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December, 2016

Season's Greetings from the General Manager

Firstly I wish you all a very Happy Christmas, a healthy and equally Happy New Year.2016 has been another busy and productive time. It started in a frenzy with the shock announcement of the proposed merger with Kiama. Meetings were held, submissions written and Public Inquiries attended. Then in May the Government announces “No Merger” - relief and harmony restored.

In June - another East Coast Low and our beaches are smashed and other damage around the City. The waves subside and only recently some of the restoration works, particularly at Ulladulla Harbour and Currarong have been undertaken.

Then Council elections in September - bringing into office a new Mayor and six new Councillors.

In between all these significant events our staff have delivered the many services, works programs and projects to make life in the Shoalhaven a little bit better where we can. In doing so the help and contribution from many community volunteers cannot be underestimated.

From building pathways, maintaining parks (Parkcare) and natural area (Bushcare), managing and maintaining many of our community centres, sportsgrounds and showgrounds, the Milton Library, running many successful festivals and events that create community spirit and add fun to our lives, and much more too.

To you, our committed members of the CCB network, I thank you for your interest and participation in Council affairs. You keep us on our toes and provide valuable feedback. You also help us keep the broader community informed and engaged.

I look forward to another great year ahead.

Russ Pigg,
General Manager

The Shoalhaven River Bridge Petition is due back to Council next week. CCB’s were invited to join in assisting council with collecting signatures and participating in the push for Australian Government to commit financial assistance to the NSW State Government for the construction works to upgrade the Princes Highway. The Online petition can be seen here and hard-copies have been available at Council officers, libraries, swim and fitness centres and Holiday Haven Parks. Please return hardcopies of signed petitions by 12 December 2016 to Council officers 36 Bridge Street Nowra or 14 Deering Street, Ulladulla.


Two Council Familiarity Tours took place in November with Councillors and Council Group Directors visiting CCB Bodies around the Shoalhaven.

These tours play an important role in allowing the Councillors to engage with the member of the CCB but see firsthand some of the issues that are important or projects that have been achieved.

The first tour on 18 November took in Basin Villages with discussions around pathways, bicycle routes among other issues. Hyams Beach CCB discussed the issues with increased traffic, parking congestion and environmental issues and Council staff detailed their plan to manage the upcoming 2016/17 season. Vincentia CCB met Councillors at the Holden Street Boat Ramp and discussed inclusive toilet access and a sheltered viewing platform for disabled residents. Huskisson CCB discussed ongoing issues with Moona Moona Creek, increased parking in the street and passive craft launching in Dent Street. Councillors were also visited the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre one of Council’s 12 facilities in the Shoalhaven.

The second tour on 25 November took Councillors to Milton, Ulladulla, Lake Tabourie and Bawley Point. Milton CCB discussed the speed limit on the Princes Highway through the township, building a better pathway network around the community and an ongoing issue with telecommunications tower in the township. Councillors visited the Milton Showground. Ulladulla CCB discussed a reserve in Narrawallee, visibility along Mitchell Parade in Mollymook and inspected the foreshore erosion on Ulladulla Harbour.

Councillors also inspected the new Mollymook Beach Reserve Inclusive Playspace. Councillors headed to Lake Tabourie where they discussed the communities Boardwalk that was damaged in the East Coast Low earlier this year. The tour then headed to Willinga Park, Bawley Point to see the world class equestrian centre and the construction of the community “Gantry” fishing platform. The Bawley Kioloa CCB inspected the site of the Gantry and discussed with Councillors a historical walk were contributing to and the Community Connect Pathway Program to link the two townships together.

CCB’s play a vital role in ensuring Council understands the communities’ priorities dates for the 2017 Tours will be announced soon.


The Bawley Point Kioloa Community Association has been working tirelessly after the June East Coast Storm to rebuild the popular tourist attraction “The Gantry” which was washed away in heavy seas.

Council had been looking at ways to preserve the gantry and earlier this year, engineered plans to turn it into a fishing platform.

Shoalhaven City Council has received $60,000 in grant funding from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust to replace the Bawley Point gantry.

The gantry has a rich history as it was part of the timber mill which began operation in 1891.The timber mill was one of the major employers of the area increasing the population significantly.

Community with the generous support of local resident Terry Snow, have partnered with Council to replace the platform and keep parts of the timber mill heritage that is still around.

A few grants to watch out for at the moment.

Veolia Mulawaree Trust open 27 Jan , 2017 []

The Community Volunteer Grants applications close 20 Dec 2016. []

NSW Clubs Grants, these often have a high success rate because every club in the Shoalhaven has an allocated pot of money. []

There is also the possibility of seeking loan funds from Council providing your group can demonstrate ability to pay the loan back. In the past a CCB were given a $20,000 loan over 10 years at 3.5 per cent.


Ensure you are a legal entity with an ABN

Many funding bodies ask for Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. If the grant does ask, seek out people to partner with that may have the status.


Appoint one person to manage the grant

Collate your research

Time – Ensure you have enough time to write/rewrite the grant before the deadline.

Direction – Are you eligible for the project? If not don’t waste time

Where to look for grants?

Our community []

Grant Ready []

Family and Community Services NSW []

Regional Arts NSW []

The Funding Centre []

Community Builders NSW []

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal []

Council has some grants including Façade and Community Services []

If you are unsuccessful for a grant, get feedback on why.

For more information from the CCB Executive meeting see Council’s Website 

November, 2016

This month Councillors spent a day visiting the southern villages and towns and some of our facilities including Shoalhaven Water's $10 million Porters Creek Dam upgrade project.

The new Councillors enjoyed meeting the CCB’s on the way and hearing about what is happening in their community. More visits are planned later this month.

During the next month Council will be communicating plans about the rate increase proposal and what it means to maintain services and improve management of your infrastructure. Council will hold an Extraordinary Council meeting on 15^th November to make its initial decision about the rate increase commencing in 2017/18 and notify IPART of its intention to make an application next year after the community engagement phase.

