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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 It was good to see that most members at the meeting had at least a will in place although some may be out of date or not up to date with their current situation.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 Speakers

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 is a therapist who works with the Falls Prevention Clinic at Fairy Meadow and will talk about the Falls Prevention Team and the services they offer.

February 2020 - Guest Speaker

Genevieve Swart & Marcus Craft - 2515 Coast Magazine

Genevieve and Marcus are journalist who created the 2515 magazine. They will talk about the inception of the magazine and some of its contributors. 

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.