Council watchdog investigates Bendigo

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The state’s local government watchdog has launched an investigation into the City of Greater Bendigo council.

The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate provided a written response to the Bendigo Advertiser when asked if it was investigating breaches of confidentiality within the council.

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Microchips to save critically endangered microbats

 

r0_15_620_317_w1200_h678_fmaxA team of researchers from Bendigo is employing cutting-edge technology in a bid to save an enigmatic, yet little-known animal which breeds in just two caves in southern Australia.

The southern bent-wing bat is one of five Australian mammals listed as critically endangered, but La Trobe PhD researcher Emmi Scherlies said the reasons for its dramatic decline were a mystery.Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 4.58.40 PM

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The only barber shop in town: ‘Moree’s never seen anything like this’

Photo: Peter Rae

Photo: Peter Rae

Lloyd Munro jnr wipes clean the cut-throat razor and places a steaming towel around the neck of a grey-haired man wearing high-vis and cowboy boots.

“Moree’s never seen anything like this,” Mr Munro says.

In the same week as yet another of the town’s businesses held a closing sale, Mr Munro opened South Boyz Cutz.

Sydney Morning Herald

 

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Breaking the ice: Part I

Maddie #1At 14, Maddy’s been off drugs for one year but is too scared to go back to school – for fear she might relapse.

“That’s where it starts,” Maddy says. “There are too many drugs in school; I can’t handle going back and seeing it… I’m better off at home with Mum.”

Maddy is studying via distance education even though she lives in the heart of Moree. Moree Champion

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On this day: Mt Kosciuszko put on the map

Strzelecki_KosciuszkoON THE EVENING OF 12 March 1840 Polish geologist Sir Pauł Edmund de Strzelecki left his expedition party behind and made the final ascent to summit of the highest peak in Australian alone – or so he claimed.

For more than a century subsequent, a cartological debate raged as to whether Strzelecki actually scaled Mt Kosciuszko (2228m) or nearby Mt Townsend (2209m), though consensus has since sided with the Polish count.

Australian Geographic

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