We will also be opening up conversation with the community about the Community Strategic Plan. The Community Strategic Plan shapes the way Council plans for Your Neighbourhood and Our Future. We encourage you to get involved and share the information and survey so we can gain a true understanding of what the community would like Council to focus on in the years ahead.

Russ Pigg

General Manager

Conjola Community visit

Conjola Community Association met with the Councillors at the first stop of this month's Familiarity Tour.

During the visit, the widening of Lake Conjola Entrance Road was discussed along with the requests for fish cleaning tables to be relocated and the car park to be resurfaced at the popular boat ramp.

Councillors and senior Council staff also discussed the boardwalk that Shoalhaven City Council approved in 2015 and will proceed after an Aboriginal Heritage Impact study.

Councillors visit Porters Creek Dam Project

Councillors visited the major Shoalhaven Water project that will ensure the ongoing reliability of Porters Creek Dam facility.

Constructed in 1968 the remediation works has seen the placement of approximately 4,000 cubic metres of concrete along the downstream face of the dam.

This important Council facility has a reservoir capacity of 1,900 mega litres and provides about 30 per cent of Southern Shoalhaven's drinking water supply.

red head villagers tour

Red Head Villagers tour of Bendalong and Manyana allowed Councillors to see first hand the CCB's concerns for boat ramp and car park repairs, along with discussions about foreshore erosion.

The residents group also took the tour to Yulunga Community Hall and Reserve a successful community managed sporting hub. CCB's lead a discussion about the upgrade of tennis courts and a RFS Community Protection Plan that they have been working on.

The CCB lead Councillors on a tour to visit Jacobs Creek Drive Bridge and the main street upgrade at the end of Jacobs Drive. The current allocated funding does not allow for the full scope of works and Councillors were asked to consider the allocation of funds.

Councillors also paid a visit to Cater Island rehabilitation where dredging has been very successful.

Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now being called for the 2017 Australia Day Awards. Nominations close 5.00pm Friday 25 November 2016. To submit a nomination refer to 'How to enter'. (

As part of the Australia Day celebrations, Shoalhaven City Council in conjunction with the Australia Day Council (NSW) presents a Citizen and Young Citizen to residents of the Shoalhaven area. The aim of the awards is to recognize outstanding contributions to the local community or sporting achievements during 2016. The winners of the Citizens Award will also be awarded the prestigious Shoalhaven Medal.

The categories are:

* Citizen Award - 25 Years and older at 26 January 2017.

* Young Citizen Award - 24 years and under at 26 January 2017.

* Sports Person Award - 19 years and older at 26 January 2017.

* Junior Sports Person Award - 18 years and under at 26 January 2017.

Council Meetings and Electronic Papers

Council has made a move towards electronic business papers for all meetings. Agenda and minutes are availablehere. (

Upcoming Council Meetings

8 November – Development Committee

15 November – Strategy & Assets Committee

22 November – Ordinary Meeting

6 December – Development Committee

13 December – Strategy and Assets Committee

20 December – Ordinary Meeting

GRAnts Available now

Tackling Tough Times Together Grants Program ( is open until 25 November, 2016. The objectives of the program are to reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection and engage the community in leadership development and skills training.

Anzac Community Grants Program ( provide small sums for a range of projects that educate and commemorate NSW communities about the service and sacrifices of current and former military servicemen and women, and projects which support activities benefiting the NSW Veteran community.

Keep NSW Beautiful ( this project aims to help communities fight littler in their neighbourhoods. This means identifying an area that gathers litter – a ‘litter hotspot’, and filling out a checklist of questions, counting litter items and interviewing residents about their use of the area. Every group who sends KNSWB a completed Local Litter Check form will be reimbursed $500 for the Litter Check alone.

warning about illegal tree removal

Council are warning all Shoalhaven residents that are considering removing a tree or vegetation to obtain information about what permissions or permits may be required.

Recent fines that have included a Bawley Point home owners who was delivered a $3000 fine and a Vincentia resident who was fined $8000 in the Land and Environment Court.

Residents may require approval for the removal of native trees on private land as well. 

October, 2016

The first meeting of our new Council was held last week with a few changes as anticipated:

The Aboriginal Elders Smoking Ceremony at the commencement was very special. Our Mayor and Councillors publicly took the Oath or Affirmation of office.

"I will undertake the duties of the office of councillor in the best interests of the people of the Shoalhaven and Shoalhaven City Council and, that I will faithfully and impartially carry out the functions, powers, authorities and discretion vested in me under the Local Government Act 1993 or any other Act to the best of my ability and judgement.”

Deputy Mayor Councillor Mark Kitchener was elected Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months and Councillor Patricia White elected as Assistant Deputy Mayor.

Most of our Committee Structure remained the same.

So keep watching Council’s website and Facebook where you can access meeting business papers and current “news”.

Russ Pigg

General Manager

New Council

Shoalhaven City Council's Mayor Amanda Findley and 12 new councillors have been officially sworn into office this week.

Ward 1:

Andrew Guile

John Wells

Nina Cheyne

Annette Alldrick

Ward 2:

Greg Watson

Jo Gash

John Levett

Mitchell Pakes

Ward 3:

Mark Kitchener

Patricia White

Bob Proudfoot

Kaye Garnter


A great number of CCB's have been involved in this year's Little Blue Dinosaur "Hold My Hand" road safety campaign. Shoalhaven City Council is one of 10 Cuncil's participating in signage program aimed at reminding holiday makers and residents to slow down during high pedestrian locations.

CCB's have great local knowledge and can place signs in the best locations.

Well done Red Head Villagers Association, Wandandian Progress Association, Sussex Inlet Community Forum

Hyams Beach Villagers Association, Huskisson Woollamia Community Voice (pictured) Basin Villagers Forum, Callala Bay Community Association,Callala Beach Progress Association, Lake Tabourie Ratepayers and Residents Association and Cambewarra Residents and Ratepayers Association.

If you would still like to participate please email here.

Symbolic First ordinary meeting

The Smoking and Welcome ceremony at the first ordinary meeting was conducted by direct descendants of Ambrose and the clan clusters within the region of the Yuin nation to acknowledge the traditional owners of the Shoalhaven region. The smoking ceremony used various native plants to produce smoke that aims to cleanse and refresh the space in which the council meetings take place. It is carried out to bring peace, healing and justice to the local community.

