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The Bugle

10 August 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

The Man Walk: an idea for our times When local physiotherapist Mark Burns first started his early morning walking in the beginning of last year, he had no idea it would be the genesis of an international movement. Within a couple of months, some mates joined in and they soon felt that their informal group was something that other men would benefit from. “It only took us ten minutes to decide on our name and guiding principles: Walk, Talk and Support,” says Mark. “We wanted to give men a free way of regularly connecting and communicating, while getting the physical benefits of exercise. “We are a group of blokes having a walk and having a yarn. We talk absolute rubbish most of the time, but there is an opportunity to open up if you want. “Many of us no longer have the network of regular sport, and we are too young for the Men’s Shed, so we’ve fallen through the cracks for social interaction outside of work and family.” The concept really took off when an invitation to join a new group in Wollongong went viral on social media. “We went from three locations – Kiama, Gerringong and Shell Cove – to 70 locations in six weeks,” says Mark. These include Man Walks overseas, in England, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. “A Parramatta bloke was

walking on his own for a couple of weeks, and now he has ten people joining his Walk. It just happens. “You don’t need to tell anyone you are coming or not coming, you don’t have to sign up or pay or do anything – you can just check on facebook for a group near you and go along when it suits.” The only thing that is structured about the Man Walks is a regular meet-up time and location. As an example, the Kiama group meets at Short Black at 5.45am, Monday to Friday, to grab a coffee to take on a 45 minute walk. “This timing suits a lot of people who are working and have young families,” says Mark. “It’s really important that it doesn’t interfere with family time.” He’d welcome other groups starting up in Kiama, at other times that suit a different demographic. “We’ll make a facebook page for any new group to let people know when and where it is on.” While stressing the movement isn’t run by mental health professionals, Mark says testamonials show the Walk has helped men through difficult times. “We want to make it ok for men to ask for help if they need it.” The group got early funding of $1000 from Kiama Council, and recently received $8000 from Kiama Rugby

Inside this issue Unit opens for inspection at Blue Haven Bonaira p 3

Getting ready for GLaM p 3

Tree planting tradition continues p5

Ward supports abortion decriminalisation in NSW

The Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, has spoken in NSW Parliament for the decriminalisation of abortion. As the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill is open to a conscience vote, members on both sides are speaking freely about their reasons for supporting or opposing it. “When asked my views on this matter at past candidates’ forums I have always been consistent,” said Mr Ward. Continued on p8 “Given the fact that I have

always maintained the same view, it would be unpardonably inappropriate for me to change my view now. “My view remains that abortion should be safe, legal and rare.” Procuring an abortion is currently an offence under the NSW Crimes Act of 1900, punishable by up to 10 years jail. Case law has developed to the situation that an abortion is only lawful if the woman’s doctor believes on

reasonable grounds that it is necessary to avoid a serious danger to her life or her physical or mental health. This can take into account economic and social factors as well as medical ones, and that the risks of the abortion are not out of proportion to the danger to be averted. “These exceptions are given general and broad interpretation, with around 20,000 abortions occurring annually in New South

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What’s on? Every Wednesday Kiama Farmers’ Market Surf Beach 2-5pm

Kiama & District Historical Society Talk (see p4)

On weekends

Sunday 18 August

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

Kiama Seaside Markets Black Beach, 9-3pm

Til 18 August

Friday 23 August

Fabrications x 4 Exhibition Fern Street Gallery, Gerringong

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Til 1 Sept Kiama Pop 2: People Places & Paste-Ups Little Blowhole Art Bar (see right)

Tuesday 13 August Talk on 3D Bioprinting Kiama Library. Free, but bookings required.

