ISSUE NO. 16 : WINTER 2022 - Coal Coast Magazine

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ISSUE No.16 JUNE JULY AUGUST 2022 HISTORY | ART | PEOPLE | MUSIC | FOOD | REVIEWS | CULTURE | TRAVEL


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Drew Fairley. Photo by Paul Henderson-Kelly

By Drew Fairley

Merrigong Theatre Company manages IPAC & Wollongong Town Hall on behalf of its major funding partner, Wollongong City Council.


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a night at the theatre fairy meadow meant to be spiced vegetable & lentil soup click & collect getting dirty! craft beers a flying start mr a+ finds for you tour of taste ones to watch local biz love a special gift

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explore & discover walk this way a cosy home wellness infusions gardening for wellbeing young talent time player profile where to invest? coal coast faves hey brew coal coast pops meet a neighbour what's on calendar the quiz

There is a QUIZ on page 96 and here are the answers: 1. Pleasant place near the sea; 2. Portuguese; 3. Robertson; 4. Sloth; 5. Mandarin; 6. True; 7. Australian Sign Language; 8. Benjamin Rixon; 9. Red, Yellow, Black; 10. Three; 11. China; 12. Tina Turner; 13. Michael Phelps; 14. Hayden Durose; 15. Jingle Bells; 16. Twelve Years; 17. An unkindness; 18. India; 19. Mate; 20. Scotland.



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We acknowledge the Dharawal People as the Traditional Custodians of the Illawarra region. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

There’s no doubt we’re spoilt when it comes to our surrounding natural environment, but if you ask us, and so many of our readers, what they love most about living in the Illawarra, the answer isn’t the spectacular scenery (although, that’s a win!) – it’s community. The people that live beside us are what really make this place special. It was in this spirit that we first launched the mag, to give voice to the brilliant and thoughtful neighbours we reside among. So this issue that’s exactly what we’re doing! Our spotlight on turns the focus to a suburb rich in cultural heritage, Fairy Meadow, and some of the everyday people and businesses that make the place tick. From thriving small shopfronts, to a new brewery and some of the best pizza and cannoli in town, there’s much to love here. On the cover this issue, is one such Fairy Meadow shop – Retro Spectrum. The image, which we think captures the everyday charm and uniqueness of this area we love, is shot by the talented Tom Opie, maker of delicious drinks at Births & Deaths and legend behind a camera. We also chatted to the lovely Nina of Nina Cantina, who runs delicious foodie tours through some of the lesser-travelled parts of the region (p52), Dr Elyssa De Carli, a scientist teaching kids about wondrous local sealife (p64), and West Wollongong reality TV star and podcast host, Michael Theo (p42). We hope you enjoy this issue, lovingly dedicated to part of our CC Mag community – one of our biggest supporters, Therese’s beautiful mum, Janice McCormack. xx

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THE WAY WE WERE

a night at the theatre A FIRM FAVOURITE FOR DATE NIGHTS IN THE 1950s AND '60s WAS THE MAGNIFICENTLY OPULENT REGENT THEATRE IN KEIRA ST, WOLLONGONG. WHAT HAS BECOME OF THIS GLAMOROUS VENUE AND WILL IT SOON BE RETURNED TO ITS FORMER GLORY? Words Jo Failes Sources www.cinematreasures.org, Lost Wollongong, Illawarra Museum, Illawarra Mercury Images From the collections of the Wollongong City Libraries and the Illawarra Historical Society

Commissioned in the mid-late 1930s by Herbert Wyndham Jones, a local entertainment entrepreneur, the grand 1,630-seat Regent Theatre was designed by architect Reginald John Magoffin. Jones died before the theatre was finished and did not get to see his plans come to fruition.

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The Regent’s first screening was on Boxing Day in 1957 and the theatre was run by Herbert’s wife Emily Vaughan Jones and son Morry. The Jones’ daughter, Rowena Milgrove, who is remembered fondly by patrons, took over the theatre after Morry died in 1974 and continued to manage the theatre for 30 years until she passed away in 2004.


THE WAY WE WERE Over the years, the Regent Theatre has hosted not only a myriad of movies, but musicians and bands, such as trumpeter James Morrison and the NSW Police Band, Paul Kelly, and Xavier Rudd – and was even a venue for important trade union meetings in the 1960s, who took advantage of the large seating capacity. The last movie screening, to a standing ovation as the credits rolled, was in late January 2004. The interior of the Regent Theatre was designed by Marion Hall Best (with help from Jane Single) – and is the only cinema in Australia with its original work by Best that is all still intact, with the dress circle, original furnishings and original Cinemascope screen and 70mm projection equipment. Patrons marvelled at the sea-green plaster mouldings on the side walls inside the main auditorium showing mythological scenes and stared in wonder at the criss-cross of lights on the ceiling which symbolised a star-filled night sky. The mezzanine level was Japanese in style, with a bamboo pattern on the ceiling and the outer façade of the building was dusky pink in colour for many years.

The Regent Theatre was purchased by The Gateway City Church in 2005. The church has hosted an annual fashion parade fundraiser and in 2016, much to the delight of the public, it re-opened as a cinema for one day only for a special Community Movie Day.

After public outcry at the threat of demolition in 2002, a campaign by the Friends of the Regent Theatre group and the NSW National Trust saved the theatre and by 2005 the main building and façade was state heritage-listed.

In 2021 the theatre was sold to new owners and new plans for the building are currently in the works. Let’s hold onto the hope that it will be restored in all its grandeur and emerge once again as the venue to see and be seen at. ¡

I was there… "I was a regular in the '60s – it was THE place to be on a Saturday night. Everyone used to dress up quite fancy and they ushered you to your seat. I remember the queues would be out the door. I have such fond memories of seeing movies like A Hard Day’s Night and The Sound of Music." – Sandra, Wollongong

"I remember going as a kid and being intrigued by the big old theatre, the heavy seats that flipped up and down, and the smell of what I think was old leather and horsehair! I was really sad when they stopped using it as a theatre, and felt trepidation that a place that held intrigue and a ‘soul’ would be lost." – Catherine, Mt Keira

"I was there for the premiere of The Phantom Menace. I dressed up as Yoda. We sat in the top deck. I'm not actually sure you could hear ANY of the film over the yelling and screaming. It was awesome." – Ian, Thirroul"

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SPOTLIGHT ON

fairy meadow Words Diana Ioppolo Images Tom Opie @t_opie

Shaped by its geography, early industrial development, and immigrant roots, Fairy Meadow has transformed from what was once idyllic grasslands to the bustling commercial hub it is today.

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Fairy Meadow was named after its grassed open meadows complete with fresh streams of running water. Officially occupied in 1824, it was originally called Para Meadow after the Aboriginal word ‘Para’, meaning river or creek. The following years saw Andrew Lysaght, John Buckland, and the Guest family move to the area and begin the early development that shaped the Fairy Meadow we know today.

Early industry in the area included the first flour mills of the Illawarra, the largest brickyard south of Sydney, and the coal mines of Mount Pleasant. Later in the 19th century, the Guest family transformed the virgin bush into a dairy farm that delivered milk twice daily to Wollongong and Sydney. Today, Fairy Meadow is home to a bustling commercial hub. A mix of light industrial businesses marks the suburb to the north and south, with the middle along the Princes Highway and its surrounding side streets a hive of boutique stores, cafes and small businesses.

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Visit Fairy Meadow and you’ll no doubt sense the unmissable Italian flavour of the area. It all began with the arrival of post-war Italian immigrants who were recruited by BHP in the 1950s. As word of mouth spread, others arrived from the hydroelectric scheme in the Snowy Mountains and the Bonegilla transient camp in Victoria. Many settled in Fairy Meadow after a period at the Fairy Meadow Migrant Hostel on Squires Way. As the community grew, so did their desire to keep their key traditions and culture alive. And so, the South Coast Social and Fraternity Club was founded and opened in 1953. Commonly referred to as ‘The Frat’, the club offered restaurants and sporting facilities while running regular social events. The adults would play bocce, the kids would play hide and seek, and singles mingled at the now infamous dance nights that attracted local immigrants of all backgrounds. Today, the club is as popular as ever thanks to its family, food, and community focus. Castagna Day marks the start of the Italian nut season and for the Frat, the biggest event on their calendar. The day pays tribute to the nut that was used to make bread after many corn and grain fields were destroyed in Italy by bombs during World War II. At the Frat, the celebration has become a family-focused festival that can see over 10,000 people attend and over a tonne of roasted chestnuts sold. “It’s my family’s favourite event of the year. We’re of Italian descent, so we love the cultural feel, seeing people we know, the rides, the music, the food – we absolutely love it!” Castagna Day regular, Sue Maccagnan says.

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Fairy Meadow’s proximity to the CBD, mix of demographics, and supportive business community has made it a magnet for people looking to make their small business dreams a reality. “It really is a one-stop suburb, and a big reason why I chose to open my business here nine years ago,” says Olivia Disibio, owner of The Beauty Lounge by Olivia. “It’s central for clients coming from both the northern and southern suburbs. They love the variety the local shops have to offer and they can do their groceries while they’re here.” Kate Boyle, founder of activewear store LokaMo, has been running her business in Fairy Meadow for 13 years and has found the support of the local business community invaluable. “We love that we’re surrounded by like-minded, locally owned, supportive small businesses,” she says. “And we’re proud to say that our customers and neighbouring business owners are now also our friends.” New business owners are also welcomed to the fray, as discovered by Pilates Haus owner Rayna Gillot after opening her studio in January 2021. “Fairy Meadow is an up-and-coming area with such a great community,” she says. “All the local businesses support each other, and the community are such a wonderfully supportive and dedicated bunch. It’s like one big family and we just love the area.”


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WHERE TO SHOP Retro Spectrum Retro Spectrum is a retro emporium run by long-time collector and fan of all things vintage, Dannielle Fletcher. Set in a 1930s block that was originally a hardware store, Retro Spectrum stocks bric-a-brac, clothes, furniture, games, and more. “I have only one rule for the shop – and it’s that I must love any item I choose to sell,” says Dann. The Sensory Studio The Sensory Studio was inspired by owner Erin’s experience of struggling to source sensory aids for her daughter locally. Opening in 2019, it is a non-judgmental space for community-minded parents, carers, and teachers of children and adults with additional needs. Oli + Jac Operating both a retail and online store, Oli + Jac stocks Australian brands for babies, mamas, and their home with a sustainable focus. Harley & John’s Seafood If fresh seafood is on the menu, you can't beat Harley & John’s. Supplying many restaurants in the area, the variety is exceptional, plus owner Grant Logue and the team are on hand to provide cooking tips and advice. And with a solid range of dipping sauces, curries and marinades, you’ll be channeling your inner MasterChef in no time.

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W H E R E T O E AT Pasticceria Massimo Papa Founder Massimo is an Italian pastry chef who offers a taste of Italy in the heart of Fairy Meadow. The traditional Italian dessert bar is filled with Italian sweets, light lunches, gelato, and its famous ricotta cheesecake. Keep an eye out for their annual Cannoli Day where you can buy discounted cannoli or join their cannoli eating competition. Il Bene Located in the Fraternity Club, Il Bene is the home of traditional pizza made under the guidance of Italian-born and trained pizza chefs. You’ll find wood-fired pizza made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and a selection of desserts and gelato to complete the full Italian experience. Peter’s Bakery More of a grab-and-go meal, Peter’s Bakery is locally known for its delicious banh mi rolls. On the highway, just near Woolworths, you’ll spot the growing queue patiently waiting for their pork, crackling pork and chicken rolls. It’s worth the lunchtime line-up!

