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At the opening of Wollongong council's youth week art exhibition Contact us
If you would like your social event featured in the Illawarra Mercury, email details to events@illawarramercury.com.au, including your name and mobile phone number. This is a free service and publication is not guaranteed.
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     36 words

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At the Wollongong Hawks' gala dinner Contact us
If you would like your social event featured in the Illawarra Mercury, please email the details to events@illawarramercury.com.au, including your name and mobile phone number. This is a free service and publication is not guaranteed.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     38 words

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Wollongong City athletes deliver medal haul
WOLLONGONG City won a host of medals including several gold at the NSW Little Athletics State Championships at Sydney Olympic Park.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     329 words

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Wollongong claim top Illawarra Pennants honours at The Links
A SERIES of nail-biting matches decided the Illawarra Pennant finals at The Links Shell Cove on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 01/04/2014     no charge     246 words

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Gallant horseman
"Tell troops I highly appreciate their exertions" Lord Kitchener
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     1051 words

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Take TWO
What I like about Stuart is that he is a big-picture person who can look beyond his own job
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     687 words

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Star gazer looks back
In the 1970s, I decided to try and take this idea of science through astronomy further
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     1191 words

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Workforce make-up continues to change
"It appears that the traditional mining and manufacturing jobs are being replaced by employment in a range of sectors
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     722 words

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Options in the centre
A new development featuring Torrens title semi-detached homes in central Kiama is now selling off the plan through Ray White Kiama and Vodaland.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     786 words

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Radical Gong revealed
WOLLONGONG has a radical, activist history that challenges anywhere else in the country, Woonona author John Rainford says.
Illawarra Mercury 26/03/2014     no charge     283 words

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Clean-cut craving met with benefit to charity
SOUTHERN Classic Cars Group credit controller Renee Cockburn raised more than $5000 to help people with blood-related cancers during the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.
Illawarra Mercury 23/04/2014     no charge     737 words

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Office was 'in decline'
A SHOPFRONT service for veterans is being closed in Wollongong and reborn in Nowra to bring the assistance closer to an Australian Defence Force base, according to the government department behind the change.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     406 words

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Closure of Gong vets' office political: MPs
ILLAWARRA Labor MPs have condemned as a "political move" the federal government's decision to close a shopfront Wollongong veterans' affairs service.
Illawarra Mercury 16/04/2014     no charge     386 words

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Word getting around about Lagoon award
LAGOON Seafood Restaurant is already enjoying the benefits of being named Australia's favourite restaurant in the nation's biggest people's choice restaurant awards.
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     675 words

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Trentham sale online
One of Mangerton's most prestigious homes - "Trentham" at 31 Hilltop Avenue - is about to go on the market.
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     746 words

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Astronomer leaves permanent legacy
THE man whose dogged determination helped Wollongong establish its own science centre and planetarium retired on Friday after 44 years employed by the University of Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     442 words

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Metis sells off the plan
Peter Taranto Real Estate is officially launching their newest residential development today - the Metis Apartments at North Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     770 words

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Rival codes up the ante in turf war
HOSTING an historic Test in Wollongong is a remarkable coup and long overdue for one of rugby league's great heartlands.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     669 words

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Two charged with affray
TWO men have been charged after they allegedly stabbed each other during a dispute in Wollongong on Wednesday night.
Illawarra Mercury 04/04/2014     no charge     145 words

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Newest angel grows wings over weekend
ANGELS at Work is growing more wings in 2014.
Illawarra Mercury 02/04/2014     no charge     728 words

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Wildcats outclass Hawks to advance
COURAGEOUS and committed to the very end, the Wollongong Hawks were knocked out of the NBL title race by Perth on Sunday at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Illawarra Mercury 31/03/2014     no charge     671 words

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New delights cooking in waterfront precinct
WOLLONGONG'S newest eatery opens on Wednesday.
Illawarra Mercury 26/03/2014     no charge     729 words

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Navy vets reunite to remember Vietnam
VIETNAM War infantry conscripts were often only 19, as Redgum's song reminds us.
Illawarra Mercury 24/04/2014     no charge     806 words

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Following the heritage trail
WOLLONGONG has a history to rival almost anywhere in Australia - but sometimes it takes a special tour to remind us.
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     328 words

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DVD gives insight into Aboriginal perspective
When Illawarra Koori Women's Group and Illawarra Women's Health Centre launched a Healing Hearts DVD in Albion Park last week, the woman who was the first Aboriginal person to serve in the NSW Parliament was among the most impressed.
Illawarra Mercury 16/04/2014     no charge     697 words

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Mayor firm against rezoning campaign
WOLLONGONG Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery has said the council will not bow down to a campaign to rezone 18 hectares of industrial land at Kembla Grange, despite a new social media push to allow the change to go ahead.
Illawarra Mercury 14/04/2014     no charge     481 words

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Kiama keeping faith in behind-the-ball tactics
KIAMA and Bomaderry will use the other as a measuring stick in Saturday's round-three South Coast AFL clash at Bonaira Oval.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     371 words