Thursday 15 August Council’s annual Youth Engagement Meeting Kiama High School, 10.30am

16-18 August Modern Quilt Show Australia (see right)

17-18 August Berry Textile Art Exhibition (see right) Gerringong Bowlo 60th Anniversary celebrations

Saturday 17 August Gerringong Rotary Markets In and around the Town Hall, 8.30-1.30pm

Brass band magic

Big weekend for quilters

Tuesday 20 August Brass Band Concert (see right)

Saturday 24 August Kiama Makers & Growers Market Black Beach 9-2pm

30 August - 8 Sept Kiama Bodyboard King Pro Surf Beach (more next issue)

Friday 30 August Prof Alan Duffy: The future of space travel and Australia’s place in it (more next issue)

Sunday 1 Sept Music in the Park (more next issue)

Sunday 8 Sept Romans Hot Rod Run Black Beach

27-29 Sept Folk By the Sea Earlybird tickets at www.folkbythesea.com.au

The Illawarra Senior Brass Band will be playing a great variety of music, from sacred to popular, when they perform in Kiama at the end of the month. “The wonderful timbral ladies will also make us envious of their timing and talent,” says organiser, Gail Pickles. “It will be a morning of toe tapping enjoyment for brass band enthusiasts, and there is always some community singing on their visits.” All proceeds to Frontier Services, a branch of the Uniting Church continuing John Flynn’s work of supporting farmers on isolated properties. Details: Tuesday 20 August, Kiama Uniting Church Fellowship Centre. Morning tea at 10am followed by the concert at 10.30am. Entry $10.

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Hot on the heels of its very successful Trivia Night, Following on from the CMRI Gerringong is again popularity of the original benefiting from the Berry Kiama Pop Show in 2015, Textile Art Exhibition, the Little Blowhole Art Bar where they man the door, is displaying Kiama Pop 2: do the catering and receive People Places & Paste-Ups the takings for their efforts. throughout August. Internationally known texThe fun group exhibitile artists will be exhibiting tion features pop portraits, and holding workshops. landscapes and icons of This year the Berry event Kiama by local artists Becky is on the same weekend Guggisberg, Dave Evans as the Modern Quilt Show (Co-organizer of the KISS Australia, being held at the Arts Festival) and Jamie Pavilion Kiama. Cole (that’s his Still life with All proceeds from this Daisy, after Martin Sharp show, a joint effort by the on the left). Sydney Modern Quilt Guild and the Wollongong Modern Details: Until 1 Sept, Little Blowhole Art Bar, Tingira Crescent

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Whale Song, a two person collaborative quilt by Caroline Sharkey and Ingrid Clare, will be at the Berry show

Quilt Guild, will go to the Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service. CMRI Gerringong’s own Quilt Show will be held on 8-10 November. Details: Berry – Saturday 17 August, 9.30-5pm and Sunday 18 August 9.30-4pm, Berry School of Arts, $5. Kiama – 16-18 August, The Pavilion Kiama, 10-4.30pm (until 3pm Sunday). Entry $10 at door ($8 online)


Gerringong Libary and Blue Haven Bonaira Museum build to start unit goes on display After months of detailed planning by architects and engineers, Kiama Council has appointed a Sydneybased company, Momentum Built, to deliver the $3.2 million Gerringong Library and Museum project (nicknamed GLaM). The much anticipated project involves building a new library behind the historic School of Arts on Blackwood Street, which will be restored and converted to house the Museum. Construction is expected to commence in a few weeks, and possibly be completed as early as March. Ahead of construction starting, Council is arranging a community information

meeting to allow anyone with an interest to view the plans and designs, talk to the project team, and ask questions. “Council is keen to ensure the impact on residents and businesses is kept to a minimum,” said a spokesperson. Apart from the construction project itself, there has been an enormous amount of work going on behind the scenes by members of

