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60 days to comment on Berry subdivision proposal

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A controversial proposal to rezone an 11-hectare parcel of rural land to accommodate a 150-lot subdivision at Berry is on public exhibition for 60 days.

The land, known as the Hitchcock’s Lane Reserve, is part of the former Graham Park stock breeding centre located on the south-western fringe of Berry.

The rezoning would allow for subdivision of the land to enable a mix of housing types, including some dual occupancy, with lot sizes ranging from 350 square metres to 700 square metres.

If the proposal gets the green light, the developer will be required to provide landscape screening to the southern boundary, visible from the Princes Highway,  and to provide wide nature strips and generous street tree plantings to reflect Berry’s character.

All submissions must be received via Shoalhaven City’s Council’s website by Friday 8 January 2021.

Photo Shoalhaven City Council

Ambulance Rescue chopper needed for Berry crash

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A 25 year old man is lucky to be alive after his car slammed into a tree just east of Berry on Friday afternoon...

The black Honda suffered significant front end damage with the driver trapped in the vehicle for around 30 minutes.

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Ambulance paramedics released the man, while Fire and Rescue NSW Berry 224, NSW Police, Rural Fire Service crews and the Kiama SES attended the scene.

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The Toll NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter landed in a paddock next to the crash and the injured man was airlifted to St George Hospital in a stable condition...

Pics: Fire and Rescue Berry

Berry cottage destroyed by fire

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An investigation is underway to workout what caused a cottage to go up in flames in Berry overnight.

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Multiple RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called around 5.45 to find the building well alight.

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The cottage was destroyed by the blaze while the main house was spared.

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Fire and Rescue Berry said the fire may have started in vehicles that were parked in the garage connected to the building.

Images: RFS Shoalhaven Heads

Berry hosting regional fire fighting event this weekend

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Shoalhaven firefighters will pit their skills against the state’s best today when they host the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Regional Firefighter Championship at Berry Showground.

FRNSW firefighters from as far afield as Armidale, Dubbo, Merrylands, Port Macquarie, Wyong and Ulladulla as well as crack NSW Rural Fire Service crews from Austinmer, Kootingal and Tamworth, will compete in the championships.

Taking place over two days, the competition will test the skills, professionalism and training of regional firefighters, with events simulating fire and rescue situations. 

We're invited to watch the crews battle it out for championship points and learn more about becoming a  firefighter, with events kicking off at 8am each day.

 The opening ceremony will take place today ( Saturday ) at  9am, at Berry Showground... the event closes 1pm, Sunday.

Photo source: NSW Fire and Rescue

Berry Show cancelled

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The Berry Show planned for Jan 31 to Feb 1 has been cancelled.The Berry Show planned for Jan 31 to Feb 1 has been cancelled.

Organisers say they made the difficult decision due to the ongoing threat of bushfires.

They say the poor air quality and extreme heat experienced recently also led to their decision.

Berry joins Kiama, Bowral and Albion Park who have made similar  announcements in recent weeks.   

Photos: Berry Show Facebook page

   

Berry textile and fibre centre on agenda

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The Berry Spinners and Weavers are calling for like-minded groups to join in their quest for a purpose-built textile and fibre centre in the village.

Shoalhaven City Council has agree to join the search for a greenfield site to build the complex which could house bulky equipment, such as weaving looms and spinning wheels, and also offer a space for artisans to come and spend time working on their pieces.

The centre could also host exhibitions, art sales and workshops.

Creative Kate Downes, says the Berry Spinners and Weavers have a small, temporary home in the school of arts, but members need at least 100 square metres to be able to work.

She said other artisans could get involved and help create a large co-operative space that could become a tourist attraction for the town, while also offering a dedicated space for informal gathering and meetings on weekends or at night.

"It would be great if we have a space where people can come and work on their project whenever they have some spare time," she said.

Many of the members have exhibited their works nationally and internationally and are always ready to share their skills with new members.

Photo Berry Spinners and Weavers

Bong Bong Road residents say no to resort plan

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Residents of Bong Bong Road at Broughton Vale claim the size, design and density of a proposed tourist resort at the end of their country lane is not in keeping with the rural amenity of the area.

Shoalhaven City Council will consider a development application for the tourist cottages, with capacity for more than 60 people, plus a function pavillion that could accommodate around 250 guests.

Spokesperson for residents, Wendy Priddle, describes the resort plan as a "high density urban style development" that will "destroy the natural environment and have a detrimental social impact on the lives of nearby residents".

She claims the proposal includes plans for additional development, which would bring the total number of cabins to 21.

"There is strong opposition, for many reasons, throughout the wider Berry community, to this totally inappropriate development application," Ms Priddle said.

