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Cameras roll on Wollongong Central ad
BEVERAGES flowed and music poured out into Globe Lane, but His Boy Elroy wasn't hosting just any old crowd on Monday night.
Illawarra Mercury 23/07/2014     no charge     230 words

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Mass in Wollongong marks tragedy
AS debate rages and fingers are pointed around the world, as candlelight vigils are staged and families grieve, and as investigators begin to sift for answers in the wreckage of MH17, a small clutch of Illawarra Ukrainians quietly assembled for Sunday Mass.
Illawarra Mercury 21/07/2014     no charge     292 words

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Bed 3 Bath 2 Parking 2 WOLLONGONG
Immaculate throughout, this tri-level townhouse is in a convenient and quiet location yet only minutes from Wollongong's central business district.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     87 words

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Contact us At the launch of the Bombarded exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery
If you would like your social event featured in the Illawarra Mercury, email the details to events@illawarramercury.com.au, including your name and mobile phone number. This is a free service and publication is not guaranteed.
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     37 words

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Bed 4 Bath 2 Parking 2 Land 689.2sqm WEST WOLLONGONG
This charming four-bedroom family home is in a quiet, popular tree-lined street.
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     101 words

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Bed 2 Bath 1 Parking 1 Land size: N/A NORTH WOLLONGONG
Ideally located only three blocks to North Beach, cafes and the central business district, this extremely spacious home unit features two bedrooms, two balconies, a large lounge and a defined dining area off the open-plan kitchen.
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     80 words

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On-site parking for 8 cars NORTH WOLLONGONG Size 1606m2
This property has a free-standing light industrial workshop on approximately 1606sqm of land. It includes a 800sqm clean span workshop, 270sqm of two-storey office accommodation, a glass-fronted showroom, separate amenities and kitchen plus three-phase power and high roller door access. It has been recently refurbished throughout and has on-site parking for eight cars.
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     91 words

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At the RAW Wollongong showcase at Hotel Illawarra Contact us
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Illawarra Mercury 11/07/2014     no charge     38 words

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Bed 3 Bath 2 Parking 2.5 WOLLONGONG Land n/a
Urban sophistication, versatile layout and sweeping north-facing views all combine in this well-appointed apartment to deliver the essence of contemporary city living.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     93 words

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Block of land/development WOLLONGONG opportunity - approved DA
Create a premium strata-titled city office development in the heart of Wollongong's thriving CBD. Complete with DA-approved architect plans for a contemporary building, this 455-square-metre vacant block of land has B3 mixed-use commercial zoning.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     104 words

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At Wollongong City Library for the book launch of Flavours of Wollongong Contact us
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Illawarra Mercury 04/07/2014     no charge     38 words

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At Redkite Winter's Evening Show at Wollongong Town Hall Contact us
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Illawarra Mercury 01/07/2014     no charge     38 words

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Apartments to be sold off the plan
PETER Taranto Real Estate is launching an apartment project in Wollongong today.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     778 words

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Phantom makes star appearance at event
ILLAWARRA business women got a musical treat at the Illawarra Women In Business networking lunch when 21-year-old Kyle Nozza, of Albion Park, sang.
Illawarra Mercury 30/07/2014     no charge     658 words

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Dog attacks jump sharply
DOG attacks in Wollongong have jumped 48 per cent in a year, with nearly 50 people and more than 200 animals dog-related victims.
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     426 words

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A league of his own
"You definitely need to be able to develop a tough exterior: you almost need to have the ability to put a brick wall around you"
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     1741 words

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AFL on demand in feast of footy
A FOUR-GAME extravaganza of Australian football, including a cast of former and potential Sydney Swans stars, will feature at North Dalton Park on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     670 words

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Fast Young Lib eyes seat
A 22-YEAR-OLD racing car driver could be the Liberal Party's candidate for Wollongong at next year's state election.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     463 words

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Pina Boys use cycling passion to raise funds
WITH the Tour de France under way, plenty of attention is focused on cycling - one of the fastest-growing sports in the Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 09/07/2014     no charge     751 words

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Visitors flock to Illawarra
WATCH this space - Destination Wollongong plans to launch two new "signature" events in the next 18 months in a bid to attract more visitors to the region.
Illawarra Mercury 30/07/2014     no charge     275 words

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Depleted Bulldogs guarding top spot
PREMIERS Wollongong Bulldogs regained top spot and Northern Districts kept their top-two hopes alive with vital victories over tough opponents in Saturday's round 15 of South Coast AFL.
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     446 words

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House prices rocketing
WOLLONGONG'S median house price has reportedly reached a record high of $500,000, jumping 7.5 per cent in the June quarter.
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     404 words

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Signed jersey icing on the cake at fundraiser
WORLD Cup fever hit the annual DENNY Foundation Masquerade Ball last week when auctioneer Simon Kersten, of Colliers International, attracted some spirited bidding for a Barcelona jersey featuring the signature of Argentinian star Lionel Messi.
Illawarra Mercury 23/07/2014     no charge     730 words

