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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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At the opening of Fractured Beauty at Wollongong Art Gallery 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 18/09/2014     no charge     41 words

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Fast trains ruled out for Wollongong line
ILLAWARRA commuters can forget about a high-speed - or even medium-speed - rail link passing through Wollongong, according to a University of Wollongong academic.
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     367 words

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Wollongong rated a property hot spot
WE can be pretty hard on ourselves in the Illawarra, but an outsider looking in believes the region has plenty of reasons to feel positive - five billion of them in fact.
Illawarra Mercury 11/09/2014     no charge     342 words

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Battle looms over changes to Wollongong policy
A CAMPAIGN to save northern Illawarra's off-leash beaches is gaining momentum as community members rally against controversial changes to Wollongong City Council's dogs on beaches policy.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     126 words

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Size: Land 716sqm Building 855sqm Parking: 1 WOLLONGONG
Located in the Wollongong CBD, this commercial property is located just off Burelli Street opposite the car parking station entry on Kenny Street.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     102 words

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At the 'Artists for Autism' exhibition at North Wollongong Surf Club Contact us
If you would like your social event featured in the Illawarra Mercury, email the details to events@illawarramercury.com.au, including your name and mobile phone number. Publication is not guaranteed. To buy copies of your pictures, phone the Mercury on 4221 2340.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     41 words

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Size: 907sqm (approx.) WOLLONGONG
This is a unique opportunity to lease office/retail accommodation in the CBD. There is approximately 907sqm of office / retail accommodation located on Crown Street, opposite the new GPT Centre. Features include fully airconditioned, high ceilings, great natural light, glass frontage and a kitchenette facility.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     71 words

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Size: Office 400sqm, warehouse 368sqm Parking: 14 spaces WOLLONGONG
This property is in the Wollongong CBD and only minutes from the GPT development.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     71 words

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Bed 3 Bath 2 Parking 2 WOLLONGONG Land N/A
This unique maisonette apartment offers privacy and a feeling of open space with generous courtyards both at the front and rear of the living area level.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     109 words

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Bed 9 Bath 3 Parking 3 WOLLONGONG Land size 467sqm
Look no further for the perfect investment! This block of three flats in a Wollongong city location consists of a Torrens-titled complex with two two-bedroom apartments and one four- to five-bedroom apartment.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     116 words

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Fund-raising for women Leaders lend hand
JUNIOR Chamber International's chapter JCI Illawarra is supporting the Wollongong Women's Refuge with a new fund-raising project it has developed called Soar Above.
Illawarra Mercury 09/09/2014     no charge     409 words

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Tigers ready to pounce
PREMIERS Wollongong Bulldogs remain on alert as Northern Districts chase a first premiership in 30 years in Saturday's South Coast AFL grand final at North Dalton Park.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     410 words

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Team rams home its advantage
MATTHEW Clark and his team at RAMS Home Loan Centre Wollongong have been recognised as the best in Australia at the RAMS National Franchise Awards.
Illawarra Mercury 17/09/2014     no charge     314 words

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Tigers in final thriller
SOUTH Coast AFL has rarely witnessed the jaw-dropping, tension-packed drama to match the Northern Tigers's extra-time victory over Kiama Power in Saturday's Preliminary Final at North Dalton Park.
Illawarra Mercury 01/09/2014     no charge     561 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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Creating a band brand
It began with the search for good coffee, but a Wollongong collective has morphed into a way to fill the city's live music void, writes JOSHUA BUTLER.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     549 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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Girls show delighted crowd quality revue
DANCERS4EVENTS' first major production Destination Showgirl at Anita's Theatre on Saturday was such a success that company founder Natalie Thais Bauer may soon realise a dream.
Illawarra Mercury 17/09/2014     no charge     626 words

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Untimely death prompts crucial donation
A WOLLONGONG medical wholesale business is donating a defibrillator to the Illawarra District Netball Association following the tragic death of a player at the Berkeley courts last month.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     330 words

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Bulldogs rip heart out of brave Tigers
WOLLONGONG Bulldogs remain the kings of South Coast AFL after a third consecutive premiership clinched with a convincing 35-point grand final victory over Northern Districts Tigers at North Dalton Park.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     427 words

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Hunter petrol prices exorbitant
HUNTER motorists are being price gouged at the bowser for the eighth consecutive month as petrol stations and fuel companies try to offset a price war in Sydney.
Newcastle Herald 06/09/2014     no charge     706 words

