Jervis Bay - 2ST

2st/Powerfm crew strides out at the SAHSSI 30 walk.

 

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The 2st/Powerfm crew put in some big strides taking part in the SAHSSI 30 walk.

The community event aims to raise awareness of women’s homelessness and domestic violence in the Shoalhaven while at the same time raising much needed funds for SAHSSI Shoalhaven.

The event is a challenging walk/shuffle/jog/run along the beautiful coastline of Jervis Bay.

About 400 walkers took in the part fundraiser, observing social distancing and COVID-19 safe protocols.

Participants were treated to refreshments at Hyams Beach Village Picnic Area to mark the halfway point.

The goal, to raise $10,000 for SAHSSI Shoalhaven.

Image: Peter Andrea

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nuclear plant for the Shoalhaven is again on the table

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During question time in Federal parliament yesterday Energy Minister and Member for Hume ANGUS TAYLOR said he had an open mind on the use of nuclear energy.

It follows a call this week by the Australian Nuclear Association for the construction of twenty nuclear energy plants and nominated potential sites including Shoalhaven & Jervis Bay as one of eighteen regions for nuclear power stations.

While Prime Minister Morrison has said nuclear power is not on his agenda..  Queensland MPs Keith Pitt and James McGrath have called for a parliamentary inquiry into the issue.

Labor Member for Gilmore FIONA PHILLIPS says she and the Shoalhaven community will never accept a Nuclear Power Plant being built here and has called on the government to clarify where it stands on nuclear power.

Photo: https://australianmap.net/jervis-bay/

Baby flatties released in popular fishing spots

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Recreational fishing the Shoalhaven has received a boost, with 40,000 Dusky Flathead fingerlings released at Lake Conjola and St Georges Basin.

The juvenile fish were bred by Narooma Aquaculture from wild brood stock caught on the South Coast.

This is the largest stocking event for Dusky Flathead in the region and follows the development of innovative breeding technology of the popular sportfish.

The release is a key part of the NSW DPI Fisheries Marine Stocking program and will boost local fisheries and provide extra incentive for fishers to wet a line

The fingerlings were released at 25mm in length and are expected to grow quickly.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) scientists and community volunteers will monitor the growth and locations of the fish as they develop.

With 14,000 fingerlings released in Lake Conjola and 25,000 in St George Basin, this work is designed to evaluate the growth of fish, their movements and impact of fish releases on the recreational fishery

The project was funded through the sale of the recreational fishing license fee.

More fingerlings are proposed to be stocked into other recreational havens on the South Coast, including Burrill Lake, in the coming weeks.

Plans are also underway to initiate Mulloway stockings in the future, which involves collecting wild caught brood stock.

Photo DPI Fisheries

Boat swept onto rocks at Jervis Bay

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Around 6.30 yesterday morning  Marine Rescue Jervis Bay  (JB40)  was tasked to rescue the occupant of a 5.5 metre boat aground on rocks at Dart Point near the entrance to Jervis Bay.

Hidden by an unusually high tide, the vessel had become grounded when trying to cross a submerged reef.

The sole occupant reported they were safe, in no imminent danger, were wearing a life jacket with EPIRB at the ready and had anchored the vessel to stop it being dragged further over the rocks.

On arrival, the crew of John Gallimore, Brian McParlane, Daniel Pauperis determined that dragging the vessel off the rocks would likely result in further damage.

The occupants of the vessel made their way to a nearby beach where they were assisted by Naval vessel ‘Sycamore’.

As JB 40 could no longer provide emergency assistance, the vessel was left to be salvaged.

Marine Rescue NSW says the owner of the vessel is to be commended for having the necessary safety equipment and knowing how to use it.

The incident is also a reminder to carefully plan your journey including knowing how to correctly read maritime charts, and to take into account the effects of higher than normal tides in covering normally visible hazards.

Story and photo: Marine Rescue NSW

Booderee fire under control

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RFS crews will be back out today to check on a fire ground in Jervis Bay where about 250 hectares of bushland was burnt out yesterday.

It erupted east of Caves Beach Road and at one stage three large air tankers were called in to help with backburning operations and strengthen containment lines.

It is contained and posing no threat to property, however, Booderee National Park will remain closed and those in the area - particularly near Wreck Bay and Jervis Bay villages are being advised to continue monitoring conditions.

Photo: Community Watch - We Love Sanctuary Point Facebook page

 

Call for Jervis Bay sanctuary zones to remain

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More than 200 people attended an information meeting in Huskisson last (Wednesday) night to outline the State Government’s plan to review the Jervis Bay Marine Park Management Plan.

