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Updated: Bob Kotic with some of the new branding, which retains a modern interpretation of the Illawarra Flame Tree logo. Picture: GREG ELLISIllawarra Credit Union chief executive Bob Kotic launched a new brand identity on Sunday for the locally grown financial institution.

The new look, designed with input from staff and members, is designed to confirm the credit union’s commitment to serving its members.

During the last 40 years Illawarra Credit Union has used the Illawarra Flame Tree as its logo and the new one is a modern interpretation supported by new visual identity and a new tagline of “Your money, your way”.

Mr Kotic said it highlighted the credit union’s dedication to serving its members, understanding their needs and providing competitive products.

“Our members are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make,” he said.

The new look coincides with the introduction of new services.

An Android moneytree app has been launched following the success of the iPhone moneytree app in 2014.

A new member centre on the ground floor of the Wollongong head office building is the first of many being rolled out across the branch network.

Work is also under way on a new user-friendly website.

Forum speakers

First female premier of NSW Kristina Keneally and former politician Kathryn Greiner are among the speakers at the Illawarra Forum annual conference at The Pavilion in Kiama on March 10 and 11.

Illawarra Forum chief executive Nicky Sloan said the conference would look at success in the community services industry. Registrations are now open at trybooking苏州美甲美睫培训学校/GPNS.

Kristina Keneally

Zookeepers go wild

Images of Symbio Wildlife Park zookeepers mimicking animals continue to spread globally.

The #zookeepersasanimals photos on Facebook have now appeared in many daily newspapers in Europe.

Community grants

An information session on the IRT Foundation Community Grants program is being held at North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club on Monday.

It is open to community groups, charities and councils interested in applying for grants of up to $20,000 for initiatives that help build age-friendly communities in the Illawarra.

Applications are open until April 10.

IRT Foundation Committee chairperson Dr Lee Moerman, Wendy Harmer and IRT CEO Nieves Murray at the launch of the foundation at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach in late 2014. Picture by Greg Ellis.

Zonta picks leaders

The Zonta Club of Wollongong is hosting its Young Women In Public Affairs Award at Centro CBD on March 8 as part of International Women’s Day.

Zonta International District 24 Lieutenant-Governor Dr Janette Curtis said the finalists come from high schools.

Dr Curtis said Zonta looked for young women who were good students and had a commitment to their community.

“We also expect them to demonstrate how they currently do, or plan to, empower women financially, educationally or socially,” she said.

“For this award, it is about thinking outside of themselves and giving back to the community, whether that be their school community, their local community through charities or clubs, or internationally by active support of specific charities.”

Heather Stuart, Kate Martin, Jessica Sparks, Thea Stephenson and Sheldri Weston at the 2014 Zonta Club of Wollongong International Women’s Day afternoon tea at Diamond Offices. Picture by Greg Ellis.

Top shop once again

For the fourth year in a row The Good Guys Warrawong was recognised as the top furniture/electrical store for customer satisfaction by Roy Morgan Surveys in 2014.

Warrawong’s Michael Seaman said it was a great result for the whole team who made customer service its number one priority.

Power for Manus

Electro Power Equipment recently completed construction of a power station switch room at Unanderra for the Manus Island Detention Centre. John Arthur said the facility was designed and built at Unanderra, and after construction in Wollongong it was shipped by road to Brisbane before being transported by barge to Manus Island.

Motivational event

Kiama Council, Inspiring Women Kiama and Illawarra Business in Heels are hosting a motivational International Women’s Day lunch at the Pavilion from 12 noon on March 6.

Further information on 4232 0405.

Network expands

Former Wallaby and rugbybusinessnetwork苏州美甲美睫培训学校 (RBN) convener Adrian Skeggs is including Wollongong in the rollout of the network across Australia.

Events feature a key business leader presenting on a specific topic followed by a rugby personality talking about their transition from rugby to business.

The inaugural network meeting is at iC Central at the Wollongong Innovation Campus.

Guest speakers are former Hungry Jack’s Australia chief executive Tim Tighe and former Waratahs players Peter Palmer, Michael Hayes and Richard Tombs.

Tim Tighe

Lunch celebration

This Saturday VIEW Clubs of Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands are joining together to celebrate International Women’s Day together at the Chifley Hotel.

The lunch includes entertainment by Katherine Akele and a tribute to the Anzacs on the centenary year presented by TIGS year 12 student Tahlia Jackson. A year 12 Learning for Life student will also speak on the opportunities provided to her by The Smith Family Learning for Life program.

Katherine Akele. Picture by Greg Ellis.

The Keynote speaker this Saturday is NRMA deputy director Wendy Machin.

