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November 2022 - Guest Speaker

Mark Matthews - ABC local radio presenter

Mark is a well known local identity, musician and a presenter on ABC local radio amongst other things. Mark kept the meeting entertained with both his stories and some of the music he has composed. Mark is also loves history and has done research on his family tree that dates back to the First Fleet. It was interesting talking to Mark over lunch after the meeting, he has so many stories to tell and it turns out we both have descended from females who were transported to Australia on the Lady Juliana. Mark has offered to come back next year and to give a historical talk that he has done for other clubs, Iimagine it would be both interesting and entertaining.

October 2022 - Guest Speaker

Stuart Creal - UOW Science and Space Center


Stuart told us a bit about himself and his introduction and involvement in a similar project back in the UK, then spoke about the starting up of the first centre at Wollongong in the old migrant accommodation buildings. It was great to hear how they have progressed and have one of the best equipped centres in Australia and also about their plans for continued expansion in the future. It was also great to hear about the project scheduled to start next year that includes an aged living complex and research centre linked up with the UOW Graduate School of Medicine. Stuart has invited the Club to attend as a group or individually and see what the Centre currently has to offer, especially if you have never been before.

September 2022 - Guest Speaker

Trent Jansen - Electrify 2515


Trent Jansen gave a very interesting and informative talk on the proposed Electrifying 2515 Project. Trent who lives locally and works at UOW is part of a group brought together by Saul Griffith to instigate this project. It is a great innovative concept that has been well received in the 2515 area, the initial target was 500 households which was achieved in less than 48 hours and is now heading towards 2,000 expressions of interest.

August 2022 - Guest Speaker

Olivia Southall from Kells Lawyers Thirroul


Our Guest Speaker at The August meeting was Olivia Southall from Kells Lawyers who spoke to us about 'Powers of Attorney' and 'Enduring Guardians'. Olivia explained the importance of having these appointed and the importance of selecting the right person or persons for these roles and the responsibility of both roles. As Olivia explained, it is good to have these done because we do not know if and when the need may arise. Again I would just like to thank Olivia and Kells for making the time to come and speak to us.

July 2022 - Guest Speaker

Olivia Southall and Jessica Ryan from Kells Lawyers Thirroul


Our guest speaker for July meeting was Olivia Southall assisted by Jessica Ryan from Kells Lawyers Thirroul who spoke to the meeting about Wills and Estate Planning. It was good to see that most members at the meeting had at least a will in place although some may be out of date or not up to date with their current situation.

June 2022 - Guest Speaker

Keiran Tapsell


Our Guest Speaker at the June meeting was Kieran Tapsell who gave a very interesting and eye opening talk on indigenous life in the Illawarra before and after white man settlement. I think it surprised quite a few members to hear of the massacres and treatment of aboriginal people that actually took place in this area. Kieran has led a very interesting life and is involved in Community and Bushcare work, I would like to get him back next year to speak to us about other topics.

May 2022 - Guest Speaker

Penny Hoswell from Wollongong City Council


Penny gave a very informative and interesting talk on all things composting. We should all be experts, now, in creating an energy rich compost from our food scraps,newspapers, grass, prunings, manures and weeds.


April 2022 - Guest Speaker

Tania Elston and Anna Scott - Remondis


Tania Elston and Anna Scott from Remondis Wollongong gave a very informative and interesting talk on our waste management bins. It was great to hear that so much is now being recycled, especially with the FOGO system. Tanya and Anna answered many questions and clarified some items that people were unsure of eg; pizza boxes and takeaway containers.


March 2022 - Guest Speaker

Tania Reay - Stroke Foundation


Stroke survivor, Tania Reay, talked about the StrokeSafe Program and the work of the Stroke Foundation.


February 2022 - Guest Speaker

Leanne Cummins and Alyce Mason - WIRES


The guest speakers were Alyce Mason and Leanne Cummins from WIRES (Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation).

Alyce and Leanne spoke about the work done by WIRES and its volunteers. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for 35 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia. WIRES has over 3000 volunteers, 28 branches and a dedicated Rescue Office that operates 24/7  hours, and 365 days a year assisting the community to help native animals in distress. 