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Searching for local comedy
"There is always one spot for ... an open-mic if anyone wants to give it a try Stu Macpherson
Illawarra Mercury 22/07/2014     no charge     653 words

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Ballinger surprise for Hawks faithful
" I'm looking forward to coming back and settling into Wollongong Adam Ballinger
Illawarra Mercury 21/07/2014     no charge     428 words

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Illawarra elite are bound for glory
Bring your #welovethegong shirt, hockey talent Tristan White reminded runner Ryan Gregson. The Twitter banter between Bulli's Gregson and Wollongong's White this week was a light-hearted reflection of their pride at representing the Illawarra at the Commonwealth Games. They are among a select group of Australian athletes to come from the South Coast to wear the green and gold in Glasgow. With competition starting on Wednesday night (AEST), Mercury sports editor Tim Barrow analyses the medal ...
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     1265 words

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Five decades of devotion
THERE is a moment forever etched in Bishop Peter Ingham's mind.
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     550 words

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New concept launched for practical networks
THE partners at KPMG Wollongong have hosted Coopers Brewery chairman Glenn Cooper at a dinner at City Beach Function Centre, the first of many as KPMG Wollongong plans to bring speakers capable of delivering different perspectives to local business.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     716 words

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Funds sought for homeless hub
THE NSW opposition spokeswoman for housing and women, Sophie Cotsis, and the Member for Wollongong, Noreen Hay, have called on the state government to guarantee the survival of the Wollongong Homeless Hub.
Illawarra Mercury 15/07/2014     no charge     294 words

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Writers festival helping connect creatives
THE Wollongong Writers Festival will be bigger and better this year, with the community encouraged to get involved in workshops across the city.
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     216 words

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Former dancer returns to help youngsters
BRAD Moffitt has danced around the world but still calls Wollongong home.
Illawarra Mercury 02/07/2014     no charge     194 words

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Beloved lady mayoress used role to support charities
FORMER Wollongong Lady Mayoress Edna Campbell died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
Illawarra Mercury 29/07/2014     no charge     541 words

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Downhill at full throttle
ILLAWARRA mountain bikers can't wait to host this Sunday's opening round of the NSW Downhill Series at Greenvalleys Mountain Bike Park at Albion Park.
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     407 words

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Hail Mary: Supercoach's decision to reject Dragons opens the door for McGregor
Paul McGregor is set to become the next St George Illawarra coach in a move that will help prevent divisions from widening within the joint venture.
Sydney Morning Herald 22/07/2014     no charge     811 words

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Possession an act of faith
Belief in the devil is at the heart of Christian tradition
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     1355 words

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New coach hoping to get Foxes out of hole
DESPITE failing to pick up points in his first two games in charge, interim Fernhill coach John Fleming is confident the Foxes can still avoid the Premier League axe.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     473 words

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Soul-searching grooves
"The Wollongong music scene is a really tight-knit community which is really nice and I think it is starting to flourish This Mess
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     482 words

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Clarke set for culture shock
WOLLONGONG captain Oscar Forman believes former Hawks hero Rotnei Clarke will miss life on the sunny South Coast more than he ever imagined.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     370 words

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Martin in no hurry to sign
WOLLONGONG Hawks free agent Rhys Martin might have played his last game for the club.
Illawarra Mercury 15/07/2014     no charge     338 words

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Snare in second coming
IF WOLLONGONG is to become Wayne's world again, have the Dragons learned the lessons of the past?
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     570 words

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Cut red tape or 200 jobs will go: miner
WOLLONGONG Coal has taken its threats to close its Russell Vale mine to the federal government, telling Canberra that 200 people will be retrenched if it does not get fast-tracked permission to continue longwall mining.
Illawarra Mercury 11/07/2014     no charge     341 words

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Dry road to saving lives
A HIGHLIGHT of Craig Mowbray's mornings is walking up to the calendar marked on a glass partition in the Greater Building Society's Wollongong branch and crossing off the day.
Illawarra Mercury 10/07/2014     no charge     570 words

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Huge wildlife mural brings structure to life
THOMAS Jackson has painted an impressive 80-square-metre mural on a concrete tank at Sydney Water's Wollongong Water Recycling Plant this week.
Illawarra Mercury 10/07/2014     no charge     259 words

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Crucial place in education
Gordon Bradbery's remarks on the value of Gleniffer Brae fail to take account of the enormous value of music education.
Illawarra Mercury 09/07/2014     no charge     505 words

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Parking shame on Facebook
WOLLONGONG drivers beware - a Facebook page has been created with the sole purpose of shaming the worst parking attempts across the region.
Illawarra Mercury 09/07/2014     no charge     303 words

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Bradbery bemoans deal
GLENIFFER Brae should be a stand-alone function centre earning income for the cash-strapped Wollongong City Council, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
Illawarra Mercury 07/07/2014     no charge     388 words

