The decline of the Wollongong Wolves

NOT so long ago, Wollongong Wolves were on top of the world. On their way to Spain for the 2001 FIFA Club World Cup as newly minted champions of Oceania, and defending champions of Australia. Now they are living out of a suitcase, relying on the largesse of a few committed individuals. Penniless and homeless. Dreams of glory and professionalism have been replaced by one overriding focus: survival. Even in the context of the notorious boom-bust cycle of football in this country, it has been a staggering fall from grace.
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How it came to this is another cautionary tale of the enduring vulnerability of football, a game that continues to arouse suspicion and derision in equal measures from the established sporting status quo, and their boosters in public office who hand out the cheques. Caught in the familiar pincer movement of vested interests, the team – now rebadged as South Coast Wolves – had a target on its back. Trouble is, it didn’t know it. And those firing the arrows, didn’t miss.

The Wolves are down, and almost out, because they gave away their home on the premise they would be given somewhere to move to in its place. That was a decade ago, and it still hasn’t happened. There has been a glimmer of hope offered in the past few days, but that is all it is. A $3 million plan to upgrade J.J. Kelly Park at Coniston has been proposed. Believe it when you see it.

In truth, the Wolves have not always helped themselves. It was the decision of a group of former directors not to on-sell their club a new home at Figtree. Fate did not help either. FIFA’s decision to cancel the 2001 Club World Cup at the last moment cost the club an estimated $4.5 million in lost revenue. But the strongest undercurrent to their plight is a familiar one: rugby league working with local authorities to exploit an opportunity at the expense of football. What is happening to another fallen giant, Sydney Olympic, in the battle for Belmore is happening to the Wolves, only much worse. Don’t think it’s a coincidence.

”Soccer’s never had the same sort of status down here as rugby league,” Rod Oxley, a former general manager of Wollongong City Council, says. ”Rugby league has been more of a passion in this region. Soccer has never been able to get the same level of community support, or corporate support.

”Rugby league does have strong influence at government level.

”There’s definitely a strong rivalry between the codes. And they [rugby league] do jealously guard their territory. They would see that simply as part of doing business.”

Doing business has cost the Wolves plenty. Four years ago, they were on death row. Even now, they are still on life support. This is the club that gave us Scott Chipperfield, helped produce the likes of Luke Wilkshire and Mile Sterjovski, and blessed us with perhaps the greatest grand final of any code, the 2000 epic in front of 40,000 astonished fans in Perth.

None of that counted for much when larger forces were at work two years later, just after the Wolves had been crowned back-to-back National Soccer League champions. The downward spiral started in 2002, when the Wolves were strong-armed into leaving their much-loved home ground of Brandon Park when they had nowhere else to go. Illawarra Premier League side Wollongong Olympic – who occupied a smaller ”stadium” at Brandon Park – were also convinced to leave. A decade on, neither club has found a new home. Instead, rugby league occupies Lysaghts Oval, where both clubs were supposed to end up, and WIN Stadium, where the Wolves were initially supposed to go.

Conspiracy theories? You bet. Even Oxley, who was a central figure in the process at the time, admits the obvious. When it is suggested that what happened to the football clubs would not have happened if it had been rugby league, he replies: ”That’s probably a fair assessment.”

The best evidence of the Wolves’ spectacular demise can be found at Lysaghts Oval, in suburban Figtree. There is a grandstand being reconstructed which once belonged to the Wolves. The floodlights did too. But not the posts. It will not be the Wolves moving in when the venue is finally ready early next year. It will be Collegians rugby league team, who gazumped a bid by Football South Coast and bought the site for $1.7 million. The only clue to what might have been is a derelict demountable behind the grandstand, partly hidden by a pile of mulch. If you look hard enough, you can see the Wolves logo next to the smashed front door. This is where the club was supposed to be reborn. Instead it has had the door slammed in its face.

The grandstand now being renovated is a particularly emotive symbol for one man. John Vlietstra was a key foot soldier when the Wolves were formed in 1980 to represent this proud, talent-rich football region. A year later, the Wolves were in the NSL, playing at Wollongong Showground and then Corrimal before they arrived at the promised land, Brandon Park, in 1988.

It was a rudimentary place, a hill built from coal-wash on one side, and the shell of a grandstand on the other. But it was home. ”We didn’t care what it looked like; the main thing was it was ours,” Vlietstra says.