the Historical Society, and in particular by Museum Designer Penny Hardy and Curator Sandra McEwen, in planning the new Museum display. During the last few months, Ms McEwen has been spending many hours in the relocated original Museum building, next to the Men’s Shed in Jubilee Park, unwrapping and studying the collection items previously packed by members of the Society. “Sandra is an exceptionally experienced curator and Do you know someone “These Awards recognise writer,” says the Society’s whose contribution to the the efforts of people and President Helen McDermott. local community should be groups which contribute “Prior to working for recognised? to our municipality,” says nearly 30 years at the PowerKiama Council is again Mayor Mark Honey. house Museum, she studied calling for nominees for its “You can nominate a both science and art. Community Achievement friend, family member, “Over the years she has Awards, which will be neighbour, club member, prepared exhibitions on a presented as part of a cere- or in fact anyone who lives diverse range of subjects, mony on 26 September to in our Municipality, for a from farming to textiles, and mark the 160th anniversary Community Achievement from technological innovaof Kiama Council’s first Award.” tion to World War 1.” sitting. The public also has the Ms McEwen is to talk on In previous years, nomiopportunity to nominate how she develops exhibinations have been called for council employees for tions, and her experiences in specific award categories the Megan Dalley Award Gerringong, at the Society’s - Sports, Community Arts (to recognise excellence August meeting. and Service to the Environ- performance by a trainee or She is looking for more ment. apprentice) and the Robert unsung treasures that are This year, in recognition East Award for volunteerprobably lurking in local that there are people in the ing within the community sheds, which will tell significommunity doing great (which is no longer cant stories about the lives things outside of these cata Council employee award). of people in this region. egories, Council is inviting Details: Nominations are nominations for whatever Details: Sunday 24 August, now open online, closing on field someone is making a RSL Hall, 1pm. 31 August, significant contribution. Gold coin donation. at www.kiama.nsw.gov.au

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Steve Dawson has been involved with Blue Haven since its inception, and is enjoying giving prospective owners their first glimpse of the cutting edge in seniors’ living at Blue Haven Bonaira. “The units not only incorporate the new standards, but learn from our experience in the earlier stages of the Blue Haven development,” he says. This includes the independent living complex not offering any three bedroom units. “We spoke to people in the existing village, particularly Stage 5, and found out they weren’t using them as bedrooms.” The space (135m2 in the new two bedroom units compared to the 140m2 in Stage 5 three bedroom units) has been reconfigured to include a second bathroom, a separate laundry, a computer nook and more storage. Modifications to suit aging in home include easily accessible power points, level

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- plenty of light, open spaces and views.” Only one unit is open now, but it will soon be possible to look through all of the first tower, while the other two towers (and the units over the community hall) are given their finishing touches. As the orientation and design of the three towers are identical, photographs will be used to show prospective buyers the different views. Just over 202 groups have registered their interest in the 59 units. The prices of the units will be revealed in early September, once Council considers the recommendations of an independent valuer at its August meeting. Interested parties can then nominate the units they prefer, and the units will be allocated through ballot on 22 October. “This is the same process that was used successfully for Stages 4 and 5,” says Mr Dawson.

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The guest speaker at the August Kiama & District Historical Society meeting will be Bryan Fuller, the great, great grandson of William and Ann Fuller, who set out from Ireland with their seven children in 1839. With the death of William before he reached Australia, his widow was left to make a life for herself and her surviving children. After placing her children in an orphanage, Ann moved south to Wollongong and started a bakery. She was able to apply to have her children returned to her care a few months later. The family settled in the Illawarra

and soon became an integral part of the community. The commercial success of family members in the local area culminated in the purchase of the southern division of the Peterborough Estate in 1865 and the subsequent construction of Dunmore House and its long connection with the Fuller family until the mid 20th century. Mr Fuller will also talk about the ten year process of compiling his book on the family’s history, Against all the Odds. Details: Saturday 17 August, Kiama Family History Centre, Railway Parade, 2.30pm. Free.

