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Scene at the Wollongong Hawks game at the WEC Contact us
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. Publication is not guaranteed. To buy copies of your pictures, phone the Mercury on 4221 2340.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     41 words

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Size: 600sqm approx Parking: approx 6 spaces on-site WOLLONGONG
Why pay commercial rent when you can purchase this neat and tidy, two-bedroom house with a sunroom that is an ideal office space?
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     89 words

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Bed 3 Bath 2 Parking 2 WOLLONGONG Top floor with terrace
Capitalise on the convenience of this spacious house-sized apartment located on the top floor of a meticulous apartment block.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     64 words

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Bed 3 Bath 1 Parking 1 WEST WOLLONGONG Land size: 632sqm
An excellent location for shopping, schools and more, this three-bedroom brick and cladding home sits on a good-sized 632-square-metre block.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     109 words

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Wollongong gets into Christmas spirit
SENIORS can get into the festive spirit with a free concert in December.
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     88 words

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Car thefts in Wollongong on the rise, warn police
AN alarming rise in thefts from motor vehicles has prompted Wollongong police to warn residents to lock their car doors.
Illawarra Mercury 15/10/2014     no charge     225 words

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Wollongong could be trial site for sex assault court
ILLAWARRA state Labor MPs have named Wollongong as a trial site for a specialist domestic violence and sexual assault court if Labor is elected to power next year.
Illawarra Mercury 13/10/2014     no charge     281 words

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City right on the cusp of greatness
THE next 10 years will be an exciting time for Wollongong, according to panellists at Thursday's Illawarra Property Council lunch.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     347 words

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Coal firm sues ex-mogul
FALLEN Wollongong coal mogul Arun Jagatramka is being sued for millions of dollars by the company he used to run, over the purchase and construction of the mansion he used to live in on Cliff Road.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     686 words

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Parking 8 + 21 Size: 1658sqm, from 58sqm to 409sqm, approx. WOLLONGONG
An opportunity exists to purchase both these properties with further development or strata potential. No 83-85 Market Street includes a six-level office building with eight on-site parking spaces, while 92 Market Street offers 21 spaces.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     122 words

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Fourth title is Gong's agenda
WOLLONGONG Men's 1 captain Matt Tope is confident he has the team to win a fourth consecutive NSW Touch Country Championships title.
Illawarra Mercury 21/10/2014     no charge     387 words

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Coming home a mental test
I wanted to approach Timothy as a character first and then come at the mental health aspect
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     1103 words

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Teams challenge anAussie first
WOLLONGONG has snared a major adventure event for 2015, the first of its kind anywhere in Australia.
Illawarra Mercury 09/10/2014     no charge     364 words

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We need some bold thinking
Re "Factory outlet vision fades" (Mercury, October 21). Bede Crasnich is not the only one gutted by the loss of the factory retail outlet at Kembla Grange, and I would like to congratulate him for working hard to try to achieve this.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     555 words

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Take TWO
Novotel Wollongong Northbeach incoming general manager Steven Savic and his predecessor, Walter Immoos, first worked together nine years ago. Mr Immoos could not be happier that the local boy he helped mentor is taking over from him, GREG ELLIS writes.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     797 words

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Hawks set to run-and-gun
THEY didn't give the game plan away, but the Wollongong Hawks might change tactics and resort to a fast-paced attack in Thursday night's road meeting with Adelaide.
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     378 words

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Town Hall's pipe organ unfinished: creator
THE first of two recitals designed to breathe new life into the Wollongong Town Hall's grand pipe organ took place with a performance from University of Sydney organist and carillonist Amy Johansen on Thursday night.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     279 words

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Recitals showcase city's pipe organ
"Our organ is something very special for Wollongong Genelle Thomson
Illawarra Mercury 15/10/2014     no charge     306 words

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Local musicians rally around beloved mate
IT will go down as one of the most memorable moments in Wollongong's entertainment industry. The night some of the biggest names in the local music scene gathered with many friends at Centro CBD to help a great mate and singing hero Rikki Organ.
Illawarra Mercury 15/10/2014     no charge     636 words

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It's showtime forshopping
AFTER all those years of planning and hammering and closed streets and dust, Wollongong turned out in force on Thursday to see what its patience - and $200 million of investment - had yielded.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     724 words

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Tax office in line for refit
A PRIVATE hospital operator wants to transform the vacant Australian Taxation Office in Wollongong into a 60-bed hospital with a "luxury hotel feel".
Illawarra Mercury 09/10/2014     no charge     499 words

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Off-leash beaches are few
I CAN'T help but comment on Diane Power's letter to the editor in the Mercury (25/9) regarding using Macauley's Beach but wanting it free of dogs.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     605 words

