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The Bugle

5 October 2019

A fortnightly celebration of people and places on the Upper South Coast of NSW Serving the communities of Kiama, Gerringong, Jamberoo, Kiama Downs, Minnamurra and Gerroa and now at www.thebugleonline.com

Kiama gets a new residential hotel The finishing touches are being put on to the latest visitor accommodation offering in Kiama – a boutique hotel next to The Grand on Bong Bong Street – ahead of its opening on 1 November. “Bookings are already being taken,” says Nova Kiama’s General Manager Yasmin Roberts. “People love the location and the quality of the accommodation on offer. “We’ve already got bookings for the 2020 Jazz Festival.” The facility has been built by the owners of the property (and The Grand), the Salim Group. It is hoped that it will be the beginning of a string of boutique hotels for them, each being individually designed to suit their location. The hotel, built around a central courtyard, has 32 rooms (ranging from an

executive apartment to family and single rooms). Some have kitchenettes and water views, and all have smart TVs, high quality fitouts and French balconies. There is also a pool, gym and conference space, set around the courtyard. The proximity of the hotel to the Pavilion is felt to be ideal for conference and wedding attendees. “Kiama has been lacking in quality accommodation for some time,” says Ms Roberts, who moved here three years ago. She has decades of experience in hospitality, including managing events for major hotel chains. “I’ve been involved with the setting up and launch of venues before, and love the process.” Unlike traditional hotels,

there is no food service or public bars at Nova Kiama. “We see this as a great opportunity for the local eateries, and will do all we can to promote local experiences.” This commitment to local flows on to the art on the walls, which is all by local artists. “We want staying at the hotel to be a real Kiama experience,” says Ms Roberts. Ten people are being employed by the business, chosen from 200 applicants. The venue will be run using the latest technology, including entry to the rooms via a smartphone app key. The Wildflower Studio florist is moving into a retail space on the ground floor, and it is expected that pop-up shops will feature in reception area.

Mayor Honey and Aunty Joyce at the unveiling

Council marks up 160 years p 3

New Business Chamber President p3

Tour event comes to Kiama p5

Nova Kiama’s General Manager Yasmin Roberts

Acknowledging the past A memorial to mark the massacre of a group of First People 201 years ago has been unveiled at a touching ceremony on the banks of the Minnamurra River, just south of the bridge. The massacre of at least six Wodi Wodi people happened across the river from the memorial site. Both Mayor Mark Honey and Aunty Joyce Donovan said there was a need to acknowledge the past in order to move forward. “We need the true history to be acknowledged before we can move forward to-

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gether,” said Aunty Joyce in her Welcome to Country. “This is one of the first ever memorials. It is important we start to bit by bit to mark where these murders happened rather than pretend they didn’t.” Mayor Honey said, “Today is a sad day, but it is important that we embrace all of our history, even the unpleasant episodes, otherwise we can’t move on together.” The plaque, sponsored by Kiama Council says, “Six deaths were recorded on this day, but the real number will never be know.

We acknowledge the impact this had and continues to have on the Aboriginal people of this ancient land. “We are deeply sorry. “They will not be forgotten.” For the record, we publish this excerpt from A History of Aboriginal Illawarra, Volume 2: Colonisation, “In October 1818 Lieutenant Weston, land owner at Dapto, and Cornelius O’Brien, formerly a stockman at Sandon Point and now the overseer of a property at Yallah, organised a group of seven labourers and

Blessed are the cheesemakers p9

Council award winners p 13

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What’s on? Every Wednesday Kiama Farmers’ Market Surf Beach 3-6pm

On weekends Live music at The Sebel, Kiama Leagues Club, Gerringong and Kiama Bowlos, Jamberoo Pub and other venues

Til 27 October Presence of Nature exhibition (see right)

3-9 October

Gerringong Twilight Markets Anglican Church Grounds, Fern St, 3-7pm

Sat 12 October Kiama Show Ball (see page 7)

Weds 16 October Jamberoo Author talk: Tricia Stringer (see right)

18-20 October Bird Haven Festival (see right)

Kiama Woodcraft Group Sat 19 October Gerringong Rotary Exhibition in Old Fire Markets In and around Station Gerringong Town Hall, 5-6 October 8-1pm Kiama Arts Trail Various studios, see www.kiamaartstrail.com

