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The Bugle 2 December 2017

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

Residents call for overdue traffic safety measures Two years after they first raised safety concerns with Council about their busy intersection, a group of residents of Bong Bong and Shoalhaven Streets are welcoming the news that something is finally to be done. The November Council meeting endorsed a motion from the Central Precinct, which had taken on the residents’ concerns, to allocate the $8000 needed for an initial traffic management study and include money for the recommended works in the budget. This is expected to happen in the February budget review. “With the opening of the expressway entrance in Bland St and the construction work in Manning St, our two streets have turned into a rat run,” says Shoalhaven St resident Peter Stuckey.

“They are particularly busy between 6 and 9am, and 3 til 5pm, which coincides with peak pedestrian time when the streets are being used by students and commuters. “These problems will increase with the high density commercial and residential developments planned for this area.” While minor accidents occur frequently due to the gradient of the streets and the width of the roads, local residents fear it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs. They are particularly concerned for the school children crossing the wide street with no refuge island. Parents The Bugle spoke to said there was no way they would let their children cross on their own. “With cars parked on the

David Fuller and sons Nicholas and Alexander have seen three accidents on the corner this year on the way home from school

Inside this issue Rates increase roadshow p3

Collins St lights p3

side of the street, it is even difficult for me to be sure it is safe to cross,” said one. “The cars make big sweeping turns without being able to see we are there.” Traffic monitoring undertaken by Council in April 2016 found more than 50 per cent of traffic exceeded the speed limit. Residents had been frustrated that the matter had been completely stalled since Council found out in April this year that it was unsuccessful in obtaining RMS funding for the initial traffic management plan. “We are relieved that this situation is finally going to get the attention it deserves,” says Mr Stuckey. “We are very keen for the works to be implemented as soon as a plan is devised. “It can’t wait any longer.”

Public meeting on Gerringong bank options With the ANZ set to close the only bank branch in Gerringong at the end of January, Bendigo Bank is emerging as a possible candidate to provide banking services to the growing area. With the support of the South Precinct committee and the councillors at its last meeting, Shane Douglas, General Manager of the Park Ridge Retreat and a Director of the Kiama & District Business Chamber, has been investigating the possibility of Bendigo Bank opening a facility in the township. “People can’t believe that a town of this size can’t support a bank branch,” he says. “No-one is disputing that a lot of business and personal banking is done on the internet now, but there are some times you need a branch. “Gerringong has been caught up in ANZ’s corporate strategy, where it is closing 140 regional branches, and nothing we say will change that.” Continued on page 8

Energy pledges to make real difference p3

Jemma joins Showgirl competition p9




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Sat 16 Dec

Kiama Farmers’ Market Surf Beach 3-6pm

Gerringong Christmas Parade and Market See right

Spectacular Kiama Harbour precinct 5-10.30pm (more details next issue)

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From Thurs 4 Jan

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

Carols in the Hall Gerringong Town Hall, 7-8.30pm Kiama Seaside Market Til 31 Dec Coast to Coast exhibition Black Beach, 9-3pm Sat 23 Dec Little Blowhole Art Bar (see right) Kiama Makers and Growers Market Fri 1 Dec Black Beach, 9-2pm Picks & Flicks:

Sun 31 Dec A Man Called Ove Gerringong Town Hall, 8pm New Year’s Eve 2-3 Dec Kiama Arts Trail Various studios in the region, listed on

Sun 3 Dec Music in the Park Hindmarsh Park, 1-3.30pm

Tues 12 Dec Carols in the Park Reid Pk, Jamberoo, 7-9pm Carols on the Green Kiama Golf Club, 6-8pm

Weds 13 Dec Carols in the Park Hindmarsh Park, 7-9pm

Parade evolves into Festival

WSL World Junior Championships Bombo Beach

Mon 8 Jan Gerringong Men’s Shed Annual Rubber Duck Derby (more details next issue)

26-27 Jan 170th Kiama Show

Most have had Basketry show Little Blowhole Art Bar’s last exa Blue Christmas The hibition for the year is Coast to Coast. The thoughtful people at Kiama Jamberoo Uniting Church invite you to a special Blue Christmas service designed for those for whom the holidays might be difficult. “If you have undergone a difficult loss, or life change, we invite you to a special time of music and worship,” says Gail Pickles. For more details contact Rev. Rob Buchan on 0423 121 984.

