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The Bugle 7 October 2017

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Bringing life back to central Kiama Kiama Council has received $20,000 from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to help investigate ways of reactivating central Kiama. The funding, to be matched dollar-for-dollar by Council, is expected to provide valuable information to be used in already announced strategic planning initiatives for the Kiama CBD. On announcing the funding, the Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, said, “This is a proactive strategy by the Kiama Council. “The Council’s approach is to stay in front of the pack, stay relevant, and to do so requires market research.” According to Council’s Economic Development Manager, Megan Hutchison, the application for funding was entitled Kiama: the making of a place to work, rest and play, and the project has two aspects. “The first is really a ‘place making’ activity relating to the Kiama CBD. It will look at what is happening now and how the area can be revitalised to provide a place that visitors and locals will be attracted to using, with a focus on developing the night time economy. “Importantly, it is about creating better spaces for the

Ambulance station gets green light community to interact, because when the tourists are gone the community still needs to utilise spaces to keep businesses viable, as they are the ones in the cooler months that keep the economy ticking over. “In a way it needs to be a community activation plan as well. The proposed arts centre is one area that will form a key part of the town centre activation because there will be a lot of spaces there for community use.” There will be extensive community consultation during the project, to establish what residents want out of their town centre. The second aspect of the project is to undertake a commercial market assessment to evaluate the future

demand for retail, industrial and commercial spaces in Kiama town centre to make sure the needs of business are incorporated into town plans. “By knowing what the future demand is going to be for spaces, we can start to plan areas for those activities,” says Ms Hutchison. She says other Council departments will be closely involved with the project. “All of the information gathered during this process will feed into the development of a Town Centre Masterplan, which is a project of the Planning Committee,” says Ms Hutchison. “We will also be working very closely with Council’s strategic planning department and Destination Kiama.”

Kiama Council has approved the Development Application for the new Kiama NSW Ambulance Station, to be built next to the Fire Station on Terralong St near the Highway overpass. “This is a significant milestone in my election commitment to build a new ambulance station at Kiama. I am very pleased that we are getting on with the job of delivering it,” says Gareth Ward, Member for Kiama. “We are very fortunate to have fantastic local paramedics. But I want them to have the best facilities in the right location. “The new location was chosen to allow our local Ambulance Service to be better able to respond to local patients in need. “It will enable local NSW Ambulance paramedics to better meet the current and future demand for emer-

gency medical care in Kiama and surrounds. “The purpose built station has been designed with input from local paramedics and tailored to the needs of the local community. “This investment comes on top of funds I secured to deliver the new Primary Health Care Service on the Kiama Hospital site.” The ambulance site was purchased from Council for $1 million, and creates a response services hub by the highway. Negotiations are still underway for Council to purchase the old ambulance site in Hindmarsh Park from the NSW Government, so that land can be incorporated into the new Arts Centre. Construction contracts for the ambulance station are yet to be awarded, but it is hoped the new facility will be ready before the 2018 netball season starts.

Inside this issue Exhibition celebrates our built history p3

Feedback sought on draft Tourism & Events strategy p3

Nominations open for Australia Day awards p3

Relay for Life teams shaping up p7




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Kiama Farmers’ Market Surf Beach 3-6pm

Rotary Festival of the Choirs Kiama Pavilion, 1.30-5pm Tickets Adult $30, Conc $25, Child $10, Family of 4 $50, available from Kiama Newsagency, 68 Terralong St, Kiama

Bible Society Coffee Morning Gerringong Catholic Church, 10am Kiama Welcomes Refugees film night: Hope Road See page 12