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Recalling the lost village of Sherbrooke
AN entire village lies forgotten at the bottom of Cataract Dam. On Sunday, the history of once-thriving Sherbrooke will be retraced as part of Wollongong's Heritage Festival.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     410 words

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Your paper is on the move
AFTER a decade at its Auburn Street location, the Illawarra Mercury is moving to a new home.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     239 words

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B-Mozall fired up over Test at home
AS a premiership and World Cup winner, Dragons winger Brett Morris ticked off most career milestones but said a Test appearance at WIN Stadium would rank among his greatest moments.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     341 words

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Stores must act on plastic
I note that there have been a number of comments from folk who clearly see the convenience of single-use plastic bags.
Illawarra Mercury 01/04/2014     no charge     531 words

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Registry closes despite social media outcry
A SPIRITED social media campaign that attracted more than 900 followers has failed to stop the closure of the Wollongong Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     218 words

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Accelerator for whole community: innovator
A WORLD leader in cultivating new technology entrepreneurs flew in from Canada this week to tell Wollongong to get right behind the city's new business accelerator.
Illawarra Mercury 28/03/2014     no charge     307 words

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Miners' safety given priority
RE "Mining conditions inhuman" (Brian Johnson, Mercury, April 22). At West Cliff mine, the current workings are 500 metres underground and approximately 15 kilometres from entry. Modern mining methods make coalmining a much safer occupation than years ago and this, in conjunction with extensive training, means workers can go to work with confidence.
Illawarra Mercury 24/04/2014     no charge     538 words

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'Bumper' crowds flock to Sunday Mass
THE Catholic Church has welcomed an overflow of parishioners into its four Wollongong churches as thousands gathered on Sunday to mark one of the religion's most sacred days.
Illawarra Mercury 21/04/2014     no charge     187 words

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Healthy club legacy handed on
MORE than 300 family members and supporters gathered to celebrate a tremendous season of Wollongong City Nippers at the club's presentation day.
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     537 words

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Long-time chief hands over reins
PETER Buckley has been appointed general manager of the Wollongong operations for Thomas & Coffey.
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     473 words

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Easter's blood bunnies save lives
YOU can enjoy dark chocolate bunnies and eggs guilt-free this Easter, as long as you give blood to help stem a looming shortage over the holiday period.
Illawarra Mercury 16/04/2014     no charge     375 words

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Graffiti charges
POLICE have charged a man in relation to 30 graffiti offences committed in the Wollongong area.
Illawarra Mercury 15/04/2014     no charge     87 words

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Minority youth worker honoured
WOLLONGONG youth worker Arif Khan has received a national award for his support of young refugees and work with Wollongong City Council.
Illawarra Mercury 14/04/2014     no charge     165 words

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ART EXHIBITIONS
ASIAN ART
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     180 words

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Drug supply charges laid
A BARRACK Heights man charged with taking part in the supply of a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs was granted strict bail in Wollongong Local Court yesterday.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     392 words

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Cyclists must do their bit
I understand why the Illawarra Cycle Club wants motorists to keep a one-metre distance between themselves and cyclists, but the responsibility for safety is not just on motorists.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     580 words

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Fine young players lauded
THE Illawarra Junior Cricket Association recognised the outstanding achievements in the representative and district competitions this season at their annual presentation day at The Master Builders Club.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     264 words

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Local MPs sickened over canned inquiry
"OUTRAGEOUS", "disgraceful" and "disgusting" are some of the stinging rebukes Illawarra MPs have levelled over the last-minute cancellation of a Senate inquiry into TAFE in Wollongong on Tuesday.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     325 words

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On the street
Do you cycle to and from work? Q
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     55 words

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Coalition no-show halts TAFE inquiry
A GREENS-BACKED Senate inquiry into the TAFE system, planned for Tuesday in Wollongong, was cancelled at the last minute because not one of the Coalition's 34 senators was available to attend.
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     375 words

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Aerial film unique in perspective
THE University of Wollongong library has published the region's earliest known aerial footage, showing a 1930s bird's eye view of a developing industrial city.
Illawarra Mercury 08/04/2014     no charge     333 words

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Burlesque dancers refine razzle-dazzle charms for finals
THREE Wollongong dancers will vie for top honours in the state final of the Miss Burlesque Australia competition next weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 07/04/2014     no charge     118 words

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Plan aims to get people on bikes
RIDING to work will be twice as common, crashes will be reduced by 25 per cent and cyclists will have access to a large network of new paths and roads under the Wollongong City Council's five-year bike plan.
Illawarra Mercury 04/04/2014     no charge     293 words

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Giving attention to voices that matter
A LITTLE music, a lot of art, a big debate and a big splash of colour - National Youth Week hits Wollongong from Thursday evening, and is set to cause a bit of noise.
Illawarra Mercury 03/04/2014     no charge     226 words

