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Govt sees Kiama as a Metro Satellite Kiama’s Mayor, Mark Honey, says it is increasingly evident that Kiama is facing a future that frightens him. “We’ve basically been identified as a recreation area for south western Sydney, whether we like it or not,” he says. “My concern is that we don’t have the infrastructure or the capacity to cope with this role. “If it is going to happen we need help with the infrastructure, and the money to develop the facilities like

public amenities and better traffic flows. “There needs to be recognition that if we are going to look after all these people we are going to have to be paid to do it.” The State Government’s newly released 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW is just one way this new future is being defined. The Vision divides the whole of regional NSW into 37 Functional Economic Regions, then classifies them as either Metro Satellites,

Bendigo Bank: it’s a happening thing

The Steering Committee for a Gerringong Branch of Bendigo has received good news from the State Manager. See page 3.

Inside this issue Latest on Akuna St p3

Tourism Opportunity Plan dis-endorsed p3

Growth Centres, Coastal, Inland or Remote. The Economic Vision classifies the Kiama LGA as a Metro Satellite, along with Gosford, Queanbeyan, Maitland, Lithgow, Tweed Heads and the Southern Highlands, and says ‘Kiama will see particularly strong population growth’. Council was not consulted on the classification, and General Manager Kerry McMurray feels we fit more comfortably with the Coastal classification. “We are not Metro, and we are not a Satellite,” he says. “The definition in the Vision that better fits us is Coastal, where we would be along side places like Nambucca Heads.” Council is to write to the State Government and the Local Member to:  object to Kiama’s categorisation in the Economic Vision Report as a Metro

The four Illawarra and South Coast councils and local business chambers meeting with the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward

Satellite  state Council’s concerns that there was no consultation regarding this categorisation  request that the Kiama area be re-categorised as a Coastal functional economic region  seek confirmation that the green space existing between the Gerringong and Gerroa boundaries be retained. Neither Wollongong or Shellharbour are classed as regional, and the Shoalhaven is identified as a Growth Centre. The day after the August council meeting, where this motion was passed, the Mayor and General Manager attended a Round Table discussion with the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, the

mayors of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven, and relevant business chambers. The aim of the meeting was for the Treasurer to hear their concerns directly. The Kiama contingent chose not to use the forum to speak about the Economic Vision classification. Instead, they used it as an opportunity to raise concerns about the need for funding to cope with increased visitor numbers, library funding cuts (see page 7 for good news), the cost for councils in applying for government funding, and Bombo Quarry. “We have the opportunity of a generation to be able to progress the filling of Bombo Quarry with virgin sandstone from the big projects in Sydney,” says Mr McMurray.

Sudmalis on the leadership vote p 5

Libraries get extra funding p 7 The Regal legacy p9

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Kiama Seaside Markets FOKL Author Talk: $8/$5 Kiama Woodcraft Group Black Beach, 9-3pm 21-23 Sept Ben Doherty - Nagaland Sale and Exhibition Family History Centre, 2.30pm Old Fire Station, 9-4pm Folk by the Sea Kiama Showgrounds. Sunday 2 Sept 14-16 Sept Early bird tickets now Gerringong Music Club Flyball Championships available at Concert: Philippa Mo See page 12 and Wendy Hiscocks Saturday 15 Sept Gerringong Town Hall, 22-23 Sept Gerringong Village 2pm, $25 at door. Markets In and around South Coast Sevens

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Friday 7 Sept Pics & Flicks: The Party Gerringong Town Hall

Sun 9 Sept Romans Show & Shine (see right)

Gerringong Town Hall Kiama Youth Markets SENTRAL Youth Centre, Hindmarsh Park, 11-3pm

More next issue Special screening: Protection (see right)

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Kiama Classic Family Fun Bike Ride More next issue

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The Romans Hot Rod Club is coming back to Kiama for its 6th Club visit and Show & Shine. “This year, apart from

A child’s view of childhood The William Campbell Foundation is supporting a special screening of Protection, a touching film made by kids about childhood. The film was made in the Illawarra by 100 children who mostly live in public housing, with the help of filmmakers from the NFP Beyond Empathy. It explores the themes of bullying, honesty, compassion, empathy and friendship. Details: Wednesday 26 September, Roxy Cinema, Nowra, 6pm. Tickets $25 from

having the park filled with loads of hot rods, we are again teaming up with the Makers & Growers market, and have lots of activities for kids, like a jumping castle, face painting and colouring competitions,” says organiser John Dickie. “We’ll also have the Footloose Rockers put on a rock and roll demonstration around midday.” The Lions Club will have bacon and egg breakfast sandwiches, with lunch options later in the morning, and there will also be a coffee van on the park. The Masonic Club and Lions members will be collecting donations from the public to go towards local Lions Club charities Details: Sunday 9 Sept, Black Beach. Car entries are welcome from 8am at $10 per vehicle. The public is welcome from 8.30am.

