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At Wollongong City Council's Australia Day honours dinner at Villa D'oro 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 27/01/2015     no charge     41 words

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Size: 80sqm WOLLONGONG
THIS boutique ground floor CBD office has a strategic corner location and high exposure frontage that is located opposite the Wollongong Golf Club and within walking distance of shops, cafes and entertainment.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     80 words

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Golden day for Wollongong meal makers
MORE than 70 community members gathered for the 50th anniversary of Wollongong Meals On Wheels on Monday at St Mark's Anglican Church.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     175 words

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Size: 1157sqm (land)and 1000sqm (warehouse) WOLLONGONG Car spaces 6
This site is located in the centre of Wollongong's CBD and adjacent to the Gateway car park.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     80 words

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Size: 456sqm WOLLONGONG
Here lies an exceptional opportunity to create a premium, strata-titled city office development in the heart of the CBD. With B3 mixed-use commercial zoning, proposed is a DA-approved, four-level complex with two 290-square-metre office spaces plus an upper-level, 76-square-metre office space. The mostly flat site has dual street frontage with access from both Young and Belmore streets plus on-site secure garaging, cafes and only 150 metres to the new GPT development.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     86 words

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Wollongong trio off to Duntroon
THREE Wollongong recruits have been accepted into the Royal Military College Duntroon.
Illawarra Mercury 14/01/2015     no charge     243 words

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Sporting legend Harold Stapleton's 100th birthday at Wollongong Tennis Club 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 13/01/2015     no charge     41 words

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At the Hawks game held at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre 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 05/01/2015     no charge     41 words

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At New Year's Eve celebrations around Wollongong 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 02/01/2015     no charge     41 words

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Oldies boosting prices
THIS renovated 1940s California bungalow-style home, neat as a pin and renovated, is on the market for $630,000 in one of the Illawarra's hottest real estate suburbs.
Illawarra Mercury 09/01/2015     no charge     534 words

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Surgeon spot still open
MANY Illawarra children have no option but to travel to Sydney for routine surgery after the region's health district lost its only paediatric surgeon.
Illawarra Mercury 19/01/2015     no charge     496 words

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Ahead of their time
Peter and I never had any ambitions that we were going to make a living out of music.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     1637 words

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Social media remarks help increase business
THE new reptile house at Symbio Wildlife Park has proved a huge hit since it opened in late 2014.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     718 words

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Another one that gotaway
FORGET about avoiding last place - the greatest challenge for the Wollongong Hawks is simply to win another game before the end of the season.
Illawarra Mercury 19/01/2015     no charge     474 words

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Time to rethink stadium site
WIN Stadium is reported to have hosted its busiest ever year with 40 event days, with the Dragons only requiring four of these.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     535 words

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Region's tenants hit with 6% rent jump
HOPEFUL tenants looking to rent a house in Wollongong may have to dig a little deeper to put a roof over their heads.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     333 words

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Beauty of golden sands draws fans
IF you head east from Wollongong's busy CBD, you will eventually make it to the golden sands of Wollongong City Beach.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     291 words

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Toy store fun runs out
WOLLONGONG'S Uncle Pete's Toys has announced "the end of an era", posting on social media that the store will not reopen.
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     362 words

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M1 at Gwynneville snaps most motors
THE cost of fines from the Illawarra's 18 speed and red light cameras jumped by $1 million in a year, the latest state government figures show.
Illawarra Mercury 12/01/2015     no charge     414 words

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Out of town
Archibald Prize
Sydney Morning Herald 01/01/2015     no charge     507 words

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NYE to go off with bang
IT is time to grab a blanket, head to a fireworks display and ponder which New Year's resolution you are bound to break first.
Illawarra Mercury 31/12/2014     no charge     296 words

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Trail group wants to give tunnel new life
THE disused rail tunnel between Otford and Stanwell Park has been overgrown and covered in graffiti for years, but a small group of Helensburgh residents sees big potential in the heritage-listed track.
Illawarra Mercury 23/01/2015     no charge     420 words

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Fuel dips below $1 mark
PETROL prices in the Illawarra have fallen below the magical $1 a litre mark - if you know where to look.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     427 words

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Drinking culture at clubs draws scorn
WOLLONGONG music scene stalwart Warren Wheeler has attacked the city's big nightclubs, labelling them "meat markets frequented by cashed-up bogans" which have stymied live music.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     344 words

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Sculptures tell stories of migrants
A SERIES of sculptures celebrating the contribution of migrants to Wollongong is being installed at a reserve on Cliff Road.
Illawarra Mercury 14/01/2015     no charge     261 words

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SameoldHawkssuffer last-minuteheartbreak
MAYBE they are cursed, maybe it's bad luck, or maybe they are crippled by an inability to think clearly in crunch time.
Illawarra Mercury 12/01/2015     no charge     524 words