Council has had a long history of collaboration with local Aboriginal communities within the Shoalhaven region. The first Aboriginal Alderman of the Shoalhaven was Ambrose Golden Brown who is a descendent of Tomakin, Wandandian and Murramarang clans. Council has an ongoing commitment to collaborate with all people of our City and recognise the unique cultural diversity within our local government area.

Largest Shoalhaven Water Project

Council Mayor, Amanda Findley, has turned the first sod for Shoalhaven Water’s construction of the next stage of the Shoalhaven Reclaimed Water Management Scheme (Stage 1B). The project is the single biggest public works project to be undertaken by Shoalhaven City Council.

Stage 1B includes the construction of new facilities at Bomaderry and Nowra sewage treatment plants and the design and construction of a transfer main under the Shoalhaven River to connect the two plants.

The contract for the construction of the treatment plants has been awarded to UGL and is valued at $110M. Construction is expected to take approximately two years. The completion of Stage 1B of the scheme will double the reclaimed water available for beneficial reuse. Approximately 20,000 ML of reclaimed water has been beneficially reused since Stage 1A of the scheme was commissioned in 2002.

Grants closing soon

CCBs are encouraged to apply for a community grants. Depending on the project Council can provide a letter of support for the project.

* The Federal Department of Communications and the Arts has Festival Australia grants open now. Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that aim to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration. Click here ( to view full funding guidelines on the providers website. Closing date is 14 Oct 2016.

* NSW Health Suicide Prevention Fund are inviting organisations to apply for funding for four financial years. The activities that can funded will be those that are designed to implement an evidence based strategy that align with at least one of the nine suicide prevention strategies outlined in the LifeSpan paper. Click here to view full funding guidelines on the providers website. Closing date is 25 Oct 2016.

* The iPromise Grants have up to $8,000 available and open to applications. Whether you have a small project that only needs $500 or a big project that needs thousands of dollars, if you are an iPromise member (its easy and free to join) and have a project that will increase the environmental sustainability of your organisation, school or business you are eligible to apply.

* EPIC Assist's Community Grants aim to build healthier, more accessible and more inclusive Australian communities with $500 - $10,000 grants. Click here ( to view full funding guidelines from providers. Closing date is 31 October 2016.

last call for nominations for the International Youth Day Awards

Do you know a young person who deserves acknowledgement for something they have done for their community?

Shoalhaven City Council is inviting people to nominate local youth and young adults under 24 years of age for the Shoalhaven City Council International Youth Day Awards to be presented at an awards event on 4 November 2016 at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

Council’s Youth Advisory Committee, which consists of youth representatives from across the City, have established the awards to recognise and celebrate the contributions of young people in the local community.

The awards aim to recognise local youth aged 12 – 24 years, whose endeavours support and inspires other residents, enrich lives, assist others and encourage the wellbeing of the Shoalhaven community. It recognises and rewards the outstanding young people in our community, whilst cultivating their increased contributions.

September, 2016 

Welcome to this month's CCB Newsletter.

The Council election is fast approaching. It won’t be too long before the results are in and the Mayor and Councillors declared elected for the next four (4) years.

What will it mean? New policy? New direction? New priorities?

One of the most challenging and immediate issues for our new Council to grapple with is the Council’s financial sustainability and the 10 year financial plan. Everyone is now familiar with the State Government’s “Fit for the Future” ( (FFF) strategy requiring councils to meet the seven (7) benchmark criteria. Our Council still does not meet three (3) of those criteria being:

* Operating Performance Ratio;

* Building & Infrastructure Asset Renewal; and

* Asset Maintenance

The current FFF Action Plan relies on rate rise above the rate-peg limits over the next two years 2017/18 and 2018/19 to enable Council to raise sufficient revenue to meet the criteria above. The new council will either need to agree and endorse this strategy or amend it such as free up funds by an alternate strategy of further cost cutting and service reductions. Interesting debate ahead!

Once the make-up of the new Council is known, an extensive “Councillor Induction” program will be scheduled during September - October.

Other “hot topics” on Council meeting agendas in the next three months will also include:

* A program to renew our Community Strategic Plan;

* Huskisson Foreshore Master Plan - public exhibition closed;

* Community Infrastructure Strategic Plan - public exhibition closed;

* Bomaderry Regional Sports & Community Precinct Master Plan - public exhibition closed;

* Nowra-Bomaderry retail centres hierarchy review - consultant engaged;

* Collingwood Beach Dune Management Plan;

* Potential land sales following the “Expressions of Interest” process; and

* Significant development applications including the proposed four (4) storey apartments at St Georges Basin.

So keep watching Council’s website and Facebook where you can access meeting business papers and current “news”.

Russ Pigg, 

General Manager

Ready to ride: bike week events

Shoalhaven City Council will be hosting NSW Bike Week events to celebrate cycling and encourage people from all walks of life to ride your bike.

Transport for NSW, in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services and local councils, host NSW Bike Week which will run from Saturday, 17 September until Sunday, 25 September.

Two events will be held for the Shoalhaven community on:

Saturday, 17 September – Dolphin Point Mountain Bike Ride. Starting at 2pm at Lions Club Park, Dolphin Point.The 12km ride is set as a slow – medium pace and should take approximately one hour, with stops for taking in the scenery. The bike ride will finish at undercover BBQ facilities. Mountain bikes are advisable. Suitable for beginners.

Sunday 25 September – Huskisson to Vincentia Bike ride return. Starting at 9 am at White Sands Park next to Huskisson Pub, Huskisson. The easy pace ride is 12 km from White Sands Park Huskisson to Plantation Point and return. At the end of the ride, purchase lunch from the Bay and Basin Lions Club at the White Sands Park.

To find out how to get involved in a Bike Week event near you, visit council's website

Lake Tabourie ccb secure bus shelter

This month Lake Tabourie Residents and Ratepayers Association celebrated a big win, with the installation of a new bus shelter on the Princes Highway.

