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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Eye-catching Mittagong family home with lush gardens on the market
Property
Mittagong in NSW is about 90-minutes south of Sydney, just off the Hume Highway, with a rail line direct to Sydney for commuters. The home at 5 Murchison Street in Mittagong is a chance to buy not only a very beautiful home but a lifestyle opportunity for a tree change in the Southern Highlands. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home sits on...
Eurobodalla students can now access free online help with homework
Community
Students will be able to access online help with their homework through a program called Studiosity, which is set to be made available through Eurobodalla's libraries. The program is an online tutoring service and will be free for students in the shire from year five through to university level. It was paid for with bushfire recovery funding awarded to Eurobodalla...
Brogo water treatment plant delivers residents clean water after heavy rain
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council has trialled a new treatment process at Brogo Water Treatment Plant to deliver clean water to residents in the north of the shire. Council's water and sewerage services manager Chris Best said the treatment process uses some clever science to give much-improved water clarity. “Customers connected to our northern supply have long had to live with the...
Bega Valley Shire Council general manager Leanne Barnes calls it a day
News
Bega Valley Shire Council general manager Leanne Barnes will stand down after eight years in the role, and 19 years in total with the council. Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said Ms Barnes has formally advised councillors of her intention not to seek a renewal of her contract when it expires later in 2021. Mayor Fitzpatrick said that while the announcement was not...
Batemans Bay aquatic and leisure centre on track despite rain
News
The new $58 million Batemans Bay aquatic and leisure centre is on track despite wet weather throughout the summer. ADCO Constructions senior project manager Nick Lyons said the concrete bases of the 25-metre, program and leisure pools has been poured and the team is now working on the pool walls. “On the theatre side of the building, we have completed...
Transition your cat to live inside, to save both them and our wildlife
Community
Cat lovers across the Eurobodalla Shire are being encouraged to keep their cats indoors for the protection of native animals and for the safety of the felines. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s natural resources officer Courtney Fink-Downes said research shows the average outdoor cat killed 110 native birds and animals each year. Letting them roam free can be bad for the cats,...
Batemans Bay foreshore to host fast and furious 3×3 basketball events
Sport
Endorsed as an Olympic sport in 2020, 3x3 basketball is rapidly growing in popularity around the world. The game is played on a half-court with only one hoop, a slightly smaller ball to make the game faster, has a shot clock, and just three members on each team. Some of Australia's top-ranked players will be part of a demonstration event...
Disaster Relief Australia steps in to help Eurobodalla community with bushfire clean up
News
Eurobodalla Shire residents will be able to access help with chainsaw operations, debris management and removal, fencing and small civil works from Disaster Relief Australia after Eurobodalla Shire Council's Bushfire Recovery Support Service arranged and funded extra help for people in need for the next five weeks. Disaster Relief Australia volunteer teams comprising ex-military and emergency responders have been called in...
Victorian heritage, Edwardian built, a Bega pioneer’s impressive and elegant home
Property
Bismarck House, the Bega Standard reported in 1909, "occupies a splendid position and commands some very pretty views". It also made headlines and became the talk of the town for its innovation: " Mr Lassen has fixed up an ingenious filter, his own patent, to filter water from the roof before entering the underground tank." The article was written at the official opening of...
The changing face of Imlay Street in Eden
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking public feedback on proposed amendments to the Eden Town Centre section of its Development Control Plan 2013 to introduce a Heritage Conservation Area at the southern end of Imlay Street. Comments on the draft amendments to the Development Control Plan are welcome during the exhibition period and will be accepted until 11.59 pm on...
Luxurious country residence awaits at Bungendore
Property
The country residence at 36 Essendon Road in Bungendore is a luxurious retreat, where every comfort and every facility is available to the homeowner and their family, friends and guests. With five bedrooms and four bathrooms, an indoor sauna, swimming pool and gym with its own dedicated bathroom, the home is an outstanding example of how to live in style,...
TAFE NSW Bega launches Diploma of Youth Work to meet rising demand
Community
TAFE NSW Diploma of Youth Work graduate Mel Sass says a career in youth work offers both diversity and job satisfaction. “It’s a career pathway that can take you anywhere around the country," she says. "There’s always a need to support young people in regional areas and in the cities.” Youth workers commonly work with vulnerable young people who may...
Reminder for local land managers that grants are available for boundary fencing
News
Land managers across southeast NSW have received $8 million from the Supporting Our Neighbours program to rebuild 1600km of boundary fencing that was destroyed in the Black Summer bushfires. Fences that border onto public lands, such as roadside fencing, can be replaced through the program, which is still open for grant applications until Wednesday, 31 March, 2021. Applications can be submitted...
Development application to be lodged this week for Bungendore high school
News
The NSW Government has announced it will lodge a Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements application with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for the new Bungendore High School this week. The application is a formal part of the State Significant Development (SSD) process, and as part of the undertaking, the community will be invited to put forward formal submissions...
Yuin Country stories to be told through new online series
Community
A new online series about the cultural history of Eurobodalla’s Yuin people and their connection to place will launch on Eurobodalla TV this week. Eurobodalla: Yuin People was created by outdoor travel specialists We Are Explorers, who met with local identities Dwayne Bannon-Harrison, Warwick Smith and Patricia Ellis to capture three stories spanning tens of thousands of years. Company founder Henry...
Whale watching, ocean views, parents’ retreat, is this the perfect coastal home?
Property
An ocean view from almost every window in your home is a Zen-like experience. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 23 Bay View Drive in Tathra has views to die for, an ideal location close to the beach and all the NSW South Coast has to offer, from restaurants, pubs and clubs to whale watching between May and November. This beautiful...
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