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


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.


"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.


“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

Big names gear up for Husky tri festival



The Shimano Huskisson Triathlon Festival kicks off this Friday, with many events already fully booked due to covid limitations.

There's still spots in Friday's 500 metre and one kilometre Ocean Swim events, Saturday's Super Sprint and the TriKids events for 7-9 year old and 10-12 years old.

You'll have to be quick to secure a spot in the the 2, 5, or 10 kilometre fun runs on Saturday.

Sunday's main events, the Classic, Ultimate and Aquabike events are all fully booked.

Organiser Hew Colless from Elite Energy is expecting some exciting finishes, with big prize money on the line.

"For the ultimate, which is essentially a half iron man, on this Sunday, we have around 45 professional athletes all completing for a prize purse of total of around $35,000," he said.

In its 16th year, the “Big Husky” Triathlon Festival has grown to become one of Australia’s most popular long course events.

To be part of the action go to

Photo Creative Soup Media (Facebook / Instagram: @creativesoupmedia)

Covid restrictions for Jervis Bay Territory


Locals and visitors are reminded that Commonwealth COVID restrictions are in force in Jervis Bay Territory.

Visitors from 9 Sydney Local Government areas are currently only permitted to enter the are with an approved exemption.

This includes Booderee National Park, Wreck Bay, HMAS Creswell and a handful of holiday accommodation businesses.

The Jervis Bay Territory  is a Commonwealth-administered territory, and is not part of New South Wales (NSW).

Non-resident visitors who have been to hotspots are not to enter JBT. Returning JBT residents who have been to hotspots are required to self-isolate at home for two weeks.

The rest of Jervis Bay, such as Huskisson and Vincentia is in NSW.

Hit and Run at Huskisson


There's a call for witnesses following a hit and run at Huskisson on the weekend.

Saturday morning around 10 on Wool Road a black ute towing a dual axle trailer with tradesmans tools on board hit and dragged a cyclist, before the bike rider flipped the cycle onto the road.


The vehicle didn't stop and Shoalhaven police are investigating.

Meantime the cyclist injuries were not life threatening.


Photos: Sandbar Huskisson Facebook page

Huskisson Woollamia Community Voice Zooms with candidates tonight


The Huskisson Woollamia Community Voice group is reminding residents of a meet the candidates Zoom opportunity tonight.

Ward 2 Shoalhaven Council Green's candidates Evan Christen and Jo Warren will answer questions about their plans and policies in the lead-up to the December four local government elections.

to join Zoom meeting go to:
Meeting ID: 851 1283 8239
Passcode: 500337

A meet the Labor Candidates Zoom night is happening on the 22nd of November.

Image: Flickr

Marine Rescue Jervis Bay's new vessel arrives


Marine Rescue Jervis Bay has taken possession of Australia's first custom-designed, purpose-built marine rescue vessel.

The vessel, costing about 850-thousand dollars, underwent a final fit-out and sea trials at Marine Rescue NSW headquarters at Port Hacking over the last few weeks. 

Jervis Bay 41 is fitted with the latest satellite navigation and imagery equipment,  improving the unit's search and rescue capability, boosting boating safety along the Shoalhaven coastline.

Jervis Bay 41 powered into Jervis Bay with unit commander Tony Dagger at the helm.


The vessel is now moored at Huskisson where Marine rescue Jervis Bay volunteers will undergo two weeks of training before the 13-and-a-half metre vessel goes into service.

Images: Tony Dagger

Museum exhibition recounts Jervis Bay's indigenous history


A possum skin cloak and bark canoe are just two of the local indigenous items on display as part of a new exhibition at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum in Huskisson.

The Munggura-Nggul exhibition recounts the stories of the people, events and places in the history of Jervis Bay and surrounding  areas.

It tells the stories of early settlers, the development of the region’s industries such as whaling and fishing, boatbuilding, woodcutting and farming, and the role of the navy in the area, through to the development of area as a tourist and holiday destination, and the story of environmental activism in the region. 