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Market on increase as record set
A KIAMA duplex has achieved a record price for similar style properties in the area.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     618 words

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Shopping centre gets thumbs up
IRT clients were shown many interesting features during a recent tour of GPT's new shopping centre on the western side of Keira Street.
Illawarra Mercury 02/09/2014     no charge     483 words

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Ambitious project halted
THE curse of Wollongong's most controversial block of land has struck again.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     505 words

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Tough Tigers vow to fight
NORTHERN Districts are one step from a shot at their first premiership in 30 years, while Kiama are chasing a fourth straight grand final spot in Saturday's preliminary final at North Dalton Park.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     466 words

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Theatre in the blood
"Arcadians has always been about a sense of belonging and inclusiveness. When I think of Arcadians, I think of community and passion"
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     1827 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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City's view holds sway
LAST-MINUTE lobbying from Wollongong's acting Lord Mayor Chris Connor has saved the city from "inequitable, undemocratic" laws which would have forced businesses to not only vote in council elections but given them two votes each.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     438 words

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Alert on rising sea levels
A RISE in sea levels of 50 centimetres, predicted to occur this century, would mean a "one-in-100-year flood" would occur every few months, a new report from Australia's Climate Council says.
Illawarra Mercury 18/09/2014     no charge     415 words

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Facing future united
THE Southern Councils Group believes the Illawarra region is well placed to take advantage of the NSW government's proposal for "joint organisations" announced in its "Fit for the Future" package.
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     344 words

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Gourmet food served with a galactic theme
SATURDAY'S Covert Cuisine Gourmet Galaxy dinner at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium in support of Southern Youth and Family Services was another success.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     626 words

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Manor back on the table
JOHN Dorahy says Wollongong City Council has a chance to redeem itself from its "worst decision", after councillors agreed to ask the community what should be done with the vacant part of Gleniffer Brae.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     376 words

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Fashion for homeless at Regent show
MODELS will grace the catwalk for charity on Saturday, with a fashion fund-raiser for a Wollongong homeless service.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     228 words

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'Yes' vote to alcohol at events
WOLLONGONG'S city streets could soon host food festivals, wine tastings or pop-up night markets after councillors agreed to allow up to 40 alcohol-related events to be held each year in alcohol-free zones.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     369 words

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Making the sun shine
"It was bit unusual for academics to start a wine industry Ken Helm
Illawarra Mercury 09/09/2014     no charge     850 words

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Futures stars to light up in Gong
AUSTRALIA'S next Nick Kyrgios could use Wollongong as a stepping stone to the pro circuit when the country's best young talent flocks to the city in November.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     301 words

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Mum's worst nightmare
A WOLLONGONG mum who scooped her toddler from the path of a car which ploughed through a dance studio has described her terrifying ordeal as like a scene from a bad movie.
Illawarra Mercury 04/09/2014     no charge     584 words

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Bowled over by the hair
Simply Savannah is the second of 15 finalists in the Shoot the Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 03/09/2014     no charge     531 words

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Hub thrown a lifeline
THE Wollongong Homeless Hub will survive until at least 2016, after a last-minute funding injection from the state government.
Illawarra Mercury 03/09/2014     no charge     274 words

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Quirky art call to liven 'dull' mall
THE woman who helped select Sydney's controversial "cloud arch" and milk crate sculptures will soon make her mark in Wollongong's Crown Street Mall.
Illawarra Mercury 02/09/2014     no charge     381 words

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Saints intensely focused on final
WOLLONGONG Saints are desperate to beat Penrith for a second time in a fortnight and claim a grand final spot in the Sydney women's division two competition.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     189 words

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Relocation payouts will come to an end
WOLLONGONG residents will no longer be paid thousands of dollars to leave the city, with the NSW government to scrap controversial relocation grants next month.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     281 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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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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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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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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Hawks ready for Blitz
THEY didn't go all the way back to the drawing board, but the Wollongong Hawks have ploughed through a stack of homework ahead of this weekend's NBL Blitz in Brisbane.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     406 words

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Activists push global climate demonstration
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott may not be going to the United Nations summit on climate change held in New York, but Wollongong residents will travel to Flagstaff Hill on Sunday for an event to coincide with the summit.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     166 words

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Corey's out to strike while the iron is hot
IN an off-season of change at Sydney FC, few have benefited more than Corey Gameiro.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     635 words

