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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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At Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts' year 12 formal at Panorama House Contact us
If you would like your social event featured, email 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 Illawarra Mercury office on 4221 2340.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     38 words

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At Wollongong Rugby League's 50-year reunion at the Seacliff Restaurant 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 22/09/2014     no charge     41 words

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Majority of Wollongong swimming pools unsafe
ABOUT 95 per cent of Wollongong swimming pools inspected this year fail mandated safety standards and must be upgraded, the city council has said.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     416 words

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Lengthy lunch raises funds for Mind Blank
THE Illawarra Women In Business (IWIB) Long Lunch and Expo Day at the Chifley Hotel raised more than $6500 for local charity Mind Blank.
Illawarra Mercury 24/09/2014     no charge     683 words

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Illawarra snubbed in regions program
WOLLONGONG has again missed out on crucial state funding through the Resource for Regions program in what has been described as "a slap in the face" for the city.
Illawarra Mercury 24/09/2014     no charge     508 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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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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Units lead lively market
UNITS are proving to be hot property in the Illawarra with 558 changing hands in Wollongong alone over the past year.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     413 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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Website details Illawarra's war stories
A HUNDRED years on from the start of World War I, an online archive detailing the Illawarra's contribution to the Great War has been launched.
Illawarra Mercury 26/09/2014     no charge     222 words

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A golden swim
TALENTED Wollongong swimmer Courtney Lendvay claimed Illawarra's only individual gold medal at the recent NSW State Age Championships at the Sydney Olympic Pool Aquatic Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     163 words

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Productivity enhanced by specific tools
CTPM Australia's Ross Kennedy continues to showcase Wollongong with his annual TPM and Lean forum.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     263 words

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Pair to brush up on new trends
WOLLONGONG hairdressers Dragana Uzelac and Tania De Ornelas are heading to Spain in two weeks to learn from the best in the world.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     542 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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Couple's generous gift saves many lives
ERIC and Louise Lemon enjoy a date every fortnight - at the Wollongong Donor Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 01/10/2014     no charge     396 words

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Doctor loses conviction for drug traces
A DISTRICT court judge has quashed convictions against a Wollongong doctor who was found carrying small amounts of cocaine and marijuana at Wollongong Railway Station on June 9.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     304 words

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Charity marks milestone
THE Wollongong Central Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society celebrated its 90th anniversary on Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 29/09/2014     no charge     165 words

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Ajaka points finger of blame at council
MINISTER for the Illawarra John Ajaka has blamed the application put forward by Wollongong City Council - and not politics - as the reason for the city's failed Resources for Regions funding bid.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     287 words

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Our place in the world
Who Am I? is the 11th of 15 finalists in the 2014 Shoot The Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 24/09/2014     no charge     537 words

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Clinic wins in fund-raising run
LAST year's Run Wollongong helped get the Illawarra Children's Assessment Unit off the ground, while this year's fund-raiser should help unlock the doors to families in need.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     301 words

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Grill'd dream fulfill'd
WOLLONGONG businessman Lube Markovski has been turning plenty of heads in recent weeks driving around in a red combi van in his new Grill'd uniform and cap.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     395 words

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Keep Stuart Park pristine
Recent articles in the Mercury have indicated that Wollongong City Council has been gathering suggestions from parents and children on how the "space" in Stuart Park could be improved.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     554 words

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Boutique apartments in Thirroul
PETER Taranto Real Estate is launching a new residential project in Thirroul today.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     660 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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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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$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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rough day on floor of salon
Shoot The Hairdresser is the 14th of 15 finalists in the 2014 Shoot The Hairdresser competition.
Illawarra Mercury 01/10/2014     no charge     451 words

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Belated birthday bash includes surprise gift
THE new Samara's Restaurant Woonona has only been open days but it is already a place where dreams come true.
Illawarra Mercury 01/10/2014     no charge     721 words

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Clearing law scaled back
WOLLONGONG councillor Jill Merrin has welcomed changes to controversial bush clearing laws in fire danger areas.
Illawarra Mercury 01/10/2014     no charge     279 words

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A barber's psychology
Vas is the 13th of 15 finalists in the Shoot The Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     458 words

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Nevill a massive coupfor Hawks
WITH Larry Davidson still on the road to recovery, the Wollongong Hawks landed a huge signing coup by securing towering Boomers centre Luke Nevill.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     375 words

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UPHOLDERS OF LAW NO STRANGERS TO ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
Police officers who have died in the line of duty in the Illawarra
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     131 words

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Longevity revolution coming
IF you make communities more age-friendly they become friendlier for people of all ages.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     395 words