Lend your support for Arts Precinct The development of a purposebuilt Arts Centre for Kiama is a long held wish, which over the years has been developed into a $12-13 million arts precinct concept, with a multipurpose theatre space, galleries, workshop rooms, a restaurant and car parking. The main building will incorporate the Old Fire Station, and extend over the land now occupied by the old ambulance station and the building behind on Shoalhaven St. The Joyce Wheatley Centre will be repurposed as a creative space. Having missed out on a number of grants, hopes are now pinned on obtaining a $9 million grant from the State Government. Over 500 people have signed a petition to show their support. You can add your name at Gareth Ward’s Electorate Office by 19 Sept.

Concept plans only, while funding is sought to go to next stage

Latest on Akuna St Rule change Kiama Council has rejected a new offer by developer Nicholas Daoud to buy its Akuna St/Mitre 10 site. The offer, considered at the August Council meeting, was for a development that did not contain the supermarket component of the original contract. “We are not selling to Mr Daoud and at this stage won’t be negotiating with anybody at all,” says Council’s General Manager Kerry McMurray. In the meantime, Mr Daoud is continuing the process of getting his DA for the site approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel. The DA is still ‘live’ despite the sales contract being dead, as owner’s permission cannot be withdrawn once given. “In my mind it defies logic why, if you are not being sold the property, you would keep progressing the DA, but that is his entitlement,” says Mr McMurray. As part of this process, once Mr Daoud lodges his new plans, which incorporate the Panel’s suggestions from the April hearing, they will be put on public exhibition. Mr Daoud declined to make a comment ahead of further meetings with Council.

The Chair of the Central Precinct, Peter O’Neill, is delighted his concerns about two men addressing the Panel in favour of the Akuna St development, without disclosing they worked for the developer, have been shared at the highest level. The Minister for Planning has advised that panel chairs will now ask all speakers to declare their interests. “I appreciate the time Gareth Ward took to ensure that future Panel hearings will be more transparent and everyone will know if speakers have a vested interest that would influence their presentations,” he says.

Tourism Opportunity Plan dis-endorsed The launch of the Tourism Opportunity Plan (TOP) after the July Council Meeting caused a furore, when Councillor Matt Brown raised the prospect of the cabins on Blowhole Point being replaced with a commercial tourism precinct. Just when that storm has died down, Councillor Neil Reilly has questioned the validity and purpose of the TOP. In pointing out that changes had been made to the document since its endorsement (he was absent from the July meeting), he successfully had the TOP disendorsed by fellow councillors and called for a disclaimer to be included in the document to note the information is general in nature and no commitment should be inferred. “The TOP is a group of

ideas collected largely from tourism operators and a handful of community members,” says Cllr Reilly. “The document is less of a plan and more of a slightly filtered brain storm activity. “TOP is not a ‘plan’ or a ‘strategy’. It may go on to inform discussions, but it has no status as Council policy.” General Manager Kerry McMurray says the changes that were made after the endorsement were minor, to ensure the wording mirrored the DCP and the LEP in respect to farm stays. “By definition it is a plan, but bottom line is it is a document of ideas and thoughts and concepts. “The word plan has to stay because that is what ties into getting funding grants. “These are the concepts,

not business cases. “We aren’t saying these will work or won’t work, but that they are things that fit in with our positioning. “From my perspective there are things in the TOP that are critical to be in there because the only funding you will ever attract for them will be State or Federal funding.” These include walking and mountain bike trails, and infrastructure for around the harbour. “It is very mischievous to say the councillors had no input into it, because there were meetings and presentations with all of the councillors and the consultant,” says Mayor Mark Honey. “It is not a secret document.” The TOP is to be reconsidered at the September council meeting.