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WHERE TO DRINK The Broken Drum Tucked in Daisy Street, The Broken Drum takes their coffee seriously and never fails to serve up a delicious blend. Teamed with some vintage crockery and teaspoons, it is a great place to watch the locals pass by. Two Doors Café and Bar Open for breakfast, lunch, and Sunday afternoons, Two Doors Café is also a licensed bar serving specialty beers, cocktails, and wines. Its live Sunday music sessions featuring local talent is a great way to end the weekend. Principle Brewing Owner David Mason is a former coffee sommelier turned beer maker who opened Principle Brewing in February 2022 on an industrial site. With a focus on taste and supporting locals, the brewery offers in-house brews as well as canned beers and is also home to permanent food truck Hank’s Fried Chicken. ¡

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meant to be THE AIN’T NONNA’S JOURNEY FROM TEENAGE FANTASY, TO POP-UP, TO EXCITING NEW EDITION TO THE GONG’S FOOD LANDSCAPE Words & images Stefan Posthuma 83-85 Market St, Wollongong, www.aintnonnas.com.au

At 15, Matt and Cassandra Bugeja both knew they wanted to cook. Arriving from different paths, destiny eventually brought them together in the kitchen of one of Sydney’s most celebrated fine diners. A spark quickly caught fire and the two embarked on a journey in food and in life that they both knew would one day see them owning a restaurant together. From campervan trips through Europe and stints at cutting edge Scandivanian venues, to sleeping on restaurant floors, crashing in London hostels and starting their first pop-up – the two did it all, but the goal never changed. In April they opened their restaurant – Ain’t Nonna’s. Their slice of Italy in the heart of Wollongong’s CBD. Through perseverance, focus, and mutual support, the dream became a reality. It was meant to be, and they couldn’t be happier.

always have people over and be cooking for them. I could see how food brought people together, it brought me closer to my family. Since I first started cooking, I knew it would be a career for me. Even in my teens I knew I wanted to own a restaurant one day. Matt: I did food tech at school and it was one subject that I really enjoyed and was good at, but I wasn’t a great student, so at 15 I left school and started my chef ’s apprenticeship.

You’ve both been in hospitality since day one. How did you get into food? Cass: I wanted to be a cook since I was four. Cooking has always been a big part of my family. My parents are entertainers – they would

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LOCAL FOOD Where did you go from there? Cass: The goal was always to travel, so we went to Europe. We bought a campervan and travelled around for six months. We staged at a few restaurants. We worked at a place called Amass in Copenhagen, which we both were obsessed with at the time. We slept in our van out the front of the restaurant for a month – brushing our teeth in the carpark. It was an amazing experience.

Wow, so definitely early starters. What were those early days in the industry like? Cass: I always knew I wanted to work at a high level. I remember in year 12 I had an old restaurant guide. I sent a handwritten letter to the top 10 restaurants in the guide. The first reply I got was from Bilson’s. Tony Bilson is known as the Godfather of Australian Cuisine – it was an amazing opportunity. Matt: My first job was at a pretty ghetto Italian restaurant in Parramatta where I learnt the basics. From there I went to a fine dining spot called Sojourn in Balmain. I basically got my arse handed to me straightaway – it was intense. When you’re a first or a second-year apprentice you think you know how to cook. At that level of fine dining, I quickly learnt I didn’t know anything. I got smashed those first few weeks. Cass: Yeah, it was the same for me at Bilson's. There were some amazing chefs working there and I got whipped into shape quickly. I was doing those 80-hour weeks, crying every afternoon because I didn’t think I could hack it. It was the hardest year of my career, but I learnt so much. So you both were passionate, energetic young chefs working in the Sydney hospo scene… Where did you meet? Cass: Matt had moved to another restaurant called Becasse. I was 19 when I got a job there. He was the sous chef and I was on the larder section. You get close to the people you work with in a kitchen, so we hit it off pretty quickly. Matt: It was awesome to meet someone as passionate and as driven as I was. We both had similar goals. We both already knew we wanted to own a place eventually. It wasn’t long until we had ideas for pop-ups and all sorts of things. You have a million ideas at that age – but we weren’t ready.

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Sounds like it – a bit of a pilgrimage for young chefs… How did you end up in Wollongong? Cass: I grew up here. When we got back from Europe, we lived in Sydney for a few more years. We wanted to buy a house, and we couldn’t afford anywhere in Sydney – so we bought down here. I could see the growth and the opportunity in Wollongong. I kept saying to Matt, “Let’s be part of the revolution.” Matt: I was a bit resistant at the start… I wasn’t quite ready to leave the Sydney restaurant scene, but eventually it just got to that time. We’d always had a goal to open a place. That was the next step in our careers and in our lives – it was time to get the wheels in motion. So you dipped your toes in with an Ain’t Nonna’s pop-up at The Throsby. How did that come about? Cass: I knew it was coming time for us to open a place, so I was already studying wine. I did a sommelier course with Sydney Wine Academy. I knew that at our new place I was going to end up on the floor, so I was upskilling. I worked at The Throsby casually pouring wines and learning the floor. We’d already been having conversations about doing pop-ups so it happened pretty naturally. Matt: We talked about it with the owners and they jumped on the idea. The pop-up was a great way for us to test the concept. It also allowed us to begin building a brand before opening our own restaurant. It was really fun, too. People loved it.

“We’d always had a goal to open a place. That was the next step in our careers and in our lives."


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"We love classic Italian food, we love nonnas – but we ain’t nonnas. We’re a young couple in Wollongong, who love cooking." Cass: When we got underway, we were overwhelmed by the support. People came out in droves. I think within the first two or three weeks we said, “We’re doing this – let’s find a space for ourselves.” Eventually, in December 2021, the opportunity came up for this space on Market Street and that’s where we finally started realising the dream we’d always had. What were some of the considerations when you were developing a business plan? Cass: We wanted a fair bit of space, we wanted an outdoor area – but flexibility was the key. We came up with this concept of being an Italian restaurant at night and an Italian-style bakery during the day – serving quality coffee and tea, Italian pastries and savoury-top focaccias. Matt: We’re in the CBD here so we have a lot of grab-and-go options for people who just want something to take into to the office, but there’s also the option to sit down and have a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine at lunch.

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Tell us about how you approach Italian cooking here at Ain’t Nonna’s? Matt: I’ve always wanted to do handmade pastas. In Wollongong, most Italian restaurants focus more on pizza. There are not many places where you can get a bowl of handmade pasta. Pasta is our favourite food. It’s tasty, it’s simple, it’s cheap and it’s approachable to everyone. We always planned for pasta to be the baseline. The snacks are something to compliment the pasta. You get your bread, burrata and salumi – you graze on that and then you get a bowl of pasta. You can sit in the courtyard, eat, have a glass of wine and go home. It’s the way we love to eat. Cass: We love classic Italian food, we love nonnas – but we ain’t nonnas. We’re a young couple in Wollongong, who love cooking – we were fine dining chefs for years, we wanted to open a place that serves tasty food so we did and here we are. What about the drinks? Cass: We’re keeping the wine list really pared back and small to start. It’s all very high-quality, Italian-focused – both Aussie wines of Italian grapes, or imported Italian wines. We’ve also got just four cocktails


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– everything is really simple and streamlined. It allows us to give better service and focus on the customer. It doesn’t mean we’re not gonna do more – we will.We’ll eventually have a few more premium wines by the bottle only. But we’re just beginning this ride – the most important thing is to make sure the customer has a good experience. You have your own restaurant now. What do you hope life looks like now this dream has become a reality? Matt: We’re both just stoked to be here and enjoying the ride for what it is right now. We spent the best part of 15 years working so hard for other people. Doing it for yourself is just a different story… it’s so liberating. We’re here all day and all night, and we couldn’t be happier. I think we’re really fortunate to have found each other. We’ve had the same goals throughout our whole careers and supporting each other has kept us moving forward. Being able to share this ride with the person you care about most is by far the best part. ¡

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RECIPE

Spiced vegetable + lentil soup This is not your ordinary soup – it is hearty, rich and deeply spiced. Despite the rather long list of ingredients, this soup is effortless. It’s perfect for those days when you are lacking motivation in the kitchen.

Serves 6 Freezer-friendly

Ingredients 1 red onion 2 carrots 1 sweet potato (600g) 4 tomatoes 1 small pear 2 garlic cloves, whole with skin on 2cm knob ginger 1½ teaspoons garam masala (or ground cumin) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper ½ cup red split lentils, rinsed and drained 1 L bone broth or vegetable stock 400ml tin coconut milk

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Roughly chop the onion, carrots, sweet potato, tomato and

pear into 3cm chunks, leaving the skin on except for the onion. Add to a large roasting tray with the garlic cloves, ginger and garam masala. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and give everything a good mix. Place in the oven and cook for 50 minutes or until all the vegetables are soft, stirring once halfway through.

3. Meanwhile, add the lentils, broth/stock, coconut milk, plus an

additional 1 cup of water to a deep pot. Cover and bring to the boil over a medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer partially covered for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are very soft. Turn the heat off. Once the vegetables are roasted, discard the garlic clove skins and add everything to the pot with the lentils. Add a large splash of water to the roasting tray to make sure you get all of the pan juices and add to the pot.

4. Puree the soup using a stick blender, blender or food processor. Serve with some sourdough toast. ¡

This recipe is taken from the recently released book, Nurture the Seed – an ultimate nutrition guide for expecting mums. The book aims to equip women with the knowledge to navigate the often-confusing prenatal nutrition guidelines, and utilises evidence-based research. Produced by two mums, Wollongong local Renee Jennings, an accredited practising dietitian, and Georgia Gregory, a high school English teacher, Nurture the Seed is filled with 35 nutrient-dense recipes that are fuss-free, delicious and suitable for the whole family.

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click & collect WOLLONGONG ONLINE FARMERS MARKET IS YOUR WEEKLY STOP FOR LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD Healthy Cities Illawarra and Food Fairness Illawarra have launched Wollongong Online Farmers Market (WOFM) to grow a more resilient, sustainable food economy to benefit our community, our producers and environment. Working together with over 20 amazing local producers, WOFM hopes to give the community convenient access to the best sustainable produce from our region. Only stocking food that is grown or produced in a socially and environmentally responsible manner within the boundaries of the Illawarra region or adjoining LGAs (Campbelltown, Shoalhaven, Sutherland, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly). “I’m so excited to share my abundant produce with the community, helping to build a resilient, fresh, healthy, local food system in the Illawarra,” says Fiona Weir Walmsley from Buena Vista Farm in Gerringong. The WOFM was initiated to provide local producers (including emerging and backyard growers) with an additional distribution channel, while alleviating barriers experienced at physical markets, like staff and stall fees with no guaranteed sales. The online marketplace provides vital infrastructure to build a shorter, fairer, and more transparent food supply chain.

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“A more localised food system means lower food miles and CO2 emissions, as well as a larger proportion of revenue being retained in our local economy,” says Berbel Franse from Healthy Cities Illawarra. Lower food miles and supply chain restrictions is what prompted local grower Penny Thompson from Penny’s Plants & Produce in Towradgi to ramp up her home garden production two years ago. “I started sharing the excess from my garden with neighbours and friends and encouraging people to plant food plants in their own home space from the extra seedlings I grew,” she says. “At the same time, I was studying subjects at the University of Wollongong’s School of Sustainable Communities, looking specifically at the environmental impacts of cities, and the unsustainable nature of mainstream agriculture and the globalised food system. When I learned that one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions were coming from our globalised food system, I knew that issues, such as reducing ‘food miles’, were incredibly important. Urban farming practices such as backyard food production in combination with localised food networks have the potential to make a big difference in mitigating climate change, slowing the deforestation caused by agricultural expansion, reducing the use of toxic agrichemicals, and improving the overall liveability of urban spaces. So when I heard about the Wollongong Online Farmers Market, I was very excited as I knew it was a much-needed service to boost the growth of a local, sustainable food network.”

