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Best sparkie in NSW is from Bowral

Lachlan Bolwell

A Bowral local has been named electrician of the year for NSW at the Master Electricians Australia awards.

Paramount Electrical Director Lachlan Bolwell has been working in the industry for eight years and impressed the judges after excelling in a theory and practical exam.

Lachlan said he loves working in the Highlands.

"It's good to be able to work in the area you grew up in,

"It's a busy growing area as we all know and it's great to be part of it,"Mr. Bolwell said.

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Bowral cricketer leads from the front

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Bowral cricketer Hayden Kerr has impressed in his debut match for Victoria at the SCG.

The allrounder top scored for NSW in their first innings with 62 not out.

He's thanked all of his supporters back home.

"They're so happy for me,

"From where I've come they're probably a little bit surprised that I've ended up playing in these games, and that's created a bit of a buzz around the town,"Kerr said.

Victoria is currently 8/267 in reply to NSW's first innings total of 233.

Travis Dean is 144 not out.

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Everything you need to know ahead of council election day in the Shoalhaven, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama


With a re-emergence of COVID-19 cases across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven this week, the NSW Electoral Commission has a range of COVID safety measures in place for tomorrow's local government elections.

Cameron Whalan from the NSW Electoral Commission said there's a number of requirements voters must follow.

"That includes mandatory mask wearing, bringing your own pen from home or using one of the single use pens provided.

"Physical distancing when you're in polling places and lines to get in there as well and also checking in and out upon arrival and departure," he said.

Whalan said pre-polling will continue across Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama today.

"It's not too late to pre-poll.

"This morning you can look your address up (HERE).

"You'll find all of your closest pre-polling places but you can also plan ahead for the day following, for election day and find your closest polling locations too," he said.

Fines will apply for those who fail to vote.

Whalan said there are options if you can't physically get to a polling place.

"If you're outside of your local government area or council ward you might be eligible for i-Vote which is online or telephone voting but I would say that if you're unable to make it you will be issued with a failure to vote fine which is $55 but you will also have recourse, so you'll be given the chance to provide sufficient reason," Whalan said.

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Less than 400 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours


New South Wales continues to move in the right direction with both cases dropping and vaccinations increasing, with just 360 new cases overnight, from 88,988 tests in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

90.4% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 74% of people now fully vaccinated.

The details of Illawarra Shoalhaven cases will be released in the next few hours.

There are currently 766 people in hospital, with 155 people in ICU.

Sadly, there were another five deaths in the reporting period.

Man of the match performance for Bowral cricketer

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Bowral cricketer Hayden Kerr put in a man of the match performance for NSW in their win over Victoria in the Marsh One Day Cup.

The former Chevalier College student scored 43 off 41 balls and picked up to 2/16 with the ball.

That included the wicket of former test bat Peter Handscombe.

NSW batted first and scored 7/344.

In reply Victoria could only manage 170.

Ulladulla's Matthew Gilkes top scored for the Blues with 51.

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NSW Police Force to launch Operation Stay at Home

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The NSW Police Force will launch Operation STAY AT HOME from 12.01am Monday 16 August 2021, in a significant boost to public health order enforcement efforts across the state.

The operation will utilise resources from all Police Districts and Police Area Commands under Metropolitan and Regional Field Operations alongside officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, Dog and Mounted Unit, and a number of other specialist commands as required.

Significantly, 1400 officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be dedicated to both static and mobile COVID-19 compliance operations on the state’s roads.

A further 500 Australian Defence Force troops, in addition to the 300 already deployed, will assist with compliance checks and patrols.

Operation STAY AT HOME will be coordinated from the Police Operations Centre (POC) in Sydney under the command of Acting Assistant Commissioner Andrew Holland.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the NSW Government was supporting the Commissioner’s call for assistance in the most practical way.

“The Commissioner asked for tighter Public Health Orders and the government agreed, the Commissioner asked for higher fines and the Government agreed, and the Commissioner asked for more ADF personnel and we have an additional 500 highly-trained ADF personnel arriving to assist,” Mr Elliott said.

“We’ve had to tighten the current public health orders because of the minority who exploited them. Enough is enough. If you do it, you will get fined.

“The only way out of this COVID-19 crisis is if we support each other and support the NSW Police-led compliance operation, Operation STAY AT HOME.”

Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon, Metropolitan Field Operations, said the operation would see more police on the ground across Greater Sydney, utilising some of the strongest powers ever given to police.

“The level of non-compliance by some members of the community is unacceptable and we will be doubling down with compliance and enforcement to make sure we get ahead of the Delta strain,” Deputy Commissioner Lanyon said.

“It only takes one person to do the wrong thing to facilitate considerable spread of the virus.

“We will be issuing $5000 fines to people and closing any businesses which continue to breach the health orders, and will not apologise for these increased enforcement efforts going forward.”

Deputy Commissioner Mick Willing, Regional NSW Field Operations, said preventing movement to regional areas from Sydney, and between regional areas, would be a key focus of the operation.

“There will be more roadblocks on main arterial roads and backroads from tomorrow, and these operations will continue to expand throughout this week in order to enforce the permit system announced by the NSW Government this morning,” Deputy Commissioner Willing said.

“There will be nowhere to hide if you are doing the wrong thing. If you travel anywhere beyond your LGA at the moment, you are putting everyone else in NSW at considerable risk.

“From the start, this has been about reducing movement across the state and protecting the health and safety of everyone, and this operation significantly strengthens those efforts.”

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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Planning for an ageing population in the Shoalhaven and South Coast


The Shoalhaven South Coast could have some of the state's largest aging populations over the next 40 or so years.

The NSW intergenerational report released on Monday says a quarter of the state will be aged 65 or over by 2061 and many coastal areas in the state's south will have aged dependency ratios of 70 percent or over.

The report also says population growth is projected to be as high as 1.1 percent in Shellharbour.


The 2021-22 NSW Intergenerational Report presents a snapshot of our future State to inform the policies that will continue to make New South Wales the best place to live, work, run a business and raise a family. 

The Report looks forward 40 years to 2061 to understand how the State’s population, economy and finances may change based on global and local trends and current policies.  

The Report examines key long-term challenges associated with an ageing population, a widening fiscal gap between the revenue raised by the government and growing expenditure pressures, and rapid transformation in the economy.

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