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'Wonderful' Maggie is Kiama's Woman of the Year

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Gerringong’s Maggie Dent has been named the 2021 Kiama Electorate Woman of the Year.

A writer and author, a teacher and educator, a mother, grandmother, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward described Mrs Dent as a "down right wonderful person". 

"Commonly known as the ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience," Mr Ward said.

Maggie’s experience includes working for almost two decades as a secondary teacher before moving into counselling, and working in the palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention.

Photo Gareth Ward MP

3 Covid deaths for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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There were 1142 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 408 positive PCR tests and 734 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below: 

  • 543 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA)
  • 235 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 305 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 59 cases from Kiama LGA

NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of three people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District (LHD).Details are as follows: 

  • A female her in 60s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A male in his 80s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A female in her 90s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

A Shoalhaven woman and two Shellharbour men the latest COVID-19 victims

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NSW Health is reporting a Shoalhaven woman and two men from Shellharbour are among the 30 people state-wide who have died from COVID-19 related illness in the 24 hours till 8pm yesterday.

The Shoalhaven woman was aged in her 80's and was vaccinated against Coronavirus.

The two Shellharbour men, one in his 70's, the other was in his 80's, were both vaccinated.

Across the Illawarra Shoalhaven local health district there are 659 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 8pm Monday, including 291 positive PCR tests and 368 positive rapid antigen tests.

There are 150 cases from the Shoalhaven, and  29 cases from the Kiama LGA.

There are 335 cases from the Wollongong Local Government Area and145 cases from the Shellharbour LGA.

Active COVID cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven on the rise

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Across the Illawarra Shoalhaven region there are 423 active COVID-19 cases

According to Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District figures, 33 of those are in the Shoalhaven and 17 are in the Kiama area.

To the north of the Shoalhaven, there are 312 active Coronavirus cases in the Wollongong local government area and 61 in Shellharbour.

NSW Health said active cases are people who've tested positive for the virus, are in isolation and are being clinically monitored by authorities.

Infected patients are considered active for 14 days after their symptom onset date.

NSW Health said it remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately. 

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The increase in COVID-19 infections has resulted in another COVID testing venue opening at the Milton Showground.

Other COVID Testing venues in the Shoalhaven are located at;

Bomaderry Histopath Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic

Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre Carpark.

90 Cambewarra Rd, Bomaderry.

8am-5pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm

 

Culburra Beach Histopath – Crookhaven Park 

Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic.

Culburra Oval Mini Fields Carpark (opposite Culburra Beach Tennis Courts)

Entry via Prince Edward Ave, Culburra Beach. 

8am - 3pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm

 

Gerringong 4Cyte Pathology Drive-Through

Gerringong Medical and Cosmetic Centre.

139 Belinda Street.

9am-3:30pm - Monday-Friday.

 

Kiama Laverty Drive-Through Pop-up Clinic

Netball Club behind Kiama Leisure Centre.

1 Havilah Place Kiama (entry via Terralong Street)

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-4pm - Monday-Friday.

8am-1pm Saturday-Sunday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED

29, 30, 31 December - 8am-12pm

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Milton Ulladulla Hospital

106 Princes Highway.

T: 4454 9100

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

Please bring your Medicare card with you.

8:30am-4pm - 7 days

 

Milton Histopath Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic

Milton Showground.

107 Croobyar Rd.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

Open 12pm-3pm, 20 December.

Then, 8am-3pm - 7 days

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

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Shoalhaven Hospital

2 Scenic Drive.

Location: Hospital in the Home (HITH) area.

T: 1300 002 108

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8:30am-12:30pm and 1.15pm - 4.30pm - 7 days.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25 December - CLOSED.

26, 27, 28 December - 8:30am-12:30pm

1 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Nowra Southern IML Pathology Drive-Through Clinic

57 Junction St.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

9am-5pm - Monday-Friday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January.

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

North Nowra Southern IML Pop up Drive-Through Clinic

Bernie Regan Sporting Complex, West Cambewarra Rd

(enter via Illaroo Rd)

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-3pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January.

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Nowra Showground Laverty Pop up Drive-Through Clinic

West St.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-4pm - Monday-Friday.

8am-12pm - Saturday-Sunday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

29, 30, 31 December - 8am-12pm

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Sanctuary Point Respiratory Clinic

195 Kerry Street.

T: 0478 799 400

Testing times vary daily.

 

St Georges Basin Southern IML Pathology Drive-through Clinic

St Georges Basin Sporting Complex.

Panorama Road (off Wool Rd)

8:30am-5pm – 7 days.

 

Sussex Inlet Histopath Drive-Through & Walk-in Clinic

Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre, 21 Thomson St, Sussex Inlet .

8am-4pm – 7 days (including public holidays)

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm,

 

Ulladulla Respiratory Clinic

114 Princes Highway.

T: 4455 5422

Note: Appointment required.

 

The Huskisson Southern IML Pop up Drive-Through Clinic is not currently operating.

 

An eye in the sky protects beach goers from shark attack

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There is additional protection against shark attacks for another two Shoalhaven Beaches.

The Gerringong Surf Life Saving Club and Culburra Surf Life Saving Club have been included in the NSW Shark Drone program.

Surf Life Saving NSW, with the support of the Department of Primary Industries, will provide UAV coverage in every coastal LGA in the state.

Flights will commence this weekend to coincide with the start of surf patrols by lifesavers and lifeguards.

The extension of the program will see over 200 pilots employed along the NSW coastline.

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The cost-effective, drone technology has proven to be successful at keeping swimmers and surfers safe while minimising the impact on marine life.

Since the program commenced three years ago, the public response has been overwhelmingly positive, with people reporting greater confidence entering the water at locations where UAVs are operating.

Shellharbour, Kiama, and Mollymook beaches already have the Shark drone program.

The drones also are an additional tool to assist volunteer lifesavers and lifeguards identify other hazards such as rip currents, patrol outside flagged swimming areas, and assist search and rescue operations.

Images: NSW Government 

Another 'You're Kidding' stunt for Kiama's Robbie Maddison

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Kiama local Robbie Maddison has become the first man to ride across the water on two wheels from Europe to Asia and back.

Maddison crossed the Bosphorus Strait on a custom setup he created for his motorcycle on Aug. 25.

Maddison took off on his ride from special platforms set up in Istanbul's Ortaköy and Beylerbeyi neighborhoods, and the strait was temporarily closed off to shipping traffic.

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He powered his machine at 70 kilometers per hour and crossed the Bosphorus in about 90 seconds, becoming the first person to cross the body of water on a motorcycle. 