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

Fri 6 Oct

Sat 21 Oct

Connecting Over Fair Food See 6

Gerringong Village Market In and around Gerringong Town Hall, 9-2pm

7-8 Oct

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Sun 22 Oct

Kiama Arts Trail Various studios around the area Blue Haven Fete See below right

Kiama Seaside Markets Black Beach, 9-3pm

Steel City Strings The Pavilion Kiama, 2pm

20-24 Oct

26 Oct - 1 Nov

Lost and Found Treasures of Kiama See page 3

Shellharbour Woodcarvers Exhibition The Old Fire Station

Pics & Flicks Land of Mine Gerringong Town Hall, 8pm

Weds 11 Oct

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Becky tackles the subject of love Becky Guggisberg says her new exhibition is a celebration of love. With Love is Love she has brought together a visual feast by delving into Hindu myths, contemporary issues, flourishing mystical forests, committed relationships and nature. “I believe that artists have a responsibility to remind our community to open our hearts and our minds,” she says. “To feel, to belong, to connect, support, love and to care for each other, and ourselves.” Details: Opens Thursday 5 October and runs until 29 October at the Little Blowhole Art Bar, Kiama

Film night for breast cancer Bringing together her interest in environmental issues with her fundraising for the Breast Cancer Network Australia, Bonnie Cassen has organised a screening of the documentary Cultivating Murder. The acclaimed film investigates the circumstances surrounding the murder of an environment officer by a farmer at Moree. The mystery is not ‘Who did it?’ but ‘Why did he do it?”.

Blue Haven Fete alert Just a reminder to early readers that the monster Blue Haven Fete is on Saturday 7 October, from 8.30am. Snap up some bargains at their White Elephant stall, buy some handmade craft, stock up on cakes and preserves, take a punt with some raffle tickets, then sit back and relax over a Devonshire Tea before you wade back in again.

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It tells the story of the victim’s family, Government employees, whistle-blowers, and rural producers in the region where the murder took place. It raises big questions about large scale land clearing and protecting biodiversity. Details: Friday 13 October, 6.30-7pm at the Joyce Wheatley Centre in Kiama. Tickets from or at the door.

Give your feedback on tourism draft plan Destination Kiama has released its draft Strategic Tourism and Events Plan for industry and community input. At the industry launch function, the Chair of the Tourism Advisory Committee, Councillor Matt Brown, highlighted the Vision statement in the document: ‘Kiama will welcome and inspire visitors year round to experience our distinctive natural landscapes, relaxed lifestyle, arts, culture and events’. “We’ve worked hard to get these words right, but this is the time to discuss those words as a community,” he said “They will be the guiding principle of how we market, develop and run things in tourism.” The three page document has a strong focus on growing spending by increasing the number of overnight visitors, increasing awareness within the community of the importance of the visitor economy, and coordinating the efforts of diverse participants. “We have taken onboard best practice by opting for a briefer format so it is easier to digest the framework we are putting in place,” said the Manager of Tourism and Events, Karen Ronning. “This is really the start of the work. “The Advisory Committee has come up with a fabulous list of ideas for implementing the strategy, and I’m sure after this consultation it is going to be longer again.” Cllr Brown encouraged as many businesses and individuals as possible to provide their feedback on the draft plan. “Delivering a Strategic Tourism and Events Plan that reflects the priorities and long term direction for this sector is a critical first step for Destination Kiama,” he said. “Tourism and events generate around $187 million for the local economy, including 1,510 direct and indirect jobs, so it’s in everyone’s interest to be part of this process. “We now need the involvement of those many individuals and businesses with indirect and direct involvement in local tourism and events to have their say.” Cllr Brown said that events will play a very important role in developing the visitor economy, and that Destination Kiama had already put in a bid for a major music event, with international exposure, for next February. He also hinted that final approval is being sought for an added major attraction at this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Harbour. Details: Feedback is being sought via an online survey or attendance at one of the Open Forums being held on 26 October. Go to to fill out the survey or register.

Australia Day Awards changes bring them to the forefront A revamp of Kiama’s Australia Day Awards will see the honours being awarded on 26 January, rather in the lead up to our national day. “Having the Awards presented along with our Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony will make for a really special event,” says the Chair of the Australia Day Committee, Councillor Neil Reilly. In recent years, Kiama’s Australia Day Awards have been announced in midJanuary, in a ceremony which also bestowed a number of other Council achievement awards.

