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Australia Rock viewing platform closed

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The viewing platform at Narooma’s Australia Rock has been closed due to a rockslide.

A section under the platform at the popular tourist attraction collapsed following recent wet weather.

Eurobodalla Council fenced off the site on Tuesday and put up signage advising people to avoid the immediate area.

A Council spokesperson said an urgent geo-tech review of the site was being arranged.

“This review will also include Australia Rock itself, which appears to have experienced some smaller rockfalls as well,” the spokespersoAustrn said.

“Visitors to the rock can continue to view it from afar but should not go near it for their own safety.”

Australia Rock, at Bar Rock lookout, is a popular photo opportunity due to its resemblance to the shape of Australia (without Tasmania).

It is one example in Eurobodalla’s world-class gallery of ancient geological sites that include formations and folds of sandstone, siltstone, shale, granite and basalt - some dating back 510 million years. 

An interactive map of ancient geological sites, including an itinerary builder to help plan your trip, is on Council’s tourism website HERE.

Eden cements top spot leading into the finals

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Eden has confirmed its place on top of the Far South Coast Cricket Association's A grade ladder heading into the finals.

In the final round of the regular season Eden 7/231 had a big win over Merimbula, which was dismissed for 126.

In the round's other games Bega-Angledale was dismissed for just 69 runs, and Pambula passed the target for the loss of just three wickets.

Bermagui defeated Wolumla and Narooma and Tathra had a draw.

In B grade the teams batting second won all three games.

Tathra 3/117 defeated Kameruka 116, Bega Angledale Livers 2/100 secured bragging rights over Bega Angledale Georges 97, and Mallacoota 3/147 got the points over Pambula 3/145.

In C Grade Bermagui 9/144 defeated Eden 114, and Narooma 9/156 got the win over Merimbula 6/154.

In the women's competition Narooma 6/157 took the win over Bega Angledale 48, and Pambula 2/144 defeated Tathra 9/126.

There was a mixture of big wins and close results in the junior rounds.

In under 15s Merimbula 2/159 defeated Narooma 84, while Eden 6/52 had a win against Bega Angledale 51.T

he under 13s Bega Angledale Livers 8/93 took the points over Pambula 87, while Merimbula 1/213 had a win over Narooma 21.

And in under 11s the Bega Angledale Livers 135 beat Merimbula 7/111, while Pambula defeated the Bega Angledale Georges.

Merivale buy another Narooma venue

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Merivale has purchased its fourth venture on the iconic New South Wales South Coast, one of Narooma’s oldest and most historic buildings.

Located in Narooma’s town centre, Lynch’s Hotel, features a casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining areas, a classic bar as well as traditional hotel rooms.

CEO of Merivale, Justin Hemmes, said "Every great town needs a great local pub."

"We have been looking for a heritage pub to further our continued investment in the region and our commitment to the wonderful people who call it home," Hemmes said. 

"Lynch’s Hotel presents great potential in a township I have a strong personal connection with, and I am looking forward to bringing this project to life alongside the local community."

Lynch’s Hotel joins three other iconic South Coast venues owned and operated by Merivale, including the tiki-inspired Quarterdeck, The Whale Inn, including Queen Chow, and The Inlet.

Merivale will receive the keys to Lynch’s Hotel later this month.

Refurbishment plans will be announced in due course.

Missing Narooma man

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Police are appealing for public assistance as they search for a 62-year-old man missing from the Far South Coast since last month.

Garry Verrall,was last seen leaving his unit in Narooma on the morning of Wednesday 24 January 2018, saying he was going to the Tilba area and would return by the next day.

He has not been seen since and there are serious concerns for his welfare.

Mr Verrall is described as being of Caucasian appearance with fair skin, about 180cm tall with a thin build and small tattoos on his lower right arm.

He is known to hitchhike around the local area so police would like to hear from anyone who saw him or gave him a lift.

They would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw him on the Princes Highway on 24 January.

Anyone with information about Mr Verrall’s whereabouts should call Narooma Police on (02) 4476 2044 or Crime Stoppers.

Image credit: NSW Police Force

 

 

 

Narooma 10-year-old wins national art awards

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A 10-year-old from Narooma has won two national awards for her painting of a koala, titled 'Hope and Joy'.

Narooma Public School's Olivia Dudley has taken home the Best Regional Artist Award and the People's Choice Award, in the Australian Conservation Foundations Wild at Art competition.

