Apr 29 2016

The final copies of the Cooma Monaro express and Jindabyne Summit Sun will go to print next week, despite uproar from the local community and staff at both publications.

Fairfax media briefed staff on Thursday around changes to the operation of its newspapers around the South-East, after a period of consultation with staff and the community.

Despite a proposal by staff at the Express to reduce publication to once a week, and submissions from locals Fairfax has made the call to withdraw out of the region entirely barring the free Snowy Times publication, and Bombala times.

The overhaul will also affect the publication of newspapers in Golbourn, Bowral, Queanbeyan, Yass, Crookwell and Braidwood, and is expected to result in the loss of around 9 full-time positions across the company’s ACT and NSW Southern Inland operating group.

 

 

Apr 28 2016

The Region's General Managers are heading to Sydney this week to put their case forward for the position of interim general manager for a merged South-East council.

Staff at Snowy River Shire Council have been advised the federal government wants to finish the fit for the future reform process as soon as possible- out of the way by the time the federal election rolls around.

Mayor John Cahill says the composition of the new local government has yet to be confirmed but the position of general manager could be known fairly soon.

"Snowy River's General Manager is in Sydney for an interview on Friday among many other general managers looking for the position of interim general manager. I wish him well for that. And of course, many councillors have applied to continue on, and there's no news yet on just how that issue it will be decided yet," he said.

Councillor Cahill says the sooner its all over, the sooner they can start focusing on the provision of services to the local community. 

"The sooner the better. I mean we've been dealing with this thing for about 4 years. It's about time they wound it all up. There's many people saying we wish it would happen- hurry up and get on with it- and I think that's the situation the council is in at the moment- we want to know the way forward and have all these issues resolved," he said.

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