To the Editor

mous community opposition? It is a privilege not a right to use a public asset to run a business. The so-called Some facts: I am a Kiama resident. ‘middle ground’ Mr Moran It is frustrating that people ▪ Gerroa community opposeeks has been found – he sition to commercial surf from out of our town think can operate his school a schools in Zone A goes they can dictate what we few hundred metres down back almost 10 years to display on the Kiama Lightwhen Council was drafting the beach. In fact the new house. the first Surf School policy. consent conditions allow Many of my family are for up to 80 participants at It’s not just all about Mr either former and currently track 6 - and that is, indeed, Moran. serving members of the a privilege. ▪ Last year GSS started ADF. As for paying someone to operating at 7 Mile Beach Leave the memorial on teach your kids to skatewithout a permit the lighthouse, it is not an ▪ GSS found a legal loophole board on public roads witheyesore or vandalism as and got an interim licence out a permit and presumably previously referred as. without insurance – some Scott Severs, Kiama from Council – ie. no parents must have rocks in guarantee of a permanent their head! licence. What a waste of ratepayers Heather Angus, Gerroa If GSS had done its homemoney! (Gerringong Surf School appeals DA Decision, work, and consulted the community before starting a Residents may wonder why Bugle 27 July 2019) business, Mr Moran may not their Council is powerless When will the Gerringong Surf School proprietor accept have made poor business de- to stop the land west of cisions .. “they (the consent the Kiama bypass below that the community has the high school will now conditions) will make my spoken loud and clear? inevitably be developed into business unviable”. Who This person clearly holds a housing estate significantly Council, and the community bases their entire business larger than Kiama Heights. viability on the uncertainin contempt. Now, at great After all Council listens to ty of a short-term, interim cost to us, the ratepayers, its precincts, runs consultaCouncil will have to defend license to operate, and the tion workshops and surveys its decision in the Land and possibility of getting DA approval in the face of enor- the community intermitEnvironment Court.

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tently, so it is well placed to respond to the community desire to protect this rural scenic backdrop to their town from overdevelopment. They may also expect their local member to work to stop it, as Gareth Ward has assured us he has “always been opposed to overdevelopment that detracts from the local environment and village character that motivates so many to call our region home”. So why aren’t these values reflected in this planning decision and is it okay for the will of our Council and community to be unaccountably dismissed by this ruling of the Southern Planning Panel? As a former councillor, I’d like to share my opinion. This has happened because the State Government has cleverly developed mechanisms to disconnect the community from big local planning decisions. They established ‘LEP templates’ that dictate planning outcomes, regardless of community consultation processes undertaken by Council. They also set up planning assessment panels like the ‘Gateway Process’ and the ‘Southern Planning Panel’, that are remote from politicians and communities. This way, the politicians who designed these mechanisms, appear blameless and can even pretend to oppose the outcomes; the community is powerless and their wishes easily dismissed because there is no direct accountability, and conveniently, voters are confused so their vote isn’t alienated, because they think the politicians who set up these processes are on side? It’s a win-win for politicians and developers and a huge loss for the community and democracy. Howard H Jones Secretary, Gerroa Environment Protection Society We welcome letters, which are published at the Editor’s discretion and may be edited. Please send to emailthebugle@gmail.com

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Buying local brings rewards Yearly tree planting a lesson in active citizenship

First prize in the inaugural Kiama & District Business Chamber Think, Shop and Buy Local campaign has been won by Peter Mays, a customer of Gerringong Pharmacy. “The campaign was incredibly well supported by the community shopping at local businesses, both Chamber members and non-members,” says the Chamber’s Vice President, Cameron McDonald of Carter Ferguson. “Businesses have told us they they noticed a real upswing in their sales.” Around four thousand entries were collected by participating businesses. “With a minimum spend

Each year since 1997, Kiama High Geography teacher Paul Berry has been organising for Year 7 students to participate in a Tree Planting Day. “It’s always held in August, around National Tree Day, as an exercise in active citizenship,” he says. “At school we teach them what they should do to help the environment – this is a day when we go out and get our hands dirty.” 170 students were distributed over seven locations this year, some looked after by Landcare groups - including Bombo Headland, the Seven Mile Beach dunes, The new Uniting GerrinShoalhaven Heads Golf gong residential aged care Club, and the Kiama Comhome has been awarded the munity Gardens; some by Urban Development InstiCouncil - Spring Creek and tute of Australia (UDIA) Minnamurra Rain Forest; NSW Aged Care Service and a private property on Award. Swamp Road. “We wanted to build a “The hard work of mainplace where our residents taining the area is done by have a sense of home and the Landcare groups and family and carers can feel Council,” says Mr Berry. like an extension of that. “We just mobilise an army We’re delighted that UDIA once a year to help with the has recognised the realiplanting.” sation of this vision,” says With around 800-1000 Uniting Head of Property trees planted each year, over Development, Adrian Ciano. 22 years, the initiative has

of $50 per receipt, the total revenue spent in local businesses will be significant. “We are going to be holding a competition amongst members soon to guess the total revenue received.” Based on the success of the campaign, the Chamber plans to run the competition again next year. “We are all about supporting local businesses,” says Mr McDonald. Customers of The Inside Story and Bombo Clothing, both Kiama businesses, won the second and third prizes. Gerringong Pharmacy and Beachside Emporium won prizes for their participation in the initiative.