Weds 23 October

National Trust Open Houses Jamberoo event In Search of Jane Austin (see right) Armchair theatre, Kiama Thurs 24 October Library Auditorium, 2.30- Pete Evans at the Institute of Interesting Ideas 4.30pm, $5 Friends of Kiama Library members; Use BugleKiamaSpring $8 others. Includes after- code to get a discount at instituteofinterestingideas. noon tea. com.au 6 October

Saturday 5 October

Music in the Park Hindmarsh Park, 1-4pm

6-7 October Kiama Seaside Markets Long weekend, Black Beach, 9-3pm

10 October ‘Spring into Fashion’ Parade, Kiama Pavilion Tickets $30 from kiamafashion.eventbrite. com.au

Sunday 27 October Jamberoo Car Show and Family Day (more next issue) Jamberoo Village Market Reid Park, Rotary Club of Kiama’s Festival of Choirs (more next issue)

Cultural grant bears fruit Gerringong artist Gitte Backhausen was awarded a Kiama Cultural Grant of $2000 in 2018 specifically to help her make her new solo exhibition, Presence of Nature, a reality. In recent years, cultural grants have been awarded for projects as diverse as album recordings, workshops, concerts and courses. “I was very honoured to win the grant last year and I am very excited to finally share this body of work with the public.” Gitte’s exhibition is all about celebrating the raw and natural beauty of the South Coast. She uses fallen leaves and twigs found on her walks and turns them into unique one-off collagraph prints and mixed media artworks on paper. “I want to celebrate nature, not only for its beauty, but also for the fun it allows us to have and healing it can provide when we get out there and connect to our beautiful natural environment.” Gitte says it is the most time-consuming body of work she’s ever done. She will share the process during a series of informal artists talks, which will accompany the exhibition. Details: Thursday 3 October, Little Blowhole Art Bar, 4 Tingira Cres, 5.30-7pm. The exhibition continues until 27 October.

The restaurant Kiama BYO Wednesdays Thursday Pasta Nights Homemade pasta, plus a glass of wine and a dessert for $35 Sunday Sessions: Noon til 3pm With live music, $5 beer & wine, $10 cocktails & shareplates 72 Manning St, Kiama 4233 0572 reservations@silicakiama.com.au

Open Weds, Thurs and Fri 11am-3:30pm, 5pm-9pm Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm, 5pm-9pm Sunday 8:30am- 4pm

Flock to the Bird Haven Festival

Whether you are hooked on birding or just want to show your support for our feathered friends, the Bird Haven Festival is for you. Quite simply, it is a celebration of the beauty and wonder of birds. Robyn Williams of Radio National’s Science Show had such a good time last year, he’s coming again. For the full experience, don’t miss out on tickets for the Friday and Saturday events, featuring Birdlife Australia’s Sean Dooley and the author of Where Song Began, Tim Low. Ticket holders for these sessions have the added bonus of going into the draw to win a pair of Swarovski 8x30cl binoculars, valued at $1350, donated by Nature Lodge Optics in Berry. Amongst the varied bird activities organised for the weekend are a dinner at Far Meadow Table, an exhibition at the Fern Street Gallery, a concert at Coolangatta Estate, creative workshops, shorebird ID workshops, and the launch of the national Backyard Details: Wednesday Bird Count at the free com16 October, Jamberoo RSL munity day on the Sunday.

Tea and romance Bestselling rural romance author Tricia Stringer is coming to Jamberoo for a special morning tea hosted by Kiama Library and the CWA. Enjoy a delicious CWA morning tea as Tricia discusses her new book, The Model Wife – a beautifully realised multi-generational family story that looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Hall, 11-12.30pm. Tickets $12 through Kiama Library or their website.

Details: 18-20 October, Shoalhaven Heads. Go to birdhavenfestival.com.au for the full program.


The latest on surf schools Council is in the process of issuing new short term licences under the Local Government Act in relation to all three surf schools on Seven Mile Beach. The new licences will incorporate the relevant conditions from the development consents as requirements under the licences. All three surf schools will need to comply with the requirements of the new licences regardless of the status of the DAs, including the Land and Environment Court proceedings.

