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The Bugle 29 September 2018

A fortnightly celebration of people and places on the Upper South Coast of NSW

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Envisaging Kiama in twenty years Do you remember the Kiama Municipality as it was 20 years ago? No North Kiama Bypass, caravans on Blowhole Point, an IGA on Terralong St, and a hospital. However you feel about these changes, you will soon be able to help set the vision for the next 20 years. Like all other NSW local government areas, Kiama is now required to develop a 20 year land use planning vision. In developing a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), councils across the state are to demonstrate, as appropriate, how they are implementing state and regional plans, policies and legislation, by setting out:  a 20 year vision for land use in the local area  the special characteristics making local identity  shared values to be maintained and enhanced  how future growth and change will be managed. Council’s Director of Environmental Services, Linda Davis, is keen to get as many people as possible involved with the process. “It is an opportunity for us to say these are the characteristics and values that make us identify as Kiama, that we wish to see retained and/or enhanced.”

Ms Davis has experience in developing regional strategies and is looking forward to helping the community uncover its defining characteristics and aspirations. “This first phase of community consultation is about trying to understand the key themes and issues in the planning space that we should concentrate on to develop our LSPS. “We are not going to be going in saying this is what we think the vision and narrative needs to be, but what do you think? “This is genuinely about the community telling us what their values are.” Similar values work has already been done to develop the Community Strategic Plan, but Ms Davis explains the LSPS will take the values that emerge and use them as a basis for the planning strategic direction. “The Community Strategic Plan is a broader document covering all of Council’s operations. It will guide the development of the LSPS, but also respond to it when it in turn is revised in 2020.” The document that emerges from the LSPS process is expected to be about 20 pages of plain English. It Continued on page 12

School site yet to become the Sebel

Caravans at Blowhole Point

Inside this issue Sudmalis resignation p3

Before The Pavilion was built

Mayor Honey retains role p3

Stage 5 of Blue Haven to come

Cedar Grove and Cedar Ridge to come

Business park yet to be built. Note active quarry to right

Spot the differences: Kiama from the air circa 1995-8

Focus on aged care p4

Photo by Barry Smith in the Library’s collection

200th anniversary of Minnamurra Massacre While 1 October 2018 is the 200th anniversary of the murder of at least six original inhabitants of this area, it was only last year that the area on the Minnamurra River was documented as a sacred place. The Minnamurra site is one of over 150 massacre sites that have now been identified by University of Newcastle Historian Profes-

sor Lyndall Ryan. In total, the massacres resulted in at least 6000 deaths in the early years of the colony. Her investigation indicates that perhaps more than 30,000 Aboriginal people may have been massacred from 1788 until 1940s. At Minnamurra, there were no repercussions for these murders and until recently it has been brushed

over and never appropriately acknowledged. From historical reports, it is thought that the murders occurred on the northern side of the river. At their September meeting, Kiama councillors decided that a permanent memorial will be erected, most likely on the new Minnamurra Boardwalk. Continued on page 6

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Tuesday 2 Oct

Sunday 21 Oct

Kiama Farmers’ Market Surf Beach 3-6pm Every Thursday Berry Farmers’ Market

History of Australian Architecture Talk Arranged by the Fellowship of the First Fleeters. Scribbly Gum Room, Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. $2.

Kiama Seaside Market Black Beach, 9-3pm Bird Haven Festival Shoalhaven Heads (more next issue)

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

Til 30 Sept Janine Coddington’s objects of art Little Blowhole Art Bar

Saturday 29 Sept

27-28 Oct

Jamberoo’s big weekend, inc Spring Rose Pics & Flicks: The Death Show (more next issue) of Stalin (see right) Sat 27 Oct Twilight Markets Kiama Kabaret Cnr Fern and Blackwood, Gerringong, 2-6pm

Friday 5 Oct

6-7 Oct Kiama Arts Trail Various studios listed at

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Weds 31 Oct Death Cafe 3 Brothers, 45 Manning St Bookings essential, so ring Michael Barbato 0421 714 048 details of the timing.