Breast workshop

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant is hosting and sponsoring a free BreastAware Australia education and empowerment workshop on March 10. Jonni Nicolaou is so passionate about BreastAware’s life-saving message she became a board member.

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Sustainable growth

Applications close on March 9 for the next round of Economic Gardening starting on March 24.

It is a free service to help Illawarra businesses achieve increased profits and sustainable growth.Online applications at economicgardening苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.


March4 – Pride of Emergency Services Awards launch in Sydney.

Warilla Business Chamber hosts a free networking event at Southern Youth Family Services in Warilla from 5pm to 7pm.

March 4 to 15 – International Women’s Day Exhibition called Women: Equality: Art: at Project Contemporary Artspace.

March 5 – Illawarra Credit Union launches its new brand in its new member centre.

March 5 to 30 – On Flinders Life Drawing and Painting Exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery.

March 6 – Kiama Council, Inspiring Women Kiama and Illawarra Business in Heels are hosting a motivational International Women’s Day lunch with guest speakers Melissa Browne and Dr Susan Ang at The Pavilion Kiama from 12pm to 2.30pm. Further information on 4232 0405.

March 6 to 8 – Kiama Jazz Blues Festival with more than 60 free gigs in 30 venues.

March 7 – VIEW Clubs of Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands will celebrate International Women’s Day together at the Chifley Hotel Wollongong.

March 8 – Zonta hosts its Young Women In Public Affairs Award as part of International Women’s Day activities with a lunch at CBD Centro.

March 9 – IRT Foundation Community Grants program will be held at North information session at Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club 2pm.

March 10 – The Illawarra Business Chamber is focusing on infrastructure needs for the region by hosting a local candidate debate from 11am at the ITeC in Coniston. Illawarra businesses are invited to come and hear what both major parties are doing to address the infrastructure backlog and the needs of regional businesses.

A free BreastAware Australia workshop at the Lagoon Seafood Restaurant from 5.45pm.

WorkCover NSW hosts a Safer Communities event at Jamberoo with a safety information sessions for local farmers, inspectors visiting businesses in the main street and workplace visits. Further information on 4428 6700.

iAccelerate welcomes and inducts its new residents following the completion of applications for the first intake of 2015.

After receiving a quality field of applications the new cohort of residents will soon be announced.

March 10 and 11 – Illawarra Forum annual conference at The Pavilion in Kiama with Kristina Keneally and Kathryn Greiner among the guest speakers.

March 10 and 11 – THE first female premier of NSW Kristina Keneally and former politician Kathryn Greiner are among the speakers at the Illawarra Forum annual conference at The Pavilion in Kiama.

March 11 – Better Health By Daniella opening party at Figtree. Further information at www.betterhealthbydaniela苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

CleverLINK presents a Bartercard information evening at Corrimal.

March 13 – The Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free coffee with the candidates at Helensburgh Tradies to ask small business candidates what they would do for small business.

Pulse 94.1fm Gala Night at Panorama House featuring Brittany Cairns from The Voice and Karl Faase as keynote speaker. Bookings on 4228 8941.

March 14 – A three hour cartooning workshop for primary school age children with a full lunch included is being held by Little Leonardo’s Art Studio in Shellharbour.

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Finding the best way to keep track of your daily tasks is a very personal mission for all of us as this helps you with your notifications and reminders to keep you organised. Here are three of my favourite task apps you can use on your PC, Mac and hand-held device.

Any.Do is a task management app for iPhone or Android smartphones. When you start to type in a task, it will offer suggestions for auto-completing it. It also will automatically link you to your email. Any.Do does not automatically come with a calendar feature, so you will need to download the companion app called “Cal,” in order to get this.

Google Keep lets you take down thoughts, take photos, dictate notes and have everything to hand. You can take a photo that can then be used as part of a note and you can also use the microphone option to dictate, with what you say being transcribed and ready for editing if need be. Photos can be edited using the built-in camera features of Android.

Wunderlist is a program that works with both desktops and mobiles for a to-do list manager with apps for iOS and Android, Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s also a webapp, so you seriously have no reason to be without your to-dos on any platform you choose to use. It’s my personal favourite. It’s simple and easy to use, supports timed reminders, recurring to-dos, separate reminders from the due date of the task, notes and additional information associated with your to-dos and more. Its broad platform support – and its webapp – mean you’ll always have access to your to-dos.

Robert Morgan is a digital solutions consultant at Digital Phenix.

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FIGHT GOES ON: Trainer Darren Smith faces a long disqualification period. Picture: Jenny EvansNEWCASTLE trainer Darren Smith has been found guilty by Racing NSW stewards on 42 cobalt charges, but he will have to wait until March 20 to find out his penalty.

