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Boral sandmining expansion approved Despite opposition by Kiama and Shellharbour Councils, and the community, the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved Boral’s application to modify its sandmining operations at Dunmore, by opening two new pits across the highway. Long time environmental campaigner, Howard Jones of the Gerroa Environment Protection Society (GEPS), says his group is extremely disappointed by the decision. “This mine will be located within a highly sensitive environmental and cultural landscape consisting of endangered ecological communities, wetlands and the site of the Minnamurra Massacre. “Fifty trees, including thirty-eight with hollows, will be removed and the future of adjoining saline wetlands will be at risk. “The Kiama community, Kiama and Shellharbour Councils and our local member opposed the mine but this decision has placed the sand resource above these values.” Speaking at the November Council Meeting, Deputy Mayor Andrew Sloan echoed this sentiment. “The decision emphasised the economic importance of this resource to the State of NSW, but it is one or two years worth of sand and impact on this community will

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last forever. “I can’t believe what has happened to the planning process when a development like that can be considered a modification, when it is on the other side of the hill, over the highway, opposite the Minnamurra Tip and so close to the river. “It gets approved with no recourse to the State Government, except at the next election.” Councillor Kathy Rice, who spoke at a hearing for the two councils which both opposed the application, thanked the community for the massive number of submissions which were made to the IPC against the proposal. “It is a real pity the advice that was given by Council and the community wasn’t respected by the IPC and

that it will now go ahead. It is something that can impact on the ecology of the river forever.” The Commissioners accepted that the mine would be located near the Minnamurra massacre site but questioned its actual location. “No one disputes that the specific location is unclear but Professor Lyndall Ryan from Newcastle University has provided an approximate location map that overlaps the mine site and the Illawarra Land Council considers the entire area should be considered a ‘Cultural Landscape’, says Mr Jones. “The documented stories associated with the massacre provides the perfect case study to explain to future generations the direct link between the massacring and dispossession of Aboriginal

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people in our area. “Records show that within three years of the event the men associated with the massacre gained ownership of the land of those killed. “We consider that the disrespecting and desecration of this site will be viewed in the future as a continuation of the processes of Aboriginal dispossession. “We need our historical sites so that the stories associated them can be retold and not forgotten.” A spokesman for Boral says, “Boral welcomes the NSW Independent Planning Commission’s (IPC) decision to approve the establishment of Stage 5A and B as part of our Dunmore Sand and Soil operations. “The decision has relied upon thorough and rigorous studies on the proposal, as

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compiled by experienced and qualified experts. “Boral’s strong track record in responsible environmental management of our operations at Dunmore will continue via a series of management plans stipulated in the conditions of consent. “We acknowledge concerns raised by the community during the assessment and appreciate this feedback. We will continue to work with the community to ensure we meet or exceed all of our planning conditions, as we have for many years at our existing operations. “Boral will commence work on this development immediately, to ensure that the Illawarra can benefit from the supply of this construction sand and the jobs it will create as soon as possible.”

Five years after Council’s Long Term Revenue Committee recommended proceeding with the selling off of nine residential lots on the northern edge of Iluka Reserve in Kiama Downs, the Minister of Planning has rejected the Planning Proposal which would allow this to happen. Kiama Council’s General Manager Kerry McMurray says the proposed sale of the land would have netted Council $1 million, and resulted in the creation of a regional park on the site. The Planning Proposal, approved by Council as part of a Gateway Determination, sought to reclassify part of Iluka Reserve from community to operational, and also rezone it to allow residential development. It was submitted to the State Government for the Local Environment Plan to be changed in November 2017, as Council could not

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New tool to measure Pipis and oysters being loved to death economic activity Kiama Council now has access to Spendmapp, a resource platform powered by bank data which gives local governments unprecedented, up-to-date information about their economy in virtual real time. The data can be used to manage and respond to longterm economic trends and shocks, gain insight into the night time and visitor economies, online and escape expenditure. Demonstrating the platform at the Chamber of Commerce’s Mayoral Breakfast, Council’s Economic Development Officer, Megan Hutchison, said, “It will be an invaluable resource for analysing local spending patterns.” She said that overall spending in August was up 19.8 per cent on the previous year, and big rebound from April when spending

within the Municipality was down 35 per cent over the year due to the aftermath of the bushfires and the early effects of COVID-19. Unlike the simulated data in most economic growth models, it is based on actual expense transactions by location, time and industry. Spendmapp will enable Council and Destination Kiama to get immediate feedback on the success of events, or buy local campaigns, as well as comparing them year-on-year. As Council support for events is usually given based on estimates of the economic benefit which will generated, it will now be possible to know what the real result has been for those days. Importantly it can also measure the real volume and direction of escape expenditure [money spent outside the LGA, eg. how

much shopping is done in Shellharbour] and target strategies to stop the loss. Ms Hutchison reported that $260 million is currently being spent outside of the Municipality by residents. “The knowledge of this, and the specific categories where the money is being spent, will enable us to develop programs to stop the outflow at peak times.” The platform provides two years of data, extrapolated from Westpac transactions to give an overall picture of EFTPOS, online and cash transactions. There is no ability to drill down to transactions made by an individual. Ms Hutchison said that local businesses can request specific information to inform their business decisions, and that she plans to provide a monthly report for each Council Meeting.

Collins St character may yet be retained While a heritage assessment of 66 Collins St, long the home of Kerns & Garside (which became RMB), has concluded that the site does not meet the threshold for heritage listing as an individual place, there are hopes that the building can be saved from demolition. This could come either from including it in a new Heritage Conservation Area or by having the developer amend his DA currently being assessed, which calls for the demolition of it and an adjacent building and

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Questions are being raised by locals in the Crooked River/Gerroa area about oyster and pipi bag limits, following changes to bag limits for cockles in the Lake Illawarra area. In October of this year, the NSW Government responded to community concern about the sustainable management of cockles, and reduced the bag limit for these from 50 per bag per person per day, to just 20. However, bag limits for Sydney Rock, Native or Pacific oysters and pipis remain at 50. Pipis must only be used for bait, must not be removed from the beach and must not be taken beyond 50 metres of the high tide mark, according to the Department of Primary Industries recreational fishing rules and regulations. Sydney Rock Oysters take three years to grow to just 60g. They have been known to live for up to 10 years and one oyster filters 150 litres of water per day, which is crucial for any water area. Roy Schmidt, President of the Gerroa Community Association, has lived in

Gerroa, across the road from Crooked River, for more than 20 years. He believes there should be a moratorium on the collection of the invertebrates for an agreed period. “I have seen a family of four come in the morning and take around 50 oysters each from the rocks across from my home,” he says. “They return in the afternoon and take another 50 each – that’s 400 oysters in just one day. “Compared to 20 years ago, we now have, for example, very few whiting, bream or mud crabs, no sole or `rock crabs, less flathead and oysters. “Our estuaries, rivers and bays are critical for marine life breeding and should be better managed.” Shellharbour Councillors Kellie Marsh and Peter Moran were instrumental in assisting the local community campaign to have the cockle bag limits reduced. Cllr Moran says large numbers of locals were phoning NSW Fisheries when they saw inappropriate activity in the area.

