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Always Happy About Open Space

Back in the 60's and 70's, 21 blocks of land were bought in Otford, probably with the dream of a rural lifestyle just minutes from the beach.

But that wasn't to be and for more than 40 years, these blocks have remained uninhabitable.

When the 21 lots were sold, pre-1970, the two-hectare subdivision rules were in place and a 'country dwelling' was OK on the land. But in 1971, the minimum lot size increased, meaning the owners could no longer build on their blocks. And it's been that way ever since, until now.

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New Beginnings for Helensburgh Tip

Wollongong Council is making plans to repair the land that used to be Helensburgh Waste Depot.

The good news is, work will begin shortly on rehabilitation of the 40 year old tip.

Council has currently put management of the job out to tender with work set start in June and run through until the end of the year.

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The Lost Village of Sherbrook

Love local history? Heard of Sherbrook? Get along to the Black Diamond Heritage Centre on the eastern side of Bulli Railway Station on April 13 at 1pm to hear all about the Lost Village of Sherbrook!

The Sherbrook Sisters present "Up and Down Bulli Mountain" as part of the NSW Heritage Festival.

A lost village over on Bulli Mountain - a once strong, vibrant & prosperous community - not an impoverished, hillbilly rural backwoods - sacrificed for Cataract Dam for Sydney's water. In 1903, compulsory resumption of their farms, orchards, saw mills, their Church & School. Their descendants now prevented by the Sydney Catchment Authority from visiting this place of their ancestors.

Where exactly was Sherbrooke? How did it come to be sacrificed? Who lived there  Did they ever come down the mountain to Bulli on the coast? Did they get any compensation? Where did they go after the resumption? Did they really have their own Cricket Club and Atheneum Debating Society? Were any Sherbrooke people killed in the Bulli Mine Disaster of 1887, where 81 died?

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No More Queues for Train Tickets

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced the Opal card is now available to train customers on the South Coast Line, marking a significant milestone for public transport in the region.

Ms Berejiklian said more than 165,000 public transport customers had already signed up for an Opal card and more than 6.5 million journeys had been taken.

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Stanwell Park lifeguard helps swimmers

A Stanwell Park lifeguard provided assistance in the recovery of three people who were swimming at Stanwell Park beach after lifeguard hours on Monday 31 March.

Wollongong City Council Senior Lifeguard responded quickly and provided assistance with local surfers who had recovered three people from the water. The three swimmers had become trapped in a small rip at the beach.

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Merry Xmas from Sea Cliff Coast!

Wow! What an amazing year in the Northern Illawarra ;)

On behalf of myself, Dean and Juzz at Sea Cliff Coast, we would like to wish you and your family the very best over the festive season - we have thoroughly enjoyed promoting our amazing local community and getting to you know personally.

We have published over 400 local articles, and conducted over 100 interviews in the past 12 months, fostering the Northern Illawarra identity and encouraging greater prosperity through a sense of connection with each other.

We look forward to returning at the end of January 2014, but will continue to share content through our social media in the meantime, and encourage you to get connected at What's On Gong to stay in touch with all the best gigs in the Gong.

Before we go, here is a quick snippet of our recent excursion to the South Pole to help Santa get the presents sorted ;)

Until next year!

Scott James Smith

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Coledale Twilight Markets

Coledale Markets has been a terrific success story in the Northern Illawarra, curating a wonderful selection of clothing, homewares, vintage delights, knickknacks, plants, food and entertainment on the fourth Sunday of each month at Coledale Public School. In December of each year, there is a special twilight market from 2 to 8pm, which this year falls on Sunday 22nd.

"Coledale Markets has grown in a really wonderful and organic way, starting from a tiny market, to now be totally embraced by the community - it's gone from strength to strength." said Lara Seresin, coordinator of the monthly event.

"When we arrived in the neighbourhood, there really wasn't a lot of market action going on - we could see the potential was there, particularly living in Coledale with that creative community that's around. We thought let's give it a go, we can help the school and the community."

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Medicare seeks Local voice

As part of their community consultation process, Medicare Locals will be in Helensburgh so you can have your say about Health Planning. They will be conducting a survey for the general community through which the community gets an opportunity to voice their health concerns and express their opinions regarding aspects of their health service access and availability.

Findings from the survey will be used to enable the planning and implementation of timely, appropriate and effective primary health care services within the ISML catchment. 

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Do The Right Thing this Christmas

As the Northern Illawarra region gets set to spend up to $100 on average per household on extra food and drink this Christmas, The National Packaging Covenant Industry Association (NPCIA) is warning residents not to let their good recycling habits slip over the festive period.

Australians spent around $913 million on extra food at Christmas last year and with consumer confidence now at a three year high, it is expected that Northern Illawarra residents will be buying, eating and drinking more than ever this year.

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