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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 named the state's top tourism small town as Shoalhaven dominates

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There are celebrations in Berry after it was named the State's top tourism small town in the NSW Top Tourism Towns awards for 2022 earlier today.

In fact the Shoalhaven dominated the awards, with Berry winning one of the three categories, and Huskisson and Ulladulla finishing runners-up to Carcoar and Mudgee in the other two.

The judges noted Berry is a friendly and historic town that offers visitors many activities and attractions, including a mouth-watering array of fabulous gourmet restaurants to award winning wineries, unique homewares shops and boutiques, as well as well-appointed accommodation provided by a passionate tourism community.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley congratulated the communities of Berry, Huskisson and Ulladulla for being recognised in the prestigious awards.

"We live in the most beautiful place and wish Berry all the best for the Australian Tourism Awards as they battle it out against the states," she said.

"We are incredibly proud of our communities and businesses for their achievement and commitment to providing a welcoming and vibrant town for both locals and visitors to enjoy.”

Berry Chamber of Commerce and Tourism President Louise Hallum said the whole town was "humbly proud" after winning the award.

“Berry is beyond thrilled to have even been part of NSW's Top Tourism Town Awards," she said.

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"It really does recognise the passion with which our Berry locals share their absolute love of what they do.

"Berry is blessed with stunning bucolic scenery and oodles of village charm, but it is the unique events, fantastic accommodation, specialist shopping, exceptional dining and winery experiences that are all delivered with legendary Berry hospitality that ultimately makes Berry such a special, truly memorable place to visit and be," Ms Hallum said.

It was a sentiment echoed by Shoalhaven Council Tourism Mananger Coralie Bell.

“We are thrilled for Berry to be bringing home the gold for the competitive NSW Top Tourism Town Awards and equally proud of all six of our Shoalhaven towns who received highly commended or secured a finalist spot back in April," she said.

"Being recognised as winners and finalists emulates the passion our business operators have for growing and developing our visitor economy.”

More than 12,000 people voted for this year’s Top Tourism Towns awards from a list of 30 finalists, with the winners announced at the Local Government NSW Destination and Visitor Economy Conference in Orange this week.

Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the winners captured the essence and uniqueness of the state’s tourism offering.

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“The incredible natural beauty and warm welcome that awaits in the Top Tourism Towns of NSW fulfill the compelling promise of the NSW Government’s Feel New tourism campaign,” Mr Ayres said.

“We know travellers want more than a checklist of things to see. They want experiences that inspire, amaze and revitalise."

He said Berry was a vibrant example of the unique attributes of regional NSW that set the state apart from other visitor destinations and leave a lasting impression.

NSW Tourism Industry Council Executive Manager Greg Binskin said the awards celebrated towns with a population under 1500, between 1500 and 5000, and a population over 5000 residents.

“Berry, Small Town winner, was admired as a gorgeous town between the mountains and the sea, with its greenery and gardens equalled only by the stunning historic homesteads and abundance of amazing shopping," he said.

The awards are managed by the NSW Tourism Industry Council, with tourism associations, local councils, local chambers and visitor information centres collaborating to enter their towns.

Carcoar, Berry and Mudgee will represent NSW at the Australian Top Tourism Town Awards later in the year. 

Images: NSW Top Tourism Town Awards 2022

Berry rider wins silver as Matildas are denied a shot at gold in Tokyo

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Berry rider Shane Rose has won a silver medal at the Olympics after teaming up with equestrian great Andrew Hoy and Kevin McNab to finish second in the team eventing.

Our boys held their never in the jumping to hold off France while Great Britain claimed the gold.

Rose now has three medals from as many Olympics, adding last night's silver to his Rio eventing bronze and Beijing silver.

The 48-year-old placed 10th in the individual while veteran Aussie and eight-time OIympain, Hoy scored bronze. 

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Shellharbour soccer star Cailtin Foord will be playing for bronze in Tokyo after the Matildas dream run came to an end with a 1-nil loss to Sweden.