Penny grows everything as naturally as possible using organic methods with lots of mulch, compost and love. And now the community can benefit from her garden’s bounty, including some more unusual fruits and vegetables, and purchase direct from the WOFM website. Each Wednesday, WOFM is open for the community to click and collect a great variety of local and sustainable foods from local producers. Orders are open until Monday evening for collection the following Thursday from their Fairy Meadow hub. “It’s a fantastic, innovative, and fresh space to offer our region greater diversity in produce. I can’t wait to share a variety of super fresh produce,” says Sarah Anderson of Popes Produce in Woonona, who is selling her produce on the platform. Due to the recent extreme weather conditions, many local producers have experienced significant damage to their farms. The flow-on effect of the continuing wet weather pattern is a limited fresh produce selection currently available, until producers are able re-establish and grow mature crops. Despite these challenges, the WOFM team is determined to forge ahead. “At times like these, it's only by coming together, that we can build resilience to support our local community,” says Berbel. ¡

how to shop

To start shopping, head to healthycities.org.au/wollongong-online-farmers-market.

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12 noon Wednesday - 11pm Monday

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getting dirty! WELCOME TO THE DIRTY WINE SHOP – THE CHARMING ALL-NATURAL WINE STORE IN WOLLONGONG, BRIMMING WITH PERSONALITY, ART, AND DOWNRIGHT DELICIOUS DROPS Interview Tanaya Joe Images Jasmine Low @thejlow

In 2021, friends Simon Roach and Jayden Lenhart noticed a gap in the local booze scene and took a punt, opening Dirty Wine Shop & Tasting Room in Keira Street, Wollongong – selling natural wines made using 100 per cent organic or biodynamically farmed grapes with minimal intervention. The boys, who were born and raised in Wollongong, noticed that the intrigue around the natural wine subculture was growing. People were seeing these brightly coloured, boldly labelled bottles circulating their Instagram feeds and wondering what they were and how they could get their hands on some.

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“Local heroes Babyface Kitchen were paving progression within the food scene – their wine list consistently spot-on!” says Simon. “The Night Parrot and Throsby had the ‘wine bar’ scene shining bright – both with ever-evolving lists. I visited all three frequently and drank with GUSTO!” But Simon and Jayden knew there was a key player missing. Bottle shops slinging natural wines were becoming more common in Sydney and surrounds, but in the Illawarra, while craft beer varietals were easy to come by, natural wine was not such a simple buy. Cue the birth of Dirty Wine Shop. Now after over a year spruiking all things wine, the store is loved by locals and travellers alike. Still tradies by day, Simon and Jayden spend Thursday to Sunday nights pouring and promoting their passion to their beloved customers.


LOCAL DROP For Simon, the love affair with wine started back in 2010, when he moved to London and lived in share-house accommodation. “Typically, a person in this situation would be straight to the pub for pints and football,” says Simon. “But several of my housemates were cultured souls hailing from Austria and France – in particular, towns famous for viticulture. They led me down the path of minimal intervention wine. They were electric, vibrant and unlike any wines I’d been exposed to before. I was hooked!” Jayden doesn’t have quite the same wine story. In fact, he doesn’t have one at all… “He’s a happy-go-lucky kinda guy that floats in the breeze,” says Simon, affectionately. “We connected several years ago through a love for house music. I was playing DJ sets around town, and he was always in attendance. We soon became good mates. Whether we were playing music at home, or at the bar, he too chose to have a glass of wine in front of him. And the wine was always 100 per cent natural. He loved it nearly as much as I did!” From this friendship, the basis for the business blossomed. And after a lengthy process to get their liquor licence, and a pushed launch date, they finally swung open the door to Dirty Wine Shop in March 2021. And then the fun part started… “We knew there were a lot of minimal intervention wine drinkers in Wollongong,” says Simon. “But we also knew we’d be serving a lot of people who had absolutely zero idea what natural wine was. It made sense for us to showcase these wines, and give people a glimpse as to how diverse, and downright delicious they are. So we introduced walk-in wine tastings, giving customers the ability to ‘try before you buy’.” The walk-in tastings were a huge hit from the getgo, allowing buyers not only the freedom of tasting the wines, but also the time to chat to Simon and Jayden about sustainable winemaking techniques and the different methods employed by vignerons in this field. “The tasting table seats eight, and it’s a place where conversation always turns communal. There are always laughs, and friendships formed over wine chat, foodie squabble and common interest. If the occasion calls for intimacy, we have the two-stool ‘love seat’. Both table and love-seat appropriately lit under candlelight,” laughs Simon.

“Once you start enjoying natural wines you may find it very difficult to go back to the conventional side again.” The way the tastings work is Simon and Jayden pick three wines they’re both enjoying at the time. Normally something a little left of centre, and often from varietals that are a little less known. And the wines change every week. “If our doors are open, so are the bottles,” Simon says. So what’s the difference in taste between mainstream and natural wines and why all the hype? “They can present aromas and tasting notes that will at first seem intense or strange. Natural winemaking offers a purer expression of the grapes themselves; the wines are more vibrant, and they taste and feel alive!” enthuses Simon. “We love ‘em… but we’ll openly admit that for us (many moons ago) and others, they can take some getting used to. But once you start enjoying natural wines you may find it difficult to go back to the conventional side again. It’ll be the best adventure of your life!”

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Not to be overshadowed by the bold and vibrant bottles that line the shelves in the shop, the store’s fit-out and artwork is just as impressive. The tasting table is a talking point in itself. An ode to Simon’s late grandfather Ray Roach, the table is actually his carpentry bench – now serving its current purpose without erasing the scars from decades of hard work. The single-line designs of Daniel Steele Aldridge take pride of place on the front walls, while local print media artist Olivia J’s selection of handrawn recreations, depicting some of the boys favourite natural wines, hang gallery-style under spotlights. The space is fun and inviting, just like the owners themselves. While wine is quite obviously a passion and a point of pride for Simon and Jayden, who spend countless hours sampling and researching before choosing their stock, it is also abundantly clear their attention to detail and penchant for ensuring customers have a unique shopping experience is truly what sets them apart. “Chatting wine and life with our customers every week brings us so much joy – it’s our favourite part,” says Simon. “Bringing amazing natural wine to the Gong over the past 15 months or so has been such a blast and we have no plans to stop anytime soon! This is just the beginning.” ¡

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craft beers SPOILT FOR CHOICE, WE SAMPLE SOME OF THE MANY LOCAL CRAFT BEERS ON OFFER. YES, IT IS HARD WORK FOR SOME Reviews Duncan Rintoul, Simon Nutt and Roger Fitzhardinge

Resin Brewing Bulli Half Hazed 3.5%

One catch with crafties is the high alcohol content of some brews. All good if you’re a passenger, of course, but not so flash if you’re the driver or in for the long haul. Jewel of the North, Resin has risen to this challenge admirably with the Half Hazed, a pale ale that offers an amazingly full palate for a mid-strength. This hoppy little number is a favourite amongst the ever-changing delights on offer at this classy heritage venue. Top job, lads. DR

Five Barrel Brewing Wollongong Night Cap Milk Stout 5%

If dark beers aren’t on your to-do list then you, my friend, are missing a trick. This classy little number is a nice gentle on-ramp to the dark side: smooth as silk, not too creamy, and with rich chocolatey espresso notes that leave no doubt as to why some consider this a dessert beer. Frankly, it’s a pretty good lunch beer too. DR

Illawarra Brewing Co. Wollongong Chuck Norris American Red Ale 6.4%

The godfather of the craft beer scene in Wollongong? That’s Dave and the crew from Illawarra Brewing Co. Home to a family of sensational beers, it features some solid favourites and seasonal specials. The picks of the litter include the Apocalypso IPA, the Coffee Milk Stout and Chuck Norris. Unsurprisingly, Chuck is smooth, and packs a punch (or a roundhouse kick). Takeaways available in cans or growlers, or stick around the brew house for food trucks, live music and enough TVs to keep an eye on the score. RF

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Seeker Brewing Unanderra Nan + Pop’s Wet Hop IPA 7%

After you’ve centered yourself at the Nan Tien Temple, pull in across the road to the coolest bit of the industrial estate, Seeker Brewing. Blink and you’ll miss the joint, but rest assured Nan and Pop have worked up a very smooth and easy drinking IPA. Understated in this reviewer’s opinion, but packs a serious punch, much like Nan’s rum and raisin balls of the ‘80s. The can art is beaut too. SN

Grassy Knoll Brewing @ Seeker Brewing Unanderra Electric Fuzz Watermelon Sour 4.5%

This little speculator didn’t disappoint, owning a watery melon bouquet (I shouldn’t have been surprised) and delivered with a subtle sweet tang, and an aftertaste of lollies. It is a sour, but not overly so, and still fits the description, with the watermelon flavour strengthening throughout the can. The EFWS has been doing the rounds for a while, and was concocted by Grassy Knoll, the precursor to Seeker Brewing. A nice accomplice to any primary suspect. SN

Principle Brewing Fairy Meadow Dazey Double Oat Cream Hazy IPA 9%

A wise man once said that there’s a time for everything. A time for Heaps Normal (zero alcohol beer), and a time for Dazey. This juicy fruit bomb of a hazy – yes, hazy is so hot right now – fits the bill when you want a beer that packs a punch without the palate-puckering power of a standard IPA. Hot tip (literally) is to match it with the spicy tenders from the Hank’s Fried Chicken food truck out the front. RF

Reub Goldberg Brewing Machine Tarrawanna ESB - Extra Special Bitter 5.2%

With an ever-rotating taplist of brewed-in-frontof-your-face beers, it’s hard to pin down Reub’s finest. Get a paddle (only $10 for four tasters) and make up your own mind! There’s not a lot of pale ales without an ‘I’ in front of them, so the ESB is a welcome find for those with a penchant for an English-style pale ale. Smells fruity but with a rich toffee/spice body. RF

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a flying start UOW CREATIVE WRITING GRADUATE CAMILLE BOOKER RELEASED HER DEBUT NOVEL TO MUCH ACCLAIM Words Emily Perkins

Hope resonates in the title of Camille Booker’s debut novel, What If You Fly?. But it’s also a nod to her own story – a leap into something new that’s seen her reach new heights. In 2020, Balgownie local Camille was at Towradgi pool with her husband and son when she received the email that her first book was going to be published: “I was so happy I actually ran and did a flip into the water,” she laughs. The novel – a bittersweet love story, spy adventure, and crime mystery set during WWII – explores social debates of equality and discrimination in Australia, while following the main character, Frances, aka ‘Funnel Web’, across the globe in search of her M.I.A. brother. “We all love reading about inspiring female heroines and strong, capable women,” says Camille, whose love for writing developed, from a love of reading and her deep immersion into the historical fiction genre. This connection with books often left Camille with a feeling that she describes as a “severe book hangover”.

