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editorial Welcome to this week’s Editorial,

Clarity around visitors to the South Coast Vol 16 September 15th 2017 Vol 28 December 7th, 2017

Vol 48 111 July 27th 12th 2018 2019 There isApril conAnuing outcry across social media that there are more and more cars in the area and that many of them are from the ACT, simply observed by the colour of the plates. Holiday houses are filling on a daily basis and many permanent residents are wanAng to know if it is legal that these holiday home owners are arriving to seek refuge on the coast in an area that they perceive to be safer (and maybe a bit nicer) than where they are coming from.

For NSW residents the Public Health (COVID-19 RestricAons on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 under the Public Health Act 2010 states:

Under sec'on 8 it states: moving to a new place of residence (including a business moving to new premises) or between different places of residence of the person or inspecAng a potenAal new place of residence So if the holiday-house next door to you is now occupied by its Sydney, Dubbo, Hay owner then they have simply moved between different places of residence. If it is an ACT owner then the same might apply even though all the ACT have advised their residents is "Following the advice of the Commonwealth Government, the ACT Government is strongly urging Canberrans to avoid all non-essenAal travel outside of the Canberra region" "Under this instrucAon, the only travel outside of the Canberra region should be for work, for ‘compassionate’ reasons and to ensure essenAal supplies and services. We are urging Canberrans to take a common sense approach to this instrucAon, and carefully consider whether they have to travel outside of the region for any of these reasons." Should the holiday-house next door NOT be occupied by the OWNER then it can be construed that the people have come from out of the region and are on holiday in a holiday house. Should that be the case then it can be argued that the people have breached the Public Health Order Part 2 (4) Taking a holiday in a regional area is not a reasonable excuse. PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER THAT we have an influx of essenAal services personnel from Victoria, Qld, the ACT and NSW, such as travelling essenAal grade 1 medical consultants who are providing clinics here for local residents. If you wish to take ac'on at that point then you can call CrimeStoppers and report the alleged Beagle Editor…….. Lei Parker 0405100257 All Enquiries please email beagleweeklynews@gmail.com PO Box 3029 Tuross Head, NSW 2537 Copyright © South Coast Beagle Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. The Beagle Weekly is owned by SOUTH COAST BEAGLE PTY. LTD.

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Editorial con'nues... breach that will see the police determine if there is one, being aware that the rules are changing day by As Easter Vol day. 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th,is2017 Vol 48 April 2018 111 July 12th 2019 approaches27th there a need for clarity around who is legally allowed to be here and who has breached the Public Health rules. Meanwhile there are presently 75,000 travellers out there in Australia in the caravans, vans and mobile homes with quite a few in our region. Under DirecAons of Minister concerning closure of certain premises caravan parks and camping grounds have been closed, except for purposes of (i) accommodaAng permanent residents of the caravan park or camping ground or other persons who have no other place of permanent residence, and (ii) allowing visitors to visit persons referred to in subparagraph (i), So travelling vans, caravans and mobile homes do not have a place they can safely park and isolate unless they were staying at a caravan park or camping ground immediately before 26 March 2020 and is conAnuing to stay at the caravan park or camping ground. Hopefully with the above informaAon our local residents might be beMer informed of what they are seeing and what they might be perceiving as breaches that in fact are not.

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New Department Of Regional NSW To Take On Urgent Needs Of The Bush VolIn16a September 15th 2017 media release issued today Deputy Premier, Minister for 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said that the NSW Government has established the new Department of Regional NSW to beMer coordinate support for communiAes, businesses and farmers in the bush that have endured drought, bushfire and flood and now face the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Barilaro said the department will bring together Primary Industries, Local Land Services, Resources and Geoscience and regional coordinaAon across government to form a central agency dedicated to regional issues. “We are urgently responding to the desperate needs of people in the regions and this new agency will work to ensure community wellbeing, resilient economies and strong key regional industries,” Mr Barilaro said. “We know that the issues faced by the people of Bombala or Captains Flat are very different to those faced in Coogee and so it is imperaAve we have a government designed to properly support every corner of this State. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made a big impact on what has already been a devastaAng start to 2020, as farmers conAnue to suffer through the worst drought in recorded history and towns torn apart by bushfires conAnue to feel the effects months on. “The new Department of Regional NSW will be a voice in government for people in the bush and will have a laser-like focus on the challenges and opportuniAes unique to regional communiAes, helping them to get through hardships many of us have not seen in our Ame. “This department will allow a more streamlined response to regional issues as experts in areas such as primary industries, land management, resources, regional development, drought response and bushfire recovery work closer together than ever before.” Mr Barilaro said the department will drive the delivery of recent bushfire and COVID-19 sAmulus and industry recovery packages along with the NSW Government’s drought iniAaAves, $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund and $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund. “I said that regional communiAes would get their fair share and to date, we have fulfilled that commitment, from securing billions in funding to the urgent measures we have rolled out for farmers, business owners and families,” Mr Barilaro said. The Department of Regional NSW will be led by incoming Secretary Gary Barnes, currently the Coordinator General, Regional NSW, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. beagle weekly : Vol 149 April 3rd 2020



