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Local business stars in national ad campaign Until now, what is arguably one of Kiama’s most successful businesses has largely flown under the radar locally, despite having a cult following worldwide. Over five years, Brydie Stewart has built her Mary Maker Studio into an e-commerce powerhouse, supplying yarns and patterns she has designed for macrame and weaving to crafters around the world. For those who still associate macrame with plant holders in the Seventies, Ms Stewart says it has reemerged as an artform. To give an idea of the success the former art teacher has achieved, she has 135,000 instagram followers and 100,000 YouTube followers, and one of her tutorials on YouTube has been watched 17 million times. She has also had 4000 people attend classes at her studio in Kiama. Now, she and her business have shot to national prominence as the face of Australia Post’s national rebrand, which is focusing on small business. “Australia Post approached me because I am a great customer of theirs, shipping thousands of parcels at a time,” says Ms Stewart. “They have provided an incredible platform for me to grow my business with confidence.” The multi-million dollar
campaign is seeing an ad featuring her and her business, and mentioning Kiama, screened repeatedly during an eight week campaign on prime time television, with resulting publicity in major national newspapers and other media. Then there is a four month print advertising campaign to come, to reinforce Australia Post’s message. “I’m certainly getting some strange looks in Woolworths as people try and work out how they recognise me,” she says. “I think a lot of people just know me as a mum and Joel Stewart’s wife [ Joel owns the Lime Building Group], rather than a business woman in my own right.” Even before this publicity, her already successful business had experienced a 350 per cent increase in turnover this year, as people turn to craft to keep them occupied and sane during the pandemic. “We were all given the time to pause, and we all found a thing. Luckily many people found me. “It has been great to guide people through that reset by teaching them how to make.” Ms Stewart turned her creative energies to macrame and weaving following the birth of her first child six years ago. She started her business a year later, when she was
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unable to find materials she wanted to work with. “I would spend 20-30 hours on a piece and the products that were available were really poor quality and that didn’t sit well with me. “So I set out to fill this gap in the market by creating fibres that I wanted to use.
“These days, rather than being a maker, I design bespoke textiles with manufacturers from all over the world and I sell them to makers and our community of crafters.” All of her products are made with natural fibres, and she has manufacturers in Turkey, Nepal, India and
Egypt who work exclusively with her. She then retails direct to crafters through her website, marymakerstudio.com.au In the last month alone, she has had 60 tonne of product arrive. Despite this volume, she has only taken
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From 1 November, those wishing to lodge any planning applications, including modifications, with Kiama Council can do so via the NSW Government Planning Portal. The new system will be mandatory from 1 January 2021. “This is an exciting new era for planning across NSW, with the Planning Portal providing an easily accessible, user-friendly and transparent system for lodging planning applications,” says Director Environmental Services Jessica Rippon. “Kiama Council is among the first councils in NSW chosen to make the switch to the new system, which promises a much better experience for our customers and our planners as well.” Council planners and registered certifiers had been using the Planning Portal since July. The Portal will be used to lodge: • Development Applications (DAs), including modifications • Complying Development Certificates (CDCs)
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The biggest book fair on the South Coast is back, with all the necessary COVID precautions, to raise money for Lifeline at a time when its services are in high demand. Apart from an enormous range of fiction and children’s books, there will be tables full of books on every possible hobby, the sciences, special interests, the arts, biographies, history and rarer old books. On the Sunday, all books are half price.
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Return of KISS Kaberet Despite all the knocks of this year, Kiama’s own internationally roaming troubadours, Tamara Campbell and Dave Evans (aka KiKi and Pascale), are bouncing back with a COVID-safe version of their popular KISS Kaberet. “Like everyone in the live entertainment industry, we lost our whole income virtually overnight,” says Dave. “We are so excited that we can finally put on a show, after some false starts. “We have five guests acts for the night, all from NSW, and like us they have had the time to work on new material and can’t wait to perform.”
He says it is too early to tell whether the KISS Arts Festival will be able to happen next year, but he is hopeful the rules will allow it. In the meantime, he has started a handyman business, Gentleman Dave’s, to put his many practical skills to use. Tamara has been busy with small live shows and working on other opportunities. Saturday 24 October, The Pavilion Kiama, 7pm. Tickets $45 ($40 for tables of 6) from www.trybooking.com/ BLWSQ Bar drinks and food available.