"Particularly residents from Bong Bong Road and Mount Hay Road, which adjoins Bong Bong Rd, as well as Woodhill Mountain Rd who overlook the development."

Shoalhaven councillor John Wells, who has met with neighbouring residents onsite, says the level of community concern means the proposal should go to full council for determination.

Buses replacing South Coast trains

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Advice from NSWTrainlink:

#SouthCoastLine services are suspended in both directions between Kiama and Bomaderry due to heavy rainfall causing flooding at Berry.

Buses are providing a replacement service. 

Call for comment on Hitchcocks Lane Berry rezoning

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Shoalhaven City Council is seeking community feedback on a proposal to rezone land south of Hitchcocks Lane in Berry to permit new housing development.

The land is on the western side of the Princes Highway, south of Hitchcocks Lane, adjacent to the Huntingdale Park residential estate. The proposal is now open for public comment with submissions accepted until 8 January 2021.

The Planning Proposal seeks to rezone approximately 11 hectares of rural land to the R2 Low Density Residential zone. The land is identified as a potential residential growth area in the Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy (GMS) 2014.

The proposed changes to the local environmental plan (LEP) would allow subdivision of the land into up to approximately 150 new housing lots ranging in size from 700 m2 to 350 m2. Allowing for a limited amount of smaller lots is intended to encourage smaller homes to provide more housing choices and opportunities for the local community.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said, “Berry is a very popular place to visit and to move to, and state and local strategic plans identify this land as a potential location for housing growth. We also know the local community wants to protect the character qualities that make Berry such an attractive place.”

The proposed R2 Low Density Residential zone allows for mostly detached single houses. Providing a mix of lots sizes encourages housing variety, including two, three and four-bedroom homes to cater for a wide range of household needs and aspirations.

Council is also seeking feedback on a draft development control plan (DCP) that will support the proposed LEP changes and promote high quality design outcomes. The draft DCP focuses on promoting development that is compatible with Berry’s local character while also protecting the distinctive landscape views of the area.

The draft planning controls include the provision of landscape screening on the southern and eastern edges of the land, while also increasing landscaping opportunities within the future subdivision.

“The proposals are at a point where the Berry community can have their say on them before they are finalised and enable more detailed future residential subdivision applications.  Any feedback received will be considered by Council as part of the finalisation of the Planning Proposal and DCP,” said Clr Findley.

The proposal is open for comment via Council’s website getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/projects/hitchcocks-lane.

Photo supplied.

Car's engine goes up in flames at Berry

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A lucky escape for a group people on the Princes Highway at Berry.

Emergency Services were called around 9pm on Friday following reports a car's engine burst into flames.

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RFS Shoalhaven Heads said all persons were able to get out of the car safely before the fire took hold.

Fireys then extinguished the blaze.

It's not known what caused the engine to ignite.

Images: RFS Shoalhaven Heads

Controversial Berry accommodation gets approval

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It's feared a development once banned by Shoalhaven council but now given approval will open the way for similar illegal operations.

A shed on Sunnymede Lane Berry was fitted out and operated as tourist accommodation without council approval.

The operation was stopped, but the owners have now requested council approve it as private accommodation only.

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Councillor John Wells says the approval could set a precedent for similar developments to fly under council’s radar.

However Councillor Joanna Gash says the owners should be given the benefit of the doubt, with council to act on any complaints from neighbours should the property be illegally used for tourist accommodation.

" I think there's been alot of um, scuttlebutt I suppose, in the community about this particular development. Circumstances have changed. They are determined as a family to live here constantly. I think we should give the benefit of the doubt. She has basically stated here that she's not going to let it as Bed&Breakfast and if she should by anyway do that I'm sure the people who are watching it would report it to council and she'd have to put in another D A." Ms Gash said.

Photo: Shoalhaven City Council Development & Environment Committee papers

 

Fatal accident at Berry

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It's believed one person is dead and another three injured in a head-on at Berry

It happened on Geroa Road around 10 o'clock... an ambulance helicopter land at Vic Zealand Oval at Shoalhaven Heads .

All available emergency services are at the scene.

 

 

 

Gardeners transform Berry park

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Shoalhaven City Council is continuing its roll-out of new and revamped parks, opening Berry’s George Street Park today.

Constructed on land that had been left vacant from the Berry Bypass, the park has undergone an impressive transformation thanks to the vision and work of Berry & District Garden Club members. 

Mayor Amanda Findley is impressed with the community spirit demonstrated by members who have built and will continue to maintain George Street Park. 

"This park certainly is a labour of love and is a true reflection of the Club’s motto 'Friendship through Gardening'," she said.

"I can see that many, many volunteer hours have been devoted to planning and planting the lawns, garden beds, trees, sculptures, paths and seating.