SNSWLHD Daily COVID-19 Update - April 3rd 2020 Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has confirmed a total of 51 cases of COVID-19 have been formally idenAfied within the District (as at 10:30am 3 April, 2020), following 2091 tests. The announcement follows recent tests which Vol 16verified September 15th 2017 were in 7th, the last 28 December Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 20192017 24 hours. Southern NSW Local Health District Public Health Unit is in contact with each confirmed case and their close contacts, advising them to selfisolate for 14 days from when they were last with the confirmed case. They have also been advised to seek medical aMenAon should they experience symptoms. IdenAfying close contacts ensures that those people who may be at risk take the necessary steps to avoid any further transmission. It is essenAal that everyone plays a part in containing the spread of COVID-19 by pracAsing good hygiene measures including: • Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub. • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with Assue or a flexed elbow. • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. • Stay home if you are sick. Southern NSW Local Health District has established COVID19 Assessment Centres throughout the District, so those with symptoms may be tested and treated quickly. The purpose of these clinics is for people who have respiratory symptoms or fever and who are at risk of COVID-19, for example because they were in contact with a COVID-19 case, or have returned from overseas in the 14 days before onset of symptoms. Any one heading to an assessment centre MUST call the SNSWLHD Central Intake Service – 1800 999 880 (opAon 1) before aMending. You will ONLY be tested if you fit the COVID-19 tesAng criteria. This tesAng can take up to two days to complete and report back. For the latest, up to date informaAon head to: hMps://www.health.nsw.gov.au/InfecAous/diseases/ Pages/coronavirus.aspx

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ABC Reports: Data suggests Australia's strict physical-distancing measures are beginning to Vol 16 September 15th 2017 work but the2018 risks are huge 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 111— July 12th 2019 if we relax too quickly.

Australia is only a few days into its latest regime of strict selfisolation measures designed to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but already, many people are asking — when will they end? Not before late July at the very earliest, modelling from the University of Sydney suggests. The model, first published last week and now updated, shows:  Strict physicaldistancing measures are beginning to work and Australians appear to have been about 90 per cent compliant with advice to stay at home wherever possible  However, scaling back our isolation regime would cause case numbers to spike dramatically — until such time as new measures, especially more testing, are in place  With the current measures, Australia should be close to the peak of new infections


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$10,000 grants to provide fast relief for NSW small businesses ba8ling COVID-19 Thousands of small businesses across NSW struggling to cope with the COVID-19 shutdown will receive

Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 under a new assistance scheme announced today by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, grants of to2018 $10,000 Vol 48 27th 111April Julyup 12th 2019

Treasurer Dominic PerroMet and Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope. The NSW Government will put $750 million into the Small Business Support Fund as the centrepiece of a third wave of support measures to keep small businesses afloat. Ms Berejiklian said the new fund was based on the hugely successful scheme rolled-out during the recent NSW bushfires, which provided $42 million to 4200 businesses within the first ten days of launching. “This is about geVng cash into small businesses when they are struggling right now in the face of an unprecedented situaAon,” Ms Berejiklian said. These grants will provide a big boost, and we will make the applicaAon process easy to ensure small businesses can receive some cash-flow as soon as possible to meet pressing needs.” Mr PerroMet said the fund was designed to provide help fast and would benefit tens of thousands of businesses across NSW. “Many local cafés, restaurants, corner shops, gyms and small accommodaAon providers will be eligible to apply,” Mr PerroMet said. “We have the structures in place aXer the bushfires and expect to see this money rolling out the door shortly.” “This is real, rapid relief for tens of thousands of businesses and it will help ensure many businesses that are not eligible for payroll tax waivers and deferrals can live to trade another day.” Mr Tudehope said the fund would offer a vital lifeline for businesses across NSW. “This is the largest support package for small businesses in the history of NSW, it will make a huge difference to many lives,” Mr Tudehope said. To be eligible, businesses will need to: have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000 a payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000 have an Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020 be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 RestricAons on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020 use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as uAliAes, overheads, legal costs and financial advice provide appropriate documentaAon upon applicaAon. ApplicaAons for a small business grant of up to $10,000 will be available through Service NSW within a fortnight and remain open unAl 1 June 2020.

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Council to use ZOOM for next mee'ng including Public Forum Due to COVID-19 restricAons, Council have announced that meeAngs will be held unAl further noAce on the Vol 16 September 15th 2017 video plaYorm Zoom and webcast via the internet advising that these restricAons have been put in place in 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 111 July 27th 12th 2018 2019 line with Australian and NSW Government regulaAons. The meeAngs will be live streamed on Council's website at the usual locaAon on the Live Streaming page h8p://webcast.esc.nsw.gov.au/. commencing at 11am. The Council will also hold a public forum prior to each ordinary meeAng of the Council for the purpose of hearing oral submissions from members of the public on items of business to be considered at the meeAng, unless there are no registered speakers. The Public Forum session will also be conducted on Zoom. Members of the community wishing to parAcipate in Public Forum must have the necessary technology to connect to Zoom (eg, a computer or device with video and audio capabiliAes – find out how to get started on the Zoom website). Public forum will commence at 9.30am. One hour will be allocated to public forum prior to a Council meeAng. If there are more speakers register than Ame permits, Council could resolve to extend the Public Forum session for 15 minutes only and potenAally limit the number of speakers of up to three to speak ‘for’ or ‘against’ any item of business. Speakers will be allowed seven minutes to address the Council. Approved speakers will be provided with the weblink to connect to the Zoom meeAng. The Public forum session on Zoom commences at 9.30am, so you will need to be logged into your device and connected to Zoom at that Ame. If you do not have the necessary technology to connect to Zoom, Council will accept a wriMen copy of your presentaAon, which will be provided to Councillors along with the approved list of speakers for their informaAon and consideraAon. If you wish to listen to public forum via Zoom, please contact Council's execuAve services office to register. A weblink will be provided to the registered listeners to connect to the meeAng. Listeners will be required to have their video and microphone turned off at all Ames. Council says it understands that this is not an ideal situaAon, however it is necessary to ensure that Council complies with COVID -19 regulaAons and restricAons. To speak at a public forum, a person must first make an applicaAon to the Council in the approved form. ApplicaAons to speak at the public forum must be received by Council: no later than 12pm of the business day prior to the meeAng must idenAfy the item of business on the agenda of the Council meeAng the person wishes to speak on, and may state whether they wish to speak ‘for’ or ‘against’ the item. with a wriMen copy of the presentaAon provided to Council by 12pm the business day before the Council MeeAng, which will be published on Council’s website. Register by contacAng Council’s ExecuAve Services Office: T: 02 4474 1358 E: council.meeAngs@esc.nsw.gov.au

