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Suspicious car fire - Nowra

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Police are appealing for information after a car was deliberately set alight in Nowra earlier today.

About 5am police were called to Douglas Street, following reports a car was on fire.

Officers from South Coast Police District attended and established a crime scene, before commencing inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the fire.

The blaze was extinguished by NSW Fire and Rescue.

Initial inquiries suggest an accelerant may have been used.

Anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time of the fire, is urged to contact South Coast police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Inquiries are continuing.

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'ICE' hearings come to Nowra

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The Special Commission of Inquiry into the drug ‘ice’ comes to Nowra today.

Both today and tomorrow the Commission will hold public hearings concerning  the impacts of, and responses to, crystal methamphetamine use on our South Coast.

Research shows that in 2018, the Shoalhaven Local Government Area had a higher rate per 100,000 people of possession and/or use of amphetamines than the NSW average (131.7 vs 92.1).

While the rate of 'ice'-related hospitalisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in 2016-17 was slightly higher than the state average.

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A man dead after Nowra stabbing

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About 6.35pm (Friday 6 November 2020), emergency services were called to a unit on Shoalhaven Street, following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, South Coast Police found a man, aged 27, with a stab wound to his chest.

He was treated on scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to St George Hospital, where he later died.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Nowra Police Station, where she is assisting police with inquiries.

A crime scene was established and Detectives from South Coast Police District, with assistance from Lake Illawarra Police District, will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Photo: Rob Gooda

A respected South Coast Police officer retires

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Local serving Shoalhaven Police officer Sergeant Mick Tebbutt has retired after 33 years in the Force with South Coast Police District.

A plumber by trade, Sgt Tebbutt had always dreamed of a career in the cops, and when the opportunity arose, he grabbed it with both hands.

He was 32 when he joined the NSW Police Force in 1989 and was first stationed at Port Kembla Police Station.

After a just one year, he transferred to Nowra Police Station, where he remained for the rest of his three-decade career, first in General Duties, before making the move to Shoalhaven Highway Patrol.

Sgt Tebbutt has received several awards in the past three decades for his dedication to keeping his community safe.

In 2003, Sgt Tebbutt received the Commander’s Commendation in recognition of professional police work, involvement and support in the effort to preserve life and property during the Hylands bushfire emergency in December 2001 and January 2002.

The following year, in 2004, he received the National Police Medal was awarded the Region Commander Unit Citation for exemplary actions performed during the bushfires near Albatross Road.

With disregard for his own safety, Sgt Tebbutt rushed to warn residents in the direct path of the fire, which then passed over the police vehicle.

In 2015, he received the National Police Service Medal.

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Sgt Tebbutt has been described as a father figure for the new troops.

“He has been the backbone of Nowra Police Station for almost 30 years. 33 years of service is a hell of a long time in anyone’s book,” said Chief Inspector Brian Pedersen, Traffic Manager, Far South Sector.

Sgt Tebbutt says it’s his community and his colleagues who kept him in the Force for so long.

“A job is just a job, it’s the people you work with who make it worthwhile,” he said.

Retirement plans involve the father of four and grandfather of seven travelling and spending more quality time with his family and mates.

Images: NSW Police

A teenager is in a serious condition after being hit by a car in Nowra.

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Just after 3pm Sunday  the 15-year-old boy was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a ute at the intersection of Bridge Road and Princes Highway.

He was initially taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital, before being airlifted to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a serious condition.

The male driver was arrested and taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Officers from South Coast Police District along with Crash Investigation Unit are continuing inquiries.

Photo: Travis Winks

 

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.

 

Nowra

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.

 

Additional COVID-19 cases reported in the Shoalhaven and South Coast

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NSW Health has confirmed another two positive cases of COVID-19 in the Shoalhaven.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Illawarra Health district website said the two cases are residents of Shoalhaven Local Government Area and investigations are ongoing.

A spokesperson could not provide details of what town or villages those cases are located at or whether they had been active in the community.

The two additional COVID-19 positives bring to four the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven after South Coast MP Shelly Hancock confirmed two positive cases in the Nowra area on Friday.

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Bega MP Andrew Constance today said via social media there had been one COVID-19 positive case confirmed in the Batemans Bay area.

Anyone with symptoms should come forward for COVID-19 testing.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat and
  • shortness of breath.

New pop-up drive through COVID-19 testing clinics have been opened at;

Bomaderry Histopath Drive Through Clinic

Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre Carpark

90 Cambewarra Rd, Bomaderry NSW 2541

8am – 5pm – 7 days

Huskisson Southern IML Drive Through Clinic

Huskisson Scout Hall Carpark

Kioloa Street, Huskisson 2540

8am – 5pm – 7 days

Sussex Inlet Histopath - Drive-through Clinic

Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre

21 Thomson St, Sussex Inlet

8am – 4pm – 7 days

For additional COVID-19 advice visit the Illawarra Shoalhaven District Health Facebook Page 

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Another stabbing in Nowra

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Emergency Services have been called to a stabbing in Nowra.

The incident took place around 1:30pm on Kinghorne Street near Ryan Avenue.

A man in his 40's has a wound to his abdomen and is in a stable condition

He's expected to be airlifted to hospital.

Four NSW Ambulance crews responded.

We'll have more details as they come to hand.

Image: Ambulance NSW

Anti-lockdown protesters target Shoalhaven Council Offices

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Anti-lockdown protestors have targeted Shoalhaven City Council offices at Nowra and Ulladulla.

At Graham Street in Nowra, a handful of people protested.

Police reportedly dispersed the crowd quickly.

Police also attended another unauthorised gathering at Deering Street Ulladulla, where an estimated 25 people turned up.

It was part of a state-wide orchestrated protest movement.

Police responded to 13 protests in the Southern region.

Across NSW 136 people have been arrested.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said she understands the frustration people feel about the NSW Government regional lockdown, but it's not local government locking down the state.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward criticised the protestors.

He said they could very well spread to the COVID-19 virus locking down regional NSW even longer.

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Arrest in Nowra following Mascot stabbing

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A 23 year old man has been arrested at Nowra, and will reappear in Wollongong Local Court, after an attack at Mascot in Sydney last month.

Two men have been charged after a man suffered stab wounds following a break and enter at a unit block in Sydney’s south last month.

About 6am on Wednesday 29 December 2022, officers attached South Sydney Police Area Command were called to a unit on John Street, Mascot, where they located a man with multiple wounds to his upper body.

Police will allege two unknown men forced entry to the unit, when the 61 year old man, and only occupant of the unit, confronted the men.

An altercation ensued and the man was stabbed a number of times.

The two men fled the scene a short time later, taking items including cash and jewellery.

The injured man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a serious condition, he has since been released.

A crime scene was established at the unit and the surrounding neighbourhood was canvassed.

Following inquiries, about 9.45am Wednesday 5 January 2022, a 23 year old man was arrested at a home on Ferry Lane, Nowra.

The man was taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with specially aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – wound.

The man appeared at Wollongong Local Court on Thursday, where he was refused bail, to reappear at Wollongong Local Court today, Friday 7 January 2022.

About 11.40am Thursday 6 January 2022, a 22 year old man was arrested on Wentworth Avenue, Sydney.

He was taken to Mascot Police Station, where he was charged with specially aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – wound.

The man was refused bail, to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.

Image: NSW Police

Babies could be putting us to shame

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There are around 4500 babies born in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District each year, and they could be putting the rest of us to shame when it comes to keeping fit.

If you've ever wondered just how much movement your little one does, Huggies has found the answer.

They've researched just how much bubs aged between six and 36 months move and the numbers are staggering.

The data has revealed that little ones are walking up to four times more than adults a day, taking a staggering 17,448 steps, which is the equivalent of climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge six times.

With 1,710 different moves per hour, bubs are doing more reps than an average 45-minute circuit class, the research found.

Bubs are doing a range of movements, with a daily average of 5,280 crawl steps, 2,640 commando crawls, 1,440 bum shuffles and 720 climbs.

The research also showed that little ones clock up an impressive 2,400 daily leg kicks which is 20 times more kicks than the average soccer player makes during a game.

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Bikies linked to drug raids at Nowra, Bomaderry and Culburra

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Police have confirmed the three men and two women arrested following raids at homes in Nowra, Culburra and Bomaderry this morning, have links to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Five people have been arrested following an investigation into the supply of illicit drugs.

Following an extensive investigation, strike force investigators, with the assistance of the South East Region Enforcement Squad and Dog Unit, executed search warrants at three homes about 6am, with three men, aged 18, 34 and 29 and two women, aged 30 and 39, arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station.

South Coast Police District Crime Manager Detective Inspector Scott Nelson says five people are in custody at Nowra Police Station and face charges in relation to a range of drug supply offences and participation in criminal groups after police located ice, methamphetamine, cash,  a BMW sedan, property believed to be stolen, jewellery and prohibited weapons during the raids.

Det Insp Nelson says all five are part of a drug supply network and participated in a known criminal group with links to a motorcycle gang.

"Unfortunately, everything leads back to bikies. They are the enemy of the community," he said.

He says police will continue to suppress and disrupt activities carried out by these "scavengers of human misery".

People who purchase and use these drugs are "playing Russian Roulette" with their lives, Det Insp Nelson added.

"I want to assure the good people of our community that we know who these people are, and we are working on it."

Strike Force Splinter was established by South Coast Police District in June 2020 to investigate the large supply of prohibited drugs in the Nowra area.

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Blaze teams split their results

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The South Coast Blaze opens have returned to the winners circle in the Netball NSW Premier League with a 56-50 win over Sutherland at Homebush.

The senior Blaze have now improved their season record to three and three but remain in seventh spot on the ladder.

The under 23s have slipped to third in their comp after being stunned by the junior Stingrays 52-38.

Image: South Coast Blaze

Bomb threats disrupt HSC exams on Coast and Highlands

 

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A number of schools on the coast and highlands have been the subject of a bomb threat hoax, sparking mass evacuations and interrupting HSC exams today.

At least ten schools in regional areas received threatening emails, including Moss Vale and Bowral High Schools in the highlands and Kiama, Bomaderry, Vincentia and Nowra High Schools on the coast.

A Department of Education spokesperson said the schools activated their Emergency Response Plans and police were notified.

The spokesperson said the department and NSW Police anticipated there would be further disruption today and were well and truly prepared to respond appropriately.

Yesterday all schools were reminded of protocols to ensure they were able to respond promptly should a threatening email be received.

The department is working closely with NSW Police and will continue providing support to staff and students as required.

NSW Police have established Strike Force Rolum to investigate the emails.

 

Bridge Road closure to allow Nowra Bridge works

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There will be a temporary full closure of Bridge Road between the Princes Highway and Hyam Street in Nowra this weekend for work related to the Nowra Bridge project.

A detour will be in place for all vehicles via the Princes Highway, Moss Street, and North Street during this closure from 7 pm Friday 20 to 6 am Monday 23 August, weather permitting.

