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Wollongong woman to advise Pope
WOLLONGONG charity worker Kathleen McCormack will help shape the future of the Catholic Church, after a papal appointment to a new Vatican child protection body.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     332 words

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Buyers take a shine to new development
DEMAND for new residential apartments on the former Dwyers Holden site has been so strong that 80 per cent of the first release has already been sold off the plan.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     528 words

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At the opening of The Throsby Wine Bar in 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 15/12/2014     no charge     41 words

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Bed 2 Bath 2 Unit size: 120sqm WOLLONGONG Parking 1
This ninth-floor two-bedroom sub-penthouse is in the prestigious Vantage development. The unit has a northern aspect with stunning ocean, escarpment and city views.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     94 words

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Wollongong library gets makeover
WOLLONGONG library is having a makeover next week, forcing the closure of the first floor from Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 12/12/2014     no charge     118 words

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At the Steel City Sound exhibition at the Wollongong Art Gallery Contact us
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Illawarra Mercury 09/12/2014     no charge     41 words

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Hay re-endorsed for Wollongong
Wollongong MP Noreen Hay has been re-endorsed as the Labor candidate for the 2015 state election.
Sun Herald 07/12/2014     no charge     86 words

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World Cup in Wollongong
ILLAWARRA cricket fans can get up close with the 2015 ICC World Cup trophy when it tours Wollongong on December 14.
Illawarra Mercury 04/12/2014     no charge     95 words

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At St Joseph's High School's Year 12 formal at the University of 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 04/12/2014     no charge     41 words

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Wollongong first-timers take documentary to Oscars list
THE dream run for two first-time filmmakers from Wollongong continues with their music documentary Keep On Keepin' On shortlisted for the Oscars.
Illawarra Mercury 04/12/2014     no charge     314 words

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Lions come roaring back to Wollongong
WOLLONGONG Lions are returning to the AFL South Coast competition in 2015 - 25 years after they left to head to Sydney.
Illawarra Mercury 03/12/2014     no charge     290 words

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DA approved to develop or occupy WOLLONGONG Size: 854sqm (approx)
This property represents an outstanding opportunity to acquire a DA-approved commercial site in Wollongong CBD. The development highlights include:
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     104 words

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Claims of dirty tricks to protect Wollongong MP
NSW Labor has been warned against returning to the "Tripodi-style model of caucus" amid claims ALP head office is "pulling out all stops" to ensure veteran MP Noreen Hay survives a preselection challenge to recontest her seat of Wollongong.
Sydney Morning Herald 26/11/2014     no charge     544 words

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Claims of dirty tricks to protect Wollongong MP
NSW Labor has been warned against returning to the "Tripodi-style model of caucus" amid claims ALP head office is "pulling out all stops" to ensure veteran MP Noreen Hay survives a preselection challenge to recontest her seat of Wollongong.
Sydney Morning Herald 26/11/2014     no charge     540 words

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Warilla High School's year 12 formal at Chifley Hotel, Wollongong Contact us
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Illawarra Mercury 25/11/2014     no charge     37 words

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Bed 2 Bath 1 Parking 1 WOLLONGONG Floor area: approx. 90sqm
The opportunity to secure this tastefully renovated unit is here, but you must act quickly!
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     80 words

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Building the city's future
The community starts feeling good about itself, and so it keeps going.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     1328 words

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Revolutionary cancer care
We really need people to understand that you don't need to go to Sydney to get the best radiation therapy available.
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     1298 words

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Small bar culture needs to be fostered
PICTURE the scene: it's a balmy summer evening, Friday after work, you're sitting back, high on a rooftop above Wollongong, with a long cool drink.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     723 words

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Embrace housing proposal
Wollongong City Council staff have recommended against rezoning part of southern Wollongong as put forward by Warrigal Care.
Illawarra Mercury 16/12/2014     no charge     526 words

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Dog control rule 'stupid'
AN animal control officer has blasted Wollongong City Council's "total negligence" over a dangerous dogs policy he says could lead to deaths.
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     382 words

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Quiet achievers Iraq will focus on perfect preparation
IRAQI Football representative Gath Muhana is hopeful the Middle Eastern nation's pre-Asian Cup camp can help satisfy the region's 'thirst for football'.
Illawarra Mercury 15/12/2014     no charge     419 words

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Throsby blazes trail like namesake Charles
DESPITE joining the new class of small bars cropping up in Wollongong over the past year, The Throsby is claiming a first.
Illawarra Mercury 05/12/2014     no charge     297 words

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Electoral roll allegations taint Hay
The re-election hopes of veteran state Labor MP Noreen Hay have been rocked by evidence of branch-stacking and apparent inaccuracies in the electoral roll details of some of her supporters in Wollongong.
Sydney Morning Herald 29/11/2014     no charge     627 words

