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Fewer assaults but indecent assault up

16/11/2018 Posted by admin

Superintendent Wayne Starling said while retail thefts in Shellharbour were down overall, there was growing concern about a rise in people stealing items to later exchange for drugs, amphetamine in particular.CRIME statistics show fraud at the petrol bowser and indecent assaults have risen in Shellharbour.

While the quarterly report from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research – released last Wednesday – outlined a drop in 10 major crimes in NSW including assaults and break and enter (down 8 per cent), statistics for Shellharbour showed a rise in reports of indecent assault (including sexual assault) from 230 to 258.

Fraud increased by 30 per cent in 12 months.

Lake Illawarra Local Area Commander, Superintendent Wayne Starling, said service stations had become soft targets.

“We have seen an increase in people not paying for their fuel, sometimes its intentional and sometimes they just forget,” he said.

“It can be frustrating for police because they can be chasing up people who have had made a genuine mistake,” he said.

“We really need the service station proprietors to come on board with the police. I can see a lot of merit in pay-before-you- pump, however I don’t see any momentum from the service stations to bring that into place.”

Superintendent Starling also said while retail theft cases were down as a whole, there was growing concern about a rise in people stealing items to exchange for drugs.

Prostitution offences were up 321 per cent rising to 219 from 59 the previous year. There was also a 26 per cent jump in amphetamines possession, and a 13 per cent rise in cannabis possession.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the rise was partly due to “targeted, proactive policing” and operations.

“We are seeing (amphetamine) detection rise by 26 per cent and that reflects the proactive focus of the NSW Police Force particularly when it comes to the very grave dangers posed by ice,” he said.

“We are going to continue this effort because this drug is a fast-track journey to a very dark place of death and suffering,” the commissioner said.

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Actors tell unique stories

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Altogether Drama Group’s Clare and Matt will perform in I Helen, I Hercules at Wollongong Town Hall from December 11-13.WOLLONGONG ADVERTISER

Fifteen emerging artists ranging in age from 14 to 60 will become a colourful, funny and moving parade of inspirational characters at Wollongong Town Hall this week.

The Altogether Drama Group students star in the fun, imaginative new theatre show I Helen, I Hercules, playing at the Town Hall from Thursday to Saturday, December 11-13.

Presented by The Disability Trust, the work has been developed during weekly Altogether Drama classes this year, and consists of a series of scenes participants have created or initiated through playing the theatre game, “Who Am I?”

Merrigong Theatre Company’s artistic associate Anne-Louise Rentell enjoyed tutoring and directing the talented actors.

“This end-of-year show has been an exercise in developing the broader performance skills of the participants, while also enabling them to be active creators of the work,” Ms Rentell said.

“An important element in the creation of this work has been to ensure that the performers have agency in and ownership of the work they are creating.

“Much of what is being presented in the show is a direct result of an expression of their own personalities, if not their own ideas. I’m very proud of what they have all achieved and are continuing to achieve.”

The Disability Trust’s sport and recreation services manager, Michael Norris, said some great local talent had emerged from Altogether Drama since it started in 1991.

“It’s fitting that in our 21st year we’re performing this show at such an iconic venue, the Wollongong Town Hall. The actors have been rehearsing for the past six months and have assembled a unique piece of work that showcases their skills and talents,” he said.

I Helen, I Hercules is on December 11 at 11am, December 12 at 7.30pm and on December 13 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

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RSL celebrates 60 years in Circular Head

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Molly Spinks and Jackie Bryan cut the cake at the Circular Head RSL sub-branch’s 60th anniversary.

MORE than 170 people gathered last week to celebrate 60 years of what is now the Circular Head RSL Club.

The club recently changed its name to encompass all the towns in the region.

The Circular Head RSL Club has been a staple in the community.

When the doors closed two and a half years ago, the region rallied.

Circular Head RSL Club House of Finance Committee chair Adrian Dodd said the club closed its doors for two months when faced with a debt of $72,000.

Last week Mr Dodd proudly presented RSL Tasmania with a final cheque for $420, paying off the last of the debt.

“Everyone was really happy with that,” Mr Dodd said.

“They were pretty devastated when it closed for two months, we had to raise money and come to a payment agreement.

