History and Description of Kiama


Kiama is a town located on NSW’s South Coast, about 90mins south of Sydney. The area was discovered by white settlers in 1797, and cedar getters were the first group of people to the area. David Smith, a cedar getter himself, made the first permanent residency in 1832. Kiama was proclaimed a township by the government in 1836, and became a municipality in 1859.

Kiama boasts many local attractions, including the famous “Blowhole”, the lighthouse, and many beaches and antique shops. The “Blowhole” was first referenced by George Bass on an exploration on 6th December, 1797. He wrote:

Towards the centre was a deep ragged hole of about 25 to 30 feet in diameter and on one side of it the sea washed in through a subterraneous passage… with a most tremendous noise…” (How Blowholes Work, 2010)

The blowhole was first discovered by Aboriginal groups in the area thousands of…

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Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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