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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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...
Sharks sighted feeding off whale carcass near Broulee
News
Sharks have been sighted feeding off a whale carcass in waters near Broulee on the state’s South Coast. The carcass of a whale was founding floating in the water approximately 300 metres east of Broulee Island around 6:30 pm on Saturday 19 December. Beaches have been closed following a warning by NSW Police to stay out of the water. Police...
Leading Australian public servant puts retirement on hold to give back
Business
One year ago, Glenys Beauchamp was Secretary of the Department of Health, preparing for her upcoming retirement after nearly 40 years in the public service, including nine at Secretary level. It had been a stellar career: as one of the first women to head a Commonwealth department, Beauchamp is the recipient of the Public Service Medal for her work co-ordinating...
Aspen Medical to distribute new contact tracing technology to help business get back on track
Business
While the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, exciting developments in portable contact tracing and scanning technology are offering a long-term solution to getting business and events back up and running. The technology, including a range of cost-effective wearable devices, will give business a means of effective site control and contact tracing for a wide range of applications. Canberra's Aspen...
A note from the coast as you prepare for the summer
Opinion
With the streets in bloom and the cold days of a particularly bleak winter behind us, it's time for Canberrans to turn their attention to the coast. Dreaming of long days and warm, salty air, it's time to pull out the shorts to reveal legs that have only seen the light of a bathroom, pack the car and head down...
Proof that staying regional can deliver business success
Business
Many young people move away from regional areas to study and work, adhering to the age-old belief that to succeed in business or industry, you need to live in the city. But Southern Phone CEO David Joss is proof you don't have to abandon regional life to be a business leader on the national stage. With its head office in...
Collaboration and support is key to Bega Valley business success
Business
After two years of helping Bega Valley entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to life, the Bega Valley Innovation Hub (BVIH) is hoping for news of a new round of funding to keep the successful business startup program going. BVIH regional manager Mia Maze says the locally delivered and facilitated program has now supported more than 120 local businesses. With a...
Black Lives Matter in Moruya
Community
A small but determined group of young people gathered in Moruya on Saturday to join the Black Lives Matter rallies across the country. Gathering at 10 am outside the Eurobodalla Shire Council offices, they marched through town, waving placards, briefly stopping outside the Moruya Police Station to speak to the assembled group. Participant Marama Bownsdone said that today's protest was...
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