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100 days until world's best cyclists descend on South Coast

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It's just 100 days before the world's best cyclists descend on the South Coast, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

The 2022 UCI Road World Championships are being held in Wollongong from September 18 to 25, and organisers are assembling 1500 volunteers to ensure the event runs smoothly.

They'll be involved in areas including sport services, event support, media and broadcast operations, people operations, transport and fleet services, and welcome and hosting.

This is set to be one of the biggest sporting events the region has ever seen, with about 300,000 expected to line the streets along the routes during the racing, and the event expected to be watched by about 300 million people worldwide.

They'll be keeping a close eye on 1,000 competitors from more than 70 counties competing in 11 races across three disciplines - Individual Time Trials, a Team Time Trial Mixed Relay and Road Races.

UCI President David Lappartient said cycling's international governing body was excited to return to the Southern Hemisphere with its leading annual event.

“Staging the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, provides us with a wonderful opportunity to continue to grow interest in cycling globally,” Mr Lappartient said.

“The athletes, fans and officials are very excited about coming to the UCI Bike City of Wollongong, experiencing the challenging courses and taking in the Australian culture and enthusiasm for cycling.”

Wollongong 2022 Chair Dean Dalla Valle said excitement and anticipation about the event was increasing among the local community.

“As local riders and visitors are getting out to try the course, there’s a real eagerness for September and the UCI Road World Championships to arrive,” he said.

“Interest grew significantly following the recent success of Australian riders including Jai Hindley on the UCI World Tour, and we hope to see our green and gold riders on the podium in Wollongong.

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“Wollongong 2022, Wollongong City Council and our partners are working hard to ensure the world sees the very best of our city, and their Wollongong experience encourages advocacy and return visitation" Mr Dalla Valle said.

“Whether you are planning to come and cheer from the sidelines or you want to be involved behind the scenes, now is the time to book your accommodation and complete your volunteer application.”

NSW  Tourism and Sport Minister Stuart Ayres said the action-packed event would play an important role in the recovery of the visitor economy.

“The 2022 UCI Road World Championships are expected to attract hundreds of thousands of spectators, tens of thousands of visitors and millions in visitor expenditure for the state,” he said.

“As the first of our major international sporting events under the 10 World Cups in 10 Years initiative to take place since the onset of the pandemic, this celebration of cycling in Wollongong will lead the way to turbocharge our NSW visitor economy once more."

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said the city was preparing in earnest for the event.

“As the only UCI Bike City in the Southern Hemisphere we’re already making a lot of progress toward implementing our Cycling Strategy 2030 to make bike riding a natural part of everyday life here in Wollongong,” he said.

“Our Wollongong City Council team is focused on ensuring the city puts on an unforgettable show for all visitors – from athletes and officials to spectators as well as an awesome event experience for our residents.

"The event-related infrastructure works to facilitate a safe, world-class event are well underway and making great progress.”

More information on the championships, including how to volunteer, are available at www.wollongong2022.com.au

Images: Wollongong 2022

 

 

3 Covid deaths for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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There were 1142 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 408 positive PCR tests and 734 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below: 

  • 543 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA)
  • 235 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 305 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 59 cases from Kiama LGA

NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of three people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District (LHD).Details are as follows: 

  • A female her in 60s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A male in his 80s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A female in her 90s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

A jump in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID 19 case numbers

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has recorded seven COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm Friday night.

Four are from the Wollongong Local Government Area and investigations are ongoing.

Three are from the Kiama Local Government Area.

One Kiama case was acquired interstate.

There have been 2,499 cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June.

The Health Department reminds the community to remain vigilant for even the mildest of symptoms and to continue to come forward for testing and vaccination.

A Shoalhaven woman and two Shellharbour men the latest COVID-19 victims

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NSW Health is reporting a Shoalhaven woman and two men from Shellharbour are among the 30 people state-wide who have died from COVID-19 related illness in the 24 hours till 8pm yesterday.

The Shoalhaven woman was aged in her 80's and was vaccinated against Coronavirus.

The two Shellharbour men, one in his 70's, the other was in his 80's, were both vaccinated.

Across the Illawarra Shoalhaven local health district there are 659 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 8pm Monday, including 291 positive PCR tests and 368 positive rapid antigen tests.

There are 150 cases from the Shoalhaven, and  29 cases from the Kiama LGA.

There are 335 cases from the Wollongong Local Government Area and145 cases from the Shellharbour LGA.

Everything you need to know ahead of council election day in the Shoalhaven, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama

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With a re-emergence of COVID-19 cases across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven this week, the NSW Electoral Commission has a range of COVID safety measures in place for tomorrow's local government elections.

