Bushfire Bulletins

Listed here are CURRENT bulletins. For archived material, go to the 2019/2020 Bushfires page.

  • DONATIONS – Scroll down for information on fund raising for a critical response kit for the Red Head Villages.

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Volunteers and army reservists backloading donated goods, Thursday 16 January 2020.

REMINDER – RHVA AGM & GENERAL MEETING

RHVA Annual General Meeting
Saturday 25th January, 2020

3pm Yulunga Hall
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since we emailed you in December to advise the RHVA Annual General Meeting (AGM) date. The worst bushfires our little coastal villages have ever seen…

Needless to say, our minds have been on things other than the upcoming AGM! But now to business…

AGM agenda

  • Welcome – President’s address
  • Apologies
  • Ratification of 2019 AGM minutes
  • Business Arising
  • Outgoing Committee Reports (with any questions from the floor answered after each)
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of new Executive Committee

A general meeting will follow the AGM for which one agenda item has been received (no surprise here) :

  • Gary Barton – local RFS wishes to address the community
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For your information, the outgoing committee are :

  • President – Neil McGuckin
  • Public Officer –  Karen Weinert
  • Social & Community Co-ordinator –  Tony Buchert
  • Treasurer – Kevin Millar
  • Secretary –  Jorj Lowrey
  • Minutes Secretary – Patti Bartlett
  • Environmental Co-ordinator – Steve Dewhurst
  • Development & Planning Co-ordinator – Lexie Meyer
  • Webmaster – Corinna Klupiec
  • Infrastructure Co-ordinator – Mick Cvetkovic

There have been only 6 nominations for committee positions (just received) and each person has stated the position they would like to hold. As our constitution states “if insufficient nominations are received to fill all vacancies on the committee, the candidates nominated are taken to be elected…” we will be welcoming in as :

  • President – Paul Mansfield
  • Public Officer –  Karen Weinert
  • Social & Community Co-ordinator –  Neil McGuckin
  • Treasurer – Kevin Millar
  • Secretary –  Lexie Meyer
  • Minutes Secretary – Robyn Ralph

Further nominations will be received at the AGM in the hope of filling the positions of :

  • Environmental Co-ordinator
  • Development & Planning Co-ordinator
  • Webmaster
  • Infrastructure Co-ordinator

So if you feel like doing your bit for the community, remember, you can even nominate yourself on the day.  🙂

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Naturally, we are currently running a few fundraisers

Donations are welcome directly to our bank account, but please ensure you reference what you would like your money to go towards.

Account Name : RHVA Inc
BSB : 032 701
Account Number : 186 246

1. Local Rural Fire Service. (Ref. “RFS”)

2 Community Critical Response Kit (Ref. “CR Kit”) (For more information see : https://www.gofundme.com/f/nsw-south-coast-fires-red-head-villages-recovery)

3. Helping the local families who were injured or sustained property loss (Ref. “Community”)

Sincere thanks to those who have already given so generously!

Membership fees are also due at the AGM

While you have your internet banking open, please consider paying your annual membership fee at the same time. (Ref. “Membership”). It’s $5 for an individual or $10 for a family. This will save time and effort prior to the AGM. (If you prefer to pay on the day, please arrive early so we can start the meeting on time.)

Please email rhva.puboff@gmail.com with your details, including amount paid and date of payment and request a receipt if required.
RHVA AGM – 3pm next Saturday 25th January (Australia Day long weekend) Yulunga Hall, Manyana
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Red Head Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Fund

Our community has faced one of its toughest times. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the amazing people who have contributed in so many ways to the protection of our homes and our safety, and who have swung into action to ensure that our recovery begins as swiftly as possible.

While we are currently deep in the recovery phase, it is important to prepare for the future to ensure that we are better prepared to handle any future crises. Thank you so much to all who have already donated funds to our community for this purpose.

One of our goals is to establish a critical response kit which includes solar power, satellite phone and internet connectivity, hand-held radios and other specialised equipment that would have been of enormous benefit to assist the teams striving to protect people and property during the crisis. Better communications and access to power would also have supported residents and tourists during and after the emergency.

In any future crisis, immediate access to a robust and reliable critical response kit will provide significant support for the community, help speed the recovery phase and further enhance the resilience of the region.