The new shelter has relocated to a safer position with a shoulder for approaching buses and provides great protection from the elements for travellers on route.

Lake Tabourie Residents and Ratepayers Secretary Joan Lonegran said the new shelter is great improvement for visitors and tourists to the area.

"The old bus stop was dangerous and provided no seat or cover. People were standing out on the busy Highway." Ms Lonegran said.

"The issue was raised at our General Meeting, we wrote to the bus companies seeking their preference for a bus location. Council's Road Safety Officer, Kathy Wiseham, had an on-site meeting with members.

"CCB members ran an extensive campaign involving two elderly residents who caught the local bus. After the Councillors' Familiar Tour last year, they saw how difficult the location was to embark." Mrs Lonegran said.

To share your CCB's achievement email

Community Action team meeting

Members from the Sussex Inlet Community Forum (CCB) joined a group of residents at the Safer Community Action Team (SCAT) Shoalhaven Local Area Police Command last week at Nowra.

The group gather four times a year and provides residents the opportunity to discuss current issues, crime prevention techniques and strategies that Shoalhaven Local Area Command are using in the Shoalhaven.

Shoalhaven Local Area Command has been focusing on more proactive policing activities with highly visible police and community engagement. They discussed recent operations in Sanctuary Point and Nowra CBD.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 November at 2pm at Shoalhaven City Council Administration Building, Jervis Bay Room 1.

To join the next meeting RSVP to 4429 3456 or email 

 Shoalhaven City Council are encouraging CCB's to apply for the The NSW Government Liveable Communities Grants program ( .

The grants program will support a range of ideas for new and improved programs, platforms and ventures that will help older people to live, learn, care, share, contribute and connect.

The grants are focused on innovation.

Applications for 2016-17 Liveable Communities Grants are now open.

Applications close on Friday 30 September 2016 at 2:00pm.

Apply Now. (

Temporary road closure on turpentine road

Turpentine Road, Tomerong will be closed for roadworks from 6 am on Monday, 5 September to 5 pm Friday, 9 September as well as from 6 am Monday, 12 September to 5 pm Friday, 16 September 2016 (excluding the weekend). The section of closed road will extend from approximately 8.6km to 12.9km from the Princes Highway (vicinity of Flat Rock Creek to near Braidwood Road intersection).

The closure is to ensure the safety of road users whilst earthworks are being carried out on the road west of Flat Rock Creek Bridge.

A detour via BTU road to access the Western end of Turpentine Road will be available, so please allow for extra travel time. LED message boards will be set up on both Braidwood Road and Princes Highway on approach to Turpentine Road advising users of the road closure to limit traffic entering into Turpentine Road.

The works are part of the ongoing project to seal Turpentine Road from Princes Highway to Braidwood Road.

A 60kph speed zone and a 10 tonne load limit will remain in force on Turpentine Road until the project is completed.


It's not too late to sign up for the Little Blue Dinosaur Program this summer with signs being installed by October.

The program was highly effective in holiday townships of Huskisson and Vincentia last year and this year Hyams Beach has also signed up.

The program will mean Council's traffic management department will consult with CCB's and install a series of signs in areas the community has identified as a potential concern for pedestrians.

The program started in 2014 by the parents of Tom McLaughlin who tragically died in a pedestrian road accident on the Central Coast. To get your CCB involved email here.

Council pet registration

Shoalhaven City Council will be issuing notices to local pet owners who have a dog or cat that is older than six months of age and not lifetime registered.

As a requirement of the NSW Companion Animals Act all dogs and cats over six months in age must be registered.

It is a legal requirement and also of vital importance that all cats and dogs living within the Shoalhaven are lifetime registered and micro chipped. Lifetime registration in NSW is a one-off payment and can be completed at Council’s administration offices in Nowra and Ulladulla.

Shoalcoast community legal centre

Shoalcoast is a not-for-profit community managed free legal service that is based in Nowra. It is funded by Commonwealth and State Governments via the Community Legal Services Program administered by the Legal Aid Commission of NSW.

From advice on wills and estates to workplace rights and family law Shoalcoast offer a range of legal services for the community.

Shoalcoast Centre Coordinator, Anne Stonham, is open running educational workshops for community groups on a range of issues. If this is something your CCB is interested in contact Ms Stonham via email or phone 02 4422 9529.


One of the busiest and most popular public wharf facilities in the Shoalhaven was opened last month after a redevelopment.

The Huskisson Wharf has had over 100 years of vessel use and now features a new 19 metre heavy duty pontoon which now includes disability access, better boarding facilities and extra lighting for recreational and commercial vessels.

Council was fortunate enough to obtain State Government funding to assist in the redevelopment and with the support of the local community and business, the project has come together to enhance the recreational and commercial waterside hub of Huskisson. 

August, 2016 

Welcome to this month's edition of the CCB Newsletter.

Just a reminder that the Local Government Election will be held on Saturday, 10 September 2016 and voting is compulsory. The list of candidates standing for Mayor and candidates for each Ward is available from the website

Wow, where did the last four years go? If you want to recap on what the council has done over the last term you can pick up the 'End of Term Report' which is an attachment to the agenda for the last Ordinary Meeting of council on Tuesday, 16th August 2016.

The last meeting of council has a report on the financial performance for the last year (2015-2016) and it was pleasing that a surplus position was achieved.

Council is excited that the area has attracted two large future events:

-The 2016 Australian PGA Seniors Championship on the 25-26 November 2016 at Mollymook Golf Club.

-The Nitro Circus will visit Nowra on Saturday, 22 April 2017.

There are just so many events happening every month- watch to keep track of what's happening in the region.

On behalf of Council, I encourage you to meet with our Community and CCB Engagement Officer, Kate Ryan, who is a valuable resource for you to link into council to advocate for projects as well as provide Council feedback on what your town or village needs and wants.

"Bring on spring"

Russ Pigg, General Manager.

Little blue dinosaur program for summer

Council is encouraging CCB's to participate in The Little Blue Dinosaur Program this summer.

The program was highly effective in holidays townships Huskisson and Vincentia last summer.

