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Culture Bank gaining interest

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people", and the Sea Cliff Coast certainly does have ample heart and soul - the other powerful resource it is known for is it's strong arts community - dedicated artists and craftsmen that strive for perfection of their passion, and of course, to share it with their audience.

A group of active locals have now banded together to support these talented people and to invigorate the cultural life of Wollongong.

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Talking the Walk

Wollongong City Council is currently working on a proposal to create a shared pathway that links the Royal National Park to Lake Illawarra. The proposed path – dubbed the Grand Pacific Walk – will follow the Grand Pacific Drive route, and encourage tourists and locals walking or riding the path to stop along the way to take in the views, enjoy a coffee at a café or check out the nearby attractions.

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Coledale train victim dies

THE 24-year-old man struck by a train at Coledale has died, according to Police.

The Berkeley man was dangling his legs over the station platform about 1.30am last Sunday, November 25, before he was hit by the south-bound goods train.

The train driver sounded the horn to alert the man of his approach but failed to wake the victim, who was dragged about 20 metres.

He suffered severe head and chest injuries and was flown to St George Hospital, where he later died.

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Train victim still critical

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A BERKELY man who was hit by a goods train after he fell asleep with his legs dangling over the platform at Coledale train station early Sunday morning remains in a critical condition in St George Hospital.

The 24-year-old was dragged about 20m by the southbound train and is in intensive care with critical brain injuries.

Police said the train driver sounded the horn 70m before the platform but was unable to wake the "dozing” victim.

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NF2 calls on Council to engage

WOLLONGONG City Council’s draft Community Engagement Policy will be the main topic of discussion at tonight’s (November 8) meeting of Neighbourhood Forum 2 in Coledale.

The forum is currently without a convenor and has been suffering from low attendance rates which former convenor Bruce Reyburn attributes to Council's lack of effective community engagement strategies.

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Environmental program bears fruit

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Making hay: Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery is joined by community gardener Aaron Sorenson (left) and celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis at Coledale Public School.

LESSONS moved outdoors at Coledale Public School today as warm weather and celebrity guests heralded the launch of the school's Living Classroom.

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Forums need council support: convenors

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Riding off into the sunset: outgoing NF2 convenor Ron Macmaster.

By HEATHER SMITH

NEIGHBOURHOOD Forums 2 and 3, covering Clifton to Woonona, are in danger of collapsing as the NF2 convenor has resigned and the interim NF3 convenor will stay in the position only until the end of the year.

Ron Macmaster took over from interim chair Bruce Reyburn at NF2 in May this year but resigned last week, citing a lack of council support.

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Online marketing extends local reach

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Absolute returns: Adam Devereux. Photo: HEATHER SMITH

BUSINESS PROFILE: REACHLOCAL AUSTRALIA

WORKING for News Ltd and being responsible for advertising in 18 suburban newspapers, Coledale’s Adam Devereux learnt the importance of community.

“People want to be connected to their community,” said the veteran advertising manager. “What is near matters and local businesses know the value of that connection.”

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Ron plans to rev up NF2

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Clear focus: NF2 convenor Ron Macmaster.

FRUSTRATION with council decisions led Coledale resident Ron Macmaster to stop attending neighbourhood forums but the 62-year-old biker is back with renewed resolve.

Mr Macmaster has just taken on the mantle of Neighbourhood Forum 2 convenor and is determined to revitalise the group, which folded in May last year and was resurrected last December.

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Elicia sticks to the recipe

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Partners: Chedo's new owner Elicia Ignjatovic with Nick Goreski.

THE first day Elicia Ignjatovic started work at Chedo’s Café in Coledale, she told her boss that one day she would be running the show.

Seven years later, the 26-year-old from Austinmer now manages the popular eatery, with the official “re-opening” on Wednesday, May 9.

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