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Fresh eyes find scenes that locals often miss
WHEN it came to selecting images for the Illawarra Mercury's 2015 calendar, Christopher Chan's photograph of Windang Island was one of the first chosen.
Illawarra Mercury 02/10/2014     no charge     370 words

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Boy locks up parents and gets away with it
THREE McDonald's stores run by the Dwarte family in Wollongong and Shellharbour have raised more than $25,000 for Ronald McDonald House.
Illawarra Mercury 29/10/2014     no charge     698 words

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Retrofitting for modern times
"Back then if you were a government architect, you were at the top of your field
Illawarra Mercury 27/10/2014     no charge     774 words

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Tapians defy Hawks
LEAVING their run a little too late, the Wollongong Hawks went down 91-89 to Cairns in a tense battle on Sunday night at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     519 words

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Hardcore heads here
The Amity Affliction have announced a massive regional tour in January, with a date in Wollongong. The Brisbane hardcore juggernauts will bring In Hearts Wake, Confession and Antagonist AD along for the ride, and will play Waves nightclub on January 14.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     403 words

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Hay stands alone
OPPOSITION Leader John Robertson has distanced himself from Noreen Hay's assurance that Labor would build a Wollongong convention centre if elected next year.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     436 words

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Region's plan for future
MAKING sure the regional economy grows is the "key priority" of the NSW government's blueprint for the region.
Illawarra Mercury 09/10/2014     no charge     449 words

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Forman's feeling right at home
WOLLONGONG fans might not know it, but Hawks forward Oscar Forman is basically the best three-point shooter in the NBL's 35-year history.
Illawarra Mercury 07/10/2014     no charge     254 words

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Medusa - the dark side
Transfix is the last of the 15 finalists in the 2014 Shoot The Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 02/10/2014     no charge     524 words

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Residents lambast mine impact record
A COALMINE surrounded by residential areas and sensitive water catchment needs the highest level of environmental scrutiny and monitoring, residents told the Planning Assessment Commission in Corrimal on Thursday.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     474 words

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Serial trace best option
WOLLONGONG police have reminded residents to record serial numbers of expensive personal items after the recovery of stolen property.
Illawarra Mercury 30/10/2014     no charge     214 words

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Bulli bungee proposed
BULLI Tops could become the jumping off point for a new bungee facility under a new tourism plan, which has also proposed linking the Southern Gateway Centre and Panorama House via a zipline.
Illawarra Mercury 29/10/2014     no charge     214 words

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Passion impresses award judges
THE Disability Trust chief executive Margaret Bowen won the 2014 NSW Telstra Business Women's Community and Government Award in Sydney on Friday night.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     344 words

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Old school ripe for selloff
IN a desperate search for funds, the state government is planning to sell off prime lake-front land at Warrawong (Mercury, October 17). There are other hollow logs the government should look into or under.
Illawarra Mercury 27/10/2014     no charge     573 words

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Gordie'smencan'tsealdeal
THREE weeks into the season and the Wollongong Hawks are already fighting an uphill battle to keep their top four hopes alive.
Illawarra Mercury 27/10/2014     no charge     352 words

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Hawks unable to deliver
"We're getting lost and not really not knowing how to attack and what to do Gordie McLeod
Illawarra Mercury 27/10/2014     no charge     400 words

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Burgh are the benchmark
PORT Kembla skipper Ryan Mattas says round-three opponents Helensburgh are the team to beat, and a semi-final spot is the target for his club this season.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     359 words

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Heart device in place
WOLLONGONG paramedic Mark McCarthy's dream of having defibrillators installed on street corners is becoming a reality with the first one now set up outside Wollongong's Novotel Northbeach.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     346 words

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On the street
Who would you nominate as Australian of the Year? Q
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     69 words

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SBS plans to screen Cup event
SPUNP Australia senior partner Alfredo Mousinho Esteves is busy preparing for the fifth Australian Beach Soccer Cup on December 13 and 14 at North Beach in Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     163 words

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Coenraad sees upside despite early setbacks
THE Wollongong Hawks aren't using their busy playing schedule as an excuse for a patchy start to the season.
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     456 words

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Architect of the nation
TRIBUTES poured in for former Australian Prime Minister and ALP giant Gough Whitlam who has died aged 98.
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     886 words

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A revival of the strings
"The orchestra is made up of people from the Illawarra and that was really important to us
Illawarra Mercury 21/10/2014     no charge     439 words

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Factory outlet vision fades
SYDNEY firm Leda Holdings has announced it will sell a large parcel of industrial land at Kembla Grange, bringing to an end its nine-year campaign to rezone the land for a factory outlet.
Illawarra Mercury 21/10/2014     no charge     365 words

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Corrimal joins bandwagon
A LARGE parcel of vacant land in Corrimal's CBD precinct has sparked plenty of interest from potential buyers, according to real estate agent Tim Jones.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     413 words

