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The Bugle 29 July 2017

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Vandalism at Jones Beach While Kiama Council awaits funding for assessing the best way to manage the dunes at Jones Beach, it appears some individuals have taken it upon themselves to rid the beach of many of its well established banksias and other vegetation. “It appears people have decided to take things into their own hands,” says Council’s Director of Engineering & Works, Gino Belsito. While some of the banksias might have died naturally, others might have been the victims of long term spraying. “I haven't been able to substantiate anything, and no-one has seen anything, which is very unusual. “People need to be aware that if they take their chances they will eventually get caught out. It is such a high profile area now I am expecting someone will be calling up that there is some activity happening and we will be out there.” He warns the penalties could be up to $1 million for widespread clearance. “If someone does get caught, more than likely they are going to be held accountable for everything that has happened out there.” He is considering deploying infra-red surveillance cameras at poisoning hotspots. Councillor Andrew Sloan has described the poisoning of the banksias as shameful. “Halfway along Jones Beach all the banksias are suddenly dead. I am so angry to hear that this seems to have been a deliberate campaign to poison all trees at the Northern end of the beach. “I support everything Council can do to find the perpetrators and apply the full force of the law.” As reported in The Bugle last year, opinions differ as to the best way to care for the beach’s long term health. The BeachCare Kiama group wish to follow the initiative taken in Woonona and other northern beaches that involves lower density planting. On the other hand, The Greens advocate planting a sequence of primary, secondary and tertiary plantings that rise in height and mimic the natural zonation of dune vegetation. Faced with these opposing views, Kiama Council has applied for a grant to get expert advice on the best way forward. “We are very hopeful of getting funds from the Office of Environment & Heritage,” says Mr Belsito.

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Drone footage commissioned by the Kiama Greens in June 2017 shows the extent of the vegetation clearance at the north end of Jones Beach when compared to the Google Earth pictures (right) taken in February 2016. It also captures two men not associated with Land Care working in the area (circled). The video footage showing the length of the beach can be viewed on the kiamagreens YouTube channel.

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“We have identified consultants who will provide short and long term strategies on the shape and style of the dunes and the best vegetation to use. Their work will cover Werri Beach as well.” While the prospects of getting a grant seem good, it could be months before the funding is secured, and then the consultant’s work is expected to take 10-12 weeks. In the meantime, a Land Care group, led by Mark Hume, has taken on the role of clearing lantana and rubbish from the dunes. The Land Care group are easily identifiable, wearing Kiama Council volunteer fluoro vests and working two sessions a month, on the last Sunday and the second Tuesday, 9.30-11.30am. Report suspicious activity to Council Rangers “If you see anyone outside of these times and Continued on page 8

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

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

27 July-2 August Frida Visits Kiama Frida Kahlo inspired Art Exhibition, Beachside Emporium, Manning St, Kiama 10-6pm. Opening/ Meet the Artists event Sat 29 July 6-8pm

Sunday 30 July Audrey Gugnin concert Nowra School of Arts, 2pm Adults $45 Conc $35 Students $10. Tickets from Shoalhaven Box Office 1300 788 503 or at shoalhavenentertainment.

Jamberoo Village Kiama Independence Markets Reid Park, 9-2pm Speaking Competition (see page 7) 31 July - 6 August Local Government Week (see page p7)

Fri 4 August CMRI Trivia Night Gerroa Boat Fisherman’s Club. Tickets $20 per person from Cronin’s Liquor. Make up or join a table of up to 10. Pics & Flicks: Patterson Gerringong Town Hall, from 8pm

5-6 August Kiama Arts Trail Various local studios

Sat 5 August International Blues Day Organised by the Kiama Jazz & Blues Club, Kiama Leagues Club, 1pm-midnight. Free.