Blue Haven Bonaira ballot draws near With the ballot for the independent living units at Blue Haven Bonaira due to take place at Kiama Leagues Club on 22 October, General Manager Kerry McMurray is pleased with the interest that is being shown. “Now they have seen the prices set by our valuer, registered buyers can put up their hand to be included in the draw for particular units,” he says. “We are confident Blue Haven Bonaira is setting the

highest possible standard for retirement-in-place living. Together with its location, quality of fit-out and on-site facilities, it is a very attractive proposition.” The units will be available for occupation in November, with an community day to celebrate the opening of the whole facility scheduled for Saturday November 23.

Council celebrates its 160th anniversary

Details: To inspect the units and be included in the ballot, contact Steve Dawson on 42331714

Not just business as usual for the Business Chamber A celebration to mark 160 years since Council’s first meeting in 1849 gathered together four former mayors, and five former councillors (or aldermen) with the current officeholders. The occasion was used to honour our history, look to the future and recognise achievers with awards (see page 13). Mayor Mark Honey ended his speech outlining the path to where we are now by saying, “Cost shifting from state to local government is Generational change has seen Marie Beikmanis, the long term President of Kiama’s peak now a major concern to our business body, the Kiama & District Business Chamber, pass the baton onto Cameron Council and we are increasMcDonald of Carter Ferguson. ingly affected by Govern“Marie has made an amazing contribution over the last five years,” says Mr McDonald. ment regulations. “We are grateful she will be continuing to sit on our Board as the immediate Past Presi“Litigation is also an issue, dent, so we can benefit from her guidance.” Mr McDonald returned to Kiama from Queensland two and a half years ago, joining the with developments being referred to the Courts by law firm of his old Kiama High friend, Deb Langton. disgruntled residents and He immediately got involved with the Chamber, joining the Board in 2017. He became developers. Vice-President last year. “There are those who Mr McDonald says business chambers around the state are in a period of change, as they welcome future developlook to make themselves more relevant to a changed business environment. Continued on p16 ment and those who are

A magnificence of Mayors: Emeritus Mayor Brian Petschler, Neville Fredericks, Emeritus Mayor Sandra McCarthy, Mayor Mark Honey and Rob McKinnon

vigorously opposed – especially when it is in their own backyard. “We will never keep all residents – old and new – happy. “There are many beliefs and ideas to be addressed and with modern technology and social media it is so easy to attack local government without the responsibility of being true and honest – and without having to talk personally with councillors and staff about an issue and look you in the eye. “It is the elected Aldermen and Councillors who have directed the Council over the last 160 years. “They have given up many hours – in fact years – of their free time in the interest

The evolution

When the Municipality of Kiama was proclaimed in 1859, three wards were established – Kiama, Jamberoo and Gerringong. Three aldermen were elected from each ward and the first meeting of Kiama Municipal Council was held at the Adams Hotel on 26 September 1859, with James Colley elected as Mayor. In April 1871 the Municipality of Gerringong was declared, breaking up the original council just 11 years after it was created. In 1890 the Kiama Municipality was divided into the Boroughs of East Kiama and the Jamberoo. On 2 June 1954, Kiama Municipal Council was proclaimed after the reamalgamation of Kiama, Gerringong and Jamberoo. At that time the population of Kiama was 2400, Jamberoo 892 and Gerringong 1058.

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Revamped tourism website Free Consultation Full & Partial Dentures Relines & Repairs Sports Mouthguards Area Health Service Vouchers Veterans Affairs

Personal service No jobs sent overseas Greg Shanahan Dental Prosthetist 4232 2999 kiamadentureclinic.com.au 124A Manning St, Kiama (opp Stan Crapp)

Kiama is presenting a new face to the world with the launch of the new Destination Kiama website. “It has many more features and much more information,” says Karen Ronning, Council’s Manager Tourism and Events. “We’ve worked with leading destination website designers and a local copy writer to focus on our key attributes.” With an average of 17,000 visitors a month to the site, Ms Ronning is keen for it to be as engaging as possible, while being easy to navigate. “The new site fits in with the brand positioning work we have done, which enables our overall strategy,” she says. Some of the new features are interactive maps, a stronger emphasis on the attractions of the villages and other precincts, and user generated photo feeds drawn from social media posts. “When people tag their instagram account we can pull the image through to show their experience,” says Stacey Jones, a member of the website team. Local tourism operators are now in control of their own listings, through the use

of the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse platform. “They can update and refresh their pages at any time, and they will get featured not only here but on up to 200 other sites,” says Ms Ronning. The Bookeasy online accommodation booking service has also been refreshed, to give it a more modern feel. Ms Ronning says the site isn’t just for visitors, but is a valuable resource for locals. “It is the first place to go to

