Practical comfort delivers warmth to homeless

Jill Illidge and Lea Young work on some of the sleeping bags, which are now being distributed to the homeless and those in need. Ashley Cleaver photo.FLEECY sleeping bags created by a group of Taree residents have been well received by the homeless people they were designed for.
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It all began a number of years ago when Taree clothing business Hot Tuna closed down.

One of the founders, Jo Meldrum, ended up with lots of leftover fabric, including 15 rolls (each 60 metres in length) of fleecy materials used for sweaters and tracksuit pants which, sometime later, she donated to Taree Arts Council in the hope that it might be of some use.

The theatre company’s costume designer, Lea Young spoke to Jill Illidge, who has done costume work for a number of productions, and told her that if she could ever use the material that she could have it.

During one of the regular clean-ups at the TAC ‘Shed’, Jill and her husband Rod took the material and moved it to their shed to wait in storage for the right project to present itself.

That moment came a few years ago while the couple were on a trip to Melbourne.

“We were driving and heard on ABC radio a call by the Salvation Army for people in Melbourne attending a particular concert to buy a book and a blanket and bring them along to leave there for the homeless,” said Jill.

“I thought, maybe I could make blankets and that grew into sleeping bags.”

Jill located a Sydney organisation called Night Patrol, which uses a St Vinnies van to distribute food and blankets to the homeless.

After making one of the sleeping bags, it was sent to Sydney and a few homeless people were asked to try it out and give them some feedback.

“They were happy with them.”

Jill rallied about 15 of her friends who were happy to come together and give her a hand to make the 75 sleeping bags.

Whether they were sewing, washing the fabric, cutting the fabric, folding or just bringing along food to share, Jill said it turned into a good catch-up and a chance to work on something together.

Forty-five of the sleeping bags were sent to Sydney to be distributed to homeless people as needed. “They take a few out each night.”

The feedback, Jill said, “brings a tear to your eye”.

One homeless person has said “That’s the best thing I’ve got through the Night Patrol van ever.”

“It just blows you away when you get the response.”

Jill is about to follow up with the Salvation Army in Taree and has also been in contact with the local police to find out whether there was people in the Manning who could use them.

She has also provided some to the St John’s Anglican Church’s Blue Cross Emergency Relief.

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8.30amThat’s it from us this morning. Have a wonderful Tuesday. I’m off for a few days now, yippee, so I’ll see you next week.

8.14am STRANGE BUT TRUE:A woman who shares the same name as a character in Peppa Pig is suing the creators.

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8.12am CELEB NEWS:Hugh Jackman has reportedly made a stunning return to Broadway with a mesmerizing performance in award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth’s new dramaThe River. Get the full review.

8.10amWe love to text, tweet, post, email but we don’t talk on the phone anymore. Is the art of making a call dying? Read on.

8.08amA little cat funny for you. I love cat jokes.

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8.06am WORLD NEWS: The Syrian government has agreed “in principle” to the UN envoy’s call for local ceasefires to try to ease the worst fighting in the country’s civil war but needs more details before it can make a final decision, a Syrian official says. (SMH)

8.04am LOCAL NEWS:The Albion Park Rail bypass should have been built before the Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong, an NRMA director claims.

*Reporter Glen Humphries has the story.

8.02amIt’s Postnatal Depression Awareness Week.

8am CELEB NEWS:Liv Tyler has posted this pic of her baby bump. N’aww.

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7.58amGood morning!Welcome if you’re just tuning in. We’re in for apartly cloudy day with a top of 23 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers tonight. All good on the roads & rail.

7.56am SYDNEY:The management of popular Sydney nightspot ivyhave been called in for a meeting with senior police after four men were hospitalised with suspected drug overdoses while patrons at the venue.

7.54am NSW:The Greens have unveiled a proposal for legalising medical marijuana that would have the government growing its own supply and treating children with incurable epilepsy. Read more.

7.52am MOVIE NEWS:Can you believe Home Alone turns 24 today?!

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7.50am HEALTH:Almost half all surgery patients are given an excessive amount of antibiotics to prevent post-operative infection, according to a new survey that underscores concerns about Australia’s over-use of the drugs.

7.48amWant to win a $200 voucher to spend at Stockland Shellharbour? Um yes please! Enter here.

7.46amHave you booked your tickets to Little Shop of Horrors yet? It’s on at the IPAC in January.

7.44amAnother animal funny for you this morning.

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7.42am MUSIC NEWS:Hits byCold Chisel, The Divinyls, Icehouse and the Go-Betweens are now officially Sounds of Australia – they’ve been inducted into the National Film & Sound archive. As they should be, yay for Icehouse!

