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By Sue Tolley. Cover photo by Rene` Vogelzang Cheers went up last week around Jervis Bay as news spread that the iconic Moona Moona Creek and its beautiful family reserve was safe, for now, from massive inappropriate development. Council notified those who made submissions regarding the proposal that the owners of the land had withdrawn

By Bonnie Cassen One year on from the start of the devastating Currowan mega-fire, residents and visitors to the villages of Manyana, Bendalong, North Bendalong, Cunjurong Point and Berringer Lake are still experiencing trauma caused by the events of last summer.  That is the conclusion of a landmark survey conducted by Manyana Matters Environmental Association (MMEA)

By Bonnie Cassen Twelve months on from the start of the Currowan Fire, Clyde River locals are shocked at Forestry plans to log 18 compartments between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla.  The first anniversary of the devastating Currowan Fire that shook the South Coast has just come up. On 26 November 2019 a dry lightning strike

By Bonnie Cassen In a one-degree warmed world the most important piece of legislation a council could pass is quite possibly the climate emergency declaration. This year, post bushfires, this is more important than ever. Since its recent formation, Extinction Rebellion Shoalhaven has set its sights at getting the Climate Emergency Declaration adopted by Shoalhaven

We saw first-hand last summer just how vitally important the ABC is for keeping us all informed during a crisis. We’ve seen it during Covid, and we see it time and time again with hard hitting investigative reporting. Australia, like all democracies, needs a national broadcaster that is not influenced by business or politics.  The

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Environment

December 3, 2020

Moona Moona Creek Celebrates, For Now

By Sue Tolley. Cover photo by Rene` Vogelzang Cheers went up last week around Jervis Bay as news spread that the iconic Moona Moona Creek and its beautiful family reserve was safe, for now, from massive inappropriate development. Council notified those who made submissions regarding the proposal that the owners of the land had withdrawn […]

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October 18, 2020

Shoalhaven stepping up for climate

Bonnie Cassen

It’s exciting to have some local Shoalhaven climate events happening around the area with the Shoalhaven Extinction Rebellion group launching last Saturday with a ‘die-in’ in Berry. The group is part of the broader international movement that established in Australia late in 2018.

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October 12, 2020

Shoalhaven councillors snub South Brooman residents

By Bonnie Cassen The South Brooman community is disappointed after a majority of councillors voted to prevent debate, deferring a motion to discuss the impact that logging in fire-affected forests is having on the southern Shoalhaven community.  The motion, considered by the Development and Environment Committee at Shoalhaven City Council on Tuesday night, requested that […]

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October 11, 2020

Survive. Flourish

Healthy, sustainable societies attend to their survival and enrich themselves with the flourish of community and arts and adventure and fun and culture and love. They keep an eye on the critical matter of survival whilst being creative in their surroundings. They don’t sacrifice beauty and creativity for a hand-to-mouth existence. Healthy societies also ensure […]

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Community

December 3, 2020

Moona Moona Creek Celebrates, For Now

By Sue Tolley. Cover photo by Rene` Vogelzang Cheers went up last week around Jervis Bay as news spread that the iconic Moona Moona Creek and its beautiful family reserve was safe, for now, from massive inappropriate development. Council notified those who made submissions regarding the proposal that the owners of the land had withdrawn […]

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October 20, 2020

The future for Kiama; will it be utopia or dystopia - or a bit of both?

by Mark Whalan

Kiama residents are up in arms over the recent bulldozing of a heritage home in Thompson Street Kiama. Horrified locals took to the streets and social media, asking how such a tragedy could happen.

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October 17, 2020

Is there anything 'good' about 2020? - yes, I think so.

By Jane Ewins There is no argument that 2020 is a very challenging year. The grinding uncertainty has taken a toll on most of us, with many people reporting feelings of depression and a sense of ‘darkness’ or impending doom. Perhaps there is a bigger picture to all we are going through. What if 2020 […]

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October 4, 2020

New campaign urges us to prepare as bushfire season officially begins

Shoalhaven's Summer of Fire, unprecedented and devastating for the communities.

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October 4, 2020

Grassroots action strengthens the Kangaroo Valley community's bushfire resilience.

"This photo was taken just before the change on 4/1/20 at our house. I was there with some of our adult children. We began manning our pumps moments
after this photo was taken as the sky went black and the change hit. We got lots of ash and bits of black stuff falling but no fire and no live embers...we were lucky". Photo by Cathy Gorman

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Politics

New ABC Friends Group Forms to Support our National Broadcaster

We saw first-hand last summer just how vitally important the ABC is for keeping us all informed during a crisis. We’ve seen it during Covid, and we see it time and time again with hard hitting investigative reporting. Australia, like all democracies, needs a national broadcaster that is not influenced by business or politics.  The […]

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November 15, 2020

Olives for Peace - Harvesting under Occupation

By Kerry Sawtell There are more than ten million olive trees in the West Bank, Palestine. The annual olive harvest which takes place between September and November is highly significant for Palestinian communities, both economically and culturally. Up to 100,000 Palestinian families currently depend on the olive harvest for their income. Olive trees take years […]

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October 21, 2020

Farewell to three modern day Athenas

by Ruth Watson Sykes

In the last days of September, the world lost three wise and powerful women – three Athenas. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Susan Ryan and Helen Reddy all made their mark leaving the world a better place for having lived in it.

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September 12, 2020

A conversation with Stuart Rees about his new book - Cruelty or Humanity

By Bonnie Cassen On the surface, there is much that reassures us in our everyday life. The sun shines, the ocean sparkles blue, the trees splash green across the countryside, and someone somewhere can raise their mouth upwards into a smile. But scratch below the surface and a cruel world is not far behind. Cruelty […]

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