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Wests rally to make semis
WESTS Illawarra clinched a semi-final spot in Illawarra Twenty20 with vital wins over Dapto and Port Kembla in the final two preliminary rounds on Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 12/01/2015     no charge     476 words

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Luxury end expected to be buoyant
Belle Property Wollongong is launching the sale of several luxury properties this month to capitalise on the ongoing strength of the housing market.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     639 words

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Worst polluter title likely
Australia is the worst performing developed nation when it comes to climate change action - ranked 57 out of 58 according to a recent survey by European non-government organisations.
Illawarra Mercury 05/01/2015     no charge     545 words

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Out of town
Wollongong Twilight Markets
Sydney Morning Herald 02/01/2015     no charge     362 words

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Police full of praise for good behaviour
EMERGENCY services have praised Illawarra New Year's Eve party-goers for their sensible behaviour.
Illawarra Mercury 02/01/2015     no charge     213 words

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Tell FFA we want our own top club
IF WOLLONGONG football fans ever want their own A-League team in the city, this weekend is the perfect chance to send Football Federation Australia the memo.
Illawarra Mercury 02/01/2015     no charge     643 words

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Early birds nestle into choice spots to watch fireworks
THOUSANDS of revellers turned up at Wollongong Harbour to welcome in the new year with a fireworks display.
Illawarra Mercury 01/01/2015     no charge     427 words

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Wildcats bring humble game
THE Perth Wildcats are making themselves at home in Wollongong over the next couple of days to prepare for the New Year's Eve battle with Wollongong at the WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 30/12/2014     no charge     230 words

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Fine forecast for regatta
"Our crew is still getting used to the boat Ben Morgan
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     360 words

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Support for bar licence mounting
ITS liquor licence is still in limbo, but the keenly awaited Keira Street venue Humber will finally open its doors on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     408 words

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200-gameDavidsona legend among Hawks
SOME of his earlier critics said he'd never make it in the NBL, but Wollongong Hawks cult figure Larry Davidson is having the last laugh.
Illawarra Mercury 23/01/2015     no charge     458 words

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New medical interns a diverse group
A NEW group of medical interns was welcomed to Wollongong Hospital on Wednesday.
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     207 words

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Ballymaketheirmove
THE top three clubs had contrasting wins, while Balgownie leapfrogged Port Kembla into fourth following sweltering round-eight one-dayers in Illawarra cricket last Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 19/01/2015     no charge     360 words

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Subs a waste of our money
Australia has a gross debt of over $600 billion and Tony Abbott says we must be prepared to accept cuts to social service payments and benefits.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     525 words

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Gordie shoots from hip in taxing times
"We're playing pretty good, but it's just not good enough Gordie McLeod
Illawarra Mercury 16/01/2015     no charge     349 words

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Sixers set focus on Wildcats
WOLLONGONG might have their full attention on Sunday's road clash with Adelaide, but the 36ers aren't even thinking about the Hawks.
Illawarra Mercury 16/01/2015     no charge     258 words

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Scoreboard discredits a hardworking squad
THEY have taken hit after hit and seem destined to finish at the bottom of the ladder.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     466 words

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Basin makeover planned to mitigate sewage leak fault
BELMORE Basin is in line for a substantial makeover, after an investigation into the sewage leak in Wollongong Harbour a year ago.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     302 words

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Gallery explores journey to art and iconic identity
EXHIBITIONS dedicated to Italian culture, a comic book hero and Aboriginal art will take over Wollongong Art Gallery in the first half of 2015.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     429 words

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More road plans in pipeline
In response to Kenny Pearson's letter (Could RMS please explain? January 8) about planning for the Albion Park Rail bypass, Roads and Maritime Services is moving ahead with planning for a future extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats to bypass Albion Park Rail.
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     483 words

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ENTERTAINMENT
SUNSET CINEMA
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     90 words

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No place like home for student
UNIVERSITY of Wollongong student Katarina Stefanovic is making the most of every opportunity.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     528 words

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Arrest of man after stabbing
A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested and charged after an alleged stabbing in Wollongong on Friday morning sparked a wide-scale police manhunt.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     169 words

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Breakers get past Hawks in overtime
THE Wollongong Hawks went within a whisker of causing the upset of the season on Thursday night in Auckland.
Illawarra Mercury 09/01/2015     no charge     423 words

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CBD liquor views sought
WOLLONGONG'S music and small venues operators have urged residents to speak up about their views on the number of liquor licences in the city centre, saying "indie shops and small bars" are the driving force behind recent changes in the CBD.
Illawarra Mercury 09/01/2015     no charge     624 words