Manager Tourism and Events, Karen Ronning (right rear) with website team members Sally Bursell and Stacey Jones

find out what is happening in our area, and make use of the great businesses operating here. “If you are trying to organise a meeting, wedding or other event, this is the best place to start.” The history pages are fed to the site from the Library, and offer links to their virtual tours and other resources. You might just see someone you know while you are

checking out the site, as it features a growing number of Meet the Locals clips highlighting various aspects of our region. In other tourism news, Ms Ronning says the Kangaroos are booked in for a training camp later in the year, and the potential of the Tour event (see right) is huge. Details: Visit the website at www.kiama.com.au

FRI OCTOBER 18 to SUN OCTOBER 20

Join us to celebrate the beauty & wonder of birds

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Experience the Tour in Kiama in 2020 L’Étape Australia, the largest Tour de France event held outside France, is coming to Kiama in November 2020 and 2021. The event provides amateur riders with an experience as close to riding in the Tour as it is possible to get, with fully closed roads and a mountainous course that is the equal of a mountainous stage of the Tour de France. This year is the fourth year it has been held in the Snowy Mountains, and NSW has secured it for another two years. In announcing the change of location, the NSW Minister for Tourism, Stuart Ayres, said, “To date, the event has generated more than

$6.5 million for our State’s visitor economy.� While it is early days yet, and much planning is to be done, it is envisaged the course will loop around from Kiama to Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Robertson, Jamberoo and back to Kiama. It will require regional cooperation with the Shoalhaven and Highlands tourism bodies. Training will need to start soon to tackle the mountainous route. The Snowy Mountain community has embraced the Tour de France riding through their towns and villages, coming out in their thousands with cow bells and flags encouraging and supporting the riders along the route.

“We are extremely pleased to have the event secured for the Kiama area,� says Council’s Manager Tourism and Events. “The event works closely with SBS, so we know that it will be broadcast to an international audience.� Given our area’s proximity to Sydney, the event is expected to attract around 6000 competitors. Member for Kiama Gareth Ward says it will be a shot in the arm for our local tourism economy, “We’re delighted to welcome this iconic race to our region in 2020.�

Sorry for our mistake

In our last edition, we inadvertently ran a Council ad from September 2018, rather than 2019. We apologise to Council and the community for this error, and assure you we will be extra vigilant in the future. We paid for Council to run necessary notices in the Mercury, and publicised the right information on social media. Details: Find out more about the 2019 event Relevant notices are included in at the Snowys at letapeaustralia.com this issue’s ad below.

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National Trust tour of local properties The Illawarra Shoalhaven Branch of the National Trust is organising a Springtime visit to four properties and gardens in the Jamberoo Valley. They may have room for you if you get in quick. Participants will meet at the Kevin Walsh Oval, and travel together by bus. Two properties will be visited in the morning, and two in the afternoon, allowing time for lunch in Jamberoo. The Pub is offering a free beverage with every meal purchased. The tour will take in: Terragong House on Jamberoo Road

From the time of the original land grant in the 1820s, the property remained in the Marks family (for seven generations) prior to its sale in 2014. The current owners have undertaken eighteen months of extensive and for windows and doors, and sympathetic renovations, and it is now their home and antique furniture. The Shed an exclusive B&B (photo). Park Mount on Jerrara Road

One of the earliest surviving weatherboard houses in Jerrara, built c1848 for William Colley by his brother, master builder John Colley, born of a family of successful pioneers in the district. It is restored and extended with 21st century additions that complement and enhance the charm of the original house, which remains largely unchanged. The Farm on Long Brush Road

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Senseless vandalism Kiama Council is asking anyone with information about the extensive damage done to the Black Beach toilets over the last weekend in September to contact Crime Stoppers on 1 800 333 000. Both the mens and womens facilities were damaged, with doors and partitions ripped out and broken, toilets blocked and faeces smeared on floors and walls. The damage is estimated at $20,000, and comes on top of $300,000 spent last year upgrading other facilities.