Resident and business access will be maintained at all times via the southern end of Bridge Road, and pedestrian access will also be maintained at all times.

Electronic signs will be in place before and during these changes to advertise detours.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Image: Supplied 

Business boom follows population explosion

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The Shoalhaven region, and Nowra in particular, is experiencing massive growth in the commercial real estate sector.

Peter Russell from Integrity Real Estate Nowra, says, after the bushfires and also Covid-19, more people are moving to the region, creating a population boom, which has, in-turn, led to the commercial growth.

He says the Shoalhaven is experiencing the best commercial real estate period in four years, as investors and small niche businesses look to regional areas.

"We are seeing small niche businesses moving into industrial estates like South Nowra," he said.

"Bigger developers are looking at putting major capital into the area, seeing it as a growth area.

"We have had a lot of interest in leasing properties in the Nowra CBD."

Mr Russell says the boom is great for the local economy and will also help attract new infrastructure projects to the area.

Photo Integrity Real Estate Nowra.

Disqualified learner charged after drugs and machete allegedly found in Nowra car search

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A 38-year-old man has been refused bail after being arrested in Nowra on Saturday night.

Highway Patrol officers attached to Strike Force Puma tried to stop a Mercedes on the Princes Highway but the driver allegedly kept driving before jumping out of the moving vehicle.

Officers chased him down on foot, before discovering the man's learner’s licence was disqualified for 30 years in 2009.

He was also wanted for an outstanding warrant.

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Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found seven grams of methylamphetamine in resealable bags, a machete, hand flare, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with a number of traffic offences, as well as supplying a prohibited drug, having custody of a knife in a public place, possessing a bright light distress signal and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Images: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command

Dog Force Australia wins the 2021 Shoalhaven Business Awards

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The Shoalhaven Business Awards have been held online for the first time in its 36 year history,  attracting over 1,000 viewers as it streamed live on the Shoalhaven Business Chamber Facebook page.

The 2021 Shoalhaven Business Awards Business of the Year, Dog Force Australia.

Dog Force Australia has developed a reputation domestically, and internationally, as a provider of top-quality canine detection, protection and training services.

Its clients are as diverse as the Royal Brunei Gurkha Reserve Unit and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary through to ASEAN and Elton John.

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Award Winners

You can watch the awards on-line here.

Images: Shoalhaven Business Chamber

 

 

 

 

 

Dog mauls Nowra owner in "horrific" attack

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Detectives believe a man found dead in a Nowra unit earlier this week was mauled by his own dog after he had a medical episode.

South Coast police initially treated the 51-year-old's death as suspicious when his body was discovered with "horrific" injuries in the Douglas Street premises on Monday.

However, a post-mortem examination of the man's body has since ruled out homicide.

The coroner will be required to formally rule if the man's dog - reported to be a Staffordshire terrier - killed him in the home.

Investigators believe the man was incapacitated during the attack.. and the coroner will also determine if reports he suffered an epileptic fit are correct.

Photo source: PowerFM/2st news stock

Dramatic end to police pursuit

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A man and a woman will front Wollongong Local Court today on a combined 24 charges following an alleged carjacking in Gerringong and yesterday's rampage in Albion Park Rail.

A number of vehicles were damaged and a Police car rammed during the chase.

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Just after 8am yesterday, Police spotted the stolen Mitsubishi from Gerringong, travelling on the Princes Highway at Broughton where it collided with another vehicle.

The alleged offenders then stole a Kia and rammed a number of vehicles, including a Police car while trying to get away.

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A 24-year-old man and 28-year-old woman were eventually arrested at Albion Park Rail.

They were both charged by Lake Illawarra Police overnight.

The man has been hit with 21 charges including: Robbery-offensive weapon, take and drive conveyance, unlawful entry on enclosed lands, possess prohibited drug, steal motor vehicle, use vehicle displaying misleading number plates, carry cutting weapon, drive speed dangerous, drive manner dangerous, police pursuit, drive whilst disqualified, use offensive weapon to prevent lawful apprehension, drive stolen conveyance and dishonestly obtain property by deception.

Police also allege that he was involved in a pursuit through Nowra last week.

The woman has been charged with three offences including carry in conveyance without consent and steal motor vehicle.

Investigators from Lake Illawarra are still looking for a second man in connection with Monday's armed carjacking of young woman in Gerringong.

The suspect is believed to live between Wollongong and Nowra.

Images: 9 News Illawarra

Drink driver nabbed in Nowra

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A man has been caught drink driving more than five times over the legal limit at Nowra.

Around 4pm yesterday, Emergency Services were called to the Princes Highway after a hatchback and an SUV – both travelling south collided on the Princes highway.

The 40 year old driver of the hatchback was taken to Nowra Police Station where he allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading point 258.

He was charged with High Range PCA and had his licence suspended and vehicle impounded

The man who's from Ryde will appear in Nowra Local Court next month.

Image: Simon_sees/Flickr

Face of relay Janine speaks up to help others

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The Cancer Council has assisted this year's Nowra Relay Your Way Ambassador and cancer survivor Janine Adams in a variety of ways and now she wants to return the favour.

Worrigee resident and breast cancer patient, Janine aims to be a positive role model for others facing cancer diagnoses by sharing her story and getting involved in the Covid safe Relay for Life event on March 20.

Diagnosed in 2016 after a routine mammogram, every time she has a cancer related appointment, Janine posts it on Facebook for all to see.

"If that post can save someone’s life, then it will be worth it.," she said.

"I want to remind people to get checked."

Relay Your Way is a team event, but for those who want to participate but don’t yet have a team, Janine has the answer: Team Janine.

Even though the team members may be in different location on the day, Janine says she is looking forward to raising money and enjoying the company of others via social media on March 20. 

She says the Cancer Council can help with the cost of medications, travel and also offers support to Shoalhaven residents.

To get invoved, join a team or sponsor someone you know, go to: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/event/relay-for-life-nowra/.

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Filter Road bushfire contained

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The NSW Rural Fire Service is monitoring the remnants of a bushfire that erupted northwest of Nowra on Saturday.

The blaze started near Filter Road and was fanned by strong, gusty winds.

RFS and NSW Fire and Rescue crews were supported by water-bombing helicopters as they fought the outbreak in what the RFS described as tough terrain.

Crews maintained a vigil on Saturday night to ensure there were no flare-ups, before eventually containing the blaze on Sunday.

RFS spokesman Greg Allan said, "With the conditions at the time it would not have taken much for the outbreak to impact nearby properties."

The blaze burnt about 30-hectares of bushland before it was fully contained.

Mr. Allan said, "It's a timely reminder for residents that fires can happen anywhere and if you are near a fire you and your family should know what to do, so have that bushfire survival plan discussed."

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the outbreak.

Image: Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Service Facebook 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final flood warning for Shoalhaven River

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No further flooding is expected on the Shoalhaven River.

The SES has issued its final update saying river levels at Nowra and Terara have fallen below minor flood levels.

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Photos: Rob Gooda and SES

 

Firebug believed responsible for Bomaderry fires

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A boy has been arrested after allegedly lighting a grass fire in Nowra on Sunday.

The 14-year-old was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act and issued a caution notice.

It followed a series of fires believed to have been deliberately lit late Saturday night and early Sunday morning at Bomaderry.

The fires were lit in the front gardens of five residences in different streets.

Inspector Ray Stynes from South Coast Police says it’s distressing to see so many fires being deliberately lit, particularly after a dry winter period and is urging us to say something if we see something.

Photo: For illustrative purpose only. Source: Shoalhaven Heads RFS

Firefighter suffers serious medical episode in Nowra

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A Fire and Rescue NSW firefighter has suffered a serious medical episode whilst fighting a house fire at Nowra.

The fire started in the kitchen at the rear of the Antares Close home around 9.30am, before extending into the roof.

The firefighter was battling the blaze when he collapsed.

The remaining crew dragged him to safety and started CPR, using a defibrillator, until Paramedics arrived.

The firefighter was taken to hospital for further treatment.

He's being monitored and remains in a stable condition.

No-one was home at the time of the fire.

South Coast Police also attended.

Image: Fire & Rescue NSW

Flooding latest for Nowra

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Flooding is easing along the Shoalhaven River where river levels have fallen below the moderate flood level at Nowra and Terara on Monday evening.

Minor flooding is occurring.

The main flood peak is now downstream of Terara.

What the SES is expecting:

The Shoalhaven River at Nowra (AHD) peaked at 4.13 metres around 09:00 am Monday and is falling with minor flooding.

The Shoalhaven River at Terara peaked at 3.89 metres around 07:00 am Monday and is falling with minor flooding.

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Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology it is expected that flood water may start to impact low lying areas, roads and causeways including but not limited to:

• Shoalhaven Heads, Greenwell Point, Culburra- Orient Point
• Bolong Road to Broughton Ck Bridge and Burrier Road
• Shoalhaven Ski Park and Coolendel Camping Reserve and Caravan Park and Nowra Sailing Club
The Comerang Island Ferry Service will be impacted by this predicted flooding. Residents using the service should consider making alternate arrangements for travel.

Photos: Shelley Hancock Facebook page

Graffiti Crimes Police want public information

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The Nowra CBD and East Nowra have been targeted by graffiti vandals and Police are out to tag them.

It is an offence under the Graffiti Control Act to damage or deface property or be in possession of any graffiti implements.

The penalties include fines, clean-up orders, or a term of imprisonment.

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Anyone who has information about illegal graffiti or can identify a ‘Tag’ should contact Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

Police said information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Images: NSW  Police

Home destroyed by fire in Nowra

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A home at Nowra has been completely destroyed by fire.

Around 6:30 this morning, two crews from Nowra Fire and Rescue Station crews were called to Mandalay Avenue, where they found a home engulfed in flames.

It took them several hours to extinguish it.

Thankfully, nobody was home at the time.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing.

Superintendent Scott Dodson said it's a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) for a fire emergency can be the difference between life and death, or a building or other property being saved or destroyed.

Image: Fire & Rescue NSW/Supplied 

Labor's funding pledge for Australia-first birthing centre in Nowra

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A $22 million funding injection has been promised to help South Coast health service Waminda establish Australia's first Birthing on Country Centre of Excellence.

But the funding is contingent on Labor winning this year's federal election.

Waminda has been working for several years to establish the centre to better look after indigenous mothers and their babies as a way of closing the health gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people.

Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, says Waminda's argument was compelling.

"I have seen the case put forward for the project, and it was just inarguable," she said.

"Waminda has been talking to me for many years about this aspiration, this dream.

"This is an absolute example of self determination, of governments saying 'You know what you need, you know what you want,' and it's about us trying to fulfil those aspirations," Ms Burney said.

The centre's cost has been put at $58 million over seven years, with the $22 million expected to cover the cost of a three-storey building hosting birthing suites and a range of allied services.

