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Safe Waters Community Care Inc.

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Homeless people in Ulladulla & surrounding areas. 


Swimming at the Ulladulla sea pool recently, just before dawn, I saw a couple exiting a 2-man tent. They packed their meagre belongings into an old pram and moved on. This was not the first time I had witnessed this in our local area.

As I reflect, I look back with disappointment that I didn’t reach out and offer some form of assistance.

Speaking with swimming friends, it seems I am not alone in my concern. One shared the story of regularly viewing homeless people appearing at the harbour, as the evening closes in. Others have related their experiences.  In each case, the question is: What might we do to make a difference in the lives of these fellow locals?

Earlier this month there was an article in the Milton Ulladulla Times on the work that the ‘Safe Waters’ registered charity is doing for the increasing number of homeless people in our local area’. I consequently made contact with the ‘Safe Waters’ team at their facility in South Street, Ulladulla and got an update on their new ‘Highway Shelter’ nearing completion on the highway just south of the Ex-Servo’s.

I was so encouraged to see the range of local businesses and local people involved in supporting this charity. Some volunteered their time, others provided voluntary work via provision of their trade skills, others were/are giving financially, small and large. 

It confirmed for me that the needs in our local community are real, and that the success of ‘Safe Waters’ is dependent on us, members of the local community being involved, however we can. 

To this end, I encourage you to check the information (links below) and consider how we may be able to contribute according to our individual circumstances where possible to the work of Safe Waters.

Link to their web site: Safe Waters 

The Board of Directors are people of integrity; Link: Board of Directors.

Link to their Achievements since opening.

For transparency, their ‘Charity Accreditation’ and ‘Annual Income/Expenditure’ can be seen on the Government ACNC web site.     


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Welsh’s Wanderings

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Chris and Sue’s outback travels.

A big hello to everyone at home. Well, we are now in Coffs Harbour, on the downhill run to Narrawallee. We plan to be back at the end of the month, so keep that rain at bay. Not to rub it in, but we had 82 days straight with no rain and only hit a couple of hours of rain once we reached the Queensland Coast at Agnes Water/1770.


The highlights of the second half of the trip have been exploring the underground town of Coober Pedy; an interesting  place both geologically and socially! Alice Springs and both the West MacDonnell and East MacDonnell Ranges were wonderful, although we arrived there just as the first “polar blast” hit so swims in the waterholes were not so enticing. The water in these waterholes was 19 degrees but the air temp left a bit to be desired! Magnificent scenery and breath-taking gorges of course.


We rode our bikes around the base of Uluru, and did the Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta/The Olgas. These were both really good, however the rim walk around Kings Canyon trumped them both. Another highlight of our time in Central Australia was seeing a herd of about a dozen wild camels, not to mention plenty of wedge tail eagles, brolgas, bustards and the ever present whistling kites.


A visit to Devils Marbles/Karla Karla en-route to Tennant Creek was fascinating, with so many large boulders weathered over time and giving the appearance of casually scattered marbles. From here we crossed back into Queensland and headed to one of our favourite places in Australia, namely Gregory Downs. This is an absolute oasis in the desert of the  Gulf Country , complete with a gorgeous swimming river lined with pandanus and palm trees. The water here was an unbelievable 24.5 degrees. And no crocs, fresh or otherwise!!


Next we travelled across the middle of Queensland through Winton, Longreach and Emerald. At Winton we visited the billabong believed to have inspired Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda, a political piece really, commenting on the great Shearer’s Strike of 1891. Winton is also famous for the discovery of dinosaurs bones, we reckon our grandchildren would be fascinated to see these fossils and the signs of a fossilised dinosaur stampede! Along this route we also passed through the town of McKinlay, made famous by Crocodile Dundee and the Walkabout Hotel.


Longreach has both the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Museum. We spent a few interesting hours at the Stockman’s Hall and particularly loved the live show they put on with stock horses, dogs, sheep and even a Brahman bull. Very entertaining and informative. A sunset river cruise and bushman’s dinner was likewise enjoyable but we decided to save the Qantas Museum for next time.


Carnarvon Gorge was a further highlight of our travels, and we did a 27 km walk right through the gorge and up into each of the little side gorges. Amphitheatres, Aboriginal rock art, waterfalls, cycads, cabbage palms, moss covered walls, multiple river crossings…it had it all. 


