Catch it before it's gone
You'll have to be quick. Take a look.
Nestled behind the shoreline of Jervis Bay, Hawke Street, Huskisson is an Aboriginal sacred site with graves of Aboriginal people as well as of early European settlers. It's supported by wonderful trees planted in a memorial ceremony in 1937.
Sitting on this peaceful and spiritual land brings an awareness of some of what was part our indigenous heritage and of this areas wonderful natural heritage
A magnificent spotted gum sits quietly and majestically amongst the many, but showing off its attractive mottled trunk with limbs growing out and up. Its hollows support abundant lorikeets as well as Sugar Gliders.
We felt the truth of this after sitting on the land on a cool and wintry morning and being out talked by the chattering, squabbling lorikeets but with other bird sounds coming through.
In a eucalypt nearby one can spot the nest box in the crook of a branch supporting wildlife and erected over 15 years ago by the then Native Animal Network Association . A magic place!
But added to this the quaint little church with its bell tower sits harmoniously within the space, bringing back a nostalgia of times gone past.
The old hall added to and changed and changed again still shows the shape that was the first church in Huskisson.
Why do you have to be quick? There is already an approved DA to move the quaint church on site but no other plans?
The developer has shown he wants to build at least three storey (maybe more) buildings
Just what Huskisson needs? Not here, Huskisson deserves better. Find somewhere else.
M. Webb, St Georges Basin
Decade of volunteering
Marine Rescue NSW is marking a decade of volunteer service.
This week marked the 10th anniversary of the service's official establishment on July 1, 2009.
Our volunteers are remarkable. They are skilled, experienced and saving lives is in their DNA.
We have 3000 volunteers based in 44 rescue units along the coastline and on two high-risk inland waterways. Each can be rightly proud of their achievements and service.
Over the decade, Marine Rescue NSW crews have launched more than 25,000 rescue missions - including more than 7000 in response to life-endangering emergencies - to return more than 50,000 boaters to safety.
Our crews are committed to our mission to save lives, placing their own safety on the line to rescue boaters in hazardous seas, bad weather and under darkness.
Our radio operators are on duty 24/7. These communications experts have handled almost 2.4 million calls in the past eight years, including Logging On more than 583,000 vessels to track their voyages and ensure they make it safely home.
The service has transformed over a decade with the new inland units and professional volunteer training and equipment, including 91 new and refurbished rescue vessels, worth more than $21 million.
We could not have developed and grown without the ongoing financial support of the NSW Government and the boating community, who contribute to our operations through a levy on recreational boating licences and registrations.
The State Government's commitment of an additional $37.6 million to Marine Rescue NSW over the next four years ensures that we are now set for a second decade of service as strong as our first.
This funding will enable us to expand our rescue capability further by accelerating the delivery of 38 new vessels, upgrading our operating facilities and further improving the state's marine radio network.