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Smoke-free areas between the red and yellow flags and within 50 metres of the flags will be in place on Wollongong’s patrolled beaches from tomorrow (Saturday February 1).
Long after the last bike crosses the finish line, the 2022 UCI Road Cycling World Championships will leave a legacy that boosts the sport in Wollongong and across the Illawarra.
The finishing touches are being put on the fun-filled plans for this Sunday’s Australia Day community celebrations around Wollongong Harbour. The annual event kicks off at 8am with the Aquathon, and will conclude with a light show over Belmore Basin at 9pm.
No swimming signs have been removed from Belmore Basin today after Council was advised that water testing showed no traces of diesel in the water. The signage had been placed around the harbour area when a diesel spill was reported from a charter boat over the weekend
Wollongong City Council Rangers will implement a community safety program to discourage illegal camping and dangerous parking and make our beaches and reserves safe for all during the Australia Day long weekend.
For generations, Geoff Phillips has been a firm fixture of local news bulletins and tonight he was named Wollongong’s Citizen of the Year for 2020. The veteran newsreader had a media career that spanned nearly 50 years on both radio and television. However, locally, he was also known for his commentary of sporting games and as a host of charity events for organisations including the Salvation Army, The Shepherd Centre, Greenacres and the Illawarra Connection.
Bird watchers will find it easier to identify the wide variety of feathered friends visiting Lake Illawarra with the launch of a new guide by Wollongong and Shellharbour City Councils today, Tuesday 22 January. The colour brochure—funded by a grant from the NSW Local Land Services—highlights the diverse variety of birds that live in and migrate to Lake Illawarra each year.
Beachgoers can avoid the midday heat, and still enjoy a dip tomorrow, Thursday 23 January, with Wollongong City Council’s Lifeguards extending patrol hours on 12 of our popular beaches. Flags will be up until 7pm at Stanwell Park, Coledale, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli, Woonona, Corrimal, Towradgi, North Wollongong, City and Port Kembla beaches. They’ll remain up until 6pm at Sandon Point.
A weekend diesel spill from a charter boat was reported to Wollongong City Council on Monday 21 January 2020. The boat’s owner has self-reported the incident to the EPA, and they’re investigating the matter. We understand the NSW Roads and Maritime Service, who are the agency responsible for the health of the Harbour, are aware of the incident and worked with NSW Fire and Rescue to manage the spill over the weekend.
Windang Beach is closed after a shark attack early this morning. A 59-year-old man was surfing near the entrance to Lake Illawarra when he was bitten by a shark. He has been transported to hospital.