7.40amDon’t forget to pop into the Steel City Soundexhibition at the Wollongong Art Gallery in the coming weeks. It opens Friday.

7.38am NATIONAL:While slavery is assumed to be an issue from a bygone era, an Andrew Forrest-founded foundation estimates 3000 people are enslaved through debt bondage or the like in Australia. Read more.

7.36am CELEB NEWS:Intimate details aboutElvis Presley’s obsession with wooing women and love of being loved have been revealed in a new book.

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7.34am SPORT:Roger Federer’s wife Mirka was believed to be at the centre of a heated post-match argument between the world No. 2 and his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in London on the weekend.

7.32am STRANGE BUT TRUE:A mother & daughter in Florida have had their babies on the same day. Read more.

7.30amCheck out this great shot of Albion Park Rail youngster Emerson Garcia, who has scored a role in the professional production of Les Miserable.

7.28am LOCAL SPORT:Wollongong captain Oscar Forman is counting on history being in the Hawks’ corner for this weekend’s trip to north Queensland.

7.26am WORLD NEWS:French prosecutors said on Monday they were investigating two Frenchmen suspected of taking part in the beheading of Syrian prisoners shown in an Islamic State video. (SMH)

7.24amMyer’s Christmas event is on today. Duck in there for a bargain.

7.22am CELEB NEWS:If you missed this one yesterday, Tim Campbell & Anthony Callea have married after seven years together. Awww.

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7.20amHave you checked out our Year 12 formal gallery? Do it now.

7.18am NATIONAL:Nauruan locals have written athreatening letter to refugees and asylum seekers living on the island, warning them to stop taking their jobs, flirting with local women and telling them to get out of their country.

7.16am LOCAL NEWS:Super celebrity Kim Kardashian might have worked out in Sydney on Monday, but she also made the most of the glorious beaches on the NSW south coast.Part ofBristol Point, Jervis Bay, was closed as photographers snapped away.

7.14amAnAustralian submarine expert may have found a famous WW1 submarine lost at sea.

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7.10am STRANGE BUT TRUE:The Dutch airline KLM is offering visitors to Amsterdam the chance to spend the night on board a converted plane.The unique accommodation is being offered for just three nights on the website Airbnb.It sleeps four guests in two bedrooms.

7.08amDid you watch Four Corners last night? Really interesting episode on transgender children. Here’s Isabelle’s story.

7.06am NATIONAL:The public housing system has failedand many tenants should be fending for themselves, according to a NSW government blueprint that flags greater private involvement in the troubled sector.

7.04am CELEB NEWS:How beautiful does Jennifer Lawrence look in the new ads for Christian Dior? Gorgeous. You know I love J-Law, she can do no wrong.

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6.58am Good morning!Welcome if you’re just tuning in. We’re in for apartly cloudy day with a top of 23 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers tonight. All good on the roads & rail.

6.56amIf you missed this one yesterday,Pop singer Anastacia will be coming to Wollongong next year, performing at the WIN Entertainment Centre on May 1.

6.54am NATIONAL:Tony Abbott has managed to confuse Tasmania & China while talking about the free trade agreement. Nice one!

6.52amFormer Big Brother star Ben Zabel suffered a drug overdose on Saturday night. He’s now out ofhospital recovering.

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6.50am LOCAL SPORT:Justweeks after making his international debut, Woonona’s Flynn Ogilvie has earned selection in the Kookaburras Champions Trophy squad alongside fellow Illawarra talent Tristan White.

6.48amA little animal funny for your Tuesday morning. Enjoy.

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6.46am WORLD NEWS: The wife of an Australian man murdered in Bali admitted to ordering his killing, but says she told his alleged assassins not to do it “sadistically”.She sealed the deal by linking pinky fingers with one of the men still on the run.Read more.

6.44am MUSIC NEWS:One Direction have released their new album, Four. It gets a pretty good write-up in the SMH – check it out here.

6.42amThe Kim Kardashian butt parodies are coming thick & fast – this one of Ursula from The Little Mermaid is my favourite so far.

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6.40amWant to whip up some tasty pastries? Hehe. Try this recipe for empanadas – delicious.

6.38am LOCAL NEWS:Severely sleep deprived, paranoid and high on ice, Luke Krajnovic did not hesitate to stab a mate in the chest in afit of rage.

*Reporter Bree Fuller has the story.

6.36amSymbio koala Joey James is turning one today! Happy birthday.

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6.34am NATIONAL:The Abbott government has been left embarrassed on another climate front with key ally Canada indicating that it will support a United Nations climate fund to assist poor nations to cope with global warming.

6.32amPhotos from Sunday’s Camp Quality Convoy are still flooding in. Check out our collection of Facebook snaps.

6.30am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s little sister, got married on Sunday in a white suit. And she looks amazing, as usual.