Show Trivia time Tickets for the Kiama Show Society’s popular annual Trivia Night fundraiser night are selling fast. Now in its third year, we are assured that winner’s bragging rights are priceless. Jade from Wave FM will once again host proceedings. Get a team together, bring along some snacks and something to wet your whistle. Next year’s Kiama Show, the 170th, will be held on 26-27 January. The Society is keen to make it the best yet. If you’d like to help to make this happen, memberships are now open. Benefits include a free two-day Show pass, Show schedule in advance, reduced prices to other Show events throughout the year and free entry to Pavilion competitions. Details: Saturday 19 August, The Pavilion Kiama, 7pm. Tickets $25 for members and $30 for non-members. To book a ticket online visit or call 4233 1597.

Sun 6 August Music in the Park Hindmarsh Park, 1-3.30pm

Tues 8 August Death Café Speak n Easy Café (private room), 10-noon. RSVP to 0421 714 048 appreciated 4 August.

10 August-3 Sept Echoes in the Landscape exhibition (see below)

Sat 12 August Kiama Jazz & Blues Club Speakeasy Soiree The Pavilion Kiama, 7pm Tickets are $50 or $45 for KJBC or Illawarra Jazz Club members from or QQQU Tables of 12, BYO food and drink.

Sat 19 August Gerringong Village Market In and around Gerringong Town Hall, 9-3pm Show Society Trivia (see left)

Folk by the Sea returning in Sept More than 50 acts will play at this year’s Folk by the Sea festival, including sixtimes Golden Guitar Country Music Award-winner Luke O’Shea, Australia’s Queen of Boogie Piano Jan Preston, Americana/ bluegrass band The Hillbilly Goats, and multi-talented singer-songwriter, author, diplomat and comedian Fred Smith. “We feel we have something for everyone in this year’s program,” says the festival’s Co-ordinator Judy Cork. “The festival’s acts cover a wide range of music, including folk, celtic, world, roots, country, bluegrass and gypsy.” Judy said the organizers are particularly pleased to see Kiama favourite Jan Preston as one of the headline acts this year. “We were so disappointed for Jan and for her fans

The Hillbilly Goats

when she broke both her wrists in a fall just before the 2016 festival, so she was on top of our list for this year’s line-up. “Fortunately she has made a full recovery and from all reports is playing better than ever, and we are delighted that she accepted our invitation to show us what we missed out on last year.” The Hillbilly Goats, from Port Douglas in Far North Queensland, are returning

Gerringong couple exhibit together Gerringong couple Tim Rushby-Smith and Penny Sadubin, who moved to live in Gerringong in 2013 having previously lived and worked in London, are staging their first joint exhibition in Australia The exhibition will feature Tim’s drawings, the silhouettes of local Cabbage Tree palms, and Penny’s photography of the local landscape, through an art practice she describes as ‘ephemeral’. “With a young family and limited time for creative work I have found the practice of walking, observing, finding, responding creatively an absorbing approach,” she explains. “Having recorded the

work simply with a photograph, I then walk away, a freedom from the conventions of my usual studio practice as a landscape painter. “Part meditation, part artwork this practice has connected me to the changing natural world; in a way that is fleeting and yet deeply satisfying.” As part of this exhibition, Penny is conducting a series of Ephemeral Artwalks to share this practice with the local community. Penny is already known to many in our area through

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her work as the creative force behind the UNITY Kiama project at the KISS Arts Festival. Both pursue varied creative careers alongside their art practice; Tim is a published author and journalist, and Penny is a landscape designer and educator who is passionate about connecting children to the outside world. Details: Opening Night Thursday 10 August, Little Blowhole Artbar, Kiama, 5.30pm. Exhibition continues until 3 Sept.

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by popular demand. “They blew everyone away when they came to Folk By The Sea in 2015, so it is great that they were able to come back down for this year’s festival,” says Judy. The festival is following the same format as previous years, with a ticketed event based at Kiama Showground on Friday and Saturday, September 22-23, followed by free concerts featuring local Illawarra acts on Sunday September 24, at Kiama’s Hindmarsh Park during the day and at Kiama Bowling Club in the evening.

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Concept plans unveiled for $4.5 million boardwalk/cycleway

The Premier Gladys Berejiklian inspecting the concept plans with (from left) Councillor Warren Steel, Garth Ward MP, Minnamurra Progress Association’s Cliff Mason, Mayor Mark Honey and Councillor Mark Way.

