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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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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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The burning truth of Bush Fire survival

The first significant bush fire of the season has recently threatened the Northern Illawarra community, so now is the time to ensure that your family and home are protected with a Bush Fire Survival Plan.

The Austinmer Brigade of the NSW Rural Fire Service will be conducting a free information session for Northern Illawarra residents at Thirroul Library on Saturday 19th October from 11am to 1pm, assisting with the preparation of personal survival plans, while also answering questions about what do when leaving early to escape a fire, or staying to defend your home.

"The Rural Fire Service has a number of strategies that we are engaged in to try to prepare all of our community as best we can, for the Summer ahead," said Richard Cotterill, Illawarra Zone Manager for the NSW RFS, "It's looking like a particularly bad season thus far."

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Butchers Spring Racing Luncheon

Thirroul Butchers Rugby League Club recently deferred their popular annual Luncheon, in favour of their 100 year celebrations - to coincide with the new November 1st date, the luncheon will have a "racing" identity along for the ride.

"We've got a few guest speakers for the day, including Malcolm Johnston (who rode in 12 Melbourne Cups and steered Kingston town to 25 of 30 wins), Rugby League Legends Shaun Timmins (a local junior who rose through the Illawarra Juniors to become a State of Origin hero and represented Australia on 9 occasions) and Wendell Sailor (a dual International who has won 4 NRL premierships and remains heavily involved in the media for the NRL and local club St George Illawarra)." said Mitch Bate, club president.

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Thirroul Nippers gear up for fun and sun

Sunday 20th October is the kick off for local Nippers at Thirroul, with boosted numbers showing that the club is still ticking all the boxes for the local kids and parents interested in surf awareness and beach culture.

"Lots of activities with our Nippers - this season we're focussed on getting more members." said Lachlan Pitchard, Club Captain. "We're also introducing a new program where we'll be teaching a bit about surfing as well - which adds some leisure aspect, as opposed to the competition side of Nippers."

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Magic Moonlight Movie at Thirroul

Wollongong City Council will join with the IMB and TAFE Illawarra to launch the 2013 Moonlight Movies program.

Part of Council’s Summertime Magic Moonlight Movies is "Tangled", screening at Thirroul on Saturday 26 October.

Illawarra TAFE students are in charge of the marketing and management of the event as part of their studies.

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Local artists join Rescue effort

There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today - thankfully there is an organisation committed to liberating those enslaved and restoring those that have been abused.

Destiny Rescue is a grassroots, internationally recognised, Christian based, non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The organisation helps to rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and provide a voice for those that can’t speak up for themselves.

Ed's Espresso Bar in Thirroul is hosting a silent auction of mostly photos from local photographers, with funds raised going toward the cause.

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Scrags leaves the beach

A well known landmark on the retail scene in Thirroul is Scrags on the Beach, which has been supplying retro fashion to the Northern Illawarra for the past 10 years. Sadly, the doors are closing on the 27th October but the next few weeks will be an opportunity to take advantage of some terrific discounts as they prepare for the next phase of the Scrags story.

"It's a sign of the times - people are shopping differently these days... a lot of people are going online to get their costume hires." said business owner, Juliet Scrine, "The competition has changed too - since Scrags started, a lot of other stores have popped up all over the place, and are doing a similar thing to us."

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Proposed market at Thirroul sparks debate

A recent proposal to introduce a monthly market to Tingara Park (rear of Thirroul Surf Club) has drawn some heated debate regarding the proposed benefits that such a venture would bring.

The development of Thirroul Beach Market is the brainchild of three local residents, Kirrily Sinclair, Candice Greenwood and Sharon Ursell with a desire to bring together the community through a shared love of the community, food and design.

"It is our intention to operate a monthly, ‘mixed offering’ Market that offers customers relevant, innovative, affordable lifestyle products plus produce and food items." said Sharon, "This will include quality fashion, homewares, design, artisan & handmade items."

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Upcoming Author Talks at Thirroul Library

Book lovers will have much to celebrate thanks to an upcoming series of Author Visits to Thirroul District Library over the next month.

Over the coming weeks Ashley Hall, Marie Bean and Patrick Lindsay will visit the library to talk about their diverse books. The program is part of a focus by Wollongong City Libraries to encourage more people to into our libraries.

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