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Councils demand cash to repair ‘thousands and thousands’ of potholes

A councillor stands next to a damaged road

It’s official: our roads have been declared a state of emergency after repeated rains have left them in ruins. Mayors across NSW are calling on the state and federal governments to chip in more for urgent works after floods and heavy rain caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damages.Read more here

Queanbeyan man faces court after alleged involvement with ‘cocaine excavator’

Remember the case involving 270kg cocaine allegedly hidden inside an excavator imported from South Africa and discovered at Port Kembla? A Queanbeyan man facing charges of possessing a commercial quantity of a border control drug faced court this week. This is what happened in the courtroomA seaside mansion

The mansion on millionaire’s row that’s sat empty for a decade

It’s arguably the most exclusive seaside address in Wollongong: 64 Cliff Road. So why has this Indian-style mansion sat vacant for almost 10 years?Read the curious story of Wollongong’s Indian mansionA coal mine

Coal miner on notice over pollution spills in national park

The NSW EPA is considering suspending the licence of Peabody’s Metropolitan coal mine near Helensburgh after repeated pollution spills into waterways in the Royal National Park.Read more about the noticeA person in a WIRES uniform holds a tiny baby koala

Formation of network aims for ‘green belt’ to protect koalas from urban sprawl

The urban sprawl threatening koalas has prompted the formation of the Sydney Basin Koala Network, a joint project between WIRES and Sydney’s Total Environment Centre. What will this network do?A Svitzer ship

Tugboat crew lockout at Port Kembla scrapped at last minute

Frustrated with ongoing industrial action, Danish-owned Svitzer Australia announced it would lock workers out from ports โ€” including Port Kembla. But now the Fair Work Commission has ruled that would prove too costly for the Australian economy ahead of Christmas and ordered the company to ditch its plans.What is the dispute about?Jervis Bay brewer Oisin Sweeney poses outside his brewery

Local brewer chases zero emissions using solar and artificial wetlands

A Jervis Bay brewery is hoping to achieve carbon neutrality by relying solely on renewable energy. Brewers use about four litres of water for every litre of beer produced, so this brewery plans to create artificial wetlands with floating vegetation using wastewater.Read about the Bay’s sustainable breweryBasketballer Sam Froling on the court

First openly gay NBL player gets high praise from Hawks captain

Illawarra Hawks captain and Boomer Sam Froling has heaped praise on Melbourne United’s Isaac Humphries for coming out as gay to his teammates in an emotional locker room speech that went viral. The 24-year-old is the first NBL player to come out and the only actively gay player in any of the world’s top leagues.Here’s what Froling had to sayA family pose together. The teenage girl has no hair

Locals join desperate search for bone marrow donor for Illawarra teen

Maggie Banyard’s shock diagnosis of a rare type of leukemia has rocked the northern suburbs of Wollongong. The 14-year-old Bulli High School student urgently needs a life-saving bone marrow or stem cell transplant and the community has rallied by rolling up sleeves to give blood and join the worldwide bone marrow registry.Facebook: how you can help find a match for MaggieWreckage after plane MH17 was shot out of the air

What else made news in the past week?

Family of MH17 victims respond: Retired Illawarra-based teachers Michael and Carol Clancy were among the 38 Australian passengers who died when the Malaysia Airlines flight was hit with a Russian missile over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. This week a Dutch court handed life sentences to two Russians and a pro-Moscow Ukrainian who were tried in absentia. Michael Clancy’s brother Brian says it means a lot that the truth of what happened has been declared to the world.

Roof blown off Dapto school: Winds gusting to more than 100km/h were recorded in several places across the Illawarra on Monday. Fortunately, no one was hurt at the Dapto Public School when ferocious winds blew the roof off a building.

Investigation into death in custody: Investigations are underway into the death in custody of a 23-year-old woman. Patience Kuzmins died at the Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre on November 10. Corrective Services NSW says an officer found the Primbee woman experiencing a medical episode in her cell in the early hours of the morning. Her death is being investigated by police and has been referred to the coroner.

Illawarra Hawks’ horror season continues: The Hawks have let star import George King return to the US to begin rehabilitation on a lower leg complaint. It’s the second major blow to the team’s roster after Justin Robinson’s season-ending injury in Round 1. The club’s poor showing is again fuelling speculation about its future and its home base in Wollongong. But those rumours were swiftly shot down by the club which says they are baseless and untrue.

Man charged over alleged hit and run: Alex Townend, 25, is charged with driving furiously causing grievous bodily harm after he allegedly hit a man on the Princess Highway near Plunkett Street at Nowra last week. Police allege Mr Townend failed to stop and render assistance to the 23-year-old, who was treated by paramedics for leg, hip and head injuries. In court this week the accused did not apply for bail and it was formally refused. He’s due to face court again later this month.Visit our website for more local newsA long tall cup of sparkling coffee, filled with limes and ginger

This drink is both a pick-me-up and cool-me-down for a long summer day

Hetty McKinnon’s sparkling ginger coffee with lime is a slightly unorthodox take on everyone’s favourite caffeinated beverage. But we have a feeling this concoction will be the thirst-quencher you crave above all else during the hot summer days to come.Find the recipe hereThree wrens sit on a tree branch, awkwardly

The best photos from around the country

Siblinghood is chaotic no matter what species you are! Peter McGaffin has captured these fairywren fledglings learning how to perch gracefully in Shoalhaven Heads. 

You can show everyone what the world looks like where you live by using the hashtag #ABCmyphoto on Instagram or by uploading your photos online here.  See the latest photos on #ABCmyphoto websiteAerial footage of seacliff bridge

How’s the weather looking?

There’s a nice weekend ahead, especially after all that wind earlier this week. We might even see temperatures up around 30 degrees on Sunday. After weeks of below average temperatures, has summer finally arrived?

Photo credit: This great shot is by our very own ABC Illawarra features reporter and drone pilot, Justin Huntsdale.Check the seven-day forecast for your town

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