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editorial Welcome to this week’s editorial, These are indeed new days, and at each turn we are all discovering the ‘New Normal’. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

To date most of us are adapAng, and appearing reasonably resilient. Shopping now has an order to it, social distancing is becoming second nature, most of us are Zooming, FaceAming or Skyping and so many of the community, where able, are working from home including the hundreds of students who are adapAng to an enArely new way to learn and to a demand for self commitment and dedicaAon. Across the region we are also adapAng to the conAnued short supplies of dunny paper and other isolaAon essenAals. Surprisingly there has not been a run on boCle-shops however it is understood that demand has increased across the region and the country. We wake each day in much the same way as if it was Ground Hog Day, a movie where the principle character is stuck in a groove to relive the same day for ten years. Is it Wednesday, Friday or AnotherDay? And each day we turn to the news to learn of the incredible impact the Covid-19 virus has had on the planet, then happy to learn that locally there has been no increases in cases. For many, we reach for our second cup of coffee, our device of preference and a second round of toast as we make our way through our news feed. Scrolling through social media, chasing down hyperlinks, laughing aloud at the latest TicTok dance rouAnes to put out the garbage. The enAre world is there, accessible on our screen. It is all Amely, it is NOW, mostly accurate, generally free; and it is just how we want our news delivered. But what of the older members of the community who have not embraced technology, unable to Like, Follow, Share, Retweet, Copy and Paste, Forward or even comment. There is an enAre world that they are missing out on. A world of entertainment, social interacAon and most importantly passive informaAon. Yes, they might have their radio for the day to day and their Free to Air TV at night but theirs is a world that is controlled by radio schedules and TV Ametables. In the Eurobodalla these older folk are the ones also reliant on the newspaper. To not have a newspaper removes them from the warp and weJ of their community. Announcements this week by ACM, the owners of the Bay Post, Moruya News, The Independent and Moruya Examiner reveal that the days of hard copy newspapers are nearly over. AdverAsers have discovered the internet and radio. The once lucraAve monopoly of adverAsing has leJ tradiAonal news papers in financial taCers. But sAll they persist. And Why? So that our older community can buy a paper on a Wednesday or Friday that might tell them what happened several days ago. This is likely to change though. And quickly, as the oldies finally embrace a smart phone, a tablet or computer to access family and friends. It won’t take much of a step for them to realise that they can also access the news, and more news than anyone might ever squeeze into a scant paper focused more on adverAsing that on content. The days of printed papers are well and truly numbered. UnAl next … Lei 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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Royal Commission To Examine Bushfires And Climate Change Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 2018 THE BUSHFIRE COMMISSION is now officially underway and the 111 July 27th 12thROYAL 2019 Climate Council welcomes the fact it will explore the role of climate change in the unprecedented 2019-20 bushfires.

“Climate change and how it is driving extreme weather must be a central part of the Royal Commission. Climate change was the main driver of the catastrophic fire dangers we experienced that destroyed so many Australian lives and livelihoods,” said Climate Councillor Greg Mullins. “I’ve been fighAng fires for decades and there has never before been a season like the one we just experienced. Australia is incredibly vulnerable to worsening climate change threats and we need to be beCer prepared,” he said.Mr Mullins will be making a submission to the Royal Commission on behalf of ELCA - Emergency Leaders for Climate AcAon - a group of reAred fire chiefs and emergency leaders from every state and territory. “It was only a few months ago that fires were fiercely burning across the country, endangering lives, homes, livelihoods, communiAes, wildlife and the economy,” said Climate Councillor Professor Lesley Hughes. “Despite the current threat of the coronavirus pandemic, we must not lose sight of the urgency of climate change,” said Professor Hughes. “The threat of fires in Australia is almost year-round now as a result of climate change. Last year fires began in winter and now, in autumn, we are seeing severe fire danger raAngs in the Adelaide Hills, with a total fire ban being put in place this week,” said Mr Mullins. “Much like our response to the current global pandemic, we must listen to the scienAsts, we must work together and we must act before it is too late,” said Professor Hughes. A Corrective Services NSW officer has been charged following an investigation into the introduction of contraband into a correctional facility on the state’s South Coast. Last month, detectives from the Corrective Services Investigation Unit established Strike Force Draymar to investigate reports of corrupt activity by a male Corrective Services employee. Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested a 50-year-old man at a correctional facility at Nowra about 1.15pm yesterday (Thursday 16 April 2020).Shortly after, a vehicle was searched at the correctional facility, where detectives seized two mobile phones. Officers also conducted a search at a home in Shoalhaven, where investigators seized prohibited drugs, believed to be methylamphetamine (ice) and heroin.The man was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with agent corruptly receive benefit, holder of public office misconduct and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime. Police will allege in court that the man, who is a Corrective Services NSW officer, trafficked three packages – including a mobile phone and prohibited drugs – into the facility in return for financial benefits of up to $6400 from the family members of inmates. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday 15 June 2020.The man has been suspended by Corrective Services NSW. Investigations are continuing. beagle weekly : Vol 151 April 17th 2020



Slashed licence fees a big win for businesses Up holders operaAng across the trades Vol to 16 200,000 Septemberlicence 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 will not have to pay up to $50 Vol 48 and construcAon sectors 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 million worth of licence fees, thanks to the NSW Government. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello and Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the licence fee waivers were a crucial part of the NSW Government’s first economic sAmulus package. “These fee waivers will deliver much-needed relief for small businesses, at a Ame when cash flow is crucial,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Up to 200,000 licence holders will benefit from this fee relief package over the next 12 months. It is the least we can do to support these businesses and their staff through this challenging Ame.” The measures will deliver close to $50 million worth of fee waivers to tradies for 12 months. Mr Dominello said the measures would help businesses during one of the hardest economic challenges in our lifeAme. “These measures put business and workers first so they can conAnue to be the lifeblood for their communiAes across the State,” Mr Dominello said. “We’re going to help them withstand this storm, so they can hit the ground running later.” Mr Tudehope said the NSW Government was focused on keeping businesses in business and as many people as possible in jobs. “Our number one priority is the health and safety of the community, but this is a dual challenge and we need to do everything we can to ensure the NSW economy emerges with a strong beaAng heart,” Mr Tudehope said. “Whether it’s a local café, restaurant, indoor sporAng venue, gym or club, we want to ensure they have every chance to conAnue to support our communiAes. While it seems a long way off now this will pass and we don’t want any road blocks for people.” Today’s announcement follows the first set of fee waivers which have started to come into effect, including $19.5 million in statebased fee relief for industries. It gives eligible businesses in the entertainment and hospitality sectors access to a 12-month waiver on liquor licences and certain SafeWork NSW and NSW Fair Trading fees and charges. To date, the NSW Government has provided more than $8 billion in response to COVID-19 to support the NSW healthcare system and keep people in jobs. Read more about fee waivers for businesses. For more informaAon or to apply for the $10,000 small business grants visit Service NSW. beagle weekly : Vol 151 April 17th 2020


