It's been another big week of news in the Shoalhaven and we've been right in the middle of it.
What a week for our new journalist Stuart Thomson to start, and he jumped right in the deep end producing a couple of great stories including the honouring of well-known community member, Aunty Barb Sutton who had worked for Juvenile Justice in Nowra for more than 17 years.
He also took a trip to HMAS Albatross and spent a morning with a group of Indigenous youth from across the region who were undertaking work experience to get a taste of life in the navy.
It was of course NAIDOC Week and there has been lots of celebrations and events including the big family fun day at the Nowra Showground which included the popular and now annual Koori Cook Off, while a ceremony of a different type was held at HMAS Albatross.
The area was lashed with strong winds late in the week, with gusts up to 96km/h on Thursday morning as the Bureau of Meteorology issued weather warnings two days in a row.
Nowra man Bob Turner relived an horrific accident on the Princes Highway between Moruya and Narooma 70 years ago in which his parents and sister were killed and he was left with critical injuries.
An information session to outline future work schedule plans for the new Shoalhaven River bridge is set to be held in Bomaderry early next month.
And in sport the two highlights of massive week was the news that Shoalhaven Basketball stalwart, legend, and all round good guy John Martin who has fought for the new Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre, which is not far off opening, for two decades will be honored with the main show court named in his honour.
And we couldn't let the week go buy without mentioning NSW's superb, last grasp State of Origin win on Wednesday night to claim back-to-back title - Go the Blues. Here's hoping for three peat next year.