Smith was charged with 62 offences, but 20 relating to race-day swabs were deemed unnecessary by stewards.

It is expected Smith, who has eight previous offences for use of banned substances, will face a long disqualification which could end his career in racing.

Smith said he was determined to clear his name.

‘‘I really don’t have a lot to say and I will be guided by my lawyers,’’ Smith said. ‘‘We have to wait to see what [penalty] they give me, but I will be appealing and continuing to fight these charges to prove [myself] innocent.’’

Stewards have indicated that at the March 20 hearing they will also rule on whether the horses would be disqualified, as is usually the case, from the races where cobalt was found in their swabs.

Smith’s case has had a high profile, and chief steward Ray Murrihy decided to speak on the findings.

‘‘It is not the standard practice of the stewards to give detailed written reasons, nor is there any requirement to do so,’’ Murrihy said in a statement. ‘‘However, in this instance, it is the view of the stewards that they should deliver written reasons in respect of the more critical findings.’’

The statement said stewards had found cobalt was a prohibited substance ‘‘as it is an agent that is capable of causing either directly or indirectly an action or effect, or both an action and effect, on the blood system.’’

Murrihy addressed an argument from Smith’s counsel, Paul O’Sullivan, that without a threshold cobalt was not a prohibited substance.

‘‘The intent of the threshold is to recognise that cobalt naturally occurs within horses and elevated readings can result from horses being administered registered supplements in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines,’’ Murrihy said.

‘‘However, those issues do not arise in this case as Mr Smith has admitted that he was provided with a bottle by Mr Shannon Wonson that contained cobalt and he administered cobalt to horses in his stable.

‘‘In this respect, Mr Smith maintained that he administered cobalt to horses that were ‘poor eaters’ and that each of those horses detailed above, in which elevated levels of cobalt were detected, were poor eaters.

‘‘Mr Smith does not maintain that the elevated levels arose from administration of registered supplements in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines but has instead defended the charges on the basis that cobalt was not a prohibited substance until a threshold was introduced.

‘‘For the reasons outlined above, that construction is not supported by a proper analysis of the Australian Rules of Racing.’’

Wonson is a disqualified harness racing trainer.

Another cobalt hearing is in the wings, against Kembla Grange’s Paul Murray, but stewards have not set a date for that inquiry to resume.

Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop

Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop

Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop

Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City in an  A-League grand final, with the match held interstate? It sounds ludicrous, but, it seems, it’s not impossible.

The likely venue for a title decider should either of the Melbourne clubs qualify to host the event remains up in the air. Etihad Stadium, the FFA’s preferred venue, is unavailable on May 17, the date of the grand final, and Damien De Bohun, the head of the A-League, has admitted that time is running out to find a suitable ground should either of the Melbourne teams win the right to  stage the match.

“We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne,” De Bohun told radio station SEN on Tuesday evening. “We have met with the government recently … but there is still work to be done.

“We need a stadium at the right level. Every major stadium in the country has kept Sunday, May 17, free in the hope they could host the grand final. We have not been able to secure a suitable venue in Melbourne. If it comes to it we have made it clear to all and sundry including both Melbourne clubs and the government that if we had to we would take the grand final to the opposing team.”

Victory currently lies second on the A-League ladder, while City sits in sixth spot.

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Warning: Western Sydney Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas. Photo: Louise Kennerley Western Sydney Wanderers have issued a statement to their members condemning the violent action by a minority of their fans and vowed to stop troublemakers attending matches.

Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas sent a letter to the club’s 18,700 members on Monday reiterating that anti-social behaviour towards opponents and rival fans will be met with severe punishment from the club, FFA and police in the wake of the violence that marred the Sydney derby on Saturday night.

Dozens of fans are facing potential police prosecution and long bans from attending all Australian football games after the FFA confirmed the identity of people involved in either an ugly brawl, throwing flares on the field towards an opposition goalkeeper and one for assaulting a rival player inside the stadium.

A Wanderers fan who was invited into the corporate area is facing a 10-year ban for striking Sydney FC defender Aaron Calver in the face after the full-time whistle.

The incident preceded a violent attack on Sydney FC fans near Parramatta railway station which left two men hospitalised. A few Sydney FC fans were allegedly attacked by a group of up to 30 men wearing black clothing believed to be associated with a Wanderers supporters group.