It was Vlietstra and peers such as Jack Zanier who laboured long and hard to fill in the gaps with a bar and club room, and corporate suites, and seats, and commentary boxes. Built into the brickwork – most of it donated – were individual plaques for life members. Vlietstra was one of them. With the security of a 20-year lease, turning Brandon Park into a modern stadium became a labour of love. ”There was never any shortage of people prepared to put something into it,” Vlietstra says. ”The spirit in those days was something very special. It was all about creating a club.”

Socceroos such as David Ratcliffe, Charlie Yankos and John Filan were drawn to the project. Trevor Francis, Paul Mariner and Alan Brazil showed up as guest players thanks to the generosity of the television entrepeneur Harry Michaels. There was a minor premiership in 1988, a 10,000-plus crowd for a semi-final against Sydney United, a Socceroos game in 1996. The Wolves were building something on the field, and all the time Brandon Park was being improved, step-by-step, to match those ambitions. But then everything changed.

Wollongong University wanted to create an innovation campus, and Brandon Park was chosen as the site. At the same time, the Illawarra Steelers wanted to improve WIN Stadium. The trust that administered both venues needed the Wolves to come back to the showground as co-tenants to justify government funding. Both the Wolves and Olympic had leases until 2008, but they were lured away on false pretences. Everyone, bar the two football clubs, got what they wanted.

Oxley, then running the council, but also working on behalf of the university, says: ”If the Wolves had dug their toes in, it would have been a very difficult situation to manage. They had some legal entitlement. If they had not agreed to vacate, the innovation campus would have been delayed. But the Wolves did agree. They did it for the right reasons, and they did it on the promise they would have got a new home. I guess you could say soccer was the casualty in the process.”

That is an understatement. Vlietstra still goes to watch the Wolves in a borrowed ground at Cringila. It’s not the same. ”I’m proud, very proud, of what we achieved,” he says. ”Do I feel cheated? Absolutely. Every time I go past Brandon Park, I get tears in my eyes. It’s not right.”

Oxley insists, despite what transpired, the relocation plan was done in good faith. ”The Wolves have a right to feel disappointed, but I don’t think cheated is the right word,” he says. ”They’ve lost their way because they’ve lost their leadership.”

Not because they’ve lost their ground? ”That’s an element to it, yes.”

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Seabirds reaching critical levels

The Illawarra Birders’ education officer Martin Potter has been on at least six ‘‘pelagic’’ tours. Picture: ROBERT PEET A black-browed albatross rides the thermal currents. Picture: ROBERT PEET
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Time may well and truly be running out for the albatrosses that live in the waters off Wollongong.

The Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association (SOSSA) arose in 1994 from the NSW Albatross Study Group, which was formed in 1956.

SOSSA president Lindsay Smith said while they study other birds, it is the various breeds of albatross that they focus on.

To date, Mr Smith said they have tagged and banded more than 20,000 wandering albatrosses on their regular research trips at least 15 kilometres offshore.

While the research has proven illuminating for the study of the birds’ lifespan and migratory habits, it has also highlighted a fact that greatly worries Mr Smith.

‘‘What we’ve learned over the years is that albatross numbers are in very, very serious decline,’’ he said.

‘‘Just about all species of albatross are regarded as endangered species and some are regarded as critically endangered.’’

Disease and the feral animals that live on the birds’ nesting islands are part of the problem, but Mr Smith said the main threat is the practice of long-line fishing, which he claimed kills well over 40,000 wandering albatross a year.

‘‘The population of these birds cannot withstand that sort of decline,’’he said.

‘‘These birds are living on a knife’s edge. They’re very long-lived, very slow to mature and very slow to breed.

‘‘What happens is each wandering albatross, without any outside factors affecting it, has to live for a minimum of 30years just to replace itself in the population.’’

Part of the problem SOSSA has in raising awareness of the issue is that it’s very much a case of out of sight, out of mind for the albatross. They spend most of their lives out at sea, so we seldom see them.

‘‘That’s exactly the problem,’’ Mr Smith said.

‘‘Albatrosses only come to land to breed, and in the case of the wandering albatross, most of them don’t breed until about 12-20years of age.

‘‘Then they can only breed once every two years, because it takes 11months for them to raise a chick.’’

To educate the public about albatrosses and other seabirds, SOSSA regularly charters a boat – the Sandra K – for what are called pelagics.

