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Thursday, February 16
Jindabyne Connects meets at Rydges Snowy Mountains
between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. The business community is
invited to meet other business owners and share business
ideas. For more information, contact Bruce Easton 0417 217
Friday, February 17
The ‘Don’t Change’ – INXS story is being staged at the Cooma
Ex-Services Club. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 and
to book contact the club on 6452 1144.
Saturday, February 18
The Lake Jindabyne Flowing Festival is on Saturday, February
18 and Sunday, February 19. The two-day event is fun for the
whole family with activities taking place on the lake foreshore in
Banjo Paterson Park. There is a market day on Sunday, as well
as the Lake Jindabyne Dragon Boat Challenge.
Calling all golfers. The Snowy Mountains Short Course
Championships are on at the Cooma Golf Club with 18
redesigned par 3 holes. Entry is $30 and includes lunch. For
more information, contact the golf club on 6452 2245.
Author John Blay is hosting a book talk on his book, ‘Back
Country: trek through Deua and Wadbillig’ at the Cooma Library
at 11am. Places are limited, to book, contact 6455 1730.
Sunday, February 19
The Cooma Rotary Markets are on with the pet parade a
highlight of the markets. Registrations are on between 10am to
11am with the parade to commence at 11am.
Monday, February 20
The Cooma Garden Club invites members and friends to its
meeting at 10am at in St Paul’s Anglican Hall. A guest speaker
from Wollongong will present on the topic, ‘On the Road’ – for
those 65 plus and driver licensing at 75 to 85, and a discussion
on the top 10 misunderstood road rules. $3 for the event,
includes a cuppa.
Is this the hottest summer on record? It is
certainly the first time The Postman can
remember cricket being cancelled due to
It’s also the first time he can remember
the races being postponed because of
sunshine, but that is a change from race
meetings being rained out.
Society is sure softening up...or is it just
recognition of what problems extreme
heat can cause man and beast?
But The Postman does marvel at the
vagaries of Monaro weather. On Saturday
night the fan was in overdrive. On Sunday
night the doona was back in use.
Then Nimmitabel recorded its first frost
for 2017 (trust Nimmity!) and yesterday
morning there was nearly anothery at the
Monaro – the home of green tomatoes!
(the chillies are doing fine, thanks).
Considering the weather, it is probably
appropriate that Dorothea Mackellar’s
work “My Country” has now been
recognised by UNESCO.
Remember her work:
“I love a sunburnt country,
a land sweeping plains,
of ragged mountains range
of droughts and flooding rains...”
Ms Mackellar has certainly encapsulated
our weather patterns and considering this
was written in 1907-1908, it would seem
not much has changed.
See page 26 for more on Australia’s
first female writer to be recognised by
RE: the Middlingbank Sinkhole, Lake
On behalf of the tout anglers of Australia,
I am writing to sincerely thank all parties
involved in the recent roadwork and repairs
to the infamous sinkhole at Middlingbank,
For example, as far back as the
Dominion/Peperill Survey in 2001, trout
fishing in the Snowies was generating
some $70 million annually, of which $46
million stays in the district creating 500 to
700 local jobs.
Suitable access to all parts of the premier
trout fishery in the Australian mainland is
therefore not just a priority, but an absolute
necessity. Both to the tourism industry and
Nonetheless, until recently, the infamous
Middlingbank Sinkhole was effectively
blocking road access to one of the
most prodigious reaches of this unique
waterway. The only way round the sinkhole
was via the Suicide Pinch.
A steep and nasty jump-up, with an
equally nasty sump breaker at the top.
And worse still: a dangerous cross camber,
falling away towards the vacant creek bank
on the lower side.
Not to mention the horrendously, gutted-
out, entry and exit approaches at either
end. Even in dry weather I have witnessed
vehicles on the Suicide Pinch with wheel
actually off the ground on the
topside. Alarmingly close to
tipping over and rolling down the drop-off
to the creek bad at the bottom.
Accordingly, let it be place on public
record: we are deeply indebted to our
friends at Snowy Hydro and all person
involved in the very major, life saving repair
in November 2106. And from the anglers of
Australia, special thanks to the exemplary
Land and Property Officer, Jenny Crowe
and the public spirited George Ilitch. We
are so lucky to have you both.
Pictured, the before and after sinkhole.
Anglers thank Snowy for road repairs
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