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Boy in critical condition after being struck by lightning on a Shellharbour Beach
First responders have described how people rushed to help a 10-year-old whose heart stopped instantly when he was struck by lightning in a “freak” accident at Warilla South Beach.Here’s how the drama unfolded
Charges laid after Nowra man allegedly murdered over $30 and mobile phone
Three people, including two teenagers, have been refused bail after being charged with murder over the alleged stabbing of a man in Nowra last January.Here’s what we know
Warning over Jervis Bay’s hidden dangers after drowning tragedies
The crystal-clear waters of Jervis Bay can look calm and inviting but hidden dangers lurk. Emergency services are pleading with people to be careful following the drowning deaths of three people in the bay this year.What are some of the risks?
Homeless shelter on brink of closure despite $80,000 lifeline
Safe Shelter Shoalhaven is the only emergency walk-in shelter for homeless people in Nowra and is full every night. Yet the 12-bed service is facing imminent closure for the second time in four months.Why?
Kangaroo Valley Public School welcomes sixth generation of the same family
Starting kindergarten is a special day, but for Huey Wilson it was extra special. He’s the sixth generation of the Wilson and Jarrett family to attend Kangaroo Valley Primary School and four of those generations were there to wave him off on his first day of class.Here’s a heartwarming story for you! Check out this family’s history
Unexpected challenges faced by these south coast sea-changers
When Fiona and Richard decided to move their young family from Adelaide to Mollymook they had no trouble finding work. But the move hasn’t all been smooth sailing.Here’s what surprises sea-changers
Truck carrying six tonnes of paint rolls on Bulli Pass
It looked like a massive modernist masterpiece, but it was a miracle no one was seriously hurt. Thousands of litres of paint bound for Bunnings spilled on the hairpin bend on Bulli Pass when the truck carrying the load lost control.Take a closer look at this mess and read more
Massive hike in land values could push up rates for Illawarra residents
Illawarra homeowners have been hit by high land valuations, with many fearing they’ll pay higher council rates. But some valuations are above market value and can be contested.Listen to find out how to contest your valuation
Can you solve this mystery?
Our ABC Illawarra chief of staff Rory Macdonald stumbled across this on a recent trip to Sydney – a row of terrace houses on South Dowling Street at Moore Park that have south coast town names in stained glass about the doorways. Among them are Kiama, Pyree, Berry, Nowra, Meroo and Tathra.Check out people’s theories on our Facebook page
F1 racing comes to the Sea Cliff Bridge
It’s not unusual for luxury cars to be spotted driving across our iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, and it’s often closed to traffic for film shoots. But is this the first time Formula 1 cars have tested its turns?Facebook: yes – that was the unmistakable roar of an F1 car!
What else made news in the past week?
Dapto Dogs to get new racetrack: The iconic Dapto Dogs has found a new home on Bong Bong Rd in Dapto. Greyhound Racing NSW had to look for another site after the Dapto Agricultural and Horticultural Society decided not to renew GRNSW’s lease at the showground. The racing industry says the new $11 million track will use the latest technology to ensure the highest safety standards, but dog racing opponents still want the sport banned.
Milton childcare centre gets last-minute reprieve: The Education Department has intervened to extend the lease of the Big Fat Smile childcare centre in Milton for six months. Parents were told the centre would have to close to make way for a new hydrotherapy pool for the Budawang School and they had four weeks to make alternative arrangements. Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has assured parents that a new childcare centre will be built, but the decision to extend the lease could lead to delays in the Budawang School redevelopment.
Local men arrested in domestic violence blitz: Police have arrested and charged more than 650 people with domestic violence offencesacross the state during Operation Amarok One. Among them was a 22-year-old Wombarra man after inquiries revealed a 19-year-old woman had lost consciousness after being choked by her partner during an argument. Another man was charged after he was found hiding beneath a concealed trapdoor in his Barrak Heights home.
Former mayor gets backing of Climate 200: Wollondilly independent candidate Judy Hannan has been announced as a Climate200-backed candidate for the March 25 state election. She says Climate200 approached her offering support and after negotiations they found common ground. A former mayor and current Wollondilly councillor, the vote Ms Hannah received at the 2019 election contributed to a 20 per cent swing against sitting Liberal MP Nathaniel Smith.
Work on Jamberoo Mountain Road to begin: More than six months after it was closed because of storm-related damage and landslides, repair work will begin on the Jamberoo Mountain Road on Monday, February 6. The Kiama and District Business Chamber has written to Regional Roads Minister Sam Farraway asking the state government to take over responsibility for the road so regular maintenance can be undertaken on the vital link between the highlands and the coast.Visit our website for more local news
A veggie take on a summer treat: Hetty Lui McKinnon’s artichoke ‘lobster-less’ roll
Jarred or canned artichokes are a highly underused pantry item. Here, they’re used to make a fun, hearty lobster roll-inspired dish. Find the recipe here
The best photos from around the country
This roo is living its best life at Lake Conjola. The photo is by Belinda Doyle who it shared via #ABCmyphoto on Instagram.
You can show everyone what the world looks like where you live by using the hashtag on Instagram or by uploading your photos online here. See the latest photos on #ABCmyphoto website
How’s the weather looking?
It is going to be hot and sunny for the rest of the week and into the weekend. Make sure to protect yourself from the Extreme UV. Midway through the next week, it’s expected to rain.
Photo credit: Luke TubridyCheck the seven-day forecast for your town
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