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Greater Mogo Area Recovery needs YOU Greater Mogo Area sAll reeling Vol 16 September 15this2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th since the devastaAng NYE firestorm 111 July 12th 2018 2019 that ripped through the small community. The organisers behind the Greater Mogo Fire Recovery group say "Our community were making a come back aXer the fires where we could meet, communicate and organise but since social distancing our efforts on the ground have ground to a halt with only a small percentage of the recovery required having begun. This is a staAsAc no-one wants to share. But it helps shed light on the gravity of the STILL ONGOING situaAon: people lost their homes, their properAes, their sense of safety and security, and their illusions about government assistance. That's a tough blow." "And now with coronavirus, the community is isolated even further at literally the worst possible Ame. "The goal of Greater Mogo Fire Recovery group is to gather a register of what can be done to help Greater Mogo area residents that have been affected by the fires and then use all the resources available to get it done. This includes temporary soluAons while waiAng for insurance claims to be processed etc." "Please, remember Mogo. Sign up to donate or volunteer today! We'll find a job for you, either now (online or phone) or later." "There is a lot of well intenAoned help being offered to our area at the moment however there is liMle organisaAon, focus or clear communicaAon. We hope to resolve this by having a register for volunteers as well as for residents who have skills, tool, Ame etc. to help rebuild their community." "Anyone and everyone from the greater Mogo area is welcome to join us!" FOR MORE INFORMATION : Visit the WEBSITE HERE Everyone in Mogo is encouraged to visit the Mogo NoAce Board as it updated.

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Council proposes increase in Rates, Fees and Charges Councillors will next week be meeAng to agree to place on public exhibiAon it's revised combined draX Delivery Program 2017-21 Vol 16 September 15th 2017 and OperaAonal Plan 2020- 21. Proposed changes include: 28 December 7th,increases 2017 •Vol The general by 2.6%, the rate peg amount for 2020-21. 48 April 2018 111 July 27th 12thrate 2019 • The environment fund rate increases by 2.6%. • The waste collecAon charges increases by 2.6% for the typical household. • The water access charge increases by 3% to $340 (20mm connecAon access charge) and the usage charge increases by 2.7% to $3.75 per kilolitre. • The sewer access charge increases by 2.1% to $990 (20mm connecAon access charge) and the usage charge increases by 2.1% to $1.96 per kilolitre. The report in their April 7th agenda also outlines the four year acAviAes and annual acAons Council will undertake to contribute to achieving what they describe as "our community’s vision to be friendly, responsible, thriving and proud." "Each service that assists in achieving the outcome is idenAfied. Measures to track and report on progress in achieving each acAvity is also provided. " This document also includes financial informaAon that supports the revised draX Delivery Program 2017-21 and OperaAonal Plan 2020-21, including the budgets, capital program, revenue policy and draX 20-21 Fees and Charges.” The revised draX Delivery Program 2017-21 and OperaAonal Plan 2020-21 presented to the councillors will incorporate the Budget, Capital Works Program, Statement of Revenue Policy and Fees and Charges with a view to being endorsed and placed on public exhibiAon for a period of not less than 42 days. This year the OperaAonal Plan also includes a secAon on the bushfire recovery acAons, highlighAng to the community that this will be a significant focus, underpinning many of the proposed acAviAes. The maintenance allocaAons have been kept at the same amount as 2019-20 which will result in some minor reducAon in level of service due to normal annual cost escalaAon for materials supply, wages, plant hire costs. To address this, addiAonal focus is being placed on grant applicaAons with a substanAal renewal component. It should also be noted that there will be revotes in the capital works program due to COVID-19 and bushfire recovery. Council advises in its report that operaAons are separated into three funds for financial purposes. The three funds are the General Fund (which includes waste and environment acAviAes), the Sewer Fund and the Water Fund saying key consideraAons for Water and Sewer operaAons are "ensuring a stable pricing path for ratepayers and meeAng NSW Office of Water Best PracAce requirements". For more than a decade Council has been overcharging ratepayers for their water and sewer, beyond cost recovery, and redirecAng a 'dividend' to the General Fund to get around the restricAons imposed by IPART that the General Fund can not be increased above CPI. This fact was revealed last year when Councillor McGinlay brought it to the aMenAon of the public during a Council meeAng. In the report to Council the staff have revealed that this is once again their intenAon by saying "Council anAcipates delivering a dividend from these funds to the General Fund in 202021." beagle weekly : Vol 149 April 3rd 2020



Mayne: what would you like to know from your local level of government 16 latest September 15th from 2017 Eurobodalla Council the General Manager advises that InVol the update 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 Members of the public can contact councillors by phone or email with issues that can be raised with staff. Both Councillors Pat McGinlay and Anthnony Mayne have been proacAve in their quest to best represent the community in Council chambers by way of offering quesAons to pubic speakers, researching emails sent and Arelessly answering phone calls from ratepayers aware that these two councillors will listen, engage and acAon if required. In light of the social distancing requirements Council will now be going into Zoom mode with video conferencing for their briefings, Public Forum and Council meeAngs. In the spirit of engagement Councillor Mayne has posted: "OK, we got through the fires, the floods and now we have the Virus!!

