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Oct.22. 2021: @acenewsservices

Police hunt van driver after Kembla Grange derailmentPolice and ambos say it’s a miracle no one was killed in this week’s train crash. Looking at the pictures, you can see what they mean. Police are now searching for the driver of the stolen van that caused the 4-carriage passenger train to derail.

Here’s how passengers describe being in the crashTsehay Hawkins in a yellow wiggles costume with three other figures next to her.Bargo teenager Tsehay Hawkins promoted to Yellow WiggleTsehay remembers dancing to the Wiggles as a toddler in the family’s Bargo home. Little did she know just over a decade later she’d be a Wiggle herself. The teenager replaces Emma Watkins who’s hanging up her yellow skivvy after 11 years making Fruit Salad and driving in a Big Red Car.

Why Tsehay’s upbringing makes her perfect for the roleA gray building which is an age care centre in Tarrawanna.Illawarra registers a second COVID-19 deathA second man in his 90s has died after contracting COVID at IRT’s Tarrawanna Aged Care Centre. More than two dozen residents and several employees have now been infected during the outbreak. Local aged care workers say they’re feeling more anxious as restrictions ease.

Why staff think it’s inevitable there will be more casesA man in a light blue shirt standing in a shop in front of a staircaseRegional travel delays anger local businessesAre you having trouble keeping up with regional travel restrictions? You’re not alone. The goal posts changed again this week. Travel from Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Shellharbour to other parts of regional NSW has been pushed back to November 1. Local businesses that rely on tourism are NOT happy.

Find out who is to blame, according to this Berrima business ownerA man in a blue shirt sitting on a sofa next to his dogMan charged over caravan park murderA Nowra man has been charged with the murder of Jervis Bay resident David McArthur (pictured). Mr McArthur was stabbed at the Palm Beach Caravan Park in July. Raymond Allen, 39, was arrested at the Silverwater Correctional Facility and will appear in Nowra Local Court in December.

Arrest comes after police appeal for informationNRL player George Burgess in a suit walking out of court next to another man in a suit.Dragons player avoids conviction over road rageNewly-signed men’s St George Illawarra player George Burgess was put on a good behaviour bond this week after he destroyed a man’s phone during a road rage incident.

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Why did Burgess smash the truck driver’s mobile?Rubble and debris of a fire in an abandoned hospital buildingFire rips through abandoned psychatric hospital in GoulburnThe Kenmore Hospital was built in 1894 and remained in use as a psychiatric facility until the early 2000s. But its long history has come to an end as the heritage-listed building was destroyed by fire over the weekend.

Forensic investigators are hunting for the cause of the fireA man in a black shirt posing next to a man in a white shirtThe Kiama ex-tradies with more than a million followers Jack used to work in his dad’s plastering business. Matt dabbled on the tools. Fast forward a couple of years and these two blokes from Kiama now have millions of followers on Instagram, Tik Tok and YouTube, and model for some of the world’s top fashion labels. But all with their tongues firmly in their cheeks.

Why are these best mates from Kiama High so popular?
Bushfire smoke nearly killed RebekahFor weeks during the 2020 bushfires, Rebekah Webb’s Sanctuary Point home was shrouded in smoke. The physiotherapist’s asthma got worse and worse until one day while working at Shellharbour Private Hospital, she felt her chest tighten to the point where she thought she might die.

Do we need ‘clean air shelters’ in Australia?A comic of a koala figure with piercings and a hatWhy thousands are buying ‘bogan’ koala This story has it all – three savvy Shoalhaven locals, cryptocurrency, a narrow escape from bushfires, top-selling art and bogan “drop bears”. Intrigued? 

You’ll have to read this to find out moreA man  in a suit giving a press conference for journalists.Battle for Liberal pre-selection in Gilmore heats upThere’ll be some fierce competition for Liberal pre-selection in Gilmore when nominations open on November 1. Bega MP and former Transport Minister Andrew Constance has already announced his intention to quit state politics and run for the federal seat. But local solicitor Paul Ell is also being talked about as a contender.

