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Stanwell Park

Paved Paradise

Ever since Lawrence Hargrave began flying his box kites Bald Hill has been an iconic site for visitors and a defining area for flight and gliding. Bald Hill now attracts more than 3,000 visitors in peak times and about 900 visitors each day on average. The Hill has helped to define the northern beaches of Wollongong and will continue to provide sightseers, photographers, and visitors with majestic views of the Sea Cliff Coast.

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Queen of the Boho rhapsody

With a little more leisure time at hand this Easter, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the indian Summer at Stanwell Park and discover one of the newest additions to the Articles Art Gallery complex on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, with the arrival of Boho Chic, the fashionable brainchild of Wendy Roche.

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Stannie freestylers conquer big swim

The annual Stanwell Park Ocean Challenge is on again this Sunday, 24th March. The 2.3km swim along the cliffs from Coalcliff to Stanwell Park is not only a great swim, but a showcase of the beautiful northern Illawarra escarpment.

In it's 12th year, the Stanwell Park Ocean Challenge is the premier ocean swim of the south coast, considered by many to be the "Big Swim of the South". Convenor and founding member of the Ocean Challenge Committe, Andrew Perrin, expects to have 500 swimmers at this year's event. "We encourage our local swimmers to take up the challenge and participate in this great local event. It would be fantastic for a local swimmer to take out one of the major category prizes" said Mr Perrin.

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Talking the Walk

Wollongong City Council is currently working on a proposal to create a shared pathway that links the Royal National Park to Lake Illawarra. The proposed path – dubbed the Grand Pacific Walk – will follow the Grand Pacific Drive route, and encourage tourists and locals walking or riding the path to stop along the way to take in the views, enjoy a coffee at a café or check out the nearby attractions.

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Local nippers scoop the pool

Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club Junior members Jack Williams and Chloe Bell have won the 2012/2013 Illawarra Junior Life Saver of the Year Double (Female and Male Categories).

Jack and Chloe were nominated by the Junior Activities Committee to represent Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club.

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Looking for new members and ideas

THE Stanwell Park branch of the CWA will be holding a handicrafts information session on Tuesday, February 19, between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm at the CWA Hall.

The aim of the session is to find out from CWA members and interested community members what techniques and skills should be covered in the craft classes and what session time best suits everyone.

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Chemist to open in Stanwell Park

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All in the family: Victor, Mervat and Suzanne-Maree Aguirre.

By HEATHER SMITH

PATIENTS of Dr Annette Beaufils’ Stanwell Park surgery will save themselves a trip up Bald Hill to fill their prescriptions with the opening of a chemist in the former Coastline real estate agency scheduled for the New Year.

Pharmacist Mervat Aguirre and her husband Victor signed the lease last week and are organising the fit-out for the chemist, which will also feature beauty products, toys, sunglasses, hats and gifts.

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Tara kneads grist for the mill

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By KAREN LANE

AN ARTISAN bakery, where dough is hand-made and hand-shaped, has given rise to a new offering at Mad Dog Deli in Stanwell Park.

The Mill at the Dog is run by self-taught breadmaker Tara Mills (above) whose passion for bread has French people exclaiming that her baguettes are the closest they’ve tasted to the real thing.

Ms Mills, originally from the UK, uses traditional bread-making techniques and tools, including the couche: a linen-proving cloth which absorbs excess moisture from the shaped dough before baking.

She also uses the lame, which is a double-edged razor blade used to score the tops of baguettes and batards.

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All for one, one for all!

Threemusketeers

STANWELL Park's CWA Hall will be transformed into 17th century France for the annual Christmas pantomime of The Three Musketeers.

The show will premiere this Saturday, December 8, at 2.30pm followed by an evening performance at 7.30pm. It will also be shown on Friday and Saturday, December 14-15, at 7.30pm with a matinee on Sunday, December 16, at 4pm.

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Matt marvels at magical marine moments

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Water baby: Matt Smith in his element.

By HEATHER SMITH

WHEN Stanwell Park underwater photographer Matt Smith found himself in the middle of a baitfish swarm, he knew the bull sharks chasing their prey wouldn’t be able to separate diver from dinner.

“It was like an underwater tornado,” Mr Smith said of his Fiji dive earlier this year.  

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