"Like each and everyone one of us, we are in this together; again! "No doubt, there are many ques'ons, so as a Local Councillor - what would you like to know from your local level of government? "Clearly we are dealing with unprecedented change on the back of the fires and floods. "As a member of the local RSL and as a former Infantry soldier, I am sad to see ANZAC day cancelled. At a recent RSL exec meeAng we explored opAons to at least do something on the special day. "Married to Linda, the local Anglican priest, I listened as she explored opAons in this current environment. At the SES we are looking at how we conAnue to serve within the current restricAons. Even at Council we are looking at how we conduct our meeAngs amidst the current challenge this virus presents to us all. "So, we live in unprecedented Ames. And we know, from the fires, that we are a resilient lot. Yet with social distancing, we will be challenged as the hand shake and the hug and back rub are put on the bench for now. So what can we do? "Social distancing does not preclude Kindness, a Phone Call, a Smile, an act of Generosity, a Text Message, The quality of our response is going to be so important here. "At Woolies today in Moruya I was fortunate enough to buy an 8 pack of toilet paper. It felt like I had backed a winner! Times they are a changing. Yet I have the privilege to live in our beauAful Shire and to be a local Councillor. So, in these "interesAng" Ame of both challenge and opportunity for each of us, what quesAons do you have for us as a Council. Stay well and wash your hands. Clr Anthony Mayne M:0429 980 818

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Ar'sts invited to exhibit at the Bas in 2021 The Basil Sellers ExhibiAon Centre is calling for submissions for their 2021 exhibiAon program. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 Eurobodalla Council’s 28 December 7th, 2017arts coordinator Indi Carmichael said the Bas celebrated local and naAonal creaAve Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

arts and contemporary culture.

“We encourage arAsts from all backgrounds and levels of experience to apply for either solo or group exhibiAons,” Ms Carmichael said. “Successful applicants will receive a 4-week exhibiAon slot, and support with the development of their exhibiAon.” Ms Carmichael said in just over one year the Bas had established a reputaAon for showcasing quality regional arts with unique local content supported by perfectly picked shows from outside the region. “Really, the Bas is a creaAve hive. It’s something totally delicious our local arAsts can jump right into. “It’s great to see our annual program really building cultural capital for the benefit of residents and visitors.”

Installaon view of ‘Toast’, from Keedah Throssell and Lesley Whale's Like chalk and cheese 2019

In addiAon to successful submissions, 2021 exhibiAons will include returning favourites such as River of Art and the ReVive Art Prize. New workshop spaces provide for complimentary acAviAes such as workshops, events and educaAon programs at the centre. Submissions close 4pm on Friday 8 May. Lodge submissions and find more informaAon at www.thebas.com.au or contact hello@thebas.com.au or call 4474 1061.

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Le8er to the editor

Shire’s “Gateway Development” – our last chance On 31 March, the NSW Southern Regional Planning Panel conducted a teleconference hearing community views on council's $55+ million Development ApplicaAon for the Batemans Bay Regional Arts, AquaAc and Vol 16 September 15th 2017 Leisure Centre including 28 December 7th, 2017 demoliAon of Batemans Bay’s Olympic pool. There is only one way now for Vol 48 27th 111April July 12th 2018 2019 residents to have a say before the panel makes its decision. The current DA is for a single building where the pool is now but with limited faciliAes in size and number, no Olympic pool, no room for expansion, no Mini golf, and is likely to be unaffordable (council won’t provide the business case!) plus the shire will be leX with the problemaAc, unsaleable old bowlo site. If you want to have the “Gateway Development” promised in 2016, if you want to keep an Olympic pool in Batemans Bay and if you want council to follow the community’s wishes for a heated indoor pool, for the Mini Golf to be retained, for a new arts, cultural and community centre to be built using the old bowling club site with having star-act aMracAng performance faciliAes, all at an affordable price now and for generaAons ahead, then please make a submission during the period unAl 14 April – it probably will be your last chance! A copy of submissions already made and an audio recording of the conference will be made available on the NSW Southern Regional Planning Panel’s website. While the background of Council’s DA and plans can be seen on the council’s website under “MacKay Park”; the audio, latest relevant documents and plans are available on the Planning Panels website www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/planningpanels .

Please make a wriMen submission to the Planning Panel by contacAng its Secretariat before 4pm Tuesday 14 April 2020 on 02 8217 2060 or by email to enquiry@planningpanels.nsw.gov.au.

