AFTER 30 years on the Monaro, solicitor Chris Adams and his family are heading back to Kiama where he grew up.
Mr Adams has had considerable community involvement in the area and will be remembered for his volunteer work, particularly in Rotary and on the bagpipes, especially in his kilt.
Mr Adams said he will be going in early March once a new partner has been found to replace him at the legal practice Walker Gibbs & King in Cooma.
Mr Adams is certainly a hard worker and a high achiever, finishing his distance education law degree in 2009, while raising a family and working as a pastry chef with his wife Kim, at the Nimmitabel bakery which they owned and operated for 28 years, until 2010.
He has served the community tirelessly taking on time-consuming committee roles in a number of community groups including, the Lions Club, far south pony club, Nimmitabel Chamber of Commerce and the Nimmitabel Country Club. He ran the Anzac Day service in Nimmitabel for 20 years and has played the bagpipes in his kilt, for the Caledonian Society, for 18 years. He was always at the Rotary Markets, on his coffee machine, which raises money for the international aid program.
Mr Adams was president of Rotary in 2010-2011 and held various board positions including international director in which he developed a strong connection with Papua New Guinea families.
"We've enjoyed considerable involvement in the international aid program to PNG," Mr Adams said.
"We host Wari [from Papua New Guinea] for three months at a time.
"We've almost adopted her, she is like a daughter.
"It's been a wonderful five years that we've been in Cooma. It is such a friendly place. In such a short time we have developed great friendships and we will miss them."
Kim Adams said she will move when the property they have bought at Thirrroul on the Bulli Pass is finalised.
"We'll miss working here. We have certainly developed a lot of friends through Rotary and Cooma North Public School, which has been a really good school. The kids have really enjoyed going there.
"The principal, Les Perceval was the principal at Nimmitabel and when they came to Cooma North it was really nice to reconnect with him."
The Adams' have four daughters - Katie, 22 who is studying psychology at the University of Wollongong, Sarah, 19 is at the University of Sydney and Allie 17 is enrolled at Illawarra Grammar and Megan is 5. Their only son Cameron is seven .
Mrs Adams, also no stranger to hard work, has recently finished training as a licenced conveyancer and will be qualified in June.
Mr Adams said while he has been offered positions in Wollongong, he will be starting up his own legal practice when he moves to the coast.