The park is one of many marine parks in the state that is under review.

Meeting spokesperson Trish Dyball claims the plan could "fly under the radar" and she says members of the public have a right to be informed about any proposed changes before they are implemented.

She says a petition will be sent to Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock calling for no changes to be made to existing protected zones within the park.

"We are concerned about these issues that they've decided to do very quietly, you know, just put the plan online," she said.

"We want the government to commit to no winding back of sactuary protections in Jervis Bay.

 "And also we want consultation with the community, openly, with these new management plans that they're proposing, rather than what's happened at Batemans Bay with losing six sanctuaries and no consultation with the public at all.

"While it is unclear what is planned for Jervis Bay, we need to stay informed to protect our marine park."

The meeting was hosted by Jervis Bay Brewing and guest speakers included Monica Mudge from Treading Lightly, the Woebegone Freedive team and ecologist David Booth. 

Jervis Bay Marine Park covers about 215 square kilometres and spans over 100 km of coastline from Kinghorn Point to Sussex Inlet.

It includes most of the waters of Jervis Bay, with the remainder forming part of the Booderee National Park on Bherwerre Peninsula.

Ms Dyball says an online petition will soon be available, but in the meantime, anyone wishing to get involved can contact her via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo Jervis Bay Brewing

 

 

 

 

Covid restrictions for Jervis Bay Territory

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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.

Defence training exercise in Shoalhaven

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Helicopters will be flying low over Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven in coming weeks, as part of a defence training exercise starting today.

We can also expect military vehicles and personnel carrying weapons as part of the anti-terrorism exercise continuing until the start of April.

Executive Officer of the Army's 6th Aviation Regiment, Major Sacheen Gallop, said the training will help Army personnel fulfil an important role.

"We're going to be doing some training with our helicopters for the counter terrorist role that we hold for Government,

"It's training that we do regularly every year and it's just so that we have the skills to respond to any terrorism incident,"Major Gallop said.

No ammunition will be used during the training.

Image: Australian Defence Force

Husky Tri attracts record numbers

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Professional athletes Simon Hearn and Ellie Salthouse took out the Shimano Husky Triathlon's elite Ultimate event over the weekend.

Hearn came in ahead of Tim Read and Caleb Noble, while Salthouse cam in just ahead of Amelia Watkinson and Annabel Luxford in what has become one of the country's hottest events.

Salthouse also won the women's Aquabike event, while the men's race was won by Nick North.

Organiser Hew Colless says the event was a massive drawcard for the Shoalhaven, with more than 5000 competitors taking part, from the ultimate right through to the kids' fun run event.

"It was three huge days and we couldn't have asked for better weather," he said.

"It's our biggest triathlon ever in the last 16 years."

He said it wasn't only the althletes and their families that benefitted from the event.

"The entire area would've reaped the benefit of so many people coming from all over the country, bringing massive business into the area."

Colless said it was great to see lots of families involved in the fun run and a good mix of ages in Sunday's tri events.

"The number of people supporting all the competitors in all the different age categories running over the finish line was fantastic - it was quite exciting."

2021 Shimano Husky Triathlon Festival. Male podium winners. Ultimate distance. Finish chute, holding up tape, podium presentations.

Photos Creative Soup Media

Hyams hopes for masterplan relief

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Hyams Beach residents are hoping a village masterplan will help alleviate overcrowding in the popular tourist hot spot.

Over summer, visitors have been turned away once a 300-car limit is reached, but that hasn’t stopped determined beach-goers from parking illegally and dangerously along Booderee Road and walking into the village.

Hyams Beach Village Association president Lois Sparkes says some visitors continue to ignore no parking signs that have been erected by Shoalhaven City Council, while others are confronting council-employed traffic controllers.

“This holiday season from Christmas to Australia Day has been continually busy, even on weekdays and it’s been compounded by covid restrictions that have limited international and interstate travel,” she said.

“At times the Booderee National Park has been closed to visitors, so people then flock to places like Hyams Beach.”

Ms Sparkes says traffic control has helped over the past three years, and moving the stop-point to Booderee Avenue instead of Naval College Road this year has also assisted traffic flow.

“The traffic controllers have been incredibly diplomatic and patient even though they have endured some very annoyed and very abusive people.”

However, she says there are still a number of issues that need to be addressed.

“Google Maps sends everyone to the south end of the beach, so we have loads of cars in one place looking for parking spots and trying to do U-turns – it’s very dangerous.