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“People were getting buckets and hessian sacks of cockles and putting them in trees, then bringing in a truck later in the day and loading them up. “Fisheries prosecuted people for selling these cockles.” He also notes that “NSW Fisheries have very few fulltime fisheries officers in this area and there were resourcing problems when they were receiving dozens of phone calls on weekends.” There are up to six Fisheries Officers operating from the Lake Illawarra District and based in Port Kembla. Three of these six officers are permanently assigned to the Lake Illawarra District, with the boundaries of their patrol area from the Royal National Park down to Gerroa and west to the Southern Highlands. There is also one Supervising Fisheries Officer who patrols this area. “In the last five years, Fisheries officers have seized more than 100,000 illegally taken cockles and marine invertebrates, and that num-

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Last minute reprieve Refunds for J’roo DAs for Attunga block Despite running all the way through the Gateway process required to reclassify its vacant block in Attunga Avenue, Kiama Downs, to operational, the November Meeting of Council decided to defer the decision. The reclassification was the first step in allowing Council to sell the land.

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The deferral is to allow Council to consult with the owner of the neighbouring land to the north, the East family, about possible public access to the beach for nearby residents; and also the possible use of the block as an access point for any future residential development of the Easts’ land.

TO THE EDITOR It’s no wonder the name of the local holiday rental management ‘expert’ was not included in the article on the new holiday house rental code. This so called ‘expert’ claims that “neighbours can have cars everywhere yet a holiday property owner gets a fine when his guests have visitors drop by”. What nonsense! Anyone caught parking dangerously/illegally in the Kiama Municipality may be fined - the car owner not the holiday property owner. According to Holiday Collections owner Craig McIntosh, in a Sydney Morning Herald article 31/10/20: “All the property owners are laughing at the moment. It’s like an ATM machine. It’s been a

boom year for them.” And, I dare say, for the managing agents. These holiday rentals are businesses being run in residential neighbourhoods without any licensing requirements and the ‘expert’ says it’s unfair the holiday home owners can be fined for their guests actions. Maybe it should be the rental management agents who get the fine! Susan Griffiths, Gerroa We welcome letters. Longer ones may be edited (150 words max). Writers’ names and addresses must be provided. Letters published at the Editor’s discretion. Send to news@ thebuglenewspaper.com.au

Given the inability for Sydney Water to supply any further connections to Jamberoo, Kiama Council has asked affected landowners to withdraw their DAs, so their application fees can be refunded. A report to Council’s November meeting said reimbursing the fees paid for the three applications would cost $18,822.90. “Some of these monies have not been expended as full assessment has not yet been completed, however given the circumstance it is recommended that all fees including monies that have been expended, are returned to the applicants if they withdraw their applications from Council,” it said. In a response to the Jamberoo Valley Ratepayers & Residents Association, Sydney Water said, “At this stage we have no plans to increase the capacity of the local wastewater system beyond its currently designed capacity, given the limited potential for growth in the area, but we’ll continue to work with Kiama Council, with developers and with the community to ensure we meet the community’s requirements.” It encouraged considering the use of onsite private wastewater systems, a solution Council is against.

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Hunt on for site for new Health grants Shellharbour Hospital The search is on for the ideal location for the new $700 million Shellharbour Hospital. The Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, says the NSW Government is calling for proposals from landowners of suitable greenfield sites in the Shellharbour region. “We’re launching a thorough site selection process to secure a hospital site that is convenient, accessible and best placed to provide future

health services to communities across the entire Illawarra region.” The public site selection process is now open, inviting landowners to nominate potentially suitable sites (of at least eight hectares) for consideration. Submissions will close on Friday 4 December. “Building Shellharbour Hospital on a new site will enable the expansion of health services which will

ease waiting list pressures across the region,” says the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward. “It will also allow for a contemporary new mental health facility, better transport links and opportunities for further expansion in the future.” While planning and consultation is still continuing, the current range of services include: • expanded emergency services

The first round of Council’s 2020/21 Health & Sustainability Grants has seen $3,000 awarded to local groups. Parkinson’s Kiama has been awarded $700 to offer its Fit to Fight Parkinson’s program. This program will support residents living with Parkinson’s by offering monthly exercise tuition, encouraging them to implement their own exercise regime at home. The Kiama Bicycle Users Group (KBUG) has also been awarded $750 to arrange First Aid training for its ride leaders and other interested members. This

• increased surgical capacity • rehabilitation and aged care services • acute medical services • new mental health services in contemporary, patient-centred facilities • renal dialysis • outpatients and ambulatory care services. A new multi-storey car park and improved public transport links will make it easier for staff, patients and visitors to access the hospital.

will ensure that all of its group rides are equipped with First Aid capability specific to cyclists’ needs, including CPR and treatment of injuries from accidents. KBUG believes there will also be a flow-on benefit to the wider Kiama community from this training. Lastly, Kiama Rotary has been awarded $1500 to again provide Mental Health First Aid Training to students in yr 8 and yr 10 at Kiama High. The benefits of the project are supported by feedback from students and staff in prior years.

Community news Activity applications

Development applications

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Council received the following activity applications.

Council received the following development applications.

