南京夜网 21/08/2019

Over a century, Stella has seen it all

IMAGINE living through some the greatest changes our world has seen.
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Moving from horse and cart to the automobile, living through two world wars and the Great Depression, unbelievable medical advancements, space travel and sending a man to the moon, the huge growth in population and the internet, just to name a few.

The area’s oldest Aboriginal elder Stella Wright has seen it all.

Mrs Wright turned 100 on Monday (February 4).

Born Stella Lonesborough on February 4, 1913 at the Roseby Park Aboriginal Mission, she has links that go right back to the early days of Shoalhaven settlement.

Her great-grandfather was Patrick Caffery, an Irish convict who came to the area in 1832 to work on the Berry Estate in Coolangatta.

He married Anne Gibney and their daughter Margaret Caffery married John Lonesborough.

Their children were John jnr (Stella’s father), Robert (Uncle Bob, who lived to the ripe old age of 99, just one month short of his 100th birthday), Annie, Edward (known as Ned), Margaret, Catherine and Mary.

Margaret, known as Maggie, married Frederick Smith, who was the father of one the area’s great sporting administrators Artie Smith.

Mary married Herbert Cotteral De Mestre, the son of Andre De Mestre.

A daughter of Ned’s (also Margaret and known as Maggie) married Harry Regan, producing another man well known for the promotion of Shoalhaven sport, Bernie Regan, as well as his talented siblings Ted, Jack, Dennis, Kathlene, Margaret, Helen and Joan.

John Lonesborough jnr married Mary Jane Carpenter and had five children: Linda, Stella, Myra, Margaret (known as Maggie) and John (known as Jack).

They moved to the Crookhaven River about five kilometres up a branch of the Shoalhaven River, to where her father was working on the oyster leases, which are still in the family today.

Stella married John Wright, known as Johnnie, and they had four sons: Terry, Barry, Henry (known as Joe) and Trevor.

She was two years older than her husband.

“I didn’t know it at the time,” she joked.

And she admitted that he didn’t make much of an impression when she first met him.

“He was fishing with his father and was trying to get to Goodnight Island and a howling nor easterly was blowing,” she said.

“We were out with Dad in the launch and towed him down to the island.

“To tell the truth, I didn’t think much of him.

“I didn’t see him for a few weeks and then he kept coming around.

“But he was a big man and a good looking fellow.”

They married in 1934 in the Presbyterian Church in Nowra.

They also lived on the southern side of Crookhaven River on the Shoalhaven River.

Stella comes from a family of long livers – her uncle Bob died at 99, one of her own sisters reached 92, another 86, and another 77.

She has lost count of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but does have four great-great-grandchildren.

What’s her secret to longevity?

“No secret, just live a good life and work hard,” she said.

“We were always doing something, and with four sons I always had something to do.”

To this day she still enjoys a feast of oysters at least once a week.

After living at Crookhaven for a few years they moved into town, taking up residence at The Grotto at North Nowra in the 1940s.

They lived there for several years – Johnnie continued to work as a fisherman – and the foundations of the family’s home remain there today.

“Johnnie would fish on the river and the kids would often go out as well,” Stella said.

They then moved to a house in North Nowra, where Sharman Park is located.

“It was all bush back then,” she said.

“There weren’t many people living up there.”

That bushland setting would prove disastrous when the home was destroyed in a bushfire.

Today, two sons – Terry and Trevor – live within minutes of the site of the family home.

There were moves to Culburra Beach and Bomaderry before Johnnie passed away aged 79 in 1995 after more than 60 years of marriage.

Stella then became a resident of the Rose Mumbler Village at North Nowra and, after a bout of severe illness, moved into Clelland Lodge three and a half years ago.

A family celebration was held on Saturday at North Nowra, where the guest of honour took great pride in opening letters of congratulations from the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, the NSW Premier and the local MPs.

About 60 family members dropped in across the day to help mark the occasion, while she celebrated with a quiet family dinner at Clelland Lodge on Monday.