The August Minnamurra Progress Association meeting will be the first opportunity for residents to find out more about the proposed $4.5 million 1.6km Minnamurra Boardwalk and Cycleway. The project has long been championed by the Association, and received full funding in the 2017 State Budget. Concept plans outlining possible routes and structural diagrams will be explained by the Director of Engineering and Works, Gino Belsito, at the meeting as the beginning of the public consultation period. “In coming months we will be meeting with other key community groups such as bike and walking groups, tourism and business operators, environmental organisations and various government departments,” Mr Belsito says. “We’re also keen to hear from individual members of our community about what they think of the Boardwalk and Cycleway during the consultation period.” The plans and results from the public consultations will be presented to Council before progressing to the next stage. “If councillors are satisfied, we will then seek tenders for more detailed designs which would include assessing the environ-

mental impact of constructing the Boardwalk and Cycleway. “Council wants to ensure that this project can be completed without damaging the Minnamurra River, which is important to the environment and our community.” Before the project proceeds, a number of NSW Government departments including Office of Environment and Heritage, Dept of Fisheries, Roads and Maritime Service and Crown Lands will be involved in the approval process. Mayor Mark Honey said he was committed to ensuring the Minnamurra Boardwalk and Cycleway would be an asset to the whole community. “There is no doubt this Boardwalk will become a great attraction used by residents and tourists alike to enjoy the beauty of the Minnamurra River,” he says. “But we must ensure we are not sacrificing the River’s health to build it.” Details: Tuesday 1 August, Progress Hall, Charles Ave (next to Minnamurra Public School), 7.30pm. All welcome. The plans are available for viewing on Council’s website or at their office.

Public consultation on Jamberoo DCP begins Following its endorsement at the July Council Meeting, the Draft Jamberoo Development Control Plan (DCP) is on public exhibition until 29 September so that community feedback can be taken into account. Council has extended the usual 28 days to 60 days, given the importance of the document to the village’s future and the strong interest of residents. “Council views the existing draft chapter as a starting point,” says Council’s Manager of Strategic Planning, Mark Lyndon, who is responsible for the development of the plan. “It has been drafted, in conjunction with the Planning Committee, to provide a framework and a focal point for the community consultation and workshops. “The draft controls contained with the draft Chapter are certainly not set in stone. It is anticipated that the community consultation and workshops will enable Council and the Jamberoo community to define and protect the characteristics of Jamberoo that are important to the community.” Council’s outgoing Director of Environment and Planning, Phil Costello urges people to read the document and consult with Council’s planners if they have questions or concerns.

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As part of Local Government Week, the planners will be at a Kiama Council Pop-Up Shop at the Jamberoo School of Arts Residents are also being encouraged to attend one of two community workshops that are being held to share their views. Council says the dates of the workshops (5 and 7 September) were chosen to provide sufficient time for people to review the draft Chapter and inform themselves prior to the workshops, as well as leaving sufficient time to write submission afterwards. Prior to the workshops, an information package, including a copy of the draft Chapter and information about the role of DCP, will be sent to each person registered to attend. It is expected that until the appointment of a new Director of Environment & Planning, General Manager Michael Forsyth will be taking a keen interest in the development of the DCP, given his planning background. Jamberoo Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association (JVRRA) Secretary Graham Pike believes the document is deficient, even as a draft. “Our advice is it is not as good as it can be and it cannot be made better by community consultation alone -

it needs attention by people who are expert in developing these sort of plans,” he says. “There are some basic simple things that should be included but haven’t been. “We are hoping we may be able to help in this regard.” He says he is hoping to be able to present the expert comments he is in the process of collecting at the next general meeting of the JVRRA (Tues 1 August), and reveal the identities of the people who have been advising him. The JVRRA is still hopeful of obtaining funding to engage a consultant to work on their behalf. “This is a Council process, but we want to guide and help,” says Mr Pike. The draft DCP is available for viewing at Council’s offices or for download from its website. Submissions close 29 September. Details: Council’s strategic planners will be at Council’s Pop-Up Shop at the Jamberoo School of Arts on Tues 1 August, 9-3pm. The two hour workshops are being held at Jamberoo School of Arts on: Tuesday 5 September, 1pm Thursday 7 September, 7pm Register by Friday 1 September by calling 4232 0444 or emailing