These take passengers – who are mainly birdwatchers – 15km out to sea where the albatrosses and other seabirds live.

That’s a long way out, way past all those hulking tankers and ships waiting to dock at Port Kembla.

One of those who made the trip on the Sandra K last Friday was Martin Potter, the education officer of Illawarra Birders as well as editor of the group’s newsletter. He said he had been on the trip to see the various seabirds at least six times.

Even though he tends to see the same birds each time, it doesn’t dissuade him from going.

‘‘You see something different every time,’’ Mr Potter said.

‘‘Even the same birds, you’ll see them doing different things or get a better view of them and be able to take better photos.’’

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Bellambi machete attack

A man will face Wollongong Local Court on Monday over an alleged machete attack on Friday afternoon.
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Police were called to a bus stop in Rothery St, Bellambi, on Friday after an attack had been reported.

When they arrived at the scene they found a 21-year-old man with stab wounds to his back and serious injuries to his hands.

Police were told he had argued with another male at the bus stop before he was allegedly attacked with a knife and slashed with a machete.

He was also allegedly struck in the leg with the machete.

The injured man was taken to Wollongong Hospital and later transferred to Sydney Hospital’s hand unit.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man at the scene. He was taken to Wollongong police station and charged with recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was refused bail and appeared at Wollongong Local court this morning, where bail was again refused and the man was held in custody to face court on Monday.

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Awesome 12s slay Dragons

The Dragons came out firing, and with the strong southerly wind at their backs and their huge forwards full of running, the game wasn’t too old before they crossed and kicked the goal to take a 6-0 lead.
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The opposition continued to pound the Goondiwindi line, but some excellent defence kept them out, time and time again.

Too much dropped ball, several from attempted long passes in the windy conditions meant that the Boars couldn’t get their usual game together and this resulted in them having very little possession in the first half.

However, their gutsy effort in defence had restricted the opposition to just the one try.

The second half had only just begun when the Boars swung into action and Ike Woods used his step and sliced through to score under the posts.

Daniel Kiss converted the try to make it 6 all.

Collegians struck back to take the lead 10-6, however the young Boars used the strong wind to their advantage and like the first half, most of the play was at the northern end of the field. Collegians worked hard in defence, however following some great attacking play, Tom Davis showed too much pace and raced over to score out wide.

The try was unconverted, and the score locked up at 10 all.

With about seven minutes to the siren, the opposition tried to swing the ball wide from just inside their own half, however Josh Silcock could see it all unfolding and cruised through, plucked the ball out of the air, juggled it and then outpaced the chasers to put the ball down under the sticks. Lachlan Cover converted the try to put Goondiwindi in front 16-10.

While this was the final score the young Boars had plenty of tackling to do before the bell as Collegians threw everything at them.

It was a fantastic performance by all the boys particularly for the determination and effort they

showed in constantly giving everything they could in defence against their mountain sized opposition forward pack.

However, special mention to Ike Woods who was named the Player of the Grand Final, due in big part to his non-stop tackling performance.

Winning a premiership is a great effort, however this team’s achievement comes on top of their victory in the Grand Final as Under 11s last year, which gives them Back-to-Back Premierships- an awesome effort.

2012 Warwick & District Junior Rugby League Grand Final results.

Rugby League Park, Tenterfield.

Saturday, August 25.

Under 11

Goondiwindi 30 (Tristan Powell 3, William Robinson, Lachlan Runzer tries; Jack Munro, Mark Brown, Lachlan Runzer, Tristan Powell, (Luke Ford goals) defeated Collegians 6 (Jye Barrett try; Taegen Inmon goal).

Premiers: Goondiwindi.

Player of the Match: Tristan Powell (Goondiwindi No. 10).

Under 12

Goondiwindi 16 (Tom Davis, Ike Woods, Josh Silcock tries; Lachlan Cover, Dan Kiss goals) defeated Collegians 10 (Jacob Mauch, Jack McIvor tries; Dylan Lippi goal).

Premiers: Goondiwindi.

Player of the Match: Ike Woods (Goondiwindi No. 6).

Under 13

Goondiwindi 14 (Ben Bland 2, Joel Stahlhut tries; Ben Bland goal) defeated Collegians 13 (Will Dearden, Hayden Aspinall tries; Rhys Farrell 2 goals; Zac Stevens field goal).