More photos appear on page 87.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Stella Wright (centre) celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday surrounded by family.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

Parking committee eyes reserve funds

COUNCIL will be asked tonight to use its more than $6 million held in cash reserves to help fund a multi-storey car park.
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Parking campaigner and founder of the Independent Nowra CBD Parking Development Committee Lance Sewell announced that the committee would put a motion to tonight’s CBD Action Committee regarding the funds.

Mr Sewell said the money the group was targeting was from council’s Work Cover security deposits.

He said rather than being kept in reserve, the money should be spent on improving the CBD, specifically through parking.

The call comes on the back of a recent coupon the parking committee ran in the South Coast Register and Shoalhaven and Nowra News.

Mr Sewell said about 300 people filled out the coupons expressing frustration at limited parking in the Nowra CBD.

“There were three main patterns of discontent with the coupons that were returned,” he said.

“The first and most concerning was the number of people who said they had been traumatised by parking problems in Nowra and for that reason had decided to do their shopping at Shellharbour.

“Escape spending seems to be

an even bigger problem than anyone envisaged.

“When I say escape spending I am not talking about people who go to Shellharbour, Wollongong or Sydney to buy things they can’t buy here. That is not escape spending.

“I am talking about roughly one fifth of the people who filled out

the coupons, who specifically said they shopped elsewhere due to the lack of parking locally, not because the shopping was better elsewhere,” he said.

Mr Sewell said repetitive complaints also came from doctors, dentists, lawyers, hairdressers and people wanting to visit the cinema.

“These people and their clients find it difficult to find a space to park for the length of time they need to be there.

“They are often being fined for the privilege of coming to Nowra.

“The third gripe people had, and this was the biggest response, came from people who work in Nowra and had no hope of legally parking if they arrived in town after 8.15am on any week day.

“Most started work at 9am.

“Our committee thanks the hundreds of people who responded to the coupons.

“It gives us the opportunity to consider and offer a constructive process to support these criticisms about the lack of parking in Nowra.

“We will continue to approach council, knowing that we have tremendous public support.

“Council cannot afford to

continue to ignore this chaotic parking issue.”

MOMENTUM: Multi-storey car park campaigners Lance Sewell and Paul Dean sort through the 300 coupons they received from people concerned about parking in the CBD.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

Houses spring up on troubled Worrigee site

WORK is progressing well on the controversial 26 community housing units at Golden Grove at Worrigee and is on track to be completed by September.
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New BlueChp CEO Charles Northcote said work on the first six homes was well under way.

“Everything is moving in a positive manner,” he said.

“We are on track with the building, the slabs are down for the first six, while a number of the homes already have frames and roof trusses up and will hopefully be ready for occupation by the end of April, if not before.”

GJ Gardner Homes is undertaking the local project.

Mr Northcote said work was also ready to start on the remaining 20 homes.

“We have done the costings and are nearly ready to start on the next lot of houses,” he said.

“We are just awaiting feedback from the federal government to the state government on the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) funding and once that is complete we will be moving ahead.

“If everything goes to plan, our estimation, barring the weather, is to have all 26 homes completed

by September.”

Mr Northcote has taken over the CEO role from Brian Murnane recently but has already been

down to meet with residents of Golden Grove.

“I’ve been down and spoken to the residents and I think they are just happy to see action happening on the site,” he said.

Golden Grove resident Dr Katy Daniel said it was great to finally have the work under way on the site.

It had been a long wait. Despite

the site being cleared, it had virtually gone untouched for close to 12 months.

“There seems to be a constant level of work from the builders,” Dr Daniel said.

“They have been sticking to all the requirements as far as I can see.

“They are using the entrance road off Worrigee Road and we have had no problems in our street with trucks etcetera.

“The guys from GJ Gardner Homes have been fantastic.”

PROGRESS: Work is under way on the community housing units at Golden Grove at Worrigee with six slabs laid and a number of building frames now in place.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

Sporting groups and clubs benefit from grants

A NUMBER of not-for-profit sports clubs, sporting groups, community organisations and Shoalhaven City Council have gained funding as part of the NSW government’s Participation and Facility Grant Program.
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The Participation and Facility Grant Program provides funding for local initiatives that encourage people to be more active on a regular basis.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said by assisting to fund the development of local sport facilities, the NSW government was investing in the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Shoalhaven City Council received $25,000 to undertake the installation of an outdoor fitness station at Paradise Beach Reserve at Sanctuary Point and $25,000 to resurface and upgrade six netball courts at Ulladulla district netball courts.