Club News

In the schoolyard

Choir on key

Creative writing powers Gerringong PS newspaper

Most schools have explored the idea of a school newspaper written by the pupils themselves. The content may include sports results, information about upcoming school trips and other events, or maybe an interview with the school Head. But for Gerringong Public School, the launch of the GPS Beacon was the start of something very different. Under the motto ‘Nihil Est Sed Mendacium’ (nothing but lies), the newspaper has


run stories on the arrival of the invisible man as a new teacher at the school, fish using ham and cheese sandwiches on hooks to lure unsuspecting fishermen. and the menace of an enormous ‘spicy farting bird’ that keeps attacking the school. “The idea of the newspaper is to provide an opportunity for the kids to stretch their creative writing skills and to give the opportunity to share their ideas with their friends,” explains editor and school parent Tim Rushby-Smith. “We started with a job application where the children had to write or draw to a brief, and those selected joined the editorial board as writers and illustrators. “Everyone gets to pitch ideas and we decide together what goes into each

issue. The stories chosen are the ones that makes us laugh the most. “The response from other children in the school has been fantastic.” Each term a new group of children are given the opportunity to write for the Beacon, with each issue printed and distributed throughout the school, as well as being attached to the school’s e-mail newsletter. “It’s great to be able to give the kids an audience for their creativity,” explains the founder, who edits under the name ‘Tim RustyFIsh’ (the children have also selected their own nomme de plumes). “It can be a real confidence booster, too. They are all very proud of their contributions.”

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Following discussion at the June Walking Tracks & Cycleways Committee meeting, Kiama Council is to provide a concept plan for a low level boardwalk over Werri Lagoon (similar to the one shown above) at the end of the Kiama Coast Walk. It is felt that a low profile structure would be more acceptable than a raised footbridge.

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Michael and Jenny Maude have been filling in for the Kiama Probus Men’s Choir while their regular conductor and accompanist, Wendy and Steve Leatheam, are holidaying overseas. By all reports Jenny and Michael have done a fantastic job, adding some unusual songs to the Choir’s already wide repertoire, and introducing innovative new arrangements. Many of these were tried out when the Choir recently visited Kiama Public School to entertain the pupils. On a sombre note, the Kiama Men’s Probus Club regrets the passing of Tony Matterson, former Town Clerk of Kiama Council and one of the Club’s esteemed members.

Kiama Jazz & Blues Club AGM The Club’s AGM will be on 17 August upstairs at the Kiama Leagues Club, from 7.30 pm. New members welcomed to come along and get involved. Join online at, so you can vote on the night.

Minnamurra Lions Club At the recent Minnamurra Lions Club changeover dinner Outgoing President Ross Thompson highlighted the success of the club over the past 12 months. Over $40,000 was raised and distributed to charities, schools and foundations. Amongst the recipients were Camp Quality, Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club, Kiama Surf Life Saving Club, Outward Bound Youth Development Awards, six local schools, the Chris O’Brien Mesothelioma Research Centre and Triple Care Farm. The Club also made a contribution to the establishment of the Carers Cottage project in Kiama, a joint project between Kiama, Minnamurra and Gerringong Lions Clubs. Incoming President Al Thomas indicated the Club would continue to support the establishment of the Carers Cottage and youth projects over the next 12 months.

Remembering the Western Front Learn how to use a defibrillator Local high schools are being urged to enter the ballot for the 2018 Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship that will see students travel to France and Belgium to retrace the footsteps of ANZAC troops in World War I. Students from Years 10 and 11 could have the chance to take part in a 13 day tour of the significant Australian battlefields of Ypres, Passchendaele, the Somme and Flanders in Belgium for the centenary

of the Battle of Hamel. sites, and to witness firstTwenty schools from hand the fields upon which across the state will be cho- our young men and women sen in a ballot, with students fought and forged the ANfrom each of those schools ZAC spirit,” says Gareth then competing to be chosen Ward MP. by preparing a piece of work The successful schools will based on the Centenary of be announced in late August. ANZAC. “I have written to every high school Principal in the Kiama electorate advising them of this incredible opportunity for students to visit key Australian memorial The ruins of Hamel