Assistant Principal at Narooma Public School, Henry George, said the school are delighted by the news.

"It's obviously a very prestigious award, she's an exceptional artist and we're very proud to hear she's been recognised with this achievment," Mr George said.

"I'd love to put it down to some of the contributions of our staff, we have some wonderful art teachers but I know that Olivia's family have also suported her, and I'm sure it's part of a lifetime of love of art for Olivia," he said.

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"I am lucky enough to have an Oliver Dudley original on my wall that she made for me when I was her class teacher."

We've just seen her grow as an artist during our time and she's got a very bright future."

More than 3000 artists aged 5 and 12, picked up their pencils and paint brushes to help raise awareness of Australia's threatened species.

The competition was narrowed down to 70 finalists with Olivia taking out two of the top prizes.

Olivia described her painting outlining that koalas natural habitat was destroyed which forced them into residential areas.

"This amazing animals are being hit by cars and attacked by family pets," Olivia said.

"I chose the koala as I was devastated when the bushfires were rampaging through our small coastal area on the far south coast of NSW."

"All I could think about was what was happening to the creatures not only in our area but Australia wide."

"We have so many wonderful animals in our country who are under threat. I painted an infant koala with a Helmeted honey eater which is also on our endangered list."

"I hope my painting portrays the sadness the koala is sharing with the helmeted honey eater, and the hope they share in new life and education of people to help save them."

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Narooma a global hotspot for ocean warming - Little Penguin colony at risk

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Animals and birds, like humans, are suffering from anthropogenic climate change. Image NPWS. 

It's not the news we wanted to hear but Narooma is a global hotspot for ocean warming from climate change, and one of the impacts on biodiversity could be the demise of the Little Penguins at Montague Island.  

A University of NSW study has found the waters off southern NSW and the east coast of Tasmania are warming at more than three times the global average and twice as fast as waters off northern NSW.

The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters analysed how coastal waters adjacent to the Eastern Australian Current have warmed over the last 25 years.

Scientists have so far found that parts of western boundary currents such as the EAC, which runs along the east coast of Australia, are warming at two to three times the global average of 0.12 degrees per decade.

The UNSW study found that the coastal warming rates at Coffs Harbour (0.16 degrees per decade), and North Stradbroke Island (0.22 degrees per decade) were lower than the EAC rate.

But the study found the warming rate was high at Maria Island off Tasmania (0.41 degrees per decade) and highest off Sydney and Narooma (both 0.48 degrees per decade).

This means these waters have warmed about 1.5 degrees on average in the past 30 years.

“What really surprises me is the raw numbers and the effect of climate change, what half a degree per decade actually means for an ecosystem or for an environment in 10 or 20 years,” lead author and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in UNSW Science’s School of Mathematics and Statistics, Dr Neil Malan, says.

"These numbers are accelerating off southern NSW: at times this year the water temperature there was four degrees warmer than normal. The fact that the trend is so large, and that it’s more than three times greater than the global average and that Narooma is such a hotspot, is very shocking.”

Dr Malan says this ‘tropicalisation of ecosystems’ could have a widespread biological impact.

Devastating impact on Little Penguins 

Referring to a 2016 Macquarie University study, he says it will make life difficult for species such as the penguins of Montague Island.

The study on the foraging efficiency of the penguins found that warmer ocean temperatures affect penguins’ ability to hunt and catch prey.

“Their work seems to show that they avoid the warm water so they swim longer distances to find these lower temperature areas to find food,” he says.

The UNSW study used data from over 10 years of measurements of actual water temperatures from five sites (North Stradbroke Island, Coffs Harbour, Sydney, Narooma and Maria Island); satellite estimates of temperatures and currents and a regional ocean model over the last 22 years.

Dr Malan says fast-flowing western boundary currents, like the EAC, bring the impacts of changes of ocean basin circulation (in this case across the breadth of the south Pacific Ocean) to their coastlines, which are usually highly populated.

The EAC moves warm water down the coast of NSW, but just north of Sydney it branches off towards New Zealand.

At this point it forms large eddies (rotating bodies of warm ocean water) that are carried along SE Australia.

 Another UNSW study has showed that the amount of warm water transported south by these eddies is increasing.

Dr Malan says the EAC has some of the strongest currents and eddies in the world.

“Northern NSW water temperatures, while still warming, are more stable as they are not as affected by what is happening offshore. It is southern NSW, where we see an increase in eddy activity, that is warming the fastest,” he says.