Skipper Sam Kerr had a goal controversially disallowed just before half-time before Sweden took the lead early in the second half.

Our girls now face defending Olympic champs the USA who were upset by Canada 1-nil.

Former Warilla high school student, Jye Edwards makes his Olympic debut in the athletics this morning when he contests the 1500 metres heats.

The 23-year-old is ranked 22nd in the world over the distance and will run in the second heat at 10.16am AEST.

Images: Australian Equestrian Team Facebook and Football Australia

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.

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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.

 

 

 

First responders hone their skills

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It will be a case of hydraulic cutters at the ready this weekend when Fire and Rescue NSW crews from the Shoalhaven take on the State Emergency Service and other first response agencies in the 2022 Road Crash Rescue Challenge at Dubbo.

The three-day event at the Dubbo Showgrounds this year pits crews of first responders against each other for the title of NSW Road Crash Rescue Champions.

Six FRNSW crews, from Forster, Berry, Wyong, Dubbo and Ulladulla Fire Stations, as well as a Region South team, are competing against other organisations like the SES and the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) in such scenarios as a “Controlled Rescue,” an “Entrapped Rescue,” a “Trauma Challenge,” “CPR” application and an “Industrial and “Domestic Rescue Challenge.”

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Whilst the rivalry is friendly, the crews take the actual work very seriously as they cut cars apart to simulate rescuing “trapped” motorists and perfecting mock “firefighter down” situations.

It’s the second year of the multi-agency Challenge with additional championships planned for Australasian and International competitors.

Assistant FRNSW Commissioner Rob McNeil said the Challenge allows the competing agencies to sharpen their skills for real emergencies.

“The selected crews learn a great deal from each other and also by actually completing these events under pressure, with the clock ticking,” Asst Commissioner McNeil said.

“They’ll also receive advice from the best rescuers, paramedics, instructors and assessors that NSW can offer,” he added.

“These competitions often generate new ideas and concepts that we can test and put into action to save lives on our roads.

“They also allow our first responders to make long-lasting professional relationships that can prove invaluable at crash scenes.”

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Minister for Emergency Services, Resilience and Flood Recovery Steph Cooke plans to visit the Road Crash Rescue Challenge at the weekend.

“As an SES volunteer myself, I know how important these types of events are,” Ms Cooke said.

“We can sometimes take for granted the skills required to safely remove an injured person from a wrecked vehicle,” she said

Ms Cooke said , “It takes a lot of practice and the expected skills levels are rightfully high because in real scenarios that first responder is often racing the clock to save a life.”

Educational sessions and workshops are also conducted during the Challenge weekend, teaching rescuers about issues such as electrical safety, safe winching techniques and mental health.

The Road Crash Rescue Challenge runs from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May inclusive.

Images: NSW Fire and Rescue 

 

 

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.

Grey Headed Flying Foxes making the Shoalhaven home

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The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has issued a plea for Berry and Shoalhaven communities to help protect endangered grey-headed flying-foxes which have re-formed a camp in the area.

Crucially, the camp supports babies that are entirely dependent on their mothers.

“Grey-headed flying-foxes are a threatened species that have experienced a sharp decline in their population across Australia.

"They play a vital role in eucalypt pollination and tropical seed dispersion which can help with the subtropical rainforest in the area,” said Lorraine Oliver, Ecosystems and Threatened Species Acting Senior Team Leader at DPE.

“The property owners and the surrounding community of the Berry camp have worked closely with Shoalhaven City Council and DPE to find the best ways to cope with living so close to a flying-fox camp.

Saving our Species specialists at DPE and the Council have organised vegetation removal, funding of pool covers and high-pressure hoses, while being careful not to harm or disturb the flying-foxes, and further information for the community is available online,” Ms Oliver said.

“We know that living near a flying-fox camp can sometimes be difficult as they can be noisy, smelly and sometimes their droppings land on clothes, cars and outdoor areas. However, extensive research has shown there is no way to move a flying-fox camp without risking them forming a new camp in a nearby location, causing more residents to be impacted,” she saidgrey_headed_flying_fox_DPI_credit.jpg

“Importantly it is best to avoid disturbing the flying-foxes during the day as this stresses the animals and causes them to fly, swirl and screech.