December 2021 - Guest Speaker

Audrey Walsh - Illawarra Cancer Carers Inc.


Audrey Walsh gave a very informative presentation on all the services provided by the trained volunteers, who work in conjunction with the medical staff of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.


June 2021 - Guest Speaker

Doug Philpott - HARS (Historical Aviation Restoration Society)


Doug talked about the establishment in 1979 of HARS and the Aircraft museum at Albion Park airport, the various aircraft  kept at the museum which have been restored and the dedication of the volunteers who give their time to the restoration of the aircraft.


May 2021 - Guest Speaker

Brendan Dowd and Steven House - Resin Brewery, Bulli


Our guest speakers for May were Brendan Dowd and Steven House, owners of Resin Brewing in Bulli. Brendan and Steve's partnership resulted from originally meeting when surfing, then later  at Wollongong University and working together as environmental consultants. 


April 2021 - Guest Speaker

Murray Jones - Thirroul Village Committee (TVC)


Murray Jones, representing Thirroul Village Committee (TVC), gave a talk about the background of TVC, the projects in which it has been involved in the past and also currently.


March 2021 - Guest Speaker

Sharon Gissane - Northern Illawarra Neighbourhood Aid (NINA)


Sharon Gissane, Manager at Northern Illawarra Neighbour Aid (NINA)

Northern Illawarra Neighbour Aid (NINA) is a locally based community organisation that supports seniors to remain independent in their own home by providing social support activities, meals on wheels and transport support. 


February 2021 - Guest Speaker

Robert Pinchin - Dementia Advisory Service Illawarra


Our quest speaker Robert Pinccin from Dementia Advisory Servive Illawarra.

Gave a very informative talk and answered many member questions from the floor.


January 2021 - Guest Speaker

Jenny Briscoe-Hough - Tender Funerals


Jenny is the General Manager of, and driving force behind, Our Community Project and Tender Funerals.

Tender Funerals is a community-based funeral service offering a caring, compassionate and highly personalised approach to after death care, funeral/celebration arrangements and burial/ cremation options.



December 2020 - Guest Speaker

Wayne Malone - Club Thirroul


We were very fortunate to have Wayne Malone, from Club Thirroul, as our Guest Speaker, at the December meeting. Wayne gave a very insightful talk about Club Thirroul’s past, its past financial troubles and its future amalgamation with Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club. The amalgamation will result in future club upgrades, community engagement e.g. various sporting club grants and member benefits. The clubs future is looking bright.

March 2020 - Guest Speaker

Amy Wildmann - Wildmann Group


Amy has a degree from the University of Wollongong in Exercise Science. She has spent numerous years in the United Kingdom developing Exercise Rehabilitation programs for the National Health Service for Chronic disease and musculoskeletal conditions. Her specialty is the Prevention of falls and injuries in Older People.

Since returning to Australia she has continued to utilise these skills, establishing the wildMANN group who specialise in ‘Maintaining Independence and Improving Lifestyles’ for our older population. Their ultimate goal is to keep older people living safely and independently in their own home, now and all the years to come. A Falls Prevention Clinic and Postural Stability Program have been established to provide a thorough individualised examination of falls risk factors and establish a personalised pathway, in order to prevent a fall and associated injuries from occurring. Their services not only focus on the individual, but also the maintenance of the environment in which they live.

February 2020 - Guest Speaker

Genevieve Swart & Marcus Craft - 2515 Coast Magazine


Guest speakers Genevieve Swart and Marcus Craft gave a very interesting insight into the beginnings of the 2515 Coast News and their work as editors of the magazine. Both Gen and Marcus are journalists by profession. The magazine was initially started as a project of interest when Gen was at home raising her children. The magazine started with a 2508 edition for the Helensburgh - Stanwell Park area replacing the local News sheet of a few pages. The 2515 Coast News followed with both editions being distributed from Helensburgh down to Bulli. Both Gen and Marcus  now work on the production and editing of the magazine, with Marcus also doing work for the website

January 2020 - Guest Speaker

Serena Mace - Travel Trade

Serina will talk on various aspects of how her travel company could arrange and conduct various tours, locally and internationally on our behalf.