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



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


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.


Baby flatties released in popular fishing spots


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


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


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


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


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.

Fishing fight brews over Jervis Bay Marine Park


Increased recreational fishing might be on the cards as the State Government looks at changing the way the Jervis Bay Marine Park is managed.

It has released a draft Management Plan for the Marine Park Network, which Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall says will unlock opportunities for people to engage in low impact activities like recreational fishing.

He said the plan outlined management objectives to ensure the community, including fishers and aquaculture operators, could get the best out of marine parks without being locked out.

The draft Management Plan for the NSW Mainland Marine Park Network has been developed to guide the management of the state’s five existing mainland marine parks.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said marine parks were valued for their environmental, social and economic benefits – ranging from diving and recreational fishing to tourism and cultural use of Sea Country.

However the plans to change the way Jervis Bay Marine Park is managed have waved a red flag to Independent MLC Justin Field.

While the State Government is talking about allowing recreational fishing and diving in marine parks, Mr Field said they were already possible in most marine park areas.

He said it seemed the government wanted to allow the changed uses within sanctuary zones.

"Recreational fishing is allowed in the overwhelming majority of the existing marine park anyway, we're just talking about those small areas - 10, 15 or 20 per cent in some of the marine parks - that are put aside for non-fishing areas," Mr Field said.

He argued sanctuary zones were vital to protect fish species and the ecological system.

"Most people understand that we should put some areas of our natural environment aside, and fully protect it for the future," Mr Field said.

"The science suggests that's the best way to protect the marine environment too, so why is the government opening the door to undermine those sanctuary protection?" 

He called on the State Government to maintain and strengthen marine sanctuary protections for the state’s marine parks as it begins a three month consultation on a new draft strategy.

 Image: 2ST news

Husky Tri attracts record numbers

2021 Shimano Husky Triathlon Festival. Finish chute and holding up tape, winning the female event.

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


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.


Photos Shoalhaven Tourism and supplied.

Increase in shark activity around Jervis Bay

hyams beach january 5 2022

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


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


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


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


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 has closed its border


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

credit: Joe Neilson/DPI

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



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


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."


Jet ski watch to step up in Jervis Bay


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


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


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


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

Pods of whales spotted off Jervis Bay


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.


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


Police appeal for help to find man last seen in Kiama


Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from the Minto area, who was last seen in Kiama.

Sathyendra Subbanna, 62, was reported missing to officers attached to Campbelltown City Police Area Command on January 13, after he failed to return to work after time off.

Initial inquiries revealed he was last seen leaving a home on Cochrane Street, Minto, on December 14.

He has since been seen on CCTV footage leaving a hotel on Bong Bong Street, Kiama, about 9am on Tuesday, January 18.

Police hold serious concerns for Sathyendra’s welfare.


Sathyendra is described as being of Indian Sub- Continental appearance, about 165cm tall, of medium build, with short grey hair and grey/white moustache.

He was seen wearing black button up shirt, black jacket, black long pants, black and white shoes, black hat and carrying a white/grey backpack with a large yellow smiley face.

He is known to frequent the Campbelltown area and areas of the South Coast including Kiama and Jervis Bay.

Anyone with information about Sathyendra’s whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Images: NSW Police

Severed head results in better shark protection in Jervis Bay


An apparent attempt to intimidate shark protection activists has backfired.

After an activist's car was vandalised and a severed tiger shark head left on the bonnet last week during the White Sands Fishing Tournament, the Jervis Bay Game Fishing Club moved to ban sharks being killed in its competitions.

The club said shark fishing would no longer be promoted or encouraged during its comps, and any sharks caught legally would need to be tagged and released.

The move followed an ugly incident last week during the White Sands Fishing event, when a severed shark's head was left on a shark protection activist's car.

Spray paint was also used to cover signs on a trailer being towed by the car, in an incident being investigated by police.

The vehicle's owners had earlier shared a video of a tiger shark being weighed at the club's gantry, which created widespread condemnation of sharks being caught and killed.

The club responded by apologising to anyone affected by the events, and changing its approach to shark fishing.

The club statement said, "As a response to the recent feedback from the community, our sponsors, our members and several local businesses, JB GFC would like to respond to our future position on shark fishing.

"JB GFC prides itself on being one of the most environmentally aware, ecological and educational fishing clubs.

"We have pioneered several tournaments in the past as primarily tag and release, using practices that protect our marine environment at all times, conducting joint scientific research with NSW Fisheries and universities throughout the season.

"To continue this legacy, we as a club would like to announce the immediate cessation of all shark capture categories in all our future tournaments.

"Shark fishing will no longer be promoted or encouraged, however any sharks that are caught legally will be permitted to be tagged and released only.

"Points will only be claimable in this category.

"This will allow crucial research on fish migrations to continue to be recorded and monitored.

"We hope this will encourage our members who happen to hook a shark, to release it, as opposed to keeping it for trophy, sporting or personal reasons.

"JB GFC would like to apologise to any persons who were affected by the recent events that occurred during the weekend of our Whitesands Tournament on the 3, 4 and 5 of December.

"We believe our future commitment on shark fishing is in line with our community and member expectations and look forward to continue to enjoy the pristine waters in and around Jervis Bay with all our surrounding businesses and marine enthusiasts."

Image: Supplied


Spend it here in the Shoalhaven


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.  

image: supplied

Submerged kayak found in Jervis Bay


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


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


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.

Photo Cupitt's


Wreck Bay Rural Fire Brigade indigenous artwork connecting community


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."


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."


"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