3 November Opera in the Valley (see page 6)

Political farce

Kiama Classic Family Fun Bike Ride Sunday 7 Oct Black Beach. Register from 9am for 10.30 start. Festival of Choirs (see page 4) $2 per person or $5 for family. Saturday 13 Oct

Sunday 30 Sept Kiama Makers & Growers Market Black Beach, 10-3pm Jamberoo Village Markets Reid Pk, 9-2pm

Blue Haven Fete (see right)

Sunday 14 Oct SCCS Charity Car & Bike Show for Buy a Bale (see below)

Monday 1 Oct

Saturday 20 Oct

Long Weekend Kiama Seaside Markets Black Beach, 9-3pm

Gerringong Village Markets Gerringong Town Hall, 8-2pm

While the antics our own politicians have kept us enthralled in recent years, they pale into insignificance when compared with the end of the totalitarian regime of Joe Stalin. But what happens when a strong leader dies? How to cope with the void? Described as a comedy of terrors, The Death of Stalin has rave reviews and was only released in Australia earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, the film was banned in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.


Details: Fri 5 Oct, Gerringong Town Hall, 8pm start, $10.


Car lovers to buy some bales



It’s Fete time

Kiama seems to have a niche for car shows, with owners understandably keen to enjoy the drive down the coast. It’s a great day out for car loving visitors and locals. The next one on the calendar is a Charity Car and Bike Show is being held to raise money for the Buy a Bale charity. All proceeds from the day, including stall fees, are going to help the good cause. The day is being organised by South Coast Car Scene, a group of car enthusiasts. For safety, cars need to be in and set up by 10.30am and stay for the duration. Details: Sunday 14 October, Black Beach, 11.30-3.30pm. Entry $10 car, $5 Bike and gold coin for spectators

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As long time readers will know, The Bugle loves a good old fashioned fete. And the biggest fete of the Spring calendar has long been the one organised by the Friends of Blue Haven Aged Care Facility. The proceeds of the Fete help to provide extra comforts for the care home residents (see opposite). Over the years the Blue Haven Fete has built up a reputation for having the largest collection of goods on their White Elephant stall than any other fete in the Illawarra. This is helped along by a free pick up service for donations. On top of the bric-a-brac, there’s second hand clothes, jewellery, bags, shoes, toys, furniture, plants and garden accessories. There’s also a large choice of handmade craft and

Organisers Ronnie and Col Rathbone at last year’s fete

paintings, as well as a huge assortment of homemade cakes, slices and pastries. You’d be mad not to try your luck with the Chocolate Wheel, with its prizes of hams, meat trays and other great items donated by local businesses. There are also silent auctions to compete for, and the first prize in the raffle is a $250 JB-HiFi voucher. To gather your strength, you can take a breather over Devonshire Tea, or enjoy the BBQ. Details: Saturday 13 October, Havillah Place, Kiama, from 8.30-noon. If you are having a spring clean up, give Col Rathbone a call on 0402 800 679 and he will call and collect your donations.

Sudmalis resignation harms Liberal chances Already held by a slender margin, the Liberal Party’s chances of holding Gilmore at the next Federal election were dealt a severe blow by Ann Sudmalis’ dramatic announcement she was withdrawing from the preselection race for the seat. Using Parliamentary privilege, she accused Gareth Ward and others in her party branch of undermining her, something he has denied. Nominations for Liberal pre-selection in Gilmore closed in May, but a decision had not yet been made.

Shortly after her resignation, it was announced that Ms Sudmalis had accepted a three month position in New York as the Federal Coalition delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. The Labor candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, paid tribute to Ms Sudmalis. “Whilst Ann Sudmalis and I have fundamental disMeet Grant Schultz agreements on what is best Her resignation means that for our region, I do not doubt her dedication and Milton real estate agent Grant Schultz is likely to be sincerity to serve,” she said. the Liberal candidate for Gilmore is held with a Gilmore. margin of just 0.73 per cent.

Honey retains mayoral role

Aged care in the spotlight

With the investigations into aged care by Four Corners sparking a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the country’s attention has been focused on the level of care in the sector. “The story on Four Corners was very disturbing and hard to watch,” says Kiama Council’s General Manager

Director Blue Haven, Clare Rogers, with some residents

Kerry McMurray, speaking in his role as CEO of Blue Haven Care. “To think that institutions and organisations would treat our elderly like that is just horrifying.” He says that Blue Haven Aged Care (as the nursing home component is now referred to) underwent a

week long audit by the accreditation authority in July, and met all 44 standards. “The comment that sticks in my mind is - we know you are building a centre of excellence, but you already have one.” They were referring to the quality of the care, rather than Continued page 4

Councillor Mark Honey has been elected unopposed as Mayor for the second half of the Council term. The former Deputy Mayor, Kathy Rice, chose not to stand again and Councillor Andrew Sloan was elected, after he and Councillor Warren Steel nominated. Mayor Honey is keen to continue the strategic planning work he has championed, but also get infrastructure projects finished in the next two years. “I want to see Blue Haven completed, the Minnamurra Boardwalk built, the eco walk in Bombo Quarry completed, and the works at Kevin Walsh oval done,” he says. Councillor Sloan is looking forward to the responsibilities of the new role.