Meet these two local contenders for the seatA  yellow for sale sing at a real estate.‘Local heroes’ priced out of the property marketIt’s not just low-income families who are struggling to get into the housing market. Social housing advocates say increasingly essential workers such as teachers, nurses, hospitality and aged care workers find they can’t afford a home.

And everyone is pointing fingers at who’s to blameA woman driving a car.L-drivers forced to wait months for a P-plate test after COVID lockdownDo you remember how excited you were going for your drivers’ licence? Imagine being told you have to wait until the New Year to book your test! That’s what happened to one Shoalhaven teenager who now won’t be able to work over summer.

How long will it take to clear the backlog of drivers?A fenced gorge  with rocks and treesFirst nations leaders urge NSW to adopt Juukan Gorge findingsIndigenous leaders on the south coast say the Juukan Gorge inquiry could influence how mining permission is granted on the Illawarra escarpment and around the Minnamurra River.

Could the findings help protect Wollongong’s ‘Whale Cave’?A man standing next to a sign which reads arrow fire zone wildfire base.Local firies repay the favour fighting wildfires in CanadaIt didn’t take much to convince RFS volunteer James Koens to don his uniform and head to British Columbia to help Canadian firefighters who’d been battling intense blazes and heatwaves for months. The deputy captain of the Alpine-Aylmerton brigade said “it was an honour to represent Australia”.

What’s the difference between fire behaviour in Australia and Canada?A woman sitting a log of wood.Local celebrated at rural awardsShe’s been a champion for small dairy farmers and she makes fantastic, award-winning cheese. Cressida Cains from Pecora Dairy in Robbo has been named runner-up in the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

Read the inspiring stories of Cressida and other rural womenAn image of the ocean and rocks.What else made news in the past week?Do you miss this place?: Booderee National Park has started a staged re-opening with Shoalhaven residents now able to visit the Indigenous-run park for day trips. Park management said in a statement that it would welcome back visitors from outside the area in the coming weeks but didn’t give a specific date.

Petition for hydogen-fuelled Gong shuttle: Wollongong MP Paul Scully and Deputy Mayor Tania Brown are calling for the Wollongong shuttle to be the state’s first hydrogen-powered bus service. Mr Scully says the free service would make an ideal pilot project for the transition to hydrogen fuel.

South Kiama development gets the green light: The Department of Planning has approved the rezoning of a large parcel of agricultural land south of Kiama. The rezoning will allow for about 444 dwellings to be built on the western side of the highway. Local MP Gareth Ward says he’s disappointed by the decision which is not in keeping with the region’s strategic plan.

Milton property manager banned from real estate: 50-year-old Adele Woods made more than 50 transfers from the Tucker Real Estate trust to her personal account between 2016 and 2019. She also made false entries in the company’s books to cover up the illegal activity. She was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and placed on a good behaviour bond.

Figtree sex charges: A 46-year-old man has been charged over an alleged public sexual act in Figtree. Police allege he approached a teenage girl on a footpath and performed a sexual act in front of her. He’ll reappear in court next month.

North Beach promenade and terraces to be named after Emma McKeon: Wollongong City Council approved the naming of the under-construction promenade and terraces at this week’s council meeting. Emma’s mum Suzie says council consulted with Emma and the family and they’re pleased with the decision.

Two teenagers arrested over theft of surf club buggy: Two boys, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested over the theft of a beach buggy, a surf rescue board and a megaphone from the Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club. The gear was  worth around $23,000.

Homelessness taskforce meets for first time in over a year:Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley says the region’s homelessness taskforce has been re-established to deal with the escalating housing crisis locally. She says COVID has exacerbated the issue and people can no longer afford rent without government assistance…..Visit our website for more local newsAn image of mountains with trees,The best photos from around the country Katarina Ferro shared this incredible shot of Fitzroy Falls with us. “I’ve missed this view,” she said. Haven’t we all! Make sure to get out and about this weekend and rediscover our beautiful region.

See the latest photos on the #ABCmyphoto websiteTwo birds sitting on a treeHow’s the weather looking?Have you been taking advantage of any break in the weather to do the Backyard Bird Count this week? You’d nearly miss these tawny frogmouths just south of Ulladulla if you weren’t looking closely. More rain ahead for the weekend but we might see sunshine by early to mid next week.

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