Show Ball moves to the Pavilion After years of being held off site at the Leisure Centre, the Kiama Show Society is moving its Ball to an more appropriate location – the Pavilion at the Showgrounds. “This year we have decided to go for a more intimate feel, with better facilities,” says the event’s organiser Colleen Burge. The Show Ball has always been a must do on the local social calendar, an opportunity for people to dress up and dance the night away. In its hey day, when there was not as much competition for people’s attention, the Show Ball used to regularly attract 750 people. These numbers led to it being held on the Leisure Centre’s basketball court, with the organising committee working hard to make the venue atmospheric for the night. “We are hoping that the community will approve of the move, and come along and have a great night whilst supporting the Show Committee,” says Ms Burge.

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“Make up a table of 10 with family and friends or join another table and meet new people!” As part of the venue change, this year’s Ball will also have the convenience of a licensed bar. Guests can still bring along their own basket supper, while drinks

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Jamberoo Public School is having a fantastic year in their school vegetable garden, thanks to three retired community volunteers, Janelle Newberry, Joan Walton and Elisa DallaValle. These three volunteers arrive at the school every Thursday for the lunchtime group, and make a real difference for the students who come to do some gardening. Because of the School’s small size, experiences in the garden are done through a lunch time club, rather than by employing an additional teacher. The work of the three volunteers makes a huge difference to Jamberoo students, allowing a more individualised approach in the garden. With students, Elisa DallaValle has created two hay bale worm farms. Students enjoy saving their banana peels to feed the worms that have come to the worm farm. Joan Walton has planted lots of peas over the winter months, with help from the students, and now they are feasting on peas picked fresh from the plant, during Gardening Club. Janelle Newberry (right) is a jack of all trades, teaching students how to make free plants by taking cuttings of hydrangeas and geraniums and planting them in soil to grow in our shade house, which is now automatically watered, thanks to a grant a year ago from Kiama Council. Janelle has also led students in planting tomato seeds in pots, for the upcoming summer growing season. The School sells these items at our whole school assembly to generate income for the garden and to provide a service to the local Jamberoo community. The students are having a great time in the garden with the help of these wonderful volunteers! Justine Doorn-McCormack, School Gardening Club Teacher

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Slowfood Saddleback sponsors cheese trip Mahlah Grey’s head is still spinning from her whirlwind trip to Bra, the Slowfood capital of the world and home to the bi-annual Cheese festival. Her trip to northern Italy was made possible by a grant from Slowfood Saddleback, which had heard of her dreams to go one day when she spoke about The Pines’ cheese and farming ambitions at one of their gatherings. “I can’t thank them enough,” says Mahlah. “They put me on the ground at exactly the right time and in exactly the right environment for me to come back absolutely bursting with ideas and encouragement.” The theme of this year’s festival – Natural is Possible – fitted in perfectly with the Grey’s philosophy towards cheese making. All of the cheese exhibited at the Festival was raw milk cheese, made in a traditional way. “I went over there not really knowing what to expect, but having a really clear idea of which workshops I wanted to be at,” says Mahlah. “A lot focused on the land and the soil – what is happening before the milk is coming out to be made into cheese.” This regenerative farming is already a focus at The Pines, and Mahlah is now even more confident they are on the right track. “People were talking about cross-breeding your herd and replanting local native species, both of which we are already moving towards. “Once people knew who