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Convention centre spin-offs expected
TRANSFORMING WIN Entertainment Centre into a convention centre would have flow-on effects to the Blue Mile waterfront precinct, according to Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     380 words

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Councillors battle over boundaries
THE Illawarra's rubbery boundaries were once again under scrutiny at Monday's Wollongong City Council meeting, as councillors debated whether to join a new regional organisation.
Illawarra Mercury 15/10/2014     no charge     407 words

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Sales hit record on first day
LUBE Markovski smashed a national hamburger record last week by achieving the biggest first-day turnover of any of Australia's 88 Grill'd restaurants.
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     312 words

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Gordie tempers pleasing start with Wildcatsonprowl
AN ominous date with title holders Perth should ensure the Wollongong Hawks stay grounded after an encouraging start to their 2014-15 campaign.
Illawarra Mercury 13/10/2014     no charge     430 words

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Stylish venue adds to big bang
THE doors to GPT's new shopping centre finally opened on Thursday, but there is another eagerly awaited development right around the corner.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     453 words

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CBD plan support pushed
THE Property Council of Australia (Illawarra) has called on owners of shops, offices and other commercial spaces to ride a near $1 billion wave of investment in central Wollongong by sprucing up their own assets.
Illawarra Mercury 09/10/2014     no charge     360 words

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Tasty treat raises health funds
WHAT do you do on the first anniversary of your first business after opening it by giving everything away for free on the first weekend?
Illawarra Mercury 08/10/2014     no charge     335 words

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Born Lion for big stage
Wollongong punk outfit Born Lion will undertake a huge Australian tour with Yellowcard and Mayday Parade next July. The four-piece will join the American pop-punk heavyweights on five dates in mid-2015, playing such huge rooms as the Hordern Pavilion and Brisbane venue The Tivoli.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     426 words

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Leaders in business to share ideas
KPMG Wollongong and The GPT Group are jointly hosting the next private business club dinner in Wollongong on October 15.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     226 words

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Hawks go intobattle with club heroadrift
THEY are still getting over Wednesday's shock firing of teammate Dave Gruber, but the Wollongong Hawks have a game to play against titleholders Perth on Friday night at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     519 words

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Mayors at forefront of growth
PLANNING Minister Pru Goward said the Illawarra had a diverse but constructive group of mayors whose leadership would play a key role in managing the region's growth.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     299 words

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SECOND SOLUTION
ON the first day of his second coming as a Wollongong Hawk, Rhys Martin fended off suggestions that he is back to save the season.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     528 words

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From the web
Vision for tourism
Illawarra Mercury 30/10/2014     no charge     325 words

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Mine causes water worry
THE Sydney Catchment Authority has called on the Planning Assessment Commission to reject the proposal by Wollongong Coal to extend its longwall mining operations near Cataract Dam.
Illawarra Mercury 30/10/2014     no charge     227 words

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Back for some more fun
"They remember us and they remember feeling good. It was about having a good time
Illawarra Mercury 29/10/2014     no charge     533 words

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Kids and Me wins award
A UNIQUE parenting program that caters for those whose kids have been placed in care has netted CatholicCare Wollongong a national award.
Illawarra Mercury 29/10/2014     no charge     324 words

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Some try to sleep at night
Roads and Maritime Services carried out night work on the Princes Highway (Crown St), west of Mangerton Rd for four consecutive nights in late July.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     553 words

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Shark net catch rate increases
A TOTAL of 20 sharks were caught in nets off Illawarra beaches between September 2013 and April 2014, including three great whites and eight hammerheads.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     270 words

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200 walkers offer hand of friendship
MORE than 200 people joined a Wollongong march at the weekend in support of refugees and asylum seekers.
Illawarra Mercury 27/10/2014     no charge     204 words

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Wests deliver withbat and ball
DIRK Cameron returned from three years in the mines to strike gold for Wests Illawarra with a solid 70 as the Red Devils claimed first innings points from Wollongong at Figtree Oval.
Illawarra Mercury 27/10/2014     no charge     362 words

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Ervin back to his aggressive best
TOUGH-MINDED Hawks guard Gary Ervin's take-charge performance against Adelaide on Thursday night buried any doubts about his ability to bounce back from failure.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     382 words

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Hawks require prompt action
"As a player, you're excited to get another chance as soon as you can Oscar Forman
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     442 words

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Excellence celebrated
CRAIG Osborne and the team at RMB Lawyers and Care South chief executive Debra Tozer were among the big winners at Friday night's 2014 Momentum Energy Illawarra Business Awards.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     418 words

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Legacy that lasts long after death
When you choose to leave a gift in your will, it benefits the whole community.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     1364 words