Bendigo Bank gets conditional go ahead A visit by Bendigo Bank’s State Manager, Wayne Simpson, has resulted in the bank giving conditional approval for a branch to be established in Gerringong. “The final service model is still being decided upon, but there is now no doubt a branch will open here,” says the chair of the Bendigo Bank Steering Committee, Emeritus Mayor Sandra

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McCarthy. “The community survey revealed strong support, and when the State Manager came down the day before the meeting to have a look around for himself he found many positive indicators. “He even overheard people talking with enthusiasm about the bank coming to town.” She says that the bank is

expected to be up and running in the first half of 2019. “Given that Christmas is nearly upon us, the prospectus will most likely be released in the new year. “In the meantime, a Bendigo banking official, Domenic Harb, has been appointed to the town, and is already helping people with their affairs by basing himself at Numbers Count.”

Croft St safety fears Local residents surrounding Gerringong Public School and Preschool are coming together to make a joint submission to Kiama Council objecting to aspects of the proposed demolition and reconstruction of Uniting Mayflower’s Boronia residential care facility. The new plans retain the existing carpark and driveway alignment onto Croft Place. An otherwise quiet residential street, Croft Place is a direct access to Gerringong Public School and Gerringong Preschool so at peak times sees a high volume children and parents on foot, riding scooters and on bikes. Residents are proposing Uniting relocates access, waste and utility services through the larger Mayflower facility on Greta Street to increase safety and reduce noise and privacy impacts on the neighbourhood.

“The Boronia driveway is located on a blind corner on the bend of the road where traffic conditions can become chaotic and dangerous, especially in a street without footpaths and other safe zones for pedestrians,” says resident Lisa Wraith “The volume of staff and visitor cars, and the facility’s minivan and delivery vehicles going in and out of Boronia on a 24 hour basis, as well as gas utility and waste management trucks outside on Croft Place, puts Gerringong’s children at greater risk of an accident than if this business access point was not located in its current neighbourhood location.” In general, the residents support Uniting’s upgrade of their facility. “The proposed complete demolition and rebuild of Boronia presents an excellent opportunity to relocate the driveway access point,

waste and utility services to within the greater Mayflower site,” says resident John Black. “However, our experience with the planning and development process surrounding Uniting’s current 15.7 metre, 100 bed facility at Mayflower tells us that a strong community response at public exhibition stage is critical if we are to be left with a facility in keeping with Gerringong’s character and community. “After all, the safety of our children is not something that should ever be compromised for cost, convenience or precedence of current arrangements.” Details: The DA is on public exhibition until 6 September at or at the Council Administration Building. Submissions can made up until that date by email to (re: DA 10.2018.202.1)

National award for Deirdre Hindmarsh Kiama recruitment consultant Deidre Hindmarsh has been named Employment Consultant of the Year for 2018 by the National Employment Services Association (NESA) earlier this month. NESA, the peak body for Australia’s employment services sector, awarded the title in honour of Ms Hindmarsh’s exceptional professional dedication to finding jobs. With over 20 years of professional experience in the employment services’ industry, Ms Hindmarsh has been an integral part of the Sureway Employment and Training team since the business opened its Kiama office in 2009 as a jobactive provider. A driving force in our community, Ms Hindmarsh served a term as President of Kiama and District Chamber of Commerce in 2013, and says that just being involved can make all the difference.

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Club news Concert at Blue Haven

tion 23 years ago. His late Wife Vida used to complain that when holidayThe Probus Mens Choir and ing in their caravan, she spent the Blowhole Buskers com- most of the time sitting on a chair in a creekbed in some bined to perform a concert at Blue Haven at the end of isolated spot while Max painted trees, his passion. August. Some of his painting of “They provided a very local scenes can be found in entertaining afternoon for homes around Australia as those in attendance and it they have been given as gifts was greatly appreciated by to folk leaving this area. His all,” says Friends of Blue paintings can often be seen Haven Aged Care Facility at the Kiama Show and the President Col Rathbone. Annual Art Exhibition. The Friends organized Max is a life member of the concert and provided Kiama Art Society, Coa Devonshire Tea for the coordinator of the Open Air concert goers, raising over Painters and a member of $900 through a raffle and the Shoalhaven Art Society. entry charge. Although retiring from his “This money will go toposition as art teacher, he wards helping the residents is still involved with the of the hostel and aged care Probus Men’s Choir and his facility,” says Col family. The next event will be the Blue Haven Fete on Saturday 13 October.

for lunch, theatre shows, bus trips, harbour cruises, race days and more. If you would like to join the club, simply email or call Rosalie Dawne of the Entertainment Committee: 0413 947 772.