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“The Mayor and I work well together and I hope to be able to assist more with maintaining good governance - enhancing Council’s reputation in the areas of community consultation, financial responsibility and service delivery,” he says. “From a personal perspective I would like to see options to reduce congestion up the western end of Terralong Street, and improve facilities at our sportsfields. “Above all else though, and the reason I stood for council in the first place, is to do as much as I can to protect the character of our towns and rural areas from inappropriate development.” Councillor Kathy Rice decided not to stand again for the Deputy Mayor role, because she sees value in

Mayor Mark Honey (left) and Deputy Mayor Andrew Sloan (right) welcome the new Director of Corporate & Commercial Services, Rob Owens

others being able to have the opportunity to gain professional development. “I am extremely thankful to have the experiences I did, experiences that have and will continue to consolidate my performance as a councillor.” A new Director of Corporate & Commercial Services has been appointed to Council, following Kerry McMurray taking on the role of General Manager. Rob Owens was previously Chief Financial Officer at Georges River Council, where he produced the newly-created Council’s first budget.

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Fitness Aged care in the spotlight the current physical facility, facility, run by the Uniting program which is outdated and unable Care, to upgrade its facilibe upgraded to meet new ties, with a new multipurfor seniors tostandards. Instead, the new pose facility incorporating

Kiama Council is again offering an eight week outdoor fitness program for older residents, using the fitness equipment at Werri Beach. The weekly program involves a 90-minute session led by a qualified fitness instructor. The first week will be an orientation session to explain the project, collect goals from participants and assess their various fitness levels. The instructor will then show participants how to properly use the exercise equipment as part of their fitness routine. Each session concludes with a healthy morning tea. Bookings are essential.

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standards were the impetus for the building of the new facility on the old hospital site. “We are building a facility that is state of the art and will allow us to introduce a household model of care,” says Mr McMurray. The Director Blue Haven, Clare Rogers, welcomes the Royal Commission, but has her doubts about its cost effectiveness. “It would be nice to think that the $100 million is going to tell us something new, but I’m afraid we are going to spend a lot of money to be told what we already know. “Which is there is not enough staff, education levels are not as high as they could be because we can’t afford highly qualified staff, and that the system as a whole needs to have its funding model addressed. “Hopefully it will increase the willingness of government to address the root problems.” The new aged care home standards have also prompted Gerringong’s Mayflower

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100 aged care beds, also featuring a household model of care, planned. This model groups rooms together around a central hub with kitchen, lounge and other common space, so residents feel part of a household. “Our policies, systems and processes are designed to engender caring and safe places that our residents are well looked after and protected,” says Mayflower House Nursing Home Service Manager, Sharon Lockard. “We acknowledge that every resident in a Uniting aged care home is unique which is why each person receives an individual care plan and specialist staffing levels to cater for their specific needs. “Care plans are developed in consultation with our residents, their families and their primary carers. “We encourage our residents and their families to speak to staff or reach out to our local service manager to share any concerns or issues. “We also encourage resi-

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Mary Bramley visits her mother Margaret Murphy at Blue Haven every day, and says she is very happy with the care she receives. “The staff here are wonderful, but there just aren’t enough of them. The government needs to put more money into the sector before the tsunami of babyboomers arrives,” she says. Mary says her mother and the other residents of the dementia unit are treated with respect and warmth. “I’ll be happy to be here one day myself.” dents and their families to attend our regular family and resident meetings or community circles.” Mayflower undertook the assessment process in May, and also met all the accreditation standards.

