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Shoalhaven News

2019 budget to focus on familes

Much of the New South Wales budget will focus on families, as the battle lines are drawn for the 20-19 state election. Despite a cooling housing market reducing the revenue from stamp duty, it's expected the budget surplus will be $3.9 billion dollars. Kiama MP Gareth Ward says a package extending pre-school...

South Coast residents urged to be wary of tax scams

People across the Coast and Highlands are being reminded about the increased risk of scams around tax time. Security experts say we need to be wary of fake emails, SMS and phone calls claiming to be from Centrelink or the Tax Office. Small businesses are also urged to be on the lookout...

More sites with PFAS Contamination identified in the Shoalhaven

There are now at least 5 sites in the Shoalhaven which have been identified as containing PFAS Contamination. The New South Wales EPA has been carrying out investigations since PFAS was first detected in waterways around HMAS Albatross due to the historical use of firefighting foams. In addition to the Naval base,...

Big funding announcement for Princes Highway & new Nowra Bridge

The new Nowra Bridge will soon become a reality after the State Government announced it will be matching the Commonwealth's $155 million dollar commitment. Concept designs should go on display towards the end of the year, with work likely to start in the second half of 2020. Today's announcement is all part...

Illawarra Business Chamber welcomes changes to payroll tax threshold

The Illawarra Business Chamber has joined employers across the region in welcoming the State Governments announcement it will lift the payroll tax threshold to $1 Million over the next four years as part of this years budget. The change will see an increase from $750,000 to $850,000 in the first year...

Apprenticeship fees to be abolished

Photo: Pixabay Our local State MP's are hoping young people on the South Coast will be given a major break with a landmark announcement today by the Berejiklian Government ahead of State Budget night tomorrow night. Apprenticeship fees are set to be fully abolished from the 1st of July with 120 apprenticeships. Kiama...

SES receives only 4 call out related to strong winds

Strong winds battering the Coast and Highlands over the weekend are set to return today. The wind storm was blamed for a power outage which left around 2000 households without power at Sanctuary Point and St Georges Basin on Friday afternoon, but there's been no reports of serious damage with the...

New initiative to report elder abuse

Photo: Pixabay Coast and Highlands residents are being encouraged to keep an eye out for and report cases of abuse against older members of our community. Those who witness, or experience abuse, can access the Elder Abuse Helpline over the phone, or online. The state government will make data collated from those calls...

Coast and highlands cops a windy night

Photo: Pixabay Strong winds battering the Coast and Highlands overnight have shown no chance of letting up with peak gusts of up to 76 kilometres an hour recorded this morning in Nowra while Moss Vale recorded 80. The wind storm has been blamed for a power outage with left around 2000 households...

New Homeless shelter for Nowra due to open on July 1

Photos by Peter Dover, the new homeless hub takes shape Safe Shelter Shoalhaven is on track to opening a new homeless hub in the Nowra CBD by the 1st of July. The old Neighbourhood Centre building near Marriott Park has been undergoing a transformation with bathrooms, air conditioning, painting and floor sanding...