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Freedom from ties that bind
"In Tess' pose she is cutting the string to society and being her own person
Illawarra Mercury 18/09/2014     no charge     524 words

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Cafe opens amid mall revamp
CROWN Street Mall businesses have struggled for months to cope with the dust, noise and lack of trade caused by controversial refurbishment works along the city strip.
Illawarra Mercury 18/09/2014     no charge     331 words

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Framing the best cut
Duality is the eighth of 15 finalists in the 2014 Shoot the Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 17/09/2014     no charge     709 words

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Dreams can come true
Cinderella is the sixth of 15 finalists in the Shoot The Hairdresser photographic contest.
Illawarra Mercury 16/09/2014     no charge     503 words

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Dementia-friendly future
During Dementia Awareness Month throughout September, Alzheimer's Australia, with support of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW, is calling on the community to join them in creating a dementia-friendly nation - that is, creating communities where people living with dementia are respected, valued and supported to maintain a good quality of life.
Illawarra Mercury 15/09/2014     no charge     521 words

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Parks review planned
WOLLONGONG City Council has revealed plans to conduct a wide-ranging review of its tourist accommodation parks in a bid to shore them up for the future.
Illawarra Mercury 15/09/2014     no charge     365 words

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Seeing health from stress
Artique Glimpse is the sixth of 15 finalists in the Shoot The Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     463 words

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Focus put on healthy workplaces
THE Illawarra Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse Committee is hosting a free corporate cocktail evening for business leaders on September 30 to highlight the importance of recognising mental health in the workplace.
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     297 words

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Inner elements exposed in clever collaboration
"Hairdressers are very creative - they listen to their clients' advice and input Stacey Thomas
Illawarra Mercury 11/09/2014     no charge     492 words

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Bat and ball skills on curriculum
ILLAWARRA cricket clubs are taking the game to schools in their community to increase participation from our youngest first-time players.
Illawarra Mercury 11/09/2014     no charge     283 words

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University in line for honours
UNIVERSITY of Wollongong's Univative program has been named a finalist at this year's NSW International Student Awards.
Illawarra Mercury 11/09/2014     no charge     339 words

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Noticeboard
COUNCIL WINS AWARD
Illawarra Mercury 09/09/2014     no charge     78 words

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A blooming good idea
Flagstaff In Full Bloom is the fourth of the finalists to feature in the Shoot The Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 09/09/2014     no charge     502 words

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Sharing history honours the past
ILLAWARRA history buffs have the chance to delve deeper into the story of World War I this week as the region celebrates History Week 2014.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     276 words

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Saints fall to season nemesis
WOLLONGONG Saints led at half-time but were beaten by minor premiers Southern Power in Sunday's Sydney Womens Division Two grand final at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     156 words

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Jumpin' Jahii sets Hawks fans abuzz
PRESEASON trial games aren't a perfect gauge, but Wollongong Hawks recruit Jahii Carson ticked all the boxes in a sparkling debut on Saturday night at the Snakepit.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     389 words

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Transport focus for councils
THERE were no surprises when representatives from the Illawarra's four councils gathered to list the region's infrastructure priorities, with four long-awaited road and rail projects making the list.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     316 words

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Port's run put to test
PORT Kembla striker Nuno Pires believes a return to the form which saw his side claim the title double last campaign can guide them to victory in their elimination final against South Coast United on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     445 words

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Alcohol exemptions to lure major events
WOLLONGONG City Council hopes to make way for up to 40 major events to be held in the city centre each year by seeking an exemption from established alcohol-free zones.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     210 words

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Carson debuts for Hawks
THE Wollongong Hawks will unleash their exciting new double act in Saturday night's trial game at the Snakepit.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     386 words

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Kate key toSaints' victory
WOLLONGONG Saints skipper Leanne Kidd believes their youngest player Kate Stanton can be the matchwinner in Sunday's Sydney Women's Division Two grand final against unbeaten Southern Power at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     307 words

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Little ways to help out
The Littlest Client is the third of 15 finalists in the Shoot the Hairdresser photographic competition.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     525 words

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Industrial lot attracts new interest
WOLLONGONG City Council hopes to place a large piece of Bellambi industrial land on the market, nearly four years after it agreed to sell the block to troubled mining company Gujarat NRE Coking Coal.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     215 words

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ED times fall short of targets
NEARLY 35,000 people visited emergency departments at hospitals throughout the Illawarra and Shoalhaven between April and June, and 70 per cent of them left within four hours.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     453 words