Gerringong’s Rural Fire Brigade needs you With a hot, dry summer forecast, Gerringong Rural Fire Brigade is now recruiting new volunteers. Last year the Gerringong Rural Fire Brigade team, of around 40 members, attended over 100 incidents in the Gerringong and surrounding areas involving structural fires, motor vehicle accidents and bush fires. “We are looking for members who enjoy working in a team, want to be involved in their local community and have an interest in fire-

fighting,” says senior Deputy Captain Adam Walmsley. “If you live in or close to Gerringong and have some availability (particularly day time) then we would love to talk to you.” Extensive training is offered. All recruits start with basic firefighting training and can then elect to do training for operating breathing apparatus, village firefighting (structural fire fighting), advanced firefighting, First Aid, MR truck driving, chainsaw

operating, safe working on roofs, aviation support, protecting and preserving crime scenes, and a whole host of incident management training courses. “We encourage membership from a broad cross section of the community,” says Adam. “There are roles for all abilities, however active fire fighting requires a base level of fitness and mobility.” The Brigade has monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month and train-

ing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of each month. It has two fire trucks: a Pumper appliance for urban firefighting and a Cat 1 bushfire fighting appliance for bushfires. The RFS provides full ongoing training and uniforms for its volunteers. Details: For more information call Illawarra Fire Control Centre on 4230 8200 or go to volunteer

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Opera returns

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The Jamberoo CWA is again organizing Opera in the Valley, with this year’s performers being soprano Alison Robinson, mezzo soprano Virginia Marie Stack, tenor Richard Lane and baritone Andrew Jones. Glenn Amer will be the accompanist. Details: Sat 3 November, School of Arts, 8pm. Tickets $50, including wine and cheese at interval and supper after, available from 1 October at Elders Real Estate t 4236 0891.

Club news

Minnamurra massacre

U3A prepares for Term 4

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It’s time to register for the final term of the U3A year. U3A is a worldwide volunteer organisation for anyone wishing to continue learning in their later life. New members are welcome. The talks and short courses are designed to keep your mind active. For details of short courses commencing in October see: or call Margaret 0413 187 148. Term 4 starts at the end of October. Enrolments are on Monday 15 October, 2-4pm and

Tuesday 16 October, 2-3pm, at the North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre, Meehan Drive, Kiama Downs.

Contact Kiama Toastmasters Our apologies for inadvertently giving you the wrong number for Kiama Toastmasters last week. They encourage anyone who finds public speaking a challenge to come along to their meetings at Kiama Leagues Club every first and third Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm. The correct number to contact Noelene with any enquiries is 4232 2573.

U3A’s Term 4 Monday Talks The Monday Talks are held from 2-4pm at the North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre. Gold coin donation. Open to non-members.

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Oct 22

Wendy Leatheam: Medieval Gardens

Oct 29

David Barnes: Kiama Show – Past, Present & Future

Nov 5

Dr Dell Brand: The Historical Novel

Nov 12 Charles Walker: Westgate Bridge - Why did it Collapse? Nov 26

Dr Austin Mack: A Visit to Portwenn - Village of Doc Martin

Dec 10

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Last seen in Kiama The last reported sighting of Lynn Zhang, a 23 year old Chinese national studying in Sydney, was when she arrived at Kiama Station at 3am on 20 August. Her family is very worried about her, as her disappearance is out of character. Her father has come out from China to help find her, and recently visited Kiama. If you have any information that might help him, please contact Ziqiang Wang 0452 320 224.

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In addition, a ceremony is being held on the banks of river to mark the anniversary. “It will be a gathering about healing, but it brings up a lot of emotions for our people. These are their relatives that were murdered,” says Kiama Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Trish Levett. “Elders of the area have always known about it, but have kept the details private. Even now, the exact site of the massacre is being kept secret.” Members of the public are invited to attend the service, and bring food for a picnic lunch afterwards. Details: Monday 1 October, Trevethan Reserve, Riverside Drive,10.30am

To the Editor On behalf of the Romans Hot Rod Association Inc, I wish to thank all who joined us on Black Beach Park on Sunday 9 September for the Hot Rod Show and Shine. The weather was amazing, the food and market stalls busy and interesting, and the cars provided a colourful show on the park. Thanks Kiama for another great weekend in your town! John Dickie, Romans Kiama Organising Committee 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.