It can also lead to the death of their babies when they are accidently dropped by their mothers. Residents are asked to report any disturbance of the camp to the Environment Line on 131 555.”

The flying-foxes in the Shoalhaven area have likely travelled from the Hunter and North coast regions chasing food such as eucalypt nectar, rainforest fruits and, more and more frequently, the fruit grown in suburban gardens.

They generally arrive in the Shoalhaven area early summer and leave close to winter, but this depends on whether there are good food resources elsewhere.

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Tragically this flying-fox camp was also the site of two heat stress incidents where the animals were affected by extremely hot temperatures and many hundreds of them died.

DPE is working closely with Council and local wildlife carers to finalise a response plan to support residents and the flying-foxes should another heat stress incident occur in the camp.

The Saving our Species program is the NSW Government’s commitment to increase the number of threatened species that are secure in the wild in NSW for 100 years.

Further information is available at environment.nsw.gov.au/sos. 

Images: DPE 

 

 

 

Kids rate Berry's Boongaree Nature Playpark after its official opening

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The Boongaree Nature Play Park has officially opened and hundreds of families have already experienced its attractions.

The six-point-four million dollar playground was previously known as the Berry District Park and is a result of a collaboration between Berry Rotary, Shoalhaven Council with funding from Federal and State Governments.

The Nature Play Park includes a dual, accessible flying fox, sensory play area, swings, slides climbing nets and exercise equipment. 

As well as family picnic and BBQ spaces, amenities with lift and change facilities and many more elements that create an exciting and inclusive play space for the community and visitors to enjoy.

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It builds on the existing successes of the area and facilitates future opportunities to meet the broader community’s needs and economic benefit from visitors for the Berry Township. 

Berry Rotary believes the Nature Play Park provides a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the northern edge of the township of Berry following the introduction of the Berry bypass road. 

Berry Rotary Club's Grahame Sweeney says the park had hundreds of vistors when it opened on Saturday the 22nd of January, with numbers increasing the following day.

He said, "It was a tremendous day."

Mr. Sweeney said, " It's certainly attracting young families to Berry to go down to the Rotary Nature Playpark."

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One of the first to experience the sensory play park facilities was 12-year-old Summer who said, " I loved the Berry Adventure Playground.

"I like all the pieces of equipment and it's a really good place to see friends and meet new friends." she said.

Summer said "All the equipment was well spaced and varied."

Summer's sister Daisy celebrated her tenth birthday by visiting the playpark with her family.

Daisy said, " I liked all the equipment and also liked the hamster wheels, the bike tracks, the flying fox and the slides."

"I would like to go back tomorrow morning," she said.

Future works include a new skate park and pump track, a dog park and improvements to the sporting facilities, including additional formal car parking for visitors in accordance with the Boongaree Master Plan.

Images: Shoalhaven City Council & the Sarges family & Carl Hubbers

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.

Large landslide blocks Woodhill Mountain Road

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A large landslide has blocked Woodhill Mountain Road near Berry.

Shoalhaven City Council says very large rocks, trees and soil are blocking the road, making it impassable to all traffic.

The site is being inspected by geotechnical engineers, and council is calling on specialist equipment to clear the road.

Residents are asked to allow extra time for detours, as only emergency vehicles are allowed to access the area.

Council says it will update the public as soon as possible.

Image: Shoalhaven City Council 

Man airlifted to hospital after severing fingers in Berry

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A man has reportedly severed several fingertips in a reported workplace accident at Berry.

Ambulance NSW report paramedics were sent to an address at Albany Street after a triple-zero call that a man had caught his hand in machinery.

Officers found the man, aged in his 30's, bleeding heavily after severing three fingers.

He was stabilised before being taken by Ambulance to the Berry Showground.

A rescue helicopter was dispatched and landed there, before transporting the victim to the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

He's reported in a stable condition and is expected to undergo surgery to repair serious injuries to his hand.

