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Bushcare on Display at Thirroul Library

Bushcare in the Northern Illawarra needs more on-the-ground volunteers who have interest and commitment. An eye catching display for the group has been designed and installed at Thirroul Library primarily to attract attention and hopefully some support - it will stay in place until the end of September.

"There is no northern Illawarra Bushcare group as such." says Lesley Clinch, "We contacted the nine Bushcare groups between Thirroul and Stanwell Tops and invited them to be involved."

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South Coast APHEDA celebrates 10 years

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA's first projects worked in partnership with refugee communities in war-torn Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, and Lebanon, training local community members as 'bare-foot doctors', able to provide the simple and basic healthcare which saves thousands of lives of infants and nursing mothers. Locally, a small group of volunteers has been steadily growing their own team of supporters for the cause.

"We started 10 years ago after a few of us participated in an APHEDA study tour in 2004 to visit their projects in East Timor." says Liz Farrar, founding member of the group. "Arising out of our experiences there, we decided to set up a local South Coast APHEDA Group to organise fundraising and other activities in the local community."

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Northern Illawarra Community Dog Walk

A sea of green is expected to flood the coastline between Bulli and Thirroul this Sunday 21st September, at the inaugural Community Dog Walk hosted by the Illawarra dog community.

Hundreds of supporters, including local residents, visitors and their dogs, are anticipated to join in a demonstration of opposition against Wollongong City Council’s proposed radical changes to its Dogs on Beaches and Parks Policy.

Participants will meet near Sandon Point car park (Bulli) at 9.15am sharp, with the walk commencing at 9.30am. Walkers, with their dogs on leads, will be guided by marshals along a route to McCauley’s Beach (Thirroul) and then back to Sandon Point.

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Tasty Ingredientertainment for Good Cause

C3 Church at Thirroul are returning with their popular annual cooking event, on Wednesday 17th September at 7pm, this year including fresh produce markets.

"We have run a cooking show for the last five years involving a cooking demonstration from a local chef and caterer and tastings for those that come." said event coordinator Gail Muir.

"It is a great social night enjoyed by all as the food is amazing but also benefits some worthwhile community project."

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Tattoo for Cancer

When you think ink in the Northern Illawarra, only one place comes to mind, and that is Soul Expression - a creative studio built by leading skin artist, Wayne Cartwright.

The studio was located on the southern side of Thirroul for many years, and has more recently relocated to Anita's Theatre opposite Beaches Hotel.

Although synonymous with pain, the studio also delivers much pleasure, especially with a new concept that will be launched on Sunday 31st August called 'Tattoo for Cancer'.

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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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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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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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Healthy Souls help the Paw

A community dog walk has been organised for Sunday 22nd June along McCauley's off-leash Beach to raise money for Wollongong Animal Rescue Network (WARN), in association with Paw Trails, The Dog Project, and Bang Bang & Fluff.

"The aim is to raise money for WARN with a gold coin donation for each dog attending the walk. WARN will also hopefully be in attendance with dogs currently in their foster care, which will be a great way to showcase them to assist find their forever home."

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Improving Relationships

So much of what we experience in our relationships with others goes unsaid, or comes out in ways that can be very damaging. We often struggle with indecision and a lack of clarity over what is happening with others. It may be reassuring to know that you are not alone in these experiences and things can change for the better, for your own well-being.

A one day workshop, Assertiveness and Improving Relationships, is being offered through Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 26th June. The workshop will run from 10am through to 2.30pm and will be a donation-only arrangement. All proceeds will be donated to help support Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre.

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