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The Art Bar Kiama continues to punch above its weight in the entertainment stakes, with Australia’s Got Talent finalist and runner-up Greg Gould, and guest vocalist Melanie Lewin, performing hits from his number one duets album, 1998 over two nights. They’ll sing some of the biggest songs in 90s’ music, including the hits of Whitney Houston, Leann Rimes and Olivia Newton-John, during the intimate dinner shows. Greg’s career has seen him tour the world to sold out shows and hit the inter-
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Gerroa sandmining expansion to be decided by the Dept The Gerroa Environmental Protection Society (GEPS) is dismayed the Gerroa Sand Quarry Modification determination will be decided ‘in house’ by the Department of Planning and not by the Independent Planning Commission. Changes to the approval process were introduced in March 2020, following the recommendation that the Independent Planning Commission be retained, but its role should generally be confined to complex and controversial development applications rather than modifications to existing planning approvals. “This [the decision for the modification to be deter-
mined by the Department] strips away the layer of independence in this determination and is inconsistent with the approach the Minister has taken over the Boral sand mine at Minnamurra,” says GEPS’s Howard H Jones. “The Gerroa mine modification poses many environmental impacts to adjoining ground water dependent ecosystems and will result in further vegetation fragmentation and loss through the removal of winter flowering, hollow bearing trees identified as keystone structures for connectivity and habitat at Seven Mile Beach. “We have no faith in the Department of Planning to make a fair and reasonable
assessment of these impacts. “Our experiences with the Department has been dismal since our successful Land and Environment challenge to the Ministers Part 3A determination for the mine extension in 2008.” The operator of the mine, Cleary Bros, says it has worked hard to strike a balance between economic and environmental interests. “We first lodged the matter with the Department nearly three years ago and it’s been a rigorous and thorough process,” says Stephen Rogers, Cleary Bros’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. “Consultations with locals
Survey to guide efforts to nurture mental health
In a short time, the Kiama & District Stronger Community initiative has gathered momentum and support from other community groups. A large meeting at the Pavilion, also broadcast live and available to view at their website, shared information on programs that are already in place and benefited from people with first hand experiences sharing their insights. Now Kiama & District Stronger Community is after input from as many locals as possible to guide its direction. It has launched a survey aiming to better understand the current level of knowlcontinued on p16 edge about, and support for, mental health problems within our whole community. “The Kiama & District Stronger Community comResidents are being encour- survey around 500 residents • maintenance of local roads mittee will use the feedback aged to have their say in through randomly generated • food and garden organics to help us shape a plan to Council’s 2020 Community support our community numbers, between Monday • library services Satisfaction Survey, which 19 October and Saturday • community halls and begins Monday 19 October. 24 October, using a quota centres The bi-annual survey is system to ensure the survey • maintenance of parks and again being independently is representative of the comgardens To the surprise and dismay conducted by IRIS Research, munity. • maintenance of sports to gauge community satisfacThis means you may be grounds and playing fields of our Federal and State Members of Parliament, tion with Council. called but not interviewed “This is obviously pleasing the South Coast has been “The Community Satif surveyors have enough as a Mayor, and for our excluded from the Commonisfaction Survey is one of responses from people of hard-working council staff,” wealth’s Regional Recovery the major tools Council similar age, gender and says Mayor Honey. uses to gauge how we are location. “However, the most import- Grant fund. The fund was established performing in the eyes of “Kiama Council has always ant part of this survey is to support communities imour community,” says Mayor performed strongly in these finding out what we could pacted by drought, bushfire, Mark Honey. surveys since they began in be doing better.” flood and COVID. “It also allows us to learn 2011,” says Mayor Honey. Results of the survey will The ten priority regions what areas we should be “In 2018 we recorded a 78 be available in early 2021. chosen to share in the $100 focusing on in future.” per cent satisfaction rating Residents can complete the million over two years are: All residents have the from residents.” online survey from the Snowy Mountains, the opportunity to have their say The 2018 survey showed Monday 19 October until Hunter/Newcastle, the by participating in an online Kiama was the best-performSunday 1 November at Parkes region, Cairns/FNQ, survey on Council’s website. ing council across a range www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/ Gladstone, Mackay/WhitsunIRIS Research will also of satisfaction benchmarks, community-survey be conducting a telephone including:
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going forward,” says spokesperson Cherie Burton. “To help change the course of poor mental wellbeing in our region, across all ages, but especially with our youth, we need to look out at least over the next three years and consider what must be different, if we want to create a cultural shift and build a caring, connected community.” The survey will enable the committee to issue a calen-
dar of events based on the feedback, and create a base to measure improvements. “While we as a community, are not sitting on our hands, we still have a long way to go if we want to change the course of mental health and wellbeing for all ages across our region,” says Ms Burton. Fill out the survey at www.thekdsc.com.au between now and 5 November
We’re not a recovery region days, Tasmania, Gippsland, Kangaroo Island and South West Western Australia. “The Government’s excuses and buck passing on why the South Coast has missed out on this funding program are nothing short of appalling,” says the Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, who has raised concerns with the Prime Minister directly. “There is no doubt our community has been one of the hardest hit by drought, bushfire and flood this year and the Government must reverse this decision now.
“This is yet another example of the Government leaving our community behind, along with the rest of the budget where the South Coast has largely missed out altogether.” The Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, says, “I have expressed to the Prime Minister my deep disappointment with this decision and I have asked for his help to ensure our region is eligible for these funds so we can progress vital job-generating infrastructure projects our region needs.”
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Community news Public exhibition Planning Proposal to amend Kiama LEP 2011 Lot 442 DP 1201831 Henry Parkes Drive, Kiama Downs A Gateway Determination has been issued to Council (PP_2020_KIAMA_002_00) to proceed with the exhibition of a Planning Proposal to:
• Rezone part of Lot 442 DP 1201831, Henry Parkes Drive, Kiama Downs from E2 Environmental Conservation to R2 Low Density Residential under the provisions of Kiama Local Environmental Plan 2011 to enable residential development and protection of environmental lands. The Minister has delegated power to Council to make the final determination of the Planning Proposal.
The Planning Proposal may be viewed on Council’s website www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/home, using the ‘Your say’ function, from 19 October to 15 November 2020. Public submissions on the Planning Proposal are welcome and should be addressed to the General Manager quoting SC3593. Public submissions must disclose if the author has made any political donations of gifts to minimise any perception of undue influence.
The public submission should clearly state reasons for any objection or support. Public submissions may be included in reports to Council or be made publicly available. You must indicate in writing if you wish for your name and address to be withheld.
of a second dwelling and two lot Torrens title subdivision
structures, construction of attached dual occupancy and two (2) lot torrens title subdivision
LOT: 131 DP: 810019 59 Princes Highway, Kiama Heights Use of unauthorised earthworks and construction of internal access roads
Council received the following activity applications.