The number of defibrillators available around town has increased substantially in the last couple of years, with the Kiama District Sports Association recently purchasing defibrillators for Gerringong Lions, Kiama Junior Knights, Kiama Football (soccer) club and Jamberoo Football club. “This purchase was made possible by a contribution from Kiama Council and continues the roll out of defibrillators across our sporting venues that don’t

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already have them,” says the Association’s President Col Rathbone. “The defibrillators are being installed in areas that will be available to anyone so that even if you are just having a stroll around the park, this device could help you save a life. “The first 4 minutes after an attack are crucial in the ability to make a full recovery so the more of these that we can make available the better.” Even though the defibrilla-

tors are easy to use, the Association is taking steps to relieve any doubt and has arranged a training session on the use of defibrillators. “This training session is free and is open to everyone, not just sporting club members,” says Col. “One never knows when the information you gain on the night may save someone’s life.” Details: Tuesday 8 August, Kiama Leagues Club, 7pm

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The Kiama Welcomes Refugees committee recently hosted a visit by over thirty refugees from Papua New Guinea, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Africa. Consisting mostly of young families, the group arrived by coach from Granville in Sydney, accompanied by refugee caseworkers from ‘The House of Welcome’. The House of Welcome in western Sydney is run by St Francis Social Services, and provides support services including case work, employment assistance, English lessons and community programs for refugees, individuals and families who are seeking asylum. Amy Smith, one of the caseworkers, wrote after the visit, “From the moment we stepped off the bus there was a group of smiling volunteers providing a warm welcome on a cold morning! “The families were so thankful for the generosity of the volunteers, whether it was the delicious food prepared, the activities for the children or just sitting down

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and having a cup of tea together - it really was a wonderful day! “Of course the excitement of seeing the Blowhole was a highlight for all the children. Having a day by the beach to breathe in the ocean air and spend time with people who were so kind and welcoming was a great opportunity for the families and individuals from House of Welcome.” The visit was organised by Maria Baden from Kiama Welcomes Refugees. This group was set up by Cllr Kathy Rice three years

ago, in response to Kiama Council’s decision to become a Refugee Welcome Zone. The group assists refugees, and endeavours to raise awareness in the Kiama community of the contribution made by refugees. The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 5pm at the North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre, to organise events such as concerts and film shows, and arrange ways to help refugees. Anyone interested is most welcome to attend. Bobbie Miller

Playground feedback sought Families using, or not using, the ageing play equipment at Bonaira Reserve and Gainsborough Chase Reserve are being encouraged to give their feedback on what they would like to see them replaced with. “The funding we have means the new equipment will have to be a similar scale, but we can look at changing the design,” says Council’s Director of Engineering and Works, Gino Belsito. “We’d love to hear from parents and carers and their kids about what they like about the existing play equipment and what they’d like changed.” Details: Ideas welcome until the end of August. Contact Council’s Landscape Officer by email to or by call 4232 0444.

Judging time for Independence competitions Inspired by the eloquence of Kiama residents making their submissions to the Delegate charged with investigating the proposal to merge Kiama and Shoalhaven councils, the Kiama Independence Day Speaking Competition has achieved its goal of encouraging young people to step up to the stand. “Six finalists have been selected, and they will present their five minute speeches on What Independence Means to Me, before judges from Toastmasters,” says Councillor Neil Reilly. “The winner will be rewarded with the prize of a trip for three to Vietnam, so the competition will be fierce. “I’m hoping the community will come along to encourage our youth to develop their skills in this important area.” The competition is being held as part of the opening of the renovated SENTRAL Youth Services cottage. The day will feature will be a variety of exhibitions and entertainment by local performers. Entries in the Independence Day Photographic competition will be on show, and the winner will be announced. Details: Saturday 5 August, SENTRAL Youth Services, Hindmarsh Park, 11-4pm. Speech competition begins at noon. All welcome.

