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Coledale Sea Spray


The sky was blue, the sun glinted on the breaking waves and many locals were already out and about, walking, drinking coffee, meeting with friends, checking the surf or just looking at the sea. What a great setting and local artist, Chris Zanko, who had been commissioned to produce a street art installation on the “concrete blocks and cradles” on Lawrence Hargrave Drive above the Coledale Surf Life Saving Club was already hard at work.

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Woonona Bulli Community Garden

Behind the Bulli Community Centre, there is a patch of ground which is currently just lying there; it serves no useful purpose other than to be a part of a dream. The dream belongs to Elizabeth Brassaud, manager of the centre who visualises a truly peaceful, community space.

"In my dream, I see this patch of land being transformed by the people of Woonona Bulli, into a garden where everyone, who wants to, can sit and reflect on how wonderful nature is." said Elizabeth. "They can take in the scent of the flowers, the peace and the quiet and allow themselves to drift away from the cares of the world, or grow some vegetables or even a herb garden."

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Introducing the new look Tradies Helensburgh

Tradies Helensburgh has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks with a new outdoor play area, Max’s World Kids Club, building upgrades, painting and R & R Catering taking over the bistro and opening a new café. The Club is incredibly excited to be hosting an official open day on the 25th of October to coincide with the Helensburgh Country Fair.

“There’s certainly been a lot happening at Helensburgh,” says Tradies CEO Tim McAleer. “It’s taken a lot of work from a lot of people and we’re very grateful for the support we’ve had from the local community. Our aim is to create a warm, relaxing and safe environment for the whole community and we’re looking forward to being part of Helensburgh.”

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St Michael’s hosts World's Greatest Fete

For more than 70 years the St Michael’s School fete in Thirroul has brought the community together in a spirit of harmony and fun.

On Saturday 11th October from 10am to 4pm, the fete again reinforces the simple pleasures in life as parents, teachers and pupils rally to create a fundraiser that welcomes the entire community.

Dubbed  "The Greatest Fete in the World" by students, the event has always been well supported by local businesses and attracts thousands each year to the tiny school in Station St.

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Bushcare on Display at Thirroul Library

Bushcare in the Northern Illawarra needs more on-the-ground volunteers who have interest and commitment. An eye catching display for the group has been designed and installed at Thirroul Library primarily to attract attention and hopefully some support - it will stay in place until the end of September.

"There is no northern Illawarra Bushcare group as such." says Lesley Clinch, "We contacted the nine Bushcare groups between Thirroul and Stanwell Tops and invited them to be involved."

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South Coast APHEDA celebrates 10 years

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA's first projects worked in partnership with refugee communities in war-torn Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, and Lebanon, training local community members as 'bare-foot doctors', able to provide the simple and basic healthcare which saves thousands of lives of infants and nursing mothers. Locally, a small group of volunteers has been steadily growing their own team of supporters for the cause.

"We started 10 years ago after a few of us participated in an APHEDA study tour in 2004 to visit their projects in East Timor." says Liz Farrar, founding member of the group. "Arising out of our experiences there, we decided to set up a local South Coast APHEDA Group to organise fundraising and other activities in the local community."

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Lions Recycle for Sight

As spring cleaning gets under way, the Helensburgh Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle For Sight.

From 1st September to the Helensburgh Fair (25 October 2014), the Helensburgh Lions Club will be collecting used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

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Stanwell Scramble

The 2014 Stanwell Scramble is back and bigger then ever, Sunday 30th November. The beautiful Stanwell Park beach is the perfect location for a test of grit, endurance and speed. Even if you are only a casual runner, there is no better way to spend your Sunday morning than participating in a unique and fun event with all proceeds supporting the Helensburgh Stanwell Park Boat Section.

"This is the second year we are running the Stanwell Scramble and we are hoping to build on last years turn out and attract at least 50 competitors across all divisions." says event organiser, Georgia Leach. "The Stanwell Scramble is an event that is a little bit different from typical running events and gets people to participate in a fun yet tough race showcasing our beautiful beach." 

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Bombie Bar drums up support for Cambodian Kids

“Music by the community for the community” is the Bombie Bar catch-cry and they are stoked to announce that the next gig will be a fundraiser for the ‘Drums in Cambodia’ project being run by Sydney musician, Cyndi Tan to support the Cambodian Children’s Trust.

Cyndi and the Drums will be performing solo along with Illawarra locals Tommy M and the Mastersounds, plus Shire boys, the Kava Kings who were all more than happy to play for the cause. This gig promises to be a stellar afternoon of music and good times to help out those less fortunate.

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