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Australia Day by the beach
WOLLONGONG Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery joined Australia Day ambassador and Wollongong native Lynne Williams on Wednesday to launch this year's Australia Day celebrations.
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     172 words

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Workers' rights documentary tops awards
ILLAWARRA film-makers Melanie Barnes and John Rainford received a surprise Christmas present when their documentary was given the top award at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival.
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     400 words

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Motorists track down region's cheapest petrol
PETROL might not have dipped below $1 a litre yet, but Illawarra motorists should be pumped about prices 41? cheaper than this time last year.
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     256 words

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Breakers' transition provides an X-Factor
SLOWING the New Zealand Breakers to a crawl is high on the wish-list for the Wollongong Hawks in Thursday's meeting in Auckland.
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     347 words

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Struggling Jets likely to come out firing, says Arnold
Fresh from being humiliated 5-2 by Melbourne City on home soil during the week, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has warned his players that the Newcastle Jets will be out for revenge at WIN Stadium on Saturday night.
Sydney Morning Herald 03/01/2015     no charge     426 words

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Misogynistic culture drove her to despair
"There will never be any bitches in my kennels, two legged or four legged; that's what he told me
Illawarra Mercury 03/01/2015     no charge     1332 words

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Criminal cuts to volunteers
It's criminal! What is? The slashing of thousands of dollars of federal government funding to vital volunteer services in the Illawarra and presumably across the nation.
Illawarra Mercury 30/12/2014     no charge     538 words

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Birtwhistle in repeat victory
A YEAR after moving to Wollongong, Jake Birtwhistle made it back-to-back Australia Day Aquathon successes with a hard fought win on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 27/01/2015     no charge     366 words

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Wizards head elite field
WITH no world tour points on the line, the Wollongong Wizards provide each other with a different kind of motivation for the Australia Day Aquathon.
Illawarra Mercury 26/01/2015     no charge     423 words

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Cougars stalking theBurgh
AARON McElhinney took a career-best 6-20 to spearhead Corrimal into a strong position against leaders Helensburgh in the top-of-the-table round-nine clash at Helensburgh Oval.
Illawarra Mercury 26/01/2015     no charge     359 words

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Timid Hawks outmuscled
WOLLONGONG coach Gordie McLeod didn't label his team soft after Friday's 89-85 home loss to Adelaide but he might as well have.
Illawarra Mercury 26/01/2015     no charge     533 words

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Outrigger delivers couple to church on time
WOLLONGONG Harbour said "aloha" on Saturday as newlyweds Manii Verzosa and Tara St John Cox said "I do" with a Hawaiian-inspired wedding.
Illawarra Mercury 26/01/2015     no charge     223 words

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Outrigger delivers couple to church on time
WOLLONGONG Harbour said "aloha" on Saturday as newlyweds Manii Verzosa and Tara St John Cox said "I do" with a Hawaiian-inspired wedding.
Illawarra Mercury 26/01/2015     no charge     230 words

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out of town
SALTWATER FRESHWATER FESTIVAL
Sydney Morning Herald 24/01/2015     no charge     160 words

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Sculptures celebrate migrant heritage
WOLLONGONG City Council unveiled a series of sculptures on Friday that pay tribute to the contribution migrants have made to the city.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     99 words

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Council secrecy concerns
TOO many Wollongong City Council decisions are being made behind closed doors, with confidential councillor briefings being used to shore up numbers and gauge support for council actions, according to independent councillor Vicki Curran.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     488 words

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Raising the bar to atmosphere
Refined, relaxed and luxurious.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     544 words

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Family ready for a new beginning
ON Australia Day, 90 people from across the globe will stand together in Wollongong and pledge to become Australian citizens.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     306 words

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Harbour central to big day
LYNNE Williams is Wollongong's 2015 Australia Day ambassador.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     260 words

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Nice girls do it too
It's a decent amount of money for not a great deal of time
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     1556 words

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Council getting it right
THE public perception of Wollongong City Council has improved dramatically since the dark days of 2008, when councillors were sacked amid the city's infamous corruption scandal.
Illawarra Mercury 23/01/2015     no charge     514 words

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Keep your kids safe on their way to school
WITH the school year starting next week, Illawarra families have been reminded to remember the road safety slogan, "stop, look, listen, think", and to ensure their children are vigilant when walking to and from school.
Illawarra Mercury 23/01/2015     no charge     297 words

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Uni eases transport strain
"This will take the load off the Gong Shuttle and leave it open for more passengers Tom Hunt
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     464 words

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Foley pledges more cash
HALF of the proceeds from the long-term lease of Port Kembla port will be spent in the Illawarra under a NSW Labor government, Opposition Leader Luke Foley promised on Wednesday.
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     417 words