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Instructor banned for misconduct
A WOLLONGONG "meditation instructor" has been permanently banned from providing any health services after "inappropriate physical contact" with a young female client.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     310 words

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Struggling Carson battles through virus
SPEEDY Wollongong guard Jahii Carson's horror show against Adelaide on Thursday night has been put down to illness.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     247 words

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Hawksfindcomfortin lessons from the past
LESSONS learned from last season's dismal start should help the Wollongong Hawks deal with this year's similarly ordinary beginning.
Illawarra Mercury 24/10/2014     no charge     379 words

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MP outlines alleged botch-ups by doctor
A DOCTOR at Wollongong Skin Cancer Clinic is under investigation by the Health Care Complaints Commission after several patients have come forward with stories of scarring and infection.
Illawarra Mercury 24/10/2014     no charge     549 words

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Region's premier talent is recognised at awards
THE best players and top achievements in Illawarra Junior AFL were recognised at the annual regional awards presentation at Dapto Leagues Club.
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     240 words

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Juniors courting success
ILLAWARRA juniors were among the winners and top performers earning valuable national rankings points at the annual Wollongong Junior Tournament.
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     282 words

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Around the traps
THURSDAY, October 23
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     193 words

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Illawarra represented strongly in world team
THE Illawarra Connection has called on the business community to get behind the region's competitors on Australia's team for the International WorldSkills Olympics in Brazil next year.
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     668 words

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Hawks' effort unrewarded
THREE straight losses have sent his side to the bottom of the ladder, but Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod remains upbeat about their progress after two rounds.
Illawarra Mercury 21/10/2014     no charge     394 words

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Copping an earful of music before exam
STUDYING for the HSC aural music exam is harder then preparing for maths, according to Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts student Charlotte Smee.
Illawarra Mercury 21/10/2014     no charge     250 words

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Run benefits children's ward
WEARING a tiny Run Wollongong T-shirt, Duffy Chatfield completed his first charity walk to raise money for Wollongong Hospital's Children's Ward.
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     320 words

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History lessons about to get 3D perspective
ILLAWARRA teachers have been schooled in 3D printing, raising the prospect of history lessons taught using exact replicas of precious world artefacts, and food technology classes where the cookie cutters and cake moulds are custom-made.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     352 words

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Larry needed for test in Perth
THE return of defensive anchor Larry Davidson for Wollongong this weekend has been tempered by a back injury to super-sub Adam Ballinger.
Illawarra Mercury 16/10/2014     no charge     397 words

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Poverty figures alarming
MORE than 50,000 Illawarra and Shoalhaven residents are living below the poverty line, according to a review by the Illawarra Forum.
Illawarra Mercury 15/10/2014     no charge     592 words

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Denniscries foul after referees slamCrocs
TOWNSVILLE coach Shawn Dennis will seek a pow-wow with NBL referees' boss Mal Cooper after the Crocodiles were hammered in the foul count last Friday against Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     323 words

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Gong's film talent to shine on big screen
IT will be a veritable Illawarra film festival at Viva La Gong in November, with an all-day feast of locally produced movies.
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     193 words

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Salon pics help keep clubhouse running
THE intense gaze of a red-lipped mystery woman has enchanted judges, taking out top gong in the 2014 Shoot the Hairdresser photo competition.
Illawarra Mercury 13/10/2014     no charge     260 words

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out of town
LAWRENCE MOONEY
Sydney Morning Herald 11/10/2014     no charge     155 words

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NBL rivals plot powerful Perth's downfall
A NEW owner and some stunning off-season recruiting have breathed new life into the Wollongong Hawks.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     1044 words

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Spenceley lays platform for a new Hawks era
MERCURY basketball writer TIM KEEBLE caught up with Hawks owner James Spenceley for a one-on-one chat before Friday's season-opening home game against Townsville.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     1254 words

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CAUSE FOR CONFIDENCE
By 2017, the CBD will grow by 97,005 square metres of new commercial, retail, hotel and hospital space, including GPT's 19,000 square metre Wollongong Central expansion.
Illawarra Mercury 09/10/2014     no charge     116 words

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On the street
Should love locks be cut off bridges? Q
Illawarra Mercury 08/10/2014     no charge     60 words

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Labor pledges big build
WOLLONGONG MP Noreen Hay says Labor will make a new Wollongong convention centre a reality if the party is returned to power at the state election in March.
Illawarra Mercury 08/10/2014     no charge     356 words

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Nevill's inclusion to be a game changer
LUKE Nevill's new Wollongong teammates reckon he's a 2.18m exclamation point on their title aspirations.
Illawarra Mercury 07/10/2014     no charge     410 words

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Snitch supremos in quidditch magic
THEY flew in from out of town, broomstick in hand, determined to beat their way to the top.
Illawarra Mercury 06/10/2014     no charge     228 words