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ALP 'dirty tricks' claims
"These revelations are disturbing Challenger Paul Scully
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     660 words

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Strong voice against cuts to the ABC
THE musical theme from children's show Play School became a protest song on Friday afternoon, as a 200-strong crowd sang out against the government's cuts to the ABC outside Wollongong Town Hall.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     272 words

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Legal world mourns thorough gentleman
THE late Wollongong District Court judge Joe Phelan will be remembered as a brilliant legal mind and a compassionate man with a strong sense of justice.
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     412 words

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Gong's foundations captured from air
THIS black and white image could be one of the earliest aerial pictures of Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 16/12/2014     no charge     275 words

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Life's a beach as soccer hits the sands
INTERNATIONAL teams will again try to steal the limelight from the hosts at the Australian Beach Soccer Cup at North Beach this weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     362 words

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Mid East face-off at WIN
MIDDLE-EASTERN rivals Iraq and Iran will play at WIN Stadium on January 4, in a major coup for Wollongong before the Asian Cup.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     407 words

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Claim: eftpos terminal switched to redirect bank fundsChifley parties row over sale fees
"[SNH] chose to reserve money ... so they would not be out of pocket in the future, at the expense of paying trade creditors who are owed money right now Anthony Stanton
Illawarra Mercury 09/12/2014     no charge     768 words

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Turfed-out Rorris left baffled as vote denied
THE head of the Illawarra trade union movement was physically escorted off the premises and refused a vote in Labor's controversial Wollongong preselection ballot on Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 08/12/2014     no charge     437 words

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Tainted Labor members in Hay vote
The minutes of the April 7 meeting of the Labor Party's Mount Keira branch in the Illawarra records a lively discussion about the resignation of NSW premier Barry O'Farrell.
Sydney Morning Herald 06/12/2014     no charge     552 words

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Fickle weather establishes one-day guessing game
DAPTO'S home clash with University and Port Kembla's hosting of Wests Illawarra have been washed out, with other matches in doubt heading into Saturday's round seven one-dayers in Illawarra cricket.
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     316 words

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Mt Keira branch tainted
THE minutes of the April 7 meeting of the Labor Party's Mount Keira branch in the Illawarra records a lively discussion about the resignation of NSW premier Barry O'Farrell.
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     548 words

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Taxi driver speaks out over behaviour
A HANDFUL of Illawarra taxi drivers are overcharging, falsely claiming government travel subsidies, verbally insulting women and assaulting passengers and other drivers, according to a whistleblower.
Illawarra Mercury 05/12/2014     no charge     879 words

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Jolie inspires referrals
A SUCCESSFUL solution to the "Angelina Effect" was one of the innovations showcased at the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District's third annual public meeting on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 02/12/2014     no charge     368 words

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A journey of discovery
"If he had landed at Woonona then the destination of Wollongong could very well have been the capital of NSW"
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     1037 words

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Parade to begin month-long season of festivities
IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the new-look Crown Street Mall.
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     179 words

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Longwall plan approved
WOLLONGONG Coal's controversial plans to extend longwall mining have Planning Assessment Commission approval - albeit by less than the miner requested.
Illawarra Mercury 26/11/2014     no charge     373 words

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A great week of music
A few locals are in the running for triple j's Hottest 100 this year. The likes of Hockey Dad, The Walking Who, Born Lion and Wolf Tide have songs in the mix. Get onto the triple j website and vote.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     469 words

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Time to get tough, United told
When push comes to shove, Melbourne United need to take two wins from this weekend if they want to keep any space between themselves and other top-four aspirants.
The Age 18/12/2014     no charge     507 words

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Bomb threat shuts street
POLICE are investigating possible links between two bomb threats in two days, after a sinister phone call shut down a Wollongong street on Tuesday.
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     283 words

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Wolves have a training base to call their own
SOUTH Coast Wolves' search for a training base for 2015 appears to be over with the club set to train out of Thomas Dalton Park.
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     420 words

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Father of abducted infant boy located
THE ongoing saga of a baby boy taken from a Canberra home and later found in the Illawarra came to a close on Monday after the father of the nine-week-old, Garry Gordon, was found in Canberra, police said.
Illawarra Mercury 16/12/2014     no charge     326 words

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London vibe has Gong touch
Our why is all about inspiring better education
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     1563 words

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Booze and bash debated
THERE has been a dramatic drop in Wollongong's alcohol-related assaults over the past seven years, with the council crediting the city's new small bar scene for the change.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     616 words

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Doctors in despair over drunk patients
ONE in 10 patients attending Wollongong Hospital's emergency department last Saturday morning were there because of alcohol-related harm, according to a snapshot survey.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     333 words