Nominations for the 2018 Awards, open until 20 October, are for four categories: ♦ Australia Day Citizen Award ♦ Australia Day Young Citizen Award ♦ Senior Citizen of the Year ♦ Community Group of the Year. “We have decided to present these main awards on Australia Day, moving the arts, sports and environment awards to more appropriate times throughout the year,” says Cllr Reilly. “This will make it easier for people to decide about nominating someone, and

2017 winner: Col Rathbone

“By recognising their efforts, we encourage others to do good things.” In another format change, the 2018 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held at Jamberoo School of Arts. “This is really great initiative to move the ceremony around each year from Kiama to Jamberoo and the year after that to Gerringong,” says Cllr Reilly.

increase the focus on the awards specifically to AustDetails: Nominations for the ralia Day. Awards close Friday 20 Oct. “Our local heroes are often Nominate people online at a shy lot, so we need friends, or family and colleagues to by picking up a form nominate them,” he says.

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Exhibition celebrates our built heritage The President of the Kiama & District Historical Society (KDHS), Sue Eggins, is encouraging new and longterm residents of Kiama to come along to the exhibition A Closer Look: Lost and Found Treasures of Kiama. The exhibition has been put together under the umbrella of the KDHS in response to the changing character and rapid development in Kiama, and will feature information on, and historic photos of, some of Kiama’s old homes. Primary researcher and photographer Miggs Bodie, working with a team that has developed around her, has painstakingly pieced together the information. Ms Eggins says the work will become a valuable and

evolving resource for the town. “This exhibition will amaze you with the lovely character of many smaller houses you may not have noticed before. You may also learn new things about your home,” she says. “Many home owners have been very generous giving us information about their properties.” While the focus is on domestic architecture, a Things we’ve lost and the way things were section will put the spotlight on the long vanished Antrim Theatre, Kiama School of Arts and The Brighton Hotel. As support grows for a theatre in Kiama, Ms Eggins says many newcomers to the area might not know of the

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Miggs Bodie initiated the project through her interest in the old houses around her

role the Antrim Theatre played in the social life of the town from 1924 until 1971. As well as a picture theatre seating 999, the Antrim was also used for concerts, balls and meetings and was reported to have the largest

dance floor outside. It stood on Manning St, on the edge of Coronation Park, on the St Tropez apartments site. Details: 20-24 October, Old Fire Station, Kiama

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Gerringong to farewell Museum’s first home Two special events are being held to mark the closure of Gerringong Museum, for at least 18 months while its new home is being prepared in the renovated School of Arts building, and help raise funds for the new display technologies. Society President Helen McDermott says, “In farewelling the Museum we are saying thank you to those Gerringong residents who had the foresight and dedication to build it twenty six years ago. It was built to house a growing collection of precious objects, documents and stories of the development of our town. “The Gerringong School of Arts is an integral part of Gerringong’s history, so it is fitting that the Museum will move there, once it is restored by Kiama Council, so that the Gerringong story can be housed for generations to come.” At the Farewell events, visitors will be able see the Museum as it is now for

Helen McDermott showing committee members Sandra Hamblen and Tony Butz a fundraising paver

the very last time, and learn how they can make a valued contribution to the new Museum and the heritage of Gerringong by purchasing pavers to record family and business names in the grounds of the new Museum.

Annual Gerringong Community Food Drive Once again the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches of Gerringong are working to collect food and funds to lend a helping hand to the people of Shoalhaven and Illawarra. This year the collecSteve Pearson, Gordon Weiley, Fran tion will be given to Egan and Irene Clingan Anglicare. Khans Super IGA are placing a trolley, marked with Anglicare signs, in their store from Monday 16 October to Saturday 28 October, so people can place donated food items (within use by dates). Alternatively food items can be left at the following addresses: 7 Blackwood Street, 6 Armstrong Avenue, 23 Sharpe Place and 47 Pacific Avenue, Gerringong and 40 Stafford Street, Gerroa. Donations will be received at the Food Drive table on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October, with the money then distributed in the form of food/utilities vouchers.