Jeff de Jager Coila

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100 Years Ago 3rd of April 1920 MORUYA SHOW, 1920 …We were pleased to see that Mr. N Christensen’s Sterling of Darbalara, for which Mr. Christensen paid over 160 guineas at Mr Bate’s Double Creek clearance sale some two years Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, evidence, 2017 Vol 48 April 2018 ago, was strong being awarded first and champion prize for best bull on the ground. 111 Julyin27th 12th 2019 Judging from his present conformaAon and general appearance Mr A. F. EmmoM’s under three years old, recently purchased from Darbalara is likely to put up a big baMle for championship honors at next year’s show. This animal secured first for bull two years and under. Mr A. LouVt’s Darbalara, by the Bodalla red Darbalara, geVng second honors. Messrs R. Heffernan and Sons secured the majority of prizes amongst dairy Shorthorns. Including champion female beast. Mr. C. Irwin was the biggest prize winner in the Poultry secAon, Mr. J. E. Jauncey (Bega) coming next. Two animals that were very much admired at the Show were Mr. J. Keyte’s highlybred stallion, CooloMa, and Mr. J. Coppin’s draught mare, the winner of seven first prizes, including three champion. This mare was bred by Mr. E. Bown, of Turlinjah. Mr Abe. LouVt, of Mullenderree, was the biggest winner of farm produce at the show. Mr Abe. LouVt had on view a buMon table pumpkin which turns the scale at 50lbs – some pumpkin, no doubt. PICTURE MAKING. – The Pacific Photography Co. is producing the picture “Robbery Under Arms” in Braidwood and district. The company has a number of disAnguished players, and the members have been daily engaged in the mountainous country to the south of Braidwood. The “Dispatch” says that local residents have been assisAng in the producAon. Mr. R. G. Hassall and his popular son “Top” have given most valuable help in all direcAons. Those who were fortunate enough to see the team of horses Mr. Hassall supplied for the mail coast “SAcking-up” incident, and the masterful way in which he handled them, need only be told that the same spirit of excellence has prevailed in the many departments in which he has come forward and helped. The local support in all the stunts where the true Australian horsemanship has had to be depicted has been of the very best, and carried out by Messrs. Rex (2), Keyte and Lupton. Mr “Top” Hassall’s riding will be a disAnct feature of the picture. Mr Hassall also rounded up 500 of his bullocks, upon which the bushranger’s made a raid. The hold-up of the mail coach, driven by Mr. Hassall, on the Major’s Creek Mountain, by the bushrangers was carried out without a hitch. HONORS. – Out of the four under graduates only who succeeded in gaining French honors (Faculty of Arts, first year) at the Sydney University Exam, one was a Moruya girl, Miss Myrtle Colefax, daughter of Mr. W. J. Colefax. As this is one of the most difficult subjects to gain honors in, the pass is all the more creditable, and Miss Colefax is to be congratulated on her success. FURNITURE SALE AT BODALLA. - Saturday, 10th April 1920 at 2 p.m., on account of Mr Charles Johnson, carpenter of Bodalla. H.J. Thomson, AucAoneer, of Moruya, has been instructed by Mr. Charles Johnson to sell – Carpenter’s tools of every descripAon Household Furniture, Beds, Bedding, Kitchen Furniture, Crockery and Utensils, New Stove “Success”, 1 sulky, in first-class order. EUROBODALLA SHIRE. BATEMAN’S BAY FERRY. Tenders are hereby invited from persons competent to run the BATEMAN’S BAY PUNT for a period of 12 months from the 5th May next. Such Tenders will be received up to noon on TUESDAY the 13th APRIL 1920. The lowest of any Tender not necessarily accepted. All things being equal, preference will be given to a Returned Soldier. W. JERMYN. Shire Clerk. beagle weekly : Vol 149 April 3rd 2020



Sta's'cs and popularity by Trevor Moore When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart. William Gibson (Zero History) Vol 16 September 15th 2017

We being bombarded 28 December 7th, 2017 with staAsAcs and, as I observed in an earlier arAcle, Vol are 48 2018 111April July 27th 12th 2019 there are lies, damned lies and staAsAcs. I commented in a recent tweet on TwiMer that poliAcians are past masters at the first two but that they can dig holes for themselves when they try and use staAsAcs. It was Aristotle (384 BCE – 322 BCE) who said “one swallow does not a summer make.” And the latest set of numbers in a trend do not necessarily tell you anything about the trend. Morrison was pleased to tell us (though his breathing was noAceably laboured) over the weekend that the COVID19 numbers were trending down. What he was referring to were the numbers of extra cases per day over the previous few days. Here is a graph that shows those numbers over the 7 days to 31 March 2020. Beside it, on the right, is a chart that shows that same data but over 14 days. Here it looks like things are geVng beMer but the trend is sAll upward though it looks like things are geVng beMer … beMer being a relaAve term … but there are some things to be cauAous about.

The World Health OrganizaAon (WHO) reports an incubaAon period for COVID-19 of between 2 and 10 days with outliers of up to 27 days. So, the numbers being recorded today are the result of events that occurred a week or so ago. On the one hand that means we should be scepAcal of the numbers but on the other hand one could hypothesise that indeed things are geVng beMer. But in a communicaAons blunder, in my opinion, Morrison starts by saying that things seem to be geVng beMer and then imposes more draconian constraints on social contact. You can’t have it both ways. The only interpretaAon of the data that it is safe to make at present is that we are sAll on an exponenAal curve. There is no staAsAcal evidence that the curve is flaMening; there is not enough data. Here is a chart showing the Australian cases with the corresponding line for the logarithm of the cases. You cannot draw any conclusions from these.