It features work by South Coast fibre artist and basket maker, Lissa de Sailles. The exhibition is a culmination of her study of traditional and contemporary basketry techniques over the past three years in Australia, Ireland, England, Canada and the USA. Nowra-based, Lissa is recognised as a leader in the field of contemporary Details: Friday 15 December, basketry in Australia with invitations Kiama Uniting Church - corner of to exhibit and teach both locally and Bong Bong and Manning Streets Kiama, 7pm internationally. Details: Opening night 7 December, 5.30pm. 4 Tingira Cres, Kiama

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With fifteen years under its belt, Rotary is acknowledging that their Gerringong Christmas Street Parade has grown to be part of a much bigger Festival for the town. While the Parade remains an essential element and big favourite, with almost fifty entries this year, the event has evolved into the Gerringong Christmas Street Festival. There will be five live music areas, a bumper Village Market Day and festive entertainment for the whole family. If you haven’t been yet, this is the year to go. Details: Saturday December 16, around the Town Hall. Market starts at 8.30am, Sing Australia Choir performs at 10am, the Natural Necessity Fashion Parade is at 10.30am, and the Street Parade starts at 11am.

Energy pledges to make real difference As a consequence of being a founding member of the Cities Power Partnership program, Kiama Council has announced its five pledges to act on Climate Change (see box). “I am really pleased that energy efficiency has become a priority,” says Councillor Andrew Sloan who has long championed the cause. “It has got to the point where it makes economic sense for community members, businesses and Council to try and become more energy efficient. “I believe that Council needs to be seen to be a leader in the field of transitioning to renewable energy and becoming more sustainable.” While the pledges have no timeframe, Cllr Sloan says that work has begun to implement them. “We have already created a $315,000 Green Energy Revolving Fund which will be used to fund panels on our facilities from 2018. “The Library will be the first to get the panels, and the idea is that the energy savings made from this investment will be channelled back into the Fund so other facilities, like the Leisure Centre, can be solarised.” He also says that talks are already being held with the NRMA and property owners about the installation of fast charging stations for cars.

“I expect that we will have a few of them located around town in 18 months.” With regard to the issue of setting renewable energy or emissions targets for the Municipality as a whole, Cllr Sloan says, “We will be working closely with the community to work out whether to aim for carbon neutrality or something less.”

Kiama’s Climate Change Pledges  Install renewable energy systems (like solar PV and

battery storage) on Council facilities  Creation of a revolving green energy fund to finance

internal projects  Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures within

Council and support community organisations to do so  Provide fast or other charging infrastructure for elec-

tric vehicles at key locations  Set municipality level renewable energy or emissions

reduction targets Edited version - full text available on Council’s website

Collins St lights up

Mayor Mark Honey with the Chamber’s Marie Beikmanis and Gavin McClure

The beautification of the entrance to Kiama on Collins St has culminated with the turning on of the night lights in time for the holiday season. The $23,000 project of improvements to the precinct was jointly funded by Kiama Council and the Kiama and District Business Chamber. Apart from the 50 metres of fairy lights, new garden beds and plants

Photo: NEG Photography

have been installed. Council will evaluate the success of the Collins Street upgrades before considering similar work along Terralong Street. “Once the lighting is installed, we want to see the impact it makes to the business along Collins Street, before deciding on the next stage,” says Gino Belsito, Director Engineering & Works.