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Helen McDermott says the funds raised will go towards developing state-of-the-art technologies, so that Gerringong’s story can be made accessible to young and old. “We would love the town to contribute by their presence, and by their financial support,” she says. At the first event, a wine and cheese evening, Lucy Bannyan of Thylacine Design and Project Management will talk about the possibilities available for the display of museum exhibits at the new location in the School of Arts. At the second, an afternoon tea, Kay Soderlund of Preservation Australia, who has been helping members of the Society plan for packing and storing exhibits, will be talking about the importance of local museums to national heritage. While work on the new Museum and Library complex is scheduled to start next year, the doors to the Museum building will be closed to the public at the end of October to allow for the time needed to carefully

put the exhibits and collections into storage. The Historical Society needs to vacate the building by the end of December, so that members of Gerringong Men’s Shed and Lions can dismantle the building in January, prior to Council starting work on restoring the School of Arts and building a new library and community centre behind. The Museum building will be relocated to Jubilee Park for use as storage for various community groups, including the Historical Society. Details: Wednesday 11 October at 5.30pm for wine and cheese, or Sunday 15 October at 3pm for afternoon tea. Both functions to be held at the Museum at 10 Blackwood Street. Those wishing to attend are invited to RSVP to contact Bobbie Miller on 0413 967 385 or by Monday 9 October.

New guard at Kiama Jazz & Blues Club Becky Guggisberg has only been a member of the Kiama Jazz & Blues Club for 18 months, but at the last AGM she was elected President. The visual artist has taken on the role with her usual enthusiasm, and is excited by the promise of the year ahead. “There are big plans for the 31st Jazz & Blues Festival in March, with sensational local, national and international acts already locked in,” she says. “The weekend injects more than $2 million into our local economy, while being entirely volunteer run, inclusive and free. Visitors come prepared to spend in our town as the high quality music experience is for free. “We are seeking partnerships and sponsorships from businesses for next year’s Festival and invite anyone interested in supporting the Festival to contact the Club. “We know our business model works, we have a long established history and the event is now a tradition with people rebooking accommodation.” Since taking on the Presidency, Becky has applied for a Destination NSW grant to help support the annual Festival by targeting the Canberra market to come here over what is, for them, a long weekend. She is working along side Vice President Mikey Freedom (who as part of the 2017 Festival painted a mural in a Terralong St lane), new Music Director Dan Sullivan and a team of committed club members including

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Tricia Ashelford, Eevie Stein, Ross and Heather Eggleton, Steve Vassallo, and Geoff and Ginny Pratt. “Throughout the year the Club promotes quality live music to entertain, enrich, and inspire our community,” says Becky. “It is a great club to be part of. “Our next event is Surfing The Blues at the Kiama Downs Surf Club. “I encourage anyone who wants to get involved to come along and see what fun we have.” Becky says her initial driver to join

the Club came from her desire to reinvigorate the visually creative aspect to the Festival. “When I was at Kiama High I’d watch art teachers and jazz lovers Dennis Cox and Jeff Hewitt create posters and prints for the early Festival events,” she says. “I’ve never forgotten their enthusiasm. “For any club to not only survive but thrive, younger people have to get involved and carry on the legacy.” Details: Surfing the Blues, Sat 28 Oct, $20.

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To the Editor The Romans Hot Rod Association from Sydney would like to thank Kiama for helping make our 2017 hot rod Show and Shine another successful activity. The weather again was kind to us, and we were very pleased with a strong rollup of hot rods and classic cars, making a great spectacle on Black Beach Park for our 5th time at Kiama. Thanks to everyone who supported the run, and those that participated. Another great weekend! John Dickie, Romans Hot Rod Association

