Today is the last day I spend in Nowra as a resident of the Shoalhaven. Since April I have been living partially on the Gold Coast and partially in Nowra as my family has been still living here. But tomorrow I drive to the airport and fly to the Gold Coast, the house is packed, the removalist truck is coming and from here on in, anytime I drive back into Nowra….I will be a visitor.
- Thank you Nowra City Church for firstly welcoming the Pilt family into your hearts a decade and a half ago and then running strongly and passionately with the vision to impact our community. We have loved, laughed, wept, worshiped, celebrated and been passionate disciples of Jesus Christ. Keep being awesome.
- Thank you to the people I now call friends. When I arrived into Nowra I only knew one couple from the area. As I leave now, I leave enriched by the many friends that I hope and plan that their friendship will continue long into the future.
- The Shoalhaven has been an outstanding place to raise my two daughters and do ‘family’.
- We as a family have loved being part of the Nowra Anglican College Community and currently the Nowra Christian School Community.
- We have enjoyed the little family traditions like most Public Holidays we would go out to Husky Pub for a family lunch…..and then every time regret the decision as we got stuck in traffic on the way home. And then we would do it next Public Holiday….we are slow learners.
- We have loved the little private beaches that make up the natural tapestry that is Jervis Bay. Blenheim Beach was our favorite and we spent many precious family moments on that stretch of sand.
- We have also loved Kangaroo Valley…having canoed down the river several times, had lunches and dinners at the Valley Pub or Café Bella, enjoyed romantic getaways at Barrengarry Farm Cottages and just took in the natural beauty.( How’s the serenity?)
- We have enjoyed events at Nowra Showground, Concerts at the Entertainment Center and have attended weddings at some incredibly beautiful locations.
- All four of us have loved the Shoalhaven River, either skiing, wake boarding or when the girls were younger, the knee board and the biscuit.
- As I leave though there are a few things that I see as negatives in the Shoalhaven and I don’t want this to come across in anyway as critical or being a whinger: they are just my observations and experiences as a resident.
- The Entertainment Infrastructure of the Shoalhaven is woeful. I have not in the past held back in expressing my thoughts about the Roxy Cinema. Some people like the old world charm that the Roxy has. Personally I found the small screens, average sound system, weird people flows and zero atmosphere lobby a detraction from the movie experience and I drove many times up to the Shellharbour Cinemas.
- Lack of casual dining in the Nowra Precinct. I would have loved a Hogs Breath or similar restaurant in the town…instead we are currently getting a Hungry Jacks and a third McDonalds. Really????
- The non use of the Riverside. I simple don’t understand why there aren’t cafes etc on the river front capitalising on the natural beauty….and before I get crucified by environmentalists, it could all be done without one bell spotted rare exotic tree frog being harmed. Who are these Frogs that command such power???
- The congested traffic flows through the CBD and the just outright strange traffic decisions that are head shaking moments…like the fact that you can’t travel north from Stocklands, but instead have to drive through the main part of Nowra. This only leads to congestion for the people who are there to shop and not just in transit north from Stocklands. .
Anyway that will do with the negatives, just a couple of observations. Reality is that I have loved my time living here, I have loved the people I have met and done life and church with.
I will miss you Nowra.
Ps Peter Pilt.
Here are couple of pics.