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Rate increase roadshow Kerry McMurray, Council’s Director Corporate, Commercial and Community Services, is giving a series of presentations at community forums to explain the rationale and need for the 6 per cent rate rise for each of the next three years. The first of these was held at the November Kiama Central Precinct Meeting, and he will also present at the next meetings of the South Precinct, the Kiama & District Business Chamber and the Minnamurra Progress Association. While acknowledging that no-one likes a rate rise, Mr McMurray explained the extent of these rate rises had been included in Council’s Long Term Financial Plan since 2014. They were also widely publicised as being necessary in Council’s Fit for the Future (FFF) proposals. The rise includes the state set 2.3 per cent rate pegging increase, and the increase is cumulative over the three years. “We need the variation to meet the FFF asset maintenance and renewal benchmarks,” he says. At 19.1 per cent, the cumulative impact of Kiama’s rate rises is much less than that applied for in recent years by neighbouring councils, with Shellharbour’s rising 41.15% over the last four years, Wingecarribee’s rising by 45.3 per cent by 2019/20 and Shoalhaven’s rising 31 per cent

if its current application is approved. Mr McMurray explains that as part of the ongoing FFF process, there has been a focus on improving the way Council does its role, with the Long Term Financial Plan setting an efficiency target of 2.5 per cent to reduce costs and improve processes. This is being met through improvements in procurement, streamlining of processes and improvements to service delivery models. There has been no increase to staff numbers for two and a half years (apart from the incorporation of Kiama Tourism this year). Contrary to what is often thought, Mr McMurray says that a residential rate comparison of neighbouring councils, based on the average residential land value of $418,274, shows that Kiama’s rates are the lowest in the region. “There is nothing in the 10 Year Financial Plan that indicates the need for a further Special Rate Variation,” he says. A rates calculator will soon be available on Council’s website for ratepayers to calculate their increase. Details: Minnamurra Progress Association 5 December, Progress Hall, Charles St, 7.30pm South Precinct 21 December, Gerringong Town Hall, 7.30pm

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Save the Date, it’s time to get ready to  Plan your crafts, fruit and vegetables or flowers for entry in the Pavilion Exhibition with new celebratory classes for you to choose from  Plan to enter or watch the cattle, horse and woodchop events  Decide on what class to enter your pet in the Pet Show including our new Pet in Best Heritage Costume class  Check out our Major Entertainment Program – headline acts include the Rooftop Express Wild West Show & ARD FMX 3-man stunt team plus La Grande Circus and much, much more…..

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Proposal to restrict size Minnamurra of secondary dwellings Quarry A proposed change to the LEP to reduce the permissible size of a secondary dwelling from 100 per cent to 25 per cent of the primary dwelling has been rejected in favour of a motion by Councillor Matt Brown to restrict the size to 120m2. Secondary dwellings are permissible in residential and rural zones, but because of urban floor space ratios the change will have more impact on rural properties. “The change to the LEP

will help to prevent further fragmentation of rural land,” says GM Michael Forsyth. Council is also to proceed with a planning proposal to change the LEP to correct an anomaly preventing bed and breakfast accommodation being offered in rural zones. Both changes are subject to the Gateway process. A proposal to allow ecotourism facilities in RU2 and RU3 zones was deferred until the necessary changes to the DCP are devised.

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While not quite getting the fast track that its proponents would like, the proposal to turn Minnamurra Quarry into a BMX track and bike skills park looks like it might become a reality. Detailed plans and costings are to be developed, and consultations undertaken with neighbours, so that the project can be considered for inclusion in Council’s 2018/9 Operational Plan (Budget).

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In the schoolyard

Four students from years 4 and 6 at Kiama Public School were recently congratulated by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian for their entry in the Tech Girls Superhero challenge. The app they developed encourages random acts of kindness, by getting local businesses to provide prizes and encouraging kids to take part. The aim is to make Kiama a better place. Contact if your school has something worth sharing with the community.

Free diaries for older residents Legal Aid NSW has again produced free diaries for older residents “The publication, now in its seventh year, combines important legal information with a practical diary and is a very popular and handy resource for our local seniors,” says the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward. “It contains a wealth of information, including useful telephone numbers and websites and empowers seniors with information about where to turn for help on issues that are important at this stage of their lives.” Chapters cover legal information of relevance to older people, including aged care and retirement villages, financial, family and consumer issues, elder abuse, disputes with neighbours, and future planning. Details: The diaries are available for collection from Mr Ward’s Electorate Office in Terralong St, or can be mailed out. Phone 4232 1082


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Have your say on future economic direction A consultant appointed by the State Government to formulate a Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) for Kiama is seeking feedback from the community on its discussion paper. The introduction of the REDS program will see all of the economic regional areas identified in the State being assisted to develop their strategies by the same consulting group, using the same structure, so that the merits of the various funding decisions can be more easily compared. While the 2014 Kiama Economic Development Strategy is being used as a starting point for the new document, new ideas are welcome. The discussion paper includes a SWOT analysis and infrastructure priorities for comment and suggestion. Details: The paper is on Council’s website. Submissions close 20 January. For more detail contact Megan Hutchison.