Cameron Whalan from the NSW Electoral Commission said there's a number of requirements voters must follow.

"That includes mandatory mask wearing, bringing your own pen from home or using one of the single use pens provided.

"Physical distancing when you're in polling places and lines to get in there as well and also checking in and out upon arrival and departure," he said.

Whalan said pre-polling will continue across Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama today.

"It's not too late to pre-poll.

"This morning you can look your address up (HERE).

"You'll find all of your closest pre-polling places but you can also plan ahead for the day following, for election day and find your closest polling locations too," he said.

Fines will apply for those who fail to vote.

Whalan said there are options if you can't physically get to a polling place.

"If you're outside of your local government area or council ward you might be eligible for i-Vote which is online or telephone voting but I would say that if you're unable to make it you will be issued with a failure to vote fine which is $55 but you will also have recourse, so you'll be given the chance to provide sufficient reason," Whalan said.

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Five more COVID-19 deaths in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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Five people with confirmed COVID-19 from the Wollongong and Shellharbour areas have died in the 24 hours until 8 pm Monday according to NSW Health.

There were 974 positive COVID-19 test cases notified for that 24 hour period across the Illawarra Shoalhaven.

That number included 437 positive rapid antigen tests and 537 positive PCR tests.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Health reports there are 124 new infections reported from the Shoalhaven and 15 from Kiama.

271 new infections came from Wollongong and 127 cases from Shellharbour 

As of 8 pm Monday, there were 168 COVID-19 patients in Illawarra Shoalhaven district hospitals.

 

Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 infection cases fall.

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There are 896 positive COVID-19 test results  notified for the 24 hour period to 8pm yesterday across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local health district,  99 cases lower than the previous 24 hours.

Today's numbers include 380 positive rapid antigen tests and 516 positive PCR tests.

A breakdown of the positive PCR tests show infections have fallen to 269 cases for the Wollongong Local Government Area and 122 cases from Shellharbour are 58 less than the previous day.

There has been a marked drop in new COVID-19 infections from the Shoalhaven LGA down from 131 cases to 99 in the 24 hours till 8 pm Sunday.

26 cases from Kiama is down 8 cases.

As at 8pm, 23 January there were 154 COVID-19 cases in hospital in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District COVID-19 update

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District  has recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

Of the 13 new cases, seven are from the Wollongong Local Government Area and four are linked to a known case.

Three are from the Shellharbour Local Government Area postcode of 2529, and one is linked to a known case.

There are three new COVID-19 from the Shoalhaven LGA postcode of 2540 and two are linked to a known case.

There were more than 24,280 COVID-19 tests carried out in the Illawarra Shoalhaven for the week ending Sunday, 5 December.

There have been 2,636 cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June.

The Local Health District is urging the community to maintain vigilance and to continue to come forward for testing and vaccination.

Man shot in Wollongong

Police are investigating a shooting in Wollongong early this morning.

Emergency Services were called to a unit complex on Crown Street around 3.15am.

Paramedics found a 23-year-old man with gunshot wound to his leg.

Police said he was taken to Wollongong Hospital where he will undergo surgery.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The crime scene is being forensically examined as inquiries continue into the incident.

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NSW Health reports three COVID-19 deaths for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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There were 580 positive COVID-19 cases notified across the Illawarra Shoalhaven for the 24 hour period to 8pm last night, including 275 positive PCR tests and 305 positive rapid antigen tests.

NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of two people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District,.

One death was also reported over the weekend.

A female in her 80s from the Wollongong LGA  has died and a male in his 80s from Wollongong LGA.

A male in his 70s from Wollongong also died.

There is no postcode breakdown of Coronavirus figures available from NSW Health at the time of publishing.

 

 

 

 

Nuclear fuel carrier to dock at Port Kembla tomorrow

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Nuclear waste will arrive at Port Kembla tomorrow on a ship from the United Kingdom.

Signage has been installed across Wollongong informing motorists of a Police operation being conducted between 11.30pm tomorrow night and 4am Sunday.

The reprocessed radioactive waste will be escorted by police and transported to the ANSTO facility at Lucas Heights.

The waste is believed to be onboard the Pacific Grebe which is currently sitting 25 nautical miles off Kiama.

Image: Christine Matthews

Two COVID-19 deaths for Shellharbour

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NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of two people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District. 

  • A male in his 40s from the Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19 and had significant underlying health conditions.
  • A male in his 90s from the Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19.

There were 1322 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 565 positive PCR tests and 757 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below:

  • 700 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area.
  • 305 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 248 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 69 cases from Kiama LGA