Celebrate Australia Day in Cronulla – 2013

You may be back at work but the celebrations aren’t over yet! There a number of events happening in Cronulla to mark the momentous 26th of January… Keep reading!

Jock Athletic Australia Day Running Festival
Head down to Wanda Beach bright and early to kick off your Australia Day morning at 7am sharp with 3 running events to choose from – there is something for everyone!

  • 2.5km Soft Sand Fun Run/Walk – The Jane McGrath Classic is a premier fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation and is a great event for people of all ages
  • 6km Soft Sand Race – The Wanda X-Treme 6 is an endurance race through the historic Wanda Sandhills and beaches
  • Corporate Dash – Enter a team of 4 and take part in the 4x400m relay dash to raise money for the McGrath Foundation

‘A Day at the Beach’ this Australia Day presented by the Sutherland Shire Council kicks off at 1pm and finishes with the iconic fireworks finale at 9pm.

Australia Day in Cronulla – Event schedule

1pm: Stars from Oz – a celebration of everything Australian paying tribute to some of Australia’s best known performers
2pm: Caravana Sun – a frenetic fusion of surf, gypsy, ska and reggae
3pm: Rattle & Hum – U2 tributes
4pm: Nathan Foley & Band – rock entertainment
5:15pm: Walangari – traditional Aboriginal didgeridoo and dance by Diramu Aboriginal Performers
6:05pm: Sharnielle Hartley – up and coming pop, rock and classical singer
6:45pm: Encore Vocal Group – jazz and opera tunes and musical theatre
8pm: The McClymonts – ARIA award winning country music sisters


We hope you enjoy the day – look out for each other and remember to slip-slop-slap!

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Report It – New Sutherland Shire App

Available from the App store for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, Sutherland Shire Council’s latest Report It App allows residents to report issues directly to the council and have those requests automatically added to their Customer Request Management System (CRMS). This new app aims to speed up the process for council officers to take action on your requests and provide you with a CRMS notification number to follow up if needed.

With the help of this new app, residents can report general requests and any of the following issues:

  • Rubbish
  • Trees
  • Graffiti
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Illegal Parking
  • Animals
  • Mowing
  • Noise
  • Drains
  • Potholes
  • Abandoned Vehicles

We decided to test it out on some dumped rubbish in a Cronulla street. It was straight forward and easy to use and allowed us to upload a photo of the “Report it” incident. The only thing that we would love to see improved is the turn around time. When we had finished the report,  it says “Your request may take up to 28 days to process!”

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Council Clean Up: New On Call Clean Up Service

Thanks to the Sutherland Shire Council, residents will no longer have to stockpile their materials for months under their homes, in the garages or backyards waiting for the biannual council clean up dates to come around.  As of 1st January 2013 Sutherland Shire residents will have the opportunity to request an on call clean up service twice each financial year.

The regular clean up schedule will run for the rest of this year.

This new initiative will:

  • Allow you to book a collection at a time that suits you twice each financial year
  • Have less visual impact on our street scape and reduce the time that materials are left out on kerbside to one day only
  • Increase recycling of clean up materials

You can book your clean up service from the 1st January 2013 online or over the phone (Clean Up hotline – 9710 5722). The type of booking you make will depend upon the type of dwelling you live in.

Houses and small apartments (6 units or less)
See here for collection instructions.

Large apartment complexes (7 or more units/villas/townhouses)
A clean up request for large apartment complexes is to be made through the complex’s designated spokesperson. See here for collection instructions.

Inaccessible and remote properties in the Shire
Unfortunately inaccessible and remote properties will not have access to the on-call clean up trial. See here for more details.

Similar to past council clean ups, the same rules apply for prohibited items – see here for materials that are accepted and those that are not.

Questions about the Clean Up? Contact Sutherland Shire Council on Facebook or by calling the clean up hotline on 9710 5722

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Council’s Household Clean Up Service, Cronulla

Just in case you lost your Sutherland Shire calendar, the council clean up starts on Monday 22nd October in Cronulla at 5am. If you are about to go on the market, this is the perfect time to dispose of those never to be used again items that are cluttering up your cupboards and garages. It’s best to be ruthless with this! Less clutter is more money when you are selling.

And if you haven’t had your property photographs taken yet then maybe hold off a week as normally the streets resemble a tip for a week or so and is not a good look for photo shoots.