20.2020.25.1 LOT: 98 DP: 245502 28 Hillview Circuit, Kiama Installation of wood heater
LOT: 2 DP: 634334 19 Flinders Avenue, Kiama Downs Roof over existing deck
LOT: 316 DP: 1072115 22 Elambra Parade, Gerringong Install wood fire flute fireplace
LOT: 8 DP: 38751 8 Darien Avenue, Bombo Swimming pool, cabana and associated landscaping
LOT: 273 DP: 726742 Terralong Street, Kiama Operate a caravan park
LOT: 94 DP: 229951 116 Headland Drive, Gerroa Demolition of existing two storey dwelling, garden retaining walls and decking and construction of 2 storey residence, double garage, carport, covered alfresco and open sea deck
20.2020.28.1 LOT: 202 DP: 1176644 159 Princes Highway, Kiama Heights Onsite sewage management system
LOT: 1416 DP: 1061892 5 Cole Street, Kiama Roof over existing deck
LOT: 200 DP: 826530 131 Riberry Lane, Broughton Village Supply and install awts and turf valve irrigation
LOT: 3 DP: 614586 215 Princes Highway, Kiama Heights Septic tank
LOT: 239 DP: 30126 42 Kalang Road, Kiama Heights Second storey addition to existing dwelling and attached carport
LOT: 2 DP: 601138 150 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley Onsite wastewater management system
20.2020.32.1 LOT: 2 DP: 601138 150 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley Solid fuel heater
LOT: 17 DP: 259370 16 Meehan Drive, Kiama Downs Addition of upstairs living and dining room with attached deck, update existing kitchen and downstairs rumpus room, bathroom and laundry
LOT: 907 DP: 236615 129 North Kiama Drive, Kiama Downs Demolition of existing dwelling Properties considered by Council to possibly be detrimentally affected by any of the above applications will be notified in accordance with Council’s notification policy contained in Chapter 2, Kiama Development Control Plan 2012. Further details on the making of submissions can be found on Council’s website www.kiama.nsw.gov.au or by ringing 4232 0444 during normal office hours.
LOT: 10 DP: 1206414 92 Merrick Circuit, Kiama New residence, driveway and retaining walls
In accordance with Section 4.59 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Council advises that the following Development Consents and/or Complying Development Certificates are now granted.
LOT: 321 DP: 33903 40 Tingira Crescent, Kiama Use of dwelling
LOT: 12 DP: 1259233 96 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley Farm shed
Council received the following development applications.
LOT: 41 DP: 29245 22 Charles Avenue, Minnamurra Demolition of existing outbuildings, construction
10.2020.81.1 LOT: 408 DP: 33905 46 Bonaira Street, Kiama Detached carport and garage
10.2020.89.1 LOT: 21 DP: 1123051 37 Tasman Drive, Gerringong Dwelling, swimming pool and covered pergola LOT: 3 DP: 32096 65 Churchill Street, Jamberoo Change of use and fit out of a health consulting room, including signage
10.2020.114.1 LOT: 0 SP: 83090 20 Meares Place, Kiama Alteration to approved hydraulic fire safety system
10.2020.117.1 LOT: 11 DP: 1210621 13 Caliope Street, Kiama Dwelling
10.2020.121.1 LOT: 502 DP: 1111492 34 Elambra Parade, Gerringong Alterations and additions to existing dwelling
LOT: 203 DP: 1227771 38 Surfleet Place, Kiama Dual occupancy with two (2) lot torrens title subdivision
LOT: 4 DP: 14188 4 Pacific Avenue, Werri Beach Demolition of existing dwelling and associated structures, construction of new dwelling
LOT: 202 DP: 1176644 159 Princes Highway, Kiama Heights Construction of machinery shed for storage of farm machinery and attached secondary dwelling
LOT: 1 DP: 1210621 9 Caliope Street, Kiama Construction of residential dwelling house
LOT: 3 DP: 614586 215 Princes Highway, Kiama Heights Demolition of existing residence and construction of new two storey residence and concrete swimming pool
Public submissions need to be received by 4pm on to 15 November 2020.
LOT: 19 DP: 156143 139 Manning Street, Kiama Demolition of existing dwelling and associated
LOT: 104 DP: 788993 65 Fern Street, Gerringong Alterations and additions to existing dwelling
10.2020.135.1 LOT: 18 DP: 30126 36 South Kiama Drive, Kiama Heights Alterations and additions to existing dwelling These documents are available free of charge for public inspection at our Administration Building, 11 Manning Street, Kiama during normal office hours.
All submissions will be made publicly available. If you do not want any part of the submission or your personal details released, because of copyright or other cogent reasons, please indicate this clearly in your submission together with an explanation. However, you should be aware that even if you request that you do not wish information to be published, there may be circumstances in which we are required by law to release that information (for example, in accordance with the requirements of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009).
