Lana Patrin is one of the unsung heroes of the music scene in Wollongong, involved with many events that have fostered our blossoming arts culture - on Sunday 15th December she continues her "Soul Bird Lounge" sessions, with Bex Chilcott (Ruby Boots) and local fav, Kay Proudlove.
"I really want my own venue, that's been a dream of mine for a very long time, but I've got a really good backyard, you know, just chuck some couches out, some mats and cushions - it's really nice." said Lana.
"I'm kind of picky with who I have - I'm a big fan of music and that's why I got into it because there's just so much talent out there. That's why I started at The Bowlo (Scarborough Wombarra Bowling Club), just to get bands to come and play - it was a bit of a selfish thing... these people are coming to play for me... yeah, I'll put it on."
Watch out this summer for the return of the successful CaddyShack mobile Chlamydia screening program, a partnership program to improve the sexual health and well-being of young people in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Coordinated by Healthy Cities Illawarra, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service, the HIV & Related Programs Unit ISLHD and local youth services, the youth focused program is going on a ‘Summer Tour’ visiting beaches and parks down the Illawarra and Shoalhaven coast.
The program aims to raise awareness of sexual health, and offer free screening for Chlamydia - a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that’s on the rise in young people. There were over 82 000 notifications of Chlamydia infection in Australia in 2012, which David Wilson from the Kirby Institute suggests is just the tip of the iceberg. “It is likely there are 5 times as many more Australians with undiagnosed Chlamydia, who may be at increased risk of infertility and other reproductive health problems. We estimate that as many as one in 20 young Australians between the ages of 15 and 24 have Chlamydia.”
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!
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.
Susan Cutsforth, award-winning Teacher- Librarian at Corrimal High School, has excelled herself with the print release of her memoir, Our House is Not in Paris. Her story of the trials, tribulations and rewarding times renovating an ancient farm house in France, was released as a digital e-book last year. It was so positively reviewed on Amazon that Melbourne Books decided to go to print.
Coupled with this success, Susan was also offered a two-book deal for the next instalments in her “Our House” series. The second memoir, Our House is Certainly Not in Paris will be published as an e-book this November. The last in the series, Our House is Definitely Not in Paris, will be published in December 2014.
Belle Robinson, musician, music teacher, student nurse is about to embark on a trip of a lifetime with the help of inspired adventures and the UNHCR charity. Belle will be embarking on a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro as part a a fundraising event for the emergency response program for the UNHCR refugee agency.
"When you go on a trip... or I know when I do... I always think 'yay awesome, a holiday', but take for granted the fact that you have a safe home environment, food and shelter waiting for you when you return.' said nursing student and professional musician, Belle Robinson, "Refugees don't have this luxury and this is why I feel so strongly about the work of UNHCR Refugee Agency."
Belle's Sunday Soiree is a gig at Ryan's Hotel, Thirroul on Sunday 10th November from 3-8pm featuring The Blue Salt Band + Stephen Goldrick & Friends + Pete Thomas and of course Belle Robinson. All money from the event goes to the Emergency Response program for the UNHCR Refugee Agency.
Life after plastic bags is the theme of National Recycling Week from 11 November to 17 November 2013. This year Council’s Green Team is asking all community members to reconsider their use of plastic bags.
Manager Environment and Strategic Planning Renee Campbell said: “Plastic bags are harmful to both wildlife and our environment. In Australia we use more than six billion single-use plastic bags each year, with many of these ending up in our parks, waterways and oceans.
“Generally a single use plastic bag is used from the time it takes to get the groceries from the store to your home. When you consider plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to breakdown in the environment, there has to be a better option.”
As part of National Recycling Week, Council is conducting free workshops where you can meet local seabird rescuer, Kirsten Hort, as she shares stories of her work with pelicans, penguins and plastic entanglements. She’s joined by Council’s Green Team to explore how we can avoid plastic bags, use alternatives and protect our local wildlife.
Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre is hosting ‘Regener8’, a free Halloween dance and games festival promoting youth services in the Illawarra on Friday 8th November from 5-8pm. This youth directed event is open to all youth from ages 12-24.