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Cyclic in nature
The mountainbike fraternity are extremely passionate about protecting the natural environment
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     1492 words

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Hawks stalwarts re-sign
"I'm happy to be back. I'd miss this place too much if I left Larry Davidson
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     450 words

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Little athletes haul in medals
WOLLONGONG City won the full set of medals - gold, silver and bronze - among a number of outstanding performances at the annual NSW Little Athletics Cross-Country and Road Walks State Championships at Kembla Joggers' West Dapto home venue.
Illawarra Mercury 31/07/2014     no charge     272 words

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Roller Hawks stun hosts in Perth
THE Wollongong Roller Hawks became the first team to conquer competition leaders Perth in last weekend's West Coast road double.
Illawarra Mercury 31/07/2014     no charge     177 words

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James Bond he ain't
"The night after the Wollongong video came out, I got free drinks all night at the Harp
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     611 words

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Repeal may cut tip fees
WOLLONGONG residents could soon be paying less for a visit to Whytes Gully tip thanks to the repeal of the carbon tax, if recommendations of council staff are accepted by councillors on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     410 words

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App makes taxi just clicks away
FORGET about ringing for a cab - there's now an app for that.
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     354 words

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Poo bags pick up in popularity
WOLLONGONG dog walkers have filled up more than 880,000 bags of dog poo in the past two years, according to council figures.
Illawarra Mercury 23/07/2014     no charge     232 words

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Pushing the aid message
It's not like a place I've ever been before, to be honest. The stories of these children are absolutely shocking
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     1360 words

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Car park shaming a risk
A Facebook page was the subject of an Illawarra Mercury story where photos of poor parking in Wollongong areas can be posted by the public.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     523 words

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Lions playing to salvage pride
THEIR finals hopes appear over but Illawarra Lions face a test of character over the final five rounds beginning with Saturday's away clash with fifth-placed Holroyd Parramatta.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     360 words

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Call for better way over rail
ALLOWING pedestrian access across the rail line at Gipps Street, North Wollongong would improve the walkability of the city and reduce traffic congestion, according to Wollongong councillor George Takacs.
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     462 words

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Parking meter madness
I put $2 in the machine [in Wollongong's CBD] and got a ticket that was valid for eight minutes, not two hours. The ticket clearly showed that I had put in $2 at 2.22pm which should have given me until 4.22pm but the ticket showed: valid until 2.30pm.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     573 words

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Linked women's refuges 'more effective'
FROM the support Michelle* received from the Wollongong refuge after problems with her boyfriend, she says Illawarra women in crisis are in good hands, despite the service reforms.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     318 words

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Staff cap in face of climb
THE number of refuge workers in Wollongong will remain at just two, despite domestic assaults jumping 14 per cent in the city since 2011 and FACS claiming a 30 per cent funding increase to women's services in the region.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     262 words

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Tigers savage Dogs
NORTHERN Districts Tigers served notice of their premiership ambitions with a 53-point thrashing of premiers Wollongong Bulldogs in Saturday's South Coast AFL clash at Keira Oval.
Illawarra Mercury 14/07/2014     no charge     352 words

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Free community art courtesy of pedalling papergirls
THE Papergirl Wollongong crew are once again hopping on their bikes to gift people in the community works from emerging artists.
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     207 words

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Fast train to future tipped
UNIVERSITY of Wollongong's Professor Buddhima Indraratna is optimistic about high-speed rail.
Illawarra Mercury 11/07/2014     no charge     306 words

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Surgeon's plea for dispirited patient
A WOLLONGONG surgeon has branded Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District management "heartless and soulless" for refusing to waive hospital fees for an elderly Filipino man forced to undergo cancer surgery.
Illawarra Mercury 11/07/2014     no charge     560 words

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Venues get booze strikes
SEVEN Illawarra licensed venues have been issued "strikes" under a state government disciplinary scheme aimed at reducing alcohol-related offences.
Illawarra Mercury 09/07/2014     no charge     323 words

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Seeing the light in dark
"Any child can learn an instrument in Finland [to] a very high level Satu Vanska
Illawarra Mercury 08/07/2014     no charge     506 words

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Search for place in A-League spotlight
IF THE explosion in football interest in the US signals the decline of moral decay - as American columnist Ann Coulter so absurdly put it last week - then in the Illawarra it's the end of a bitter decade-long winter.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     579 words

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Parking woes killing our city
I feel the complaint about the swimming pool in Smith Street with regards to parking is so sad. My children and grandchildren were taught at this friendly venue, as were hundreds of other children.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     514 words

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Adventure park backed
WOLLONGONG Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery has thrown his weight behind a proposed Mount Keira adventure park, saying the city council has committed $50,000 to plan the attraction.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     413 words

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Mountain bikers call for creation of tracks
GIVEN the increasing popularity of mountain bike riding over the past decade, it's hardly surprising it is featured in the latest Destination Wollongong tourism video.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     406 words

