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Kiama cemeteries seek to ease squeeze on popular plots

Kiama’s cemeteries should stop reserving sections for different religious denominations, to help ease congestion at the burial sites, consultants have told the municipality’s council.And a “priority allocation fee” could be brought in to increase the rev

Friday, 17:18 in Regional
 

Total fire ban issued as Illawarra braces for heat

Record temperatures are possible across much of NSW on Saturday, elevating bushfire risks to "severe" in much of NSW, and increasing the health risks for those playing sport.The NSW Rural Fire Service has issued total fire bans for 12 of the...

Friday, 17:18 in Regional
 

Pumped about new fire truck

The Kiama NSW Fire and Rescue crew were equipped with a new truck worth $325,000 on Friday.“The old one’s still in pretty good nick, it might go out to the bush to help fight fires there,” Kiama brigade captain Terry Dryburgh said. “It is good for morale

Friday, 14:04 in Regional
 

‘At Minnamurra bike park, kids can play outside like we did’

The mastermind of the proposed Minnamurra bike park thinks it’s a shame his kids spend more time indoors than he did in his childhood. Kiama local Michael Thompson grew up riding his bike with mates, and wants the same for kids in Minnamurra and Kiama Do

Friday, 13:37 in Regional
 

Gerringong’s premiership hat-trick

Gerringong Breakers ladies football first and reserve grade teams have been successful in defending their 2016 premierships and completing a hat-trick of titles on Tuesday night at Ison Park. The reigning competition champions in the Shoalhaven district

Friday, 11:24 in Sport
 

‘Greed’s driving Iluka selloff’

Kiama Councillor Neil Reilly lodged a rescission motion to prevent the sale of Iluka Reserve at a council meeting on Tuesday night.After much debate, a majority of councillors voted in favour of council applying to rezone the land through the NSW Plannin

Friday, 11:12 in Regional
 

Gerringong and Bomaderry clash for Bolden Blackmore Shield

Gerringong players are hoping Saturday is their day in the sun, when they face Bomaderry in the first grade grand final for the Bolden Blackmore Shield at Ison Park.Nathan Aldridge’s Tigers will go into the clash confident and well rested, after enjoying

Friday, 10:41 in Sport
 

Manning St strip attains heritage status

On September 19, Kiama Councillors unanimously voted to preserve the integrity of historic architecture on Manning Street between Bong Bong and Terralong Streets.The strip, with 10 heritage-listed buildings, is now a heritage area. The status provides co

Thursday, 15:39 in Regional
 

Shark Tank investor backs Minnamurra-born entrepreneur

Like so many kids growing up in Minnamurra, the ocean played a vital role in Chris Anderson’s upbringing.His affinity for the ocean inspired an innovation that landed him a lucrative deal in the Shark Tank finale aired on Tuesday night. Red Balloon found

Thursday, 14:36 in Regional
 

Kiama mum: marriage equality would mean legitimacy for my family

Kiama Downs mum Vanessa Wilson joined dozens of marriage equality supporters at the Surf Beach Farmers Market, who formed a ‘yes’ shape for an aerial photo on Wednesday afternoon.Vanessa and her wife, Mel, are married in the eyes of their friends and fam

Thursday, 12:42 in Regional
 

Nowra’s Tony Branson relives 1967-68 Kangaroo Tour

THIS week marks 50 years since Nowra’s own Tony Branson was selected for the Australian Rugby League Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.In a feat that simply couldn't happen today, Branson was selected in 1967 as a 20-year-old to represent his cou

Thursday, 11:24 in Sport
 

Nowra’s Tony Branson relives 1967-68 Kangaroo Tour

THIS week marks 50 years since Nowra’s own Tony Branson was selected for the Australian Rugby League Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.In a feat that simply couldn't happen today, Branson was selected in 1967 as a 20-year-old to represent his cou

Thursday, 10:14 in Regional
 

Catch Kiama's Folk By The Sea festival with Jan Preston, The Hillbilly Goats, Fred Smith and more

The Hillbilly Goats describe themselves as “folk on steroids” and are sure to please the crowd at Kiama’s Folk By The Sea if their last appearance is anything to go by.BOOT SCOOTIN: The Hillybilly Goats (and Hermie - short for Hermaphragoat) are one of t

Wednesday, 15:37 in Regional
 

Plans to transform abandoned Minnamurra Quarry into BMX park

Kids and families living in Kiama Downs and Minnamurra will be able to jump on their bikes and ride to a nearby BMX park if plans to transform the Minnamurra Quarry are approved by landowner Kiama Council. Minnamurra Quarry, on the headland between the M

Wednesday, 14:55 in Regional
 

‘Dreadfully inappropriate’ house to be built in Jamberoo

Plans for a secondary dwelling on a rural property in Jamberoo sparked a heated debate at the Kiama Council meeting on Tuesday night.Three of eight Kiama Councillors declared their vehement opposition to the development application – a 460 square metre h

Wednesday, 13:02 in Regional
 
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