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Thank you to Kiama Council for (finally) providing an opportunity for Jamberoo residents to engage in the drafting of a Jamberoospecific Development Control Plan. Sadly, this opportunity has arrived too late to prevent the over-developed, road-to-dwelling concrete that is the Chapel Hill development. It has also come too late to prevent the Whyala Road, Brookwood Estate development, with its built reality an appalling offering for over 55’s. Having attended all the information sessions offered by Council, including the workshop on 5 September we were surprised to find the developer, Neville Fredericks, sitting at our table, ostensibly to be part of Council’s consultation process inviting the community to express their views on future development in Jamberoo. There would have been no problem ex-

cept he proceeded to hijack the process by pushing his own opinions, talking across Council’s presenters and attempting to distract the participants at our table from expressing their views. His son Lawson Fredericks was on another table which meant that of the four tables organised by Council, two were occupied by the developer’s family. I understand that Neville Fredericks lives in the historic, rural and scenically beautiful village of Burrawang. Perhaps we could encourage a developer to buy up some of the empty fields adjoining the village and cover the land with narrow roads, road-to-fence concrete, over 55’s development with 600mm eaves spacing between dwellings, and lots of over-developed and mc-mansion housing. The challenge to prevent our beautiful village from becoming “a developer’s dream” with lots of over development and dual occupancy, more narrow roads and minimum size lots “so as not to waste land”, faces all of us today. Council must be prepared to support the majority of residents and take a stand against any more concrete over our fields. Keep Jamberoo beautiful – just like Burrawang.

Food for thought As part of National Fair Food Week, 7-16 October, Food Fairness Illawarra, supported by Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong councils, is staging a regional event in Kiama to connect and share information about food security, production systems and sustainable agriculture. The keynote speaker at the Connecting over Fair Food event will be Sandy Murray of the University of Tasmania. Local speakers will include Chris Bridger from Mahbrook Organics (who has a stall at the Kiama Farmers’ Market), Donna Walsh from Warrawong Community Lunch and Dylan Powell from Kiama Council’s award winning Intergen Munch Out program. “This is a fantastic opportunity to connect and share information about Intergen Munchout with people, organisations and businesses concerned with good nutrition, sustainable and locally produced food and the social benefits of both,” says Dylan Powell. All are welcome, with a ‘pay as you feel’ donation opportunity at the door, however bookings are essential and can be made online at or by contacting Healthy Cities Illawarra on 4283 8111. Details: Wednesday 11 October, Kiama Pavilion, 6-9pm.

reserve is because the rest is a floodway and contaminated. I note the Mayor’s comments that it may still not proceed to sale: are there any examples of this happening? And has he now realised what a quagmire the site is? Is he prepared to commit to the community that no further asbestos and heavy metal contaminants will be found? Does he realise that, subject to implementation of the new dual occupancy policy brought on in part by overdevelopment by the Council, with Barton (9), Iluka (9) Name and address supplied and West Iluka (8) multiplied by 2, by dual occuHere’s a brief response to pancy, there will be 52 new the points Mark Honey residences in the area? raised on your front page. That’s an extra 156 bins The reason they are “only” every second week and a selling a small amount of the bare minimum of 385 car

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movements a day. Where will they park? And at Spring Creek, 5 + 61 = 66; X2 = 132 new residences. That is 396 new bins for collection every second week!! Along with an additional 977 vehicle movements a day. So which reserve will be next Mr Mayor when the money runs out? It’s already too late for Irvine Street, O’Connell Street, Golden Valley Road and Drualla Road; is it Cathedral Rocks? Hindmarsh Park? This is all even before the quarry redevelopment project begins! David Connelly, Kiama Downs We welcome letters. Longer ones may be edited. Writer’s names and addresses must be provided. Mailing details on page 2. Letters are published at the Editor’s discretion.

Bring on the rain

When your families have been dairy farming as long as those of Rose Valley’s Joe Chittick and Jamberoo Valley’s Mark Honey, you get used to not being able to control the weather and having to manage the cards that are dealt. Joe Chittick calls it resilience. “We’ve had a series of good springs, but that couldn’t last forever,” says Mr Chittick. “In spring we look for peak production of hay for the following winter, but instead we are having to bring it in from our farm out in the Central West. Even that area is being affected by lack of rain.” “In our records over 30 years, before this we have only had one year where we have had one month with no rain recorded,” says Mayor Honey. “This year, September was the second one.” The Honeys are supplementing the feed by buying in hay and grain from South Western NSW. “It looks our grain and hay prices are going to escalate in the next twelve months because of dry weather out in the west,” he says. “It is part of the nature of farming that we have these ups and downs.” But with local feed short, milk production is down 15-20 per cent despite the extra costs of bringing feed in. Farmers are locked into prices and quotas, and if production doesn’t average out over the contact period then they could face lower quotas in the future. Like everyone else, the farmers are looking forward to good soaking rain.