Mayor’s Giving Tree accepting donations

Special promotion on first visits by NEW Patients Special offer until December 31st for Exam, Scale and Clean with no out-of-pocket expenses for health funds members. 10% discount for patients with no health benefits. Children 7 and under complimentary with parents. We offer Cosmetic Dentistry, Implants, Snoring and Sleep Apnea treatments, Muscle Relaxants and Laser Teeth Whitening. Sedation Dentistry and Happy Gas treatment plans offered. Continuing a long standing tradition, the Mayor’s Giving Tree is again collecting gifts for local children from 0-14 years. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to place unwrapt gifts under the trees erected in the foyer of Council’s Administration Building or in Kiama Library. They will then be sorted into age groups for distribution to families in need. The Board of the Kiama & District Busi-

ness Chamber went toy shopping at Kiama Toyworld recently so they could place $750 worth of toys under the Giving Tree. “The Mayor’s Christmas Giving Tree is an important community initiative and one that the Chamber is always willing to support,” says Chamber President Marie Beikmanis. Details: The gifts will be accepted up until Thursday 7 December.

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Banking in Gerringong Cont from p1 Bendigo Bank has grown to be the fifth largest bank in Australia. Its community bank model encourages local shareholders and returns 80 per cent of each branch’s profit to the community it serves. “The reaction from Bendigo has been very, very positive,” says Mr Douglas. “At the moment, it looks like the best way for us to progress is to support a subbranch of the Albion Park Branch opening here. They already have a sub-branch in Shellharbour that is working well.” With the profits from the sub-branch going back into the community, and one or two locals on the Oak Flats board, he believes there is a lot of incentive for local businesses, clubs and individuals to switch to Bendigo. “Other regional communities have done very well out of their business model,” he says. Mr Douglas is encouraging as many people as possible to attend a public meeting to hear the details explained by state and local representatives of the bank. “It is important to attend, not just to show your support but also to voice your opinion,” he says. “Bendigo want to see how much genuine support there is within the community and this is the start of that process.” Details: Weds 13 Dec, Gerringong Town Hall, 7.30pm