The 40-year-old then crossed the strait back again after a brief break.

Robbie said that he dreamt of this feat when he first saw the Bosphorus and had practiced for a year before attempting it. 

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Maddison had previously jumped his bike over a football field in Las Vegas in 2008 as well as jumping up and down the replica Arc de Triomphe in Las Vegas, a stunt that was televised worldwide.

Robbie was also the stunt double for Daniel Craig in the 2012 James Bond Movie 'Skyfall'.

Images: Robbie Maddinson Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrengarry breakthrough offers new travel hope

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There has been a breakthrough for people needing to travel between Kangaroo Valley and the Southern Highlands.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward said buses were being provided from next week to help people get past the road blockages that resulted from recent heavy rain and landslides.

"Today I met with the Minister for Roads and I'm really pleased to announce that we'll be having a commuter bus service for residents of Kangaroo Valley to get top medical appointments and to work in the Southern Highlands," Mr Ward said.

"This will be similar to the bus service that operates for school students at present."

That service has a bus taking passengers to the edge of a landslip site and requiring them to walk for a short distance to where they are picked up by a second bus.

And there is further potential good news for people wanting to travel between the Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley, amid hopes the road over Barrengarry Mountain will be able to open to escorted vehicles within two months.

However Kiama MP Gareth Ward said much would depend on the heavy rain the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted for May.

"We're anticipating that within six to eight weeks we'll be in a position to do that," he said.

"Obviously, all this is subject to rain events and weather events, and how well we're able to manage those wet weather events alongside doing this essential work.

"What's driving everything at the moment is safety - unless something's safe we won't open it," Mr Ward said.

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Big fine for CFMMEU

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The Federal Court has fined the CFMMEU $184,000 in relation to a couple of incidents at the Kiama Aged Care Centre construction project back in 2018.

Former official Gerasimos Danalis was found to have obstructed three concrete trucks, resulting in concrete being wasted and work delayed.

Mr Danalis and current official Anthony Dimitriou returned to the site the following day and refused to undertake a visitors’ induction and entered the site unaccompanied.

Mr Danalis also walked behind a reversing concrete truck, approached an operating concrete pump and tried  to push the emergency stop on the pump.

He then disrupted the truck from unloading its contents and prevented a second and third concrete truck from entering the site.

In relation to the conduct of the CFMMEU, the Court remarked:

The Union is a notorious repeat “offender”. It has an extensive history of contravening industrial laws. …

The Union adduced no evidence to show that it has any system in place to ensure compliance or prevent or reduce the risk of its officials or employees breaking the law.

It has adduced no evidence to indicate that it has taken any corrective action.

It appears to have no culture of compliance.

If anything, the evidence suggests it has a culture of non-compliance.

While it insists on employers complying with the law, it behaves as if it is above the law.

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Buses replace trains on South Coast line as rail workers strike again

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Train drivers have walked off the job for the second time in a week with major delays expected across the region.

They're refusing to drive foreign built trains which will disrupt around three-quarters of the network today.

For South Coast commuters heading north to Sydney, trains are running at a reduced frequency while buses are replacing services on the South Coast line between Port Kembla and Wollongong, Wollongong and Thirroul and Wollongong and Kiama.

Rail services are operating normally between Bomaderry and Kiama.

Alex Claassens from the Rail, Tram and Bus Union said they want the government to tear up the contract it has signed with a Spanish company to manufacture a new fleet of trains to run throughout regional NSW.

The Spanish company is the same company responsible for the inner-west trams, which are currently all off the tracks as a result of cracking throughout the fleet.

The Union said the trams are out of warranty, which could mean taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for the repairs.

Claassens said for the NSW Government to push ahead with the contract for the new regional fleet in the face of worker concerns and in the wake of the light rail issues would be irresponsible.

"The NSW Government needs to put a hold on all overseas manufacturing contracts.

"Workers have had grave safety concerns about these new trains even before we knew about the company's shocking track-record.

"The New Regional Fleet is designed to be built in such a way that the front carriage would be at real risk of derailment if it hits anything like a fallen tree or an animal on the tracks.

"That's a serious concern given that in Australia, particularly regional Australia, hitting things on our tracks is commonplace," he said.

The RTBU understands that the NSW Government has signed a contract with the Spanish company, but the final design has not been signed off yet.

For the latest timetable info click HERE.

Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4KExibShLk

Buses replacing South Coast trains

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Advice from NSWTrainlink:

#SouthCoastLine services are suspended in both directions between Kiama and Bomaderry due to heavy rainfall causing flooding at Berry.

Buses are providing a replacement service. 

Case numbers fall dramatically

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COVID-19 case numbers in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have fallen to their lowest level in months, with just nine new cases reported to 8pm on Monday.

Six of those are linked to known cases.

One came from the Shoalhaven's 2541 area, which was linked to a known case.

There were also three from the Shellharbour Local Government Area, five from Wollongong and none from Kiama.

The death of an unvaccinated Wollongong man aged in his 80s who had coronavirus along with significant underlying health conditions and passed away at Wollongong Hospital, was also included in the daily figures.

His was one of four deaths across the state linked to COVID-19, while in all NSW there were also 273 new locally-acquired cases in the 24 hours.

There have now been 2,287 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm Monday there were 26 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

COVID-19 claims Kiama's New Year's Eve fireworks

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The Coronavirus pandemic has claimed another major community event.

Kiama Council has cancelled its New Year's Eve Sky Show for safety reasons.

Mayor Mark Honey said cancelling the popular fireworks and laser show, which attracts more than 10,000 people, was the right thing to do.

"There was simply no way we would be able to hold the show and keep everyone COVID safe," he said.

The Mayor said while the COVID situation might ease by Christmas, planning and setting up for the New Year’s Eve Sky Show was a six-month process.

"We needed to make a decision now, before we invested time, money and effort in an event that stood a good chance of having to being cancelled anyway.

"Obviously this is disappointing to many people, as it’s a great family-friendly way to see in the new year.

"That’s why we’re exploring options for an event in Winter 2021.

"Hopefully we will all be in a much safer state by then, and we can put together a community-focused event to reflect on what we’ve all been through, and celebrate those who have helped keep us safe," Cr Honey said.

Image: Supplied

Disruptions continue on South Coast rail line

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Rail users are in for another tough day on the South Coast line.

NSW TrainLink is advising that services are running late and cancellations will occur throughout the day as a result of this week's weather event.

Buses are replacing trains in both directions between Thirroul and Waterfall.

