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Council transfers community services to Valmar

Yass Valley Council has officially transferred community services to Valmar, including all staff, volunteers, vehicles, activities and schedules. Valmar CEO Hugh Packard, Yass Valley Council General Manager Chris Berry and Deputy Mayor Nathan Furry recently joined Valmar and Yass Valley Home Living Support Service (HLSS) staff and volunteers for a morning tea to mark the …

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RFS Brigades return to training across the Southern Tablelands

Brigades have resumed regular scheduled training across the Southern Tablelands Zone as social distancing guidelines ease allowing for more hands-on training at local Brigades. With new safety and social distancing guidelines in place, Brigade training is well underway for bushfire season 2020/21 bolstered by nearly 100 new recruits who have joined local Brigades in the …

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Cuts to local ABC and media

The cuts to the ABC are deeply concerning, affecting their independent news reporting as well as programming, particularly children’s programming. ABC Canberra is to lose two to three positions. The ABC will cut 250 jobs – including at least two in Canberra – to help make up an $84 million budget shortfall. Hundreds of media …

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Improving COVID-19 safety at regional workplaces

The NSW Government is helping businesses return to normal trade, through the launch of a new suite of resources to guide businesses as they manage the risk of COVID-19. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson launched the resources at a farm in Hoskinstown, and said the resources …

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Regional growth

The experience of dealing with of COVID-19 has removed one of the most significant barriers to a substantial population shift in this country, according to the Regional Australia Institute (RAI). RAI CEO Liz Ritchie says the notion of how we work has been turned on its head and she hopes this change will see significant …

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Update on Council managed halls, centres and sporting grounds

Council managed Community Halls and centres are now available for hire and can occupy up to 20 people, or one person per 4 square metres for the entire building (not each room/area). This includes the following: •             Yass Memorial Hall (Main Hall & Kitchen annex only) •             Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds Community Hall •             Yass Community …

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Weather outlook July-September

July to September is likely to be wetter than average for most of Australia, except western Tasmania and parts of the far north, which are likely to be drier than average. For northern Australia it is now the dry season, which means rainfall totals are typically very low. The month of July is likely to …

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Therapy for children with severe behavioural problems works online, trial shows

Families in regional and rural NSW have gained virtual parenting support through a live trial led by researchers at UNSW Sydney. The findings were recently published in the journal Behavior Therapy. The trial was aimed at young children aged between 1.5 and 4 years old with ongoing behavioural problems, such as persistent tantrums, defiance, and aggressive …

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NSW sport to resume

BREAKING: Community sports teams will be allowed to resume competition from July 1, as the NSW Government continues to ease coronavirus restrictions. Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee thanked the community for their patience during the pause on local sports and welcomed its return on July 1. “Sport is the lifeblood of our community and …

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Mayoral message – June 2020

I write this as COVID-19 restrictions relax across the state. Students are back at school, local businesses are re-opening their doors and people are able to travel to our wonderful part of the world again. We are ready to welcome these changes – at a safe distance, of course. I would like to take this …

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