“We still have concerns around traffic flows in the village, which are actually quite dangerous, coupled with improved pedestrian safety particularly along Cyrus Street from Hyam Road through to Chinamans Beach

“We are also extremely concerned about the large number of illegal campers who camp on the beach and light fires on the beach. We’ve seen an increase in campervans this year - and many return offenders.”

Ms Sparkes said an incident, where a driver left a car in a residential driveway without the hand brake on,could have been disastrous.

“The car rolled down the driveway through a privacy screen and, fortunately, there were no children in the yard and no one in house as there could have been injuries incurred,” she added.

Members of the association are working closely with Shoalhaven City Council on the draft Masterplan which Ms Sparkes hopes will be progressed in the next few months.

She says members are also calling for council re-visit the use of digital technology to manage parking in the village.

“This has been proposed in the past, but not pursued.”

The other issue facing the community in busy times is rubbish.

“We have been absolutely trashed,” she concluded.

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Photos Shoalhaven Tourism and supplied.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Marine Rescue Crew bring over 800 people back safely to shore

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Despite the wettest start to a year on record, Marine Rescue NSW has had its second busiest 12 month period ever with 3,905 rescues safely delivering 8,599 to shore.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke congratulated Marine Rescue NSW volunteers for their outstanding efforts.

“One third of the rescues conducted in the last financial year were for life-threatening emergencies, sometimes in the worst of weather and sea conditions and at the dead of night,” Ms Cooke said.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers whose skill, bravery and dedication saves lives on the water and helps keep our State’s waterways safe.”

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For the Illawarra Shoalhaven there were 404 rescues, 195 in potentially life-threatening circumstances bringing 802 people safely to shore.

  • Port Kembla                       107
  • Shellharbour                       27
  • Shoalhaven                        77
  • Sussex Inlet                        55
  • Jervis Bay                           96
  • Ulladulla                             30
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Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said that the number of rescues had come in slightly below the previous year, thanks to the poor weather over the popular summer boating period.

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“Over the year our volunteers received an extraordinary 223,338 radio calls, nearly one every two minutes.

"These included 73 Mayday calls when lives were in imminent danger, and 47 Pan Pans, when boaters were in an urgent but not life-threatening situation, as well as 14 flare sightings,” Commissioner Tannos said.

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“57 per cent of calls were for flat batteries, running out of fuel or engine problems, providing boaters with an important reminder to keep their vessel properly serviced and to always carry enough fuel for the journey. In total, 65,433 boaters Logged On to their local Marine Rescue base, helping to keep them, and their passengers, safer.”

Marine Rescue NSW volunteers also attended 247 groundings, 146 capsizes and 23 medical emergencies, with most rescues while boats were fishing (37 per cent), cruising (32 per cent) or sailing (eight per cent).

Weekends accounted for 50 per cent of all rescues, with Sundays the busiest day with 27 per cent of rescues, and Thursdays the quietest on the water. Boaters were most likely to be rescued between 12pm and 3pm, with 40 per cent of all rescues at this time as boaters begin to head home and strike mechanical issues or deteriorating weather conditions.

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As the warmer months approach, Marine Rescue NSW is urging boaters to follow the safety advice and wear a lifejacket, check the weather conditions before heading out and to Log On with their local Marine Rescue base so they can be quickly located in an emergency.

images: NSW Marine Rescue  

Increase in shark activity around Jervis Bay

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The Department of Primary Industries and Surf Lifesaving NSW are reporting an increase in shark sightings around the Jervis Bay area.

The warning follows a minor shark attack, at Hyams Beach around 6:30 yesterday morning , with the victim driving herself to hospital for treatment.

Shoalhaven City Council's is encouraging swimmers to seek out patrolled beaches, and not swim at dusk and dawn when sharks are feeding.

It also helps avoiding sandbars, river mouths and steep drop-offs.

Patrolled beaches in the area until January 27 include:

* South Mollymook Beach (Golf Avenue)
* Shoalhaven Heads (McIntosh Street)
* Crookhaven Heads Beach
* Tilbury Cove (Ocean Street, Culburra Beach)
* Warrain Beach (Farrant Avenue, Culburra Beach)
* Cudmirrah / Berrara Beach (Sussex Inlet)
* Narrawallee Beach (Surfers Avenue)
* North Mollymook Beach (Beach Road)

Image: Jayphen/Flickr

 

JB 40 Marine Rescue vessel to provide another level in safety for the South Coast boating community

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In a first for the nation, a state-of-the-art Australian-built and designed rescue boat is to be stationed at Jervis Bay.

