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The Bugle 16 December 2017

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Project AIRSHIP returns for summer Following its successful trial last year, an improved version of Kiama’s shark blimp has returned to Surf Beach. With the help of a US$11,000 grant from the Save Our Seas Foundation, and continuing support of Kiama Council and the Department of Primary Industries, PhD student and lifeguard Kye Adams is enthusiastic about continuing his research into the blimp’s effectiveness as a shark spotting and safety device. Project AIRSHIP (Aerial Inflatable Remote Shark Human Interaction Prevention) combines the old technology of helium balloons with the latest in digital technology. “We live stream the footage down to the lifeguards, giving them an extra vantage point to watch for sharks,” he says. “We can also watch for rips and swimmers in distress. “It provides lifeguards with an additional tool to keep people safe.” The improved version for this summer includes a new custom built camera with 10 times zoom and a higher definition screen, as well as being rated for higher wind speeds. “This will mean we can quickly identify what an object is - whether it is a dolphin, seaweed or a shark.” Kye has spent the intervening months analysing the data collected last year, and while the results are yet to be published he says they are very positive. “I spoke at an international conference of marine scientists during the year, and everyone is excited about its potential for managing sharks and other potential hazards.” Kiama’s blimp is shaping up to be a cost effective way to ensure beach safety. “We envisage the roll-out of the program Continued on page 9

Inside this issue World Juniors return p3 Dementia Friendly Kiama celebrated p3 Santa pics a real winner for KDSLSC p4 Kiama putting on a spectacular NYE p7 Adopt a Rubber Duck p9

Kye Adams at Surf Beach with Andy Mole

Golden Valley Rd development The executive of the Jamberoo Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association (JVRRA) is outraged it has only just become aware that the power to make the final decision on the planning proposal to rezone land on Golden Valley Rd from rural to residential is out of Council’s hands. “The intention is to have the Minister bypass Council, which goes against the recommendations of the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel (when it sent it to Gateway),” says JVRRA Secretary Graham Pike. “The Government has chosen to

ignore the recommendations of what we are led to believe is one of its most powerful planning bodies. We can’t understand that. “You have to ask why we didn't find out until this week.” General Manager Michael Forsyth rejects criticisms the news was ‘buried’, saying, “Kiama Council has made a considerable effort to keep the community informed since the planning proposal for Golden Valley Road began in 2016.” Council was informed of the decision in August, and detail of the move and its implications

were included in a Report for Information in the Business Papers of the September Meeting. In addition, the sentence “The Minister has determined not to delegate power to Council to make the final determination of the Planning Process” was included in the Public Notice advertised in this paper in November, and is in a Public Notice in this edition advising of an extension of the submission period. However it seems that the importance of the news did not sink in. The Bugle was able to speak to Continued on page 12

Cathy and Steve wish all of our readers a happy and safe Christmas. We also thank our advertisers for their support during the year. We wouldn’t be here without them. Show them you appreciate it.

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What’s on? Every Wednesday

Sun 17 Dec

From Thurs 4 Jan

Kiama Farmers’ Market Surf Beach 3-6pm

Carols in the Hall Gerringong Town Hall, 7-8.30pm Kiama Seaside Market Black Beach, 9-3pm

WSL World Junior Championships Bombo Beach (see page 3)

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

Til 20 Dec Captured Light Photos by Nathan Miller Old Fire Station

Fri 22 Dec Extra Kiama Farmers’ Market Surf Beach 3-6pm

Sat 23 Dec

Kiama Makers and Growers Market Til 31 Dec Coast to Coast exhibition Black Beach, 9-2pm Sun 31 Dec Little Blowhole Art Bar Tingira Cres, Kiama New Year’s Eve Spectacular Sat 16 Dec Kiama Harbour precinct Gerringong Christmas 5-10.30pm Street Festival From 8.30am. Parade 11am (see page 7)

Sun 7 Jan

Legend continues with the Captain Christie Ocean Swim

Captain Christie Ocean Swim (see right)

Mon 8 Jan Gerringong Men’s Shed Annual Rubber Duck Derby (see page 9)

Sat 20 Jan Gerringong Village Market In and around Gerringong Town Hall

20-21 Jan

Fri 26 Jan

Kiama Rotary Antique & Retro Fair Kiama Leisure Centre

Australia Day Activities throughout the area (more details next issue)