Address all correspondence to: Mr K McMurray, General Manager 11 Manning Street (PO Box 75), Kiama 2533 Phone: (02) 4232 0444 Website: www.kiama.nsw.gov.au
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Two design awards for G’gong furniture maker Tucked away in the back of Gerringong on Rowlins Road is a furniture maker which has just won two Australian Good Design Awards. Juri and Nelli Hegi, owners of Hegi Design House, have taken out two ticks of approval for the designs of their Coulee Daybed and their Monolith Table. Australia’s Good Design Awards are one of the most prestigious design awards in the world. It is rare to win one, but taking out two wins in the same year is remarkable. Juri is the furniture maker and his wife Nelli’s expertise is in design and social media. They came to Australia just over seven years ago from Hanover, Germany, and started making furniture for a hobby about five years ago. Since then, their clean contemporary lines, beautiful timbers and fine steel furniture has become sought after by those in the know. “I started as a cabinet maker, learnt welding, but discovered my passion when I combined steel and timber,” says Juri. “It has been a long learning curve for me, but I revel in the creativity of design and execution.” Inspiration for the Monolith
Table was sparked by the geometric designs of the Bauhaus period. The piece can be combined to form a coffee table or used singularly as a bedside table or a side table next to a favourite lounge chair. The table is made from PEFC certified grade sustainable Victorian Ash, with a choice of finishes. Price is from $850. The Good Design Awards Jury also praised the Coulee Day Bed, commenting: “A pleasant form which will be successful in the market. It has a nice array of options and accessories to complement the range. There’s beautiful simplicity and attention to detail – a careful, considered design.” The bed, which is the result of a collaboration with Patryk Koca, is available in leather, velvet and a mix of fabric and leather. for $5,500 to $7,800. The pair are also busy fulfilling custom orders for a growing clientele. “Everything is made from scratch and we can customise sizes, and colours for cushions,” says Juri. “People will send me an inspirational picture and ask me to make something similar. We put our touch, our style into it and enjoy the
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Councillor Neil Reilly is hoping that Council’s formal establishment of a committee to manage the Jamberoo Youth Hall will be the forerunner for other communities being involved with their local facilities. It is the first time that Council has set up a Section 355 Committee, a format legislated under the NSW Local Government Act for the specific purpose of managing a Vivienne Marris, Cllr Reilly, Ros Neilson, Stuart Richards, Greg Walsh, community building or Cathy Delhaas, Karlee Matthews and Megan Collins at the first meeting function, with reporting and Residents wanted to and anticipate the maintegovernance requirements continue the community’s nance. overseen by Council officers. involvement with the Hall, “At a time when there is Cllr Reilly suggested form- which was built largely by a lot of strain on resources ing the Section 355 Commit- community efforts. this could take some of the tee when Council announced “Section 355 Committees burden off, while connecting it was going to take over the are commonly used by other Council to the community in running of the Hall, as it does councils as an extension of a unique way. other community buildings, their work,” says Cllr Reilly. “It makes running the after the long serving man“In this instance it saves hall a shared responsibility, agement committee wanted Council having to do bookwhich is the absolute goal of to stand down. ings, negotiate use of the hall community engagement.”
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It is disturbing that Councillor Brown is establishing himself as the ‘go to person’ for dealing with so called ‘problem trees’ and that Werri Beach dune vegetation is next in line. Absent in the debate are objective assessments from professional arborists and dune specialists will no doubt be missing in action. Dune vegetation along Jones’ Beach has been poisoned in the interests of private views. It is appalling that trees planted in public reserves should be culled, in part because of inappropriate development choices and in ignorance of the role they play in providing amenity for community open space. Another Councillor’s support was partly based on his proudly and publicly stated ‘hatred’ of casuarinas and total ignorance of their
status, biology, habits and importance. Kiama Council recently supported an Urban Greening Strategy. Having a nonprofessional and non-scientific vigilante approach to ‘problem trees’ is not the way to go, unless of course we are aiming for an Urban Clearing Policy. Howard R Jones, Foxground Last year the Kiama Council demolished the old amenities block at the Gerringong Boat Harbour Rock Pool. Only the toilets were replaced. Previously the amenities included a men’s and women’s change area, together with two showers in each. Now we have only the outside shower near the footpath and no changing facilities. This seems to have been done with no community consultation. It is clearly not
suitable for the toilets to be used as a change area for the pool. This is a very popular area that attracts not only locals but also many visitors to the area. It is to be hoped that the Council has plans to immediately replace the demolished change rooms to a similar standard to those found at the Kiama Rock Pool. Dave Broadley, Gerringong
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Last call for Aust Day nominations Kiama Council is encouraging you to nominate deserving people for the 2021 Australia Day Awards. “This is a close-knit community, a place people care about, a place where people care for each other, and a place where people contribute,” says Mayor Mark Honey. “The local Australia Day Awards allow us to recognise those people that play a part, large or small, in our community.” The Australia Day Awards are for: • Australia Day Citizen Award • Australia Day Young Citizen Award • Australia Day Senior Citizen of the Year • Community Group of the Year. This year’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year was Andrew Downes, the then Captain of Gerringong’s Rural Fire Service. Olivia Deans was named as Young Citizen of the Year, for her achievements in the sport of karate; and the The Community Group of the Year was shared by the Kiama Red Cross and Jamberoo Touch Association. There was no Senior Citizen of the Year this year. The Awards will be presented at the Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January 2021. Nomination forms at www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/ australiaday or by contacting Council on 4232 0444 Nominations close 4pm, Friday 30 October.