A site for the centre has yet to be chosen, however Waminda is looking to establish it around Nowra

In announcing the funding, Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips said the money would pay huge dividends in improved community health.

"We know that if we look after our indigenous people in all forms, all that wrap-around care, we know that we've got better health outcomes right throughout people's lives," she said.

"This birthing on Country Centre of Excellence will be here for generations to come, and will make a real difference for people."

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Mrs Phillips called on the Coalition to match the funding commitment.

"It would be my sincere wish that they would match that because they should, because it's the right thing to do," she said.

Waminda midwife Melanie Briggs said the centre would incorporate a wide range of services and facilities.

"Birthing on Country is a holistic wellness model, so we go all the way from conception to end of life, and part of the Birthing on Country Centre of Excellence will have the wrap-around services to support the women and their babies," she said.

Facilities included three birthing rooms, family waiting areas, support services, Aboriginal practitioners, allied health and clinical rooms for things including midwifery and child and family health clinics, along with speech pathologists and occupational therapists.

The Birthing on Country Centre of Excellence is the first is Australia, and comes on the back of Waminda already making great progress in improving the health of pregnant indigenous women and their babies, including reducing the rate or premature deliveries and increasing birth weight.

It's expected to be used as a template for other centres all over Australia.

Images: Glenn Ellard

Local rallies today for more action on Climate Change

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Hundreds of school students along with other protestors will gather across the coast and highlands today calling for more action on climate change.

They will be part of more than 100 demonstrations around the country, coinciding with the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit in New York.

The Nowra protest will get underway at 10am at Harry Sawkins Park ahead of a march into the CBD.

Student Jarrah Carlile said others have been invited to join the students because the issue affects everyone.

"The past few strikes have been aimed at school students but this strike we've been opening up to everyone everywhere to take a chance and strike for their futures.

"We believe that not only will we get out to the public and spread our message but that we will force the Government into action if enough people take days off school and work," Carlile said.

Protests are also being held in Bowral, Ulladulla and Wollongong.

Image: supplied

Man charged after allegedly approaching a child in Nowra

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About 4.20pm Monday, an 11-year-old girl was riding her skateboard on a path between Riverview Road and the Shoalhaven River, when she was approached by a man.

He allegedly spoke to the girl, before approaching her for a second time in a utility a short time later.

The incident was reported to South Coast Police and after inquiries and a public appeal, detectives attended a Nowra address about 3.15pm yesterday and spoke with a man.

The 62-year-old was arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with stalk or intimidate intending to cause fear of physical or mental harm (personal violence offence).

He's been granted strict conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court next month.

Photo source: South Coast police Facebook page

Man charged over Nowra stabbing

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A man has been charged over a stabbing at South Nowra on Saturday.

Two men aged 32 and 45 were found with stab wounds in premises on Holloway Road.

It's believed the pair had been involved in an argument.

Both were taken to hospital with knife wounds.

The older man has now been charged with Special Aggravated enter dwelling with intent to wound.

He's been granted conditional bail to appear in Nowra Court on Friday.

Photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/special-fx/6126336871

Man charged with alleged traffic & property offences in Nowra

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A man has been charged in connection with alleged traffic and property related offences in Nowra.

Around 1:30pm yesterday, Police were patrolling Clipper Road, when they saw a man run into a home.

When Officers went to check what was going on, they were confronted by another man who tried to get in the way of their inquiries.

During a search of the home, Police found a the man hiding in a bedroom ,before he allegedly became aggressive towards them and smashed a window.

The 22 year old tried to escape through the window and was chased by two male Senior Constables.

He was arrested a short time later, trying to get in to a taxi.

The Bomaderry man was taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital under police guard for treatment of lacerations.

He was eventually taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with the following:

*Receive/dispose stolen property – indictable offence,
*take and drive conveyance without consent of owner,
*assault officer in execution of duty,
*resist officer in execution of duty (x2),
*assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm,
*never licensed person drive vehicle on road - prior offence,
*use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road, and,
*motor bike rider (alone) not wear/secure fit approved helmet.

He was refused bail to appear in Nowra Local Court today.

The two senior constables also received treatment to lacerations caused by the broken glass.

Image: NSW Police

Man charged with vehicle bombings - Nowra

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Detectives investigating an explosion which damaged two parked cars at Nowra last year, have charged a man.

Around 9pm on Wednesday July 3, two homemade improvised explosive devices were thrown onto the windscreens of two vehicles parked in the driveway of a Nowra home.

Both vehicles sustained minor damage to the front windscreen and bonnet area.

No one was injured as a result of the explosions.

Officers from South Coast Police District and the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit attended and commenced an investigation.

Strike Force Keele was formed to investigate and following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 24-year-old man at Nowra Police Station about 7.30pm yesterday.

The man was charged with damaging property by fire/explosion and possession, supply or making of explosives.

He was refused bail and will appear before Nowra Local Court  today

Inquiries are continuing.

Photo: https://www.wallpaperflare.com/search?wallpaper=arrest

Man escapes injury in Nowra shooting

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Police are investigating what they believe was a targeted shooting in Nowra early this morning.

At around 3 o'clock a shot was fired into a caravan with a man inside.

The 52-year-old was not injured.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact South Coast District police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Mega-Bunnings set to open

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The new Bunnings mega warehouse at South Nowra will welcome 70 new recruits when it opens its doors this week, bringing the total to more than 230 team members.

The new store features a larger main warehouse, a timber trade sales area with a five lane timber drive through, outdoor nursery and landscape yard, a café and under cover parking for 450 cars.

Customers can also check out in-store wardrobe and bathroom displays, a dream kitchen design centre with 12 brand-new kitchen concepts and an extended artificial plant range.

Complex Manager Richard Jenkins, who has been a part of the Bunnings team for six years, says the team has been working hard to get the new store ready for opening and have recently supported Havenlee School with a brand-new kitchen and provided plywood to the Northern Shoalhaven Community of Schools Project.

Photo supplied.

Merribee running master classes in shaping up your plants

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Keen gardeners from across the state are flocking to the Nowra area as Numbaa's renowned Merribee property hosts the inaugural Australian Topiary and Hedging Festival.

It started yesterday to coincide with World Topiary Day, and continues through to Sunday, with topiary and hedging masterclasses being held today.

Property owner Lucy Marshall said the festival will feature workshops, demonstrations and competitions, all among close to three hectares of spectacular gardens featuring amazing hedging and topiary displays.

They're based on around 10,000 buxus plants expertly shaped and trimmed into fascinating creations.

"We arguably have the largest number of buxus plants in one garden in Australia, and many of those are shaped actually into topiary, so we have a whimsical take in parts of the garden," Lucy said.

"There's a huge kangaroo, there's an emu, and together they form the coat of arms."

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But there is much more than just hedges and topiary to the gardens, that already attract about 25,000 visitors per year.

"I guess there's now 20 or more, what you would call botanical rooms, and that is everything from the lavender paddock to a heritage rose garden, there's a secret garden behind timber doors, there's a parterre garden with crabapples in it and Annabel hydrangeas, there's two apothecary gardens - one based on a seventh century monastic garden design, one on a Medieval garden design, and they're quiet different to each other and that's just demonstrating what was different in that 500 year period."

It is all a far cry from the way the property was when Lucy and husband Richard bought it back in 2000, as a family escape from their busy city lives.

Lucy said it was just pastures from an old dairy farm, but it all changed through a bit of serendipity.

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Living across the road was renowned landscape designer James Thompson, who would visit when the Marshalls were at he property, and started sharing his visions of what the property could become.

"And he'd say 'I can just imagine this garden, I can just see this plan', and I'd say 'James, go away, that's all too much'," Lucy recalled.

"But he would just work on us and work on us and so then we'd go away and we'd earn the money and we'd come back and say 'All right, you can do that little bit'."

 The little bits started adding up, creating stunning gardens - some of them inspired by unique gardens overseas to create features seen nowhere else in Australia.

Images: Glenn Ellard

Missing Nowra woman found safe and well

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Police have located a woman missing from the state’s South Coast safe and well.

Officers from South Coast Police District commenced inquiries into the whereabouts of a 23-year-old woman after she had not been seen since leaving Nowra on Sunday 30 May 2021.

Following inquiries, the woman was found safe last Friday (4 June 2021).

Police thank the public for their assistance.

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Motion calls for council to uphold values

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Shoalhaven City Councillor Nina Digiglio wants council to become a safer workplace and is calling for all elected councillors to uphold council’s core values of respect, collaboration, adaptability and integrity.

Cr Digiglio was a guest speaker at last week’s March4Justic rally in Nowra where she spoke about the challenges faced by current representatives at all level of government, and the importance of welcoming new, younger councillors who need to feel safe as they begin their political careers.

Tomorrow night, she will raise a Notice of Motion, calling for council to take a formal approach to reducing bullying in the chamber.

“This motion is not designed to blame or shame, but is a real opportunity to change the culture for the better,” she said.

“I believe we have an opportunity to be true leaders at leading the charge for change for the women at council, those from CALD Backgrounds, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and those with disabilities.

“These voices have been missing from the conversations in Local Government for far too long.”

Cr Digiglio says she would like to see council embrace the new “Our Watch” Prevention Handbook, supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, aimed at reducing violence against women, workplace bullying and horizontal violence in the workplace.

She says the tool kit provides a strategy that “embraces all community diverse views, that will likely produce better community outcomes by their inclusion in the decision-making processes”.

“Our performance and approach to cooperation in the council chamber spills over into the community, impacting the quality of our work in the community we serve, and can damage the way that the community perceives us," she said.

"As leaders, and as the people who lead on the direction of this organisation, it is our responsibility to demonstrate best practice through our words and our deeds.

“There is considerable literature documenting the physical and mental health consequences that may arise due to a failure to act on the issues raised here as they pertain to our workplaces.

“Numerous councils are already addressing these issues and making changes.

“We have an opportunity now to be true leaders by reflecting an equitable, respectful, non discriminatory and harmonious culture in attending to our duties, to assist and promote safe workplaces thereby representing what we may rightfully aspire to see in the diverse community we represent.”

Photo Katrina Condie

Motor vehicle accident south of Nowra

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There's been a motor vehicle accident near Comberton.

It's on the Princes Highway near Btu Road and involves two vehicles.

Live Traffic says it's affecting southbound traffic.

Emergency services are at the scene.. no word on any injuries.

Image source: Live Traffic

Multiple health alerts issued after confirmed COVID cases in Shellharbour and Nowra

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There are now 10 venues of concern across the Illawarra Shoalhaven after a person tested positive for Coronavirus in Shellharbour.

An alert has also been issued for the South Coast train line.

A spokesperson from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District said the case is currently isolating at home along with household contacts.

"The source of infection is under investigation, however is most likely linked to travel to Sydney required for work.

"The case was working from home when not required to travel for work.

