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Firies certain they can respond to future high-rise emergencies

A firefighter has shelved concerns that emergency services would not be able to adequately respond to unfolding situations in the city's future high-rise apartments. Some residents have questioned, in Wagga City Council meetings, whether firefighters could respond to emergencies on high-leveled floors with the local equipment and resources available. This comes as news that the 14-storey Riverside Apartments in Sturt Street has secured at least half-a-dozen buyers. NSW Fire and Rescue Wagga zone

Retail worker fed up with crime, says 'we need to look out for each other'

ONE of the city's major shopping centres says they are doing "everything" they can to increase the safety of patrons. Security measures at the Marketplace have been scrutinised following the recent attacks on elderly women. On November 28, a 92-year-old woman was left shaken after her car was stolen by a juvenile in the underground Marketplace car park. Less than two weeks later, a 70-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint during an early-morning attack in the same car park. Sarah Brunskill is

Residents frustrated as council halts subdivision proposal

Four residents have expressed frustration over Wagga City Council's land policy, which has stalled their subdivision proposal. Jim Simpson was born and bred in Gregadoo and his family has owned land there since 1902. Mr Simpson, along with three other people, including Malcolm Edgar, proposed a subdivision of a combined 1200 acres in 2013 that had the potential for about 3600 residential lots. Land at Gregadoo made it to the Wagga Spatial Plan, which sets out guidelines for the city's developmen

Central medical, dental centre proposes $738,000 face-lift

The Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation is seeking to transform its centre with a $738,000 makeover. The centre is currently located on 271-73 Edward Street and 67, 69 and 71 Docker Streets. The application proposes to alter and add to its medical and dental clinics, consolidate its two Edward Street facing properties and a new car parking hardstand. The commercial development application was lodged with Wagga City Council on December 16 and could see an expanded waiting room, as

Police ramp up arsonists surveillance as firebugs strike in Riverina

POLICE are out in force ramping up their monitoring of known arsonists as the threat of bushfires closer to home accelerates. Emergency services are investigating a number of deliberately lit blazes across the Tumut and Riverina areas. Riverina Police District are issuing a public appeal for anyone with information about recent acts of arson. Riverina Police District Inspector Stephen Radford said the role of the community in stopping these fires cannot be overstated. "Information provided to po

Wagga rates among the booziest cities in Australia

IF you thought it was OK to have two standard drinks a day, think again. The National Health and Medical Research Council has released its revised guidelines in 10 years on reducing health risks from drinking alcohol. Experts warn of alcohol consumption and its strengthening links to chronic illnesses, such as cancer, and recommends that people should not consume more than 10 standard drinks per week, equating to 1.4 drinks a day. But, new research by Victoria University's Mitchell Institute rev

More shoppers are 'easing back' on their spending this Christmas

IT SEEMS most residents are leaving their Christmas shopping until the last minute as the start of the city's main street was a ghost town this afternoon. Marketplace shopping centre attracted most of the buzz, but even shoppers said it was not as busy as this time last year. Tumut residents Liam Breed and Micaela Piper travel to Wagga for their big Christmas shop each year and found getting a car park was easy this afternoon. "It wasn't that bad ... I think it depends on what time we come and w

Work begins onsite for Estella's future school

Residents can finally get a glimpse of progress at the new Estella school that is earmarked to be completed by early 2021. Lawns have been mowed and a security fence has been installed around the perimeter of the site at 56 Estella Road, Charles Sturt University. An estimated $736,170 development application was lodged with Wagga City Council on December 2 for site establishment works for the future school that is expected to accommodate about 370 students. These works will include bulk earthwor
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