Kiama Rotary Open House

Kiama Rotary celebrated 66 years of service to our community with an Open House at the Old Kiama Fire Station. The Expo sought to explain what Rotary is and what it does. “We have 44 members in our club and they all get a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment from being a member and serving our community,” says Club Director Dick Groom. “We enjoyed being able to highlight the friendship and fellowship that being Formed in August 1994, a member brings to each Kiama Mixed Probus says of us, as well as showing they are a club full of fun, residents what we have Max Smith was farewelled fellowship and friendship. achieved and are currently at a recent gathering of the The main purpose is to have achieving for our town.” Kiama/Jamberoo Uniting Church Art and Craft Group, regular gatherings of members, who are retired and Please send news to having been an art teacher value opportunities to meet for the group from its incep-

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Sudmalis stays mum about leadership vote

Despite the forensic examination of the recent Liberal leadership battle, the Member for Gilmore is not saying how she voted. “No-one knows how I voted other than me and I will never comment on internal Party Room affairs,” said Ann Sudmalis in a statement. “My focus remains on delivering for the Gilmore

Ms Sudmalis with the then Treasurer and now Prime Minister Scott Morrison

electorate. “I look forward to working with the new Prime Minister, and continue providing the people of Gilmore with the sensible policies that matter and the sound economic management that they have come to expect from the coalition team.”

Libraries get $60m funding boost Following strong lobbying by NSW’s councils and the community, the State Government has reversed its recent Budget cuts to public libraries. “All Councils will receive an increase in annual library subsidy funding between 40 to 50 per cent by 2022-23. This significant investment demonstrates that our Government supports the hundreds of libraries across the state,” the Minister for the Arts Minister Harwin said.

The per capita subsidy for public libraries will increase from $1.85 per capita to $2.85 per capita – the first time it has been increased in over twenty years. The funding cuts Gareth Ward (second left) with Mayor Mark Honey, Library Manager Michelle Hudson have resulted in and Council’s Director Environmental cost shifting to Services, Linda Davis councils. Local Member Gareth transform and modernise Ward said that the extra public libraries across the $60 million in funding will state.

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I had the pleasure of opening the Kiama Art Society’s annual exhibition at the Leagues Club recently, and present a number of awards. As always it was a great occasion and the Leagues Club is a great venue. However, it is also a reminder of the long running quest to establish a home for the arts in our municipality. Council remains committed to providing an Arts Precinct for our community. In fact, what that precinct would look like is getting close to being realised. The proposed Kiama Arts Precinct would centre on Hindmarsh Park, and involve redeveloping a number of the public buildings in the area. The Joyce Wheatley Com-

munity Centre would provide artist studios, workshops and rehearsal spaces. The SENTRAL Youth Services cottage would provide a music rehearsal and recording studio and a small performance outside stage, to complement the adjacent large Orry Kelly outdoor stage. The Old Fire Station and ‘old’ Ambulance Station would become an arts centre, providing the centrepiece for the precinct. The centre would provide a large professional gallery and small exhibition space, a 220 seat black box performance space, a small outdoor performance space, and roof top restaurant. The plans are almost ready, the sticking point naturally is finding the money to pay for it all. Doing all this doesn’t come cheap. Rough estimates have the cost at more than $12 million. If we’re going to do it, it’s worth doing it well. Council was unsuccessful seeking support through the Regional Cultural Fund, and

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Environment and Tourism Fund in the first rounds. We are currently preparing applications for the second rounds of these grant programs. The success of events in our area such as Music in the Park, the Jamberoo Music Festival, Old Fire Station exhibitions, Art in the Park, the Jazz and Blues Festival, KISS Arts Festival and Folk by the Sea clearly demonstrates that residents consider arts and culture important. A proper arts precinct will provide a focus for these activities and allow our arts sector to reach its full potential. Arts of course also play a huge part in the economy, with arts-based tourism a rapidly expanding market. An arts precinct will allow us to bring in larger exhibitions and high-profile performers we currently cannot host. Having an arts precinct, also provides local access to the arts which is crucial for those people unable to simply hop on a train or drive

their car to Sydney or Canberra. This includes not just the elderly or those with disability, but our young students as well.