New format for Relay for Life proving popular Teams are already registering and starting fundraising for this year’s Relay for Life. It is hoped the revamped format, making it a twelve hour event down at the harbour, will attract new entrants wanting to help cancer patients and their carers. “Minnamurra Mates, last year’s highest fund raising team, already have their fundraising well under way,” says organiser Steve Dalton. “We encourage you to get a team together with your friends soon, so you can hold a couple of events before the big day. “We all know someone affected by cancer. This is a fun way for our community to help.” Details: Sat 4 Nov, Black Beach, 10-10pm. An info session is being held on Thurs 19 Oct, Kiama Pavilion, 7pm. Register online at

Minnamurra Mates, with their trophy from last year, checking out the new location.

Prayers to Stop Adani The Kiama Interfaith Prayer Circle is participating in a National Day of Action to Stop Adani by gathering together “for a period of contemplation, silent and community prayer on the impact of climate change on our planet the biosphere and all humanity”. They invite you to show your solidarity by joining them at Kiama Lighthouse for the event. Details: Saturday 7 October, 9-9.30am

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Help solve the mystery of the pavers

Club news Top awards for Minnamurra Toastmasters Lions keeping members busy

In an unexpected twist, as part of cleaning up the grounds of the Carers’ Cottage they are establishing in Shoalhaven St, Kiama Lions have discovered an existing link with their club on the site. “We’ve uncovered pavers created at a Lions’ event the inaugural Seaside Festival in 1991,” says the project’s manager Tony Granger. “We have no idea how they got there, as Lions have never had a connection with the house before.” He’s keen for the creators, many of whom would have

been children at the time, to get in touch and share their stories of the event. “Some of them have full names, like Luke Carson, Sean Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth Neale, while others have drawings or sayings,” he says. “We think they look great, and are going to have them as a wall in the Carers’ Cottage garden so people can enjoy them.”

At the last Kiama Toastmasters meeting, Area 30 Director Darrell McLeod presented two members with prestigious awards. Barbara Owens, VicePresident of Education and a member of Kiama Toastmasters for 13 years, received her Distinguished Toastmaster award. It is an achievement that less than one per cent of Toastmasters worldwide accomplish. Penelope Espinoza Hallett, Vice-President of Public Relations and a member of Kiama Toastmasters for two years, received her Competent Communicator certification, something which less than 10 per cent of Toastmasters members worldwide achieve. Kiama Toastmasters builds confident public speakers and leaders and meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month at Kiama Leagues Club for 7pm start. If you are interested in joining contact Noelene on 4234 2573.

It has been an extremely busy period for Minnamurra Lions Club with their most recent activities being the continued work helping the reconstruction of the Carers Cottage, parking duties at the highly successful Sculptures at Killalea and the provision of the barbecue at the Monday holiday Markets at Kiama. Both activities, the Killalea parking and the Kiama Markets, proved to be record fundraising days for the club. All money raised and donations given to the Club are given to charities. Last year the Club donated $40,000, mainly to local charities, as well as constructing an number of picnic tables and the whale watching platform at Minnamurra Headland. For further information on the Club, please contact Al Thomas on 4233 1873.

