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Dec.18, 2021: @acenewsservices

Find out where you can see this next-level displayA bartender poses in his work's patioLocal venues choose to keep unvaxxed outIt was supposed to be the day when unvaccinated people would be welcomed back to pubs, clubs and retail outlets. But it seems several Illawarra venues will continue to deny entry to unvaccinated customers, and the decision has provoked an online backlash from anti-vax groups.

‘The most threatening messages we’ve ever received’A black and white photo of a schoolboy rugby team from the 80s. All the boys' faces are blurredPaedophile priest jailed for abusing 12 schoolboys at Chevalier CollegeAnthony Caruana, 80, will spend at least 10 years in prison after being convicted of 26 offences against 12 students in the 1980s when he was a teacher, bandmaster, rugby coach and dorm master at Chevalier College in Burradoo.

‘God will like it’: How Caruana groomed his victimsA surfer sits on his board in still water and speaks into a microphone. Lots of people on boards sit around himSurfer set to be mayor in election boiloverA surfer and mortgage broker with no political experience looks likely to become the new mayor of Shellharbour. The result will mark the end of Marianne Saliba’s 10 years in council.

Who is Chris Homer and why does he want to be mayor?A man in an akubra holds up a mayoral campaign poster of himselfMeet Wollondilly’s first popularly elected mayorMatt Gould says the idea of building a city the size of Port Macquarie without the right public infrastructure does his head in. That’s why he ran for council.
Now the 36-year-old is set to become the shire’s first popularly elected mayor. The biggest challenge on his agenda? More than 40,000 new homes between Camden and Wilton over the next 20 years.

What are his priorities for the one of the fastest growing regions?Cyclists compete in a bike race on the Grand Pacific DriveWollongong courses revealed for UCI Road World ChampionshipsSpectator-friendly circuits that make the most of Wollongong’s best-known features have been revealed for the road racing world titles next year. The week-long event will be beamed across the world and is expected to attract 300,000 people.

Have a look at the race route through our regionA close up of Bradman's batBradman’s 1934 Ashes bat sells for $245,500We’ve been told it’s much lighter than a modern bat, but that didn’t stop Don Bradman scoring 304 and 244 during the 1934 Ashes series. An anonymous Australian collector is now the proud new owner of what’s been described as one of the rarest pieces of Australia’s sporting memorabilia.

Adding to its value are inscriptions from the great man himselfA koala in a treeTree clearing sparks fears for koala habitatsWork on the Figtree Hill housing development on Appin Road near Campbelltown is continuing after a legal bid to stop it failed. Local conservationists say some of the trees that have been felled are hundreds of years old and others are important koala habitat. The claims are disputed by developer Lendlease.

Koala rescues becoming more common as suburbia spreadsSix people pose with a document which reads "A new model of care"Push for DV trauma recovery centre growsJane Matts once had a knife held to her throat by an abusive partner. Now she’s one of the driving forces for a new centre to support women who have experienced trauma from family or domestic violence.

Argument for trauma recovery centre a ‘no-brainer’Heywire winner says climate change has changed her mountain home foreverBomaderry High School student Eleanor Anderson-Young is from Bellawongarah between Kangaroo Vally and Berry, and she is the Illawarra’s winner of this year’s Heywire competition. Every year we select the best young storytellers from rural and regional Australia to represent their part of the country.

Here’s Eleanor’s winning entry about seeing climate change up closeA burned-down hospital‘Deplorable’ lack of care for historic hospitalBack in October, a fire tore through the old Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital in Goulburn. Now the NSW government has threatened legal action against a Chinese property developer, accusing the owner of not adequately protecting the historic hospital.

The government plans to do the work and send a bill to the ownerA paraglider stuck in a treeWhat else made news in the past week?Lucky escape for paraglider: A paraglider in his 40s was stuck in a tree at Stanwell Tops for several hours on Monday. Special operations crews had to use a complex system of ropes and ladders to rescue the man. Photo: NSW Fire and Rescue.

Hundreds of students in isolation: Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students at Thirroul Public School were all told to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution after a member of the school community tested postive for COVID-19. The rules regarding close contacts and isolation changed a few days later. Keira MP Ryan Park says he’s asked the government to clarify whether new rules can apply retrospectively to people already isolating.

Hospital visitor limits reintroduced: The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District says visitor limits will be in place across the region’s hospitals in response to the significant increase in COVID cases in NSW. Only one visitor will be allowed per patient per session at Wollongong, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven and Milton hospitals.

Nowra bridge hits halfway milestone: The bridge deck of the new Nowra bridge now reaches midway across the Shoalhaven River. Project manager Ryan Whiddon says the project is ahead of schedule. You might see the bridge itself completed by the end of next year but, it’s unlikely to be open to traffic until 2024.

Liberal preselection for Gilmore delayed: Liberal Party sources say it’s unlikely a preselection plebiscite for the federal candidate for Gilmore will be held until after Christmas. So far four candidates have thrown their hat in the ring – former Bega MP Andrew Constance, Vincentia businesswoman Jemma Tribe, Shoalhaven Heads lawyer Paul Ell, and Sanctuary Point veteran Stephen Hayes.

Grandma chained to gate in coal mine protest: A 48-year-old grandmother from Dapto was arrested after she chained herself to a gate at Wollongong Coal’s Russell Vale colliery. Police were called after several protestors blocked entry to the mine. The woman was cut free and charged with failure to comply with a move on direction.

Hawks fined: The NBL issued $375 fines to Justininan Jessup and Sam Froling over a fourth-quarter fight against Kings players and former Wollongong products Anglus Glover and Xavier Cooks. The players had their fines reduced after making an early guilty plea.

UoW welcomes international students: It’s been nearly two years since international students have been part of campus life at the University of Wollongong. This week a small group of 20 students were officially welcomed back by the Vice-Chancellor. There are about 1,800 students enrolled who are still overseas.

Fatal motorcycle crash at Picton: A 71-year-old motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car on Remembrance Drive on Tuesday afternoon. Police are urging witnesses to the crash or anyone with dash cam footage to come forward.

New deal bans criminals from Shoalhaven pubs: The Shoalhaven Liquor and Gaming Accord has agreed to a “banned from one, banned from all” initiative, which means people who have committed crimes such as drug dealing at a licensed venue will also be banned from entering other venues in the region.

Heavy metals testing: The EPA has released the results of testing for heavy metals around the old copper smelting site at Port Kembla. The soil samples were tested for legacy chemicals such as lead and cadmium and the results found levels within national health guidelines. The EPA is offering free testing for households from early next year.

Booderee handback anniversary: The Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community celebrated 26 years this week since the freehold title to the Booderee National Park was returned to traditional owners.

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