About Karyn Starmer

Karyn Starmer is a second career journalist working in print, radio and digital 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 in search of a better balance of life. While immersed in her local South Coast community, Canberra is her second home - she spends a lot of time on the Kings Highway.

Passionate about the changing media landscape, telling stories and building a thoughtful, intelligent voice is at the heart of all her work.

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Gilmore’s fate may not be as clear cut as it seems
News
The federal seat of Gilmore, stretching along the South Coast from Kiama to Tuross Head, has slipped off the national election radar, written off by the election commentators as a likely win to Liberal candidate and previous NSW member for Bega Andrew Constance. This is despite Labor's Fiona Phillips taking the seat with a swing of 3.34 per cent in 2019...
The story of Moruya granite and the creation of a famous bridge stone by stone
Community
90 years ago this week,  Captain Francis de Groot upstaged NSW Premier Jack Lang and cut the ribbon to open the Sydney Harbour Bridge. While the bridge and its chief engineer John Bradfield are now famous, the part the town of Moruya and its granite played in the structure's 89-metre-high pylons remains in the shadows of the iconic bridge. Moruya...
Future of northern access to Congo to be decided by councillors
News
In a blow to Congo residents, Eurobodalla Shire Council has said the northern access to Congo is to remain closed for the foreseeable future and that any future access may involve construction of a new road with the ultimate decision to be voted on by the new Eurobodalla Shire councillors. Access to the village of Congo was closed to the...
Mossy Point home sells for a new record price
Property
While the property market in the city looks like it is finally pausing for breath, the record prices continue on the South Coast, with a three-bedroom Mossy Point home recently selling for $3.35 million. Sitting in one of the best locations in Mossy Point with beautiful views over the Mossy Point Reserve, the Tomakin Rivermouth, Burri Point and the ocean, 201 Annetts...
Prestige lakeside living in the Snowy Mountains
Property
Sit back and relax - and pinch yourself that you're living on Lake Jindabyne and not Aspen. Just over half an hour to the ski fields, this meticulously detailed family home at 10 Old Kosciuszko Road in East Jindabyne has everything you could ask for in a luxury Snowy Mountain escape. Featuring mountain and lake views with direct access to the...
Staff shortages hit coastal businesses hoping for a bumper summer
News
Have you noticed that service at your favourite bistro or bar is a little slower than usual, or a favourite is missing from the menu? While the COVID-19 pandemic is wearing us all down, spare a thought for the entire hospitality industry, particularly on the NSW South Coast. Hotels, clubs, restaurants and accommodation providers are struggling from the flow-on effects...
Traffic changes on the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain
News
Motorists travelling between Canberra and the South Coast on the Kings Highway could face delays from next week. Slope remediation work, as part of the second stage of National Disaster Recovery on the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain, will recommence on Monday 10 January 2022, after ceasing temporarily in mid-December due to wet weather and machine repairs.  READ ALSO: Bay filmmaker breaking...
Road to Congo to remain closed despite protests
News
Congo residents and supporters gathered outside Eurobodalla Shire Council chambers on Wednesday, 15 December to protest the closure of the public right of way access to Congo village, 10km south-east of Moruya. There are two roads to the village - Congo Road south - a sealed public road to the Princes highway via Bingie Road, and Congo Road north - a...
Congo protest wins endangered Bangalay trees a 48-hour reprieve
News
Residents gathered in Congo today (29 November) to protest against the impending destruction of large old Bangalay trees 10km southeast of Moruya. These trees, along a gravel road running beside the Congo Sand Quarry just outside of the village of Congo, are part of an endangered Sand Bangalay Forest, providing habitat for the nationally threatened Greater Glider population as well...
Magnificent Yass estate has it all (just tell your friends you bought a resort)
Property
There may not be enough adjectives to describe this rural property: it is the ultimate in country living. Packed with features you may not even have thought of (but you may suddenly need), your family and friends will be awestruck, and you will be living the life of your dreams. Sitting at the end of a gorgeous tree-lined driveway, Kikenbak is situated...
Meet Stuart Whitelaw, Moruya’s ‘River’ man
Arts & Culture
There are people who talk of their grand aspirations to make the world a better place, and then there are those who quietly work on projects that become catalysts for significant change. Eurobodalla architect Stuart Whitelaw is the latter. Stuart's modesty hides the significance of his collaborative work that has resulted in a quiet food revolution, with the growth of...
Make stunning coastal property at Malua Bay your new holiday house
Property
A much loved family home in Malua Bay is on the market that ticks all the boxes for a house on the coast. Flat walk to the ocean, views from the deck, room for the boat and a bunk room for the kids – tick, tick, tick, tick. Set on a quiet no-through road, and backing onto a leafy reserve, 15...
Stromlo Running Festival postponed to March 2022
News
The region's largest trail running event, the Stromlo Running Festival (SRF), scheduled to be held on 21 and 22 November, has been postponed to 5 and 6 March 2022.  Organisers said it was a heartbreaking decision to move the festival, "but we had to make a call and sooner was better", event director Mel Bingley said. "We are devastated we couldn't...
Recipe for success: Tessa Schwarz with a delicious chicken dish the whole family will love
Food & Wine
She is the creator of countless stunning country weddings and caterer to some of Canberra's most glamorous soirees, but Tessa Schwarz is also perfectly happy in a pair jeans and riding boots at her historic property overlooking Coila Lake, 10km south of Moruya. A caterer for almost 30 years, Tessa is bringing her brand of simple, stylish food to Region...
Mixed results for Eurobodalla’s first business confidence survey
Business
Recently released Business Confidence Research, compiled via an online survey of Eurobodalla businesses, has shown a cautiously optimistic outlook across the shire. Eurobodalla Shire Council engaged Micromex Research and Consulting to undertake analysis of data from the inaugural Business Confidence Questionnaire conducted online during June and July 2021. The second half of the survey was carried out during the start...
How can the community share responsibility for emergency management?
Community
The phrase 'the fires changed everything' is often repeated across the bushfire-affected regions of southeast NSW since the Black Summer of 2019-2020. There are now calls to rethink and change the approach to emergency management to include a formal community voice among the services tasked to plan and respond to natural disasters. With the Bushfires Royal Commission now in full...
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