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Mayoral Column Mayor Mark Honey communicates directly with residents and ratepayers tries it is a sight to see trucks and cars in towns and villages patiently sharing the roads with cyclists young and old, and even parents with toddlers in tow – and they have been doing so for generations! I believe our roads are there for everyone to use and we need to be tolerant and courteous – and respect each other. Both drivers and With the start of daylight cyclists are subject to the saving and warmer weather same road rules. there will be an increase in Motorists should make the number of cyclists on sure there is enough perour roads, especially in the sonal space between them early mornings and evenings, and people on bikes, because whether it be for recreation, “a metre matters”! The rule fitness or commuting. is that motorists must keep Recently I witnessed a at least a one metre gap very close miss between a when overtaking a cyclist. cyclist and a vehicle travelThere were 1,889 cyclists ling along one of our local seriously injured on NSW streets. It made me think roads in the 12 months to about the need for cyclists 31 March this year and this and motorists to be responsi- is a figure that we do not ble for their actions and want to add to. Cyclists are consider each other when someone’s mother/father/ sharing the road. brother/sister/son or daughter It is important that drivers and their lives are changed remain patient and don’t forever when an accident take unnecessary risks. It is happens. also important for cyclists To keep safe a cyclist can to be aware of the traffic plan a safe journey by using that may be banking up cycleways, shared paths and behind them quiet streets. You may not In many European counrealise that Council has over

35kms of cycleway routes throughout the Municipality. As a community we must also give consideration to visitors to our towns. Tourists who are driving in unfamiliar areas can often cause frustration to other drivers as they travel slowly in attempts to locate accommodation, parking, a café or just because they are simply enjoying the wonderful scenery. It is important that drivers remain patient and don’t take unnecessary risks. We also need to be aware of international drivers and pedestrians who are used to vehicles driving on the opposite side of the road. Traffic for them is coming from the opposite direction and it is not their natural instinct to look the right way. Our town centres become busy over the spring and summer period with increased vehicle and pedestrian numbers. Pedestrians in holiday mode are not always aware of their surroundings, particularly children. As drivers and cyclists we should expect the unexpected. Please do all you can so that our residents and visitors have great memories of

their time in this area – and not memories of an accident that has changed their lives. If you are unsure of any of the road rules, or would like some advice about road safety, Council has a Road Safety Officer who works with the RMS and the community to deliver road safety programs. You can contact Janelle Burns on 4232 0444.

New police squad for SC The South Coast is to be the first region to benefit from significant reforms to the NSW Police Force’s structure, which is seeing the establishment of a new specialist police team targeting mid-level crime. The first Region Enforcement Squad in Country NSW will be based in the Southern Region. The focus will be on proactive law enforcement, with officers using covert assets and working on targets across towns and region borders to prevent and disrupt crimes.

Care Café: Hearing loss strategies The next Care Café, a forum run three times a year by Kiama Anglican Church, will focus on hearing loss with two speakers talking about this condition and ways to live with it more effectively. The main speaker on Improving Life with a Hearing Loss will be Sandy Miles, the South Coast Manager for Australian Hearing Services (from Shellharbour to the Victorian border) for over fifteen years.

Basil Turner, the supporting speaker, became interested in identifying improvements in hearing assistance for older people following hearing loss being widespread in his family. He is a hearing assistance volunteer with the LinkAGE Program of St Vincent’s Care Services and a member of the Deafness Forum of Australia (the peak body representing the interests of all deaf and hearing-impaired Australians and those with

related conditions). A delicious afternoon tea will be provided and there will be time for questions. Please RSVP for catering by Monday 23 October. Details: Tuesday 24 October, Anglican Church Point Centre, 2 Terralong St, 2pm. A donation for the work of Care Café is appreciated. For more details contact the Kiama Anglican Church Office on 4232 2066.

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Out & about

If you’d like to share your social event on this page, contact (preferably in advance). We’d love to share more weddings, births and other important milestones.

At the Kiama Anglican Spring Fair Bargain hunters got in early at the Kiama Anglican Church’s Spring Fair on the Long Weekend, snapping up homemade and secondhand goods, and enjoying a Devonshire Tea.

Jocelyn Cameron, visiting from Esk, and her daughter Linda Moore of Kiama Downs with Ann Downing

Max Boys, Colin Blanchard and Barry Mather

Marjorie Bugby and Kathleen Hackett were in charge of the cake stall

At Tourism After Hours Destination Kiama launched its Draft Tourism Strategy (see page 3) at Bush Bank, the picturesque wedding venue on the Kiama Bends.