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Focus on faster train trips
IMPROVING rail travel times to Sydney is a focus of the NSW Government's Illawarra Regional Transport Plan.
Illawarra Mercury 03/04/2014     no charge     343 words

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Fears cost-cutting will affect courses
ILLAWARRA TAFE teachers fear the Higher School Certificate course at Wollongong campus will be next in the firing line as a result of widespread cost-cutting.
Illawarra Mercury 01/04/2014     no charge     385 words

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NBA beckons brilliant Ennis
IT remains to be seen if Wollongong has seen the last of import Rotnei Clarke, but the chances of Perth Wildcats sensation James Ennis ever returning to Australia might be remote.
Illawarra Mercury 31/03/2014     no charge     426 words

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Voting model criticised
BUSINESS owners already have enough influence over Wollongong City Council and should not be forced to vote in the 2016 council elections, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery has said.
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     416 words

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Stars join family splash
THE elite Wollongong Wizards triathlon squad will add some star power when the Splash and Dash Festival kicks off in Wollongong on Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     334 words

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Seafood favourite voted best in country
WOLLONGONG can lay claim to having Australia's favourite restaurant.
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     365 words

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Hawksbearnoscars
THE Wollongong Hawks swear they aren't nursing any psychological bruises from last week's semi-final dress rehearsal with Perth.
Illawarra Mercury 28/03/2014     no charge     379 words

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Rates revolt over sewage
LORD Mayor Gordon Bradbery has conceded the council could have done more to limit the threat from flooding on Kembla Street in Wollongong, where properties were inundated by sewage on Monday night.
Illawarra Mercury 28/03/2014     no charge     402 words

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Accused denies knowing about plot to kill lawyer
MICHELLE Sharon Proud has vigorously denied suggestions she helped kill Wollongong solicitor Katie Foreman because of a perceived debt she owed co-accused Wendy Anne Evans, a court has heard.
Illawarra Mercury 27/03/2014     no charge     390 words

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Cliff slippage has residents on edge
THE past month's soaking rains have taken their toll on a cliffside in Wollongong's northern suburbs, where a landslip has brought the edge almost too close for comfort.
Illawarra Mercury 24/04/2014     no charge     497 words

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Club to give kits to help with birthing
ST Mary Star of the Sea students involved in Zonta International's Z Club are ready to help women in Third World countries have safer childbirth experiences.
Illawarra Mercury 23/04/2014     no charge     433 words

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Mining conditions inhuman
No worker should be asked to go underground down a 500-metre shaft then travel 10 kilometres horizontally to their place of work.
Illawarra Mercury 22/04/2014     no charge     474 words

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Anglicans to celebrate Easter down the beach
MORE than 100 Anglicans will celebrate Easter at dawn on Sunday to the sound of wind and waves at Puckeys Beach, North Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     110 words

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Quick SMART
Mitchell Gordon, 30, has become the Bulli and Northern Illawarra Rotary Club's youngest president. He spoke to GEMMA KHAICY about his community work.
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     301 words

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OUT AND ABOUT
WORLD RECORD STORE DAY
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     139 words

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Berry nice lifestyle
KULLAROO at Berry is a perfect spot to enjoy a country lifestyle a few minutes from the ocean.
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     670 words

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EXHIBITIONS
WOLLONGONG JOURNEYS "POP-UP" EXHIBITION
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     104 words

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Take TWO
Only their wives know ... because of the nightmares
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     769 words

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Match-fit Blueys on the march
TARRAWANNA coach Luke McGuire is expecting his side's uninterrupted start to 2014 to play to their advantage on Friday against Fernhill.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     295 words

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Best medicine is music and song
WOLLONGONG Hospital emergency doctor Victor Uwagboe has two passions, medicine and music.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     277 words

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Wires still crossed
IT'S been almost three weeks since Wollongong psychologist Alan Crockford's phone and internet lines went down, and he's been told he may have to wait the same amount of time to get them restored.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     502 words

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Around the traps
THURSDAY
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     347 words

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Drug addict appeals severity of sentence
A MOUNT St Thomas man will appeal against a magistrate's decision to jail him for up to 20 months for a series of crimes he committed while high on prescription medication.
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     402 words

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Workmate stabbed in squabble
AN argument between two workers at a Woonona telecommunications site ended with one hospitalised with a stab wound and the other facing criminal charges, a court has heard.
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     303 words

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University lashes Greens
UNIVERSITY of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings has slammed Greens senator Lee Rhiannon's claims the university is in trouble, calling it "political hyperbole of the worst sort".
Illawarra Mercury 16/04/2014     no charge     307 words

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Cancer council disputes tobacco report
THE NSW Cancer Council has dismissed a recent report claiming illegal tobacco use is on the rise in Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 16/04/2014     no charge     156 words

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Anzac link shaped in education
THE Illawarra Connection (TIC) has secured the Governor of NSW to give the 22nd Annual Hargrave Lecture at its June meeting.
Illawarra Mercury 15/04/2014     no charge     370 words

