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Flags to go up on northern beaches for a swim season with a difference

THE red and yellow beach flags will be raised tomorrow to mark the start of the 2021/2022 beach season. However, it’ll be a beach season that’s focussed on speed rather than socialising. Over the past few months Wollongong City Council has been working with Surf Life Saving Illawarra on a plan for the beaches over … Continue reading

Expansion of COVID-19 welfare and compliance checks in the Illawarra

AUSTRALIAN Defence Force personnel have joined the NSW Police Force in the Illawarra, as part of an expansion of the COVID-19 welfare and compliance checks across the state. Police officers will be assisted by ADF personnel as they conduct daily welfare checks and support the wellbeing of those self-isolating. ADF personnel have been deployed to … Continue reading

Checking-in to your local playground: QR code signage installed at popular parks

NEW QR code signage will be placed in northern suburbs’ popular playgrounds in another effort to combat the growing COVID-19 epidemic. The signage will be in place by this weekend, (September 4 and 5), and Wollongong City Council is encouraging people to check-in. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said there are currently COVID cases in … Continue reading

Do you have an idea to build a stronger community during the lockdown?

TO foster strong communities – especially during the challenges of lockdown – grants are on offer for money to fund ideas to make neighbourhoods better places to live. Wollongong City Council’s Connecting Neighbours Grants will provide the opportunity for individuals and community groups connect people with their neighbours in a safe way during the current … Continue reading

Warm weekend may ‘encourage some of us to dig out the cosies early’

WHILE spring hasn’t officially arrived, this weekend’s mid-20s weather forecast may encourage some of us to dig out the cossies early. Wollongong City Council is urging those who are taking a dip at the beach or at one of the region’s rock pools to follow the public health order and keep their distance from others, … Continue reading

Police crackdown on compliance as entire state goes into lockdown from today

TO protect the people from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the NSW Government will introduce new restrictions, effective from 5pm tonight until 12.01am Sunday 22 August 2021. Following updated health advice from NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in regional NSW. This means the whole of … Continue reading

NSW records 466 new Covid cases, as heightened police presence, and tough rules announced

INCREASED fines of up to $5,000 for COVID breaches, $320 COVID-19 Test and Isolate Support Payments, permits to enter regional NSW and a heightened police presence will be introduced, as NSW continues to battle the Delta variant.  NSW recorded 466 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with … Continue reading

Food hampers distributed to residents ‘doing it tough’ under Covid lockdown

FROM today (Friday August 13 2021) Wollongong City Council will be working with Foodbank and Green Connect to help distribute up to 180 emergency food hampers to people doing it tough under COVID lockdown. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the support package aimed to help those who have been most affected by current … Continue reading

BMW driver charged with various offences, including breaching stay at home public health orders

A MAN has been charged with various offences, including supply of a prohibited drug and driving an unregistered vehicle, after he was stopped at Fairy Meadow yesterday. Police said the 34 year old Illawarra man was driving a black BMW sedan with a misleading registration plate fitted. The vehicle was stopped at Fairy Meadow and … Continue reading

Playgrounds could be closed after reports they are used to socialise in lockdown

NORTHERN suburbs’ playgrounds could be closed to the public by Wollongong City Council if residents continue to use them as a means to socialise and violate lockdown restrictions. NSW Police and rangers will continue to monitor the situation daily, and Council is warning that without a shift in behaviour it is faced with the likelihood … Continue reading

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