Shellharbour City Council |  Community Connections Department | Summer 2014


Welcome to the summer edition of the Community Connections e-newsletter. The aim of this newsletter is to keep you and those that access your services up to date with Council's activities and initiatives happening in your community.

It has been another busy quarter in our department with many events and activities held and planning underway for upcoming months. We look forward to working with you and seeing you out and about at these exciting initiatives.

Please forward a copy of this newsletter onto those in your database, who you feel may benefit from the information contained in this newsletter.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.


Kathryn Baget-Juleff
Group Manager, Community Connections

Upcoming Exhibitions @ SVES
23rd – 29th December: Julie McCurry - Paintings of landscapes of local scenery and environs.

30th December – 5th January: Jenny Maliphant + Eva Illyes  - Paintings and prints of original works on exhibition and for sale.
6th – 12th January: Judi Goodwin – Exhibition of paintings by a local artist.

20th – 26th January: Kay Norrington - Award winning local artist displays individualistic works

28th January – 1st February: Our Time Our Place - See stories of the city illustrated by older and younger Shellharbour residents in chalk and documented by a local photographer. 
For more information please visit

There are still a few spaces available to hire the space in the first half of 2015 – get in quick to also be included in our Summer calendar! For more information please contact the Arts and Cultural Development Officer on 4221 6170 or email
Staff Changes
Introducing Terri Rowe

It is with great pleasure we introduce Terri Rowe to the Community and Cultural Life Team. Terri recently started with Council in the position of Community Partnerships Officer.
Terri's role will include facilitating the Illawarra Interagency, convening the Shellharbour ClubGRANTS scheme, managing Shellharbour Connect and participating in a range of other local community partnership initiatives.
Terri has a background in community and cultural development and is looking forwarding to meeting  you at an interagency soon. She can be contacted on 4221 6170 or email

Upcoming Interagencies
The Illawarra Interagency provides a forum for service providers to build relationships and work collaboratively to improve outcomes for the Illawarra community. The Interagency is open to anyone with an interest in supporting the wellbeing of people who live, work or play in the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama LGAs.

The next Illawarra Interagency is scheduled for Thursday 5 February in Shellharbour. Location still to be confirmed.

Illawarra Interagency

2015 Calendar

For more information, please call Terri Rowe on 4221 6091.

Parent Services Interagency:

Service providers for families and children are invited to meet quarterly to network and share information. Meetings go for 2 hours and are held at Council Chambers, Lamerton House from 1pm - 3pm.

The next parent service interagency is scheduled for Wednesday
11 February 2015.

For more information, please call Aileen Gleeson on 4221 6170

Community Safety Pop Up Meetings
The Community Safety Pop Up Meetings coordinated by Shellharbour City Council's Community Safety Officer and NSW Police continue to run monthly in various locations to engage local residents and answer any questions they may have regarding safety and crime prevention.  In the past few months, Community Safety Pop Up Meetings were held in Warilla Grove; Pollock Park, Albion Park and Elliott Park, Barrack Point.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 22 2015. Location still to be confirmed.

For more information please contact Meegan Martinez on
4221 6036.
Christmas Closure
The Albion Park HACC Centre and Shellharbour Community Transport will be closed during the Christmas/New Year period. The office will be shut from Wednesday 24 December 2014 and will reopen on Monday 5 January 2015.
Warilla Child Care Centre Update
Land and Housing Corp (LAHC) have accepted Councils proposal to lease Warilla Child Care Centre for another three years and for Council to sublease the centre to an alternate service provider at market rent.
LAHC have now advised Council that the market rent is $50,000 per year plus GST and net outgoings (i.e. utilities). This rent is subject to CPI increase each year of the lease.
Council will now undertake the Expression of Interest (EOI) process to try and seek an alternate provider based on this market rent and conditions of lease.
It is anticipated that this process will take up to Christmas, with the view that if an alternate provider is found they would commence in March/April 2015.
An update will be provided once the EOI process is finalised.
New Library Website
coming in 2015
Shellharbour City Libraries are very excited to announce a new look and feel website coming in 2015. The website will act like a shop-front for the libraries but in a digital format. It will offer lots of features, we've never been able to offer before. So watch this space!
Warilla Library Strategy
Shellharbour City Council's Libraries and Museum Strategy 2024, adopted in March 2014, identified the need for major improvements to Warilla Library’s facilities as a priority for Council. Moving to the new site brings the opportunity to provide upgraded facilities and even better services.
During December and January we’ll be consulting with Warilla library users, local schools and the general community about what you would like to see incorporated in your new Warilla Library. Keep an eye out as to where and how you can participate.
You can have your say by completing a survey to let us know what you would like to do, what you would like to find and what the new library means to you.

