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Council backs away from threats of immediate fines over Thirroul basketball hoop

WOLLONGONG City Council have backed-down on a threat to slap residents of McCauley’s Beach Estate with fines for placing a basketball hoop in their street. Greens Councillor Mithra Cox has slammed the decision by the Council to ban children playing basketball in their quiet street. The hoop, in Kilncar Crescent, reportedly had been used by … Continue reading

Firefighters prevent Bellambi townhouse fire spreading to adjoining homes

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) battled a house fire in Whitby Mews, Bellambi overnight.  Just after 1:15 am, crews arrived at the scene to find smoke and flame issuing from the townhouse. More than 24 firefighters quickly bought the fire under control and managed to protect adjoining properties from the blaze.  Neighbours were evacuated from … Continue reading

Police targeting the Four Ds: drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving, this Easter long weekend

ROAD users are encouraged to look out for each other while travelling over Easter, ahead of a state-wide police operation. Easter Operation 2021 will begin at 12.01am tomorrow (Thursday April 1 2021) and run until 11:59pm on Monday April 5 2021. Double-demerit points are in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and … Continue reading

Cigarette butt-bins installed at five northern hot-spots

FIVE northern suburbs’ locations, from Stanwell Tops to Towradgi Beach, will have cigarette butt bins installed by Wollongong City Council. The Council is renewing its effort to eliminate cigarette litter, with the launch of its educational No Butts Trail and the installation of 30 new cigarette butt bins. The bins will be located at numerous northern suburbs … Continue reading

School holiday bike ride along northern cycleway

TWO community bike days, one on each weekend of the upcoming April school holidays, will encourage people to get outside and experience the joys of cycling. Ride the Gong will kick off the bike events with a Family Fun Ride. The event, hosted by Wollongong City Council, will take place on Saturday April 10 from … Continue reading

Alternative route found for transporting 35,000 tonnes of spoil to Helensburgh

AN alternative route for transporting crushed sandstone and clean material to a storage site within the rail corridor at Helensburgh has been proposed by Transport for NSW following community feedback. Material is being excavated as part of a rail infrastructure upgrade project at Waterfall Station and currently taken to two nearby sites which are almost … Continue reading

South bound access to Memorial Drive at Bulli closed for two nights for survey work

MOTORISTS are advised by Transport for NSW of the closure of the south bound access to Memorial Drive at Bulli from Sunday to allow for geotechnical and survey work to be undertaken. A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the geotechnical and survey work will assist in the future maintenance of the area. As a result, … Continue reading

Lady Wakehurst Drive closed for maintenance work next week

MOTORISTS are advised of the closure of Lady Wakehurst Drive next week, between McKell Avenue at Waterfall and Otford Lookout, for maintenance work. Maintenance work will be carried out, including general maintenance, guardrail repairs, vegetation trimming and clearing gutters and drains to improve safety for motorists. Detours will be in place via McKell Avenue, the … Continue reading

Six northern suburbs’ medical practices will begin Covid jabs from today

SIX medical practices and clinics from Helensburgh to Fairy Meadow in Wollongong’s northern suburbs are among the 1,000 centres across the nation which will join the COVID-19 vaccination program from today. From today (March 22 2021) the medical practices will begin administering vaccines to patients as part of phase 1b of the Australian Government’s program. … Continue reading

Heavy rain drenches the Illawarra, as authorities warn residents to stay at home

THE wet weather will continue over the weekend with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting significant rainfall during the next seven days. The Bureau warn that the heavy rainfall can lead to flash flooding in low lying areas of the region, and advise residents to ensure they are prepared. Wollongong State Emergency Service (SES) advises that … Continue reading