“I also hope this book will give readers a deeper understanding of the roles of women in wartime Australia"

“It’s kind of like a mourning period,” says Camille. “When readers get lost inside a book, but then it ends, and they have this empty feeling because they can’t stop thinking about the fictional world.” It was this ‘severe book hangover’ that got Camille wondering, maybe, I can write one of my own? The seed for What If You Fly? really sprouted, though, from listening to her husband’s grandparents reminisce about their youth. Teamed with her fascination of the WWII era, Camille was propelled to put pen to paper. To get a good grasp on that specific time period and recount details throughout her novel so vividly,

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Camille watched a cast of movies observing fashion, cuisine, behaviours, and norms. She read WWII fiction and non-fiction and did intense research, with her narrative around fighter planes coming from air show experts on YouTube describing tricks the aircraft were capable of, and how it would feel to fly. Deep-diving into the specific geography of place, from where cities lie in conjunction with the coast, to where the RAF base was located, Camille expertly depicted a world gone by with precision and passion. The main ideas of the book centre around being a woman in a man’s world, and the discrimination of the ‘other’. “These themes came out of the story in an organic way, but they are important because they still resonate,” says Camille. “I hope this book will give readers a deeper understanding of the roles of women in wartime Australia, the power to rethink their idea of a woman’s place, and the courage to follow their own inner voice.” Camille not only discovered new things about Australia during WWII, like the presence of internment camps for ‘enemy aliens’, but also revelations about herself throughout the writing process. Being relatively new to the role of author, she learnt that persistence and patience are by far the most important elements to success. “Writing allows us to plumb the depths of our own minds – to tease out emotions, thoughts, and feelings,” says Camille. “When I finished the first draft, I thought, ‘That’s it, I’m done! I can submit it to a publishing company, and I should have my book in my hands in no time’.” That was not the case, however, and a lengthy editing process ensued. It was after the first draft of her manuscript was finished, that Camille decided she wanted to further enhance her skills. She was accepted into a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong, where she spent time honing her craft during workshops with other students, in which her work was critiqued. “Developing a thick hide helped when my book was with the professional editors because I could accept criticism and not take it personally,” she says. “But I also knew when to stand my ground.”

As testament to her hard work, Camille’s manuscript was longlisted for the 2019 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and later placed second in the 2020 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize. “That was really exciting because it was the first real acknowledgement that this idea had the makings of a story people were interested in,” she says. And in 2021, What If You Fly? was printed by Hawkeye Publishing and launched by the South Coast Writers Centre at Coledale Community Hall – a remarkable achievement, which Camille is rightfully proud of. Now a French teacher and mother-of-two, Camille’s life is busy, yet blossoming. Her next chapter will focus on writing a second historical fiction novel, set in Wollongong during the 1920s. To get words on the page, Camille has had to train herself to pick up her laptop or phone and type whenever it comes to her. It’s a slow process, she admits, but a daily, joyous one. “Writing is still my creative outlet – I do it because I love exploring ideas, imagining characters and their backstories,” says Camille. “I also love words, and the magic of words, the impact they have on people… the mark they leave.” ¡

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mr A+ A FAN FAVOURITE ON LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM, WEST WOLLONGONG’S MICHAEL THEO HAS NOW TURNED HIS HAND TO PODCASTS Interview Kate O’Mealley Images Northern Pictures @northernpictures

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they're the people that inspire me the most. I don't really care about their fame. I care more about them as people, because we all know what they're like on screen, but what are they like off-screen?

West Wollongong’s Michael Theo stole our hearts during his search for love on ABC’s Love On The Spectrum, which followed single autistic people navigating the dating scene. Now Michael is the host of his own podcast, Mr A+, on which he’s chatted to celebrities and experts about what makes them them. We spoke to Michael about his reality TV stint, his favourite podcast guests, and his search for love… Tell us about yourself… My three biggest passions are railways, animals and acting. I've been drawn to railways ever since I was three years old, because of my love of Thomas the Tank Engine. People on the spectrum seem to have a fascination with modes of transportation, but in my case, it’s railway engines. Steam engines specifically. I haven't started yet, but I'm wanting to be an influencer part-time. Fans on Instagram have sent me gifts – shirts and crystals. I love crystal clusters and Hawaiian shirts. They are one of my two signature looks – the other look is shirts and ties. I received a few smart shirts from a company in the US and they are made from plastic water bottles. And acting? I'm wanting to play any kind of role. Especially in comedies. Tell us about your podcast Mr A+ and why did you start it? I really love being a podcast host, I like entertaining people. I prefer hosting podcasts than listening to them. The kind of people that I wanted to interview were mostly celebrities – actors and actresses – because

On the podcast, I also want the audience to know more about me outside Love On The Spectrum and more about my interests. And it's also a way for me to inspire others to become the best versions of themselves. Who has been your favourite guest so far and what did you talk about? Actually, there have been two. My favourite guests have been Shane Jacobson and Susie Porter. I wanted to ask them questions about themselves, about their lives, about their work because I have a lot of respect for those two. In fact, I really adore them. I even went so far as to tell them that I want them to be my onscreen parents in something. And they're quite onboard with such an idea. They said that we have to put it out there to the universe. How did you come up with the name of the podcast, Mr A+? I didn't know what to call it at first. There was ‘Conversations with Michael’ and then a few others we thought of, but then we settled on Mr A+. It came about because I started saying a few years ago when the show started happening, that an A+ partner looks like me. And then my mother started calling me Mr A+… and I've been called that ever since. Let's talk about Love On The Spectrum. How did you get involved in the show? Northern Pictures started contacting various employment agencies. I'm actually with one of them called At Work Australia. Northern Pictures contacted them out of the blue and they recommended me for it. When I heard about it, I became extremely interested and started calling them back several times to let them know that I was eager to participate. And after a couple of Skype meetings they knew that they had to get me onboard.

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You must get recognised a lot since being on the show. Do you like it or is that a bit overwhelming? I wouldn't say it's overwhelming. It's flattering more than anything and sometimes people even ask me for a selfie. I always accept it because it makes their day and puts a smile on their face. The world needs more of that. In your experience, what do you think people misunderstand about autism? Well, for some they might see people with autism as being disengaged from others, you know socially, and they probably misinterpret them as not having a desire to find a mate. Or love in any way. But they actually want to be loved just as much as typical people do. Did you enjoy the filming or was it all a bit strange? It was not strange at all. I really loved it. My mother didn't mind it that much, but my dad is kind of camera shy. And well, I'm different because I like having the cameras around.

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Lastly, are you still looking for love? I don't have a girlfriend yet, but I'm still on a quest for love, though. Basically [I’m looking for] a beautiful, loving woman with a pure heart, who comes from a good family and is raised with old-school values. ¡

Favourite cafe... Diggies at North Beach. Favourite restaurant... The German Club in Kembla Grange or Cin Cin, Gwynneville. Favourite beach... I tend to go to the rockpool at North Beach, near the Continental Pool. Favourite place to take a visitor... Nan Tien Temple or the Wollongong Botanic Gardens. Favourite weekend activity... I like going to the cinemas or even doing yoga. I'm actually up for any activity.

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Expressive Art Experience Each experience is bespoke to you, so it's ideal for birthdays, hen's parties, team building or social groups. You will create your very own masterpiece. Enjoy a winter night-in that is great for the soul – we'll come to you, set up, pack up and clean up! No artistic skill required. @expressiveartexperience expressiveartexperience.com 0411417363

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Cbf Ceramics A small-batch ceramic studio located in Kiama, with a focus on contemporary, functional stoneware. With winter here, there is nothing better than drinking your favourite cuppa out of a handmade mug. Available directly from Co.LAB in Berry and Soul Clay Studios in Gerringong. www.colabacollective.com.au www.soulclaystudios.com.au @cbf_ceramics

Oli + Jac Find the perfect gift for a loved one or treat yourself. Proudly stocking popular Australian homewares, lifestyle and children’s brands like Sage x Clare, Seed & Sprout, Miann & Co and Celia Loves, as well as Illawarra brands including Peggy Sue, Banabae and Wean Meister. @oliandjac_store Shop B, 35 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow www.oliandjac.com

Illawarra Grevillea Park Winter Open Days 2022 Come along on the first two weekends of July (2-3 July, 9-10 July) between 10am – 4pm. You'll find expansive native display gardens, rainforest and vine forest walks, plus picnic areas. Plants will be for sale as well as the new release book The Illawarra Grevillea Park Botanic Garden: A Photographic Portrait. Adults $7; children free; dogs on leash welcome. Grevillea Park Road, Bulli illawarragrevilleapark.com.au

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The Living Hearth Eclectic Thirroul store with a beautifully curated treasure trove of eco homewares and sustainable, artisan products. Specialising in exclusive French linen EcoLux bedding and tableware in gorgeous colours, as well as casual classic linen clothing for him and her. Shop 5/264 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul, 0412 295 048

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Fine Art Imaging by Creative Events Photography Bring colour to your home with beautiful fine art images. Creative Events Photography captures our local landscape through an architectural approach, seeking rigid lines and form within the fluidity of the landscape. Currently on display at Miriam Groves Dental, Thirroul. info@creativeeventsphotography.com.au, creativeeventsphotography.com.au 0410 710 242

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tour of taste NINA CANTINA’S FOOD TOURS EXPLORE AND CELEBRATE THE HIDDEN HAVENS OF WOLLONGONG’S DIVERSE CULTURAL FOOD SCENE Words Kate O'Mealley Images Sarah Tedder @bear_hunt_er

It’s a rainy Sunday morning in Warrawong and a group of enthusiastic foodies huddle under the awning of a Asian grocery shop on Cowper Street. Armed with a canvas tote bag and a grin, host Nina Kourea — founder of Nina Cantina food tours — warmly welcomes newcomers for the beginning of a culinary journey.

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COMMUNITY In just two blocks, Nina leads the way popping in and out of grocers, butchers, cafes and delis, chatting cheerily with shop owners, while the culinary explorers discover new tastes and treats from across the globe. Two hours in, we’ve fasttracked Asia, India, Lebanon, Italy, Turkey, Africa and the Philippines, and only just scratched the surface of our diverse local food scene. With tours in Port Kembla, Warrawong, Cringila and Fairy Meadow finding a loyal following, Nina has combined her love of cooking, food and culture to shine a light on our hidden foodie suburbs, right here in our backyard. Arriving in Wollongong 16 years ago, Nina has worked with food her whole life. “I grew up in Mascot and my parents ran takeaway businesses, which I worked in since I was eight years old,” says Nina. “My family are massive foodies. All we do is talk about food! I'm Greek Cypriot and we have an amazing knowledge of food, and a strong passion and tradition around food as well.” It was when Nina moved to Port Kembla that she realised the tasty gems right in her backyard, thanks to a friend. “We were working one day and she said I have to taste the burek. We stopped in Cringila and I was thinking ‘what the hell is this thing? What is this place?’” laughs Nina. “I started going back to get burek and then discovered the delis and realised how great it was.” Four years ago, in conjunction with the team at Rumpus (now Makeshift), Nina kicked off her first food tour in Cringila. “I wanted to share my traditions, my background and knowledge of food. I was living in Port Kembla so added a tour there, and thought Warrawong was probably next because that's where I shop.” And the response? Overwhelmingly positive. “I think a lot of people, particularly from the northern suburbs, came along because they don't know the areas. And they were impressed – there's so much here, and the prices and the people! I knew that I was onto something good. “It’s great to help these businesses. Locals really support them, but outside of that, people are not sure if they're welcome or they don't understand how it works,” says Nina. “I recently had a woman from Berkeley who came to a tour and drives through [Cringila] every day. She said

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‘I've lived here for 40 years. I've never been to any of these shops. Thank you for doing this – I didn't feel like I was welcome.’ “I was telling one of the [shop owners] doing a tour and he said, ‘Darling, everybody's welcome. Please come in.’ They're excited to share their traditions and knowledge about their produce. I love it when other customers come in while we’re shopping, they'll share a recipe or stories about their parents migrating and settling here. I've learned so much history about each place.” In addition to food tours, Nina creates a sense of community teaching cooking classes, often calling on the skills of her dad, Con. My dad and I run My Big Fat Greek BBQ Class – a traditional Greek Cypriot barbecue on the spit, with lots of sides and dips. Penny from Vinopenny joins us to