“Berry Garden Club members hand-watered the trees and shrubs throughout the heat and fires last summer and built most of the key garden features themselves.

"It is wonderful that they have made an ongoing commitment to weed and care for the garden plantings and trees at their monthly working bees.

“This is a fantastic asset for the Berry community and visitors and is a testament to the resilient spirit of the Berry community,” Cr Findley said. 

Award-winning local sculptor Michael Purdy, with assistance from local resident Bob Croker, has created two amazing sculptures that make a statement about nature's ability to triumph when threatened by urban development.   

A Red Cedar sapling is establishing itself strongly between the cleaved sandstone of the first sculpture. The second sculpture features a rescued red cedar branch symbolically banded by sunlight penetrating the rainforest. Leaning towards the first sculpture, it acts as the guardian tree of the sapling and of all the other young trees in the park. 

Sited between the two sculptures is a soaring curved timber pergola designed by Berry & District Club President, architect Stephen Buzacott.   

George Street Park can be accessed from the southern end of Albert Street or the western end of George Street, Berry. 

Photo: Shoalhaven City Council.

L'Etape community meetings planned

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L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will host face-to-face local community meetings in April ahead of the cycling event that has been rescheduled for December.

A first series of meetings will take place from April 12-14 at berry, Kiama and Robertson.

During these meetings, the organisers will present the 2021 local community engagement campaign and give a presentation of the modifications and improvement implemented (date, road closure timings).

They will also hold a Q&A session.

The capacity of each room is strictly limited to between 80 and 90 people under the current Covid restrictions and registration is essential.

To join a meeting, please secure your spot via one of the links below:

  • Berry (residents and businesses from Shoalhaven Heads, Bomaderry, Cambewarra, Berry and Kangaroo Valley) - Monday 12 April, 6pm at the Berry School of Arts -  Register for the Shoalhaven Meeting
  • Kiama (residents and businesses from Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and Jamberoo) - Tuesday 13 April, 6pm at the Pavilion Kiama - Register for the Kiama Meeting
  • Robertson (residents and businesses from Fitzroy Falls, Robertson and Burrawang) - Wednesday 14 April, 6pm at the Robertson School of Arts - Register for the Robertson Meeting

Photo L'Etape.

L'Etape community meetings planned

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L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will host face-to-face local community meetings in April ahead of the cycling event that has been rescheduled for December.

A first series of meetings will take place from April 12-14 at berry, Kiama and Robertson.

During these meetings, the organisers will present the 2021 local community engagement campaign and give a presentation of the modifications and improvement implemented (date, road closure timings).

They will also hold a Q&A session.

The capacity of each room is strictly limited to between 80 and 90 people under the current Covid restrictions and registration is essential.

To join a meeting, please secure your spot via one of the links below:

  • Berry (residents and businesses from Shoalhaven Heads, Bomaderry, Cambewarra, Berry and Kangaroo Valley) - Monday 12 April, 6pm at the Berry School of Arts -  Register for the Shoalhaven Meeting
  • Kiama (residents and businesses from Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and Jamberoo) - Tuesday 13 April, 6pm at the Pavilion Kiama - Register for the Kiama Meeting
  • Robertson (residents and businesses from Fitzroy Falls, Robertson and Burrawang) - Wednesday 14 April, 6pm at the Robertson School of Arts - Register for the Robertson Meeting

Photo L'Etape.

Shoalhaven in top 10 at Berry Firefighting Championships

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Three Shoalhaven stations have finished in the top 10 following the weekend’s Firefighter Championships in Berry.

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Nowra 405 walked away in third place.. 477 Ulladulla in seventh and 224 Berry got the points for tenth place.

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The even took place over two days to test  firefighting skills.

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756 Kootingal RFS and 505 Wyong finished one and two respectively.

Photos: Firefighting Championships website

Terrible tragedy in Berry

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A 14-year-old boy has been killed in the Shoalhaven after becoming trapped under an all-terrain vehicle.

Police were called to a property at Berry to find the boy stuck under an A-T-V .

He was freed but couldn't be revived.

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Photo: Travis Winks

Thieves grab and run in Berry

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Police are reminding us to keep our property safe after more than 10 reports of thefts from motor vehicles in Berry in just one night this week.

Many of these vehicles are believed to have been left unlocked.

Police are urging the community to 'lock it or lose it'. Always ensure your car is locked with the windows left up. Don't leave anything of value in view, and better still remove any valuable items from your car - even when it's parked at home.

The majority of these crimes are opportunistic and unfortunately there are people in our community who will take advantage of others.

Anyone with information that may help police in investigating these types of offences is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Photo: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/559951