I was, and why I was there, so many came up to talk to me because they wanted to encourage us.” She and Kel are already working with Landcare to get Illawarra native trees back on their pastures. “We have planted 400, but we are just getting started. The plan is to put in 7000 – hopefully people Mahlah and daughter Eliza back at The Pines. will want Below: Bra - the Slowfood capital. to come and help!” They firmly believe these improvements to the soil will help their product have a unique flavour. “We want to own the flavour profile of our cheese and celebrate the fact that this is a very specific cheese, made in a specific way, from a specific pasture at a specific time of year.” By the end of the year, they will be transitioning “The biggest thing I took their Pearl cheese to become out of it was keep fighting their first raw milk cheese, the good fight. There are using the low temperature wonderful support networks cooked curd method. throughout the UK and While Australia is lagging America that are there to behind the rest of the world give advice.” in retaining its restrictions And what was her favouon all but two types of raw rite of all the cheese she cheese, Mahlah believes this tasted while there? situation will change. “I tried a brilliant Belgian “I went in there thinking goats cheese called Kato that with Australia’s restric- – it was the most beautiful tions I’m not going to be cheese I tasted the whole able to do a lot of what they weekend.” are talking about, however Details: Find out about that quite quickly became a Slowfood Saddleback at feeling of we are on the right slowfoodsaddleback.com.au track.

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I am disappointed to learn Kiama Jamberoo RSL and some councillors are not abiding by their prior written agreement to remove the centennial logo from the Kiama lighthouse. As an ex-serviceman, this RSL group do not represent my views, which include honouring committments. I acknowledge Kiama has an interesting and valuable maritime history and am pleased residents are proud of it, but lighthouses around our coastline were established for safety of all at sea, regardless of nationality, religion or creed. They are an integral part of our nation’s heritage, which is far greater than any local sigificance as

an advertising venue. The lighthouses in south west Western Australia would have been of far greater significance to our troops as the last tangible part of Australia they saw prior to sailing off to WW1. The heritage listed Kiama lighthouse was established long before the RSL was formed. The RSL, council and government must consider the broader implications of their actions. There are several other lighthouses controlled by the NSW Department of Lands. How could the government deny applications from worthwhile charities, even (God forbid) fast food chains for use of these towers.

Council turns 160 of the community, often without acknowledgment and often with criticism – but always with the good of the whole community as a goal – not small self-centred pressure groups. “The Municipality is in good hands because of the work done by former elected and employed members of Council,,” said the Mayor. “Who know what the future holds – but I am sure

I have visited and stayed at many lighthouses and am about to launch an eBook about them. In relation to the Kiama tower, I state this is the first occasion in Australia where a lighthouse has been treated as an advertising billboard, with an application now made for permanency. Additionally, the site is neither owned or controlled by the RSL or Council, nor has a history of previous use as a memorial site. Ron Turner, Gympie We welcome letters. They may need to be edited for space reasons, and are published at our discretion. Please send to emailthebugle@gmail.com

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the Kiama Municipality will continue to be one of the best places in the world to live.” The role of the community in staving off amalgamation with Shoalhaven Council was highlighted. “I think the commissioner was blown away by the number of residents who spoke against the amalgamation and their passion for their community. He also praised the work

of Town Clerk Tony Matterson, and the aldermen lead by Mayor Neville Fredericks, for bringing Council back from the brink of insolvency; Emeritus Mayor Brian Petschler, former General Manager Michael Forsyth and General Manager Kerry McMurray for their work on Blue Haven; and Emeritus Mayor Sandra McCarthy for making Kiama part of the Healthy City network.

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The redevelopment of Uniting Gerringong continues, with work underway on the redevelopment of Pioneer Lodge and Boronia Lodge. Digging is underway in earnest for the building of Uniting Boronia, a 20-bed memory support unit for people living with dementia. Rather than being knocked down, Pioneer Lodge is being converted to an additional 24 Uniting Mayflower independent living units. Its previous residents have moved into the new aged care home completed last

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Council just marked Right to Know Week, making people aware of their right of access to government information. Kiama Council has a rigorous and active approach to providing information to our community. That is partly because of the closeness of council with its community, with so many people helping on committees and volunteering with our programs and services. But it’s also something built into our policies and processes as well as our workplace culture (integrity is a core value). This is more than mere words. Take for example the work involved in handling GIPA requests. The Government Information (Public Access) Act

(GIPA Act) allows the public to freely access most information held by council. It’s a fundamental part of our democracy. But it still takes work. In 2017/2018 we received 523 GIPA requests, in 2018/2019 we received 382. If that doesn’t sound like much work, consider the fact that one of those GIPA requests alone required more than 60 hours of work. Even handling general enquiries involves considerable resources. So far this year, our customer service team has answered 28,930 phone calls. So, our commitment to providing information is backed up by efforts of our staff, every hour, every day. The theme for Right to Know Week this year was ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital age’. This sounds like me. Of course, digital technologies can (and often do) make accessing and providing information more efficient. But as the sheer volume of information available online has exploded. The Kiama Council website (www.kiama.nsw.gov.au)