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Sta's'cs and popularity by Trevor Moore con'nues….. might be in the general populaAon. The US Centers for Disease Control and PrevenAon (CDC) suggested Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

today (1 April 2020) that up to 1 in 4 people with COVID19 show no symptoms so would never present for a test and be missed in the staAsAcs. So, while Morrison was right to talk about Aghter constraints, he was poorly advised to suggest that things might be on the turn; they might be, but they might not be. But you do have to feel sorry for the man. He is not a brilliant leader, and neither is he a mighty intellect. Those are problems when you are trying to deal with a dysfuncAonal system of government such as the one that the Founding Fathers of the Commonwealth of Australia leX us when they draXed the ConsAtuAon. The disaster of the Ruby Princess is evidence of that. There are, of course, many staAsAcs that poliAcians keep an eye on for good news. One such set of staAsAcs are those found in the opinion polls that typically ask voters who they trust and whether they are saAsfied with their leaders. Now Morrison’s inadequacies in relaAon to the Bush Fires were reflected in the Newspoll results of February 2020 but recovered slightly in the last set of results (two weeks ago so be careful, things may have changed) earlier this month. His net approval raAng had risen to 41% and his net disapproval raAng was at 49%. This is preMy miserable compared with other figures. Two such figures spring to mind. One is Neville Chamberlain who was Prime Minister of Great Britain in the years leading up to, and just beyond, the start of the Second World War. In September 1939, public opinion polls showed that Chamberlain's popularity was 55 per cent. By December it had increased to 68 per cent. It would seem that the general public saw him as the man who could negoAate Britain out of the war. By May 1940 his approval raAng had dropped to 32.75% and soon he was gone. Just aXer Churchill tool over his approval rang was 87.36 %. In late 1944 Churchill’s approval rang was sAll very high at 89.25% but in the 1945 general elecAon they kicked him out. Only 36.2% voted ConservaAve while 47.7% voted Labour. So, a high approval raAng is not a passport to greater glory. Donald Trump, a man who seems only to take his foot out of his mouth so that he can put the other one in, manages to do beMer than Morrison. He has seen a small upward trend in his approval raAng, in surveys released this week by Gallup (49 percent), Fox (48 percent), Monmouth University (46 percent) and Pew (45 percent). I suspect Morrison would be pleased with any of these numbers. But the king of the polls at present has to be Boris Johnson. According to Bloomberg 72% of eligible voters are saAsfied with Johnson’s performance as Prime Minister, with 25% dissaAsfied. There has been speculaAon that he has surged (that’s a great journalisAc word that means “improved slightly”) in the polls because he tested posiAve for COVID19. I hesitate to draw the obvious conclusion in regard to Morrison – or even Trump. We live poliAcally, diplomaAcally and militarily, in a strange Anglo-Saxon centric world that consists of the three naAons above (Australia, the UK and the USA), New Zealand and Canada. These are the so-called “Five Eyes” naAons and apparently, we are very friendly with them. In New Zealand a poll by Roy Morgan found that “Jacinda Ardern was rated as having the highest ‘Net Trust Score’ of all poliAcal leaders – meaning the ‘Trust’ felt toward the New Zealand leader far outweighs the ‘Distrust’.” Unfortunately for ScoM Morrison “he is the most prominent Australian poliAcal leader with a ‘Net Distrust beagle weekly : Vol 149 April 3rd 2020


Score’ with more feeling ‘Distrust’ towards the PM than ‘Trust’.” In Canada, just to round out the five naAons, Trudeau has faced some significant poliAcal problems recently. An Ipsos poll found that “four in ten (40%) Canadians now approve (7% strongly/33% somewhat) of the performance of the Liberal government under the leadership of JusAn Trudeau, down 3 points since last week and down 5 points since Vol SeptemberSo, 15th 2017 the same as Morrison … and Trudeau has had some BIG the16 elecAon”. 28 December 7th,about 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 problems. Boris, then, is the role model for approval raAngs. But, then, it’s all only staAsAcs and perhaps these results are not even staAsAcs. Perhaps they are lies, or even damned lies. Or perhaps even fake news. We will not know if the curve is flaMening for three or four weeks. And even then, we do not know what the tail might look like. Wash your hands. Keep your distance … … do whatever it says on the Federal Government Health Website. And if you aren’t already doing it, then you beMer start now.

Entries open for Mayor’s Wri'ng Compe''on The Ame is right for the budding young writers of Eurobodalla to win great prizes and have their works published in the 2020 Mayor’s WriAng CompeAAon. Held for the past eleven years, the compeAAon has celebrated and encouraged the literary talents of our community's young people aged between five and 18. This year, entrants can write on any theme and should let their imaginaAon run wild. The compeAAon is for children and youth who live or go to school in Eurobodalla. Entries can be of any style of creaAve wriAng, with the judges looking for imaginaAve wriAng with a unique plot. The compeAAon offers great prizes with book vouchers for the winner and runner up in each age group, and all shortlisted stories will be published in the Mayor’s WriAng CompeAAon Anthology 2020; all finalist will receive a copy. Mayor Liz Innes said the compeAAon was a treasured event. “It’s all about encouraging our young people to sit down and get wriAng. I’m always impressed with how creaAve the stories and poems are,” she said. “With current events playing out locally and across the naAon, it is more important than ever for kids to have a creaAve opportunity to express their feelings. Entries are open now and we’ll announce the winners in the Council Chamber on Friday 31 July.” Entries close at 5pm on Friday 15 May. For more informaAon or to enter visit hMps:// www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/mayorswriAng-compeAAon, or call in to one of the shire’s libraries.