Image: Supplied

 

Man injured in Berry car crash

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A man has sustained head injuries in a single-car crash on the Princes Highway in the Shoalhaven's north.

NSW Ambulance dispatched four crews to the accident scene near Berry at about 8 o'clock.

The man, believed to be aged in his twenties, was treated at the scene and then taken to Wollongong Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Investigations are underway into the cause.

Image: Supplied

 

 

Multiple vehicles destroyed in fire at Berry

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Firefighters have extinguished a blaze inside a large machinery shed at Berry.

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Crews were called to a property yesterday afternoon and quickly stopped the spread but not before a ute, quad bike, and John Deere gator were destroyed.

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The blaze was so hot it melted the shell of a quad bike and a couple of plastic water tanks beside the shed.

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It's not known what sparked the fire.

Images: Fire and Rescue NSW Berry

New look into parking near popular playground

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Shoalhaven City Council says it is aware of the issues, and community concerns, regarding car parking at Boongaree in Berry. 

Parking elements around such an important piece of infrastructure need to be considered in regard to the entire Boongaree project.

As a result, additional measures are currently being investigated to address parking issues at Boongaree. 

Taking into consideration the consultation that has already occurred for the Boongaree Master Plan, council has decided to re-open consultation with the community for proposed additional 90-degree formal car parking spaces along North Street, 80m west of Alexandra Street, Berry.

The area impacted by the proposal is depicted in red in the image. 

Please provide your feedback by completing the online survey on council's webpage by Sunday, 10 July

The survey also presents an opportunity for feedback on any other concerns surrounding the parking presented in the Master Plan, including LV parking. 

A hard copy of the survey can be completed upon request for residents without internet access. 

Nowra Velo Club reveals ambitious cycling complex vision for Berry

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The Nowra Velo Club has taken the first step towards the development of a multi-million dollar cycling track and facilities at Berry.

The State Government is providing 20-thousand dollars funding for initial design and planning.

Nowra Velo Club's Frank Neri said "It's an ambitious plan that will grow the region's cycling community."

"Our vision is to have an off the road criterium track, which would be about a kilometre or 12-hundred metre long -  six-metre wide track that we can conduct our training and race on off the road, so increased safety especially for the juniors," Mr Neri said.

He said, "Our vision also includes a potential for a velodrome and a BMX racing track as well, so it's quite a comprehensive vision we've got."

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The complex is proposed to be developed in stages as funding becomes available.

Nowra Velo Club is currently seeking out various funding grant options from local, state, and federal governments to make the dream reality.

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A similar project at Wagga Wagga's Pomingalarna Reserve is costing around 9 million dollars. 

Images: Supplied

NSW Health lists all Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern

 

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NSW Health has released a list of all COVID-19 close contact venues across the Shoalhaven as of October 6 at 8.00 am.

There are confirmed COVID-19 cases are associated with the following locations.

Berry IGA  - 8.45 to 9.15 am Monday 27 September

Bomaderry Woolworths - 5 pm to 5.15 pm Wednesday 29 September

Culburra Beach Woolworths - 12.20 pm to 12.40 pm Friday 24 September

Huskisson The Great Husky Bite - 10.30 am to 2 pm Tuesday 28 September

                                                                             10.30 am to 2 pm Wednesday 29 September

Kiama Service NSW - 4.10 pm to 4.15 pm Monday 20 September

Kiama Subway - 12.25 pm to 12.40 pm Sunday 26 September

Nowra Aldi - 12.30 pm to 1 pm Monday 27 September 

                              4.20 pm to 4.35 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Autobarn - 3.10 pm to 3.30 pm Thursday 23 September

Nowra Bakehouse Delight - 9.49 am to 9.54 am Friday 24 September

Nowra Better Tyres - 1 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Blooms the Chemist - 2.45 pm to 2.50 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Bunnings - 8.30 am to 12 pm Thursday 16 September

                                       - 12.20pm to 12.50pm Sunday 26 September

                                       - 4.30 pm to 6 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Chemist Warehouse - 12 pm to 12.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Coles - 10.25 pm to 10.30 pm Thursday 23 September