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Belmore Basin set for major overhaul
THE NSW Department of Primary Industries has revealed it plans to spend up to $3 million to fix the decaying sea walls and other infrastructure around Belmore Basin.
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     397 words

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Ervin tells Hawks to put team needs first
GIVEN that they are well out of finals reckoning, it might seem only natural to assume the majority of the Wollongong Hawks are playing for their futures.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     410 words

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Rotary and PCYC form partnership
ROTARIANS in Wollongong have been the driving force behind a memorandum of understanding being signed between Rotary and PCYC.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     376 words

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Road rage results in fine
A MINOR verbal altercation between two Wollongong drivers escalated into an all-out road rage incident involving weapons, a court has heard.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     357 words

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No bitter feelings as Gruber returns to US
FORMER Wollongong Hawks forward Dave Gruber has opened up about his controversial axing in October, claiming he has no hard feelings toward the club.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     664 words

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Bare walls transformed in Wonderwall festival
WOLLONGONG'S blank walls are set to get a street art makeover at this year's Wonderwall festival.
Illawarra Mercury 19/01/2015     no charge     338 words

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On the street
What's the best way to cool down on sweltering summer days? Q
Illawarra Mercury 19/01/2015     no charge     99 words

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From the web
Price hike anomalies
Illawarra Mercury 19/01/2015     no charge     257 words

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Man charged after death follows fight
A NSW man is dead after a fight in Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 19/01/2015     no charge     130 words

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Ray explains the Simple Things in his life
X FACTOR country crooner Dean Ray has told his Wollongong fans he disappeared in the aftermath of the show because he was hospitalised with depression and anxiety.
Illawarra Mercury 19/01/2015     no charge     322 words

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Forman banks on a winning homecoming in Adelaide
WOLLONGONG captain Oscar Forman is banking on a triumphant homecoming when he leads the Hawks against Adelaide on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     389 words

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SIGHT AND SOUND
MURRIMUL II, ABORIGINAL WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     121 words

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Forced out, then looted
"Now there's cockroaches everywhere and the fridges are full of maggots Rachel Byrne
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     819 words

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Apartment luxury to hit market
An executive Cliff Road apartment with 180-degree views over the ocean, lighthouse and escarpment will be released for sale on Sunday by Belle Property Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     616 words

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Design questions? ask Sarah
In my attempt to make your life easier through the implementation of good design I've created a new series where you have the chance to seek my advice. With 10 years of design experience under my belt I'm equipped to find the solution to your design dilemma. There's nothing too complicated that can be asked and I will attempt to find an answer to anything you throw at me. So if this is something that you could benefit from send through your question and accompanying photos if required to ...
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     768 words

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From the web
Embrace change
Illawarra Mercury 16/01/2015     no charge     270 words

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Stars strip off to help homeless
ILLAWARRA politicians, celebrities and sport stars have bared (almost) all in a calendar to raise much-needed cash for the Wollongong Homeless Hub.
Illawarra Mercury 16/01/2015     no charge     326 words

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Hunter drivers lose out
NEWCASTLE drivers are paying an average of 17? a litre more for petrol than their Sydney counterparts, as a lack of competition between retailers in the Hunter forces drivers to "pay through the nose", according to the NRMA.
Newcastle Herald 15/01/2015     no charge     333 words

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WorstHawksever?
WOLLONGONG coach Gordie McLeod sharply rejected suggestions the Hawks are the NBL's unluckiest team.
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     400 words

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Police defend drug dogs
WOLLONGONG police have defended the use of drug detection dogs, despite data showing up to 61 per cent of searches in the Illawarra returning no result.
Illawarra Mercury 12/01/2015     no charge     306 words

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Illawarra prices move up
PROPERTY prices "all over the place" in Sydney are pushing buyers south and sending Wollongong growth rates sky-high.
Illawarra Mercury 12/01/2015     no charge     280 words

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Lara star in the making
WOLLONGONG girl Lara Goldie wasn't worried about swapping the suburban comforts of Mount Keira for the mean streets of New York to pursue her acting career.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     378 words

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CBD sales heating up
THE sale of two major commercial buildings in Wollongong's CBD has signalled a renewed strength in the city's commercial property market, according to real estate agent Lou Niceski.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     430 words

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Breakers accept lesson from Hawks
NEW Zealand coach Dean Vickerman wants the Breakers to shift straight into top gear in Sunday's rematch with the Wollongong Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     323 words

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HelterskelterT20schedule
NORTHERN Districts, Helensburgh and University won their first Illawarra T20 matches but need to win both of Saturday's games to be guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     362 words

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Streets and bars jumping to the sound of a free beat
THE Honk! Oz music festival will kick off in Wollongong's CBD on Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 09/01/2015     no charge     326 words