Bristling with the latest technology, 'Jervis Bay 40' will provide a significant boost to boating safety along the coast.

Jervis Bay Marine Commander Tony Dager said "It takes us to another level in terms of safety for the boating community."

"The technology on the boat will enable us to locate vessels quicker. Her speed is significant, she's rated to be over 30 knots so we can get to anyone who needs assistance much quicker," Mr Dager said.

Built by Harwood Marine, the vessel is wrapping up sea trials in Yamba in Queensland and is expected to arrive in Jervis Bay by the end of the month.

Image and Video: NSW Marine Rescue

 

 

 

 

Jervis Bay - overdue boat sparks search

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A search for an overdue boater on Jervis Bay yesterday has highlighted the value of Logging On with Marine Rescue NSW and the need to make sure all your communications equipment on board is in good working order.

The skipper had Logged On via the MarineRescue App when she headed out yesterday morning but when the 6m runabout had not returned as scheduled search procedures began.

There was no response to radio calls and the boater’s car and trailer were still in the car park.

Rescue vessel Jervis Bay 40 headed out and a radio alert was issued for all boaters in the vicinity to keep a lookout.

A second rescue boat was about to set out when it was discovered the boater had returned to the boat ramp.

It turns out, her phone had run out of battery power and her radio was not working.

Marine Rescue says the boater had done the right thing by logging on, but it demonstrates the need for anyone heading out on the water to be sure  their radio is in good working order and their phone is fully charged so they can call for help in an emergency.

Photo source: Marine Rescue

Jervis Bay athletes training for the National Duathlon Championships

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It's mid June and most people are avoiding early mornings outdoors at this time of the year, but not the dedicated members of the Jervis Bay Triathlon Club.

Many are into duathlon training with a shot at a national title and international selection on the offer.

The  National Championship duathlon is scheduled in Townsville in August.

It's a 10-kilometre run, followed by a 40-kilometre bike ride and then another 10-kilometre run.

Club President Rod Rose said "It's also a selection event for those wanting to qualify for the World Championships being held in Townsville in 2022."

Image: Jervis Bay Triathlon Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jervis Bay businesses to receive NSW government financial support

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Jervis Bay Territory Businesses are set to receive support payments after being allowed access to the NSW COVID business support programs.

Jervis Bay business had been denied access to the dollars because the ACT Government administers the Jervis Bay Territory.

The state government has now recognised the importance of those businesses to the state economy.

COVID-19 business grants, as well as the micro-business grant programs and JobSaver applications, close this Friday, October 1.

JobSaver provides cash flow support to impacted businesses, including sole traders and not-for-profits who have been impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

More details on eligibility criteria for local businesses wanting to access support can be found here.

Image: Shoalhaven City Council

Jervis Bay exclusion zones during navy exercises

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Transport for NSW advises vessel operators that the Australian Defence Force will be conducting vessel trials and exercises on the waters of Jervis Bay and the adjacent waters of the Tasman Sea between Monday 16 May 2022 to Friday 27 May 2022.  

Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, a number of exclusion zones will be established on the navigable waters of Jervis Bay and the Tasman Sea between the above dates. Some exclusion zones may be mobile and may surround and move with participating vessels - in effect forming a moving ring around such vessels.

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The exclusion zones will be indicated by the presence of patrol and naval vessels on the perimeters. Vessel operators navigating near exclusion zones will be directed to keep clear.

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Vessels involved will be monitoring VHF channel 16 and broadcasting any safety related messages via this channel to waterway operators in the area.

Transport for NSW advises:

  • Persons within the vicinity of a zone must comply with any directions given by an authorised Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  • No unauthorised vessels are permitted to enter the zones under any circumstances, and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s12(6) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00).

For further information concerning this navigation advice, please contact the Transport for NSW information line on 13 12 36

Jervis Bay has closed its border

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Officially Jervis Bay Territory,   the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) have signed and issued the Jervis Bay Territory (Coronavirus Emergency Direction) of the Jervis Bay Territory Emergency Management Ordinance 2015.

It means Jervis Bay is now closed to all non-residents until April 23 under emergency measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

People must stay away from the territory or risk fines of up to $10,500.

(1) A person must not, without reasonable excuse, enter any part of the Territory besides the person's place of residence.

(2) A person must, unless the person has a reasonable excuse, move out of every part of the Territory besides the person's place of residence.

(3) Every place in the territory is closed to a person besides the person's place of residence and any place that the person is with a reasonable excuse.

