About Karyn Starmer

Karyn Starmer is a second career journalist working freelance in print, radio and online media after completing a Masters in Journalism. Karyn began her working life as a financial markets trader for an international bank but wandered away from Sydney. Now immersed in her local South Coast community, Canberra is a virtual second home and she spends a lot of time on the Kings Highway.

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ANU medical students bring their skills and care to a coastal classroom
News
What do weeds and ANU medical students have in common? They are both popping up everywhere. However, unlike weeds, the medical students are very welcome visitors to the Eurobodalla. As part of ANU Rural Week, a group of students from the ANU medical school recently swapped scrubs and masks for boots and gardening gloves, scalpels and stethoscopes for picks and...
Eurobodalla residents offer passion and expertise to develop urgent climate solutions
Community
In an effort to bring climate change solutions to the top of the list of priorities for the next Eurobodalla Shire Council, more than 100 shire residents representing 42 community groups brought their passion, skills and expertise to a Eurobodalla community forum designed to consider the climate issues facing the region. The participants from a wide range of fields – from farmers to artists,...
Early bird entries for running festival to close soon
What's On
Set among the trails of Stromlo Forest Park, with generous cut-off times and a range of distances to suit everyone, the 2021 Stromlo Running Festival is a great opportunity to step off the road and into nature. And you may leave the roads forever. This year's festival, to be held on 20-21 November, will see runners head for the hills...
A rural retreat designed for modern Australian living
Property
A true rural retreat, Hazelgrove is all about a modern Australian country lifestyle with plenty of space inside and out.  This architecturally designed country estate at 10 Murray St in Collector is impressive from the outset. Featuring two soaring levels, this north-facing, four-bedroom, double brick home, completed in 2006, was designed by prominent local architect Andrew Randall from Dutaillas Architects. Located...
Veterans welcome announcement of Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans Suicide
News
In a move welcomed by the veteran community, the Federal Government has given in to mounting pressure from the defence community and today announced that it will establish a Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans Suicide. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the royal commission will be set up after listening to community calls for a national inquiry focusing on the systemic...
Retreat-style living in the heart of Bungendore
Property
Dreaming of country living without the work of an acreage? This picturesque three-bedroom country-styled cottage at 83 Turallo Terrace in Bungendore may be your perfect option. Surrounded by nature with local cattle wandering by, this gorgeous weatherboard home overlooks a luscious and tranquil landscape that will not be outbuilt. This paradise truly is one to be seen. Well-positioned in the sought...
Heavy rain sees flooding and dangerous seas along the coast
News
Following heavy rains in the upper catchment and surrounding districts, minor flooding is occurring along the Deua River at Wamban west of Moruya. Araluen Road at the Kiora Bridge is now closed with floodwaters over the bridge. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast further moderate to heavy rain for Sunday into Tuesday. The situation is being closely monitored. The Deua River...
Call for more housing as city residents make the move to the regions
Property
New research shows 20 per cent of city residents are looking to move to the regions, with more than half wanting to make the jump within the next 12 months. The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) commissioned qualitative and quantitative research of more than 1,000 people living in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth considering moving to regional Australia. The research was...
Insurance headaches continue for people affected by fire and storm damage
Business
Insurance is something we tend to set and forget, but one year on from the Black Summer bushfires, hail storms and floods that wreaked havoc on our region, home owners and businesses are learning some hard lessons – reporting multiple problems with the insurance they thought was going to help them when they needed it. One of the biggest issues to...
Colleen’s workplace is an absolute beachfront
Community
What do you do when you have nine children and find yourself suddenly unemployed? If you are anything like Colleen Adams, you have a brief panic and then set your sights on what's next. One year ago, Colleen and her husband, Daniel, were managers of a horse stud in the NSW Upper Hunter but the owner sold the property and...
Goodwin extends services to the South Coast
Community
The ties between the capital and the coast have been further strengthened with Goodwin Aged Care Services expanding to the NSW South Coast for the first time in its 65-year history with the acquisition of The Manor retirement village in Batemans Bay. Founded in Canberra in 1954, Goodwin is a not-for-profit specialist in retirement living delivering in-home care, residential care...
More traffic interruptions for Batemans Bay Bridge project
News
Motorists travelling on Clyde Street west in Batemans Bay are advised that the turn-around area at the end of the street will be widened to accommodate long vehicles. The works will impact the area along the southern foreshore as well as parking and access to the private jetty at the end of the road. Transport NSW has advised work is part...
Businesses urged to be proactive as protections end on 31 December
Business
Government protections for companies there were put in place during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic are due to be lifted on 31 December, potentially exposing the economy to a raft of bankruptcies and liquidations. Among the package of stimulus measures announced in March, federal, state and territory governments suspended some of the rules that apply to companies in...
Lifesavers respond to crowds and incidents
News
Surf lifesavers have been responding to numerous incidents across the Christmas period, including a drowning at Mungo Brush, Myall Lake on Saturday.​ On the South Coast and in Wollongong, beaches were deemed to be over-crowded and restrictions were implemented. Alerts were issued on the Beachsafe website and app for locations including Surf Beach near Batemans Bay and Austinmer in Wollongong....
ACT’s COVID-19 restrictions to stay in place for Christmas
News
The ACT will keep its restrictions on travellers in place for Christmas and most likely until New Year's Day as local authorities remain wary of community transmission associated with the Sydney COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian announced 'modest changes' to coronavirus restrictions for the Christmas period after the state recorded eight new cases on Wednesday. The Avalon cluster now...
Belgravia campgrounds on the South Coast are leading the way in sustainability
Environment
Remote campgrounds often pose challenges with power and connectivity, but the operators of Eurobodalla's primitive campgrounds saw these hurdles as an opportunity to meet the company's sustainability goals. Australian leisure management company Belgravia Leisure operate Eurobodalla Shire Council's three campgrounds along the NSW South Coast at Moruya North Head, Dalmeny and Mystery Bay. Belgravia Leisure operates health clubs, caravan and...
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