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Answers needed on sewer capacity More than a week after areas of Black Beach and Kendalls Beach were cordoned off due to sewerage overflow contamination, the fencing was still there ahead of the Easter Long Weekend. This and the obvious discolouration in the water has led Deputy Mayor Andrew Sloan, a water engineer, to call for Sydney Water to report back to Council urgently on the capacity of our sewer system. “This recent weather wasn’t that extraordinary for Kiama,” he says. “These overflows actually demonstrate the sewer network, all the way to Bombo, is already overloaded. “We certainly don’t have the capacity in this network, when it is clear, to handle any further development in South Kiama.” Sydney Water has told The Bugle that while the plant is designed to manage high flows during wet weather, the Bombo Resource Recovery Facility received ten times the amount of water compared to normal conditions on the weekend of 20-21 March. Council warned residents of the overflow on Tuesday 23 March. It also closed Surf Beach and Kendalls Beach due to the sewage overflow, as well as the risk of shark attack
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from a washed up whale carcass. The spokesman said, “Sydney Water takes its responsibility to protect public health and the environment seriously. “Sydney Water regularly assesses all our assets to determine what future upgrades may be required for increased volume and or treatment requirements. Bombo is included in this cyclical program.” Cllr Sloan explains that in wet weather extra water gets into the sewer network in two ways – either people have illegally connected downpipes to the sewerage system instead of stormwater, or the age of the pipes is such that there is some leakage into them.
With the start of the rollout of “We are all keen to do our the COVID-19 vaccine, GPs bit to protect our communiacross the Municipality are ty, and are supporting each urging residents to approach other to get the job done the situation calmly. thoroughly, and are asking Speaking on behalf of other the community for patience.” local GPs, Dr Jackie Sloan Almost all of the local of the Gerringong Medical practices have been accepted Practice, says, “Vaccinating for the vaccine roll-out, and the local community will be a some have already received long process due to a limited their vaccine supplies and vaccine supply initially, but commenced inoculations. This is not the first time 450 lots) raised questions we will get through everyone Others will start to receive overflows have happened. about the capacity of the eventually. their supply in the next week “For overflows like this, Kiama system to cope. “We expect the weekly sup- or two. either there is something The Member for Kiama, ply to increase once AustraTo find out if you are eligibad going wrong with the Gareth Ward, says, “My lian production increases. ble for a COVID-19 Vaccine network or it is at capacity. expectation is that Sydney “There is no need to panic please refer to the Vaccines “We don’t know what the Water resolves this issue as Eligibility Checker. If you are capacity of the sewerage soon as possible. We need to about needing to get it done continued on p16 system is all the way through make sure the environmental immediately. town. We don’t know the cahealth of our community is pacity through wet weather. always put first. “We don’t know whether it “They have budgets for has any capacity to take any where there are overflow new developments and Sydissues, and they need to get ney Water hasn’t been comonto it and sort it out. municating with Council.” “If we have to look at The issue of the system’s broader solutions, then I capacity was highlighted am happy to raise it with not only when Jamberoo Melinda Pavey, who is the residents were told there responsible minister.” were no more new connecThe facility has been tions available, but also when upgraded a number of times Working towards the same goal: Dr Tom Hilliar (Kiama Downs a planning proposal (for a since it was built in 1984, Medical Practice), Dr Niamh Sheridan (Kiama Medical Practice), major new development at and currently supports Frances McCoy (RN at Kiama Downs), Catherine Hartley (RN at South Kiama Drive of over around 20,000 households.
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Council to consider L’Etape plans for Akuna St options third time lucky An Extraordinary Meeting of Kiama Council is being held on 13 April with two items on the agenda: its Akuna Street holding and 85 Attunga Avenue. A decision was made to discuss them separately at a special meeting to give councillors the time to focus on them, given the amount of items that will need to be considered at the April Ordinary Meeting the week later. In particular, this is the meeting that the draft budget for 2021/2 will be discussed. “There won’t be a decision made on the disposal or any other major plan for our Akuna Street site at the meeting,” says Mayor Mark Honey. “We will be reviewing the position we are in and what we have to do to go forward with it. “It has been a goal for almost a decade – we just