A shuttle train service is running between Wollongong and Kiama/Port Kembla and between Wollongong and Thirroul.

NSW TrainLink said gaps in service will occur.

"Avoid any non-essential travel and if you do need to use the network, please plan ahead and allow plenty of extra travel time," a statement said.

Image: Sydney Trains

Dragons confirm Sims can look elsewhere

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Former Kiama local Tariq Sims may have played his last game for St George Illawarra after coach Anthony Griffin confirmed he had been given permission to look elsewhere.

Sims' NRL season ended on a horrible note on Saturday night, taken to hospital after a head clash with South Sydney's Jacob Host with a deep cut to his lip.

Still contracted until the end of next season, the NSW State of Origin second-rower approached the Dragons for an extension until the end of 2023.

The Dragons have decided they are not willing to commit that far down the track with the 31-year-old, opening the door for him to depart if he finds another suitor.

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"He is a senior player and on contract next year. But that's something for both him and his management to have a chat about," Griffin said.

Images: Dragons TV

Extending Kiama Station's rail platforms

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Transport for NSW is making the platforms longer at Kiama Station to make it easier for customers to board and alight the New Intercity Fleet called 'Mariyung'.

The new 10-car trains will provide an improved level of comfort and convenience for intercity customers. 

Work being done is to improve the station for customers and staff:

  • extending both ends of Platforms 1 and 2 by about eight metres to accommodate the longer fleet of intercity trains and provide access for customers to all carriages of the train
  • relocating the platform fences, stairs and gates to the end of the newly extended platforms
  • realigning and installing new overhead wiring and signalling equipment so that the new trains can operate safely and efficiently
  • improving safety on the platforms by upgrading lighting, closed circuit television, the passenger announcement systems, tactile paving and line marking as required by the platform extension.

Other work in this area

Some work is being undertaken in this area, south of Kiama Station, to support the delivery of additional rail infrastructure. The work includes:

  • delivery of new track infrastructure:
  1. a 20 metre extension of the Kiama Siding, a low-speed section of track required for trains to turn around and travel back towards the city
  2. installation of a buffer stop for safety purposes
  • civil works such as excavation, construction of a retaining wall for the siding extension, and installation of a boundary fence
  • extension of the drivers’ walkway and additional walkway lighting
  • installation of additional signalling infrastructure.

Image: Abesty, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Folk by the Sea cancelled due to Covid

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With the announcement on 28 July 2021 by the NSW Government of the extension of the lockdown for another further 4 weeks we have had to make the tough decision to cancel the 2021 Folk by the Sea festival as it was currently planned. 

Event organiser David De Santi said "Even though it's 8 weeks away we believe it's too large a financial and safety risk to press on."

"We are extremely disappointed and I assume you will be as well." he said.

Image: Supplied

 

Mr De Santi said, "We're hoping, all things being equal, we can return in 23-25 September 2022."

 

Freedom Warrior fined after an anti-covid rally in Kiama

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A thousand dollar fine for a Freedom Warrior who allegedly breached public health orders at an anti-covid rally at Kiama yesterday.

The 31-year-old man was among a small group of protestors at the Kiama lighthouse after rally calls were sent out via social media posts.

Police, including the Public Order Riot team, was deployed.

He was detained by police after leaving allegedly Shellharbour in breach of stay-at-home orders.

Image: Glenn Ellard

Gareth Ward determined to continue representing Kiama

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Kiama MP Gareth Ward said he had received overwhelming community support while out doing his village visits over the weekend.

And he said he was determined to continue his role as the voice of his constituents.

The former Liberal government minister is facing serious sex assault charges - which he strongly denies - and has been suspended from the NSW Parliament.

But Mr Ward said he still had the ear of the government and was getting the job done.

"Ministers are still taking my calls, I'm still talking to public servants about issues that the community is raising with me," he said.

"At the end of the day Parliament is the place where legislation is formed and in the Lower House the Government always has the numbers.

"Now I will continue to advocate directly to ministers and to the government as I always have done on issues that are important, and I'll let my record speak for itself."

Mr Ward was confident he could continue being an effective representative for his electorate.

"Look, I'll leave up to the pubic to decide - that's not up to me," he said.

"I'm going to continue to work as hard as I always have.

"People are still coming to see my mobile offices, they're still ringing to make appointments, they're still talking to me about grants, and I'm still delivering those things.

"So I'll let the community judge whether or not I'm an effective representative, and I'll let my outcomes speak for themselves."

While breaking his media silence today, Mr Ward said he could and would continue to advocate for the constituents of Kiama.

"People will be able to judge me on the things that I achieve for our community, and that is what counts," he said.

"It's things like getting roads upgraded, getting hospitals improved, improving the services and support that our local community needs.

"In the 11 years I've been an MP I've worked incredibly hard, I'm proud of what I've delivered, people can judge me on whatever framework they wish but I think the most appropriate thing to judge me on is my record," Mr Ward said.

Image: 2ST newsroom

Huge tree blocks Kiama driveway

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The Kiama SES Unit was called to help a resident who had a large tree fall and block their driveway.

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Upon arrival it was confirmed that the tree was not large... It.was.HUGE!!!

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Access to the property had been cut off since early Friday morning after the resident woke to see the tree had been uprooted in the heavy rain overnight. 

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The team got to work that day chainsawing the tree, so the property could be accessed by the resident.

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For emergency help in floods and storms call NSW SES on 132 500, or if life-threatening call 000.

Photos supplied

Hundreds gather to oppose South Kiama housing development

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Opponents of a proposed large housing development in South Kiama turned out in a show of strength against the proposal for a community rally at Hindmarsh Park on Saturday.

Protesters sent a loud, clear message to Macquarie Street bureaucrats to stay out of local planning decisions.

Opponents, including Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward claim the development threatens the village character of the township and would place significant pressure on local infrastructure.

"What we have at South Kiama is ad hoc planning," Ward said.

"Planning that will put pressure on very limited roads.

"We've already got overflow from the sewage system.

"We don't have the community infrastructure that after the land is gone and the profits have been pocketed it will be this community that will have deal with the consequences and for that friends, I say no! Ward said.

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Housing Minister Anthony Roberts was a no-show after an invitation to attend by Ward but the minister can expect significant letters from those opposed to the South Kiama planning Proposal.

Ward said a better site would be at Bombo.

"Things like the Bombo Quarry, that's the future of where we can have the development that younger families need.

"That is potentially a new suburb with the infrastructure, next to a railway station, next to the M1.