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Greens slam unishake-up
UNIVERSITY loans may attract interest fees, and targets for students from disadvantaged backgrounds may be scrapped, in a move Greens senator Lee Rhiannon has labelled an "enormous setback" to institutions such as the University of Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 15/04/2014     no charge     256 words

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Blueys aiming to counter dangerous Olympic
RAIN, hail or shine, Blueys coach Luke McGuire knows there is one certainty for his side in the Illawarra Premier League on Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     439 words

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Champions desperate for points
BONNYRIGG White Eagles coach Brian Brown has his squad on high alert ahead of their trip to WIN Stadium on Sunday.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     292 words

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Annie acclaim puts teenager in latest lead
IT was Siena Elchaar's reputation as a stellar performer that earned her the chance to play a leading role in the world premiere of Sinbad The Musical.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     431 words

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Q&A
Miners play the Farmer and the Owl lLaneway Party with King Gizzard and The Walking Who on Sunday. Nicholas from the band gave us the lowdown on their backstory.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     275 words

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Sultan hits the waves
Beloved rock'n'roller Dan Sultan is coming our way in July in a big national tour to launch new album Blackbird. With worthy tour supports in Stonefield and Way Of The Eagle to accompany Dan on the road, he rolls into Waves on July 12.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     334 words

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Driver tells of bad blood
THE getaway driver turned prosecution witness in the 2007 Splashes nightclub shooting has taken the stand in the Supreme Court trial of his alleged accomplices, telling jurors there was bad blood between the deceased, Dragan Sekuljica, and at least one of his accused murderers.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     599 words

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Surf movie scores some local sounds
SOME of Wollongong's finest bands have teamed up to soundtrack a local man's surf safari around the globe.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     296 words

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On the street
Do you consider the Shoalhaven to be part of the Illawarra? Q
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     74 words

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Beautiful noise to sound out at MacCabe Park
SUNDAY is a day of rest, but an outdoor mini-festival will bring new noise to the city this weekend.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     234 words

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Around the traps
THURSDAY
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     340 words

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ACADEMY CORNER
IAS HOST CLUBS NSW ACADEMY GAMES
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     333 words

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Youngsters come out victors in Great Debate of the Ages
IT was young versus old on Wednesday as three teenagers battled some more mature opposition in the "Lord Mayor's Great Debate of the Ages".
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     213 words

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Shoalhaven finds its place in the Illawarra
THE powers that be have drawn a line in the sand, formally welcoming the Shoalhaven into the fold that is the Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     319 words

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Developer sued by subbies
AN Illawarra property developer has been accused of failing to pay several contractors who worked on his housing projects in Bellambi and Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     468 words

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Aged malts sway young
"I'd say the old previous image of whisky was an old man's drink
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     472 words

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Hearing to be rescheduled, but little consolation
THE Education and Employment Reference committee hearing will be rescheduled, but there is small consolation and much disappointment for those who were slated to address Tuesday's meeting.
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     205 words

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Libraries face closure
PUBLIC libraries are in a fight for survival and their current funding model is "broken beyond repair".
Illawarra Mercury 08/04/2014     no charge     285 words

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Push to act against CSG
WOLLONGONG City Council is set to lead the state's 23 mining-affected councils in a stronger stance against coal seam gas mining, with staff proposing councillors rule out exploration in drinking water catchment areas.
Illawarra Mercury 07/04/2014     no charge     208 words

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Timetable adds urgency to search for new digs
WOLLONGONG Eisteddfod is on the hunt for a new home.
Illawarra Mercury 07/04/2014     no charge     214 words

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Chairman of the boards: Morris goes above and beyond
Brett Morris' breath-taking try against Cronulla was no fluke  it was a shining example of talent meeting hard work, writes Brad Walter.
Sydney Morning Herald 05/04/2014     no charge     899 words

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Winning auctioneer set for prized abode
SYDNEY auctioneer Damien Cooley holds the Australian record for the highest price for a house at auction and he's twice performed a winning auction on reality show The Block.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     516 words

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Slippery inaweof modern athletes
HOURS spent practising leaping and diving from spring-loaded floorboards at a Wollongong gym helped Brett Morris score the try that his famous father Steve describes as the best he has seen.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     850 words

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New bridge links university campus
A NEW bridge linking the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus with Montague Street in North Wollongong was officially opened by Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings and Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery on Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     107 words

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Big month of music for locals
Record Store Day is coming up on April 19, and the city's favourite vinyl shop is again gearing up for a big one. Music Farmers will host a whole day of music alongside the special RSD vinyl releases, with acts including Step-Panther, UK one-man band Hank Haint, locals The Escarpment and more to play through the day.
Illawarra Mercury 04/04/2014     no charge     439 words

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Accused blames mother
A GIRL who described being coached with a pornographic video during a sexual assault when she was seven or eight years old was exposed to adult videos at the brothels where her mother worked, and not as a result of any assault, the man defending the allegations has told Wollongong District Court.
Illawarra Mercury 04/04/2014     no charge     477 words