Mayoral Column Mayor Mark Honey communicates directly with residents and ratepayers  83km footpaths and cy- standard of facilities and cle ways infrastructure.  208km kerb and gutterCouncil heard that loud ing and clear, developing a Long  41 bridges Term Financial Plan that  34 bus shelters ensured our community as 89km stormwater netsets would be preserved in work good shape over the next  133 parks and open space decade.  2 libraries The rate variation is part of  1 leisure centre that plan.  1 outdoor pool Also, I can assure you Where does the money all go?  4 rock pools about what the SRV revenue  6 boat ramps That’s the question I’m won’t be spent on: council 30 playgrounds getting asked about Counlor, manager or staff wages. cil’s application for a Spe 19 outdoor exercise It will be spent on maincial Rates Variation or SRV. equipment taining or renewing existing Council is asking the NSW  64 car parks assets. Government to approve a 6  22 tennis courts If there is any remaining per cent rise in rates over  16 basketball and netball revenue, it will be invested each of the next three years. courts in new assets, but only after Normally, the NSW Gov-  22 sports fields we’ve handled our mainteernment allows council rates  4 skate parks nance and renewal program. across NSW to rise 1.5 to  6 Rural Fire Service and I know a lot of people who 2.5 per cent every year. This SES buildings supported Council during is never enough to keep pace  19 community service the anti-merger campaign with rising costs. buildings may be perplexed by all this.  27 toilets Kiama Council needs a 6 It must be remembered per cent rise. Because Coun-  3 surf lifesaving clubs that this proposed SRV was cil has been responsible fi 32 sports facilities part of our submission to the nancially, this is at the low The problem is like buying a NSW Government when we end of rises for the region. child a toy that needs batter- fought off the merger. So back to the question, ies to operate: if the toy lasts I consider the Council rewhere does the money all long enough you usually end maining independent as the go? up spending more on batter- start of a new journey for Answer: in this case, to ies than you did on the toy Council and the community maintain all the facilities and itself. as a whole. Except councils have to infrastructure across our purchase some pretty expen- To find out more municipality. More detail on the Special People find this difficult to sive batteries. Last financial year Council Rate Variation, including believe, which I don’t mind. spent more than $10 million answers to Frequently Until I came on board as on maintaining or renewing Asked Questions and a a councillor I would have Rates Calculator, are availit’s ‘assets’ – and that’s not been just as unbelieving. able on Council’s website: including roads. When I became Mayor, None of this is to say that I asked for a report on how Submissions regarding the much ‘infrastructure’ Coun- what Council provide the proposed SRV are welcome community is unnecessary cil is responsible for. and can be made until Frankly, I’m amazed what or a waste of money. Quite 4pm 19 January 2018, by great value our community the opposite. emailing them to council@ In opposing the recent gets for services received., or Here’s a summary of what merger attempt by the NSW mailing to: The General Government, the community Council maintains: Manager, Kiama Council,  573ha council land made it clear it wanted to be PO Box 75, Kiama NSW 2533  270km sealed roads able to maintain the existing

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Jemma is first 2018 Showgirl contestant Jemma Hart, the granddaughter of Colleen and Warren Hart of Hart’s Garage, is the first entrant in the 2018 Kiama Showgirl competition. The 22 year old nursing student from Kiama Downs says she is excited to be part of the Showgirl competition. “I've heard many great things about it, and I'm sure I'm going to have lots of fun. “Some of the things I am hoping to gain from this experience are a further understanding of the way our community functions and about our farming and agriculture. “I am also excited to see what goes on behind the scenes of organising something like the Show. “On a personal level, I am looking to build on my confidence.” Jemma, who enjoys playing hockey, playing piano, bushwalking and makeup artistry in her spare time, says she would like to continue her family's longstanding involvement with the community as a possible young ambassador. “I love many things about Kiama, it has been my home

since I was born and I feel very privileged to have grown up in such a beautiful place.” The Hart family have been long-time sponsors, occasional exhibitors and regular attendees at the Show. Details: For more information about being a Showgirl contestant email Fiona Wilkinson on The 2018 Show is on 26-7 January.

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Albion Park Bypass a step closer With the Berry Bypass recently officially opened, the 9.8 kilometre Albion Park Rail Bypass is the focus of attention with the request for tenders to carry out early work for the project being launched soon. Contractors are being sought to build new sporting facilities for the Croom Regional Sporting Complex, including cricket, AFL and rugby league fields, netball courts, earthwork, landscaping, roadways, amenity buildings and carparks. “This early work is needed to allow the highway bypass to be built through areas previously used by the sporting complex while ensuring the community still has access to key sporting facilities,” says Gareth Ward MP. “This is the next step to progress work on the bypass and follows the recent invitation to three companies to tender for the design and construct contract to build the Albion Park Rail bypass.” The bypass will complete the 'missing link' and provide two lanes in each direction with a 100km/h speed limit between Sydney and Bomaderry. Page 9 ♦ The Bugle 2 December 2017

Out & about

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At the Kiama Show Ball Over 300 people attended this year’s Kiama Show Ball, the Show Society’s major fundraiser for next year’s event. The 170th Kiama Show is on 26-27 January.