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Growth plan draws fire
WOLLONGONG City Council officers have issued a scathing assessment of the draft Illawarra Regional Growth Plan, accusing the NSW government of lacking vision, detail and advocacy for the region.
Illawarra Mercury 12/12/2014     no charge     363 words

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Venue shut-out closes down education options
ALMOST two years after funding cuts left Illawarra TAFE teacher Ron Mathers without a job, his love of the fine arts remains intact.
Illawarra Mercury 12/12/2014     no charge     262 words

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State your position, Noreen
After nearly four years of campaigning, emails requesting answers and even an Illawarra Knitting Nannas Against Gas (IKNAG) knit-in outside her office, MP Noreen Hay is still silent in regards to her position on coal seam gas mining in our drinking water catchments.
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     529 words

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Camera thief suspect takes clear mug shot
IT'S not exactly a mugshot, but many people have already convicted this man of being a mug.
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     388 words

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Hawks' great inspiration
THE past fortnight in Australia has been the perfect example of the way sport takes a back seat when tragedy strikes.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     447 words

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Hospital rates poorly in patient care report
WOLLONGONG Hospital has rated relatively poorly for its co-ordination of patient care in a new patient report.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     336 words

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Health payment not stealth
Your article regarding Throsby's MP Stephen Jones' comments of a co-payment by stealth raises some interesting arguments. Like all budgets, there is a need to choose one path or another - to prioritise, to trade off, just like any household budget.
Illawarra Mercury 09/12/2014     no charge     570 words

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Relief as predicted bad weather fails to arrive
WOLLONGONG spent Monday bracing for more wild weather, but residents breathed a sigh of relief when a storm warning was cancelled.
Illawarra Mercury 09/12/2014     no charge     214 words

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Liberals pick trio to fight election
THE NSW Liberal Party has officially announced its candidates for the seats of Keira, Wollongong and Shellharbour for the 2015 March state election, springing no surprises after months of speculation.
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     197 words

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Hawksstrikeforceof another ilk in Perth
THE Wollongong Hawks will find out if last week's pressure-relieving win over Townsville was just a flash in the pan when they square off with NBL titleholders Perth on Friday night.
Illawarra Mercury 05/12/2014     no charge     289 words

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Stats back Cats but don't dismiss visitors
ALL the statistics and history point to an easy Perth win over Wollongong on Friday night, but the Wildcats are wary.
Illawarra Mercury 05/12/2014     no charge     328 words

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Movies by moonlight
"We think cinema is best experienced outdoors with friends and family
Illawarra Mercury 04/12/2014     no charge     472 words

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Talented trio listed in national rankings
THREE talented Wollongong swimmers are officially ranked in the top 25 swimmers in Australia for their age group.
Illawarra Mercury 04/12/2014     no charge     216 words

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On the street
Should children be given gender-based toys? Q
Illawarra Mercury 03/12/2014     no charge     92 words

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Old bands, new vinyl
"[The Sunday Painters are] so ahead of their time and to actually be doing that here in Wollongong in the 1980s is actually really crazy
Illawarra Mercury 02/12/2014     no charge     485 words

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Hawks have fire in their eyes
TOWNSVILLE coach Shawn Dennis saw a different look in the Hawks' eyes on Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 01/12/2014     no charge     281 words

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Two for the price of one family home
A Keiraville property comprising a three-bedroom home and separate two-bedroom dwelling will go to auction next month.
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     745 words

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Cultural icons up for awards
ILLAWARRA cultural icons are among the nominees for a prestigious Sydney cultural award.
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     243 words

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Suspicions of more going on
A RESIDENT of a Wollongong apartment complex has claimed she has been forced to live near an unwanted neighbour - a suspected illegal sex service operating out of a unit.
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     530 words

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'Green junk' creates serious flood threat
"We've got two different fronts - we've got council and the RMS, and neither one of them wants to take responsibility
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     907 words

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Hawks in horror streak
IT'S a record no club wants to hold, but Wollongong basketball fans don't need to worry about it for at least another couple of months.
Illawarra Mercury 26/11/2014     no charge     610 words

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Sea of santas add cheer to the Salvos
NORTHERN and southern suburbs shuttle buses, multiple free breath-testing sites, and a new wristband ticket system are just part of the new infrastructure in place to support the Santa Claus Pub Crawl in December.
Illawarra Mercury 26/11/2014     no charge     252 words

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Outright victory in Port's sights
PORT Kembla are the only club to have claimed first innings points, with the first hour's play crucial in all games in Saturday's day two of round five in Illawarra cricket.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     333 words

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Artist's new work to bring nature indoors
STREET artist Numskull will take inspiration from Wollongong's natural environment for a wall mural spanning nearly two storeys inside Wollongong Central.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     198 words