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Bignames turn out for Swans
WOLLONGONG will host only the third NEAFL match to be played outside of Sydney or the ACT, when the Swans Reserves take on Ainslie at Dalton Park on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     193 words

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Excitement builds for creative showcase
NORMALLY the domain of DJs and dance music, the Hotel Illawarra will host a different kind of noise on Wednesday as the club is taken over by the RAW Wollongong creative showcase.
Illawarra Mercury 02/07/2014     no charge     244 words

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Expertise helps carry load with volunteers
BLUESCOPE Steel launched a new initiative on Monday called the Warrawong Project.
Illawarra Mercury 02/07/2014     no charge     715 words

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Report rates rate takes
KIAMA residents pay some of the state's highest rates, while Wollongong businesses are charged nearly double the average rates in similar areas, according to a NSW government report.
Illawarra Mercury 02/07/2014     no charge     303 words

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Lillie keeps up a family eisteddfod tradition
FOUR generations of the Purdon family came together to watch their youngest member dance in the Wollongong Eisteddfod on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 01/07/2014     no charge     251 words

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Wild winds rip roof from tennis centre
CORRIMAL Tennis Centre's roof was ripped off and wrapped around a pole during Tuesday night's wild winds.
Illawarra Mercury 31/07/2014     no charge     294 words

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Don't forget seniors
I do not agree with anything the Abbott government has done for Australians - nothing. I think Abbott and Hockey are crazy; they are both suffering from Tea Party myopia, a divisive concept for the advancement of poverty.
Illawarra Mercury 30/07/2014     no charge     492 words

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Best Kitchens laps up local recognition
WOLLONGONG business Best Kitchens is no stranger to recognition.
Illawarra Mercury 30/07/2014     no charge     406 words

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Man faces court over glass attack
A 25-YEAR-OLD man will appear in court over a glassing incident in Wollongong on Thursday.
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     174 words

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Resident pooh-poohs dog-walker boast
GWYNNEVILLE resident Peter Leiner has "finally got the s--ts".
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     326 words

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Five frenetic minutes stun United
SOUTH Coast United staged a tremendous fightback to secure a memorable 3-2 win over Wollongong United on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     301 words

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Skydivers a nuisance at park
It is so very disappointing that some Wollongong councillors have their heads buried in the sand.
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     536 words

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House prices rising fast
THE head of a leading Illawarra financial institution has expressed concern that first home buyers are being priced out of the heated housing market.
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     467 words

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Tales crafted from beer
ELBOWSKIN Appearing at the Froth and Bubbles beer festival WIN Entertainment Centre August 23-24
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     497 words

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Hill gets back in rotation
WOLLONGONG Hawks newcomer Brad Hill remains puzzled about the reasons behind his falling out of favour with former Sydney coach Shane Heal last season.
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     499 words

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Death crash charges laid
A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been charged following a crash near Oberon last month in which a 15-year-old Wollongong girl was killed.
Illawarra Mercury 23/07/2014     no charge     213 words

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Firies to test rescue skills
A TEAM of Wollongong firefighters will travel to Warragul in Victoria on Wednesday to compete in the Australasian Rescue Challenge.
Illawarra Mercury 23/07/2014     no charge     171 words

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Fears for Dapto campus
DAPTO TAFE campus is being emptied of staff and students and is slated for closure or rental to a private provider, according to union sources.
Illawarra Mercury 22/07/2014     no charge     528 words

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Bulldogs show ruthless streak to repay defeat
THEY had six players backing up from reserve grade but Wollongong Bulldogs weren't short of motivation in avenging their first-round loss to Figtree, with a 53-point victory at Figtree Oval.
Illawarra Mercury 21/07/2014     no charge     451 words

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Man charged following alleged rampage
A FAIRY Meadow man was under police guard in hospital on Friday after an alleged cross-town crime spree on Thursday afternoon.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     192 words

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Call for community to get in festival mood
WOLLONGONG City Council is calling on Illawarra performers, artists, stallholders and creatives to bolster the ranks of the 2014 Viva La Gong festival.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     234 words

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Crash unlikely to deter flyers
WOLLONGONG travel agents say the MH17 disaster is unlikely to scare off travellers from flying.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     202 words

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McGregor a better bet for coach's job, says director
St George Illawarra director Sean O'Connor has spoken out in support of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being appointed to the job full-time and believes he would be a better option than Wayne Bennett.
Sydney Morning Herald 18/07/2014     no charge     647 words

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On the street
What would you look out for on a fake bank note? Q
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     72 words

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High tea to benefit centre
TWO Wollongong doctors have organised a high tea to raise funds for Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre, which is struggling because of funding cuts.
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     110 words

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Catholic teachers on strike
CATHOLIC teachers and school support staff from Wollongong diocese gathered at Lang Park for a three-hour stoppage on Thursday morning to express frustration at negotiations over salaries and working conditions.
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     259 words