The program will mean Council's traffic management department will consult with CCB's and install a series signs in areas the community identify as a potential concern for pedestrians.

The program was started in 2014 by the parents of Tom McLaughlin who tragically died in a pedestrian road accident on the Central Coast. For more information email:

Huskisson foreshore masterplan

There are only a few days left for residents to provide feedback to Council on the draft Huskisson Foreshore Masterplan and associated development options.

The Masterplan has been prepared with a view to further enhance the area's iconic tourism site and gateway to Jervis Bay and is seeking the communities input into their preferred option.

The four potential development concepts are currently on public exhibition until 10 August at Council Administrative Centre in Nowra or on Council's website

Disability inclusion action plan

Council is developing a Disability Action Plan and hosting three engagement workshops this month.

The Action Plan is a requirement under the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014) and outlines how Council will build more an inclusive community.

If you have a disability, are a carer or just interested in helping create a more accessible community for everyone come and take part in the workshops.

Sessions are open to the general public however RSVP is encouraged to 4429 3456 before Monday, 15 August 2016.

Workshops will be held:

Tuesday 23 August 10am -12noon

Shoalhaven City Council Administration Building

Bridge Road, Nowra

Jervis Bay Rooms

Wednesday 24 August 10am- 12noon

St Georges Basin Community Centre,

21 Meriton Street

St George's Basin

Thursday 25 August 10am-12 noon

Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway


Vincentia opens Orion Beach pathway

Last week Council joined the Vincentia community to officially open the Orion Beach Pathway.

The 55km walking track now links a the walking route around Jervis Bay increasing access for residents, tourists, cyclists and make it easier for prams, people with a disability and cyclists.

The pathway showcases the wonderful vistas across Jervis Bay and more importantly provides safe access for the community.

The project was jointly funded by Council who partnered with the Australia Government and NSW Lands to build the missing 510 metre section of pathways commencing at Minerva Avenue and ending at Plantation Point Parade.

The route of the path was carefully chosen with community consultation to minimise environmental impact as well managing the steep landscape and respecting the cultural heritage.

Workshops to reduce energy costs in your home?

Shoalhaven City Council in partnership with Kiama Municipal Council, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage are hosting a series of Home Energy Basics Workshops.

The workshops will provide tips and tricks to minimise energy consumption and reduce costs. Including how better to understand your energy bill, how to make your household more energy efficient.

Workshops will be held:

Saturday 3 September 9.30 -11.30am Bomaderry

Saturday 3 September 1.30- 3.30pm Kiama

Monday 10 October 9.30-11.30am Bomaderry

Monday 10 October 1.30-3.30pm Kiama

Thursday 1  December 10.00am - 12noon Kiama


Places are limited so please register with Kiama Community College on 4232 1050 or email.

Create a safer community together

The Shoalhaven Community Action Team (SCAT) is a Council led initiative in cooperation with the NSW Police

Shoalhaven Local Area Command that discuss prevalent safety issues in the region.

The group is open to all community groups and residents who wish to attend and meet four times a year.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 30 August 2016. Shoalhaven City Council Administration Building, Jervis Bay Room 1 from 2pm -4pm.

Tea and Coffee will be available RSVP to 4429 3456 or email

Pre-Poll Locations

Shoalhaven City Council will be holding elections for their representative council on Saturday, 10 September 2016.

You must vote at a venue in your council area. There is no absentee voting at local council elections.

If you can't make it to a polling place on Election Day, you may be eligible to cast a pre-poll. Check now if you are eligible to pre-poll vote at or a postal vote at

Pre-poll voting will open on Monday, 29 August with voting locations open around the region.

Pre-poll voting booths are:

Nowra, Unit 1,10 Pleasant Way.

Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway.

Re-Exhibiting of Berry District Park Masterplan

Several changes to the Berry District Park Masterplan have taken place and it is now on exhibition until

Wednesday 24 August 2016 and can be viewed on Council's website.

Council is also seeking feedback on the criterium facility as well as the removal of the long vehicle parking area on North Street and additional parking in the off street car park.

Council is also seeking community feedback on the naming of the park with several names proposed including 'Boongaree Park' and 'Bill Bramley Park'.

Community feedback and comments on the Masterplan referencing file 49929E can be forwarded to Council's

General Manager via post PO Box 42 Nowra 2541


July, 2016

The last month has been a busy period with a number of large projects on exhibition including the Bomaderry Sporting Precinct Masterplan, the Bay and Basin Community Hub and the Huskisson Foreshore Masterplan.

June also signalled the end of financial year resulting in Council adopting a new budget and Fees and Charges for 2016/2017. Council also adopted a new Delivery Program. All of these documents are available on Council'swebsite and we encourage you to share them with your communities, so that they understand what Council is planning to achieve in the next year. The budget includes continued expenditure on infrastructure, further planning for important community projects and improvements to our roads.

The State Government advised the Council Elections will be held on 10th September 2016. This includes the election of 12 Councillors- Four (4) Councillors in each of Wards 1,2 and 3 and the election of a Mayor. This means that the current Council is coming to the end of its term, with new nominations to be a Councillor being received between the 1st August and the 10th of August 2016. Information about becoming a Councillor and key dates are available on our website with further details also contained below.

We encourage you to talk to your members about the election, ensure that members are enrolled to vote and to understand the election process.

Our coast our lifestyle

The Shoalhaven boasts a coastline of exceptional variety and Council is currently seeking community input on how it should manage coastal erosion.

'Our Coast, Our Lifestyle' community engagement initiative will ensure community views inform decision making about how the coastline is managed in the future.

We are currently encouraging residents and visitors to the region to take part in an online survey. ( The survey should take less than five minutes to complete and is an

important component in gauging community feedback.

If you want to get involved or simply find out more about the risks of coastal erosion please visit (


Are you interested in running for election as local Councillor?

Members of the public considering running for the positions of Mayor or Councillor for Shoalhaven City Council at the September 2016 local government elections are invited to attend one of the two briefing sessions.

Ulladulla Candidate Briefing Session

Monday 25 July 2016 commencing at 9am

The Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla NSW

Nowra Candidate Briefing Session

Monday 25 July 2016, commencing at 4pm

The Studio, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra NSW.