“I’m looking forward to doing kids classes at the Port Kembla Community Centre. I cook a lot with all the kids in the neighborhood and they always love getting involved. We’ve made dumplings and dolmades with them – they love it and parents love it! Everyone is connected with food in so many different ways, and sharing our cultures through food is one of my big passions.” And the future for Nina? “I would also like to start a community dinner every month where everyone can bring a dish to share or help me cook something where we share. Like a pay it forward system where you can buy a ticket for somebody less fortunate,” she explains. “My main thing is to get people back together again after Covid. Sharing again, cooking together, sharing their stories, building a community – it's enriching culturally, but also creating a sense of community.” ¡

upcoming tours Cringila Food Tour Saturday 4 June, 10am-12pm Wollongong Brewery Tour Sunday 19 June, 12pm-3pm Port Kembla Food Tour Sat 25 June, 10am-12pm Fairy Meadow Food Tour Saturday 2 July, 10am-12.30pm To book, go to ninacantina.com/whats-on

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Top (left to right): Angelo the Poet; Chimers. Bottom (left to right): Private Wives; Left Lane.

ones to watch FARMER & THE OWL AND MUSIC FARMERS CO-OWNER JEB TAYLOR SAYS THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE IS NOW STRONGER AND MORE DIVERSE THAN EVER, BOTH IN SOUND AND THE CROSS SECTION OF PEOPLE INVOLVED. HERE HE SHARES SOME RECENTLY DISCOVERED LOCAL ARTISTS WHO HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE DOING BIG THINGS IN THE FUTURE Words Jeb Taylor @musicfarmers @farmerandtheowl

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Left Lane

For the 20 or so years I’ve spent working in the local music scene, seeing the very early shows of fresh upcoming bands continues to be one of my favourite parts of the job and I find out about these bands in all sorts of ways. Here are a few I recommend checking out... Shining Bird were customers of my record store, Music Farmers, and randomly dropped off their first recordings one day. From there, I witnessed their first ever show. I was tipped off about Hockey Dad by a house mate at the time and wandered down to Rad Bar to watch them – there were about five other people in the room, and now I've watched them play to packed crowds across the world. Local musician Bodie Jarman’s mum and my mum worked together, and I was booking the Oxford Tavern at the time. I gave him his first solo show purely on that basis. Within a couple of years of that show he’d formed the band Mother & Son and began touring. Their one and only album I still feel is one of the best local releases.

Private Wives

are a young three-piece band very much channelling the '90s but at the same time keeping it fresh. They’ve grown-up listening to their parents' records (Richie Lewis, frontman for local legends Tumbleweed happens to be one of those parents) including the likes of Sonic Youth, L7 and Bikini Kill. The band has been regulars on the local live scene of late and have developed into a formidable live act in this time. Just recently they made their first trip interstate to play some shows in Melbourne, including a support with Tumbleweed. @privatewives

While I like to get out to see new local bands as much as possible, being busy doesn’t always allow me to get to random shows, so I rely on word of mouth from others. Local venue sound engineers are always a good source – in this case, it was La La La's house sound guy, Corey, who tipped me off to this band. I went and had a listen and heard some solid power pop songs with great vocals. I was then able to catch them live recently, and they are building into being a solid band and one of the local young bands to watch in the future. They have a sound that fans of Hatchie, Wolf Alice, The Sundays and Soccer Mommy should be able to get across. @leftlaneband

Angelo The Poet

has been doing his thing for a couple of years but has really found his place on the last few tracks he’s released. Born and raised in West Africa, he moved to Australia with his family as a teenager and was put in a local high school knowing barely any English. He started listening to hip hop music which helped him get a grasp on the language and he eventually started rapping himself. He was discovered by local producer Kid Pharaoh, who although being young himself is somewhat a veteran on the local hip hop scene. The two have been able to help shape a sound that works with Angelo’s lyrics and delivery that I feel will continue to progress and reach a wider audience. @angelothepoet

Chimers

are a bit of a different story to the others on this list, while being a fresh band, the two members are veterans of the local music scene that have a pedigree of bands, which include Evol, The Pink Fits, The Escarpment and The Fangin Felines. The husband and wife duo formed in lockdown because they couldn’t jam with any of their regular bands. They recorded an album that has been received warmly, much wider than its humble beginnings. Henry Rollins is a big fan and has been playing the band regularly on his radio show, while legendary Matador records also gave it a shout out on their Matador Recommends playlist. ¡ @chim_ers

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local biz love NOW MORE THAN EVER, BUSINESSES NEED OUR SUPPORT! IN OUR NEW FEATURE WE’LL BE SHARING SOME LOCAL TRADERS TO CHECK OUT… If you would love to have your business featured on this page in our next edition, reach out to Tara, sales@coalcoastmagazine.com, to secure your spot

Coledale Fine Wines

MICHAEL STAGNI | OWNER coledalefinewines.com.au How did you first establish your business? In 1996, I bought a little run-down existing bottle shop in Thirroul. In 1999, I purchased the old newsagency building in Thirroul and moved my liquor store into that building. Then, 2003, was the year that I purchased Coledale Fine Wines. We renovated the store the same year, and we are still there today, and still renovating... What does your business pride itself on? Our wine selection, which is a little different from the normal run-of-the-mill stuff. Our selection of craft beers is enormous, both local and international. I am amazed at the popularity of craft beers, which now equate to 25 per cent of our total sales. The most important thing we focus on is customer satisfaction. The customers that enter the store can vary from the best people on Earth, to the people you never want to deal with in your life. The best people are the ones who are mindful of your product selection. They treat you like a person and not their slave. Most of all, they thank you when you help them with a purchase. I think it's really rewarding whenever you help someone pick out a bottle of wine or a beer, and they are happy with their purchase. What do you enjoy most about running a business? I love working in retail because it has taught me a lot of things about how to communicate and deal with people. Also, to be happy with your job, you have to be surrounded by people who are positive and don't make your job feel like a job. I have formed many close friendships with all my co-workers. If it wasn't for them, I don't think I would have stayed in the liquor world for this long.

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Low Tox Tribes

KATE BUCHANAN | OWNER @lowtoxtribes

When did you establish your business? In March 2020, at the peak of the pandemic, I was introduced to the concept of low-tox living. My knowledge on the topic was minimal but being the teacher I am, I started researching and the rest is history! My turning point was as my first-born was about to start daycare and I was dreading that first year of sickness. I’ve always been inclined to try alternative remedies, so this was a perfect fit. And the best part was, I found that this concept really resonated with people, so I decided to show others how to go low tox. What does your business pride itself on? I love helping people start in their home, with what personal care and cleaning products they’re using, to see if we can make a low tox switch. It doesn’t have to be daunting or overwhelming, actually, when you get the hang of it, the whole concept is so easy. Being a teacher, naturally I love to educate. So running in-person workshops is a new service I’m offering. We’ve had such a great response so far and so many people are curious to learn more What's been your biggest success? Building my team and seeing people take ownership of their homes, and empower themselves to make better choices for their families. I’m not just doing this for me, but for my girls, to show them that there is always another way. I’ve also got the most supportive family (aka hubby), who has backed my every move towards this lifestyle.

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KATHY COLE | OWNER blazzeshair.com.au

How did you first establish your business? I started my hairdressing career in Sydney’s top salons. It wasn’t until 1990, that I moved to the Illawarra with my now husband, Keith, who grew up here, and opened ‘Go to Blazzes’ in Thirroul Plaza. After 32 years in that same spot, we have now moved to a beautiful new salon on the other side of Thirroul. There was a sense of fear to leave the familiar which has been my life for so long, but that feeling has now turned to excitement – I love our new space, which is a new concept, and I hope the community does too. What does your business pride itself on? I always try to do my best and I love people to laugh and enjoy my salon. It’s a beautiful place of relaxation and luxury where there are no hectic time schedules. It’s important for me to have the right staff who create a warm, friendly place to visit. I’ve taught my staff to believe that if you approach your client with love then that’s a win. Tell us about some of the challenges you've faced in business? My biggest challenge is to get good staff. There is a real shortage in our industry, which I find sad, considering that I think I’m so blessed to have found my perfect career – I get to bring joy to people, make them feel beautiful and share in their lives. My biggest success is all the amazing young hairdressers that I’ve trained and to see them doing so well. What do you enjoy most about running a business in the Illawarra? The friendships that I’ve formed over the years, and becoming ingrained into my community. ¡

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a special gift COLEDALE COUPLE HAYLEY AND JORDY CROCKFORD POUR A LOT OF LOVE INTO THEIR BOARD-BUILDING BUSINESS, KID KROKODILE Words Olivia Tollardo Images Tom Coburn, Rebecca Burrow

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LOCAL MAKER Using the Illawarra as their base has given the couple the opportunity to grow personally, creatively and professionally. Kid Krokodile combines Jordy’s creative flair and Hayley’s excitement for social media and admin – together their skills form the key foundations for a successful small business.

Born from a brave spirit and childlike imagination, Kid Krokodile is a brand that draws inspiration from the classic Australian laid-back coastal lifestyle. Founders, husband and wife Hayley and Jordy Crockford from Coledale, created Kid Krokodile in 2019 and have since been stretching their wings in the creative market. The company creates smallscale surfboards to display in your home. Personalised with handpainted lettering and the choice of single or twin fins, the boards are unique and one-off pieces – no two boards will be the exact same! “The first board we made was actually a gift for our friend's baby. We wanted something timeless, beautiful and creative, not just a standard plastic toy or something from a chain store,” Hayley says. Little did the couple know that this would be the start of their new adventure. Jordy grew up in Yalgum, Kowen Forest, and has worked in the woodwork industry for around a decade. Between travel, snowboarding, working in construction and meeting Hayley in Jindabyne, he loved to get creative and build pieces for friends and family. Hayley was born in Byron Bay and spent a few years travelling after high school. She spent time all over the world before meeting Jordy and deciding to settle on the south coast of NSW. Although a beautiful spot, the couple felt restless and Hayley was drawn towards tertiary study – cue, a move to Wollongong. “We met as neighbours in Jindabyne a few years ago and travelled a lot together!” Hayley says. “Initially, we moved to the south coast but decided to move up and build a house in Coledale when we realised we were after a lifestyle that was slightly more fast-paced.”

Each of their hand-crafted surfboards are made to order in their shipping container-turnedworkshop in Coledale. Jordy’s workshop is a “real DIY, controlled chaos” space, as he describes it, with tools and materials stacked in all corners. The doors of the space open on each end to let in light and air, and you can see the speckles of sawdust dancing in the sunlight. Soundtracked with music from the '80s (Jordy’s favourite), the magic happens during squeezed-in pockets of time on the weekend and around his full-time work. The couple say they’d love to upgrade the space to accommodate storage and improved functionality, but there’s a real charm and authenticity to the space as it is. “We’d love to put some money into it, honestly,” says Hayley. “We’re thinking some windows, bigger stations and benches, better storage and racks, and maybe even our logo on the wall.” Hayley and Jordy’s handmade surfboards are now a ‘go-to gift’ for friends and family within their social circles. Is someone having a baby? Is your surfer friend moving into their forever home? Kid Krokodile makes art pieces that fit perfectly into the home of anyone who wants the nostalgia of childhood at the beach. And people are thrilled to receive them! If you live locally, the boards will be hand-delivered by Hayley or Jordy themselves, although Kid Krokodile surfboards have also been mailed across to Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, California and Canada – all from the friendly folks down at Woonona Post Office.

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They’ve also recently added some merch to their website for purchase, with tees and totes on offer: “We honestly just ordered some for ourselves and then people wanted them too,” Jordy says. What started as a thoughtful gift idea for friends and family, has now turned into a serious side hustle for the couple, who have poured loads of passion, energy and heart into their creative venture. And it shows in each beautiful bespoke board built by hand.