"NSW Health has been notified of new venues of concern in Unanderra, Kiama, Nowra, Blackbutt, Shellharbour CityCentre and Warilla associated with this confirmed case of COVID-19," the spokesperson said.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

"You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again," the LHD spokesperson said.

Bridgestone Tyres Unanderra, 159 Five Islands Road - Tuesday 3 August from 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Woolworths Kiama, Kiama View Shopping Centre, 143 Terralong Street - Friday 30 July from 5 pm to 5.15 pm

NAB Nowra, 56 Kinghorne Street - Friday 30 July from 2.50 pm to 3.05 pm

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Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 47 Shellharbour Road, Warilla - Saturday 7 August from 9.25am to 11.20am, in particular the following stores:

Cafe Els - Saturday 7 August, 9.25 am to 9.35 am

Bakers Delight - Saturday 7 August, 9.30 am to 9.35 am

Mitchell's Market - Saturday 7 August, 9.35am to 10.05am

Woolworths - Saturday 7 August, 10 am to 11.20 am

Coles, Stockland Shellharbour - 1 Holm Place, Shellharbour City Centre - Saturday 7 August, 11.45 am to 12.20 pm

Dan Murphy's - Stocklands Retail Park, New Lake Entrance Road, Blackbutt - Saturday 7 August 2021, 12.25 pm to 12.45 pm

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A casual contact alert has also been issued for the South Coast train line after the positive case travelled from Mortdale to Bomaderry on Friday, July 30 between 11.55 am and 2.17 pm.

Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30478819@N08/50308277997, Warilla Grove and Google Maps

Murder inquiries come to Nowra

Specialist police have searched bushland south of Nowra for the remains of missing Sydney woman Samah Baker and seized several "items of interest" which will undergo forensic examination.

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30-year-old Ms Baker was last seen by a friend after being dropped off at her Parramatta home on January 4.

In March 32-year-old James Hachem was charged with her murder.. and bushland at YARRA southwest of Goulburn searched.

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Police from the riot squad, dog unit, Operations Support Group and marine command carried out a second search at South Nowra on Tuesday and Wednesday which closed the Nowra Rifle Range for two days..

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Photos source: NSW Police Department

Navy helicopter crews shine as exercise Tigerfish hits the mark

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Navy submarine-hunting and anti-surface warfare helicopters have successfully completed Exercise Tigerfish, proving the warfighting proficiency of aircrews from 816SQN.

MH-60R Seahawks from the Nowra-based squadron dropped recoverable exercise torpedoes and fired precision air-to-ground missiles and rockets at various surface and sub-surface training targets off the eastern coast, in order to practice, develop and demonstrate their ability to employ weapons systems against realistic targets.

The two-week exercise held at the end of June was the culmination of a collaborative effort by units of the Fleet Air Arm and supporting agencies.

Flight Commander 816SQN Flight 1 LCDR Matthew Hudson said the importance of the exercise to advancing aircrew skills could not be overstated.

“The success of Tigerfish has been crucial in furthering the MH-60R capability and increasing the lethality of our operational aircrews,” LCDR Hudson said.

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“For participating aircrew, the exercise provided a valuable opportunity to hone complex skills obtained in aircraft simulators with live weapons and real-world environments.”

Aviation Warfare Officer LEUT Eliza Josey said it was beneficial to put her synthetic training in simulators to use with real-world ordnance.

“The training benefit we receive from firing live weapons is invaluable and the opportunity to employ multiple weapons gives a crew the ability to enhance their skill sets and tactical appreciation for how we would actually fight,” LEUT Josey said.

For 816SQN maintenance teams, exercising the procedures for loading live ordnance helps ensure effective training to support aircraft entering potential conflict.

Maintenance manager PO Matthew Cooney said the exercise gave his team a chance to increase familiarity with the complexities surrounding live weapon loading procedures.

“Participating in Exercise Tigerfish enables us as maintainers to refresh and put into practice the skills we have been taught,” he said.

Images: Navy News 

Nowra - 3 men cop $1,000 COVID-19 fines

 

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Police have charged one person under the Public Health Act 2010 and issued 23 'COVID-19' related Penalty Infringement Notices for offences over a 24 hour period earlier this week.

About 1am Sunday, three men – aged 20, 21 and 23 – attended a fast food restaurant on the Princes Highway, Nowra, and sat at an indoor table together. Staff spoke to the trio and informed them the restaurant was only open for take-away meals. They refused and continued to eat their meals before leaving.

Officers from South Coast Police District were patrolling nearby and after speaking to staff, police stopped their vehicle. The 20 year old driver told police he had driven from Bexley to  Sussex Inlet to buy a boat with two friends. They were each issued a $1000 PIN for non-essential travel.

Photo: Rob Gooda

Nowra - assault with golf club

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An investigation is underway after a man was assaulted during a home invasion in Nowra Sunday night.

Shortly after 6 o'clock, two unknown men attended a home on Park Road, Nowra, and spoke to the occupant - a man, aged in his 30s.

 Police have been told one of the men kicked a glass panel next to the door, before they entered the home and assaulted the occupant with a golf club. 

The occupant armed himself with a small ladder and the two men fled on foot.

 He sustained bruising and soft tissue injuries and drove himself to hospital for treatment.

One of the men is described only as being aged in his 20s or 30s.

 Anyone with information, or who may have witnessed any suspicious activity at the time of the incident, is urged to come forward. 

Inquiries are continuing.

Photo for illustrative purpose only.

Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/golf-golf-course-golf-club-green-4918989/

Nowra a hotspot for Easter traffic

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Data collected by Roads and Maritime Services has identified NOWRA as one of the traffic hotspots to be avoided this Easter long weekend.

The RMS says after examining two years of data southbound traffic heading through Nowra can expect delays of up to 35 minutes Thursday afternoon and up to 20 minutes on Good Friday.

RMS Director of Operations ANNA ANDREWS says southbound traffic through Milton, Ulladulla and Bateman's Bay can also expect delays of around 10 minutes on Good Friday."So we're encouraging motorists to think about the day they travel, the time they travel and whether or not there's an alternative route, because of the delays we expect to see on the network.

Photo source: Google images

Nowra and Illawarra COVID-19 casual contact sites

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NSW Health has released a list of COVID-19 casual contact venues for the Illawarra and the South Coast.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in last 4 days, you must get another test on day 5 from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Nowra Local Court, 88 Plunkett Street

Monday 27 September 2021, 10am to 11:30am

Shell Coles Express South Nowra, 190-198 Princes Highway

Monday 27 September 2021, 7:50am to 8am

Woolworths Corrimal, Lederer Corrimal Shopping Centre, 270 Princes Highway

Thursday 30 September 2021, 7:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday 21 September 2021, 3pm to 3:30pm

Monday 20 September 2021, 7pm to 12am (midnight)

Coles Figtree, Figtree Grove Shopping Centre, Princes Highway and The Avenue

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 6:50pm to 7:33pm

IMB Bank Unanderra, 102 Princes Highway

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 11:15am to 11:25am

Australia Post Warilla, Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 43-57 Shellharbour Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 9:10am to 9:20am

Aldi Warilla, Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 43-57 Shellharbour Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 9:25am to 10:10am

BWS Warilla, 43-57 Shellharbour Road

Thursday 23 September 2021, 1:48pm to 2:10pm

Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 43-57 Shellharbour Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 9:10am to 11:10am

Woolworths Warilla, Grove Shopping Centre, 29-30 Shellharbour Road

Monday 27 September 2021, 4:25pm to 5:15pm

Sunday 26 September 2021, 3:30pm to 4pm

Thursday 23 September 2021, 11:50am to 1:50pm

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Nowra Bridge upgrade - Illaroo Road changes

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Motorists will have their first opportunity to drive on new sections of Illaroo Road between the Princes Highway and Fairway Drive from this weekend. 

Senator for NSW Jim Molan said major traffic changes coming into effect on Friday would enable crews to continue widening and lowering the southern side of the existing Illaroo Road as part of the Nowra Bridge project. The construction phase of the project is expected to cost $310 million and is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

“This game-changing project will deliver a new four-lane bridge over the Shoalhaven River, upgraded intersections and additional lanes on the Princes Highway that will improve traffic flow and ease congestion through the Nowra and Bomaderry areas,” Senator Molan said.

“The work will remove the steep grade of the road and create a safer intersection with the Princes Highway.

“These changes will be in place until mid-2022, weather permitting, and Illaroo Road will have seven lanes when the upgrade is complete in mid-2024.”

Lane restrictions and a lowered speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place on Illaroo Road from 9 am Friday, 13 August to 6 am Monday 16 August, weather permitting.

Changes include moving traffic north onto the new lowered section of Illaroo Road, with the northbound left-turn slip lane from the highway to be temporarily removed as part of this work.

Road users wishing to turn left onto Illaroo Road will come to a stop at the traffic lights and wait for the green left arrow to proceed.

State Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said traffic on Illaroo Road will operate with one lane in each direction during the day and this will be reduced to one lane with stop/slow traffic conditions at night, along with occasional partial lane closures on the Princes Highway during this time.

“As of Monday, Illaroo Road will once again be two lanes in each direction with road users following the new traffic lights at the intersection with the Princes Highway and using a new roundabout at the intersection with Fairway Drive,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The footpath on the southern side of Illaroo Road will remain open for pedestrian and mobility access, and access to properties and Fairway Drive will be maintained at all times.

“We understand that these traffic changes might be confusing for some road users initially and we appreciate their patience as this marks another exciting step forward for the project.

“We’re also reminding the community that we’re seeking feedback via an online questionnaire about the community’s experience with the project team during construction, which can be completed anonymously until Friday, 13 August.”

Princes Highway traffic between Bridge Road and Moss Street will also shift west on the morning of Friday 13 August, weather permitting.

This will allow the project to create a safe work area on the eastern side of the highway to connect the new Shearwater Way with the widened highway.

Night work will be required in preparation for these traffic changes and will include asphalting, line marking, and installing temporary traffic barriers and street lighting.

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The footpath and underpass between Harry Sawkins Park and Campbell Place will be temporarily closed from Monday, 16 August for up to two months, weather permitting, to allow the extension of the pedestrian underpass under the widened highway lanes.

Path users will be detoured via the Moss Street and Princes Highway pedestrian crossing, and the Nowra Skate Park will remain open during this work.

In addition to these traffic and pedestrian changes, there will be a weekend closure of Bridge Road between the Princes Highway and Hyam Street later this month and a weekend closure of Bolong Road in September.

Visit nswroads.work/NowraBridge for more information or to complete the feedback form.

Images: Peter Andrea

Nowra copped another drenching

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The severe thunderstorm that hammered the Shoalhaven, Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Sydney over night has claimed the life of a man at the Rocks...

Police say strong winds caused a gas bottle to become airborne, striking and killing the 37 year old...

Lightning lit up the sky as the storm passed through with strong winds reaching more than 80k's in Nowra and nudging 70 kmph at Moss Vale..