Premiers: Goondiwindi.

Player of the Match: Ben Bland (Goondiwindi No. 8).

Under 14

Collegians 30 (Angus Croft 2, Blake Mauch, Matthew Whittaker, Josh Manwaring, Liam McKenzie tries; Greg Hoffman 2, Tyler Lockhart goals) defeated Goondiwindi 12 (Jack Norman, Thomas Milton tries; Cody Fleetwood, Thomas Milton goals).

Premiers: Collegians

Player of the Match: Angus Croft (Collegians No. 7).

Under 16

Wattles 28 (Evan Lack, Colin Chowns, Brodie Sharman, Nick Morris, Kane Wightman tries; Nick Morris 4 goals) defeated Goondiwindi 26 (Mal McGrady 2, Quindon McIntosh, Tom Fitzgerald, Keiran McGrady tries; Tom Fitzgerald 3 goals).

Premiers: Wattles.

Player of the Match: Nick Morris (Wattles No. 13).

2012 Club Championship: Goondiwindi Junior Rugby League Club.

Warwick & District Junior Rugby League Life Membership awarded to Mrs Cathy Hamel and Mr David Landers.

AWESOME. The Goondiwindi Junior Rugby League Boars Under 12 side which won the grand final on Saturday. Standing at back from left are Barry Horton (Coach), Michael Horton, John Woods (Manager), Lachlan Cover, Brenton Clement, Wayne Lowe (Trainer), Jake Walker, Shane Nowlan, Jack Prosser, Brock McNaughton, Sam Andrews, Tony Cover (Trainer). Kneeling from left are Tom Davis, Jhai McGrady, Kyle Lowe and Ethan Orchard. Sitting from left are Tristan Powell, Glenn McGrady, Heza Dennison, Tyran Adams, James Rountree-Whitmore, Drew Herde, Dan Kiss, Ike Woods and Josh Silcock. Pic courtesy of Rebecca Cover

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Young’s battle against all odds

Dean Young with his coach Steve Price. Picture: Adam McLeanDean Young cuts a solitary figure as he emerges from WIN Stadium’s internal training rooms.
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It’s a sunny Friday morning, three days out from the Dragons’ clash with the Cowboys, and the 28-year-old has just finished a lengthy training session on a spinner bike.

“I’m battling a bit this week,” Young candidly admits. “So we’ll have to wait and see closer to the game how I’m travelling.”

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The routine for Young is tediously familiar.

While his team-mates run through their regular on-field drills, he is quietly fighting his own battle. A troublesome knee injury which has effectively shortened his career has become harder than ever to manage.

“In terms of recent years, it’s probably the worst it’s ever been, but I haven’t missed many games,” Young said.

“It is tough, but I’ve never really thought about ‘what-ifs’ to be honest: What would it be like to have a normal knee or what would it be like if I could play longer.

“I’d be wasting my time when I should be spending it focusing on how I can get out onto the field and be the best I can with what I’ve got.”

Tellingly, Young isn’t leaving the remaining what-ifs to go unanswered before his looming retirement.

Fighting against all odds this year – including bouncing back the following week from “that” Greg Inglis shoulder charge in July – Young has missed only one game so far.

In 12th place and already behind the eight-ball before last night’s crucial Tigers and Broncos matches, the Dragons’ final campaign involving Young isn’t ideal.

But the Illawarra junior is still champing at the bit to stamp his legacy.

“We want to finish on a good note,” Young said.

“We’re not totally out of it – we more or less are – the Tigers result will probably seal our fate. But while there’s still a chance, we’re still swinging.

“There’s plenty of motivation there. Obviously for myself and to pay back the fans that have turned up all year.”

Dragons fans will remember the moment Dean embraced his father Craig following the side’s breakthrough premiership in 2010.

His six-year battle has included other highlights like Test and Origin honours, but its Young’s ability to persevere and win which draws most pride.

“I’m pretty proud of that to be honest, I’m real proud of that,” Young said.

“I haven’t really sat back and thought about retirement too much. My attention has just been focusing on the next three games and finishing the season the best way we can.

“The battle of just trying to get my knee right has been the main focus.”

Such is the sentiment for Young that the Dragons have gone to great lengths to ensure he makes the field.

In an unspoken kind of way, it’s the club’s way of reciprocating Dean’s respect.