26-27 Jan 170th Kiama Show (more next issue)

Dive-in movies

While there are no free outdoor movies in town this year, and Pics & Flicks not back til February, Jamberoo Action Park is again holding its Dive-in Movies on Saturday nights in January. The movies are held at the Park’s Outback Bay wave pool, as a free addition to the admission price, and are sure to be popular a popular activity for locals and visitors. The first of the family friendly movies, Finding Dory, is on 30 December, from 6pm. Full details at

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Join Gerringong locals for the only ocean swim held in our area, the Captain Christie Ocean Swim. The 1.8km swim from Boat Harbour around the rock shelf into Werri Beach follows the course of a legendary swim by Captain Christie, a 19th Century sea captain, who bet a crewman that he could swim that course. The prize was a bottle of whisky, so all entrants of drinking age now receive a whisky miniature when they complete the course. The start is in sheltered water at Boat Harbour, but the finish is through the break at Werri Beach, so it can be a challenging swim depending on conditions.

Those who prefer to use Stand Up Paddleboards can also enter. It’s a great fundraiser for Gerringong SLSC. Entry fee $40 pre-race day or $50 on the day. Minimum age is 14, with parent’s permission required for those under 18. After the race briefing at the Club, the swimmers walk over the hill to the swim start at Boat Harbour. Details: Sunday, January 7. Swim starts at 10am, with registration at the Surf Club from 7-9am. Register online at until 3pm Sat 6 January. A race briefing will be held at the Surf Club at 9.15am.

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Dementia Friendly World Juniors Kiama celebrated return to Kiama

The focus of the surfing world will again turn to Kiama when junior surfers from across the globe land here to compete in the WSL Jeep World Junior Championship at Bombo Beach from 4-12 January. At the last World Junior Championship, Macy Callaghan and Ethan Ewing were crowned World Junior Champions, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Kiama’s own Sally Fitzgibbons and current World Champion, Gerringong’s Tyler Wright, who launched their careers by winning the event. Thirty-six male and 18 female competitors from over 30 countries will be taking to the waves, with live reporting around the world from a large media contingent. Watch the action online or get down to Bombo in person.

Shoppers encouraged to use Showground Patrons of the Kiama Farmers’ Market at Surf Beach are being encouraged to help the traffic and parking situation on Wednesday afternoons by avoiding Manning St and making use of the large carpark at the Showgrounds. Working with Council, , following feedback from local businesses, the Market has put a variety of initiatives in place to encourage shoppers to park there, even supplying a traffic marshal to encourage the flow of traffic. “We’re encouraging people to avoid the crawl down the street looking for an elusive park,” says the Market’s Manager, Tricia Ashelford. “It’s a lovely paved walk along the water, so we think it will only add to the visit. ‘We’ve been giving out free shopping bags to people who park there and even have shopping trolleys you can borrow if necessary.” The traffic situation is being exacerbated by work on the large Bathers’ development and the unrestricted parking on the beach side of the street. The holiday season will also see more people setting up on Surf Beach for the day. Surf Beach looks likely to become the Kiama Farmers’ Market’s permanent home, with Kiama Council soon to lodge a DA for the activity. The community will have the opportunity to comment on the DA before a decision is made.