Hail was reported in a number of places... from tennis ball sized in Mittagong to pea sized in Wollongong...

Hundreds of homes were left without power and have since been restored...

51 mills fell in the space of an hour in Nowra...almost 22 mills at Moss Vale between 3pm and 11.

Nowra doctor warns Covid-19 vaccine could be wasted because of AstraZeneca fear

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A Nowra medical surgery has a fridge with 1000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses which risk being out of date and will have to be thrown out because everyone wants the Pfizer vaccination.

Dr. Lee Simes from the Junction Street Family Practice said a recent Covid-19 vaccination clinic offering AstraZeneca in Nowra attracted just four patients, and he blames, "Fear caused by misinformation and a lack of decision making by medical authorities and our governments."

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He said, "Scare-mongering is causing unnecessary Covid-19 related deaths, while AstraZeneca is readily available.

"We can't get enough of the Pfizer vaccine, and Australia produces enough AstraZeneca to see us out of the crisis," he said.

Dr. Simes said, "The Pfizer vaccine should be used for people under 18, everyone else should get the AstraZeneca vaccination."

Image: Supplied 

 

Nowra Headspace trial to be extended

 

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Headspace Nowra's trial Individual Placement Support program for young people will be extended by three years as part of a $5.7 billion Federal Budget boost to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention initiatives.

Grand Pacific Health has welcomed the extension, as well as a doubling of the number of psychology appointments a person with a Mental Health Care Plan can receive under the Better Access Initiative from 10 to 20 sessions, and an expansion of the Headspace network and small grants to assist community recovery in fire-affected areas.

GPH CEO Ron de Jongh says expanding the Medicare rebate to cover video and telephone sessions has been crucial during the pandemic, particularly in the context of headspace centres - where staff and contractors are providing psychological support to young people during what’s been an extremely difficult year.

“Bushfires, floods and COVID-19 have all had a significant impact on the communities we work in, so these are welcome announcements that will make a real difference,” he said.

“The IPS program is also having a positive impact by helping young people with mental health challenges to find and keep a job."

Photo: Grand Pacific Health

Nowra home goes up in flames

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A home has been destroyed by fire following a blaze in North Nowra yesterday afternoon.

Crews were called to the house on Page Avenue just after 3.30pm.

An exclusion zone had to be set up because of fallen powerlines.

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A man was taken to hospital with burns to his legs while the other occupants evacuated safely.

Investigators are now trying to work out what caused the blaze.

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Images: Shoalhaven Heads RFS

Nowra man charged over alleged stabbing at Warrawong

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Police have charged a man over the alleged stabbing of another man in the Illawarra overnight.

At about 12.40am today, police were called to a unit at Cowper Street Warrawong, following reports a 27-year-old man had been stabbed multiple times.

Police were told a 22-year-old man attended the unit before a physical altercation ensued between the pair.

The older man was allegedly kicked in the face before being stabbed several times in the abdomen and upper left leg by the younger man, who then fled the scene.

The injured man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District were notified, and with assistance from the Dog Unit, conducted an extensive search of the area and located the younger man hiding in bushes nearby.

He was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station, where he was charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The Nowra man was refused bail and is due to appear at Wollongong Local Court today.

Image: Peter Andrea

Nowra paramedics attacked

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Yet another attack on a paramedic..  this time in Nowra on Saturday night..

Two paramedics were on the receiving end of a violent allegedly intoxicated man who was in the back of their ambulance being taken to hospital.

GARY WILSON from the Paramedics Association says it's a trend that's getting worse.. " The attacks on paramedics are increasing and they have been for some time, and you're right it is a very disturbing trend. There's no excuse for assaulting emergency workers. Drugs and alcohol are a significant cause and what we need to do is, we need to make people aware of this and make them responsible for their actions, even when they're under the influence."

Photo source: Power/2ST news stock

Nowra police appealing for witnesses

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Nowra last month.

About 7.20pm Monday Jan 27, a 51-year-old man was riding a bicycle in a southerly direction along Stewart Place,  before entering Lawrence Avenue.

The bicycle collided with a red Nissan Navara that was travelling west along Worrigee Street.

The man, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital with suspected head injuries and died several days later.

The man suffered from a pre-existing head injury and the cause of death is yet to be determined.

A brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

As inquiries into the crash continue, police are appealing for anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact South Coast police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police would also like to speak with two members of the public – a man and a woman - who are believed to have assisted the man following the crash.
Inquiries are continuing.

Photo: Rob Gooda

 

 

Nowra police investigate fraud matter

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 Nowra Police would like to speak to the female depicted in the image above. 

It is believed that she may be able to help with their inquiries into an alleged fraud matter. 

If you know the identity of this woman or where she can be located please provide that information through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact Nowra Police Station on (02)44219699.

  Alternatively if you are the person depicted, please contact Nowra Police Station.

Photo source: Nowra Police 

Nowra police warn of door knocker scam

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It's a warning for all residents but particularly those in residential areas surrounding the Nowra CBD.

Police say offender’s door knock homes making what appears to be a legitimate inquiry, attempting to sell gift cards or requesting assistance due someone following them.

However they warn it's very likely it's only an attempt to gain entry to your home for what appears to be a legitimate purpose and whilst you are occupied or assisting them, they will steal handbags, cash or purses and any small item visible of value.

Police says they're aware of a female who is currently doing this and request all residents to not allow anyone into their home they do not know under these circumstances.

Lock your front doors and windows if occupying the rear of the home. If your front entrance door is open, ensure your screen door is locked.

If someone attends your home requesting assistance, offer to ring the Police for them but allow them only to stay outside. If someone is requesting water offer the tap outside.

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Nowra Relay team meeting tonight

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The Nowra Relay Your Way event will be launched tonight.

A team information evening will be held At the Worrigee sports centre from 6.30pm.

Anyone interested in getting a team together is invited to go along, but must register.

So far 43 teams have signed up for the Cancer Council fundraiser and more than $48,000 has already been raised.

Instead of walking the track at the Npwra Showground on March 20, teams can participate in an activity of their choice on the day or in the lead up.

Get your friends, family, colleagues or neighbours together and do some laps around your neighbourhood, your yard or your lounge room.

Get creative at home, camp out in the backyard, decorate your porch or your driveway.

Perhaps you want to do something with your work team?

Pick an activity that suits you and your team, share your fundraising link for your friends to sponsor you!

The survivors morning tea will still go ahead, as will the evening Hope Ceremony which will be streamed live from the showground.

To register a team, or sponsor one, or to register for tonight's info night, go to: https://www.cancercouncil.org.au/relayforlife/events/it0000987/

Nowra Riverfront precinct to be fast-tracked

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A new Riverfront Advisory Taskforce will drive the revitalisation of the Nowra riverfront precinct and assist in fast-tracking the development of the site.

Minister for Local Government and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock says now is the opportune time to plan and get on with the job of revitalising the riverfront.

“For years we have been stuck in a quagmire of go no-where conversations - the time for talking is done!” Mrs Hancock said.

“With the construction of the $342 million Nowra Bridge, we have a clear window of opportunity to create an iconic gateway to the Shoalhaven.

“That’s why I’m bringing every key stakeholder together to get on with the job of finalising a plan, working with council to consult the community, working with government around funding opportunities and finally redeveloping the riverfront.”

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward says there is no doubt the redevelopment of the precinct will deliver a thriving community, tourism and recreation hub for the Shoalhaven.

“The Shoalhaven River is one of the most under-utilised natural assets in our region. We have a unique opportunity to develop a vibrant waterfront that generates jobs and promotes greater access,” Mr Ward said.

“I know there is strong community support for the activation of the riverfront which is why I look forward to this work being progressed in joint partnership between state and local government.” 

Established by the NSW Government, the group is co-chaired by the Department of Regional NSW and the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment with representatives from Shoalhaven City Council and other key departmental agencies. A joint local-state approach will ensure activities are coordinated and aligned to existing works underway, including the new Nowra Bridge.

The Nowra Riverfront Advisory Taskforce will examine sites for strategic development, appropriate planning controls to facilitate investment, affordable housing and social infrastructure requirements, traffic flow and funding opportunities.

Nowra salon cuts and styles to help grieving family

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Business has been busy at Nowra's Moe and Co hairdressing salon today, which is running a special fundraising day.

All the day's proceeds are going to the family of Taj Hart, who died when he was hit by a car on South Nowra's Old Southern Road, last Thursday.

Director Joshua Roche said Taj was closely connected to the Nowra store.

"Taj used to be a customer of the shop, and he's actually best friends with two of my apprentices, and when they gave us the news it was devastating for the whole shop, but just seeing how they were, it broke our hearts really," he said.

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As a result all staff have donated their services for the day, so all the day's takings can go to help Taj's family.

"I just think it's the right thing to do to raise some funds and help the family along with the burial, and give Taj the send-off he deserves," Mr Roche said.

 "All the messages that have come through, it's clear how significant he was to the community.

"He was a big part of the community - well known and well liked.

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"It's just right to give back and help the family any way we can so we'll be donating all proceeds from our day's trade Monday to the family."

A Go Fund Me page has also been set up to help Taj's family with funeral costs.

Police are continuing to search for the driver of a white Mitsubishi Triton ute involved in the fatal hit and run.

They have appealed for anyone with information about the incident, or with dashcam footage, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Images: Glenn Ellard

 

Nowra Showground gets upgrade funding

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The NSW Government will provide $16,534 for upgrades at the Nowra Showground under its COVID-19 showground stimulus program.

Member for the South Coast Shelley Hancock said "The latest money brings the total funding for the region under the program to more than $700,000."

She said "During bushfires and floods showgrounds many also serve as emergency centres for residents, animals, firefighters and other support services, so we want them in good shape."

The Nowra Showground dollars will go towards drainage and landscaping improvements.

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Nowra stabbing - Police investigate

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A man has been injured in an alleged stabbing in Nowra overnight.

Police and ambulance were called to a home at Schregel street at about 9oclock.

It's reported the man had a two stab wounds.

He was taken to Shoalhaven hospital in a stable condition.

Police are investigating.

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Nowra the focus of renewable energy push

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Renewable energy advocate Dr Saul Griffith says Nowra can take the lead as communities across Australia look at ways to become completely carbon neutral.

The Rewiring Australia founder and chief scientist was in Nowra yesterday to launch a report showing the millions of dollars that can be saved on the South Coast if all homes go completely electric - using solar energy to power our kitchens, cars and lifestyles.

He said for the 88,000 homes in the Gilmore electorate alone the savings would amount to $385 million annually by 2030, creating about 2370 direct and indirect jobs.

“The shift to clean, cheap energy will be a massive economic boost to Southern NSW,” Dr Griffith said.

“If we make the necessary investment to seize the future it will look like more jobs for tradies, more money spent in local shops, cleaner air and healthier people.