The festival allows youth to discover services that can help them in the Illawarra, particularly mental health services. The information available will relate to all areas of health. However, unlike a standard expo, this information will be provided through a Halloween festival, directed by youth ideas. Creative food, music, and dress will pay homage to the Halloween theme. The decorations will be created by local youth. Plus, various games and activities will run throughout the night, including prizes to be won.
There are many people in our community that, for a variety of reasons are unable to share the wonderful experience of Christmas with family or friends.
To this end, a group of local residents are endeavouring to open up the Christmas feast to the broader community, to share the true spirit of Christmas with other people regardless of religious beliefs, backgrounds or incomes.
This is a genuine attempt to bring a community together and share good food and friendly company.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
The Thirroul Plaza mural project workshops began on Wednesday 24th April - Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre attracted many interested young participants with Sam Newstead, the artist, recently completing the task. Sam has painted the mural with the young people from the Centre in collaboration with the Northern Illawarra Youth Project. Sam is one of the five artists employed by Wollongong Council to create the mural. Some of the other artists have done ceramic art as part of the piece.
Four year old Skye Brenchley is inviting the community to enjoy her grandparents' Springtime garden, as part of Rotary Illawarra's 'Imagination Library' which seeks to improve school readiness and final educational outcomes for children in our community.
"Up to 25% of children in our Illawarra community start school, not ready to learn." said Sandy Brenchley, president of the Bulli and Northern Illawarra Rotary Club, "Many of these children arrive at school, never having held a book in their hands - they start behind other children and may never catch up."
"Poor literacy in adulthood is linked to high unemployment, welfare dependency, low self-esteem, substance abuse and crime."
The Natural Loom, is a new online boutique fabric business launched this week in Thirroul, specialising in natural designer fabrics for home decor, apparel, quilting and craft with a focus on Australian design.
In addition to the beautiful fabrics the store carries a selection of independent patterns, books, buttons & notions.
Owner & mother of 2, Michelle Powell is dedicated to providing personalised service for your creative projects needs. Michelle is a qualified textile technologist who has worked in the textile industry for over 20 years in both fashion and industrial textiles. Michelle's experience has left her passionate about supporting Australian design in a diminishing textile manufacturing industry.
With greater emphasis being placed upon bespoke objects and simpler, cleaner elements that bring pleasure without a burden on the environment, it is interesting to see traditional items such as candles being re-thought, and marketed with love by local producers.
"The opulence of an expertly crafted candle is unrivalled, especially in terms of instant pick-me-up potential." said Petra Delaney, candle-maker and advocate of soothing aromas.
"The kitchen has became a luscious smelling lab with soon to be signature scents mixing in the corner, and test after test finding the best eco sensitive soy wax and fragrances."
Green Left Weekly is holding a Solidarity Dinner on Saturday 10th August, from 6.30pm at Thirroul Railway Hall and also launching the new book, 'Latin America's Turbulent Transitions'.
"The book launch is a fund-raiser for Green Left Weekly, which is an independent media outlet, which is important considering that 70 to 80% of our mainstream media controlled by the Murdoch empire." said Chris Williams, who is a local campaigner with Stop CSG Illawarra, "It's important to support independent, alternative and progressive media, and part and parcel of that is helping to raise funds for it."
Guest speaker at the event will be Federico Fuentes, co-author of the book Latin America's Turbulent Transitions, and will participate in a Q&A session on the night.
On Saturday 27th July, Thirroul Branch of Australian Labor Party hosted its centenary dinner at the Bulli Workers Club with special guest and former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC.
160 Labor members and supporters from across the Illawarra were in attendance to help celebrate 100 years of Labor action in Thirroul.
"We are thrilled that Labor’s most successful Prime Minister and now elder statesman of our party has accepted the branch’s invitation." said Branch President, Chris Lacey, "Bob has always been a very strong supporter of the Illawarra – as a trade union leader and Labor Prime Minister - and we welcome his involvement as a very special & honoured guest to help celebrate the branch’s milestone. The highlight of the night was when Bob belted out a solo version of 'Solidarity Forever' in full."
Thirroul Seaside & Arts Festival Art Prize Committee, with Austinmer Thirroul Lion’s Club, is pleased to announce an Artist's Grant of $1,000 per year for the next three years.
Each year this grant of financial assistance will be advertised and one artist will be chosen from applicants. The grant can be used to finance any of the following:-
Art classes in the Illawarra area
Rental of a studio
or any combination of the above, to the $1,000 value.