The exact date for the next L’Etape cycling event is yet to be decided on, following extreme weather forecasts forcing its cancellation two days before it was due to be held on 20 March. “We want to hold it at the end of the year, but we are still doing our due diligence on what would be need to get some options on though the Daouds subsethe best date,” says Florent quently obtained a DA for the table.” Malézieux, Head of Sport at the site from the Regional The 4961m2 site was consolidated through the Lateral Events and organiser Planning Panel. This DA is purchase of the Weston’s of L’Etape Australia, noting now owned by Council site on Shoalhaven Street in that the process could take a It is understood the 2012 and the Mitre 10 site, few weeks. Daouds have presented between Terralong and Aku- Council with an amended “We have to take already na Streets, in 2015, at a total vision for the site. organised events and trackcost of over $7 million. works into account, factor in Kiama Heights residents In 2016 Council sold the are hoping their submissions the information that the comsite to Wollongong developer against the first step in the munity has told us leading up Nick Daoud on the condition sale of 85 Attunga Ave will to the March event and enof it getting DA approval by a sway councillors on the gage with the local business certain time. chambers and councils. night. When this didn’t happen, “We are even looking at the The staff recommendation the sale fell through, alpossibility of holding it on is not yet known. a Sunday, given that many businesses have been telling us that Saturday is their busiest day.” The latest the new date Work has started on extend- service routes to protect and Further research on why would be confirmed is during ing both platforms at Kiama carry cabling underground, spending in the Kiama LGA the Tour de France (26 June Station by eight metres, as overhead wiring and cabling in January was up 40 per – 18 July), as it is a crucial part of a $600 million packwork and the installation cent on the previous year marketing opportunity for the age of work to upgrade and of support structures and has revealed a strong trend Australian event. modernise the rail network. signalling modifications. even when the bushfires of Mr Malézieux has no This work is part of a wider “Construction is expected 2020 were factored out. regrets about cancelling infrastructure upgrade plan to be complete by late next The data supplied the event, despite the costs which includes getting the year.” through the Spendmapp involved in refunding particiSouth Coast train network This new Intercity Fleet system shows that spendpants. Just how much of this ready for the introduction will be run from Sydney ing in January was up 25 will be covered is still being for the New Intercity Fleet to Kiama and promises to per cent on the same time discussed with the insurers. of trains set to be in 2022. provide an improved level of in 2019. “We drove the course on “We are pressing ahead comfort and convenience for The Acting Director the morning it was held, and with these important platSouth Coast residents. form extension upgrades at Trains will run with 10 car- Corporate and Commercial, it was even scary to be in a Megan Hutchison, says that car,” he says. Kiama to make it easier for riages during peak periods even though locals spend“The visibility was terrible, customers to get on and off and will be able to fit 1312 ing out of our LGA was and the rain was insane. the New Intercity Fleet,” says passengers on them. They down this last January, it Later in the day a tree fell on Gareth Ward, Member for will be able to travel at a Jamberoo Mountain Road Kiama. maximum speed of 160km/h is the first time that visitor spending has been more and flooding closed Macqua“Main construction activand feature mobile charging than that spent by locals. rie Pass. ities will include upgrading points and luggage storage. by Jack Wallner “There is no way we could tracks, installing combine
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Unfortunately, the easing of restrictions came too late for KISS Arts Festival to do it’s normal thing in 2021. Instead, the KISS team will hold a special two cabaret event in the Pavilion to hold place for the 2022 event. “It was due to be our 10th anniversary of the event” said director Tamara Campbell. “Luckily 10 is just a number and we will be having the biggest KISS ever to celebrate our 11th year in 2022. “I can’t wait to bring on the party.” Despite desperately wanting to go ahead, the risk was still too big when planning needed to commence, and the organisers made the sad choice to massively downsize the event. “It will be a little bit exclusive this year. We will have a family friendly cabaret on
Kiama’s natural amphitheatre at the KISS Arts Festival in 2019 Photo: Peter Izzard
the afternoon of Saturday 1st May and then en adults only one that night. “We will be able to seat 250 people at each cabaret. “The event tickets will be released on Easter weekend. If you are a hard core KISS fan, get in and get your tickets before you miss out.” The line up will include the best Australia has to offer with acts joining from South Australia and Melbourne. In the true tradition of KISS, there will be surprise and delight mini activations before and after the cabarets to keep the community feel, as well as the usual highly interactive acts.
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Results of community survey We need more Kiama & District Stronger Community (KDSC), formed last year to foster strong bonds within the community in the wake of a number of suicides, has released the results of a survey it conducted to gauge mental health literacy in our community. The survey utilised an internationally recognised Community Mental Health Index, and the results from 700 participants shows our region sitting at the bottom end of the ‘developing’ range. “We can use the Index to understand what we are doing well, and what we need to focus on, so that we can catch mental health issues earlier and lend necessary
support to struggling individuals, their friends and family, and the community in which we all live,” says Ben Wilson, a member of KDSC who consults in this area through his firm HSC Global. “The score in the 14-24 age group is much lower, making them a clear target for support. “We had a crisis, and what is really inspiring is this hope we can do something about it.” The survey looked at four main influences on mental health literacy: • improved recognition of mental health issues and services • reduced stigma
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The survey showed that as a community, what we think about mental health and what we do on a daily basis has a massive influence on whether or not someone gets help when they are in a crisis.