New kiosk tenant at Blowhole Pt The new tenants of the kiosk at Blowhole Point will be the people who operate Diggies at North Wollongong. The previous tenant, Milk & Honey, dropped out of the expressions of interest process that Council undertook for Crown Lands, which owns the site. It is understood that Milk & Honey have found a new location for their popular business elsewhere in town. Aware that Council has been cast as the villain in the story, General Manager Kerry McMurray wants to set things straight. “There is nothing more we could have done to help Milk & Honey. If they hadn’t withdrawn from the process, who knows what the outcome may have been.”

Adam Regal leaves a great legacy

To the Editor

You might remember me from March this year, when I took place in The World’s Greatest Shave! I am happy to announce that with the support of friends, family and the Kiama Community, I have raised $5,523.85 for The Leukaemia Foundation. I would like to thank everybody who donated to this great cause, to all the local shops who hosted donation tins and donated prizes to my raffle, and to everybody who helped out anyway they could. I would like to give a shout out to these local businesses Kiama Commonwealth, Red Roster, Kiama Veterinary Hospital, Bank, Kiama Pie Shop, Dolphin Café, DomiIn the five years that Adam effective treatment by help- living, or who have died, nos Kiama, Kiama BookRegal battled with Motor ing to fund Macquarie Uni- with MND. The event was shop, Quirky Cow, Toyworld started by friend and fireNeurone Disease (MND), he versity’s MND Research Kiama, Jaws Fish and Chips, and his friends have raised Centre. fighter Matt Pridham. Raine and Horne Kiama, millions for research into the Since 2015, over $1.5 milAdam’s widow Kylie has Licked Kiama, The Collecsuggested a donation to disease that runs in his fam- lion has been raised by the tive, Subway Kiama, First ily, largely through a variety Firefighters Climb for MND, Team Regal in this year’s National Coast and Country, where firefighters climb the event, on 20 October, in lieu Saltwater Café, Amaki Café, of events. Having seen his father 98 storeys of the Sydney of flowers. Donate at: Gainsborough Bakery, www.firiesclimbformnd. Jamberoo Action Park and and uncle struck down by Tower Eve wearing full gear Woolworths Kiama. weighing over 20kg. Each the debilitating disease, he Regal floor is dedicated to those wanted to find a cure or an I would also like to thank Rachel from The Hair Address for shaving my hair and volunteering her time on the day! Thank you to everybody, I couldn’t have done it without you! Kayla McCormack, Kiama We welcome letters. Longer ones may be edited. Writer’s names and addresses must be provided. Mailing details on page 2. Letters published at the Editor’s discretion.

Kiama: Metro Satellite Continued from p 1 “We don’t want that opportunity to be missed because State Government agencies don’t get organised.” The sandstone will be available from the boring of tunnels under Sydney Harbour, but transporting it down here will require significant coordination of the timeslots on the train lines. “The last estimate I saw was for it to take 5 to 6 years to fill with 20 million tonne of rock. “If it is going to happen, work has to start on organising it now.”


Getting ready for Spring Spring is the most popular time to sell a home and First National Coast and Country has some advice on how to make your home the hot item. According to principal Terry Digger, homebuyers thoughts will naturally turn to patios, outdoor entertaining areas, landscaping and air conditioning during the warmer months. “With sunny days and gorgeous blue skies, everything is on display. Flowers will be in full bloom, trees will be fully leaved and yards should be kept as tidy as possible.” Walking through the front door, homeowners should assess the first impressions created and position furniture so that rooms have an ‘open’ feel. Place fresh flowers in vases and pictures on the wall to give the property extra vibrancy. Remove any clutter, and while family photos are great, limit them to no more than three. Be sure to have the kitchen and bathroom spotless and any used towels replaced with clean ones. Most importantly, ensure any items requiring maintenance have been taken care of such as door handles, torn fly screens, broken window latches, light switches, light shades, leaking taps, doors opening and closing properly and clean carpets. “If you have air conditioning, make sure it is in good working order and put it on when you are expecting potential buyers to be coming through,” Mr Digger said. “If you don’t have air conditioning, make sure you open as many windows as you can to let in the fresh breeze and keep windows clean.” According to Mr Digger, the key area of a property during summer is the back yard, where buyers will envisage an area for the kids and a space to entertain. “Australian’s love their barbecues in summer and can’t go past a good functioning back yard,” he said. “Make sure the barbecue is in clean and looks to be in good condition, ensure the lawn is always mowed and presentable, and the landscaping is tidy with beautiful healthy plants that have been well-watered in the days leading up to any inspections. “On the day of the inspection, give plants a light spray of water for a clean crisp look if water restrictions are not in force in your area.” Home owners could also consider hiring or borrowing some plants, especially leading up to the front door. “Don’t forget the fence, gate, paths and decks. These should be thoroughly cleaned of dirt and any cobwebs and free of peeling paint,” Mr Digger added.