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Around the traps
THURSDAY, July 17
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     408 words

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Hawks sign Gruber for newseason
FIVE down, five to go for the Wollongong Hawks.
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     395 words

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Man admits to attacks
A PIZZA delivery driver and a family visiting Wollongong for the weekend were victims of two separate robbery attempts by the same man, a court has heard.
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     371 words

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Students will be supervised
STUDENTS at Illawarra Catholic schools will be supervised at school during strike action by teachers on Thursday morning.
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     114 words

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Stack site recycling proposal shut down
PLANS to build a massive recycling plant on part of the recently demolished Port Kembla stack site have been knocked on the head before they got off the ground.
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     455 words

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Focus shifts to train hot spots
COMMUTERS' safety will not be at risk as the government moves to scrap special late-night South Coast trains with added security, according to Superintendent Bernie Ryan.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     357 words

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Builders ready to roll on hospital upgrade
CONSTRUCTION of a $6.7 million ambulatory care unit - complete with multipurpose gym and additional consultation rooms - will begin at Shellharbour Hospital in the coming weeks, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has revealed.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     331 words

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Emergency housing clients reassured
"I can categorically say we have no intention of moving on anyone currently in those properties Michael Irvine
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     408 words

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Steel City in the mall
AN Illawarra architect has a creative idea to revitalise the much criticised redevelopment of Wollongong Mall.
Illawarra Mercury 14/07/2014     no charge     341 words

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COMEBACK KING
PREMIERSHIP player Nathan Fien has urged his former club to throw everything at luring Wayne Bennett back to Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 14/07/2014     no charge     569 words

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Exchange nets lasting bonds
THE Rotary Club of Wollongong farewelled popular Rotary exchange student Truls Fjellstad last week.
Illawarra Mercury 14/07/2014     no charge     273 words

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New spacious family home near marina
A brand new double-storey, five-bedroom home at Shell Cove, positioned near the soon-to-be-built marina, is on the market.
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     688 words

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Woman 'scarred for life'
"The doctor put a Band-Aid on her nose and told her to return to the clinic in a week Gareth Ward
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     863 words

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Coach asks Lions to hit the jugular
ILLAWARRA coach Dave Nolen has challenged the Lions to take control of their destiny when they begin a season-defining month in the Sydney AFL on Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     359 words

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Overdue rates bills in city reach $9.5m
WOLLONGONG residents owe their cash-strapped council a hefty $7.5 million in overdue rates, according to information provided to the Mercury.
Illawarra Mercury 11/07/2014     no charge     501 words

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Illawarra rents stable, Sydney's skyrocket
WHILE Sydney rental prices have recently skyrocketed, the Illawarra rental market has remained stable, new figures show.
Illawarra Mercury 11/07/2014     no charge     344 words

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Around the Traps
THURSDAY, July 10
Illawarra Mercury 10/07/2014     no charge     220 words

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McLeod secures Hilldeal
WELL-TRAVELLED basketballer Brad Hill hopes to have found a long-term home with the Wollongong Hawks.
Illawarra Mercury 10/07/2014     no charge     394 words

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From the web
Learn from the US
Illawarra Mercury 10/07/2014     no charge     303 words

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Wise heads put up hand
HEAD honchos from across the Illawarra's business, education, industry and tourism sectors have put up their hands to be on Wollongong City Council's economic advisory board.
Illawarra Mercury 10/07/2014     no charge     190 words

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Dog savages 10-year-old
A WOMAN carried a 10-year-old boy to safety after he was mauled in a terrifying dog attack in Bellambi on Tuesday.
Illawarra Mercury 10/07/2014     no charge     425 words

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Nurses firmly against proposed co-payment
BED block will worsen at Wollongong Hospital if the controversial $7 Medicare co-payment comes into play, according to a representative of the nurses' union.
Illawarra Mercury 09/07/2014     no charge     336 words

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Disruption forecast with court upgrade
A $15.5 MILLION refurbishment under way at Wollongong Court House will cause "substantial disruption" over the coming 14 months, Wollongong Law Society president David Potts has predicted.
Illawarra Mercury 08/07/2014     no charge     326 words

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Clampdown on crime targets railway network
POLICE from Wollongong Transport Command are in the midst of a high-visibility operation to help protect rail users heading out on Friday and Saturday nights.
Illawarra Mercury 08/07/2014     no charge     299 words

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Mayor seeks project cash
MOUNT Keira adventure park, WIN Entertainment Centre, the Blue Mile and the Grand Pacific walk could be strong contenders in the latest round of funding for mining affected regions, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
Illawarra Mercury 07/07/2014     no charge     351 words

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From the web
Father as parent
Illawarra Mercury 07/07/2014     no charge     309 words

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Dapto on alert for Reds
DAPTO Dandaloo coach Norm Boardman will take a finals attitude into Sunday's crucial clash with Wollongong United.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     466 words