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Gadfly 105 By Robert Macklin This wretched plague has suddenly turned all sorts of normal behaviour into moral questions, and most derive from a simple measurement of distance. By now, we’re all familiar with the rule about Vol 16 September 15th 2017from each other, but for some people it seems almost impossible to change staying a metre and a half Vol 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

their ways. Not this kid. As a septuagenarian with COPD (a euphemism for emphysema) I’m very aware that Covid-19 is a death sentence. So I have no problem about managing my compulsory exercise, of two substantial walks a day, and the rest indoors at the computer writing my next book. Indeed, I don’t mind appearing quite rude when folk venture too close and there’s nowhere to turn. ‘Stand back!’ I cry, or freeze them with a wild-eyed look. It’s a matter of distance. My wife Wendy and I live half our life in Canberra, where we have a big extended family, the other half in Tuross at the beach house. But the new book, a fascinating slice of recent Australian history implicit in a biography of a very remarkable bloke, has kept us in Tuross because by chance, that’s where my subject lives. But I’m totally aware that there are no ICU facilities down here. The nearest is in Canberra and by the time we contract the plague, chances are that Canberra Hospital will be overrun. Happily, Wendy is as healthy as a heifer, but I’d never get through the triage net. So, here we stay and now that I’ve finally cracked the code to get a Woolworth’s delivery, the odds against our getting infected have improved a bit. There were one or two little bumps in the road. The first delivery contained a quarter of a water melon plus another whole melon you could hardly jump over. Happily, Wendy was able to improve neighbour relations with half each to the nice bloke next door and the other fellow down the street who, in more feisty days I’d offended in a dispute about his trees and my view. All forgiven now. But when there’s a sudden flare-up from ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and the south coast mayors about Canberra folk retreating to their beach houses, the moral question becomes a dilemma. In the last few years, hundreds of Canberrans have invested in the South Coast and made it their home-away-from-home, sometimes for hols but often working in both places as the seasons and the employment opportunities permit. This is particularly true of the semi-retired, who, despite the second-rate medical services, try to live a healthy life with more exercise than ever before. In many ways it’s an extended suburb of the National Capital, as indeed the original planners conceived Jervis Bay. So, of course that is their right. It’s equally understandable that they now fear an influx of holiday makers. And while the local rental agencies at Tuross have ‘closed the books’, this is not the case in other towns hard hit by the Christmas bushfires. I guess every Canberra family will calculate the odds. We’re now stuck here, and one of our sons is using our Canberra apartment as his work from home office when his wife takes over the home schooling of their little girls. We miss them – and our Sydney-based son and family – terribly. But when I think of the plight of other friends in Australia and around the world, even a little whinge seems absurd. And the way those wonderful medical scientists are exhausting every resource to find a cure is truly inspiring. The only question is distance – how long before they cry, ‘Eureka!’ beagle weekly : Vol 149 April 3rd 2020

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reading The Beagle Editor, During the bushfires I wrote 15 poems about the experience and aXer other Bodalla poets had read some and urged me to get into print I dug into my savings and got Eyprint to run off copies. These were then on sale at $10.00 each under the Atle Fire Sequence and seemed to hit the spot with terrific feedback and copies going to Canada, France, Germany, Scotland and Vietnam. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Fire Sequence was also Amely as now CovId 19 has taken focus off the bushfires. The booklet is no longer on sale but did raise $2,150.00 for the Bodalla Fire Brigade. Meanwhile, here are two poems that are virusinspired. COVID 19 We’ve got this noxious virus COVID-19 is its name. If we don’t follow rules and regs we have ourselves to blame

Villanelle: Toilet Rolls

First of all keep social distance: two metres sit apart; not easy if you’re deep in love and would sit heart to heart.

It’s not that toilet paper is eschewed Though it is now replacement on the whole Of shopping lists with focus on fresh food.

Those raised on class division have no problem with this rule upper, middle, working, rarely breached an out of reach gene pool. You may find yourself in lockdown and having to stay home frustrated at not going to the mall or beach to play and roam. No point in going sAr crazy with a clutch of books to read, TV, music, NeYlix, chess you’ve everything you need. Try not to touch a surface where others went before; or if you do then quickly seek to saniAze each paw.

A shopping list may focus on fresh food But not on toilet paper roll by roll That seems to capture now the public’s mood.

To baMle over toilet rolls is crude With trolleys full of rolls in heaped up shoal, Seeming to capture now the public’s mood. This is obsessive need that’s almost lewd – Seeking more toilet rolls from pole to pole! No shopping list with focus on fresh food. Psychologists reveal that people brood And virus fear makes them buy every roll; It seems to capture now the public’s mood. All supermarket shelves are bare and nude Of toilet rolls as shoppers seek control. No shopping list with focus on fresh food Can seem to capture now the public’s mood. Ursula Nixon March 2020

No kiss to cheek or friendly hug: such contact is now banned and germs are so insidious you cannot shake a hand. Watch out for sore throat, fever, plus a cough disAnctly dry – and if you’re tested posiAve no need to scream, sob, sigh. For unless you start with poor health you’ll probably survive, since of those who catch the virus Eighty percent remain alive. beagle weekly : Vol 149 April 3rd 2020




