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It’s been a busy week for Council’s road
crews with 50 tonne of cold mix poured
on the Countengany Road edges. A
Council worker for 38-years, said it’s the
quickest he has seen this type of work
Council busy on
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Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor –
Australia Day is a time
for our communities
to come together, to
celebrate our country
and the wonderful
area we live in. We are
fortunate to live in the
Snowy Monaro. It’s a
region I’m enormous-
ly proud to call home.
Park will host the official Australia Day Awards for
the Snowy Monaro. There is a diverse range individu-
als and groups nominated for these. I’m looking
forward to meeting these nominees and the winners
of our Australia Day Awards to thank them for their
services to the region.
There will be plenty of fun for all the family from
10am with live music, stalls, children’s activities, and
food and drinks available thanks to the Cooma
Many of our towns will hold Australia Day events.
The Cooma Car Club, Cooma Lions Club and Cooma
Rotary are hosting a special breakfast to raise funds
for the Louie Mould appeal. For a list of town’s
hosting Australia Day events, please visit the Council
website or contact Council.
Bombala will hold their celebrations on Saturday
with the annual shearing competition and family
fun day. The day starts from 8am at the Bombala
Showground. Our Australia Day Ambassador Emma
Rossi will see plenty of our region as she visits
Jindabyne on Friday morning, Cooma for the awards
ceremony and Bombala on the Saturday.
In Numeralla this weekend music will fill the air as
the 44th Numeralla Folk Festival is held. Called the
‘little festival with the big heart’, the festival launch-
es with a showcase of young talent from 7pm on
Friday. The festival is one of the last, traditional free
folk festivals in Australia.
On Sunday, there will be a throwback to yesteryear
with the running of the Monaro Billycart Derby. This
great family tradition will see many makes and
models of billycarts take to the Cooma Showground.
This event started a few years ago through the hard
work from local teenager Kurt Wassink and commu-
nity stalwart Tony Nassar. Racing begins from 11am.
An enjoyable day is in store.
Josh and Charlie off to Melbourne
Josh Steinke and Charlie
Keegan-Bull of Cooma were
two of 25 dancers accepted
into the National Theatre
Ballet School in Melbourne.
Both boys learnt their steps
locally at the Rosie O’Sullivan
School of Dance. Josh,
now 20 years old, has been
dancing for nine years, taking
part in jazz and tap as well
as ballet. Josh said it was the
performance of another local
dancer, Matthew Slattery,
who inspired him to take up
the art. Matthew Slattery now
dances with the Boston Ballet.
Josh says he enjoys
everything about ballet.
“I really want to thank Rosie
for all her support over the
years, particularly through
football injuries. I would also
like to thank my family for their
The course at The National
Theatre Ballet School is a
Certificate 4 in the first year,
followed by a diploma in the
second year and an advanced
diploma in the third and
final year. Classes run from
8.30am to 4.30pm six days a
week, with contemporary and
character styles included in
With eight shows planned
for the first year, performed
in Melbourne and all over the
country, Josh and Charlie are
looking forward to their big
Charlie, 19, began dancing
six years ago. After seeing
Rosie O’Sullivan’s concert,
he was inspired to sign up for
Charlie says he enjoys the
discipline involved in ballet.
He says the strict guidelines
give him something to work
towards. He enjoys the
practising and the thrill of
“I would like to thank my
mum and sister for their
support, as well as the Marks
family,” says Charlie.
Both Josh and Charlie
hope to make ballet their
profession, travelling all over
the world to perform.
O’Sullivan says she wishes
the boys all the best.
“This is a great opportunity
for the boys. Most dancers
take on something like this at
a younger age, but I think their
maturity will help them cope
from being away from home.
The course will be a challenge
and they will need to work
hard, which I know they will.”
Rosie says Josh being
a footballer broke a lot of
boundaries by doing ballet,
which did a lot of good for the
dance. Of Charlie, Rosie says
short time, having only started
ballet six years ago.
“Josh and Charlie were both
a lot of fun to teach. They are
real larrikins and are great
friends,” says Rosie.
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