"That's the sort of vision we need," Ward said.

The plan is currently being assessed by an independent review.

Images: Mark Croxford Facebook

Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 infection cases fall.

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There are 896 positive COVID-19 test results  notified for the 24 hour period to 8pm yesterday across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local health district,  99 cases lower than the previous 24 hours.

Today's numbers include 380 positive rapid antigen tests and 516 positive PCR tests.

A breakdown of the positive PCR tests show infections have fallen to 269 cases for the Wollongong Local Government Area and 122 cases from Shellharbour are 58 less than the previous day.

There has been a marked drop in new COVID-19 infections from the Shoalhaven LGA down from 131 cases to 99 in the 24 hours till 8 pm Sunday.

26 cases from Kiama is down 8 cases.

As at 8pm, 23 January there were 154 COVID-19 cases in hospital in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District.

Illawarra woman charged over pedestrian fatal

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A woman will appear in court after a man was allegedly struck by a car and later died at Kiama earlier this year.

On the afternoon of  Thursday  May 16,  a Toyota Corolla was travelling west on Noorinan Street, when the vehicle allegedly struck a 69-year-old man and then a parked Pantech truck.

The man was taken to hospital and later died.

The 19-year-old female driver of the Corolla was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, before being taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where she was later released pending further inquiries.

On Sunday  the driver was issued with a court attendance notice for negligent driving occasioning death.

She is due to appear in Kiama Local Court in December.

Photo: Power/2st stock

Injured walker rescued from Kiama track

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A female walker slipped in a muddy section of the coastal track on the headland north of Easts Beach yesterday afternoon.

Injured and unable to walk from the scene, NSW SES volunteers worked with NSW Ambulance paramedics to lift the patient into a mule stretcher and she was transported to the nearest road, then taken to hospital for treatment.

Story and photo: Kiama SES

Jobs boost as new Kiama aged care centre opens

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The new aged care facility built on the site of the old Kiama Hospital has been officially opened this week.

Blue Haven Bonaira has all the mod cons and will feature 58 independent living units and an aged care home for a further 134 residents.

The state government contributed $15 million dollars to the project and cutting the ribbon on Thursday Kiama MP GARETH WARD said it will create 120 jobs for local nurses, cooks, dietitians, caterers, cleaners, maintenance and many other specialised jobs.

Photo source: https://www.bluehavencare.com.au/bonaira-development/

Kiama Council getting back to business after Coronavirus restrictions are eased

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Kiama Council will welcome people back to its customer service centre this morning after the easing of COVID-19 health restrictions.

Council said it'll be operational for limited face-to-face services and residents can make payments and drop off documents without being fully vaccinated against Coronavirus.

Kiama's pools are also reopening today for lap and recreational swimming and aqua classes.

Image: Kiama Council

Kiama Downs dominates IRB event

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Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club has dominated the first round of the NSW IRB premiership series, winning an incredible 15 of the 23 finals in Terrigal over the weekend.

Team Manager Steve Strong says his team ran really well over the duration of the weekend and is pleased with the results.

He says the team has been joined this year by some new Under 23s and rookies, and continues to have strong female crews.

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Despite being a small country team, Kiama Downs is the defending series and state champion, and has put in the hours and passion to ignite the team for 2021 and develop the skills of new members

The next round of the Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership is at Cape Hawke on the lower North Coast on May 29 and 30.

Competition will then move to Warilla Barrack Point on June 12 and 13, before the fourth and final round at Ocean Beach on the Central Coast.

Images: Richard Black

Kiama lift rescue

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A rescue of a different kind for SES volunteers at Kiama.

On Saturday morning they were called to the railway station following reports two adults were trapped inside the elevator.

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The internal doors had become separated from external doors and were unable to be opened.

The SES crew stabilised the elevator and doors, isolated power to the station, cut door cables and then used the jaws of life to force open the doors and free the occupants.

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No one was injured.

Photos: Kiama SES

Kiama mother and daughter reveal the pain and uncertainty of NF

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Kiama mother and daughter Julia and Jessica Szulerowski say they are living with ticking time bombs hidden away in their bodies.

It is neurofibromatosis, better known as NF – a genetic condition causing tumours to grow on nerves, with potential impacts including blindness, deafness, learning problems, lumps under the skin and life-threatening brain tumours.

34-year-old Jessica had a tumour on her brain stem removed when she was just 16, while mum Julia has had a tumour removed from her adrenal gland, and cysts taken from her skull and base of her spine.

While neither has had any major medical problems for a while, Julia said things could change without warning.

“Jess and I could be perfectly healthy, in fact we’ve had 14 great years since moving back from the States, but we never know what tomorrow’s going to bring,” she said.

“One day we’re fine, walking around, the next day we’re laying in bed unable to get up, we just don’t know what NF will do.”

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But neither have let the condition slow them down.

When Jessica had the tumour removed from her brain stem at age 16 she missed only two days of school, and some days went straight from radiation treatment to rehearsals of a play she was doing.

She has gone on to complete studies in English literature, media and cultural studies at Wollongong University.

And mum Julia has run many marathons and is now local coordinator of Cupid’s Undie Run on Valentine’s day, raising money for NF research.

But that doesn’t mean life has been easy.

“Living with NF is tough because society does reject you,” Julia said.

“I had a little boy in the supermarket come up to me once and say ‘You’ve got lumps all over for face’, and my only response was, ‘Well, yes I do’, then I left without my groceries.”

Jessica said she was also bullied in high school because of her condition.

The Children’s Tumour Foundation is raising awareness of NF throughout May.

Images: Glenn Ellard

Kiama rescue - the full story

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A rock fisherman is lucky to be alive, thanks to a lifejacket and a fast response by volunteer lifesavers from Kiama Surf Life Saving Club.

On Sunday 4 August, a 58-year-old male was fishing at Little Blowhole, Kiama when he lost his footing and fell into the water.

Passers-by were alerted to the incident by the man’s brother, who was unable to notify emergency services himself because he could not speak English. They immediately called Triple zero (000).

It is believed that the male rock fisher was in the water for an hour before emergency services were notified. He was fully clothed and was wearing a lifejacket and fishing cleats.

The Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre was notified of the incident by Police and tasked the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, South Coast Branch volunteer Duty Officer, the Kiama Jet Rescue Boat Service and the Kiama SLSC callout team to respond.

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Two lifesavers from Kiama SLSC, Bradley Dawson and Toby Streamer, responded to the incident, quickly mobilising an inflatable rescue boat (IRB). They soon located the man floating 200 metres off East Beach headland.

