The Bugle Newspaper 29 June 2024

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Local blues and roots nightclub, Fillmore’s, is taking the Kiama Council to court to contest the stop use orders and fines.

Fillmore’s owner Morgan Lewis refuses to apply for a Development Application (DA), and has consulted planning legislation experts.

“They agree that what we are doing is supported by the legislative framework created to support the live music industry in NSW and Australia,” Lewis said.

“We have legal representation who recently tried to walk Kiama Council’s latest compliance officer through how Fillmore’s is legally trading as a business but to no avail.

“I have received a $3000 fine for ‘not complying’ to which I have requested the council explain their position as no further detail was given on the fine.

“Kiama Council for whatever reason, have been hell-bent on shutting down a very wholesome, inclusive, accessible, all ages, cultural hub that is putting us on the map and weekly brings visitors from out-of-town to spend in our community,” Lewis said.

Council’s legal advice

states that Fillmore’s needs a DA to continue its operations as a nightclub, especially for weekend-long festivals and live ticketed events.

Fillmore’s has a complying development certificate to operate as a café, issued by a private certifier. It also has a liquor licence supported by council in 2022.

According to the council, the conditions of consent specify matters such as low noise levels, strict operating hours and limitations on the number of patrons.

“The ticketed amplified live music events are not included within the conditions of consent for a café and require a separate consent. The only way to get these is to lodge a DA, like all local businesses and home builders,” a council spokesperson said.

top apartments were built next door and some tenants have complained about the noise.

In the last two years, there have been more than 60 complaints from residents about noise.

Two of the apartments adjacent to Fillmore’s are now

a year on live music,” Lewis said. “This is performed outside underneath residential units. Do they have a DA to be an entertainment facility, no. Why? Because they don’t need one,” he said.

But the Terralong street Mexican restaurant has live music from 1-4pm on week-

annual report.

Until March 2023, NSW had lost more than half of its live music venues, with just 133 venues on the books. But since then, 157 pubs, clubs and other live venues have come onboard and qualified for the NSW government extended trading incentives in return for staging live music and backing local musicians.

The NSW budget has set aside more than $45.4 million in funding in support for artists and live venues through funding to Sound NSW and the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner.

Yet while the council will still enforce its local statutes and codes, the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commis-

tions,” Lewis said.

“The change is here and the power is being taken from local government as they are too resource poor and are not supporting live music as is needed,” Lewis said.

Recently, Lewis was awarded a $45,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government as part of its Revive initiative. Revive is a five-year-plan to renew Australia's arts, entertainment and cultural sector.

The Federal Member for Gilmore Fiona Philips MP, who presented the grant, said it was important to support and grow Australian live music.

The development control order issued to Fillmore’s on 17 February 2023 set out a range of building and safety issues, which have not been fixed.

Fillmore's on Manning Street began trading around the same time luxury shop-

up for sale. A source inside the apartment complex told The Bugle the weekend noise from the nightclub was the main reason the owners were selling.

“Is there electrified music at El Corazon? El Corazon said recently on the community forum it spent $50,000

ends, it doesn’t promote itself as a music venue nor does it charge people to get in.

The COVID-19 lockdown and noise complaints have killed 1,300 small and midsized live music venues in Australia – about one-third of the live music sector –according to the last APRA

sioner will assist local councils through reform, grant programs and precinct-based initiatives, to help create vibrant communities across NSW.

"We want diversity and an economy that extends beyond 4pm. We want vibrancy that inspires the next genera-

“It is directed at increasing performance opportunities for original contemporary music by Australian artists at venues like Fillmore’s, which will stimulate a vibrant and sustainable music industry ecosystem,” Philips said. It was unknown whether Lewis’ legal action was being funded from the $45,000 grant.

Fiona Philips’ office did not reply to questions from The Bugle.

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Credit: Finding Fillmore's.
Credit: Destination Kiama.


Member for Kiama Gareth Ward wants the community to have its say on the draft Bombo Quarry Master Plan, which was recently released.

The plan can be found at:

"Bombo Quarry has served our community well for the last 75 years but it's now reaching the end of its life as a quarry. Our community is given an opportunity to have its say about what is effectively a blank canvas to paint a new picture and a new future," Ward said.

"The redevelopment of Bombo Quarry represents one of the biggest announcements and opportunities for our community in decades.

"Whilst I am fiercely protective of our village character and our local environment, the redevelopment of Bombo Quarry may provide much needed housing as well as housing for families struggling to afford to buy and rent in Kiama,” he said.

The draft master plan design includes:

• Creating a place that captures the imagination of all stakeholders and the local community.

• Integrating the precinct into the wider Kiama region to achieve a sense of belonging.

• Designing a village that celebrates its character and unique surroundings.

• Working closely with the NSW Government, Council and the community.

• Celebrating country and culture in consultation

Kiama Council is calling for community feedback on the amended Draft Development Control Plan (DCP) for the proposed rezoning of the South Kiama Urban Release area for development.

The area spanning approximately 40 hectares between Weir Street and Saddleback Mountain Road was proposed for development of 450 odd lots by White Constructions in 2021. Approval by the Minister for Planning in 2022 received community backlash, with concerns primarily around strategic

with Aboriginal stakeholders.

• Creating a welcoming destination that celebrates connection and inclusivity.

Boral and the NSW Government are seeking feedback on the development of a draft master plan to inform future planning and development assessment processes.

"I will be asking the NSW Government to ensure that any approval comes with community infrastructure such as investments in roads, hospitals, schools which will be needed to shoulder growth,” Ward said.

Boral announced in its 2023 half year results that its 46 hectare Bombo quarry site was surplus to the business's requirements.

CEO Vik Bansal told investors that,"significant work" was underway exploring "development opportunities at the site."

Quarrying had occurred at the site to the west of the Princes Highway since 1947 and Boral halted operations in 2014, although Transport NSW still uses the site.

A Boral status report says it would take between five to eight years and 4.5 million cubic metres of infill, to make the site ready for construction.

Community in-person consultation:

Wednesday, 24 July, 5pm-7.30pm, North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre. Online (registration required):

Wednesday, 31 July, 5pm6.30pm, online via zoom. Malcolm King

merits, traffic and parking impacts and environmental factors.

The council acknowledges financial implications linked with the development (Agenda of Ordinary Meeting, 18 June 2024, item 15.2), stating that the “... additional residential lots, when created, will increase the rating revenue for the council.

In contrast, the additional assets will create a financial liability in terms of maintenance, depreciation, and renewal costs.”

The site-specific DCP has

Councillors Kathy Rice and Jodi Keast announce decision not to seek re-election to Kiama Council

Councillor Kathy Rice and Councillor Jodi Keast have announced their decision not to re-contest the upcoming Kiama Council election in September, concluding their tenure on a reflective note of achievement and service to the community.

Kathy Rice, reflecting on her 12 years of service, expressed, "It's been a difficult decision, but after much consideration, I believe it's time for me to step down and welcome new energy onto the Council. The challenges ahead, especially financially, demand fresh perspectives and proactive community engagement."

During her tenure, Kathy

Rice has been instrumental in several key initiatives, including Kiama's designation as a Refugee Welcome Zone and an Age-Friendly City recognised by the WHO. She also championed Kiama's anti-amalgamation plebiscite and advocated for a town centre heritage zone. Her legacy includes ongoing efforts in urban greening and preservation of agricultural lands, alongside pivotal strategies like the Growth and Housing Strategy.

Jodi Keast, who joined the Council in December 2021, emphasised her role in enhancing financial oversight and governance, stating, "I'm proud of the strides we've

made in financial transparency and accountability. My background in accounting proved invaluable in steering Council towards more informed decision-making processes."

During her term, Jodi Keast spearheaded efforts to improve council reporting and financial planning, ensuring sustainable practices and community-centred decisions. She also successfully advocated for the preservation of the Kiama Community Garden and promoted transparency regarding Council's workforce dynamics.

The Kiama Greens expressed gratitude for the

councillors' dedicated service amidst challenging times, affirming their commitment to community values. A spokesperson remarked, "Kathy and Jodi have been exemplary in their roles, maintaining community interests at the heart of their decisions. Their leadership has left an indelible mark on Kiama."

The Kiama Greens will announce their candidates for the September elections in due course, marking a continuation of their commitment to serve the local community.

Have your say on South Kiama

undergone revision to address various concerns.

Council unanimously agreed to place the new draft DCP chapter (12.11) on public exhibition, issuing a statement on 20 June.

Council states that the new Draft DCP chapter includes objectives and controls to ensure the scale and operation of developments align with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021, Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2021, and Kia-

ma Local Strategic Planning Statement 2020. Furthermore, “the draft DCP chapter also mitigates the financial impact on Council, by ensuring any planned infrastructure meets our technical specifications.”

At Council’s Ordinary Meeting, Councillor Karen Renkema-Lang congratulated all involved in the draft DCP. “It inspired me to believe that what actually gets built on this site might be aligned with this DCP. I particularly like the section on the place principles … and the

phrase that houses should be created that will be unique to coastal Kiama, creating a special vernacular,” she said.

“Originally, vernacular architecture did not use formally skilled architects, but relied on the design skills and tradition of local builders. Again, thank you to the director for planning. I would live in hope that we could tighten planning laws so that DCPs have more teeth.”

Councillor Imogen Draisma agreed the revised DCP indicated a step in the right direction. “I’m pleased to see


the amount of time and effort that’s been put into recognising the importance of the beautiful place on the hill … It would be lovely to see a thriving community there, which meets current needs of the community and the future needs.”

View the new Draft DCP Chapter (12.11) and have your say via Council’s website. Feedback submissions close 19 July at 5pm. Diana Timmins

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Credit: Kiama Council.

Ward announces proposal to combat driving through floods

Airbnbs booming as they swallow new housing

Airbnbs are raking in more money than the long-term property market and consuming new housing, according to a new report.

The report Airbnb: from a housing problem to a solution examined the impact of short-term rental (STR) on communities across Australia.

“The growth in STRs has been significant, with the equivalent of 74 per cent of new housing supply heading straight towards Airbnb. This has magnified the challenge renters and home buyers face in the never ending

housing crisis,” said the report’s author Karl Fitzgerald, Managing Director of Grounded Community Land Trust Advocacy.

“Short term rentals such as Airbnbs have enjoyed an 81 per cent higher return than investing in the long-term rental market,” he said.

A recent Kiama Council’s submission to the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Paul Scully, said there was, “no clear evidence that by changing regulations properties would be returned to the rental market.”

Kiama’s short-term accom-

modation is booming with 612 (six percent) of properties registered as short-term rentals. Byron Bay has eight per cent.

In the report, 12,000 STR properties were analysed across tier one tourism communities in Hepburn Shire, Mornington Peninsula, Byron Bay, Fremantle, Victor Harbor, Hobart, Noosa Heads, Coolum Beach, Port Douglas, the Whitsundays, Warburton, and Apollo Bay.

The study ranked towns according to the profitability and saturation of STRs to LTRs, alongside the absorp-

The Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward has introduced a Private Members Bill to create an offence for deliberately and recklessly driving through flood waters. Ward said revenue collected from offending drivers will go to the NSW State Emergency Services.

“Every year, we continue to hear the pleas of emergency services and political leaders. If it’s flooded, forget it,” Ward said.

“But with floods becoming more frequent, we

tion of new housing supply into STRs.

The top five most affected communities were Warburton, Apollo Bay, Port Douglas, Noosa Heads and Hepburn Shire.

Apollo Bay and Noosa Heads had twice as much stock on the STR market as the LTR rental market. Warburton had almost no new supply, but STR had accelerated at a dramatic rate, taking away from existing rentals.

Key findings:

• $584.6m in net profits was enjoyed by STR owners;

• The 11,935 STRs reviewed delivered an average net profit of $48,980 each year;

• Net returns were 80.9%

continue to see people risk their own lives and the lives of volunteer emergency service personnel by driving through flood waters,” he said.

Seven motorists were recently rescued by state emergency services in Shoalhaven after floods hit the region this month.

Research from the Royal Life Saving Society showed that between 2004 to 2015, 159 drowning deaths involved flooding across Australia, and half of these were from driving through

higher for STRs over LTRs;

• STRs in the Whitsundays were most profitable at $60,125 per annum above LTRs;

• 74.2% of new housing supply was directed towards STRs across the 13 locales reviewed and

• Hepburn Shire, Byron Bay, Apollo Bay and Noosa Heads had more STRs than LTRs.

STR’s greatly outweighed LTR rentals and this was not limited to tourism towns, pointing to the lack accommodation availability across inner-city Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

“The return on investment in STR will see more supply heading that way unless the government takes action


“People wouldn’t drive into a bushfire. Why on earth do people think its ok to drive into flood waters when you don’t know the depth or velocity, particularly at night?” Ward said. If you find yourself in a life-threatening situation with flood waters, call 000. For emergency help in floods call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500.

and an ‘Airbnb Cap n Trade’ system is implemented to curb the growth,” said Mr Fitzgerald.

The report outlines the advantages of this system over the 90-day cap, with a closed loop redirecting STR profits towards the funding of affordable housing.

“The number of STRs needs urgent capping, with an auctioning of the remaining licences raising revenue for affordable housing. Over time, the cap on the number of STRs reduces, and licence values increase. In the process, the ‘Cap n trade’ system rebalances the advantages of STR investment over LTR investment,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

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No Minister! Say anti-ocean windfarm groups to new zone

Cold and wet conditions

greeted the Minister for Climate Change Chris Bowen, as he announced the new offshore wind farm zone off the Illawarra coast at the BlueScope steel works at Port Kembla.

Bowen was with Stephen Jones, the Labor Member for the Whitlam and Alison Byrnes, the Labor Member for Cunningham.

The ocean wind farm issue has divided South Coast communities, with the potential placement of wind farms in the path of the Humpback whale migration.

A group calling itself ‘Good for the Gong’, issued a press release titled, “Illawarra welcomes community wind power”, a claim thousands of people on the South Coast may dispute.

will need to be replaced in 20 years’ time,” he said.

“Chris Bowen is putting our energy security at risk and driving up the cost of living,” Murray said.

Bowen’s announcement was roundly condemned by local conservative politicians including Kiama MP Gareth Ward

“No environmental impact statement, no species or en-

“The overnight news that Minister Bowen has approved 300 plus floating wind turbines off our stunning coastline is devastating and sad.”

“The South Coast will change forever with 260 metre high floating wind turbines. This is a calamity. This is the first floating wind farm anywhere in the world in a whale migration path. I

Speaking to the media, a group spokesman said Australia would become a renewable energy ‘super power’.

The only dissenting voices were members of National Rational Energy Network.

“I believe that the Illawarra community is overwhelmingly opposed to the wind farms,” said spokesman Bruce Murray.

“Destroying our oceans will not save the planet. The only thing renewable about the wind farms is that they

dangered animals analysis and no evidence to back up this appalling call,” Ward said.

“If this proposal was off the coast of Mosman it would have been dead on arrival.

But this junk is okay for our region?” he said.

Andrew Constance, Liberal party contender for the seat of Gilmore said,

want our children to see the whales from our headlands and beaches,” Constance said.

“The Minister has dismissed the concerns raised by thousands of community members, environmental organisations, local commercial fishers and tourism operators. You cannot destroy a marine ecosystem to save it,” said a Responsible Future media release.

Bowen said disinformation had been peddled by opponents of the ocean wind farms.

He dismissed the claims that he had ignored thousands of submissions from Illawarra residents and said if people were against action on climate change, they would be against wind farms.

“I follow both pro and anti-groups,” he said. “I understand that not everyone is going to be happy. Peter Dutton didn’t care about whales when he was in office. Now he is like the rainbow warrior.”

Inaugural AI Summit looks to help local businesses adapt

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it may benefit local businesses was the focal point of a recent 2024 Business Illawarra Summit at the Shellharbour Civic Centre.

The inaugural AI Summit for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area drew a broad line-up of speakers, including Katie Vainauskas, Strategy and AI Partner at Deloitte, Minh Tran, Manager of Seller Services at Amazon, Brad Ryan, Analytics & Machine Learning Partner Lead at AWS and Ryan Fitton, CEO and Founder of Punch Buggy.

Ed Husic, the Minister for Industry and Science, gave the keynote address.

The idea for the event came after Business Illawarra conducted a survey among its members, which showed that thirty percent of businesses still have not adapted to AI, and are missing out on the benefits.

The visitor economy is being transformed by AI, said Paula Martin, Interim Executive Director for Business Illawarra.

“Hopefully, this summit will get you started with your AI journey. Through AI we are able to mimic intrinsically human skills, such

as creating, communicating, taking action, seeing, listening and analysing,” Martin said.

Within two months of its launch in November last year, ChatGPT had 100 million users. It is estimated that the integration of AI by Australian businesses by 2030, will give the economy a $115 billion boost. But the technology is not without its caveats.

Katie Vainauskas of Deloitte stressed that there are still areas where humans do it best and while AI might be 100 percent confident, “it is not always right.”

“I’ve come to learn. (It’s) a beautiful way to start the day,” said Christina Cawkell, who is a regional engagement manager for Telstra. She said she was not representing Telstra at the event.

Many businesses are still seeking more information about how they can practically implement AI while at the same time protecting their business DNA, citing legal/regulatory issues, data security and SMB case studies as topics for future AI-session.

Ed Husic, Minister for Industry and Science, with Paula Martin, Interim Executive Director, Business Illawarra at the AI Summit at Shellharbour Civic Centre.

Couple faces court over alleged theft in Kiama Downs

On Thursday 20 June, the police arrested a male and female, both aged 16, in Warilla.

Police allege the pair were involved in the break-in and theft of cars in Hoolong Avenue, Kiama Downs, a car in Tallawong in Sydney and allegedly failed to pay for fuel in Blaxland Road Campbelltown, earlier this month.

The pair appeared before a children’s court on the same day.

The arrest is part of Operation Regional Mongoose, which was established in the Illawarra to investigate

offenders across the Wollongong and Lake Illawarra PDs, with assistance from the Region Enforcement Squad.

“We’re urging the public to take measures to ensure you don’t become an easy target, please lock your cars, don’t leave valuables in plain sight, never leave house keys or garage remotes in your car to allow access into your home. If your car is parked outside, make sure you leave it in a well-lit area where possible,” Detective Inspector Ainsworth said.

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Gareth Ward MP fights against sale of David Berry Hospital

Gareth Ward is fighting against the sale of the David Berry Hospital.

In the NSW parliament recently, Ward said the David Berry Hospital Amendment (Prohibition of Sale) Bill 2024, highlighted the historical and communal significance of David Berry

Hospital, originally gifted to the people of Berry by the Berry family.

