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Cambewarra walk raises valuable funds to help hearts

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Rachael Hall was once known as the pink postie, but on Sunday she was the lady in red leading a group of about 30 supporters in a SCADaddle walk around Cambewarra.

In the process she raised about $1000 for research into spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD, that nearly ended her life a year earlier.

Rachael said she was grateful for the level of support she had been offered by Cambewarra's community.

"The turn-out was incredible - feeling so much love, so much support," she said.

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"The money containers were full, and it was a beautiful day for it."

But the community showed its support though more than just fellow walkers and donations.

"Some of my beautiful people actually painted some rocks, and while we were out on the walk we actually found dome of those rocks that had the SCAD on them and hearts and pink postie, so that was quite fun as well," she said.

The walk was also aimed at increasing awareness of SCAD, that most often affects fit and healthy women under the age of 50.

Images: Glenn Ellard

Man injured in South Coast crash

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A man has suffered serious injuries in a crash on the South Coast yesterday.

About 6pm emergency services were called to Moss Vale Road, Cambewarra, following reports of a truck crash.

Police have been told the truck was travelling east when it veered off the road and rolled down an embankment.

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The driver, a 41-year-old man, suffered lacerations to his head, a collapsed lung and lower back injuries.

He was treated on scene before being airlifted to St George Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Officers from South Coast Police District are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Photos: NSW police

Questions asked about Nowra's $40M road to nowhere

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A road funded by the Federal Government four years ago to help alleviate traffic congestion during the new Nowra Bridge's construction has still not been built, and Shoalhaven Council candidate Serena Copley is asking why.

She says the government gave Shoalhaven Council $13.9 million in 2017 to build the 1.8km Northern Collector Road, and another $32 million a few years later.

Yet to date only a roundabout has been built.

"After four years and $13.9 million, and a further funding of $32 million by the Federal Government, to date we have a roundabout," she said.

"Where's the rest of it?"

"The Northern Collector Road was meant to alleviate traffic congestion prior to the commencement of construction of the new Shoalhaven River Bridge, however, it looks like the bridge will be finished long before council starts building the link road," Ms Copley said.

"Residents of North Nowra, Bangalee, Tapitalee, and surrounds have been significantly impacted by traffic congestion as part of the major construction works occurring at the Illaroo Road and Princes Highway intersection.

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"The Northern Collector Road was meant to alleviate some of this pain. The council has simply failed to deliver this essential piece of infrastructure right when residents need it the most!

"Shoalhaven City Council received 100 per cent of the funding to complete the Northern Collector Road from the Federal Government - it is simply unacceptable that they have been unable to deliver it within four years," Ms Copley said.

"You can only imagine the frustration of residents of Bangalee, Tapitallee and North Nowra, driving through a round about and past this non-existent road to then be met with traffic jams down on Illaroo Road, and asking 'Why don't we have this road yet?'"

Local resident and fellow candidate Fred Campbell OAM said the mayor turned the first sod on the Northern Collector Road more than a year ago, yet not even a metre of road had been laid.

"This road was touted as connecting two of the fastest growing communities in the Shoalhaven, yet little has been achieved to date," Mr Campbell said.

"Local residents who travel north have been looking forward to this road for years and don't understand why council hasn't even started building it.

"Shoalhaven City Council must explain to the community why they have failed to deliver this important piece of infrastructure and commit to a timetable going forward," Mr Campbell said.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said the first stage of building the collector road was always going to be building the roundabout on Illaroo Road, which had been completed.

"There's been a number of issues with the geotechnical studies in that area, and the geotechnical studies confirmed council's worst fears that there needed to be funding applied for to finish the project," Cr Findley said.

"So now the geotechnical issues have been cleared, the funding has been approved, the work will be able to commence."

Images: Glenn Ellard