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Girl visited brothels: court
A GIRL who described being coached with a pornographic video during a sexual assault when she was seven or eight years old was exposed to adult videos at the brothels where her mother worked, and not as a result of any assault, the man defending the allegations has told Wollongong District Court.
Illawarra Mercury 04/04/2014     no charge     477 words

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Son hurt by mix-up with mother's plot
SAYING goodbye to his mother was hard enough for Dapto's Jamie Venters; now an administrative mix-up by Wollongong City Council has forced him to relive the pain.
Illawarra Mercury 04/04/2014     no charge     365 words

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Court hears Splashes killing a family feud
THE Supreme Court trial of four men accused of planning and carrying out the 2007 Splashes nightclub shooting has begun in Sydney, with jurors told the alleged catalyst for the killing was an unpaid debt that spiralled into a feud between two Wollongong families.
Illawarra Mercury 03/04/2014     no charge     542 words

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Internet still off for many
TELSTRA is expecting to have the last of 3500 Wollongong internet connections that went down on Saturday reconnected by Friday.
Illawarra Mercury 02/04/2014     no charge     373 words

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Skydive the Beach aims for shiny new premises
SKYDIVE the Beach has revealed plans to upgrade its North Wollongong headquarters, proposing to replace its ageing Stuart Park cottage with a modern administration block at the edge the park.
Illawarra Mercury 02/04/2014     no charge     304 words

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Blood brothers at uni colleges
WOLLONGONG Blood Donor Centre is benefiting from an injection of young blood thanks to some inter-college rivalry at the University of Wollongong.
Illawarra Mercury 01/04/2014     no charge     342 words

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Rain makes itself scarce just in time for festival
MORE than 1000 people took advantage of the outdoors after a week of constant downpour, turning out for the annual Splash 'n' Dash Festival at Belmore Basin.
Illawarra Mercury 31/03/2014     no charge     237 words

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Hold-ups the norm for Tigers shooter
The National Basketball League has had a hold on Chris Goulding this season, literally.
The Sunday Age 30/03/2014     no charge     722 words

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From Russia with love
If you want to become a professional, you have to dedicate everything to ballet
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     1039 words

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Cats wary of deadly duo
WOLLONGONG three-point bombers Oscar Forman and Rotnei Clarke will be marked men when the Hawks host Perth in Sunday's second game of a best-of-three semi-final series.
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     359 words

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Cruel stroke strikes down talented girl
KEIRAVILLE mother Vicky Wharton didn't know children could have strokes - now she is helping her 12-year-old daughter Sarah learn to walk and talk again.
Illawarra Mercury 29/03/2014     no charge     483 words

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Forman won't die wondering
CLAWING their way into the playoffs against the odds is one thing; staring down the meanest bully on the block is another.
Illawarra Mercury 28/03/2014     no charge     331 words

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Around the traps
THURSDAY
Illawarra Mercury 27/03/2014     no charge     359 words

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Hawks taking Cats head-on
WOLLONGONG forward Tim Coenraad believes title favourites Perth are under pressure to live up to expectations.
Illawarra Mercury 27/03/2014     no charge     317 words

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Two Gong police officers under investigation
NSW Police Professional Standards Command has confirmed it is investigating a complaint against two Wollongong police officers.
Illawarra Mercury 27/03/2014     no charge     156 words

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Better drivers key to safety
Governments, the NRMA and police have been discussing road safety and the need to reduce road accidents. What is needed is for drivers to have patience, respect and restraint on the road.
Illawarra Mercury 27/03/2014     no charge     536 words

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MORE TO GIVE
THEY have been playing sudden-death games for almost two months but the Wollongong Hawks aren't a spent force yet.
Illawarra Mercury 27/03/2014     no charge     472 words

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Mayor takes philosophical view on plan
SHELLHARBOUR Mayor, Marianne Saliba, has said she understands Wollongong City Council's rejection of a NSW government plan to hand over millions of dollars of Lake Illawarra Authority infrastructure and management costs, unless state funds of more than $22 million over the next 10 years are guaranteed.
Illawarra Mercury 26/03/2014     no charge     210 words

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Clogged creeks overflow
RUSSELL Vale resident Barry Basham's three-car garage was inundated with water by Monday night's storms - and it was not the first time.
Illawarra Mercury 26/03/2014     no charge     470 words

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From the web
Council solution
Illawarra Mercury 24/04/2014     no charge     275 words

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Repeat offence two days after sentence
AN Oak Flats woman has escaped spending time behind bars for her second case of drink-driving, which occurred two days after she had been sentenced for the first.
Illawarra Mercury 24/04/2014     no charge     289 words

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Judge suspends sentence for man who stole pills from pharmacy
A SHELLHARBOUR man who stole medication from a pharmacy then used it in an apparent suicide attempt has been spared full-time jail.
Illawarra Mercury 24/04/2014     no charge     237 words