Nippers: developing skills for life

Flugelman honoured A feast of choral singing

The late Bert Flugelman, acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading sculptors, has been added to the Kiama Arts Honour Roll. Established in 2013, the Honour Roll provides a process for honouring the outstanding achievements of individuals who are, or have been, an important part of the cultural tapestry and

history of the Kiama local government area. Mr Flugelman joins Lloyd Rees, Charmian Clift, Orry Kelly and others on the Roll. Often working in stainless steel, his works can be found in the sculpture garden of the National Gallery of Australia, in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall and at Kiama’s own Storm Bay.

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The Rotary Club of Kiama is once again hosting the popular Festival of Choirs as a celebration of choral achievement in the area and to help raise funds in support of local and international community service projects. Seven choirs will perform on the day: the Illawarra Youth Vocal Ensemble, the Southern Lights Vocal Academy, the Kiama Probus Men’s Choir, the Shoalhaven Lydian Singers, Sing Gong Go, the Wollongong Harmony Choir and Sing Australia Kiama. For more information please contact Rotarian Geoff Cole at 0409 771 959, or visit rotarykiama. or their facebook page. Details: Sunday 7 October, The Pavilion Kiama, 1-4.30pm. Tickets at the door. Adults $30, conc $25, children 5-17 years $10 and a family of four $50. Light refreshments will be served during intermission.

With summer almost upon us, our local Surf Lifesaving Clubs are looking for new members and registering Nippers for the new season. “The Kiama Kingfishers are all about fun and enjoyment outside, while learning about the ocean and surrounds and the dangers associated,” says Lachlan Payne of Kiama Surf Lifesaving Club. “The Kingfishers will learn skills and gain knowledge in and outside of the water in our iconic Australian sport. “Kids from five to 13 are welcomed to join in for the season.” KSLC runs the biggest Nippers group in the region, with 260 participants registered last year. The Club is having its second registration day and mandatory proficiency swims on Saturday 29 September, at Black Beach Rockpool at 9am, or you can register online at, or contact Lachlan on 0421 699 896. Their Nippers will be commencing the weekend of the 20 October.

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No jail for Illawarra Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to rule out Kembla Grange as a potential location for a new correctional facility, following detailed site investigations and consultation with the community. The site lacked a single block of adequate space for a prison facility, and faced resident opposition.

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EXTENDED TOURS Nambucca Heads 15-21 October 2018

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Mayoral Column Mayor Mark Honey communicates directly with residents and ratepayers

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events such as the Folk Festival while developing and attracting new activities such as the Gerringong Football Sevens. It looks like event organisers and Destination Kiama are going to be even busier than ever over the next twelve months or so. A number of great events The weather may be hit and are currently being worked miss, but judging by every- on, including Spring Festival at Crooked River Winery, thing happening around town, summer can’t be too Kiama I Do Wedding Trail, far away. New Year’s Eve Sky Show, In the last few weekends Kiama Show, Red Hot Sumalone, I have attended the mer Concert, Kiama Rugby Bondi 2 Berry bike ride, Sevens, Kiama Jazz and Australian Boardriders Blues Festival, KISS Arts Battle, Flyball Nationals, Festival, a variety of car Folk by the Sea Festival, shows, Blowhole Big Fish the inaugural Gerringong Classic, Gerringong Surf Football Sevens and even Music Festival and the Council’s popular Second Jamberoo Music Festival. Hand Saturday car boot For residents, please enjoy sale! the fruits of their labour. And I’m about to saddle For local tourism operaup for the Kiama Classic tors, businesses and events’ Family Fun Bike Ride. organisers, all this activity All this activity is a tribute will attract a significant to the way event organisers, number of visitors to our mostly volunteers, and Des- towns and villages, spending tination Kiama and Council their money on food, drink, staff are working together, activities and accommodato create and grow iconic tion.

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Easily the best way to ensure you get ‘a slice of the action’ for your business, is to make sure you’re listed in the 2019 Kiama Visitors Guide. The Kiama Visitors Guide is our largest annual publication, with 60 000 copies distributed to Visitor Centres nation-wide, posted to travellers, stocked at local accommodation and attractions, and also accessed regularly online. It’s the ‘go to’ for locals and any traveller, with a trip planner, ideas of how to explore our region, information on attractions, directions, transport and maps. Importantly, it also includes information on dining out, local events and entertainment, accommodation, tours and shopping. For businesses that sign up as a Destination Kiama partner, you not only get a free listing in the Guide, but a 10 per cent discount on advertising as well. I strongly encourage you to register by Monday 29 October. There’s more information on all your options online at: While on events, well done to the Gerringong and Jamberoo RFS for hosting open days to help residents prepare for the bushfire season. And well done also to the Kiama Power for securing the 2018 AFL South Coast premiership, beating Wollongong into the bargain.