NSWRL recognises a champion volunteer Kristie Laird, photographer, secretary, manager and social media person for the Kiama Knights, has been recognised as a champion volunteer. Last Sunday Rugby league legend Brad Fittler presented Kristie with two awards – the NSWRL Gordon Lowrie Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, Greater Southern Region. Kristie, a Birrahlee Baby born and bred in Kiama, lives and breathes Rugby League. “My eldest son started playing in 2014 and back in those days I was manager of his team, helping out on game day where I could,” she says. “Then I completed the LeagueSafe course and coaches’ course to help more on game day. “In 2018 I decided to join the Committee. Registration numbers were starting to decline, and I wanted to help make sure we had a strong club for all kids to play with for years to come. “It’s a real passion for me. My husband has been involved with the Knights since he was 4 – he’s moved into the senior ranks now, so I help out there – and both my sons (11 and 8) play. “My weekends are pretty much spent at the football field, which my two boys just love. “We get there Saturday morning, we set up, then I get involved in running games through the day. “I sometimes duck off to watch the kids play at other fields. Then it’s back to pack up. “When senior league plays on Sunday, I’m up there taking photos as well.” As well as spending the weekend at the footy, Kristie has a fulltime job and works for a not-for-profit health organisation. She says that being announced as overall winner was a huge honour. “I was really delighted to be selected as winner of both awards. “There are so many hard-working volunteers out there within our game doing
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a similar role. “It does take a lot of effort and having a strong Committee is really important. “I couldn’t do it without the support of our Committee – it’s a real team effort.” There was a period this year where the Kiama Knights were not sure the season would go ahead. “We did everything in our power to make sure the Club was ready to be able to take the field when the competition could start in July,” says Kristie. “We had a bit of a hiccup with games deferred for one week. But by July 26 we were back on the field. “I worked closely with club president Carl Middleton, to develop our COVID safety plan – quite a comprehensive 10 page document outlining everything from training, game day and general operations – and it was one of the first approved by NSWRL for the Group 7 area.” When Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler turned up at Chittick Oval on Sunday, he made a beeline
Brad Fittler presented the trophies to Kristie Laird
for the field to kick a ball around with the kids. Fittler, a Rugby League great who is head coach of the NSW State of Origin team and works as commentator and TV presenter, made the day for these kids, their parents, grandparents and onlookers. “For me, it’s all about these kids and making sure we create a strong and positive club culture that people want to be part of,” Kristie says. Her boys have the black and white on pretty much from the moment they wake up. No matter if they are playing or down at the skate club, they are always wearing Club colours. “Even when the kids have their out-of-uniform day at school, you see Knights colours everywhere. It just makes me really proud to be part of the Club and part of the Committee.” perrie@ thebuglenewspaper.com.au
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The Jamberoo community’s representative body, the Jamberoo Valley Ratepayers and Residents Association ( JVRRA), has a new chair and committee. The new chair is Stuart Richards, a 40 year resident of Jamberoo. Stuart says he and the new committee will continue to drive the process of community involvement with transparent and open discussions to achieve agreed outcomes for the people and the village of Jamberoo. Other committee members are Vivienne Marris (Vice-chair), Ros Neilson (Secretary), Mary Lou Reid (Treasurer) and Graham Pike (Publicity Officer). JVRRA meets at the Jamberoo Club on the first Tuesday of every month, except January, and in November, when it is the first Wednesday. All welcome.
First home buyers may also be eligible for a First Home Owner Grant from the State government. This is $10,000 grant for new homes valued under $600,000 or for house and land under $750,000. Further information and applications can be made directly with your bank or lender or through a finance broker who can provide more details about eligibility.
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TALKING RUBBISH An occasional column by Camilla Kerr- Ruston of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Kiama
Away: the place things go when we no longer want them Since Easter this year the majority of us have been spending more time at home and this has given us an opportunity to examine what we have in our homes. Encouraged by programs such as Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo or Get Organized with The Home Edit, we have been colour sorting, awaking books and generally removing things we don’t want in our homes. Even the ABC has got onboard with their Decluttering, mindfully: The art of the Spring Clean Podcast by Michael Mackenzie on Life Matters. The big question is what happens to these things that we no longer want in our lives?
As children we are told to ‘throw it away’ but where is ‘away’? For waste here in the Kiama Municipality everything that goes into our red bin ends up in landfill right on our door step at Shellharbour’s Dunmore tip at $398 per tonne. This is how much ‘away’ costs. So where else can ‘away’ be – a quick drive out to the Community Resource Recovery Centre at Minnamurra or Dunmore shows you what can be recycled – and the majority at no cost to you. A great tip (excuse the pun) from the weigh bridge team at Dunmore is that if you have a mixed load, go through the weigh bridge
several times. In your first lap through the CRRC drop off all those things that can be recycled for free: • Metals (whitegoods, steel, aluminium, copper and brass), • Paper and cardboard, Clean and separated polystrene (Minnamurra only excepts are type 6 Polystrene) • Comingled recycling (glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminium cans, plastic food containers) • Household Problem Waste (CD/DVDs, mobile phones, ink cartridges, fluorescent tubes and globes, smoke alarms, x-rays, paints, e-waste, car
batteries, gas bottles and fire extinguishers). Exit and then go back-in to dispose of the items you have to pay for and they do watch you on the CCTV so no cheating! Another ‘away’ is to give your things to others who need or would like them – or as Margareta Magnusson in her book Döstädning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter mentions – the practice of giving away things to friends or family but only if they want them. There are many organisations here in the Illawarra and South Coast who can use thing to either sell to raise funds or to help out someone
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details. Finally what are we doing locally: Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Kiama (R3) is organising a ‘Fabulous Fabric Free for All’. It is a very simple event for those of you who have a fabric and knitting yarn stash you want to give away. The lovely volunteers from R3, Simple Gift of a Bag and the Children’s Medical Research Institute Gerringong will be sorting the fabrics out and for a gold coin donation anyone can come and take away these fabrics and yarns for their own projects. We have a sneaking suspicion some of the donors will also be taking materials for new projects home with them... Fabulous Fabric Free for All Thurs 22 October, Joyce Wheatley Centre, Kiama, 2-6pm. Drop your contribution in there from noon.
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Other planning improvements being implemented by Council include: • developing new points of contact within the assessment process to ensure customers are kept up-todate on progress • updating Council’s DA Tracker to provide the public with more information on planning applications • establishing review programs to simplify the Kiama Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Kiama Development Control Plan (DCP).
