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New public toilets planned for Austinmer Beach and Stanwell Park

PLANS are underway to upgrade or build new public toilets at Austinmer Beach, Baird Park Stanwell Park south and at Corrimal Library. Wollongong City Council will be reviewing its 104 Council-owned public toilet facilities with its draft Public Toilet Strategy 2019-2029. The draft strategy looks at issues such as opening hours, the use of pop-up urinals … Continue reading

Heat wave prompts extended hours at Wollongong’s northern beaches

LIFEGUARDS will extend their beach patrol hours today (Friday January 18), to provide swimmers additional time to cool off safely. Hours at 9 of Wollongong’s 17 patrolled beaches will be increased, with flags up until 7pm at Stanwell Park, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli and Corrimal. The flags will go down at Sandon Point at 6pm. Wollongong … Continue reading

Coledale gun fire turns out to be fireworks… Man arrested after stand-off

A MAN has been arrested after a stand-off with police at a Coledale this morning. Wollongong police were called to a home on Buttenshaw Drive just after 9am after reports that several gunshots had been heard. Police attended and were assisted by specialist officers from the NSWPF Aviation Support Branch, Negotiation Unit and Tactical Operations … Continue reading

Woonona man charged after stabbing outside Wollongong Hospital

A WOONONA man has been charged after another man was stabbed outside Wollongong Hospital earlier this week. Just before 9.30am on Monday, a 40-year-old man was sitting at a bus stop outside the hospital on Crown Street. Police will allege that as a white Holden Commodore sedan drove past, and the 45-year-old male driver yelled … Continue reading

Computer seized from Thirroul home after child grooming charges

A MAN has been charged following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives into online child exploitation. In November 2018, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) commenced an investigation following a referral from Queensland Police’s Task Force Argos. Strike Force Trawler detectives began engaging online with a … Continue reading

Murder accused dies after Woonona nursing home death

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a 90-year-old man at a Woonona nursing home, have been advised a man allegedly involved has died. Detectives had been investigating the death of a patient after he was allegedly assaulted by a 70-year-old man at the Illawarra Retirement Trust nursing home on Tuesday November 27 2018. A 90-year-old man … Continue reading

Drug arrest at Austinmer hotel

TWO men are before the courts after being charged with serious drug offences when arrested at Austinmer and Fairy Meadow on Wednesday. During November 2018 Wollongong police formed Strike Force Aperta to investigate the supply of illegal drugs in the Illawarra area. Investigators identified two men as part of the operation and about 5.20pm on … Continue reading

Otford tennis club house becomes a community hall

THE former Otford tennis clubhouse will be transformed into a community hall by Wollongong City Council. From a poorly used facility, the clubhouse will become a hub for the Otford community, where people can get together for movie nights, meetings and community dinners, organised by local community groups and organisations. Plans for the future of … Continue reading

Man arrested at Bulli for car-jacking

A MAN has been arrested at Bulli and charged with multiple offences following an alleged carjacking at Keiraville earlier this month. A 21-year-old man parked his Volkswagen Golf on Robsons Road, Keiraville about 9.40am on Tuesday December 11, before he was approached by an unknown man from a nearby parked Toyota Aurion. The 21-year-old man … Continue reading

Coledale home intrusion

A MAN will appear in court next year after the aggravated break and enter of a Coledale home today. The man entered a home in Squires Crescent at Coledale through the rear door about 1.30am on Wednesday. The man removed several items from the home, and after taking a knife, entered the bedroom of the … Continue reading

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