“As a club it is our job to ensure that we maintain this atmosphere at every match and reaffirm to all our members that anti-social behaviour at any Wanderers matches will never be tolerated,” Tsatsimas said. “This expectation of respecting fellow attendees will never be compromised or diluted by the Western Sydney Wanderers.  It does not matter what colour jersey or t-shirt your fellow attendee is wearing we will strive to ensure that there is no behaviour that compromises your match day experience or the safety of you or your fellow spectators.”

NSW Police are investigating the incident in conjunction with the FFA. It is understood witnesses, victims and officers analysed CCTV footage on Tuesday capturing the alleged assault. Tsatsimas confirmed the club are working to assist in the investigation.

“Our club has dramatically reduced the number of anti-social incidents since our inception and we remain totally committed to working with the authorities, venue and Football Federation Australia to remove any individual who is misplaced in their belief that Pirtek Stadium or any other venue allows them the right to express themselves illegally or in an anti-social manner. Any incidents that arise at any of our home matches will be investigated and serious punishments will be handed down to those involved,” Tsatsimas said.

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Climbing off the canvas: Tony Abbott trades verbal blows with Bill Shorten in Parliament on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Climbing off the canvas: Tony Abbott trades verbal blows with Bill Shorten in Parliament on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Climbing off the canvas: Tony Abbott trades verbal blows with Bill Shorten in Parliament on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

There comes a moment in certain prize fights when the contestant least-liked by the crowd goes down, spitting blood, both eyes all but closed.

At that moment, part of the unreliable crowd suddenly switches sides, hollering for the bozo to get up and go on with it.

Hearing this unaccustomed encouragement, the fellow crawls to his knees and on the count of nine, makes it back to his feet, shaking his head.

It is at this moment that the bloke who thought he’d had it won has to make a decision.

If everything he’d tried no longer worked, should he shift gear, try a new strategy?

Bill Shorten found himself with just such a dilemma on Tuesday. And just stood there, throwing the same old punches, discovering they failed to find a target.

Tony Abbott was supposed to be back in the dressing room by now, out cold, his trainers shaking their heads, sinking the boot into his inert form every now and then for the hell of it and telling each other they knew all along he had a glass jaw.

Instead, he was still in the ring.

And he was, at least a little bit, on his toes, having performed his own last-minute switcheroo.

He’d listened to the crowd, figured he had nothing more to lose, ditched his attempt at the sneaky uppercut. And he’d begun dancing. And taunting.

No more five-buck co-payment for a visit to the doctor, he sang, as if he’d been playing rope-a-dope all along, rather than tying both hands behind his own back.

Shorten could do nothing but accuse Abbott of hitting below the belt.

It was awkward, for Shorten and his seconds had spent months yelling that the co-payment was a dirty filthy trick that would ruin the game for everyone and if Abbott had any decency he’d kill it.

And here was Abbott declaring that it was, in fact, dead, buried and cremated.

Shorten kept coming, unsure what to do, but determined to remind Abbott that he and his seconds had called the newly non-existent co-payment and the the GP tax the right and proper thing to do, and why didn’t he think so now?

Abbott kept dancing. The co-payment was toast. Gone. Goading, too, accusing Shorten in his latest three-word slogan of “jeering, sneering and smearing”. It wasn’t quite “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, but it was preferable to lying unconscious on the canvas, the count reaching 10.

Malcolm Turnbull, not a fight fan, sat in the bleachers, humming. “Everyone should be zen,” he’d declared earlier to those still wanting to know if Abbott was about to suffer a KO.

Everyone, it seemed, had forgotten that Abbott was such a bruiser that he’d won two boxing Blues at Oxford. He’d won all four bouts required, Not one of them made it past the second round.

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A 23-year-old Albert Park man has died following an alleged train surfing accident in Melbourne’s south-east last month.

Investigators believe the man jumped, or fell, from the top of a train as it reached the McKinnon Railway Station around 10:45pm on February 25.

Witnesses alerted Protective Services Officers and police after spotting the man on top of a carriage. PSOs performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

The man was taken to Alfred hospital with life-threatening injuries and died on Friday, police said.

Police and Metro personal have warned of an increasing “subculture” of dangerous behaviour on Melbourne’s rail network.

“You get this kind of behaviour on most train networks, but it seems to be a lot worse here than I’ve seen elsewhere,” Metro chief executive Andrew Lezala told The Age at the time.

Mr Lezala said Metro and Public Transport Victoria were looking into ways to make trains harder to climb.

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Volunteer Sarah Morrison records cyclists on their way to work on Super Tuesday. Photo: Wayne TaylorMelbourne cyclists were out in force on Super Tuesday, with numbers up as much as 17 per cent in some of the city’s commuter hot spots.

At the corner of Swanston and Flinders street the number of cyclists was up 17 per cent on last year.