“If there’s a baby shower coming up, people will message me and ask if anyone’s gotten the board as a gift yet,” Hayley says. “We’ve got a lot of little people in our lives now and Jordy’s always loved making things with his hands.” As with most small businesses, you can find Kid Krokodile on all the usual social media platforms. Although they started with no clue on how to advertise or really use Instagram, it is now something that they genuinely enjoy putting effort into. After receiving some help from a local social media expert, Hayley’s keen to jump back into being the primary caretaker of the page, emphasising the enjoyment she gets from reaching their thousands of followers. “I think people really value authenticity behind social media and it’s something that I genuinely enjoy doing!” Hayley says. “It’s definitely not Jordy’s area of expertise, so I’ve stepped into that role for both of us.”

At the heart of Kid Krokodile is a focus on childhood freedom, innocence and imagination. The company name stems from a variation on their surname ‘Crockford’ and is play on words to include their core values. As for future plans, Hayley and Jordy are focusing on continuing to produce quality products that are loved by many and building their brand in the process – they also hope to build a family of their own within the next few years, and welcome their very own ‘kid krokodile’ into the mix. As Hayley and Jordy put it: “Life’s short, let’s see what happens.” ¡

To purchase a surfboard or for more info, head to kidkrokodile.com.au. Hayley and Jordy dedicate this article to lost loved ones, Tim and Jade.

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explore & discover UNCOVER FOSSILS, SHARK EGGS AND TRACK AN OCTOPUS, WITH DR ELYSSA DE CARLI FROM COAL COAST DISCOVERY DAYS Words Hadassa Rorke Images Jen Boudreau, The Hype Girl Project

Our waterways and natural environment are such a big part of our lives here on the coast, and there’s so much to uncover if you look a little closer. Fossils from before the dinosaur age, Port Jackson shark eggs, weedy sea dragons or an octopus hiding in a rock crevice are just some of the incredible things you can spot right here at home! But how can we inspire our community to become more passionate about the ecology, and in turn, help to preserve our local environment? How can we connect our children to the Indigenous and historical stories of our area?

Coal Coast Discovery Days, founded by local scientist and University of Wollongong lecturer, Dr Elyssa De Carli, is doing just that – helping kids of all ages read the love letters of our land, through her hands-on educational program designed to teach kids about our coast. The fun and informative two-hour expedition encourages kids of all ages to see the wonders of the coastline, educating young minds, who will, perhaps, one day make big waves. “Discovery Days are a love letter to the Illawarra,” says Dr Elyssa. “They aim to inspire a sense of awe and refresh your love and curiosity for the natural world, starting with our backyard.” We chatted to Dr Elyssa about all things rockpools, local marine life, and protecting what we love… our coast!

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ul teacher, “andNatIuhadre isthisa powerf urge to bring people together around a shared appreciation for our backyard” Tell us a little bit about yourself… I’m a thalassophile – a lover of the sea. My passion for the sea and the coast led me to study marine geoscience and over time this passion evolved and meandered upstream to encompass rivers. I’m currently a geomorphologist and lecturer at the University of Wollongong, studying environments such as beaches and rivers and how they change and evolve over time. Understanding the past in this way and unravelling the legacy of an environment allows us to predict how these systems might respond to future change. I love my job and get so much out of teaching students about reading the landscape and understanding their backyard. I’m an enthusiastic ‘yes’ person and love jumping on new opportunities. I also love connecting with people and building community. You’ll either find me head down in a rockpool, a bowl of pasta, a good fantasy book or talking to the locals at the pub. How did the idea for Coal Coast Discovery Days begin? The ripple for a Discovery (Disco) Day started as we came out of lockdown in spring 2020. I saw families gathering on the beach but felt that there weren’t enough kids out exploring the rock platforms where all the interesting marine life lives. Moving to the Illawarra from Sydney in 2019, I was blown away by the diversity of marine life on our shores and wanted to share this with the local community. Nature is a powerful teacher, and I had this urge to bring people together around a shared appreciation for our backyard and build a coastal community that is inspired to explore their backyard, is connected with Country, lives respectfully with nature and is informed enough to tread lightly. We protect what we cherish and respect.

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What can people expect from a day out with you? Participants will learn about the unique natural history of our landscape, with excursions covering the Indigenous history and cultural significance of the Illawarra, early European contact, the rocks and fossils present, and the diverse array of marine life ambassadors that live on our shores. A Discovery Day will awaken your adventurous spirit and participants will walk away with an enriched understanding, appreciation and sense of value for the Illawarra and natural environment. Discovery Days also encompass a whole range of activities. In addition to weekend excursions I run birthday parties, school holiday programs, homeschool excursions, primary and secondary school programs and I’m starting big kid adult tours. What ages are Disco Days suited to? They are suited to all ages and are tailored to both young kids and big kids at heart. I find kids as young as three are the best at spotting small details like camouflaged sea stars and love the sensory experience of exploring different marine textures. Kids of primary school and high school levels love the challenge of tracking an octopus, and adults are often blown away by the diversity of marine life and history of our shores. It’s an all-ages adventure.


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Which areas do you explore? The best rock platforms are from Wollongong all the way up to Stanwell Park, with each location offering a different adventure. I’d say my favourite area to explore is Sandon Point as the way the tides, wind and waves interact with the southern and northern side of the headland creates such a diverse environment and is home to a wide range of marine life; from nudibranchs to octopus, stingrays, weedy sea dragons, sea urchins, sea hares and bubble snails. What would you like to accomplish this year? The world’s my oyster and my thoughts are constantly evolving based on opportunities that present themselves. To start with though, I’ve had a lot of fun teaching kids about our unique backyard, but I’d love to reach an adult audience and encourage the benefits of connecting with nature for mental health. We’ve all faced significant challenges over the past few years, and I’d love to tap into the science behind measured benefits of time spent in nature with reducing anxiety, and deliver this knowledge and these tools to our community. I've seen a few movers and shakers in this space and would love to contribute.¡ Head to www.discoverydays.com.au for more.

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walk this way EXPLORE THESE GREAT WALKS OF THE WORLD Words Matt Castell curatedtravel.com.au

An often underrated and overlooked style of travel is walking holidays, because a lot of people associate it with being too hard, or may mistake trekking for walking. But some of the best walks of the world barely cover any elevation, rise or fall, and are generally quite flat. That’s not to say strolling with a backpack for a week or more is easy, but it’s not exactly mountain climbing either.

A walking trip will reward you with tranquillity, scenery, and plenty of time to be at one with your thoughts. Not only will the style of holiday afford you the space to really explore and take in what the location has to offer, but it also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded travellers from all over the world. Here are a few great walks of the world to investigate further.

Walking in Puglia Italy Starting in Lecce and concluding in Matera, this seven-night trip starts on the south-east coast of Italy and finishes in the mountainous centre. You’ll start in red soil olive plantations near Otranto on the Adriatic coast, before hopping a train to nearby Ostuni aka “the white city” because of its Greek-style whitewashed buildings. Visit Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site, then tuck into some local olives and wine. Next, you’ll traverse the Itria valley and cross an ancient viaduct while passing trulli (traditional dry-stone dwellings). The last couple of days will be spent around Matera, checking out cave dwellings inhabited since the Neolithic era and rock churches painted with Byzantine frescoes. Then tack on a few nights afterwards on the Amalfi Coast to give the feet a break! www.utracks.com

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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Japan

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The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour is a fully guided eight-night walking tour between the vibrant modern city of Osaka, the mountain temple community of Mt. Koyasan and the Japanese Grand shrine at Ise. UNESCO includes only two pilgrimage routes in its world heritage list. One is the famous Camino de Santiago through Spain's northern provinces. The other is the Kumano Kodo, a journey through a thousand years of Buddhist history on Japan's beautiful Kii Peninsula, which connects these iconic sites. The Kumano Kodo's verdant mountains, quiet valleys, roaring rivers and plunging waterfalls provide a spectacular landscape to explore while delving deep into the region's rich, ancient history and charming rural life. As with all Walk Japan’s tours, the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage is a fulfilling and enjoyable experience of a little-known part of Japan. Accommodation is provided in traditional inns and one night in a pilgrim temple, including delicious vegetarian meals. Walkers are also rewarded with a two-night stay in Yunomine Onsen, known for its natural hot spring baths. www.walkjapan.com

Known as ‘the finest walk in the world’, this is the most famous of New Zealand’s multitude of walks on offer. The five-day, 53km walk starts and finishes in the town of Te Anau, a short drive from glitzy Queenstown. With only three days of long walks (between six-nine hours) this is a good one to start your walking holiday career with. You’ll meander through beech forests, grassy meadows, and rocky mountain passes, stopping at huge waterfalls, including the fifth tallest in the world and finishing each day at comfortable lodges, stocked with delicious New Zealand wines. The walk climaxes at incredible Milford Sound, where you can take it all in. If you don’t fancy the return trip, splash out and book a helicopter to get you back to Queenstown …not a bad way to celebrate! ¡ www.anzcro.com.au

For help planning your walking getaway, head to curatedtravel.com

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a cosy home CREATE A WARM AND STYLISH SPACE FOR WINTER Words & Styling Jessi Eve, jessieve.com.au Image Petra Ford of Paper + Pate Photography

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Adding flowing curtains to a space can also help soften the look of the interior, making it feel welcoming, while also helping with insulation.

It’s fair to say we’ve collectively lived a lot more life indoors in recent times than ever anticipated. Now, with the coldest season upon us, it’s time to refresh our interior spaces in preparation for the months ahead to ensure cosy and comfortable living.

Opting for a warm-toned palette helps add visual warmth to a space. Earthy pinks, beiges, ochre, maroon and caramel are all examples of hues that are going to give a sense of cosiness compared to a cooler contemporary palette of stark white and steel grey. Textures such as timber, boucle, natural leather, jute, rattan, linen and wool will all add to the cosiness of a scheme.

A few small changes can be made to add a sense of warmth and comfort that will help endure the colder months. One of the simplest ways to warm up your space is by introducing plenty of soft furnishings. Textured rugs added to a living space or bedroom can create a cosy zone within the home. In older homes with draughty gaps in floorboards, large area rugs will help to keep the cold out. Linen cushions with feather inserts and chunky knitted throws over sofas and beds are both practical and pretty. They not only make a space look inviting, but they create the comfiest corners to nestle into.

The final touch when warming up the look and feel of your home is lighting. Some are lucky enough to have a real, working fireplace that instantly adds warmth to the home (both figuratively and literally). But you can create a similar ambience through mood lighting, such as lamps and candles. At a minimum, add a floor lamp to your living space and bedside lamps to your bedrooms. Once the sun is gone for the day and you’re ready to wind down, flick off the main lights and switch on your lamps, light some candles, draw the curtains, and get comfy under a throw blanket. ¡


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wellness infusions FEELING FLAT? DISCOVER HOW IV WELLNESS DRIPS MAY HELP An intravenous drip, or IV drip, is commonly associated with hospitals, but in holistic integrative health practices, IV drips are being used to deliver hydration, vitamins and amino acids directly to the bloodstream to promote health and wellbeing. The benefits of these drips have been reported to range from improved mental clarity, to reduced inflammation, defence against viruses, body and mind fine tuning, clearer skin and a boost in energy.