LOT: 46 DP: 14188

LOT: 429 DP: 30547

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LOT: 321 DP: 33903 40 Tingira Crescent, Kiama Installation of wood heater

LOT: 1 DP: 224115 Mount Brandon Road, Jamberoo Extension of existing 8m wide Colorbond farm shed by 12m to facilitate storage of farm plant and equipment

20.2020.41.1 LOT: 49 DP: 259370 22 Cameron Crescent, Kiama Downs Wood heater Properties considered by Council to possibly be detrimentally affected by any of the above applications will be contacted individually and advised of their submission opportunities under Chapter 2, Kiama Development Control Plan 2012. Further details on the making of submissions can be found on Council’s website www.kiama.nsw.gov.au or by ringing 4232 0444 during normal office hours.

Activity approvals Council has issued the following activity approvals.

20.2020.18.1 LOT: 1201 DP: 1223161 32 Factory Lane, Jamberoo Wood heater

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LOT: 20 DP: 29245 64 Charles Avenue, Minnamurra Installation of a wood heater to a new construction single storey house LOT: 316 DP: 1072115 22 Elambra Parade, Gerringong Installation of solid fuel heater These documents are available free of charge for public inspection at our Administration Building, 11 Manning Street, Kiama during normal office hours.

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14 Elanora Road, Kiama Heights

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Single dwelling – two storey

47 Hollings Drive, Kiama Downs

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Alterations and additions to dwelling

LOT: 5 DP: 231182

LOT: 11 DP: 577551 23 Princes Highway, Gerringong Shed addition of a wide span Colorbond garage shed

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detrimentally affected by any of the above

Roof over existing deck

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applications will be contacted individually and

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LOT: 5 DP: 245502 123 Hillview Circuit, Kiama Renovation and addition to existing dwelling, including minor demolition

advised of their submission opportunities under

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submissions can be found on Council’s

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website www.kiama.nsw.gov.au or by ringing

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LOT: 468 DP: 1167534 125 Willowvale Road, Willow Vale Erection of farm building, water tanks and access extension

4232 0444 during normal office hours.

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Development consents

16 Cedar Ridge Road, Kiama

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Environmental Planning and Assessment Act

LOT: 49 DP: 241462 44 Armstrong Avenue, Gerringong Demolition of existing dwelling, new two storey dwelling and pool

1979, Council advises that the following

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Development Consents are now granted.

LOT: 11 DP: 1014312

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124 Factory Lane, Jamberoo

LOT: 120 DP: 33903

Addition of ensuite and bedroom and demolish

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Alteration and additions to existing dwelling Properties considered by Council to possibly be

Chapter 2, Kiama Development Control Plan 2012. Further details on the making of

In accordance with Section 4.59 of the

89 Tingira Crescent, Kiama Use of existing pergola and construction of

LOT: 2 DP: 634334 19 Flinders Avenue, Kiama Downs

5 Cole Street, Kiama

Use of existing spare room for home beauty salon

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pergola cover

These documents are available free of charge

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Building, 11 Manning Street, Kiama during

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Addition of shed to existing public amenities

DA Tracker now available

building

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LOT: 5 SP: 93412 5/45 Rowlins Road, Gerringong LOT: 6 SP: 93412 6/45 Rowlins Road, Gerringong Expand operations into Unit 5, alter approved service hours, patron numbers and production hours

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Alterations and additions to existing dwelling

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LOT: 272 DP: 1235808 21A South Kiama Drive, Kiama Heights Installation of wood heater

28 Eureka Avenue, Kiama Downs

Demolition of existing dwelling

LOT: 50 DP: 32320 9 Boona Avenue, Gerringong Demolition of existing dwelling and detached shed

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LOT: 1 DP: 1037676 20 Tomlins Road, Broughton Village Farm stay accommodation

LOT: 142 DP: 241462

LOT: 3 DP: 28485 144 Belinda Street, Gerringong Alterations and additions to existing dwelling

For details of the latest development applications received, and development consents granted, or to track a DA, scan the QR Code or visit https://da.kiama.nsw.gov.au/Home To scan download a QR Code Reader from the App Store or Google Play.

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All submissions will be made publicly available. If you do not want any part of the submission or your personal details released, because of copyright or other cogent reasons, please indicate this clearly in your submission together with an explanation. However, you should be aware that even if you request that you do not wish information to be published, there may be circumstances in which we are required by law to release that information (for example, in accordance with the requirements of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009).

Address all correspondence to: Mr K McMurray, General Manager 11 Manning Street (PO Box 75), Kiama 2533 Phone: (02) 4232 0444 Website: www.kiama.nsw.gov.au

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Over the next fortnight, Kiama Rotarians will be delivering 20 native animal nesting boxes they have built for the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens. Having raised $5800 from the community, with the help of Kiama Leagues Club, through its Kiama Bushfire Appeal, Kiama Rotary was keen that their relief funding be directed towards supporting a community for ongoing benefit, rather than individuals. A visit to the Gardens by the then Kiama Rotary President, Barry Wilson and his wife Jill, witnessed first hand the damage to the fauna and flora park, with almost every tree and plant in the 42 hectare site decimated by fire in just 30 minutes on New Year’s Eve. Only the new fire rated buildings survived the inferno. Kiama Rotary were told that nesting boxes were needed to help encourage fauna to return.

“Specifically, five Kookaburra, five Boobook Owl and 10 Microbat nesting boxes, with an estimated value between $4,000 and $5,000, were needed,” says Barry. But why pay retail when there was willing volunteer labour? With the generous support of the Kiama Men’s Shed, almost 10 square metres of marine ply was planed by Phil Tippett and then cut,

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construction of mixed use residential development consisting of 25 residential apartments above four commercial shops and basement parking. Cllr Reilly told the November Council Meeting that he understands the current DA may be altered to preserve the character of the building. “In speaking with the owner, he (Nick Daoud) has indicated he would like to preserve it,” says Councillor Neil Reilly. “I appealed to the owner personally as I saw it as our last chance to save it.” The Meeting decided to

keep the Interim Heritage Order in place until it lapses at the end of December. Constructed for the Hindmarsh family c1925, the Californian bungalow once stood on a much larger block, and has been altered significantly internally and by an addition. The heritage report says, “it forms part of a collection of cottages that together reflect the historic development and distinct historic character of the Kiama Town Centre area. “The cottage has a strong contribution to the character and significance of the surrounding area”.

ready for the Kiama Rotarian team to assemble and paint. “Through saving all the labour costs of manufacture, the Rotary Club of Kiama and the Kiama Leagues Club funds will be able to provide close to $5,000 cash to the Gardens to help establish a unique 100 m2 quadrant of four gardens, including an array of native bee hotels,” says Barry. “If you get the chance to

Some of Rotary’s build/paint team: Peter Maitland, Marilyn Jarrett, Lynn Cole, Barry Wilson and Bobby East

visit, it is well worth the drive, to witness the remnants of the devastation and how quickly nature capitalises on disaster.” The gardens are just a couple of kilometres south of Batemans Bay, on the Princes Highway.