“My community strongly desires to preserve it as such," Ward added.

"I've pursued various avenues—from Questions on Notice to direct appeals—yet presenting this bill remains

my last recourse to ensure the perpetual protection of this site."

Ward criticised the opposition for failing to oppose the hospital's sale.

In a call to action, Ward invited concerned Berry residents to a Public Meeting on Saturday, 20 July, at 2 pm,

at the Uniting Church Hall on North Street, Berry.

The meeting will feature Dr. Phil Lee, a leading advocate in palliative care as the keynote speaker.

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More retirement homes for rising number of seniors?

The Property Council of Australian (PCA) wants more retirement villages built to cater for Australia’s ‘expanding’ ageing population.

Executive Director Daniel Gannon - who heads the PCA’s Retirement Living Council - said recent ABS national population figures show the fastest growing age cohort was 75-79 year olds.

This was due to the large baby boomer cohorts born after World War Two moving into the older age cohorts.

“With an annual growth rate of 6.73 per cent, the 75–79-year-old age group significantly outpaces all other demographics with an overall growth rate of 2.48 percent,” Gannon said.

While the National Housing Accord plans to deliver 1.2 million homes over the next five years, little mention is made of housing for retir-

ees. The unknown element is how many will stay in their own home.

People investing in retirement housing need to have their financial wits about them, a spokesperson for National Seniors Australia said.

"The cost of good legal advice (for a property purchase) may be thousands of dollars. Some solicitors charge up to $5,000, and older people often decide against getting this advice because of the cost. But not doing so also could come at a very dear cost, much more than the legal advice," said National Seniors Australia.

Gannon said retirement villages across the country save the commonwealth government $945 million every year, as Australia’s population continues to age.

“They achieve this through

better designed homes that minimise trips and falls, which means residents can experience fewer visits to the GP, shorter hospital stays and delayed entry to aged care,” Gannon said.

“All of this reduced interaction with doctors and hospitals releases capacity back into health systems for those who need it most, when they need it most,” he said.

There are no official figures which state that people living in retirement homes save the commonwealth government $945 million a year.

According to the 2023 Intergenerational Report (IGR), Australians are expected to live longer and spend more years in full health.

Times are a changing

No sooner had we declared that the forthcoming Council election would be about transparency and accountability (and that the community were seeking clarity as to which councillors would be running for re-election), than Councillors Kathy Rice and Jodie Keast announced their decision not to recontest at the election.

As we reported, these Councillors have contributed a significant amount to our community over several years. Councillor Rice in particular, having been initially elected to Council back in 2012. Her tenure of twelve years is only bettered by Councillor Warren Steel (elected in 1996) and Mayor Neil Reilly (elected in 2008).

In what has traditionally been a male dominated Council, the current Council make up of four women and five men is the most gender balanced in the history of Kiama. Losing Councillors Rice and Keast could be a genuine blow to balanced representation for our community.

Councillors Rice and Keast are members of the Greens and that political party has yet to advise on candidates they have pre-selected for the upcoming election but we do hope that they consider the gender question in their deliberations.

So, the times are changing and whilst The Bugle has nothing but admiration and respect for Councillors Rice and Keast, and wish them well, our View is that change can be a good thing.

an income generating occupation. The Labor Councillors are working for State and Federal members of Parliament (looks like their advocacy against the Illawarra Offshore Wind Farm did not amount to much), and Councillors Rice and Keast work in education.

The point is, more than half of our representatives are not working and are seemingly doing quite okay on a meagre Council salary. That is great for them, and we do not disparage them for being in that position, but the question is – whilst they are our council representatives, do they actually represent who we are?

Perhaps that is why all the advocacy and engagement that Council staff are trying to do ultimately reverberates back with the same old story, time after time.

Take for instance, the outcomes of Council’s community and stakeholder survey on the “Growth and Housing Strategy”. Approximately 1% of the population engaged with the survey, and of those 300 or so residents, 40% of them were over the age of 60.

Perhaps everyone was too busy with school drop offs, getting dinner on the table, or working to pay the mortgage. But we would have thought that over the six-week period when the survey was active, the community would have wanted to engage on something so important.

Or, perhaps, they thought that no matter what they say, it will be more of the same.

The five main spending pressures of health, aged care, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, defence, and debt interest payments, are projected to rise from around one-third to around one-half of all government spending.

The population is projected to reach 40.5 million in 2062–63, similar to projections in the 2021 IGR.

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According to the 2021 census, the median age of our community is 48 years old – nine years older than the median age in NSW, and ten years older than the rest of the country. Whilst The Bugle is not one for being ageist, we would hazard a guess that 48 years is lower than the average age of our current Councillor crop.

Perhaps, like Councillors Draisma and Larkins, what we need is a further injection of youth, or at least, a point of difference. Approximately onethird of the population is aged between 18 and 50 and are vitally important to our community in terms of productivity, investment and supporting the community. These are the people that provide health services, serve us at our favourite retailers, are key workers and shape our town.

A quick perusal of our current Council crop and their sources of income in the 2023 financial year shows that four out of the nine councillors had

Another process talking to the same people, saying the same thing, and getting the same results, time after time. Whilst we agree with a lot of what Councillor Renkema-Lang has said in the past, we cannot agree with her comments that ‘the sentiments and desire of the community have been well captured and expressed’. Certainly, the view of a certain part of the community has been well captured. But to say that a survey that approximately 80% of the adult population has not engaged with has delivered ‘good data’, is a stretch.

The Bugle congratulates Councillor Rice and Councillors Keast on their positive representation of our community and with their (and possibly other?) departures brings an opportunity for change.

The Bugle’s View is that the whole and entire community must actively engage, otherwise we will get more of the same, time after time.

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Treasurer Daniel Mookhey's second budget revealed a $3.6 billion debt for 202425, after the loss of $11.9 billion in GST revenue from the federal government.

Deficits are also forecast for the following six years, with a $2.5 billion deficit expected in 2025-26, $2.4 billion in 2026-27 and $1.5 billion in 2027-28.

The state government promised it deliver up to 30,000 well-located homes, close to infrastructure and transport, with amenities and work opportunities, with surplus land to be made available for housing over the next four years.

There was little news on how the state government will deliver on its promise of 8400 new social homes, including 6200 new homes with half set aside for victim-survivors of domestic violence.

About $200 million has been set aside for key health worker accommodation across rural and regional areas of the state.

The State government will spend about $8.7bn in the next financial year on the cost of living support measures, including $10,000 grants for eligible first home buyers, $350 rebates for the electricity bills of concession card holders as well as a

one-off relief payment of up to $300 to go towards the energy bills of all households.

Shellharbour Hospital

The estimated total cost of the Shellharbour Hospital redevelopment will cost $60 million more than originally planned due to inflation and increasing construction costs.

$52.5 million has been allocated in this year's budget for the total Shellharbour project, with $564.7 million to be spent over the next four years. The hospital may in 2027.

Wollongong Hospital

Wollongong Hospital's emergency department will get more funds for people needing short-term treatment, under a $480.7 million package.

New improvements at Wollongong include $7.85 million for medical imaging services to provide a new CT scanner and MRI, and $2 million to improve radiation treatment services for cancer patients.

The government will invest $21.3 million in The Waminda’s Gudjaga Gunyahlamaj Birth Centre and Community Hub.

Calderwood Public School

Residents in the rapidly growing suburbs in the

southern Illawarra will have new schools.

The government has committed $1.4 billion over the years for regional schools, including the accelerated delivery of a new public school at Calderwood.

Also announced last year, Dapto High School will also receive a new covered outdoor learning area (with $1.8 million allocated in 2024-25) and Minnamurra Public School will have a new nature playground funded.

There will also be funding for six new public preschools to be delivered in the Illawarra by 2027, at Berkeley West, Cringila, Lake Heights, Hayes Park, Lake Illawarra South, and Barrack Heights. Roads and Transport

The NSW Government has committed $500,000 to investigate the transport infrastructure to support the proposed redevelopment of BlueScope's surplus industrial land at Port Kembla.

The South Coast line will also be investigated to see what stretches need to be fixed. NSW Tangara trains will remain on the tracks until the mid-2030s.

There is also 147.2 million for Appin Road Upgrades (NSW and Australian Government funded), and money ($89.3 million over four

years) for planning a Picton Road upgrade.

There's also planning money for a Picton Bypass ($18.3 million), that would provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles by linking Thirlmere and Tahmoor with the Hume Motorway via Picton Road.

Mount Ousley Interchange Planning and construction continues with the spend for 2023-24 to be $70.9 million and $293.8 million over the next four years. The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government, which has increased its share of funding by $72 million.

Emergency Services

The NSW SES headquarters in Wollongong will get funding for its response to the 2022 Flood Inquiry, with $2 million allocated this year, and $14.9 million to be spent over the next 10 years. There is also just under $1 million for the SES to look at Smart Flood and Storm Intelligence Sensing.


As in the previous two years, $80.4m has been set aside for the Illawarra Mountain biking network and the Great Southern Walk (along with the Gardens of Stone Walk). With $66.2 million to be spent between now and 2026-27.


Independent MP Gareth Ward’s office was donated a defibrillator by the South Coast Superheroes recently, and he wants it to be mandatory for all public buildings to have a defibrillator, as they will save lives.

“I had a constituent come and see me who told me about an incident he had had where a public defibrillator had saved his life,” Ward said. “So given the fact that this is a matter of life and death literally, I thought it was a topic that warranted my attention.”

“I did some research and came across a bill that had been passed by the South Australian parliament introduced there by an independent member. I did some drafting of my own to bring this bill into parliament. Because I firmly believe that this Private Members bill could save lives,” says Ward.

The government is scheduled to reply to the legis-

lation in August and Ward is adamant that he doesn’t care if the government wants to handle the issue differently if the outcome is the same.

“I know that they may throw up all sorts of scenarios in reply … But as I said in the debate, this doesn’t need to have my name on it. I just want to see it come into law,” he said.

“In NSW, on average, each year around 3800 people die from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

“It's anticipated that more than 70 per cent of those people could have had their lives saved if they were near a defibrillator. Now that figure is several times the road toll. We put all this money into roads, rightfully. But a device so simple and so affordable,” Ward said.

Dr John Salmon • Kiama Dental Practice

Credit: Gareth Ward.

Council in storm but holes in hull plugged

Back in December 2021, there were strong doubts by the state government and the community, whether the Kiama Council could keep trading.

The council couldn’t produce 2020-2021 annual financial statements and there were increasing liabilities and trading losses.

There were major losses at Blue Haven (consolidated) and fear that restricted funds had been illegally used.

Council’s initial problems arose from a decision to invest $58 million into a new, large, aged care and retirement village site – Bonaira Residential Aged Care.

The capital costs blew out to $107 million with oper-

ating dollars used to fund shortfalls.

There was inadequate public reporting to the community, to the councillors and the state government.

The $60 million TCorp loan to build Blue Haven Bonaira had no proper repayment plan and had to be paid within five years.

To add to the complexity, the council had lost the accounting ‘zero point’ – it did not know where the funds from various sources had come from or gone.

After rolling forensic investigations into the councils accounts, the astounding creation in one year of new accounts for three financial years, and a new stringent

Performance Improvement Order, the Kiama Council is still sailing in stormy seas but it has plugged the leaks.

Exhaustive work has been done by CEO Jane Stroud and her administration team under considerable community- and media criticism. This is evidenced by the CEO's report to the council on Thursday.

It has also been performed at a time when the council has provided services and outlays, which were once covered by the state or federal governments.

But the storm still blows. The above chart shows the staggering outlays on materials and services with no growth in user charges

and fees or rates and annual charges.

Kiama Council is no orphan as these issues haunt councils across Australia. New sources of revenue must be found.

Note the unfavourable gap between expenses and revenue increased over the years with the operating performance ratio being significantly below the benchmark over the past five years.

The budget for 2024-25 prioritises funding for asset maintenance and ensures a consistent level of service provision to the community.

The Council aims to deliver $16.5 million worth of capital works in the next financial year, primarily funded by grants and reserves. But next year will be a ‘belt-tightening’ time.

Excluding capital grants and contributions and one-off sales, the council will still post a deficit of $5.4 million. But without the intervention of CEO Jane Stroud and her team, the deficit would have been ten times that.

Council’s long-term plan – and one which the new elected councillors will have to follow – is to achieve

financial sustainability by the 2026/27 fiscal year.

There will be tough efficiencies over the next few years to:

• Attain a net surplus;

• Eliminate the structural loss;

• Establish a balanced budget and

• Maintain a positive unrestricted cash balance. There is more pain to come but nothing like the gyrations council and the community has endured in the last two years.





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Jamberoo community urge council to tackle flood problem

The Jamberoo Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association recently held a public meeting to find ways to limit flooding in the area.

Jamberoo is subject to significant flooding with the most recent in April of this year.

Kiama council commissioned a flood study after an East coast low delivered heavy rainfall four years ago but no action has been taken.

Michael Malone, Director of Infrastructure & Liveability at Kiama Council told attendees the council has received funding to have designs drawn up for flood diversion and mitigation works along Wyalla Road and the Jamberoo Preschool.

“Council is applying significant resources and external

funding to progress the flood studies,” he said.

The Gerringong-Jamberoo Flood Study focused on three catchment areas;

• Bridges Road (Gerringong)

• Jamberoo Town Centre

• Wyalla Road (Jamberoo).

The report highlighted the average annual flooding costs $1,320,000 in damages.

Malone continued, “Managing floodplain risks and the impacts on communities is a complex process and can require significant investment”

The report said property owners, businesses and council will be “subject to continued and significant economic impacts if the ‘status quo’ is maintained.”

2024 NAIDOC: 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud'

National NAIDOC Week, running from 7-14 July, will celebrate and honour the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year's theme, "Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud," chosen by the National NAIDOC Committee, highlights the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations’ culture.

Fire, as a central symbol, represents the connection to the Country, community, and the rich traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“We honour the flame of the fire, kindling the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation,” said Aunty Lynette (Dr)

Riley, Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC Committee.

“The resilience of mobs, our shared experiences, collective memories and kinship is a source of tremendous pride, “ said Aunty Lynette (Dr) Riley, Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC Committee.

“This year’s theme is a clarion call to continued unity and solidarity for all Australians to come together and celebrate.”

‘Blak, Loud, and Proud’ encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, emphasised Steven Satour, National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair.

“This theme calls for a reclamation of our narratives, an amplification of our voices, and an unwav-

commitment to justice and equality.”

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, announced an investment of $1.7 million to support activities during National NAIDOC Week.

First Nations communities, registered businesses, schools, and local governments are encouraged to apply for funding to host activities and events that align with the 2024 NAIDOC theme.

Eligible activities include:

• Arts-based activities, such as painting, dancing, crafts, and storytelling

• Family fun days and community events

• Cultural activities and

events for Elders

• NAIDOC-themed sporting activities or competitions

• Activities that actively promote reconciliation.

Managed by the National Indigenous Australians Agency, the grant application process offers two tiers of funding: small-scale grants of up to $10,000, and largescale grants ranging from $10,001 to $50,000.

NAIDOC Week, which began in 1975, offers all Australians an opportunity to learn about First Nations cultures and histories, and to participate in celebrating the world's oldest continuous living cultures. To learn more, visit

Kiama's Mayoral Elections

Referendum: Should we change how our mayor is chosen?

On 14 September, during the local government elections, voters in Kiama will face a significant decision by a referendum: Should the people vote for a mayor or the councillors?

Cr. Stuart Larkins informs, “Currently 35 out of 128 councils allow for a directly elected mayor model, with more councils moving towards this option. There are councils even smaller than Kiama, in both population and size, who are allowed to choose their mayor.”

Kiama has nine elected councillors who vote for the mayor. Former Mayor and Kiama Council Executive Brian Petschler says this method is the best.

“Directly elected mayors for very large councils may work, but I don’t see it as necessary for Kiama,” he said.

The nine councillors represent the community's diverse interests, and he said directly electing a mayor might disrupt cohesion among the councillors.

“The mayor needs the support of a majority of councillors, and everyone’s focus needs to be on local issues,”

Mr Petschler said.

Former Kiama Mayor Neville Fredericks is opposed to directly electing the mayor.

“Councillors should function like a board of directors that appoints a chair. This approach allows for the replacement of the leader if they fail to perform adequately.”

Former Kiama Mayor Sandra McCarthy agrees.

“I can see how a popularly elected mayor may work in larger cities where there is a ward system, but the current system of councillors choosing a mayor has been working well, so why change it?” she said.

She also highlighted the additional cost that would come with a direct mayoral election.

Cr. Matt Brown is also opposed to a directly elected mayor.

“I support change if there is a good reason for it. However, we have not experienced any problems with our current system,” Cr Brown said.

“It will cost us more and overly politicise a role which should be as politically neutral as possible, since

the mayor is also the chair of council,” he said.

“We don’t vote for our prime minister nor our premier, so why would we go to the extra expense and effort to directly elect our mayor?” he said.

Taking a different view is Michael Cains, the President of The Kiama/Jamberoo branch of the Liberal Party, also sits on the Kiama Business Chamber board.

“A mayor, like the chair of a board, is the first among equals and plays an important role as the conduit between Council and the CEO and the operational and management functions that they are in charge of - but that's where the comparison ends,” Cains said.

“We are lucky in Kiama that we have Mayor Neil Reilly and Mark Honey before him. I have regard for both gentlemen. Both are natural choices for mayor given they have been sensible leaders and moderating influences on Council. Their "heart is in the right place". However, we should be careful about assuming that it's always this way.”





Currently Kiama Council has nine elected councillors who vote amongst themselves to elect the mayor. The question before the public is whether this needs to change, to become a popularly elected mayor, as it is with Shellharbour and Wollongong. Local government council elections are more than just a democratic exercise. They determine the leadership that will directly influence community development. Elected councils are the first line of governance and the Mayor is ‘first amongst equals’. Listen to community leaders put forward their case. Get involved. Be outraged. Make a contribution. Your community needs YOU!



directly elected Mayor of Shellharbour

STUART LARKINS current Kiama councillor


President of The Kiama/ Jamberoo branch of the Liberal Party

KAREN RENKEMA-LANG current Kiama councillor (As a reserve and note-taker)



former Kiama Mayor

MATT BROWN current Kiama councillor



Former Kiama Mayor (As a reserve and note-taker)


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“Just look at how much time and effort has been expended by this Council investigating themselves for misconduct of one sort or another. Some councillors can barely conceal their sneering resentment of their fellow councillors. It is not conducive to harmony,” he said.

Cains said, “to remove the temptation of creating a ‘revolving door, everyone gets a turn of the role of mayor’ circus, the position of mayor

should be directly elected by the citizens.”