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Shuttle claims 'incorrect'
THE NSW government has denied claims the Gong Shuttle timetable was forcing drivers to drive unsafely.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     466 words

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Playgrounds looked at for reserves
REDDALL Reserve and Pelican View Reserve at Lake Illawarra have been earmarked as possible locations for Shellharbour City's first all abilities play space.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     280 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains as normal between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall. Trains between Bomaderry and Kiama and Kiama and Central/Bondi Junction are not affected. Trains travelling towards Wollongong will not stop at Bulli before 12.58pm. Those travelling to Bulli should change at Thirroul for a bus service to Bulli. Buses will be provided for customers ...
Illawarra Mercury 29/09/2014     no charge     80 words

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Short cuts, long talks
Forty Hairdressers is the 12th of 15 finalists in the 2014 Shoot the Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 26/09/2014     no charge     575 words

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ACADEMY CORNER
TOP SKILLS ON SHOW AS ATHLETES COMPETE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     318 words

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On the street
Should service stations and convenience stores sell alcohol? Q
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     81 words

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Injury scare for Jahii
THE Wollongong Hawks are anxiously awaiting news on the extent of import Jahii Carson's foot injury.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     435 words

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No second chance to run away on charges
A MANGERTON man who skipped court two months ago on drug supply charges stemming from an undercover police operation has been arrested on the outstanding warrant.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     268 words

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Wish comes true ... on four legs
TWELVE months of treatment for a rare bone cancer has left Harrison Morton little time to spend with his friends, but this week he got a big buddy who can stay by his side.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     403 words

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Behind the curtain
The Girl Behind The Hair is the 10th of the 15 finalists in the 2014 Shoot The Hairdresser photo competition.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     613 words

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On the street
When does beach season start for you? Q
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     43 words

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Missing man located after two-day hunt
WOLLONGONG police have located a Helensburgh man missing since Wednesday.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     89 words

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Opening club doors kicks off centenary
SURF clubs region-wide throw open their doors to the public this weekend to mark the official start of the surf lifesaving season.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     240 words

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Projects on wish-list expected to cost $2b
ABOUT $2 billion needs to be spent on three "game-changing" Illawarra infrastructure projects, according to a consortium led by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     359 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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Path to coping with dementia
WOLLONGONG'S Angela Pellegrino-Lavalle has created a dementia manual to help other Illawarra families deal with the devastating diagnosis.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     362 words

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Property listings take off
ILLAWARRA property hunters will have a spring in their step this long weekend after an influx of homes hit the market this week.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     317 words

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Hawks to defy critics: Ervin
GARY Ervin can't help but be amused by the talk about Wollongong finishing last in the 2014-15 NBL season.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     456 words

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No time to forget our ABC
In regard to the letter written by Dave Taylor and his views on ABC TV. Maybe you should start helping the ABC by signing petitions i.e. GetUp!
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     541 words

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Students on airwaves
CAMPUS radio is arriving at UOW, with two digital stations in planning.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     271 words

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Refugees' safety sessions earn award
THE Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra has won a state award for educating newly arrived migrants and refugees on water safety.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     155 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains run to the normal timetable between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall. Trains between Bomaderry and Kiama and between Kiama and Central/Bondi Junction are not affected and will run to the normal timetable.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     55 words

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Dicing with train tragedy
RECENTLY retired train driver John Aqualina, a veteran of half a century on the rail, says a pedestrian or car crossing tracks in front of an oncoming train is the scariest thing a train driver will ever experience.
Illawarra Mercury 04/10/2014     no charge     316 words

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Dumpling house 'dirty'
A CORRIMAL dumpling house has been slapped with a suite of penalty notices from the Food Safety Authority after falling foul of several rules over cleanliness.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     379 words

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Concern grows for Carson
AN injury usually associated with American football continues to play havoc with Hawks high-flyer Jahii Carson's preparation for next Friday's season-opening battle with Townsville.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     409 words

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Project aims to give graffiti the brush off
THE Dapto Girl Guides troop joined Dapto Rotary Club members on Thursday to get a head start on Graffiti Removal Day, taking the paint brush to graffiti in Port Kembla's Coomaditchie Reserve.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     135 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains as normal timetable between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall. Trains between Bomaderry and Kiama and between Kiama and Central/Bondi Junction are not affected.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     46 words

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Higher places of learning
THE University of Wollongong has improved on its position among the world's top 300 universities in this year's Times Higher Education rankings.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     534 words