Dr Malan says the next areas of research will look at longer trends of coastal warming dating back to the 1950s; studying more coastal sites around Australia; and looking at the link between deep ocean and coastal water temperatures.

Read the study in Geophysical Research Letters.

Narooma among Top Tourism Towns

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New South Wales’ Top Tourism Towns have been announced for 2022 and two South Coast towns have featured. 

Carcoar, Berry and Mudgee have been named NSW’s Top Tourism Towns for 2022, voted by the public and industry as the state’s most compelling destinations for an outstanding visitor experience.

“Three of regional NSW’s consumer favourites were crowned winners, from the 30 finalist destinations at theLocal Government NSW Destination and Visitor Economy Conference in Orange,” said NSW Tourism Industry Council Executive Manager, Greg Binskin.

“Tourism Associations, Councils, Local Chambers and Visitor Information Centres collaborated to enter their towns in the awards with the Highly Commended Awards going to Huskisson, Narooma and Ulladulla,” Mr Binskin said.

“Entrants submitted a short video, itinerary and editorial which was reviewed by a judging committee of 10 industry experts. The public then had their say, with more than 12,000 people casting a vote for their Top Tourism Town.

Recent recipient of the 2022 Eurobodalla Hero Award and Narooma Chamber of Commerce President, Dr Jenny Munro, told East Coast Radio there are a number of reasons Narooma would have been recognised.

"I think it's the fact that we're small and we've retained that feeling," Dr Munro said. 

"For people who haven't been herebefore they wonder how they could have missed it," she continued. 

"There are all sorts of wonderful things, the water, the things to do, driving into town, down the hill and over the bridge which I think is just iconic," she said. 

"We now have wonderful food with the Oyster Festival and some changes in some of the restaurants.

"I think Narooma is just a fanstastic place to be."

NSW Tourism Industry Council Executive Manager, Greg Binskin said that Carcoar, the Tiny Town winner, was praised as a wonderful piece of living history and a brilliant place to recharge the batteries, step back to yesteryear and immerse in local hospitality.

“Berry, the Small Town winner, was admired as a gorgeous town between the mountains and the sea, with its greenery and gardens equalled only by the stunning historic homesteads and abundance of amazing shopping.

“Mudgee, Top Tourism Town winner was lauded as a beautiful town with lovely locals making it a truly special wine and foodies’ destination with the perfect amount of country charm.

“Newcastle, Moama and Khancoban’s outstanding efforts were recognised with Judges’Awards, an accolade that recognises these communities’ outstanding efforts to showcase their town’s unique point of difference through their creative and compelling editorial, video and itinerary,” Mr Binskin said.

Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the winners of theNSW Top Tourism Towns 2022 captured the
essence and uniqueness of the state’s tourism offering.

“The incredible natural beauty and warm welcome that awaits in the Top Tourism Towns of NSW fulfill the compelling promise of the NSW Government’s Feel New tourism campaign,” Mr Ayres said.

“We know travellers want more than a checklist of things to see. They want experiences that inspire, amaze and revitalise. Carcoar, Berry and Mudgee are vibrant examples of the unique attributes of regional NSW that set our state apart from other visitor destinations and leave a lasting impression.

“Regional NSW is a key driver of theNSW visitor economy and these towns have set a benchmark that will ensure we achieve our goal of becoming the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”

The awards are managed by the NSW Tourism Industry Council, and celebrate towns with a population under 1,500, between 1,500 and 5,000, and a population over 5,000 residents. Carcoar, Berry and Mudgee will represent NSW at the Australian Top Tourism Town Awards to be held later in the year.

Narooma Arts & Community Centre underway

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The Project to construct Narooma Arts & Community Centre (NACC) is now underway following the signing of the Funding Deed by both Narooma School of Arts and the NSW Government.

The costs of the Project will be met by a $7.27m grant from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund jointly funded by the NSW and Australian Governments.

Now that the Deed is signed, NACC Project architects CK Architecture have started on the detailed design work for the project with a team of structural and civil, electrical, mechanical and fire engineers.

"We’re absolutely thrilled to be finally starting after months of negotiations and years of planning," said Narooma School of Arts President Jenni Bourke.

"The NACC is a community initiative on community-owned land to meet long term community needs as well as creative pursuits. With three multi-use studios/rooms and a large gallery it will be at the heart of our community for everyone to use and it will enrich our wider community well into the future."

