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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 Council notified those who made submissions regarding the proposal that the owners of the land had withdrawn […]

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Manyana Community Remembers Mega-Fire as Mental Health Impacts Linger 

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) […]

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Currowan Anniversary - Extra Distressing for South Brooman Residents

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 […]

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Are we in a Climate Emergency or Not? Accept it Shoalhaven, then Declare it.

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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dunmore sand mine referral to planning commission but strong community opposition says NO to Boral

By Bonnie Cassen Independent NSW MLC and south coast resident Justin Field has warned that the Dunmore and Minnamurra community will not be deterred following a recommendation by the NSW Planning Department that the Dunmore sand mine expansion “is in the public interest and is approvable, subject to the recommended conditions”. The proposed expansion of […]

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Sand mining at Minnamurra - a contentious environmental issue.

By Richard Maitland - Friends of Minnamurra River Background to date The sand deposits present in the floodplain of the Minnamurra River and in the northern portion of the Rocklow Creek Catchment were laid down during the Holocene transgression period some 6000 years ago. The Minnamurra River has the only twin barrier dune system on […]

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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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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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Independent Planning Commission gives green light to Narrabri Gas Project

By Bonnie Cassen In a shock announcement the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project. The decision was announced today despite overwhelming opposition to the project — including submissions from over ten thousand people — and in complete dismissal of community rights and scientific evidence. The project involves Santos drilling 850 […]

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With Our Own Eyes

Malua Bay, Morning of New Year's Eve 2019. Photo by: Barb Smith

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THE MOUSE THAT ROARED

The quiet village of Erowal Bay

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Can trees protect against fire?

By Howard H Jones I began to rake the leaves and remove the Bangalow fronds to a safer distance from the house in that fatal week earlier this year. I didn’t have a fire plan. I had encouraged the trees to grow up to the wooden cladding of my timber home, and there was only […]

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Shoalhaven residents denied opportunities for better health and community outcomes.

 By Bradley Stanton Shoalhaven City Council has again denied Shoalhaven resident's the opportunity of a first-class greenfield hospital in a location more suited to current population growth; and the chance to rectify numerous issues residents currently face in Nowra.  The state government recently announced a similar greenfield concept with the new Tweed Valley Hospital development; […]

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I am Earth - Three powerful and creative stories from the RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize Winners for 2020.

Germinate By Olivia Rushin. It was clearly once the world, but nothing’s where it should be. The lumpy sphere has swivelled off its axis; the wire orb frame underneath is all warped and lopsided. A piece of Australia — cobbled together out of juice bottles and covered over with sheets of painted newspaper — dangles […]

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Culburra Beach latest victim of Banksia attacks.

By Bradley Stanton Banksia Trees – vital for dune management, erosion control, ecosystems, and habitat to the symbol of Nowra the black cockatoo – are frequently subject to vandalism and controversy within the Shoalhaven.  Vincentia's Collingwood Beach has seen a spree of vandalism events. The community was shocked when several Banksia trees died from poisoning […]

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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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Over-development desires at Anson Street continues

By Maureen Webb   St Georges Basin residents are again up in arms, having been fighting over-development on the waterfront around Anson Street for over four years now. While there have been some small wins and some losses for residents, the development applications just keep coming. Recently the Anson Street Concept Master Plan developer, David DeBattista […]

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Threatened Species Day, what does it mean?

By Kim Stephenson Embarrassingly, it took last Saturday’s episode of Gardening Australia to remind me Monday 7th September is Threatened Species Day!  I know what Threatened Species Day means to my family and me, one aspect being how many threatened species are further at risk from development destruction. Still, it made me think, what do […]

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Book Review for: "How to talk about climate change in a a way that makes a difference" by Rebecca Huntley

Review by: Stephen Young I want a safe and just climate future for my children and the living world. But I am frustrated that Australian voters still choose political parties that support greenhouse gas emitting industries. This occurs in spite of the settled science of dangerous climate change, the evidence of extreme weather, and the […]

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War and Pieces

I mean no offence to the soldiers and civilians who suffered and died (suffer and die) in face-to-face combat. Those wars waged against other countries killed real people and families. Thousands lie dead for the freedoms I have today.  Those battles were typically political, not personal. Governments fighting governments. People and places bombed to pieces. […]

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Update: Jervis Bay Road Intersection Upgrade