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• help seeking behaviour • understanding what to do in a crisis. “We learnt a lot of things and we were able to identify some key target areas,” says another KDSC member, anthropologist Dr Monty Badami. The box below highlights the insights in terms of our different roles within a community. “We have some wins but we still have a long way to go,” says Dr Badami. “We noticed that men were performing consistently lower than women on the index by up to six points. “The other big and significant factor is that our young people scored up to 30 points lower than the rest of the community.” As a result of the survey, KDSC has committed to these initiatives: • organising more events to reduce stigma and increase awareness of the services in the area • increasing local mental health support services in the community • a Lighthouse leadership training program (see right) • making sure young people’s voices are heard. “We are trying to help the Kiama community look after itself,” says KDSC and Gezza Cares member, Derek McMahon. “We want the whole community to get involved and help make a difference.” The results of the survey and the importance of the Lighthouse program were highlighted at a recent information night targeted at community groups. Feedback from that event will provide further guidance
on the way forward. KDSC has already donated $15,000 for a three month pilot program to provide more individual support while Council’s drop-in Youth Centre is currently closed. “The closure of the Centre is specifically about ensuring the ongoing sustainability of the service in relation to behaviour management of the attendees, working through the support we provide and developing a strategic plan for Youth Services moving forward,” says Council’s Jessica Rippon, Director Environmental Services. “It may not be that we need additional funds, it might be that we look at a different way of operating.” The survey highlighted the need for more events for youth, and this is being addressed by The Big Get Together (see below) and a Youth Fest to be held later in the year (details to come).
lighthouses KDSC has set itself a target to train 700 people, for a start, to be ‘lighthouses’ within the community. “The lighthouse is a symbol of hope,” says resilience expert Maggie Dent. “If you have teenagers in your life you need lighthouse figures – it’s those significant adult allies that they listen to and can have a quiet chat with. “We need to help lighthouses understand the development stages of teens today, and how to communicate and connect with them.” As Ben Wilson puts it, “What we know is leadership influences culture, culture drives behaviours, behaviours yield results. “We have amazing people
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Not content with being the founder of The Man Walk, KDSC member Mark Burns is mentoring the youthful organisers of what he reckons will be the best community gathering ever. “I don’t think there has been anything like The Big Get Together before,” he says. “The goal of the day is to connect the whole community together. “We want to make it appealing for our young people, but also an opportunity for them to feel supported by the community.” Held as part of Youth Week, there will be stalls featuring products being made by young people, the painting
of an old Bedford truck as a community art project, music from young performers, food trucks and an outdoor screening of Shrek, complete with beanbags and popcorn (free but booking required). “I’m super impressed with the young people organising this,” says Mark. “They are driving the event,
Mark (centre) with John Maynard (youth worker), Lucy Marron of KDSC, Abdul Lawal (youth worker) and Sophie Campbell of Destination Kiama
with a little bit of advice from old fogies like me. It’s been amazing to watch them go. “Come along and see what young people like.”
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Award-winning Newcastle poet, Ivy Ireland, will host a this will continue on in the two and a half hour poetry lead up to December.” writing workshop at the next Mr Malézieux believes Poetry By The Sea event, there will be time to overfollowed by a performance in come the criticism, in the the following Open Reading lead-up to the March event, event. about lack of community Ivy’s life is made up of mulconsultation. tiple story arcs – poet, tutor, “Thankfully with COVID PhD student, performer, almost a thing of the past, we magician’s assistant, harpist, are going to be able to deliver second-hand bookstore the usual community engage- owner, mother and future ment plan we do for L’Etape, psychotherapist. which we weren’t able to do “But being a poet, while last year,” he says. being my secret favourite “We will be down there identity, is something I must more often, have face-to-face do,” Ivy says. meetings, and be able to “There’s no escape. Poetry share information in a more chose me. The poems want accessible way. out, I try to provide the very “In the last few months best space I can for them in we have had the chance to my busy life.” receive a lot of feedback from Ivy is the author of the local community and we Incidental Complications accommodated a lot of the (2007), Porch Light (2015) requests, and also learnt a lot and The Owl Inside (2020). about the impact on the local Her literary awards incommunity of the event that clude the Australian Young wasn’t flagged by councils or Poet Fellowship, the Harri chambers. Jones Memorial Prize, the “We now we have a record Thunderbolt Prize, and the of that and can amend our Newcastle Poetry Prize local plans to limit the impact of award. She was runner-up in the event.” the UC International Poetry Prize in 2019. Her poetry, essays and reviews have been widely published in journals and anthologies and she is a reviewer for Cordite Poetry from page 3
Review. Ivy’s workshop may help you find great inspiration if you are stuck some way in your writing. “The workshop will be personcentred with an individual focus and any level of writing skill is just fine.” She aims to explore methods of integrating unconscious elements of the psyche into the process of writing poetry. “While that sounds quite intense, and I guess it is, what I mean by that is by utilising free writing, automatic writing and dream images. “By taking a look at some poems and talking about my own methods of artistic inspiration and those of some other wonderful poets, we will hope to forge something in the fires of the unconscious and drag it up into the light of the page.” The Poetry by the Sea event is a partnership between the South Coast Writers Centre and Kiama Council.
Adara Enthaler, who is Events and Communications Manager for the SC Writers Centre says, “Kiama has exceptional artists and a very talented community, so we are ecstatic to be able to connect with this community through these programs.” The Reading is free and open to any local poet who may want to try their hand at reading poetry to a small audience.