Bicycle Network general manager of government and external relations Chris Carpenter said the positive numbers reinforced the need for local councils to invest in cycling infrastructure.

“Our Super Tuesday figures show, yet again, that local councils and state governments need to invest in better bike infrastructure. Some of our main commuter routes – such as Melbourne’s Main Yarra Trail – are now at saturation point, not leaving room for Australia’s bike-riding population to grow,” he said.

Super Tuesday, an event organised by Bicycle Network, is in its ninth year and each year volunteers record the number of cyclists crossing major road and path intersections across Australia.

Bicycle Network then analyses the data and submits the findings and bike-riding facility recommendations to local councils.

On Swanston Street, 920 riders crossed La Trobe Street, a 5 per cent increase. Most locations recorded between five and 15 per cent growth in cyclist numbers.

“With this new data, it’s the perfect time for councils to review bike and transport plans and increase the level of investment in these much needed facilities,” Mr Carpenter said.

Some of the extremely busy routes, such as the Yarra Trail, also had an increase in cyclist numbers, but at a slower rate because the paths were already full at peak periods, he said.

Forty-three councils in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia took part in the event.

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Top billing: Mildura Lawn Tennis Club vice-president Mark Vorwerk is excited by the level of young talent entered in the Mildura Grand Tennis International, which begins this weekend. Picture: Carmel ZacconeTHE tennis stars of the future will be showcased at the 2015 Mildura Grand Tennis International,­ which begins Sunday.

Mildura Lawn Tennis Club (MLTC) will host the Australian Pro Tour event for the eighth year, which features some of the best up and coming Australian and international tennis talent.

International players Brydan Klein of Great Britain and Hiroko Kuwata of Japan will headline the men’s and women’s draws respectively.

Men’s No.2 seed and 2014 finalist Dane Propoggia and 369th ATP-ranked Maverick Banes, as well as 313th WTP-ranked Jessica Moore will carry Australian hopes in the tournament.

MLTC vice-president Mark Vorwerk said locals would see “the future of Australian tennis” in the tournament.

“Jess Moore had quite a good year (in 2014) and looks to be playing really good tennis,” he said.

“She got into the qualifying rounds of Australian Open and did fairly well there. She could be quite a good player, she’s only 24.

“Dane Propoggia made it to the final of the qualifiers for the Open wildcard, so he got very close.

“He lost last year against Brydan Klein here, so he is quite a good grass court player.”

Local talent will also have an invaluable opportunity to test themselves against the best on home courts during the Grand International.

Young stars Zac Robinson and Sheree Moore have got wildcards for the men’s and women’s draws respectively, while another local, Andrea Mastrippolito, has already qualified.

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Value added: GrainCorp’s Mark Palmquist and Gordon Bradbery at the new $20 million liquid terminal at Port Kembla which has been hailed a “vote of confidence” for Wollongong. Picture: ROBERT PEETGraincorp’s $20 million liquid terminal is a “vote of confidence” for Wollongong, according to lord mayor Gordon Bradbery.

While the Port Kembla facility has been operating since October, it was officially opened on Tuesday by Cr Bradbery and GrainCorp CEO Mark Palmquist.

The facility – made with steel from BlueScope – features 10 silos, each 16 metres tall and capable of storing 1250 cubic metres of liquid.

That liquid could be anything from lubricants, oils and different types of chemicals to tallow and edible oils.

Cargo ships bring the liquid into port and pipes take it from the ships into the silos. Once there, tanker trucks drive up to the terminal to fill up and distribute it nationwide.

Cr Bradbery, who had been watching the facility steadily climb upwards from his office on level nine of the council chambers, was pleased with the finished product.

“It’s a vote of confidence to see the infrastructure in place,” Cr Bradbery said.

He said that for every $1 invested, there was a “spin-off” of around 168 per cent for the regional economy.

“It also adds to the mix of reasons we have the port here.

“The port is not just about coal any longer, it’s about products such as oil and grain exports as well, so this is a multi-faceted operation at Port Kembla now.

“It also brings pressure on government to invest more in connectivity, in terms of infrastructure for rail and road transport. This is another incremental addition to the argument for the Maldon-Dombarton line.”

Mr Palmquist said there were compelling reasons to choose Port Kembla as the home for the liquid terminal.

“Port Kembla represented a very good geographical spot for us to expand in liquid terminals,” Mr Palmquist said.

“But it’s also taking advantage of us having a site here already for us to work with. So we’re able to build it at a cheaper overall cost which is a big support to our customers.”

He also said being able to use BlueScope steel cut transport and logistics costs.

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