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To mark Carers’ Week, Kiama Lions has sponsored six carers to stay at their Lions Cottage for three days each. Sandra from Gwynneville and Donna from Balgownie were amongst the first to enjoy the hospitality, which is usually paid for by the carers themselves or the programs supporting them. Both were enjoying time away from their responsibilities looking after children with disabilities. “You don’t realise how much stress and tension you carry until you stop,” says Donna. “It has been great to get the opportunity to let myself go and relax. I just don’t get that normally.” Donna considers herself blessed because family have given her the opportunity to have some time off over the last 13 years, but this is the first time she has had a break
for the last three years. “We’ve been to the shops and market, but apart from that haven’t done much at all. “It has been wonderful!” For Sandra, who looks after her 18 year old son who has Down Syndrome and a sensory processing disorder, it is the first time she has been away on her own since he was born. “I’ve had respite care for him, but I’ve always stayed at home because of the cost. “The problem with staying at home is that you usually end up doing jobs you haven’t had time to do. “Coming away from that environment has been fantastic.” She says having even a modicum of spare time is really unusual. “You are constantly thinking for another person. “You are always trying to be one step ahead of their
reactions, so your brain is always on. “Something like this where you can drop everything and come away, for however long, it is a brilliant concept.” Although they live relatively close, they only met during their stay. Both have enjoyed the camaraderie that come from having someone who understands to talk and laugh with. Kiama Lions restored Council’s derelict cottage in Shoalhaven St with the help of many local businesses. Continuing this tradition, the Carers’ Week visitors have been enjoying donations from the Kiama Farmers’ Market, Meals On Wheels, Parfait Patisserie and Manning St Cellars. Anyone wishing to sponsor a stay by other carers can find out more at www.lionscottage.com.au
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MAYORAL COLUMN Mayor Mark Honey communicates directly with residents and ratepayers I’m pleased to say, discussions are already happening to sort out a plan for dealing with the impact summer crowds will have. Business as usual it won’t be. Asking people to stay away is not an option. We are a tourist town, and we live in a free country. The recent school holidays And with overseas (and and long weekend proved maybe interstate) travel off correct predictions of a the list for some time to major influx of visitors from come, Sydneysiders have limgreater Sydney. ited options when it comes to In fact, the number of peo- getting out of town. ple who turned up here as But, and this is a big but, well as in Shellharbour and we have the right to expect a Wollongong was what we certain standard of behaviour usually experience around from our guests. Christmas and Australia Day. Much of the focus before While that’s normally great the recent holidays was on news for a tourist town, the asking visitors to follow sheer scale of the crowds COVID safety measures means we have some serious around our towns and on our thinking to do before the beaches. summer holidays, when they However, I think we should will return. also be reminding visitors As well as the usual parkthat come here because of ing headaches, the biggest the beauty of our towns and impact I noticed was on villages, they need to help Council’s waste services, keep it that way. trying to keep bins from In other words, ‘treasure overflowing. don’t trash’ what you came Our waste team does a to see. great job each and every day As local councils and their keeping our streets presentstaff consider strategies to able and toilets clean. deal with the forthcoming Yet even they struggled summer, our guests can with the sheer volume of ease the burden with simple people, and the rubbish they actions. produced. These include bringing
your own bags to take your trash home with you. Or showing a little more care about what goes into our bins. Further, if you are using our amenities, leave them in a decent condition, as you would if visiting a friend’s home. Throughout this COVID pandemic I’ve been steadfast
in my belief that we will get through this together. That means our community has a role to play in providing a welcome escape for city-dwellers. It also means city-dwellers visiting places such as Kiama have a role to play as guests to ensure they leave things ready for the next visitors.
Look after yourself in Mental Health Month October is Mental Health Month, and there is still plenty of opportunity to get involved in a range of activities the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Lifeline South Coast are providing to support our community.
CHATS FOR CHANGE More opportunities for a low key chat with people with a caring, listening ear, who can information and connect you to support services if you need it. Just turn up for a chat at the location that suits: • Sat 17 October, Kiama Leagues Club, 10-6pm • Tues 20 October, Jamberoo Club, 10-5pm • Thurs 22 October, Kiama Leagues Club, 10-5pm • Tues 27 October, Kiama Leagues Club, 10-6pm
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on staff to package up the orders this year, and bought a warehouse to accommodate the growth. “You won’t get a more productive worker than a mum that has got 20 minutes,” says Ms Stewart. “I utilise every second of the day.” Her website also sells her patterns, supported by free tutorials, and she is in high demand by interior designers to do commissions. Ms Stewart credits her experience as a teacher with helping her to build the business by developing the necessary technical and marketing skills, as well has enabling her to create demand by teaching people to develop their crafting skills. “My whole business has developed through trial and error, but I’ve got it to the point that now I am very confident about how to build a business, how to build a brand and how to market what I’ve got.” She is soon to speak at an e-commerce conference, as some of her focus goes to teaching others how to build their businesses.
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Sisters share edible garden expertise Elisa and Gloria Dalla Valle were the Kiama Garden Club’s 2019 winners for Backyard Garden Incorporating a Vegetable Garden. “We are encouraging our neighbours to enter the competition this year,” says Elisa. Despite recently joining the Club, the sisters themselves are taking time off this year to continue to develop gardens around the new hall in their Jamberoo Seniors’ precinct. These are filled with espaliered fruit trees, a wide selection of herbs, lettuce, carrot, beetroot, garlic, broad beans, coriander, rocket, mizuna, warrigal greens, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli and rhubarb, for members of the community to harvest fresh for their meals. “We had a group recently that made sauerkraut in the hall,” says Elisa. “And soon Kiama Council and Healthy Cities are going to run a Cook, Chill, Chat program for us where we come together over eight weeks, use our produce, talk about healthy eating, then enjoy a meal together.” Elisa and Gloria believe in vertical as well as horizontal gardening. They are experts at growing espaliered trees, and have a mulberry, olive, eureka lemon, mandarin, kaffir lime and black apple in their small back garden. Espalier is the system of training a fruit tree against a flat structure such as a wall, fence or trellis. They are grown this way to enhance the production of fruit. “We have three to four varieties of salvias to bring the bees, and in between the trees we grow climbing beans, peas, cucumber and zucchinis in front,” says Gloria. They have an Italian background and it seems creating a patchwork of edible colours in their garden might come naturally to them. “We grew up with a large backyard full of stone fruit, vegetables and flowers. Our father grew grapes and made wine. We have a cutting of the fig he grew.”
