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Moonlight movies at Corrimal

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THE Moonlight Movies program is coming to Corrimal for the first time, with a free screening of The Sapphires in Memorial Park on Saturday.

The event is part of Wollongong City Council’s Illawarra 200 program to commemorate the bicentenary of European settlement in the Illawarra, and celebrate the Aboriginal history and culture of our area

From 6pm there’ll be a didgeridoo performance, Indigenous dance, music by singer / songwriter Elaine Crombie, plus bush tucker and food stalls. The movie will begin at 8pm.

Council’s Public Relations Manager Susan Wardle said this is the first time Moonlight Movies has been broughy to Corrimal.

“We’re hoping to see lots of people from our northern suburbs come out for a great night to celebrate the area’s Indigenous history,” she said.

“Earlier this year we held discussions with the community about ways we could enliven Corrimal, and a lot of people said they’d love to see outdoor movies, so we’re really excited to be able to do that with this event.”

Corrimal Chamber of Commerce President Paul Boultwood said the event caps off a wonderful year of events in Corrimal.

“We’re proud to be working with Council and Corrimal Park Mall to sponsor this free movie”.

The Sapphires is an Australian film based on the true story of four Aboriginal women who formed a music group and toured Vietnam in 1968 to sing for the troops during the war.

The movie stars Deborah Mailman (The Secret Life of Us, Offspring), singer Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens (Redfern Now), Miranda Tapsell (Love Child) and Chris O’Dowd (IT Crowd).

Bring a picnic blanket, bean bag or folding chair, and buy dinner or snacks from one of the food stalls at the event.

For more information you can call Customer Service on 02 4227 7111 or visit http://www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au

In case of bad weather, follow the City of Wollongong Facebook page, or @Wollongong_City on Twitter for updates.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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