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6.28am RADIO TALK:FM champions Matt Tilley and Jane Hall will host the breakfast slot on Kiis in Melbourne, the station that will replace Mix 101.1 in January.But it’s left two formerly top-rating FM hosts out of job: Chrissie Swan, Hall’s breakfast co-host on Mix 101.1, and Tim “Rosso” Ross, the network’s Sydney and Melbourne drive host. Read more.

6.26am SYDNEY:Hundreds have farewelled Georgina Bartter, who died after taking a pill at a music festival, at a memorial service in North Sydney yesterday.

6.24amThoroughly Modern Millie opens at the Arcadians this Friday night. Gran your tickets quick! Here’s a little more about the show.

6.22amHave you seen the Breaking Bad parody of Frozen’s Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Brilliant.

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6.20am WORLD NEWS:The Church of England’s governing body has rubber-stamped a historic measure allowing women to become bishops, paving the way for the first ordinations next year.

6.18amArh technology, so handy – a new app has been created to show you what 200 calories looks like. And it ain’t much. 1/2 a blueberry muffin v three whole lettuces. Here’s some other examples.

6.16am LOCAL NEWS:Wollongong councillor Ann Martin has backflipped on a pledge not to challenge sitting MP Noreen Hay and will contest ALP preselection for the seat of Wollongong next month.

*Reporter Andrew Pearson has the story.

6.14am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Could Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles be back on again!? That’s the rumour – he apparently sent her 1,989 roses to try and win her back. Cute.

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6.12am MUSIC NEWS:Bob Geldof has released the new version ofDoThey Know It’s Christmasto raise funds for Ebola researchbut Adele did not take part because she ignored his phone calls. Ouch.

6.10am TRAFFIC UPDATE – Mt Ousley: all northbound lanes are now open on Mount Ousley Rd after that accident. Delays are still being experienced.

6.08am CELEB NEWS:Angelina Jolie walked the red carpet in Sydney last night in a fitted lace dress for the world premiere of her film Unbroken.

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6.06am And in national news, via the SMH:

*Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will invite Australia to play a key role in supplying India’s immense appetite for energy as its economy rapidly develops, using a landmark speech to Parliament todayto express support for coal and natural gas, but also renewable energy.

*The axe is coming to the national broadcaster, with the ABC breaking the details of its own looming amputations lastnight: $50 million a year in new cuts will mean the loss of up to 500 jobs by Christmas, the death of state-based current affairs, a tighter budget forLatelineand foreign news offices closed.

*Police are investigating whether a woman was killed with a gardening tool after an argument with her husband in the front yard of their western Sydney home.

6.04am Here’s what’s making news in your Mercury today:

*Wollongong City Council’s vote has gone to the dogs, so to speak, with staff recommending man’s best friend be allowed to keep frolicking unleashed on northern suburbs beaches. Read more.

*The University of Wollongong has revealed plans to expand north, creating dozens of extra car spaces and shifting its main campus boundaries closer to Mount Ousley. Read more.

*Illawarra-based evangelists have shattered the peace at a gay pride event in a small Victorian town after they arrived with bibles in hand and preached – fire-and-brimstone style – against homosexuality. Read more.

6.02amLet’s kick things off with the latest weather & traffic.

WEATHERWe’re in for a partly cloudy day with a top of 23 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers tonight.

TRAFFICThere is a multiple vehicle accident on Mt Ousley, which has closed one northbound lane. Expect significant delays. Hope everyone is okay! Otherwise, all good on our roads.

TRAINSThere is a good service on the South Coast line.

6amMorning! Hope you had a good Monday, nice weather! It’s Tuesday, we’re edging closer to the weekend. Stay with me this morning for all the latest news etc.

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Police charge man with attempted murder after Central Coast crossbow and axe attack

A laptop helped save the life of a 56-year-old man after a crossbow arrow was fired at him outside his house on the central coast.
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The victim had walked out of his house into a driveway on Dawson Street, Somersby, about 1.30pm on Tuesday, when a 49-year-old man approached him with a loaded crossbow and shot it at him, police said.

The arrow hit the victim’s laptop.

The assailant then ran at him and struck him in the head with an axe, police said.

The men began to struggle before another man ran to help the victim. The two men were able to restrain the alleged attacker.

Police were contacted and officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command arrested the 49-year-old.

He was in possession of knives, a crossbow and a piece of wire, police said.

The victim was taken to Gosford Hospital, where he received stitches to a head wound, before being released.

The alleged attacker was taken to Gosford police station and charged with attempted murder and malicious wounding.

He was refused bail and is expected to appear at Gosford Local Court on Wednesday.