By Bradley Stanton Last week, Transport for NSW released their consultation report for the Jervis Bay Road / Princes Highway intersection, based on community feedback received via online submission or video 'Q & A' sessions. According to the report, 830 pieces of feedback were received, with four of these from emergency service agencies. When asked what submitters […]

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Manyana community group buoyed by Minister Ley's decision on controversial development

ISSUED – 16 August 2020: The decision by the Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, to subject the proposed Manyana Beach Estate development to more thorough ecological assessments was enthusiastically welcomed by the Manyana Matters Environmental Association (MMEA) tonight.  MMEA spokesperson Jorj Lowrey says the decision to declare the project a controlled action is another victory in […]

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DA Report Anglican Church Site Huskisson

By Joanne Warren - on behalf of Huskisson Heritage Association Great news for all those who have navigated the treacherous  minefield of DA's to build a granny flat, put in an extra room for a growing family or the myriad of reasons why we tweak our homes. This can indeed be a nightmare experience and […]

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Cleaning up our parliament - greater women representation is the catalyst for political change.

By Bradley Stanton Australian politics can be lively, aggressive, and at times, uncontrollably exuberant. Where larrikin members of Parliament, who somehow keep getting elected, thrive in the surroundings - and where, for too long, women have suffered in silence. In 1902, Non-Indigenous women first won the right to run in federal elections. After 29 countries […]

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Massive Moona Moona Creek Development

By Sue Tolley - on behalf of Our Future Shoalhaven A campaign to stop the multi-purpose 4 storey Motel/Restaurant and Unit complex has been waging with over 100 submissions sent into council and an on-line petition through change.org with over 2000 signatures so far. There is no reason however to feel confident that the DA […]

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Update on the Holy Trinity Church site in Huskisson from the Huskisson Heritage Association

By Shirley Fitzgerald A lot of people think the battle to preserve this iconic block of land is done and dusted, but it isn’t. The land has not been rezoned to allow for commercial development, and when the Shoalhaven City Council sent the rezoning proposal to the State government for green lighting, it was told […]

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Words matter - poets can change the World!

By STUART REES Responses to the mayhem caused by the destruction of Beirut will have much in common with the aftermath of Covid 19: long term recovery from devastation coupled to an opportunity to build societies so different from those which preceded the explosion and the virus. Life before Covid 19 tolerated conditions to enable the […]

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Heritage-listed fig remains under threat, as a community fights to save it for community greenspace

By Bonnie Cassen The Lake Heights property dominated by a heritage-listed fig tree, and passed in recently at auction, is again under the hammer as residents call for it to remain as a greenspace park. Nearly 40 protestors turned up to witness the auction, although there were no bidders to be seen. The majestic fig […]

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No CSG Overflow

a poem by Michael Cox, 2020. I had written them an email which included lots of detail Sent to Santos CEO in Sydney months ago Said people are not willing to countenance the drilling In the heartland of the Namoi where the flood plains overflow And the answer as expected said my plea would be […]

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Prevention, instead of reaction - we can build a better society if we try a better way.

By Bradley Stanton Global Black Lives Matter protests have achieved more in a month than decades of band-aid fixes on a broken system. A system that with government support, uses crime to divert focus from the real issues faced by individuals; and promotes a culture of fear.  The proposal of defunding the police has been […]

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Narrabri Gas Project like all CSG, too risky

By Bonnie Cassen Right now, we have an ecological disaster on our doorstep with the Berijeklian government pushing forward a gas transition power plan as NSW’s regional recovery revolution. Just why they are doing this, in 2020, amid a climate and ecological emergency, stands evidence to the strong ties and influences of the mining industry […]

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Calling out councillor behaviour

Dear editor, The Shoalhaven Greens were incorrectly blamed, in a motion put up at a Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting, 21st July, by Councillor Mitchell Pakes, accusing the local Greens group of encouraging boycotting of Shoalhaven businesses.  M. Cox, Kangaroo Valley (SCR Letters, July 28, 2020) described the lack of evidence perfectly. This begs […]

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Barely Wearable, Fashioning Art from Waste

By Emma-Lee Crane, Jervis Bay Maritime Museum Single use items are just not fashionable anymore – unless you are artist Ruth Downes. A new exhibition at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Barely Wearable: Body Adornment in the Age of Overconsumption, explores waste and remnant in playful, stylish forms. Taking advantage of our throwaway culture, Ruth […]

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A golden opportunity to pivot

The mega-fires of last summer which destroyed so much forest in NSW have presented the people of this state with a golden opportunity. There is no better time than now to transition to 100 per cent plantation forestry in NSW. Here’s why. Revised estimates now suggest three billion animals died across Australia in last summer’s […]

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Playgrounds, not Prisons.