Councillor Stuart Larkins has told The Bugle, “On both a personal note, I support moving forward towards a directly elected mayoral position and I encourage a Yes vote.”

“Kiama Council is the only council in the Illawarra-South Coast where local residents do not have the right to choose their mayor. Wollongong, Shellharbour,



Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and now Bega will get to directly elect their mayors,” said Cr Larkins.

The Bugle has taken the initiative and organised a public meeting on July 30 in the evening, at the Kiama Leagues Club. All are welcome to attend.

The Bugle will provide more information in the next edition and name the ‘For’ and ‘Against’ teams.

SHAC welcomes new president

The Southern Highlands Artisans Collective (SHAC) is calling upon coastal residents to journey "up the mountain" and discover the artistic riches it has on offer. As a non-profit organisation showcasing the talents of Southern Highlands artists, SHAC operates a vibrant gallery in Robertson, known for its curated exhibitions and community-focused events. After a brief relocation to Bowral last year, the Robertson community enthusiastically welcomed SHAC back to its original home.

Jane Cush, who dedicated three years as SHAC's president, stepped down on May 31, citing the need to reclaim time amidst a demanding schedule. Reflecting on her tenure, Cush remarked, "Leading SHAC requires time, passion, and energy, and I needed to lighten the load."

Like many during the pandemic, SHAC faced challenges but remains buoyed by the support of its volunteers and community. Cush noted, "Art is often seen as discretionary spending, so maintaining engagement has been a challenge."

Operating without external funding, SHAC relies on art sales commissions and donations, with volunteers playing a vital role in its operations. Cush expressed gratitude for their contributions, emphasising the ongoing need for new volunteers.

Incoming president Graham Ormsby, an architect with a deep passion for integrating art and architecture, succeeds Cush with optimism. Drawing on his architectural expertise and leadership in cultural organisations, Ormsby aims to build upon SHAC's foundations and expand its influence in promoting the arts throughout the Southern Highlands.

Ormsby praised Cush's legacy and expressed confidence in continuing her initiatives, emphasising the collaborative efforts of SHAC's dedicated team and volunteers under his stewardship. With plans to enhance community engagement and artistic programming, SHAC under Ormsby's leadership looks forward to a vibrant future in regional arts advocacy.


A new Specsavers optometry store has opened in the recently refurbished Kiama Village shopping centre.

The Bugle visited the store to speak with Retail Director Teresa Vi Nguyen and Optometrist Director Linda Wu, who both expressed their enthusiasm for working in Kiama and their commitment to improving the local community's eye health.

They gave some practical advice for good eye health: Children's eye health Vision problems can be difficult to detect in children. Regular eye exams are crucial as vision issues can impact learning and development.

Eye protection

Wearing appropriate protective eyewear during activities that could cause eye injuries, such as sports or certain occupations, is essential to prevent accidents. Specsavers offers a certified

safety eyewear range.

Impact of UV rays

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to cataracts and other eye problems. Wearing sunglasses that block 100 per cent of UV rays can protect your eyes from damage.

Importance of regular eye exams

Comprehensive eye exams can detect early signs of eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration before symptoms appear, enabling early treatment and better outcomes.

The Kiama store is equipped with state-of-theart OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) scanning technology, allowing for early detection of eye conditions and prompt treatment.

Meet the team

Nguyen has been with Specsavers for nine years and in the optical industry for 15 years, holding Cert IV

in Optical Dispensing. She relocated to Kiama from Batemans Bay. Wu, who has worked with Specsavers for six years, moved from Hurstville and holds a Bachelor of Vision Science and a Master of Clinical Optometry (therapeutically endorsed).

Wu emphasised, “At Specsavers, we are committed to supporting local communities by providing high-quality eye care services. We offer comprehensive eye tests bulk billed to Medicare, ensuring that everyone has access to essential eye health assessments.”

Nguyen added, “We assist with filling out forms for Transport NSW, addressing eye health concerns, and offering repairs for glasses to ensure that our customers always have optimal vision.”

To provide clients with peace of mind, the knowledgeable staff are available

for detailed discussions with a lens specialist, helping to find the perfect eyewear solutions tailored to individual needs.

“We are proud to be a four-time accredited Great Place to Work award recipient, reflecting our dedication to fostering a positive work environment,” remarked Wu.

“By offering these services, we aim to improve eye health and overall well-being in our communities, making sure everyone has the opportunity to see clearly and enjoy a better quality of life,” she added.

To evaluate their service, and because it was time for an eye test, this bespectacled reporter booked an appointment and found the service to be friendly and efficient. The prices for both glasses and contact lenses were also very reasonable.

Surf Club President gives big


You’ to Kiama Community

On Monday, 17 June, the President of the Kiama Surf Lifesaving Club (SLSC) expressed the club’s gratitude to the local community for all their support with fixing the clubhouse.

President, Phil Perry, invited local, state and federal members of council to come along to the surf club to outline the new grant they have received, and to thank everyone that supported them along the way.

“Today is basically about thanking our LGA for the support they’ve given us in the last few months. It’s been pretty well publicised that we needed to fix a few things around the club and the support we’ve received has been overwhelming,” says Perry.

Due to the massive response from the Kiama community, the Kiama SLSC was able to raise enough money, paired with the grant they recieved from the NSW

government, to fix the roof of the clubhouse.

“Basically we started the fundraising in November, and I think we raised $15,000 on New Years Eve, which is massive. We ended up making $40,000 which was the co-contribution amount we needed for the entire works (with the grant),” says Perry. Work is planned to begin in the first week of July. Not only will the roof be fixed, but an accessible toilet will also be added to the top level of the club.

“It’s about a five-week period … Not only are we getting the fascia replaced, the box guttering and all the drainage fixed for good, we have also been afforded some funds to build an accessible toilet upstairs,” says Perry. Perry also used the day to highlight the support of the federal, state and local governments who have supported the club as well.

“We also want to thank Gareth Ward who has helped us immensely in parliament, and Federal member Fiona Phillips,” says Perry. “And I can’t say enough about the Kiama Council, they've really helped us a bunch.”

Mayor Neil Reilly, who attended the event, says that the surf lifesavers play a vital part in the Kiama community and that it’s important they have the right facilities and resources to carry out their work.

“We have quite a number of beaches here, each with different typographies, each with different angles - north facing, east facing, south facing - and the training that these people have to do to work on each of those beaches is remarkable and whatever we can do to help, we will,” says Mayor Reilly.

There are a long list of local businesses that the Kiama SLSC would like to


Blue Water Charters, Cicada Luxury Camping, Sebel, Butchers Nook, Easts Beach Caravan Park, Manning St Cellars, The Lodge, El Corazon, Jamberoo Action Park, Miss Arda, Silica, IGA, Fredericks IGA, Family OOSH, Club Jamberoo, Top Shop, Burnetts on Barney, Saltwater Cafe, Nude Cafe, Kiama Lions Club, Kiama Leagues Club, JJ's Indian, IMB Bank, Gerringong Lions Club, Kiama Amateur Fishing Club, Kiama Motor Cycle Club, Clayton Comber - DJ, Jaxstax & The Thrill Seekers - Rock Band, Bedrock Ceramics & Tiles, Coast 2 Country Painting Services, City Coast Services, DG Electrical, Connected Audio Visual, Dentocalm Dentist, Active Feet Podiatrist, Kiama Pharmacy, Coastal Float, Linen House. Lleyton Hughes

(From left to right) Kiama SLSC President Phil Perry, Member of Parliament for Kiama Gareth Ward, Mayor Neil Reilly, Director of Infrastructure and Liveability Kiama Council Michael Malone.
Credits: Teresa Vi Nguyen.
Credit: Graham Ormsby.

Working solutionstowards

There’s nothing like a crisis to bring people together in a common purpose, and so we and the rest of Kiama await the release of Kiama Council’s Growth and Housing Strategy with high anticipation.

Over the past few weeks, we have engaged closely with Council’s planning staff to help them fully understand the critical role Springside Hill will play in addressing the housing crisis and contributing to the five-year target of 900 completed homes set by the NSW Government.

The release of information about plans for Bombo Quarry provides a great sense of clarity for everyone in the community. It also outlines the expected timing, planning and remediation processes required before construction can start.

With a reported timeframe of five to eight years to make the site ready for development, it seems like there will be no houses at Bombo Quarry until after 2029 at the earliest.

The question then is how the Council’s strategy will address the current housing pain whilst waiting on Bombo Quarry, and whether the status quo of forcing the most productive people, the future of Kiama, to establish their homes, families and businesses elsewhere, will remain. We genuinely hope that Council does heed their own warning that ‘just saying no’ is no longer suitable.

To meet the new housing target would require 180 home completions a year

up until 2029. In 2020, 54 new homes were built in the local government area. In 2021 the number was 85 homes and in 2022, 54 homes.

Based on that performance, it will take close to three years just to hit the one-year target.

We have always said that there needs to be multiple solutions to address this housing crisis, both short and long term. With Kiama Council forecasting the need for more than 3,500 new homes over the next 20 years, more options are needed, not less.

Like Council, we have been listening to the residents of Kiama and hearing about the hard choices people have made because there are so few opportunities to build or rent a home. When scarce opportunities do become available they are priced beyond reach and snapped up in an instant.

That is what happens in constrained housing markets when land is released piecemeal. It’s like a drop of rain in a drought that evaporates before anybody has a chance to drink.

And in the most expensive housing market in NSW outside Sydney, it does nothing to put homes within the reach of locals and those who have the energy and will to make a wholehearted commitment to maintaining Kiama as one of the most liveable towns in Australia.

Swamp Road's neglect: A dangerous oversight by local authorities

Swamp Road starts in Dunmore and weaves its way parallel to the Princes Highway for six kilometres, joining Allowrie Street in Jamberoo.

Kiama Council posted on their Facebook page that “Swamp Road remains closed due to water over the road.” The post mentioned, “Council will continue to monitor storm damage and assist with clean-ups through the week,” but that was April 7. Ten weeks later, nothing has changed.

Local residents are frustrated by the inaction of the Department of Main Roads and the Council regarding this heavily used road. One Kiama local, John, told The Bugle, “There are no flood meters that I've noticed, and I personally think it’s dangerous. I very nearly got stuck there one day and nearly destroyed my car, according to the garage.”

The flooding of Swamp Road is a serious issue requiring immediate attention. Many drivers are unaware of the floodwaters until it's too late, forcing them to backtrack 1.5 km. This often leads to risky decisions, such as attempting to drive through the floodwaters, posing severe safety hazards.

“Having travelled this road for over 40 years, I believe the Council should implement a policy to clearly indicate road closures at the Riverside Drive entrance, rather than halfway along the road at McGlinchey’s. This change could prevent many dangerous situations by encouraging drivers to take safer detours through Kiama rather than risking the flooded road,” says a local resident.

To complicate matters further, this road falls within both Kiama Council and Shellharbour Council area. So clearly, there needs to be some cooperation between the two entities in order to coordinate repairs and improvements.

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flowing on the northern side of the swamp; the original channel meandered through the broad eastern end of the swamp before crossing Swamp Road and running along the south side of the swamp.

Over 125 years ago, a drainage scheme trans-

western end of Terragong Swamp, known locally as The Swamp, which was once a vast marshland covering the floor of the Jamberoo Valley. The Minnamurra River flows from Minnamurra Falls along the northern side of the swamp. Just east of the old butter factory on Factory Lane, the river enters a manmade channel that keeps it

formed ‘the swamp’ into one of the most fertile and productive areas in the country, extensively used for dairy farming. The area has clearly evolved but faces ongoing challenges during high tide and heavy rainfall, as the river resumes its old course, forcing the closure of Swamp Road.

The state of this road

highlights a broader issue of road maintenance in the area. Councils, strapped for funds, rely heavily on state government prioritisation and financial support for road maintenance. This situation leads to numerous roads being in disrepair, further compromising public safety. From an emergency response perspective, the lack of proper signage and flood meters is unacceptable.

Improving road safety requires engineering safer roads and vehicles, enforcing traffic laws, and educating drivers and pedestrians. The 2022 National Road Safety Strategy 2021–2030 report examined these issues and recommended actions:

Deliver measurable safety improvements through infrastructure funding at all government levels and support local governments to embed and deliver road safety as standard practice.

Deliver systematic safety improvements on a road corridor basis against baseline assessment network safety plans, which scope safety gaps across the network.

In NSW, the priority is to deliver a new Towards Zero Safer Roads Program by 2030, systematically building a safer road network through safety infrastructure and speed management. Amongst the priority actions for NSW was “to complete risk assessments on all regional roads and publish all available NSW road risk ratings to help ensure high-risk roads are prioritised for treatment and maintenance.”

Starting work on Swamp Road would be a significant step in the right direction, given this charter.

Lynne Strong/Donna Portland

Credit: Landcare Illawarra.

Labor's decline: How Albanese's policies and Dutton's image are shaping the future of the South Coast

A curse on both their houses. So say the general public.

Two years ago, Anthony Albanese, a Labor Party machine man if ever there was one, lied his way into office by promising to reduce household electricity bills by $275 just as "the cost of living crisis" hit.

"Life will be cheaper under me," he declared in the run up to the 2022 election. Oh yeah, sure.

Albo ended nine years of dismal conservative rule during which the electorate was forced to endure first Tony Abbott, followed by Malcolm Turnbull, frequently declared the worst Prime Minister in Australian history, only in turn to be hunted out of office by the even more widely disliked Scott Morrison.

Fast forward to the present and Albanese has squandered all his political capital.

A panicked Labor Party can see the Opposition benches beckoning.

These are just some of the headlines that have greeted our beleaguered Prime Minister in recent days:

"Peter Dutton edges out Anthony Albanese as pre-

ferred prime minister."

"Dutton edges ahead as voters thump Labor on the economy."

"Beware the uncomplicated politician: Dutton on the rise as PM falls."

Even the left-wing The Guardian (Australia Edition) is satirically declaring:

"In a recent poll a large dollop of Australian voters say their preferred prime minister is Peter Craig Dutton. Oh My God Albo what have you done? Imagine being less popular than one of the worst people in the world. Meanwhile cheering hordes of cynical progressives are chanting his name: Albo! Albo! Albo! Albo! But why? Even the rusted-ons are abandoning Labor now –isn't Albo a massive disappointment? Yes he is."

The failed "Yes" campaign costing taxpayers $400 million is the rope Sky News most likes to hang around Albo's neck. But there are many other issues they perhaps conveniently forget.

Prior to his election Albanese didn't bother to tell the Australian electorate that he was embarking on a massive demographic transformation of the country through record-high levels

of immigration. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia saw a 73 percent increase to 737,000 in the number of immigrants in 2023 alone. This policy is fuelling both the housing and cost of living crises.

Nor did he mention that he would be returning family law back to the dark days when many fathers entering this dysfunctional jurisdiction rarely or never saw their children again. But in passing family law amendments with almost zero public consultation, mirroring tactics used in the wind farm debate, this is exactly what Labor has done.

That Peter Dutton is now in serious contention for the top job is an epic Labor failure.

Prior to the ascendance of Dutton some of the most senior strategists in the party were slinging the epithet "go woke go broke" at the Turnbull/Morrison leadership.

Nobody's ever accused Dutton of being "woke", and his seriousness, his stolid, stern demeanour, now suits the temperature of the times.

The wind farm backlash, both around the nation's coastline and across its interior, is very real. Community


The third in this year’s Classical Kiama series, and the first time this year that Daniel Röhn (the founder of Classical Kiama), has been the star turn. With the theme of ‘dance’, Röhn managed to provide a fresh insight into what is considered dance music. It would have been too easy to have a programme of ballet ‘bits’ and a waltz or two but this programme tested knowledge and opened the audience to new ideas and appreciation.

The church, with its beautiful acoustics, is now heated, and so for the audience it was both comfortable and relaxing, allowing us to sit

back and appreciate all that was on offer.

We had a tango and a gavotte, a waltz and a folk dance, music for poetry and a stately pavane… but there was so much more. With an unbroken performance of over an hour, Röhn and his accompanist (on piano) held the audience spellbound. Enough for two curtain calls and a full encore. The audience buzz afterwards was effusive about the range and quality of the performance. Kiama is very fortunate in terms of musical (and other) events. However, for the classical music lover, there has been a gap … a gap

now filled by the offerings from Classical Kiama. The variety is astounding … the first concert this year was with Adélaïde Ferrière on the Marimba – labelled a percussionist but so much more.

The second concert was the Goldner string quartet and now the Dance! Concert with Daniel. With three concerts left in the 2024 season including classical guitar, Classical Kiama is providing excellent entertainment to an increasingly loyal audience.

Donna Portland

after community claim they have not been properly consulted. The ugliness, expense and grotesque environmental damage associated with wind turbines is now clear for all to see.

During a widely publicised visit to the Illawarra this week, National Party leader David Littleproud said he would be cancelling the offshore wind farms and would not be in Coalition with the Liberals if they did not join him in doing so.

answering questions. The gratitude of the activists that a senior political figure was at last taking them seriously was evident.

Littleproud addressed a community forum in Towradgi hosted by the banner group Responsible Future and spent some two hours

The electorate of Whitlam encompasses Shell Cove, Shellharbour, Warilla and Oak Flats, all the way up to Robertson, Sutton Forest

and Moss Vale.

It is probably fair to say that half the voters in the seat of Whitlam could not name their local member, a man missing in action and riding on working class Labor traditions of the area long after the party abandoned its grassroots.

Littleproud has announced he is searching for a Nationals candidate for Whitlam, “a local hero.”

The Australian Electoral Commission declared the 2022 final two party preferred tally as Stephen Jones, Labor, 60.07. Mike Cains, Liberal, 39.93.

The coastal seat of Cowper, running from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour, is already in the hands of the Nationals.

In an era when both major parties are on the nose, throwing a third major player into the ring means the next year here on the South Coast will prove to be one of the most fascinating political contests in the country.

Credit: Stapleton's book 'Australia Breaks Apart'.

Kiama Golf Club appoints first female club captain

When Kiama golfer Margaret Cooper took up the sport more than a decade ago, she never imagined she would one day make history.

Margaret was recently appointed Club Captain of Kiama Golf Club, the first time a woman has taken on the crucial role of shaping the culture and community of the club.

“I guess I am an accidental trailblazer,” says Margaret, who became Club Captain under tragic circumstances when former Club Captain Glenn Whiteford passed away suddenly.

Margaret was Vice Club Captain and stepped into the position at a board meeting called after Glenn’s sad passing. She plans to continue the hard work done by Glenn, who she describes as “one of nature’s true gentlemen”.

