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What's New February 2004!
This month we have a few updates, along with the news the New South Wales State Government has amalgamated Local Councils in the south east of the state into Super Councils!

Mulwaree Shire Council now ceases to exist along with Goulburn City Council. For us, Tallong and Marulan now belong to the Greater Argyle Council which also incorporates Goulburn City. Is it a good or bad thing? We'll just have to wait and see, but for those of us on the peripheries it will probably mean higher land rates with few improvements in infrastructure...and so nothing changes.

As for the weather, it's been hot, hot, hot, with very little rain. Many towns on the Southern Tablelands are still suffering water restrictions with some being more heavily graded. It's no good whining about it, at least cooler weather is on its way, and every day we're a little closer to drought breaking rains.

Rural Fire Service Updates....
Marulan Bush Fire Brigade...
Marulan Brigade now has an online Image Gallery added to the site! This is the first of many galleries we have planned and features training days from 2003.

The Marulan Brigade offers many training days per year for it's members (and members from neighbouring Brigades often attend). If you're interested to know what they have scheduled for 2004, you can read about in their newsletter from their area of the site. You can also read about the Brigade's operations, their history and more! Why not subscribe to their online newsletter to stay up-to-date with the Brigade's operations and news!

Tallong Bush Fire Brigade...
Click here to visit the Tallong RFB Image Gallery! The Tallong Brigade has updated their area of the site and have scheduled the annual Tallong Trail Ride 2004 for the Anzac Day long weekend, ie the 24th and 25th April. Book early because places are limited! You can register your interest by filling in the online registration form on the Tallong Trail Ride page of this site.

The Tallong RFB has also updated some information about the Brigade's vehicles and their latest news!

In other news...

During the last NSW State Election campaign, the government offered Tallong funding for a gravel Bicycle Trail which was to run along Highland Way and Caoura Road. The trail was seen as a positive step toward providing Tallong's residents with an opportunity to walk around the village without having to compete with cars on the road surface and see the residents enjoy walks around the village more safely.

Now a lovely concrete path has been constructed along the Highland Way from Tallong's railway station to the bridge over pass near the entry to Tallong Park Estate. Work on the path appears to be finished and it is a great asset to the village. Unfortunately it doesn't look as if Caoura Road will benefit, perhaps funds were exhausted in the cost of concrete for the path. Lets hope the Greater Argyle Council will see extending the path to Caoura Road as a plus for the safety of the pedestrians of Tallong!

Coming Soon...
Electronic Postcards...
During the course of 2004 (when time permits) we'll be adding Electronic Postcards to this site. The opportunity to send postcards featuring our glorious scenery and native animals and feature postcards of events should be great fun for our community and site visitors!

Marulan We've been approached to add information about Marulan to this site. Marulan is our nearest neighbour to the south, on the Southern Tablelands.

Marulan was a historically significant area in Australia's early history, and is currently undergoing considerable change as it grows as a popular area to find the ideal country lifestyle.

Our visitors can look forward to learning many interesting facts about the Marulan Rural Fire Service and Marulan itself over the coming months.

Media Release...
Hans PostAnnouncing a significant Australian publication
One Man In His Time by Hans Post, as told to Michael Morley, is an autobiography telling of Hans Post's youth in Nazi Germany, and of his role in the SS, for which he was awarded the Iron Cross. Hans Post has been a member of the Wingello community for many years, and we're pleased to be able to publish this media release for the launch of his book.

To read more about this historically significant work click here, or to hear Hans' interview by the ABC's Radio National in February, just click here.

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