Photo credit: Warren Wong on unsplash.com

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A. G. - AWFUL GENTS?

A.G. Stands for mostly AWFUL GENTS. Short on soul and common sense, It's stupid policy and gross expense To lock kids up behind a fence But Attorneys General wear big shoes, They can gaol whoever they choose, Pocketing hundreds of thousands of smackeroos, While juveniles stand to lose. It seems there's no law that forbids, […]

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Reflections on the by-election - a view from over the hills

On the eve of the Eden-Monaro by-election I emailed the campaign team saying, “I think we will be doing well to get 8 per cent, so we need to brace ourselves.” Earlier in the day I had sent a similar text to our candidate Cathy Griff who’d replied, understandably, that she was dreaming of double […]

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Writing to Change the World, the first and second prize from the 2019 RDWalshe Writing for the Environment Competition

The View from Merewether Surfhouse 1st Prize. By Alex Talbot Samuel removed his socks and shoes before he stepped onto the sand. When was the last time his feet had been in open air? He shivered at the sand’s coolness. It would have been about three months ago, the last time he was on this […]

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Spreading the Dhurga Word

Chris Grounds SOME WELCOME INDIGENOUS SOUTH COAST NEWS This short item is about some positive Indigenous news, which should be very welcome in the broader Shoalhaven and south coast community. It concerns a new book “The Dhurga Dictionary and Learner’s Grammar – A south-east coast, NSW Aboriginal language” by Patricia Ellis, Kerry Boyenga and Waine […]

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With Assange's extradition trial just over a moth away, will Australia intervene and call for his safe return? Maybe you can help.

Earlier this month Julian Assange celebrated his 49th Birthday in Belmarsh High-Security Prison in London where he has been held for over a year. He spends most of his time – 23 hours a day - in solitary confinement.  This follows his seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.  Julian Assange is […]

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Speaking 4 the Planet, changing the world - one presentation at a time

By Phil Smith Speaking 4 the Planet (S4P) is an arts-based approach to sustainability education. I designed it originally to be a competition for secondary school students as a way of celebrating youth voice on matters related to the planet and the future – their future.  Despite the criticisms being levelled at humanities and the arts […]

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Make peace not war, the language of military strategists

By Stuart Rees Politicians, defence strategists and media enthusiasts for the armed forces will use words from the Defence Strategic Update proposal to spend $270 billion on weapons for the military. Via the language of non-violence, it is also valuable to convey other ways of thinking. Well publicised proposals about security neglect ideas about peace, […]

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Tomerong Markets are back.

Tomerong School of Arts has had a facelift. The historic hall looks beautiful and certainly doesn’t look as though it’s nearing its centenary birthday. The Hall is now open for business and they are celebrating with a reopening of Tomerong markets on Saturday 18th July between 8 am and 1.30 pm.  Tomerong Hall has been […]

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With safety the main concern, will economics drive the Jervis Bay Road Intersection Upgrade?

Jervis Bay Road x Princes Highway Intersection

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Burrill Lake residents say "No!" to Over-Development

Burrill Lake photo: visitnsw.com

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The monumental problem of bottled water and plastic pollution in our oceans.

When Australia was introduced to bottled water in the late 1980s, we all thought it a joke. Thirty-eight years on we see walls of fridges overflowing with the bottled fluid. Touted to be an $825 million a year business in 2020, its masterminded marketing has made its mark and the joke is on us! Over […]

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Manyana, a grieving community strikes back with art.

Butterfly Catching by Joan Ross

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United States and Australia, so little in common?

By Stuart Rees Australia identifies with and supports US democracy, yet values and dominant modes of thought in America have produced a form of governance so dysfunctional that Australians should question their assumptions about the two countries’ similarities. There is a belief that the US is powerful, superior and therefore a different country to all […]

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Raise the Rate - hope and opportunity

by Brad Stanton The year was 1995. Windows 95 was launched, Toy Story premiered in cinemas around the world, Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio was number one on the charts and the Bulldogs won their 7th NRL Premiership. It was also the last time unemployment support was increased in real terms. 25 years ago. Despite calls […]

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Stop the Shame.