Detailed design work will take several months. The Construction Certificate and call for tenders will follow.

Work is scheduled to start on site about May 2022 with the NACC due to open its doors in the second half of 2023.

Mrs Bourke said the NACC Project will have major community health and wellbeing benefits for the whole region as well as economic benefits through cultural tourism, training and job opportunities.

For more information about the NACC Project, visit HERE.

Narooma Busking Championships this Saturday

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Queanbeyan's popular Pipes and Drums musicians will join the fun on Saturday 

Narooma’s Regional Busking Championships this Saturday promises to be ‘sensational’ and it is free for spectators.

‘Fifty-five busker registrations, that’s over 200 people from Victoria, Canberra, Sydney, out to Cowra and Gundagai will fill Narooma throughout Saturday with all kinds of wonderful music and other performance acts,’ said excited Festival co-ordinator Sandra Doyle.

‘That will be topped off with a concert from 4pm at the Golf Club from a variety of performers who have busked through the day. Narooma will certainly be buzzing.

‘Each act will play at four or five of the 35 busker hot spots around town that are sponsored by the adjacent businesses, with music ranging from country, blues, jazz and rock, to Scottish bagpipes, dancers, poets and circus acts.

‘Extra busker hot spots this year are around the Kinema (where the River of Art Festival Art Prize exhibition is still on display at the SoART Gallery and School of Arts’ Studios), on NATA Oval and near Quarterdeck.’

The Festival is hosted by Narooma Rotary Club, partnered with River of Art, and is part of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC). It is the last major event in the 2018 River of Art Festival.

A programme listing each busking act and the timetable for each hot spot (9am-3pm) is available online and in hard copy on the day from the Busking Information Stall opposite the Ice Creamery, from the Visitors’ Centre and from the yellow Rotary-vested Busker Vote sellers. Profiles of some of the registered buskers are on the website and on Facebook.

‘Not all buskers will be competing. For those that are, every spectator can vote for their favourite busker for the People’s Choice prize of $1,000 by buying a special busker vote from our sellers, each vote costs $1,’ said Festival committee member Lynda Ord.

‘We count up votes for each busker to determine the winner. Of each $1 vote, the busker gets 10 cents. If the purchaser writes their name on the back of each vote, they enter a lucky draw. Each busker keeps any coin they collect.’

Narooma’s four judges will roam around listening to all competitors throughout the day, with the overall winner’s prize also $1,000.

‘We’re absolutely thrilled at how this festival has been embraced by our community,’ Mrs Ord said.

‘Symons will operate a free bus through the day to ferry people between busking hot spots which extend from the Plaza to the Flat.’

Narooma Lions, Quota, CWA and VIEW Clubs will help Rotary on the day, as well as many other volunteers.

A display on NATA Oval (behind the Visitors’ Centre) will also feature between 30 and 60 classic cars from the  Quattro Giornate Auto Classiche, the Classic and Vintage Motor Club of Eurobodalla and the Southern Motor Association, as well as new cars from the AMH Motor Group from Moruya.

Narooma Man charged with smashing windows

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South Coast police were called to a Motor Inn on Wagonga Street, in Narooma around 12.50am on Saturday (December 4), following reports a man had allegedly smashed windows of cars and shops, with an axe.

Officers found 15 shops and vehicles damaged and during patrols of the Narooma area, arrested a 20-year-old man on the Princes Highway, in Narooma.

He was taken to Narooma Police Station, before being taken to Batemans Bay Hospital where he was treated for cuts, on his hands.

Upon release from hospital, he attended Batemans Bay Police Station and was later charged with malicious (x15), and armed with intent to commit indictable offence.

The Narooma man appeared in Batemans Bay Local Court where he was granted conditional bail.

He appeared in Batemans Bay Local Court again on Monday (December 6) where the matter was adjourned to Narooma Local Court on December 16.  Bail to continue - varied. No pleas have as yet been entered.

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Narooma student Singh's his way onto Bollywood Big Screen

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A Narooma High School student is on the way to the Bollywood big screen, after winning the Bollyvision Swortaj 2021 title over the weekend.

15-year-old, Paramveer Singh, made it to the final 13 after an extensive audition process that saw Bollywood singers from across Australia put on their best foot forward.

Paramveer's uncle, Dr Gurdeep Bagari, said his nephew has been in Narooma for the last three years but has been in singing-training since the age of  six.