The Thirroul Community Gardeners were the first local community garden group to take advantage of Wollongong Council's new garden policy and are celebrating their 1st anniversary.
"Thirroul Community Garden is a group of people that came together almost 3 years ago - people who were concerned about growing food is a sustainable and organic way." said Julie Reed, "It took a while to find the best spot but we were given a parcel of land at High Street Reserve in Thirroul to care for and to grow food on."
The very popular Wild Rumpus Suitcase Market is back and will be happening all again on Saturday 20th July 12 -3pm at Thirroul Community Centre.
The market is an opportunity for emerging and established artists, crafters and enthusiasts of handmade, repurposed and upcycled goods to sell their wares. Stallholders simply pack their products into a suitcase and turn up!
The NSW Government is spending $2,773 in Heathcote to restore and maintain a local community war memorial/s.
Lee Evans today announced that Thirroul RSL Sub Branch has received a grant from the Community War Memorials Fund to replace pavers in front of Wall of Remembrance at Woodward Park, Thirroul.
The Sugar Push Club, is a movement creating a swinging momentum in Wollongong.
"The Sugar Push Club is adding a little more cool to the emerging culture that we are seeing around the area of the Illawarra and surrounds, bringing people closer to enjoy and ride the the same vibes at a whole host of locations, starting off this sunday at His Boy Elroy in Globe Lane Wollongong (as part their monthly "Sunday Sessions @ His Boy Elroy" music program, which is run by Ms PJ Zito), for an evening of spontaneous performance connection and a cheeky whiskey." said local boy and cool swing cat, Tim Dennis.
With an outstanding 2012/2013 season for the Northern Illawarra surf clubs under their belt, it's now time for the crews of the surf boats to de-brief at the Winter Surfboat Convention.
The Annual winter surf boat convention is held at a range of different locations and this time Thirroul Bowling Club will host the event on Saturday 27th July including complementary drinks, barbecue and live entertainment.
The 2013 Winter Surf Boat convention isa chance to get together and talk about the years achievements and whats coming up.
The Austinmer and Thirroul Anglican Church aim to blitz the school holiday blues with a day packed to the brim with geeky goodness.
Kids Biz is School Holiday Adventure held annually in the July Holidays - past years have included Master Chef, Pirates, Olympics and this year is a scientific day titled "Power Lab".
Eighteenth century music is back on the Gong’s radar, with the up and coming tour of the musical duo ‘Duo de Jordaan’ - Anthony Abouhamand has teamed up with fellow student of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Adam Jaffe to bring all four hands and life back to the harpsichord.
After successfully completing their first ever music tour around Europe where they performed throughout the Netherlands as well as in the ‘Musical Instruments Museum’ in Brussels, the duo are coming to Thirroul and they are expected to bring something unique and vibrant to the stage.
Finch Therapy is a painless, non evasive treatment that can be described as a mixture of osteopathy and pilates - it has strong and proven benefits after even a few treatments.
The man bringing this treatment into the light is Sandon Point local, Scott Baines.If the name rings a bell, that's because he is the grandson of the John Baines, of Baines Concrete, but Scott has also created a strong local profile for himself as well, being President of Sandon Point Surf Club for the years leading up to the current redevelopment of the clubhouse.
Each NSW household throws away more than $1,000 of food per year. Sad, isn’t it!
The "Love Your Leftovers" Bus Tour is an initiative of the NSW EPA’s Love Food Hate Waste program and they're inviting parents who have young children at home to embark on an adventure.
Come out of the cold and into the Amazon jungle this July school holidays for Señor Rabbit. Based on a popular Colombian folk tale this is interactive bilingual theatre at its best.
Lillian Rodrigues-Pang is the organiser, and Stanwell Tops resident.
The Beatles Show returns to Beaches Hotel, Thirroul for the fourth consecutive year, and promises to be an event like no other. Held over 2 nights, and encompassing over 60 songs, this year’s show will feature an amazing group of musicians gathering to celebrating their love for the music of The Beatles.
Nothing screams fun like a good old fashioned school fete. St Michaels School in Thirroul are holding their annual school fete on Saturday 15th June, kicking off at 10am with a great day out for the whole family. There is plenty to see and do, from live entertainment, trash and treasure, stalls, books, pre loved clothing and vintage finds.