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Practical comfort delivers warmth to homeless

Jill Illidge and Lea Young work on some of the sleeping bags, which are now being distributed to the homeless and those in need. Ashley Cleaver photo.FLEECY sleeping bags created by a group of Taree residents have been well received by the homeless people they were designed for.
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It all began a number of years ago when Taree clothing business Hot Tuna closed down.

One of the founders, Jo Meldrum, ended up with lots of leftover fabric, including 15 rolls (each 60 metres in length) of fleecy materials used for sweaters and tracksuit pants which, sometime later, she donated to Taree Arts Council in the hope that it might be of some use.

The theatre company’s costume designer, Lea Young spoke to Jill Illidge, who has done costume work for a number of productions, and told her that if she could ever use the material that she could have it.

During one of the regular clean-ups at the TAC ‘Shed’, Jill and her husband Rod took the material and moved it to their shed to wait in storage for the right project to present itself.

That moment came a few years ago while the couple were on a trip to Melbourne.

“We were driving and heard on ABC radio a call by the Salvation Army for people in Melbourne attending a particular concert to buy a book and a blanket and bring them along to leave there for the homeless,” said Jill.

“I thought, maybe I could make blankets and that grew into sleeping bags.”

Jill located a Sydney organisation called Night Patrol, which uses a St Vinnies van to distribute food and blankets to the homeless.

After making one of the sleeping bags, it was sent to Sydney and a few homeless people were asked to try it out and give them some feedback.

“They were happy with them.”

Jill rallied about 15 of her friends who were happy to come together and give her a hand to make the 75 sleeping bags.

Whether they were sewing, washing the fabric, cutting the fabric, folding or just bringing along food to share, Jill said it turned into a good catch-up and a chance to work on something together.

Forty-five of the sleeping bags were sent to Sydney to be distributed to homeless people as needed. “They take a few out each night.”

The feedback, Jill said, “brings a tear to your eye”.

One homeless person has said “That’s the best thing I’ve got through the Night Patrol van ever.”

“It just blows you away when you get the response.”

Jill is about to follow up with the Salvation Army in Taree and has also been in contact with the local police to find out whether there was people in the Manning who could use them.

She has also provided some to the St John’s Anglican Church’s Blue Cross Emergency Relief.

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Police call for witnesses to accident in Taree

POLICE are seeking help regarding an accident in Taree on Tuesday, July 8.
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At about 6.20pm a man of Aboriginal appearance was struck by a 4WD vehicle being driven along Bushland Drive, Taree, near the intersection of Wells Street.

As a result, he has sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The man is about 30 years old, of slim to medium build and between 175cm to 180cm tall. He was wearing blue denim style shorts and dark blue top and possibly a white cap.

Police are asking for any witnesses who may have seen this man in the area prior to this incident occurring.

Police say inquiries are continuing, but it is possible that the man may have been seen sitting or laying within the mentioned location and not just walking.

Any information would be of great assistance and can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or the Police crash investigation unit, 6561 6018.

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Graham and Oxenham do it again

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Don Graham and Ron Oxenham won the day in the men’s Wednesday bowls against Dave Wilson and Jack Charlton. The final score was 29 to 6.

That is two weeks in a row that the winners have had big wins. There must be something special coming out of those taps in the bar, or it just might be ability.

Runners-up were Jack Collard and Bill Meharg who won against Ray Gersbach and Rob Harvey with another big score, 26 to 6.

Other scores on the day Ian Humphries and Bob Wilson defeated Keith O’Grady and Mick Buttworth 23 to 15, Don Graham, Mo Clare and Allen Manning defeated Pat Cassidy and Ted Roberts 15 to 14, Norm Johnson and Kevin Stanley defeated Charlie Morley, 25 to 16. The raffle winner was Mick Buttworth.

Friday night the raffle and the member’s draw were conducted, the badge draw was not won. Next week it will jackpot to $560.

The Mixed Pairs, Triples, and Fours draw is on the board. We have a few teams nominated for the pairs but we do need more so please get your teams together.

The draw for the men’s fours will be done Wednesday after bowls. The Fours will start the following week.

If you want to learn bowls, come along today at 1pm.

The boys are at the club and are willing to teach you. The club has new bowls for you to use.

New bowls members are most welcome, whether you are experienced bowler or would like to learn the game.

Until next week or when I see you on the green,

Good Bowling

LADIES’

There was no play in women’s bowls last Thursday but one gaem of Pairs championship was played on Saturday.

Winners were Eveline Kohler and Nancy Jackson who defeated Leanne Irwin and Sue Manning.

Pairs Thursday: Rose Davis and Judy Roberts play Deralle Maxfield and Dot Heath.

Trophy day tomorrow, names in by 9.30am. Dot Heath

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