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Concrete retaining walls for scenic Bald Hill climb

CONCRETE retaining walls will be built along sections of the scenic escarpment drive at Stanwell Park to the famed Bald Hill in an effort to prevent erosion and landslides. The work will be carried out by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) on Lawrence Hargrave Drive in two stages next year and will require full … Continue reading

Bulli to host iconic ironman and ironwoman series this summer

  BULLI Beach will host some of Australia’s best surfing athletes when round-three of the iconic Nutri Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series returns to the Illawarra this summer. The December 1 event will not only give locals an opportunity to see the best surfing athletes, but also benefit the local economy, with spectators expected to … Continue reading

Austinmer to be part of food waste composting trial

AUSTINMER residents will be part of the launch of a trial during September that will compost food waste, helping to reduce the amount of landfill, and that aims to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Wollongong City Council will launch a Food Organics Garden Organics or FOGO trial in three suburbs across the city this Spring. … Continue reading

Sporting grants of up to $100,000 available from Council

SPORTING groups considering improvements to change rooms, making alterations to canteens or other facility improvements should consider applying for Wollongong City Council’s new Sports Facilities Grant program. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said funding from $5,000 to $100,000 is on offer to help sporting groups attract and retain more players in their sport and to … Continue reading

Warning of dangerous surf conditions as cold front crosses Illawarra

BOAT owners are advised of dangerous surf conditions as a cold front moves across the Illawarra. Strong westerly winds are expected to impact the Illawarra until Saturday July 13. The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts these fronts will produce windy conditions for the second half of the week, particularly in the southeast, and cooler conditions on … Continue reading

Escarpment deer to be treated the same as other feral animals

THE NSW Government is reportedly planning to ease restrictions around shooting feral deer. Primary Industries Minister Adam Marshall said he was looking at classifying the deer in the same way as other feral animals due to “exploding” populations. The news follows a number of feral deer wandering on North Beach last week. The North Wollongong … Continue reading

Teen’s foot crushed after ute rolls at Bulli Showground

A MAN has been injured after he was thrown from a ute, which rolled and landed on his foot at Bulli Showground on Saturday. About 12.30am on Saturday July 6, a Toyota Hilux utility, being driven by a 17-year-old male drove from Thirroul to Bulli Showground. A 17-year-old girl was in the front passenger seat … Continue reading

Library fines scrapped

WOLLONGONG City Libraries, including branches at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal, are no longer charging fines for books, DVDs or any other items returned late – no matter how overdue they are. Wollongong City Council Acting Lord Mayor David Brown said people are encouraged to return borrowed items on time to ensure as many items as … Continue reading

Northern Woolies stores install defibrillators

RESIDENTS now have access to defibrillators in Woolworths stores at Bulli, Corrimal and Fairy Meadow to assist in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. Woolworths Northern Illawarra Group Manager, Lisa Ingram said Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are designed to to be used by anyone, with clear step-by-step voice instructions that can guide members of the public … Continue reading

Austinmer stone wall to be replaced

A METRE high dry-stacked stone wall in The Grove, Austinmer will be replaced due to concerns of slope slippage and trees falling onto the road. The existing wall, adjacent to residences 25-29 The Grove and approximately 35 metres long with a maximum height of a metre, has failed due to softer clay stones used in … Continue reading