Design found wanting The decision on a development application for 44 Manning St, Kiama, which currently houses Beachside Emporium and a number of other businesses, has been deferred by Council on the request of the applicant to allow for amended plans to be assessed. The original plans faced strong opposition by the neighbouring Uniting Church, the Kiama Central Precinct and Council officers, with multiple concerns around its bulk, lack of reference to its location, and privacy and overshadowing. “Our position hasn’t changed too much from a few years ago when it first went to the Land & Environment Court. He changed his designs then to meet most of our concerns,” said Councillor Andrew Sloan.

The developer has again gone to the Land & Environment Court over the new design. “I hope we can get something good on that site that enhances the streetscape and doesn’t take away the ability of the neighbours on either side to reasonably enjoy and later develop their lots,” said Cllr Sloan. In contrast, plans for the development of another block on Manning St, between the old Independent building and Westpac, have been recently been approved after taking heritage concerns into account. Mayor Mark Honey says he is keen for the heritage of the Manning St/East Terralong St precinct to be protected as part of the review of the whole plan for Kiama.

Who would you like to talk to? Take advantage of a Local Government Week tradition, and go along to this year’s Democracy Meet and Greet evening. It’s a great opportunity to have a chat with councillors and senior staff in a relaxed atmosphere about what you’d like to see continue or change in the community. Details: Wednesday 2 August, 5pm at The Pavilion Kiama.

The design for 44 Manning St before Council at the last Meeting

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Norman family celebration for Colleen Storage solution for Well-known Kiama resident, Colleen Norman (nee O’Dwyer) celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends on July 2. Colleen, who has lived in Marsden St for almost sixty years, was born at Marshall Mount and the family lived at historic Dunmore House for many years. She married Allan Norman (who passed away in 2008). Colleen is a life member of the Kiama Show Society and is known for her great hospitality to family and friends. Five generations gathered for the party, including sons grandchildren and one greatJohn, Peter and Tony and great-grandchild. daughter Ann Walker, nine Also there were her sisters grandchildren, fifteen great- Mary Petrie and Patricia

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Warren (both in their 90s), Carmel Holz and Josie Henry, and her brother Tom O’Dwyer (all in their 80s).

Five Generations of Normans: Peter Norman, Chloe Williams, Poppi Williams, Stephen Norman and matriarch Colleen Norman

Jones Beach Continued from page 1 without a vest, contact the Ranger,” he says. Kiama Greens’ Jodi Keast, who lives a street back from the beach, says she has noticed trees dying over the last six months. In seeking to document the state of the dunes, she commissioned drone footage of the length of the beach in mid June. When she viewed it later that night, she saw it captured two men in white shirts doing unauthorised work at the northern end of the beach (see page 1). She wants to know what Council will do to replace the unauthorised removal of vegetation at the north end of Jones Beach and the poisoned trees in the middle section. “That northern end of the beach is just bare now. Council needs to go and plant there straight away,” she says. “With rising sea levels we need to make sure the dunes integrity is maintained. If storm surges occur, properties are at risk.”

While the fine detail is yet to be worked out, it seems a solution has been found to the issue of providing safe storage for the Gerringong Museum’s exhibits while awaiting a move into the renovated School of Arts (as reported in an earlier Bugle). Ironically, the solution lies under the same roof now protecting it – just in another location. The Men’s Shed and Gerringong Lions have suggested to Council that volunteers dismantle the current Museum building (which is basically a farm shed), and rebuild it adjacent to the existing Men’s Shed on the nearby football grounds. It could then provide space for the Museum collection until the building project is completed, and also much-needed storage for Gerringong Lions equipment, currently stored in the School of Arts. Long term, members of

Gerringong Men’s Shed could also use the building. It provides a win-win solution for three community organisations, as well as a viable sustainable re-use of the building. “Gerringong Historical Society members have a busy few months ahead, cataloguing items from the collection, then storing them initially in the School of Arts while the Museum building is being dismantled and rebuilt,” says Bobbie Miller. “Celebratory farewell events are being planned for October.” She says that Kiama councillors recently paid a visit to the Museum, many for the first time, and were fulsome in their praise of the models and historic items on display. Details: The Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays 1–4 pm, in the building behind the School of Arts, until the end of October.