Munggura-Nggul, which means ‘home-belong’ in the local Dhurga language, recounts the history of the indigenous people in the area, their struggles to survive European settlement, their struggles for land rights, and the pride they take in their contemporary communities. 

Museum’s Director Diana Lorentz says the new exhibition replaces an old history-based exhibition previously housed in the same galley but which needed a complete refresh of its displays and to incorporate new ways of telling stories.

She said the exhibition opened on October 29 with a traditional smoking ceremony and the carrying in of canoe (or ‘garidja’ as it is known in the local Dhurga language) which was made on museum grounds for the exhibition by members of the Jerringa people.

Ms Lorentz says , being a maritime museum, it is fitting to have a bark canoe, the likes of which were seen and drawn by explorers when they entered Jervis Bay.

She's thrilled to also have a contemporary possum skin cloak on loan from Wreck Bay's Freeman family.

“The exhibition features some fascinating objects, including one of the few complete Seibe Gorman diving suits fully assembled as well as some significant objects from the local Aboriginal community," she said.

It also boasts objects from the numerous shipwrecks on the treacherous South Coast over the years, including the bell from the Walter Hood, and photographs of the families, holiday makers, colourful local identities, and buildings, that are now long gone.


The new exhibition was designed by Queanbeyan-based design company Thylacine Design, with input from the Museum’s staff, volunteers and the Bay and Basin community.

Funds for the construction of the new exhibition, and alterations to the gallery to house it, came from a NSW government CREATE NSW, Regional Cultural Grant Fund, awarded to the Museum last year.

Museum hours are 10.30 am to 3.30 pm each day, including weekends and the museum is located in Woollamia Rd, Huskisson. 

Admission is $10 ($8 concession) with children under 16 free. 

Photos Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

NSW Health lists all Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern



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. 

NSW Health updates Covid hotspot and testing locations


NSW Health has been advised of further venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 who were in southern New South Wales between 19 and 24 May while potentially infectious.

The original timeframe has been expanded as three household contacts of the original case have now tested positive.

If you were at any of the following venues at the times listed, please immediately call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and isolate until you receive further information from NSW Health.

Gundagai - The Coffee Pedelar 136 Sheridan St - Wednesday 19 May between 9.30 - 11.15am

Gundagai - Gundagai Craft Centre 105 Sheridan St - Wednesday 19 May between 11am - 12pm

Gundagai - Junque and Disorderly Antique Shop - 177 Sheridan St - Wednesday 19 May 11am - 12pm

Goulburn - Shell Coles Express Big Merino 1/3 Sowerby St - Wednesday 19 May 1.45-2.05pm

Jervis Bay - Greenpatch Campground Booderee National Park - Wednesday 19 May 4pm until Monday 24 May 9am

Huskisson -  5 Little Pigs Shop 4-5, 64-66 Owen St - Friday 21 May 8-1130am

Huskisson - Huskisson Treasure Chest 74 Owen St - Friday 24 May 11.30am - 12pm

Vincentia - Coles Vincentia Shopping Village (in addition to times previously announced) - Friday 21 May 12-1pm and Saturday 22 May 12-1pm


NSW Health is opening a new pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic at the Gundagai Visitor Information Centre, 249 Sheridan St, Gundagai from 10am till $.30pm today.

Testing locations include:

•           Husky Sports Club pop-up drive-through clinic, Kioloa Street, Huskisson, 8am‑6pm, seven days a week.

•           Goulburn Base Hospital (old main entrance), 9am-4pm today.

•           Nowra Southern IML Pathology Drive-through Clinic, 57 Junction Street, open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday

•           Shoalhaven Hospital, entry via Shoalhaven Street driveway 2 Scenic Drive, open 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:15pm-4:30pm Monday - Sunday

•           Milton Ulladulla Hospital, 106 Princess Highway, enter via Main Hospital Entrance, open 8am-3:30pm Monday - Sunday

•           Gerringong 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through, Gerringong Medical and Cosmetic Centre, 139 Belinda Street, open 9am-3:30pm Monday-Friday

Anyone who lives in Jervis Bay, Vincentia, Huskisson, Gundagai or Goulburn, or has visited these areas since 19 May, is asked to be especially vigilant for the onset of even the mildest of cold-like symptoms, and is urged to come forward for testing immediately if they appear, then isolate until a negative result is received.