We eventually hit the Queensland coast at Agnes Water where Chris was hoping for a surf. The boards had been strapped to the back of the motorhome for nearly three months but alas, the ocean was a millpond! I can happily report that he has managed to get some decent waves here on the Coffs Coast and we head to Crescent Head next, then Seal Rocks, Newcastle and Cronulla so hopefully he returns home a happy surfer. As for ocean swimming, well, not a lot happening on that front. We will both be needing lessons when we return haha. We have done plenty of walking and many excellent bike rides, and I have done a couple of Park runs.


Well, that’s about all for now. We have missed you all and will be super excited to see all your smiling faces at the end of the month!!


Much love, Sue and Chris


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Annette Chapman named Local Woman of the year Award


Woman of the year Award

Annette Chapman has been an integral member of the Southern Shoalhaven community for decades.

Her Fire & Rescue service of over 20 years has included prevention and training – conducting home fire safety checks for the elderly and disabled, visits to local organisations to deliver the fire safety message. Her dedication to volunteering with Surf Life Saving as an active patrol member, trainer, assessor and committee stalwart is second to none, her assistance and knowledge continues to ensure Mollymook SLSC is one of the most efficient and successful in NSW. Annette is an outstanding nomination for the South Coast Woman of the Year award and this is a well deserved accolade.

Shelley Hancock our local State Parliament member wrote: Annette Chapman is being celebrated with a Local Woman of the Year Award in recognition of the significant contribution she has made to the South Coast community and congratulated Annette on the honour, acknowledging her hard work for the region with an unflagging passion to make the South Coast a better place.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor congratulated the State’s Local Women of the Year Award recipients.

“These women are the backbone of their communities, volunteering their time and energy to make a positive difference,” she said.

“I would like to acknowledge their significant efforts to support their local communities and thank them for all the amazing work they do.”

The Local Woman of the Year Awards are one way the NSW Government celebrates the achievements of women as part of International Women’s Day on March 8 2022.

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Travelling Film Festival (TFF), the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will return to Ulladulla from 11—13 March 2022 at Arcadia Twin Cinemas. The program will showcase nine acclaimed feature films and two exceptional Australian short films, direct from last year’s Sydney Film Festival and other major international festivals.

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2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games

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Sami Kennedy-Sim to compete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games (Pic credit: Sami’s web site)


Sami Kennedy-Sim competition date is February 17. Seeding at 2:30 pm and Finals at 5 pm (Sydney time)


2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Sami Kennedy-Sim (our Mollymook connection with these winter Olympics) advised: “My competition date is February 17. I believe seeding is around 2:30pm and Finals at 5pm (Sydney time) but keep your eyes on the schedule via the Olympic Games Web site and 7Olympics (Channel 7). I will be travelling to Beijing on February 9th with my amazing support team. I am so proud to be in this position and I hope to do you all proud come race day – I will wave to you all on Channel 7!”

Channel 7 news announcement on January 22, 2022 quoted Sami; “I am so proud to have been selected to represent Australia at my third Olympic Games. Having an Olympics in a similar time zone to Australia means that I will feel connected with my friends and family – ski cross is on at prime time so I can’t wait to share this experience with everyone, I’m so excited.”

Sami’s family have a holiday home in Mollymook. I sent an email to Sami congratulating her on selection for this year’s 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. She wrote back “Thank you for your warm wishes! It’s a very exciting time indeed! Have a swim for me (at Mollymook) – can you believe that I haven’t been in the water since last May! I even bought a new surfboard back in May 2021 and have surfed it once before everything went into lockdown when I was in the mountains!”


Sami’s web site link is:           (Click on image below to enlarge for reading purposes)



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Bird Life, Inland New South Wales


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Waterbag Road, Mutawintji

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Rescuing a lamb in trouble on the dirt road to Mutawintji


Bird Life, Inland New South Wales

October 11, arrived allowing regional travel to begin. I immediately left Mollymook and travelled to the Mutawintji National Park. Exiting the sealed roads, you have about  a 1 & 1/2 hour drive along the dirt Waterbag Road through numerous huge sheep stations, opening and closing cattle gates, other stations were separated merely by cattle grids en route to the Mutawintji National Park. Mutawintji is in Far Western NSW, approx.  130 km from Broken Hill and 350 km from Tibooburra. The ancient landscape of the Mutawintji National Park, is rich in Aboriginal history. Great  bushwalks and camping under the outback night sky.

I returned via Boorowa. Every entry into Boorowa has signage; “Superb Parrot, Superb Country, Welcome to Boorowa”. In the past 30 years driving through Boorowa I had never seen a Superb Parrot. Neither had a friend who grew up in Boorowa. So I just thought the signage to be a bit of nice advertising. The weather was not good, I parked at the Caravan Park, awoke in the morning to showers and an overcast sky and decided to pack up and go home rather than stay a day. Then, SWOOSH! The noise of about 50 or 60 Superb Parrots went overhead and landed in this tree next to the caravan park that was heavy in blossom.