“The upgrade of netball courts at Ulladulla has been much anticipated by local residents, with the courts in a dire state of disrepair,” Mrs Hancock said.

The Nowra Bowling and Recreation Club was granted $25,000 to upgrade its main roof and airconditioning in order to be able to install solar power.

Funding has also been provided for programs to assist residents participating in local sporting activities and build on current participants’ skills.

The Shoalhaven District Football Association received $1750 to provide training to volunteer coaches and the Bay and Basin Community Resources has been given $9640 to motivate and develop fitness within the Bay and Basin community.

“Participation in sport and recreation together with good facilities brings people closer together, as well as offering many health benefits,” Mrs Hancock said.

Local not-for-profit sports clubs, sporting groups and community organisations are being encouraged to apply for the next round of Participation and Facilities Program grants, with applications closing on February 26.

For more information, visit www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants.

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南京夜网 21/08/2019

HMAS Creswell’s old bell returns home

A SIGNIFICANT piece of Shoalhaven naval history has been returned to the region.
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The original bell that hung in the clock tower at HMAS Creswell, which disappeared when the college was decommissioned between 1930 and 1958, has been returned to HMAS Albatross.

For almost 50 years it has been a feature in the Hoskins family’s homes in Sydney.

Fleet Air Arm Museum manager Terry Hetherington said it was wonderful to have such a significant piece of local history returned.

“During the construction of Creswell in 1913-14 a feature was the administration building and the clock tower,” he said.

“In the tower, the bell chimed in nautical chimes every half hour.

“The naval college was decommissioned between 1930 and 1958 and it was used as a commercial hotel site, before returning to its current use in 1958.

“Somewhere along the line the old bell was removed and replaced with another when the college reopened.”

In the mid 1960s a truck turned up at the engineering works of a chap named Hoskins in Chatswood. On the back was the large bronze bell.

“Luckily, rather than selling it off to scrap merchants he kept it,” Mr Hetherington said.

“He took it home and had it mounted on a stand and used to have in the foyer of his home.

“Upon his death it was passed to his son David who continued the tradition of having it in the foyer of his home.”

Mr Hoskins contacted the then historical officer at HMAS Creswell Lieutenant Commander David Jones, wondering if the navy would like the bell back.

The bell carries graffiti from the college’s second intake back in 1914.

“It became a tradition for the cadets at Creswell to try to get into the clock tower,” Mr Hetherington said.

“But back in 1914 four managed it and even got to the bell and put their initials on it and they are still on the bell today.

“LJT, PFD, OF McM and AHS left their initials while a further name Read was left in Morse code (possibly from 1917 but there is also another theory). There was also an inscription underneath the four names: “And the rest of us, Royal Australian Naval College Jervis Bay 1914 entry.”

“We don’t know what they used but it’s not a paint, perhaps a wax crayon that has etched itself into the bronze.

“We are going to try to get the forensic police to maybe examine it and let us know what they think it may be.”

Although not yet weighed, Mr Hetherington estimated the bell would be between 200-300kg and it’s not known if it is complete with a clapper.

“We aren’t sure yet, we haven’t been able to get in underneath it to see,” he said.

The plan is for the bell to be returned to HMAS Creswell and displayed in the foyer of the base’s historical collection.

“We won’t be restoring it, we will leave it as it is there is too much history involved,” Mr Hetherington said.

HISTORY MYSTERY: Fleet Air Arm Museum manager Terry Hetherington with the historic HMAS Creswell bell.

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南京夜网 22/07/2019

Audit calls for more and better CCTV cameras

IF raw numbers were anything to go by, a drop in requests for CCTV footage over the two years they have been running could signal their success in helping reduce crime in Nowra’s CBD.
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In 2001 Shoalhaven City Council received 25 requests for footage.

In 2012, 16 requests were received.