"And really, the message under that message is electrify everything - electrify our houses, our cars, our kitchens, our water heaters, and power it with the cheap Australian solar that we know is possible."

Dr Griffith said Rewiring Australia was focused on what could be done in local homes, using the technology already developed and available.

"We've got to get rid of 50 to 74 per cent of global emissions this decade, and the electric vehicles, the rooftop solar, the batteries, the electric kitchens, these are things that  are ready to go right now so at Rewiring Australia we're focused on helping Australians start saving money immediately by reducing the emissions they can right now," he said.

"Electrifying our homes and vehicles is the fastest and cheapest path to decarbonising our domestic economy.

"Over a ten year period we could electrify the nation for roughly the same amount we currently spend subsidising fossil fuels in a single year," Dr Griffith said.

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A study released last year by Rewiring Australia found a $12 billion investment would retrofit 11 million Australian households for full electrification by 2030, he said, leading to national savings of more than $40 billion and removing one-third of domestic carbon emissions. 

“Electrification attacks the three huge national problems - climate heating, cost of living and national security," Dr Griffith said.

He revealed he launched the program in Nowra because of the closeness of the federal election tussle, and trying to get people thinking about climate change and emissions before they cast a vote.

"Nowra has a particularly engaged group of locals already working on these ideas, so it's interesting to see how much progress they've made and what support they need to help their community not only get to zero emissions, but also save money," Dr Griffith said.

He added while the cost of things like storage batteries and electric cars was high, those costs were coming down over time, and were becoming more affordable.

Images: Glenn Ellard

Nowra tops Australia's rainfall figures

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Parts of the country's east coast including the Shoalhaven have topped their annual average rainfall totals.

A study of nearly 200 weather stations across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia shows several have already surpassed their calendar-year-average.

Nowra is on top, receiving more than 13-hundred millimetres of rain so far this year..

...157 percent more than the region would typically get.

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Nowra Velo Club reveals ambitious cycling complex vision for Berry

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The Nowra Velo Club has taken the first step towards the development of a multi-million dollar cycling track and facilities at Berry.

The State Government is providing 20-thousand dollars funding for initial design and planning.

Nowra Velo Club's Frank Neri said "It's an ambitious plan that will grow the region's cycling community."

"Our vision is to have an off the road criterium track, which would be about a kilometre or 12-hundred metre long -  six-metre wide track that we can conduct our training and race on off the road, so increased safety especially for the juniors," Mr Neri said.

He said, "Our vision also includes a potential for a velodrome and a BMX racing track as well, so it's quite a comprehensive vision we've got."

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The complex is proposed to be developed in stages as funding becomes available.

Nowra Velo Club is currently seeking out various funding grant options from local, state, and federal governments to make the dream reality.

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A similar project at Wagga Wagga's Pomingalarna Reserve is costing around 9 million dollars. 

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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.

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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. 

Pay It Forward Hampers give a helping hand for others in Shoalhaven

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The newly reopened Nowra Community Food Store has launched Pay It Forward hampers.

It's an opportunity for people to either buy supplies for someone you know or to have them donated to a person or family in need.

The hampers cost $30 dollars and are packed full of essentials.

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The Nowra Community Food Store is a charity-run store that provides groceries and fresh fruit & veg to low-income families and people doing it tough.

Nowra Community Food Store's Jemma Tribe said there has been a massive increase in the number of people contacting the store needing assistance.

Jemma said many have been laid-off because of Covid and many are single mothers, who are home-schooling their kids and being eaten out of house and home.

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The hampers can be paid for by credit card or cash in person, or via bank transfer.

For more information visit the Nowra Community Store Facebook page or phone 02 44 029 126

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Plan to make Nowra CBD sing

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Shoppers, visitors and business can now have their say on a three-year revitalisation plan for the Nowra CBD, aimed at supporting local business growth and making Nowra a place more people want to visit and spend time in.

An online survey closes on March 14 and is seeking input into the types of activities that will benefit both customers and businesses.

Following a series of community street surveys and workshops, consultants Place Score have compiled a list of 30 ideas, ranging from games nights, outdoor dining and fresh food markets, to summer festivals, longer business hours and even rock climbing to attract more people, including families and young people, into town.

Place Score CEO Kylie Legge says the main aim is attract more people to come into town and support local businesses in order to ensure they are sustainable and successful into the long term.

"This is very much focused on meeting the community's needs, both the people who are already coming to Nowra and also those who maybe have stopped coming for whatever reason," she said.

"We want people to tell us what would get them to come into town.

"We want to make Nowra more attractive and easier to get around, create more reasons for people to come, such as specials, events or just more places to hang out.

"The focus is on the central hub of town and how to make it really sing and exciting to be in."

Ms Legge says street surveys revealed people want to make it easier to walk around in Nowra, make it greener, highlight the town's heritage and provide more more opportunities to socialise.

The Action Plan has identified three key areas that are the focus of the survey.

'Celebrate Nowra' highlights what is working well in Nowra and is aimed at developing a positive identity to improve its experience, perception and place attraction.

'Something for All' looks at offering more things to do for different audiences across day and night, weekdays and holidays to attract more diversity and get people to stay longer.

'A Great Place to Hang Out' considers improvements to the comfort and safety of Nowra CBD to make it a great place to sit, walk, stay, play and socialise.

Shoalhaven City Council and the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee has applied for a State Government ‘Your High Street’ grant to develop a long-term vision for Nowra CBD.

To have your say via the survey, go to www.placescore.org/nowra

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Police hunt driver after dangerous chase

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Police are searching for a driver after a chase in Nowra overnight.

Just before 2.30 officers began the pursuit of a vehicle on the Princes Highway at Nowra Hill.

However shortly into the chase they had to call it off because of the dangerous driving by the offender.

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nowra police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333000

Photo source: Rob Gooda. Power/2ST News

Police investigating death of man in Nowra

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Police are investigating the death of a man in Nowra.

Around four o'clock this morning, Police were called to Nowra Lane, near Worrrigee Street after a man was found unconscious, with abdomen injuries.

Officers from the South Coast Police District, started CPR, before Paramedics arrived.

The man died at Shoalhaven Hospital a short time later and is yet to be formally identified.

A crime scene has been established in Nowra Lane and road closures are currently in place.

Investigations are underway, and police are urging anyone with information, to come forward.

Police investigating serious assault in Nowra

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Police are seeking information about a serious assault which took place in Nowra.

About 10pm on Saturday, a 28 year old woman attended a licensed premises on Junction Street, before being found outside the venue a couple of hours later by friends, who took her home.

When the woman woke up the following day, she discovered she'd suffered a serious assault, but had no knowledge of the circumstances.

She received treatment at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Monday, before contacting Police.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Nowra Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police seize homemade weapons after searching a vehicle in Nowra

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Police have allegedly discovered a cache of homemade weapons during a car search at Nowra yesterday.

Officers pulled over a vehicle just after midday at the intersection of McDonalds Avenue and Albatross road.

They searched the 24-year-old driver and allegedly found a live round of ammunition and a spent cartridge.

They then searched the car and seized a homemade handgun, a homemade rifle, a homemade shotgun and a machete.

The driver and a 28-year-old passenger were both taken to Nowra Police station - the 24-year-old charged with firearms offences and was refused bail.

The other man was released pending further inquiries.

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Possible breakthrough in Nowra charity home theft

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South Coast Police are investigating a break and enter incident at a Hotondo house construction site in Nowra  are  asking for our help.

Sometime between 4:30am and 5:30am, Wednesday 11 November 2020, the site was broken into in Adele Close, Nowra.

Approximately $5,000 of new appliances and fittings were stolen including:

• 6 Burner hot plate
• 900mm Stainless steel oven
• 900mm rangehood
• Stainless steel dishwasher
• Stainless steel sink
• Submersible pump (Davey Rainbark evo 2)
• Numerous bathroom fittings e.g Tap / shower fittings.

CCTV footage above depicts a motor vehicle travelling to and from the scene.

The vehicle is possibly a Mitsubishi Triton and may have fender flares, snorkel and roof rack.

Police are wanting to speak to the occupants.

The house is being built with a view to assisting local charities with the profits made from the sale.

Any information can be reported to Nowra Police on 44219699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000.

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Post mortem concluded following Nowra death

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South Coast Police have confirmed the death of a man in Nowra earlier this week is no longer being treated as suspicious.

Emergency Services discovered the body of a 51-year-old man in a unit on Douglas Street on Monday.

Police said the post mortem concluded the man did not die under suspicious circumstances.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

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Premier says fire victims 'not forgotten'

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New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian assured South Coast bushfire victims they "are not forgotten" during her visit to Batemans Bay this morning.

Following a tour of the almost completed Batemans Bay Bridge with Member for Bega Andrew Constance, Mrs Berejiklian said the State Government was continuing to support the individuals, families, businesses and communities impacted by last summer's fires.

"We know the pain and suffering that communities are still feeling," she said.

"We will continue to work with you to allow you to get back to a quality of life that you had before the bushfires."

Mr Constance said mental health was still a major battle for many and that the trauma would continue for years to come.

During her visit, the Premier said she was pleased the new Batemans Bay Bridge over the Clyde River, which was due for completion in 2023, would open "months ahead of schedule".

"By the Easter long weekend, cars will be driving across this bridge," she added.

She said the project provided 1000 jobs for the region, including apprenticeships, and the bridge would be a boost for locals as well as tourists.

She said improved safety on the Princes Highway was a priority right down to the Victorian Border.

Mrs Berejiklian said yesterday's roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations was a "welcome relief", with 35,000 staff in public hospitals to be vaccinated within the next three weeks, plus residents of aged care homes.

"It is a game changer for us," she said.

"It reduces the risk for our staff who have been on a knife’s edge for 13 months."

The Premier will be joined by Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Kiama MP Gareth Ward to announce details of a new youth employment skills project in Nowra this afternoon.

The Productivity Bootcamp proposed for South Nowra will offer an eight-week skills and work values program aimed at getting young people into the trade and construction industry.   

Public Health Alert Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern

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NSW Health has been notified of a number of new casual contact venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

If you were at a casual contact venue at the time and date listed on the website, immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result, even if you have had a test in recent days.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the past four days, you must get another test on day six from the date of exposure.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result, and continue to monitor for symptoms, getting tested again if any symptoms occur.

 

Nowra, The Friendly Grocer East Nowra

100 Kalandar Street, Tuesday 12 October 2021, 2:30pm to 2:45pm

 

Bomaderry, Harry's Takeaway

71/73 Meroo Street, Sunday 3 October 2021, 5:15pm to 5:25pm

 

Worrigee, FoodWorks Worrigee

60 Isa Road, Sunday 10 October 2021, 12:30pm to 12:45pm

 

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Radio commended for 'tireless' bushfire coverage

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Radio 2st and Power FM were recognised in federal parliament this week for the role the stations played in covering the summer bushfires.