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Cautious Tragardh taking nothing for granted
MORE than four years have passed since Cam Tragardh played his final game for the Wollongong Hawks, but he has never stopped admiring the club's fighting spirit.
Illawarra Mercury 21/11/2014     no charge     322 words

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Councils to increase use of websites
COUNCILS will no longer need to advertise meetings, election notices, financial reports or development applications in newspapers if changes to the Local Government Act pass through Parliament.
Illawarra Mercury 21/11/2014     no charge     347 words

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STUDENTS' PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Matthew Miglate
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     160 words

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Musical talent helps pay for volunteer trip
WHILE many of her former classmates are relaxing over summer after a challenging final year of school, Jess Cleal will be strumming her heart out with a big goal in mind.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     254 words

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High marks open up options
GEORGIA Nikolovski and Charlotte Smee don't only share a passion for drama, they also share a place among the top achieving Higher School Certificate students at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     272 words

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Information will be shared
I write in response to Ray Robinson's letter "We have information rights" (Mercury, Thursday, December 18).
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     501 words

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NBN a huge disappointment
I was so excited when the NBN came to my house that I went straight to my service provider to transfer. I felt very lucky to be receiving the fibre-to-home version as I know that some wouldn't be as lucky as us due to the change in government.
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     555 words

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Mother-to-be slaved away to be a doctor
"I was still working the day before the delivery Bronwyn Henderson
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     246 words

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Arts passion caps career
AN educator whose ethos is imbued with passion, warmth and enthusiasm.
Illawarra Mercury 16/12/2014     no charge     251 words

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Commuters have faster drive home
COMMUTERS on Memorial Drive are more interested in getting home than getting to work, government statistics show.
Illawarra Mercury 16/12/2014     no charge     336 words

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Ervinpumpsenergylevels in honour of dead cousin
HAWKS guard Gary Ervin refused to let his team lose on Saturday night against arch-rivals Sydney.
Illawarra Mercury 16/12/2014     no charge     337 words

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Toil lifts Hawks skywards
WOLLONGONG coach Gordie McLeod praised his side's professionalism after Saturday night's comeback home win over Sydney.
Illawarra Mercury 15/12/2014     no charge     454 words

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Alleged driver in car pursuit refused bail
A SYDNEY man, who allegedly engaged police in a 120km/h car chase in North Wollongong while over the legal alcohol limit, was refused bail in Port Kembla Local Court on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 15/12/2014     no charge     421 words

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Sweet revenge for Thais
THAILAND defeated hosts Australia 5-4 to win the Beach Soccer Cup in an absorbing decider at North Beach on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 15/12/2014     no charge     352 words

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A master of hard knocks
At the end of the day the power that's worthwhile is the power of respect and you've got to develop that
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     1421 words

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Pools out for the summer?
There are plenty of headaches still ahead
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     877 words

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Amended plans fail to sway
WOLLONGONG City Council planners say a multi-storey medical centre and apartment complex in the growing hospital precinct should be knocked back a second time as it would undermine development controls and "set an undesirable precedent".
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     276 words

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Massive move mooted
"It would create a lot of opportunities for Port Kembla, but also the entire city and region Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     957 words

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From the web
We're being ignored
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     266 words

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Near-new luxury built to savour
AN almost brand new luxury home in Figtree's Redgum Ridge Estate is up for sale for $1.675 million.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     643 words

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Highway a 'cesspool' of rubbish
A WOLLONGONG councillor says the old Princes Highway north of the city has become a "cesspool of inappropriate social behaviour", thanks to car hoons and illegal dumpers.
Illawarra Mercury 12/12/2014     no charge     318 words

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Sixers bringing heavy artillerytoWollongong
SYDNEY Sixers will bring an experienced squad to Wollongong for Tuesday's Twenty20 clash against an Illawarra Invitational XI, with only Australia's Test stars and West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Smith set to be missing.
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     526 words

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Highway dumpings to be investigated
MANGLED and twisted, what appears to be the remnants of a demolished home have scarred a section of picturesque landscape north of Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     300 words

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Youngsters deliver high standard in shield battle
WOLLONGONG stamped themselves the best junior tennis association in the NSW South East region for a third straight year after claiming the prestigious Webb and Wilton Shield.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     164 words

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ALP head office backs vote refusal
THE ALP's NSW head office has backed a decision to deny union boss Arthur Rorris a vote in Saturday's controversial Wollongong preselection, which re-endorsed Noreen Hay.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     398 words

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Whistleblower wins Libs preselection
Hollie Hughes, the Liberal Party official who first rang alarm bells over the use of slush funds and illegal donations, could enter Parliament after being preselected for the NSW Liberals upper house ticket.
Sun Herald 07/12/2014     no charge     237 words