Kiama is leading the world in putting people with dementia front and centre in its quest to become dementia-friendly. This was the message celebrated at a gathering to mark this year’s International Day of People with Disability. “The Kiama Dementia Friendly Project Gareth Ward MP with Kate Swaffer, Sue Pieters-Hawke and Council’s is the first time that Nick Guggisberg people with dementia have been involved, rather was told to go home, organ- Hazel’s advocacy work, said than just their carers,” said ise my affairs and prepare she was proud to have been Dr Lyn Phillipson of the to move into aged care. That involved with the project in University of Wollongong. was never going to happen.” a small way. She spoke movingly about She sees the way people “What is happening here is the way it had changed her with dementia have been being done by and with, and approach to research into treated as a human rights not ‘for’, people with dedementia in a fundamental issue, and said the secret of mentia. way through its focus on Kiama’s approach is simple. “This project is a global inclusion. “People with dementia are beacon for what is possible.” “This program has chalthe experts about what it is Gareth Ward MP was in lenged the status quo of like living with dementia. attendance to hear of the what it is like to live with “Dementia is not a mental project’s achievements and dementia,” she said. health issue - it is now rec- champion its aims. “It has set a gold standard ognised by the UN as a dis“Dementia is the number that has been recognised ease that causes cognitive one killer of people over by being the only dementia- disabilities.” 65,” he said. friendly project to receive Both Dr Phillipson and “We want to make Kiama an award from the World Ms Swaffer spoke highly the best community it can be Health Organisation. of Kiama’s DAGs (members for everyone who lives here, “It has changed the way of the Dementia Advisory whatever their ability.” Dementia Australia is look- Group) and what they have To continue its work in a ing at funding initiatives. achieved, including develsustainable way, $50,000 in “People with dementia oping an environmental funding is being sought for now have a voice that is assessment tool and commu- a project officer to help being heard.” nity education to reduce achieve the various initiaSouth Australian of the stigma and increase inclusion. tives still to be rolled out. Year, Kate Swaffer, who Their collective wisdom and Details: To find out was diagnosed with demen- enthusiasm has been a great more the project and tia at 49 and has been a support. our DAGs, go to dementia activist ever since. Sue Pieters-Hawke, who “When I was diagnosed, I has continued her mother

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As a fundraiser, Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club President Skip Guy says that its Santa on the Beach photo sessions ticks

all the boxes. “People like the idea of helping a charity rather than a business, they get to relax by coming to the beach as a family, they get to see our facilities and atmosphere, and we get to make a significant amount of money for our Club in a short period of time.” In only its second year, 350 families had photo sessions, with the pictures emailed out to them. “It is such a great backdrop, and people are so relaxed,” he says. “Our volunteer photographer, Kasia Ovenden, does such an amazing job. The event wouldn’t be the same without her talent.” The idea has caught on with other local clubs this year, but Skip doesn’t

mind the competition for business. “There is more than enough to go around,” he says. “It is natural to want to support your local club.” The sessions have even generated some new members, as people have enjoyed their time there so much and found out more about the spirit of the Club. For any novice competitors out there, the Club is holding a Development Carnival on 6 January, designed for first timers of all ages from any club. Kiama Downs SLSC is also hosting the South Coast Branch Carnival on 20 January, and all are welcome to come down to watch the competition and enjoy the Club’s facilities.

Hot property Two well established Kiama real estate agencies, Harcourts and McGraths, have merged with First National Gerringong to create First National Coast & Country. Terry Digger and Jason Stalgis are the principals of the new entity. “Combining the experience and longevity of the agents in the Kiama and Gerringong offices means we have more people collectively working hard to provide our customers with the best service possible,” says Mr Stalgis. These include the former principal of McGraths Marnie Beauchamp and Harcourt principals Susan Spence and Andy Wharton.

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Club news Junior citizenship awards Minnamurra Lions Club recognises the value of encouraging young students through volunteering, assisting others and contributing to the general welfare of students, staff and the community, and each year the Club honours students from local schools with outstanding citizenship awards. The Award Winners for 2017 are: Kiama High

hamper filled to the brim with treats to enjoy with family and friends over the holiday period. Approximately $2,750 was raised by these events, to be donated to Red Cross causes.

Men’s Sheds help other groups Lions continue tradition

For 30 years, the Lions Club of Kiama has held an annual luncheon for visually impaired people, and their carers, from Kiama and other areas of the Illawarra. For the last 16 of those years, a Minnamurra Public School local singing group, affecYear 6 - Jack Wilson tionately refer to as the EverYear 5 - Amali Park lastings, have generously proYear 3/4 - Brynn Irvine vided entertainment. Year 2 - Joshua Reitze Lions appreciated return Jamberoo Public School donations received at this Year 6 - Erin McCormack year’s lunch from the Kiama Year 3 - Cameron Aubin Visually Impaired Group Each of these students were and the Gwen Booker Cenpresented with framed certifi- tre (Illawarra) for Visually cates and book vouchers at Impaired to help with their their end of year assemblies. work. Year 12 - Rhylee Bamford Year 11 - Josie Mansell Year 10 - Keely Regan Year 9 - Aribah Amal Year 8 - Amelia Beahan Year 7 - Alira Morgan

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Judi O’Brien, President of Kiama Red Cross, presents the hamper to lucky winner Ian Pearson

Red Cross Christmas fundraising Kiama Red Cross would like to thank everyone for their generous support of their annual Christmas stall on Terralong St. A great variety of goods were on offer, including delicious homemade cakes, Christmas cards, plants, homeware and jewellery. Patrons also had a last opportunity to enter the Red Cross Christmas raffle, and try their luck at winning a

Taking pride of place in this year’s Gerringong Lions Club’s annual Christmas raffle trailer is a cubby house built by Gerringong Men’s Shed. Tickets for the raffle are on sale in Fern St in the lead up to Christmas. The Kiama Men’s Shed has also helped out by rebuilding Vision Australia’s Lighthouse Collection Box.