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Stolen card 'pays for sex'
A BULLI man used a stolen credit card to pay for sexual services, a court has heard.
Illawarra Mercury 23/04/2014     no charge     342 words

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Residents want creek action now
KEMBLA Street resident Tony Virtu feels the millions of dollars Wollongong City Council has for flood mitigation is long overdue.
Illawarra Mercury 23/04/2014     no charge     258 words

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Threat with bottle denied
A WOLLONGONG woman will fight allegations that she threatened a male neighbour with a broken beer bottle during a dispute on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 23/04/2014     no charge     302 words

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Workshop to aid personal growth
FORMER Illawarra businesswoman Lana Jackson is returning to Wollongong on May 17 to launch a new personal development initiative she has put together called The Best of Both Worlds Without the BS.
Illawarra Mercury 23/04/2014     no charge     464 words

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Council draws back from cuts
WOLLONGONG City Council has withheld the axe and opted for a more balanced approach to securing the city's financial future, according to the 2014-15 draft annual plan released on Tuesday.
Illawarra Mercury 23/04/2014     no charge     586 words

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Time to step on it
WIDE racing tracks around football fields, segregated bike lanes and better cycle links between suburbs have been flagged by local cyclists as ways of getting bicycles off footpaths.
Illawarra Mercury 22/04/2014     no charge     368 words

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Fifth strike for driver
AN Albion Park Rail man charged with driving while disqualified for the fifth time in six months was granted strict bail conditions at Wollongong Bail Court on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 22/04/2014     no charge     436 words

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Discarded junk plagues charity warehouse staff
ST Vincent de Paul Society workers will have an unwelcome surprise when they return to work at the charity's North Wollongong warehouse on Tuesday. Over the Easter weekend, items including an old lounge suite, a discarded desk chair and unwanted children's toys were left strewn across the Montague Street site's lawn. Dumping continues to be a "major problem" for the St Vincent de Paul Society, according to its website, which says unusable items have to be taken to the tip and disposed of at a ...
Illawarra Mercury 22/04/2014     no charge     143 words

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Ever the gentleman
"A gentleman needs to know how to cook properly Sam Rathbone
Illawarra Mercury 22/04/2014     no charge     406 words

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Prints will help to pay for tourney
CELEBRATED Sydney artist Charles Billich has previously created official art works for the Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup, and is now contributing his talents to the 40th Australian and New Zealand Croatian Soccer Tournament.
Illawarra Mercury 22/04/2014     no charge     124 words

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Pensioner forced out by damage from flood
AT Katharina Hluschka's Woonona house, the smell of damp is all-pervasive and the mould is setting in.
Illawarra Mercury 21/04/2014     no charge     290 words

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Strike trio lead charge
PORT Kembla powered to their first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Cringila Lions at Wetherall Park on Saturday.
Illawarra Mercury 21/04/2014     no charge     449 words

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Twice done over by one-armed bandits
Millions of dollars in poker machine taxes taken from some of Sydney's poorest suburbs to fund "disadvantaged communities" have been used to pay for the state government's election promises.
Sydney Morning Herald 21/04/2014     no charge     592 words

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Perfect preparation for the unexpected
The Bali bombing set a teenage girl on her career path, writes Carolyn Rance.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/04/2014     no charge     479 words

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A chorus of voices for women
There are few female candidates in India's elections, but one is applying the lessons she learnt at Wollongong University to improve the status of women in her country, writes Jason Koutsoukis in Haridwar.
Sydney Morning Herald 19/04/2014     no charge     929 words

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Temporary blitz won't work
With reference to the article on the Easter police blitz (Mercury, April 14), this temporary increase in demerit points and penalties won't work. We have already seen 11 deaths on NSW roads so far this month.
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     497 words

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top 5
RACING
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     160 words

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Parishioners join to stop and reflect
PARISHIONERS from three Illawarra Catholic churches joined with those from St Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Wollongong on Good Friday to take part in the Stations of the Cross.
Illawarra Mercury 19/04/2014     no charge     229 words

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Perfect preparation for the unexpected
The Bali bombing set a teenage girl on her career path, writes Carolyn Rance.
The Age 19/04/2014     no charge     479 words

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Indie-popster on tour
INDIE-SOUL crooner Chet Faker is all over the airwaves, and the bloke with the best beard in the business is heading out on tour with new album Built On Glass. A national tour was announced this week, and he's coming to Anita's Theatre in Thirroul on June 28. Tickets are on sale Tuesday, April 22.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     392 words

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Change afoot in chamber events
THE Illawarra Business Chamber is hosting its annual Federal Budget and Business Insights Lunch at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach on May 16.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     211 words

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Assault organised: court
SIMON De Wet was full of bravado in the hours after he was accused of kidnapping and violently assaulting a man who owed him money in July 2012.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     402 words

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Easter weekend opening hours
WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL EASTER HOURS
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     162 words