“Glenn was very humble,” says Margaret. “He was friendly but fair, and just a really lovely man who was very dedicated to making sure that golf ran well at the club and nobody was left out. I would like to continue what Glenn started and make sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently.”

Margaret took up golf when she retired from teaching in 2013. Her husband Jim was a member at Kiama and he encouraged her to join and get lessons.

“We thought it would be nice to throw in a set of clubs when we go on holidays and have a game,” says Margaret. At no time did she think she would be at the helm, steering the club into the future.

“I didn’t even know if I’d

enjoy the game or not,” laughs Margaret. “But once I got started I was hooked, I just love it.”

As a former teacher-librarian Margaret is a natural-born leader and always one of the first to put her hand up and help where needed. She was women’s captain for three years, Vice Club Captain and has been on the match committee for five years.

‘I’d only been playing for a year when I volunteered to join the women’s golf committee,” says Margaret.

“Then I just continued to help out where I could. I don’t think there is anything in the role that says Club Captain should be exclusively a man’s job, even though this is the first time there’s been a female Club Captain at Kiama.”

Club Captain in the Illawarra,” he says.

“The club has always been very forward thinking in that way,” says Margaret.

“Groundbreaking really, with one of the first female professional golfers, Elle Sandak, running the pro shop before she went on maternity leave.”

The club was also an early adopter of abolishing the associate member’s policy, giving women full member’s rights in the 1990s. There are now 150 female mem-

important that we have a balance between pursuing competition golf and encouraging visitors and members’ social golf too. Everybody in our club is very friendly and the staff who work here are wonderful. It really is a community hub here, people come here to play golf, to socialise, families come here for dinner. It’s a wonderful club to be a part of.”

The Kiama Golf Club first began on a farmer's property near Kiama High School in 1903. Players would move fences and mow greens onto paddocks before each round, and return the fences once they finished. In the 1930s the club moved to its current Minnamurra site, with close to 60 members. Fast forward 90 years and the club now boasts just under 1000 members.

Dell Brand book launch

Award-winning historical fiction writer Dell Brand hosted a book launch for her most recent work, Wylde Oates, at Kiama Library.

Wylde Oates is Dell’s 13th book and fans helped her celebrate its success with an afternoon tea at the library.

Those who attended heard how Dell came up with the idea for the book, set in Scotland, Sydney and Port Macquarie in the 1800s, while travelling through the British Isles with her late husband John.

“John and I visited New Lanark Cotton Mill when we were in Scotland, and I like to write about places I’ve been to,” explains Dell.

The book follows the journey of Tom Wylde, who lands a job at the mill as a 14-year-old. Tom’s life is on track - he has a job and is set to marry his childhood sweetheart Bella Oatesuntil his temper gets the better of him. Convicted of a serious crime and sentenced to prison in the colony of NSW, Tom tells Bella to forget him.

When Tom arrives in Sydney, he begins work for Governor Macquaries in Parramatta before landing a job at a textile factory in Botany.

ful, his superiors telling him he is “an honest and hard-working man” who has “helped Port Macquarie prosper.” Tom is instrumental in the construction of Port Macquarie’s Anglican Church, selecting the cedar and other timbers for the Church’s pew boxes and pulpit.

Wylde Oates, which won an award at the London Book Fair, has been praised for its attention to historical details, something Dell is meticulous about. The author says 20 years as a volunteer at the Kiama Family History Centre helped to hone her impeccable research skills and her love of history.

“When I'm doing my research I always try to find original sources,” says Dell. “I find diaries, newspaper clippings and journals written at the time. First hand information is key to good research.”

Club General Manager David Rootham says golf still tends to be “quite traditional.”

“While it’s not something I keep track of, Margaret is likely to be the only female

bers at Kiama Golf Club and Margaret is proud to be involved in a club, and sport, which is inclusive of everyone. She says this inclusivity is something Glenn worked hard to achieve, and a legacy she will continue.

“One of the greatest things about golf is having time with mates, for both our men and women golfers,” says Margaret. So I think it’s very

“That’s not bad for a small regional course,” says David. “With all this rain we are one of the few courses that is still playable.”

“There’s rarely a time when someone is not out there playing the course,” says Margaret, who expects to be a whole lot busier in her new role.

“He hasn’t heard from Bella,” says Dell. “And once he receives his ticket of leave and is a free man he allows himself to fall in love and marry another woman. But soon after a letter from Bella arrives. She is on her way to find him.”

Married to one and betrothed to another, Tom’s life is turned upside down. Despite the crossroads he finds himself at, Tom manages to carve out a successful life harvesting timber as a free man in Port Macquarie. He applies for a land grant and is success-

So it was fitting that the book was launched at one of Dell’s favourite haunts, Kiama Library. Dell is a passionate supporter of libraries, where she has launched each of her books. She frequently hosts writing talks at local libraries and was invited by Friends of Kiama Library to speak about her books, and the art of writing, at their Christmas function last year. Dell is always happy to share her expertise with those interested in learning more about the craft of writing and runs a regular writing group - The Fiction Writers Group - as part of the South Coast Writers Centre.

“Every month we share excerpts from what we are writing and we give each other feedback on how we think our books are going,” says Dell.

Credit: Dell Brand (Second from right with friends and supporters at the launch)

The best school holiday activities for curious kids and teens


Every carer knows, the Winter school holidays can be challenging (rainy days + energetic kids = stressed-out parents). Fear not, as we’ve put together a boredom-busting list of activities for kids and teens, which will make time fly — and earn you serious brownie points. Code Camp Code Camp offers in-person and online workshops for young people, aged 7+, in coding, animation, video creation, robotics and more. Their most popular camp, Spark Coding, teaches kids to design a game with amazing features, including invisibility cloaks and mythical creatures. Virtual camps run for a week with self-paced content, which is delivered daily. Cost: $129, various dates.

Giant Chocolate Freckle Workshop

Book your kids in for a chocolate-making workshop at The Treat Factory in Berry, where they’ll make their own personalised Giant Freckle with an assortment of delicious toppings, including freeze-dried strawberries, caramel popcorn and, of course, sprinkles. Whilst the Freckles are setting, they’ll learn about the art of chocolate making and be treated

to a chocolate tasting. Cost: $35. 12 July, 3 – 3.45pm.

Winter Book Sale

Wollongong City Libraries’ book sale is back. Head to any of seven library locations, including Dapto, Unanderra and Wollongong from Monday 8 July to Saturday 20 July to grab yourself a bargain. Books are all priced at just $0.50 and can be purchased with cash or card at the library customer service counter. wollongong.

HARS Aviation Museum

Tarmac Day

Tarmac Days are held outside the HARS hangars on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month, displaying some of the unique aircraft held at its headquarters at the Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park. Visitors of all ages will be able to board and sit in some of the aircraft cockpits. Cost: $15 per child. 12 – 14 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm. hars.

Flying Rockets Stem Craft

Part of the popular school holiday program at Kiama and Gerringong Libraries, children aged 8+ can design and make their very own rocket from a cardboard tube and then launch it across

a string orbit — all fuelled by balloon power. Other holiday events include a kids knitting workshop and Lego boardgames. Cost: $5. Various dates. library.kiama.

Art Hub for Kids

A favourite with the kids of The Bugle staffers, Art for Kids Hub is a free YouTube channel that makes screentime more creative, with a huge library of drawing tutorials for all ages and skill levels. From Disney characters to Pokémon, videos are easy to follow and self-expression is encouraged. With over 8 million subscribers, it will have kids hooked. Cost: free. Ultimate Ninja Challenge

A fun-filled, full-day activity where parents can drop and leave, MyFirstGym in Shellharbour offers a range of action-packed school holiday camps in their purpose-built, inflatable-filled kid’s gymnasium. Classes include the ‘Ultimate Ninja Challenge’, the chance to learn child-friendly parkour skills and even a Kid’s Olympic Games for kids aged 5+. Cost: $80 (or $75 for members). Various dates, 9am – 3pm. au/shellharbour.


Jamberoo Public School's Grade Two students dazzled audiences at the recent South Coast Dance Festival staged at the IPAC theatre, Wollongong, where they joined 500 peers from 24 schools in a celebration of movement mixed with storytelling.

Despite most having little to no prior dance experience, the 18 students from Jamberoo captivated the audience with a performance that embodied resilience, colour and courage.

Under the guidance of choreographer Mrs. Green, who shaped the dance inspired from the movie Sing, the students learned more than just dance steps. Green's choreography emphasised themes of pushing through hardship, building resilience, trusting oneself, and embracing challenges—a message that resonated throughout their colourful and energetic performance.

The young dancers took to the stage adorned in rainbow-coloured tutus as well as super cool rockstars adorned

with smart, velvet, red jackets - their costumes praised for their creativity and vibrancy.

The guitars used by the rockstars were crafted with care by members of the Kiama Men's Shed, a gesture that added a local touch and community spirit to the event.

"Only a handful of our students had danced before, but that didn't deter them," remarked Mrs. Peade, the Grade Two teacher at Jamberoo Public School. "They showed incredible bravery and enthusiasm, embodying the spirit of the festival."

Early in the rehearsals, one student had mentioned that he would be too scared to be on stage. Then, just three weeks before the performance he decided to stand on stage and give it a go.

Mrs Peade said, “Nothing is more special than having a student choose to be a little uncomfortable and then reap the benefits a thousand fold in front of your eyes.”

The South Coast Dance Festival not only showcased the talent and dedication of the students but also

highlighted the importance of performing arts education in NSW public schools, which foster creativity and confidence.

Parents, teachers, and fellow students cheered as Jamberoo Public School's troupe brought joy and energy to the stage, demonstrating what can be achieved through determination and teamwork. There was no quieting the Jamberoo staff and parents who were particularly raucous and encouraging in the audience, this definitely made the performers feel revved and ready to perform before entering the stage and, of course, made the happy tears flow.

As the curtains closed on their performance, the students of Jamberoo Public School left a lasting impression, reminding everyone present that with perseverance and a willingness to try, anything is possible even when you are only seven- or eight-years-old.

Alexandra Peade/ Donna Portland
Credits: Alexandra Peade.

Winners of the Kiama Art Society’s Annual Exhibition

An outstanding display of paintings by Illawarra and South Coast Artists was held at the 45th Kiama Art Society’s (KAS) Annual Exhibition at the Kiama Leagues Club.

Well-known artist Melissa Ritchie, this year’s judge, praised the exhibition organisers and the exhibiting artists for the quality and variety of the works on display.

This year’s overall winner was Illawarra artist Vladimir Begonja, with a vibrant, detailed and compelling painting of “Fitzroy Falls.”

Following a tradition of many years, this painting will be displayed in the foyer of the Kiama Leagues Club, becoming a worthy addition to the Leagues’ Club Art Collection of winning paintings from every annual KAS exhibition.

Prizes awarded on the Opening night: Best in Show

1st. Vladimir Begonja, Fitzroy Falls. Sponsor: Kiama Leagues Club

2nd. Jenny Albanis, Silver Jug and Lemons. Sponsor: Kiama Municipal Council 3rd. Lexie Watt, Windbent Tree Bombo Headland. Sponsor: Illawarra Financial Group Best Watercolour in Show Christine Hill, Kangaroo Valley Pastoral. Sponsor: Big4 Easts Beach Holiday Park

Landscape and seascape

1st. Heather Philpott, Cloud Melody Boat Harbour. Sponsor: Bombo Curtains & Blinds

2nd. Sylvia Hawthorne, Shoalhaven Reflection. Spon-

sor: Kiama Furniture One

3rd. Philip Miles, Morning Frost. Sponsor: CAAA Commercial Associates

Kiama Local Council Area

Sponsor Kiama Municipal


1st. Joseph Vella, Deeply Rooted in Knowledge

2nd. Sandra Gray, Afternoon Light, Kiama

3rd. Colleen Behl, Kiama

Skate Park


1st. Leonie Scott, Misty. Sponsor: Kiama Air

2nd. Catherine Carr, Synapes. Sponsor: HealthSAVE Kiama Downs Pharmacy

3rd Abstract. Matthew Charles, All The Small Things. Sponsor: Kerry’s Klothes Kiama

Still Life

1st. Kim Grivas , Tetrag-

ona Comfort. Sponsor: Burnetts on Barney. 2nd. Grace Paleg, Amber Autumn. Sponsor: Kiama Municipal Council

3rd. Suzanne Walker, Passing Time. Sponsor: Levers Picture Framing and Fine Art Materials

Figurative / Portrait

Ist. Salwa Woodroffe, Julia Baird. Sponsor: Raine and Horne Kiama

2nd. Vicky Hazzard, Dott. Sponsor: Art House Direct Nowra

3rd. Janetha Lyon, We Are Family. Sponsor: Bombo Curtains and Blinds

Discover Gauguin: A landmark exhibition at Canberra’s National Gallery

The National Gallery in Canberra is hosting an Australian-first exhibition of French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) from 29 June to 7 October.

The exhibition called "Gauguin’s World: Tōna Iho, Tōna Ao", showcases more than 140 of Gauguin's iconic works.

Curator Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre Museum and Musée d’Orsay, explores Gauguin’s artistic evolution through painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, and decorative arts.

“This exhibition offers a

rare opportunity to personally witness the significant and enduring art of Gauguin, featuring some of his most recognised and acknowledged masterpieces,” Loyrette said.

Gauguin’s controversial interactions in Polynesia are acknowledged and will be examined through talks, public programs, a podcast series, and films. The exhibition will also feature works by contemporary Pacific artists.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Art Exhibitions


To acknowledge Gauguin’s ties to the Pacific region, the National Gallery of Australia will welcome a cultural delegation from Tahiti, including representatives from the Government of French Polynesia and a cultural dance group, for the opening of the exhibition.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $12 for children, with concessions available for students and National Gallery Members.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE award Won by Vivien Tanner, Last Light. Sponsor: Kiama and District Business Chamber Helen Pain
Donna Portland
First place, Best in show: Fitzroy Falls by Vladimir Begonja.
Credits: The National Gallery.

Recycle with Rekindled Fashion Market

Kiama residents and visitors flocked to the recent Rekindled Fashion Market - a treasure trove of pre-loved quality clothing, accessories and bric-abrac - held fortnightly at the Kiama Masonic Hall.

Rekindled owner and organiser, Donna, began the market as a way to do her part in keeping clothing out of landfill and to encourage others to do the same.

“My passion is to recycle. The market is a tool to raise awareness on how bad the problem really is,” she said.

The Australian Fashion Council released a report highlighting the large amount of clothes ending up in landfill each year.

About 227,000 tonnes of clothing is discarded by Australian households annually with online stores such as Shein and Temu contributing to the ever-growing fashion waste problem.

Each of the stall holders have the same philosophy. Jean operates

her stall under the name ‘Lola’s Closet’ and has been attending the market since last year.

Her stall carries vintage leather jackets, women’s attire, sports jerseys, and coats all sourced from high-quality designer brands.

Jean began bringing her collection to the market after the communal store she operated out of was hit with a rent increase.

Adriel has been coming to the market for four years to showcase her selection of vintage womenswear, compacts, handbags and shoes. It began as a personal hobby; however, it was “within mind to share with the world one day,” she said. “The great thing about the market is the community spirit.”

Rekindled Fashion looks forward to new and returning customers at the market, the next popup will be on 6 and 7 July. Don’t miss out!

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Empowering Art

The Expressive Art Wall Trail is thrilled to announce a collaboration with Cin Cin Wine Bar in Kiama, set to showcase local talent in an exciting new art exhibition. The launch event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, at 6pm.

The Illawarra Feltmakers recently hosted their annual Exhibition and Sale at the Kiama Masonic Hall, drawing people from across NSW and international visitors on holiday.

Among the highlights were two winners at the Royal Easter Show and the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. The entrance of the Masonic Hall was adorned with a prominent painting of a sheep, complemented by smaller sheep motifs decorating the walls and a fence adorned with a felted vine. Attendees had the chance to win a book voucher, which

The inaugural artist, Kathy Karas, will unveil her captivating exhibition titled "Strong Women." Karas's work features a series of thought-provoking pieces, each intricately

was won by Paul Casey. Glenora Weaving and Wool set up shop at the event, offering a variety of wool supplies for weaving and knitting enthusiasts.

Photographs from the exhibition depicted the journey from raw wool shearing to the intricate felt creations crafted by members, including demonstrations of needle elting and the creation of felt balls.

Various items made by members were also showcased, highlighting the creativity and skill in the Illawarra Feltmakers community.

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embellished with gold leaf, adding a unique and striking dimension to her art. This exhibition not only offers an opportunity to admire and purchase beautiful artwork but also supports a meaningful cause.

Michael and Melanie, owners of Cin Cin Wine Bar, are donating all artwork sales commissions from this exhibition to Women Illawarra, a commendable organisation dedicated to assisting local women in need. Additionally, Kathy Karas will donate an additional 10 percent of her sales to the same cause.

Celebrate local art and support Women Illawarra by

attending the official opening night. RSVP: cheers@ The exhibition will be on display until the end of August. Join fellow art lovers for an evening of art, inspiration, and community support at Cin Cin Wine Bar.

As part of the launch festivities, Expressive Art Experience is hosting "Corks & Canvases @ Cin Cin," a vibrant evening inspired by Kathy Karas's "Strong Women" on Saturday 6 July. This fun event encourages participants to create their own abstract portraits.

Illawarra Feltmakers Exhibition

Photo: Jimblah
Melbourne. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy.
Donna Portland

Rebecca Collinson-Smith:

the Minnamurra creative shaking up Miami Swim Week

Rebecca Collinson-Smith, the talented photographer and designer hailing from Minnamurra, has dazzled the American fashion scene with her recent showcase at Paraiso’s Miami Swim Week. Her swimwear collection, adorned with breathtaking aerial shots of Sydney captured by Rebecca herself, has garnered widespread praise.

Founder of the boutique Hunting Hue in Sydney's The Rocks, Rebecca embraces a naturalistic photography style, avoiding digital enhancements to focus on authentic hues. Her entrepreneurial spirit and artistic eye have culminated in a distinctive swimwear line praised for its blend of fashion and functionality across all ages.

Rebecca’s latest designs, including the innovative "Draw On Swimwear" featuring the playful cephalopod DOS, were conceived just two months ago. This interactive line allows children to personalise their garments with washable and permanent markers, offering a unique fashion experience.

Rebecca's Instagram, @huntinghue, showcases her vibrant designs and has attracted accolades from American fashion critics, who hail her collection as "a kaleidoscope of style." Her Miami Swim Week debut has set a new standard for summer fashion, combining elegance with practicality and inspiring beachgoers worldwide.

Does Medicare pay for eye examinations?