Reasonable excuse includes a number of items, the most relevant being:

  • Work, if work cannot be done from home
  • Accessing medical services obtaining food and goods and services for personal needs, including medicines
  • Exercising
  • Providing care and assistance to a vulnerable person compassionate reasons.

Please take this matter seriously Jervis Bay Territory is closed to all non-residents.

  • This is in place until the 23rd of April 2020●

Jervis Bay land claim finalised

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Three parcels of land, totalling 172 hectares, near Currarong has been transferred to the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Alfred Wellington said he was very happy to have the land claim, on the northern side of Jervis Bay finalised.

“This area is one of our dreaming places so it is very significant," he said.

"The whole peninsula is very significant to Aboriginal people, especially the Jerrinja as custodians, and we have a long association with that land."

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock congratulated the Crown Lands Survey Team in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council on its successful land claim.

“The land has now been transferred to Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council who will manage this area of rugged beauty and environmental sensitivity," she said.

As an added bonus, the NSW Government survey team has won the NSW Spatial Enablement category of the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards and it will now go to the national awards.”

“The Nowra Crown Lands survey team used a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies to overcome difficult and sometimes dangerous geographic challenges to accurately map the land claim’s boundaries,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The team tackled natural barriers including heavily vegetated terrain, 1.6 kilometres of near vertical rugged cliffs, 700 metres of creek line, 2.1 kilometres of tidal shoreline, and bushfire threats.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government is committed to the Aboriginal land rights process to support economic and social outcomes for Indigenous communities.

“Land claims are often complex and require detailed investigations so it’s great to see this Crown Lands survey team recognised for pulling out all stops,” Mrs Pavey said.

In 2019-20, the department processed a record 1,505 land claims with over 4,700 hectares of land granted to over 50 different Local Aboriginal Land Councils.

Photo NSW DPI.

Jervis Bay Marine Rescue saves trio after their boat runs aground

 

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Three people on board a boat that grounded on Bowen Island at the entrance to Jervis Bay have been saved by Jervis Bay Marine Rescue crews.

The crew of rescue vessel Jervis Bay 20 battled a dangerous swell to reach the group.

Their boat was towed back to the Murrays Beach boat ramp.

Their vessel had been blown aground by strong winds on the North-West corner of Bowen Island at the entrance to Jervis Bay.

A crew from Marine Rescue Jervis Bay transferred one person from the boat on board rescue vessel JB 20.

Image: supplied 

 

Jet ski cowboys not wanted at Jervis Bay

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Moves are underway to try and reign-in some jet ski cowboys at Jervis Bay.

There's concerns some of those using the speedy water craft are acting in a dangerous manner and posing a threat to those around them and to the marine life.

Councillor MITCHELL PAKES says Shoalhaven City Council has agreed to take the matter up with the relevant authorities.."There are some very responsible jet ski owners that come down to visit and live here in the Shoalhaven, but unfortunately we've got some very irresponsible people that are doing some things in Jervis Bay and alot of our small coastal communities  are concerned about that."

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Jet ski watch to step up in Jervis Bay

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With the increase in visitors to the region, NSW Maritime is warning people to do the right thing and be considerate of beach goers and wildlife when using jet skis in Jervis Bay and other Shoalhaven waterways.

There have been recent reports of jet ski riders hooning and also approaching dolphins in the bay.

Parts of Jervis Bay are Commonwealth waters, where jetski use is prohibited, and signage will be installed on floating buoys off the beach at Callala and Collingwood advising on the safe jetski operation and behaviour.

NSW Maritime carry out on-water safety operations focusing on safe jetski behaviour, licensing and safety checks from December to April, and working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to support marine mammal distancing legislation.

The public can report boating issues via an e-form on NSW Maritime, or by phone on 131236.

Marine Park info and film night at Huskisson

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Proposed changes to the Jervis Bay Marine Park will be on the agenda at a meeting to be held in Huskisson tonight (Wednesday).

A short film and information night will be hosted by the Jervis Bay Brewery from 6pm.

One of the organisers, Trish Dyball, says the NSW Government is introducing a new ‘network management plan’ for all coastal marine parks in NSW, including Jervis Bay.

Sanctuary zones and permitted activities across the marine park will be reviewed under the plan.

Ms Dyball says the meeting "is an opportunity for our community to have a say on how we want our marine park managed and to make sure that sanctuary protections remain".

"Recently, the government opened up six sanctuary zones in Batemans Marine Park to recreational fishing, without any public consultation or scientific basis.

"While it is unclear what is planned for Jervis Bay, we need to stay informed to protect our marine park."