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Hawks stay positive in toughtimes
WOLLONGONG captain Oscar Forman is positive Hawks coach Gordie McLeod's detailed offensive play-book has not been a crippling factor in the club's dismal 2014/15 campaign.
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     481 words

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UOW now top choice for many achievers
JANE Skinner had offers from the University of Western Sydney, UTS and a $10,000 scholarship proposal from the University of Sydney when she made the decision to take her 94.25 ATAR and study at the University of Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 07/01/2015     no charge     245 words

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Nevill's head-to-head with Pledger
UNLESS he's sitting down, few people can look Luke Nevill in the eye.
Illawarra Mercury 06/01/2015     no charge     281 words

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Building plans for 7 storeys
PLANS to build a seven-storey mixed-use apartment block next to The Garden nightclub just off Keira Street have been lodged with Wollongong City Council.
Illawarra Mercury 06/01/2015     no charge     284 words

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Captain's cap fits Smith
CRICKET Australia needs to be applauded for "prematurely" handing Steve Smith the captaincy of our national Test team.
Illawarra Mercury 03/01/2015     no charge     711 words

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Big Nev rues team mental lapses
HE is impossible to miss at 2.18 metres, but Luke Nevill sometimes wonders what he has to do to make himself more noticeable to his Wollongong teammates.
Illawarra Mercury 03/01/2015     no charge     376 words

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Calver'shappyhomecoming
HE made his A-League debut almost two years to the day but Sydney FC defender Aaron Calver insists he still has a lot to learn under coach Graham Arnold.
Illawarra Mercury 03/01/2015     no charge     394 words

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Cover up dusty coal wagons
I support the call from Councillor Ann Martin who urges the Port Kembla Coal Terminal to reduce coal dust from their wagons (Mercury, December 27).
Illawarra Mercury 03/01/2015     no charge     514 words

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Tall Tim blames 'a lack ofmojo'
WOLLONGONG forward Tim Coenraad has delivered a brutally honest assessment of his team's season from hell.
Illawarra Mercury 03/01/2015     no charge     365 words

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Finance high on councils' unity plans
AN interesting year is on the cards for Illawarra councils as they unite in a battle to remain financially sustainable.
Illawarra Mercury 03/01/2015     no charge     341 words

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On the street
What are your plans for 2015? Q
Illawarra Mercury 02/01/2015     no charge     46 words

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Lifesavers rescue unconscious man from sea floor
A MAN who fell unconscious to the seabed off Warilla Beach is recovering in Wollongong Hospital after an against-all-odds rescue.
Illawarra Mercury 02/01/2015     no charge     360 words

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Hawks' fast startquelled by hot Cats
"In the second half they just outworked us Gordie McLeod
Illawarra Mercury 02/01/2015     no charge     447 words

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Our council working for me
I notice Wollongong City Council has been receiving a bit of flak from various quarters lately.
Illawarra Mercury 01/01/2015     no charge     518 words

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Park's tent city folds Campers given deadline to move on
WOLLONGONG City Council moved to put an end to North Wollongong's "tent city" on Wednesday, and by early evening appeared to have had some success.
Illawarra Mercury 01/01/2015     no charge     385 words

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Teammates told to come out swinging
EXPERIENCED forward Adam Ballinger urged his Wollongong teammates to strike first in Wednesday's New Year's Eve home game against NBL heavyweights Perth.
Illawarra Mercury 30/12/2014     no charge     318 words

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Cheap points hurting Hawks
"We're just shooting ourselves in the foot Gordie McLeod
Illawarra Mercury 30/12/2014     no charge     345 words

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'Fighter for good' dies on Australia Day
ILLAWARRA Labor politicians have remembered Tom Uren as a fighter for good - right until the very end.
Illawarra Mercury 27/01/2015     no charge     366 words

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Lamington arrives just in time for special day
THE first baby born in the Illawarra on Australia Day was not named immediately, but in true Aussie style she quickly gained a nickname - Lamington, or Lami for short.
Illawarra Mercury 27/01/2015     no charge     395 words

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From the web
Go have a look
Illawarra Mercury 27/01/2015     no charge     251 words

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On the street
Which Australian do you think deserves to be knighted or made a dame? Q
Illawarra Mercury 27/01/2015     no charge     45 words

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Happy, proud to become part of our nation's family
FOR most new citizens at Wollongong City Council's Australia Day citizenship ceremony, a certificate and miniature flags sufficed as souvenirs, but not for Junior Mushaba.
Illawarra Mercury 27/01/2015     no charge     384 words

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Jorgensen shows class in completing hat-trick
WORLD champion Gwen Jorgensen put on another masterclass to secure a hat-trick of wins in the women's Australia Day Aquathon on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 27/01/2015     no charge     362 words