If you have clothing that you are thinking of throwing out, remember Vinnies at Cronulla is a great place to recycle clothing rather than throwing it out.

Remember your materials should not be placed out on the street before Saturday 20th October. Please check council’s website to check what can be thrown out and please be careful where you place items to be collected.

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2012 Council Election

The council election is on the 8th September 2012, coincidentally the same day as the start of the Cronulla Spring Festival!

The Sutherland Shire is divided into 5 Wards with 3 councillors in each (view the candidate list by ward). Polling hours are 8am – 6pm at the designated booths for each Ward. And of course, voting is compulsory.

Absentee voting
Voting at a booth outside your designated electoral roll Ward is not permitted. If in doubt, check which ward you are in on the Sutherland Shire Council website by entering your home address. Voting for all Wards is available at the Principal Polling Place at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre.

Postal vote
The application for a postal vote are available on the Sutherland Shire Council website and must be returned to the Returning Officer (see details below) or dropped off at reception at the Council’s Administration Office (see details below) by Monday 3rd September.

A Ward – Polling Booths

  • Bundeena Community Centre
  • Burraneer Bay Public School
  • Caringbah Public School (dual with Ward B)
  • St Phillips Anglican Church Hall, Caringbah (dual with Ward B)
  • Cronulla High School
  • Cronulla Public School
  • Uniting Church Hall, Cronulla
  • Kurnell Public School
  • Lilli Pilli Public School
  • Maianbar Community Hall
  • Sutherland Entertainment Centre (dual all Wards)
  • Woolooware Public School (dual with Ward C)
For the complete list of Polling Booths for Ward B, C, D & E, click here.So while you’re out and about enjoying the Cronulla Spring Festival, don’t forget to vote!

Returning Officer
Sutherland Shire Council
Suite 2, 1st Floor, 33-35 Belmont St
PO Box 971, Sutherland

Council’s Administration Office
4-20 Eton St

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The Esplanade & Cronulla Seawall upgrade

The illustrated information posters raised by Sutherland Shire Council make it even more impossible not to notice the work taking place particularly at South Cronulla with the $3.3mil seawall reconstruction and upgrade of The Esplanade expected to be completed in October (weather permitting of course).

A council spokeswoman ensures that the strength and stability of the foreshore, the aesthetic qualities of the seawall and The Esplanade will be much more appealing and more convenient for locals and tourists with more space for recreation thanks to the upgrade. There will also be a new section of the seawall built and part of The Esplanade will be widened with more seating, lighting and greater beach access including a swimmer motif etched into the new concrete paving plus sun lounges and a timber deck on the footprint of the ladies’ dressing pavilion.

Illustration of the end result - Photo by The Leader

The existing seawall has passed its expiry date and is no longer useful so will have the new seawall built in front of it which will include tiered seating with more benches on The Esplanade.

The circular stairs will be upgraded with handrails and there will also be an improved ramp for beachgoers and surf craft.

Rest assured Sutherland Shire Council has rejected claims that a large section of the beach will be lost as a result of the project because of the size of the excavation. Sutherland Shire Council stated that “once the foundations were complete they would mostly be covered by sand, with the public unaware of the beach protection structures” with 90% of the access ramp covered by sand and two to three levels of the seating on the seawall also covered.

The ramp will be a much needed improvement so that people of all ages and abilities can safely access the beach. The ramp will also allow access for vehicles so that after huge storms and events, rehabilitation work can be undertaken easily.

As a result of the work on the site at South Cronulla, an old secret gem has been discovered – these steps in the photo below once led up to a ladies’ dressing pavilion!

Hidden gem revealed by the upgrade - Photo by The Leader

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the upgrade!


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2012 Cronulla Spring Festival Stall Info

It’s only early days but in the next coming months the annual much loved local Cronulla Spring Festival will take over!

Event details
When: 8th September at 8am finishing at 4pm on 9th September
Where: Cronulla Plaza
How much: Free!

Application forms for stall holders and information sheets can be downloaded from the Sutherland Shire Council website. Cronulla CBD Management reminds you that sending in an application does not guarantee you a spot. Applications will not be assessed until after the closing date of 20th July and of course all applications must have public liability insurance.

Mark down the dates in your diary or on your calendar and stay tuned for more info regarding stalls and shows as the Cronulla Spring Festival draws closer.