Ceili line-up Organisers of the Kiama womens’ Ceili on 3 February are excited to have high profile author Melissa Browne and Chelsea Pottinger of EQ Consulting amongst their speakers. Go to for details or tickets. Proceeds to help women in financial need through tragedy. More next issue.

Kiama set for spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations

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4pm with an Eat Street operating at Hindmarsh Park and Black Beach, before a concert featuring the Pearl Essence Band, Giles Robinson, Kevin Sullivan and the Ben Gunn Band begins in the Park at 5pm. “Kiama has become the place for families and

friends to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a safe a friendly setting,” says the chair of Destination Kiama, Councillor Matt Brown. “This year they will be able to make a full evening of their time in Kiama. “Come down, have something to eat, listen to some

great live music, then head down to our beautiful harbour for an amazing spectacle.” It is hoped that the added attractions will stagger out the crowd’s departure times, to avoid congestion immediately after the fireworks. Our tip? Park a bit further away and enjoy the walk.

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Mayoral Column Mayor Mark Honey communicates directly with residents and ratepayers The trees are up so it must Our marvellous customer for one of the busiest sumbe about Christmas time again. service team handled nearly mers we’ve had in many years. Just when many are getting 30,000 phone calls. Our Most obviously is the team ready to enjoy some wellwaste services team colbehind this year’s New Year’s earned time off, others lected more than 14,000 Eve Sky Show at Kiama are shifting into top gear. tonnes of waste. Planners Harbour, which will be Council staff are no different. handled close to 400 devel- one of the biggest in NSW Many of our staff are look- opment applications. More outside Sydney. It will be ing forward to the Christmas than 50 roads were resealed, fantastic but given the hours and New Year break after footpaths installed, bridges they’ve already put in, those what’s been a very busy built, and picnic shelters behind the scenes will be year. constructed. Our library glad to see 2018. The numbers tell the story. staff hosted more than 2000 Just as the fireworks are Our SENTRAL youth serkids, mums, dads, nans and done, teams will be setting vices team tripled the pops for children’s story up for the World Surf amount of work done with time. The Fire Station held League Junior World Chamclients. The lifeguards con- 52 art exhibitions. The Lei- pionships (4-12 January), ducted more than 5,000 sure Centre provided learn when the world’s best young what they call ‘preventative to swim classes and training surfers will take to the actions’. Our community to more than 5,000 students. waves at Bombo Beach. transport service made more But as some of our staff Our lifeguards are also than 600 trips. The Pavilion are getting ready to put their ramping up their patrols held more than 200 events. feet up, others are preparing for the summer holidays and the more than 300,000 beach-goers they are likely to be keeping an eye on. The finishing touches are already being put to our Australia Day 2018 program, for celebrations throughout the municipality. We’re also getting ready for the English invasion with Hull FC using Kiama as home base for their Super League match with Wigan in February.

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Then on 5 February the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games is in Kiama, and there are countless little tasks that need to be done between now and then. It’s all exciting, and I encourage everyone to enjoy these events, which also help local business make the most of the season. But I’m mindful of those who make it happen while we are relaxing on the beach or verandah. For all the staff at Council, and the volunteers, thank you for your efforts over the year. For those working through the holidays thank you in advance for what is sure to be a great summer. To everyone, I wish you a happy Christmas and New Year and all the best for 2018.

Council’s first 2018 meeting With no January meeting, Council’s February meeting has been brought forward to 6 February.

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The Gerringong Men’s Shed’s third annual Duck Derby has quickly become a New Year tradition for locals and visitors, while raising much needed funds for fitting out the group’s new headquarters. “People adopt a duck for $5, and if the duck with their number on it crosses the line first they win a great prize,” says Ken Harris. “We’re going to have two races this year, and will be returning to our original method of launching them off the footbridge.” Look for the duck adoption centres outside the Gerringong IGA or in front of the chemist on Fern St, or get one on the day. “It’s a fun day for all the family,” says Ken. “I love to see the kids competing in the Best Dressed Duckling competition.” Details: Monday 8 January, around Gerroa Footbridge. Races at 11am and Noon.