Midwife and cosmetic nurse Natasha Fleuren founded and launched IV la Vie in 2020. Natasha was keen for others to access the benefits of the service, which she had seen, “boost immunity, energy, hydration and recovery in patients.” “I noticed the shortage of this service being offered, and realised that many health-minded individuals and people in high intensity careers would be interested in reaping some of these benefits,” she says. So she set up a mobile service with more than a dozen dedicated nurses delivering drips in people’s homes and affiliate clinics all across NSW and Queensland – and as demand grew, Australia wide. Then in January 2022, Shellharbour welcomed The La Vie Wellness Hub – IV La Vie’s first in-person signature wellness drip spa and training facility. “We took a lot of time trying to figure out where we wanted to put our first bricks and mortar IV bar and Shellharbour came up as a possibility,” Natasha says. “The coastal lifestyle and health-focused community made it the perfect spot.” Part of the focus of the Wellness Hub is to put patients at ease – “it is a medical service that is enhanced with warmth and professionalism,” Natasha says. “In psychology, they say the art of kindness is very healing,” she adds. “People are afraid of needles, people are scared of blood and have

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HEALTH anxious thoughts that attribute to reservations to this type of treatment – anything that can help you relax is something we focus on. We hope to educate and make IV therapy a service to enhance all facets of the mind, body and soul. IV therapy has had the reputation in the past for curing a hangover, but nowadays people are more educated to see it as a holistic wellness experience.” One of the most popular IV infusions is the health drip that is said to be both preventative against illness and therapeutic for people experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms. It includes vitamin C to fight infections, a B-complex to aid energy production and create new healthy cells, zinc to reduce recovery-time, lysine to detoxify and taurine to optimise muscle functionality.

Another popular drip is the skin glow, which uses a blend of magnesium chloride, B-complex, vitamin C and hydrating IV fluid, which aims to reduce wrinkles and blemishes, rehydrate, brighten and tighten skin, and prevent or treat cold sores. “All of our products meet the guidelines as set by the Australian Government’s TGA for use and distribution with certificates to ensure the quality of products, and our team members that administer IV drips are healthcare professionals, including registered doctors, and AHPRA registered nurses,” Natasha says. By using a potent, bespoke blend of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, IV wellness drips aim to reboot your cells and lift your energy levels, performance and overall wellbeing. ¡ When it comes to your health, if you have any concerns, talk to your doctor before starting any new treatments.

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gardening for wellbeing STRESS RELIEF, CONNECTION TO NATURE, PHYSICAL HEALTH AND PERSONAL GROWTH ARE A FEW OF THE MANY BENEFITS REAPED FROM TIME SPENT WITH YOUR PLANTS Words Kath Gadd and Hannah Preston, @Mallee_design, malleedesigncom.au

If you are feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, why not increase your dose of nature? Gardening offers us a place to come together as communities, neighbours and individuals to relieve stress, connect with nature and grow (both the plants and ourselves).

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For many gardeners it is the love of planting something and watching it grow that gives the most pleasure. By witnessing and planning the growth cycle of your garden you become connected to your environment and greater surroundings. Nature connection and the sensory experience of the garden can be incredibly uplifting. To feel wriggly worms writhing among bare fingers or brush past a mint bush and be bombarded by its


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ways to be mindful in the garden Crush the leaves of different plants to see what they smell like Sit in the garden rather than inside Look for insects or beetles on trees or in the soil Search for mushrooms (there will be lots around with all the rain) Observe your plants Walk barefoot through your garden or the bush

delicate perfume forces us to notice something that is right here right now. This connection with the present has the potential to heal in small or big ways and the rise of mindfulness as a strategy for approaching mental wellbeing is recognition of this fact. Allowing our hands to explore soils, leaves, flowers and texture instead of a phone is a sure way to bring us back to the moment. Being present in the garden also gives us a much-needed respite from the digital world. Why not try having your morning coffee or tea in the garden without your phone? What’s more, recent scientific studies have found there is a link between specific soil microbes and the production of serotonin in the brain. When gardening without gloves, these beneficial microbes are absorbed and can act as an antidepressant.

Findings like this are no surprise to regular gardeners who describe the garden as their ‘happy place’, reporting stress relief and feeling less agitated as an immediate effect of gardening. It gives people responsibility and goals to work towards without the pressures of meeting deadlines or doing things perfectly. Within a garden there is also so much room for creativity! Why not plant a field of paper daisies? Now is the time to sow the seeds as plants will grow slowly through the winter months, developing a strong root system and flower prolifically in spring. The physical benefits of gardening are anecdotally well-known. People who have been involved in gardening programs report feeling fitter and healthier than those who don’t garden, and it has been shown that vegetable gardeners are more likely to eat a diet high in fresh fruit and veggies. Among the elderly, improved wrist strength and balance have been demonstrated qualities in gardeners. As well as looking after and educating ourselves, gardening can help to look after and educate our kids. Gardens are a place where children get to tangibly learn about natural processes and reap the physical and mental health benefits. As author Robert Brault says: “Why try to explain miracles to your kids, when you can just have them plant a garden.” Gardening can also have widespread social benefits. Whether it is being able to prepare a meal with homegrown produce for loved ones, share knowledge with other gardeners or meet people through community growing spaces, gardening can personally have a positive impact on our social wellbeing, while also providing the opportunity to create more resilient food systems and ecosystems. ¡

Visit these community growing spaces in the Illawarra Thirroul Community Garden | Woonona Community Garden Balgownie Community Garden | Green Connect Farm | Dapto Community Farm

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Mad Confessions of a Black Hole They are so tiny in comparison to you. You. All hungry and all devouring. A dangerous product of space devouring itself to satiate your own hunger. You are to be feared. So much so you fear yourself. Never to be warm Stars rotten corpses by the time you meet them. Light left to the galaxies Death left to your formless jaws. Stomach tearing as it expands Holes filling holes breaking holes filling holes breaking. Holes expanding. “Look at the sights!” Planets, stars, asteroids, dust. Over and over and over constantly fleeing constantly swallowing. Texture lost to space as formless as you when swallowed. Breaking. Cracking. Splitting The pain of being destroyed instead you are the selfish pain of being guilty of the crime. “If you just stopped, they wouldn’t hurt” But how can I stop?

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Pain is an endless promise. A promise to tear yourself to shreds but tearing everything around you so you bleed into the pain and then you’re fully formed plus extra so you have no right to cry, over something you did. “Create instead of destroy” I am the victim of my own design. Endless you sprawled across the dimensions. Endlessly becoming on an empty stomach or more than an empty stomach. Unable to be sad because of the possibility of creation unable to be happy because of the endless destruction. Unable to flee unable to fight. You are a nightmare and the unfortunate reality you wake into. The waste of tears suffering at your own hand. The wasted glee of a villain too sympathetic too weak to understand the natural order.

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young talent time ASPIRING POET RAY LEE IS ONE TO WATCH At 16 years old, Ray Lee from Oak Flats is already imagining a future working with words. As an impressive member of the South Coast Writers Centre’s Young Writers Program, facilitated by local author and creative Helena Fox, Ray has found their passion in the world of poetry. The aim of the program is to be both a class and community, where young writers can develop their craft and create work they are proud of, all in a relaxed, inclusive, and supportive space – an opportunity Ray has grabbed with both hands. We spoke to the talented young poet about their creative process and greatest inspirations… When did your interest in poetry first begin? When I realised that my storytelling style was better suited to a poetry structure than the traditional Western narrative structure. Timewise, I began focusing on poetry late last year, but I had dabbled in it throughout my life.

How did you start pursuing this passion? When I first was taught structured poetry, I wrote simple little poems in my notebook, but I never liked the pre-set structure of rhyming, odes and acrostic poems, so I never saw much use in writing poetry. I eventually realised that poems can utilise any structure, and I started to write poems in my own style. I primarily use the computer to write my poems, but I still enjoy using pen and paper, even if it is just to brainstorm. What inspires you? Japanese horror writer Junji Ito – the atmosphere he creates in his books and the way he uses fears as the horror is fascinating. Helena Fox – she is my mentor in the South Coast Writers Centre Young Writers Program, and a fantastic author. The Young Writers Program workshops are the reason a lot of my poems exist. Video games – primarily psychological horror and visual novels. The story writing and gaming mechanics are interesting, I enjoy exploring them creatively or analytically. Tell us about your creative process… I don’t prepare or plan what I write – if I ever come up with anything, the story always takes me somewhere else. I edit as I go, and make continuity and story changes generally after I finish the piece. I never end the poem unsure, like with a question or talking to the audience – it feels like it’s breaking the voice and story. It feels like I’m weakening the story by not being sure what the ending is, like the world within the story fails to follow through with its own rules simply because an action doesn’t have a consequence. Any career highlights? Joining the SCWC Senior Writers Group and (temporarily) the Young Writers Collective. And this interview, of course! What are you currently working on? I’m experimenting with writing a visual novel. Nothing concrete. Just getting the feel of how I would write the story, the structure, my strengths and weaknesses during the process. And I am also working on a poetry collection. Ultimate goals for the future? I’d love to have a career in writing in either poetry or game writing. But if not a career, then a hobby. My ultimate goal is to be a part of an independent game studio where I could write and compose stories. ¡

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LOCAL SPORT

HAYDEN DUROSE How did you come to love the sport? I started playing soccer in the under 7’s. All my friends at school had started the year prior, which made me want to give it a go. What advice would you tell your 16-yearold self? A player should always be working on improving, so I’d tell myself to put even more time into working specifically on the weak points of my game. How long have you been with Wollongong Wolves? I have been with the Wolves for the last three seasons. Although, I was also with them for two seasons after I was back from Nottingham – youth and first grade.

player profile MEET THE WOLLONGONG WOLVES STAR GOALIE Words Emily Perkins Image Pedro Garcia

If he’s not saving goals for the Wollongong Wolves Football Club, Hayden Durose is spending quality time with family and friends at home in the Illawarra, or, more often than not, on the paddock training. The Corrimal local kicked off his football career in primary school and has since made his way to the National Premier League, with a two-year stint overseas, after securing a scholarship with English Championship side Nottingham Forest at just 16. During his time with the professional European club, Hayden toured with the team to Greece, winning the championship – a career high, he says he’ll never forget. Now back on home soil, Hayden has his sights set on winning the National Premier League title with the Wolves.

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How often do you train, and what does it entail? Training is generally three to four times a week, with the first session being more focused on lighter recovery. What’s your favourite part of being goalkeeper? Definitely the feeling you get after making a big or crucial save! What do you find most challenging about soccer? These days, it’s staying on top of my recovery while juggling full-time work and my home/family life. What’s your career highlight? My highlight will always be having that experience with Nottingham Forest Academy and winning the tournament in Greece with them. What advice would you give aspiring football players? Don’t give up on your dreams, work extremely hard and take on board all constructive criticism you receive along the way. Who are your favourite goalies? I’ve always been inspired by Italy’s goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, and also Australia’s former goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer. What motivates you? My love for the game and the will and want to win at all costs – to be the best that I can be. My next career goal is to win the National Premier League and grand final. ¡


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where to invest? SHARES VS PROPERTY Words Aaron Christie-David, Atelier Wealth

Many investors find themselves at a crossroads when it comes to purchasing property or shares – often feeling like it has to be one or the other. But does it have to be, or could you consider both asset options as part of your portfolio? Ultimately, your decision comes down to what your investment goals are and the risks you’re willing, and able, to take.

The case for investing in property

The case for investing in shares

The meteoric rise in property values over the last few years has certainly added to the attraction of investing in property. As a nation, we have a penchant for property and there are three key reasons why.

There are significant advantages to building a share portfolio – including the opportunity to own, albeit a small percentage, some of Australia’s or the world’s marquee companies. As an asset class they are an attractive option for three reasons:

Land. Bricks and mortar. Location Dividends. Growth. Diversification. 1. It’s tangible: and with tangibility, comes the opportunity to add value to your property through renovations or improvements.

2. It’s lendable: you don’t need to have all the

cash available to buy a property so getting a loan to finance your investment property can be quite easy. Leveraging equity in your investment as it increases in value then provides the ability to build your portfolio, which is another advantage.

3. Cashflow and tax benefits: depending on

the investment property you purchase, the rental income you receive can cover your loan repayments and associated costs. One reason investors buy and hold is to provide longterm income that can support them into their retirement. Being able to claim depreciation on your investment property can also have some tax advantages, too.

1. Low entry point and easy exit strategy: you

don’t need significant capital to buy shares and quite often new investors will start with a small purchase and then build their portfolio as they grow in confidence and knowledge. Also, you can sell quite quickly should you need or want to.