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Access to study's at risk in deregulation
"We need to make sure our university remains accessible to those who aspire to tertiary level education Misha Zelinsky
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     1124 words

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Facelift for halls of justice
IF walls could talk, the halls of Wollongong Courthouse would definitely have some yarns to spin.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     952 words

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Buyers advised to be flexible
FIRST home buyers Samir and Amy Gergi had to put dollars before dreams when it came to buying a house in the Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     360 words

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Recovery journey on film
A WOLLONGONG production company is making a documentary about Turia Pitt's extraordinary journey after being trapped in a grass fire in 2011 and receiving burns to 65 per cent of her body.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     423 words

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Pull your own pints at Royal
IF you love beer enough to buy your own pub, there is one on the market up in the Southern Highlands.
Illawarra Mercury 05/07/2014     no charge     613 words

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Bands unite to support bash victim
WHEN images of recently arrived Eritrean refugee Tumezghi Tesfay being brutally bashed outside Wollongong train station went public, the Illawarra responded with outpourings of emotion - anger, disbelief, sympathy, sadness and shock.
Illawarra Mercury 04/07/2014     no charge     249 words

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UOW researchers reach skyward
WHEN a NASA rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday carrying a ground-breaking carbon dioxide monitoring observatory, two University of Wollongong scientists were playing a vital role in the mission.
Illawarra Mercury 04/07/2014     no charge     413 words

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Truckloads of work await retiring boss
AS a football fan and former chairman of the Illawarra Steelers, Cleary Bros chief executive Bob Elvy knows players can find a void in their lives after they hang up the boots.
Illawarra Mercury 04/07/2014     no charge     653 words

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Stadium facilities on show for camp
THE ALL-Stars camp will act as a perfect advertisement for Football South Coast to lure a powerhouse nation to Wollongong for next year's Asian Cup, chief executive Ann-Marie Balliana said on Thursday.
Illawarra Mercury 04/07/2014     no charge     390 words

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Cooks, Caporn return to Snakepit
FORMER Illawarra junior standout Xavier Cooks dropped into the Snakepit with his AIS teammates on Wednesday for an intense workout with the Wollongong Hawks.
Illawarra Mercury 03/07/2014     no charge     381 words

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Jets' stoush with Sky Blues breaks ground
WOLLONGONG will host its first ever regular season A-League clash when Sydney FC meet Newcastle Jets at WIN Stadium on January 3 next year.
Illawarra Mercury 03/07/2014     no charge     409 words

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On the street
Do you enjoy the cold weather and how do you keep warm? Q
Illawarra Mercury 02/07/2014     no charge     73 words

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Hawks eye US imports
HE didn't disclose a name but Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod confirmed the Hawks are in advanced discussions with a potential import recruit.
Illawarra Mercury 31/07/2014     no charge     284 words

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Lack of wheelchair access hinders magazine seller
EDDIE Hartigan is a battler.
Illawarra Mercury 31/07/2014     no charge     181 words

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Councillors debate behind closed doors
WOLLONGONG councillors held a closed council session on Monday night, shutting out the public from part of their meeting for the third time since they were elected in 2011.
Illawarra Mercury 30/07/2014     no charge     342 words

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Schools to get flashing lights
WOLLONGONG schools have been included in the state government's latest roll-out of school zone flashing lights.
Illawarra Mercury 30/07/2014     no charge     104 words

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Big catch in buying Opal
COMMUTERS catching the train at Thirroul can't buy an Opal card from a shop anywhere in the suburb, let alone the station itself.
Illawarra Mercury 30/07/2014     no charge     528 words

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Collaborating globally
THE SHAKESPEARE PROJECT: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Illawarra Performing Arts Centre Tuesday, August 5 Tickets: 4224 5999 or merrigong.com.au
Illawarra Mercury 29/07/2014     no charge     498 words

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Council plans shift of dog access areas
MORE Wollongong beaches would become dog-free zones - especially on weekends and public holidays - under proposed changes to Wollongong City Council's controversial dogs on beaches and parks policy.
Illawarra Mercury 29/07/2014     no charge     429 words

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Public can count on private purse for projects
There was a time - perhaps not long ago in many minds - when government was the only entity large enough to finance and build major projects. The pool of savings available for investment was too small, the skills needed were not widely available and the risks not well understood.
Sydney Morning Herald 28/07/2014     no charge     730 words

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Deco-inspired home sits in splendour
AN art deco-inspired house, built in Mangerton in 1952, with views across the city to the escarpment, is up for sale for the first time since 1986.
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     332 words

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On the street
What do you think about the unseasonably dry winter we're having? Q
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     100 words

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Fears held for missing Kiama teen
A FACEBOOK site set up to help find a missing Kiama teen has attracted more than 8000 likes since Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     195 words