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Local schools to get upgrades Three local schools are set to receive new and improved facilities as part of the New South Wales Government’s $120 million Regional Renewal Program. Kiama High’s main quad is to become a covered outdoor learning area, which can be also used for whole of school assemblies, as well as other shade structures Kiama Public is to get an upgrade of its sports field and nature playground Minnamurra Public is to get a upgrade and extension of its staff room. The funding is part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus response to the pandemic, and is designed to deliver educational, community and economic benefits. The Regional Renewal Program will provide a Government co-contribution of between 50 to 80 per cent for school infrastructure improvements to high priority schools in regional New South Wales. The amounts to be awarded are yet to be announced, as they are still subject to tender. “At the moment, we can’t get everyone together for a whole of school assembly, so this area will allow us to do it,” says Kiama High’s Principal, Catherine Glover. “The PE staff are very happy as it will give them an
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Sales Representative First National Coast & Country It was 160 acres in the Jamberoo hills that recently created quite a stir in the local real estate market. They sold for $1.9 million a week before the auction to a Sydney medical professional looking to lock in the family’s retirement getaway. I must say, it’s a beautiful lifestyle rainforest property with walking trails, creeks and easy access to Jamberoo and Kiama. It also had a hard to get entitlement to build on 11 acres of the cleared land, which is zoned E3. all weather outdoor learning area. “I want to put something in that beautifies the school grounds, in line with our other initiatives to make the school look more welcoming. “If I can add lighting and sound, that would be fantastic.” Ms Glover is keen to get the new facility built as soon as practicable. “It will serve so many purposes, including providing a big sun smart area which is a
priority for our P&C.” Mr Ward says that the Regional Renewal Program is part of a $7 billion investment in school infrastructure across four years. “We are proud that in addition to the Gonski reforms we are seeing more money invested in things that schools want. “A partnership like this is a good example of where we have been able to bring something forward that might have been a few years
off otherwise.” Kiama High currently has 940 students to gather for an full assembly, in the first year that it has adhered to its enrolment policy that restricts its catchment to the LGA. This has resulted in one less year seven class this year, and the total number has also been reduced by close to 90 seniors being attracted into apprenticeships. Prior to this the school was operating at its absolute capacity of 1060 students.
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rants, cafes, bars and pubs and two $25 vouchers to be used at entertainment and recreational businesses like the cinema or live music gigs. “This $500 million program is helping to support our local businesses and these vouchers are already breathing new life into our economy and helping to ease the cost of living for working families and seniors,” says Gareth Ward, Member for Kiama. NSW residents can access the vouchers through the Service NSW app where they then must apply for them with two proof of identification such as their driver’s license, Medicare card or passport. They will then receive an email or notification to let them know they are eligible for the vouchers. Small businesses can also
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Alleged sexual assault in Gerringong Mark Horsfall, a resident of Culburra Beach who worked as a masseur at BodyResort Chinese Massage at Gerringong, has appeared in Wollongong Local Court charged over the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a woman who had come to him for a massage. Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District commenced an investigation on Friday after receiving reports a 42 year old woman had allegedly been sexually assaulted while at a massage parlour. He was charged with 19 counts of aggravated sexually touch another person and 11 counts of aggravated sex assault – victim under authority of offender. It’s alleged the man sexually assaulted the woman on multiple occasions during an appointment. He was refused bail and his matter is listed for mention at Wollongong Local Court on 19 May.
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Easing of restrictions welcomed Fight against sand The easing of COVID-19 restrictions means almost all businesses and organisations can go back to operating at full capacity – be they a church or a hospitality venue – making it a significant step in the economic and social recovery of the area. This is first time that there have been almost no limits on venue numbers since the start of the pandemic. It will be a positive change for local businesses who see it as an opportunity to grow again and return back to what was normal. “The easing of restrictions will have the biggest impact on the weddings we hold here,” says Craig Hardy, General Manager of The Sebel Harbourside Kiama (right). “The restriction on dancing had a big impact for weddings and while we have hosted about 14 this year already, controlling the 20
people on the dance floor was one of the trickier aspects of the restrictions. “The inability to stand up with a drink was also a big part of the impact and the removal of that restriction will make it one of the biggest and most positive changes for us as a business.” Restrictions have also been loosened in places of worship allowing congregations to sing together. “We are so thrilled to be able to sing again in church, it’s not the most important thing we do but its such beautiful slice of heaven to sing out loud and rejoice together,” says Rev. Jodie McNeill, senior minister of Jamberoo Anglican Church. “We have been meeting together as much as we could within the restrictions but not being able to sing together has been one of the hardest things.
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Aware it is facing a David and Goliath battle to have Boral’s sand mining modification at Dunmore reversed, Friends of Minnamurra River (FOMR) have released some detail of the campaign they intent to launch in mid-April. “The campaign will detail serious defects and omissions, as well as legal and administrative questions, that FOMR has found in the administrative process and assessment by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE),” says the group’s Chair, Will Chyra. A two member NSW Government-appointed Independent Planning Commission (IPC) late last year approved the two new sand mining pits on the eastern side of the highway on assessment advice from DPIE.