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had a significant and lasting impact. It was started in the early 1990s, by another teacher John Brown. Mr Berry got involved in his second year at the school. “Some of the teachers I work with planted trees

when they were in Year 7. “It’s great to see the tradition continue. “It truely is a community partnership between the School, Council and the Landcare groups. “All parties enjoy being involved.”

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The Kiama High community has again hosted students from its twin school in the northern Italian town of Udine. The reciprocal exchange program has been running since 2003, most recently under the guidance of the Italian teacher, Francesca Crocco. The Bugle got to meet the nine students just a couple of weeks before their departure in mid-August, to get their impressions of their time on the other side of the world. They were all very positive about their experience here, and keen to return later in their lives, definately in summer.

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usually 8am-1pm, with time for additional classes in the afternoon if needed. All nine found our early hours of eating and socialising the hardest thing to get used to. “Places close here at the time we are used to just going out,” said one puzzled student. He also can’t understand why the popular pizza topping of hot chips hasn’t taken off here, but pineapple has. Kiama students are due to spend time in Udine at the end of the year.

Despite the cold, they have been in the water and some have even done surfing lessons. “The beaches here are so beautiful, and the environment is really clean,” said one. For another, the experience of seeing a kangaroo in the middle of the road on a drive down south was impossible to top. They report school is much more relaxed here, with the relationship between teachers and students more formal at home. In Italy, their school day is

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Kiama’s oldest building gets new lease of life The oldest and the longest serving members of the Kiama Uniting Church, Lesley Southern and Val Best, were given the honour of reopening the Church Hall after its extensive renovation (see page 10). Kiama’s oldest operational building opened in 1851 as the first permanent church of any kind built in the Southern Illawarra. Within a decade a new larger church (destroyed in a storm in 1969) was built and the building became the Lecture Hall, used for Sunday School classes and other occasions. It was extended towards Manning St in 1889. A $100,000 grant by the State Government helped get the restoration ball rolling, but costs increased once

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Mayoral column Mayor Mark Honey communicates directly with residents and ratepayers agreed to from last year. people who have had little There’s also waste manThis includes providing to do with government and agement and the environmore youth-orientated music ment via a proposal for politics. events. Standing up and addresshaving local shops provide We’ll also be discussing ing or questioning a gatherbiodegradable utensils and our SENTRAL Youth Sering of your elders is easier no longer using plastic bags. vices, which works closely when it’s in a familiar Infrastructure will be interwith many of the students environment such as your esting as we’re looking for from Kiama High. Kiama classroom, backed up by the students to provide their Library and Leisure Centre your fellow students. thoughts on a few projects programs are also on the Certainly, in my time as which we’re seeking governMayor, I’ve been impressed agenda. ment funding for. by the confidence of the So are issues beyond what It’s a stimulating, importsome might normally conant initiative, with realThis week council is holding students and the clarity sider the preserve of young world, immediate and longits annual youth engagement and thoughtfulness of their contributions. people. term benefits for the kids, meeting at Kiama High This includes planning, and therefore our whole School (Thursday, 15 August). While these meetings are with discussion on the draft- community. For the unfamiliar, the youth not closed off, they don’t attract the same sort of ing of our Local Strategic I hope to see you there. engagement meeting is a Planning Statement. properly constituted meeting interest of normal meetings, which are webcast, of council held at the High School each year, involving and at work-friendly hours councillors, senior staff and (the youth meeting starts at 10.30am). the student representative However, I am keen to encouncil. sure anyone who would like This is a great initiative to watch the meeting can. that has been going many I just ask that you check in years now, and one which all councillors and staff always at the office at Kiama High School at least 15 minutes look forward to. before proceedings begin. It’s important from the If you have any questions point-of-view of taking please ring Council on (02) councillors out of our The AGM of the Jamberoo Valley Ratepayers & Residents 4232 0444. ‘comfort zone’ in chambers. Association (JVRRA) elected Vivienne Marris as its new Certainly the agenda for It also allows the students next week looks promising. Chair. The meeting also adopted a Code of Conduct for its ‘home-ground advantage’. committee members, and acknowledged the long service Council will be reporting The trappings of office and of retiring Chair Rob McKinnon, who is moving to Kiama. back to students on the matchambers can be daunting Above: Mary Lou Reid (Treasurer), Ros Neilson (Secretary) ters raised and other actions to anyone, let alone young and Peter Brown (Vice Chair) with Vivienne Marris.