AIRSHIP returns from page 1 will be able to be funded through advertising revenue,” says Kye. “The running costs are minimal and it dovetails with existing patrol measures.” The blimp will be tethered at Surf Beach over summer. “This is our busiest beach, and also one of the most dangerous,” says Supervising Lifeguard, Andy Mole. With 29 lifeguards patrolling every beach in the Kiama LGA seven days a

week, from 10-6pm, in addition to volunteer lifesavers, he says beach safety relies on people doing the right thing. “We are asking everyone to swim between the flags. In particular, take notice of the signs at South Bombo and don’t swim there. There are rips everywhere. “If you do spot anyone in trouble there, use the emergency radio we’ve set up to call for help.”

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Postcard home It’s a long walk from St Jean Pied de Port, on the French border, to Santiago de Compostella but that’s the challenge my daughter Lucy and I undertook in September and October when we became Camino pilgrims. In teeming rain we started climbing straight up the Pyrenees for 10 kms, heading to our first Refugio and the standard meal of soup, boiled chicken and flan. That menu was to be repeated over the next six weeks. Clearing weather gave spectacular views to the Bay of Biscay over France then Spain from the summit. Down to our first Spanish village, Roncesvalles, with its monastery for the pilgrim mass (totally in Spanish). There was a 120 bed Refugio for Lucy and the old monk’s private quarters for me. The city of Pamplona and its bulls awaited us two days or 50 kms walking away. “Should have been here last week” for the bulls, so we made do with some of the best tapas in Spain. 96 kms or four days away was Logrono where Lucy’s two children awaited in the care of her husband and his

family who are long time residents of this, the capital of the Rioja wine region. The next few days saw us pass through Circuela with its championship golf course and 500 townhouse and unit development totally empty curtesy, of the 2008 global financial melt down. On to Santa Domingo where long ago the son of a pilgrim family was hanged for stealing the mayor’s daughter’s purse. The story has it that when the family returned from Compostelle two months later the lad was still alive. When the family asked the mayor if they could retrieve their son, he famously replied that “if the boy is alive then so must be this roast chicken I am eating?” The chicken came back to life. They sell Hang Boy biscuits in the bakeries. We then crossed the wonderful but arid and remote Meseta and onto Leon. With 400 kms travelled (halfway), Lucy left to take the children back to school. I carried on, and Lucy plans to complete her pilgrimage in 2019. Peter Murray, Jerrara

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Councillors Neil Reilly and Kathy Rice, and both say they have only just become aware of the decision. “It was just two lines in a two page report, not in the Planning section of the Papers, and with nothing to highlight its significance,” says Cllr Reilly. The Business Paper for the Meeting contained 455 pages, with the Golden Valley report on page 381. The report explained that while Council had been appointed the Relevant Planning Authority responsible for consultation with public authorities and the community, it had not been given delegation to make the final decision. The report was passed over without discussion. The JVRRA says the matter should have been brought to Councillors’ attention, given they had voted 8:1 against the planning proposal when it was brought before them. “It is disappointing the staff didn’t highlight this,” says JVRRA Chair, Rob McKinnon. Mr Forsyth says the Government’s decision is not unprecedented.

“It is usual for the NSW Government to not give a council the final decision on a planning proposal such as Golden Valley, which has gone through a ‘rezoning review’ by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) before proceeding (This happened when the owner submitted its planning proposal after Council’s refusal to do so). “Council is still managing the planning process, including public consultation, and a report to will be provided to Council in the new year. Councillors’ recommendation will then be forwarded to the Minister, who can confirm or reject it. “The JRPP is no longer involved in the process, having already recommended to the NSW Government, that the proposal should proceed with Council managing the process.” The JVRRA is confident it will get the support of Gareth Ward MP on this issue, and will make its own direct representations to the Minister. It has called a public meeting for Tues 20 January, at The School of Arts, 7.30pm. The deadline for submissions on the planning proposal is Friday 12 January.

The Bugle December 16 2017  
The Bugle December 16 2017  

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