During tonight's meeting. a new short film 'Sanctuary' will be shown.

Speakers will include Monica Mudge from Treading Lightly, the Woebegone Freedive team and ecologist David Booth to share their experiences of marine park management. 

Jervis Bay Marine Park cover about 215 square kilometres and spans over 100 km of coastline from Kinghorn Point to Sussex Inlet.

It includes most of the waters of Jervis Bay, with the remainder forming part of the Booderee National Park on Bherwerre Peninsula.

The park was established in 1998.

Photo Jervis Bay Marine Park - Scott Sheehan

Marine Rescue Jervis Bay retrieves grounded cruiser

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A six metre Yellowfin cabin cruiser that broke down after launching from Murray's Beach in Jervis Bay on Sunday morning ended up aground on nearby rocks. 

All onboard made it safely off the boat and onto the shore. 

Marine Rescue Jervis Bay rescue vessel JB 20 responded, and was able to tow the stricken vessel off the rocks and bring it safely back to Huskisson.

 

Marine Rescue Jervis Bay's new vessel arrives

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

NAIDOC Week starts with a healing song and dance

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NAIDOC week in the Shoalhaven began with a song and dance as more than 100 people took part in a Healing On Country event on Sunday.

Wet weather resulted in the gathering being moved from Iluka Beach to the Jervis Bay Maritime museum, where people listened to Aboriginal elder Paul McLeod and looked into the region's history.

Organiser Cate Peterson said the day went well.

"I'm delighted with the turnout - only the committed few would come out in this type of weather to be here, but everybody's incredibly enthusiastic, dancing up a storm, listening up, asking questions, it really feels very community and very beautiful," she said.

The day included discussions about the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the region's history from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives, and a talk about the Aboriginal relationship with the land.

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"It's your mother and it protects you," explained Aboriginal elder Uncle Paul McLeod.

"Whatever you do to destroy it, it takes away from you everything that you appreciate for nothing.

"So you've got to give back, and the only way to give back is to have respect, and to make sure that everyone's looking after the land," he said.

There was also discussion about the fact we all come from our grandmothers, and the important role women take in leading and rearing children, families and communities.

Armed with information about the land and the indigenous relationship to it, participants were invited to move on the land through a couple of dances taught during the event.

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Ms Peterson said the Healing on Country event was the start of a process.

"So the next step is we'll be bringing together groups of all of us, and anyone else who wants to come along, to walk on country, do bush tucker, to consider the precepts of, I guess you would call it the philosophy of first nations people and their connection to country," she said.

Uncle Paul said the way forward also focused on sharing.

"We just keep progressing, we keep delivering what we'd better do, sharing stories, making everyone feel welcome, making sure that no-one's left out of the equation," he said.

"You can only do so much but then I suppose it's up to the individual person or groups or communities which way they tackle it."

Images: Glenn Ellard

New boat for Marine Rescue Jervis Bay

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Marine rescue Jervis Bay has taken delivery of a brand new $791,000 rescue boat today, known as Jervis Bay 41.

It's been purpose designed and features a specialist Raymarine Suite of maritime navigation equipment including 16 inch multi-function displays, radio direction finder, FLIR camera and two loud hailers.

The vessel has been named, the John Gallimore, in honour of respected member John Gallimore, who tragically passed away while on duty as a radio operator last year.

Jervis Bay Unit Commander Tony Dagger said the new vessel was a significant improvement compared to the Unit’s former boat.

“This boat has a number of interesting features, including a specially designed hydraulic heavy lift platform which drops below the waterline to assist in disembarking passengers and loading heavy equipment,

"It also includes a carbon fibre lifting davit, deck area with a roll away tow line and roaming bilge pump system, and lots of storage for essential rescue and safety equipment,” Mr Dagger said.

Image: Marine Rescue NSW 

Pods of whales spotted off Jervis Bay

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Dozens of whales have been spotted feeding off Jervis Bay

Marine Mammals Research says with the southern migration mid way through they traditionally see mothers and calves (cow & calf pairs) heading south and stopping into the bay to rest.

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They say in the last week they've seen a large number of large adult male and female feeding on Baitfish and Krill off Jervis Bay.. 50 to 60 animals all in pods of 6 to10 rounding the prey up before heading south.

Photos supplied by Marine Mammals Research Jervis Bay

 

Port Authority CEO rules out increased cruise ship visitations for Jervis Bay

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The Port Authority of NSW has ruled out increased visitations to Jervis Bay by the cruise ship industry.