Current Projects
Healthy Ageing Strategy
The aim of the Healthy Ageing Strategy is to target those residents 50 years of age and older by creating a supportive environment which encourages the establishment of healthy behaviours into the later stages of life. Read more
White Ribbon Day
"Shellharbour says no to violence" The community got behind the inaugural White Ribbon Day walk from Wollongong South Beach to Stewart Park... Read more
Refugee Welcome Zone
Council held a civil event for the signing of a Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration for Shellharbour. Mayor Saliba, dignitaries and representatives from local multicultural services attended the event. Read more
Arts & Cultural Development Strategy
The Creative Shellharbour consultations really got the community talking! Through avenues such as pop-up kiosks, social media, survey and the successful Idea Bombing session we collected over 600 responses... Read more
Lake Illawarra Art Trail
The four artworks that will form the Lake Illawarra Art Trail were installed over the last month. Read more
Our Time Our Place - Capturing Stories of Shellharbour
The project, 'Our Time Our Place', is about creating connections: the sharing of skills, knowledge and stories of the local area between generations and across cultural groups. Read more
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2014
On Friday 14th November, Community Transport played host to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner...
Read more  
Young People Take the Library to the Gallery!
The Manga and Anime Group (MAG) held their second Manga Anime Comics Exhibition (MACE) at the SVES. The art show was a great credit to the group who worked very hard to create their exhibition.
Read more
Seniors Week Photo Competition
"Promoting Positive Images of Ageing". For your chance to win one of four gift vouchers, send in your photo of our  senior residents that shows how life gets better after the age of 55. Read more
Graffiti Removal Day
Volunteers from the Rotary Club, the community and Council's Community Safety Officer removed graffiti... Read more

Shellharbour Kids New Website
We are excited to announce that the new Shellharbour Kids website is now live!!! Visit for more information or to simply take a look at the new site.
Time Capsule
In 2014 council staff unearthed a time capsule buried at the former Warilla Council Chambers as part of Shellharbour’s 125th anniversary celebrations in 1984. Read more
Community Transport Organisation Awards
These Awards are designed to recognise a specific employee, volunteer and organisation, who have demonstrated significant work achievements. Community Transport: Wollongong -Shellharbour is very pleased to announce that we received 2 nominations... Read more
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Library News
New look library catalogue
Shellharbour City Libraries has a new catalogue called WorldCat, which offers a number of great features that are new to our libraries. You can still renew your items, place a hold, check your account history like before. However, you now read and create your own reviews, use tagging, create your own reading lists and more! With improved keyword searching capabilities, you'll be able to discover more resources available through your library than ever before. If you're interested, you'll also be able to search WorldCat worldwide!
If you need any help navigating through our new library catalogue, feel free to contact any of our branches and library team members will be only to happy to help you out.
You can check out our new catalogue by visiting our website and follow the 'catalogue' link.

Halloween Spooky Storytime
Library staff held another very successful Spooky Storytime to celebrate Halloween at Warilla Library. 120 people enjoyed stories, songs and a fantastic puppet show thanks to Doogles Puppets. If you thought libraries were quiet, conservative places, think again! Please see photos here.
The Library is actively seeking new members for its monthly writing group. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10.30am. The meeting is very informal with members reading and discussing their writing and swapping hints and tips. We provide morning tea.
If you are interested in joining the group please ring Albion Park Library on 4256 2001.
Christmas Gingerbread Houses at Warilla Library
30 people attended Warilla Library on Thursday December 4 wanting to start a fun Christmas tradition.
They learnt the skills and techniques to create and assemble a Christmas gingerbread house.
Jan, from the Cake Decorator's Guild of NSW Inc - Illawarra Branch bought along pre-made gingerbread house pieces and icing and demonstrated step by step how to assemble the gingerbread house.
She also shared some great ideas and tips to decorate your gingerbread house and give it that individual wow factor.
Participants received a Gingerbread house template and recipes for the scrummy gingerbread and icing.
The completed houses were raffled at the end of the demonstration so a few lucky participants were able to take one home.

Museum News
Clear Hills Artefacts
The Museum received boxes of artefacts uncovered during a recent archaeological investigation of ‘Clear Hills’, the old Condon family farm in what is now Shell Cove. A selection of the artefacts are now on display at the museum.
Killalea Exhibition
Killalea State Park recently donated the original entry sign for ‘The Farm’ to the museum. Museum staff and volunteers have built an exhibition around the sign featuring the history of the park and the families who lived there, including the Fraser family whose farmhouse ‘Seaview’ was near the kiosk building.
Upcoming Events
Summer Holidays 2015
School Holidays are fast approaching and your libraries have some exciting things planned such as a Fire Truck visit and live theatre!
Bookings are open now for Christmas Craft, Meet the Frog Man, Minecraft Club and many more activities.
Also, our Summer Reading Club for 5-17 year olds is on now until the end of January.
Register for free at your library now for your chance to win an iPod and other cool prizes. See the library website for details.
Check out what Shellharbour Youth Services have on offer this school holidays! There are a huge range of activities on offer from pool open days, excursions, movie nights and drama performances. Find out more here.
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