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from the auction of Man Walk jerseys. The money has funded a growing insurance bill and the development of a new website to help spread word about the Man Walk even further afield. “New groups are starting all the time and we need the infrastructure to support them. “We really want to keep it free to participate, so there are no barriers for anyone.” He’d love to get public or private funding for an app to show how many steps are being taken towards a good health outcome each week. “Some blokes are looking for connection, some are lonely, some are looking for a reason to get up and exercise. “Whatever reason they come, they will be welcomed and supported.” Mark says that the partners of the men on the Walks have been very supportive of the initiative. “They can see what how much their blokes enjoy it and benefit from it.” Details: More info at www.facebook.com/ themanwalkwalktalksupport or www.themanwalk.com.au

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Dedication to good food starts in the garden Luke and Kate Basic took up a plot in the Dapto Community Farm two years ago, to grow food for their family. “We believe strongly in the importance of eating well, and that children should know where their food comes from,” says Kate. Starting with just a 16 metre plot, the family set about learning how to grow things, mentored by other community growers. They could have been forgiven for giving up this extra work when they opened their restaurant, Silica, in March last year, but instead they have expanded. “We’ve got four 16 metre plots now, and I’m down here with the kids every day watering and doing maintenance,” says Kate. “I just love it, and so do they.” As a chef with a strong commitment to seasonal produce, Luke enjoys adding their home grown produce to the restaurant menu. “Most of our side dishes, garnishes and leaves come from our plots. “We also buy things like

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bok choy and ginger from other community garden growers. “I love the challenge of finding ways to include what they have got. “Everything is grown here using organic principles, and there is a real camradarie amongst the growers. “We have learnt so much through their willingness to share their experience.” At the moment, despite the

dry and winter, the plots are bursting with vigour. Kolrabi, kale, brocollini (a favourite of the Basic children), leeks, fennel, cabbage and radishes are just some of the vegetables competing to be included on the Silica menu. The Dapto Community Farm has been operating for over twenty years. While some of the beds are operated by commercial

operators, most are the work of people individuals. “We’d love to have a restaurant on a farm, but this is the next best thing,” says Luke. “We are proud of what we’ve achieved.” Their tips for people starting out on their veggie gardening journey? “Don’t stint on the quality of your seedlings,” says Kate. “And have patience. There is a lot to learn.”

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Out & about At the reopening of the Kiama Uniting Church Hall

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Wales,” said Mr Ward. “As debate has grown on this matter over the past week, and indeed several decades, I have been surprised to learn how many people wrongfully assume that abortion is already legal. “Whilst this has been the practice of every other state, our criminal statute remains the outlier of all other jurisdictions.” Mr Ward said he had spent much time considering the views of his community, reading every email and message that has come to his office. “The views expressed have been as strong as they have been divergent. “As a Christian and a believer I have been asked, and even challenged, on the question before the House today. “I deeply appreciate the prayers and best wishes from many of my community who clearly know this is not necessarily a straightforward and simple matter.” He quoted a letter from the Reverend Simon Hansford, the Moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT, which concluded, “The Uniting Church asserts that abortion is a health and social issue and should not be a criminal issue.” Mr Ward went on to say,

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The Bugle 10 August 2019  

This edition looks at Kiama's latest gift to the world - The Man Walk; Gareth Ward's stance on the abortion bill; the latest on Blue Haven B...

The Bugle 10 August 2019  

This edition looks at Kiama's latest gift to the world - The Man Walk; Gareth Ward's stance on the abortion bill; the latest on Blue Haven B...