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NBN rollout will arrive
THROUGHOUT the Illawarra there are houses on the wrong side of the National Broadband Network rollout.
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     628 words

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Engineers speak against 'overkill' rule
"If they've got a conduit that they're worried about because of blockage, they should be doing something about it
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     679 words

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Housing block criticised
WOLLONGONG City Council has identified a raft of issues with a planned Housing NSW block in Towradgi and asked the government to consider a public hearing before going ahead with the 18-unit complex.
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     388 words

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$5m funding for Berry ambulance
THE state government has committed $5 million towards a new ambulance station for Berry.
Illawarra Mercury 05/12/2014     no charge     458 words

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Lake, airport noted as economic drivers
THE importance of Lake Illawarra and the Illawarra Regional Airport have been highlighted in Shellharbour City Council's submission to the draft Illawarra Regional Growth and Infrastructure Plan.
Illawarra Mercury 05/12/2014     no charge     299 words

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Juniors net rep title
WOLLONGONG won five of the eight junior division tennis finals to claim the NSW South East Region Inter-Association competition at Beaton Park and Figtree.
Illawarra Mercury 04/12/2014     no charge     181 words

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From the web
Smaller is better
Illawarra Mercury 04/12/2014     no charge     306 words

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Plans for high-rise UOW units on show
NEW details of a student accommodation development planned for Northfields Avenue have been placed on exhibition through Wollongong City Council's website.
Illawarra Mercury 03/12/2014     no charge     283 words

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Humber decision on ice
THE future of the eagerly awaited Humber rooftop bar will remain in limbo during the summer party season, with the state's independent licensing body announcing it will delay making a decision on the bar's licence until February.
Illawarra Mercury 03/12/2014     no charge     422 words

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Hawks always going to recover
THIS is what Townsville coach Shawn Dennis said 24 hours prior to last Friday's game against the Hawks.
Illawarra Mercury 02/12/2014     no charge     272 words

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Call for education change
UNIVERSITIES and other educational institutes need to better tailor their courses to the needs of business, says Kate Carnell, chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Illawarra Mercury 02/12/2014     no charge     240 words

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TAFE cuts will force students to Sydney
WOLLONGONG TAFE fashion students claim they've been stitched up by fee hikes after allegedly being told their course fees will rise from $534 to $29,000 in 2015.
Illawarra Mercury 02/12/2014     no charge     477 words

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Panel calls for review of design
THE region's planning umpire has given one last chance to backers of the tallest skyscraper in Wollongong after the council recommended the development be canned for aesthetic reasons.
Illawarra Mercury 02/12/2014     no charge     335 words

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State elections heat up as Liberals name contenders
THE Liberal Party has selected its three Illawarra candidates for next year's state election, but will not announce the successful trio until later this week.
Illawarra Mercury 01/12/2014     no charge     356 words

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McLeod savours winning feeling
"It was great to give our fans something to cheer about and it's good to see them get into it Gordie McLeod
Illawarra Mercury 01/12/2014     no charge     445 words

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Problem creek gets attention
ROADS and Maritime Services officers will meet Wollongong City Council staff next week to try to find a way to solve the flooding problems from Whartons Creek.
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     270 words

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McCrae on fire at Griffith
YOUNG Helensburgh opener Mitch McCrae comfortably stepped into the place of former Illawarra star Graeme Batty after blasting a match-winning 140 for Illawarra against Southern Zone in Friday's Country Championships opener at Griffith.
Illawarra Mercury 29/11/2014     no charge     452 words

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Graves take to the road
Wollongong metal band Graves start their national tour with Ocean Grove this week. They play Sydney, Newcastle and then Unanderra on Saturday, before heading nationwide and playing shows in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Illawarra Mercury 28/11/2014     no charge     566 words

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Just get on the train, Gladys
In light of the current ANZ Stadium precinct fiasco, I'd also like to toss my tuppence into the debate.
Illawarra Mercury 26/11/2014     no charge     516 words

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Thirroul work on hold as options explored
WORKS to improve the culverts that take Woodlands Creek under the railway line at Thirroul are a long way off, judging by Wollongong City Council's timetable.
Illawarra Mercury 25/11/2014     no charge     288 words

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Learning to succeed
JAIME Hammond was four months pregnant with her first child when she signed up to study for a diploma of business from the Evocca College.
Illawarra Mercury 24/11/2014     no charge     392 words

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City earns praise for ITF events
IF WOLLONGONG is vying for a spot on the Australian tennis map, it certainly has the tick of approval from those that matter most.
Illawarra Mercury 24/11/2014     no charge     267 words

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Apprentice carpenters enjoy their big day
THE candlestick makers were the only ones missing as Wollongong TAFE butchers and bakers chipped in with the food for a barbecue celebrating National Carpenters Day on Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 24/11/2014     no charge     260 words

