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Helicopter powerline patrols are on the way

Helicopter powerline patrols are on the way

We're being told not to panic if you hear helicopters overhead in the next few weeks. Endeavour Energy helicopters are taking to the skies identifying power lines that need repairs or areas near lines that are in need of maintenance - ahead of the bush fire season later this year. Four...

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Dapto Mall to undergo $3.5 million refurb

Dapto Mall to undergo $3.5 million refurb

Construction is officially underway on a multi-million dollar facelift for Dapto Mall that aims to bring 'the outdoors indoors'. The $3.5 million refurbishment focuses around a new look food court and children’s playground - with the décor designed to reflect the local escarpment. Due for...

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Illawarra hit by off-season flu outbreak

Illawarra hit by off-season flu outbreak

Locals are being urged to be on the lookout for flu symptoms - with an off-season outbreak hitting the Illawarra. Locally, figures are sitting at double the yearly average. It comes after national figures revealed the rate of flu across the country is more than three times the average. So far...

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Two Christchurch mosques attacked in mass shootings

Two Christchurch mosques attacked in mass shootings

Police have taken one man into custody and are searching for an accomplice after shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Witnesses say as many as 300 people were inside the mosque in when a man wearing a military-style jacket opened fire in the early afternoon. Explosive devices...

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George Pell Sentenced To Six Years

George Pell Sentenced To Six Years

Disgraced Cardinal, George Pell has been sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months. The 77 year-old has been sentenced for sexually abusing two choirboys in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral after a Sunday Mass in 1996.  Chief...

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Man injured in Warrawong machete attack

Man injured in Warrawong machete attack

A man's hand has been partially severed after he was attacked with a machete in Warrawong this morning. The 25-year-old was in the rear courtyard of a property on Northcliffe Drive around 4.20am when he was approached by a man in dark clothing who was armed with a large machete. Police say a...

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Nurses and midwives to rally in Wollongong

Nurses and midwives to rally in Wollongong

Local nurses and midwives will hold a lunchtime rally in Wollongong today, to highlight the need for mandated nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals. They're calling on the Liberal-Nationals government, as well as candidates in this month's State Election, to commit to the ratios and enforce...

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Black Hawk helicopters training over Wollongong

Black Hawk helicopters training over Wollongong

Locals may notice the roar of low-flying helicopters over Wollongong during the next week, but there's no need for alarm. Up to five Black Hawk helicopters are taking to the skies as part of an Australian Defence Force training course until March 15. A few were spotted flying over Lake...

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Financial support for domestic abuse victims

Financial support for domestic abuse victims

Thousands of women fleeing domestic violence in the Illawarra and across the country are being promised additional financial support if Labor wins the federal election.  The party is promising $60 million to fund around 20,000 Flexible Support Packages over four years.  Shadow Minister for the...

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Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex abuse

Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex abuse

Australia's highest-ranking Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, has been found guilty of child sex abuse. A jury convicted Pell of five sexual assault charges against two 13-year-old boys, dating back to his time as newly-installed Archbishop of Melbourne at St Patrick's Cathedral in 1996. The...