Don’t miss this year’s Opera in the Valley The Jamberoo CWA is once again busy organising their annual Opera in the Valley, and don’t want you to miss out on tickets. While the performers will be announced in our next edition, led once more by conductor Glenn Amer, the tickets will be on sale from Saturday 9 November, from Elders Jamberoo. Details: Saturday 9 November, Jamberoo School of Arts

contains around 1800 pages, not including individual documents such as the monthly council meeting papers. This year’s papers have so far reached 5116 pages. Every single page is publicly available. Also, our main email (council@kiama.nsw.gov.au) has received 527,485 (real) emails in the last year. This means more work managing that information, updating it and ensuring it who it needs to reach. Again, our staff are committed to that task, every hours every day. But, I hope you understand, this still takes a bit of time

and more than some effort. Lastly, many of you would be aware of the terrible damage to the public toilets at School Flat (Black Beach) in Kiama. The doors and partitions of the women’s section were destroyed and the men’s also vandalised. This senseless act will leave the toilets closed until they can be repaired, at a cost of around $20,000. It’s especially upsetting given we’ve invested more than $300,000 in new amenities this year. Anyone with information please contact Crime Stoppers - 1 800 333 000.

New round of U3A Monday talks Like other places of learning, Kiama U3A is preparing for its fourth term of the year. For those who don’t know, U3A is a worldwide volunteer organisation for anyone wishing to continue learning in their later life. They urge you to keep your mind active with talks and short courses. New members are always welcome. The new term commences on Monday 21 October. Details of the short courses are available at kiama.u3anet.org.au or by calling Margaret 0413 187 148. The program for the popular Monday talks (2-4pm) is as follows: Oct 21 Sharon Concannon Stepping On Oct 28 Grahame Ramsay Inside & Outside the ABC in the 70s & 80s Nov 4 Bruce McNair Escape from Elephant Island Nov 11 Prof Don Napper Colonial Architects: The First 100 Years Nov 18 Excursion – The Garvan Institute Nov 25 Prof Jun Chen Life with 3D Printing Dec 2 Peter Clark Notre Dame - The Inferno Dec 9 End of year – Xmas Lunch Details: Enrollments Mon Oct 14 2-4pm and Tues Oct 15 2 -3pm North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre, Meehan Drive, Kiama Downs

Open 7 days Lunch 11.30am Dinner 5.30pm Daily Specials Two Children’s Play Areas

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Sunday 22, 4pm Saturday 28, 8.30pm

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Sunday 29, 4pm

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Council awards for 2019 Sue Eggins has received Kiama Council’s Community Achievement Award for her tireless advocacy for our local heritage. She is a life member of the Kiama & District Historical Society, and currently its President and Secretary. “Sue’s passion for local heritage has seen her active in campaigns to save the police residence, Barroul House and the old Kiama Public School,” said Mayor Mark Honey on presenting the Award. “Manning Street and Pheasant Point now have formal heritage precincts thanks to her efforts. “She has also identified many of our houses as suitable for heritage listing.”

Sue Eggins with Mayor Honey

The 2019 Robert East Award, which recognises the efforts of council volunteers, was presented to John Knox. Over the last nine years, John has volunteered as a community transport driver for Blue Haven. This sees him behind the wheel for social excursions, shopping trips and doctor visits, ensuring the elderly can remain active in our community. “John brings to his work an ability to make everyone he deals with feel valued, cared for, and part of our community,” said the Mayor. The recipient of the 2019 Megan Dalley Award, which recognises the efforts of a council trainee or cadet, is Jason Pappas. A member of the Parks & Gardens team, Jason’s colleagues rate him as exceptional. He has shown a strong work ethic throughout his apprenticeship, with strong results from his TAFE studies as a horticulturist. In addition to this, Jason is fulfilling an ambassadorial role to many who live and visit our area. He is never too busy to provide advice on everything from plants to directions.

