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1000 Surfboard Graveyard

On Saturday 30 November, 1000 broken surfboards will be dumped on Garie Beach to create the much awaited 1000 Surfboard Graveyard art installation.

Dig a board into the sand during the day and be a part of Chris Anderson’s monumental installation of waste, or come along at night to watch the boards light up and pay tribute to surfers’ broken boards. Chris has been collecting surfboards for almost three years to complete this once in a lifetime installation.

"It's about some research I did into the sustainability and wastage of surfboards - a lot of people I know were breaking surfboards here and there, and I thought it would be really interesting to collect all these individual pieces and bring them together as a whole." said Chris Anderson.

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Coalcliff Beach to Bombie Swim

The Coalcliff Surf Life Saving Club Beach to Bombie Swim is a great warm up for Ocean swims which take place later in the season.

"It's a 1.5 km swim off Coalcliff Beach on Sunday 1st December starting at 11 o'clock." said event organiser and Club Captain, Rob Deacon. "It is a great warmup for other ocean swims."

"We've always done a 1 km swim, but we've had suggested that ocean swimmers would prefer a 1.5km swim, so we're giving that a go this year. You swim out around 600m, then you swim along the beach and then swim back in 600m -  it's a slightly different course to what was done in the past but it should be challenging."

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Damo's Sol is filled with Stirling Beats

Certain movers and shakers do just that to ensure that their world flows in the right direction. The Northern Illawarra has a vibrant arts community which resonates to West-African beat of Damion Stirling's djembe, which can be found in several bands including Swamp n Beats, Beatmeisters and Swing Booty.

"Music is a diverse industry and had the opportunity to explore many aspects of it." said Damion. "I've been into African drumming for over 15 years - it's something that I stumbled upon at Woodford Folk Festival. When I came back to Wollongong I was fortunate to find some classes and it's really kicked on since then."

"This Saturday is our second year of 'Sol Sounds of Summer' - it's not just a standard kind of gig. We're going to have two stages running, alternating between bands and solo acts - the idea is to have a really open, fun, friendly family sort of time."

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Stannie Carols by Candlelight

The Stanwell Park Public School P&C are launching the festive season in the Northern Illawarra with Carols by Candlelight on Friday 6th December.

There will be twilight gift markets from 4pm with local stall holders featuring handmade toiletries, homewares, jewellery and clothes. The carols start at 7pm, featuring the school children, and other local singing acts.

Gold coin donation to enter, cake stall and coffee van, candles to purchase. Guests can leave an unwrapped gift under the tree for Anglicare.

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Keep it real at Chrissy

Local creative enterprise Wild Rumpus have a bunch of fun classes coming up: DIY Handmade Christmas: Learn something new, give something from the heart, live a sustainable life.

"Wild Rumpus is all about DIY, sustainability and creativity" said Caitlin Marshall, "At Christmas there's a lot of fun to be had, there can be very stressful with all that shopping, and there is a real interest in people making stuff themselves and giving something that they've made. We wanted to make that easier, so we've put together some classes that are all about a DIY handmade Christmas."

From baking to natural soap-making, fun printing to sewing, Wild Rumpus has some classes which will help you to create beautiful things as gifts and save money, landfill and reduce consumption at the same time!

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Summer Sessions return to Beaches

The Beaches Hotel stage comes to life on Wednesday nights in Summer, presenting all manner of original, wonderful, weird and wild entertainment as part of Big Wednesday Summer Sessions.

This mid week gig helps to foster local talent by providing a great live venue with an opportunity to connect with other touring acts.

Big Wednesday kicks off in style on December 4th with the Rock'n'Soul sounds of Bottleneck, followed by Heriot-fest (featuring Rockin Russ, Alex and Rhiannon Heriot) on the 11th, Thirroul's Got Talent on the 18th, and returning fresh on new years day with Peter Northcote & Freinds.

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Grand Pacific Walk masterplan revealed

If you like the idea of cycling or walking from the Royal National Park at Otford through Stanwell Park and on to Lake Illawarra, Windang, then we would like to hear from you.

Wollongong City Council will begin community engagement on the draft Masterplan for the Grand Pacific Walk, which will eventually wind its way along our majestic coastline.

Council will also be talking with community members on the draft concept plans for stage one, which is from Station Street, Stanwell Park, over the Stoney Creek Bridge, Coalcliff, through to the northern end of the Seacliff Bridge. We’re starting here as it currently has no pathways.

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Sharkey's Beach Clean Up

What's better than a Sunday morning walk along the beach? Not much. How about doing it with a team from the Flame Tree Community Food Co-op and leaving it in better shape than when we arrived?

Yes, it's the Coop's first Beach Clean Up.

"The council has been supportive in giving us bags, and sharps containers in case we find any nasty items  but also they will be taking away everything we collect including recyclables."said Cath Blakey, director and volunteer at Flametree Community Food Coop.

"We want it to be fun and not too arduous, just like a stroll along the beach, picking up whatever,  and then will get a good snap of it at the end and have a picnic plus a swim to clean off."

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Save Coalcliff

Did you had your say? The deadline for submissions on the report from the Financial Sustainability Review Citizen’s Panel which affects valuable community resources in the Northern Illawarra ended Wednesday 20th November.

"The Sea Cliff Bridge and Grand Pacific Drive including Coalcliff, all tie together and really attract a lot of visitors from around the world, and for them (Wollongong City Council) to even consider demolishing that pool is just nonsense." said Jo Reed from the Save Coalcliff Community Action Group.

"Coalcliff is such a small community and we really value the things we have here. We don't have any sporting facilities, we don't have any ovals or public spaces to maintain except one reserve, a tiny playground, the pool and the ocean, and that's it. So we'd like to see our pool, our lifeguard hours, and our community hall stay as they are."

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