Here are the bank details for anyone wishing to donate to this important initiative:
BSB: 032 701
Acc: 186 246
Reference: Crisis response

NB This is the same cause that money is being raised for via the Go Fund Me campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/f/nsw-south-coast-fires-red-head-villages-recovery. Money donated via either channel will be used for the same purpose.

Sincere thanks to all.

Bendalong Rd 2019/2020

RHVA Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of the RHVA will be held on Saturday 25 January at 3pm in the hall at Yulunga Reserve.

At the AGM we will give you a run down on what’s gone on in 2019, answer any questions you may have, then all positions on the executive are vacated and a new committee will be elected.
 
If you have not served on the RHVA committee and would like to do your bit for the community, we encourage you to nominate. Many of the executive do not intend to run again in 2020 (and the rest are probably only filling the role as no one else has put their hand up!) so we NEED YOUR HELP!
 
Executive positions :

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Minutes Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Public Officer
  • Planning & Development Co-ordinator
  • Environmental Co-ordinator
  • Infrastructure Co-ordinator
  • Social & Community Co-ordinator
  • Webmaster

 
If you’d like to know more about what a particular role involves, please don’t hesitate to have a chat with the current office bearer. Contact details can be found at: https://rhva.org.au/commitee-members/
 
An office bearer nomination form can be downloaded from https://rhva.org.au/rhva-meetings/ or obtained by emailing the secretary at rhva.secretary@gmail.com
 
Nominations must be received in writing at least 7 days before the AGM (i.e. by the 18th of January). They must be signed by two current members of the association and endorsed by the nominee. You can also self nominate.
 
As nominations come in, they will be posted on the RHVA website.



Hooded Plover update

Unfortunately, the chick that hatched recently at Inyadda beach did not make it, but the hoodie pair has laid more eggs, expected to hatch around January 4.

PLEASE HELP ensure their survival by keeping dogs on leashes and giving the birds a wide berth.

Thank you!


Temporary Visitor Accommodation – have your say via SCC questionnaire

Further to the post below on the meeting with council about the review of controls on Temporary Visitor Accommodation in the LEP, you can give your feedback via a questionnaire on Council’s website –  https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/tourist-and-visitor-accommodation-review

Deadline for completion 13 December 2019.

To see a set of recommended answers provided by the Berry Forum, click here.

Erosion control at Bendalong Boat Ramp

On December 2, SCC will commence maintenance works on the rock cover at the transition from the beach to the picnic area and carpark at Boat Harbour Beach. This will involved repositioning of existing rocks and placement of additional large rocks along the area identified in the picture below. Work is expected to take 2 weeks, so will hopefully be completed in time for the holiday season.

A BBQ will also be added to the picnic area at eastern end.

GENERAL MEETING CANCELLED!! Please refer to important information below.

Due to ongoing matters regarding insurance, the general meeting of the RHVA scheduled for Saturday 16 November 2019 has been cancelled. This is most regrettable, but the RHVA executive considers the association to be in a precarious position, and that cancellation pending resolution of these issues is the most prudent course of action.

In short, meetings of community consultative bodies (CCBs) such as the RHVA are covered by council for public liability. However, council does not provide public liability cover for events other than CCB meetings, nor does it provide cover for matters such as defamation. Obtaining this additional cover comes at a cost of over $1200, which is difficult for our small association to accommodate, and reduces the ability of the RHVA to help fund community projects.

The executive is continuing to try to resolve this issue with council. Any suggestions as to how money to cover this insurance might be raised by the community would gratefully received.

In the meantime, as listed below, there are MANY current issues that will likely be of interest to members, including current and pending developments (Manyana Beach Estate and Inyadda Drive). Information pertaining to most of these issues can be found on this website (e.g. in posts below and under Correspondence In/Out, Community Projects and Latest Hot Topics).

Please keep any eye on the website in coming days for updates and further documentation relating to the matters listed below.