 "He'll be the first guy from Australia from this competition for this year that will go for recording a Bollywood song of his own," Dr Bagari said. 

"So it will be  his voice and his own song that's sung, will have never been sung by anyone else  and it will be featured in one of the upcoming Bollywood movies," he continued.

"He's very excited about how things are turning out for him." 

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"He's going towards what he wants to do." 

Paramveer's prize includes the  chance to record a song with a well known Bollywood music director which will appear in an upcoming Bollywood movie to be revealed later in the year.

"He has won multiple awards back in India but this is the first time he had a competition in Australia," Dr Bagari said. 

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"It was Australia-wide and he was selected in the final 13, on 15th of May after the competition he was crowned the title of Swortaj 2021 winner.

"He's also going for another competition next month, which was supposed to be in America but now it's online.

"I hope he wins that too."

 

Narooma’s turn for free native plants

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Residents of Narooma and surrounds have the chance to swap their pesky weeds for free native flowering plants this weekend.

On Sunday 25 February residents can bring their weeds in a bag to the Eurobodalla Council stall at the Narooma Rotary Markets.

Staff from Council’s environment team will be available to answer any questions about weeds or sustainable gardening and to hand over the native plants.

Council’s Natural Resource Supervisor Heidi Thomson said Council spent a lot of resources on removing weeds from reserves and the plant swap initiative helped residents get rid of their weeds too.

“Working on this together will ensure that we beat the weeds by reducing seed sources across everyone’s land and reducing the chance of reinfestation,” she said.

“Some of the weeds found in Narooma gardens include asparagus fern, madeira vine, creeping groundsel or morning glory.

There are also woody weeds like senna and cotoneaster.”

Ms Thomson said there were many benefits of having a native garden.

“They don’t need watering, they can flower all year round, they attract native birds, bees and butterflies and they belong in this area so they will thrive in our conditions,” she said.

The plant swap will be held at 8.30am-1pm on Sunday 25 February at the Narooma Rotary Markets at NATA Oval, behind the Narooma Visitor Centre.

For more information visit Council’s website www.esc.nsw.gov.au or contact Natural Resource Supervisor Heidi Thomson on 4474 1329 or email [email protected].

New prostate cancer support group for Eurobodalla

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A new Prostate Cancer Support Group for the far south coast will meet at Narooma Men’s Shed on the first Tuesday each month from 7 December 6.30-8.30pm.

It is a Narooma Rotary initiative, affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, and draws on the experience of the Rotary Club of Young.

“The idea is to support individuals and families impacted by prostate cancer,” said Narooma Rotary President Andrew Lawson.

“Prostate cancer has directly affected key members of our group who would have benefited enormously from such a group at the
time.”

The far south coast has a higher number of prostate cancer sufferers than the national average due to its age demographic, but until now the closest Support Groups have been at Ulladulla and Yass. The new group aims to support people from Batemans Bay to Eden.

 Braveheart Healthcare (Lighthouse Surgery and Bermagui Medical Centre) has officially aligned with the new Support Group.

Braveheart’s Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan said Prostate Cancer is quite common “but generally people don’t want to talk about it yet it needs to be talked about”.

“A Support Group is a great way to get people to do that to help make them more aware,” she said.

“Generally after diagnosis and initial treatment there has been little follow up and support for patients, their partners and families. This group will go a long way to
assist.”

For this project, Narooma Rotary has also aligned with Narooma Men’s Shed where meetings will be hed, located at 41A Barker Parade, Narooma.

New shoreline proposed for Wagonga Inlet

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A deteriorating foreshore at Wagonga Inlet could be transformed into an innovative ‘living shoreline’ under a collaborative proposal to protect and enhance the estuary long term.

The proposed project aims to revitalise the natural and community environment of Wagonga Inlet and would be an exceptional demonstration site for living shoreline projects around Australia.

Native vegetation, restored oyster reefs, and other natural elements would be used instead of traditional rock walls to prevent erosion between the Narooma Swimming Centre and Ken Rose Park.

About 2700m2 of subtidal native Flat Oyster and intertidal Sydney Rock Oyster reefs would be restored as part the Australian Government’s Reef Builder initiative, which aims to bring shellfish reefs back from the brink of extinction, and the NSW Government Marine Estate Management Strategy’s Oyster Reef Restoration project.

The concept incorporates a new jetty and fishing platform extending out to the ‘Deep Hole’, new boardwalk and lookout, improved access to the sand flats and restoration of saltmarsh.