The briefingsessions are conducted by Local Government NSW. For further information on the NSW Local Council Elections visit our website.(

council bins on parks and public land

Many of the coastal villages will have noticed downsize in the number of Council bins on public land around the Shoalhaven.

Council has recently implemented a new waste management strategy to combat the increase demand on our bin collection services throughout the summer months.

These bins will be returned again for the busy summer period and garbage collections increased to meet the high demand on many of our coastal villages.

This strategy was highly successful during the 2015/2016 summer period with a lower number reports of overflowing waste in public bins.

Council welcomes any feedback regarding the current availability of garbage bins in your area by phone

4429 3111 or email ( .

To report a problem with bins on parks and public land complete an on line maintenance request here.(

regional sporting hub master plan

The draft Bomaderry/ Nowra Regional Sports and Community Precinct Master Plan is currently on public exhibition until 1 August, 2016.

The draft aims to set out a long term vision to guide the development of a facility that will meet the future needs and requirements of the City over the next 30-40 years.

The draft masterplan integrates the Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre and a remodelled indoor aquatics facility in the Community Pavilion interconnected with extensive open parklands, play facilities, walking paths with outdoor fitness stations, cycleway and the opportunity for

Community Gardens, along with carparking.

Implementation of the draft would be a significant and challenging financial investment for Council and would depend on a combination of Council funds and grants.

To view the master plan or make a submission see Council's website.(

on exhibition

Council has a number of engagements and documents on exhibition throughout July/ August

These include-

* Masterplan for the Huskisson Foreshore Precincton exhibtions and Workshops

* Bay and Basin Community Hub Masterplan

* Bomaderry Regional Sporting Hub Masterplan

calling for International youth day award nominations

Council is reminding residents that nominations for the inaugural International Youth Day Awards close on 15 July.

Council will present awards in the categories: The Challenge and Change Award, The Good Neighbour Award, The Positive Youth Award, The Community Citizenship Award, The Inspiration Award.

Nominees must be between 12 and 24 years of age as of 1 January 2016,be a current residents or a resident in the last 12 months of the Shoalhaven.

For more information or to find a nomination form please visit


NAIDOC Week was officially launched this week at Council with a special ceremony to symbolise the spiritual and cultural connections our local community have to the Shoalhaven.

There have been a number of events around the Shoalhaven including the annual NAIDOC Family Fun Day.

Unfortunately due to wet weather this event was postponed and will now take place next Wednesday 13 July.

millards creek corridor bushcare info day

Council is inviting community members to volunteer with a new Bushcare Group in Ulladulla.

A drop in centre will be set up on the reserve outside the Ulladulla Civic Centre where you can drop in and find out more about volunteering with the new Bushcare Group at Millards Creek.

The information day will held on Saturday 23 July at 1pm to 4pm.

For further information contact The Shoalhaven Bushcare Coordinator at


March, 2016

The unexpected announcement of the merger proposal on 18 December 2015 seems a long time ago.We have celebrated Christmas, the New Year, and Australia Day, and now Easter is rapidly approaching.

Council has attended the Public Inquiries in Nowra and Ulladulla and made verbal and written submissions to the State Government opposing the proposed merger with Kiama.

Council has categorically resolved to oppose the merger and has made representations to the Minister for Local Government, the Delegate, local members and the Premier.

But what’s next?

Despite facing this uncertain time, Council still needs to focus on "business as usual" and is current working on:

* Preparing our draft budget & DP/OP for 2016/17;

* Preparing for the ‘End of Term’ Report (Council are in the fourth year of their term which commenced in September 2012);

* Preparing for Council elections in September ‘16 (though there is some speculation that if Council is merged the election may be deferred until March ‘17); and

* Completing our works programs and capital projects that Council committed to do in 2015/16.

Our half yearly CCB Executive Meeting on 5 May 2016 is an opportunity to discuss these and other matters, I encourage all of you to attend. Official invitations will be sent to all CCBs shortly.

Neighbour Day – Sunday 27 March

Council is encouraging the community to put the kettle on for Neighbour Day, Australia’s annual celebration of community on Easter Sunday, 27 March.

The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

Developing strong relationships with neighbours is an integral part of creating a connected community, and it is well know that connected communities are often safer, healthier and more resilient communities.

How can you celebrate Neighbour Day?

You can celebrate in any way you choose. It can be as simple as inviting the person next door, across the street or on the next farm over for a barbecue, a chat, or just a cuppa.

This year’s Neighbour Day falls on Easter Sunday, so why not combine Easter festivities with a neighbour? Organise an Easter egg hunt with the family next door or invite your neighbours over to meet your Easter visitors.

Every day is Neighbour Day, so if celebrating on Easter Sunday is not possible, simply choose another day.

If you would like to celebrate in a big way, for example, by organising a street party or an event in the local park, please contact Council to register your event.

For more information or to register your event, please phone Council's friendly Community Development team on 4429 3456, or visit

Our Coast, Our Lifestyle

Council has a responsibility for managing the risk of coastal erosion along the Shoalhaven coastline and is seeking input from the community regarding available management options.

Council has launched a community engagement initiative title ‘Our Coast, Our Lifestyle’ to ensure community views and preferences inform decision making about how the 165 kilometres of Shoalhaven coastline is managed now and into the future.

The Shoalhaven coastline supports a strong tourism industry which is one of the key drivers of the local economy and a foundation of our Shoalhaven lifestyle.

The risk of coastal erosion threatens community facilities and infrastructure, such as beaches, beach access, parks, roads and sewers, as well as private and commercial property, along our coastline, with a potentially negative impact on the tourism industry and our lifestyle.

Coastal management is expensive and Council is seeking to understand community preferences for different management options, and in what circumstances those options are supported, so that it can prioritise actions to appropriately manage coastal risks.

Council has commenced a phone survey to help gauge community preferences and will undertake further community engagement activities up until the middle of the year.

Council is keen to hear from all members of the community on this issue, irrespective of where in the Shoalhaven they live and work.