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Royle on deck for aquathon
DEFENDING champions Jake Birtwhistle and Gwen Jorgensen will both return in a blockbuster field packed with international talent at the 2015 Australia Day Aquathon on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 26/01/2015     no charge     222 words

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Retirement doesn't stop continuing community service
SHELL Cove's Robert Carroll could hardly believe it when he found out he had been nominated to receive an Order of Australia Medal.
Illawarra Mercury 26/01/2015     no charge     439 words

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Computer crash stops thousands enrolling for TAFE
The NSW TAFE system has been thrown into chaos by the failure of a new computer system that is preventing thousands of students from enrolling state-wide and has issued incorrect results, or none at all, for graduates.
Sun Herald 25/01/2015     no charge     517 words

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unnatural selection
Winning a coveted place in a selective high school is parenting's new holy grail. But is the intensive coaching required - often to the detriment of a happy, carefree childhood - really teaching kids how to think?
Sydney Morning Herald 24/01/2015     no charge     3748 words

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Trade deal job threat
A FREE trade agreement with China, which comes into effect this year, will cost Australian jobs at a time when unemployment is already at critical levels, a union organiser claims.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     344 words

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Bashing blamed on wife
A WOLLONGONG magistrate has slammed a West African man who dismissed a brutal assault on his estranged wife as "a family issue".
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     611 words

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MOVIES
OUTDOOR CINEMA
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     29 words

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Shoalhaven reef 'separate'
THE state government has sunk claims a 460-tonne offshore artificial reef off Shoalhaven Heads was "stolen" from Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     261 words

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On the street
Do you think it's possible a black panther lives on the escarpment? Q
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     47 words

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AUSTRALIA DAY
OZ DAY IN THE GONG
Illawarra Mercury 24/01/2015     no charge     226 words

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album reviews
Patrick Lyons
Sydney Morning Herald 23/01/2015     no charge     661 words

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Great weather, shame aboutthedearthoffish
LUKE from Leisure Coast Bait & Tackle at Corrimal reported that last weekend's beautiful summer weather combined with warm water and great conditions for fishing brought out heaps of hopeful anglers, but the fish played hard to get across the board.
Illawarra Mercury 23/01/2015     no charge     413 words

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Garden a perfect holiday environment for kids
MORE than 80 children attended the Wollongong Botanic Garden's Movie Wonderland on Thursday, which was a show with an environmental twist.
Illawarra Mercury 23/01/2015     no charge     160 words

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On the street
How would you like to see $380 million spent in Wollongong? Q
Illawarra Mercury 23/01/2015     no charge     45 words

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Illawarra's best make skills team
THE Illawarra is well represented on the national team for the WorldSkills Competition in Brazil this year.
Illawarra Mercury 23/01/2015     no charge     349 words

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Johnson bolsters Adelaide's chances
ADELAIDE'S late-season push for a finals berth has been immeasurably boosted by the signing of Daniel Johnson.
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     266 words

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Hawksaimtoslow high-octane 36ers
WOLLONGONG floor general Rhys Martin has challenged the Hawks to take charge under the boards in Friday's Heritage Week rematch with Adelaide at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     430 words

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On the street
What are your thoughts on parking in Wollongong? Q
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     50 words

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Lost man calls wife from bush
A WAYWARD bushwalker prompted a search and rescue mission at Stanwell Park on Wednesday afternoon when he wandered from the train station down the Wodi Wodi track.
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     163 words

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Frustration over Opal card
I was delighted when the Seniors' Opal card was announced and applied for one immediately. I deposited an amount in my Opal card account and selected automatic top-up. I subsequently received an email to say that as I had automatic top-up, I did not need to have any money in my account, and the amount I had deposited was refunded to me.
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     538 words

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From the web
Annual stupidity
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     278 words

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Technology paves way to teaching
FORMER University of Wollongong vice-chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton is not one to ever stop looking for opportunities to learn.
Illawarra Mercury 22/01/2015     no charge     410 words

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Bali Nine knew of the risks
Perhaps before we get too carried away with pleas of clemency for members of the Bali Nine now shortlisted for execution in Indonesia, we should take time to consider the following reality; under Indonesian law, drug smugglers can face execution.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     534 words

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Alcohol and speed put driver at risk of jail
A FEW drinks and one lead foot could prove a costly combination for a Figtree man who was caught speeding and drink-driving all at once.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     275 words

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Mother lashes out at lack of surgeon
AS a nurse, Corrimal mum Kelly Bolton has seen many things, but she was still shocked when she found her little boy in the bathroom with about five centimetres of his rectum hanging out.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     629 words

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Project Air goes statewide
A SUCCESSFUL Illawarra-based strategy to treat personality disorders will be rolled out statewide thanks to a $1.8 million state government grant.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     404 words