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After a hunt involving the South Precinct failed to find a better site, Council has voted to retain the reverse vending machine in its current position at Jubilee Park in Gerringong for the time being. Councillor Mark Westhoff reinterated his position that it was not a suitable site, but did not offer an alternative, saying, “I’m upset it is staying in this site.” The operating hours for the collection of the bottles is to be reduced by two hours, out of concern for nearby residents. The licence is for one year, with a one year option dependent on compliance with noise and other conditions.

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NZ Warriors here for pre-season training The visiting members of the NZ Warriors rugby league team won’t be lacking for local knowledge during their time here. One of the players, Jack Murchie, played First Grade for the Gerringong Lions before being talent scouted by the Canberra Raiders. He was there for five years before joining the Warriors mid last season. “We won the Premiership when I was with the Lions, and Michael Cronin was a big mentor to me,” says Jack. South Coast born and bred, his family moved to Gerringong six or seven years ago. Jack says it has been awesome playing for the Warriors. “They are a good group of boys and have all been very welcoming. “We were based at Terrigal last season, which was tough for those that didn’t have their families in Australia.” Jack is doing his best to be a good guide to the local area. “I’ve teed them into some good local coffee spots and given them a run down of the best beaches,” he says.. “I’ve told them they can’t miss playing golf at Gerringong.” Mark Andrew, Head of Rehabilitation and Athletic Performance, is also a local who lives at Minnamurra. He started working with the Warriors this year. “We’ll be here for six weeks, which is great for me,” he says. “Our physio is Mark Burn, who is a local guy, and there are a number of other local people and businesses also

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Makuta Youth is a Kiama based charity raising funds to support established suicide prevention and wellbeing initiatives in our community. involved in our stay. “With a smaller group we get a lot more time to work on individual skills.” The 15 players, half the squad, are those with Australian-based families. The rest of the squad will train in NZ, so quarantine doesn’t keep families apart. The squad will be staying

at The Sebel until 19 December. After Christmas they will be relocating to Tamworth, and then back to NZ if the restrictions ease up. “The Warriors have earned a special place in the hearts of sports fans for their personal sacrifices during the 2020 NRL season,” says Mayor Mark Honey.

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Former Gerringong Lions player Jack Murchie with the Warriors’ other local, Mark Andrew

“While their Kiama visit will be shorter than their lengthy stay in Australia during the last season, we will do everything to make them feel right at home.” He encouraged locals to provide a warm welcome to the players and coaching staff, while respecting their COVID protocols. “While players will be taking part in open training sessions which everyone can enjoy watching, please be understanding of any restrictions they have about mingling with the public,” he says. “I understand the club is organising some community events, as well as visiting the local attractions.” The Mayor notes the Warriors are just the latest in a growing list of rugby league teams choosing to stay and train in Kiama. Other teams include the Australian Kangaroos, Cronulla Sharks and English Super League club Hull FC. “My thanks to the team at Destination Kiama who have helped secure this latest visit, as well as the outdoor Council staff who have helped prepare the training grounds for the Warriors.”

Realestate.com.au has seen a need to support community groups in these turbulent times, and pioneered a competitive Community Grants Program to provide funds for them, acting through local real estate agents. One of our First National Coast and Country team members, Aimee Longbottom, brought the two groups together and won a $1,500 grant for Makuta Youth, which they will use for a local school program.

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The Kiama High SRC is looking to establish an informal Alumni network, as a way for students to be able to benefit from the life and career experiences of former students. “Current students are really keen to talk to past students about how they got into their careers and what career options are out there,” says School Captain Emma Murphy. “I’m a Miller [one of the area’s oldest families], so I have lots of contacts but there are so many new families in the area that don’t have those connections. “We want everyone to have

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that access to contacts, not just those from families that have been here a long time.” The idea is still in its infancy, but the group is keen to learn from everyone’s experiences. “It would be great if the Alumni could bring together a wide range of people, who have done different things, and have some wisdom to offer current students,” says Emma. They are hopeful that the shared experience of being at the same school will create a bond, and encourage past students to take on a mentor role.

Kiama High SRC members: Carlo Cullen, Sidney George, Emma Murphy, Amelia Beahan and Somer O’Connell

Kiama High has spawned a number of prominent local business people, sports stars and musicians, however the SRC doesn’t just want those who have gained some fame. “There are so many different ways of measuring success in life, and young people need to hear that, especially in these stressful times,” says Emma.

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COVID silver lining for surf board sales

What is “red eye” in photos? In flash photography, the light of the flash occurs faster than the pupil of the eye can close. A lot of the light bounces off the back of the eye, and back through the pupil. This ends up recorded on the photograph. The reflection is red because the back of the eye is red in appearance. When I examine the back of the eye I use a special lens which focusses the red image. Then I can see the optic nerve, the macula, and the blood vessels entering the back of the eye, all in 3D. I often can see the retinal veins pulsate. Examining the back of the eye this way is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. The first time I examined the back of an eye this way as a stressed student I thought to myself “if this is what I will be doing every day, then everything is going to be OK”! If things don’t appear the way you think they should, then perhaps it’s time to make an appointment for a thorough eye examination.