In an audit of the 18 cameras submitted to council in September 2012 police claimed the cameras had contributed to an improvement in the behaviour of people in the CBD.

Anecdotal evidence from the police provided for quarterly reports, showed they believed the cameras were an effective tool in identifying alleged offenders.

Nowra Police reported that the CCTV cameras had been of assistance in various investigations.

They said they were useful in establishing the identity of an offender, however pointed out they were regarded as one of many tools to assist police in dealing with crime.

Since the cameras were installed in the CBD, there have been requests by police for an expansion of the system.

Police have requested cameras be installed at Morisons Arcade, the corner of Berry and Junction streets and the old bus terminal in Schofield Lane.

It hasn’t all been good news however. Technical problems with the system meant there had been periods when the system had malfunctioned.

Problems arose about the need to adjust focus and camera angle of view on some cameras.

Cabling had to be replaced after being damaged by birds and a server needed to be upgraded to prevent it from crashing.

The audit said the cameras represented ageing technology and should be upgraded to cameras that could offer higher quality resolution.

However if cameras were replaced, software would also need to be upgraded.

Following the audit a number of recommendations were made relating to the cameras and associated hardware.

Recommendations included that police and council review the location, number and quality of cameras in the Nowra CBD.

It was also recommended that council seek funds to install more cameras in the CBD to ensure there were no black spots.

EYE SPY: Live vision from the Nowra CCTV cameras can be monitored by officers at Nowra Police Station.

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南京夜网 22/07/2019

Residents rally for raffle of riches

KURRAJONG Waratah’s Art Union raffle is in full swing with scores of volunteers out in force selling tickets for the big draw.
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Just $5 will get you a ticket in the anticipated draw, with Toyota vehicles to the value of $50,000 being offered to the winner.

Home entertainment or furniture packages are being offered for second and third place – to the tune of $5000 and $3000 respectively.

Kurrajong Waratah development services manager Cathie Smith said the organisation had been particularly fortunate to have the community get behind it to sell tickets for this year’s raffle.

“It’s always difficult to find people who can give the time, particularly when the weather’s hot,” she said.

“We did reach a point where we were looking for additional sellers and we were very fortunate that some of our friends in service clubs and corporations came to our rescue to complement the sellers that we’ve had for many years.”

Given the need for volunteers, Kurrajong Waratah is already on the lookout for helpers for next year’s raffle.

Money raised from the raffle will help raise funds for vital projects for the organisation, which provides for more than 1100 people with disabilities in the region.

Mrs Smith said excitement was already building in anticipation of the draw, to take place on February 22.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to see someone be rung and offered a $50,000 car,” he said.

“There are so many reactions from people – it’s quite an interesting thing to anticipate.”

Tickets can be purchased from the Marketplace, outside Myer or from Kurrajong Waratah.

HELPING HAND: RE/MAX is helping sell tickets for the Kurrajong Waratah Art Union raffle, with Dave Skow and Christa Lindsay doing a shift, along with regular volunteer Chris Chalmers. Picture: Keith Wheeler

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南京夜网 22/07/2019

MP’s fire trail ire doused by RFS

AN audit of fire trail management and closures in the past 20 years has been demanded by South Coast MP Shelley Hancock following the recent Deans Gap bushfire.
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The call came following a claim by former bulldozer driver Bob Gledhill that Drovers Ridge fire trail, which had been closed, was an important line of defence against fires in the far west of Morton National Park.

Mrs Hancock said she was appalled to learn that volunteers and contractors had to reopen fire trails, which she believed had not been maintained, during the recent fire emergency.

Mrs Hancock recently told 2ST she was angry over the closure of fire trails in the region and was prepared to raise the matter on the floor of State Parliament.

In particular Mrs Hancock was concerned over the closure of the Drovers Ridge fire trail which used to run from near Burrier to Touga near Nerriga.

However, Shoalhaven’s acting fire control officer Mark Williams said the RFS was happy with the overall management of fire trails in the Shoalhaven.

He said the upkeep of the region’s 200 fire trails was a joint effort involving members of the Shoalhaven Bush Fire Management committee.

The area covered by the committee is more than 4600 square kilometres, spanning 160 kilometres of coast from Berry to Durras Lake.