Eurobodalla Council’s sustainability and natural resource coordinator Heidi Thomson said Council had been working on the project with NSW DPI, The Nature Conservancy Australia and the Australian Government. Input into the concept design was also provided by local Aboriginal group representatives and oyster farmers. 

 “This is a potential landmark project that will showcase how a nature-based approach, rather than traditional rock walls, can provide a viable and cost-effective solution for coastal protection that integrates recreational use,” she said.

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“Banks of low-growing saltmarsh plants would be used to create an environmentally-friendly seawall that boosts environmental outcomes, provides increased habitat for fish and shorebirds and greatly improves the public usability of this space.”

The project also proposes to restore about 1,700 m2 of intertidal Sydney Rock Oyster reef habitat adjacent to the bank using locally quarried rock and local sterile oyster shells. Wild Sydney Rock Oyster spat will settle over time and form a natural reef that enhances water quality and improves fish production and overall biodiversity of the inlet.

A further 1,000m2 of subtidal native Flat Oyster reef habitat would be created on the sea floor of the Deep Hole, a deep section of the estuary adjoining the project site.

“Research continues to demonstrate the value of oyster reefs for improving biodiversity, water filtration, fish production, shoreline and seagrass protection and nitrogen fixation,” Ms Thomson said.

“Prior to the 19th century, oyster reefs were common in NSW, providing substantial environmental benefits, however only a fraction remain. Restoring these reefs and saltmarshes will bring back lost ecosystems enriching the Marine Park and providing wonderful flow-on benefits to the community with enhanced foreshore access, recreation and sustainable tourism opportunities, like bird watching. It’s a win-win.”

The Council and its project partners are seeking the community’s feedback on the proposal, which is in the design phase, through a short online survey. The survey results will be used to determine the level of support in the Narooma community for the plans and to refine the final design.

Residents can also meet the project team onsite on Friday 3 December between 10am and 2pm to discuss their thoughts.Take the survey before 17 December and find out more HERE.

Image Credit: Eurobodalla Shire Council, Google Maps

Rabbit control in Narooma region

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Eurobodalla Council will release the calicivirus in Dalmeny, Kianga and Narooma areas in the coming weeks to help control the feral rabbit population.

While the virus will only affect European wild rabbits, as a precautionary measure owners of pet rabbits should follow the RSPCA’s guidelines to reduce the risk of infection.

Council’s invasive species supervisor Paul Martin said Council had a legal obligation to control feral rabbit populations on Council-managed land, just as private landholders, farmers and residents had an obligation to control rabbits on their land.

“Rabbits can cause havoc in our coastal areas burying under houses and digging up gardens,” he said.

“They’re also problematic in our natural environment as they eat a lot of native vegetation, cause erosion and their holes can be a trip hazard.”

Mr Martin said Council’s rabbit control program this year focussed on the southern region, from Bodalla to Akolele.

“Shooting and warren fumigation in these hilly areas can be problematic, and we don’t use pindone baiting where native fauna could be impacted by rodenticides. So, in this instance, calicivirus is the best method for primary control,” he said.

“The virus will be released on baited carrots in key locations and each bait station will be signposted with information about the release.”

The RSPCA has produced a range of resources for rabbit owners, including tips on reducing the risk of infection from rabbit haemorrhagic disease, caused by the calicivirus.

View the factsheet HERE or for more information on Council’s rabbit control program HERE.

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South Coast trio complete Bass Strait fundraiser

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Considered a first in the world of rowing, three Eurobodalla locals have successfully crossed the Bass Strait in a surf boat.

Brendan Constable and Rod Patmore of Narooma and Rob Pollock from Broulee hit the water at Port Albert, in Victoria eight days ago with seven other rowers and a support crew for the 330km journey to raise money for charity.

With blisters on their hands to show their hard work, the team arrived at Little Musselroe Bay, in Tasmania yesterday and reportedly had 'a bit of a singalong to celebrate'.

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The attempt which is also known as the Bass Strait Miles for Smiles campaign served as a fundraising venture to support the Humour Foundation which aims to provide Clown Doctors to hospitals across Australia to entertain sick children.

The team have raised just shy of $50,000 (at the time of writing) and while falling short of their $100,000 target, everyone of them should be extremity proud. 

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Brendan Constable from the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club who took part as a co-sweep on the boat said it was an honour to help out with such a great cause and to challenge himself at the same time.