The following week in beautiful weather, blue skies, ideal for bird photography, I took off on another trip out West. My first stop was the Boorowa Caravan Park hoping to get some good pics of the Superb Parrot. The tree that had been heavy in blossom had been stripped bare. Not a Parrot to be seen. So I headed to Young, not far from Boorowa and came across flocks of Superb Parrot’s. Thereafter I headed to Grenfell, then Forbes, the following day to Cowra, back to Boorowa then onto Jugiong. Then to the Yass River and gorge area on the way home. 

The following pics below, are just a few of the many bird pics taken. Nonetheless they will give you an idea of the different varieties inland as compared to here on the coast.

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Citrus Catering, Meals delivered during lock-down.


Citrus Catering – 5 Star Menu, delivered for Fathers Day. (Meals on Wheels)


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Meals delivered to your home during ‘lock-down’

Citrus Catering – canapés: (L to R) 1) Yellow Fin Tuna, 2) Chipotle Crab Taco,  3) Caramelised Beetroot, Fetta, Walnut Tartlet and 4) Peking Duck Pancake. 10/10 for taste, variety and presentation. These canapes rank with the best I have ever previously enjoyed. They were amazing and we were able to enjoy them in the luxury of our own home.


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Dr Katie serving in the Outback


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Dr Katie visits communities by plane or via her RFDS Prado!


Dr Katie, medical locum, GP for the Royal Flying Doctors (RFDS)

Broken Hill 2021

Katie shares her recent experience with the Mollymook Ocean swimmers: “For the past two years I have travelled to Broken Hill to do a short medical locum as a GP for the Royal Flying Doctors (RFDS). I love remote locations and find the landscape inspiring and transformative. The red dirt, the big skies and the people who live in places like the outback make becoming a FIFO doctor exciting. 

Broken Hill is a heritage listed city built on the back of BHP mining (Broken Hill Propriety Company who mine for lead, zinc and silver). In contrast to the mining history there is also a thriving art community and there are now more art galleries than pubs in Broken Hill! As an RFDS doctor I also get to meet the families living and working on the agricultural stations – from graziers to shearers to governesses to roo shooters. Apart from medicine, I have a lot of learning opportunities including learning about crutching and flystrike, goat farming, emu breeding and how to cook for 30 shearers (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 x smokos a day). This diverse community includes descendants from the Afghan camel herders in the 1800s (some of whom run the fantastic Afghan Bakery named Sufi), there is a strong LGBQTI community which celebrate at Broken Hill’s equivalent of Sydney’s Mardi Gras- the annual “Broken Heel festival” and there is a thriving indigenous community and trips to the many national parks and art galleries are the best place to learn and reflect on our ancient culture.   

As a GP I am not flying across the outback doing emergency retrievals. Instead I travel to small communities and run GP clinics providing primary health care to communities. The RFDS Broken Hill Base covers a large geographical area including western NSW, eastern South Australia and southern Queensland. One day a week I do telemedicine where I speak with people on stations and help them manage their physical or mental health. I may recommend they use one of the medications supplied by the RFDS in a metal medicine chest with a padlock. It contains everything from morphine to antibiotics and antivirals to anaphylactics and more. In this job I need to check the area code and time zone before dialling. Broken Hill is on South Australian (SA) time and shares the SA area code so calls to other states and towns require a change of area code and factoring in varying time zones.

So what have the highlights been this year? A trip to Mungo National Park with Helen’s daughter Emma who joined us for a few nights. Mungo was amazing and well worth the trip. We camped in the desert, saw the “Walls of China” at sunset and spent time chasing after kangaroos. There have been many excellent pub meals and tastings of Broken Hill’s famous and unique delicacy – cheeseslaw. Think of coleslaw but replace the cabbage with grated cheese and this community thinks it is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. It is tasty on a toasted chicken sandwich. For women of the RFDS there is also Thursday “beer and schnitty” night at the pub. We eat chicken schnitzel, have drinks and discuss all things Broken Hill.

We have had a great time here and intend to come again next yea”r!        



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Valhalla Horse Riding, Things to do

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Valhalla Horse Riding, South Nowra


Valhalla Horse riding for Tourist staying in the Ulladulla / Mollymook area.