Throughout the area, land tenures are held by federal, state and local government as well as private landholders.

Mr Williams, who is also the executive officer of the Shoalhaven Bush Fire Management committee but was speaking on behalf of the RFS, said there were no issues with fire trails that had been raised with the RFS to his knowledge.

“We have over 200 trails in Shoalhaven that are identified and managed by the committee.

“We can dictate the level of quality required for each trail. For example, a primary trail must be maintained in usable condition.

“The secondary fire trails are identified for us to call on should we need them.

“The reason bulldozers go out is to dress up any secondary trails that have been lying dormant but might be needed depending on the fire behaviour.

“We don’t put dozer drivers in the direct path of fire.

“It is not feasible to maintain all 200 fire trails as primary trails.”

Mr Williams said while he was not familiar with the Drovers Ridge fire trail he said it may well have been a prudent trail.

“From an RFS perspective we’re happy with what we’ve got and if anything comes up we always have the ability to discuss it in the committee.”

Mr Williams said landholders who had been instructed by the committee to build or maintain a fire trail were able to apply for funding to assist with the work.

National Parks and Wildlife Service regional manager for the South Coast Diane Garrood said Drovers Ridge in Morton National Park was a remote walking route and not identified as a fire trail or as a trail of strategic importance by firefighting agencies in the Shoalhaven.

“It was not required as a fire control line in the recent Deans Gap fire southwest of Nowra,” Ms Garrood said.

“As part of a co-ordinated approach, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service work closely with other agencies and land managers on fire management in the Shoalhaven to minimise bushfire risk, and this includes the maintenance of a network of identified fire trails.

“The Drovers Ridge area has not had vehicle traffic for more than 15 years.”

FIRE CONTROL: A containment line constructed by a bulldozer on the north-western front of the recent Deans Gap fire.

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南京夜网 22/07/2019

Parent anger over Stanley school ‘closure’

GALLERY: Click or flick across the above image for more photos from the fiery meeting.
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ANOTHER meeting has been called to discuss the fate of Stanley Primary School after frustrated parents say their questions weren’t answered last night.

What was meant to be a short community forum turned into a heated hour-long discussion with more than 70 attending.

Indigo councillor Bernard Gaffney moved for another meeting next week.

“This is going around in circles,” Cr Gaffney said.

The meeting next Wednesday will involve members of council, parents of prospective students and the Department of Education regional field officer Tony Gooden.

The school is not operating this term after most of its 11 students from last year enrolled at other schools due to what parents say were issues with the principal.

Parent Katherine Collins voiced her concerns.

She had to find a new school for her daughter the day before school returned.

“The department called and said there would be no school and asked what we were going to do with her,” she said.

“It was the day before school started and we were asked to find another school.

“They made a time for us to see the principal in Beechworth and she is there but she doesn’t like it.”

Mr Gooden said two students had to find a school at the last minute.

“They were already enrolled and didn’t realise what had happened,” he said.

“The department made sure they had a placement at Beechworth Primary School.”

Mrs Collins believed the school would be operating as normal had parents been able to talk with the principal, who has been on sick leave since November.

“If she sat down and had a talk it wouldn’t have gone this far,” Mrs Collins said.

Another resident said the department wanted the school to close.

Mr Gooden said the community’s opinion would be considered before any decision was made its future.

“We have not closed the school and have no intentions of closing the school,” he said.

Amber Croft was one of many parents who voiced their concerns. PHOTO: Tara Goonan.

concerned parent Katherine Collins, who has a daughter who was enrolled in the school as a 5th generation student, voiced her concerns. PHOTO: Tara Goonan.

Jenny O’Connor received a loud applause from the parents when she asked the Department of Education representative to be clear and to outline the intentions of the department moving forward. PHOTO: Tara Goonan.

Former Acting School Council President, Kimberley Taylor, expresses her concerns. PHOTO: Tara Goonan.

Kelli Hicks sharing her concerns. PHOTO: Tara Goonan.

Regional Field Officer with the Department of Education, Tony Gooden, addressing the group before question time. PHOTO: Tara Goonan.

