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Controversy over new Tallawarra land development

Controversy over new Tallawarra land development

  A newly approved $250 million mixed-use development site in Tallawarra will aim to boost employment opportunities in Wollongong, according to a Wollongong City councillor. The NSW Planning Commission approved plans this week for the 560-hectare development site. The area will include 40 hectares of commercial and industrial land and 16 hectares of retail development. […]


Reconciliation Week celebrated at Wollongong Botanic Garden

Reconciliation Week celebrated at Wollongong Botanic Garden

Children, parents and teachers where treated to Aboriginal Storytelling, a Didgeridoo Performance and Reptile Show at Wollongong Botanic Garden today, to celebrate Reconciliation Week. Richard Davis opened the morning with a welcome to country.  


Last Heat of the UOW DJ Comp

Last Heat of the UOW DJ Comp

The last heat of the National Campus DJ Comp is going down out on UOW’s Duckpond Lawn today. Winners of the heat will journey on into the final, held on 6 June as a part of the End of Session Onsie Party. The DJ Comp is one of Australia’s premier national DJ competitions, backed by […]


Taking it to the extreme

Taking it to the extreme

At The Current we believe in pushing the limits to bring you the latest news and events throughout the Illawarra. Looking back at our stories some of us have nearly been arrested, others trapped in torrential rain – just to get the perfect photo, but none us have gone so far as to ride a skateboard […]


Ain’t no party like a onesie party

Ain't no party like a onesie party

Fast-forward two weeks: you’ve finished exams, want to check out some upcoming DJ talent, and you want to roll around in your sexy ladybug onesie. And you can do ALL THESE THINGS AT ONCE at  UniBar’s End of Session Onesie Party feat. Collarbones,supported by the DJ Comp Final! The excitement doesn’t end there: famous onesie […]


Council protest against CSG exploration- in theory

Council protest against CSG exploration- in theory

Photo: Sky News CSG continues to be the talk of the town with Wollongong City Council voting against the proposal to financially support a blockade against Apex Energy’s drilling program. Despite the council campaigning against further coal seam gas exploration in the region they have rejected Greens’ Councillor Jill Merrin’s suggestion to provide logistical support […]


What’s happened to the Steel City?

What's happened to the Steel City?

A $30 million Government funding package aimed at creating more jobs for redundant BlueScope workers was a poorly-planned political manoeuvre, according to a UOW academic. UOW Head of economics, Dr Martin O’Brien, said the fund was the result of the Gillard Government reacting too fast to a sensitive political issue. The Government set up the […]


Education expenses in the spotlight for students

Education expenses in the spotlight for students

Getting to the end of high school and being unsure about your future options can be quite intimidating. Now, however, there are an overwhelming amount of options beyond studying on a university campus. Jessica Singh, the Manager of Open University Australia’s (OUA) Corporate Communications, PR and Sponsorship, suggests that studying online brings about a number […]


Performance students take centre stage

Performance students take centre stage

Wollongong is embracing the creative work coming from its University with the production of ‘The Just’ this week, featuring University of Wollongong (UOW) students. Tim Maddock, Performance & Theatre Program Convenor at UOW, said that the production at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) is an example of the practicality and usefulness of UOW’s Bachelor […]


UOW campaign claims: ‘There’s Nothing Mental About Seeking Help’

UOW campaign claims: 'There's Nothing Mental About Seeking Help'

One in four young people are living with a mental health issue and people aged 18-24 years have the highest prevalence of mental health problems of any age group. The University of Wollongong’s Centre for Health Initiatives (CHI) will has launched “There’s nothing mental about seeking help” campaign in an attempt to tackle the issue. […]


It’s not The Wrong Book

It's not The Wrong Book

Wednesday marked National Simultaneous Storytime and Wollongong Library has helped turn the page. Illawarra children had the chance to listen to, and read of Nick Bland’s The Wrong Book. However, it seems it was the ‘right’ book, as the kids shouted: ‘You’re in the wrong book’ and made top hats to match the book’s characters. […]


Lifting the lid on URAC

Lifting the lid on URAC

Renovations are set to begin at URAC next month to replace the building’s 40-year-old leaking roof. The development will cost the university around $2.25 million, with the state-of-the-art modern design to boost water and energy efficiency. Executive Director Paul Manning says that customers will not be affected by the overhaul, with innovative plans ensuring all […]