A statement from Port Authority of NSW CEO, Philip Holliday said the Port Authority of NSW would like to make it abundantly clear there are no current plans, proposals or strategies to expand regional cruise in Jervis Bay.

Mr Holliday said questions have been raised as to why the Port Authority has not released studies showing how larger
cruise ships can be brought into Jervis Bay without harming the marine environment.

Mr Holliday said, The simple answer is these studies are not being conducted because there are no plans to expand
cruising in Jervis Bay.'

"Port Authority has worked with local communities and industry on how best to manage the ships that, with the permission of the Marine Park Authority, do already stop-over in Jervis Bay and to gauge their support for cruising in the area, " he said.

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Mr Holliday said, "The local community made it clear they do not want increased cruise activity at Jervis Bay and we
acknowledge and accept this.

"While past documents may exist which canvass the idea, that idea has not been progressed and is effectively scrapped," he said.

Mr Holliday said, "We have zero intention of driving any expansion of cruise ship visitation to Jervis Bay.

"Port Authority supports the Department of Primary Industry leading a thorough risk assessment
process to inform policy decisions on the management of all marine parks," he said.

Image: Pixabay & visitnsw.com 

Robotic warfare exercise in Jervis Bay

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The future of warfare is playing out at Jervis Bay this week.

About 40 new, innovative autonomous technologies are being tested and evaluated as part of Exercise Autonomous Warrior, which began last week.

The two-week exercise is testing the uncrewed, robotic and autonomous systems that operate on or below the water or in the sky.

They're being tested to demonstrate capabilities in mine countermeasures, survey, surveillance, reconnaissance, undersea warfare, intelligence-gathering, force protection, interoperability and interchangeability.

The Navy's Director General of Warfare Innovation, Commodore Darron Kavanagh, said it was important that Navy explored and exploited robotic and autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

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He said the systems being tested had the potential to complement the future fleet.

“The experimental proposals from industry evaluated at AW22 will shape our thinking about how Navy operates, build relationships and potentially reduce the costs of future acquisition programs,” Commodore Kavanagh said.

“The innovation resulting from this technology is quite disruptive and provides us with the opportunity to deliver effects in ways we wouldn’t be able to by conventional means.

“So, Autonomous Warrior is a really important point for not only Navy, but for industry and how we actually work together.”

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The exercise also is testing the command and control technologies used to receive, process and present data inputs from multiple systems to inform command decisions and direct the actions of autonomous systems.

As the exercise was launched last week at HMAS Creswell, participants were welcomed to the area with an official welcome to country from members of the Dhurga and Dharawal language groups.

The welcome included a traditional smoking ceremony and a spear break dance that depicted ancient warriors breaking their spears before their visitors as a sign of acceptance and trust.

Navy representatives said AW22 was being conducted on a non-interference basis, with all participating systems closely monitored to ensure safety and the protection of Jervis Bay’s pristine environment.

Images: Defence Department

Spend it here in the Shoalhaven

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Shoalhaven City Council is calling on the community to boost Shoalhaven businesses by exploring their own backyard and shopping local.  

Council is also encouraging residents use their NSW Dine and Discover vouchers locally, go to the movies, book a whale watching experience or enjoy one of our many wineries with wide open spaces for dining and exploring with the family.  

Mayor Amanda Findley said everyone could help play a part to keep local businesses afloat and community spirit alive during these uncertain times.   

She said if everyone did a little, it would add up to a lot, towards keeping people in jobs and your favourite places open. 

She encouraged everyone to Spend Here This Year in the Shoalhaven by shopping locally, having a staycation, and using your Dine and Discover vouchers for COVID-safe adventures and foodie experiences.  

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State dollars to fund upgrades to Shoalhaven environment and water safety

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Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock MP has announced the NSW Government will deliver over $45,000 in funding to improve Crown land reserves and community facilities on the South Coast.

 Mrs Hancock said the funding is being provided by the NSW Government under its Crown Reserves Improvement Fund program and will be a great asset to the community.

“Crown reserves provide land for recreation, community organisations and facilities, and protect our environment including habitat for native plants and animals,” Mrs Hancock said.

$11,110 will go to the South Pacific Heathland Reserve for the control of various environmental and noxious weeds at South Pacific Heathland Reserve.

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$34,000 will go towards extensions and upgrades to the Marine Rescue NSW Jervis Bay Unit at White Sands Park, Voyager Memorial Park.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said, “These projects funded by the NSW Government will benefit many thousands of people and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of hundreds of communities with the potential to provide stimulus to local economies and create jobs.”