Nowra Dan Murphys - 1.35 pm to 1.40 pm Thursday 23 September 

                                                 - 6.10 pm to 7 pm Monday 27 September

Nowra Fins Fangs and Feathers - 4.12 pm to 4.17 pm Thursday 30 September

                                                                        - 3.23 pm to 3.37 pm Thursday 30 September

Nowra McDonalds Nowra Central - 8.30 pm to 8.50 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                                               - 9.15 am to 9.45 am 30 September

Nowra Kebabs - 11.30 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Nowra Local Court - 10 am to 11.30 am Monday 27 September

Nowra Southern IML Pathology - 9.10 am to 9.30 am Friday 24 September

Nowra Woolworths Stocklands - 4.55 pm to 6 pm Friday 24 September

Nowra Woolworths - 3.30 pm to 4.10 pm Friday 1 October

Sanctuary Point Bakery - 10 am to 11 am Thursday 23 September

Sanctuary Point Seafood Take Away - 10 am to 11 am Thursday 23 September

South Nowra Shell Coles Express - 7.50 am to 8 am Monday 27 September

St Georges Basin Clarke's Vehicle Services and LPG Centre - 11.25 am to 11.40 am 23 September

Vincentia Subway - 11.35 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Worrigee FoodWorks - 1.15 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                  - 11.21 am to 11.31 am Thursday 30 September

Worrigee Naaji's Charcoal Chicken Kebabs - 10.55 am to 11 am Saturday 25 September

You must follow the public health advice listed below.

If you have been to any of these locations on the date and time shown below, you are a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self isolate, even if you have no symptoms.

You must follow Public Health advice on the NSW Health website.

Staff and Visitors must follow entrance screening instructions. 

Princes Highway from Berry to Bomaderry open to four lanes

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School holiday traffic on the South Coast is set to ease with the Princes Highway between Berry and Bomaderry  open to four lanes.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the final link in the 30 kilometre upgrade to the Princes Highway between Gerringong and Bomaderry is on track to be fully completed by the end of the year.

“Since 2012 our Government has been upgrading this stretch of road making it safer for motorists and reducing the bottleneck traffic we see during peak holiday periods,” said Mr Farraway.

“Last year we opened the Albion Park Bypass, which was the ‘missing link' between Sydney and Bomaderry so the trip down to the South Coast these school holidays is going to be smoother and quicker.

“The new Princes Highway will improve the liveability and productivity of the Illawarra and South Coast region.”

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South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said with the July school holidays approaching, motorists can enjoy the benefits of a minimum four-lane-highway between Sydney and Jervis Bay Road, south of Nowra.

“It was fantastic to open the first section of the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade this morning to 100 km/h, this is welcome news for tourism along the South Coast with all four lanes open ahead of the upcoming school holidays,” Ms Hancock said.

“These upgrades will improve safety, increase road capacity, improve traffic flow and deliver more reliable journeys.”

“Locals and visitors are sure to notice the change from what was once a single lane highway with limited overtaking opportunities.”

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Motorists can also start enjoying the benefits of new traffic lights on the Princess Highway at the Cambewarra Road/Moss Vale Road intersection that have now been switched on.

The roundabout will continue to operate as normal, with the traffic lights set to activate when traffic volumes are high such as during peak travel times or holiday periods.

Major construction on the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade began in September 2018 and while work has been impacted by heavy rain and Covid-19, the project remains on track with finishing touches to be added through to completion later this year.

Final asphalt work has been affected by ongoing wet weather and will resume when the weather warms in October to ensure the quality of the road surface is not affected.

This is expected to be complete before the 2022 Christmas Holiday Period, weather permitting.

The community will be updated when this work recommences and any changed traffic conditions.

Images: Glenn Ellard, NSW Transport, 

Runaway boat blocks the Princes Highway

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Emergency Services responded to a bizarre incident on the M1 Princes Highway at Berry late Wednesday night.