Take a look at some of the snapshots from 2011’s Cronulla Spring Festival…

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April Council Clean Up

It’s here again, the perfect opportunity to throw out what you don’t need and save on skip bin fees! Sutherland Shire’s Council Clean Up kicks off in Cronulla at 5am Monday 30th April.

Things to remember:

  • Council asks that you DO NOT place items under trees or power lines or in gutters
  • Place clean up material on the outer edge of the footpath
  • Clean up starts at 5am
  • Council does not pick up chemicals, building materials or thorny branches or bushes
  • Council will not pick up items that can not be handled safely by 2 average size people
Due to safety and other reasons not all materials are able to be collected, but these CAN be collected:
  • Unwanted household items (furniture, maximum of one mattress ensemble per household)
  • Whitegoods
  • Fence pailings (no longer than 1.5m & no more than six)
  • Small amounts of rolled up carpet
  • Swing sets, trampolines (please dismantle!)
  • Unwanted empty round garbage bins
  • Bundled and tied branches (no thicker than a broomstick, no longer than a metre and no thorns!)
Thinking of throwing any of these things out? Don’t! Council will NOT collect the following:
  • Liquids (paint, oil, chemicals)
  • Any item over 1.5m in length (including steel, guttering, pipe, timber or roller doors)
  • Perishable household rubbish
  • Glass items (windows, mirrors, shower screens)
  • Gas bottles
  • Saw and floor sanding dust
  • Drums or oil heater tanks
  • Car parts, tyres, wrecked vehicles
  • Asbestos or fibreglass sheeting
  • Railway sleepers
  • Sand filled pool filters
  • Cast-irons baths
  • Tree stumps or roots

Council asks that your materials not be placed out before Saturday 28th April, this is not just because your neighbours don’t like having to look at your discarded treasures on the street for weeks beforehand but because it decreases the chances of bad weather blowing furniture onto the street, hitting cars, people or pets!

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2012 Cronulla Easter Show

The Cronulla Easter Show kicks off in Cronulla Plaza for 2012 for 5 days of family fun from at 10am on Friday 6th April. As always there will be plenty of showbags, a farm animal petting zoo, face painting, carnival rides, fun activities and more nice and close to home without the stress or crowds out at the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Homebush! There are also some new activities this year including the Egg Activity Centre, Parasole decorating and roving entertainers handing out delicious treats!

How much? It’s FREE! The event is run by a local council group.

Events program:

  • Circus on Stilts – 11am to 2pm daily
  • Egg Activity Centre – 11am to 3pm daily
  • Animal Farm – 10am to 4pm daily
  • Hot Potato – various times on the 7th, 8th and 10th April


You don’t have to head into Homebush for showbags, Cronulla has everything and more! Whether you’re obsessed with lollies or a keen magician, you’ll be able to find just what you’re looking for with the easy to download Cronulla Showbag Guide.

How to get here?

Parking in Cronulla is bad at the best of times (see parking map here) let alone during special events, but luckily there are alternatives. With trains terminating at Cronulla train station very frequently, this is definitely an option to consider if you are traveling from nearby suburbs. Bicycle racks are also located at Cronulla Station, along Cronulla St (near Cold Rock Ice Creamery) and on the ground floor of the Croydon St car park.


To kick-start your Cronulla Easter Show experience, clink on the link here to download a colouring-in sheet great for kids!

For more information contact:
Cronulla Beach CBD Management
Ph: 9527 2100

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The Shire shines today for Channel Ten

Channel Ten starts filming today despite Sutherland Shire Council‘s efforts to cancel the latest Australian reality TV show, The Shire.

It didn’t start well for Channel Ten last week with first news of “The Shire” reality series being leaked by a video. Channel Ten and Shine Productions were caught off guard, describing the show as an Australian version of the US Jersey Shore show and perfectly suiting the “tribe-like” community of the Sutherland Shire. Understandably, local residents, past residents, business owners and the Sutherland Shire Council were appalled. Mayor Carol Provan saw “the production as an insult to the people of Sutherland Shire, to local business and to our reputation’’ (see the video and article here).

Or perhaps it did start well for Channel Ten with all the free publicity generated from the controversy. News of Channel Ten’s “The Shire” was plastered all over media outlets for the following week.

Our Shire seems to be a popular setting for TV shows for 2012 with 3 currently being filmed:

Sutherland Shire Council have assured the community that they “will stay tuned to ensure The Shire is PG”.


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