Yes, and we accept the fee paid by Medicare which is called bulk billing. Some people worry that Medicare only pays for an eye examination every year or every 3 years. What about if I had my eyes examined recently?

We still bulk bill if you have had an eye examination more recently. I don’t want anyone to delay their eye care.

Do I need to see my GP first?

If you notice changes in your vision, you should get an eye examination. You can book directly with an optometrist, and don’t need a referral from your GP. If you see your GP about a vision problem, it is likely they will suggest you go to an optometrist.

Do you sometimes charge for eye examination?

Yes. There have been massive technological advances since the Medicare fee was set decades ago. To provide the best eye care, we invest in the best possible equipment and charge when we use it. Often this saves the patient money as we can manage their eye conditions rather than referring.


Black and white Italian film wins at The Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival, which went for 12 days, finished on Sunday 16 June and the Italian black and white comedy drama film, There’s Still Tomorrow, took out the prestigious Sydney Film Prize.

Directed by Paola Cortellesi (her debut feature), the film is set in post-war Italy and follows a housewife

who receives a mysterious letter which prompts her to face her abusive husband and hope for a better future.

The Film Festival Jury said in a joint statement: “C’è ancora domani (There’s Still Tomorrow) deftly weaves humour, style, and pop music into a dazzling black-andwhite cinematic event, then it delivers an ending that will

take your breath away.” The film competed with 12 others for the prize, but overall there were 197 films from 69 countries including 28 World Premieres and 133 Australian Premieres, bringing together hundreds of new international and local stories.

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Mystery Day Trip

Wednesday 7 August 2024 - $85

Includes: Light morning tea, attraction visit and coach transport. Note: Some walking involved. Lunch during the day at own expense.

Mary MacKillop Place

Tuesday 13 August 2024 - $115

Includes: Light morning tea en-route, guided museum tour at Mary MacKillop (including a change to view the chapel – if available), light lunch served at Mary MacKillop Place and return coach transport.

Canberra’s Floriade Festival

Wednesday 18 September 2024 - $100

Includes: Light morning tea en-route, entry to Canberra’s Floriade Festival at Commonwealth Park and return coach transport. Lunch during the day at own expense during the visit OR bring your own to enjoy on site. Note: Walking involved.

NSW Far North Coast Winter Escape

Featuring Ballina, Byron Bay and The Tweed Sunday 18 to Saturday 24 August 2024

$3025 per person twin share Add $565 for singles Tour Highlights: Head north for the Winter! Wallis Lake Dinner Cruise at Forster, Summerland House Farm, Zentvelds Coffee farm & roastery tour, Tropical Fruit World, Cape Byron Lighthouse, Kingscliff, River & Rainforest Cruise on the Tweed, Yamba Lighthouse, Cassegrain Winery and sightseeing around the townships of Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Byron Bay and Lennox Head.

Includes: 6 nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, light morning teas on various days, 6 lunches, entry to all attractions and coach pickup & drop off from your home in the Illawarra.

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Credits: The Sydney Film Festival.

Kiama centenarian

Born in Newcastle on June 20, 1924. Olive Cook, known as Lee, celebrated her 100th birthday this week with parties across Kiama. There was lunch at Kiama Leagues Club with the Kiama Beachside Ladies Probus Club, a celebration with the Hospital Auxiliary, of which Lee was a member for many years, a morning tea at Kiama Bowling Club where Lee still plays social bowls. And finally to finish off a big week, cake and candles at Kiama Golf Club, followed by a robust few rounds of canasta with friends.

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side," explains Lee. "She was never without one and I've got the sort of hair that needs a hat. I have about 40 of them, for all occasions. My friends are always buying them for me. But disappointingly I only got one hat for my birthday!"

Lee has been a card player since she was five-years-old and plays canasta at the golf club every Friday. She credits playing cards with "keeping her sharp and off the streets."

The centenarian, who has a wicked sense of humour, says it was an honour to have her milestone birthday recognised with a letter from King Charles and Queen Camilla.

"But I didn't do anything except live," she laughs. And live she has, through world wars and epidemics, all while wearing one of her signature hats.

"The obsession with hats comes from my mother's

Lee, who has three daughters, three grandchildren and a great-grandson, born earlier this year, says she has had "a very fortunate life."

The former nurse and her husband moved to Kiama in the 1980s from the family farm in Molong, west of Orange.

"Once the girls were grown up we sold the farm, retired and came down here to live," she says. "I have had a pretty good life. I can't complain."

Lee still lives independently, takes no medication, plays lawn bowls socially, still drives her car, and only recently got glasses "for distance." Last year, her family gave her a walking frame, which she has nicknamed

The Ferrari. Up until this week The Ferrari lived in the boot of her car and had never been used.

"When I got the Ferrari I told my family I would use it when I turned 100. I was true to my word."

Throughout her nursing career Lee spent much of her time in hospital infectious disease units, and says one of her most memorable moments was when childhood vaccinations were made compulsory.

"I was a nurse through a lot of epidemics, so compulsory vaccinations changed the healthcare system for the better,” says Lee. “It was heartbreaking to see babies dying from polio. Compulsory vaccination was a career highlight for me.”

Lee has no secrets to longevity, other than having a good laugh and wearing a hat daily. She doesn't drink. "I gave up the grog four years ago, one day I just didn't like the taste of wine anymore."

But if she had to share any tips for a long, happy life, it would be a positive attitude, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

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Kiama Readers’ Festival line-up features a who’s who of literary royalty: Jane Caro, Chris Hammer, Hugh Mackay, Michael Brissenden, Joanna Nell, Sue Williams, David Hardaker. The list of talent, both local and national, goes on.

Organiser Perrie Croshaw admits her first foray into organising the festival, as President of Friends of Kiama Library, was “a baptism by fire.” Thankfully, Kiama is a community of book lovers and talented novelists, so when Perrie and a dedicated team of committee members and community volunteers tapped into their networks they were able to curate a stellar line up of authors for the biennial event.

Supported by Kiama Council, Destination Kiama and a plethora of local businesses and community members, the festival will launch on Friday, July 19 with a sold-out event at Burnetts on Barney.

Guest speakers Fiona Weir, a cookbook author and owner of Gerringong’s Buena Vista Farm, Kirsten Bradley from Milkwood in Tasmania, and Victoria-based gardening guru Craig Castree will dis-

cuss permaculture, kitchen gardens, self-sufficiency and cooking to kick off the festival.

Fred Smith - songwriter, author and former diplomat - will officially launch the

Fred will bring his guitar and tell his wonderful life story through song and a multimedia presentation,” explains Perrie. “He will talk about his latest book The Sparrows of Kabul, and his

fiction meets environmental and political corruption. It is a genre in which the former political journalists are wellschooled. They will be joined by The Sydney Morning Herald book reviewer, author

ways well supported when he comes to Kiama,” says Perrie. “He has been a guest speaker at Kiama Library before, and was a hit with readers.”

festival at Kiama Library on Friday night and punters can expect something “a little bit different.”

“Rather than just an author getting up and doing a bit of a talk about their book,

travels around the world as a diplomat.”

Crime writers Chris Hammer and Michael Brissenden will discuss their most recent work, dubbed Cli-Fi, a term coined when crime

and crime fiction aficionado

Professor Sue Turnbull, who will moderate the author discussion. The session is a partnership with BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.

“Chris Hammer is al-

Learn Local, Thrive Anywhere is the headline for Kiama & Shoalhaven Community Colleges (KSCC). The Term 3-4 Brochure for 2024 has just been published, showcasing a variety of courses, apprenticeships, and traineeships at campuses in Kiama and Bomaderry as well as flexible learning options.

As a not-for-profit Registered Training Organisation, KSCC's mission is “To empower, educate, and connect individuals for a socially and economically inclusive community.” The college serves over 3,000 students, offering nationally recognised vocational qualifications in fields such as Retail Cosmet-

ics, Nail Technology, Salon Assistant, Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Workplace Skills, Business, Individual Support (Ageing), Retail Services, Hospitality, Training & Assessment, Outdoor Leadership, and Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Outdoor Academy: KSCC's Outdoor Academy transforms a passion for the outdoors and adventure into a rewarding career. Certificate courses in Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Leadership prepare students for roles in adventure tourism, ecotourism, holiday and school camps, and corporate outdoor education.

Student Success Stories:

Alana's Journey: Initially facing obstacles in her goal to become a teacher, Alana found her calling in outdoor education. Starting with a Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership, she concurrently pursued a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, later upgrading to a Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership. Alana now works full-time as an outdoor guide and educator, balancing her studies and jobs with tenacity. Her hard work and determination have made her a role model for lifelong learning and success in her beloved industry.

Anne's Achievement: A previous VET Student of the Year winner. Anne overcame significant personal challeng-

Journalist David Hardaker, of Four Corners and 7.30 fame, will talk to former Illawarra Mercury editor Nick Hartgerink about politics, power and friends in high places.

Karen Viggers, internationally bestselling author, vet and soccer mum will discuss her latest book Sidelines.

Award-winning journalist and columnist Sue Williams will share insights into Run For Your Life, her book about a family who fled to the Australian outback to escape Putin’s Kremlin.

“We're also really lucky to have non-fiction writer Andra Putnis discuss her debut

novel, Stories my Grandmothers Didn’t Tell Me,” says Perrie, a life-long book lover and former journalist.

“The book is about her two Latvian grandmothers who lived through World War II and survived to immigrate to Australia.”

Then there’s GP and author Joanna Nell, who has rewritten the narrative on ageing by featuring older characters who refuse to be defined by their years. “I have to admit, I’d never read any Joanna Nell books but when I did I just laughed myself silly,” says Perrie.

The festival will wrap up with a Gala dinner on Saturday night hosted by Walkley Award winning columnist, author, novelist and social commentator Jane Caro.

“We are so excited to have Jane join the festival,” says Perrie. “We know she will be very popular. We have been really lucky to get the authors that we’ve lined up for this event. It has really been a community effort.”

Tickets to festival events are available via the library website.

es to achieve her dream of working in the Care sector. A proud Kamilaroi woman, Anne completed her Certificate III in Individual Support in Aged Care, showing resilience and dedication. Her passion for elder care, consistency in assessments, and clinical work have inspired her peers and trainers. Anne now supports and inspires other students, sharing cultural knowledge and helping revise course content related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Recognised Excellence: The NSW Department of Education has acknowledged KSCC as a High Scoring Provider. Course prices

are reasonable, with some qualifications potentially subsidised by the NSW Government, subject to eligibility criteria. All training is nationally recognised, leading to Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or Statements of Attainment. Contact

information: For more details, contact Kiama and Shoalhaven Community Colleges at (02) 4423 0351 or via email at

Brochure. Donna Portland
Michelle Hudson , Kiama library manager with Perrie Croshhaw - Friends of Kiama Library president.


Gerringong Women's Bowling Club

Gerringong July Probus

Tuesday, 25 June, was the match of the day for the Selected Pairs Round Robin Competition.

The event of three games of seven ends saw Val Roberts and Jan King emerge winners with three wins plus 6.0. Yvonne Clough and Attracta McKeveney were the runners-up with two wins plus 15. The good news was it was a sunny day with no wind!

Gerroa Probus Club

The Probus Club of Gerringong meets every fourth Monday at 9:30am at the Uniting Church Hall on Fern St. For enquiries, please contact Rose Arberry at: 0422 124 006 or email: arberry@

This month is particularly special with our very special Probarian Gwen Wilson, who turned 104!

Gwen received a special welcome to our Probus meeting this month. We are all in awe of her amazing health and vitality as she joined us to celebrate her 104 birthday. What a wonderful, remarkable lady.

Gwen had a twin sister, Jeane. In 1957, Gwen and her husband, David bought a block of land on then, a

very different Werri beach. In 1976, they retired to their Werri beach home and community. Now living in the Mayflower retirement home, she still actively keeps up with the family and is still very much out and about around town.

An event this month, which proved to be very amusing was the Wind in the Willows performed by children at the Nowra players. They delighted all the ages, including our Probus members.

We also enjoyed a day at the Kembla Grange races. I am not sure if picking the number 4 for each race was the best formula; however, lunch and friendship was definitely a winner.

The Gerringong RSL sub-branch will hold the inaugural Commemoration of the Middle East Area of Operations at the Gerringong Memorial Headland, at the eastern end of Belinda Street at 4:30pm on 11 July.

Join us at the Headland and afterwards for light refreshments, provided by the sub-branch, in the Soldiers Memorial Hall, corner of Belinda and Fern Streets in Gerringong.

This is an important occa-

sion, allowing us to honour those men and women who served in the longest conflict in Australia’s history, and those that did not return. Laying of wreaths is welcome. Please join us.


Gerroa Combined Probus recently gathered for another engaging meeting, filled with both informative insights and creative expressions.

Guest speaker Jeff Trott from Shellharbour Marine Rescue spoke on the importance of water safety. Jeff regaled the audience with humorous anecdotes about the pitfalls of boat and trailer launches.

Member Matt Dalton extended heartfelt thanks to Jeff, acknowledging the vital role Marine Rescue plays in our local waters.

Member Betty Vietch delighted attendees with her exquisite handmade creations. Displaying a collection that showcased her craftsmanship, Betty expressed pride in

a piece adorned with delicate butterflies.Her creations, born from hours of dedication and love, left a lasting impression on all present.

These gatherings remind us of the diverse talents and shared values that knit our community together. Stay tuned for more stories from our vibrant community!

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The Jeans for Genes fundraising campaign is the biggest CMRI event nationwide. Jeans for Genes Trivia Night is on Friday, 2 August, Gerroa Boat Fisherman’s Club. Wear your jeans, buy a badge or a pen and support the cause.

CMRI Gerringong will be selling merchandise at IGA Gerringong on 26 July (Friday), 27 July (Saturday), 1 August (Thursday) and 2 August (Friday). You can also buy raffle tickets for this year’s denim quilt that has been designed, made and donated by the Kiama Quilters’ Guild. It features denim and a range of bright colours that will appeal to all ages. The raffle will be drawn during the Trivia Night, 6:30 for

7pm start.

Buy your tickets online: On sale from 8 July. Don't miss out!

Tables of up to 8 people, $30 per person, nibbles provided, courtesy bus (book through the Fisho’s) and drinks at club prices. There will be a multidraw raffle as well as the Denim Quilt raffle and Jokers to buy so you can double your table’s score for your chosen round. Bring some cash.

Meet Joseph, aged 6. He is featured on this year’s Trivia Night poster and he is one of the 2024 faces of Jeans for Genes. This is his story: When young parents Sarah and Carmelo learned their child had a genetic

condition, they feared for his future – but when they discovered the medical research, they gained new hope.

Medication exists to treat patients with cystic fibrosis, and luckily for Joseph, he has only ever been hospitalized once. He does require daily treatment and must avoid high-risk environments.

“We are blessed that Joseph is actually on track now,’’ Sarah said. “We always hoped that one day when he's older, he might not have to have CF, that maybe there would be a cure. So, the future is always bright.’’

Hope has grown even more as the family heard about CMRI’s research on

gene therapy for CF. This could mean that one day a simple injection could provide a cure.

“We're the lucky ones, I guess. There are other kids that are way more sick,” Carmelo said. “And when we went to the Jeans for Genes research facility and learned about gene therapy – it’s amazing to think that not only could it help Joseph and kids with cystic fibrosis, but a lot of other genetic diseases.

When you donate to Jeans for Genes, you are not just curing one disease—you could be curing many.

Illawarra Birders, a thriving birdwatching club with over 120 members, has recently been awarded a Community Grant from Energy Australia. The grant has enabled the purchase of four Wildlife Observation Kits, designed to enhance the experience at the community events hosted or attended by the club. Each kit contains a high-quality pair of binoculars and a comprehensive Australian Birds field guide, neatly packaged in a durable shoulder bag. These tools are essential for both novice

and experienced birdwatchers, providing the means to better observe and identify the rich birdlife of the Illawarra region.

Throughout the year, Illawarra Birders hosts a wide array of small community events, including their long-established monthly walk at the Wollongong Botanic Garden. These walks, along with the club's regular meetings, have become immensely popular among local residents eager to learn more about the area's avian inhabitants. Nearly a

thousand people participate in these events annually.

The introduction of the Wildlife Observation Kits addresses a common challenge faced by attendees: the lack of adequate birdwatching equipment. With the kits, participants can now enjoy a more fulfilling and educational birdwatching experience.

David Wilson, Acting Head of Community Engagement at Energy Australia, expressed his support, stating, “Energy Australia is proud to be able to support the Illawarra community through

the Tallawarra Community Grants program. We are pleased to support the Illawarra Birders in their efforts to improve awareness and understanding of our local fauna, including on the Tallawarra Lands.”

Ralph Stadus, President of Illawarra Birders, also shared his gratitude: “We are grateful for Energy Australia’s support with this program. We look forward to sharing our knowledge with community groups and members. These Wildlife Observation Kits will greatly assist

visitors in observing wildlife at our events. Our program of walks and meetings is on our website, and we welcome interested visitors.”

With the support from Energy Australia, Illawarra Birders continues to foster a deeper connection between the community and the natural world, inspiring a new generation of bird enthusiasts.


year 12 students feel the cost

It’s a thought that parents of teens have daily: “What is my teenager thinking?”

A new survey of Year 12 students across Australia offers some helpful, and surprising, insight.

In its biggest survey yet of school leavers, the University Admissions Centre (UAC) asked nearly 17,000 students what matters most to them — and the results were revealing. The main takeaway: Year 12s are resilient but they’re feeling the pinch like their parents.

Overall, the report found, mental health concerns are down. Students feel stressed less frequently in 2024 compared to 2023. This marks the best mental health score in the survey’s four-year history.

But the cost-of-living crisis is traversing generations. In 2024, “cost” is an issue for 43 per cent of students choosing where to study, up from 34 per cent in 2023. When asked what mattered most to them, 42 per cent answered with “supporting my family”, followed by affordable housing and job security.

Holly Pastor, Careers and Transition Advisor for Bomaderry High School, says the report rings true for local schoolchildren.

“Many of our students indicate they are worried about supporting their families and about securing affordable housing postschool, highlighting the need for careers education in schools to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about their future,” says Pastor.

“The ongoing support of Careers Advisers and teachers more broadly is vital to help students build resilience and confidence as they transition to higher education and the work-


Young people are working more, eating less, avoiding medical support and borrowing money to cope with the rising cost of living, according to data from the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP); 31 per cent of young people are skipping meals and 27 per cent have avoided seeking medical services.

Chris Scobie, School Counsellor for Kiama High School, says students are concerned about the economy, and practical support is crucial.

“Firstly, I encourage students and young people to know and utilise their support network — older personal and professional contacts that can help guide them to educated decisions on career, wellbeing and financial pathways,” he says. “This could include parents, carers, teachers, counsellors, careers advisors.”

