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16 Wednesday February 8, 2017
In support of reopening rail line
We understand that there is discussion
going on regarding the reopening of the
railway from Queanbeyan to Bombala and
extending the line to the port of Eden.
The Cooma and Monaro Progress
Association (CMPA) is totally supportive of
this concept as it would lead to the rapid
development of Snowy Monaro Regional
To support this statement we set down
the following reasons:
1. It would service future dormitory
suburbs for Canberra in the northern end of
the Regional Council right down the 100km
to Cooma. There is a difference to a train
journey to driving a car to work, and that is
because on the train journey you can work,
and make phone calls, in fact use the train
as a second office.
2. Such a link would undo the concept of
Bombala being the end of the “road” as it
would have rail link both ways, a superior
position for business development and
3. It would greatly benefit tourism to
the region in that a spur line could be
constructed to East Jindabyne to serve
mountain tourism in both winter and
summer, provide transport to the tourist
attractions on the Monaro, link up with
cruise ships visiting the port of Eden, and
attract a share of Asian tourists flying from
Singapore to Canberra.
4. The use of the rail to carry goods now
being handled by large trucks would cut
down the cost of repairs to roads in the
5. The actual rebuilding of the railway
would create many jobs not now available
in the region, and the increased economic
activity created by the construction of the
rail line will assure population growth.
Dugald Mitchell OAM
PRESIDENT OF THE COOMA AND
MONARO PROGRESS ASSOCIATION
Monaro mobile library schedule
Wed 8 Feb
Dalgety10.20am - 11 .20am Hamilton St by School
Berridale12.30pm – 2 .15pmOliver St by School
2.30pm - 3.30pmTown Centre
Thur 9 Feb
Nimmitabel12.30pm - 2.15pmIn front of Police Station
2.30pm - 3.30pmKirke St by School
Fri 10 Feb
Jindabyne9.30am - 11 .30amLower Carpark Old Town Centre
Tues 14 Feb
Jindabyne12.40pm - 1 .45pmKalkite St by School
2.30pm - 6.00pmLower Carpark Old Town Centre
Wed 15 Feb
Berridale12.30pm – 2.15pmOliver St by School
2.30pm - 3 .30pmTown Centre
Thur 16 Feb
Cathcart10.15am - 11 .00amTown Centre
Delegate12.30pm - 1 .45pmBombala Street
2.00pm - 2.55pmCampbell St by School
Fri 17 Feb
Adaminaby10.30am - 11 .30am Baker Street
11.45am - 12 .45pmCosgrove St by School
Friday February 10
Berridale Community Music has been cancelled for this week
due to unforeseen circumstances. The afternoon will be back on
song again at the Berridale CWA rooms on March 10, as usual.
Saturday, February 11
The CRT Cooma Rural Rodeo is on again this Saturday with
action getting underway from 2pm at the Cooma Showground.
Entry for adults is $15, and children under 15 are $5.
For a great evening’s entertainment, the 33rd annual
Cathcart Variety Show is on at the Cathcart Hall. Country
musicians Jay Podger and Ernie Constance will headline
The Adaminaby Museum Market and Car Boot Sale is on
between 9am-1pm at the Snowy Scheme Museum.
Nimmitabel CWA Markets are back this month between
9am-1pm with food, plants and bric-a -brac available. For more
information call Leonie after 6pm on 6454 6256.
Friday, February 17
‘Don’t Change’ the INXS story is headed for town and the
Cooma Ex-Services Club will host the first show of this national
tour. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are $25 and can be
booked through 6452 1144.
Saturday, February 18
The Lake Jindabyne Flowing Festival is on Saturday,
February 18 and Sunday, February 19. The Jindabyne Dragon
Boat Challenge is on the Sunday, as is the renowned market
The Community Chest’s Monaro Food and Wine Trail is on
between 11am-9pm, with a bus leaving and arriving back at
Centennial Park. For more information contact Angela on 0408
520 423 or Kirsty 0423 186 962.
Sunday, February 19
The Cooma Rotary Markets are on in Centennial Park with
the pet parade being held as well. Registrations take place
Well, that was a nice refreshing change for
the region, wasn’t it?
That damp stuff dropping from the sky sure
had the garden smiling. Maybe now the
recalcitrant pumpkins will grow something
other that the wrong types of flowers.
Woebetide any snails heading in their
The Postman is a pretty old cove and has
probably, over the years, watched too many
Carry On movies or too many episodes of
the Benny Hill Show. There is something
about that genre of humour that makes him
Which is why he had a laugh-out-loud
moment last week, listening to a sports
report on the radio.
The ABC interviewer was talking with an
expert about the start of the new AFL
women’s competition. The interviewer said
to the expert “surely there will be some
That’s when the Benny Hill effect kicked in.
After a guffaw or two, The Postman reflected
on the vagaries of the English language
but decided against contacting the station
to suggest ‘detractors’ might have been a
better choice of words.
Anyway, The Postman watched some of
the women’s matches on the telly and was
impressed with the good basic skills and
team work the girls demonstrated.
There was a lot less ego on display too, so
well done, ladies.
Well done too, to the Nimmitabel Show
Committee for another successful event.
Nice to see the family connection in the
show’s special guest and the showgirl. Well
The action switches to the Cooma
Showground this Saturday with the Cooma
With record entries, again, the action will
start a little earlier on Saturday, with the
novice barrel race starting at 11am.
Should be a good day out, but don’t forget
the sunscreen, hat and sunnies.
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