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Friday feast at markets
THE new season of the Wollongong Twilight Food Markets will be launched on Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     87 words

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Health staff 'overlooked'
WHEN most people think of hospital staff they think of doctors and nurses, but there's plenty of other staff making the system tick.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     383 words

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Illawarra cyclists plan ultimate test
MOUNT Keira is a long way from Mount Everest and, at 464 metres above sea level, the Wollongong landmark is far short of Everest's 8848-metre elevation.
Illawarra Mercury 03/10/2014     no charge     463 words

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Perfect timing for Nevill
FORMER Australian Boomers centre Luke Nevill swears his surprise return to the NBL is not about showing up his critics.
Illawarra Mercury 02/10/2014     no charge     462 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains run to the normal timetable between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall.
Illawarra Mercury 02/10/2014     no charge     33 words

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Age agenda high on priority list
THE region's councils have been encouraged to get behind a bid to turn the Illawarra into Australia's first age-friendly area.
Illawarra Mercury 02/10/2014     no charge     231 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains run to the normal timetable between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall. Trains between Bomaderry and Kiama and between Kiama and Central/Bondi Junction are not affected.
Illawarra Mercury 01/10/2014     no charge     48 words

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On the street
Are you happy with the free bus service? Q
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     66 words

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Keneally hones writing talents on Twitter
HIS books have sold over a million copies and been made into Oscar-winning movies but Thomas Keneally remains dispassionate about his status as a National Living Treasure.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     236 words

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Musical stars align for youth project
DISNEY favourite High School Musical is coming to the Illawarra and the team behind the local production believe their leads put the film's stars, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, to shame.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     418 words

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Cemetery thief tells court of death threats
A WOONONA thief who swiped hundreds of brass vases from two Wollongong cemeteries and later sold them for cash has told a court he received death threats as a result of media coverage of the court case.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     363 words

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Hawks face long, hardroad
IF the pre-season is any guide, the Wollongong Hawks are in for a long season in 2014-15.
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     450 words

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From the web
Bureaucratic timing
Illawarra Mercury 30/09/2014     no charge     286 words

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Safest, cheapest place to eat
If John Howard, the Sheriff of Fractured War, was truly sorry about plunging Australian troops into a war in Iraq which was based on false information, he should post his Medal of Goner back to George W. Bush.
Illawarra Mercury 29/09/2014     no charge     540 words

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Dragons stars in push for upgrade
DRAGONS skipper Ben Creagh hopes the incentive of finishing their careers as one-club players will be enough to keep stars Brett Morris and Trent Merrin at the club beyond next season.
Illawarra Mercury 29/09/2014     no charge     313 words

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Mixtape's big drive ahead
Wollongong pop-punk outfit Mixtape For The Drive have been named to tour the country with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Hawthorne Heights in December. The local band will play Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and many more between on the 13-date tour. No Illawarra date on the bill, but shows in Sutherland and Sydney should be close enough to satisfy Wollongong fans.
Illawarra Mercury 26/09/2014     no charge     429 words

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Councillors cite need for extra ranger
AN increase in the number of dog off-leash areas and a perceived lack of parking fines has led to calls from Kiama councillors for an additional full-time ranger.
Illawarra Mercury 26/09/2014     no charge     410 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains run to normal timetable between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall. Trains between Bomaderry and Kiama and between Kiama and Central/Bondi Junction are not affected.
Illawarra Mercury 26/09/2014     no charge     47 words

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Community bus for hire
NON-PROFIT community groups and organisations have been invited to apply to hire Community Transport buses in 2015.
Illawarra Mercury 26/09/2014     no charge     111 words

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From the web
Phone problem
Illawarra Mercury 26/09/2014     no charge     264 words

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Hawks delay decision on Carson
SPRING-HEELED import Jahii Carson is a 50-50 chance of lining up for Wollongong in this weekend's trials against the Cairns Taipans.
Illawarra Mercury 26/09/2014     no charge     291 words

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Fear and loathing misplaced
Sweeping aside all the terror, panic, loathing and fear whipped up by police raids throughout Sydney, the true picture of living alongside a Muslim community in Australia has been distorted out of all proportion and factual reality.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     492 words

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Parking strategy aimed at providing value for money
THE GPT Group has revealed details of its parking strategy ahead of the Wollongong Central expansion opening, saying parking will be simpler, more convenient and - in some cases - free in the new centre.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     353 words

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Reborn Hawks dressed to thrill
THE Wollongong Hawks officially unveiled their new playing strip at the club's 2014-15 season launch at the Novotel on Wednesday night.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     246 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains run to normal timetable between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall. Trains between Bomaderry and Kiama and between Kiama and Central/Bondi Junction not affected.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     46 words