“It’s a pretty remarkable effort from the staff to get on the field every week with what I’ve got downstairs,” Young said.

“When Wayne was here, we were always focusing on getting it better and trying to get on top of it – well this year we knew how bad it was and we just figured getting me on the field by doing zero training virtually.

“If I was at another club and they made you train a certain day or whatever, I would have been retired a long time ago. The body and the mind are going good, it’s just the left knee’s no good.”

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Opposition mounts to Kiama property register

Kiama Heights resident Bruce Wilken is angry about the number of holiday rentals cropping up and the traffic conditions that occur in the neighbourhood when they are let out. Picture: DAVE TEASENew rules governing holiday rental properties in the Kiama municipality have one final hurdle to overcome before becoming policy, with plans to create a mandatory register to be debated again tomorrow night.
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Last month, councillors voted to include the register as part of the new short-term rental accommodation policy, despite staff recommendations to delete the requirement.

Deputy Mayor Brian Petschler, who lodged a rescission motion on the matter, said there was some confusion among the councillors when the register was voted on.

“But more to the point it is my strong belief that there is not a need for a formal register for all properties,’’ Cr Petschler said.

“We just need to monitor the properties for which there are complaints.”

Cr Petschler has the support of Kiama Tourism chairman Brian Longbottom who said the overall holiday rental policy was about setting guidelines and a mandatory register had nothing to do with guidelines.

“What is its purpose? Why do you need it?,’’ he asked.

“If there were thousands of complaints it might be different, but the council has received 13 in three years.’’

Kiama’s Short Term Holiday Rental Accommodation Policy was developed after years of agitation by Kiama residents.

A Wollongong City Council spokesman said Wollongong had not made any moves to control the rental of dwelling houses for tourist accommodation – or student accommodation for that matter.

A Shellharbour City Council spokeswoman said Shellharbour’s ordinary rental market has a high occupancy rate, so doesn’t have the same issues as Kiama in relation to the volume of holiday properties in their LGA.

Cr Petschler said the intent of Kiama’s policy was to set up a structure which enabled the council to act on “amenity issues”.

“Under the old LEP [local environment plan], we had nothing at all,” Cr Petschler said.

“We now have a control plan that enables us to investigate and act on complaints regarding amenity as set out in the DCP.

He admitted the council could be seen as creating a policy that would be too strong for some people and not strong enough for others.

‘‘I’m confident the structure we have set up will work in the longer term,’’ he said.

“There is a problem [with holiday rentals] but I think it has been overblown.

“A small number of properties have had chronic problems, one or two others have had some problems, but that is still a small minority of the total and these are the ones we really have to pick up.

“We now have a structure that gives us the the power to overcome the problem properties.

“You won’t stop every complaint.

‘‘There will always be problems we have to deal with, but I think we have a much more focused DCP.’’

Tomorrow night’s Kiama council meeting will be the last for at least six councillors, including Kiama Mayor Sandra McCarthy.

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Veterans gather to remember Vietnam

Les Green (left), John Kielbicki and Benny Bensi at the service. Picture: GREG TOTMANIn April 1969, Ian Birch’s train out of Wollongong station was delayed.
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He was a national serviceman, bound for Sydney and eventually for Vietnam and protesters had lain across the train tracks to make a statement against conscription.

Mr Birch joined residents and other Illawarra veterans of the decade-long conflict at the Flagstaff Hill memorial on Saturday evening to mark Vietnam Veterans’ Day.

It was a service with particular significance, also commemorating 50 years since the first active Australian personnel arrived in the country for a war that killed 521 Australians.

Mr Birch, junior vice-president at the Illawarra Vietnam Veterans Association, said the crowd at the memorial service was a reminder of how public attitudes had changed.

He remembers when soldiers returning home from the war ‘‘were abused and had things thrown at them’’, and said many still didn’t want to be recognised.

‘‘I served 12 months and one day in Vietnam and I have only got involved in the last two or three years.

‘‘Last night was a good reflection on the way things have changed, I think, just because of the way people supported us.’’

Vietnam Veterans’ Day commemorates the 1966 Battle of Long Tan, in which 18 Australians died.

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Fire at Cessnock’s Balloon Worx brings out community spirit

The owners of Balloon Worx have been overwhelmed by the community support they have received since fire ripped through the Vincent Street store on Sunday morning.
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Clint Ekert, who runs the business with his mother Judy, said he had been offered space in four shops by Sunday night.