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'Stolen' reef turns up in Shoalhaven
A 460-TONNE artificial offshore reef has been "stolen" from Wollongong and dropped to the bottom of the ocean off Shoalhaven Heads, a recreational fishing advocate says.
Illawarra Mercury 21/01/2015     no charge     335 words

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Hospital staff to be trained in personality disorders
Hospital staff throughout the state will be trained to care for people suffering from personality disorders - common but poorly understood conditions that often lead to self-harm and suicide.
Sydney Morning Herald 20/01/2015     no charge     428 words

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On the street
Do you think it's hard for young job seekers to find employment? Q
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     75 words

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Mall cycleway a great idea
Now that the refurbishment of the mall is nearly complete, I would suggest that a cycleway though it would be a great addition.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     524 words

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Education becoming costly investment
ILLAWARRA parents are digging deeper to educate their children, with costs in regional NSW among the highest in the country.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     321 words

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Wilson is the main target for Hawks
IF the Hawks are going to exact revenge on Adelaide in Friday night's Heritage Week duel in Wollongong, they will have to neutralise the NBL's new Mr Clutch.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     263 words

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Woman flees city stalker
IT was like a scene from a thousand movies: she looked over her shoulder and saw a stranger looking back.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     477 words

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Davidson about to celebrate his double century
ALMOST eight years after arriving in Wollongong, Larry Davidson will chalk up his 200th game for the Hawks on Friday night against Adelaide.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     183 words

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Get skills training with music legend
ILLAWARRA ITeC is offering an opportunity for Illawarra youth to train for a career in staging, lighting and sound.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     250 words

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Leaders of future learn from best
MORE than 70 young leaders identified by many Rotary clubs across the state have spent the last week in Wollongong at the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     454 words

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Taddeo star of the track
ILLAWARRA track star Abbie Taddeo will be the favourite to take out the women's 100 metres at the NSW Championships next month after picking up the 60m state title at the Illawarra Track Classic on Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 20/01/2015     no charge     361 words

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Loss overshadows stadiums' day-to-day surplus
International football returned to Newcastle on Saturday with Oman taking on Kuwait in the second of four Asian Cup matches played at Hunter Stadium.
Sun Herald 18/01/2015     no charge     433 words

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Premiership hostilities to resume
THE Illawarra cricket competition returns to premiership mode on Saturday with top four clubs Port Kembla and Corrimal meeting in the standout round-eight one-dayer at King George V Oval.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     333 words

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Boy arrested after alleged crime spree
A TEENAGER who allegedly went on a crime spree in southern Sydney and later hit a female Wollongong police officer in the face while resisting arrest has been refused bail.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     232 words

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Vinyl fans spoilt for choice at record fair
THOUSANDS of records will be up for sale at Wollongong Art Gallery's Record Fair next weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     132 words

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Bed 2 Bath 2 Car spaces 1
This north-east facing fifth floor apartment is in a well-maintained building that's only moments from North Wollongong Beach.
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     78 words

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OUT AND ABOUT
KIAMA SEASIDE MARKETS
Illawarra Mercury 17/01/2015     no charge     94 words

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Chook encounter teaches pet potential
WOLLONGONG City Council's green team has introduced poultry to a number of libraries this week, in the hope of promoting chickens as pets.
Illawarra Mercury 16/01/2015     no charge     103 words

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Make time to play
There are big upsides to playing sport at university and it's a smart career move too, writes Frank Walker.
Sydney Morning Herald 15/01/2015     no charge     1118 words

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On the street
Would you go out of your way for lower petrol prices? Q
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     81 words

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Hunter drivers lose out
NEWCASTLE drivers are paying an average of 17? a litre more for petrol than their Sydney counterparts, as a lack of competition between retailers in the Hunter forces drivers to "pay through the nose", according to the NRMA.
Newcastle Herald 15/01/2015     no charge     380 words

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High-rise life taking off
WOLLONGONG'S skyline - and inner-city population - will keep rising in 2015, with more plans for apartments lodged with the council.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     364 words

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Parking to become scarcer
WOLLONGONG'S parking squeeze will soon get even tighter, with 140 of the CBD's metered spots to go at the end of this month.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     280 words

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Hurting Hawks a handful
FORMER Wollongong bruiser Anthony Petrie expects the struggling Hawks to keep the 36ers guessing on Sunday in Adelaide.
Illawarra Mercury 15/01/2015     no charge     281 words

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Riding lifts confidence and skills for children
MADISON Bridge, 20, has been helping out at the northern Illawarra tourist attraction Darkes Forest Riding Ranch at weekends and school holidays for the past four years and among her recent students was Bryce Dinsdale, 9, of Engadine.
Illawarra Mercury 14/01/2015     no charge     694 words