Kent Ladkin, owner of the Natural Necessity Surf Shop in Gerringong, is getting ready to celebrate 45 years in business in Fern Street. Over the years, he has adapted this family enterprise to survive whatever was thrown at him and building one of the biggest businesses on the South Coast. Most recently the challenges have been the Gerringong bypass and COVID-19, but before that there was a factory fire and the GFC. He says it is down to a simple philosophy, “Do what you love and love what you do.” In 1976, Kent and his brother started manufacturing and selling Honey Surf Wax, one of the world’s first surfboard-specific waxes. By 1982 they had cornered 90 per cent of the surf wax market, with sales of more than 2.5 million bars. But then came the fire in which they lost the factory and eight tonnes of wax. Cash flow meant he needed to hit the road in the Honey Surf Bus, up and down the coast, to sell their wax. Then he added clothes from Bali, leg ropes, surfboard covers, sandals and t-shirts from the team that would eventually

create the Mambo brand. It was hard work, but it enabled him to buy a storefront in Fern Street. After a stint in radio in California, Kent returned to Gerringong in 1989 to rebrand the wax shop as the Natural Necessity Surf Shop. His vision was simple: ‘Create Australia’s Ultimate Surf Shop’, and he did. Natural Necessity is a destination surf shop and, according to Kent, “definitely worth the drive”. Initially during COVID-19, the business pivoted towards the ever-growing online sales and, during shutdown of their inside café, served coffee from their street window. “We put the coffee window in April two years ago. But it was only taking about $200 a week, just enough to pay for an employee,” Kent says. “But when COVID hit, we opened the window back up and it’s gone ballistic, taking on a life of its own!” The business is one of the major retail employers in the Illawarra with present staff numbers at 50. “We peaked at 98 one year,” Kent says. “And we will bring in more locals before summer.

Kent at his store in the early years

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“We employ friendly staff who love helping people. There is no sales pressure, because if people enjoy the experience, they will come back next time. “We have customers that will call and get our staff to select their Christmas gifts (long before online shopping was a trend).” Surfing really gained traction as a safe outdoor activity during COVID-19. According to retail data, the surfing industry has seen some eyebrow-raising sales growth since March 2020. Keith Curtain, whose company ActionWatch generates retail data from the surf and action sports sectors, says he had to triple check figures for May from stores across Australia which showed that sales of surfboards in the 7-9 foot category skyrocketed by 3,665 per cent, year on year. “I know one manufacturer who sold 2,000 boards just in July,” says Kent. Kent recently identified the trend in ebikes and three months ago started selling this product. “It’s going really well,” he says. “Like surfboards and home renovations, it’s one of the sectors of the economy that are booming this year.” Kent, his wife Vivienne and their three sons Forrest, Ryder and Taj are keen to help people enjoy this coastal lifestyle. “Kent never tires of wanting to get people on the right board, to ensure they have a great surfing experience, whether a beginner or experienced,” Vivienne says. “He genuinely loves helping and meeting people.” The business prides itself on being

Kent Ladkin at his store

as ethical as possible: they have a recycle plan in place, they donate to charity the last of their clearance stock, solar panels on the roof powers their business and their vegetarian and vegan café, while once niche, is now a trendsetter.

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New food and drink venues opening Despite this being the toughest year for hospitality, confidence in the local food scene is bringing news of more establishments opening. Night life in Kiama looks set to get busier with the launch of a dinner service and bar area at the Shores Café Restaurant in Collins Street (formerly Three Brothers). The Bugle has had an early peek at the new lunch and dinner menu and met the chef, Dave McMahon. He has prepared a fresh Mediterranean-influenced menu for this new venue. “My aim is to make people happy by cooking food with love,” says Dave who started out at The Silos and Salmon and Co in Berry before heading for the bright lights in Sydney. The opportunity to work at the Hungry Duck lured him and his family back home to the South Coast. With this new venture, Dave is keen to expand the evening dining experience in Collins and Terralong Streets, Kiama. “The newly renovated Café

and Restaurant will eventually have a bar area where cocktails and grazing or cheese plates will be served, and local musicians will play on Sunday afternoons,” says Kiama Shores property manager Imogen Gumley. Shores will be open for breakfast and lunch seven days and for dinner from Thursday to Saturday. Over in Kiama Downs, Johnson Street is also developing into an eat street.

The popular Stacks Burger House & Eatery has spawned an offshoot, Fish Tribe. Emma and Jason Young opened Stacks two years ago, and have now taken over the old fish shop space and transformed it into a more up-market purveyor of seafood. “Fish Tribe will have a fresh approach to seafood, using only quality produce from local suppliers, prepared and cooked to order,” says Jason. “It will be totally different to any other fish shop in the area.” Their grand opening will be on Saturday 5 December. Mostly takeaway, with limited seating. In future editions we hope to confirm rumours of another venue opening in Collins St, and look at other nearby foodie developments. perrie@ thebuglenewspaper.com.au

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Get into 3D printing 3D printing was once the technology of the future. But that future has now available for use in Kiama. The Library has two 3D printers that use plant based PLA (Polylactic acid) bio filament, derived from renewable sources. It is odourless and less toxic for people and the environment, and available in many colours. If you have already learned the basics online, the Library has a 3D printer service where you can print your own gifts, art, jewellery, action figures or practical objects like spare parts. “We’ve printed many interesting objects since we started the service, including phone holders, cookie cutters, dog tags, pottery stamps, wizard wands, face mask extenders and shed door clips,” says Librarian Catherine Taylor. “But our favourite object was a fabulous Mini panel van, 3D designed and printed by Phil Tippet from the Kiama Men’s Shed.” The model (below) was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kiama Meals on Wheels. It is a replica of their original mini panel van purchased in 1972 for $1,690 from funds raised and donated by the Kiama Lions Club. “There are more than 20 interlocking pieces in the model, each meticulously designed to scale,” says Ms Taylor.

design a succulent planter has just been held, with the next workshop being one for children on Thursday 21 January.

See the Kiama Library website for further details: https:// library.kiama.nsw.gov.au/ library/services/3d-printing by Perrie Croshaw

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You can design your own 3D model from scratch using free CAD (computer-aided design) web-based software such as Tinkercad, 3D TADA, Fusion 360, FreeCAD or Meshmixer Alternatively, you can download 3D models other designers have shared, from popular websites such as www.thingiverse.com, or if you have the right equipment or software, you can scan existing objects into 3D. The maximum print size (mm) is: 140 (L) X 150 (W) X 140 (H) and objects can be printed at low, standard or high resolution (Flashforge Inventor II prints between 50-400 microns layer resolution - 50 being ultra-high quality and 400 low quality).

