Feb 27 2015

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

Residents in Numeralla have being expressing their doubts about a proposed NBN tower.

Visionstream, the company contracted by NBN-Co to build the fixed wireless communications tower, has lodged a DA with Cooma-Monaro Shire Council to build the tower at 149 Peak View Road.

President of Numeralla and District activities Incorporated Mark Shubert said, a substantial part of the wider region, does not meet the requirement for line of site in order for the service to work.

The town is also plagued by other communications issues, relating to mobile and radio coverage.

“If we have some problems away from the village, or away from mobile reception, there's no communication,” Mr Shubert said.

“For example, if someone is caught under a tractor, or if a child is bitten by a snake, unless we've got mobile reception, we can't communicate with the outside world,” he said.

“This was all revealed during bush-fire’s a couple of years ago”

Cooma-Monaro Shire Councils Director of Environmental Services Peter Smith said, council is limited in it's physical power, in that it can only act on what DA's are presented to them.

“Our role is to determine the application as made which is for a site that is not at the Numeralla Mountain Site, so we've got to consider that application for the site applied for on it's merit, which includes considering all of the submissions made through the notification period,” Mr Smith said.

Meanwhile, Radio Snowy Mountains wishes to remind Numeralla residents they should be able to receive 2XL's main transmitter on the AM band from Polo Flat on 918Khz.

Feb 25 2015

From Andrew Page in the Local Newsroom:

The NSW Baird Government has instructed councils to explore all possibilities of merging and they must prove their financial viability by June this year.

The Mayors and General Managers of Bombala, Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River Shire have met in Bombala this week to consider the responses to the expressions of interest for undertaking the business case development for a potential merger between the councils.

Snowy River Shire General Manager Joe Vescio says at this stage, councils unanimously believe they should remain independent.

Meanwhile, the public is invited to comment on the issue.

You can comment on the Future of Snowy River Shire by clicking here


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