Federal member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips gave a ‘shout out’ her local commercial radio stations, stating they were crucial for the community, covering local stories and providing local jobs.

“Radio 2ST and its journos were there every step of the way. They were tireless,” she told parliament.

“I want to send a big shout out to Gavin and all the team at Radio 2ST and Power FM for their excellent coverage.

“I spent a lot of time at fire control, the Shoalhaven Emergency Management Centre, during the fire, and I saw the commercial broadcasters, all the broadcasters, and the fantastic role they played in ensuring that our community had the information they needed to remain safe.

“Apart from that, Radio 2ST is there every step of the way.

“Every major public community event I go to, Radio 2ST are there.

“They're sponsoring events. Whether it's the local show or a town hall meeting, they're there, and I really want to thank them.”

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

Rainforest Honey reveals Shoalhaven expansion plan.

 

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Rainforest Honey produces more than 750,000 tonnes of non-organic honey per year from hives along the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers and other locations across New South Wales.

That honey is processed at Temora in the Riverina and distributed to retail outlets Australia-wide.

It also has hives located up and down the Shoalhaven and Illawarra coast where the bees that produce the organic honey collect pollen from gum flowers in National Parks and State Forests.

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Australian Rainforest Honey was established in 1935 by the Roberts family.

The company now plans to expand its business and establish in the Shoalhaven.

Rainforest Honey's Joe Corrigan said, "Thinking futuristically we were looking at where best to locate ourselves, and Nowra was a logical fit for us geographically."

It has purchased land in South Nowra and where it wants to construct a fill-line and extraction facility which will use state-of-the-art water recycling technology.

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"It reduces our carbon footprint with regard to moving the product from the South Coast back up to the Central NSW area," Mr Carrigan said.

"Also it offers us great access to Sydney and other regional centres with regard to the distribution of the product,. 

It would increase production to 1 million tonnes or 1.3 million jars of honey per annum.

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Mr Corrigan said "The expansion could add 14 jobs  to the Shoalhaven with 20 jobs to regional Australia through our bee-keeping and honey production staff."

Rainforest Honey currently has a development application before Shoalhaven City Council.

Pending approval the new facility should be up and running within 24 months.

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Rare disease doubly hard for family

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This Sunday is Rare Disease Day, an opportunity to raise awareness for the estimated two million Australians living with a rare disease.

Lake Tabourie woman Niele Stas and her 15-year-old son Fletcher are in the even more unusual situation of living with two different forms of the rare auto-immune disease, myositis.

After battling a range of symptoms which baffled medical professionals for nine years, and waking up in hospital after falling into a coma, Niele was pleased to finally have a diagnosis.

She says, when she discovered her son would have to live with a similar life-changing and debilitating condition, she was devastated, but having a support network has helped them both.

"The support network is fantastic," she said.

"Sometime if you don't understand something, you can talk to someone that understands and may had the same experience.

"For Fletcher it was great for him to meet other kids in the same situation."

Myositis is a collective term for rare autoimmune conditions caused by the body’s immune system turning against itself and destroying healthy muscle tissue instead of building new muscle tissue.

In the early stages of the disease, weakened thigh muscled are usually the first sign of trouble.

It makes it difficult to walk any distance, especially up stairs. Standing up from a chair or getting up from the floor
is challenging.

It is not just the large arm and leg muscles affected but can also impact the heart, lungs, swallowing muscles, hands and fingers and lower legs (causing foot drop).

The longer the inflammation persists, (or is allowed to persist) the more damage is caused to the muscles. Over time there can be a significant loss of muscle tissue with a proportional reduction in strength, dexterity and mobility.

The motto for Rare Disease Day is: Rare is many. Rare is strong. Rare is proud! 

Christine Lowe, President, Myositis Association Australia, says the objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on people’s lives. 

“Myositis is when the body’s immune system turns against itself and destroys healthy muscle tissue instead of
building new muscle tissue," she said.

"As you could imagine, it can be quite debilitating in everyday life.”

In February 2020, the Minister for Health launched the National Strategic Action Plan for Rare Diseases
(the Action Plan). 

The Action Plan is the first nationally coordinated effort to address rare diseases in Australia.

A rare disease is one that affects less than five in 10,000 people and there are more than 7,000 different rare diseases.

For more information about Rare Disease Day, see the official website: https://www.rarediseaseday.org/

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Red light over Nowra traffic lights proposal

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Shoalhaven City Councillors are questioning a move that it's claimed could cost jobs and see businesses close in the Nowra CBD.

A proposal to put in traffic lights at the Moss and North Street intersection has shocked businesses along North and Kinghorne street because it would mean the loss of 20 timed parking spots, crucial to their operations.

A petition calling for a re-think has been presented to the council, who want to press ahead to take advantage funding made available to them under the Federal Government Blackspot programme.

But a presentation from one of the business owners at Tuesday night's council meeting raised some eyebrows and led to this from Councillor WATSON." I don't understand why we're doing it. Always thought that we had enough traffic lights. I just can't understand why we're spending the money on it. It's an opportunity to come up with Blackspot funding, but is there any way of getting out  of the project and not doing it?"

The public consultation period ends on Friday.

Image source: Google Maps

Remembrance Day funeral tributes for Privates Kearns and Murphy

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Family and friends were finally given an opportunity to pay tribute to two world war one soldiers at a rededication funeral held at Nowra Cemetery today (Wednesday).

Among those to pay their respects to Private Robert Kearns and Private William John Murphy was Private Kearns’ relative Anthony Longbottom of Nowra, whose family has had a long association with the area.

Mr Longbottom said he was honoured to lay a wreath on private Kearns' grave on behalf of his family on Remembrance Day.

Australia’s highest and most decorated veteran, and the country’s last living Imperial Victoria Cross recipient, Keith Payne VC AM, also attended the service with his wife Flo and paid tribute to the ANZACs.

Private Robert Kearns served in Ypres in Belgium, and then in the Somme Valley in France and was awarded the 1914-1918 British War Medal and the 1914-1919 Victory Medal.

Private Kearns passed away at David Berry Hospital on 19th July 1941, aged 59.

Private William John Murphy served in France and Belgium, including in the 20th Battalion Field Ambulance, before being wounded in action and returning to Australia.

Private Murphy was awarded the 1914-1915 Star 1914-1918 War Medal 1914-1919 Victory Medal. He died in Nowra on March 1, 1983 aged 85.

Organiser Rick Meehan says more unmarked graves are being investigated and it was important to recognise our ANZACs once they are identified.

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Ride-away suspect granted strict conditional bail

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A man who allegedly tried to get away from Police on a pushbike in Nowra but was stopped by a traffic controller has been granted strict conditional bail following an appearance in Wollongong Local Court.

Jamie William Pearce was wanted for breaching bail.

He allegedly attempted to escape police only to be brought down by a lollipop man who stuck his stop/go sign in the bike's front wheel.

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The accused faces a few charges including drug possession.

He now has to report to Police daily, stick to a curfew and undergo treatment at a mental health centre before returning to court next month.

Images: 9 News Illawarra

RSPCA investigates suspected animal cruelty

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RSPCA NSW is urgently appealing for public assistance after two dogs were found at the Tianjara Falls Lookout in Morton National Park on Friday, 25 March 2022.

Tianjara Falls Lookout is accessible by Braidwood Road, Tianjara, which is 30 minutes south-west of Nowra, heading towards Nerriga, Braidwood, and Canberra.

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The two dogs (pictured) are described as being a tan male Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross with chest markings and a white female Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross with a black nose marking and small black spots through her coat.

Both dogs were believed to be wearing check chain collars at the time.

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Our Inspectors are urging anyone with further information to come forward. In particular, they would like to speak to anyone who could have driven past the entrance or visiting the lookout that day from the morning of Friday, 25 March, to 2.30 pm that afternoon.

Anyone with information, please contact us on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) or online via www.rspcansw.org/reportcruelty.

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Second man arrested over the stabbing murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur

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A second man has been arrested over the stabbing murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur.

On Wednesday, October 20 detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and charged a 39-year-old man with murder.

He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a search warrant was executed at a home in Nowra about 7.30 am today.

During a search of the property, detectives seized a vehicle and clothing which will undergo further forensic examination.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Nowra Police Station where it’s expected he will be charged with murder.

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Emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point on Sunday, July 25 at about 8 pm following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located 49-year-old David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR  however he could not be revived and died at the scene.

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Severe weather warning for Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Highlands

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A flow of tropical air is flowing rapidly into a surface trough along the New South Wales coast, generating widespread and persistent rain across eastern districts.

The heaviest rain areas are forecast to gradually move south during Saturday.

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VERY HEAVY RAINFALL, likely leading to FLASH FLOODING, presents a SERIOUS RISK to the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan, Illawarra, and parts of the Central and Southern Tablelands.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS are also POSSIBLE about the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, and ACT during the next 24 hours.

The focus of heavy rain is expected to be across the Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan and Central Tablelands districts during Saturday morning, extending southwards to the Illawarra and Southern Tablelands districts through the day.

In these areas, there may be periods of INTENSE RAINFALL, LIKELY leading to LIFE THREATENING flash flooding.

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Roads are likely to be cut off by water, and there will be an increased risk of landslips over this period.

River catchments are relatively wet in this region, bringing an enhanced risk of RIVERINE FLOODING.

Numerous flood watches and warnings are current. Latest updates at http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

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DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts exceeding 90 km/h are possible across the Blue Mountains today, shifting southwards towards the Southern Tablelands and Southern Highlands later in the day.

Strong winds may also generate DAMAGING SURF, with significant wave heights of 5 metres in the surf zone bringing potential for coastal erosion.

Locations which may be affected include Port Macquarie, Taree, Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland, Sydney, Penrith, Parramatta, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral and Katoomba.

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Shoalhaven New Years celebration attractions and fireworks displays

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The Shoalhaven is welcoming in the New Year with several family friendly events for residents and thousands of holiday visitors to the region.

The Rotary Club of Berry has a family friendly NYE fireworks display from 5pm - 10:30pm.

The Family Fun Night includes Children's games, live entertainment, carnival rides, food and stalls at the Berry Showground on the corner of Alexandra and Victoria Street, Berry.

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

The Aquatic Park is at 20 Scenic Drive, Nowra.

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Shoalhaven Heads has live music and family friendly events on the riverfront. 

This is a free, family-friendly community event at the Heads Hotel at 75 Owen Street, from 7pm.

Huskisson has a Monster NYE Fireworks display from from 9pm to 11pm at the Husky Carnival sponsored by the Huskisson Chamber of Commerce.

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In Kangaroo Valley, The Friendly Inn Hotel is hosting live entertainment  with a children's playground from 5:30pm.

The New Year will be welcomed in with a spectacular fireworks display which starts at 9 pm.

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 New Years eve revelers are being urged to be COVID safe and observe current NSW Health COVID-19 restrictions.