“It’s been a big journey.”

The 30-year member took on the job of keeping the doors open and said paying the last cheque lifted the burden.

“We are pretty optimistic about the future, we are all determined for it to stay open for a lot of years to come,” Mr Dodd said.

The celebration of 60 years of the RSL Club went smoothly.

“There were a lot of people who had put in a lot of work over the years, it just goes to show what the place means to everyone,” Mr Dodd said.

“It’s a wonderful place to be.

“The comments for the night were that everyone enjoyed themselves and were pleased to celebrate the 60 years it was open and they were pleased it’s back on track now.”

The guests were given an update on the club, a couple of ladies outlined the history of the club and there was a celebratory cake.

“We had a plaque to recognise people who contributed the time and money to the reopening of the club,” Mr Dodd said.

He shared what the club was like when he joined, when there was a waiting list for social members.

“To even get in the door back then you had to ring the barmen to ask for permission to come in and if you didn’t do it you got kicked out,” Mr Dodd said.

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Arts festival to grow

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Artist Laura Mead and Somerset Arts Festival president Lorna Johns with Laura’s People’s Choice winner from the last Somerset Arts Festival.THE Somerset Arts Festival will go ahead for its second year in February, but for a different twist there will be markets held each month in the lead up.

The first market will be held at the old Somerset Primary School on Wragg Street and will raise funds to ensure the festival is bigger and better.

The market will be on the second Sunday of each month, starting December 14 and the event will run from 9am until 1pm.

All stallholders are welcome to participate.

Festival president Lorna Johns said next year’s festival would also have the same format as this year’s, with a handmade market, the art exhibition across the weekend, the opening on Friday night and the family fun day on the Saturday.

However, there are a few different aspects to keep the festival interesting.

“Because of the 100-year anniversary of World War I and Anzac Day, we will have candle-lit walk to the river and put floaties children have made with candles in it, in remembrance,” Ms Johns said.

Children will have an opportunity to make the floaties at the Somerset Foreshore Fiesta and on the Saturday of the Somerset Arts Festival.

On the Saturday, there will also be Taiko Drummers, Social Circus, the Rebel Rousers, face painters, bands and more to entertain families as they look through the art exhibition and enjoy the handmade items at the market.

The festival started earlier this year as the first step to Ms Johns’ vision to establish it as the biggest arts festival on the Coast.

She knew on the opening night of the festival that it would run again next year, when she realised what a beautiful atmosphere and the interest it created.

Artist Laura Mead won a couple of awards at the last festival and encouraged other artists to get involved.

“Just do it, entering competitions is a great opportunity for anyone painting to get their work up without any stress,” Miss Mead said.

Ms Johns reaffirmed it was great exposure and emphasised they didn’t turn anyone away last year.

“It’s an opportunity to expose [artists’] work and it supports local artists as well as participating in a community event,” Ms Johns said.

If you would like to be involved in the Somerset Arts Festival as a stallholder, artist or volunteer, or the in the markets leading up to the event please call Ms Johns on 0417 216 484. The Somerset Arts Festival will be held the weekend of February 27.

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Laptops help brothers learn

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Brothers, from left, Tom, Noah and Jack Hardman are delighted with the laptops presented to them by Lions Club of Redland Bay and Victoria Point president Don Reed. The laptops help make learning easier for the vision impaired, Thornlands State School students. Photo by Chris McCormackLearningrecently became easier for three visionimpaired local boys after the Lions Club of Redland Bay and Victoria Point supplied them with special laptops to use at school.

Lions Club president Don Reed recently presented Thornlands State School year 3 student Jack Hardman and his twin brothers Noah and Tom, who will start prep at the school next year, with the computers at a school assembly.

The computers are loaded with special magnification and screen reading software that enables the boys to access the curriculum as it is being taught in the classroom.

Teacher Jenny Grace said the boys were unable to read the electronic whiteboards used in classrooms due to glare emanating from the board.

“The computers have a magnification program that links wirelessly to the whiteboard and it magnifies what the teacher is working on and they will be able to see it,” she said.

“It will make it easier for them to learn.

“It’s excellent for them to have these computers.”

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