"Trying to raise money for the Clown Doctors in all the hospitals around Australia that are providing humour and making children and families laugh in really stressful situations," Mr Constable said. 

"It's not too late to donate and if people can get behind it, that would be awesome," he said.  

The crew left  Port Albert on Monday January 24 and expected the journey to take anywhere between 10 and 14 days but got it done in just eight. 

The group consisted of experienced rowers aged between 40 and 60 from Narooma, Moruya, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

"It was really challenging being out in the open ocean with a bit of swell and current and breeze," he said. 

Mr Constable explained that the team had some experience heading into the challenging fundraiser but team members still were not 100 per cent sure what to expect. 

"A number of us have rowed in the George Bass Marathon and thoroughly enjoyed it and have a love of rowing surf boats," Constable said. 

 "The challenge of being able to do it and fundraising for a great cause like the Clown Doctors is really what drove us." 

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As well as raising money for the Humour Foundation, the crew will also leave their Surf Boat in Tasmania to donate to a club in Port Sorell. 

"They've got a few crews but not a boat so we're donating our surf boat to their surf lifesaving club," Constable said. 

To Donate, click HERE

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Temporary mobile disruptions in Narooma

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This week Telstra will be finalising the upgrade of its mobile base station in Narooma to bring better 4G services and new 5G coverage, but the works will require a series of temporary outages or reduction in mobile coverage.

These improvements will temporarily impact Telstra 3G and 4G coverage at various times during daylight hours between Monday 25 October and Sunday 31 October.

Landline services, NBN internet services and mobile coverage from other providers will not be impacted.

Any calls to Triple Zero from a Telstra mobile when the site is off air will automatically be diverted to any working mobile network for connection to emergency services.

Regional General Manager for Telstra, Chris Taylor, said while our crews need to work during daylight for safety, we’ll only be switching off the site when we need to and have it back on as quickly as possible.

“Where possible we will just be switching off the parts of the tower we are working on, leaving the rest  operational.

While coverage and capacity will decline during this time, we want to keep total blackouts to an absolute minimum.

“Telstra does have other base stations located close by in Kianga and Tilba which will help provide some coverage, but most of our mobile coverage for this area does come from the Narooma base station so there will be some impact.”

“There’s never a good time to undertake this sort of work but once it is completed, it will mean better mobile services for local residents, particularly as we approach the peak holiday season” Mr Taylor said.

Tips for improving connectivity while works are underway

For mobile coverage in the interim, if residents have access to a wi-fi signal at home or at work, Telstra encourages residents to activate wi-fi calling. This is a free setting on most popular mobile phones and allows your mobile to use a Wi-Fi network to make and receive mobile calls. To find out more they can google Telstra wifi calling or just search in your settings icon on your phone.

We know many businesses use the Telstra network for their EFTPOS terminals.

However, Telstra does not operate the EFTPOS network; it is operated by financial institutions. Many EFTPOS terminals can also be connected using fixed line or Wi-Fi/nbn internet connections. Retailers should contact their bank for more information and details on how to switch between these methods to ensure continuous service.

Long term benefits of the site upgrade
The roll out of 5G connectivity for the first time in Narooma means customers with Telstra 5G mobile devices will be able to enjoy a better mobile experience.

The upgrade also brings added benefits for customers on the Telstra 4G network with more capacity, providing better network connectivity and less
congestion in Narooma when it’s busier.

“We know our mobile network on the south coast takes a hammering over summer with the influx of additional tourists, so this upgrade should help provide a better experience this year,” Mr Taylor said.

This work is part of Telstra’s ongoing investment across the region delivering upgraded 4G and 5G services, including areas already completed like Batemans Bay, Bega, Bermagui, Moruya and Tathra.

“We’re continuing to expand our 5G network across New South Wales and nationally we’re adding new sites to the network every week. Upgrades such as these continue to demonstrate Telstra’s ongoing commitment to regional Australia,” Mr Taylor said.

Once completed, Narooma will join more than 3,700 Telstra 5G sites on-air in more than 200 cities and towns across Australia. 5G coverage is also available in more than 2,700 suburbs across the country.

More than 75% per cent of Australia’s population now lives in Telstra’s 5G footprint.

Image Credit: Telstra

The Man Walk set to launch in Narooma, Batemans Bay and Tathra

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An initiative to help improve men's physical, mental and emotional health is coming to the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley.

