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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 legalises voluntary assisted dying

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After decades of campaigning NSW has become the last state in Australia to pass laws allowing people with a terminal illness to voluntarily end their own life.

Campaigners say they will now take their fight to the territories.

Thursday's decision means within 18 months people with a fatal diagnosis in NSW will be able to access voluntary assisted dying.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said if re-elected on Saturday his government would not remove a ban on voluntary assisted dying in the Northern Territory and the ACT.

"There are differences between territories and states and... we're not proposing any changes," he said on Thursday after the bill passed.

Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich introduced the private member's bill to the lower house last year with a record 28 co-sponsors from across the political spectrum.

He said it was not fair people in the ACT and the Northern Territory were being blocked from reform by a "stubborn person".

"I'm standing here today with members of the Labor Party, the Liberal Party, and we've got strong support within the National Party," Mr Greenwich told reporters.

"I would say to whoever forms government... this is legislation where you should respect people's conscience.

"It is an untenable position for the prime minister to say he won't move on this."

Introducing the bill for its final vote, Mr Greenwich thanked Premier Dominic Perrottet and Opposition Leader Chris Minns - neither of whom supported the legislation - for allowing a conscience vote.

"That has brought people together on both sides, to have a robust and difficult conversation," he said.

"Today, NSW passes a threshold of honesty and compassion.

"Honesty that not all people die well, and compassion that people in NSW with an advanced terminal illness can have the same end of life choices as people in every other state."

The bill passed the lower house just after midday to thunderous applause, after passing the upper house with amendments following a 12-hour debate.

It allows adults with a terminal diagnosis and up to six months to live to voluntarily end their life with assistance, with the approval of two independent doctors.

Go Gentle Australia founder and Southern Highlands resident Andrew Denton said it represented a revolution for end of life care in NSW.

"We haven't just moved NSW into the 21st century, we have moved it from the 13th century," Mr Denton said.

"This is not just a revolution of medical care.

"It's an evolution in our compassionate society."

Dying with Dignity NSW President Penny Hackett said it was a historic moment for people who had campaigned for decades to stop terminally ill people enduring prolonged suffering.

"We will now be the last state in the country to achieve this well overdue law reform," Ms Hackett said.

"This bill will give an immense sense of hope and relief to many people with a terminal illness who simply want to take back some control at the end of their life."

Steve Offner from Go Gentle Australia said it had been a 50-year fight to get the laws passed.

"So for many people in the community, it will be an incredible relief," he told AAP.

"It will be a moment of celebration.

"It will also be a bittersweet moment for many, given there are so many people for whom this law has just come too late."

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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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NSW Weather warning


A low pressure system over the Great Australian Bight and associated cold front will strengthen as they move eastwards on Monday.

Damaging winds averaging 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely over the far west of New South Wales from early Monday morning, reaching the Great Dividing Range by Monday afternoon and the east coast Monday evening.

Saturated soils bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.


One road fatality during the NSW Queens Birthday Long weekend


The four-day Queens Birthday long weekend traffic operation has now concluded, with one life lost on NSW roads.

A state-wide road policing operation ran throughout the Queen’s Birthday long weekend beginning at 12.01am on Friday June 10, ending at 11.59pm on Monday night.

With double demerits in force for the period, the high-visibility operation saw officers targeting speeding, drink and drug driving, driving while fatigued, mobile phone, helmet and other traffic offences.

During the campaign, 3,197 people were issued infringement notices for speeding, and 273 people were charged with drink-driving.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden, said the type of behaviour shown by a small number of motorists is unacceptable.

“While the rest of the state abides by the road rules, they are extremely lucky they did not harm themselves or other road users,” Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said.

“Over the weekend, one person lost their life in a crash at Sutton Forest.

"While this is four less than the same period last year, it is still one person too many." he said.


Key Southern Region Statistics;

Speed infringements: 693Breath tests: 31,780PCA charges: 36Major crashes: 29

Fatalities: 1

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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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