Located just 2 hours south of Sydney on the beautiful South Coast, you will find Valhalla Horse Riding and Farm Holidays. Valhalla is a family owned and run business for over 30 years offering you all could want in an extended family holiday, quiet weekend getaway, or just a fun day of activities out in the tranquil Australian bush. Valhalla is set on over 100 acres of native bushland on the banks of the Currambene Creek offering a picturesque and relaxed environment with something for everyone of every age to enjoy.

Valhalla horse riding is the closest location for Ulladulla and Mollymook horse riding enthusiast. It is located at Falls Creek approx. 50 km north along the highway from the Mollymook Beach Waterfront accommodation.

Contact details: Phone 4447 8320   Web: Valhalla Horse riding   Email:  Address: Falls Road, Falls Creek.

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Tourist News and Information for your planned Mollymook Milton Ulladulla, Year 2021 Holidays


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Lloyd looks over the burnt out ruins of his & wife Ruth’s home, January 2020

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2021 will be a ‘New Beginning’ for Lloyd & Ruth with the building of their ultra fire-proof new home.

Mollymook Milton Ulladulla welcomes tourist to a ‘New Beginning’ – Year 2021

What a year we have all endure throughout 2020. For us locals, the horror year began with the catastrophic fires that swept through this beautiful coastal resort area of Mollymook Milton Ulladulla. Lloyd (pictured) and wife Ruth, along with many others can attest too this catastrophic event with the loss of their homes, all their beloved personal belongings, photo albums, computers and so much more. In most cases all that they had left were the clothes they were wearing as they fled for their lives. February saw the Lake Conjola area flooded from torrential rain. This was followed by the harsh economic fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic upon local tourism related businesses and employment. Needless to say, the challenges of 2020 have been well documented and like Lloyd and Ruth, we look forward to a ‘New Beginning’ and plan a better year 2021.


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Memorable moments: Mollymook Ocean Swimmers


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Swimmers share in this memorable occasion: Their young adult children graduating – Ulladulla High School 2020


Moni, John and Tracy, Robbie and Simone, Jo and Ian were among the many parents at the Civic Centre / Ulladulla Harbour to witness the joy and jubilation being shared among all the 2020 Ulladulla High School graduates. The youngsters were dressed to the hilt in some amazing eye catching outfits. They looked stunning as they lined up either in groups or with parents for some beautiful photo shoots using the harbour as a background. Whilst it was an overcast afternoon, we were still able to get some lovely photos.

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Bird Life – Ulladulla Headland and Harbour


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Black Glossy Cockatoo female


Bird Life – Ulladulla ‘Warden Head’ Lighthouse area and the Harbour Foreshores


The ‘Bird Life’ captured in these images were taken primarily in the Warden Head area and a lesser few at the Ulladulla Harbour and Foreshore area’s. Easy walking along the ‘Warden Head Cultural Tracks’ with an array of local coastal bird life enjoyed on the south side of Warden Head lighthouse. Very scenic area for bird watching and in addition you can enjoy dolphins on the eastern sea-board side and whales during their migrating season. As you edge your way south along these cultural tracks and head slightly to the west, you get magnificent views of Pigeon House mountain in the distance and surf board riders to the south.

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Dining at the Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club

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Casual dining, bistro and restaurant meals at the Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club

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Distinguished Chef Ryan Smith

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Menu at the Bowling Club


Highly acclaimed chef Ryan Smith has taken charge of the bistro and restaurant at this Bowling Club. Originally from South Australia, Mr Smith lived and worked in London from 2004 to 2012 including as part of an event catering team that cooked for celebrities and royals. He also worked in a two-star Michelin restaurant as pastry chef and was part of the opening team for Bill Granger’s London restaurant in Notting Hill. He came back to Australia in 2012 where he continued with event catering including a Mother’s Day lunch ­organised by Miranda Kerr. 

Phone: 02 4454 3600      Address: 68 / 74 St Vincent Street, Ulladulla      Web Site: Menu – Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club

Opening hours: ‘The Greens Brasserie’,    Café to   –   Lunch / Dinner 12.00 to 2.30 pm and 5.30 to 8.30pm

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Swimmers trip to Broken Hill and Beyond


Go WEST Young Man, West, like to Broken Hill


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The gang arrive at the Silverton Hotel


It has been a memorable trip thus far, other than Pat and Louise hitting an Emu at about 100 kms / hour, only slight damage to their vehicle.

On many occasions I had wished I could have gone on the group bike rides organised by Bobby and later by Heather and John L. Now I have done it (on this road trip) and it has been a wonderful experience. Being time poor I have just included a few pics to convey the beauty we have enjoyed throughout this trip thus far.