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$6.7m in roads funding
WOLLONGONG City Council's share of funding from the federal government's Roads to Recovery program is the highest in the Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 06/10/2014     no charge     220 words

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Sold-out festival a huge hit
WOLLONGONG music promoters Yours and Owls have made it a weekend to remember for thousands of festival-goers at Stuart Park.
Illawarra Mercury 06/10/2014     no charge     252 words

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Woman threatened and robbed by boy gang
A GROUP of boys as young as 13 allegedly threatened to stab a woman during a Wollongong robbery on Thursday night.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     234 words

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Take TWO
We've done a bunch of shows together since and discovered that we're very alike.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     588 words

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Mansion lavishly restored
A GRAND Corrimal mansion fit for a lord or lady will go to auction later in October.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     680 words

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Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     104 words

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Party clips give clients unique gift
WOLLONGONG dancer, choreographer, fashion designer, make-up artist and flight attendant Brooke Antonello is a woman who has fulfilled many dreams and packed much into a dynamic career.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     411 words

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Marathon man walks for kids
A WOLLONGONG mystery ultra-marathon man who never tells anyone his real name is taking part in a 57km walk for children in Sydney this weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     566 words

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Butchersbracing for life without skipper Johnson
INCOMING Northern Districts captain Matt Salakas admits he has some giant shoes to fill as he takes the reins of the Illawarra cricket club.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     499 words

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Kiama MP launches train petition
ILLAWARRA train commuters frustrated by their inability to get a seat on the way home from Sydney during afternoon peak hour are being asked to put pen to paper.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     279 words

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Kids spend day withNBLheroes
WOLLONGONG Hawks players traded hoops with almost 70 basketball-mad kids at their school holiday camp at the Snakepit.
Illawarra Mercury 02/10/2014     no charge     284 words

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Shuttle timetable emerges
THE Transport Workers Union has supplied the Illawarra Mercury with copies of a Gong Shuttle timetable - which the government has said does not exist.
Illawarra Mercury 02/10/2014     no charge     400 words

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Turnaround of pre-season no longer a tall order
THEIR teething problems won't disappear overnight, but the new-look Wollongong Hawks are confident of being among the main title contenders as the 2014-15 NBL season wears on.
Illawarra Mercury 02/10/2014     no charge     375 words

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ABORIGINAL ART PRIZE
Sydney Morning Herald 01/11/2014     no charge     188 words

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Main stage for Parkside
The Parkside DJ dudes continue their great run, recently named on the line-up for the Byron Bay Falls Festival. They will play the main stage of the festival on New Year's Day.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     555 words

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The inside story on top design
WHILE many Illawarra business leaders were gathered at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre last Friday to watch Tim Campbell take the stage, there was another television personality in town also drawing a large audience.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     323 words

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Each day precious following diagnosis
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Nikolas Murdoch is supporting National Bandanna Day to ensure other teenagers like him don't have to face cancer alone.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     397 words

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Illawarra summer tipped to be a cracker
THE Illawarra seems set for a warmer than average summer period.
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     230 words

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On the street
Do you think it's important to know your neighbours and why? Q
Illawarra Mercury 31/10/2014     no charge     128 words

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Over 50s get rolling
OVER 50s events are growing in popularity, according to the official tournament calendar released for Illawarra Zone 16 clubs for 2015.
Illawarra Mercury 30/10/2014     no charge     161 words

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On the street
What attraction do you think could attract more visitors to Wollongong? Q
Illawarra Mercury 30/10/2014     no charge     55 words

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Acoustics hard to beat
"People love the sound of the drum and the way it resonates inside them Graham Hilgendorf
Illawarra Mercury 30/10/2014     no charge     389 words

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Greenacres workers given training to help well-being
EMPLOYEES at Greenacres Disability Services were put through their paces on Wednesday in a new fitness class, aimed at improving workers' overall health.
Illawarra Mercury 30/10/2014     no charge     205 words

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$378m price tag for Gong tourism dream
TWENTY ambitious tourism projects worth more than $378 million have been proposed in a new Destination Wollongong plan, which would create more than 2000 jobs and attract nearly three million extra visitors.
Illawarra Mercury 29/10/2014     no charge     516 words

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Carson ready to explode
WOLLONGONG import Jahii Carson has assured Hawks' fans he is yet to scratch the surface on what he can deliver on court ahead of another vital double header.
Illawarra Mercury 29/10/2014     no charge     348 words

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Climate change will cost
LAKE Macquarie is facing a $150 million climate-change threat, according to the city council - and it wants Prime Minister Tony Abbott to know about it.
Newcastle Herald 28/10/2014     no charge     393 words

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Noticeboard
More time granted to apply
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     213 words