Good news for our many older residents who still rely on local papers for their news. Press (ACM) have confirmed that they have reassigned the VolRural 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Volprinting 48 the 2018 Bay Post, Narooma News, Merimbula News Weekly and 111April Julyof27th 12th 2019 the Bega District News to their Victorian printers. The downside is that Moruya will NOT have its own Moruya Examiner printed for the next two months or more ... though Moruya residents can enjoy the Bay Post for their local news. The Independent, popular for its TV program insert, will NOT be published. While the Bay Post (and Narooma News) will retain their an on-line presence readers will find that there is less local content as the publications expand to offer wider regional NSW from across the ACM South East NSW platforms. The Beagle will continue to bring Eurobodalla readers all their news on issues affecting them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via its website www.beagleweekly.com.au

There are no new reported cases of Covid in the South East as at April 17th Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has confirmed a total of 53 cases of COVID-19 have been formally idenAfied within the District @ 8pm, 16 April, 2020. There are no new reported cases. None of these confirmed cases have required hospitalisaAon and are self -isolaAng accordingly. NSW Health’s daily COVID 19 update is released here. hCps://www.health.nsw.gov.au/InfecAous/diseases/Pages/covid-19-lhd.aspx

Southern NSW Local Health District Public Health Unit is in contact with each confirmed case and their close contacts, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days from when they were last with the confirmed case.

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Boa-ng fatali-es a reminder mari-me safety is cri-cal NSW boaters are urged to take extra care and always wear a lifejacket if they need to be out on the water at the current Ame, aJer a number of recent incidents. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Unless you have an essenAal need to be out - stay home. Socialising or cruising on the water is not a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home. “Boaters have been asked to stay on dry land due to COVID-19 restricAons but this has been a really tesAng week on our waterways,” NSW MariAme AcAng ExecuAve Director Alex Barrell said. “We are pleading with people to wear correctly-fiCed lifejackets that are in good working order, as well as regularly check the weather forecast before going out and while they’re out,” Mr Barrell said. A tragic week included the deaths of two men in separate incidents. The body of a man was found near his upturned vessel south of Ulladulla on Thursday and the body a man was recovered on Friday morning aJer a boat capsized in hazardous condiAons at Port Kembla. A second man was retrieved from the water at Port Kembla and airliJed to hospital. On Monday, four people who were not wearing lifejackets were rescued at Collaroy aJer their vessel capsized in large waves. “At this Ame of year, condiAons from shore may be decepAvely calm but powerful ground swells are common on the NSW coast. “For boaters, this means the current boaAng condiAons are unforgiving and can change quickly. There are dangerous breaking waves at coastal bars, and around reefs and breakwater. “Since July last year, there have been 22 boaAng fataliAes on NSW waterways, which is a considerable increase compared to the same Ame last year. If you’re a skipper, the message is clear: know the rules and the condiAons you’re going to face – you’re responsible,” Mr Barrell said. NSW Government advice to boaters in relaAon to COVID-19 restricAons remain in place: The safest thing to do in the fight against COVID-19 is to stay at home Boaters who are out must have a reasonable excuse and observe social distancing rules NSW MariAme and NSW Police remain out on the water to ensure the safety of essenAal and commercial waterway users. The latest advice on boaAng during COVID-19 can be accessed via the NSW MariAme website: hCps://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/ mariAme/covid-19-update.html

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Funding to help bushfire-hit farmers rebuild boundary fencing bordering public lands Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Bushfire-affected landholders will now have access to their share of up to $209 million to help cover the cost of rebuilding boundary fences, aJer Deputy Premier John Barilaro today launched the NSW Government’s ‘SupporAng our Neighbours’ project. Mr Barilaro said the project, funded through the government’s $2.3 billion COVID-19 sAmulus package, would not only help farmers recover, but would provide a much-needed shot in the arm for regional economies at a criAcal Ame. “Under this package, we will provide up to $5000 per kilometre for the purchase of materials to rebuild exisAng fences adjoining public lands damaged by the summer fires, which will go a long way to helping farmers cover the cost,” Mr Barilaro said. “This is a great opportunity for all landholders to engage the services of their local contractors at a Ame when supporAng local businesses has never been more vital. “This is about helping bushfire-affected communiAes get back on their feet and so we are doing everything we can to make sure that happens.” Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the funding would be delivered through a one-off grant, which would also be issued retrospecAvely to help cover the costs already incurred by landholders. “We know this has been a major issue for fire-affected farmers and we’ve listened to those concerns,” Mr Marshall said. “We will have dedicated boundary fence coordinators working with farmers to idenAfy their needs and negoAate with the public land managers to ensure money gets into farmers’ pockets as soon as possible. “We’re encouraging landholders to use this opportunity to upgrade their fencing bordering public lands and use fire resilient materials wherever possible. Landholders who have already started rebuilding can sAll receive a backdated payment.” For more informaAon about the program is available on Local Land Services. Eligible landholders can apply for the program online, or by expressing their interest for a callback service via one of the 11 regional Local Land Services Facebook pages or by calling 1300 778 080.

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Pinpoint problem plants early Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th, 2017 and landholders to Vol 48 April 27th There help for2018 farmers 111is July 12th 2019 idenAfy new and unusual plants growing in their paddocks as Eurobodalla Council’s invasive species officers visit fire-affected properAes in coming months, flagging weeds of agricultural concern.

Supervisor Paul MarAn said a lot of hay and other stock feed was brought into the region during the drought and aJer the bushfires. Above: Council’s invasive species supervisor Paul Marn helps Runnyford farmer Guy McPhee idenfy unusual “We’ve reports that stock owners received hay plants and weeds sproung in paddocks a%er the summer from as far afield as Western Australia and of drought and bushfire. Tasmania,” Mr MarAn said. “With only limited traceability for most stockfeed donaAons, which means we can’t verify their weed status. That could lead to an increased risk of agricultural weed incursion.” Mr MarAn said property visits were already underway and would conAnue unAl June, focusing on properAes west of the Princes Highway in fire affected areas; Runnyford, Currowan and Buckenbowra, and the Deua and Tuross catchments, including Belowra and Nerrigundah. “We’re here to help anyone who’s seeing different and unusual plants popping up, especially aJer the fires which laid areas bare for infestaAon” he said. “If people think fireweed is bad, try geXng tropical soda apple or parthenium weed under control. Plants like those two can destroy local agriculture and may not be familiar to our local farmers, or look similar to exisAng weeds and fly under the radar.” Mr MarAn said all property visits would be conducted in line with COVID-19 best pracAces and staff would use separate vehicles to examine paddock plants and weeds, and observe social distancing requirements. “These are interesAng Ames, so we ask for a Ap of the hat in place of a handshake,” he said. www.iga.com.au/catalogue To organise a visit or request plant idenAficaAon, contact Paul MarAn on 4474 1269 or paul.marAn@esc.nsw.gov.au.