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Call for public ideas on manor house use
WOLLONGONG City Council will seek suggestions from the public on how best to use the vacant part of Gleniffer Brae manor house, if councillors accept a staff recommendation.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     272 words

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History made
WOLLONGONG Olympic Junior Football Club is hailing one of the club's greatest achievements after winning the under-14 NSW State Cup competition.
Illawarra Mercury 04/09/2014     no charge     208 words

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Fun day of indulgence for very worthy cause
THE second annual Care & Share for Autism Ladies Day is coming to Towradgi Beach Hotel on September 15.
Illawarra Mercury 03/09/2014     no charge     671 words

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Car in dance hall smash
FOUR people, including two toddlers, were injured on Tuesday when a car ploughed through a popular Wollongong dance studio.
Illawarra Mercury 03/09/2014     no charge     412 words

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Our school
EDMUND Rice College is a Catholic Boys' High School specialising in boys' education since 1926.
Illawarra Mercury 02/09/2014     no charge     183 words

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Off-peak travellers likely to lose out without new card
AS daily public transport commuters figure out whether they will end up ahead or behind under the Opal card system, one group that appears certain to lose out is occasional off-peak train travellers.
Illawarra Mercury 02/09/2014     no charge     229 words

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A head for hairdressing
Head Space is a finalist in Shoot the Hairdresser, a photographic competition aimed at raising awareness about mental illness.
Illawarra Mercury 02/09/2014     no charge     548 words

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Treeless zone concern
WOLLONGONG Greens councillor Jill Merrin has criticised new rules allowing landowners to clear vegetation near their houses, saying she wants to see the laws suspended until full scientific reviews of their effects take place.
Illawarra Mercury 02/09/2014     no charge     357 words

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Charles voted South Coast's topDog
WOLLONGONG Bulldogs head into grand final week with the AFL competition's outstanding player, after Tom Charles won the top award at Saturday night's presentation.
Illawarra Mercury 01/09/2014     no charge     184 words

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Run for Parkinson's
A FUN run for Parkinson's disease brought 120 people to Stuart Park on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 01/09/2014     no charge     241 words

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Saints go marching to ultimate showdown
WOLLONGONG Saints survived their toughest test outside of matches against arch-rivals Southern Power to beat Penrith by 28 points and qualify for Sunday's grand final in Sydney women's division two.
Illawarra Mercury 01/09/2014     no charge     282 words

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Theft of car ends in crash
THE head of the NSW Taxi Council has condemned the knifepoint carjacking of a Wollongong taxi driver as a "cowardly attack".
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     293 words

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From the web
Neutrality doubtful
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     284 words

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Sale seen as positive for hotel sector
AN "astute hotelier" has snapped up Wollongong watering hole Dicey Riley's, paying $5.4 million for the hotel at auction.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     197 words

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Dahl favourite off Aldi shelves
WOLLONGONG booklovers are baffled at Aldi's decision to remove Roald Dahl's beloved book Revolting Rhymes from shelves due to its use of the word "slut".
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     192 words

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Goorjian, McLeod renew acquaintance
WOLLONGONG Hawks coach Gordie McLeod will match wits with NBL coaching legend Brian Goorjian next weekend at the Snakepit.
Illawarra Mercury 29/08/2014     no charge     327 words

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Smorgasbord of new dining precinct options
A BAKERY, pasta bar, frozen yoghurt shop and yet another Thai restaurant will open along Keira Street as part of GPT's $200 million Wollongong Central expansion.
Illawarra Mercury 29/08/2014     no charge     292 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Staging tribute for Jay
"In all honesty, the magic of the band was in the line-up with Jay
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     625 words

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Radio doctors extend reach in the region
THE region's radio doctor service has expanded into the Kiama Municipality and at the same time extended its reach north to Scarborough.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     314 words

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Tournamentaction to be hot 'n' heavy
HAYDEN from Compleat Angler Illawarra at Windang said last weekend's great weather saw a lot of the locals get in for an early fish before the school holidaymakers arrive on Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     216 words

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Psaras ready to rumble
AS he prepares to end a 14-month hiatus from the ring, Wollongong middleweight Steve Psaras believes he has a trump card in his corner in former world champion and boxing legend Shannan Taylor.
Illawarra Mercury 18/09/2014     no charge     374 words

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Who'll be crowned champs?
STRUGGLING to find your voice during the NRL finals?
Illawarra Mercury 18/09/2014     no charge     946 words

