About Sharon Kelley

Sharon began her career in studying for a degree in journalism, majoring in photography and linguistics. She went on to obtain a post-graduate qualification in communications. Since then, she has worked in the public, private and community sectors as a professional journalist and public relations manager. Her areas of interest are property, business, the startup sector, community, and motoring.

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Rotary clubs deliver new pavilion to Kiah community
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council has expressed thanks to the Rotary clubs of Merimbula, Pambula, Bega and Northbridge in Sydney ahead of the formal – COVID-19 safe – opening of the Kiah Pavilion on Saturday, 8 August. Mayor Sharon Tapscott thanked Rotary for its generosity of funds and hard labour to complete the project in the town of Kiah, south of Eden...
Basil Sellers Art Prize finalists announced
Arts & Culture
Finalists for the biennial Basil Sellers Art Prize have been announced, with the winner to be revealed on Friday, 9 October. The works of the selected finalists will be exhibited at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya from Saturday, 10 October to Monday, 9 November. The Basil Sellers Art Prize is named after Australian businessman and philanthropist Basil Sellers,...
Modern country masterpiece at beautiful Binalong
Property
Binalong is just past Yass, around 75 minutes from Canberra's city centre. It's a peaceful town, with a population of around 500, offering a country lifestyle and the peace and quiet that comes with it. The home at 28-32 Mylora Street in Binalong was constructed in 2010, and is a striking country homestead. Built in a traditional country farmhouse style,...
Four new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wagga Wagga
News
Two women, a man and a child - all from the same household - tested positive for COVID-19 in Wagga Wagga over the weekend. The four new cases bring the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the region to 54. The four people recently returned from Victoria and have been in self-isolation. Hospital in the Home will be used to...
Art Month Sapphire Coast 2020 goes digital with Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Arts & Culture
In spite of bushfires, floods and COVID-19, art is alive and well in the Bega Valley Shire. A new digital arts showcase launched on Saturday (1 August), promoting the region's artists, musicians and talent. The Bega Valley Regional Gallery (BVRG) launched Art Month Sapphire Coast 2020, a digital celebration of artistic talent from the region, while the gallery itself hosts...
Council appeals for public help to prevent water theft from fire hydrants
News
A local water delivery company has been caught stealing water from a fire hydrant in what Goulburn Mulwaree Council described as theft from ratepayers and a risk to water safety and quality. The company has been fined by council for the theft. Filling water tankers from fire hydrants poses a high risk to water quality, with no protection against backflow...
Swimmers urged not to go in the water after heavy rains
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council Environmental Health Coordinator Nathan Ladmore has urged residents not to go swimming or surfing, due to polluted water and debris from the bushfires which is washing into local waterways. The warning extends to beaches, lakes, and rivers, which have deteriorating water quality from runoff due to the heavy rain and bushfire debris. Mr Ladmore urged residents to...
NSW South Coast Surf Life Saving clubs receive $324,263 in grants
News
The NSW Government has announced $4 million in funding for Surf Life Saving clubs across the state, including a combined $324,263 for clubs in Batemans Bay, Tathra and Bermagui. Batemans Bay SLSC will receive a grant of $97,500 for an upgrade to its patrol room and call-out capability, while Tathra SLSC will refurbish its clubhouse amenities and patrol room thanks...
Cameron Richards wins 2020 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award
Arts & Culture
The 2020 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award has been won by Western Australian physiotherapist Cameron Richards from a field of 38 outstanding entries. Mr Richards has no formal art education and uses painting as a creative outlet. He used acrylic on canvas for the winning portrait entitled Miss Priya Premkumar. As a guest judge, National Portrait Gallery director Karen Quinlan...
Hefty discount on developer charges for Tribe Breweries’ local jobs efforts
News
Tribe Breweries' purpose-built brewery in Goulburn will get a hefty 50 per cent discount on its developer charges for 2019-2020 water and sewerage after exceeding local employment requirements put in place by Goulburn Mulwaree Council in 2018. Tribe has a staff of 46 full-time and five part-time local employees, far surpassing council's requirement of an increase of 10 full-time staff....
Award-winning employment revolution to continue
Community
Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Employment Revolution project has secured funding to extend its youth jobs project for a further 12 months. The Eurobodalla Employment Revolution partners with local employers, government, agencies and education providers to connect job seekers with employment and training opportunities. The project has two focuses: filling jobs in health and community services, Eurobodalla’s fastest growing employment sector, and...
Why the Polaris side-by-side is about to become a farmer’s new best friend
Business
The iconic image of a farmer herding a flock of sheep or a herd of cows from a quad bike, directing sheepdogs with a whistle, will soon become a memory. These days, you are more likely to see a farmer on a trail bike, or on a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle like a Polaris. The reason is a new safety standard...
Environmental weeds management crucial to Eurobodalla’s bushfire recovery
Environment
Eurobodalla Shire Council has received more than $1.8 million to bolster environmental recovery efforts following the Black Summer bushfires. The funding comes from a number of grants from the federal and NSW governments, WIRES, Landcare Australia and the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. According to Eurobodalla Shire Council's natural resource supervisor, Heidi Thomson, the most pressing issues are invasive weed control, improving...
Eurobodalla Shire Council facilities close in response to COVID-19
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has announced it will close some of its facilities until a clearer picture emerges from the current Batemans Bay COVID-19 cluster. The council says the measures are temporary and will be reviewed as this week progresses. From Monday, 20 July, the waste management facilities at Surf Beach and Brou will only be open for bushfire clean-up contractors,...
Hard rubbish collection to begin next week
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council is set to begin its annual hard waste collection next week. Kerbside collections will begin at Tilba and North Narooma on Monday, 20 July, and finish at South Durras in late September. Eurobodalla Shire Council's waste services divisional manger, Amanda Jones, said the hard waste collection includes fridges, microwaves, rolls of carpet, garden tools and furniture. “Households...
3Bs Playgroup introduces ‘forest school’ to help kids with anxiety
Community
Eurobodalla Shire Council's children's services' 3Bs Playgroup has brought forward plans to introduce nature-based learning through its 'forest school'. While currently unable to operate due to COVID-19 restrictions, 3Bs offers virtual playgroups, with added activities and competitions through its Facebook page. Playgroups co-ordinator Lisa Heinze says physical playgroups will restart only when health and education authorities deem it safe, and that now...
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