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Boy, 15, charged over hoax threat calls
A 15-YEAR-OLD East Corrimal boy has been charged with 10 offences around hoax threats made to schools and a home.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     166 words

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Vigilance keeping our beaches safe
A RENEWED focus on prevention is to thank for a huge drop in the number of beach swimmers caught in dangerous situations last season, according to Wollongong lifesavers.
Illawarra Mercury 25/09/2014     no charge     315 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains run to the normal timetable between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall. Trains between Bomaderry and Kiama and between Kiama and Central/Bondi Junction are not affected.
Illawarra Mercury 24/09/2014     no charge     48 words

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Gillard roadshow
JULIA Gillard will visit Wollongong as part of a tour launching her autobiography.
Illawarra Mercury 24/09/2014     no charge     50 words

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PEOPLE POWER
HUNTER motorists are finally winning the battle against eight months of price gouging by petrol and oil companies.
Newcastle Herald 23/09/2014     no charge     507 words

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Bites out of Big Apple
NEW York's Times Square might be worlds away from the run-down west Crown Street strip, but Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery says Wollongong has a lot to learn from the bustling heart of Manhattan.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     342 words

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trackwork
Buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Buses depart stations Port Kembla to Coniston 11 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable. Trains run to normal timetable between Wollongong and Thirroul/Waterfall. Trains between Bomaderry and Kiama and between Kiama and Central/Bondi Junction not affected.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     46 words

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Roller Hawks secure bronze
FIVE players scored in double figures as the Wollongong Roller Hawks claimed the bronze medal with a 96-72 defeat of Victoria in Perth on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 23/09/2014     no charge     160 words

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Every dog has its day
MASSIVE crowds - of people and pooches - have taken to the beach to rally against controversial changes to Wollongong City Council's dogs on beaches policy.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     366 words

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Bookworms take to garden for communal storytelling
BOOKWORMS were encouraged to combine their love of reading with the great outdoors on Saturday as the Wollongong Botanic Garden unveiled its new outdoor reading room.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     156 words

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Man escapes before blaze razes house
A MAN was taken to hospital with burns to 12 per cent of his body after his Corrimal home was destroyed by fire on Saturday night.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     283 words

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On the street
What can we do to fix climate change? Q
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     69 words

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Heat applied for change
WOLLONGONG joined in a series of climate change demonstrations held around the world on Sunday with 220 people gathering on Flagstaff Hill.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     294 words

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POOL SAFETY SCORE SHOCK
ABOUT 95 per cent of Wollongong swimming pools inspected this year fail mandated safety standards and must be upgraded.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     106 words

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REAL TALK
Your first job? Cashier at Red Rooster where I learnt very quickly at the age of 15 how temperamental hungry people can get over chicken.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     236 words

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Long line for Apple's latest
HUNDREDS of Illawarra Apple enthusiasts were up before dawn on Friday to get good positions in the lines that formed for the release of the iPhone 6.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     125 words

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Restaurant workers told 'training' would be unpaid
A NEW restaurant due to open in GPT's CBD shopping centre expansion has been caught out trying to avoid paying workers while they are being trained.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     274 words

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BRIEFS
United reverse their fortunes in style
Sydney Morning Herald 20/10/2014     no charge     231 words

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Not much left for Newcastle: Labor
LABOR has accused the Baird government of having already spent the $20 billion it expects to raise from the proposed lease of the state's "poles and wires", claiming little will be left for Newcastle after promised major projects in Sydney are paid for.
Newcastle Herald 20/10/2014     no charge     325 words

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Disappointment saps motivation
Brielle Finney, 23, graduated with a teaching qualification from the University of Wollongong last year. She studied marketing and advertising before doing a diploma of education.
Sydney Morning Herald 20/10/2014     no charge     134 words

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Medics ready for Ebola
ILLAWARRA and Shoalhaven hospitals are well equipped to deal with a case of suspected Ebola virus, according to the state's director of communicable diseases.
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     373 words

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McCrae brothers dominate forBurgh
EARLY leaders Helensburgh and Corrimal chased down challenging targets to claim outright wins in Saturday's round two of Illawarra cricket.
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     448 words

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Bureau to investigate light plane accident
THE Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has launched an investigation into a light plane crash west of Nowra on Thursday afternoon.
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     322 words

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surf
Swell size: 1.5-2.5 metres
Illawarra Mercury 20/10/2014     no charge     48 words

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