Help design playgrounds The play equipment at Old School Park in the heart of Gerringong and at Eureka Reserve is to be replaced, and Council is looking for suggestions. “If you have any ideas of how you’d like the playground to look, or features you think will improve the experience for our kids, we’d love to hear from you,” says Director Engineering and Works Mike Dowd. Email suggestions to email@example.com by the end of October.
Each fortnight here at WorkLife we are delighted to be sharing with you some of our uber talented professionals that choose to work from WorkLife. MEMBER PROFILE Jake is a healthcare HR and recruitment consultant and an aspiring aviator. He, his wife Lucy and son Alfie shifted from Sydney’s northern beaches to Kangaroo Valley nine years ago. How and when did you choose life? What’s your tree change story?
Elisa and Gloria Dalla Valle last year’s winning garden
Perhaps this Jamberoo community garden will be a winner in next year’s Kiama Garden Club’s competition? Elisa’s tip: Kale is good for you. She makes kale chips. But if you want to eat it raw in salads and find it too tough, massage your kale. Chop it finely (don’t use the
centre stalk), pour some olive oil over it and sprinkle with salt, then massage it to make it easier to eat and digest.
The 2020 annual Garden Competition closes October 26, with judging the first week in November. For further details contact Vivienne Marris on 0402 101 343.
The Kiama Garden Club meets at 10.30am on the fourth Friday of every month at Ss Peter and Paul Church Hall in Manning St Kiama (until further notice). All residents with an interest in gardening are welcome to attend. Membership is $15 per person or $20 a couple or family, per year.
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My tree change story started when my dear Australian wife took me to Jervis Bay. We headed through Kangaroo Valley on the way home. It reminded me of the UK, where I grew up. At the time I was sitting in traffic in what could be a 90 minute commute to the city from the Northern Beaches. I was working for a recruitment firm where ‘working from home’ just wasn’t an option. We sold our house in Narrabeen and built a house in Kangaroo Valley and now we’re living the dream. How does it work for the rest of the family? What’s been the impact on them? The commute up to Sydney each week is tough for my wife, but we have an apartment up there that she can stay in, which makes things easier. Our son is now in high school and doing great down here. The smaller class sizes compared to Sydney have been priceless. What’s your passion project/side gig? Is there anything that you’re hustling on? I’m doing my pilot’s licence at Wollongong airport at Albion Park. I’ve been working in the health and medical industry for 15 years and do a lot of work with rural and regional health services. They struggle to get good clinicians and good supplies. The dream is to fly urgent medical supplies. I’ve got a real passion for helping people in regional areas. If they had a decent air service in supplies, then flying that route would be my ultimate gig. What’s the best thing about your membership to WorkLife?
Linger for a few moments near Kiama’s Collins and Terralong Streets roundabout and you are almost guaranteed to hear someone commenting about the flower display or the perfume from the Peace roses planted under the War Memorial. This spring we were treated to a glorious display of almost stained-glass magnificence as intermediate-sized snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) reached for the sky. The Kiama Council Parks and Gardens team, led by horticulturalist Murray Dee and apprentice horticulturalist Jason Pappas (above), work round the year to beautify this entrance to Kiama.
Jason says the secret to snappie success is healthy soil and feeding them Healthy Earth, an Australian-made fertiliser, about a month after planting. “When we see a flower bud come up, we cut it back as this allows more flowers to come out, as it gets more energy to the roots,” he says. Pappas was Council’s Megan Dalley Apprentice of the Year in 2019 and is doing his final block of TAFE horticulture studies this term. He says we can expect more colour and joy in summer. “Soon we will turn over the soil, apply an inch of mushroom compost and add petunias (maybe High
Society) to the salvia, canna lily and assorted shrubs mix,” he says. While we stand admiring these colours, a retiree from Wollongong walks past. “We regularly catch the train to Kiama, walk to Minnamurra then take the train home,” he says. “My wife Maureen has always wanted to be a gardener in Kiama. She sends emails to council to congratulate them on their flowers.” He turns to Jason and says, “It must really give you a lift to work here, son.” Jason beams. perrie@ thebuglenewspaper.com.au
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Major Indigenous art exhibition in Nowra The TERRA within, a major exhibition which explores the impacts of colonisation and celebrates the survival of the oldest living culture in the world is now open in Nowra. It features powerful artworks by more than 30 Indigenous artists, and seeks to show the multiplicity of opinion and responses to the impact and survival of Indigenous people on the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s voyage to the east coast of Australia. The free exhibition, at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, includes works from traditional and contemporary artists including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gordon Hookey, Jaz Corr, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Johnny Bulun Bulun, Sally Morgan, Peter Hewitt and Amala Groom. Warwick Keen, the exhibition’s curator, is an award-winning visual artist from the Gomeroi (Gamilarraay) language group. He has practiced art for more than 40 years and taught for TAFE NSW for the past 24 years. “What you will see is a blending of what I term politically in-your-face type works which are asking people to take into consideration the
Electrical contractors servicing all areas from Albion Park to Berry, including Calderwood & Tullimbar aboriginal perspective and become a little more aware of the plight of aboriginal people over the past 250 years,” he says. The exhibition provides a place to celebrate the continuation of culture, knowledge and connection to country. While admission to the exhibition is free for the public, visitors are asked to consider making a donation through
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Myopia - what’s the fuss? Myopia, or short-sightedness, is an eye condition which causes distance vision to be blurry. This is easily corrected by glasses, contact lenses, orthokeratology (a novel contact lens treatment which reshapes the eye during overnight wear), and refractive surgery, however having a high degree of myopia puts the eye at risk of future vision loss.