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Apps rewarded for dedication
COUNTLESS hours on the Princes Highway will be worthwhile when women's rugby league's newest star Kezie Apps makes her international debut in Wollongong in November.
Illawarra Mercury 18/09/2014     no charge     361 words

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Blinged bra embellishes bright idea
BRAS adorned with feathers and flowers, beads and buttons - even one with more than 2000 matches - featured in the Illawarra's inaugural Bling A Bra competition.
Illawarra Mercury 17/09/2014     no charge     376 words

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On the street
With the Union Jack under threat from Scottish independence, do you think it's time for the Australian flag to change too? Q
Illawarra Mercury 17/09/2014     no charge     95 words

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Dig reveals layers of hotel's history
THERE are no mummies or crystal skulls but the archaeological excavation of the former Oxford Tavern site in Wollongong is uncovering some interesting finds.
Illawarra Mercury 16/09/2014     no charge     338 words

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Hawks get wake-up
WOLLONGONG left their comeback too late in Saturday's trial against arch rivals Sydney at Moss Vale Basketball Stadium.
Illawarra Mercury 15/09/2014     no charge     406 words

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Street survivor: Listen to children
SOME of Cody Shanahan's first memories are of walking the streets, rummaging through garbage bins to find stale bread and fruit scraps to feed himself and his younger sister.
Illawarra Mercury 15/09/2014     no charge     479 words

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Hawks' fitness finely tuned
AS they intensify preparations for the 2014-15 NBL season, the Wollongong Hawks are making good use of their new alliance with the University of Wollongong Recreation and Aquatic Centre (URAC).
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     257 words

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Roller Hawks hit semis
PARALYMPIAN Brett Stibners led the Wollongong Roller Hawks to season-ending victories over Victoria last weekend at the Snakepit.
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     185 words

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Law halves taxi fare surcharge
TAXI passengers who pay by credit card will get cheaper fares under new NSW laws passed on Wednesday.
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     239 words

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Two-vote proposal likely to be ditched
WOLLONGONG councillors have welcomed news the state government is reconsidering a bill giving business owners two votes in local government elections.
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     272 words

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Country's cruelty a shame
In 2009 I had the good fortune to travel through Iran, visiting so many beautiful historical places such as Persepolis, Isfahan, and Yazd.
Illawarra Mercury 12/09/2014     no charge     532 words

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It's OK to talk about depression
MICHAELA Morgan had a solid job, a strong family and was about to head off on a long-awaited overseas trip, yet she couldn't shake an overwhelming feeling of sadness.
Illawarra Mercury 11/09/2014     no charge     224 words

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Trial aims to save power for less well-off
A JOINT $3.5 million program to improve the energy efficiency of low-income earners' homes in the Illawarra was launched on Wednesday.
Illawarra Mercury 11/09/2014     no charge     219 words

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Wests' expansion continues
WESTS Illawarra is making another grab for land near its Unanderra club, requesting Wollongong City Council sell them a site currently under its control.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     207 words

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Safety in numbers for stroke prevention
VISITORS to Crown Street Mall were offered a Know Your Numbers health check on Tuesday as part of National Stroke Week.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     236 words

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Time to move on, but heart in Illawarra
AFTER nine years as Novotel Wollongong Northbeach general manager, Walter Immoos is leaving the role to spend more time with his wife, Sylvia, at home in Berry.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     282 words

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Price rort drives new motorist campaign on Facebook
PRICE-GOUGING oil companies and petrol stations have a new enemy, and it's sitting behind the wheel of every car on every Hunter road.
Newcastle Herald 10/09/2014     no charge     444 words

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trackwork
2am Monday, September 22, to 2am Friday, September 26, - buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 10/09/2014     no charge     38 words

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Support helping research for cure
ILLAWARRA residents who have embraced the ice bucket challenge are being urged to make sure their donations stay in Australia.
Illawarra Mercury 09/09/2014     no charge     435 words

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Stop rot with early election
Mr Baird, please put NSW out of its misery, call an early election before any more on both sides of the political fence are outed by the ICAC.
Illawarra Mercury 09/09/2014     no charge     502 words

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Test call beckons Red V's seven
SEVEN St George Illawarra players will chase the opportunity to play a Test at WIN Stadium when the Four Nations tournament hits Wollongong on November 9.
Illawarra Mercury 09/09/2014     no charge     352 words