  • Meeting of Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal Focus Group with JWD Projects and GHD regarding the Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal (15 November 2019) to discuss the Biodiversity Certification Assessment Report – updates will be provided under Latest Hot Topics
  • Progress on the Berringer/Cunjurong link pathway – see Community Projects Tab
  • Shorebirds – hooded plovers nesting at south end of Inyadda – see post below
  • The recent Coastal Management survey (relevant to management of Lake Conjola opening) – see post below
  • Tourist and Visitor Accommodation and Clause 2.8 (Temporary Use of Land) Review – meeting with council held 13 November, updates to follow – keep an eye on Correspondence In/Out and Latest Hot Topics. If you are interested in providing feedback to council on this issue (which relates, for example, to use of properties as wedding venues)  PLEASE REFER TO ONLINE SURVEY (deadline 13 December 2019) at https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/tourist-and-visitor-accommodation-review
  • Manyana Beach Estate – CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN ISSUED!!  More information to follow shortly – keep an eye on the Latest Hot Topics tab.
  • Murals update – heaps of fantastic progress. Refer to Community Projects page.
  • Bendalong Boat Harbour – refer to Correspondence In/Out
  • Surf Schools – refer to Correspondence In/Out
  • Shoalhaven Transition full application for Environmental Trust grant – this grant application includes a proposal to conduct BioBlitzes in our area. A BioBlitz workshop will be held on Friday 6 December in Ulladulla from 2-4pm. Register by 22 November by sending an email to budawangcoast@gmail.com
  • Plant barrier erected at the beach access at the bottom of Quebec – thank you to council for this attractive, common sense, environmentally friendly approach
  • Bush care – meets first Saturday of the month. After much hard work on Manyana Beach, the focus is shifting to Cunjurong Point. To join, and find out more about times and locations, please contact Bushcare at redheadbushcare@gmail.com 



Hoodies nesting at Inyadda!

The pair of hooded plovers at south Inyadda have three eggs, expected to hatch in late November. Thank you to everyone for giving these little guys the best possible choice (inc. avoiding fenced off areas, keeping dogs leashed).

A reminder too of the difference between the critically endangered hooded plover, a very small bird with a black head and white strip at the neck (see picture below, with chick) and the much more common, equally small red capped plover (second image below). Both are lovely, but the hoodies need as much help as we can give them.

Hooded plover and chick
Red-capped Plover.

Coast, River and Estuaries Questionnaire – please complete!

Please have your say on the future management of coastal areas and estuaries in the Shoalhaven by completing SCC’s questionnaire by 31 October 2019.

Click here to access the online survey or download a hard copy version.

This is our chance to share our thoughts and suggestions on this important topic. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and allows plenty of room for commentary, as well as “ticking boxes”.

From the SCC website:

The questionnaire responses will inform a single Scoping Study which covers all of Shoalhaven’s coastline and estuaries. Council will then use this Study to develop multiple CMPs each with their own specific mix of values, threats and opportunities.

New mural taking shape

The images below show how the beautiful new sea eagle mural on the Cunjurong Point bus shelter is gradually revealing itself. Thank you Glenn! More photos to come over the coming weeks. Estimated completion date is the first week of November. Keep an eye out as you pass by!

Yulunga Reserve Playground – temporary closure for construction of NEW facilities

Exciting news! Our much valued playground at Yulunga Reserve is to be given a major makeover. Actually, it’s an entirely new playground. Thank you to Shoalhaven City Council for making this possible and to the members of the Yulunga Reserve Committee and RHVA for working with council and the community to get the best possible result.

Construction of the new playground is scheduled to begin in the week of 7 October and continue for 3 weeks.

THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO THE PLAYGROUND DURING THIS TIME!

It’s Manyana market time again! Sunday 6 October 9am-1pm

It’s Spring (yay) so it must be October long weekend Manyana Market time!

Come to Yulunga Reserve on Sunday 6 October to see what’s on offer, have a friendly chat and enjoy delicious food. It’s a great chance to find that special Christmas present!

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW FINISH TIME – 1pm. Come before lunch to avoid disappointment! Better still, get your morning tea and lunch at the market 🙂

Shorebird nesting season fast approaching!

It’s that time of year again when our precious shorebirds come to our beaches to (hopefully) produce another generation! Jodie Dunn, NPWS South Coast Shorebird Recovery Coordinator, has kindly provided some useful information to help us help the birds. Please have a read and encourage others to do so.

NPWS Shorebird nesting information

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Pied Oyster Catcher and chicks. Image attribution: South Coast Shorebird Recovery Program – https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/south-coast-shorebird-recovery-program/photos/27315

Vote for our Community Garden!

You may have heard about the amazing plans for an inclusive and interactive community garden in the Yulunga Reserve. A submission has been made for a grant to help turn this vision into reality.

Grant success depends on community support via a voting system. There are eleven projects competing for funding in our electorate so PLEASE HELP by adding your vote for the Manyana Community Garden!