Images:  Huskisson Chamber Facebook & Nowra Aquatic Park Facebook & Rotary of Berry Facebook & Friendly Inn Kangaroo Valley Facebook.

Shoalhaven River minor flooding possible at Nowra and Terrara

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Minor flooding of Shoalhaven River at Nowra and Terara is possible Saturday afternoon on the high tide.

Moderate to heavy rainfall has been recorded across the Shoalhaven River catchment during Thursday and Friday.

Rainfall has eased overnight , although Tallowa Dam is spilling.

The Shoalhaven River at Nowra may peak around the minor flood level of 2.30 metres late Saturday afternoon.

The Shoalhaven River at Terara may peak around the minor flood level of 2.20 metres late Saturday afternoon.

Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology it is expected that flood water may
start to impact low lying areas, roads and causeways including but not limited to:

• Shoalhaven Heads, Greenwell Point
• Bolong Road to Broughton Ck Bridge and Burrier Road
• Shoalhaven Ski Park and Coolendel Camping Reserve and Caravan Park and Nowra Sailing Club
• Baringella Reach Bridge
• Low lying areas downstream of Nowra bridge

It is expected that the Burraga Island and Comerang Island could be impacted by this predicted flooding.

The NSW SES is advising people in areas likely to be impacted by flooding should act now to prepare properties.

• Stay up to date with information. Listen to flood warnings and follow the advice on how to protect yourself, family and                      property.
• Pack essential items in waterproof bag: food, water, warm clothes, medications, valuables, important documents, toys for              children in case you need to leave.                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Keep your pets close by, always know where they are
• Clean up yards and secure moveable objects such as trampolines, BBQs and outdoor
    furniture
• Check on your family, friends and neighbours and share this information.

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Farmers and rural property owners should watch the river and be ready to move pumps, other equipment and livestock away from rising waters.

Motorists should never drive through flood waters, which may have washed away road surfaces and could be deeper or faster-flowing than they look.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500.

In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoalhaven small business feeling the pinch as the COVID-19 lockdown continues

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Nowra's CBD is devoid of activity as the regional COVID-19 lockdown continues and an extension is on the cards.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro has hinted at an extended lockdown, indicating Chief Health Minister Dr. Kerry Chant will be reluctant to ease restrictions in regional NSW that have no COVID cases while there are active COVID-19 cases in nearby LGA's.

Two weeks into the lockdown and Shoalhaven businesses, especially smaller operators are feeling the pinch.

Fortunately for some, NSW State Government relief funding and Federal Government Job-Keeper payments are starting to trickle in.

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Nowra's 'Wild Tribe' children's clothing store, employs two people and is also is a retail outlet for nine other local enterprises.

Owner Alison Henry said the state and federal dollars will keep 'Wild Tribe' afloat.

She said, "Small business still has bills to pay, they're not going anywhere.

" You don't want to lose your staff," she said.

Ms. Henry said, "You don't want to build your business, and then all of a sudden you have to put it on hold."

She said, "A generous landlord, who offered rent relief,  made a huge difference, and eased the financial pressure on the smaller outlets in my store who would really struggle."

Ms. Henry said the state and federal support, as well as rent relief, makes a small business operator feel more confident coming out of lockdown.

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Shoalhaven's homelessness crisis discussed during forum

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The extent of the Shoalhaven's homelessness crisis has been revealed during a forum organised by Shadow Homelessness Minister Rose Jackson and Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park.

Peter Dover from Salt Care told the forum on Thursday night about dealing with people on the streets or living in caves, and mothers and children living in cars.

And while there were many homelessness services, he said too many people were falling through the cracks.

"We are in a crisis in the Shoalhaven where there is no housing stock - there hasn't been new social housing here for many, many years, and we talk about affordable housing, but there is no affordable housing for anyone that is homeless, that is sleeping rough," Mr Dover said.

Salt Care runs a wide range of services to help people who are homeless or struggling, including Safe Shelter which has been full for the past three years, Mr Dover said.

He explained the rare occasions there had been empty beds was when someone organised to go in but then did not show up.

Salt care also took leases on 14 hotel rooms for temporary accommodation, and 22 houses which were all full, and still there were many falling through the cracks and not receiving the help they needed, Mr Dover said.

And housing that was made available was often not designed to meet local needs.

Mr Dover gave the example of four units recently built for single women, but the criteria said the woman had to be at least 27 years old and have no children with them.

The forum heard problems extended far beyond the Nowra area.

Sarah Date from Safe Waters Ulladulla said her service has seen 100 people asking for help since it opened, but had been able to accommodate only 40 in its small, two-bedroom house.

"So 40 have some in, we have managed to do that, but that's 60 people that we haven't been able to help, so we would really like to get a building where we can separate everybody so that everyone has their own privacy - it's a basic human right, I believe."

She said people who were homeless were often already traumatised, and the prospect of sharing a bedroom with three other strangers simply added to that trauma.

Ms Date said the community had helped build another facility, but it was still awaiting council approval.

The forum was also told of a large pool of young people who were couch surfing, particularly in the Bay and Basin area, who did not consider themselves homeless because they at least had roofs over their heads at night.

There was also discussion about soaring housing prices forcing people out of rental accommodation, or people being evicted so landlords could dramatically increase the prices they were changing, or housing stock being bought up as holiday homes, and of the COVID-influenced population drift from Sydney helping to force prices up and price people out of their own communities.

Mr Dover lamented, "No-one seems to be fighting for these individuals.

"We need to come up with a solution together, and if we can get it right for the Shoalhaven we can get it right for a lot of other areas as well," he said.

Image: Mart Production / Pexels

Shoalhaven's recycled water scheme gets a boost

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Nowra and Bomaderry Wastewater Treatment plants are now officially part of Shoalhaven's Reclaimed Water Management Scheme.

The expansion to connect the two plants was officially opened yesterday.

Co-funded by the council and state government it essentially doubles the amount of reclaimed water available to end-users by approximately 13-million litres a day.

REMS is a water recycling scheme designed to beneficially reuse treated wastewater on local dairy farms, sporting fields and golf courses, rather than disposing it to the environment.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley says “The Scheme is one of the largest and most complex water recycling schemes undertaken by a regional water utility, and is an innovative example of how the reuse of reclaimed water can deliver real benefits to the community. These benefits include supporting sustainable industry, delivering drought proofing measures and helping to lessen the environmental impacts that arise in a growing region”

For more information about REMS visit Shoalhaven Water’s website

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Shots fired into a Nowra home

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About 6.30am today South Coast Police were called to home on McKay Street following reports of shots fired.

On arrival, officers established a crime scene after locating a number of bullet holes in the front of a house.

It's understood the residents were inside the property when two men pulled up in a black Dodge SUV before a number of shots were fired at the home and the pair fled.

The two adults and child inside, were uninjured.

Police are looking to speak to two men they believe may be able to assist them with their inquiries. One of the men was seen at the time wearing a yellow and orange high-vis vest.

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, or who may have captured this on dashcam, to contact Nowra Police Station or Crime Stoppers.

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South Coast heavy vehicle crackdown

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Half of the 38 heavy vehicles inspected by the Police Raptor Squad and Transport for NSW during a blitz around Nowra late last week have been written up for defects.

Police said 16 major and three minor defects were found while 15 penalty notices were issued for a number of safety and fatigue offences.

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"Multiple transport operators were targeted in the Nowra area after they were identified as being well above the state average for safety issues since 2020," Police said.

27 roadside alcohol and drug test were conducted with two drivers allegedly returning positive indications for drugs while driving.

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Police said officers and Transport for NSW inspectors will continue to monitor the identified transport operators to ensure safety and fatigue compliance.

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State speedcar titles racing into Nowra

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The Nowra Speedway will host the 2021 NSW Speedcar Titles on February 27.

Speedway manager Terry Clarke says it’s gearing up to be a blinder of a meeting with the possible injection of interstate drivers as well as some hot shot local talent set to hit the track.

“Action-wise, we’ll see some of the best speedway motorsport in the country,” he said.

“It will bring Victorian and Queensland drivers down, which is good for the local economy.”

Mr Clarke says local drivers, including Gary Rook from Wollongong, will join “speedway royalty” such as sprintcar drivers Nathan Smee, and Mark and Kaidon Brown.

“For a regional track it really is a coup to get them down here.”

A range of races will be held on the night, from sedan events to other open wheel events.

“We’ll probably put about 70 odd competitors through the gates, so we’ll see four or five divisions and different styles of cars,” Mr Clarke added.

The drivers must qualify for the state titles through their own club.

Mr Clarke said Covid restrictions should not hinder the event, with 13,400 permitted track-side.

Tickets will be available at the gate from 4pm, with the first race at 6pm.

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Subway South Nowra listed as a Coronavirus venue of concern

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NSW Health has listed Subway at 190 Princes Highway South Nowra as a COVID-19 venue of concern.

If you were at this venue at the following time

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, between 12 pm to 12:40 pm, then you should get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

Anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the last four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result.

You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

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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.

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Taekwondo championships heading to Nowra

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Many of Australia's best tae kwon do exponents are heading to Nowra next week for the South Coast Open Taekwondo Championships on march 5 and 6.

The event is being hosted by Eclipse Taekwondo, and head instructor Dale Bryce said he's thrilled to be involved in another tournament after a couple of years of COVID restrictions.

He added, the excitement around finally being able to compete again is bringing teams from all over Australia.

Tickets are available to watch all the competitions.

Image: CLB Taekwondo/Flickr

Taj Hart hit and run suspect vehicle seized for forensic examination

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Detectives have released dashcam footage as they continue to investigate the death, and suspected homicide, of a Shoalhaven teenager in a hit and run at South Nowra last month.

Emergency services responded to Old Southern Road, South Nowra, about 3pm on Thursday 24 February 2022, after reports a man had been hit by a utility.

The utility failed to stop and continued travelling north towards Greenwell Point Road.

The injured 18-year-old man, Taj Hart, was assisted at the scene by passing motorists until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics.

He was taken to Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital but died a short time later.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District attended and established a crime scene.

With assistance from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, established Strike Force Altos to investigate the man’s death.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives identified and seized a vehicle, a white Mitsubishi Triton utility, from a Currarong address.

It is undergoing forensic examination.

As inquiries continue to identify the driver and any occupants at the time, investigators have now released dashcam footage of the seized vehicle depicted driving in a northerly direction on Old Southern Road, South Nowra prior to the collision.

Detective Acting Inspector Adrian Alston from South Coast Police District says investigators are working hard and are seeking assistance from the public to locate the driver.

“We are appealing to the community to help us piece together the moments leading up to the young man’s death.

“I would urge the driver, any occupants, or anyone with information to come forward and assist us with our inquiries,” Detective Acting Inspector Alston said.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is important to investigators and may assist us in solving this matter.”

As inquiries continue, police are urging anyone with information or motorists with additional dashcam vision to contact Nowra Police on (02) 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Inquiries into the incident continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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