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Volunteers plant 2200 tree seedlings
BLUE skies and calm conditions made for perfect tree planting weather as volunteers rolled up their sleeves to take part in Planet Ark's National Tree Day on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     170 words

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Iconic Oxford Tavern succumbs to progress
WORK has begun on the controversial Oxford on Crown building site, with the demolition of the iconic Wollongong live music venue the Oxford Tavern beginning last week.
Illawarra Mercury 28/07/2014     no charge     171 words

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On the street
Is it a good thing for the Illawarra that house prices have skyrocketed? Q
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     86 words

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Resurfacing of Crown St due to start
CROWN Street in West Wollongong will get some attention via a $450,000 resurfacing.
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     175 words

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Gong store latest to go in firm's collapse
SAM'S Warehouse in Wollongong will shut its doors by Sunday, August 3, along with 19 other Sam's Warehouse and Crazy Clarks across the country.
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     249 words

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Hospital ward hosts touching ceremony
WHEN groom Alan Jones pledged to love his beautiful bride in sickness and in health, he meant it with all his heart.
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     339 words

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Schools sing in harmony for 60th year
PRIMARY school students are singing in chorus for the 60th anniversary of the Wollongong Schools Choral Festival at Wollongong Town Hall.
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     214 words

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WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Sophie Rowland
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     168 words

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From the web
Fees will not fall
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     272 words

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McLeod filling in the gaps
WOLLONGONG Hawks coach Gordie McLeod hailed last week's trip to America as a success and has narrowed down his list of potential import recruits for the 2014-15 NBL season.
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     399 words

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FAMILY MATTERS
DRAGONS centre Peter Mata'utia will drive to Newcastle on Friday night to watch his younger brothers make their NRL debuts, after they were called on by Wayne Bennett to come to the rescue of the embattled Knights.
Illawarra Mercury 25/07/2014     no charge     470 words

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Plenty for bored kids to do
I HAVE recently started riding the wonderful bike track from Thirroul into Wollongong. On the first occasion during the school holidays firefighters were putting out a grass fire near the bike path at Bellambi. On the second occasion, same area, some obviously bored children thought it would be a great idea to throw a sizeable object at my head as I rode past, fortunately it missed.
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     529 words

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St Therese girls qualify for SCG final
TALENTED girls from St Therese Catholic School West Wollongong will enjoy the experience of a lifetime playing AFL at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the finals of the Paul Kelly Cup.
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     323 words

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Sex assault charge laid
A WOLLONGONG man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in the car park of a fast food restaurant at Heathcote in April.
Illawarra Mercury 24/07/2014     no charge     89 words

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Bridge location questionable
THE announcement by the Roads Minister Duncan Gay last Wednesday that the location of the new Nowra Bridge has been decided is premature and clearly a political move aimed at favouring the two Liberal incumbents of the Kiama and South Coast state electorates.
Illawarra Mercury 23/07/2014     no charge     535 words

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Mangerton on NBN list
MANGERTON is the latest suburb in the Illawarra to become part of the National Broadband Network rollout.
Illawarra Mercury 23/07/2014     no charge     174 words

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Red light for dogs
BELLAMBI boat harbour will no longer be dog-friendly but West Dapto will gain a new off-leash park under proposed changes to Wollongong City Council's controversial dogs on beaches and parks policy.
Illawarra Mercury 23/07/2014     no charge     340 words

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On the street
Would you have liked to see Wayne Bennett coach the Dragons again? Q
Illawarra Mercury 22/07/2014     no charge     69 words

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Callous shame in axing tax
Could anything be more emblematic of the shallowness and callousness of Australian politics than the abolition of the "carbon tax".
Illawarra Mercury 22/07/2014     no charge     522 words

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Local forum for grieving
A CEREMONY will be held at the Civic Plaza in Wollongong on Monday evening to give members of the community the chance to pay tribute to those lost aboard flight MH17.
Illawarra Mercury 21/07/2014     no charge     156 words

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Top teams deal out thrashings
BULLI and Wollongong United handed out twin demolitions and extended their impressive unbeaten streaks in a high-scoring Saturday of Illawarra Premier League action.
Illawarra Mercury 21/07/2014     no charge     394 words

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Seachangers set to top seven million
Australians are prepared to forego many amenities so they can continue their love affair with the coast.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/07/2014     no charge     866 words

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trackwork
South Coast line: Saturday 9.47am to 5.00pm: Trains going towards Wollongong leave from platform 1 at Wombarra and Coledale. Trains going towards Central leave from platform 2 at Coledale and Wombarra.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     53 words

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Police link to man's death
POLICE restraint "possibly" contributed to the death of Wollongong man Pat Morena, but officers had reasonable grounds to try to detain him on suspicion of drug dealing, an inquest has found.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     583 words

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Changing city face just not working
"I'm one of the lucky ones, I walked away with money. A lot of people don't. Those guys who are on casual, they don't know what's around the corner Shane Szakacs
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     949 words