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Adnam ready to build on progress
HAWKS development squad guard Kyle Adnam believes his experience in the highly-competitive Victorian junior leagues has prepared him well for his bid to become a full-time NBL player.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     184 words

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Hawks blow third quarters
IF the third quarter is truly when games are won and lost, the Wollongong Hawks don't have to look too far to see where they've gone wrong.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     260 words

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Fearne tipping Melbourne to hit their straps
WOLLONGONG aren't the only team battling to find their identity.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     299 words

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Helping kids feel the music in their blood
"People say it can't work but it does every year James Morrison
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     554 words

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TAFE trainees prepping for special event
THIS Wednesday a Gourmet Food and Wine Dinner at the Wollongong TAFE campus will showcase TAFE Illawarra's cookery and hospitality students' flair for sourcing, preparing and serving local produce.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     210 words

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Bus hopping encouraged
AFTER next week's Opal rollout on Illawarra buses, card users can jump from a Dions to a Premier bus without paying an extra fare.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     404 words

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Rezone review proposed
AGED-CARE provider Warrigal wants to rezone about 10 hectares south of Wollongong's CBD to make way for taller buildings and create a "south-east gateway precinct" for the city.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     381 words

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No bail in murder case
THE woman charged with the stabbing murder of a man near Windang bridge on Sunday is thought have to been living on Picnic Island in a tent.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     292 words

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Proposal for tower on display
MORE concrete details of a new tower development planned for Railway Parade have emerged, with the 28-level proposal now on exhibition through Wollongong City Council's website.
Illawarra Mercury 28/10/2014     no charge     260 words

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Mall deadline washed away
THE Crown Street Mall refurbishment will not be finished by the Wollongong City Council's self-imposed October 31 deadline, with rain and delivery delays evidently to blame for the tardy work.
Illawarra Mercury 27/10/2014     no charge     441 words

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out of town
SCULPTURE IN THE VINEYARDS
Sydney Morning Herald 25/10/2014     no charge     175 words

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The unique design of The Loft
A striking Figtree home, built as a series of interconnected pods elevated as a viewing platform to capture the landscape, will go to auction next month.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     745 words

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Skaters primed to try out plaza
WORK has begun on Berkeley's long-awaited skate plaza, with Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery manning a backhoe to officially break ground on the site at a ceremony on Thursday.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     148 words

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Fashioning career from skills
WOLLONGONG High School of the Performing Arts HSC student Adreanna Kandilas studied Textiles and Design because it played to her strengths.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     173 words

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Cash to help house buyers
ILLAWARRA families struggling to save the cash for a home deposit will soon be able to apply for up to $83,000 through a new Wollongong council scheme.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     419 words

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Staff enjoy growth and new office
THE Australia College of Commerce and Management unveiled its new office and training facility this week in Auburn Street, Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     232 words

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Five points to ponder
THE outrage was palpable among Dragons fans when Brett Morris's widely-known but long-denied move from Wollongong to Belmore became official on Thursday.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     677 words

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Bed 4 Bath 4 Parking spaces 2 MANGERTON Land size: 835sqm (approximately)
This magnificent and fully refurbished home is located in an exclusive neighbourhood and just a stone's throw from the central business district and beaches, but with the peace of a leafy suburb.
Illawarra Mercury 25/10/2014     no charge     125 words

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Family
The kids aren't a problem in these child-friendly establishments, so grab the boys and girls and make for the hills and dales - and beaches.
Sydney Morning Herald 25/10/2014     no charge     2122 words

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The Hard-Ons go solo
A very interesting show coming up at Rad in November, with seminal Sydney band The Hard-Ons presenting an evening called "Deconstruction of The Hard-Ons". It is described as: "A night that features solo performances from each of the band's founding members Keish, Ray and Blackie," with three separate sets to be performed. November 7 at Rad, tickets are on sale now.
Illawarra Mercury 24/10/2014     no charge     366 words

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New block planned at beachside
THE streetscape of Wollongong's Marr Street has remained largely unchanged in a beachside precinct radically transformed by high-rise living in the past 20 years.
Illawarra Mercury 24/10/2014     no charge     330 words

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Cemetery vandals trash family plots
FAMILIES rushed to the grave sites of friends and loved ones at Bulli on Thursday morning as news filtered through the community of another act of mindless, "frightening" cemetery vandalism.
Illawarra Mercury 24/10/2014     no charge     285 words

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On the street
Would you abseil down the Wollongong council building? Q
Illawarra Mercury 24/10/2014     no charge     60 words

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Family's appeal for info
A WEEK-LONG search in bushland near Cataract and Cordeaux Dam has failed to find any trace of a Victorian man whose car was found on Picton Road last Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 24/10/2014     no charge     280 words