“The man was extremely cold but very appreciative when we found him. He was wearing an approved life jacket but had been in the water for over an hour,” said Brad Dawson from Kiama SLSC.

“He told us he’d been fishing on the rocks when his rod got jammed. He overbalanced and fell into the water,” said Brad.

The man was taken to East Beach for treatment. Multiple ambulances were dispatched to the incident and paramedics treated the rock fisherman for mild hypothermia and water ingestion.

“The lifejacket he was wearing definitely saved him. It would have been impossible to tread water for an hour in those conditions,” said lifesaver Toby Streamer.

A police officer also sustained injuries, including a broken leg while attempting to locate the fisherman on the rock platform. The volunteer lifesavers and the NSW Fire Brigade treated the police officer before paramedics arrived.

Conditions were hazardous at the time of the incident with large sea swells hitting the NSW coastline. 

Story source: Surf Lifesaving NSW. Photos source : Surf Lifesaving NSW & Renai Ettridge

Kiama residents support voluntary assisted dying in NSW

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The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will continue to be debated in NSW parliament today with Member for Kiama Gareth Ward to deliver a speech on the issue.

Ward said his position is representative of the majority of residents in his electorate.

"I undertook an electorate-wide survey of my community and I said I would be bound by that survey.

"88% of people in my electorate said that they support this Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.

"I will therefore discharge that in the house," Ward said.

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Whilst the bill is still a long way off becoming legislation, Ward said the option is an individual choice.

"I'm not saying any one person is right or wrong on this issue.

"I'm not saying that anyone has to use this path.

"The evidence is that most people don't and even those people that are approved don't make the decision to end their own lives.

"There is an enormous comfort in knowing that this option is there," Ward said.

Voluntary assisted dying laws have been passed in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania while New South Wales is yet to pass legislation.

"For that reason, I think it is important we look at the available safeguards," Ward said.

"Should this legislation pass, NSW will have the strongest safeguards of any state in Australia and that's why I am comforted in supporting this bill," he said.

Images: Gareth Ward MP Facebook

Kiama Sevens back for 2022

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The 50th Kiama Sevens Rugby tournament promises plenty of action on Saturday.

The tournament hosted by the Kiama Rugby Club has grown to become a major event on the sporting calendar, regularly attracting top line rugby players from throughout NSW and even interstate.

And this year will be no different with former Wallabies Glen Ella and Scott Fava due to make guest appearances in Kiama as part of the event.

They'll be handing over the trophies to the winning men's and woman's teams after the trophies are dropped from helicopters to the field.

The action kicks off at 8am, with the men's and women's finals scheduled for about 4.30pm.

Image: Kiama Sevens via Facebook

Missing man last spotted in Kiama

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Police are looking for a man missing from Ingelburn that was last seen in Kiama.

Kenneth Klees left his home around 7.30am on Monday February 1 and hasn't been heard from since.

He was seen at the Commonwealth Bank ATM in Kiama on the same day.

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Police are appealing for public assistance to locate him.

Any information can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Images: NSW Police

More COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven and Kiama

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The Shoalhaven has recorded another two positive Covid-19 cases up until 8 pm on Tuesday night.

There are now 14 active Coronavirus cases in the Shoalhaven.

Illawarra Shoalhaven health said on its website the two cases are residents of Shoalhaven LGA, both of whom are linked to known cases.

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There is another reported case in the Kiama LGA.

There are now two active Coronavirus cases linked to Kiama.

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven District Health website said the case who is a resident of Kiama LGA, whose infection is under investigation, and who is isolating out of the Local Health District.

Images: NSW Health

More frustration for South Coast rail users

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Another day, another round of disruption on the South Coast line.

NSW TrainLink South posted on Twitter that reduced services are operating between Thirroul and Port Kembla and Wollongong and Kiama today.

"Some trains may run late due to temporary speed restrictions between Waterfall and Bomaderry," a tweet said.

Buses are also replacing some trains between Waterfall and Thirroul.

Member for Wollongong Paul Scully has slammed the NSW Government for the state of the rail service.

"I've been out at train stations a few mornings this week," he said.

"Services are chaotic, timetables don't exist.

"Staff are doing a great job to get people to work and school but commuters are rightly asking when services will return to normal.

"It's time the Perrottet Government got things back on track," Scully said.

Image: 2ST 

Mountain biker rescued from Kiama Coast Track

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For the second time in three and a half weeks, Emergency Services have been called to rescue a mountain bike rider from the Kiama Coast Track.

The female rider needed assistance after suffering an injury yesterday morning.

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Kiama SES volunteers and NSW Ambulance paramedics accessed the walking track through a nearby rural property and located the patient.

The SES said after she was assessed and treated, she was loaded into a mule single wheeled stretcher and transported across rough terrain to a waiting ambulance.

Images: Kiama SES

Nowra's rainfall breaks all records during March

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Nowra has just been through its wettest month on record.

By midnight last month Nowra had received 702.6mm of rain throughout March - the most of any month since records began in 1896.

The only months that came close were February 1971 with 684.4mm, October 1959 with 660.6, and May 1935 with 638.1

Ulladulla was even wetter, with 754.8mm until midnight on Thursday, well up on the March average of 116.2mm.

In both towns the wettest day was the 24 hours to 9am on March 8, when Nowra received 138.8mm of rain, and Ulladulla 217mm.

Further north, Kiama was drenched with 828.6mm throughout March, with its wettest day on March 7 when it was hit with 134.8mm.

It had just six days during the month when there was no rain.

Kiama's March rainfall average is 142.5mm.

The Nowra figure was more 10 times the March monthly average of 69.6mm.

The previous record for the wettest March was set in 1914 when 482.3mm was recorded.

Image: Shelley Hancock MP

NSW Health lists all Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern

 

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

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

Berry IGA  - 8.45 to 9.15 am Monday 27 September

Bomaderry Woolworths - 5 pm to 5.15 pm Wednesday 29 September

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

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

                                                                             10.30 am to 2 pm Wednesday 29 September

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

Kiama Subway - 12.25 pm to 12.40 pm Sunday 26 September

Nowra Aldi - 12.30 pm to 1 pm Monday 27 September 

                              4.20 pm to 4.35 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Autobarn - 3.10 pm to 3.30 pm Thursday 23 September

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

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

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

Nowra Bunnings - 8.30 am to 12 pm Thursday 16 September

                                       - 12.20pm to 12.50pm Sunday 26 September

                                       - 4.30 pm to 6 pm Tuesday 28 September

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

Nowra Coles - 10.25 pm to 10.30 pm Thursday 23 September

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

                                                 - 6.10 pm to 7 pm Monday 27 September

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

                                                                        - 3.23 pm to 3.37 pm Thursday 30 September

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

                                                                               - 9.15 am to 9.45 am 30 September

Nowra Kebabs - 11.30 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

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

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

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

Nowra Woolworths - 3.30 pm to 4.10 pm Friday 1 October

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

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

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

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

Vincentia Subway - 11.35 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Worrigee FoodWorks - 1.15 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                  - 11.21 am to 11.31 am Thursday 30 September

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

You must follow the public health advice listed below.