Instructions for how to vote can be found here:

https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/

Update to Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal (ex Kylor)

In case you haven’t heard through Facebook, Manyana Matters or the grapevine, there has been an important development with the IDPP (formerly Kylor PP). Following a massive response from the community, the proponents have dropped the proposed addition to the footprint in the north east corner of the block.


The revised proposed footprint looks like this:

Map new proposed footprint July 2019

Please visit the “Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal” page on this website (under the “Latest Hot Topics” tab) for:

  • further details on the current status of the planning proposal
  • how to get automatic updates from SCC
  • a link to the proponent-commissioned information website on the planning proposal (prepared by GHD, the consultants engaged by the proponents to conduct community liaison).

Preparing for the new “1 hour” RHVA General Meetings!

This is a reminder that RHVA have resolved to shorten RHVA General Meeting running times by putting up reports from RHVA executive committee members and the Yulunga Reserve Committee on the website one week before the next meeting, for your reading pleasure, so that these reports don’t have to be presented on the day.

You are of course able, and encouraged, to ask any questions you might have about these reports at the meeting.

To access the reports:

  • go to the “RHVA Meetings” tab
  • select “Preliminary Reading” from the drop-down menu

See you all at the meeting at 3pm on Saturday 20 July.

Shared status of Manyana to Bendalong pathway

The RHVA would like to clarify that the concrete pathway from Inyadda car park to Bendalong is classified as an inclusive pathway. This means that it is a shared pathway for pedestrians, pedestrians with prams, cyclists and elderly on mobility scooters. Please feel free to refer anyone to this notice, if there is any confusion about this issue.

New signs for the Red Head Villages

Shoalhaven City Council has advised that new village signs are to be erected as part of the Council Signage Strategy. To see the designs and their expected locations, refer to the links below.

Note that the name of Cunjurong Pt is currently spelt (or spelled, depending on your preference, given that we’re talking about spelling) incorrectly. A request for correction has been submitted to council.

It is not clear at this stage whether signs are also planned for Berringer Lake and North Bendalong.

Village Signs Design 12 June 2019

Village Signs Location June 2019

Temporary closure of Lake Conjola access

Notice of Closure of Lake Conjola Access Track –  Aboriginal Cultural Heritage – Shell Midden

Please be advised that Council will be temporarily closing down a lake access track from York St, Cunjurong Point, to the foreshore of Lake Conjola as per map below.

The reason for the closure of the access track, is the discovery by Council, of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage items, in the form of a shell midden, that is being directly impacted by the access track. Council  is required under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 to mitigate any damage to Aboriginal cultural heritage items, such as shell middens. For more information on shell middens types and where they found see https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nswcultureheritage/ShellMiddens.htm

Council contractors have been requested to temporarily close the track with signage and Council have advised the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in Wollongong. Council have requested from NSW OEH to realign the track under a Conservation Agreement as soon as possible.

Please call me if you would like to discuss this matter further 44293300

Map Path Closure

Update re gated barrier Quebec St Cunjurong Pt

Regarding a request from RHVA for a barrier to prevent vehicle access to the bush reserve off Alaska St, at the bottom of Quebec St, council has advised that this section of the reserve is a legal road owned by the Crown. Thus, a request for a gate needs to be approved by the RMS, Crown Lands and then put on public exhibition.  If everyone gives approval, council can proceed with installing a barrier.

The process has been initiated by SCC. Council considers Christmas 2019 to be a realistic time frame, due to the administrative procedures that need to be followed in this case, and the amount of projects that council is currently dealing with.

Ulladulla High School survey on Bendalong Boat Harbour

Senior Geography students at Ulladulla High School are once again studying Bendalong Boat Habour, examining its history, impacts of human activity, degradation, community input and maintenance.

The students have prepared a short online community survey that takes only 5 minutes to complete.

This is a wonderful example of school engagement with the local community and the students would be very grateful for your contribution.

Click here to complete the survey.


Two key dates for your Easter diary!

Saturday 20 April

Public Meeting, Yulunga Community Hall 3pm.

Have your say about the proposed development of the North Manyana (formerly Kylor) site. For more information, scroll down…

NB RHVA recently met with the new owners of the site, JWD Projects, and their community engagement representatives, GHD. For an overview of the discussion, click here.

Sunday 21 April

Manyana Market, Yulunga Reserve 9am to 2pm.

Don’t miss out on the latest offerings from local suppliers, artists and producers!