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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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...
Rare super pod of humpback whales sighted off Sapphire Coast
Community
A pod of up to 100 whales has recently been spotted off the NSW Sapphire Coast. Dubbed a 'super pod', it is only the second time such a large congregation has been sighted in Australian waters, with the previous sighting being in the same waters in 2020. Stunning images of the pod were captured by marine scientists with tour operators...
Residents and visitors urged to be patient as COVID-19 testing queues grow
News
Health authorities are urging residents and visitors to be patient as queues for COVID-19 testing continue to grow across the region following the outbreak of virus cases in the ACT. Queues for testing started outside all Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) hospitals yesterday afternoon and resumed again this morning (Friday, 13 August). There are also reports of delays to...
CatholicCare and Marymead to join forces
Community
Two of the region's leading community organisations are joining forces, with Marymead and CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn merging to create one agency: Marymead CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn. Both Marymead and CatholicCare have been operating as separate agencies delivering community services for more than 118 years combined. Marymead - founded in 1967 - has offices in Canberra, Goulburn, Moruya, Young and Wagga...
A colourful character shares his memories of Moruya
Community
Known for the colourful paintwork of his commercial buildings in the Eurobodalla town centres, publican and businessman Michel Patrick Nader has seen a lot of change since arriving in Moruya in 1929. Now aged in his 90s, Michel can still be found working at the Monarch Hotel on Moruya's main street. With a mischievous twinkle in his eyes, it is easy to...
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...
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