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Warning as strong winds return

strong wind warningWITH the unseasonably strong winds of late, Wollongong City Council is urging residents to take some time to secure outdoor household items and be mindful of how rubbish is disposed.

“Normally, when the August winds arrive we see items like trampolines blown about and damage from fallen trees and the like,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery.

“It looks like those conditions have certainly arrived early this year and we’re asking the community to take simple measures to minimise their impact like ensuring outdoor furniture is safely tucked away.”

The winds can also provide a challenge for rubbish collection and residents are encouraged to tie up bags of household rubbish before they’re placed in the red-lidded bins.

The Council are asking builders to secure lightweight items like Styrofoam (used in concrete slabs) and insulation material to keep these out of the environment.

“No one likes to see their street strewn with rubbish and by tying up bags you’re minimising the risk rubbish will spill from household bins should they fall over in the wind.”

Cr Bradbery also thanked local SES volunteers following their efforts to help the community in the recent winds and reminded residents that if they do have trouble with trees and fallen branches in the wind to contact the SES on 132 500.

For more information call the Council on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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