Salvos ask for generosity

Salvos ask for generosity

This weekend marks the Salvation Army’s 47th annual Red Shield appeal and Illawarra residents are being urged to give generously. The aim for this year’s appeal is to raise the nation wide goal of $79 million, in the Salvation Army’s most lucrative fund raising event. The Illawarra Mercury reported Major Bruce Harmer’s views that the […]


AIME founder to visit UOW

AIME founder to visit UOW

Founder of the AIM program, Jack Manning Bancroft will celebrate the success of the indigenous mentoring initiative at the University of Wollongong tomorrow. The University of Wollongong joined AIME in 2008 after it successfully proved to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous students finishing school. Mr Manning Bancroft says the visit is “an opportunity to […]


Abuse victims left in the dark.

Abuse victims left in the dark.

Barry O’Farrell’s proposed changes to the Victims Compensation Scheme have left victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse out in the cold. As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, victims will not be able to make a claim if it has been more than ten years since the incident occurred. UOW Professor of […]


National simultaneous storytime a big success

National simultaneous storytime a big success

The annual ‘National Simultaneous Storytime’ was held today across the country. School children and their parents gathered at Wollongong Library this morning for a reading of ‘The Wrong Book’ by Nick Bland. The kids also sang and danced to ‘The Hokie Pokie’ and created their own top hats in an art activity. The campaign aims […]


Walk for Reconciliation to hit UOW

Walk for Reconciliation to hit UOW

National Reconciliation Week festivities will kick-start next week, with the Walk for Reconciliation taking place on Thursday the 30th of May. The Walk, in its third year, will start at the canteen at Wollongong TAFE and end on the University of Wollongong’s Duck Pond Lawn. Once at the University, activities will include performances by international […]


Music Festival returns to Illawarra

Music Festival returns to Illawarra

The Illawarra will be treated to a weekend of song and dance from Friday the 24th to Sunday the 26th when the Illawarra Music Festival returns to Wollongong. The festival is an initiative of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, and is funded primarily by ArtsNSW. The 2013 Illawarra Music Festival is set to be a […]


UOW’s plans in the face of Budget cuts

UOW's plans in the face of Budget cuts

The $2.3 billion cuts to the higher education sector as part of the 2013/14 budget have placed increased pressure on the University of Wollongong’s five-year plan to reach the top one per cent in global rankings. UOW’s Chief Finance Officer, Damien Israel, said the management team has been grappling with the announcement and is working […]


Nine subjects making rank for UOW

Nine subjects making rank for UOW

New stats revealed in the QS World University Rankings by Subject put UOW in the top 200 of nine different fields: Civil and Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Chemistry, Geography, Materials Science, Education and Politics and International Studies. But these rankings aren’t as clean as they appear. The Current team checked out the […]


Charity in sport

Charity in sport

The Hawks community The Wollongong Hawks run community programs, mostly focused on achieving a healthy lifestyle. Nicholas Corr, also helping the community, is raising money for Bike for Bibles. Video: JESSICA ALLEN Women in League The St George Illawarra Dragons are supporting the Women in League round this weekend. Here is what the players had […]


Celebrating Illawarra’s diversity through art, education

Celebrating Illawarra's diversity through art, education

City Gallery a cultural hub The colours and excitement of Italian culture are set to be highlighted using ceramic art. Wollongong City Gallery will celebrate multiculturalism through its Potter’s Brush exhibition and Italian cultural event this weekend. ‘Celebrating Italian Culture in the Illawarra’ is being held on Sunday to recognise cultural diversity in the region. […]


Careers Expo aims to help students’ future

Careers Expo aims to help students' future

  The 2013 Illawarra Coal Regional Careers Expo, run by volunteers, aims to help high school students think about possible career options. Various universities, Illawarra TAFE branches, trade professionals and the Defence Force were all represented at the fair.         Video: JANAI VELEZ & KATHLEEN HAINES


Do you consent?

Do you consent?

The University of Wollongong’s Feminist Society (Fem Soc) has vamped up their fight against sexism running the UOW’s inaugural Consent Week. Looking at what can be considered consent within sexual relationships, organiser of the week, Jessie Hunto-Mendax hopes it will draw attention to feminist issues that still exist today. “Basically what we are doing is […]