Right: Destination Kiama staff Sylvia Milton, Diane Colivas and Jane Fitt with Judy Cork of Folk by the Sea Below: Fiona Weir-Walmsley from Buena Vista Farm and Cameron McDonald from Carter Ferguson Below right: Jamie Cole and Bruce Ferguson, owners of Kiama’s Art Bar with Vida Carden-Coyne of Holiday Rental Specialists, Berry

Councillor Warren Steel, Destination Kiama Manager Karen Ronning, Bush Bank’s Sonia Slyer and Councillor Matt Brown

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Sydney shopper Nicole with Val Mather

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ACROSS 3. Dog house 6. Stand alone building in which one lives 8. Abbreviation for State of New South Wales (1,1,1) 10. World’s fastest running animal 11. State flower of NSW 12. Capital of Egypt 14. Sweet edible dark berry 15. Pavement for pedestrians 20. Ford Motor Co. 4WD ute. Manufactured in Thailand, Argentine & South Africa. Designed in Aust. 21. Another name for German Shepherd Dog 22. Device furnishing artificial light 23. Sports competition. Carnival. 24. Mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving 25. Bicycle rider 28. Discover and manager of The Beatles 29. Large old national park just south of Sydney 31. Rodent 32. British Hillman rearengined car in the 1960s 34. Flying fox 35. Port city southern Japan. Current Jetstar airfare $190 one way. 38. State with an elected or nominated president 39. Deficiency of red blood cells 41. Bicycle with huge front wheel and tiny rear wheel (5,8) 45. Response to a question 46. Huge storm cloud

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Helping those left behind

Postcard home We recently spent a week in Namibia an African country bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Zambia. With a population of just over two million, and land area three times that of the United Kingdom, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. During the time of British and European colonisation of Africa, the then German empire assumed control of the territory in 1884. When the Germans were defeated in the first World War, the League of Nations decided that Britain should assume overall control of the colony but with the administration being provided by neighbouring South Africa. All went relatively well until 1948 when the National Party in South Africa applied a policy of Apartheid to the territory which by

then had become known as South West Africa. This decision resulted in a long and bloody struggle for independence which was finally achieved in 1990. Although Namibia has wonderful wildlife parks, the tourism icon of the country is the Namib Desert (meaning ‘vast space’), which is thought to be 55 million years old making it

the world’s oldest desert. It extends 1,600 km from north to south with a width of 200km from the Atlantic Ocean. This photo taken in the area known as the Soussevlei in the Namib Desert, where some of the sand dunes are 300 metres high. In this photo, the angle of the sun was such that part of the sand dune was seem-

ingly still in darkness. When independence was achieved in 1990, Namibia was named after its remarkable desert. Ross Harrison Werri Beach If you’d like to share your travel story, send your postcard home (even when you are back) to

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A refugee from the Sudanese civil war will be the special guest at the screening of a new documentary about his determination to build a much needed school in his home village in South Sudan. Hope Road tells the story of Zacharia, who lives in Sydney with his partner and daughter. He sets out on a 40 day charity walk with his dedicated supporter Janet (who will also be at the screening) to raise funds for his dream. Thwarted by escalating conflict back in South Sudan, and shocked by a broken relationship, Zac must decide what’s important in his life. The film has been described as ‘inspiring, eye-opening… a captivating and necessary contribution to our refugee debate from one of Australia’s most humane storytellers (Tom Zubryki)’. Zacharia and Janet will talk about their experiences after the film. Maria Baden, of Kiama Welcomes Refugees, has arranged their visit and hopes that the community will support this venture highlighting the plight of refugees and raising funds to assist local refugee families and support agencies. Details: Friday 20 October, Gerringong Town Hall, 7.30pm. Entry donation of $10 per head will include a light supper. If possible RSVP to Sharon on 42378422 or for reserved seats. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Bugle Oct 7 2017  
The Bugle Oct 7 2017  

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