WELCOME
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.

Each of these proposed developments or projects will provide the area with a large economic boost as well as ongoing social and employment benefits.

These projects provide further proof of a very exciting period for Shoalhaven City.

AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS
Raymond Vincent was named the 2015 Australia Day Citizen of the Year during a special ceremony held at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre 22 January.

Mr Vincent was recognised for his ongoing charity work, particularly with service club APEX with who he conceived the idea a set of holiday units, 'The Shack', located in Shoalhaven Heads to allow respite for children battling illness.

From conception, Mr Raymond organised a series of working parties and worked closely with local companies to build the units over an 18 month period.

Following on from the construction of 'The Shack', Mr Vincent has been the Chairman of the Committee for the past 25 years with the value of the property now exceeding $1 million.

Mr Vincent has also been a working party leader on a number of philanthropic overseas constructions while also volunteering with the Angel Flight organisation.

Other award winners included -
2015 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award - Jade Williams
2015 Australia Day Sports Award - Peter Gilford
2015 Australia Day Junior Sports Award - Rosie Davidson

COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
We joined Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club successfully hosting the 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships in mid-January.

The event was again held in sublime conditions with a pristine ocean and perfect blue skies greeting the estimated 5,000 people that descended on the golden sands of Mollymook Beach.

With over 1,500 competitors from right across the State taking part in the event, the weekend is expected to have injected more than $2 million into the local economy.

Byron Bay successfully defended their Country Championships Title with event hosts, Mollymook finishing the best of the local clubs in a very credible fourth.

Council has a long history of bringing sporting events to the Shoalhaven and this is a further example of our commitment to sports tourism in the area.

VINCENTIA MARKETPLACE
In great news for the Bay and Basin community, the first sod was officially turned on the $50 million Vincentia Marketplace in late January.

Once completed, the Marketplace will include 27 major retailers inclusive of a 4,200 square metre Woolworths supermarket along with other major retailers including Aldi and the Reject Shop as well as an Anytime Fitness gym.

In further exciting news, the Vincentia Marketplace development is expected to create over 150 new jobs throughout construction and a further 200 ongoing retail positions following completion of the project.

The sod turning represented the first stage of the project which is expected to be completed by Christmas, weather permitting.

This very exciting project will provide the community with a huge economic boost while also providing the area with ongoing retail and employment benefits.

THOROUGH_FAIR LANEWAY BOOKINGS
We are currently taking bookings from community members wishing to host an event in the freshly revitalised Thorough_Fair.

The previously neglected laneway would provide the perfect space for local residents looking to host markets, music or a host of other exciting community events.

Council recently hosted the inaugural THOUROUGH_FAIR art project in the laneway, a week-long event that saw the previously disused CBD laneway transformed into a living and breathing 'Live Gallery Walk'.

The event culminated with hundreds of interested onlookers converging on the area to take part in an evening of art, music and a food extravaganza demonstrating the ability of the location.

We are encouraging local residents to think outside the box and utilise the funky new space for a unique and exciting new project.

Further to this, we are also currently taking bookings for both Junction Court and the recently redeveloped Jellybean Park (Egans Lane Meeting Place).

Bookings can be made by contacting Council's Economic Development Office on 4429 3388 or by emailing business@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

 
Pet Sales
Local pet owners are asked to ensure that animals are both micro chipped and registered with Council prior to being sold.

Council Rangers are currently targeting recognised animals sales points on social media as part of a crackdown on unlawful animal sales within the Shoalhaven.

Heavy penalties apply under the NSW Companion Animals Act for those found to have not registered and micro chipped a companion animal prior to sale or 12 weeks of age.

Youth Market Showcase
We are currently calling for Expressions of Interest from local residents keen on participating in the upcoming Youth Showcase Market to be held as part of Youth Week Celebrations.

The Youth Showcase Market, which will be held on the City Arts Centre front lawn on Saturday 18 April, is open to all residents aged between 12 and 24 years of age.

Details of the EOI process and application forms are available for download from Council's website.

Aquaculture
Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson joined Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock in announcing Planning Approval that will allow 50 hectares of Jervis Bay to be made available for aquaculture farming.

The announcement has seen approval granted for three aquaculture leases in Jervis Bay, including a 10 hectare site off Vincentia and two 20 hectare areas off Callala Beach.

The leases will now be tendered to commercial operators, allowing them to farm a number of native shellfish species inclusive of Blue Mussels, scallops and oysters as well as edible seaweed and other marine algae.

Development Applications
We have received two large sized Development Applications for the Bomaderry area to start the New Year.

Council has received an application from Woolworths to develop a proposed $13.8 million supermarket on the former John Bull Centre, Bomaderry.

In further good news for the area, we also recently received an application worth $16 million for a manufacturing facility on land adjoining Australian Paper's mill on Bolong Road, Bomaderry.

Driver Workshops
We will again be hosting and coordinating a series of driver education courses and workshops throughout 2015.

Council's Road Safety Officer will be conducting various programs aimed at new and novice drivers, parents of young children and older senior drivers.

For more details on the programs and to make a booking contact Council's Road Safety Officer, Kathy Wiseham on 4429 3484 or visit Council's website.

Egans Lane Revitilisation
Revitalisation works are almost complete within Egans Lane.

Planting, fencing and fairy lights remain to be installed which will see the completion of Stage One.

This exciting project has seen the creation of a new park and colourful meeting hub for the entire community.

The revitalisation of Egans Lane follows on from the completion of regeneration works in Berry Street.

Both projects represent major milestones in the Nowra Alive project.

Eco Tourist Facility
Local residents are reminded that the application for the proposed $13.5 million Eco tourist facility at Bellawongarah is still on public exhibition.

Council resolved to extend the public exhibition period until 9 February during the December Ordinary Meeting.

Have Your Say
Council has a number of engagements and document on exhibition throughout January.

These include:
Boree Street, Ulladulla - LATM Plan
Shoalhaven DCP - Draft Chapter 15 - Vincentia Coastal Village and District Centre
Eco tourist facility, Bellawongarah

Recent staff changes
Cathy Bern, formerly from Shellharbour City Council, has commenced work in filling the vacancy left by Robert Russell's retirement.

Cathy will lead the team dealing with all major development applications including subdivisions.

Peter Knill formerly from Murray Irrigation Ltd will commence on 3 March as Section Manager of the Project Delivery team.

This team delivers many of our significant capital work projects.

These include the Nowra Swimming Centre Construction, Ulladulla Civic Centre, Rural Fire Service buildings and sheds as well as road and bridge contracts.