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Wait for the ending....... South Coast Police District report: A man will face court arrested aJer allegedly fleeing on a

Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 bicycle from police in Nowra. Vol 48 27th 2018 111April July 12th 2019

Just before 12pm on Wednesday 15 April 2020, officers from South Coast Police District were patrolling Nowra CBD when they saw a man wanted by police for breaching bail. He allegedly fled the scene on a bicycle as he saw police approaching. The man was found by police a short Ame later on Osbourne Street, riding towards Hyam Street. As two officers chased the man on foot, a traffic control operator stuck a stop/go sign in the front wheel of the bike and the man fell off. The man was arrested and taken to Nowra Police StaAon where he was charged with possess prohibited drug, enter enclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse, and breach of bail. He was refused bail to appear before Wollongong Local Court .

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REX To Introduce Temperature Tes-ng At Check-In Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Regional Express (Rex) announces that it is rolling out body temperature tesAng at checkin counters across its network of 55 desAnaAons. Rex’s NaAonal Airports Manager, David Brooksby, said, “As an added precauAonary measure to protect our passengers, staff and the communiAes we service during this period of pandemic and naAonal health emergency, all passengers will have their temperature taken by a digital thermometer at check-in (or boarding for web check-in passengers). Any passengers recording a temperature outside a healthy range will be denied boarding.” “Rex staff commencing duty will also have their temperate tested at sign-on.” “In addiAon, although this is not required under any exisAng regulaAon, Rex endeavours to space out the seaAng allocaAon of all passengers to facilitate social distancing. Unrelated parAes will not be assigned seats next to each other where possible.” “There will also be changes in the in-flight catering service provided to minimise the risk of infecAon.” “We apologise for this inconvenience and thank all passengers in advance for their understanding.”

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Employers need to prepare NOW for JobKeeper Payments The new JobKeeper Payment will be administered by the Vol 16 September 15th 2017 ATO and requires employers to check that they are eligible 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 27th 111April July 12th 2018 2019 and then enrol with the ATO to be paid. Employers will receive a monthly payment for each eligible employee who was paid by the business during the previous month. Employers need to take steps now to be eligible for the first round of JobKeeper Payments which will be paid from the first week of May 2020.

Employers In order to receive JobKeeper payments from the first week of May, employers need to: Have paid their eligible employees a minimum of $1500 per fortnight (before tax) for the period between 30 March and the end of April 2020. Payments for the first two fortnights need to be made by the end of April to receive the JobKeeper payment in the first week of May. Meet all eligibility requirements, as outlined on the ATO’s website. Enrol in the JobKeeper Payment program, once the enrolment process is opened on 20 April. When you submit your enrolment to the ATO, you will be provided with an acknowledgement and acceptance of your enrolment into the JobKeeper program based on the informaAon you have provided. Employers are encouraged to discuss their businesses’ eligibility and parAcipaAon in JobKeeper with their employees.

Employees The JobKeeper payments will flow from the ATO to employers, not directly to employees. Employees wanAng to know whether their employer will be enrolling in JobKeeper should speak to their employer and fill out the employee nominaAon form. The ATO’s Deputy Commissioner James O’Halloran said they are working hard to make it as easy as possible for employers to access the Government’s JobKeeper Payment. “At this stage employers should focus on determining their and their employees’ eligibility and desire to parAcipate, and should discuss ongoing work arrangements with their employees. “We know this payment is vital for the community, and we want every eligible employer to be ready to receive the JobKeeper Payments to help keep Australians in jobs. “As you would expect we will have systems in place to ensure that the payment is made to the eligible employers and will monitor any claims over the months that aCract our aCenAon,” Deputy Commissioner O’Halloran said. InformaAon about the JobKeeper Payment is available via ato.gov.au/ beagle weekly : Vol 151 April 17th 2020



Concerns over public safety and the Corona virus regarding touching and si6ng Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 2018 Locals frequent public faciliAes such as the Nelson 111who July 27th 12th 2019 Parade boardwalk and viewing pla[orm in Tuross Head may be exposing themselves to extreme safety risk. Like most areas in the shire the facility has handrails and benches. Unlike many such faciliAes these are not taped as closed by Council as they have done with picnic faciliAes, playgrounds and BBQs.

A concerned local resident has wriCen in "As we are being self isolaAng but allowed outside access for exercise, I have noAced heavy increases in people walking out there, now 100’s of people walking daily. The majority are keeping distance from each other but there are some that are ignoring it totally." "The issue I see happening is that 90% of these people stand in the same 3-5 lineal metres and again just 50m up further on the Amber handrail secAon where the views over the water are best and people handle the same piece of handrails and oJen sit on the same two chairs as well." "I’m not suggesAng closing the boardwalk off but at least alert people to the visual danger by perhaps taping the handrail with cauAonary tape and maybe the chairs as well as has been done elsewhere around the town. "I’ve seen playgrounds and equipment have been taped off already and wondered whether or not this may have been an oversight and I whole heartedly believe that it should require urgent and immediate aCenAon if we are trying to slow down the rate of any cross infecAon." IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO TOUCHED IT OR SAT ON IT BEFORE YOU THEN DONT TOUCH IT OR SIT ON IT. If you see a public facility that needs taping contact Eurobodalla Council on 44741000

Message the Na-onal Bushfire Recovery Agency today! Their Bushfire Recovery Support Officers are now online to answer your quesAons, hear your concerns, and share info and resources. You can now contact them via Messenger to talk privately and confidenAally about your individual circumstances. They will help you access the support you need. For more informaAon visit: hCps://www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au

