12 December 2023

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Independent audit of our Council needed

If anyone has any doubt that we need an urgent independent forensic audit of the Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s spending, as had been promised, then consider the following:

At Council’s June 1 2023 meeting, the then CFO presented the March Quarterly Budget Review Statements. These showed that Council had spent $21,695,000 year-to-date on

employees and related expenses as of March 30 and recommended reducing the annual budget (with only the 28 days left in the financial year to go) by $1,709,000 to $30,466,000.

This recommended budget revision was approved by councillors meaning that Council was authorised to spend $30,466,000 in total on employees and related expenses in that year. 

12 December 2023

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Fix the Brown Mountain now

Fix the Brown campaign described the recent serious landslip on the Brown Mountain as a condemnation of Federal and State governments contempt, inaction and delay on NSW regional roads and highways.

They found $4billion for the ‘spaghetti junction’ Rozelle Interchange in Sydney, just opened amid confusion. But they can’t rake up a modest $7.5m each for a $15m expert, external engineering study to work out how to fix the notorious Brown Mountain Road.

12 December 2023

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Protect the Monaro’s unique landscape

I am for renewable energy in all its forms as a substitue for fossil-fuels – coal, gas oil, etc. This is the urgent issue for our times. Windfarms are one solution but they need to be located in approriate places.

For example, would you put a giant wind turbine on the peak of Mount Kosciusko (there is a lot of wind up there) even if it could power a million households? Or battalions of wind turbines offshore in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef? I think not.

12 December 2023

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tribute to Cooma Salvation Army officers

I wish to pay tribute to Cooma Salvation Army Corps Officers Tony Barford and Sandra Mortimer who featured on your front page (Salvos here to help, Monaro Post, 6 December). 

They are leaving soon to work in Katherine, NT and, while it will be Katherine’s gain, it will be a great loss to the Cooma community. 

12 December 2023

Riposte with Lisa Ashurst

Looks like the next big debate could be when the appropriate time is to put up our Christmas trees and decorations. Having overheard part of a conversation in my local supermarket, it’s a hot topic.

Growing up, the hard and fast rule in my grandmother’s house was that nothing Christmassy (with the exception of Christmas cards arriving by post, which could be stood up on the mantlepiece) could happen prior to December 13, this being day one of the 12 days before Christmas. 

My sister and I could not even start making our cotton ball snowmen before then. 

Come December 13 though, the ritual was a big production, and all of us had to place at least one decoration on the tree for good luck. The tree and all the other decorations (my sister and I also made strings of “bells” from cut up and painted egg cartons) would stay up until January 6, that being 12th night, when they all had to come down before midnight. 

Having grown up with that, I have retained the same tradition but unlike nana, I don’t have an issue with anyone doing their tree thing outside of that timeframe. But from what I heard via the three women in the supermarket, the rule around those dates just might be as hard and fast as it was back in the day. 

05 December 2023

The postman calls

The skies have opened up over the last week with very welcomed rain falling across the Snowy Monaro. The heavy downfalls did cause damage to some roads and forced some road closures, but for the most part, our farmers have breathed a sigh of relief.

Farmers are reporting the rain could potentially save their season. After a fortnight of storms hitting parts of the region and others missing out, it seems those who needed the rain have done alright over the last week or so.