With well over 200 vigils under their belt, Berry’s 'Stop the Shame' group isn’t giving up on supporting refugees and asylum seekers or their efforts to change Australia’s cruel immigration policies. It was back in October 2016 when members of Amnesty International Berry started a vigil, outside then federal member for Gilmore Anne Sudmalis’ office, […]

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The Manyana development is being assessed by the Federal Environment Minister. Here's how to have your say.

by Brendan Ryan & Bill Eger A battle has been won but the war is far from over. The Heritage Trust offers us some legislation but there is no automatic protection. Now it’s up to us to make it work.  There is something you can do right now that could have a big impact on […]

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Major breakthrough as National Trust lists Manyana development bushland

The National Trust of Australia (NSW) has listed the controversial Manyana Beach Estate as an area of significant natural heritage value. Manyana Matters Environmental Association (MMEA) spokesperson Jorj Lowrey says: “The listing is a major breakthrough in the fight to stop the development from going ahead. It reframes the perspective on this bushland and vindicates […]

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Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday

if you wear a safety pin, has mostly been a performance poem. So, each stanza has been a real breath between moments, I hear this poem more than see it!” Liz Argall See if you can hear it speak as you read…. If you wear a safety pin If you wear a safety pin, make […]

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Dear Editor-New Bush Telegraph

It might be a good idea to review your stand on the UN Sustainability Goals which I believe are listed in Agenda 2030. Included are population goals which mean population extinctions. Also included I believe is a plan for mass enforced vaccination of every person on the planet. These goals were not debated and agreed by […]

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Taylors Lane - Stand Tall, Oh Gracious Trees

Since May, residents of Taylors Lane, Cambewarra, and the community behind them, have rallied together to save the 317 trees facing removal along this archway of beauty. Residents are concerned about the environmental impact, Indigenous significance, loss of natural beauty and vital wildlife habitat; with the bushfires of last summer still fresh in people's minds. […]

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Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Equality Matters - Shoalhaven Solidarity Protest

Since 1991, 432 Indigenous Australians have died in custody. Racism in Australia is not new but has been occurring since the invasion of this country in 1788. In the Shoalhaven, racism is still present in todays society. An example of this includes Greg Watson (Mayor at the time) burning the Aboriginal flag in public in […]

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Latest News - Manyana Update

Federal Environment Minister set to review controversial Manyana development. The Manyana Matters Environmental Association (MMEA) welcomes the decision by owner Manyana Coast Pty Ltd to refer their Manyana Beach Estate development for review by the Federal Minister for Environment, Sussan Ley. The project will now be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) […]

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Order in the Chamber- Next level Madness in the Shoalhaven

by Joanne Warren There has been much said about the motion that was to be put forward to council on Tuesday night with a groundswell of condemnation against Watson and his team. An email from Council was circulated before the meeting, stating that due to an overwhelming response to Items CL20.131 - Notice of Motion - […]

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Lake Heights residents say Gladys doesn't give a fig

Illawarra residents have called for Premier Gladys Berejiklian to step in to protect a heritage-listed fig tree located at Lake Heights by stopping the sale of the land it sits on at 6 and 8 Grandview Parade Lake Heights. Unfortunately, their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Residents who raised the matter with the Premier […]

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Ideas, Inspirations and Incites - with Phil Smith

It's the trees – are we Caretakers or Undertakers? We breathe out. They breathe in. They breathe out. We breathe in. Exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide for oxygen. In out. In out.  We live in an intimate relationship with trees. We need to value that relationship and love those trees. David Attenborough has forever told […]

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Inappropriate Development at Moona Moona Creek, are you concerned?

More than 40 people attended an information session at Moona Moona Creek, Huskisson on Sunday 21st June to find out more about the ‘mixed-use motel and residential apartment building’ development proposed for 3 Moona Street, opposite Moona Moona Creek Reserve.  Our Future Shoalhaven - a new ‘support network and advocacy group’ held the event for residents […]

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Taylors Lane, Battle of the Trees

There must be a better way to resolve community issues. Lip service consultation is insulting to the public and is a waste of process and rate-payer money. Surely council can work with the community to deliver a balanced plan with outcomes that take into account the safety and concerns of residents, wildlife and the environment. […]

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Building the future in a time of revolution. Part 2: Why friend or foe accept differences - China and other big things.

