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Batten down the hatches, north prepares for heavy rain and flash flooding

AUTHORITIES are urging residents across the Illawarra to prepare for severe weather over the coming days and into next week. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rain for Friday with a chance of a thunderstorm. Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such … Continue reading

Bellambi ocean pool opens ahead of tomorrow’s scorcher

BELLAMBI Rock Pool has reopened ahead of tomorrow’s forecast high temperatures, following an extensive refurbishment. The pool was closed to the public in May for the project to upgrade and refurbish its concourse. At the same time Wollongong City Council reconstructed the seawall to the north of the pool. Work wrapped up on the project … Continue reading

Police ask for help after Bulli Tops’ bushfire

  POLICE are appealing for help from the public following a bushfire on Appin Road at Bulli Tops. About 10am on Saturday December 7, during a total fire ban, smoke was seen billowing from the end of a fire trail in the Cataract Lake Foreshore. The fire, which spread to about 50m by 50m, was extinguished … Continue reading

Wollongong becomes 26th council in Australia to commit to greenhouse gas reduction

WOLLONGONG City Council voted unanimously last night to adopt an emissions reduction target of zero by 2030 for its own operations. Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the target supports Council’s recent recognition of “a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government”. The Council is one of 26 in … Continue reading

Total fire ban in place

A Total fire ban has been declared today, Saturday December 7, for the Illawarra. Authorities warn the fire danger risk is “very high”.  

Looking Back history feature: Slacky Flat’s unemployed village

Originally posted on Looking Back:
Humpies like this were dotted around Slacky Flat from the depression years of the 1930s [Note: This image is not at Bulli]. THE depression years of the 1930s resulted in over 100 adults and children developing a makeshift village on the area now known as Slacky Flat at Bulli. The…

Looking Back history feature: On the buses

Originally posted on Looking Back:
A Hills double decker, travelling north along the Princes Highway at Old Bulli By MICK ROBERTS © BUS transport to and from Wollongong has been readily accessible to Illawarra’s northern suburbs since early last century. Jumping on a bus for a bit of shopping in Wollongong, to pay a few…

Looking Back: On the buses

Originally posted on Looking Back:
Lance Brown pictured with a modern Dion’s bus in 2003 By MICK ROBERTS © PUBLIC transport has moved forward in leaps and bounds since Lance Brown drove the Bulli railway bus in 1927. Lance was one of the region’s first bus drivers and was prompted to reveal some of his memories…

Latest plan for Corrimal Coke Works revealed at community meeting

  A REVISED planning proposal for the Corrimal Coke Works site has been revealed by developers at a community information session today (Saturday). Legacy Property and the Illawarra Coke Company (ICC) plan to develop around 700 homes on Railway Street, which they claim will preserve significant historical features of the former 18ha industrial site, improve rehabilitation … Continue reading

Bulli Pass closed after truck crash

    A TRUCK crash has closed Bulli Pass this afternoon. The RMS advise that the road will be closed until later this evening and to avoid the area. Emergency services were called to the crash about 3.30pm today to find an intense fire, with powerlines down. Fortunately the driver escaped serious injury. FRNSW crews … Continue reading

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