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out of town
STEEL CITY SOUND
Sydney Morning Herald 22/11/2014     no charge     165 words

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Hawks ready to swoop
NO-ONE is suggesting the hunted has suddenly become the hunter, but the Wollongong Hawks are in the rare position of facing a team whose confidence isn't much higher than their own.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     367 words

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Police escape stress through art
EVERYONE needs an outlet.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     215 words

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Revamp fails to stifle controversy over mall
CROWN Street Mall has always been controversial.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     595 words

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Council warned five years ago
WOLLONGONG City Council was told in 2009 that its flood modelling was based on a policy that was flawed and "over-prescriptive".
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     561 words

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Sea views with four bedrooms
A FOUR-BEDROOM beachside home at Woonona with ocean views is on the market.
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     696 words

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On the street
What do you think of the Crown Street Mall revamp? Q
Illawarra Mercury 22/11/2014     no charge     57 words

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Talent quest to support the homeless
IT'S a night out for a good cause, with the Illawarra's performing community to unite on Friday in support of a valuable housing program.
Illawarra Mercury 21/11/2014     no charge     170 words

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Nurse to splash out after 35kg loss
From couch to surf, 28-year-old Wollongong nurse Julie Claridge has come a long way in a year.
Sydney Morning Herald 20/12/2014     no charge     415 words

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Dragons' FIRE sale
As they face up to declining revenues and a lack of on-field success, St George Illawarra are ready to consider selling a stake in the club.
Sydney Morning Herald 20/12/2014     no charge     985 words

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D-Mac on guard for ambush by Hawks
MELBOURNE coach Darryl McDonald has repeatedly warned his side about underestimating wooden spoon favourites Wollongong on Friday night at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     438 words

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Hawks go defensive forUnited
WOLLONGONG coach Gordie McLeod is confident the Hawks have embraced the task of conquering the NBL's most talented team on Friday night at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     389 words

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Baha'i memorial service for victims
THE Baha'i community of Wollongong has plans to hold a memorial service for the victims and families of the Sydney siege, and the Pakistan school massacre on Sunday at Wollongong Baha'i Centre of Learning in Russell Vale.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     76 words

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Lights turn home into Christmas cracker
WOONONA'S Brendan Love has been working nearly as hard as the man in the red suit in the lead-up to Christmas.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     325 words

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Facebook challenge sparks donation flood
WHAT started as a casual Facebook challenge to friends by Dannielle Hare has ended in hundreds of strangers donating a mountain of food to charities in the Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     359 words

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Plan undermines council
STRONG criticism of last year's rail timetable change is a feature of Wollongong City Council's submission to the NSW government's draft regional growth plan.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     291 words

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Hinch gives apology
CONTROVERSIAL radio journalist Derryn Hinch has issued a public apology to former Wollongong magistrate Darryl Pearce and his family, including solicitor Brendan Pearce, for falsely stating he was the magistrate who released Man Haron Monis on bail.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     380 words

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Girls finish 'marathon' as winners
BALANCE and perspective are key to winning the HSC "marathon", according to Wollongong students who've just crossed the finish line.
Illawarra Mercury 19/12/2014     no charge     284 words

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Ellis says Kings on notice
Cody Ellis admits Sydney were complacent in their loss to Wollongong last weekend - they won't make that mistake on Thursday night when they host Perth.
Sydney Morning Herald 18/12/2014     no charge     244 words

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Gameiro grateful for fans' support
"I am confident I will get back to the level I was because of the faith that Arnie has shown me Corey Gameiro
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     446 words

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Judge to hear murder trial
A MAN accused of killing a Wollongong woman and stuffing her body in the boot of a car has won the right to have his Supreme Court murder trial heard by a judge with no jury.
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     563 words

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We have information rights
Congratulations to Mercury reporter Kate McIlwain and her attempt to get Wollongong City Council to disclose financial expenditures on the controversial mall development.
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     526 words

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Caleb'sworthyofanOscar
THE Hawks' 3-12 start to the season may have tested the resolve of fans, but the faith of 11-year-old Caleb Jordan has never wavered.
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     414 words

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The Bard, as you like it
"It's a beautiful time to watch Shakespeare outside as you have those balmy summer nights
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     471 words

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Around the traps
TODAY
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     221 words

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On the street
What do you think is a fitting tribute to the victims of the Sydney siege? Q
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     92 words

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Highest achievers listed
THE anxious wait for HSC results is finally over, with more than 76,000 Higher School Certificate students finding out their marks on Wednesday.
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     293 words

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Students' plans for the future
Jacqueline Parramore
Illawarra Mercury 18/12/2014     no charge     186 words

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Businesses help lift STEM study
THE Smith Family joined forces with a group of Illawarra businesses on Tuesday to encourage high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     157 words

