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Thirroul

First Stop.... Thirroul

Commuter traffic at Thirroul Station is set to increase, as is demand for a seat, with the introduction of a new train service set for the South Coast.

From February 23, a new peak-period, all-stations service will leave Coniston at 6.01 am, arriving at Thirroul at 6.23, where commuters can join the 6.29am service to Central.

The all-stations service aims to encourage people in Wollongong to better utilise their local station, then connect with the express service at Thirroul, which has become one of the Illawarra's Hub Stations.

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Big Changes for Thirroul

Apartment-style living is about to hit Thirroul village with a vengeance, with five luxury townhouses to be built behind Anita's Theatre o
n Redman Avenue, and three more on the other side of the line.

Until the fence went up, the space was used by local kids as a make-shift skate park.

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St Michael’s hosts World's Greatest Fete

For more than 70 years the St Michael’s School fete in Thirroul has brought the community together in a spirit of harmony and fun.

On Saturday 11th October from 10am to 4pm, the fete again reinforces the simple pleasures in life as parents, teachers and pupils rally to create a fundraiser that welcomes the entire community.

Dubbed  "The Greatest Fete in the World" by students, the event has always been well supported by local businesses and attracts thousands each year to the tiny school in Station St.

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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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