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Surfwatch with Anthony

Saturday swell from the south 1-2ft larger on the exposed south facing beaches. Winds light from the NW early turning onshore from the NE later in the day.

Smaller again on Sunday as the south swell mixed with NE windswell fades to around 1-2ft with N/W winds early again tending onshore from the N/E in the afternoon.

Best spots;
Stanwell, Sharkeys, Austi, Thirroul.

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Sarah's cooking keeps the home Firies yearning

Fighting bushfires in hungry work - long hours in the field and at the fire station mean that our protectors can sometimes be left wanting. Sarah Rayner of Helensburgh, has been actively supporting the fire fighting efforts of our local volunteers by making sure they always have plenty of fuel for their own fires.

"It's important to make sure they are well fed," said Sarah, "With the long campaigns, they can't just nick down to the local take-away shop - so I thought ok, let's cook up a storm and see what we can give them to make their day a bit brighter."

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Jackie brings Country to the Fair

The Helensburgh Country Fair is on Saturday 26th October, and one of the highlights of this annual event is local favourite, Jackie Dee and band performing in Charles Harper Park from 2pm.

Jackie has been returning to the event for some years now, all the while recording and releasing her music, such as acclaimed first EP, Tide and also growing her career with nomination in the upcoming MusicOz awards.

"The MusicOz awards are kind of like the Aria's for independent artists," said Jackie, "I've been nominated as a finalist in the country music category, which means I will be at the awards ceremony on the 7th November at Star Casino in Sydney."

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Know Thy Neighbour Exhibition

Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre has created a photographic story exhibition showcasing a diverse collection of people in the 2515 community. This event is intended to familiarise the community with others they may recognise, and get to “Know Thy Neighbour”. A range of volunteers from around the region have contributed to this project with the aim to make our neighbourhood aware of the diversity and community spirit.

Know Thy Neighbour will portray photographs and written stories of residents who live in Austinmer, Clifton, Coledale, Scarborough, Thirroul and Wombarra. Some members involved in the exhibition include; Paul Ryan, a well-recognised Archibald Prize winner, Tanya Davis, the coordinator of Montessori School in Thirroul, Phillip Jones, The creator of ‘The Gift’ a locally arranged and annually run charity event, plus many more.

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Pig Iron Bob faces the Gong mob again

On November 15, 1938 the steamship Dalfram berthed at No. 4 jetty Port Kembla to load pig iron for Kobe, Japan. Ted Roach, Branch Secretary, addressed the men at the labour pick up for the Dalfram. He told the men of the destination of the pig iron and the use of the pig iron in the use of weapons - first to be used against the Chinese and he feared that eventually against Australia.

At 11am the men walked off the ship declaring they refused to load pig iron for Japan to turn into weapons. It led to a nine week lock-out, with incredible pressure and being applied by the government of the day.

On the 11th of January 1939, Robert Menzies came to Wollongong to sort out the dispute. He met with an angry crowd where the main picture of this website was taken and a lady screamed out "Pig Iron Bob", which lasted him an eternity.

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Shorrock & Cadd reunite at Anita's

Thirroul will bask in musical history when Anita’s Theatre hosts two of this country’s music greats, Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd.

After 40 years of friendship, music and laughter, Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd are finally reuniting on stage for a limited Australian tour through late 2013: joined by Axiom members Chris Stockley and drummer Doug Lavery, and featuring Sam See and Glyn Mason.

"It's going to be a great show - Glenn and Brian are reforming after many years working on their own careers," said event organiser, Zoltan John Budai, "They were in a band called Axiom back in the 70's and produced what is possibly one of the most famous Australian songs of all time called Little Ray of Sunshine."

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Gong Riders spoke up for MS

The Sydney to Gong Bike Ride is on again Sunday 3rd November to help raise $4.5Million for people with MS.

This event is a special part of Wollongong's cycling heritage and the best organised, most respected and spectacular one day community cycle in Australia.

Since 1980, hundreds of thousands of cyclists have hit the road to Wollongong and raised over $20 million dollars to support people with MS.

Whether you choose the long or short course you’ll experience the MS Gong Ride’s famous camaraderie, its spectacular scenery through the Royal National Park, Sea Cliff Bridge and the coast road to Wollongong, the support of hundreds of volunteers along the way and the buzz of finishing in Wollongong.

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Workers Club Markets welcome the festive season

The Helensburgh Workers Club are ramping up their annual Xmas market with more than 80 stalls on Saturday 23rd November plus great entertainment for the whole family.
"We've got eight kids rides, plus a variety of food stalls plus some live entertainment on the balcony from 1pm including Jackie Dee and Pete Thomas," said Jackie Mulligan from the Workers Club, "We have wine, beer and cider tasting on the day too."

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Police Report

Over the past month there has been 3 break, enter and steal offences committed in the Helensburgh area where motocross motorcycles were targeted and stolen from a locked garage. The Holy Cross Primary school also had entry forced where offender/s broke a window to the office area and stolen electrical items and damaged furniture. The other incident involved a carton containing bottles of oil being stolen from the shell garage. Motocross bikes have recently been stolen from Helensburgh previously so it may appear the same offender/s are operating in the area. Other crime categories are reasonably low for the northern suburbs.

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