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Bush Fire Clean-Up Commencing Around Nerriga Good news for inland communiAes. While clean up work officially began in Mogo on Thursday 20 February the Member for Monaro, John Barilaro has advised that areas in and around Nerriga, which were ravaged by bush fires over Summer, will soon take a massive step forward in their recovery, with Laing O’Rourke Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th,in2017 ramping up27th work the region. Vol 48 2018 111April July 12th 2019 Deputy Premier, Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said over the coming month Laing O’Rourke teams will start clearing debris from residenAal and eligible small business properAes in Nerriga and surrounding localiAes including Corang, Oallen, Tomboye and Wog Wog. “When fires swept through this part of the Monaro late last year the impact was devastaAng,” Mr Barilaro said. “However, this community is strong and it was amazing to witness everyone come together to help those who lost everything during our worst fire season on record.” Mr Barilaro said to allow the clean-up work to conAnue COVID-19 health and safety precauAons will be taken, including social distancing during site visits. “We’ve seen in other areas across the State that it takes around two days to clear debris on one property, however, it can take longer especially when there are hazardous materials such as asbestos,” Mr Barilaro said. “Before the clean-up begins, Laing O’Rourke staff will talk to the residents about the specifics, including what to do if they find any personal belongings and what structures they want to be retained or removed.” Mr Barilaro said that with State and Commonwealth Governments covering the cost of clean-up, it means insured owners will have more funds to devote to rebuilding and that uninsured owners will not be leJ out of pocket. “I know the faster we can clean-up, the sooner communiAes can start rebuilding and get on with their lives. I hope that clearing the debris away, so that it is not a constant reminder, will help our region commence the healing process,” Mr Barilaro said. “If you have already registered for the clean-up program, you don’t need to do anything more, and there is sAll Ame for owners of eligible properAes to sign up if they have not already done so by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88.” Residents with quesAons about the clean-up in Monaro can contact Laing O’Rourke by calling 1800 007 539. For further informaAon about the bushfire clean-up program, or to register, go to www.service.nsw.gov.au/ transacAon/register-opt-nsw-bushfire-clean

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Shellfish Reef Restora-on Survey Recrea-onal Fishing Community RecreaAonal fishers are oJen described as the 'eyes and ears of our river systems' and their unique knowledge is being sought as part of a project to determine support for shellfish reef restoraAon in NSW, Kylie Russell, Senior Manager AquaAc Environment, Coastal Systems, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Vol 16. September 15th 2017 said Vol 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

“We are canvassing recreaAonal fisher knowledge of natural oyster and shellfish reefs, and their views on reef restoraAon, in an online survey which will allow the Department to build a more complete picture of where these reefs are sAll located,” Ms Russell said. “The loss of shellfish reefs in NSW is the result of a combinaAon of impacts including historical harvesAng, loss of suitable hard surfaces, water polluAon and disease. “We’re reaching out to recreaAonal fishers because they have an extensive knowledge of the estuaries they fish in and can provide great insight into the pracAcality of shellfish reef restoraAon in their backyard. “The results from this survey will allow DPI to work in partnership with the recreaAonal fishing community on shellfish reef restoraAon and build on last year’s successful survey of the NSW oyster industry.” It is esAmated that 99 per cent of oyster reefs in Australia have been lost, with only a handful exisAng in some bays and estuaries today. Shellfish reefs are complex, living structures made of aggregaAons of living shellfish and dead shell, such as oysters and mussels. “Shellfish reefs provide a wide range of free benefits to our waterways and coastal communiAes including water filtraAon and the provision of food, shelter and protecAon for a range of marine creatures including recreaAonal fish species.” Ms Russell said. “Shellfish reef restoraAon, including oyster reefs, is one of the suggested mechanisms for restoring estuarine health including improving water quality and boosAng fish stocks and is a key management acAon under the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy. “Having recreaAonal fishers parAcipate in this survey and share their extensive knowledge will help us, and a variety of interested groups, to plan and implement future shellfish reef restoraAon projects. The long-term outcomes will be more fish and beCer water quality that the fishers can enjoy.” The Marine Estate Management Strategy is a 10 year whole of government plan to assist in achieving the vision of the marine estate of a healthy coast and sea, managed for the greatest wellbeing of the community, now and into the future. The survey is available via the Marine Estate Oyster Reef RestoraAon informaAon page, or direct at Survey Monkey.

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Bay Theatre Players nominated for 13 CAT awards Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th,Cat 2017Awards Night of Night at the Llewellyn Hall have been Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 Though the Annual cancelled the Awards will be announced, as planned, at 6.00pm on Saturday 18 April, but will be posted to the CAT Awards website, www.catawards.com.au. Award cerAficates will be posted to all winners, and engraved trophies will be available for collecAon.

Bay Theatre Players Inc are thrilled this year to have received a total of thirteen nomina-ons for the 2019 CATS awards season. Many companies, performers and producAon personnel in the region have found that the CAT Awards bring the saAsfacAon and enjoyment of having their talent recognised, but they also build a higher profile for their theatre company locally. The thirteen nominaAons for the 2019 CATS awards season for the Bay Theatre Players Inc are listed below: BEST SET FOR A PLAY - Jon Benn, Ashley Connell, Nicky Bath and Robyn Minihan The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bay Theatre Players Youth Theatre Group, Batemans Bay BEST SET FOR A PLAY - Sam Lloyd Macbeth, Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay BEST COSTUMES FOR A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PRODUCTION - Regina Brennan and Lyn Sterling for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bay Theatre Players Youth Theatre Group, Batemans Bay BEST LIGHTING - Martyn Lloyd Macbeth, Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT - Martyn Lloyd Soundscape, Macbeth, Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT - Liza Lloyd Jones, Deb Wilson, Erica Drewsen, Joanne Borg, Daniel Lloyd Jones and Jodie Eberle, Make-up, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bay Theatre Players Youth Theatre Group, Batemans Bay JOHN THOMSON THEATRE MAGIC – Appearance of Macbeth’s severed head, Macbeth, Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY - Jeremy C Kemp as Macduff in Macbeth, Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay BEST DIRECTION OF A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PLAY - Belinda Quick, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bay Theatre Players Youth Theatre Group, Batemans Bay BEST PRODUCTION OF A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PLAY - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bay Theatre Players Youth Theatre Group, Batemans Bay The full list of nominaAons can be found at hCp://www.catawards.com.au/general/nominaAons-2019/ beagle weekly : Vol 151 April 17th 2020



Australian Federal Police advise ‼ SCAM ALERT ‼ AFP have received mulAple reports about a scam email claiming to be from the AFP Commissioner.

Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th,from 2017 the AFP despite appearing to come from the This email is NOT Vol 48 April 2018 111 July 27th 12th 2019

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Moruya Books Shop Update - S-ll Trading! Janice & Julie of Moruya Books told the Beagle “As we sail across this uncharted territory please know we Vol September 15th 2017 are16 doing all we can to keep your reading life healthy! 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

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100 years ago—April 17th 1920 CONSCIENCE MONEY.- The postal authoriAes have received a packet posted at the Moruya Post Office, containing £10 in notes and silver and addressed, “To the P.M.G., stolen money.” Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th, 2017 VolBERGALIA 48 2018 THE RIFLE CLUB’S SOLDIERS’ WELCOME HOME SPORTS 111April July 27th 12th 2019

Monday, 26th April, 1920 PROGRAMME:Maiden Hunt – 1st prize £1 10/-, 2nd 10/Flag Race – 1st prize £1, 2nd 5/Rescue Race - 1st prize £1, 2nd 5/Single Scull Boat Race - 1st prize £1, 2nd 10/Double Scull Boat Race - 1st prize £1, 2nd 10/Tent Pegging, Slicing the Lemon and other events if Ame permits. Pool ShooAng on the Range 10 a.m. to 12.30. Open to All Comers. RICKETS.- The caCle disease commonly referred to in this district as ‘rickets’ or ‘coastal disease’ is classified by Government veterinary officers as Osteomalacia, and is described as being confined to certain localiAes only. The best method of combaAng the disease, it is stated, is to arrest it in early stages by giving the affected animals a complete change of country. MORUYA RIVER. Oyster Lease Lease no. 10694: Timothy Wray: Parish of Moruya, County of Dampier: 100 yards. On a southern bank, being idenAcal with the area covered by the applicant’s oyster lease no. 4366, which expired on 31st March 1920. 15 years. EUROBODALLA SHIRE COUNCIL The monthly meeAng of the above Council was held in the Shire Hall on 14th inst. The tender for road work, Bateman’s Bay, was considered too high, and the engineer was instructed to have the work done by day labor. The tender of Mr. C. LaCa for working the ferry punt at Bateman’s Bay, being the lowest, was accepted, subject to the approval of the Minister for Local Govt. The tender of Mr. J.E. Hawdon (the lowest) as Shire Valuator, was accepted. It was resolved that the following weeds be declared noxious throughout the Shire, viz: Bathurst Burr, Blackberry, Sweet Briar, Red Ink Plant, Water Hyacinth, Wild Veryena and Purple Top. LeCer from Mr. S. W. Bate asking permission to obtain material for levelling off the foundaAon of the Soldiers’ Memorial at Central Tilba from the side of the road. Permission was granted under supervision of the Council’s leading hand at Tilba. LeCer from the Soldiers” Memorial AssociaAon, Nelligen asking permission to erect a Memorial on the high bank near the Public School fronAng Braidwood Street. Permission was granted. A Slaughtering Licence was granted to Roy R. Turnbull, of Moruya. The engineer was instructed to call tenders for the erecAon of a new bridge over Dignam’s Creek.

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The Beagle COVID-19 LOCKDOWN WRITING COMPETITION is NOW OPEN The Beagle announces its COVID-19 LOCKDOWN WRITING COMPETITION Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 2018 111 July 12th 2019 To coincide with the Mayor’s WriAng CompeAAon (ages 5 to 18) that is currently open for entries THE BEAGLE is announcing the 2020 Beagle WriAng CompeAAon is also OPEN Just like the Mayor's compeAAon entrants can write on any theme, using any style of creaAve wriAng, and the judges will be looking for imaginaAve wriAng with a unique plot. Entries close at 5pm on Sunday April 26th. Winners announced thereaJer. RULES: 18 + (anyone younger can enter the Mayor's contest - this one is for adults ) Max of 1000 words. Any subject that is Eurobodalla related. Can NOT be defamatory, inflammatory or too lavatory Published at the editor's discreAon on The Beagle website and in Beagle FB Judges have final say. No bribery allowed. Real names are not required for entrants. Nom de plumes accepted. First Prize $100 voucher from Moruya Books Entries to be emailed to beagleweeklynews@gmail.com Get cracking

Ode to 2020 (so far) It could have been much beCer It could have been more fun The bushfires could have passed us by there could have been more sun our summer days were horrid days of red and dread and in your diary you could have noted Everything is Dead Then came the rains and flooding with rivers running high and all those cattle that survived have all drowned or they've died "Dear diary, I'm resilient" "I can take so much more" "your drought, your fires "your bloody floods "have become a bloody bore" "Give me something horrid "To fill my diary page "Give be plague and pestilence "To make my entries rage" Now my diary’s overflowing with lament and mad despair and for a bookmark I've decide to use handfulls of my hair.

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A plague of locusts—When bubonic plague came to Australia by Trevor Moore You will no doubt recall, those of you who drive northwards into Moruya, that there was a sign outside the Vol 16 September 15th 2017 Moruya Museum on2017 Campbell Street, adverAsing that the Araluen Road was closed because of bush fires. A 28 December 7th, Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 month later the sign told us that the road was closed because of flooding. I remarked to her indoors that I expected that, because things come in threes, the road would next be closed because of a plague of locusts. Well, the road is effecAvely closed because of a plague, though not one of locusts. But the current coronavirus pandemic is not the first plague that the human race has endured, and I don’t suppose it will be the last. Most of the Ame when we read about previous plagues - they wouldn’t have been called pandemics unAl the middle of the 19th century - we are told about the Spanish ‘flu, though there was nothing especially Spanish about the Spanish ‘flu. And it wasn’t the first pandemic. And neither was the Black Death or bubonic plague. During the First World War (1914 – 1918) Spain remained neutral. News was suppressed in the naAons that were combatants in the war, but not in Spain. There the press could report on anything it liked – and it did, especially aJer the Spanish King Alfonso XIII got sick. He recovered, and went on to reign unAl 1931, but Spanish news the only uncensored news that people saw so the disease became known as the Spanish Lady or the Spanish ‘flu. It infected about 500 million people around the world, out of a global populaAon of about 1.8 billion; that’s a rate of a bit under 30% though the numbers are probably not reliable. Between 17 and 50 million people died; the range is huge because there were no mechanisms for collecAng global informaAon. By comparison the First World War claimed about 16 million lives. The Spanish ‘flu arrived in Australia in 1919: about a third of Australians were infected and the disease claimed some 15,000 lives (about 0.3% of the then 5,000,000 populaAon). There’s a University of Sydney website arAcle dated 21 January 2019 that asks: “why don't we commemorate its vicAms and heroes?” The arAcle makes the point that while those who fell in the First World War are remembered for the ulAmate sacrifice, those who were carried away by the ‘flu were not remembered, in spite of the numbers. Of course, the Spanish ‘flu pales when compared with the Black Death that swept across the then-known world in the 14th century. In the same way that COVID19 spread, at least in part, through global travel and trade, the Black Death or the bubonic plague travelled along the trade routes from Asia to Europe. Remember that the Americas were isolated (Christopher Columbus went there first in 1492) and so too was Australia (European exploraAon of Australia dates from 1606). When the Black Death hit, Europe was already suffering from several years of wet weather and poor harvests. In fact, there was a climate crisis in Europe in the early 14th century. The rain started in 1315 and it didn’t stop for 10 years. Two thirds of sheep and oxen died. There are widespread reports of cannibalism. It took years to recover. And before the known world could recover, it was hit by the Black Death or, more properly, the bubonic plague. The bubonic plague originated in China with an outbreak in 1331 and within a few years it had reached central Asia. By the end of 1347 it had reached northern Europe and England. It was spread by rats and by humans who were trying to flee from the disease. It was spread by direct contact between humans through coughing and sneezing. We don’t know how many people died from the bubonic plague but some esAmate that it was over 40 million. The world populaAon in the 14th century was about 400 million so that would mean that the beagle weekly : Vol 151 April 17th 2020