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

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

Staff and Visitors must follow entrance screening instructions. 

Nuclear fuel carrier to dock at Port Kembla tomorrow

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Nuclear waste will arrive at Port Kembla tomorrow on a ship from the United Kingdom.

Signage has been installed across Wollongong informing motorists of a Police operation being conducted between 11.30pm tomorrow night and 4am Sunday.

The reprocessed radioactive waste will be escorted by police and transported to the ANSTO facility at Lucas Heights.

The waste is believed to be onboard the Pacific Grebe which is currently sitting 25 nautical miles off Kiama.

Image: Christine Matthews

Pedestrian killed in Kiama

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The pedestrian hit by a car on Noorinan Street in Kiama yesterday afternoon has died.

The 69-year-old man passed away in St George Hospital around three o'clock this morning.

The 19-year-old female driver struck the man before crashing into a parked truck around 4.25pm yesterday.

She has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing at Shellharbour Hospital.

Lake Illawarra Police are still waiting for the results and have released her after questioning.

The investigation is continuing.

Police are calling on witnesses or anyone with dashcam vision to come forward.

Image: Travis Winks

Plan to add Shoalhaven and Kiama Paralympians to Olympic Wall

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The Illawarra Olympic Fundraising Committee is working with Wollongong City Council and others from across the region to update the Illawarra Olympic Wall in Lang Park.

They want to recognise the region's Paralympians and are calling for volunteers to join a working group to compile a list of Illawarra Paralympians, past and present to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and sporting success of the region's homegrown Paralympians and Olympians.

Shoalhaven born Paralympian, Jonathan Goerlach, is the first volunteer to join the new working group and is hoping to ensure equal recognition of past, present and future Paralympians.

The Illawarra Olympic Wall in the Park's southern end celebrates the endeavors of sporting stars from the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, and Wingecarribee local government areas who have competed in the Summer and Winter Olympics since the inception of the modern Olympic Games.

It was installed in Wollongong in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was the first of its kind in Australia.

"We take great pride in all local athletes, including the many extraordinary people who have strived to become Paralympians and represent their country and local community," said Wollongong City Council, Acting Director of Community Services Lucielle Power.

"For some time now, the Illawarra Olympic Wall has recognised Olympic Athletes who have ties to our community.

"We want to extend this recognition to include our cities' Paralympians who have achieved great success for themselves and the Illawarra's sporting history.

"Council would like to have representatives on the working group from each of the five Illawarra local government areas.

"What we're looking for are people who can demonstrate that they have local sporting networks that will assist in identifying previous Paralympic participants," Power said.

It's likely that the working group will need to meet regularly over the next 12 to 18 months to compile a list of Illawarra Paralympians.

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Paralympian, Jonathan Goerlach said, "'Para' in Paralympics is defined as 'Parallel to' which means parallel to the Olympics.

"It is vital that the Illawarra be viewed as a region where all achievements of both Olympians and Paralympians are recognised in parallel - a symbolic step towards equality and inclusion," Goerlach said.

Ms, Power said the project is a big one and identifying names of local Paralympians might not be as straight forward as it seems.

"There have been many Paralympic Games and there are many Illawarra athletes, or their families, that will need to be contacted for approval to be included on the wall.

"People may have moved away from the area and the community they identify themselves with can change with time.

"That's why we're keen to work closely with community members who have a history of involvement with the Paralympic sporting community and draw upon their knowledge and connections.

"It's a big job and we're ready to get started," she said.

Expressions of interest for those wanting to be involved in the working group can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Images: Wollongong City Council and Jonathan Goerlach Facebook

Police believe missing Cabramatta man could be in the Shoalhaven

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Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a missing 34-year-old man from south-western Sydney.

Duc Nguyen ONG was last seen leaving his home in Cabramatta around 10 o'clock yesterday morning.

Police said he could be in the Kiama and Gerringong areas in his white Hyundai iLoad, NSW registration ENS 92C.

He's described as being of Asian appearance, about 175cm tall, of thin build with black hair and brown eyes.

Any information can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Image: NSW Police

Production halted on Russell Crowe film after crew member tests positive for COVID while shooting in Sydney's Fox Studios

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After upsetting some Illawarrians and South Coasters and winning over others for filming in Kiama and Berry during tight COVID restrictions early last month, production of Russell Crowe's film Poker Face has been suspended after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 while shooting was reportedly taking place at Fox Studios in Sydney.

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Crowe has taken to Twitter stating that the cast and crew is in isolation while a second possible case is being investigated.

"Unfortunately six days from the end of our shoot on Poker Face we have had a confirmed positive COVID case amongst our crew and a second possible positive under further investigation by our Poker Face Covid team and NSW Health.

"For the safety of cast and crew and the wider community, the production has been immediately paused and everyone instructed to isolate whilst the situation is looked into," Crowe said.

The Oscar winner said the production has followed strict protocols with the cast and crew being tested three times a week for the past 11-plus weeks and resisted a number of offers from locals during his time on the South Coast.

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"The crew have been masked on set the whole time except for three individuals with medical exemptions," Crowe said.

"We feel for the crew members involved, like all the people on this show they are both very committed team players and diligent in their approach to their work responsibilities.

"We also feel for the wider community going through these difficult times.

"We hope this situation will be confined and we can be back up and running very soon," Crowe said.

The movie is due to be released next year.

Images: flickr / Eva Rinaldi and Russell Crowe Twitter

Rainfall set to intensify across the Shoalhaven with up to 250mm possible

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A severe weather warning for heavy rain, damaging winds and surf and abnormally high tides remains in place for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven ahead of intense and constant rainfall today.

Conditions so far have been tame around Nowra with a little over 52 millimetres falling since 9am yesterday.

23 millimetres has fallen in Kiama but it's just the beginning according to the Weather Bureau.

The BOM is forecasting between 150 and 250 millimetres today with storms and wind gusts in excess of 90km/h.

