25th – Sunday 27th: Jindabyne Family F Fishing Challenge – Lake Jindabyne, proudly b brought to you by Discovery Holiday Parks, o over $5,000 worth of prizes (contact www. d discoveryholidayparks.com.au or 1800 248 148) Saturday 26th: Community Fundraiser Ball ffor o the Aitchison Cottage Restoration – Berridale C Community Hall, 3 course meal and fundraising a auction (Contact 0416 287 807) Cooma Little Theatre presents ‘Caught in the N Net’ – Cooma Little Theatre, 8pm, the sequel to tthe h very popular ‘Run for your Wife, rated PG, tickets from the Cooma Visitors Centre (Contact 6455 1743) Sunday 27th: Bredbo CWA Village Markets – Bredbo Hall, Monaro Highway, 9am to 3pm (Contact 6454 4104) Cooma Little Theatre presents ‘Caught in the Net’ – Cooma Little Theatre, 2pm, the sequel to the very popular ‘Run for your Wife, rated PG, tickets from the Cooma Visitors Centre (Contact 6455 1743) Open Mic Musical Afternoon – Cooma Ex-Services Club (new venue), 2pm, $2 including afternoon tea, come and have some fun with music, you can perform or come and have a listen, all welcome (contact Elaine 6452 5925)

May Events Friday 2nd: Cooma Little Theatre presents ‘Caught in the Net’ – Cooma Little Theatre, 8pm, the sequel to the very popular ‘Run for your Wife, rated PG, tickets from the Cooma Visitors Centre (Contact 6455 1743) Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th: Thredbo Jazz Festival – Thredbo Village, full weekend of live music and entertainment all throughout the village, featuring Mahalia Barnes, Ms Murphy and so many more great acts (Contact www.thredbo. com.au) Saturday 3rd: Bombala Markets – Bombala Visitor Centre, Monaro Hwy, Bombala, stalls, food and lots more (Contact 6458 4622) Crackenback Cottage Markets – Alpine Way, Crackenback, 9am to 1pm, local producers markets (Contact 0401 146 166) Cooma Little Theatre presents ‘Caught in the Net’ – Cooma Little Theatre, 8pm, the sequel to the very Friday 9th – Sunday 11th: Mother & Daughter Retreat popular ‘Run for your Wife, rated PG, tickets from the with Kris McIntyre – Lake Crackenback Spa and Resort, Cooma Visitors Centre (Contact 6455 1743) yoga retreat for women’s health, sugar cravings, stress release and core strength (Contact www.lakecrackenback. Wednesday 7th: Dalgety Women’s Day – Dalgety com.au) Community Hall, this year’s theme is “Learning and Growing – Bridging the Gap”, tickets are a $10 donation Saturday 10th: Adaminaby Markets at Snowy Scheme (Contact Lee on 6451 1504) Museum – Adaminaby, 9am to 2pm, in the grounds of the

M Museum. (Contact Kerry 0408 442 414) Nimmitabel Markets – Nimmitabel, 10am to 2pm (C (Contact Judy 6454 6463 or Jeneatte 6454 6493) Saturday 17th: Local Produce Market – JJindabyne Visitors Centre, 9am to 1pm (Contact Neil B Brown on 0412 047 355 or valleyvistacoffee@activ8. n net.au) Saturday 17th – Sunday 1st June: “My Story, M My Place” Exhibition – The Raglan Gallery, Lambie S Street, this exhibition gives each artist a chance to ttell e their story and have their journey showcased, vvalued and embraced in the wider community (C (Contact 6452 3377 or info@raglangallery.org.au) Sunday 18th: Cooma Rotary High Country M Markets – Centennial Park, Cooma, hosted by C Cooma Rotary Club (Contact 6452 1186) Sunday 25th: Bredbo CWA Village Markets – Bredbo Hall, Monaro Highway, 9am to 3pm (Contact 6454 4104) Open Mic Musical Afternoon – Cooma Ex-Services Club (new venue), 2pm, $2 including afternoon tea, come and have some fun with music, you can perform or come and have a listen, all ages (family-friendly) all styles (contact Elaine 6452 5925)


The Platypus News

Autumn is a great time to visit:

Out and About in Platypus Country The South East Forests and get up close and personal with the wildlife, camp out under the starry southern skies, enjoy a walk on well marked tracks and marvel at the beauty and grandeur of the forest.

Discover the history of the Railway. Bombala was the end of the line and the Friends of the Railway have gathered a wealth of information to share with you the first Saturday of every month.

Enjoy a peaceful walk around the River at either Bombala or Delegate- you are bound to see a platypus.

Join in the family fun of the Delegate Duck Race held Good Friday at Bill Jefferies Park or the Festival of Writing and Film to be held in Delegate over the Easter break.

Take a picnic out to the Platypus Reserve and spot the platypus and the myriad of birds. Explore the history of the area call into the Platypus Country Visitor Information Centre for maps.

Enjoy the beautiful autumn colours in the Parks and gardens of the area and treat yourself to a visit of the stunning Bundian Way and Borderline Galleries at Delegate.

Escape, Indulge, Enjoy Platypus Country Bombala has it all. For full details contact Platypus Country Visitor Information Centre 64584622.

COCHRAN HORSE TREK ADVENTURES THROUGH THE SNOWIES

“ The Man from Snowy River may well be a myth, but the spirit of the Banjo Patterson’s legend lives on in the Cochran Family” 3-7 day treks through stunning scenery. Camp in comfortable tents. Toilets and showers provided. Camp fire meals and qualified experienced mountain guides. Mountain bred tried and proven horses. See the famous Man from the Snowy River Brumbies, visit historic huts. Enjoy the yarns of mountain bushmen and campfire companionship.

$POUBDU$PDISBO)PSTF5SFLTt E: info@cochranhorsetreks.com.au · www.cochranhorsetreks.com.au


Your gateway to the Snowies this Autumn.

When you’re ready for a short break, a long ride or a spot of fishing in the alpine rivers, the Alpine Hotel is the perfect gateway for your autumn getaway. With 26 full renovated rooms, the hotel awarded ‘B t Accommodation’ ‘Best A d ti ’ ffor a country t h hotel t l iin th the 2011 AHA H Hotel t lA Awards d h has a warm b bed d and d a cooll beer waiting for you. Our restaurant features fine cuisine expertly prepared by an award-winning chef and his team. Being conveniently located just off the Monaro Highway, it’s the ideal stopover to break your journey. So as the temperatures fall, enjoy the warm hospitality of the Alpine Hotel, and discover the region’s many experiences from the one location.

Book now phone 02 6452 1466 From $60/night pp.

170 Sharp Street Cooma w w w. a l p i n e h o t e l . c o m . a u

Sunpost Autumn 2014  

Proudly published by the local newspaper, The Monaro Post.

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