If you would like to get involved, give feedback or simply find out more about the risk of coastal erosion please visit

1000 Fridges recycled

1000 fridges have now been collected in the Shoalhaven by the NSW EPA Fridge Buyback scheme.

Old fridges and freezers are some of the biggest energy users in the home, costing owners an average of $300 a year to operate.

There are still an estimated 12,756 second fridges in the Shoalhaven area, however, if all Shoalhaven residents gave up their second fridge, collectively, they could save over $3.8 million every year!

After appliances are collected through Fridge Buyback they are degassed and the metals are recycled, making it the most environmentally sustainable way to dispose of a fridge or upright freezer.

To participate, fridges or upright freezers must be a working second appliance that has been in regular use and 200 litres (7.06 cubic feet) or more in size.

In many cases, residents can even obtain a $15 rebate, which is paid when an appliance is collected from homes with six steps or less. Collection is still free when it involves between seven to 20 steps, however no rebate is paid. A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.

Collections run periodically, to arrange a collection, phone 1800 708 401 or visit BEACH ACCESS FOR ALL

Council provides and maintains 235 beach access ways that give the community and tourists access to the beautiful beaches the Shoalhaven has to offer.This is an extensive program and Council is trying its best to enhance these facilities to provide access to all.

Last year Council staff began painting the stairs of beach access ways white to facilitate access for visually impaired people.

Council has received plenty of positive feedback from the community about the initiative.

One example comes from a from a local resident whose mother is visually impaired.

Thanks to the upgrade, in particular the white painting applied to the access stairs at Pope Avenue Berrara, the elderly resident was able to access the beach for the first time in years.

Council will soon be considering further enhancement for disabled wheelchair access to beaches. If you have ideas or suggestions about this, please let Council know.

Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

As part of Seniors Week 2016, Shoalhaven Water is inviting the community to attend a free tour of two of the region’s major treatment plant facilities on Wednesday 6 April 2016.

The tour allows guests to see firsthand how Shoalhaven Water produces fresh clean drinking water as well as how they treat wastewater for reuse on local farms.

If you would like to join the tour and learn more about these fascinating and complex procedures, please phone Shoalhaven Water on 4429 3214.

council & community, working together

The culverts at the Browns Creek crossing on Quinns Lane, Nowra were recently upgraded to reduce the frequency of inundation by stormwater. During the same period, the road pavement in Wallace Street was reconstructed.

Both roadways were closed to through traffic during the works.

Despite the inconvenience to road users, Council received great support from residents, particularly in Wallace Street where they worked with Council to manage the disruption the works caused to their daily lives.

Council sincerely thanks the residents of Wallace Street for their understanding and support of staff while the works were being carried out. Their efforts greatly contributed to the works being completed as quickly as possible.

During a spell of hot weather, affected residents displayed a true sense of community spirit, taking it upon themselves to hand out cold drinks and refreshments to Council workers.

Council’s outdoor staff regularly perform difficult work in challenging environmental conditions and do not always receive as much appreciation from the community as they deserve. Staff were blown away by the effort put in by residents to make them feel welcomed, valued, and appreciated.

Turpentine Road Update

Work has now commenced on Stage Three, which includes the length of Turpentine Road from Flat Rock Creek to Braidwood Road.

This is the final stage of the project and will see the full length of Turpentine Road completely sealed. The project is due for completion in December 2016, weather permitting.

Clean Up Australia Day

More than 500 volunteers rolled up their sleeves earlier in the month to remove rubbish from over 50 sites across the Shoalhaven as part of Clean Up Australia Day 2016.

Council has proudly supported Clean Up Australia Day for over 15 years, and this year was no different. However, the success of the event must be credited to the many individuals and groups who strived tirelessly on the day and throughout the week to clean up their communities.

Council thanks everyone who participated in Clean Up Australia Day as well as those who strive every day of the year to keep our environment clean.


Council has a number of engagements and documents on exhibition throughout March and April.

These include:

* Draft Lady Denman Reserve - Strategic Business & Master Plan

* Milton Rainforest Bushcare Action Plan Review 2016

* Moeyan Hill Bushcare Group - Review

* Shoalhaven DCP 2014 - Draft Amendment No 4 - Chapter S2 Badgee Urban Release Area

* "Heritage Estates", Worrowing Heights - Proposed installation of Gates/Barriers

* Proposed Licence - 17 Birriley Street Bomaderry - Nowra Bomaderry Meals on Wheels

* Draft Stormwater Management Policy

* Emergency Overflow Storage Facilities - Various Sewage Pumping Stations - Review of Environmental Factors - Berry / Culburra / Huskisson / St Georges Basin / Sussex Inlet



November, 2015

Thank you to all the CCB representatives that attended our combined meeting on 11 November. We had 14 CCB's represented and I hope you found the meeting interesting and worthwhile. In the meantime, we have also been busy with recent tours of the City. In the last month Councillors and Staff have visited Woollamia, Huskisson, Vincentia, Old Erowal Bay, Sanctuary Point, St Georges Basin , Lake Conjola, Bendalong, Manyana, Sussex Inlet, Wandandian, Bawley Point, Kiola, Lake Tabourie, Ulladulla, Mollymook and Narrawallee.

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October, 2015

It's the end of October and just eight weeks till Christmas…..where is the year going! The 'BIG' announcement in October was IPART's Report and assessment of NSW Council's Fit for the Future applications. Shoalhaven City has been assessed as 'Fit' - hooray! Only 40 percent of Councils have been assessed as 'FIT' by IPART.

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September, 2015

This month we are trying something a little different in providing the community with a short overview of the east coast low weather event that hit the Shoalhaven in late August.

It is anticipated that this short video will provide the community with a complete overview of the circumstances surrounding the flood event and Council's response to the incident.

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August, 2015

Council travelled to Ulladulla Civic Centre for the August Council meeting and some important issues were discussed and adopted.

Reports on the Council performance for 2014/15 were presented with the report highlighting some great results for the organisation.

Two reports have been presented to Council in recent weeks giving a snapshot of our performance over the last 12 months.

The June report on the DP/OP was very pleasing and shows that 84 percent of strategies are on or above target.