The Man Walk started two years ago when Mark Burns began going on regular morning walks around Kiama, and soon a few friends started joining in to walk and talk.

Mr Burns said what began simply as a way of getting more exercise soon provided the added benefit of reconnecting men to others in the community.

That became one of the core functions of The Man Walk, which has a vision of "connecting men, strengthening communities".

"What we realised is that there are a lot of blokes out there who are lacking a bit of connection," he said.

"When our regular sporting activities and these kind of things fall away, often in our 30s, and we're busy trying to be good dads and good parents and work hard at our business we lose those social connections."

After starting with just a small group a couple of years ago, Mr Burns said word spread and a couple of other Man Walk groups started up, but then a post on social media went viral and the number exploded from three to 58.

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Now the Man Walk has been funded to start in Narooma, Batemans Bay and Tathra, after health officials raised concerns about men in the communities being isolated and not getting enough exercise.

Mr Burns said he was looking for leaders in each town to help organise regular walks at a suitable time.

He said the groups were simple, but valuable.

"The man walk is a way for blokes to get together for a weekly walk and a chat, and just have a chin wag," Mr Burns said.

"It doesn't need to be anything of much consequence - we talk about how good we used to be at footy, and what's happening in the local area, but every now and again there's a little bit of gold as well and someone wanting to talk about whether they're struggling and what they're up to,” he said.

Images: The Man Walk

Tree down in Narooma

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Update: The tree was cleared and road opened prior to 9am this morning. 

A tree has fallen on the Princes Highway at Narooma, which has caused delays on the roads this morning.

The tree fell around 7:30am today (Wednesday March 2) between the Hillcrest Avenue turn off and the Ecotel at North Narooma.

Traffic is affected in both directions and Emergency Services and Transport for NSW are attending.

 For up to date road closures visit LIVE TRAFFIC or call 132 701 or check the Bega Valley or Eurobodalla Council websites.

Water restored south of Narooma

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Residents and businesses in south Narooma were without water for several hours yesterday. 

 Narooma Plaza and surrounding residential areas were impacted early on Wednesday (March 10) afternoon. 

Eurobodalla Council Crews responded swiftly to get repairs underway.

Council acknowledged the water outage impacted households heading around dinner time, however said the repairs were essential to ensure continued water supply.

Council staff contacted businesses in the area to provide advice around the outage. 

The trunk water main was repaired and water was restored to the area last night at 10pm.

Women to 'shuck' against each other at Narooma Oyster Festival

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Merimbula oyster farmer, Pip Boyton, says women are becoming more prominent in the South Coast oyster industry. 

For the first time women will be shucking against each other this year at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Normally a combined men and women's category, Merimbula oyster farmer Pip Boyton says seperating the competition reflects the growing influence and prominence of women in the industry. 

The Narooma Oyster Festival is one of the NSW South Coast’s signature events celebrating the region’s quality produce, especially its oysters and will be held on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, at Narooma. 

"It’s good to compete against your peers, but it also highlights the many women who now feature in the oyster industry. We’re seeing the next generation with a lot of young families buying into the industry," Ms Boyton said. 

"While women have always worked in the industry, it was largely behind the scenes. Now more women are working alongside the men and taking a more prominent role in the industry."

Shucking competition judge will be John Susman, chair of oyster judges at Sydney Royal’s Fine Food Show. The competition is open to everyone and prize money is up for grabs. 

Festival spokesperson, Cath Peachey, said the Festival’s oysters will be drawn from eight South Coast estuaries in one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable oyster-growing regions.

"Farmers from six estuaries will sell oysters from their own stalls in Australia Oyster Coast’s Oyster Alley, while everyone at the Festival will be able to buy from the Australian Oyster Coast’s marquee, a tasting plate of oysters from all eight estuaries, allowing them to compare the flavour and texture of oysters from each estuary," Ms Peachey said.

On Saturday there will be more than 70 market stalls from some of the region's award-winning boutique dairy companies, Clyde River Berry Farm, Disaster Bay Chillies, Tanja Olives and Eden Mussels. There will be laksa from the Chamber of Commerce's Matt Ratcliffe Oyster Bar and Alan Newbold's pop-up restaurant. 

Go to www.naroomaoysterfestival.com and Facebook for full details about Friday’s free family concert, freestyle motocross displays and fireworks finale (4.30-8.15pm), and the full program for Saturday (10am-6pm).