Shoalhaven News

Total Fire Ban - Severe Fire Danger

A total fire ban is in place across the Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee today with hot and windy conditions forecast. The NSW Rural Fire Service has also issued a severe fire danger rating. Residents are being asked to follow their bushfire survival plan and remain vigilant. They can also to keep up to date...

Increase in visitor spend

Some impressive stats for the Shoalhaven in the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia. Last financial year, visitor nights increased a record 17%, while total visitors were up a modest 3%. Meantime estimated visitor spend increased by $53 million to $934m, which is nearing the $1 billion target for 2020. IMAGE CREDIT: Shoalhaven...

YES... but just not in our backyard

With testing underway for Australia's first offshore wind farm off the south coast of Gippsland in Victoria, we thought we'd canvass the thoughts of some of our Councillors, about whether they'd support a similar project here off the shores in the Shoalhaven. Mayor Amanda Findley who's a big supporter of renewable...

Petition tabled in State Parliament

A petition containing almost 5000 signatures has been tabled in State Parliament opposing Boral’s plans to expand their Dunmore sand mining operations near the banks of the Minnamurra River. The project involves digging two new sand mining pits within 150 metres of the wetlands. Back in July a rally was held on...

Suspicious house fire at Sanctuary Point

Police are investigating a suspicious house fire at Sanctuary Point. Just after 7pm yesterday, a neighbour noticed smoke coming from a house on Macleans Point Road. Fire and Rescue NSW crews attended along with the St. Georges Basin Rural Fire Service and Officers from the South Coast Police District. Police believe the fire...

Changed traffic conditions on Nowra Bridge

Motorists can expect changed traffic conditions in the northbound lanes of the Princes Highway at Nowra Bridge for maintenance work. The work will be taking place between 8pm and 5am this Sunday to Thursday for two weeks. Crews will be carrying out bridge joint repairs and concrete patching to prolong the lifespan...

Dust in the region, but no major fires

The large amount of dust which was seen across the region yesterday has started to move away thanks to a southerly wind change. Bureau of Meteorology Senior Forecaster Neil Frazer says it should be a much clearer day today, with sunny conditions and south westerly winds. A top of 24 degrees is...

Nowra - Nine year old admits to Worrigee fire today

A number of people have been detained after NSW fires - in the latest incident, about 11.35am today, a small grass fire broke out in long grass behind Sullivan Street, Worrigee. Police and fire crews attended and extinguished the blaze. A nine-year-old boy, who was with a group of other children,...

Large Animal Evacuation Centres open as a precaution

Large Animal Evacuation Centres open as a precaution Owners of large animals in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra are advised that Large Animal Evacuation Centres in Nowra and Albion Park have been opened if owners wish to use this service. Currently, there are no fires within the Shoalhaven region, this is precautionary...

NSW Fire Victims - Here's how we can all help

With a State Of Emergency now in effect across NSW, there are a variety of ways people can chip in and help those that have lost so much due to the fires across NSW. Firstly, you can donate directly to the RFS using a VISA or Mastercard: https://quickweb.westpac.com.au/OnlinePaymentServlet?cd_community=NSWRFS&cd_currency=AUD&cd_supplier_business=DONATIONS&action=EnterDetails You can also direct deposit funds into...