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Dwindling customers blamed for closure
DWINDLING foot traffic and lower than projected Christmas sales have been blamed for ending the magic at Wollongong's Uncle Pete's Toys.
Illawarra Mercury 14/01/2015     no charge     252 words

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Cairns, NZ on course for GF action
NEW Zealand and Cairns appear to be on a grand final collision course after both chalked up weekend wins.
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     330 words

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Networker lining up key players
THE manufacturing sector may not have picked up much in 2014 but a look back at the activities of Wollongong's industry cluster shows no effort was spared by members to try and win more business for the region.
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     378 words

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Rifle man arrested again
A YOUNG man who walked into Wollongong police station with a rifle hidden in his pants last May and claimed to have used the weapon to threaten his estranged girlfriend, was rearrested at the weekend after allegedly breaching court orders designed to protect her.
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     469 words

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Farmer and Owl festival-goers choose what to pay
WOLLONGONG'S The Farmer and Owl festival has claimed an Australian first as the only music festival with the ticket price set at "pay what you like".
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     409 words

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'Death threat' against staff closes post office
WOLLONGONG Post Office remained closed for most of Monday after a threat was made against staff.
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     151 words

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Kiama land values jump
OWNING a slice of seaside heaven just became that bit more expensive in Kiama, which is now the state's priciest coastal area to buy land outside Sydney.
Illawarra Mercury 13/01/2015     no charge     276 words

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On the street
Do you think fixed speed cameras are effective? Q
Illawarra Mercury 12/01/2015     no charge     90 words

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Farewell to Illawarra identity
Football supporters and players who still remember the "good old days" will mourn the passing this week of Ted Drain, one of the great personalities of the game in Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 12/01/2015     no charge     539 words

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From the web
Small bars better
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     256 words

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Frustrated Forman maintainsthefaith
LIKE most of his teammates, Wollongong captain Oscar Forman is battling through the toughest season of his career.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     409 words

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Goward puts Russell Vale up for review
ILLAWARRA residents are being urged to have their say about Wollongong Coal's huge Russell Vale Colliery expansion project, with the NSW Planning Assessment Commission holding a public forum early next month.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     310 words

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Cops target cyber bullies
CYBER BULLYING among Illawarra teenagers is one of the biggest issues faced by Wollongong police, a senior officer has revealed.
Illawarra Mercury 10/01/2015     no charge     222 words

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First feature film illustrates the benefits of direction
ILLAWARRA movie director Josh Reid's latest film project has been a true labour of love.
Illawarra Mercury 09/01/2015     no charge     378 words

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On the street
What should be the punishment for those caught doing graffiti? Q
Illawarra Mercury 09/01/2015     no charge     49 words

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Shark-watch solution on trial
A SERIES of shark sightings at Illawarra beaches have put swimmers on notice and the latest aerial surveillance technology to the test.
Illawarra Mercury 09/01/2015     no charge     353 words

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Ange'smen fine-tuned to conquer Asian Cup
THE Socceroos are ready to fire at the Asian Cup.
Illawarra Mercury 09/01/2015     no charge     543 words

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Could RMS please explain?
ROADS and Maritime Services should be compelled to explain the decades of Albion Park Rail bypass delays.
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     526 words

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From the web
Tagging baffles
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     253 words

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Vandalism batters baseball fraternity
MANGLED grass, wrecked facilities, torched vehicles and a monster clean-up bill - it is becoming the unwanted festive season tradition for Fred Finch Park, with yet another case of senseless vandalism.
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     369 words

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Reopening date up in air
THE completion date for the Wollongong Courthouse renovation is in doubt, after the NSW Auditor-General's office released a report saying the work could take until 2017.
Illawarra Mercury 08/01/2015     no charge     362 words

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ED nurse farewells no-holds-barred job
CHRIS Min's colleagues say she's like a toasted marshmallow: hard on the exterior, soft on the inside.
Illawarra Mercury 07/01/2015     no charge     560 words

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No time to stop working
HIS team is struggling at the bottom of the ladder and he is nursing a foot injury, but Hawks forward Tim Coenraad says the best way to deal with adversity is hard work.
Illawarra Mercury 06/01/2015     no charge     256 words

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Businesses cite hardship
ILLAWARRA business groups have backed moves to strip penalty rates from hospitality workers, claiming employment opportunities and businesses in the region are suffering under current laws.
Illawarra Mercury 06/01/2015     no charge     568 words

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PrideHawks'spur
KNOWING they are out of finals contention, the Wollongong Hawks will rely on personal and professional pride to carry them through the final 10 games of the regular season.
Illawarra Mercury 06/01/2015     no charge     355 words

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