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Meteorologist Grace Legge said conditions will deteriorate throughout the day.

"We're definitely going to start to see things ramping up especially in the rainfall.

"We're already seeing those showers coming through and we are going to see extreme showers pretty much along the Shoalhaven throughout the morning.

"There will be continuous showers pushing through dropping some decent falls and that will ramp up later in the day as that low gets closer to the coast and brings a bit more rainfall with it.

"There will be a lot more wind with it as well and it will probably continue throughout the night and into tomorrow," she said.

Legge said the community should brace for high rainfall totals.

"It doesn't sound too bad when I say 20 millimetres over three hours but you get through to 24 hours of that and you're already seeing a lot of rainfall even without the more intense falls expected with thunderstorms when the low pushes in," Legge said.

Very heavy surf will lash the Shoalhaven coast with abnormally high tides potentially causing sea water to flood low lying areas.

Another 30 to 70 millimetres is expected to fall across the Shoalhaven tomorrow.

Images: Travis Winks and Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Record COVID-19 cases for the Shoalhaven

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NSW Health has reported a record number of new Coronavirus cases for the Shoalhaven today.

There are 50 new cases reported in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region up until 8 pm last night, bringing the total cases in the Local Health District to 771.

  • 24 cases are from the Wollongong Local Government Area, 10 are linked to known cases.
  • 13 cases are from the Shellharbour Local Government Area, six are linked to known cases.
  • 11 cases are from the Shoalhaven Local Government Area, four are linked to known cases.
  • Two cases are from the Kiama Local Government Area.

Search for missing rock fisherman at Kiama resumes

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The search for a fisherman, believed to have been swept off rocks at Marsden Head in Kiama on Tuesday has resumed.

Police, Marine Area Command, PolAir, Marine Rescue and Surf Life Saving NSW spent a number of hours yesterday looking for the 34-year-old from Fairfield before suspending the search around 4.30pm.

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Police said they'll be searching the land and sea in the same area today.

Duc Nguyen Ong was reported missing by his family after he failed to return home on Tuesday night.

Images: Marine Rescue Shellharbour and Google Maps

Search suspended for missing rock fisherman at Kiama

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The formal search for a missing 34-year-old fisherman from south western Sydney has been suspended off Kiama.

Duc Nguyen Ong is believed to have been swept off rocks at Marsden Head last Tuesday.

A large scale multi-agency search was launched last Wednesday morning after he failed to return to his home.

Ong's vehicle was located by police parked at Marsden Head.

Police confirmed that he was seen walking towards the rock ledge about midday last Tuesday while personal possessions were found on the rocks.

A police spokeswoman said routine police patrols will continue while PolAir and Water Police will conduct sweeps when they're in the area.

Image: PolAir - NSW Police Force Airwing

Sexual assault on the rise across the Shoalhaven according to latest figures

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South Coast Council areas have seen mixed results in the latest crime statistics report.

The Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands experienced a major increase in reports of sexual assault during March, according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

The report released yesterday show the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands had an average of 13 reported sexual assaults each month, but that nearly doubled to 25 during March.

Officials praised the courage of victims and survivors who have come forward.

They believe the increased number of reports has been influenced by several high-profile cases that have drawn intense media coverage.

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Kiama has seen a drop in non-domestic violence-related assault, but there's been an increase in malicious damage to property.

There's an increase in sexual assault and fraud across Shellharbour, but a drop in break and enters, and steal from motor vehicle.

Images: Supplied 

 

Shark Smart drumlines to be deployed off the Kiama Coast

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New SMART (Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time) drumlines are being rolled out off the Kiama coastline.

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The Department of Primary Industries said intercepting sharks near the coast and moving them offshore helps makes beaches safer.

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The technology enables sharks to be tagged allowing people to receive real time alerts while scientists can continue to learn more about shark movements along the coast.

The units will be set each morning and collected before sunset, weather permitting.

Images: NSW DPI

Shoalhaven listed as one of the best recyclers in NSW

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The Shoalhaven has been named inside the top 20 biggest Return and Earn users of Local Government Areas in NSW.

Wollongong has returned a whopping 127 point 34 million recyclable items since the scheme was implemented across the state in December 2017 to be the 15th best recycler of all NSW LGAs behind Blacktown who tops the lost with just under 370.1 million items.

On population, Shellharbour's been doing its bit with 71.3 million items while Kiama's contributed almost 13 million.

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Danielle Smalley from Exchange for Change said more than $650 million in refunds have gone back into the community over the last four years.

"The initiative has seen over 6.5 billion containers returned for recycling through its network of return points.

"This equates to 595,500 tonnes of materials recycled," she said.

Smalley said lined up end-to-end, that is enough containers to reach the moon and back.

"With three out of four adults in NSW having participated, these results highlight how collectively a small change in people's routines can have a positive impact," she said.

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Images: Return and Earn Facebook and Travis Winks

South Coast rail getting ready for New Intercity Fleet.  

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Work is set to start on extending the platforms at Kiama Railway Station.

It's part of a state government 600-million dollar infrastructure upgrade plan, which includes getting the South Coast train network ready for the introduction of the New Intercity Fleet.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward says the new 10-car trains will provide an improved level of comfort, convenience and reliability for South Coast customers.

Construction is expected to be complete by late next year.

Photo: Google Maps

Suspend MP Gareth Ward's charges go to court in Nowra

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Suspended Kiama MP Gareth Ward did not appear before Nowra Local Court today to answer historical sex and assault charges, instead being represented by his lawyer Robert Foster who refused to speak to waiting media after leaving the court.

The case was initially due before Port Kembla Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday, May 18), but a late change saw it brought before the Nowra Local Court.

Mr Ward is charged with allegedly having sexual intercourse without consent with a 27-year-old man at Potts Point in September 2015, along with three counts of assault with an act of indecency, and one count of assault, against a 17-year-old boy at Meroo Meadow in February 2013.

No pleas were entered, however Mr Ward has strongly denied all charges.

The case returns to Nowra Local Court on June 24.

Image: Glenn Ellard

The state's top prosecutor to consider charges against Kiama MP Gareth Ward

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Kiama MP Gareth Ward could face charges of sexual violence against two males following a Police investigation.

NSW Police media this morning provided the following statement.

'Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad previously established Strike Force Condello to investigate allegations of sexual violence-related offences against a 39-year-old man.

The incidents were reported to have occurred in 2013 and 2015.

The 2013 incident involves a man, then aged 25, and the 2015 incident involves a male, then aged 17.