Cultural grants The following projects have been successful in the latest round of Cultural Grants from Kiama Council:  Aboriginal Cultural Art Workshop (Gerringong Public School) $2,500  Presence of Land Exhibition (Gitte Backhausen) $2,000  Kinder Garden:Parents and Kids Songwriting Together (Stephen Holmes)$2,700  Free contemporary dance workshops and performance (Opal Russell) $3000.

Kiama CWA turns 80 When the Kiama branch of the Country Women’s Association formed in 1938, it was the only branch between Wollongong and Nowra. Aside from its fundraising and social activities, the branch was responsible for initiating and running baby health centres in the region, and continued to do so until the 1980s when it became a government responsibility. Its 80th anniversary comes at a time of renewal for the branch, with a new evening group attracting 20 members compared to the traditional day group’s 18 members. Penny Grey, 44, joined the day group in July last year, managing to fit the meetings in around her full-time career as a social worker. “I grew up in a small town of 400 in the Central West, and I know how important the CWA can be to the


Original cottage sells before auction

fabric of a community.” She is particularly interested in the CWA’s advocacy of mental heath issues in regional Australia and the drought. She is already on

the local committee and has attended a state conference. If you’d like to join, contact Cheryl on 4232 4680 or Kiamacwa.daybranch@

Members of the Kiama CWA day branch, at the Anniversary Lunch, with President Cheryl Pearce in the centre, and the branch’s longest serving member Jean Johnson (third from left).

Mental Health Month: an opportunity to connect October is Mental Health Month, and this year’s theme is Share the Journey. The main message is to encourage individuals and communities to connect with others and recognise how important this is for our mental health and wellbeing. “Good social connections are important for our health and survival – they help us with our journey to better mental health and our ability to cope with life’s struggles,” says Kim Capp, the CEO of South Coast Private Hospital and spokesperson for Mental Health Month in the Illawarra. “They not only improve our overall wellbeing, they also build our resilience.” Nearly half of all Australians (45 per cent) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those that don’t

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will most likely know someone that does. Despite this, there’s still stigma and confusion around the topic. Ms Capp says that’s where learning and growing comes in. “It’s important to make sure that as many people as possible know what mental illness looks like and what can be done to treat it – even if it’s not an issue for you right now, it might be one day, either for you or someone you know. “The theme also encourages everyone to learn new and exciting things, as the very act of learning can have many positive outcomes on our mental health and wellbeing – no matter what you choose to learn about.” For the first time, Mental Health Carers NSW and South Coast Private Hospital, will be manning an in-

The long-time home of much-loved Kiama volunteer Nancy Waters was recently sold prior to auction by Andy Wharton from our Kiama office. The three-bedroom cottage located at 22 Hothersal St, overlooking the southern end of Bombo Beach, was once home to the famous Australian writer Charmian Clift, but has been owned by the Waters’ for 60 years. Mr Wharton said Kiama has changed a great deal from the early years of the 20th Century, but this cottage has remained close to its original build. Nancy’s daughter Brenda, who grew up in the home, said her mother and father Rupert bought the property 60 years ago, as a young married couple with three small children. She said although an extension and other works had been completed 37 years ago, overall the house hadn’t changed much. “The neighbourhood has changed a lot, but the house itself hasn’t changed. “It’s had five generations living in it over the years.” Brenda said she would be “very sad” to see the home leave the family, and it felt like “the passing of an era” but was very happy that the new owners would be keeping the original house and renovating as needed.

formation booth and holding free activities at Stocklands Shellharbour on Thursday 11 October. There will be a timetable of activities happening during the day including talks on keeping a healthy mind, how to improve sleep, and the importance of diet and exercise. The Hospital will be holding its annual art exhibition throughout October, with

opening night Tuesday 9 October at 5.30pm (details at “It will feature amazing works by patients celebrating art, collaboration and our diverse cultures,” says Ms Capp. More information on other activities can be found at mentalhealthmonth.