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The problem is, rates of myopia are skyrocketing. Myopia used to only affect a small number of people, but a recent Chinese study found rates of 60% in 12 year old’s increasing to 80% by 16, and over 90% in university students. It seems this change is due to lifestyle changes that occur due to urbanisation, and we are seeing a similar change in Australian children. So, what can we do? In terms of prevention, the best advice is to spend at least 3 hours per day outside. Once myopia has developed, there are a few methods which have been shown to slow or stop progression. Simply prescribing stronger glasses every year or two is, in my view, no longer an acceptable form of treatment. I will discuss recommended treatment options in the next column. If you have vision concerns in the meanwhile give us a call.
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Dinner with the Birds OUT AND ABOUT
While the ‘you know what’ means the Bird Haven Festival is not being held this year, BirdLife Shoalhaven and the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program are putting on a virtual event starting during National Bird Week (19-25 October). The Dinner with the Birds webinar series has been developed for bird enthusiasts of all levels of experience: Tuesday October 20, 7pm
The Shoalhaven - a mecca for birds and birdwatchers Rob Dunn (BirdLife Shoalhaven)
Thursday 5 November, 7pm
Dinner with the Owls
Dr Beth Mott (BirdLife Australia)
Thursday 19 November, 7pm
Surviving the fires: heathland birds and Glossy Black Cockatoos Dr Dave Bain and Lauren Hook (Saving our Species) Thursday 3 December, 7pm
Sharing the shoreline: beach nesters and waders Jodie Dunn and Jess Sharp (NSW National Parks) For more information and to book your place for the free talks go to: www.eventbrite.com.au/o/ the-saving-our-speciesprogram-30530441498
At the opening of the Bending the lines exhibition Local artist Carla Jackett opened her show at the Fern Street Gallery last week and despite not having an official launch party, due to COVID 19 restrictions, quite a few local and out of town visitors popped in to see her works on the first day. ‘Bending the Line’ is a body of work painted early this year, inspired by the devastating bushfires through Kangaroo Valley not far from where Carla lives. “I witnessed the devastation and eeriness of the burnt and smoldering landscape while watering and feeding the displaced and hungry wildlife along Tallowa Dam road in Kangaroo Valley. “It was a sad and emotional time for many and I felt I wanted to record how it affected me through my painting in the Currowan series. The Valley is recovering and there are many signs of new life and the wildlife is slowly returning,” she says. Fern Street Gallery, Gerringong. Artist Carla Jackett (left) and Jillian Naidu from Kangaroo Valley Open 10-4pm daily, ends Oct 18.
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have been extensive and everyone has had an opportunity to provide input. “Guided by some of the best consultants available, we’re set to go to another level in delivering positive environmental outcomes. “We’re proud that our activities have resulted in one of the most significant revegetation projects in the Illawarra. “We’ve actually gone above and beyond many of our environmental requirements, which has been verified by annual inspections and independent audits. We continue to engage with community We recently did our bit for While the countryside was has produced some very It will be some time before representatives.” regional tourism, by taking a green all the way, it wasn’t lucky lambs, frolicking in the big events, like Bathurst, GEPS contends the few days to do a circuit from until we got to the range land grass that almost hides some will be back to full scale Department hasn’t ensured Kiama through Kangaroo between Taralga and Oberon of them. again, so every little bit helps. the Landscape and RehabilValley and the Highlands, that we experienced the true Last year the flock had to The traffic coming back itation Plan for the existing down to Goulburn, then up vibrancy of the land after the be fed with hay from further through the Blue Mountains mine has been carried out in to Oberon and back via the end of a long drought. afield – this year a shearer showed that many are alaccordance with the Court Blue Mountains. This is prime sheep we met in Oberon told us ready making it up that way. determined conditions of Kangaroo Valley was country, first settled by the that they are so well fed it is Next time we’ll avoid doing consent. packed with its Arts Festival, MacArthurs, and known as hard to get them to move to it on a weekend. “Areas of planting that were bravely put on despite the re- the Richlands. the shearing shed without Louisa Donnelly, Kiama supposed to be completed by strictions. Perhaps because Having driven this way the having to give them a rest. 2011 are still incomplete and of that, and the bushfires, same time last year, we were The kangaroos also can’t the monitoring and follow up there was an extra vibrancy overwhelmed by the change. believe their luck, and are planting regime hasn’t been in the air. Then the parched fields more prevalent than ever. implemented in accordance The Highlands were still were rocky and brown. Visitors like us are needed with this Plan,” says Mr If you’d like to share your resplendent with spring blosNow it is emerald green in these areas to help them Jones. travel story, send your soms, although the bulbs had and the dams are full. recover from the drop in “Despite our protestations postcard to: news@ long since given up after the The contrast is amazing. business experienced in the to the Department about the thebuglenewspaper.com.au poor implementation of this erratic seasonal changes. This year’s lambing season pandemic. Plan their responses have
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