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Take TWO
Sometimes she's more of the mum and I'm more like the kid
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     729 words

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top 5
Illawarra Baseball
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     177 words

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ART EXHIBITIONS
PURPLE RIBBON WORKSHOP
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     110 words

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Sam's staff avoid cuts
SAM'S Warehouse stores in Wollongong and Shellharbour have escaped the latest round of closures announced by receivers KordaMentha Restructuring.
Illawarra Mercury 19/07/2014     no charge     226 words

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Deaconess ditched grey uniforms
Margaret Rodgers 19392014
Sydney Morning Herald 18/07/2014     no charge     583 words

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Quest for new talent
"Folk-metallers Troldhaugen took to crowdfunding too, trying to raise cash to record a new album
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     484 words

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Learn to fend off dementia
LEARNING a new language or some new dance moves could help reduce your risk of dementia, according to a brain training expert who will address a Wollongong forum later this month.
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     381 words

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Bar seeks extension
POPULAR Wollongong nightspot Three Chimneys could be forced to close its doors at 11pm on weekends if an application to Wollongong City Council to stay open is unsuccessful.
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     361 words

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Erin plays starring role
WITH her confidence on stage and beautiful singing voice, it's surprising to learn 2014 will be Erin Hand's first time performing in Southern Stars.
Illawarra Mercury 18/07/2014     no charge     248 words

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Playwright explores online lives
AS the internet and social media become an increasingly important part of our lives, young people need to take stock of how it affects their relationships.
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     215 words

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Merrin believes there's something about Mary
INJURED Dragons forward Trent Merrin has compared Paul McGregor to 2010 premiership-winning coach Wayne Bennett, believing he has what it takes to be a long-term success in charge of the NRL club.
Newcastle Herald 17/07/2014     no charge     644 words

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Artworks reflect 'raw pain' of abuse victims' stories
SHARON Spencer held onto a phone number for three years before she found the will to dial it, and arrange to attend her first art class.
Illawarra Mercury 17/07/2014     no charge     319 words

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Pubs act on disability row
SECURITY staff from across Wollongong will undergo training to better recognise the difference between someone with a disability and someone who is intoxicated.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     347 words

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Fashion range for real sizes debuts
WOLLONGONG fashion business Wendi Leigh Designs is launching a new Mother of the Bride/Bridegroom cum Cruisewear Collection at its Auburn Street studio.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     195 words

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GOLDEN BOY
KEEPING track of the medals already hanging in his family's Wollongong home has been hard for David McKeon.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     453 words

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On the street
What do you think about police being able to access personal information using the new Opal transport card? Q
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     85 words

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Video art rolls into town
SOME of Australia's most innovative video artists are on show at Wollongong Art Gallery.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     182 words

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Images released to spur investigation
POLICE have released two images of Woonona murder victim Valmai Jane Birch in a bid to jog the memories of anyone who may have seen the 34-year-old mother in the lead-up to her death in March 2011.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     302 words

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Smaller providers lose out in reform
"WE were culled, not because we were not good but because we were a small service," manager of Wollongong Emergency Family Housing, Julie Mitchell, says.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     349 words

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Catholic schools face strike action
ILLAWARRA Catholic school teachers will strike on Thursday morning to draw attention to their negotiations with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     78 words

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Flexible study scores goal
FOR Wollongong Hawks captain Oscar Forman, balancing study and sport once meant sitting an exam in his team uniform before a game.
Illawarra Mercury 16/07/2014     no charge     421 words

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Grants help councils to take advantage of quick service
Wollongong City Council is leading the way in providing digital services to residents and maximising the benefits of the high-speed national broadband network.
Sydney Morning Herald 15/07/2014     no charge     315 words

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Rivals watch closely as Dragons' rich bid for for Bennett puts NRL in a tricky situation
If Wayne Bennett returns to St George Illawarra next season, some will question whether the NRL has been outbid by their own money.
Sydney Morning Herald 15/07/2014     no charge     677 words

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Cancer treatment results in scarring
ILLAWARRA real estate agent Troy Johnson is used to people asking if he's been "glassed" but he didn't get the U-shaped scar that runs along the side of his face in a bar fight.
Illawarra Mercury 15/07/2014     no charge     602 words

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Karwalski seals title win in style
MANY of the state's best players were given an on-court tutorial from one of the world's top players in claiming the prestigious Wollongong Open squash tournament.
Illawarra Mercury 15/07/2014     no charge     265 words

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On the street
Should barriers protecting the trees in Wollongong Mall be made out of steel sculptures to better reflect the nature of the city? Q
Illawarra Mercury 14/07/2014     no charge     123 words

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From the web
Geography says no
Illawarra Mercury 14/07/2014     no charge     302 words

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Creative comrades
The 120th anniversary of the Wollongong Eisteddfod was a huge success for the thousands of performers, parents and volunteers involved.
Illawarra Mercury 12/07/2014     no charge     185 words

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