Mrs Waters’ contributions to the community were recognised when she was announced as the Kiama Municipality's Citizen of the Year in 2003, and awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2007. Andy said he was delighted to be trusted with this ‘local sale’ and to assist the Waters family in the passing on of this truly historical local home.

Barefoot Bowls deadline near Nominations for the 2018 First National Coast & Country Barefoot Bowls competition will be closing soon. The eight-week competition, to be run from 6pm on Thursdays at Kiama Bowling Club, and has been designed to give clubs and businesses a chance to network in a fun and friendly atmosphere. There is no cost for entering or playing and snacks will be provided after games. For more information call David Hall on 0431 270 673.



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Postcard home I had not planned to visit Kastellorizo, just a few kilometres of the coast of Turkey. In fact, I had never heard of this Greek Island nor the deep connections the people have with Australia. The settlement is nestled around a genuinely picturesque harbour. Pleasure craft, impossibly sized ocean-liners, fishing vessels and ferries all jostle for a berth. Tourists select fresh seafood and traditional Greek cuisine from a dozen attractive waterside tavernas. The restored mansions are quaint, unusually narrow and painted in bright pastille colours. However, evidence of the terrible challenges of the twentieth century can be seen in the many buildings still in desperate need of restoration. The modern history of the island captured my attention. In the first half of the 20th century five different countries - Turkey, France, Italy, Great Britain and Greece since 1948 - claimed the island. Kastellorizo was a wealthy community until just before

WWI. The next thirty became a bitter cavalcade of disasters including war, aerial bombing, revolution, earthquake, fire and economic insecurity resulting in just a few inhabitants being left on the island after WWII. The connections between Australia and the island are not just recent ones due to the dislocation of war but stretch back into the 19th century. An informative and emotionally powerful short film, screened daily at the local museum, provides the human face of history and

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immigration. Melbourne is the city with the second largest Greek population outside of Athens. Immigration to Australia has always been popular and the museum has the ‘seal’ of a Sydney-Kastellorizo association established in 1924. Many Australians visit each year to see family. On hearing my accent, I was asked, “you a Kassie?” There are good walking trails on the island, which has hardly any vehicles. The ancient wine presses, carved into the rock, date back to

the height of the Athenian Golden Age but no-one is sure. There is a castle (think of the island’s name), an Ottoman era mosque and many churches in scenic locations. The locals are friendly and there are many interesting people to chat with at the tavernas. It is easy enough to do day trips to Turkey but my advice is to soak up the friendly vibes on this remote isle and relax. Darcy Moore, Kiama

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20 year plan may contain images, graphics and maps to assist in communicating the vision. “It is an opportunity for us to be a little clearer about the essence of Kiama that we want to see translated into our planning policies,” says Ms Davis. “The better job we do in setting that direction means that we will be able to better argue for the outcomes we want to see. “Clearly we can’t have the blanket position that we're full. We need to unpack our reasons. “We have to demonstrate we have looked at the issues and strategies from a local perspective, and show how we are going to manage growth and change to retain the essential elements of what makes Kiama. “We may have a look at the housing projections, put forward based on the trends in previous growth, and say it isn't sustainable for us to identify more and more places for growth. “I'm quite comfortable to go in and challenge the fact that we can't deliver on the full extent of the projections, but I'm only prepared to do that if we can demon-

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strate we've had a proper conversation about what those opportunities may or may not be, and why. “Bombo is an exciting opportunity, but we can’t just rely on that. We need to have some strategy on how we deal with growth and change in the short to medium term as well.” An ambitious project line will see the LSPS completed and approved by Council by the end of 2019. This means that the promised reviews of the Local Environment Plan, Development Control Plan and Kiama Urban Plan will not be undertaken until after this. Community and stakeholder groups will be engaged through a series of facilitated workshops being arranged for November. The Bugle will keep you informed of these opportunities, or you may wish to contact Council to subscribe for the weekly Kimunico enewsletter. More workshops will beheld in April and May, and the draft LSPS will go on public exhibition prior to endorsement. The LSPS must be reviewed at least every seven years.

The Bugle 29 Sept 2018  

What should the Kiama Municipality look like in 20 years time? This edition encourages you to make the most of the chance to help shape it....

The Bugle 29 Sept 2018  

What should the Kiama Municipality look like in 20 years time? This edition encourages you to make the most of the chance to help shape it....