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Hall transition
MERRIGONG Theatre Company will officially take over the management of Wollongong Town Hall from June 1, allowing the council to cut costs and make the venue more efficient.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     143 words

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Royle stamp as Glasgow Games await
WOLLONGONG triathlete Aaron Royle will be joined by training partner Ryan Bailie on a youthful men's triathlon team for this year's Commonwealth Games after the squad was officially unveiled on Thursday.
Illawarra Mercury 18/04/2014     no charge     418 words

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From the web
Boast just spinning
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     288 words

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Help protect our pine trees
REPEATED replacement of two young Norfolk pine trees immediately south of Towradgi Creek along the shared pathway has not deterred the tree vandal who has again cut off the tops of the two trees.
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     543 words

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O'Farrell's demise has little pleasure for most
MOST Illawarra politicians have taken Premier Barry O'Farrell's resignation at face value, saying it was an act of integrity to step down after he was caught out misleading a corruption inquiry over a $3000 bottle of red wine.
Illawarra Mercury 17/04/2014     no charge     379 words

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Retirement isn't working
NOW the Big Man of Money wants all old Australians to keep working until at least they reach 70 before they get the old age pension.
Illawarra Mercury 16/04/2014     no charge     541 words

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From the web
Pension debt
Illawarra Mercury 15/04/2014     no charge     279 words

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Food donations aid families
WOLLONGONG Emergency Housing (WEH) helped more than 1000 families last year but the need is growing.
Illawarra Mercury 14/04/2014     no charge     550 words

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On the street
What do you think about federal government plans to cut funding to the ABC? Q Q
Illawarra Mercury 14/04/2014     no charge     119 words

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Humour helps survivor tell story
WOLLONGONG hairdresser and breast cancer survivor Tanya Curran Brown is launching her new breast cancer survival book A Tale of Two Titties at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach on Monday.
Illawarra Mercury 14/04/2014     no charge     149 words

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BRADBERY DEFIANT
WOLLONGONG Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said he would stand firm against any push from developers or the public, in the ongoing saga over the rezoning of 18 hectares of industrial land at Kembla Grange.
Illawarra Mercury 14/04/2014     no charge     167 words

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CSG passions ignite
WOLLONGONG councillors painted a dystopian picture of the region's future as they debated coal seam gas last week, warning that lush fields could become barren wastelands and Smiths Hill would turn into Smiths Island if gas mining went ahead.
Illawarra Mercury 14/04/2014     no charge     436 words

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Man robbed mother
A NORTH Wollongong man who broke into his mother's home and stole money while she was sick in hospital has lost his bid for a reduced prison sentence.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     285 words

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Academy novices view future as coachinggoestonextlevel
WHILE head-to-head competition can often steal the limelight, the top of-the-line training on offer at the Academy Games can be just as crucial to the young athletes' development.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     375 words

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Hundreds of kids hit by closures
WEEKS of rain have caused havoc for the Illawarra's young footballers, with hundreds of kids across the region missing out on weeks of training and the first two games of the season due to soggy, dangerous grounds.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     356 words

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Twofoundguilty of killing Katie
BRADLEY Max Rawlinson and Michelle Sharon Proud have been found guilty of murdering Wollongong solicitor Katie Foreman.
Illawarra Mercury 12/04/2014     no charge     496 words

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HERE TO STAY
AUSTRALIA coach Tim Sheens is more worried about Wollongong than the Warriors.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     453 words

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KEY POINTS IN MURDER CASE
The victim:
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     208 words

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Crime rate figures steady across the region
CRIME rates are either falling or stable across the Illawarra in almost all categories assessed in the most recent Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) annual report.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     218 words

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Woman accused of housing trust fraud
A 50-YEAR-OLD Warrawong woman has been charged with defrauding the Illawarra Housing Trust of more than $15,000.
Illawarra Mercury 11/04/2014     no charge     225 words

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Early gathering marks war sacrifice
THE service may have been a few weeks early, but the sentiment was spot on.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     158 words

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From the web
Follow zoning rules
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     285 words

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Motorbike rider caught by police
A 32-YEAR-OLD man riding an unregistered trail bike led police on a pursuit through Wollongong's northern suburbs on Tuesday night.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     119 words

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Widdop's loyalty to be tested at 'home'
GARETH Widdop hopes there will a hearty reception. Knows there will probably be a few boos too. But as son Brayden is testament to, old habits die hard.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     582 words

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It's time for change of heart
I THINK council is being rather pedantic in refusing the Kembla Grange retail precinct. Everybody I have spoken to in my area thinks it would be a great idea.
Illawarra Mercury 10/04/2014     no charge     552 words

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Collision leaves man with injured hand
A MAN aged in his twenties has suffered a hand laceration from a serious four-car crash in Unanderra on Tuesday morning.
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     91 words

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Crash driver cut from car
NSW Fire and Rescue officers had to cut the door off a car to remove a driver in an accident at Figtree on Tuesday morning.
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     162 words

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KEY POINTS IN MURDER CASE
The victim:
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     208 words

