Minister for Gaming and Racing, Paul Toole joined Member for Monaro, John Barilaro and Snowy Monaro Region Mayor John Rooney for the announcement of $517,472 in NSW Government funding to upgrade facilities, including a new amenities block, at the Bombala Racecourse. Bombala Platypus Reserve will also receive $218,502 in Stronger Country Communities funding to improve access and facilities. See story on page 3 of The Monaro Post.
Tomorrow afternoon’s meeting of the Snowy Monaro Regional Council will vote on a $1million gift to the community from Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).
SMEC has offered the old Fluid Lab at its site in Cooma to Council. The site is considered to be worth about $1million.
The offer has been enthusiastically supported by members of the Cooma and Monaro Progress Association which believes there is enormous potential for the site to benefit the community.
Since the decision of SMEC to shut its operations in Cooma there has been considerable interest in the community regarding the future of the site.
A report to council states “Whilst there are a lot of negatives associated with the building given its age and conditions, the positives have not yet been fully investigated. This feasibility study will investigate a cost benefit analysis for this proposal which Council can then use to determine its position”.
Nimmitabel’s Tim Green has been named as one of eight 2018 Rural Achievers by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).
Now in its 28th year, the RAS Rural Achiever program recognises and celebrates the positive contribution young people make to their local rural communities and the agriculture sector more broadly.
Tim was encouraged by Jackie Thompson to apply for the program, knowing it would be a good opportunity for him, and for the Nimmitabel Show.
“I sent in my application and they sent back a list of questions about the future of ag and my general background,” said Tim.
“They seemed to like what I said because they wanted me to go up to Sydney for an interview.”
Local competitor Daryl Baines, pictured above, won the Poley Buckjump, which had a total prize pool of $780 and a trophy sponsored by Cochran Horse Treks and Cloyne Valley Farm. Image courtesy of Jen Sol Photography.
For more photos and results, see pages 50 and 51 of The Monaro Post.
The Cooma Car Club and Cooma Lions Club handed a $6000 cheque over to the Louie Mould Fund last week.
Collecting money from their Australia Day breakfast and Monaro Billy Kart Derby, the total came to about $5500 and the Car Club decided to top it up to $6000.
There were 275 people who attended the Australia Day breakfast, all of whom were very generous.
Richard Mack personally paid for all the food provided for the breakfast and Dave Wilkins provided music free of charge to entertain the guests.
Westpac have set up a Louie Mould Fund and donations by the public can be made at the branch on Sharp Street.