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Heritage Calendar 2014

The Helensburgh Historical Society are now distributing their heritage calendar for 2014.

"This is the first calendar we have produced in conjunction with the towns celebrations of the Metropolitan Colliery's 125 Years." said Jenny Donohoe, Research Officer and Project Coordinator at Helensburgh Historical Society, "Besides having a few historic photos of the mine we have also including up to 26 historic photos from around 1890-1920s."

"This is truly a collectable item and we are offering it for sale at only $15 including P & P."

To order please send a cheque to PO Box 150, Helensburgh 2508 or contact the Historical Society.

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Burgh coal dispute no miner issue

The mining industry attracts its fair share of bad press relating to environmental issues - lately there has been a publicised issue between the miners and Peabody Energy at Helensburgh. There is currently a peaceful protest at the gates of Peabody as the miners seek to demonstrate their rejection of various terms in their agreement with their employer.

"It all started when we were due to renew our enterprise agreement - it ran out  at the end of the financial year." said Helensburgh CFMEU Lodge President Andy Davey.

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Helensburgh/Stanwell Park SLSC Annual Door Knock

Helensburgh/Stanwell Park SLSC will be holding its annual door knock appeal over the first weekend of November visiting Stanwell Park on Friday 1st from 5:30pm and then Helensburgh, Stanwell Tops and Otford on Saturday 2nd November from 8:15am.

Funds raised go to purchasing essential Surf Life Saving Equipment to help keep Stanwell Park Beach safe.

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Connie flies low to say hello

Festival of Flight returns to Stanwell Park this year, Sunday 10th November, bringing with it a spectacular low altitude flyover by a series of vintage aeroplanes including "Connie" the Super Constellation.

"One of our roles is to promote Lawrence Hargrave, which is a great Illawarra and Australian story." said Rob Deacon, president of the Lawrence Hargrave Centre, "A lot of people don't know the story of Lawrence Hargrave and his pioneering aviation efforts -  this is part of telling that story so that people can be proud of something that happened in Stanwell Park all those years ago."

"There will be some magnificent planes from the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at Albion Park are are are are you - and the flagship of that fleet is Connie the Super Constellation, which will do a series of low level passes over Stanwell Park from 12pm."

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Sports Stars flock to Thirroul

Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club have recently launched a new facility called the John Kosten Function Room, and one of the first batch of events is the Thirroul SLSC Sports Luncheon featuring an array of sporting talent like Sally Fitzgibbons, Beau Ryan, David McKeon, Steve Hayes, Nathan Fien and Emma McKeon.

"We'll be doing a Q&A with our host, who will be asking them lots of in-depth questions and you'll be able to get an up-close look at these guests." said Colleen Fennell.

"We'll be having a silent auction and a few of the larger goods will be auctioned live at the auction - there is a three course meal with a four hour drinks package included in your ticket price, and there is also lucky door prizes."

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Halloween Regener8s Youth Services

Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre is hosting ‘Regener8’, a free Halloween dance and games festival promoting youth services in the Illawarra on Friday 8th November from 5-8pm. This youth directed event is open to all youth from ages 12-24.

The festival allows youth to discover services that can help them in the Illawarra, particularly mental health services. The information available will relate to all areas of health. However, unlike a standard expo, this information will be provided through a Halloween festival, directed by youth ideas. Creative food, music, and dress will pay homage to the Halloween theme. The decorations will be created by local youth. Plus, various games and activities will run throughout the night, including prizes to be won.

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Brophy Bombs the Bar

The husky tones of Nicole Brophy return to Coalcliff's Bombie Bar on Sunday 10th November from 3pm, directly after the Festival of Flight at Stanwell Park including the flyover of historic aircraft at Bald Hill.

"It's a gig I can't refuse with a view like that from The Bombie Bar - it's like no gig I have ever played before," said Nicole, "Any excuse to come back to my old neighborhood."

"I'm going to be doing some recording very soon with the famous Syd Green - we'll be working on and EP for release next year."

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Thirroul Community Christmas Lunch

There are many people in our community that, for a variety of reasons are unable to share the wonderful experience of Christmas with family or friends.

To this end, a group of local residents are endeavouring to open up the Christmas feast to the broader community, to share the true spirit of Christmas with other people regardless of religious beliefs, backgrounds or incomes.

This is a genuine attempt to bring a community together and share good food and friendly company.

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Clean out those noxious chemicals

Wollongong City Council will join with the Environment Protection Authority to offer a Chemical CleanOut for all households to get rid of unwanted chemicals or poisons from around the home.

The free Chemical Clean out will be held at Fred Finch Park Sporting Complex car park, Bedford Street, Berkeley, from 9am to 3.30pm on Sunday 3 November.

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