The Library offers this regular service at a cost of $5 for the set-up fee (which includes the first hour of printing), then $2 per additional hour, charged in 15-minute increments. Note, the print quality affects print time and cost. Large, multi-piece projects are added together and given one final cost. Fees are calculated and paid up front. Customers are responsible for the cost associated with errors in the file, incorrect files and breakage of parts due to insufficient strength or mishandling. The Library is now resuming regular workshops to encourage people to give 3D printing a try. A workshop for adults to

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Gary makes foray into fiction After a post-military career as a prolific non-fiction author, 23 books at last count, Gary McKay has turned his hand to fiction. “About five or six years ago I was between projects, and had finished working on a film script, so I thought I’d give it a go,” he says. “I didn’t want to write war fiction, but I did want to build on the experiences I had. “Dancing in the Daintree was sparked by Federal agencies approaching me when I was a Brigadier Major conducting exercises in North Queensland. They wanted to use us as cover in a drug surveillance operation.” A book on drugs, deceit and danger in the underworld of northern Australia was born. “I’ve built fictional characters and a story around that start,” says Gary. “It is the first installment in a trilogy – I wanted it to be short, hard hitting and full of action.” He found the switch to fiction harder than he thought. “I really enjoyed the process, but it had its strange moments. “There were times when I found the characters took over the keyboard – I didn’t know where it was going or what they were going to do.” He’s published the book independently, and is hoping

a publishing house will see its potential. The first independent reviews of the book, which is being launched on 2 December, are very favourable. Likening to an Australian version of James Bond, author Alaine Neilson says, “With an easy-going style, unforgettable characters and peppered with Australian humour, it is a great read.” “My wife says there should be one in every Christmas stocking,” says Gary.

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ber continues to grow this season,” says the Member for Kiama Gareth Ward. The current Operation Stingray 2 crackdown on those taking more than their fair share of cockles will continue into 2021. Every single person who fishes (which includes collecting these molluscs) must have their own recreational fishing licence. Anyone caught breaking the rules faces substantial penalties, including $500 onthe-spot fines, $200 for not paying the fishing fee, or a maximum penalty of $22,000 and/or six-month imprisonment. Kiama Councillor Kathy Rice says that if council rangers are the only enforcers of bag limits, there will still be fishers not sighted by them who will take whatever they want. Kiama Councillors Andrew Sloan and Neil Reilly believe the bag limits for oysters and pipis should be reduced from 50 to around 25. Cllr Sloan says, “I feel a better bag limit on pipis

would be around 25 per person. A bag limit of 50 seems to me to be quite excessive as they can only be used as bait, not food and cannot be removed from the beach. “As for oysters, I’d say around 25 per person is enough, but I would much prefer to see people buy commercially farmed oysters which have quality controls. “When the Crooked River estuary is closed or following wet weather I would strongly urge residents and visitors to leave oysters in the water due to possible contamination.” Cllr Reilly says that even a reduction from 50 to 20 items per bag is still denuding the region of vital shellfish. “Both oysters and pipis provide food for birdlife on the verge of extinction in this area,” he says. Roy Schmidt has previously raised serious concerns over the health of the Crooked River with Kiama Council, asking that funding be found to collect data on the state of this and other waterways in the Kiama Local Govern-

ment Area. “I don’t wish to sound alarmist, but I certainly hope that the other estuaries and waterways in our region are in better shape than Crooked River! “If beneficial action is not implemented as soon as possible, Crooked River is doomed to be simply a tidal and stormwater channel.” The environment is what attracts people to our region, says Cllr Rice. “All of our councils would benefit from introducing attractive, interpretive signage that teaches visitors about environmental interactions,” she says. Members of the public are urged to report suspected illegal fishing activity by calling 1800 043 536 or report it online at: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/ compliance/reportillegalactivity. Information on legal fishing and marine invertebrate collecting is available through the free FishSmartNSW App.

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Glenn’s take on the New World Kiama’s Glenn Haworth, Director of Haworth Guitars and Resolve Business Coaching, has just released his new book, Retail Domination, to help retailers succeed in this ‘New World’ as he calls it. The timing could not be more fitting. “This year has been unlike any other year for retailers, and it has never been a more important time for them to consider re-structuring their business model so they can not only survive through 2020, but remain competitive post COVID-19,” he says. He is living proof that being well-prepared and having the right systems in place during difficult times can pay off in the long run. During a time when music stores were closing down, Haworth Guitars went from a small mum-and-dad music store to becoming the biggest seller in the world of Australia’s two major guitar brands. Along with this, Glenn has expanded his physical stores, launched a world-class e-commerce store, started a music school, gained almost 100K followers on Instagram

and broke a couple of world records along the way. His approach to running a successful retail business has been far less traditional than that of his peers, and his new book tells the story of all the ups and downs he faced along the way. From humble beginnings helping his family build Haworth Guitars, which was started from the family’s garage in the 90s, Glenn says he has learnt many do’s and

don’ts for operating a physical product-based business. His main focus now is to help retail businesses not only survive the remainder of this economically challenging year but help propel business owners forward, so they’re set up for success in 2021 and the years to come.

The book is available on Kindle, print or audio via Amazon.com.au

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Like most Australians I am looking forward to this summer, and thanks to COVID-19, more than any I can remember. Luckily, with some states and overseas still off limits, we can enjoy some of Australia’s best beaches right here at home. However, we still need to observe COVID safety measures on our beaches and in our pools. That means keeping 1.5 metres (or a beach towel length) between you, your group or family and others in and out of the water. Please follow the directions of lifeguards. On top of keeping us safe from drowning, they now also have the job of keeping us safe from COVID. Just like doctors and nurses in our hospitals, our lifeguards deserve respect and aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. Further, if you fail to follow COVID safety instructions, NSW Police will be called in.

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make the changes itself. After three years, a letter from the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment has informed Council the Minister did not consider the proposal to be in the public interest. “The NSW Government is committed to ensuring communities have access to parks and open spaces. As such I encourage Council to continue to review and further develop the delivery of improved public spaces for the local Kiama community,” says a letter from the Exeuctive Director of Local & Regional Planning, informing Council of the decision. “I’m pleased the Minister does take notice of these things, and recognised it as a poor outcome for our community,” says Councillor Neil Reilly, who supported nearby residents in their opposition to the sale. “It was never in the Kiama Urban Strategy.” A mapping anomaly identified in the process, which classified the tennis court as R2 land instead of Public Recreation, is to be corrected.