Regional Field Officer with the Department of Education, Tony Gooden, addressing the group before question time. PHOTO: Tara Goonan.

PHOTO: Tara Goonan.

“We will consult … to see what possible future there is … but if it’s determined down the track that we can’t sustain a school in Stanley any longer then it will close.”

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南京夜网 22/07/2019

Plea to restore bridge access

LONGTIME Parma Road resident David Phelps has encouraged Shoalhaven City Council staff to “think outside the square” when it comes to repairing the bridge over Parma Creek, which has been closed to traffic.
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Access to Parma Road at Falls Creek from the Princes Highway has been cut following recent structural damage to the bridge, with council saying it may take at minimum of six weeks for repairs, depending on the supplying of materials needed.

Council had previously reduced both the speed and load limits on the bridge in an attempt to prolong its lifespan after it had suffered damage – it was even reduced to a single lane.

But it is believed more than one heavy vehicle used the road on the Monday of the recent long weekend, causing catastrophic failure in a key longitudinal timber beam.

Residents are now required to access Parma Road from the western end at Braidwood Road, in some case doubling the time it would take them to make the trip to Nowra or even longer if they were trying to head south to Jervis Bay.

Mr Phelps, who has lived on Parma Road for nearly 65 years, believes council could solve the problem easily in the interim, again allowing light traffic to cross the bridge.

“I’m no engineer, but I’ve got down under the bridge and had a look and as I understand it the major damage is to the split beam on the outside of the upstream side,” he said.

“I’m only a cow cockie but for a start, wouldn’t you try to strap or plate it to at least give it support?

“The bridge has already been reduced to one lane, allowing a walkway on the southern side, which is about two metres wide.

“Why not reduce that walkway to around a metre and move the roadway in two metres from the northern edge and that would still allow a single lane across the bridge that could be used by light traffic.

“There are two large beams in the centre of the bridge that could take the load.”

Another alternative Mr Phelps has suggested is a Bailey bridge, which is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge, developed by the British during World War II for military use and currently used in emergencies by the RMS.

“A Bailey bridge could be placed on the southern side of the current bridge and used in the interim until the necessary repairs are carried out,” he said.

“I acknowledge that council has a duty of care but it’s not rocket science, let’s think outside the square.

“While it is estimated to be a minimum of six weeks I would say it will be a lot longer than that.”

Mr Phelps said there had been a huge increase in traffic using the road since work began on the Princes Highway upgrade at South Nowra.

“People try to whiz up our road or even Turpentine Road to try to avoid the traffic hold-ups at South Nowra,” he said.

“I heard one resident on the western end of the road say they estimated up to 2000 vehicles a day were using the road – RMS and the council combined to tar some of the western end of the road to alleviate the dust problems.”

At this stage the buses taking students to Falls Creek School are stopping on the eastern side of the bridge and dropping off the students who then walk the 800-odd metres to the school.

“The school has a lot of students who come from the southern area and they are brought to school by the parents and they also have to stop on the eastern side and walk them over,” Mr Phelps said.

“It appears this may take longer than we have been told – a bus stop and shelter has now been erected on the western side of the closed bridge.

“Last year it was advertised for design work or tendering for construction of a new bridge.

“This needs to happen sooner rather than later.

“It was mentioned for the 2014-15 estimates but I don’t think any funds have actually been allocated in the budget.”

Mr Phelps and his family have operated a farm tourism business on their property for nearly 20 years and while he admitted the closure of the road from the highway is affecting his business, it was the schoolchildren he was concerned about.

“They are the ones I worry about and the young mums who take their children to school and now have to take other siblings on the trek as well,” he said.

“My concern is also the possibility of a bushfire.

“We might be nice and green now after the recent rain but it would only take a few westerly winds and some hot temperatures for us to return to fire danger.

“If a fire was to come from the west I’m concerned we wouldn’t be able to get the kids out – they definitely wouldn’t be able to get up Parma Road as that’s where the fire would be coming from.”

CUT OFF: Parma Road resident David Phelps inspects the damage to the Parma Creek Bridge which has closed the road preventing access west from the Princes Highway.

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