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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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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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