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On the street
What do the Dragons need to do to start playing finals football again? Q
Illawarra Mercury 09/09/2014     no charge     75 words

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Dog owners form pack
NORTHERN Illawarra dog owners are joining forces and preparing to fight for their off-leash beaches in the face of controversial changes to Wollongong City Council's dogs on beaches policy.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     386 words

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Funds jazz up school graduation
YEAR 12 students at Para Meadows School will be looking dapper in their suits at their end-of-year formal thanks to the fund-raising efforts of another Illawarra high school.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     167 words

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Kids' playground ideas sought
IN a corner of Stuart Park, safely away from the road, children spend their morning pretending to be pirates on the ship-themed play equipment.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     257 words

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Escarpment walk gets a push
AFTER four decades of waiting, a working party could lead to the creation of a walking track across the escarpment and down to Nowra, said Wollongong City Councillor George Takacs.
Illawarra Mercury 08/09/2014     no charge     408 words

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THE GREAT HUNTER PETROL PIP-OFF
THE long-running Hunter fuel price gouge has entered its eighth month with the country's consumer and competition watchdogs saying only "people power" will stop it.
Newcastle Herald 06/09/2014     no charge     132 words

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Mary's the man for Dragons now
DRAGONS 2010 premiership hero Nathan Fien says the time has come for the Dragons to move on from the Wayne Bennett era.
Newcastle Herald 06/09/2014     no charge     534 words

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Blurred lines, but sharp in detail
Flow it and it will reward you. Push it and it will fight back like a good passive-aggressive.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     875 words

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Rams ready for 'turf' war
CAMDEN coach Brendan Schoupp shrugged off suggestions the Rams have received a raw deal with the scheduling of Sunday's minor semi-final against the Wollongong Vikings.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     452 words

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Red V setfor Mary's reign
A PREMIERSHIP hero in 2010, Nathan Fien says the time has come for St George Illawarra to move on from the Wayne Bennett era once and for all.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     562 words

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Selection shuffle as head office joins in
"As this preselection process is a matter for the Labor Party, I will not be making any further public comment until the ballot is determined Anna Watson
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     403 words

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KAFTA a poisoned chalice
We can only hope and pray that our Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and every other Australian senator votes against the acceptance of the Korean Australian Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) when it comes before the Senate in coming weeks.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     525 words

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On the street
What are you doing for Father's Day on Sunday? Q
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     109 words

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Junkyard is man's castle
THEY say "if you can't beat them, join them", but Julius Kudrynski was never one to do things by the book.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     386 words

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Death in park still amystery
A SYDNEY man who was found dead with his hands tied behind his back in the Royal National Park had driven to the remote location with two men he had met recently on a gay social networking site.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     370 words

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Surf's up for mums and dads
A GROUP of Illawarra mums is proving you don't have to give up doing what you love when kids come along.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     241 words

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Take TWO
We almost had parallel experiences with music - we both started playing pretty early on.
Illawarra Mercury 06/09/2014     no charge     678 words

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Housing projects stalled
WORK has remained at a standstill at housing projects in Bellambi and Wollongong as the developer continues to battle two contractors in court.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     312 words

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Awards to celebrate excellence
THE first judges' meeting was held this week for the Momentum Energy Illawarra Business Awards.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     225 words

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Mall to feature six new stores
SPORTS, street and surfwear will dominate the fashion floors in the Wollongong Central expansion, with developer GPT announcing six new stores to open in the complex next month.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     162 words

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Clean energy deniers
In case anyone is in doubt what the Warburton Review is, clean energy has been so popular and successful that it is destroying the profits of coal and gas companies.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     449 words

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On the street
What stores would you like to see in the new Wollongong shopping mall? Q
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     68 words

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Extra lane possible for motorway
THE NSW government is considering adding a third downhill lane to the M1 Princes Motorway - ending at the base of Mount Ousley.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     165 words

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Violence up as axe falls
DOMESTIC assault was one of few crime categories on the increase in the Illawarra, yet a successful domestic violence outreach service is to be axed under state government reforms.
Illawarra Mercury 05/09/2014     no charge     346 words

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Weather delays mall opening to October
"But the contractor is moving heaven and earth to achieve that October 31 deadline. Mike Hyde
Illawarra Mercury 04/09/2014     no charge     371 words