“When we launch the FOMR campaign and show all that was wrong with the entire process leading to the IPC’s decision to approve the two mining pits, right in the middle of some of the rarest and most sensitive ecosystems on the planet, people will ask ‘how can that happen’ and ‘will a government really allow that environmental destruction to happen’,” says Chyra. FOMR has found there are regulations currently in existence which will allow the relevant NSW Government ministers to stop the mines. The FOMR campaign will also reveal why Federal Government intervention to stop the sand mines is possible. He invites people to add to the $15,000 already been raised for a fighting fund at gofundme.com
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Caring for Kaleula Headland Landcare Illawarra is looking for new blood to ramp up the small Landcare group that has been working on Kaleula Headland, on the south end of Kendalls Beach, since 2002. “For years the bit of remnant rainforest on top of the Headland and the area down the bottom has been neglected and we are concerned about it,” says Ailee Calderbank, Coordinator for Landcare Illawarra. “A couple of Landcare Illawarra members have put their hands up to get the group going and to concentrate on helping out the more ecologically important areas of the Headland.” The group’s plan of attack includes removing weeds to make space for the vegetation that is already there, which will in turn create shade to stop more weeds from growing. “There will be a lot of weeding involved and there will be some limited planting,” says Ailee. “We follow what most natural area managers do – encourage the existing seed bank and native vegetation by weeding around the species that drop seeds or ones that need space to grow, “One of the strategies of clearing weeds is actually shading them out to stop
them growing. There has already been some planting done at the headland so we need to weed around it and then also plant ground covers to help keep any other weeds out. “People associate Landcare with planting trees, but in reality we do a lot more weedLandcare Illawarra Coordinator Ailee Calderbank, with the willing helpers ing!” Kaleula Headland is home There are eight other a great the job Landcare is to some Kangaroo Grass, a Landcare groups operating doing, to show there really is threatened ecological comin the Municipality – Jones strong interest in regeneramunity. Beach, Bombo Headland, tion of our local areas. “There is a patch of KanCedar Ridge, Hillside Native Ailee says apart from helpgaroo Grass there on the Food Forest, Little Blowhole, ing to care for the land, there Headland which was once Werri Beach, Jubilee Grove are benefits for volunteers very common but it is now and Seven Mile Beach. being involved. threatened and there are a “Since COVID and the “It’s fun getting together lot of other weeds which are bushfires, we have had a with people outdoors to care starting to get into the grass,” lot of people interested in for the land.” says Ailee. getting out there and helping Kaleula Headland Landcare “We can’t actually work out. It’s really heartening to meets on the third Saturday in a threatened ecological see it,” says Ailee. of each month, with the next community so we asked “Many people don’t realise meeting on 17 April from noon. Council to mow an extra area how much of this great work Training provided. adjacent to the patch where is happening around the For more information visit: the weeds were the worst. Illawarra and Kiama.” www.landcareillawarra.org.au “We could get closer to reShe says that even if you or contact Ailee by move some of the weeds, but can’t get out and physically emailing coordinator@ not much else can be done help, you can show your suplandcareillawarra.org.au without a special licence and port by contacting Council by Jack Wallner qualifications.” and letting them know what
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Street gallery opens Weekend walkers along Boanyo Street have the opportunity to stop and connect with art in a novel way, now that Stewart Johnston has opened the Boanyo Stop and Swap Gallery. This truely micro gallery has more in common with street libraries than commercial galleries. He was inspired to set one up after hearing of them emerging as neighbourhood arts hubs in Canada. "The premise is that the art you see is free to view and explore, but is also free to exchange," says Stewart. "If you see something that you think might enhance your life for a month or a week, or even forever, please feel free to exchange a bit of your own creativity for someone else’s." He's mindful that people may not have something on them to exchange, but hopeful that their experience will lead them to contribute something at some other time. Size is also a factor, so a visit may inspire others to create miniature artwork for the space. Like a street library, returning something is entirely up to the individual. Neighbour Barbara Hill has already contributed some of her paintings. "I think it is a wonderful
community initiative," she says. "It will give more chances for the neighbourhood to come together, and promote a sharing culture." Stewart's friend Ian Harrison came in from Jamberoo for the opening. "I think it is a great idea and hope it grows," he says. With the small exhibition space, there is already work housed in the gallery storeroom and talk of a sculpture garden extension. For those asking the 'what is art?' question, Stewart's definition is broad enough to cover any creative pursuit – collage, found objects, knitting, knotting, embroidery, basketry, baking, beading, kneading, painting, printing, sculpting, shaping, nailing, and of course, joining and sawing. For the first month, Stewart will be manning the gallery on Saturday and Sunday mornings to explain the concept to people. "After that I'm hopeful that we can leave it outside permanently as a community asset, just like a street library."
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Gerringong Medical Practice is very happy to introduce two new doctors who have joined our team Dr David Collett trained at the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2010.
Funded by the efforts of Kiama Boomerang Bags, Reduce Reuse Recycle Kiama is delighted to announce it is able to offer micro-grants up to the amount of $1500 to other local not-for-profit community groups or registered charities. “We are looking to support sustainability projects that are focused on reducing waste in the Kiama Municipality by encouraging people to work together, to educate and change the behaviours of residents and visitors towards waste,” says Camilla Kerr-Ruston. “We will also consider projects that that will improve the health and wellbeing of the local Kiama communities.”