New South Wales Police have now submitted a brief of evidence to The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) in relation to those individual matters.

Investigations are continuing and no further information is available.'

Mr Ward has denied any wrongdoing since being informed of the allegations by a journalist and has said he is yet to be interviewed by Police over the allegations.

He has resigned from the Liberal Party to sit on the cross-bench.

Mr Ward also resigned as Families, Communities and Disability Services Minister. 

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Gareth Ward's Kiama electorate office said Mr Ward is aware of the Police Media statement and on advice from his lawyers is declining to make any comment at the moment.

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Tough week ahead for South Coast rail users

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The South Coast train line will shutdown for maintenance this afternoon with buses to replace services between Dapto and Bomaderry until Thursday.

From 12pm today buses will replace trains between Bomaderry and Kiama while from 2pm the stretch will extend from Bomaderry to Dapto.

Buses will provide coverage over the extended section until 3am Thursday before being scaled back to services between Bomaderry and Kiama until 12pm Thursday.

Transport for NSW said buses travelling towards Dapto could leave from Bomaderry and Albion Park station's up to 40 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable.

"Most trains will run to the normal timetable between Dapto and Central or Bondi Junction," Transport for NSW said.

Image: Sydney Trains

Two COVID-19 deaths for Shellharbour

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NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of two people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District. 

  • A male in his 40s from the Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19 and had significant underlying health conditions.
  • A male in his 90s from the Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19.

There were 1322 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 565 positive PCR tests and 757 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below:

  • 700 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area.
  • 305 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 248 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 69 cases from Kiama LGA

Ward calls for jail time for COVID positive people caught out and about

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Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has called on the NSW Government to jail people who deliberately leave a place of isolation when they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Ward will write to the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard recommending a maximum of one year in jail for this breach of the Public Health Orders.

If the NSW Government does not agree with this proposal, Ward has indicated introducing a Private Members Bill.

Ward will also request the common law offence of 'incitement' be listed under COVID penalties on the NSW Health website.

"A $5,000 fine just doesn't cut it," Ward said.

"A person who deliberately leaves a place of isolation when they have tested COVID-positive puts our community at risk.

"This is selfish, dangerous and unacceptable.

"We are clearly going to have to live with this virus for a very long time and we need penalties that reflect the severity of those who recklessly put our community at risk.

"A prison sentence reflects the seriousness of breaching an isolation direction.

"If you know you have COVID, it is totally unacceptable to put the rest of the community at risk by leaving isolation unless in the case of an emergency.

"A fine simply doesn't reflect the severity of leaving isolation and spreading this highly infectious virus.

The Member for Kiama said his proposal for a prison penalty would only apply to persons over 18.

An exemption would exist for persons who are participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme and fleeing family or domestic violence.

Whilst the NSW Health website lists penalties for breaches of the Public Health Orders, Ward said the Government needed to make clear that inciting people to breach the Public Health Orders could also constitute an offence.

"Those that incite or encourage people to breach the Public Health Orders also need to know that they can face possible penalties at law.

"Unlawful public gatherings from protests to parties risk the hard work of our public health officials and those that are doing the right thing; staying at home, getting tested and getting vaccinated.

"The offence of inciting a crime is still a common-law offence however, it has also been legislated in the Crimes Prevention Act 1916 (NSW) and s11.4 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

"Encouraging breaches are just as serious as those who breach them.

"By strengthening penalties for reckless behaviour and making the law clear, we can better support our frontline police and send a strong message that poor behaviour will not be tolerated," Ward said.

Image: Gareth Ward MP Facebook

Ward yet to be interviewed by Police over damaging allegations

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Kiama MP Gareth Ward is back advocating for his electorate in the wake of sexual violence allegations that surfaced via a journalist just over a month ago.

Ward is yet to be interviewed by police despite the allegations forcing him to step down from the Liberal party and as Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services.

"I haven't received any advice as to what the allegations are.

"They (Police) have a job to do and I'm not reflecting on that at all," Ward said.

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Ward denies any wrongdoing and has maintained that position since the allegations surfaced on May 13.

"These allegations were put to me by a journalist.

"How that journalist found out about those allegations is a matter for conjecture.

"I can't allow what might be happening in the background to detract me from the important work I have as a local member of parliament," he said.

Ward has a number of items on his work agenda.

He has launched a petition calling on the NSW government to allocate much needed funding to upgrade Bomaderry High in the state budget.

"I've still been working and I think because of what's been suggested through a journalist, obviously that carries with it a huge burden but I want people to know that I'm still working and still delivering as the local member.

"That's what I'll always continue to do while I've got the privilege of being the local member of parliament," he said.

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Ward said he would not seek out NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller to find out exactly where the investigation is at and what the allegations are.

"That would be entirely inappropriate.

"It's an independent Police investigation, that's a matter for Police," Ward said.

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The Premier was shocked and distressed by the claims but Ward wouldn't be drawn into revealing if and what support Gladys Berejiklian has offered him since.

"I'm not going to comment on what other people may or may not be doing.

"My focus is getting on with the job.

"Whatever may be happening in the background, that's a matter for those that are dealing with those matters.

"I'm not going to let it detract from my focus as the local member which is the job I love, the community I love and is what is so important to me right now and always will be," he said.

Ward laughed off a question about whether or not he will ever return to the Liberal party.

"Oh look, let's just see what happens with the investigation.

"As I say that's a matter for Police and I have every confidence and faith that they will thoroughly investigate," Ward said.

Written by Travis Winks

Images: Gareth Ward Facebook

 

 

 

 

Woman caught allegedly breaching public health orders for a fourth time during Dunmore blitz

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People still aren't getting the lockdown message.

The NSW Police Highway Patrol has issued more than 30 infringements including several to Sydneysiders during a traffic and COVID compliance operation on the Princes Highway at Dunmore last Saturday.

14 people were fined for breaching the public health orders including a 37-year-old woman and 41-year-old man from Campbelltown.

They were heading to Kiama without a reasonable excuse and were fined a thousand dollars each.

Police said checks revealed that it was the fourth time the woman has allegedly breached the orders.

A couple from Cronulla were also fined and directed to return home after attempting to travel to Nowra without a permit, while a 38-year-old man from Narellan Vale was also fined for travelling to the region without a valid reason.

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Police conducted 460 random breath tests during the blitz with one motorist awaiting the result of a secondary drug test.

Officers also issued 11 traffic infringement notices, two motorists were fined for speeding while four traffic-related charges were also laid.

Illawarra Highway Patrol said it plans to conduct similar operations in the future.

Images: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command