We have come a long way this year with a little bit of kindness. Let’s not forget that as we head into 2021. Our public toilets have remained open throughout this pandemic, even during lockdown, thanks to the dedication of Council cleaners. Every morning they get up early to clean the 29 public toilets in our Municipality. In holidays they clean many of them twice a day, which involves around 100 work hours each week, and more than 250 kilometres of toilet paper a year. In fact, this summer our public toilets will be in the best shape they’ve ever been in, thanks to Council’s ‘great toilet clean-up’. Since this started in 2017, we have refurbished, upgraded, or, in some cases, completely rebuilt more than a dozen amenities throughout our Municipality. This includes big projects such as the amenities and change rooms at Kevin Walsh Oval in Jamberoo as well as smaller upgrades, such as Emery Reserve in Gerroa. Importantly, where possible, we’ve added accessible toilets, including at Lloyd Rees Reserve at the northern

end of Werri Beach. At the moment work continues on the new amenities at our Visitor Information Centre near the Blowhole, to have it ready for the holidays and all our visitors. My thanks to the Council construction team and contractors behind this

somewhat unglamorous but important project. I ask people to be respectful when using our open spaces, beaches and public amenities during what is going to be an especially busy holiday season.

Launch of local ABC Friends Former Premier Dr John Hewson will be the guest speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Shoalhaven and South Coast branch of the ABC Friends. Dr Hewson, who served as leader of the Liberal Party from 1990-94 but resigned from the party in 2019, remains critical of the party’s policy direction and regularly contributes political commentary on climate change. ABC Friends (ABCF) is a representative body that engages with communities to gather support and defend the broadcaster from threats to public interest. The State branch says residents of Shoalhaven and the South Coast are welcoming a new branch of ABC Friends to the region in support of their objectives. Supporters are committed

to preserving the integrity of the ABC following a succession of funding cuts in recent years. “Supporting the ABCF helps to ensure that the ABC’s services remain available to those in rural and remote Australia and accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds," says Carmel McCallum, Interim Convenor. "The essential public service played an important role in covering last summer’s devastating fire season through television, print, and radio. The information and updates they shared contributed to the safety of many people during the crisis."

Saturday 28 November , Bomaderry Bowling Club, Meroo Road., 10am. All are welcome, but owing to COVID restrictions, numbers are limited.

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In our 31 October issue, we mentioned in passing the Jamberoo Superoos Division 1 Ladies team won the Rugby League Regional Championship, beating the UlladullaMilton Bulldogs 10-6. The story behind that victory deserves to be told and honoured, as the women battled on and found comfort and strength together during a tragic time. “We had three suicides linked to the girls in three weeks, including one of their team members,” says the President of the Club, Trevor Dallas. “It was a tough time for all of them, especially the special lady that lost her partner, but they all rallied and the support was sensational. “It was tough for everyone in the club, but particularly for the girls.” He says there was never any suggestion that the team should withdraw from the competition. “They wanted to stay

together and be part of the team to look after each other. “The shared experience has made them that much closer.” A private wellness page was created as a way for team members to release their inner most feelings. “It gave them an opportunity to get things out of their system,” says Trevor. “It is hard to talk to people, so this was a release valve for them.” When the first death happened, the club put her name on every jersey. By the time of their annual charity day, there were three names on the fundraising jerseys. One was that of a local sponsor, who was very supportive of women’s sports. “Renata was there for everyone, despite what she was going through herself,” says Trevor. All money raised on the day went to Man Walk, a locally founded mens’ mental health initiative.

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Weekly BBQ serves up community support Following its success at various locations over the last months, the Chats for Change team will be joining the Generosity Church for its weekly free BBQs at the Lighthouse. “It’s a simple act of support,” says the Church’s Esther Keenan. “We wanted to be present in our community – just letting people know they weren’t alone, and we were here if needed.” Louise Murphy, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Mental Health Services at the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, says, “Chats for Change will listen, support and, if necessary, connect people with support services. “Suicide is an area of concern for many people and many of us know someone

who has lost a friend of family member to suicide. “We consulted with community members to better understand what they needed to help keep themselves, their loved ones and their communities safe from suicide. The answer: they wanted to know who to talk to and how to access support.” The Chats for Change team are professionals and those with lived experience, offering additional support by reminding people they are not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help.

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Crooked River Winery has been given an interim development consent to host four events a year, for the next three years on its estate off Willowvale Rd at Gerringong. The festivals have been held in the past under an incorrect assumption that an earlier consent allowed them. The latest consent has been given as an interim measure, whilst the owners prepare a planning proposal

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to enable the additional permitted use on the land as a Function Centre. Such a permitted use will have to be incorporated in the Kiama Local Environment Plan if the Winery wants to hold events beyond the consent period. The events include ones that have built up a popular following over recent years. In particular the Winter Wine Festival on the June Long Weekend and the

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Tender: Construction of Carparks and Road Widening in the Kiama Area Tender Number: KIAMA-946946 Closing Date: 22 December 2020 Closing Time: 2.00pm Enquiries: Via the TenderLink forum only Further information: portal.tenderlink.com/kiama/ Council is inviting tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the construction of carparks and road widening. The construction of the projects generally includes, but is not limited to, suitable grading of the sites, the construction of road base, asphalt surface, stormwater drainages and concrete kerb and gutters. Supply and installation of safety barriers, delineation, regulatory signs and parking facilities are also within the scope of the works of this contract.

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A Day on the Hill events attract large crowds. The consent limits attendance at these two events to 2,500 per day. It also allows for a concert in November (2000 limit) and a Christmas in the Vines event (1500 limit). In addition, the Winery will continue to run its smaller events, such as the Stomping of the Grapes and its Wedding Expo. The exisiting sewerage system is being required to be upgraded. The Winery will also be required to provide a minibus from the railway station, to minimise parking demand. A neighbouring farmer, who asked for more notification of the events so he could better manage the location of his herd, was successful in his appeal for notification being required to given to him and others two weeks’ ahead. Joseph Felice, the third generation of the family winery, looks after the events side of the business. “It is a fantastic venue and our events are a significant drawcard for our area,” he said at Council’s Public Access. “These events will generate 250 jobs per event, and we will contribute half a million dollars into the local economy by using only local suppliers.” Events are a significant part of their future business strategy.