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Originally from the Illawarra region, David is very happy to have recently returned to the South Coast and if not at work you are likely to find him in the surf. David works in the practice Monday to Wednesday. Dr Eleanor McLeod moved from England in 2005 and completed her Medical Degree in 2012 at the University of Sydney. After 4 years training in emergency medicine, she moved to the South Coast to make the most of her love of gardening and camping.
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Golf Day with heart COMMUNITY GROUP NEWS Following its outstanding success last year, the Sam Matters Cup Charity Golf Day is being held again this year to raise money for the foundation also set up in Sam’s memory, to support suicide prevention and awareness. “Our son Sam committed suicide on 28 July last year and we are left devastated with all the unanswered questions that accompany something like this,” says his father Dean Matters. “We needed to do something to help remember Sam and assist other parents or anyone facing this situation. “It’s a fun day format of a Parent & Child Two Person Ambrose – or any family combination of mum or dad or grandparent and sibling – and also a Two Person Ambrose for non-relatives.” They will be competing to have their names of the Sam Matters Cup and the Sam Matters Plate. For those who can’t get there, there is the opportunity to buy tickets to win a $16,000 Golf Cart, donated
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Dean Matters (second from right) with the defending champions, Matthew Swain and Alex and Greg Weir. Friday 23 April, Gerringong Golf Course, with two shotgun starts, 6.45am and 11.45am. $85 per player. Breakfast and coffee at Gerringong Golf course from 5.30am, as well as lunch and dinner at the end of the day and music by LP Entertainment. Bookings are essential. Call the Pro Shop on 4234 3333.
Jamberoo Red Cross has recently sent its latest batch of 130 Trauma Teddies off to the Nowra office for distribution. “They go to fire stations, doctor’s surgeries, xray departments, hospitals and other places of need,” says the branch’s President Barbara Adams. There are a number of ways you can get involved. Wool donations are gladly accepted and can be left at Elders Jamberoo. If you would like to join the sewing bee, the women meet on the fourth Friday of each month at the RSL Hall Jamberoo, 10 am until 2 pm (gold coin donation). “Morning tea is provided, so bring your own lunch and enjoy the company of other ladies making Trauma Teddies,” says Barbara. Alternatively, if you want to knit at home, patterns can be accessed at www.redcross. org.au or at the hall at the monthly meetings.
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Jamberoo Youth Hall gets more than a facelift There wasn’t a scone to be seen at the opening of the newly upgraded Jamberoo Youth Hall, a situation that is unlikely to be repeated once the Jamberoo CWA (and other community groups) get their hands on the new kitchen facilities. The Youth Hall, near the bandstand in Reid Park, was built by local volunteers in 1981, and had been showing its age and suffering serious structural defects. While these took up the main part of the $267,500 upgrade, they are all behind the scenes and it is the new kitchen, windows and toilet facilities that will be most appreciated by the public. “We weren’t quite sure who owned it for a while, hence why things were falling apart at the back,” said Deputy Mayor Andrew Sloan at the opening. “It is great it is now back with all four cylinders firing for the community.” Since the time it was built, the Youth Hall has played an important role in the community, as a meeting place for young and old. “I am extremely pleased that the NSW Government has provided $145,000 in funding under the Stronger
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Country Communities Fund which is delivered several important projects and upgrades such as the Jamberoo Youth Hall,” said the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, at the opening. Kiama Council funded the remaining $122,500 out of the Special Rate Variation. The behind the scenes work included rebuilding and strengthening of the structural walls, including replacement of damaged masonry, and upgrading the nearby stormwater drainage to prevent water penetration and flooding. “It has been great to be able to secure grants like this in partnerships with Council so we can upgrade facilities like this,” said Mr Ward.
“Greg Walsh [of the Jamberoo Combined Sporting Clubs Inc] has been in my ear about these projects quite relentlessly, and he is making sure we get these things done. “The improvements will make sure the Youth Hall plays as an important a part in Jamberoo’s future, as it has in its past.” The Hall is now run by a special management committee of Council, made up of community members, known as a 355 committee. “It is different to other types of Council committees in that it means we are an extension of Council, and that we can have a greater control over this hall than some of the others in the area,” said
Councillor Neil Reilly on behalf of the Committee he serves on. “The Committee have put in an unbelieveable amount of work, identifying the problems and the way forward for the future. They are going to keep this Hall a real asset for the community.” Upgrading the Hall is the latest stage in the revitalisation of the Jamberoo Sporting Precinct, a $1.44 million project, funded by the NSW Government and Kiama Municipal Council.
