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RAW spotlights Art Fusion

This Wednesday 2nd July, Communique is transforming the Hotel Illawarra, where more than 30 of the best emerging artists will be showcased. Communique will feature everything from fashion, to film, photography and performing arts.

The event is an initiative of RAW: Natural Born Artists Wollongong. RAW is an indie arts organisation run for artists, by artists. Each event is aimed at shining a spotlight on underground talent, supporting local artists to build and connect with other artists and the public. RAW has been running events in Wollongong for a year now, putting on a talent packed event every second month.

On the night, you can expect to see a myriad of genres to spark your creative inspiration. Each RAW event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a hairstylist and makeup artist.

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Tax Man shakes his Money Maker

It’s rolling around to that time of year again, the often crazy rush that marks the end of the financial year. Whether you’re self employed, a small business owner or in charge of managing something larger, we’ve got some great tips to make the most of tax time, and what you have to watch out for!

We spoke with Jacob Quigley this week, managing partner of 3D Accounting in Thirroul, who shared some great tax time advice without the confusing financial lingo.

First, a few juicy tips we picked up to make a meal of your tax deductions.

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Final Closure of Mount Ousley Road

Lee Evans, Member for Heathcote and Roads and Maritime Services is reminding motorists of the final closure this Saturday night of M1 Princes Motorway known locally as Mt Ousley Road from just north of the Gipps Road overbridge to Bulli Tops for essential maintenance.

The closure is needed to allow Roads and Maritime Services to complete a number of roadwork activities including road resurfacing, drain maintenance, installation of new road signs, repairs to guardrail and pruning of low hanging trees.

The final closure is planned for Saturday 28 June, weather permitting.

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Burgh Netballers pass on Savings

Helensburgh Netball Courts will be transformed this Sunday into a pop-up car boot sale. You’ll find fresh coffee, home made cakes baked fresh by the netball mums, and new and used goods at bargain prices.

All proceeds from the markets will be put towards getting the netball courts resurfaced. Estimated to cost up to $40,000 to resurface, they are looking beyond chocolate box sales for fundraising revenue.

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Planking Fad Swashbuckles the Gong

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts arrrgh at it again... this time with a very modern musical performance of "The Pirates of Penzance", kicking off on the 19th June.

This swashbuckling Gilbert and Sullivan adventure is loaded with enough laughs to fill Davey Jones' locker and is awash with roving rogues and dazzling damsels in distress. A topsy-turvy tale of love and duty all abound within the treasure chest of mischievous musical mayhem.

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Surfrider's decade of Surfing Stoke

Surfrider South Coast branch is celebrating International Surfing Day and 10 years of surfing stoke in the Illawarra by hosting a free movie night at the Howlin Wolf Bar in Wollongong on Saturday 21st June at 7:30 pm.

"We will be showing Nathan Oldfield's 'The Heart and the Sea' and will be passing around a bucket for gold coin donations." said Surfrider South Coast founding member, Susie Crick. "We will also be launching our short film festival and competition which will be held in December."

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A Tender approach to Funerals

Death is inevitable but the way we deal with it is not.

One Illawarra group is seeking to empower people at the time of their greatest loss by reimaging the way people farewell their loved ones.

The Port Kembla Community Project (PKCP) has developed a not-for-profit initiative allowing people to ensure end of life processes are personal, meaningful and affordable.

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Burgh Fun Bus picks up Donations

Following on from another successful fundraising event last month for 'Operation Peace Warriors', comes the 'Helensburgh Magical Mystery Tour' on Wednesday 18th June - a travelling party for the whole family on 'The Britstop', a vintage London double decker bus.
"We held a big party night at the Burgh Workers on the 23rd May thanks to great assistance from Jackie and the staff, I had two live bands, the giggle booth and Pommy Andy trivia", said Simon Reynolds, ex Para Commando Senior Sergeant in the British Army, and now Helensburgh local. "This helped us to climb above the $4000 mark in our fundraising efforts."

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Healthy Souls help the Paw

A community dog walk has been organised for Sunday 22nd June along McCauley's off-leash Beach to raise money for Wollongong Animal Rescue Network (WARN), in association with Paw Trails, The Dog Project, and Bang Bang & Fluff.

"The aim is to raise money for WARN with a gold coin donation for each dog attending the walk. WARN will also hopefully be in attendance with dogs currently in their foster care, which will be a great way to showcase them to assist find their forever home."

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