Right: Tanya Highfield and Divya Darling of Sydney with locals Nancye and Diana McLaren

Sue Cox, Ros Thomas and Brian Martin, with Lorraine and David Peade

Above: Jackie and Andrew Sloan, with the MC of the night, Kikki Bittovabitch

David Barnes, Sally Murray, Barbara Barnes and Al Thomas

Right: Anthony and Belinda Brooks

Left: Anna Lester and Michelle Sheridan Far left: Catheryn Maitland, Zone Hodges and Katie Newman

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A feline theme this time ACROSS 1. Dead body of a human being 6. Scottish male skirt 8. Comic book female character sometimes found in Batman movies (3,5) 10. Slang for cat 12. Napoleon’s island of exile near Italy 13. Person who adopts, copies, imitates same thing as someone else (4,3) 15. Front part of leg below knee 16. Old fashioned fairy tale, pantomine. Cat in heavy work shoes (4,2,5) 17. Male cat 19. Male pronoun 21. Pyramid with a circular cross section 22. Which animal is said to have nine lives? 23. Cat noise 24. Slang for NO 27. Milk product the cat got 29. What was the cat let out of? 30. Tweety Bird's cartoon nemesis 32. Manure 33. Birth place of St Francis, Patron saint of animals 35. What killed the cat? 37. Domesticated bovines 38. Amongst which birds was the cat put? 41. Name of black animated cat. Big grin, white eyes from silent movie days 44. Rock star and drummer for The Beatles 47. How many ways to skin a cat (4,4,3) 50. 4th planet from the Sun 51. Short snooze (3,3) 52. Edible marine snails DOWN 1. Short sleeveless garment like a cloak. Superman wears one. 2. Author of The Cat in the Hat (2,5) 3. Alcoholic pudding. Main ingredients egg, milk, but-

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Postcard home I had an absolutely marvellous time in New York last month. For 10 amazing days we were plonked into a tableau of familiar locations from movies, tv, books and plays. It’s all just there: Tiffany’s, Central Park, The Plaza Hotel, Grand Central, 42nd Street, amid the steaming man holes. Getting acquainted with streets and precincts had me feeling like a seasoned New Yorker in no time! Our first hotel was in the Nomad Area, north of Madison Ave, and moments from glorious art deco buildings like the Flatiron Building, The Chrysler Building & Empire State Building. I drooled at the architecture in the villages of lower Manhattan; the fire escapes, the cast iron, brown stones and walk ups. We walked everywhere, to the Guggenheim, to the Neue Gallery and saw the famous Klimt original Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, to MoMa where I stood at the original Starry Night by Van Gogh and countless other art treasures. Our second hotel was the uber chic industrial luxe Soho Grand (in SoHo, of course, South of Houston Ave), where cool guests could stay with their dogs and we were given our own pet goldfish. Having walked our feet off, we became savvy with the New York subway, a cinch once you get clear on the basics. We caught the free Staten Island Ferry and sailed by Lady Liberty, caught the lift up to the very top of the Empire State Building (oh wow!) from When Harry Met Sally. and caught a Broadway show (Times And by the way, despite the cautioning by Square is a bedazzle of bling!). others, I liked the coffee. So for now I am Eating highlights were vast. Katz’s Deli drinking it black with half and half. (Senda Salami to your boy in the Army!), Eevi Stein, Kiama is a must for pastrami on rye and that scene

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Bailey Boniface and Paidin Sinclair have shared in this Award for 2017. It was established to honour the memory of an outstanding young customer service trainee who was killed on the Princes Highway Bailey Boniface and Paidin Sinclair in 2007. tation for producing quality Bailey is an apprentice work, including designing carpenter, working in the and fabricating swing away Council Holiday Parks. His work ethic and quality storage systems for new out front mowers. of work have been well Robert East Community above average, and he has Service Award shown initiative and pride Council’s Special Events in workmanship. Paidin is training as a me- Coordinator, Carole Johnston’s extensive work for chanic in the Engineering department, and has a repu- the community has been celebrated as an Council employee. Like the late Councillor Robert East, Carole is extremely active with the Rotary Club of Kiama. As well as offering her professional skills to provide event management and marketing help, she is a regular volunteer at fundraisers.

The Bugle December 2 2017  

This issue looks at the need for traffic management on a busy suburban intersection, tells how you can help Bendigo Bank come to Gerringong,...

The Bugle December 2 2017  

This issue looks at the need for traffic management on a busy suburban intersection, tells how you can help Bendigo Bank come to Gerringong,...