Tue, January 18th


It’s been the most active storm season the region has seen in years, but Mother Nature dialled it up a notch in Bombala last Saturday afternoon, January 15.

Tue, January 18th

Vandals target Michelago

The Michelago community has been left disappointed after two acts of vandalism damaged their historic railway station and the bank of bins facility. 

Both incidents occurred within the last fortnight, leaving residents upset their village has been targeted by vandals. 

Tue, January 18th

Skate Comp Youth Series

The first session of the Snowy Monaro Youth Skate Park Series kicked off yesterday at Cooma Skatepark with youth from across the region turning out for a day of coaching, competition, giveaways and fun.

Tue, January 18th

A huge contribution by the McLoughlin’s from their Christmas light display

John and Doreen McLoughlin have outdone themselves this year raising a total of $7,987.45 from their annual Christmas light display at their home in Bent Street, Jindabyne.

Post & Rail

Riposte by Lisa Ashurst

Rumour has it the price of a cup of coffee is going to go up, if it hasn’t already, and apparently it’s going to be blamed on sudden price increases in the costs of freight and shipping, so if café coffee is your thing, you may find your favourite coffee shop charging you around a dollar more per cup from here on.

Everyone’s a critic, but small businesses need kindly customers

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson is urging people to refrain from posting negative online reviews, as short-staffed small businesses struggle to stay open.

Reinstatement of telehealth measures will help rural health services during Omicron wave

Rural doctors have welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government that a number of Medicare items for telehealth that were available earlier in the COVID pandemic will be reinstated until 30 June to support GPs and Consultant Specialists in providing care during the Omicron wave. 

The Post Man Calls

Tennis – love it or hate it, it certainly can be entertaining if not thought provoking.

Take the last couple of weeks – while the Djokovic saga played out, some of our own athletes were achieving great things on court.

Riposte by Lisa Ashurst

I must have spoken too soon, either that or I’m psychic, because it looks like another antsy group has surfaced after all and we’re only just barely into 2022. 

Aged care sector in crisis with shortages in staff, boosters, tests and PPE

Australian aged care facilities are experiencing an unprecedented crisis with chronic understaffing, excessive workloads and extended shifts, according to a survey of Health Services Union (HSU) members. 



As our new Councillors get ready to take their seats I might ask them to reflect on a note from a past Bombala Shire Councillor.

As I sit here typing I am looking at a cup of tap water that is the colour of a weak cup of tea. I cannot see the bottom of the cup.

End of Terms


Clearly, serious community concerns over the amateur behaviour of webcasting has fallen aside with the 06/01/22 Council meeting.


Tue, January 18th

Hunter ready for ace year

At just 14 years of age, Cooma’s Hunter Caldwell has the golfing world at his feet. Boasting a drive well over 300 metres and a temperament beyond his years, the local talent is focussed on becoming a professional golfer. 

18 January 2022

Bombala triathlon treat

Ten days is all you have left to get your team mates together and limber up for the Bombala Mini-Triathlon on January 29.

The Mini-Triathlon has become a staple of Bombala’s Australia Day Celebrations, and is the first activity to kick things off on the special Aussie Saturday.

18 January 2022

Alex performs strongly at nationals

Alex Gould of the Cooma Horse and Pony Club represented NSW at the recent Pony Club Nationals Hub held at Kootingal in November. 

The 16-year-old from Numeralla rode his horse, Badjalla Sapphire, competing in the NSW Junior Tetrathlon team.

18 January 2022

Bombala hooked on fishing comp

Bombala has embraced eel fishing as part of the its Australia Day Celebrations for the past few years, and the popularity of the competition has only grown.

18 January 2022

Boucher’s two Tumut winners

The Tumut Jockey Club hosted a race-meeting last Saturday which was covered by the TAB and consequently televised on SKY channel. The feature race in the six-event meeting was the Tumut Mile with total prize-money of $18,000. 

Real Estate


Curing grass to minimise fire risk this summer

While wet weather continues, the RFS are reminding people to be aware of the risk of grass fires when hotter, drier weather comes about in the wake of heavy growth. They are sharing their Grass Curing guide in a bid to educate people on the stages of grass curing.

Reforms needed to fix supply

NSW Farmers President James Jackson says the Federal Government urgently needs to address supply chain failings in the fresh food sector.

Technology for fire response

The piloting of innovative technology that aims to enhance bushfire operations and management will be accelerated under a new NSW Government funding program. 

Farm leaders unite to drive spray drift best practice

Four of Australia’s top agricultural peak bodies have united to send an important message to all farmers about adhering to best practice during the summer spraying region.

Class Corner

Attendance - every day counts

A day away from school here or there doesn’t seem like much but absences add up.

When your child misses one day per fortnight, they miss upwards of four weeks per year which equates to one year missed over their school life.

Packing a healthy lunchbox

With the unpredictable nature of our day to day lives, preparing and packing a healthy lunchbox can be a difficult task. Finding time to shop and prepare interesting and healthy meals for school lunches can be stressful. But the foods we send to school with our kids can contribute up to 1/3 of their daily intake of nutrients. So, it’s important to pack a balanced lunch to ensure they’re getting the nutrients they need.

Eating at school

Tips and ideas to help make your child's meal times at school a success. 

Eating at school will be a different experience for your child compared with eating at home or at preschool. There are no places to keep food hot or cold. Children often sit on the grass or on benches and balance their food on their knees. They will also need to be able to open everything their food is wrapped in and they won’t want to spend so much time eating that they miss out on playing.

Activities to prepare your child for primary school

Give your child a headstart by practising the skills they will use in Kindergarten with them.

To try

Set up a play date for your child to play with a friend.