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Jordan takes top gong
ILLAWARRA District Junior Rugby has honoured Campbelltown's Jordan Ieremia as the NSW Country Junior Player of the Year.
Illawarra Mercury 04/09/2014     no charge     168 words

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Crash studio plans to reopen
THE owners of Dancespace 383 are determined to resume classes as soon as possible after a car smashed through the Wollongong dance studio on Tuesday morning.
Illawarra Mercury 04/09/2014     no charge     301 words

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McDonald's planned within cooee of rival
MULTINATIONAL fast-food giant McDonald's has lodged plans to build another Illawarra outlet, less than 400 metres from Haywards Bay Hungry Jacks.
Illawarra Mercury 04/09/2014     no charge     288 words

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On the street
Would you do the ice bucket challenge?Q
Illawarra Mercury 04/09/2014     no charge     116 words

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Women, children hurt in crash
Two women and two children were injured when a car crashed into a dance studio in Wollongong on Tuesday. Emergency services were called to the Dancespace383 studio on Glebe Street just after 11am. A woman, aged 30, and an 18-month-old child were hit by the car in the building and taken to Wollongong Hospital in serious condition. Another woman, aged 42, and a two-year-old child were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The driver, an 83-year-old man, was taken to hospital for mandatory blood ...
Sydney Morning Herald 03/09/2014     no charge     93 words

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Bound man dead in park
A MAN has been found dead with his hands bound by a belt in the Royal National Park near Otford.
Illawarra Mercury 03/09/2014     no charge     301 words

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Work starts on access bridge
WORK has started on the second bridge at Shone Avenue as part of Wollongong City Council's West Dapto Access Strategy.
Illawarra Mercury 03/09/2014     no charge     228 words

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Men polishing up for a big issue
A GROUP of male University of Wollongong academics has needed a little polish to highlight a big issue.
Illawarra Mercury 02/09/2014     no charge     372 words

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Message in march
MORE than 500 people marched through Wollongong on Sunday in protest of recent federal government reforms and policies.
Illawarra Mercury 01/09/2014     no charge     385 words

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LONG WAIT OVER
FOR more than 25 years they've patiently waited and, on Saturday, they'll finally get their reward.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     528 words

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ENTERTAINMENT
FILM
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     63 words

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Opal emerges after 15 years of digging
"The NSW government has been able to learn from other electronic ticketing rollouts around the world
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     1350 words

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Car 'reached 170km/h' before crash
A 34-YEAR-OLD Liverpool man has been charged after two police pursuits and crashing his car in the Illawarra on Wednesday night.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     299 words

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Pink hair raises awareness
LAST December Novotel Wollongong Northbeach human resources manager Emily Squires lost her father to a mental health condition.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     455 words

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Bed 5 Bath 2 Parking 2 Land 546sqm
This large home with a flexible floor plan offers a lifestyle opportunity in a premier location.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     88 words

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Heartfelt scribble ends in angry words
A WOLLONGONG man has been released on strict bail accused of having an angry outburst towards police after he was caught partaking in an age-old expression of love.
Illawarra Mercury 30/08/2014     no charge     171 words

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AROUND THE CLUBS
MARK from Kiama Game FC said club members fished the weekend and found the tuna ready to play ball, while club boat ProFishEnt came good on a solid yellowfin in 400 fathoms with water temps at 17.3 degrees.
Illawarra Mercury 29/08/2014     no charge     330 words

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Electrical surge causes office fire
FIRE ripped through the office of an Oak Flats mechanical workshop on Saturday, causing its roof to collapse.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     106 words

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Heritage register bid for hub of old town centre
ONE of Wollongong's oldest government buildings - the former telegraph and post office on Market Street - could be up for a listing on the state's heritage register.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     281 words

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trackwork
South Coast line
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     20 words

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Red-hot Newcastle end Cutters' season
THE Illawarra Cutters' season came to a close in disappointing fashion.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     249 words

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First home incentives drive sales
FIRST home buyers across much of the Lower Hunter have pocketed more than $12 million in government grants and concessions in a year, with the take-up highest in suburbs including Gillieston Heights and Edgeworth, figures show.
Newcastle Herald 22/09/2014     no charge     308 words

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surf
Swell size: 1.3-1.8 metres
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     41 words

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Love's bond renewed in special Mass
WITH 3583 years of wedded bliss behind them 79 Illawarra couples and their families celebrated lasting love at a special Marriage Anniversaries Mass of thanksgiving.
Illawarra Mercury 22/09/2014     no charge     420 words