Reading: bubonic plague took some 10% of the world populaAon. But many historians quote figures of 30% of the populaAon dying in Europe and south-west Asia. Its death rate was almost certainly higher than the Spanish ‘flu. Eventually it died out, but the economic consequences were enormous, and as it happens so was Vol 16 September 15th 2017 language. At the beginning of the 14th century the the impact on the English 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 official language of England was French, by the end it was English. The Statute of Pleading allowed the courts to work in English rather than French, in large part a consequence of the bubonic plague. Before the plague, the rising populaAon ensured that wages were kept low while rents and prices were high. This meant that the scales were weighed in favour of the landowner and against the peasant. As the populaAon dropped, wages went up. In Oxford a ploughman paid 2 shillings in 1345 was demanding 3 shillings in 1349 and 10 shillings in 1350. In England, the Ordinance of Labourers (1349) and Statute of Labourers (1351) called for a return to the wages and terms of employment of 1346 … but it didn’t work. Bubonic plague arrived in Australia in 1900 though there were relaAvely few deaths thanks to a coordinated response by government and health authoriAes. The outbreak here was part of what is referred to as the Third Great Bubonic Plague Pandemic (the Black Death was the Second Great Bubonic Plague Pandemic). This started in in 1855 reaching Hong Kong in 1894 where it killed 100,000 people. The first case reported in Australia was Arthur Paine on 19 January 1900. He was a delivery man who worked at Central Wharf where the ship carrying infected rats would have docked. By the end of February there were 30 known cases. The response to the potenAal for an epidemic saw infected people (nearly 2,000 of them) sent to quaranAne and the implantaAon of a rat exterminaAon program. In New South Wales (this was before FederaAon), Sydney City Council established a Plague Department and infected neighbourhoods were disinfected with lime, carbolic water and lime chloride. All waste, including garbage, manure and stable bedding, was removed and burned. So far as I can discover, there have been no cases in Australia since 1910. Then there were the Romans, that was the First Great Bubonic Plague Pandemic … but that’s for next Ame. Note on the bubonic plague: the plague did not die out in the 14th century. Over the next 300 years there were frequent outbreaks. At the end of the 16th century half the populaAon of Spain died, In the 17th century 2 million people died in France. The last occurrence of the plague in England was in 1665 when, at its height, 6,000 people a week were dying.

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MORE NOTES FROM ISOLATION By Wendy Macklin All over the naAon, all over the world, a strange thing is happening. Women en masse are flinging away their bras. Off they come- relegated to the back of drawers, behind the bathroom door or into the bin. Vol 16 September 15th people 2017 to change and frankly, become quite weird. Some of us have gone mad and IsolaAon is causing 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 vacuumed under the beds, others are keeping chooks as pets. Honestly, don’t they know about DYNAMIC LIFTER ? ( It is not the brand name of an undergarment). But the bra toss is only now being publicly revealed. This is not a new occurrence but the burning years were long ago and nobody actually did set bras on fire; we just didn’t wear them for a day or two with nothing to lose( pencil wise) being young and perky. I became aware of this phenomenon last week when Judy whispered into the phone, “And do you know what? I haven’t worn a bra for a week!” Emails on the subject of IsolaAon pracAces had the sentence: “And I must admit I haven’t...” I was surprised at the levels of guilt but not at the news itself. Being in the deepest IsolaAon in a Coastal village- where one can go whole days without see any living creature except rabbits and galahs- I had long abandoned constricAng garments. I was also wearing my partner’s car cleaning T-shirts which are so comfy and roomy, I could have two rock melons under there (dream on) and you wouldn’t know. And if you’ve had a partner for a while, they don’t noAce and you aren’t going out to work where you have to look good for both women AND men. Who noAces anybody in the Supermarket? And these days you could strut down the aisles wearing nothing but a large flower painted over your navel and nobody would be distracted from their relentless race to the paper goods. I decided to do some deep and meaningful research and of course, Google has everything you were afraid to ask on the history of the bra. Here are the important facts: Women had a lot to do with the invenAon and development of the bra. So did the Germans unAl WW1 when there was a lack of wire and corsets and other strait-jacket like under-garments began to disappear. (This is the only good thing I have ever heard about that war). The first mass-produced bras were manufactured by Mechanische Trikotweberei Ludwig Maier and Cie in Boblingen, Germany, informaAon I include because it is vital for trivia buffs if they can remember it. By the way, the story that bras were invented by OCo Titzling is just not true. The leCers for the cup sizes began in the 30’s and in modern Ames we have gone past the “C”. Way past. Bras do not prevent sagging. In recent Ames, a survey asked women to choose one word to describe the bra and the winner was “uncomfortable”. Which might be because about 80% wear the wrong size. There is no denying that women all look forward to puXng on their NighAes and PJ’s. Which reminds me that, long ago before marriage and childbirth -and influenced by magazine propaganda - I wore my Wonderbra to bed to encourage perky upliJ. Ridiculous. I only lasted a week. These days we are more sensible and going public. Last week, the gutsy Magda Szubanski went on the 7.30 Report with a song and dance to encourage fitness and pay tribute to our wonderful health workers. She had some friends with her- not Any, delicate ladies by any stretch of the imaginaAon- but they sure moved. Everything moved. The television toppled off the bookcase. Leigh Sales signed off with, “ And not one was wearing a bra!” So there it is- public acknowledgement of what is happening in our modern world. Sisters -don’t feel guilty. Feel proud that you are free at last and your least favourite garment is now tying up the door to the chook pen. beagle weekly : Vol 151 April 17th 2020