In part 1 https://newbushtelegraph.org.au/?p=705 I ran through dreadful developments in the United States and discussed where our alliance with the United States has led us. I concluded: “The lesson of the last summer for Australia, for all of us, should have been that security depends not on absurdly expensive submarines and warplanes and shaping our […]

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Building the future in a time of revolution; Part 1: Our approach to the world in historical context

“A revolution is not a dinner party”: Chairman Mao. We are in the middle of a number of revolutions, which we must try to understand and which require independent national strategy and vigour. They will be rough and unavoidable. Can we make it? Not with present political leadership and community attitudes. With family and friends […]

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Support for the Black Lives Matter movement

Amnesty International is a non-political organisation that strives to address human rights issues worldwide. Local media reports that a motion to show support to law enforcement in a direct response to these protests is unhelpful in the search for positive and proactive change in the judicial system. There is no doubt that there is justification for […]

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Socialism, Language and Values for a Better Post Corona World

New words and phrases, lockdown, self-isolation, flattening the curve, have been coined to explain ways to cope with Covid-19. Language to promote the traits of a post corona society is also needed. It will come from words in common usage, and from the visions of artists, musicians and poets who helped their nations to overcome […]

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Black Lives Matter - Greg Watson's proposed motion to Shoalhaven City Council

Letter to the editor by Brad Stanton I write in response to local media reports that a motion will be put to Council regarding the global movement called Black Lives Matter.  I do not support Councillor Watsons proposed motion. As Aboriginal Australians continue to fight for equality and close the health, education and wellness gap […]

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Community calls ignored at Husky heritage church development site

The Holy Trinity Church site is a prime heritage location with its exquisite little Cyril Blackett church, unmarked European and Aboriginal graves and beautiful stands of trees that dominate the canopy of Huskisson. Its location, ambience and complex history tell the story of the place. There is overwhelming community support for keeping the block as […]

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Refugee Week 14-20 June 2020

Refugees and Asylum seekers under Covid19- Local Illawarra online events The Refugee Action Collective Illawarra (RACI) will highlight the alarming plight of asylum seekers and refugees in detention during the COVID-19 crisis and call for action, during Refugee Week 14-20 June. RACI spokesperson Marion Jacka says "Asylum seekers on bridging visas are facing destitution, the […]

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Job Cuts at UOW Campuses

Last Thursday (4th June 2020) members of Unions Shoalhaven were joined by staff, academics and students at the Shoalhaven Campus of the University of Wollongong. We were there to stand up to protect jobs at the Shoalhaven campus. Some long term staff have already been advised their jobs will end in one month. We need […]

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Kosciuszko, A Great National Park

Book Review - "Kosciuszko, A Great National Park" Authors: Deidre Slattery and Graeme L. Worboys Publisher: Envirobook www.envirobook.com.au Reviewed by Esther Gallant (President, NPA ACT) and Dianne Thompson OAM (NPA ACT and NPA NSW) This is THE BOOK on Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) for all those who know and love it and would like to […]

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Authoritarian cultures in Hong Kong, the US and Australia

Authoritarianism as a way to govern has been embraced in democracies and by dictators. It rests on assumptions that leaders know best, dissent should be suppressed, democracy derided, free speech stifled, control made effective by violence and secrecy. Dressed like aliens from another planet, fully armed Hong Kong police tear gas and bash pro-democracy protesters. […]

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Under The Doona

Our veritable Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, “Scomo”, “Scotty from Marketing”, has drawn our attention to the contemporary Covids circumstance as resembling a ‘doona’ and it is quite apt in its own way. It certainly begs a look at the remainder of the bed linen it is hiding so well and there are none of the […]

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Reflections from within the Pandemic

2020 was supposed to be the start of a wonderful new decade. A decade of hope and promise. A decade where change was imminent. But no one expected the kind of change we have been handed collectively. Given the situation humanity now finds itself, in what does it mean and what lessons can we extract […]

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The Overwintering Project in Jervis Bay

Migratory shorebirds connect the world. Every year they migrate from the shores of Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds above the Arctic Circle in Siberia and Alaska. The remarkable annual circuit that they fly is called the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and it passes through 23 countries. The pathways of their migrations bind skies, […]

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Dredging and Cruising

DREDGING AND CRUISING - BACK TO THE FUTURE with a nod to our old mate Pat Between 2014 and 2015 I ran a campaign against the Dredging Project of Shoalhaven City Council, then being steered by one Joanna Gash and her majority councillor band. Pat Thompson supported that campaign with critical front-page publicity in the […]

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I'll miss Pat

I’ll miss Pat. I’ll miss our chats whenever we bumped into each other, always a meaningful conversation, never superficial, which I would walk away from having learnt something important. For several years during which my partner Sandra Lee was editor of the NBT, I was the proof-reader so I know from first-hand experience how much […]

