Category Archive: St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

Wolverine’s star appeal at Kurnell

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   HOLLYWOOD came to Sutherland Shire last week when production for Hugh Jackman’s flick The Wolverine moved to Kurnell.Bonna Point Reserve was transformed into a Japanese prisoner of war camp… Continue reading

Local sailors set course for the Middle East

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN SEAMAN Mathew Rauicava, 27, of Caringbah, was one of 192 sailors on board HMAS Anzac, which set off on a six-month mission to the Middle East last Saturday. The communications… Continue reading

Actress feels good about Underbelly: Badness debut

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN SHE can’t reveal her character but believes most people will be surprised by her transformation when she appears on Channel Nine’s crime drama Underbelly: Badness later this year.Zara Michales, 22,… Continue reading

Beware carbon tax excuses

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN JOSEPH Sabbagh, 33, of Penshurst, is not against the carbon tax.But the small business owner thinks there should be strict policing to prevent people from using the carbon tax as… Continue reading

Actors defend roles in The Shire

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   SIMON Jaeger, 23, of Gymea Bay, admits he had his reservations about The Shire reality show when he saw a leaked promotional clip in March.But when he found out… Continue reading

Boxer’s home gets record price

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN KOSTYA Tszyu’s family home at Carss Park sold for $3.5 million on Saturday — a record sale for the area. The former world champion boxer’s six-bedroom and eight-bathroom house, which… Continue reading

Widow stunned by act of kindness

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 0 A TEAM of celebrity and reality television renovators recently joined forces to stage a special home makeover for the family of a paramedic who died during a rescue on… Continue reading

Rodeo is coming to town

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN PEOPLE won’t have to travel to the country to get a taste of what a rodeo is all about after Hurstville Council decided to stage an event later this year.… Continue reading

House fire at Ramsgate as Premier declares fire services strike as ”irresponsible”.

Here’s a video I edited using my smart phone. Leader photographer Jane Dyson and reporter David McCowen filmed footage on their smart phone and then sent it to me. I then edited the… Continue reading

A chance for shire locations to star

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN WHAT do Channel Nine’s drama Underbelly: Badness, Channel Ten’s mini-series Puberty Blues and the second Wolverine movie have in common? They all feature scenes shot in familiar places around Sutherland… Continue reading

Investors keep market afloat

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   WHEN most of her classmates were saving for their end-of-year schoolies trip, Diana Ninos, 20, of Hurstville, was thinking about real estate.Instead of spending her savings on a big… Continue reading

Cakes and ”royal” bras on show at the Craft and Quilt Fair

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   MARIAN Jones of Gymea Bay, has always had a fascination with making cakes, rather than eating them.When she was 11, her aunty taught her the basics of cake decorating… Continue reading

Catchment plan cost to be shared

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN HURSTVILLE Council will take part in a flood management plan with Canterbury Council for the Cooks River and Wolli Creek catchments. The suburbs of Hurstville, Kingsgrove, Beverly Hills, and about… Continue reading

‘Miracle water’ revisited

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN WHEN Unique Water hit the market 10 years ago, 240,000 bottles were sold a day in the first week.Consumers were convinced the magnesium carbonate-rich water had magical qualities that could… Continue reading

Tszyu’s property for sale

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   FORMER world champion boxer Kostya Tszyu, 43, has put his Carss Park family home on the market.The Russian-born athlete, who was named Kogarah Council’s citizen of the year in… Continue reading

New rules for park boot camps

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   HURSTVILLE Council has drafted a policy to manage the use of parks and reserves by group fitness instructors and personal trainers in the local government area.The proposed policy, which… Continue reading

Smoke angers shopkeeper – retail giant asked to act

BY SANDRAY SIAGIAN   JOHN Yang is fed up with the smoke that drifts up to his store on Rose Street, Hurstville. The owner of Sunny Sunny, an independent discount store, is the first… Continue reading

Drift apartments are the best

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN SAMMUT Developments has taken out the Australian Apartment Project of the Year for its luxury Drift apartments.The Caringbah-based development company was honoured for the Gerrale Street, Cronulla, apartments at the… Continue reading

Vivid light work a challenge

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN A HURSTVILLE university student will help Sydney transform into an after-hours playground at this year’s Vivid Sydney festival, which opens tonight.The fourth annual festival, which runs until June 11, will… Continue reading

Mum inspiration as sisters embark on Amazing Race

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN IT WAS only right that sisters Lucy and Emilia Pelosi entered Channel 7’s reality series The Amazing Race Australia together. The bubbly pair, who both work as teachers and live… Continue reading

TV celebrity beckons two talented singers

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN THEY both blitzed through their blind auditions, beat their competitors in the battle round, and have now progressed into the live round of Channel Nine’s hit reality show The Voice.Emma… Continue reading

They’ve got the right moves

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN A HANDFUL of southern Sydney residents have shown viewers across Australia that they have plenty of talent. A hip-hop duo, a singer, and a contemporary group have all made it… Continue reading

Exhibition out to prove that girls have got what it takes

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   It’s not often that you associate the word rodeo with a teenage girl.But that’s exactly what a Caringbah photographer is trying to highlight in a series of photos for… Continue reading

Banditz stole the show

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   THEY are young, talented and now $100,000 richer after winning Channel Ten’s Young Talent Time talent quest on Friday night.The Lil Banditz Krew, a 17-member all-boy group made up… Continue reading

Fostering program extends its arms

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   KATHY Grace, 43, of Oatley, has cared for three different children in the past year.She looked after a three-year-old for seven months, a five-year-old for five weeks, and she’s… Continue reading

Wait on for rate cut

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN THE Reserve Bank of Australia has slashed interest rates by 50 basis points — the largest cut since February 2009. The cash rate is now 3.75 per cent.RBA governor Glenn… Continue reading

When Tilly Devine roosted in Lilli Pilli

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN HEATHER Millar, 72, has fond memories growing up with her family in this Lilli Pilli cottage.It was originally a poultry farm sprawling over three acres before it was subdivided into… Continue reading

Bundeena is inspiration for her art

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN WANDA Stafford simply looks to her surroundings when it comes to finding inspiration for her artwork.The artist, 54, of Bundeena, primarily uses watercolours, but also acrylics, to paint her pieces… Continue reading

Autism funds needed

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN GUY and Dawn Formica know what it’s like to make sacrifices for a loved one.Ever since their daughter Felicity was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when she was… Continue reading

Girl hopes a special win may help teens with cancer

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   WHEN Jessica Olson, 16, of Menai was in hospital for chemotherapy treatment last year, she wished there could have been some activities for teenagers.The year 11 student at Menai… Continue reading