LeGers to the Editor

Mackay Park pool right for the majority of residents, The16Beagle editor, Vol September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 111 July 12th 2019 Many negaAve2018 comments have been circulaAng about the Batemans Bay AquaAc Centre. Certain reporters claiming to have spoken to locals, supposedly all wanAng a 50m pool. So how many residents were actually spoken to? A facility like an aquaAc centre is intended for a very broad spectrum of the community. That oJen means compromise. Sorry, but needing a hydrotherapy pool, a program pool for instrucAon, a play area, as well as a lap pool means not everyone gets their dream pool. Well tough luck to a small few, because most of us would be best served by the current proposal! I have been part of the effort to get an all year aquaAc centre in Batemans Bay for many years. LeCers, requests for suggesAons and community stalls have been ongoing for decades.....yes, decades! And only now that a small, stagnant group that suddenly want a long lap pool for their own selfish purposes, do these people pipe up. Well, I say that they absolutely do not represent most people. And especially the older people or those with special needs. A proper aquaAc centre catering for a very broad spectrum of the community is needed now! Council have got this one right for the majority of residents, visitors and tourists in the Eurobodalla. Rodney Weber Surf Beach

Is this a case of stellar indifference? Dear Beagle Editor, Can you please tell me on what planet the General Manager and other senior management at our council reside on? How given the circumstances that this shire has and is conAnuing to confront with Bushfire and now Covid 19 do they find the audacity to put forward a ‘Delivery Plan’ asking this community to stump up an addiAonal 2.6% rates increase, not to menAon forging ahead with what is clearly going to be an unaffordable pool and entertainment centre in the Bay. This is by far one of the most cynical, greedy and thoughtless acAons put forward to this community in living memory. Eurobodalla Council… Serving the community……pigs a## Disgusted Ratepayer name and address suppled

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Reading: Beagle Covid-19 Lockdown Compe--on entry

Christmas Comes But Once A Year. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

By C.M. Sheely

Light, finally. It has been dark for so long. Oh, but it hurts my eyes. Nine-year-old Caroline reached into the Christmas decoraAon box and drew out the finely wrought crystal orb. ‘Careful darling’, warned Mama. ‘That is heavier than you think. Your grandmother would be upset if it broke. It’s a family heirloom.’ ‘What’s an heirloom Mama?’ asked Caroline, now holding the crystal ball gently cupped on her palms. ‘It’s something that has been owned by the family for a long Ame,’ answered her mother. ‘This one was given to your great-great-grandmother and is over 135 years old. When you are old enough and have children, I will give it to you.’ ‘Oh that will never happen, Mama. I’m not going to have babies,’ responded Caroline in a slightly shocked voice. ‘OK,’ she said smiling. ‘But if you ever change your mind, you can have it. Since we have had this lovely decoraAon the women in our family have lived very good lives.’ Mother noted a sliver of interest reflected in Caroline’s eyes. Caroline studied the beauAful Christmas decoraAon and the Any figure of the fairy within, its wings spread, arms out as if it had just let something, or someone, go. ‘Oh!’ she exclaimed nearly dropping the orb in shock. She juggled it to safety and said ‘Mother, the fairy winked at me.’ Mother laughed. ‘Oh yes, I used to think I saw it do that too. But I’m afraid it is just the light shining through the crystal. Climb the stepladder carefully and hang it close to the top so everyone can see it.’ Yes! Good girl. I want to see. I need to see. Caroline climbed up and hung the fairy from one of the top branch of the tree her father and older brother Charles had harvested it from the old forest on the other side of the river that was the boundary of their property. The tree was thick and lush and it stood in soil packed into the large bucket that had a large wooden cross nailed to it’s base for support and balance. It stood tall and magnificent as it brushed the high ceiling of the old colonial house. Hot eyes followed every movement as the acAvity increased in the Spencer-Smith household. Over the next two weeks presents began to appear under the tree. Caroline’s excitement escalated as Christmas morning neared, her mood only slightly dimmed by the thought of the big family Christmas lunch. A tradiAonal baked dinner would mean hours of work in the hot kitchen. The tradiAon was English and in winter it would beagle weekly : Vol 151 April 17th 2020


Reading: Beagle Covid-19 Lockdown Compe--on entry … con-nues Christmas Comes But Once A Year. By C.M. Sheely con-nues…. be nice. On the South Coast of New South Wles it tended to get hot and humid at the end of December. But this year Mama decided on ham, cold turkey cuts and salads instead. No-one was disappointed as Vol 16 September 15th 2017 Mama had27th already prepared the tradiAonal pudding weeks before. She even including an old sixpence 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 12th 2018 2019 whoever found it swapped it for a two dollar coin. Christmas dinner was bliss for Caroline as she romped with her younger cousins who, with their parents, made a crowd numbering sixteen. Yet every now and then, her eyes were tugged toward the crystal ornament at the top of the tree. She was sure the Any fairy was watching her. Caroline rose from the sAll laden table and walked to the tree. Yes, lovely. Come. Take me down! As Caroline’s fingerAps touched the decoraAons a larger hand closed over hers. ‘Ah no, my darling,’ Mama’s voice admonished. ‘I told you it was precious. If it breaks, bad luck will follow.’ Caroline returned to the table, replaced the silly paper crown on her head and forgot the fairy in the crystal. At least unAl her cousin Harry, who had seen her interest, took it down an hour later. He waved it at his cousin. ‘You want this, don’t you,’ he teased. Shocked at his daring, Caroline called to her mother, but she was in conversaAon with her sister Emma and did not hear. Caroline made a grab for the precious decoraAon. Harry’s hand jerked back suddenly and he lost his grip. The ornament hit the floor with a shower of Any Ankles as the crystal shaCered. There was a flash of pink and red and Caroline was sure she heard a snippit of maniacal laughter before sudden silence lay heavily across the living room. Mama appeared at the door, her face white and drawn as she saw the destrucAon. She turned to her sister, sharing a look of total horror. ‘Mama, I’m sorry. It was Harry,’ sobbed Caroline. She ran to her mother and threw her arms around her waist. Her daughter’s distress allowed Elsie to recover her composure somewhat. She quickly glossed over the so-called accident and, with Emma’s help, cleaned up the mess of glass. Caroline did not see the worried looks that shot between the two sisters. Late that evening, when everyone had seCled for the night, Emma and Elsie were finishing up in the kitchen. ‘Do you think there is any truth to the myth? Do you think disaster will strike as the legend says?’ asked Emma. ‘Our Mama seemed to think so,’ replied Elsie. ‘Well, I guess we will find out,’ said Emma and sighed. Neither women slept well and were hypervigilent of the next few days. Emma, their brother Vincent and their families leJ the homestead late the day aJer Boxing Day. Fires had been closed some roads and they had to make a longer journey back to Canberra. On New Year’s Eve, the wind changed and the fires that had been raging thirty kilometers to the west, turned toward the beauAful old homestead. As Caroline was hurried to the packed car with her parents and younger brother, she heard the maniacal laughter of a Any voice. ‘You can’t keep me locked up forever!’