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The opening night of the Kiama Art Society's 40th Annual Exhibition saw local artist Ken Tucker win the Overall 1st prize with his painting Autumn Days - En Plein. South Coast artist Ken Taber was 2nd overall, with Stephen Crighton gaining the overall 3rdplace. Other winners were David Lake (Abstract), Robyn Drake (Local Area), Vivien Tanner (Landscape or Seascape), Helen Pain (Still Life), Cindy Florence (Figurative) and Peter Stathers (Watercolour). Jisu Back won the Yrs 7-12 section, and Olivia Cunningham won the Primary student section. The special Encouragement Award of three tuition sessions with Ken Tucker was won by Francis Odlum. The exhibition continues at the Kiama Leagues Club until Sunday 2 September, open from 10-6 pm. Right: KAS Life Members Philip Cooper and Heather Netherclift

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Judges Phil Mc Kay and Joe Bezzina with Overall Winner Ken Tucker

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Postcard home Every year the first week of August sees 500,000 American bikers descend on the South Dakota town of Sturgis. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the world’s biggest motorcycle rally and is the Mecca for the American biker. It was also the catalyst for Pete, the sleep doctor, and me to hire motorcycles in San Francisco ride across half the country in as short a time as possible. Pete went the full hog by riding a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail. Fortunately for me my ride was a BMW GS1200, the exemplar of the superiority of Teutonic technology. Extra fortunately for me was that I didn’t express this view in Sturgis SD; 95 per cent of attendees rode Harleys, 4 per cent Indians (the cycles not the peoples) and 1 per cent the rest. My postcard includes a

photo of my bike, it’s the second on the left. I have never seen so many motorcycles in my life. Every street in Sturgis downtown was similarly filled. All surrounding towns had the main streets restricted to motorcycle only parking. Hordes of Harleys, some of them in chaps, were cruising through the nearby Black Hills, enjoying the beautiful scenery, the sunny

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skies and the pothole-less bitumen. We holed up in nearby Deadwood which is a super successful fusion of wild western and biker themes. A night out on the town included saloon drinking, karaoke singing and honky tonk dancing. We even had whiskys (too many as it turns out) bought for us. We visited the nearby and most remarkable Mt Rushmore and the Devils Tower

(featured in the 70’s movie Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind). Even though the crowds looked like outlaw bikers en masse, they were very polite and friendly. We were welcomed wherever we went. Ross Heslop, Kiama

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See Flyball at its best If you’re intrigued about Flyball, there is a great opportunity coming to see what’s involved. Over 320 dogs from across Australia are descending on Kiama for the 2018 Australian Flyball Association National Race Meeting. Flyball is a canine team sport which is founded on the activities that dogs love to do – run, jump, fetch, retrieve, compete and, most of all, their desire to please their owners. There is no discrimination in Flyball. Any dog – regardless of breed, size, shape or formal training – can participate. The sport reinforces the disciplines taught in obedience classes, while being great fun for the dog and owner. At the end of the race meeting the National Champion for each division will be declared, and a Champion Trophy race will be run with each division winning team racing off in handicap to find an overall Championship team. You’re invited to come along and watch for free and to cheer on the teams. “If you do bring your dog along to watch it must be kept under control and on a short leash well away from the running lanes,” says organiser Frank Lux. Details: 14-16 September, Kiama Quarry Sports Complex, 8.30-4pm. For more info on the 2018 Flyball Nationals find them on facebook or at

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