Shoalhaven Heads RFS said it was lucky that no injuries were sustained after a boat came loose from the vehicle that was towing it.

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The incident closed the northbound lanes as crews removed the stricken vessel.

Images: Shoalhaven Heads RFS

Saluting their service

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The sacrifice and service of veterans in Berry and Lake Conjola will be further commemorated and recognised with Berry RSL Sub-Branch and Lake Conjola Bowling and Recreation Club sharing in $1.5 million from the latest round of Saluting Their Service grants.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said, “We are very proud to support Berry RSL Sub-Branch to deliver the publication of a book examining the experience of locals who served in the Second World War, and Lake Conjola Bowling Club and Recreation Club to install a new memorial at the club, helping the local community commemorate the service and sacrifice of those from the region who have given so much for our nation."

“The Saluting Their Service grants program ensures Australia’s wartime history is preserved and the sacrifice of those who have served during wars, conflicts and peace operations is remembered," he said.

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Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said the commemorative project from Berry RSL Sub-Branch and Lake Conjola Bowling and Recreation Club would continue the tradition of remembrance, and he looks forward to seeing the finished work.

“I am extraordinarily proud of the history of service in Gilmore and this project is a wonderful way for us to commemorate and reflect on the sacrifice of all those who have served from our communities,” Senator Molan said.

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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

Shoalhaven New Years celebration attractions and fireworks displays

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The Shoalhaven is welcoming in the New Year with several family friendly events for residents and thousands of holiday visitors to the region.

The Rotary Club of Berry has a family friendly NYE fireworks display from 5pm - 10:30pm.

The Family Fun Night includes Children's games, live entertainment, carnival rides, food and stalls at the Berry Showground on the corner of Alexandra and Victoria Street, Berry.

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The Nowra Aquatic Park has a pool party planned from 6.30 pm.

The Aquatic Park is at 20 Scenic Drive, Nowra.

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Shoalhaven Heads has live music and family friendly events on the riverfront. 

This is a free, family-friendly community event at the Heads Hotel at 75 Owen Street, from 7pm.

Huskisson has a Monster NYE Fireworks display from from 9pm to 11pm at the Husky Carnival sponsored by the Huskisson Chamber of Commerce.

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In Kangaroo Valley, The Friendly Inn Hotel is hosting live entertainment  with a children's playground from 5:30pm.

The New Year will be welcomed in with a spectacular fireworks display which starts at 9 pm.

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 New Years eve revelers are being urged to be COVID safe and observe current NSW Health COVID-19 restrictions.

Images:  Huskisson Chamber Facebook & Nowra Aquatic Park Facebook & Rotary of Berry Facebook & Friendly Inn Kangaroo Valley Facebook.

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

The pipes are calling the Celtic clans to Berry

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The pipes are calling for the Berry Celtic Festival, being staged at the Berry Showground tomorrow, and more than 3000 people are expected to answer the call.

Festival co-ordinator Shona Gibson said there was plenty happening throughout the day, starting with a street parade from Apex Park at 9.30am to the showground.

That kicks off a day full of activities including nine pipe bands, and re-enactments of ancient battles.

"We have jousters coming, and they'll be trying to push each other off their horses, and they'll be either galloping or walking their stallions through the joust, depending on the firmness of the ground on Saturday," she said.

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Rather than focusing on a particular nation, this year the organisers are placing the emphasis on festival.

"After COVID we felt that we needed something bright and lively," Ms Gibson said.

With that comes a different layout to the Berry Showground.

"We are setting up the main entrance on Alexandra Street to look a bit like a castle, so people will come through a castle rampart and on to the showground grass, and they'll be sort of entering what we're hoping to look like a Medieval village," Ms Gibson said.

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"There'll be games and scarecrows and all sorts of interactive things - fiddling groups under a marquee where people can just sit and listen while having their lunch."

There will also be plenty of stalls set up to represent different clans, and help educate people on Scottish history.

This is the 15th Berry Celtic Festival, run by the Berry Rotary Club, raising money for local charities.

Images: Berry Rotary

 

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