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SIX SHOOTER
FORMER Australian quick Brett Lee has endorsed the selection of Sixers teammate Josh Hazlewood and is adamant he is ready to make his debut in the Gabba Test on Wednesday.
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     350 words

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Curran has dog worries
A LACK of animal control staff could increase the risk of dog attacks over the summer, according to a Wollongong City councillor.
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     326 words

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Dogged driver jailed by judge
IT should have been a case of once bitten, twice shy, but Peter John Quilkey's decision to drink-drive twice in the one night has cost him his freedom.
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     182 words

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Drink driver to learn fate in February
A DRUNK driver who blew more than five times the legal limit will have to wait until February to learn his fate.
Illawarra Mercury 17/12/2014     no charge     137 words

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Sydney receive a'bitein thebutt'
THERE was nothing pretty about it, but the Hawks never stopped fighting for each other in Saturday's comeback win over Sydney.
Illawarra Mercury 16/12/2014     no charge     251 words

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MONDAY DRAGONS
THE release of the full 2015 NRL draw produced a mixed bag for Dragons fans on Monday, with Wollongong hosting the Sea Eagles, Raiders, Cowboys and Panthers next year.
Illawarra Mercury 16/12/2014     no charge     488 words

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NZ Breakers roll over United in close finish
Melbourne United's rebounding failed them at the most crucial moment in a finals-like clash with New Zealand Breakers on Sunday.
The Age 15/12/2014     no charge     511 words

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Lengthy swim puts spotlight on safety
SUMMER is here and an important beach safety message was delivered with a splash along the Illawarra coast at the weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 15/12/2014     no charge     254 words

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Man sought after missing baby turns up in Illawarra
A BABY, who police say was taken from a Canberra home by his father, was found unharmed in the Illawarra on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 15/12/2014     no charge     214 words

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On the street
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Q
Illawarra Mercury 15/12/2014     no charge     68 words

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Stars come down to play
ILLAWARRA Cricket president Mark Johnston is confident the wet conditions which caused this weekend's local round to be postponed will not stop Tuesday's match between the Sydney Sixers and an Illawarra Invitational XI at North Dalton Park.
Illawarra Mercury 15/12/2014     no charge     463 words

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Childress does it all for Kings but Hawks walk away with rewards
Wollongong 82 Sydney 77
Sun Herald 14/12/2014     no charge     484 words

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out of town
CHINESE WHISPERS
Sydney Morning Herald 13/12/2014     no charge     194 words

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Fireworks cap off New Year celebrations
FIREWORKS will once again crackle over Wollongong Harbour this New Year's Eve, with festivities to include amusement park rides, entertainment from the City of Wollongong Brass Band, and food stalls.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     89 words

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Safety message in ocean swim
AS the sun rises over Stanwell Park Beach on Sunday, a team of Wollongong council lifeguards will take to the surf for the first leg of the Great Ocean Swim, a 25-kilometre relay down the northern Illawarra coastline to Wollongong Harbour.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     178 words

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Lego win leg-up for learning
NAMED after Alexander the Great's black stallion, Project Bucephalus did anything but horse around last weekend, claiming its fifth invitation to represent Australia at the international FIRST Lego League Championships.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     281 words

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On the street
What kind of milk do you consume? Q
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     45 words

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A-League expansion an issue FFA can't get wrong
Expansion is a hot topic for the A-League, but it will only be a success if David Gallop selects the correct teams.
Sydney Morning Herald 13/12/2014     no charge     707 words

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Our rags v their riches
ON the other side of the world, funded by the seemingly endless petrodollars of a Middle East sheikh, the contrast to Australia's sporting landscape could not be more stark.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     657 words

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Our rags v their riches
ON the other side of the world, funded by the seemingly endless petrodollars of a Middle East sheikh, the contrast to Australia's sporting landscape could not be more stark.
Illawarra Mercury 13/12/2014     no charge     657 words

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Australian engineers develop bionic bra with intelligence
Big and small-busted women the world over can rejoice.
Sydney Morning Herald 12/12/2014     no charge     318 words

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Carson's injury is courting concerns
AMERICAN guard Jahii Carson has conceded he will need to manage a niggling back injury for the remainder of the NBL season.
Illawarra Mercury 12/12/2014     no charge     447 words

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Creagh a proud one-club veteran
DRAGONS captain Ben Creagh has seen plenty of players come and go in his 11 seasons with the club but he's never considered joining the exodus.
Illawarra Mercury 12/12/2014     no charge     484 words

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We're no one-man band: Garlepp denies Kings too reliant on Childress
Co-captain Tom Garlepp dismissed claims Sydney have become too reliant on star import Josh Childress, who has been a stunning success in his first season in the NBL.
Sydney Morning Herald 12/12/2014     no charge     413 words

