Shire TAFEs doing their bit to reduce the carbon footprint

27 Jan, 2011 01:00 AM TAFE colleges in Sutherland Shire are adding more sustainability options to their trade courses.The Loftus and Gymea campuses have been running them for the past year and will… Continue reading

New yacht bears sailor’s name

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 24 Jan, 2011 04:00 AM DANNY Kane was proof that living with a disability did not have to stop you living life to the full.After a snowboarding accident at Thredbo… Continue reading

Separated, they’re coming together

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 13 Jan, 2011 06:00 AM WHAT started as an unusual idea between a husband and wife has turned into a charitable reality.When Sergeant Martin Prynne of Caringbah was deployed to… Continue reading

Bus becomes a Santa wonderland

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 25 Dec, 2010 04:00 AM IF YOU happen to hop on a Sydney bus this Christmas, make sure you look for the one decked out in tinsel.Festooned literally from top… Continue reading

They light up our life at Christmas

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   CHRISTMAS is a time for presents, family and houses decked out in lights.Down in the shire residents conntinue to outdo themselves with some creative decorations for their own place.… Continue reading

Carlton pair blitzes field in property TV show

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   IT HAS been a whirlwind year for John and Neisha Pitt, of Carlton, who blitzed their competition in the grand final of Channel Nine’s renovation show The Block last… Continue reading

Cancer patients find comfort and peace

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN NORWEST Private Hospital has opened a new chemotherapy and infusion centre, which could offer more than 4000 outpatient treatments a year at full capacity.With eight extra chairs and two beds,… Continue reading

Just for fun: girls go glam

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN GONE are the days when a birthday party would be just cupcakes, lolly bags and backyard games.These days children can expect a bit more pizazz when they blow out their… Continue reading

Kellyville couple rock the stage in Abbalanche the musical

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN BEING teachers during the week and Abba superstars on the weekend represents the perfect combination for Lesley and Peter Watters of Kellyville.Since 1995, the married couple have played the roles… Continue reading

Kellyville girl makes a splash

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN FOR Jasmine Smith, having six brothers and sisters means there is always someone to look out for.When it comes to the rest of the community, Jasmine, who is in year… Continue reading

Where is Kellyville Ridge High School?

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN A PROPOSED high school in Kellyville Ridge may never be built, with the new state budget allocating no funds towards the project.For several years, the Department of Education site on… Continue reading

Burqa is our choice.

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Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Just a little something I put together for my lovely friend Ashlee who organised a Pink Ribbon breakfast to raise money for Breast Cancer in honour of her mum. Ashlee raised more than… Continue reading

Volunteer wanted to door knock for Salvos

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 23 May, 2010 04:00 AM THE Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal Doorknock is back and volunteers are needed to help with collections in St George and Sutherland Shire.  The… Continue reading

Stopping polluters in their tracks

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 14 May, 2010 04:00 AM HASSAN Ali of Arncliffe is no stranger to inventions.  He has spent the past 10 years working in his backyard to create pollution busters. He… Continue reading

Ex-union star finds feet

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN FORMER rugby union schoolboy star, Tyson Frizell, is making the best of his switch to rugby league with the Cronulla Sharks under 20s side in the National Youth League competition.… Continue reading

So you think you can dance? It’s a race to the finish

BEST friends Jessie Hesketh and Robbie Kmetoni will battle it in Wednesday night’s So You Think You Can Dance Australia grand final. Miss Hesketh, 19, of Sylvania, and Mr Kmetoni, 18, of Allawah,… Continue reading

DJ gets into the mix at first council-run dance party

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 12 Apr, 2010 06:27 PM HIS first visit to an under-18s dance party led Jake Ribarovski to become a DJ. When the Blakehurst High School student saw a DJ perform… Continue reading

Poverty her focus

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 11 Apr, 2010 04:00 AM WHEN Elizabeth Pappalardo of Kogarah set off on her first overseas trip, she didn’t choose the destination most 21-year-olds would. Instead of backpacking around Europe… Continue reading

Leader 50th: Young people still support newspapers

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   THERE has been much speculation about the future of newspapers, with suggestions that in decades to come, print editions may not exist.The Leader, which is celebrating its 50th year… Continue reading

Leader 50th: Young people still support newspapers

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 03 Mar, 2010 11:29 PM THERE has been much speculation about the future of newspapers, with suggestions that in decades to come, print editions may not exist. The Leader, which… Continue reading

Hot tradie enjoys exposure

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 25 Feb, 2010 03:00 AM ALTHOUGH he didn’t take home the title of Australia’s Hottest Tradie, on February 10, Tadhg Stephens, 21, of Kirrawee, still came away from the competition… Continue reading

So they think they can dance

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 20 Feb, 2010 03:00 AM ST GEORGE and Sutherland Shire has proved it is home to some talented dancers with three contestants from the region making the top 20 of… Continue reading

Los Angeles trip kindles fame flame for actress

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   AFTER a three-week acting trip to Los Angeles, 20-year-old Zara Michales of Caringbah is set on making a name for herself.The aspiring actress was part of a select group… Continue reading

This tradesman is a centrefold

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 09 Feb, 2010 03:00 AM KIRRAWEE tradie Tadhg Stephens, 21, is hanging up his tools for a shot in front of the camera.He has been selected as one of five… Continue reading

And now…something for the romantics

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 08 Feb, 2010 03:00 AM WITH Valentine’s Day around the corner, Betty O’Brien of Caringbah has just one wish.  To find the owner of a diamond ring she found seven… Continue reading

Shire bands are all set to do battle

By Sandra Siagian 02 Feb, 2010 03:00 AM THE search is on to find Sutherland Shire’s best hidden talent in the 2010 Battle of the Bands competition.The annual event run by Sutherland Shire… Continue reading

Big step from China

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN   IT was the birth of his first daughter two years ago that prompted Xi Lu from China to become an Australian citizen at Carss Bush Park.The 37-year-old family man… Continue reading

Oz Day pulls in crowds

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN PATRIOTIC revellers made the most of Australia Day celebrations at venues around St George. About 30,000 people gathered in Carss Bush Park to celebrate the nation’s day. They set up… Continue reading

Teen takes a Chango to sponsor a child

BY SANDRA SIAGIAN 21 Jan, 2010 03:00 AM Not many 13-year-olds spend their time whipping up tasty treats in the kitchen, let alone to raise money to sponsor a child.But when Connor Erlin… Continue reading