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Shoalhaven's Summer of Fire, Smoke and Mirrors

The entire south coast region was savaged by fire this summer, the worst fire season ever recorded. Not in lives, luckily, we did learn something from the huge tragic losses taken by Victoria’s Black Saturday fires. In biodiversity loss, forests demolished along the entire south east coast, small patches left, now more precious than ever […]

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People Power Win

Never underestimate the power of protest. Equinor just last week confirmed that it has pulled out of its oil exploration project in the Great Australian Bight - a huge win for people power, our oceans and our marine wildlife.  Thousands of surfers and ocean lovers rallied together in over 60 communities to protest the project […]

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A Vigil for Julian Assagne

Join this PEACEFUL VIGIL to support award-winning Australian journalist Julian Assange as he begins his battle against the US government on Day 1 of his Extradition trial. A global wave of events will roll out on Feb 24th in solidarity with Julian Assange, imprisoned without charge in a London maximum security gaol. If extradited, the […]

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Environment Award for Pat Thompson
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A Curious Collection

At the far end of the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum’s history gallery, a mysterious looking hallway breaks off. Lined with cabinets of glistening brass instruments and pictures of stern looking men in glorious battle poses, you are guided down the hall to a single room - filled from top to bottom with all manner of […]

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Managing Lake Conjola

Tensions at Lake Conjola have erupted again with residents locked in a ground hogs day battle pushing for the lake to be opened before the peak holiday period when regular visitors - many who consider themselves locals - take over the lake for the summer. Tensions that this year have been directed towards Mayor Amanda […]

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Morrison’s Crass Views on Sovereignty

While in Washington, the Prime Minister witnessed President Trump speaking about nationalism, patriotism, the treason of traitors and the irrelevance of international treaties, his latest flag waving endorsement of American sovereignty as the entitlement to do what it likes. In a Lowy Institute address, Morrison used the same ideas, though he’s been nurturing them for […]

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A Carbon Tax is still the answer

Hundreds of thousands of Australian youth including many local Shoalhaven school students and millions more world-wide have been taking to the streets demanding climate action. The School strike was quickly followed by the more activist inspired Extinction Rebellion protests, which led to lots of arrests. The demands of the school protesters were threefold; namely, that […]

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Update on the fortunes of the Huskisson Holy Trinity church site

Well you can be wrong. We all thought that developer Stephen Bartlett would abide by the constraints of his DA that allowed the demolition of the old church hall and the movement of the Blacket church across the block to make way for a conference centre/hotel along Hawke Street. None of this pleased many people, […]

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FREE PRESS UNDER ATTACK

In yet another extraordinary display of boorish, bullying and misogynistic behavior by some Shoalhaven councillors, Council voted to no longer advertise in the New Bush Telegraph. The vote was taken in spite of Council being advised by the CEO, Mr Stephen Dunshea, that Council’s advertising in the Bush Tele was “very much an operational thing”. […]

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Palestine – through her eyes

Samira lives in Hebron in the West Bank of Palestine. Every weekday morning is the same. Samira walks to Cordoba School going through Checkpoint 55. She walks down a road divided by a cement and wire barrier. The barrier is in place to keep Palestinians off the road which is now reserved for settlers. Settlers […]

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Giving a Dam About Extinction

Background A recent Guardian Australia article (March, 2019) reported that Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world, and more than 500 animal species are currently at risk of extinction. This number is increasing, and is also likely to be an underestimate of how many are actually vulnerable. In recent Senate estimates […]

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Strike for the Climate

No one says it better than Greta Thunberg – I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.  We are already on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Prolonged drought cripples farming communities. Flash flooding creating chaos in cities. Catastrophic bushfires and severe cyclones threatening people’s homes. Heatwaves. Yet our politicians refuse to stop massive new […]

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Husky Church - Development or Heritage?

The demolition team has removed the old church hall on the site of the Holy Trinity Church in Huskisson. This was once the original church and probably the oldest building in Huskisson. Indigenous members of our community say it was used as a ration shed back in the day, where government handouts of food and […]

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Addressing Inequality

Finding answers to inequality should be front & centre of mind, especially around election time. According to ACOSS Australia is amongst the most unequal wealthy nations in the world. In spite of 27 years of uninterrupted growth and near full employment for much of that time, inequality has steadily become worse. “We should not accept […]

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