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Bulli Rotary Club elects new president

Mitchell Gordon, a health care worker and former director of New South Wales' AIDS Council, was elected and installed as president of the Bulli & Northern Illawarra Rotary Club last month.

Mr Gordon is well-known for his charity work in the Illawarra and has been a Rotarian since 2011. His most recent role with the Club was as public relations director, which he held for a year.

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Operation Peace Warriors

A four man team of former British and Australian Commando Soldiers and athletes will attempt to complete the Kokoda Track, 'Army (Hard Routine) Jungle Patrol style', in six days, with minimal support and carrying all of their own equipment, food, water and safety stores in order to raise money and awareness for 'Enough Is Enough' anti violence movement and counselling services.

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Melbourne Couple give birth to Triplets

On March 13, Sara Oliphant gave birth to naturally conceived triplets at St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne, 1 girl and 2 boys, Indianah, Brooklyn and Jacoby. After 2 weeks in the Special Care nursery, all 3 healthy babies were taken home from hospital this week.

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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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