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Around the traps
SATURDAY, December 13
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     246 words

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Around the traps
THURSDAY, December 11
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     224 words

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T20 real blast with kids
CRICKET came to school for about 240 year 3 and 4 primary school students with a massive T20 Blast Gala Day at Figtree Oval recently.
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     285 words

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Eckstein shares tips
AROUND 70 young surf lifesavers took tips from ironman legend Shannon Eckstein at a special clinic at Wollongong City beach last Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     187 words

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Kroes' all-round exploits help University to victory
ILLAWARRA'S promising young batsmen made a number of fine contributions in various age divisions in last Saturday's round of matches in Illawarra junior cricket.
Illawarra Mercury 11/12/2014     no charge     182 words

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Hands off our trusted ABC
I nearly fell off my chair when I read [Adrian Devlin's] sentence stating both Alan Jones and Ray Hadley "allow people to discuss and debate with them on issues" - then goes on to claim ABC bias. Isn't it interesting that when Australian citizens were polled, it was the ABC identified as most trustworthy, not these raucous, scaremongering, shock jocks ... and certainly not politicians.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     535 words

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Trio stand test of time
"[If] some people rock up to our shows and they have fun, I'm pretty happy
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     533 words

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Council staff cold on aged-care hub plans
WARRIGAL'S long-held plans to build an aged-care hub on Wollongong's southern city limits have once again hit a snag, with council staff recommending its latest proposal not progress through the planning process.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     305 words

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Santas crawling streets for good cause
WITH 10,000 Santas, elves and reindeer set to hit the pavement on Saturday as part of the Santa Pub Crawl for Charity, safety remains at the forefront of planning.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     204 words

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More in share of facade funding
TWENTY-TWO Crown Street and Globe Lane businesses are set to benefit from the latest round of grants in the Wollongong City Council's dollar-for-dollar facade rejuvenation scheme.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     244 words

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Damaging Childress the target
WOLLONGONG forward Tim Coenraad believes it will take a team effort for the Hawks to limit the influence of damaging Sydney import Josh Childress this weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     325 words

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From the web
Weekly pick-ups
Illawarra Mercury 10/12/2014     no charge     222 words

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Sharks can have A-League side in action by 2017: Gorman
Cronulla Sharks chief executive Lyall Gorman believes the club can own the next A-League franchise and says it can be ready for the 2017 season when the FFA is expected to expand the competition.
Sydney Morning Herald 09/12/2014     no charge     748 words

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From the web
Political mystery
Illawarra Mercury 09/12/2014     no charge     249 words

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Cosmopolitan lifestyle boosts apartment sales City centre population will double
IT'S been two months since the opening of GPT's landmark Wollongong Central expansion, and development in the city centre is still on the rise.
Illawarra Mercury 08/12/2014     no charge     400 words

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StormsMagpies'nemesis
A THUNDERSTORM dealt a blow to Balgownie for the second time this season after a dramatic draw against leaders Helensburgh in Saturday's round seven one-dayer at Judy Masters Oval.
Illawarra Mercury 08/12/2014     no charge     468 words

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Hay humbled by re-election support
"I have been blessed. I'm a grassroots candidate and I am humbled by the fact the rank and file turn out to support me the way they do," Ms Hay said.
Illawarra Mercury 08/12/2014     no charge     371 words

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Witnesses sought to ute and truck incident
A 42-YEAR-OLD man has handed himself into police after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident which left a 55-year-old truck driver trapped in his cabin for more than an hour on Saturday afternoon.
Illawarra Mercury 08/12/2014     no charge     242 words

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Bush visits stimulate children's curiosity
Kindergarten kids learning in the outdoors, Kristie Kellahan writes.
Sydney Morning Herald 06/12/2014     no charge     516 words

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Entertain with ease and style
A RESORT-STYLE home, positioned within Shellharbour Village, will go to auction next weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     725 words

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roadwork
M1 Princes Highway, Maddens Plains, north of Appin Road. 1 of 2 northbound lanes closed 7pm-5am.
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     66 words

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On the street
What type of new restaurant would you like to see in Wollongong? Q
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     62 words

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Blue trees bring cheer to homeless
DREAMING of a blue Christmas fits with the Christmas trees popping up in cafes and businesses across Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     264 words

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Flood pain ramped up by more delays
"It would be an extremely effective debris trap ... it doesn't make sense to remove the safety ramp if you're not going to do anything to the culvert
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     767 words

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ART
EXHIBITION
Illawarra Mercury 06/12/2014     no charge     134 words

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Bush visits stimulate children's curiosity
Kindergarten kids learning in the outdoors, Kristie Kellahan writes.
The Age 06/12/2014     no charge     516 words

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