Bringing adventure to the playground

The official opening of the new adventure playground at Kiama Public School gave parents the opportunity to channel their inner child and try out the new equipment. Above: Martin Walker, P&C president with daughter Ruby

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Mayoral Column

70 and still going strong

Mayor Mark Honey communicates directly with residents and ratepayers

Anne and I recently returned from a trip to Germany. We had a fantastic time enjoying wonderful weather, spectacular scenery, excellent food and of course great beer/wine but we wouldn’t trade Kiama for quids. So many say it but it really is true – “there’s no place like home”. Arriving back in Australia and travelling by train to Kiama provided us the opportunity to view and appreciate all that we have here. And in Kiama we really do have it all: wonderful weather, spectacular scenery, excellent cafes and restaurants. No wonder so many overseas visitors are starting to make Kiama a destination on their Australian trips, and who can blame the summertime holiday makers for spending their well-earned time off in our great region. Those of us who live here should really consider ourselves the ‘lucky ones’ as we get to enjoy the area, and all that it has to offer, 52 weeks a year and not just

on annual holidays. Last week Councillor Sloan and I attended the Cities Power Partnership Project launch at Mount Majura Solar Farm just outside of Canberra. The Climate Council has launched the CPP project with the aim of assisting Council’s throughout Australia to become more energy efficient and help in reducing emissions that are affecting climate change. Council will have six months to select five key actions from the partnership pledge. The pledge consists of four key areas containing 32 potential actions, ranging from renewable energy, transport and education, to energy efficiency. We will have access to a national knowledge hub to assist with implementing our emission reduction projects and can also knowledge share with other participating councils. For more information about the actions in the partnership pledge or the Cities Power Partnership Project, visit www.climatecouncil. The success of Council’s OK Organics program and other energy efficiency and renewable energy projects has shown Council to be a leader in this area as well as a key communicator with the community.

Shoalhaven City Council have also joined the project and there is an opportunity for Council to network and collectively take action with them as well as State government agencies and community organisations who have an interest in renewable energy and emission reduction. By reducing our emissions and looking for smarter ways to generate energy Kiama Council, along with many others, can become a community leader and do its bit to help reduce the effects of global warming. Council will keep the community informed of the actions it takes to fulfil its commitments in the coming months. Just a quick reminder that 31 July to 6 August is Local Government Week and Council is conducting a series of events to broaden the community’s knowledge about who we are and what we do. You can enjoy a free bus tour of Council facilities or go along to a meet and greet with the Councillors. There will also be several pop up information shops at various locations throughout the Municipality. All the details can be found on Council’s Information Page.

Jamberoo Women’s Hockey Club is holding a lunch on Saturday 5 August to celebrate its 70th Anniversary. Anyone with a connection to the Club is welcome to attend. RSVP as soon as possible to 0403 158 498 or email The function is being held at Club Jamberoo, with tickets $30 for a two course meal ($10 children).

Jamberoo’s 1952 team. Back row: Gwen Alexander, Betty Chittick, Dulcie Ward, Joy Tate, Robyn Chittick, Enid Warby Front Row: Margaret Russell, Averil King, Judith Spinks, Jan Fahey, Edna Jones, Ruth Reeves

Boost to sports car parking

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Council has identified another 51 new car spaces, in addition to 22 originally planned for the western side of the Leisure Centre, which will be built as part of the arrangement for the locating a new ambulance station next to the netball courts. Work is due to commence in September once the current netball season has finished. “We’ve had strong community feedback that there’s a lack of parking at the Centre on weekends, especially when there’s a number of sporting fixtures on,” says Director of Engineering and Works, Gino Belsito. Mr Belsito said the NSW Health Infrastructure had agreed to provide funding for the new car parks. “I’d like to thank NSW Health Infrastructure for what is a significant contribution to the cost of providing the extra car parking. I’d also like to thank the Kiama Netball Association and the Kiama District Sports Association for their help during the negotiations.”