In a small town on the land’s edge, in the strange space at a war’s end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story.Hear Ashley Hay in conversation with Caroline Baum about her new novel, The Railwayman’s Wife, in one of the places that inspired it: the Railway Institute Hall, Railway Pde, Thirroul on Tuesday 11th June at 6pm, where there will be books available for sale and for signing.
Knitting is now, not only an environmentally friendly, kitschy hobby, it’s also an activity that can assist those in need and raise awareness, about social in-justice and those living below the poverty line.
This Mess, an Electronica duo from Bulli has just released a film clip for their song My Only Gifts, with a video clip that was written and directed by Thirroul film maker, Holden Davies.
This Mess are an Electronica duo who weave rich vocals and live instrumentation with intricately programmed beats and samples. Their fanciful layering of colours and improvised performances forge a kaleidoscope of sound that could only be This Mess.
Downhill Skateboarders dream of long, sloping surfaces with no obstructions and there is no better place than a new estate with double lanes of fresh sticky tar.
Ben Freifeld along with some friends from the Australian Skateboard Racing Association have organised the "Thirroul Sunday Slalom", this Sunday 26th May at the corner of Wilkies and Wakefield Streets in Thirroul.
Kay Proudlove is a singer/songwriter armed with an acoustic guitar and a bunch of wordy songs. Taking influence from artists such as Laura Marling, Katie Noonan, Darren Hanlon, Clare Bowditch, Josh Pyke and Ed Sheeran, Kay’s indie folk style is hybridised with a touch of jazz and a hint of musical theatre.
Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club’s voluntary patrols may have finished for the season but that doesn’t stop its members from springing in to action when required.
Club President Jeff Body and member Phil Watt were volunteering more of their free time on Sunday, Mothers Day, when Mr Watt was called upon.
While installing lights during this weekends working bee, one of many which has been conducted during the surf clubs renovation, Mr Watt was approached by a member of the public who came running in to the club advising there was a swimmer caught in a rip and being taken out sea.
Food lovers will rejoice the return of Hart's Gourmet Produce Market to Thirroul this Sunday 19th May, after its successful debut last month.... this gourmet food market nestled next to the Old Post Office on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, showcases a line-up of the Hart's favourite foodies and local producers.
Is there a way to work with our bodies that not only overcomes pain and injuries, stress or anxiety but also supports our overall sense of wellbeing? Ortho-Bionomy Practititioner, Hugh Churchward believes there is.
One of the great untapped potentials of the human body is its inherent capacity for self correction. Ortho-Bionomy provides a way of tapping into our own extraordinary ability to repair after injury, restore our sense of ease and rediscover our innate preference for being in balance.
Lingalonga is an old house in Thirroul, near where the family of Kerrie Anne Christian have lived for generations.
"I wanted to know more about the stories of interesting women who lingered in Thirroul - exploring their lives, as they lived, worked, died or visited in Thirroul." says Kerrie "Mostly they passed through quietly, as the village nurtured & inspired them."
Mary Ann Hicks - A Thirroul Pioneering Woman - 1839-1930
Dansatori returns with a dance-theatre production choreographed by internationally renowned Eva Crainean, called "Mah-Hah-Bone" which is an expressionistic exposé of the inner mind of a victim of schizophrenia. The production treats mental illness as a spiritual rather than purely a mental disease.
Food Campaign @ 2515 is an initiative of Austinmer & Thirroul Anglican Churches in partnership with The Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre with the goal of supporting local people in need.
Just leave a couple of tins of food outside your door on Sunday 2nd June from 2.30pm and they will be collected for the Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre Emergency Relief Programme. If you do not receive a knock on your door, you are encouraged to still donate by dropping non-perishable food items into Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre or Austinmer and Thirroul Anglican Churches.
Just before winning government Barry O’Farrell made a promise to the people of New South Wales: “The next Liberal/National Government will ensure that mining cannot occur … in any water catchment area, and will ensure that mining leases and mining exploration permits reflect that common sense; no ifs, no buts, a guarantee.”
Most mines in the Southern Coalfield sit within the drinking water catchment for Sydney and Wollongong and the environmental impacts have been significant.