Images: Shoalhaven City Council & Marine Rescue NSW Jervis Bay

 

Submerged kayak found in Jervis Bay

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Water police will today continue enquiries after an upturned kayak was found in Jervis Bay yesterday afternoon.

A Navy helicopter spotted the craft and notified emergency services.

BRUCE MITCHELL from Marine Rescue says they sent out two JERVIS BAY units, but needed further help to find it..."yea, it was pretty difficult because it was under the water, it was submerged, probably down a couple of feet and it was hard to find from there, but with the assistance of the helicopter we were able to locate it."

A search was also carried out for anyone who may have been on board, but no one was found.

Photo source: Marine Rescue NSW

Unusual phytoplankton likely cause of bay colour

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Samples of water from Jervis Bay are currently undergoing genetic testing at the University of Technology in Sydney, to confirm which species of algae is turning the bay a magnificent opaque turquoise colour.

Shoalhaven marine scientist Dr Pia Winberg says phytoplankton with a coating of limestone – similar to those found around the famous White Cliffs of Dover in the UK – are most likely what is turning the bay a milky green.

Dr Winberg says the algal bloom could last for days or weeks, and is most likely a concentrated amount of Coccolithophores which pose no health risk to humans or other marine species.

Dr Winberg said the colour of the water usually indicates the species of algae.

"This is a different species to the red blooms we often see in the bay that fluoresce at night," she said.

The blooms can become very abundant and the type of algae depends on the food source that comes up from the bottom of the ocean.

"It depends on the recipe that is feeding the ocean that can determine the particular type of seaweed or algae that is there," Dr Winberg said.

"We have a huge diversity of algae there, but we needed just the right conditions for this one to take off.

"The algae will dissipate when the food runs out."

Dr Winberg said the algae was a very important first step in the ocean food chain.

She said there doesn't seem to be any concerns about swimming in the bay or eating fish from the water, with no fish kills or adverse human reactions reported.

"Some algal blooms can be quite irritating, for example the phosphorescent ones can release urea which can be irritating to the skin, and others can be toxic and become so abundant that they can cause fish kills."

She said people should not be afraid to swim in the bay.

"If it feels fine to swim in, then it probably is."

Lab test results are expected by the end of this week.

Photo: PhycoHealth

 

We're ranked eighth in the world

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The Shoalhaven region has placed eighth in the world in the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards for Emerging Destinations.

Described as an "emerging destination scoped out by savvy travellers", it was the top Australian region, followed by Mudgee at number 10.

Ben’s Walk, Hyam’s Beah, Gosang’s Tunnel and Cupitt’s Winery all received a mention in the glowing review.

Tripadvisor review said: "Shoalhaven might not be the first place to come to mind when thinking of Australia—but it should be.

"That is if you enjoy surfing sparkling turquoise waters, immersing yourself in the verdant trails and gorges of Ben’s Walk, and exploring caverns and sea cliffs through Gosangs Tunnel.

"Looking for something a bit more restful? Enjoy stunning views (particularly at sunset) from the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse before feasting on local treats at one of the coastal region’s 20 vineyards."

Martinique in the Caribbean was named the top destination, with Panama City Beach in Florida number two.

 Libby Cupitt from Cupitt's Estate Winery in Ulladulla says her team is thrilled with the announcement.

"We are incredibly proud to be part of a region with such a unique offering, and it's terrific to see global recognition of this on the Tripadvisor platform," she added.

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Wreck Bay Rural Fire Brigade indigenous artwork connecting community

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Wreck Bay Rural Fire Fighters are connected culturally to the land and sea and now their fire trucks carry images of their Indigenous heritage.

The artwork is a collaboration between Sydney-based artist Nikita Ridgeway, of Boss Lady Design and Communications, and brigade members.

Wreck Bay RFS community engagement officer Jackson Brown inspired the design artwork and said "The artwork tells the community story."

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Jackson said, "The hands represent the people of the community, and the dots surrounding it represent the Wreck Bay community members, past, present, and future.

He said, "The large black dots and flames represent the Black Summer Bushfires and communities in NSW that were impacted by the bushfires.

"The blue represents the waters around the Bherwerre Peninsula," he said.

Jackson said, "There are also sea creatures that are on, and they represent our cultural connection as Wreck Bay people."

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"The Community's Rural Fire Brigade is stationed on aboriginal land in the Jervis Bay territory and is owned and managed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Council and the vehicles represent their community and culture whenever it rolls out on a job," Jackson said.

Images: Jackson Brown