Perrie Croshaw, of South Coast Holidays, has filled a vacancy on the Tourism Advisory Committee following the resignation of Kane Guglielmi. She is an ex-chair of Kiama Tourism. In other news, Greg Binskin has been appointed General Manager of Destination Sydney Surrounds South, Destination NSW’s regional body for our area. He was head of Tourism Wollongong, and more recently of the Australian Regional Tourism Network.

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Out & about

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At the Long Table Lunch at Gerroa Leigh Dryden and Brune Reillant, from local wine merchants Decante This, recently hosted a French-style Long Table Lunch at the Blue Swimmer Cafe in Gerroa. The event showcased local food and Star Lane Wines from Beechworth in Victoria. Word is these events will become a seasonal fixture on the calendar.

Event Host Brune Reillant from Decante This with Brett Barnes from Star Lane Winery

Phil Vernon-Rogers, Chelsea Pottenger and Nicole Vernon-Rogers

Andrew and Rachael Prosser In the foreground at one of the long tables Alison Earl, Sarah Allen and Sara Lucas

Annie Heppel and Tim Lawrence

At the Jamberoo Red Cross Christmas in July Jamberoo Red Cross held its second annual Christmas in July dinner at Club Jamberoo last Saturday night with 60 members and guests in attendance. While the evening was primarily social, over $800 was raised to assist the everyday work carried out by the Red Cross in helping the most vulnerable in the community. President Barbara Adams thanked all members for their on-going support.

Carole O'Donoghue with John and Sandy Edwards

Margaret and George Drury, Reg and Lesley Curnow

Diane Lee and Mary O'Toole

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Postcard home I find that nothing cheers me more than a good surprise. Like walking the maze of Venice and then being told that the whole city is held up by thousands of logs driven into the lagoon’s bed. Or coming to Kiama to visit the Blow Hole and finding its a dud, but that the Little Blow Hole is spectacular. Who knew! And so to Lyon, France. (And as I was informed, pronounced Lion, as in King of the Jungle; not Leon, as in Trotsky). The old city flanks the Saone River and rises steeply on both banks, getting to the crest by a series of zig-zag, hair pin streets, so it can take a while to crest to the wide boulevards above. Unless you know about the trabules. These are a series of passageways that interconnect through courtyards from one street to the next above it. It’s not quite walking through people’s living rooms, but definitely through their back yards. They were originally used by the silk workers,

the canuts, to bring their product to the wharves below without getting wet if it rained. Quelle surprise! When you do finally reach le Boulevard des Canuts, you are confronted by yet

more steps… but wait. It’s just a mural, a trompe l’oeil, albeit covering a five story building and about forty metres wide. Within the Mur des Canuts is a whole new suburb with apartment

blocks, streets, shops, dogs, cats people. And look, there’s Janet, petting the Alastian. Which is a real surprise, as she wouldn’t normally do that. Stewart Johnston, Kiama

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Local Liberal Party branches are hosting a series of forums, open to the general public and attended by Gareth Ward MP, to gauge the Kiama Electorate’s opinions about a Bill to the NSW Parliament to permit voluntary assisted dying for people who are terminally ill, 25 years or older and whose illness will lead to their death within 12 months. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has been presented to the Parliament by a bipartisan working group, and will be decided on a conscience vote during the Spring Session. “As your local MP, I believe it is important to continue to engage and listen to the community to best represent your views in Parliament,” said Mr Ward in inviting people to attend. Rhonni Garven, the local coordinator of Dying With Dignity, says the forums are a great way for the wider

community to make sure their views are known so Mr Ward gets a good representation of constituent’s views “I would certainly have liked the legislation to have been broader – ‘old age’ and a multitude of nonterminal illnesses and pains and misery doesn’t make you eligible – but I accept that this is as good as it is going to get,” she says. “The Bill has more stringent safeguards than any legislation in other countries, including several states of the US.” Copies of the Bill are available via the NSW Parliament website or from kiama@parliament.nsw. Details: Gerringong Bowling Club – Saturday 29 July, 2pm Kiama Pavilion – Sunday 30 July, 2pm Bomaderry Bowling Club – Monday 31 July, 7pm

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