Instead of downplaying the cost-of-living crisis, he says it’s important to teach young people the skills to cope with a challenging economy.

“Acknowledging and practising the wellbeing benefits of time management, organisation and budgeting can help instil a sense of confidence, life competence and an ‘I got this’ attitude,” says Scobie.

“Monitoring and budgeting money spent on eating out, socialising and entertainment can be a vital factor in ‘staying on top’ of the financial challenges of modern times — no matter what age you are.”

To read the full version of the Student Lifestyle and Learning Report 2024, visit:

Amy Molloy

Revitalising Relationships

Caryn Walsh is a Kiama Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Life and Executive Coach and welcomes your relationship questions in this column

If you have a question, please send it to Caryn at hello@

The short answer to this question is that ‘emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your emotions well, so they help you, not hinder you, in your relationships.’ And it matters big time!

Described by psychologist, author, and researcher Daniel Goleman as:

‘The ability to understand and manage our emotions well, so they work for us and not against us so we can have strong relationships around us across our lives. Picture these scenarios You fight with your spouse, again, and you start despairing about whether the cause of the fight (whatever it may be) will be resolved. You realise that you both tend to argue in the same way. It starts calmly, and then tends to get more out of hand as you both try to solve the problem. Or you ignore your partner after the argument for a while. Sarcastic remarks may be made. Nothing changes. When we don’t resolve our differences well (and it’s ok to disagree) the wedge between us may grow bigger. If we keep attempting to resolve the issue but don’t, one party may feel there is no point and seek options elsewhere.

Team relationships at work operate on the same principle.

If conflict surfaces and is allowed to thrive and grow, the workplace culture begins to go downhill and can become awkward, uncomfortable, and ‘not an enjoyable place to be.’ Often, we lose good human capital because of the bad vibes at work and as they leave, we scramble to replace them.

The role emotions play in our lives

Seldom do people stop and think about the importance of our emotions in our everyday lives and yet, emotions are equal determi-

nants of human behaviours as cognitions (our ability to think) are.

Emotions enable us to experience life, warts, and all. They allow us to laugh and experience joy and feel happiness, set and achieve goals, and feel that we are doing well. On the other side of the coin, we can also experience a sense of loss or mourning when somebody leaves or passes, and we miss them. Emotions enable us to ‘feel’ life.

Benefits of Emotional Intelligence at home and at work

Emotional intelligence is not about being touchy-feeling or ignoring a problem when it arises, or minimising issues when they arise.

It’s about using our head (think calmly) when conflict arises so that we can work out a way forward. In doing so, we continue having good relationships around us.

Other benefits include greater decision-making clarity, better health, improved relationships across our lives, less anxiety and stress and more effective teamwork at home and at work.

Families and teams that follow rules about how they resolve issues together in collaborative ways will always be more productive than those that don’t.

Researcher Goleman explains that:

‘Often it is intellectual intelligence that gets you the job. But it is emotional intelligence that helps you climb up the ladder and furthers your career.’

When Organisations understand the many benefits that emotional intelligence (EI) brings to their teams and how it enhances working relationships, they see the bottom-line soar, and everybody enjoys greater harmony across the Company.

For individuals, understanding how we ‘tick’ and getting to understand our triggers and drivers are an important part of our growth.

Emotional Sabotage –when our emotions get the better of us

Emotional sabotage occurs when we are unable to manage our emotions well in

What is Emotional Intelligence and is it really important in my relationships at home and work?

a situation (in other words, our head does not rule our heart) and we act rashly and say things in the heat of the moment that are unnecessary, hurtful and can be meant to hurt.

Often this emotional outburst is way worse than the original crime the other person committed, but still the angry individual shows displeasure by using child-like behaviours that have no space in adult relationships.

Less than 15% of us are self-aware

In his ground-breaking research, Goleman explains that his studies indicate that only 15% of us are self-aware at any one time, leaving 85% of us not using our emotions well and unclear about how to manage them (and our relationships) well.

Initially I was perplexed by this research outcome and then I considered the state of the world today – countries invading others and killing men, women and children in their wake, the middle east continues to erupt, and tension exists between major world super-powers. Fifteen percent seems high when you look at these world issues.

The 5 competencies of Emotional Intelligence

Making it easier for Organisations and individuals to work towards becoming more emotionally intelligent, Goleman and his researchers identified 5 competencies that comprise emotional intelligence.

5) Effective relationships

How good am I at getting along well with others and how good are my relationships?

4) Empathy

How do I show compassion for others around me? Do I always want to understand what is going on for the other person?

3) Self-Motivation

Learn to have a can-do positive approach to achieve goals and good relationships in life

2) Self-Regulation

Do we manage our emotions well, so we control them well when angry?

1) Self Awareness

Who am I? What do I like and where are my strengths and areas for improvements? Each competence builds on the one before it, so you cannot have effective relationships if you have not mastered self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation and empathy. Where to next?

• Start understanding EI by reading up about it on the internet. Daniel Goleman has a very easy to follow resource called ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and is worth reading.

• Get a life coach who can help you grow in EI if you would like to

• Learn about how others see you in their relationship with you. You are not perfect so take feedback in the positive spirit in which it is meant – positively!

Emotional Intelligence is key to having great relationships around you. It’s a journey of ongoing improvement and it takes self-awareness, self-determination and courage to admit you can be better in your relationships because who else is in charge of your life and relationships, if we are not? Perhaps it’s time for us to get into the driver’s seat of our relationships?

Reference: Goleman, D, 1995; Working with Emotional Intelligence, Booktopia

Former resident and well-known Kiama profile Coralie Attwater (wife of the long-time former editor of the Kiama Independent, Peter Attwater) recently celebrated her 80 birthday amongst friends and family.
A number of Kiama and Illawarra residents attended the big birthday celebrations on the Gold Coast where Coralie and Peter now live. Local contributor
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Live art in Kiama: murals and public exhibits unveiled

As part of the Kiama Winter Festival next month, Kiama Council announced the selection of local artists for two stunning new murals. Additionally, an exciting line-up of artists will feature in an outdoor exhibition on public bin shelters in Kiama and Jamberoo town centres.

Renowned Illawarra-based artist Janne Birkner (aka Krimsone) has been chosen to create a mural at the Joyce Wheatley Community Centre in Hindmarsh Park, central Kiama. Janne will collaborate with the talented Scott Nagy, crafting an extraordinary art piece set to become a centrepiece for Kiama.

Jamberoo-based artist Claire Foxton will bring her distinctive painting style to the Old Ambulance Station on Terralong Street, Kiama.

Claire's work will transform the blank brick wall into a visual masterpiece, complementing the exciting redevelopment of Hindmarsh Park. While the concepts remain a surprise, the Council invites everyone to experience the creation of these murals during the Kiama Winter Street Festival (13-14 July).

Janne Birkner (Krimsone) and Scott Nagy: This artistic duo has a rich history of painting and studying fine art together. Their work often features colourful, dreamy narratives centred on flora, fauna, and human relationships with the environment.

Claire Foxton: A Jamberoo-based artist and designer, Claire is renowned for her extensive body of public art across Australia, New Zealand, and America.

Her murals explore site-specific narratives, focusing on the connectedness of people and place.

Art beyond the gallery: Bin shelter exhibitions

Kiama Council is bringing art to unexpected spaces like bin shelters across Kiama and Jamberoo. Eight artworks will be installed on bin shelters, featuring local talents:

• July to September: Ocean photographer Brodie Whalan (@brodiewmedia).

• October to December: Artist, illustrator, and art therapist Sally Conwell (@sallyannconwell).

• January to March: Artist, painter, and designer Alexander Strong (@ alexandrastrongart).

Kiama/Shellharbour Zonta group celebrates first AGM

The Kiama/Shellharbour Zonta group celebrated its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June after successfully welcoming more than 20 members in its first month of May, and continuing to grow in numbers.

This Zonta chapter is part of an international organisation with a focus on female empowerment and improving conditions for women across the globe.

During the AGM, new members were initiated into Zonta with a small ceremony where they received name badges and a certificate. The group also elected board members, naming Meredith

Bryce as president.

The Zonta club of Kiama/ Shellharbour continues to encourage local women to join and participate in their mission. As the chapter looks forward to the journey ahead, the AGM set a positive tone as discussion began about the ways the group can start helping the community.

Please contact Rita ( or Meredith ( for more information. For further information on Zonta International, visit:

Donna Portland
Zonta Board Members
Joyce Wheatley Centre mural. Carmelina Nunnari (Kiama Council) + Scott Nagy (artist) + Helen Demertzis (Destination Kiama) + Janne Birkner (artists - aka Krisome)

In the past two years, Kiama Council has spent more than $4 million defending itself in court. This staggering figure represents a huge waste of resources that could have been spent in the community. As we approach the 14 September council elections, it’s essential to ask candidates how they plan to ensure our rates are spent wisely.

Financial mismanagement has plagued the council, leading to severe financial troubles that demand urgent

attention. Residents deserve leaders who will prioritise responsible fiscal management and transparency. Candidates must demonstrate a clear understanding of our financial situation and present viable solutions to rectify these issues.

Questions for candidates 1. How will you ensure responsible fiscal management and transparency?

Candidates need to outline specific strategies for managing the council’s finances.

Fast-tracking state government’s plans amid housing and infrastructure turmoil

This includes setting strict budgeting guidelines, implementing rigorous financial oversight, and ensuring transparency in all financial dealings. Regular audits and public reports on council spending are essential to rebuild trust and demonstrate accountability.

2. What experience do you have in managing multi-million-dollar budgets and turning around financially troubled organisations?

Candidates with a proven

track record in managing large budgets and navigating financial crises are better equipped to lead our council out of its current predicament. It’s crucial to understand their past achievements and how they plan to apply their expertise to benefit our community.

Financial literacy and experience in managing multi-million-dollar organisations should be non-negotiable qualifications for anyone seeking a seat on our

Why is Council wasting millions in court battles?

council. We need leaders who can stop the financial haemorrhage and make strategic investments that will foster long-term growth and stability.

The upcoming elections present an opportunity for change. It’s time to elect councillors who will prioritise financial prudence, eliminate wasteful spending, and focus on projects that enhance the quality of life for all residents. Ensuring our rates are spent wisely is

not just about avoiding court costs; it’s about building a sustainable future for our community. Doesn't everyone have a right to have a roof over their head and a community that thrives? Let’s hold our candidates accountable and demand the financial stewardship our community deserves.

Housing affordability and a lack of infrastructure have reached a crisis point in our community.

Yet, as property prices soar and our infrastructure crumbles, what are our leaders doing?

Sources reveal that the

for the community

NSW government considers invoking State Significant Pathway Proposals to tackle these pressing issues.

These are mechanisms, which governments use to fast-track the approval process for critically important state developments.

They include large infrastructure projects, essential housing developments, and major commercial or industrial projects which will deliver economic, social, or environmental benefits.

These proposals are given priority in the planning and approval process, reducing the time taken to commence development. The state government often takes a more active role in overseeing and facilitating these projects to ensure they proceed.

Projects typically need to meet specific criteria to be classified as ‘state significant,’ such as the scale of the

project, its potential economic impact, and its alignment with state strategic priorities. While fast tracked, these projects are still subject to environmental assessments and public consultation, ensuring standards and regulations are followed.

They may stimulate economic growth by creating jobs, enhancing infrastructure, and attracting investment.

This pathway allows for the rapid development of critical infrastructure and housing to meet urgent community needs. By streamlining the approval process, resources are used more efficiently, reducing costs and delays associated with prolonged planning procedures.

If the government proceeds with State Significant Pathway Proposals, we could see rapid improvements in our infrastructure and an in-

crease in affordable housing developments.

But this approach is not without risks. Reduced public participation could mean that community voices are not heard, and fast-tracking projects might lead to insufficient environmental assessments.

To ensure that the implementation of these proposals benefits everyone, it is crucial for the community and our council to play an active role. We must demand transparency and accountability from our leaders and insist on thorough public consultation.

Doesn't everyone have a right to have a roof over their head and access to quality infrastructure? Imagine if our generation left that legacy.

Let's engage with our candidates and hold them accountable for creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable

future for all.

Questions for Council candidates on State Significant Pathway Proposals:

• What is your position on the use of State Significant Pathway Proposals to expedite essential developments in our area?

• How will you ensure that these fast-tracked projects still meet environmental and community standards?

• What criteria do you believe should be used to classify a project as state significant?

• What specific measures will you implement to address the housing affordability crisis in our community?

• How do you plan to ensure that new housing developments include affordable options for low- and middle-income families?

Opinion by Lynne Strong, Former Australia Day Ambassador
Opinion by Lynne Strong, Former Australia Day Ambassador

Old Buildings Stripes!

It’s a case of what’s old becoming new again, as the world of interiors of all things embrace stripes. This year, there has been no surface, a bold stripe won’t go on – from furniture to painted walls, cushions to light fixtures. Stripes are rarely quiet but the 2024 ones are here to party. Wide, narrow, vertical, horizontal, even angled – they are painted up, featured on wallpaper, repeated on wide rugs, deep and bold on sofas and pencil pleated on drapery. The thing that stands out to me is how layered they are, stripes on stripes on stripes. How do you make this work without making your head spin?

First, get to know your stripes. All stripes are either even or unevenly spaced, so their scale and proportion can be manipulated to impact your room. Candy stripes are bold and symmetrical and work best on larger items or in larger rooms, or wherever you want to take notice. Even when shrunk to a cushion size or done in pastel colours, the simplicity of a candy stripe will always

stand out.

For more variation, look further afield. Pintuck stripes are lines that are made up of tiny dots, so they sit much gentler in a scheme. Ticking stripes alternate thin and thick line weights and create a lovely poised visual interest. Newly invented ‘organic stripes’ feature undulating lines that feel tactile and handmade, with their irregularities being interesting and beautiful.

To avoid a circus tent taking over your lounge room, be selective with the type of stripes you employ. Horizontal stripes will make a room appear wider, whilst vertical ones create the illusion of height. Strong colours will amplify the contrast and visual effect stripes have, so think about mixing up the depth of colour of the stripes as well. Striped neutral fabrics look chic and elegant, and are an easy way to successfully play with stripes of all shapes and sizes.

Asha Ardill, Decorator South Coast Colour au

“Old buildings whisper to us in the creaking of the flooboards and the rattling of the window panes.”
Fennel Hudson
A Meaningful Life – Fennel’s Journal No 1

Old buildings have always fascinated me. The older and more dilapidated, the more intriguing. This one was no exception: a building that had stood tall and proud for over 150 years but now ached with the pain of old age. A crusty stone façade exposed the ravages of time and environmental degradation. Inside cracked floorboards scrambled invisible footprints of the many who had traversed them, playing a vital role in its rich varied history.

I loved that old building. It was a fine example of what many new buildings lacked – character and history. It was soon to be gone forever however, a victim of the escalating push for urban renewal in the 21st century. I was on a mission to capture that character and record the history for everyone now and future generations to appreciate.

I found a quiet spot, out of the potential path of the scores of pedestrians soon to hit the pavement. I erected my folding chair and placed my bag containing my sketch pad and pencils, a flask of coffee and a few snacks beside it. This building had been in my mind for a morning of sketching for some time but it was only hearing of its upcoming demise that I bumped it up to the top of my list.

“Morning” a familiar voice greeted me from behind. It was Tom, a member of my


The Kiama Council seeks feedback from dog owners and others regarding its ‘Dog Friendly Spaces Strategy,’ currently on public exhibition.

Council took a large attitudinal survey to improve how dog-friendly areas are managed in the local government area. It received 533 responses with 76 per cent from dog owners, 20 per cent from non-dog owners and the remainder coming from visitors.

Feedback showed the offleash spaces were operating well with the main issue being responsible dog ownership and the need to build fenced dog off-leash areas.

Kiama has 9000 registered dogs and a high ratio of dog ownership, with one dog for every 2.5 people.

The survey found that most dog owners choose to exercise in and around their own neighbourhood with 82 per cent of respondents in the category.

The most popular dog off-leash areas are Bombo Beach, Jones Beach, the Minnamurra Headland and Bombo Headland.

Dog owners said dog waste bags and bins, and access to water, were important issues for them.

Respondents also want an off-leash area in Jamberoo. In June last year, the council said it would identify and apply for grant funding before the project could commence. The survey showed more education and regulation was needed so the public had a clear idea of the rules and responsibilities with dogs in open spaces. There was also a call for increased presence of Compliance Officers.

When owners take their dogs to an off-leash park, the RSPCA said, they need to be confident that they will reliably come to you when called and relate to other dogs without becoming fearful or

urban sketch group who had lately joined my urban rescue missions.

“You’re earlier than usual and very snugly clad for a cold morning I see,” I replied, commenting on his brightly coloured coat with matching beanie and mittens. “It’ll warm up soon,” I assured him.

“So, what’s the story with this one?”

“I’ve been able to get some old plans from the Council and information from the local historical society but it’s a little patchy.”

I settled down in the chair, pulled my notepad from my bag and read out some of the information I had so far unearthed:

It was built in 1849 by the Forward Steamship Company as a boarding house for seamen due to its close proximity to the working harbour. It soon became known as The Seafarers Lodge, described in the records as ‘a commodious dwelling house with spacious stores, replete with every convenience. Built from stone it had three floors and a 40 foot frontage on the street.’

By the 1880s its casual residents also included sex workers, travellers with one floor operating as an opium den. During the early years of the 20th century it was bought and sold a number times with some renovations and improvements noted in the Council records. For a few years it housed a doctor’s

surgery and manufacturing chemist.

The Harbour Trust took it over in 1930 to lease out. It morphed into a boarding house for the last time during WW2, this time for the navy. During the 1980s it became a museum with extensive renovations begun but not completed due to the huge cost involved.

It has been vacant since 2010, left to the elements (and a few rough-sleepers from time to time) while awaiting a decision about its future. Now the State Government is embarking on a number of projects that include this site to increase social housing in an attempt to tackle the housing affordability crisis in major cities.

So, despite many protests over the last year or so, it is now earmarked for demolition: in the next few weeks to be precise.

“There,” I quickly added, “another one bites the dust.”

“So much for protests over these buildings,” Tom reminded me. “What about that one a month ago in Reid Street when we were nearly arrested,” he added as he settled into his chair getting his equipment organised for the morning of sketching.

“Yep. That was a close call. It was only when the gallery confirmed why we were there they eventually let us go. We weren’t disrupting traffic; people were just curious and stopped to investigate. That’s why it's less problematic

starting early like this.”

“So how are the plans for the exhibition going?”