2. Growth and dividend income: checking your

shares’ value and seeing the share price increase is immensely rewarding. Many companies will also pay dividends which also can provide cash flow throughout the year for many investors too.

3. No maintenance: in direct contrast to property, shares are intangible and require no ongoing maintenance and management. ¡

There are risks associated with any investment and it’s always best to speak to a professional before diving into either. If you want to know what options you have to fund your next investment, please reach out to our team at Atelier Wealth, hello@atelierwealth.com.au. This article is general in nature and not intended to give advice.

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MEET SAM DODD FROM STOKES LANE CAFE How was Stokes Lane born? I was running two big pubs in Sydney, and then they both got bought out. I lost my job, and I was living in Coogee at the time, contemplating what to do with my life. I woke up one day and drove down to Bulli, where I grew up and my family have always lived, and saw this space – which was Coffee Art at the time. I bought it on the spot! I had no floor experience in an actual cafe, but had business and operational experience running hospitality venues, and I soon as I opened this, I just loved it. That was seven years ago. Then we opened the new shop at Bulli Hospital in the middle of Covid, which has had its ups and downs because of lockdowns, but I’m hopeful that it will flourish this year.

When I opened this, I wanted to create a space for community – it was definitely my hope, but I couldn’t have imagined back then what it would become. It’s like family here. I’ve opened on Christmas Day for the last six years, with free coffees for emergency services, and there’s always such a good vibe. Everyone wishing each other a merry Christmas, and catching up… It’s very genuine. A perfect example of what this shop is like, is when the till went down on the weekend. I served everyone and gave coffee and food out for free, without writing names down. The next day every single person came back and paid their bill and bought another coffee. That’s special and such a credit to this community.

Tell us about your food offering? When we first opened, I worked with our chef to implement a pretty simple menu to just see how we’d go. I thought we’d probably do 10kg of coffee a week and serve a few meals, but it pretty quickly exploded into this mayhem cafe. And now I’ve got four chefs and 15 staff! The menu has evolved over time – but it’s hard to change because people turn on me [laughs]. We have regulars that come in for the same meal every week, so if I take something off, I get into trouble. Instead, the menu has just gotten bigger and bigger.

What brand of coffee do you serve and why? I use Campos, because it’s a solid brand, they’re great to deal with, it’s strong in flavour, and it’s always consistent. If people see a Campos sign out the front of a coffee shop, they know they’re going to get a quality coffee.

There’s a real sense of community here – was that what you’d hoped for? That’s one of the reasons I wanted this space. When Bulli Bowling Club closed, the area lost a place where locals loved to get together.

What’s the secret to a perfect brew? A good barista. I’ve been so lucky over the years to have had great baristas. If the barista cares about the coffee, and the customer, it makes the biggest difference. That’s why people come back every day – not just for the coffee but for the people making it. If you buy coffee from another spot in the Illawarra, where do you go? Ruby’s at Bulli Beach. I like that I can ride my bike down there with my son, Bede. You can’t beat the location. ¡

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How long have you lived in the Illawarra? Since 1987… so long enough to have a valid passport to the Northern Suburbs [laughs]! What brought you to the area? I was dating my ex-husband, who lived in Thirroul and played footy for the Steelers. What do you love about living here? I love the beach, all the ocean pools, the escarpment and the community spirit. Ideal start to the day? Cycling on my E-bike (best thing ever!), doing my laps in either Thirroul or Austinmer pool, having a read of a good book in the sun, grabbing coffee and then creating a piece of art – one of my newer found activities. Favourite local cafe? Definitely Blackbird in Thirroul. The coffee and food are amazing and the owners and staff are extremely friendly – you always feel really welcome. ¡ @purple.artbysharlene

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June

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The Hard-Ons – I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff ’s Been Taken Tour, La La La’s, 7:30pm • Toddler Time, Dapto Library, 10:30am • Multicultural Women’s Football, eightfoxavenue Indoor Sports Centre, 4pm • Beginner Drawing Class for Adults Wednesday nights, Voart, 6pm

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Elsie For Vestri, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 7:30-8:30pm (Until 4th June) • The Resilience Project, Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, 7pm-9pm • Pottery hand building classes, Voart, 6pm

Ben Ottewell & Ian Ball (Gomez), The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 5:30pm QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY public holiday Made From Scratch, The Music Lounge, 7.30pm

Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic, WIN Entertainment Centre, 6pm (Until 19th June) • Ball Park Music 'The Weirder & Weirder Tour', UOW Uni Hall, 7pm • Art Simone & Etcetera Etcetera, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 7:30pm

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Thirroul Seaside & Arts Festival (until 5th June) • Annie Appleton’s ‘WILD’ Opening Night, Wollongong Art Gallery, 6pm (Until 3rd July) • Mums Gone Wild Comedy Show, The Fraternity Club, 8pm-10pm • HOLY HOLY ‘Hello My Beautiful World Tour’, UOW UniBar, 8pm • Ocean Alley, Waves, 7:30pm • South Coast Writers Festival, Wollongong Town Hall (until 4 June) Running in The Shadows – The Australian Fleetwood Mac Show, The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 6:30pm • Stars of Wollongong – Dance for Cancer, WIN Entertainment Centre, 6pm-11:30pm • Nan Tien Health & Wellbeing, Nan Tien Institute of Higher Education, 9am

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Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase, Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, 7:30pm-9:30pm • Wollongong Running Festival, Stuart Park North Wollongong, 6:30am-12pm • The Testament of Macbeth, The Phoenix Theatre Coniston, 3pm

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Lego Club, Helensburgh Library, 3:30-4:30 Double Delicious, Wollongong Town Hall, 7pm (Until 11th June)

Tommy Trash w/ Skies, Geco, Ashlea Milinkovic & Tubbycu$tard, UOW Unibar, 6pm • Get Lost Book Club, Wollongong Library, 6pm Jim Jefferies Live, WIN Entertainment Centre, 8pm-10pm • Guess How Much I Love You Play, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 12:30pm-1:25pm Xavier Rudd: Jan Juc Moon Tour, Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, 8pm-11pm • Brewery Tour and Tasting Session, Five Barrel Brewing, 12pm • Surflife Music Festival, Gerringong, 4pm (Until 12th June)

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, Wollongong Town Hall, 7:30pm

The Celebration of Swing, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 8pm • Jason Owen Sings John Denver, The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 6:30pm • British India, UOW UniBar, 8pm • Age Matters Race Day, Kembla Grange Racecourse, 8am-5pm Sunday Morning Breakfast Club, Lili J, 9am-10am Music in the Morning – ‘The Songs of Judy Garland’, Wollongong Town Hall, 11am

safeTALK – Suicide Alertness for Everyone, Picton Bowling Club, 9am-12pm Human Nature – Live 2022 Rebooted, WIN Entertainment Centre, 8pm

Synthony, WIN Entertainment Centre, 8pm10:30pm • Leaving Jackson – The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 8pm Never Ending 80s – Party Like It’s 1989, Towradgi Beach Hotel, 7:30pm • Wollongong National Dancesport Championship, University of Wollongong, 10am (Until 26th June)

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Mark Vincent, Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, 3pm-5pm • The Bloody Long Walk, Stanwell Park, 7am-4pm • Ooh La La Burlesque Revue – June, La La La’s, 7:30pm RESPECT – The Aretha Franklin Story, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 7.30pm Stand Atlantic w/ Special Guests, UOW UniBar, 8pm • The Wolfe Brothers, Centro CBD, 6:30pm


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July

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Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo Illawarra, Kembla Grange Racecourse, 9:30am-4:00pm (Until 3rd July) • Dirty Deeds – The AC/DC Show, Dicey Riley’s Hotel, 8pm Murray Cook's Soul Movers, The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 6:30pm • Drapht w/ Special Guests, UOW UniBar, 8pm • Stargazing Astronomy Night & Twilight Picnic: Madden Plains, Southern Gateway Centre, 4:30am-9:30pm

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Ash Grunwald, The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 6:30pm • NRL Dragons v Raiders WIN Stadium, 4pm Harlem Globetrotters, WIN Entertainment Centre, 7pm Jaguar Jonze – Bunny Mode Tour w/ Special Guests, UOW Unibar, 7:30pm • Boy & Bear, Waves, 6pm Melinda Schneider: Love Songs, Centro CBD, 6:30pm-11pm

Merrigong Creativity Camp, Wollongong Town Hall, 9am-3pm (Until 15th July)

Radio Ga Ga – Celebrating the Music of Queen, The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 6:30pm • The Listies: ROLF (Rolling On the Floor Laughing), Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 10am-1pm (Until 16th July) • NSW NPL Wollongong Wolves v Marconi Stallions FC, WIN Stadium, 7:30pm-11:30pm

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Masquerade – An Original Mask Work by Theatre Visage, The Phoenix Theatre Coniston, 8pm Mentor Walks Wollongong – Fresh Air Walk, the Blue Mile, 9:30am-10:45am Kate Miller-Heidke: Child In Reverse Tour, Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, 7:30pm-10pm

The TEN Tenors – Celebrating 25 Years, Wollongong Town Hall, 1:30pm • Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde – On The Prowl Tour, Oaks Hotel Motel Albion Park, 4pm • Coledale Markets, Coledale Public School, 9am-3pm

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Full Time Festival, Shellharbour Village, 5pm-11pm As Luck Would Have It, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 7:30pm (Until 6th August)

Song in the Key of Motown, Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, 8pm-10:30pm • RESPECT – The Aretha Franklin Story, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 7:30pm-9:45pm • Rocket Man vs Piano Man, Centro CBD, 6:30pm • The Screaming Jets – All For One – 30 Year Anniversary, Central Hotel Shellharbour, 8pm • Emo Nite, Wollongong, 9pm

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Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour, Gala Twin Cinema Warrawong, 6:30pm-9:30pm

August

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The Brand New Heavies & Dig, Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, 8pm-10:30pm • The Grigoryan Brothers – Past, Present & Future, The Music Lounge, 8pm SUPERWOG: Mad Dogs Tour, Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, 7:30pm-8:30pm • Glam Haven presents Bon Jovi, The Fraternity Club, 7:30pm-11:30pm • Bloom Sings Adele & Amy Songbook, Centro CBD, 6:30pm

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Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky – Please Leave Your Light On, Wollongong Town Hall, 7:30pm • Royale with Cheese – The Ultimate 90s Rock Show, The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 6:30pm • The Finz Rock The Bally Pub, Balgownie Hotel, 8pm

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Music in the Morning - Michael Cormick Sings Bacharach, Wollongong Town Hall, 11am

Lior, The Music lounge, 8pm • Sorry Sorry Sorry, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 8:30pm (Until 13th August) Steel City Strings – Seasons featuring Emily Sun, Wollongong Town Hall

Menopause The Musical, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 7:30pm (Until 18th August) • Being As An Ocean – ‘Dear G-D’ 10 Year Anniversary Show, La La La’s, 7:30pm

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Dizzy Izzy Retreat, The Tops Conference Centre, 7pm (Until 21st August)

PalmerBet NSW Dart Masters, WIN Entertainment Centre, 7pm • The Barber of Seville, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 7:30pm-10pm (Until 20th August) The Splendid Balladeers, The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 6:30pm • Going Home – Development Showing, Illawarra performing Arts Centre, 12pm-2:30pm NRL Dragons v Titans, WIN Stadium, 2pm Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers, UOW UniBar, 8pm

Southern Stars – The Arena Spectacular, WIN Entertainment Centre, 10am (Until 27th August) • Sally Seltmann, The Heritage Hotel Bulli, 6:30pm The Smith Street Band, UOW UniBar, 7pm • Gardens and Surprises in Wollongong, Wollongong Botanic Gardens, 10am-4pm

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