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From the web
Replies don't wash
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     302 words

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Take a leap to benefit Scouts
WOLLONGONG City Council will open its rooftop to abseilers as part of a fund-raiser for area Scouts.
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     203 words

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Olympic's U14s the best
WOLLONGONG Olympic under 14s became the most successful team in the club's 51-year junior history by winning the Boys Champion of Champion title at Blacktown on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 23/10/2014     no charge     293 words

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Driver who fled from police comes clean
A WOLLONGONG man who claimed a shady character named "Dodge" led police on a wild goose chase and sparked a multi-agency ocean search earlier this month has admitted his guilt in court.
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     256 words

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New apartments, shops given green light
PLANS for hundreds of new apartments and more than a
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     185 words

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On the street
How did you rate Gough Whitlam's term as prime minister? Q
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     81 words

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Hotel tower plan in doubt
THE backers of a 30-level hotel and residential tower planned for Wollongong's highest hill have been told to "suck it up" and alter their design or face having the project knocked back for good.
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     404 words

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Unbeaten Taipans NBL's road warriors
AFTER spoiling the Hawks' Wollongong party with a two-point win on Sunday, league leaders Cairns have remained in enemy territory to prepare for another tough road assignment against New Zealand on Thursday.
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     449 words

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Police work stands in way of Young's Test comeback
WORK commitments with NSW Police could prevent Newcastle rugby league international Julie Young from representing Australia's Jillaroos against New Zealand's Kiwi Ferns next month.
Newcastle Herald 22/10/2014     no charge     478 words

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Rich legacy of courage
GOUGH Whitlam was a hero to many and a giant of a man whose vision transformed Australia into a modern, fairer multicultural nation.
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     451 words

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Funding shortfall sees bike race 'cut'
LONG-SERVING administrator Phill Bates believes cycling has been unfairly dealt with by government agencies on funding compared to other sports.
Illawarra Mercury 22/10/2014     no charge     401 words

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Cairns feeling right at home
BEATING the Wollongong Hawks on their own turf on Sunday wasn't enough for the Cairns Taipans.
Illawarra Mercury 21/10/2014     no charge     192 words

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Choirs sing in celebration
THIS year we celebrated the 60th annual performance of the Choral Festival. The festival began in 1955. The Wollongong Town Hall has been the home of the Choral Festival for most of that time.
Illawarra Mercury 21/10/2014     no charge     196 words

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From the web
Facebook for fools
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     284 words

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Waves take angler
A WOMAN has died after being swept into the ocean off Killalea Beach while rock fishing with her husband on Saturday morning.
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     251 words

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Bench depth a crucial weapon
DEPTH on the bench hasn't always been the Wollongong Hawks' strongest suit.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     418 words

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Hawks told to control tempo
"We don't want to get caught up in a track meet and just fight their pressure Gordie McLeod
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     389 words

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Pilot's lucky escape
AN intensive care paramedic on the Ambulance Rescue Helicopter that rescued the pilot of a crashed plane west of Nowra has told of the man's miraculous escape.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     280 words

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Bridge deal hailed
THE construction of West Dapto's Fowlers Road bridge is a step closer after Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka announced a $15 million interest-free loan for the project.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     270 words

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Hawks get goodnews on Adam's back woes
WOLLONGONG'S chances of conquering Perth on Friday night have increased with Adam Ballinger passed fit to play.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     393 words

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Busy roads a uni problem
The Property Council has called for more uni student accommodation in central Wollongong. This idea is not supported by the residents of Gwynneville and the uni students themselves as each has to contend with substantial congestion on the roads leading to the uni on a daily basis.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     513 words

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'Dudded' over lakeside land
THE NSW government is considering a new residential development on the shores of Lake Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     554 words

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High tea smash hit with tots
ILLAWARRA'S annual business awards are only a week away but a business phenomenon being celebrated in advance is one established a year ago by Lagoon Seafood Restaurant marketing manager Jonni Nicolaou.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     430 words

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Students rally over uni costs
UNCERTAIN high school students would be discouraged from enrolling at university if fee hikes were introduced, because the price of changing courses would become too great, a year 12 student has told a Wollongong protest rally.
Illawarra Mercury 17/10/2014     no charge     365 words

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Car park reopens in CBD
ABOUT 80 new car parking spaces have opened in Wollongong's CBD this week.
Illawarra Mercury 15/10/2014     no charge     258 words

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Artists fall for a name
"I liked the idea of printmaking involving stacking things up Patricia Bohackyj
Illawarra Mercury 15/10/2014     no charge     416 words

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Dog owners unfairly vilified
I am a dog owner. I support dogs to be off-leash on beaches.
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     564 words

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McLeod won over by Kings rival
FOR a rookie coach in the NBL, there's nothing like getting that first win under your belt.
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     249 words