“Great. Only one more then all they have to do is get them mounted and framed and finish writing up the histories to make them more interesting. Are you sure you don’t want to put some of yours in too?”

I don’t think they are good enough.”

“Well, they are, but it’s up to you.”

It was gradually getting warmer and the light more intense. The city was beginning to awaken and come to life. When I arrived an hour or so earlier it was as if it had been holding its breath through the long cold night. In the distance I could hear the rattling of a couple of trains carrying the precious cargo of city workers and students from suburbs and surrounding towns into the central district for the day. Before long cafes down the street would be opening their doors, setting up tables for breakfast and preparing their coffee machines for takeaways.

I glanced over at Tom, now with his mittens off, totally absorbed in his drawing. I looked down at my empty white page and remembering why we were there, pulled a charcoal pencil from my bag and began…

and owners give ‘paws up’ to

off-leash areas


“For most dogs, this can be achieved with socialisation, reward-based training classes and ongoing reward training, daily walks and attending doggy day care,” an RSPCA spokesperson said.

Councillor Stuart Larkins said he was very happy the dog-friendly spaces strategy was being developed.

“This is one initiative that I have advocated for in council as part of a broader companion animal management plan. We have 9000 dogs in our LGA, and we need to make sure that they are able to enjoy the area with their families, and also keep everyone safe,” he said.

"I'm also pleased that Council will be undertaking its first fenced dog space in the LGA. I thank the NSW Government for providing grant funding to council for this important project,” Clr Larkins said.

Kiama LGA dog-friendly


• Minnamurra Headland dog off-leash area

• Jones Beach dog off-leash area (Southern end)

• Bombo Headland dog offleash area and agility park

• Bombo Beach dog offleash area

• Kaleula Reserve dog offleash area

• Marsden Headland dog off-leash area

• Werri Beach dog off-leash area

• Gerringong Headland dog off-leash area

• Black Head Reserve Gerroa dog off-leash area. Studies show that owning a dog encourages physical activity, which contributes to improved cardiovascular health. Contact with animals may confer psychological benefits such as relieving the symptoms of mental illness and loneliness.

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Springside Hill is a proposed masterplanned community in Kiama, offering a range of homes suited to all lifestyles.

We are working with local and state governments to progress a planning proposal that will make it easier for locals to buy their own home. It comes with a 25 per cent guarantee to set aside homes for key workers, first home buyers and locals looking for affordable rental housing.

Working together we can deliver our first homes at Springside Hill by 2027.

To be the first to hear about this exciting new address, register your interest at


Kiama Auto Services a well-established Auto Services business. We are looking for a QUALIFIED MECHANIC with at least 5 years’ experience, in a broad range of makes & models of vehicles. Preferably with a Registration Inspection certificate/licence (not critical). This is a full-time role with the usual benefits of a fulltime role. Please contact us on 4232 3111 or email us on kiamaautoservices@gmail. com with your details, we will then be in touch to arrange a time to meet, if your application meets our criteria.

‘**Intergenerational Community Initiative!** Join us in supporting new parents to exercise, while cuddling babies and playing with toddlers. Share your warmth and love every Thursday, 10:45-11am, at Kiama Downs Surf Club. Make a difference in our community! Contact Brianna at 0414206530 or brianna@’


Bonsai Trees. Is there anyone in the Kiama area who grows Bonsai and/or has trees suitable for Bonsai to sell. Please contact Bruce;


GAMDI Vintage. An online local business that sells curated vintage pieces and supports sustainable and slow fashion. Visit their website here: https://www.


Grief & Loss Support

Support from an Holistic Counsellor and Grief & Loss Counsellor.

In person sessions Kiama or via zoom.

Ph: 0414 556 046



What’s o n


Club socials & meetings

Sing Australia

Every Wednesday weekly

7.30pm - 9pm

Joyce Wheatley Community Centre

Werri Beach Gerringong

Garden Club meeting

Second Wednesday monthly

Kiama Farmers Markets

Every Wednesday weekly

3pm - 6pm (2pm-5pm in winter)

Congratulations Garry Cass WINNER!

Coronation Park, Kiama

Kiama Seaside


Third Sunday monthly

9am - 3pm

Black Beach Kiama

Berry Markets

First Sunday monthly

8.30am - 2pm

Berry Showground

Berry Village Markets

Fourth Sunday monthly

10am - 3pm

Berry Bowling Club

Berry Farmers Markets

Every Thursday weekly

2pm - 5pm

Berry Bowling Club

Kangaroo Valley Farmers Markets

Second Sunday monthly

9am - 1pm

The Friendly Inn, Kangaroo Valley Waterfront Markets

First Sunday monthly

9am - 2pm

The Marina, Shell Cove

Gerringong Rotary


Third Saturday monthly

8.30am - 2pm

Gerringong Town Hall

Jamberoo Village Markets

Last Sunday monthly 9am - 2pm

Reid Park Jamberoo

10am, $5 cover

Gerringong Uniting Church Hall

Kiama Knit & Chat

Social meeting

Wrap with Love

First Thursday monthly

Kiama Library

Gerringong Knit & Chat

Social meeting

Wrap with Love

Last Friday monthly

Gerringong Library and Museum

Homestead of Hope

Local charity meeting

Tuesday weekly, 11am

Kiama Scout Hall

Social Table Tennis

Monday weekly, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

$5 cover (adults), $4 (juniors)

Kiama Leisure Centre

Jamberoo Valley Rate Payers & Residence Association (JVRRA) meeting

First Tuesday monthly 7pm - 9pm

Club Jamberoo

Scrabble Club

Tuesday weekly

From 4pm

Kiama Library

Sip ‘n’ Stitch

Women’s craft group

Tuesday weekly, 1pm - 3pm

Gerringong Anglican Church

Pickleball Social

Tuesday weekly

From 5.30pm

Kiama High School

Drop In - SENTRAL Youth Cottages

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used for over 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions, revered for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As we age, it's natural to seek ways to enhance our health and vitality. When a friend mentioned the benefits she experienced from a turmeric and ginger tonic, I decided to investigate further.

Golden benefits: How turmeric can enhance your health

Here's an easy-to-make turmeric tonic that's both delicious and nutritious. This recipe requires just five ingredients and takes only minutes to prepare.


1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric (or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric)

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)

Juice of 1 lemon, plus some rind

1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (if required)

A pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions: Combine the turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, lemon rind, maple syrup or honey, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan. Add three cups of filtered water and simmer for three minutes – do not boil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

South Coast Sings Goes


29 June, 9.30am - 4pm

The Pavillion Kiama

The Big Swing

29 June, 7pm - 11pm

The Pavillion Kiama Fundraisers


Elite Energy Events’

Trail Run

Summit Shoalhaven

28 July, 9am - 4pm


Holiday Tennis Clinic

11 - 12 July, 9am - 12pm

Ages 5+

Kiama Tennis Club


South Coast Fibre


Flora and Fauna

6 - 7 July, 10am - 3pm

Berry School of Arts

Collectomania: The Mind of a Collector

Claudia Chan Shaw

27 June, 7.30pm

Berry Uniting Church

Kiama Vintage Fair

30 June, 9am - 3pm

Masonic Hall, Kiama

Kiama Winter Street


13 - 14 July

Terralong St, Kiama

South Coast Readers and Writers Festival


13-14 July


Kiama Reader’s Festival

Friends of Kiama Library

19 - 20 July

Wednesday weekly, 3pm - 6pm

SENTRAL Youth Cottages, Hindmarsh Park

Seven Mile Beach Landcare

Working Bee

First Sunday monthly

Seven Mile Beach

Line Dancing w/ Janelle

Beginner’s line dancing

Fridays weekly, 6.30pm - 8pm

Club Jamberoo

Juggling life Workshop for men

Friday weekly, 6 - 8pm

Kiama Uniting Church

Creative Art and Craft group

Monday weekly, 9am11.30am

Kiama Uniting Church

Kiama Spinners & Weavers

Tuesday weekly, 9.30am12pm

The Coach House Kiama


Finish UNfinished Art

Expressive Art Experience

26 Jun - 2 Jul, 4pm


Creative Trio: Art Exhibition

27 Jun - 3 Jul, 10am - 4pm

The Old Fire Station

From the Top Road

Art Exhibition 1 June - 20 July Sevenmarks Gallery Empowering Art Exhibition

3 July - 31 Aug, 6pm Cin Cin Wine Bar Keep the Fire Burning!

NAIDOC week art exhibition

4 - 10 July, 10am - 4pm

The Old Fire Station

Kiama local area

Gerringong Pics and Flicks

Presents: Subtraction

5 July, 7.30pm

Gerringong Town Hall


Research supports turmeric's potential benefits for a range of health issues, including inflammation, hay fever, indigestion, degenerative eye conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), anxiety, post-exercise muscle soreness, and kidney health. Intrigued by these findings, I was particularly interested in turmeric's potential to improve digestion, as curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, may work as effectively as heartburn medication.

Daily turmeric consumption: is it safe? Turmeric is generally safe for daily use. Most studies have used doses of up to 1.5 grams daily for up to nine months without significant side effects. However, it's always wise to consult with your doctor before adding any new supplement to your routine, especially to ensure it doesn't interact with any medications you may be taking.

A simple and tasty turmeric tonic recipe

Strain the mixture into 3-4 serving glasses. Dilute with more water if the taste is too strong.

Enjoy one serving immediately and store the rest in the fridge for up to three days. This tonic can be enjoyed warm or cold.

With just 13 calories per serving and zero fat, this tonic is a light and refreshing addition to your daily routine. After incorporating it into my diet for two weeks, I noticed a positive difference in my digestion and even found my jeans fitting a bit looser. I plan to continue enjoying this golden elixir and hope you experience similar benefits!

Monty Python member, Graham – (7) 22 Trapped (6) 23 Succeed (6)

Flower (4)



1 How many days are there in a leap year?

2 In which country is the city Dubai located?

3 What is the nickname of the Geelong Football Club?

4 Which Toy Story character’s catchphrase is 'To Infinity and Beyond!'?

5 What would you add to baking soda to make a frothing ‘volcano’?

6 According to the Christmas song, what colour is Rudolph the reindeer’s nose?

7 Which board game uses letter tiles pictured to the right?

8 How many stars are on the Australian flag?

9 Which is heavier, a tonne of feathers or a tonne of concrete?

10 What colours are the discs in a game of Connect Four?


1 Anteaters don’t have teeth

2 Birds have hollow bones, which help them to fly

3 All clownfish are born male

4 Grasshoppers existed before dinosaurs

5 Reindeer eyes turn blue in winter

Junior crossword

Solve all the clues and an eight-letter word will be spelled out.

1 Baby dog

2 Tool for driving in screws

3 Heavenly person with wings

4 Utensil for eating soup

5 They wear crowns

6 Opposite of sharp

7 — the Grouch (from Sesame Street)

8 Female royal



Can you find five differences between these two images?

ANSWERS:1. Ball 2. Flowers 3. T-shirt 4. Apples 5. Sun


Can you find all of the words listed below? The leftover letters will spell out a secret message.














Secret message: Different parts that make up the body

ANSWERS: 1. 366. 2. United Arab Emirates. 3. The Cats. 4. Buzz Lightyear. 5. Vinegar. 6. Red. 7. Scrabble. 8. Six. 9. They are exactly the same. 10. Red and yellow.

June 29 – July 12


6.00 Rage Charts. 7.00 Weekend Breakfast. 9.00 Rage. 12.00 News. 12.30 Ladies In Black. 1.20 Gruen. 1.55 Classic 100 Concert 2024. (PG) 3.30 Spicks And Specks. (PG) 4.00 Megafauna: What Killed Australia’s Giants? 5.00 Landline. 5.30 Stuff The British Stole. (PG) 6.00 Back Roads. 6.30 Blak Ball. (PG) 7.00 ABC News.

7.30 National NAIDOC Awards. 9.05 The Last Daughter. (PG) 10.30 Ladies In Black. (PG) 11.20 Shetland. (M) 12.20 Rage. (MA15+) 5.00 Rage. (PG)

6.00 Morning Programs. 10.30 World This Week. 11.00 Compass. 11.30 Praise. 12.00 News. 12.30 Landline. 1.30 Love Your Garden. 2.15 Grand Designs: The Streets. 3.20 Simply Nigella. 3.50 Secrets Of The Museum. 4.40 Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery. 5.10 Grand Designs Revisited. 6.00 Antiques Roadshow. 7.00 News. 7.30 Spicks And Specks. 8.00 Austin. 8.30 Ladies In Black. 9.20 The Split. 10.20 Shetland. 11.15 Annika. 12.05 Miniseries: Des. 12.55 Rage Vault. 2.55 Classic Countdown. 3.55 Landline. 4.25 Art Works. 5.00 Insiders.

6.00 Morning Programs. 1.00 The Last Daughter. 2.25 Back Roads. 2.55 Restoration Australia. 3.55 Martin Clunes: Islands Of The Pacific. 4.40 Grand Designs: House Of The Year. 5.30 Antiques Roadshow. 6.30 Hard Quiz. 7.00 News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 Stuff The British Stole. 8.30 Four Corners. 9.15 Media Watch. 9.35 Monday’s Experts. 10.05 Gruen. 10.40 News. 10.55 The Business. 11.15 QI. 11.45 You Can’t Ask That. 12.15 Grand Designs: House Of The Year. 1.00 Martin Clunes: Islands Of The Pacific. 1.50 Late Programs.

6.00 Morning Programs. 1.00 The Newsreader. 1.55 Brush With Fame. 2.25 Back Roads. 2.55 Restoration Australia. 3.55 Martin Clunes: Islands Of The Pacific. 4.40 Grand Designs: House Of The Year. 5.30 Antiques Roadshow. 6.30 Hard Quiz. 7.00 News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 I Was Actually There. 8.30 Maggie Beer’s Big Mission. 9.30 The Art Of... 10.00 Brush With Fame. 10.30 News. 10.45 The Business. 11.05 Four Corners. 11.50 Monday’s Experts. 12.20 Media Watch. 12.40 Grand Designs: House Of The Year. 1.25 Late Programs.

6.00 WorldWatch. 7.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 7. Highlights. 8.00 WorldWatch. 11.00 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 12.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 7. Highlights. 1.00 WorldWatch. 2.00 Portillo’s Greatest Railway Journeys. 2.55 Portillo’s Greatest Railway Journeys. 3.50 Such Was Life. 4.00 Sports Woman. 4.30 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 5.30 The Abyss: The Rise And Fall Of The Nazis. 6.30 News. 7.30 Kennedy, Sinatra And The Mafia. (M) 9.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 8. 2.00 Late Programs.

6.00 WorldWatch. 7.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 8. Highlights. 8.00 WorldWatch. 10.00 PBS Washington Week. 10.30 Outside: Beyond The Lens. 11.00 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 12.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 8. Highlights. 1.00 Speedweek. 3.05 Greatest Railway Journeys. 4.00 Sports Woman. 4.30 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 5.30 The Abyss. 6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 Structures Of Marvel. 8.30 Mesopotamia: The Rise Of Cities. 9.30 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 9.2.30 Late Programs.

6.00 Morning Programs. 11.00 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 12.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 9. Highlights. 1.00 WorldWatch. 2.00 The Making Of Galup VR Experience. 2.10 A Murmuration. 3.05 Trail Towns. 3.35 The Cook Up. 4.05 Jeopardy! 4.30 Letters And Numbers. 5.00 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 6.00 Mastermind Aust. 6.30 News. 7.35 Amazing Railway Adventures. 8.30 Secrets Of The Tower Of London. 9.20 24 Hours In Emergency. 10.15 SBS News. 10.45 Sisi. 12.35 Late Programs.

6.00 Morning Programs. 11.10 Inside Oxford Street. 12.00 WorldWatch. 2.00 Made It With My Hands. 3.15 Living Black. 3.45 The Cook Up. 4.15 Scenic Coastal Walks With Kate Humble. 5.05 Jeopardy! 5.30 Letters And Numbers. 6.00 Mastermind Aust. 6.30 News. 7.30 Railway Journeys UK. 8.00 Railway Journeys UK. 8.30 Insight. 9.30 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 10. 2.05 Unseen. 3.55 Peer To Peer. 4.25 Peer To Peer. 4.55 Destination Flavour Bitesize. 5.00 NHK World English News Morning. 5.30 ANC Philippines The World Tonight.

6.00 Morning Programs. 1.35 Media Watch. 2.00 Brush With Fame. 2.30 Back Roads. 3.00 Restoration Australia. 3.55 Martin Clunes: Islands Of The Pacific. 4.45 Grand Designs: House Of The Year. 5.30 Antiques Roadshow. 6.30 Hard Quiz. 7.00 News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 Hard Quiz. 8.30 Gruen. 9.10 Austin. 9.35 Spicks And Specks. 10.10 QI. 10.40 News. 10.55 The Business. 11.10 Aunty Donna’s Coffee Cafe. 12.10 Grand Designs: House Of The Year. 12.55 Martin Clunes: Islands Of The Pacific. 1.45 Grantchester. 2.30 Rage. 3.25 Late Programs. 6.00 WorldWatch. 7.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 10. Highlights. 8.00 WorldWatch. 11.00 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 12.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 10. Highlights. 1.00 PBS News. 2.00 Insight. 3.00 Trail Towns. 3.35 The Cook Up. 4.05 Jeopardy! 4.30 Letters And Numbers. 5.00 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 6.00 Mastermind Australia. 6.30 SBS World News. 7.30 Moulin Rouge: Yes We CanCan! (M) 8.30 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 11. From France. 1.45 Trom. (M) 3.20 Peer To Peer. 3.50 Late Programs.




Roads. 3.00 Restoration Australia. 3.55 Martin Clunes: Islands Of The Pacific. 4.40 Grand Designs: House Of The Year. 5.30 Antiques Roadshow. 6.30 Hard Quiz Battle Of The Influencers. 7.00 News. 7.30 7.30. 8.00 Grand Designs Revisited. 8.50 Grand Designs: The Streets. 9.40 Grand Designs: The Streets. 10.25 News. 10.40 The Business. 11.00 The Art Of... 11.30 Talking Heads. 12.05 Late Programs. 6.00 WorldWatch. 7.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 11. Highlights. 8.00 WorldWatch. 11.00 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 12.00 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 11. Highlights. 1.00 PBS News. 2.05 Wildlife ER. (PG) 3.00 Trail Towns. 3.35 The Cook Up. 4.05 Jeopardy! 4.30 Letters And Numbers. 5.00 Tour De France 2024 Highlights Review. 6.00 Mastermind Australia. (PG) 6.30 SBS World News. 7.35 Guillaume’s French Atlantic. 8.30 Cycling. Tour de France. Stage 12. From France. 2.00 Late Programs.