The remaining 16 percent are below target for various reasons and will be a focus to continue progress.

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July, 2015

After a hectic end to 2014/15 we kicked off the new Financial Year in July with a small break from Council committees and meetings in the first fortnight of the month.

During this period I was able to enjoy a week's annual leave myself, which was nice!

Our July Council meeting was one of the shortest on record taking all of 16 minutes to complete.

Never the less there were still important decisions made including -

  • Proposed changes to the Code of Meeting Practice
  • Donations to the Milton Ulladulla Chamber for their annual Awards night
  • Donation to the Berry RSL Sub-Branch for minor works
  • Decision to relocate the Animal Shelter from West Nowra to a site on BTU Road, South Nowra to allow the development and future expansion of the West Nowra Landfill, Waste and Recycling Centre
  • Recognising Berry Forum as the new CCB body for Berry
  • Accepting tenders to undertake $1.4 million upgrade at Huskisson Wharf
  • Accepting tenders for new cabins and ensuite units at various Holiday Haven Tourist Parks ($700,000)
  • Accepting tender for Shoalhaven Water Minor Mains Replacement work ($520,000)

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June, 2015

I know I say it every month, but yes June has been incredibly busy!

With so much happening across Council we even saw the June Ordinary Meeting stretch across two nights to ensure we got through all the business.

After consideration of almost 100 public submissions (60 of these objecting to the proposed change in Business Rates) and hearing from almost 200 community members at the three public meetings Council has adopted the 2015/16 Delivery Program/Operational Plan with numerous changes as a result of these submissions.

Changes included -

  • Adding funding of $200,000 towards the South Nowra Soccer field amenities to match club funds.
  • Adding design works to the program for roads at Milton and Currarong as well as the bridge at Brogers Creek.
  • Reallocation of funds to undertake sacrificial seal on Pritchard Avenue, Woollamia.
  • Not implementing the significant change to Business Rates.

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May, 2015

How is Council performing? Many members of the public have their own opinions on this!

Often, however, opinion is driven by a single issue or maybe two or three localised issues such as potholes for example or something from the two percent of Council business covered in the media.

To get a 'big picture' helicopter view of Council's performance please take the time to view our third quarter (March) reports on the Budget and Delivery Program.

Both reports are available for viewing in the May Policy and Resources Committee meeting business papers and attachments.

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April, 2015

During March Council has reviewed its staff resources in the Planning and Development Group and decided to increase staff numbers.

This will result in a new Senior Planner position in the DA section as the number of DA's has increased over the last 12 months and a new Trainee Building Surveyor position to assist with dwelling DA's.

There will also be two new positions in the Rangers/Animal Management operators area as the public demand for more patrols and proactive work has significantly increased.

One Policy that has caused some division in the community is the 'Private Functions on Public Reserves Policy', especially relating to the holding of wedding ceremonies and receptions on foreshore reserves and beaches.

A revised Policy will go on public exhibition shortly - keep an eye out for it and don't miss the opportunity to have your say!

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March, 2015

Well, the last month of summer was fast and furious as usual.

Council submitted a tender to purchase the Huskisson RSL foreshore lands adjoining the wharves on Currambene Creek (which we were successful in).

The Shaolin Temple Abbot, Shi Yongxin, personally visited Council on 23 February and paid the mortgage on the Comberton Grange property in full, including interest ($4,162,723.99).

The new independent member of Council's Audit Committee, Professor Phillip Ross, was appointed.

Prof Ross has extensive experience in audit roles and is currently an associate professor in the Discipline of Accounting at the School of Business, University of Western Sydney.

Council determined its new sea level rise benchmarks for 2050 (230 mm) and 2100 (360 mm) and the next step is to revise and move to finalise the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP).

Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes, visited Callala Beach and announced funding for $40,000 towards further community consultation on the CZMP.

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January, 2015

I would like to commence the New Year by wishing each and every one of our CCBs a happy and healthy 2015.

It was a busy month with many visitors to the area enjoying the facilities on offer. Any feedback from our busiest tourism month would be welcome.

While it is only early in the year it is fantastic to see the level of activity taking place throughout the area.

In January alone we have taken receipt of two large Development Applications in Bomaderry and seen the placement of an offshore artificial reef located four kilometres off Shoalhaven Heads.

Further to this we have seen the official commencement of works on the long awaited Vincentia Marketplace project and Planning Approval to enable 50 hectares of Jervis Bay be made available for aquaculture farming.

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December, 2014

While the newsletter only started midway through the year I have been extremely pleased to receive so much positive feedback from local residents.

Rest assured, we will be again using the newsletter to keep our local residents informed of Council news and services in 2015.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish each and every one of our CCB members a happy and safe Christmas and New Year period.

Whether you are going away or taking in all that the Shoalhaven has to offer over Christmas, I hope you find the time to share with family, friends and other community members.

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November, 2014

I'm sure many of you would be interested to hear that Council recently received the status report on audit results for the 2013/14 financial year.

In great news for the community, the final result saw Council's financial position improve across a number of performance indicators from the previous financial year.

It is also pleasing to note that the organisation was also well placed against the majority of industry benchmarks.

While the results of the recent audit are certainly welcomed, the organisation still has a lot of work to do in improving efficiencies in order to achieve future savings targets.

Council will need to continue its current review of services to ensure the organisation meets the criteria outlined in the NSW Government's 'Fit for the Future' package.

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October, 2014

Welcome to the second edition of the CCB Newsletter
I was extremely pleased to receive very positive community feedback following the distribution of the first newsletter.

Council sees the newsletter as a further opportunity to communicate with our CCBs and keep local residents informed and up to date. The Local Government reform, Fit for the Future package and Council's Financial Sustainability will feature in future editions.

The past month has again represented another busy period for Council.

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September, 2014

I would like to welcome you to the first edition of the CCB Newsletter.

Council will be using this monthly newsletter as a further avenue to communicate with the CCBs and keep our local residents informed.

While many of you would be aware of some of the organisations’ larger projects, this newsletter has been designed so as to provide an overview of the ongoing works taking place throughout the City.

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