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HAPPY IN HER OWN SKIN
The once-obsessed Missy Higgins has found a 'nice balance' in life. She talks to CRAIG MATHIESON about music, love and an imminent addition to her world.
Sun Herald 21/09/2014     no charge     1442 words

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Time for harbour to become a haven
Support is growing to declare Sydney Harbour a Recreational Fishing Haven.
Sun Herald 21/09/2014     no charge     396 words

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Take TWO
I've been singing since the age of zero, basically.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     674 words

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Bed 4/5 Bath 2 Parking 2 MOUNT KEMBLA Land size: 2698sqm
Set on 2698sqm of level, north-facing land with bushland views, this perfect entertainer's home offers an expansive open floor plan.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     102 words

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Keeping volunteers motivated
THEY say a good man is hard to find - or in the case of many volunteer organisations, hard to keep.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     305 words

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Hodkinson's experience now critical
HAVING overcome Melbourne's fearsome Queensland contingent, Canterbury's NSW State of Origin heroes have Maroons playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans firmly in their sights.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     522 words

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Port's focus is on Fury
THE idea of meeting Bulli in a second consecutive decider isn't one that's lost on Port coach Stuart Beedie, but he is adamant the defending premiers must first keep their full focus on securing their passage in Sunday's preliminary final against Dapto Dandaloo Fury.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     416 words

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Acting up in spirit of Christmas
ILLAWARRA kids can get a dose of the theatrical these school holidays via a new drama workshop for budding thespians.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     308 words

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surf
Swell size: 2-2.1 metres
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     34 words

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Droll Dave will be missed
I was saddened to learn that film reviewers Margaret Pomeranz and Dave Stratton have pulled down the curtain on their TV show.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     555 words

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From the web
Show more respect
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     267 words

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Uni told to leave footprint
UNIVERSITY coach Shaun McCreedy challenged the Mallee Bulls to "leave a footprint" when they lock horns with the Camden Rams in Saturday's grand final at WIN Stadium.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     525 words

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Rams' winning formula in place for Mallee Bulls
IF grand final experience counts for anything, Camden will take a decisive advantage into Saturday's showdown with University at WIN Stadium.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     372 words

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Bed 4  Bath 2 Land size: 684sqm SHELLHARBOUR Parking 3
Offering an exclusive coastal location in a sought-after street, this modern residence with ocean views is just a short stroll to beaches, cafes and walkways. Set over three levels, features include a stone-top gourmet kitchen, a large open-plan living area and a dining room with outdoor access. Enjoy the upper-level parents' retreat with its private balcony, en suite and walk-in wardrobes, plus a lower-level rumpus, laundry, bathroom and undercover entertaining area with sunken spa bath. There ...
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     100 words

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Size: 50sqm Parking: 1 FAIRY MEADOW
This ground floor retail shop space is within the newly developed, bustling centre of Fairy Meadow. The shop features a glass shopfront, offering maximum street exposure. The current tenant, a thriving optometrist, is relocating to a larger premises next door. There is a convenient car park at the rear of the property. Adjacent to Woolworths and surrounded by a variety of commercial and retail businesses, the shop is available from early October, 2014.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     87 words

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Spaceback a little charmer
Familiarity does not breed contempt because the execution that worked so well for the parent also works fine for the various children.
Illawarra Mercury 20/09/2014     no charge     848 words

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New safety rules increase costs and red tape for pool owners
Hoping to get a backyard swimming pool certified as safe in time for an end of summer sale? Either sell before the compulsory new pool inspection regime begins in late April, or start the time-consuming and costly process now.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/09/2014     no charge     470 words

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Tumbleweed may hang up guitars
A death in the band could spell the end for Tumbleweed, writes Peter Vincent.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/09/2014     no charge     481 words

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AROUND THE CLUBS
MARK from Kiama Game FC said John Kondrackas got amongst the snapper again and weighed a nice 2.8kg reddie.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     515 words

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Street rally by workers
ILLAWARRA disability workers will again take to the streets on Friday to protest state government plans to privatise the sector.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     315 words

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Tells us truth on dog areas
Wollongong City Council propose on their website to close down all current beach off-leash areas in the northern suburbs except for very early and late in the day. A new off-leash area is proposed in West Dapto 30 kilometres from Little Austinmer.
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     526 words

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surf
Swell size: 1.8-1.9m
Illawarra Mercury 19/09/2014     no charge     35 words

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