Blow-dry’s for Breast Cancer 12th October at Sea Breeze Hair All Proceeds go to the Pink Lady Foundation Sea Breeze Hair is hosting a fundraising day for PINK LADY! All proceeds from haircuts and blow-dry’s will be donated to Pink Lady to support our local ladies in their fight against breast Cancer. Follow the Pink Ladies down to the Edesa Arcade courtyard.

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Out & about At the 2019 Folk by the Sea The Kiama community enjoyed the music at this year’s Folk by the Sea. From listening the gentle four part harmonies and harp of Co-Cheal, to the contemplative words from Fred Smith and Neil Murray, dancing to the high energy Scottish Band, Highlander, and enjoying the other forty nine acts. A great time was had by all. Kiama put on its perfect weather and so many visitors to the festival have promised to return to our lovely part of the world. Judy Cork, Co-ordinator, Folk by the Sea These impressions of the Festival are by Peter O’Neill.

95th birthday celebrations

Local identity Winsome Barker celebrated her 95th birthday with a luncheon at 3 Brothers restaurant with friends from Sydney and Kiama. She is pictured above with Susie Cohen, Elizabeth Burnett, and Jill and Barry Wilson. Since coming to Kiama in 1991, Winsome has been an active of the Kiama community. As part of Tidy Towns, she spearheaded the construction of the pelican statue to highlight the problem plastics were causing with the ocean wildlife. She also instigated the beautification of Peace Park, coming up with the idea of people buying named paving bricks to pay for the reconstruction of the park. It was through her personal endeavours that hundreds of bricks were sold. The gazebo is named after her. Bricks can still be purchased from Council for $100.

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Postcard home We had thoroughly enjoyed our last trip away, a 2,000km driving holiday visiting NSW country towns including Cobar, Burke and Brewarrina, but decided that next we’d do something quite different: go to another country and stay in just one place. The flight was like magic: only a few hours in the plane, with just enough time for lunch to be served before we landed in France! Well, New Caledonia is part of France, even if a very long way from Paris. This is France in the Pacific, flying the French flag. We stayed nine nights in an apartment with views of a beautiful park, a long Promenade, lagoon waters and two little islands not far from shore. We soon settled in to our new French home, thanks to friendly locals, delicious food and beautiful places on land and sea. Most of our days began with a short walk down to the Boulangerie/ Patisserie (“Bonjour” exchanged with all the cleaners around the edge of the park) and breakfast on our balcony. We watched boys playing football among the trees, older men playing pétanque, people swimming or wading through the water, children

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jumping off the pier, wind surfers, little yellow taxi boats and those two little islands, the closer one with its line of red beach umbrellas. One day we took the short ride to this island that had been calling us since we first saw it, walked around it and swam in the incredibly clear water with coral and fish visible while just standing in the shallows. Everywhere we walked on the Promenade and suburban streets with their pastel

coloured houses and brightly coloured gardens, there were plenty of pedestrian crossings, and drivers always stopped for us. We also walked further afield, around to the next bay (not nearly as lovely as ‘ours’) and up the hill behind our bay into an area crisscrossed with walking tracks. Here we met local dog walkers who were happy to talk to us about their dogs and saved us from getting lost. Our French skills were

severely tested here, but everyone was very helpful. We caught the bus into the centre of Noumea and visited the wonderful market, Museum and central park. We went on two full day and two half day tours, including one to Amedee island where this picture was taken. It was another beautiful place to swim and we had fun playing table tennis under the coconut trees on the sand. Roslyn Brooks, Kiama

Business Chamber “It is going to be an exciting year for the Chamber, modernising it and making it more relevant to a broader cross section of businesses. “There are now so many different and varied ways that people work, the traditional model doesn’t really apply to a lot of people. “We want to address those perceptions that we are focused on the main streets and traditional businesses. “Our goal is to help businesses thrive together.” He’s looking forward to implementing the ideas generated by a think tank initiative he championed a couple of months ago. “We invited members in to throw around ideas on how we could do things better

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The Bugle 5 October 2019  

This edition has everything from a new hotel to news Australia's Tour de France event is coming to Kiama. There are also two important artic...

The Bugle 5 October 2019  

This edition has everything from a new hotel to news Australia's Tour de France event is coming to Kiama. There are also two important artic...