“We’ve even had people stopping us in the streets, offering us anything we can,” he said.

The Ekerts received the call from the fire brigade just after 4.30am Sunday.

It is believed an electrical fault started the fire.

“The firies did a really great job to make sure it didn’t spread any further; I think there were six tanks there at one stage,” Clint said.

All of Balloon Worx’s stock, computers and printers were destroyed in the fire. Their event decorating supplies are kept off site.

They have secured a new shopfront (the former Larry Hafey Law Practice at 114 Vincent Street) and will hopefully be re-stocked and open tomorrow.

It’s been a tough couple of years for Balloon Worx – storm water flooded the store in March last year and there have been a number of thefts, break-ins and vandalism attacks.

But the Ekerts won’t let it get them down.

“It won’t beat us…we’ll be back bigger and better,” Clint said.

SUPPORT: Clint Ekert inside Balloon Worx that was damaged by a fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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University building named after Gerard Sutton

Former vice-chancellor Gerard Sutton’s name will adorn the medical institute he helped found. The role that former University of Wollongong vice-chancellor Gerard Sutton played in establishing a medical school and research institute was recognised yesterday when a building was renamed in his honour.
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The headquarters of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute at UOW’s Keiraville campus will now be known as the Gerard Sutton Building.

‘‘I’m deeply honoured but also extremely humbled,’’ Professor Sutton said.

‘‘Once a building is named after you, the building remains for the duration of a university and that’s hundreds of years – not our lifetime.

‘‘And it’s a great delight to me that it’s this particular building, as it is a building that links the university with the entire city.’’

Prof Sutton said the opening of the $30million building in 2010 was one of the highlights of his 21 years at the university, which included 16 years as vice-chancellor until his retirement last year.

‘‘The vision for the medical school and medical research institute originally came from Professor Don Iverson, pro vice-chancellor Health,’’ Prof Sutton said.

‘‘Once we were able to deliver a medical school we decided between us that a medical school without a medical research institute really didn’t work – we had to involve the area health service and the region’s clinicians.

‘‘Together with David Campbell, the Minister for the Illawarra at the time, we lobbied then-NSW Premier Morris Iemma … who delivered $15 million – half the cost of the building.’’

He said the establishment of the institute had major ramifications for the health of the region’s residents.

‘‘We knew that without a medical school and medical research institute we would never be able to raise the quality of healthcare in this region and city to the level people deserved,’’ he said.

‘‘When the Hunter got their medical school and research institute 30 years ago, you could see the difference in the quality of healthcare, and this region is now heading fast to offering that same quality of healthcare.’’

UOW vice-chancellor Paul Wellings, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, Catholic Bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham and Federal Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird were invited to the building dedication ceremony.

During the ceremony a portrait of Prof Sutton painted by acclaimed portrait artist Mathew Lynn was unveiled.

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Hunt for Hawks mascots

Dan Shaw is hoping someone else will become Moe Hawk. Picture: ADAM McLEANAfter almost four years making Moe Hawk and Tomma Hawk come to life, the two unsung heroes of Wollongong basketball are hanging up the feathers.
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Dan Shaw and his good mate Peter Nicolls, the charismatic men inside the NBL mascot suits, are reluctantly passing off their alter egos due to the demands of their official day jobs.

“We can’t thank Dan and Peter enough for all they’ve done to help bring Moe and Tomma to life,” Hawks general manager Mili Simic said yesterday.

“They’ve been a great part of our game night team and we’re looking forward to finding a couple more young and energetic performers to help bring our Hawks mascots to life this season.”

So the search is now on for the new Moe Hawk and Tomma Hawk. “Our mascots are an integral part of our game night experience,” Mr Simic said.

“Kids and adults alike love the interaction that Moe and Tomma have with them, the friendly gestures, cool dance moves and their ability to make everyone laugh have really cemented them as the real heroes of our game.”

Candidates auditioning for the roles should consider this: Moe Hawk is the younger, cheekier and more mischievous Hawk of the nest, always playing games.

Tomma Hawk is the older, wiser brother and protector of the nest.

He’s not keen on intruders coming into the Snakepit and bringing down his team.

If you think you have what it takes to ruffle some feathers – and earn some money on the side for your trouble – then go to hawks南京夜网.au.

Registrations close on September 5.

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