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Cycle network cost worries councillors
WOLLONGONG City Council's vision for increasing the number of cyclists on the city's streets is now open for public comment, but councillors have raised concerns over how the five-year plan will be funded.
Illawarra Mercury 09/04/2014     no charge     316 words

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United call on youth brigade
DAPTO Dandaloo Fury and Wollongong United continue their crusades towards an inaugural FFA Cup berth with Waratah Cup fixtures this week.
Illawarra Mercury 08/04/2014     no charge     341 words

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Fears for Dapto campus as staff levels reduced
CUTS to Wollongong TAFE have been well publicised but now threats to the survival of the Dapto campus have local MPs and the Teachers Federation on edge.
Illawarra Mercury 08/04/2014     no charge     234 words

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Unpaid student debt plan meets criticism
THE federal government has been urged to tighten student loan restrictions, with a goldmine of higher education debt unlikely to ever be paid back under current rules.
Illawarra Mercury 08/04/2014     no charge     352 words

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Academic reminder proposed as legacy
THE Illawarra Centenary of Anzac committee is calling on the community to help it establish two perpetual scholarships as a permanent reminder of the early Anzacs.
Illawarra Mercury 08/04/2014     no charge     382 words

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Outage cost mounting
BAIMED Physiotherapy and Sports Injury clinic owner Michael Baines spent at least 13 hours on the phone to Telstra last week, in a desperate attempt to get his Wollongong clinic's internet reconnected.
Illawarra Mercury 08/04/2014     no charge     371 words

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Labor calls for rethink on TAFE funding cuts
SHELLHARBOUR MP Anna Watson says cuts to TAFE funding will "rip the guts out" of the education provider in the Illawarra.
Illawarra Mercury 08/04/2014     no charge     357 words

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Dragons favourites to rope in Cowboy
St George Illawarra are early favourites to lure North Queensland forward Tariq Sims home after the NSW Origin prospect told Cowboys officials he was considering asking for a release.
Sydney Morning Herald 07/04/2014     no charge     486 words

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Running Power a work in progress
KIAMA coach James Walton says his club remains a work in progress as they learn a new playing style.
Illawarra Mercury 07/04/2014     no charge     402 words

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WEST DAPTO ROAD UPGRADE SET TO PROCEED: P5
THE developer behind a controversial proposal to rezone 18 hectares of industrial land at Kembla Grange to make way for a large retail precinct has hit out at Wollongong City Council staff, saying their reports on the plan are "severely deficient".
Illawarra Mercury 07/04/2014     no charge     182 words

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Teens respond to facing challenges as a team
STUDENTS from Wollongong Flexible Learning Centre have been put through "tough love" training under the guidance of former Australian Defence Force personnel.
Illawarra Mercury 07/04/2014     no charge     299 words

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Exhibition to show artist's colourful life
SPLASHES of vivid colour and scenes of exotic, far-off lands lit up Wollongong Art Gallery on Friday night, with the unveiling of a retrospective exhibit on local artist Robert Liddicoat.
Illawarra Mercury 07/04/2014     no charge     236 words

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United coach rues one that got away
WOLLONGONG United coach Oliver Vrtkovski said his players were disappointed they didn't claim all three points despite playing with 10 men for most of their 2-2 draw with Wollongong Olympic.
Illawarra Mercury 07/04/2014     no charge     355 words

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Accused had code texts: police
On face value, it appeared to be a series of innocent text messages between a well-known former bikie boss and an ageing rocker discussing plans for a workout.
Sun Herald 06/04/2014     no charge     560 words

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Empowering the victims
You just have to take people through all their options, and they decide which path to choose
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     957 words

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Giving is better than receiving
IT took the generosity of seven strangers to keep Unanderra resident Brendan Caunt alive after a car accident on Picton Road eight years ago.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     423 words

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Wife tells of soured friendship
THE widow of the man killed in the 2007 Splashes nightclub shooting in North Wollongong has taken the stand at the Sydney trial of his accused killers.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     631 words

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Rail link key to development: academic
THE proposal to quadruple the size of the Port Kembla Harbour expansion would only be successful if the Maldon-Dombarton Rail Link was completed, a senior University of Wollongong academic says.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     288 words

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Buckling up for success
IT seems a simple idea - old-fashioned, even.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     287 words

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KEY POINTS IN MURDER CASE
THE victim:
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     209 words

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Hawks award Joyce with life membership of club
CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING coach Brendan Joyce was honoured with life membership by the Wollongong Hawks at the club's gala awards dinner on Friday night.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     210 words

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Telstraoutagecould have cost lives: GP
THE Telstra phone and internet outage across Wollongong this week could have been life-threatening, according to a Gwynneville doctor.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     407 words

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Confident Sharks ready to step up
NO longer the Illawarra Premier League's 'new boys', Woonona start their second season back in the top flight better for the experience of 2013.
Illawarra Mercury 05/04/2014     no charge     424 words

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