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Need for report on dog park supported
WOLLONGONG councillors have supported a move to investigate installing a dog activity park despite concerns it could be a "veiled attempt at further exclusion of dogs on beaches".
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     275 words

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Familiar ground wins thumbs up
THERE were sighs of relief, smiles and even cheers from Wollongong High's year 12 class on Monday after they sat their first HSC exam.
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     160 words

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Port turns smoky as fire rages Port turns smoky as fire rages
A 50-METRE fibreglass chute at BlueScope caught fire on Monday night, sending heavy black clouds of smoke across Port Kembla.
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     343 words

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Bus company gives thumbs up for 'extra wiggle room'
THE "new" Keira Street is better for bus passengers than the "old" one, according to Dion's Bus Service manager Les Dion.
Illawarra Mercury 14/10/2014     no charge     482 words

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Taipans spoil Melbourne's debut
Melbourne United coach Chris Anstey has demanded his "paper champions" lift their game after a disappointing loss to Cairns Taipans in their NBL season-opener on Sunday.
The Age 13/10/2014     no charge     541 words

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Retail centre draws big weekend crowd
MORE than 150,000 people flocked to Wollongong Central at the opening weekend of the new GPT development.
Illawarra Mercury 13/10/2014     no charge     227 words

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Karthik ton gets Uni out of a fix
VIJAY Karthik smashed a run-a-ball century to lead a University fightback to gain the upper hand against premiers Keira in Saturday's rematch of last season's final.
Illawarra Mercury 13/10/2014     no charge     376 words

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Luke thrown in deep end by necessity
"We have to find the best way to use Luke [Nevill] offensively and defensively Gordie McLeod
Illawarra Mercury 13/10/2014     no charge     482 words

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Childress inspires Kings with cool 31-point debut
Sydney ..... 86 Wollongong ..... 83
Sun Herald 12/10/2014     no charge     472 words

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Family-held farm sells for $2.4m at auction
A FARMBOROUGH Heights farm set on 18.5 hectares of prime land has sold under the hammer for $2.4 million.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     132 words

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On the street
What do you think of Wollongong Central as a food destination? Q
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     91 words

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SHAPING UP
WOLLONGONG Hawks guard Tyson Demos attributes his new outlook on basketball to some words of wisdom from former Australian under-19 teammate Patty Mills.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     420 words

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House prices increasing
PRICE growth in Wollongong's housing market will continue for at least two more years, according to QBE's annual housing outlook report.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     366 words

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Regional plans in sync at last: mayor
LORD Mayor Gordon Bradbery has welcomed the NSW government's 20-year plan for the Illawarra, saying it shows the state is "finally singing from the same hymn sheet" as Wollongong City Council.
Illawarra Mercury 10/10/2014     no charge     206 words

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On the street
Does Wollongong need another private hospital?Q
Illawarra Mercury 09/10/2014     no charge     56 words

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Late-night kebab inspires bright app idea
THE North Gong is joining the wave of pubs where punters can pay for drinks using their phone, thanks to an idea born at a late-night kebab shop.
Illawarra Mercury 09/10/2014     no charge     449 words

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From the web
Careless owners
Illawarra Mercury 08/10/2014     no charge     277 words

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HIGH HOPES
EXPERIENCED Townsville Crocodiles coach Shawn Dennis says the addition of big-men Luke Nevill and Adam Ballinger will change the way opposition teams approach Wollongong this season.
Illawarra Mercury 08/10/2014     no charge     345 words

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Rent costs force music store to move
AFTER spending almost eight years tucked away on Crown Lane, independent Wollongong music store Music Farmers is facing a move because of increasing rent costs.
Illawarra Mercury 08/10/2014     no charge     259 words

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Council investigates beach attack
A BARRACK Heights man was treated for deep cuts to his leg after he was attacked by a dog on an off-leash beach in Windang at the weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 08/10/2014     no charge     162 words

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Jim and Anne canter beyond 50 years
ANNE Cameron jokes her husband Jim might love the jockeys he assists on raceday more than his partner of over half a century.
Illawarra Mercury 08/10/2014     no charge     379 words

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Fit Coenraad set ready for opener
TIM Coenraad is on track for a career-best year with the Wollongong Hawks.
Illawarra Mercury 07/10/2014     no charge     202 words

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Holiday crowds attract praise
POLICE have praised the largely good behaviour through the Illawarra over the long weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 07/10/2014     no charge     226 words

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Pedalling protesters bemoaning the budget
ABOUT 30 bike riders engaged in a pedal protest against the federal budget in Wollongong on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 06/10/2014     no charge     253 words

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QUICK BITES
PLAY
Sydney Morning Herald 04/10/2014     no charge     472 words

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