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Kiama business sees the future of boating motors is electric Australia put out a call for innovative local manufacturers, and Kiama’s automotive engineer and sailor Ron Kelly stepped out of his boat to meet that challenge by inventing an electric outboard motor. Ron built and raced speedboats for decades in his Ulladulla and Nowra businesses and was an accredited Surf Livesaving Australia manufacturer. Now retired, Ron began ripping apart 2-stroke petrol driven outboards, replacing the power heads with electric motors, and developing an environmentally sustainable, powerful and portable electric outboard motor, ideal for fisher people or sporting enthusiasts. Friends and neighbours began asking him to refit their polluting 2 and 4-stroke engines. Enter power-marketing expert and business devel-
oper Lynelle Johnson, who was searching to invest in a green, socially responsible start-up. Thus, eclassoutboards was born. “I previously had worked for Business Treading Lightly Shoalhaven, a state funded initiative to help local businesses grow without compromising their local environment,” Lynelle says. “I was looking to invest in and market a quality sustainable, low carbon footprint business. I was overwhelmed when I discovered Ron’s engines.” The business produces a range of 3.7kW to 12kW (5-15hp) motors and accompanying lithium batteries, which are ideal for all portable outboard boating on rivers, lakes, inshore and restricted freshwater waterways. The outboards are fully Australian made (here in
Inventor Ron Kelly with investor Lynelle Johnson
Kiama), have realistic run times and are light and easy to transport – lighter than an internal combustion 4-stroke engine (ICE). “Electric motors don’t use fuel, so are clean to store anywhere. You can store them upside down, in your car or garage, without making mess. “They need no maintenance so you can leave them in storage and after say four years get them out and start them again without any warming up,” Lynelle says. And ultimately, they are
that electric outboard motors will replace them. While the Kiama-based operation is small at the moment, with Ron doing all the conversions himself, there is plenty of potential. “We estimate there are still 500,000 of these 2-strokes out there. They lay 30 per cent of unburnt fuel on water and that acidifies the water which is not great for marine life. The electric outboard engine is a viable alternative,” Lynelle says. “Ron has converted a Kawasaki jet ski. Before, it guzzled 42 litres of fuel an pollution free – both noise, fighting powerful waves to hour. Now it doesn’t use any vibration and fossil fuel pollu- get out of holes and get to the fossil fuels, has zero emistion free. rescue scene as quickly as sions, is quiet and, mostly “The timing is so right for possible. importantly for the jet ski a business like this,” says “That’s where electric owner, has no maintenance. Lynelle. “We are grateful to motors have the advantage “Jet skis are used for an Elon Musk for his promotion over ICE – you don’t have average 20 hrs a year and the of the electric car and sports to gun the boat to get out of owners spend a fortune lookcar (Tesla). It was only time a wave, electric motors just ing after them. But not now before sports boats were literally get up and go. ICE with these electric motors. being fitted with similar elec- motors need to rev up to an “We are hoping ours will tric engines. But the boating optimum speed to generate be a guilt-free jet ski experiindustry worldwide is still a enough torque to get the boat ence.” To find out more contact bit behind the car industry.” moving, thus wasting time.” Lynelle on 0408 360 084 or Ron says, “I learned when These polluting 2-stroke visit www.eclassoutboards. building surf livesaving engines are now commercom.au boats that one of the biggest cially banned from sale in by Perrie Croshaw problems rescuers faced was Australia and it is expected
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out more and get your free tickets via Council’s website: www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/ Events/The-Big-Get-Together Secondly, April sees the return of the NSW Seniors Festival (13 to 24 April). The absence of the Festival last year due to COVID was keenly felt by many, and it is great to see it back on our While we have had a wet calendar. and uncertain summer, it is My thanks to our Seniors pleasing to see signs that Week Committee which has our community is easing put together a full and varied back into familiar routines, program of events. with COVID restrictions and Again, you can get the proworries easing. gram from the usual outlets, In April alone we have a or on Council’s website: www. number of opportunities to kiama.nsw.gov.au/Events/ celebrate and remember, Seniors-Festival-2021 together, what makes this Thirdly, April presents corner of the world special. us with an opportunity to Firstly, there is The Big enjoy our beaches, hopefully Get Together on Saturday making up for the disappoint17 April at Black Beach in ments of summer. Kiama. You can take advantage of Part of Youth Week extra beach patrols being celebrations, this is a great provided during Easter and example of our community the April school holidays working together, involving through to Anzac Day. Council, Destination Kiama, Council lifeguards and Kiama and District Stronger volunteer lifesavers will be Communities, underpinned patrolling key beaches during with funding from the NSW this busy holiday period. Government. So I encourage you to enjoy The Big Get Together will the water in safety. have stalls, music, performLast, but far from least, ers, an open-air movie, April sees the return of community art, vintage public Anzac Day commemcars and the always-popuorations, after the limited lar-face-painting. You can find ceremonies of 2020.
The Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub-Branch will be conducting an Anzac Day Dawn Service on Sunday 25 April 2021 commencing at 5am at Blowhole Point. The Anzac Day Parade will step off from the front of Kiama Council Chambers in Manning Street at 10.30am sharp, with the service at Memorial Arch at 10.45am. Of course, if you prefer to enjoy our beautiful region at your own pace then Destination Kiama has something for you as well, with the release of the new Kiama Visitors Guide and Kiama Walking Guide. Both publications are packed with inspiration for locals and visitors alike. Copies are available from the Visitor Information Centre at Blowhole Point and online at: kiama.com.au
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Local Sing Australia IN OUR SCHOOLS back in the swing The lifting of COVID restrictions means Sing Australia Kiama can now meet up without any limits of where and how they perform. Sing Australia Kiama pushed through the hardest of restrictions from March last year, which put an end to them meeting in person. Their weekly meetings on Zoom kept the singers connected enough to get through the limits that were put on singing groups across Australia. “I am exhilarated and relieved that these restrictions are eased and we can get people together again,” says Maree Shepherd, the leader and conductor . “Zoom allowed us to adapt but it was not a substitute for coming together in person with other members.” The singing group is now underway meeting in person again. They are trying to get those who left in 2020 to rejoin the group, as well as recruiting new members who are keen on singing to their ranks. “There are no auditions, we’ll accept your voice no matter what,” says Maree. “We’d like for men to give it a go as well, because male
voices add much depth to the sound we make.” Members are benefiting from a grant obtained by Gareth Ward MP to purchase the song books necessary to form the basis of a lending library for new members. “People are still tentative about committing to new activities, especially when there is a cost involved,” says Maree. “Anyone can come along and attend without charge for three sessions and if they choose to join the group then they can continue to use our library of songbooks during their first year.” Sing Australia Kiama was formed 11 years ago and
The first way the group was allowed to sing together, not so long ago.
is part of a national body made up of over 100 groups who all sing from the same songbooks. They will be performing at Anzac Day services in the area and have also been contacted to perform at aged homes later in the year. The group meets at 7.30pm every wednesday at the Joyce Wheatley Community Hall. More info is available at www.singaustralia.com.au or call Maree on 0414 752 982
The staff and students at Ss Peter and Paul, Kiama had the pleasure of hosting a presentation from the organisers of the L’Etape Australia cycling event. The students listened intently as Simon Gerrans, former yellow jersey winner at the Tour De France, explained his training schedule to be able to win a stage of the world’s most famous cycling event.
Simon Gerrans with School Captains Charlie Edwards and Poppy Nelson, and Vice Captain Lily George
He also shared his story of missing out on a chance to represent Australia at the Olympics after a cycling accident. Simon was also joined by Matt Kearns, SBS Tour De France commentator, who explained to the students his enjoyment of his commentating job. We would like to thank the
organisers of the L’Etape event for choosing to come to Ss Peter and Paul as the students and staff were very inspired by Simon’s story. by Peter Michael, Principal of Ss Peter and Paul Kiama. If your school has news to share, get in touch with jack@ thebuglenewspaper.com.au
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POSTCARD HOME After numerous cancellations, postponements and changes, we finally got the green light for our planned trip to South Australia. We had not even been on a train, let alone a plane, for over 12 months, but on 15 March we were on an early train from Kiama to Sydney Airport, via Wolli Creek. Arriving at Adelaide Airport was like entering a foreign country, as we all had to line up and show our forms with permit numbers. It was also a new experience for us to be wearing a face mask all day, and we felt very lucky that we have not had to wear them constantly as many people have. We stayed three nights in a unit in the centre of Adelaide and enjoyed wandering local streets as well as venturing further afield, to North Adelaide (many lovely old stone buildings) and Hahndorf (Hans Heysen’s house) by bus, and Glenelg by tram. Next was our long-awaited journey, bus/ferry/bus, to Kangaroo Island. After the initial surprise of actually being there, we made ourselves at home in our rented stone cottage in Kingscote and spent the next week exploring the island, which included some time just sitting on the front verandah and chatting to passers-by.
Chocolates worth thinking about
With Easter being peak chocolate buying season, Kiama Baptist Church is shining a light on the dark side of chocolate and the problems that occur from buying the wrong type. The group have created a giant block of chocolate to draw attention to the exploitation happening in the chocolate industry. “Cocoa farmers are only paid $2 a day which is less than the cost of one block of chocolate,” says Anne Giovass, Member of Kiama Catalyst at the Church. “On these farms, children as young as five work using toxic chemicals without protection and handle sharp tools like machetes for up to While much of NSW fascinating places on the home in their special trees. was getting drenched and northern coast and centre of It was wonderful to see for eight hours a day.” There has been a lot of flooded, we enjoyed warm the island. ourselves that some had surimprovement over the years sunny days and the contrast Best of all was to briefly vived amid the great losses. through the chocolate certifiof beautifully clear and clean share the environments of water with dry brown land. numerous animals and birds. Roslyn & Trevor Brooks, cation process. Advocacy has It was wonderful to see the Watching sealions, not just Kiama been a key driver in prompting the big brands to improve many different ways plants lying on the sand, but surfing, their supply chain practicwere regenerating after the and rolling down a sand es. It hasn’t solved all the horrific bushfires, including dune was a joy, as was seeing problems as the certification growing new green leaves seals near Admirals Arch does not address causes of from burnt trunks, new swimming and sliding down child labour. There is a lack growth from roots and whole slippery rocks into their own of monitoring and remedianew banksia plants from fire- beautiful Rocky Bay. tion where there needs to be burst seeds. As well as finding kangaIf you’d like to share your transparency, traceability and We were able to visit the roos and wallabies, we were travel story, send your a living income. well-known Remarkable privileged to have long and postcard to: news@ “While these children are Rocks (yes, they are!) and interesting ‘conversations’ thebuglenewspaper.com.au working, they are deprived Admirals Arch, as well as with a number of koalas at
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