6.00 Morning Programs. 12.00 Motor Racing. Supercars C’ship. Round 6. Townsville 500. Day 1. Qualifying and support races. 2.00 Motor Racing. Supercars C’ship. Round 6. Townsville 500. Day 1. Pre-race and Race 13. 5.00 News. 5.30 Border Security. 6.00 News. 7.00 Football. AFL. Round 17. GWS Giants v Carlton. 10.30 AFL Post-Game. 11.00 To Be Advised. 12.40 Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Round 6. Townsville 500. Day 1. Highlights. 2.00 Shopping. 4.00 Drop Dead Weird. 5.00 House Of Wellness.

6.00 Morning Programs. 2.00 Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Round 6. Townsville 500. Day 2. Pre-race and Race 14. 5.00 News. 5.30 Weekender. 6.00 News. 7.00 To Be Advised. 8.45 7NEWS Spotlight. 9.45 The Latest: Seven News. 10.15 Code 1: Minute By Minute. 11.45 Born To Kill? 12.45 Motor Racing. Supercars Championship. Round 6. Townsville 500. Day 2. Highlights.

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. 11.30 News. 12.00 To Be Advised. 1.45 Border Security: Int. 2.15 Catch Phrase. 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 News. 5.00 The Chase Australia. 6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Home And Away. (PG) 7.30 To Be Advised. 9.05 Alert: Missing Persons Unit. (M) 10.05 S.W.A.T. (M) 11.05 The Latest: Seven News. 11.35 Evil By Design. (M) 12.35 The Event. (M) 1.35 Business Builders. 2.30 Shopping. 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Sunrise 5am News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. 11.30 News. 12.00 To Be Advised. 1.40 Border Security: Int. (PG) 2.15 Catch Phrase. (PG) 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 News. 5.00 The Chase Australia. 6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Home And Away. (PG) 7.30 To Be Advised. 9.10 The Good Doctor. (M) 11.10 The Latest: Seven News. 11.40 The Chernobyl Disaster. (M) 12.40 The Disappearance. (M) 2.00 Shopping. 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Sunrise 5am News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. 11.30 News. 12.00 To Be Advised. 1.40 Border Security: Int. 2.15 Catch Phrase. 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 News. 5.00 The Chase Australia. 6.00 7News Local. 6.30 News. 7.00 Home And Away. (PG) 7.30 The 1% Club UK. (PG) 8.30 The Front Bar. (M) 9.30 Unbelievable Moments Caught On Camera. (PG) 10.30 The Latest: Seven News. 11.00 Talking Footy. 12.00 Dracula. (MA15+) 1.00 Travel Oz. (PG) 2.00 Shopping. 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Sunrise 5am News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 Sunrise. 9.00 The Morning Show. 11.30 News. 12.00 MOVIE: The Wedding Veil Unveiled. (2022) 2.00 Business Builders. 2.30 Border Security: Int. (PG) 3.00 The Chase. 4.00 News. 5.00 The Chase Australia. 6.00 7News Local. 6.30 7News @ 6:30. 7.00 Home And Away. (PG) 7.30 Home And Away. 8.30 Britain’s Got Talent. (PG) 10.30 To Be Advised. 12.15 The Goldbergs. (PG) 2.00 Home Shopping. 4.00 NBC Today. 5.00 Sunrise 5am News. 5.30 Sunrise.

6.00 Morning Programs. 12.00 Destination WA. 12.30 Great Australian Detour. 1.00 Mega Zoo. 2.00 My Way. 2.15 Do You Want To Live Forever? 3.30 My Underwater World. 4.30 Country House Hunters Australia. 5.00 9News First At Five. 5.30 Getaway.

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 MOVIE: Mr Pawsitively Perfect. (2023) 2.00 Pointless. 3.00 Tipping Point. 4.00 9News Afternoon. 4.30 Tipping Point Australia. 5.30 News. 6.00 9News. 7.00 A Current Affair. 7.30 Do You Want To Live Forever? (PG) 8.40 Limitless With Chris Hemsworth: Strength. (PG) 9.45 100% Footy. (M) 10.45 Tennis.

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 Do You Want To Live Forever? 1.15 Talking Honey. 1.30 Getaway. 2.00 Pointless. 3.00 Tipping Point. 4.00 9News Afternoon. 4.30 Tipping Point Australia. 5.30 News. 6.00 9News. 7.00 ACA. 7.30 Tipping Point Australia Olympic Specials. (PG) 9.00 To Be Advised. 9.30 Wimbledon 2024 PreShow. 10.00 Tennis. Wimbledon. Day 9. 12.00 Tennis. Wimbledon. Day 9 Late. 2.00 New Amsterdam. 3.00 TV Shop. 4.00 Believer’s Voice Of Victory. 4.30 ACA. 5.00 Today Early News. 5.30 Today.

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 MOVIE: How To Find Forever. (2022) 2.00 Pointless. 3.00 Tipping Point. 4.00 9News Afternoon. 4.30 Tipping Point Australia. 5.30 News. 6.00 9News. 7.00 A Current Affair. 7.30 Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo. 8.30 Ski Rescue Down Under. (PG) 9.30 Wimbledon 2024 Pre-Show. 10.00 Tennis. Wimbledon. Day 10. 12.00 Tennis. Wimbledon. Day 10

6.00 Today. 9.00 Today Extra. 11.30 9News Morning. 12.00 Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo. 1.00 Ski Rescue Down Under. 2.00 Pointless. 3.00 Tipping Point. 4.00 9News Afternoon. 4.30

Shellharbour local re-signs with NRL club

Stingrays junior Jack Bostock recently re-signed with the Dolphins until the end of 2027.

At only 20 years if age, Bostock of Shellharbour says the new contract allows him to relax a little on and off the field.

“It’s a bit relieving. Just knowing where you’re going to be for the next couple of years. It just means you can relax and settle down off the

field in terms of finding a house and stuff like that."

“And knowing who you're playing for and who you're playing with for the next few years is comforting on the field,” Bostock said.

After living in Shellharbour his whole life, Bostock moved to Redcliffe in 2023 and says the transition was hard at first, but that he has now settled into a new life away from friends and family.

“I got homesick but now I’ve really settled in and made a good group of friends,” he said.

“Having good people around me makes the move easy and obviously playing good footy and winning games makes it easier as well.”

Bostock made his debut for the NRL club in 2023 and has cemented his position on the wing in 2024, with 11 tries in 13 games.

He’s a Kiama legend. Some of his early team mates players - now grownup men in their forties - still call him “Mister.”

But Michael Tierney, who’s been volunteering with the Kiama Knights Rugby League Football Club for the last 44 years, doesn’t make a fuss.

“It’s not about me,” Tierney said. “It’s about the kids who want to play footy.”

On most weekends, you’ll find him down at the Kiama Showground or the Chittick Oval, helping out. This Saturday is no different. Around 10:30am, Tierney will take

on the ground manager’s job.

“That’s fine, I’ll do that for three or four games. And then, I’ll leave,” he chuckles.

“You gotta have a break, sooner or later.”

Kiama born and bred

“I don’t do as much as now as I used to. But then again, I’m 74,” Tierney said.. Born at the hospital at the top end of town, and having spent most of his life here, Kiama is in his blood.

Having volunteered for more than 40 years, he hopes to continue. Who would have thought when a mate of Tierney’s offered him the gig of a manager?

Playing in the NRL has been his dream since he was a boy, and there are still a lot of moments

where he can’t believe how far he’s come.

“There’s definitely a few pinch-yourself moments playing in the NRL, especially with some of the boys that I’m playing with like Jesse Bromwich. I watched them play as I was growing up and it's pretty surreal when you train with them and become mates with them,” says Bostock.

The Dolphins are currently in fourth position on the NRL ladder, which is impressive considering it is only their second year in the competition, and Bostock attributes

this to the culture of mateship that the club maintains.

“All the 35-36 players we have in our squad are really good mates with each other so when we go out there, we have that trust … You know they’re going to do their job and you know what each of them brings to the table,” says Bostock.

Although he dreams of one day playing in State of Origin, Bostock says he is

mainly focused on playing good football and owning his jersey.

“One day I’d love to play State of Origin, that’s always been a dream of mine. But at the moment just playing consistent first grade, I don’t want to be in and out of reserve grade and first grade. I’d really love to cement a spot in the team and stay there.”


“I said, yeah - I’ll do it but I had no idea what I was doing. But anyway, it just kept escalating from that,” he says.

Tierney won’t forget the very first team that he managed.

“The coach had the boys lined up. He introduced them, and I’m thinking, ‘How in Christ’s name am I going to remember all these kids’ names?”

The boys in the Under 7s team were all blonde and about the same height.

Eventually he knew every single name.

Simple as that

“They’re in their forties now, most of them still call me ‘Mister.’ I don’t need to be called that. But it’s, I suppose, a sign of respect,” Tierney reflects.

“Doesn’t matter where you go, if you run into them, they’ll all stop and have a chat. If you’re at the club having a beer, they’ll stop and have a beer.”

“People don’t realise the


amount of friendships you make out of a club like this.

I’ve made a lot of friends here in Kiama but I’ve also made friends managing the rep side, whether it be Bathurst or Singleton.

Tierney has not only been involved with the Kiama junior league but also on the junior and senior rep side along with the Southern Division.

The CRL (Country Rugby League) awarded him the Centenary medal in 2008, he was the finalist for CRL’s One Community Award in 2010 and Kiama Council awarded him the Australia Day Sports Award in 2011.

But, Tierney says, “It’s not about the pats on the back that you get. It’s about seeing kids play the game that they want to play, and the future – it’s all in their hands. The rewards are what they put in.”

The next generation The only positions that he hasn’t held at the club are those of president and treasurer.

“I just do it because I want to. I’ll admit, I’ve had several people in my life who have encouraged me to continue on with it. One of them was my grandmother when she was alive. She always said, ‘whatever you’re enjoying, just stick with it’,“ recalls Tierney.

Nowadays, he enjoys seeing the new generation of volunteers coming through.

“At the minute, we got some very good people involved with the club who go above and beyond. I take my hat off to them because not only are

they involved with this club, they still work with the senior league. It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort to put out there for very little reward.

“Without those people wanting to do it, the club wouldn’t exist.”

Tierney will soon start his shift as a ground manager. Stepping outside, he points to the sky: “Look!” Across a charcoal-coloured sky, heavy with rain, spans the brightest of rainbows. It's another good day at the club.

Print issue (15-29 June): In a story about the Kiama Netball Association, Natalie Allan was incorrectly named as the rep coordinator. That is incorrect, she is not. The story on The Bugle app has been updated accordingly.

Malin Dunfors
Lleyton Hughes
Jack Bostock. Credit: Rowan Clark.
Bostock playing for the Stingrays of Shellharbour. Credit: @jackbostock.

jamberoo junior superoos

Photos: Brian Scott.

Jamberoo Superoos Charity Day

Jamberoo Superoos dedicated their annual Charity Day proceeds in a local direction this year when they took on Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs next Saturday, June 22.

They have selected The Man Walk Australia, a national men’s mental health charity that started in the Kiama municipality in 2019 and has rapidly grown to now host and support 80 man walks all around Australia.

“The Jamberoo chapter of The Man Walk has always been a powerhouse group and continues to thrive and

grow in numbers week to week,” Man Walk founder and CEO Mark Burns said.

“The man walk is hugely grateful for the support that the Jamberoo community and the Jamberoo Superoos Rugby League Club have given through the years and we are looking forward to an amazing weekend and seeing the players charging at the line in their special edition Man Walk jerseys.

“Monies raised will help support the growth of The Man Walk to get more men walking, talking and support-

ing each other both locally and regionally and funds will also enable mental health education in the form of our “mental fitness for teams” program which we deliver and fund for our members,” Burns added.

The Jamberoo Man Walk group was established in December 2020, with numbers now around 30, of which more than 20 regularly turn out twice weekly, including a record 25 last Friday. Superoos vice-president David Hall, who helped establish the Jamberoo Man Walk, said

the funds will go to helping the organisation, which helps fund men’s mental health.

“All four Jamberoo men’s teams will wear special Man Walk jumpers which they are encouraged to purchase, while the Man Walk officials will have a stall with caps, shorts and other Man Walk merchandise as well as taking jumper orders,” Hall said.

The Club holds a charity day each year as a way of supporting various organisations and has been very successful in past years.

2024 Reevies Kiama Coastal Classic draws record number

About 900 people competed in this year’s edition of the Reevies Kiama Coastal Classic on Sunday 23 June. The runners faced tough and wet conditions, due to the heavy rain overnight, but neither puddles nor mud could deter them from having a great time.

“It was an absolute mud bath! But really a lot of fun, I like these kinds of conditions,” says Josh Bignell from Shell Cove, who won the Men’s 21 kilometre run.

It wasn’t his first time doing this course, living locally he likes to run it during lunch, whenever he gets the chance. Bignell is not a Kiama Coastal Classic novice either,

having completed the race a couple of years back.

“I’ve done half-marathons, ultra marathons, 100km. This is a bit of a shorter run, really,” he says with a grin.

As for his winning time of 1:32:59, Bignell notes that on this particular day, it wasn’t about time.

“It was just running through the conditions. If I could run hard, I’d run hard.”

Bridie Temple from Dapto finished fourth overall, and first in the women’s category.

Having completed her first ever Kiama Coastal Classic, she’s looking at the orange juice offered to the runners in the finishing area.

“It looks amazing, I’ll grab

one of those,” she says. A nice top-up of C-vitamin will come in handy, considering she has just done her third-ever half marathon and won it.

“Absolutely unreal. The energy out there on the course couldn’t have been better,” she says.

“It’s a local route and I do a lot of training out there so I thought I’d join up.”

Asked about her winning time, she agrees with Josh Bignell.

“I think it was 1:40:38 hrs. But it was all about conditions today with it raining all night.”

The sun did make an appearance, along with a

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bow, as the racers set off in the morning. A gorgeous setting, which is what the event organisers, Elite Energy Events, hoped for.

“We really want to see some happy smiles out on the course. It’s going to be a beautiful day. We’re just hoping for a really fun day for everyone out on the course,” says Hannah Jonsen, marketing coordinator with Elite Energy Events.

She’s excited over the number of runners participating.

“Absolutely, a bit more than we had last year. Last year, we had around 840, and we’re at 884 this morning. And we’re expecting a few

more on the day of registrations. So great turnout,” Johnsen says.

“It’s really great for Kiama.

Great to have all these people here seeing our beautiful South Coast.”


The final touches are being done at the All England Lawn Tennis Club ahead of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the year, which begins on 1 July.

If there is one senior title that 10-year-old Hudson Critoph, Kiama local and tennis player alike, would like to win, this is it.

In the meantime, he’s picking Sydney-native Alex de Minaur, who’s just reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 7, as the winner.

De Minaur and Rafael Nadal are his favourite players, and like the latter, he enjoys playing on clay.

“You get to slide, you get

heaps of balls back,” Critoph says.

It’s only been four years since he began playing tennis. To get out of the house during the Covid lockdown, Critoph’s grandfather (Nonno), a long-time member of the Kiama Tennis Club, started taking him each week..

“As soon as I picked up a racquet, I fell in love with it,” Critoph says.

Weekly lessons with Joe Moseley, head coach at Kiama Tennis Club followed, and the year after, he was competing in local and regional tournaments.

It didn’t take long before Critoph made the jump to state-level competitions. In

2022, he was selected for the NSW Super 10s squad and again in 2023, playing in the State of Origin series against Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

Late last year, he won the NSW Champion of Champions tournament, beating the other 10-year-olds in country New South Wales for the title. He also represented NSW Country in the City v Country clash, as only one of two 10-year-old boys, during the United Cup in December.

“It was pretty cool. Hanging around all the boys, and playing next to the pro players,” Critoph says of his United Cup experience.

This year, he got selected for the National Development Squad and trains with them in Homebush twice a week.

Asked about his strengths as a tennis player, Critoph replies: “Well, my ground game is really good. I chase down everything, get every ball back, and really try to get the opponent to play every point.”

He would like to improve his mindset, i.e. concentration and focus throughout the match. “Yeah, and positivity,” he says.

For now, he’s off to Thursday’s training but it won't be the last time that we hear of young Critoph.

Malin Dunfors

For full race results, go to The Bugle app. Elite Energy Events’ next trail run is the 'Summit Shoalhaven' on 28 July. Malin Dunfors
Superoos first grade captain Nathan Gallestegui, foundation Jamberoo Man Walker Clint Poole and Superoos vice-president and Jamberoo Man Walk manbassador David Hall show off the Man Walk jumpers that were worn against Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs on June 22.
Hudson Critoph, NSW Champion of Champions 2023.
Photos: Brian Scott.
Photos: Brian Scott.

Kiama bowlo blues

Frank Sultana's Blues Bash 2, held on Friday, June 15, was a smashing success. The event was a night to remember, filled with electrifying performances and a fantastic atmosphere.


shine women kiama

The Shine Women's Team just completed an eightweek course with ten keen women, being amazed at the growth that has taken place in their lives.

As we have explored together our “Worth, Strengths & Purpose,” a trusting community has grown. Each of us, including the team, has been em-

powered to become more resilient and empowered to pursue our goals. Our next course is an abridged version on four Wednesday nights in July and August. It will be an evening course, which will again aim at building confidence and empowering women.

A full crowd welcomed all performers and the venue was packed with enthusiastic fans, all enjoying the soulful blues music in a lively atmosphere.

The crowd's energy was

palpable as Frank Sultana and his band took the stage. He delivered a powerful performance, captivating the audience with his guitar skills and soulful voice.

The harmonious blend of harmonica and guitar created a mesmerising musical experience. Frank Sultana, accompanied by his talented band, brought the blues to life.

A Friday morning in late June, I experienced an unforgettable swim at Kiama's Surf Beach, joining a group of 22 women in an invigorating winter plunge, celebrating the winter solstice.

As we gathered on the chilly shore, stripped of our clothes and inhibitions, we bonded in the joyousness of a liberating and slightly transgressive sensation.

The initial shock of the cold water was intense but quickly replaced with bliss. Euphoria and laughs

traversed the group as we encouraged each other into the surf. It was a wonderful experience to be connected to the sea and the women surrounding me.

A special thank you to Tricia Ashelford for getting us organised. The winter solstice swim was more than just a cold morning challenge; it was a collective moment of joy and a heartwarming reminder of the strength of our little community.

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Located in the heart of idyllic Kiama, Cedar on Collins is a unique retirement residence offering a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

relaxed lifestyle with exclusive concierge

Credit: Elizabeth Taylor.

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