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Bypass to open a year ahead of schedule

The Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP and the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole have announced the $630 million Albion Park Rail Bypass project is tracking more than 12 months ahead of schedule. It is now due to open mid next year. “I’m excited we’re delivering this project ahead of schedule and on budget, as it shows the community that we are serious about delivering for the South Coast, and doing it as soon as possible,” says Mr Ward. “This demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to upgrading this section of the Princes Highway

which will see the efficient movement of freight and reduce journey times for all motorists as well as returning the local streets to their local communities.” The 9.8 kilometre bypass between Yallah and Oak Flats will complete the ‘missing link’ for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry. Sixty-five per cent of traffic is expected to use the bypass. More than two million hours of work have been carried out on the bypass to date and around 2,800 people have worked on the project since construction started. Close to 70 per cent of full time jobs have gone to local workers.

“The project has made use of extended work hours to deliver the upgrade more quickly than expected while significantly reducing construction impacts,” says Minister Toole. “This project is also going to be a game-changer for the community. “The bypass will significantly reduce traffic through Albion Park Rail, with 65 per cent of vehicles expected to transfer onto the bypass once completes.” Two of the project’s 13 bridges are now open to traffic, with crews pushing on with work on other bridges as well as utility relocations and major earth and road work.

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The Oak Flats Southern Tie In, more commonly known as the roundabout to Shellharbour. The bypass goes around the airport and meets back north of Yallah. For further information on the progress of the project, go to www.rms.nsw.gov.au/aprb

Airshow to celebrate RAAF 100th The organisers of Wings over Illawarra are hoping it is a case of third time lucky with their new date for the event. Australia’s largest annual airshow was originally planned for May 2020, it was first pushed back to November 2020, and is now scheduled for 13-14 November 2021. “2021 marks 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force, so expect to see some great assets taking to the sky and definitely a few surprises as we showcase the incredible history of the RAAF,” says Mark Bright. “Having the event in May 2021 was considered, but we did not want to find ourselves in the same situation again with the pandemic not completely under control.”

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OUT AND ABOUT

At Terra Gallery’s first exhibition Terralong Street was abuzz (in a COVID-safe way) with the opening of Terra Gallery. Local artists and art aficionados enjoyed inspecting the new space, promising to be back.

Below left: Dee, Carole Massey, Marie Smith and Maree Shepherd Below centre: The Hasties with the creator of the portrait they bought, Karolina Venter Below right: Kevin Butler with his painting Birth, Wind and Fire

At the Chamber’s annual Mayoral Breakfast The Mayoral Breakfast was well attended by local business who heard the Mayor outline the achievements of the year; the Economic Development Officer, Megan Hutchison, introduce Spendmapp (see page xx); Peter Watts of IRIS Research; and Cherie Burton on mental health initiatives.

Right: Chamber President Cam McDonald with Council’s Megan Hutchison and Natasha OsmondDreyer of Blue Marbles Consulting Far right: Peter Watts of IRIS Research with Council’s General Manager, Kerry McMurray

Standing: Michael Emmett of Bluestone Building, Greg Langford of ANZ, Tim Colless and Ryan Burke; with a recuperating Andy Higgins of Grace & Stone

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Exhibition to raise scholarship funds

POSTCARD HOME With everything that’s been happening in Australia and the world my friends and I decided to do our bit and do a road trip, south and west in NSW. We called our trip the Op Shop Road Trip, for reasons which will become apparent. We set off on Remembrance Day 2020 and headed down the coast from Kiama, stopping in Milton, Maruya and Mogo, op shopping all the way, before arriving in Bega to stay at Pin Oak Park bnb, Our hosts were the best, cooking us an amazing dinner with fantastic stories over a couple of wines. We waddled to bed saying goodnight to their beautiful rescued dog, Sally. We set off the next day heading to Cooma, visiting Vinnies and doing a tour of the goal museum, chatting to inmates and staff. It was a very interesting day. Then continued to Junee, Coolamon, Wagga, Griffith, Cowra, Young, Yass, Bowral, Mittagong and Robertson. Along the way we were op shopping, visiting friends and family, meeting lots of interesting people. One example is Deb the barber in Junee. She’d worked in the Gulf of Carpentaria for many years and had some fantastic tales to tell. We talked with prisoners, rode on massive farm machines, toured fruit farms and visited every Vinnies and op shop we could find. We arrived home after nine days, 2000km approx later, with my small SUV packed to the rafters with our goodies and many wonderful memories. And, of course, cherries. A trip we will remember for many reasons in the eventful year 2020 Imelda Ashford, Kiama

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Machteld Hali, a member of Charlie Perkin’s Freedom Ride, returned to Moree in 2015 for the 50th anniversary, to celebrate this event and changes it encouraged in its wake, such as the inclusion of First Nations persons in the census following the 1967 referendum. “The aim of the Freedom Ride was to expose and confront and change the horrific discrimination of Aboriginal persons in outback NSW,” she says. “This was at its worst in Moree, where First Nations persons were banned from the local baths. “This time the welcome in Moree was movingly different to the first time, when we were pelted with eggs and tomatoes and run out of town. “The road aproaching was lined with smiling healthy school children and there were numerous celebratory events. “But what was most touching were the teary hugs with people saying things like ‘you changed our lives’ and ‘you told us we matter’.” Moved by this reception and the realisation that we still have a long way to go, Machteld resolved to create a scholarship to send an Aboriginal student to Art

School so they can return as Art Teacher. Herself a member of the Diaspora, having migrated twice under compromised conditions, Machteld has a passionate belief in education and the regenerative power of the Arts. Over the years, she has raised funds through print making workshops and exhibitions, both here and in Moree, and has organised an exhibition in Kiama in December. “Play a part to ‘change the world’ and give a young person a future and Moree an inspired Art teacher,” she says.

From 5-16 December, The Tempest Gallery’, 21 Holden Avenue, Kiama 10 am to 4pm. Donations to welcome to Moree Cultural Art Foundation BSB 082 731 A/N 841 799 056 Inc surname and ‘scholarship’.

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Profile for Cathy Law

The Bugle 28 November 2020  

In our biggest issue yet, we report on a host of issues for our community.

The Bugle 28 November 2020  

In our biggest issue yet, we report on a host of issues for our community.