Additionally, anyone who has recently had symptoms should also get tested.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest testing clinic, visit:, or contact your GP.

Images : supplied


Paintback recovers over 36 million kilograms of unwanted paint


Australians have returned over 36 million kilograms of unwanted paint and packaging to the National Paint Recovery scheme since it was established six years ago.

Across the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands more than 254 thousand kilograms of unwanted paint has been collected.

The successful Paintback scheme receives unwanted oil and water based paint and paint packaging at over 165 permanent Australian collection sites and ensures it is disposed of safely or repurposed for other industrial uses.


The packaging and liquid are separated with the containers being recycled, subject to contamination.

The solvent paint can then be converted into an alternative fuel source replacing coal. 

Water is separated from acrylic paint with the by-product used in a variety of industrial applications significantly reducing landfill and the reclaimed water is used by other industries which reduces the reliance on mains water.

In the Shoalhaven alone, Paintback has collected 165 thousand 868 kilograms from the  permanent sites and special one off events.

Paintback has collected 88 thousand 354 kilograms from the Wingecarribee Resource recovery Centre and special one off events.

This significantly reduces landfill and ensures the unwanted paint doesn’t end up in our waterways.

You can dispose of your unwanted paint at these permanent sites:

Huskisson Recycling & Waste Depot- 235 Huskisson Rd, Huskisson.

Ulladulla Recycling & Waste Depot - Pirralea Rd, Ulladulla.

Shoalhaven CRC West Nowra - 120 Flatrock Road, Mundamia

Wingecarribee Resource Recovery Centre - 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale.

Images: Paintback Australia 



Police investigate after close call at Huskisson


A man has sustained a broken right ankle after his minivan almost rolled off Huskisson wharf Saturday night.

Emergency services were called to Currembene Street about 10.15, after a white Holden Combo minivan rolled onto the wharf and had its front wheels hanging off the edge.

South Coast Police have been told the 45-year-old male driver had parked the minivan about 10m from the wharf and had briefly left the vehicle, when it began rolling forward.

As the man tried to get back into the drivers seat his lower right leg was crushed when the van became wedged between posts at the end of the wharf.


A 42-year-old woman in the front passenger seat was not injured.

Police allegedly uncovered a replica handgun hidden under the driver's seat, several knives and cannabis.

The injured man from Bomaderry was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital while police inquiries continue.

Photo source: NSW Police

Shoalhaven New Years celebration attractions and fireworks displays


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.


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

The Aquatic Park is at 20 Scenic Drive, Nowra.


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.


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.


 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.

Shoalhaven suburbs join the Million dollar club


The real estate boom has left a major impression on the Shoalhaven.

The Shoalhaven dominates Corelogic's top 10 regional NSW suburb newcomers to the million dollar club.


Huskisson headlines the list at $1.465 million which is a hundred thousand dollars better than Tomerong at number six.

Property values in Shoalhaven Heads and Currarong increased by more than $400,000 over the 12 months to May to also be in the regional NSW top 10 at $1.338 million and $1.327 million respectively.

Images: Wikipedia Images & Daryl Jones 

Two separate assaults in Huskisson

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Two men have been charged with alleged assault following separate incidents in Huskisson.

Just after 11pm on Friday, Police were called to a licensed premises on Owen Street, after reports of a brawl outside.

Police were called to help move the crowd on.

An 18-year-old man was found on the roadway suffering a head injury.

He was treated by Paramedics and taken to Shoalhaven Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Police have been told the injured man was allegedly assaulted before he was deliberately tripped, causing him to fall and strike his head on the ground.

An 18-year-old man was arrested after approaching police.

While dispersing the crowd with the assistance of hotel security, a man was seen to punch a security officer in the face after being asked to leave.

OC spray was used and a 19-year-old man was also arrested.

Both men were taken to Nowra Police Station.

The younger one was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday October 25 2021.

Image: NSW Police