By Wendy Macklin

It is amazing what you can do with watermelon. In these terrible Ames and in IsolaAon, it is important to have something vital to ponder, some sAmulaAng intellectual exercise. I have tried to think about what is Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th,world 2017 and what the future will be like but this is pointless- there are no answers even on happening to the Vol 48 2018 111April July 27th 12th 2019 Google. But Google can help with watermelon. It started two days ago when our first delivery of groceries arrived by truck from Woolies of Bateman’s Bay. I was pleased because this was a Supermarket first for us and the IT genius in the family had been cursing a lot when trying to fill out the order form. I noAced that the delivery man was buckling at the knees as he heaved the bags onto the doorstep. He took a photo which is what they do now so you don’t have to get up close and personal signing. (What thrilling pictures this bloke has on his phone. If he suffered from insomnia he could make a slide show of his day’s work and be snoring by the six-bag Tuross drop off). The first bag held only one item. The world’s biggest watermelon. It was a small boulder. And two bags later, I found another half. But then I came across FOUR rolls of paper towel and this was a so wonderful , the excess of watermelon was forgoMen .( One becomes over-excited by the most trivial of events in IsolaAon I have found). I was in such a good mood, I decided to go to my gym’s Facebook page and start the daily exercises. This went well aXer iniAally crashing into the bed and knocking over a chair. But while I was puffing away, I had a terrible shock. “Keep that right elbow up, Wendy,” called the Instructor and I jerked the offending elbow up so hard, I nearly took out an ear. Isn’t technology amazing? I was so relieved I wasn’t wearing my fluffy bunny slippers and had put on some eyeliner. AXer that I tackled the half -watermelon making bowls of fruit salad, jugs of juice and the fabulous salad of watermelon chunks, red onion, feMa and chopped mint. But there was sAll the big one so I turned for soluAon and intellectual sAmulus –as one does- to Google. Naturally, there were pages of ideas about what to do with watermelon ranging from use as medicine for erecAle dysfuncAon to watermelon pizza. You don’t believe me? Check it out. In IsolaAon, one has all the Ame in the world to extend one’s knowledge of vital maMers. I decided to try the grilled cheese sandwich with the thin slice of melon between two slices of cheese. This was all right I suppose, but you’d rather have tomato or bacon and anyway, the amount used was miniscule. I am now trying out the icecream recipe which uses two cups of chopped frozen melon blended with condensed milk or coconut milk. Easy. I shall be sending the results of this trial to my thousands of friends and relaAves who are eagerly waiAng by their phones and computers for the results. When you are in IsolaAon, it is important to keep in touch constantly and be sAmulated intellectually by learning about the amazing things going on in the world of fruit. beagle weekly : Vol 149 April 3rd 2020


Your Up to Date fishing report from the team at Tackle World Moruya Moruya River 15th 2017 Vol 16 September 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 2018 111 July 12thconAnue 2019 As the waters to clear the fishing improves throughout the system. The majority of the acAon this week has been in the lower secAons towards the river mouth. Flathead, bream, tailor and trevally have all been reported down around the airport spur wall this week. Add in the odd school kingfish to sAr things up, the fishing has been fun to say the least. The kings have been doing smash and grab missions into the river proper, then disappearing as quickly as they appear. They have been mixed in with the tailor and the trevally hiVng the bait fish that have been in the system. Further up the system, the fishing conAnues to improve. Preddy’s wharf and the hole in the wall have seen conAnued catches of bream, flathead, whiAng and trevally. Both baits and arAficial lures have been working. Areas around the bridge and further upstream have been a bit quieter this week. Kiora bridge has seen a few bass caught in amongst the log jams that have accumulated on the bridge pylons. Spinnerbaits, soX plasAcs and surface lures have all worked around the top of the Ade. Tuross River The fishing in Tuross remains much the same as last week. Good catches of bream, flathead, whiAng and tailor and all being caught in the lower secAons of the river. Baits and lures have all been working this week. The upper secAons where the salt and fresh conAnue to mingle will see increased bass acAvity as the weather cools and the bass start to move into spawning mode. Rock and beach Same as last week - the beaches and rocky headlands have provided the best of the acAon this week. Good catches of salmon, bream, whiAng and flathead have all been reported from all the beaches this week. A few sharks have also shown up aXer dark for those prepared to put the Ame and effort in. A good burley trail is a must to aMract these brutes into the area, as is heavy enough leader to avoid the bite offs. On the headlands a few good drummer have also been reported. These hard-pulling brutes offer a lot of fun and a great feed! Strong hooks, a bread burley trail and prawn or bread baits will tempt these fish into biAng. Offshore Plenty of flathead in 30-40m of water have been reported this week, as well as a few hammer head sharks to about 4 foot were reported. Not much else has come to the fore this week, but for those who are able to get out, a feed can be brought on board. This month we have also put on another prize pack raffle. We have a Daiwa prize pack to the value of $449! The pack includes a TD Hyper rod, an Exceler 2500 reel and a hard-top tackle bag. For every $50 spent in store, you will receive a Acket in the draw. As a bonus, for every Daiwa product purchased, regardless of dollar total, you will also receive a Acket. The compeAAon runs unAl the end of April when we will draw the winner. On another note, with the current Covid-19 situaAon, the NSW government has allowed fishing to conAnue, as long as the social distancing regulaAons are maintained. For more informaAon please go to hMp://www.nsw.gov.au Stay safe and stay healthy and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing … “ Team Tackle World Moruya

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