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Reading THE SEA AND ROCKS -TOLLGATES Looking far to Tollgate islands, The silvery haze Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th, 2017 Shimmers the waves. Vol 48 27th 2018 111April Julyon 12th 2019

Then looking near, To rocks round Circuit beach. Here, years of ocean’s tears, Are weeping, seeping, trickling Over criss-cross crevasses, Through jigsawed-rock jeXes. A barren Lilliput of layered canyon lands? But no, for glimpse the Any hosts, And scrabbling, wandering pilgrims, Linger-lining these rocky roads, To welcome bapAsm in the saviour sea. They cling, hiding, pressed in shells, Beneath streaked cliffs, worn pebbles, sandy shores, Sharing rockpools with skeletons of homes And maybe scaCered bones. Awakening to the swirling, The moCly foam and gush of Ade. See peaceful rolling, waves, Exploring, waterfalling, Over cascades of steps, As if petrified sponge-masses Were wringing salty tears From sea-beds and crusty hermits, Before rushing, sighing, Returning to the Deep. Bonnie A1eridge

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Reading—history FAMILY HISTORY CORNER No 2 15 April 2020 Types of Resources. There are many different types of Family History Resource that can be found online. In the first arAcle I gave examples of where Vol 16 September 2017Today I will try to explain the three most important types. informaAon can be15th found. 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Indexes. Many Government Archives give free access to a variety if indexes. Examples are : NSW BDM hCps://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history-research/family-history-research-nsw.aspx The following is a list of the Samuel Taylors born in NSW in 1885

Indexes are also available in the Family History websites. They commonly cover BDMs, Passenger Lists, Census lists and Electoral Rolls.

Transcrip-ons. Some Family History organizaAon have transcripAons of some records online. For example the Cornwall OPC (Online Parish Clerk) have transcripAons for Births, Marriages and Deaths. These transcripAons give more informaAon than can be found on the index. hCps://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/search-database/bapAsms/ Some transcripAons can be found on Ancestry.co.uk, on Family Search and on Findmypast.

Original Documents. Some original documents are available when you subscribe to a site such as Ancestry or Findmypast (ie pay for a subscripAon) but others require a purchase. When I wished to know more about my greatgreat grandmother who was married in Devon I purchased her marriage cerAficate from The General Register Office in England : hCps://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/cerAficates/login.asp I obtained the following cerAficate. The cost was £7 This named Hannah’s father as John Sharpe, Railway Contractor. That single cerAficate opened up a new direcAon for my research. Similar cerAficates can be purchased by the official State sites in Australia. Some are cheap and some are more expensive. Some give extensive informaAon and others give more limited informaAon, but the general rule is that more can be obtained from an original document than from a transcripAon or from an index.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know about resources relevant to your search. It is hoped to publish Family History ar$cles for the dura$on of the Coronavirus lock-down period. I would welcome ques$ons rela$ng to Family History Research and will do my best to answer them. I would also welcome the opportunity to help readers develop their Family Tree. My email address is lupton@westnet.com.au Happy Researching! Roy Lupton.

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Your Up to Date fishing report from the team at Tackle World Moruya Moruya River I can’t believe we are already a quarter of the way through the year! Where has it gone? Vol 16 September 15th 2017 Who knows but it can stay in the annuals of history. 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 2018 111 July 12th 2019 As we start to move into the next phase of the fishing year, we move into that in between phase, where you just don’t know what your going to get. The waters are sAll warm, the air is starAng to cool, the days get shorter, nights longer and the fish aren’t really sure where they are supposed to be. We start to see the appearance of the cooler season species and a decrease in the abundance of the warmer water species. For the river this means that things start to slow up. The bream will start to hold deeper, flathead will start to move off the shallows, and the whiAng will do the same. The estuary perch will start to take up residence around the bigger snags and bridge pylons. Heavier lure presentaAons become the norm, blade style lures fished deep, grub style plasAcs on heavier heads become the norm, everything is fished slower and kept in the zone for longer. The estuary perch are already starAng to make an appearance around the bridge aJer dark, if you want to take a feed home you will have to do so before May 1st. This is when the EP and Bass Zero take season starts. This allows the fish to aggregate and spawn, protecAng the stocks for next season. The lower half of the river is sAll providing the best fishing again this week, where the water is clean and clear. The airport flats and around Preddy’s wharf conAnue to hold bream, flathead and whiAng, with luderick starAng to take hold as the waters cool. Luderick can be targeted on green weed suspended under floats or they can also be tempted with live nippers. Tuross River The lower secAons of Tuross conAnue to offer the best opportuniAes this week, as the tannin stained fresh waters are sAll doggedly holding onto the upper reaches. Suspended ash is sAll an ongoing problem upstream and will be for a while. Flathead and bream down the front of the system are sAll a viable opAon, with lures and baits sAll working well. As the water cools, start prospecAng the deeper channels to find the fish. Rock and beach Again, as has been the case for the last month, the beaches are providing the best return for efforts. Salmon, bream, whiAng and flathead are all being caught in the guCers of the local beaches. With the mullet run starAng, bronze whaler sharks are becoming a real opAon for those that wish to spend the Ame with big baits. With the mullet run, jewfish or mulloway become another opAon off the beach. Live baits of mullet or beach worms as well as fresh slabs of salmon or good quality squid baits can tempt these slabs of chrome into biAng. Big soJ plasAcs and diving lures can also tempt those willing to cast for hours on end. This does require a special kind of crazy to dedicate the Ame required to spin up a silver ghost off the beach. Off the rocks the drummer are starAng to build up in numbers, as are the squid. Just be sure to check what the swell is doing before commiXng to a session off the rocks. I know I have driven and walked good distances to fish a favourite ledge, only to find that the swell has not been playing ball and have had to abandon a ledge session in favour of not drowning. There are always other spots to fish, so if one place is washed out, look for another. Offshore Good reports of flathead are sAll coming in waters from 20-40m of depth. As the waters start to cool, the snapper will start to move into relaAvely shallow waters as they start to follow the cuClefish spawn that happens every winter. The inshore reefs in waters around the 30m mark will start to hold good numbers of snapper as the winter season progresses along. This month we have a Daiwa prize pack to the value of $449. The pack includes a TD Hyper rod, an Exceler 2500 reel and a hardtop 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. Please stay safe everyone! We are sAll OPEN 7 days a week and can meet you in the carpark, on the verandah or home deliver! Give us a call on 44744381!! Tight lines my friends and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing … “ Team Tackle World Moruya beagle weekly : Vol 151 April 17th 2020


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