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Maker's Market makes a mark in Thirroul

Next Sunday, July 20th, the iconic Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul will come alive with a very different kind of market.

The Wild Rumpus Makers’ Market offer a fusion of food, drinks, hand made goods and DIY craft classes. The Maker’s Markets will feature over 40 unique stalls of independent boutique designers, artists, makers and foodies, all local to the Illawarra.

“We are so excited to be able to run an event that really does support local emerging and established creatives in a fun, low-risk way,” explains Caitlin Marshall, Co-founder of Wild Rumpus.

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Charli has the Perfect Pitch for Singing Career

Charli Simons is a name to remember - this 19 year old songbird from Helensburgh has been paying her dues by assisting with local community events in the Northern Illawarra and is now seeking to climb her way to top with your vote - you can help Charli to become;

Unsigned Female Artist of the Month

"I have been singing ever since I can remember." says Charli. "I started in a children’s choir when I was 5. I sang in choirs right throughout primary school and high school and I have had vocal lessons in Jazz and classical since the age of 7 years."

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Thirroul landmark raised from the Ruins

Thirroul's magical landmark Anita's Theatre (formerly known as Kings Theatre), is set to blossom again under the loving guidance of Stanwell Park musical entrepreneur, and Spunk Records head honcho, Aaron Curnow.

"I've just started booking Anita's." said Aaron "The new owner is excited about getting a broad range of artists into the theatre and the venue being open on a regular basis."

"The next couple of shows are super exciting. We've got Chet Faker performing this Saturday night (sold out), then two artists from our label - Shining Bird and Tiny Ruins, on Thursday 3rd July, including local artist, Jack Reilly plus Jack & Elmo."

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Burgh Residents seek Shady Deal

Charles Harper Park in Helensburgh has some tall trees that are now reaching the end of their lifespan - it is no secret that these are being removed for safety reasons, but in their absence comes the menace of sun damage.

"I have two young school age kids, one only just in kindy - their grandfather died of skin cancer, and their dad has already had surgery to remove squamous cell carcinoma." said Helensburgh resident, Sonia Gregson.

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RAW spotlights Art Fusion

This Wednesday 2nd July, Communique is transforming the Hotel Illawarra, where more than 30 of the best emerging artists will be showcased. Communique will feature everything from fashion, to film, photography and performing arts.

The event is an initiative of RAW: Natural Born Artists Wollongong. RAW is an indie arts organisation run for artists, by artists. Each event is aimed at shining a spotlight on underground talent, supporting local artists to build and connect with other artists and the public. RAW has been running events in Wollongong for a year now, putting on a talent packed event every second month.

On the night, you can expect to see a myriad of genres to spark your creative inspiration. Each RAW event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a hairstylist and makeup artist.

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Tax Man shakes his Money Maker

It’s rolling around to that time of year again, the often crazy rush that marks the end of the financial year. Whether you’re self employed, a small business owner or in charge of managing something larger, we’ve got some great tips to make the most of tax time, and what you have to watch out for!

We spoke with Jacob Quigley this week, managing partner of 3D Accounting in Thirroul, who shared some great tax time advice without the confusing financial lingo.

First, a few juicy tips we picked up to make a meal of your tax deductions.

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Final Closure of Mount Ousley Road

Lee Evans, Member for Heathcote and Roads and Maritime Services is reminding motorists of the final closure this Saturday night of M1 Princes Motorway known locally as Mt Ousley Road from just north of the Gipps Road overbridge to Bulli Tops for essential maintenance.

The closure is needed to allow Roads and Maritime Services to complete a number of roadwork activities including road resurfacing, drain maintenance, installation of new road signs, repairs to guardrail and pruning of low hanging trees.

The final closure is planned for Saturday 28 June, weather permitting.

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Burgh Netballers pass on Savings

Helensburgh Netball Courts will be transformed this Sunday into a pop-up car boot sale. You’ll find fresh coffee, home made cakes baked fresh by the netball mums, and new and used goods at bargain prices.

All proceeds from the markets will be put towards getting the netball courts resurfaced. Estimated to cost up to $40,000 to resurface, they are looking beyond chocolate box sales for fundraising revenue.

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Planking Fad Swashbuckles the Gong

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts arrrgh at it again... this time with a very modern musical performance of "The Pirates of Penzance", kicking off on the 19th June.

This swashbuckling Gilbert and Sullivan adventure is loaded with enough laughs to fill Davey Jones' locker and is awash with roving rogues and dazzling damsels in distress. A topsy-turvy tale of love and duty all abound within the treasure chest of mischievous musical mayhem.

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