Cronulla Spring Fair 2012

My plan is to vote as soon as the polling booths open this weekend then head to the Mall for Spring Fair, then the Marine & Boat Show and then off to my open homes before the crowds arrive. This weekend Cronulla is on show and if this weather continues it will be the perfect weekend for Cronulla to shine.

Some of the events for the weekend include:

  • Over 100 stalls selling unique gifts, swimwear, fashion and homewares
  • Kids favourites including face painting, an animal farm & popular rides
  • Wellbeing Fair @ Monro Park, with local musicians providing background music
  • Cronulla Plaza Pavilion Stage entertainment, starting from 10am on Sat & Sun

And of course all of the shops, restaurants and cafe’s in the Mall and surrounds will be open business as usual.

The Sutherland Shire Marine & Boat Show is being held for the first time this weekend at Dunningham Park so don’t forget to check it out, jet skis, boats and boating accessories will be on show.

And don’t forget to vote!

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Stop! Take time to smell the roses

Dylan Moore, a fellow I Love Cronulla Facebook follower, sent me this email during the week and I thought it was worth sharing.

The man pictured (bottom right) caught my attention on Tuesday morning. As I started to shoot the sunrise I noticed the look of joy on his face as he watched the sun come up, happily clicking away photos on his iPhone. He was standing off to the side but then moved into my shot, I didn’t say anything and allowed him to just ‘be in the moment’. A while after taking this shot, he came up to me and we began talking, and he told me his story. He’d cleared all the photos off his phone just so he wouldn’t run out of space this morning. After getting everything ready, he woke up at 4:30am just to get down to Cronulla for a sunrise. He lives in Parramatta and works in the CBD 6 days a week. As he continued to watch in awe the pure beauty unfolding in front of him, I realised how lucky we truly are and how much we take simple things like that for granted. Before I could turn to him and ask more, he had vanished, most likely rushing off to work, a much happier man.

So on this gorgeous pre-spring day take a moment to enjoy Cronulla!


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Spotlight on local business: Bang On

Looking for custom made t-shirts, bags, hats, even stubby holders? Look no further! Recently we spoke to Cameron from Bang On Cronulla…

With 21 stores around the world, Bang On Cronulla is the only store located in Australia. Why did you choose Cronulla and what is the best thing about owning and running a business here?
I grew up in Cronulla, after I left school I worked in the original Bang On store in Bondi and always thought the concept would work really well in Cronulla. Cronulla has such a great artistic culture, people grasped the whole “custom T shirt” idea so well right from the beginning. So much so that the majority of the business is people bringing in the own designs and ideas for us to print onto tees and caps for them.

My wife and I own another store next door to Bang On (Days Like These) so it’s safe to say we’re invested in the local area. We love the lifestyle and the people and being so close to the stores gives us a lot of spare time to enjoy that “ Cronulla “ we love.

What are the most popular orders for customised t-shirts? (Oztag teams, soccer teams etc)
The most popular orders for T-shirts come from local businesses. We specialise in small business uniforms and offer everything from hats, polos, high vis gear, aprons and gym gear.

One of the other really popular orders we receive come from Oz Tag and Touch Footy teams, we really make an effort to deck out the singlets and jerseys for people. Some of the team names and designs are classic.


Once someone has placed an order for a customised t-shirt, roughly how long will it take to design?
One off tees and caps literally only take minutes to make, once the design and garment are picked it’s only a matter of minutes until the customer is wearing their own individual idea on a tee or cap. I say Tee or cap but really it can be anything from aprons, pillow cases, cushion covers, mouse pads, jumpers and even stubby holders. Basically we can print anything.

You’ve probably created many odd and wacky t-shirts for clients! Which one has stuck with you as the quirkiest or most unique shirt you’ve had the pleasure of designing?
There has really been some crazy requests from our customers over the years. Every now and then we get the odd bucks or hen’s group through that always seem to have a pretty out there photo or message for their shirts.

Our favourite shirts to print are the drawings that Kids bring in, they look great on tees and the kids faces when they see there design printed is priceless.

With your wife next door running Days Like These do you catch up for lunch everyday?!
Haha yeah most days, we’re generally so busy we may as well be miles away from each other. It is nice to be able to bounce ideas off each other without having to pick up the phone.

How long have you been in business?
We opened in Jan 2009, so we are coming up to 4 years. It’s gone so fast, it only feels like yesterday we opened.

Do you have a Facebook page?
Bang On T shirts Cronulla 

Do you have a promotion for I Love Cronulla followers?
We would love to offer all the I Love Cronulla followers 10% off any custom printed tee, just mention the blog in store. We have some great Oztag specials available at the moment as well so be sure to check them out in store.

Where is your favourite place in Cronulla or the Shire?
My favourite place in Cronulla is Blackwoods beach. Awesome spot to relax.

Finish this sentence, “I Love Cronulla” because…
It has the greatest T shirt shop IN OZ!



Bang On Cronulla
Suite 5, 17 Gerrale St Cronulla
Ph:  9523 3233

Store Hours
Mon – Wed: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Thu – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 5:30pm
Sun: 9:30am – 4:30pm

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Cronulla Quick Census Facts

The statistics for Cronulla available from the Census 2011 show we have a population of 17,042 with just slightly more women than men (18). The median age for Cronulla-ites is 37 years old compared with for example Bondi which has an average of 33years. In Cronulla the weekly income is approx $1,455 and the median monthly mortgage is $2,275 and rent is $360 per week.

Compare this to Bondi for example, where they have a lower average age of 33years old, higher weekly income of $1,782 but they also have higher monthly mortgage repayments of $2708 and higher rent at $500 per week. Cronulla also has double the families to Bondi with 4498 family units compared with 2077 in Bondi but both surburbs have an average of 1.7 kids per family.

Maybe Channel Ten’s “The Shire” should have chosen to film at Bondi over family friendly Cronulla?

See how your suburb has changed between 2006 and 2011 here.

All stats courtesy of the Australian Bureau of Statistics

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Brass Monkey schedule: July/August 2012

If you’ve never been to the Brass Monkey before, consider now the time to go! If you’re looking for good food and wine and great live music, you’ve found the perfect place! Have a scan through the acts scheduled for the rest of July and August and I’m sure you’ll find something that suits you! All shows start at 7pm.

Sarah McLeod

  • Fri 20th July – The Radiators + The View + Angel Awake
  • Sat 21st July – Emma Pask
  • Sun 22nd July – Set Sail + Cogel
  • Wed 25th July – Lock Up Recording Studios Presents: Empire Rising + One Day Soon + Chris Allen
  • Fri 27th July – Peter Northcote’s DRIVE with Brydon Stace & Virginia Lillye
  • Sat 28th July – Professor Groove and The Booty Affair + Penny & The Mystics + Leanne Russo
  • Wed 1st August – Bryce Cohen + Charlie Gradon, Ellie Horan & Ally Gaven
  • Thu 2nd August – Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) + Sam Stephenson
  • Fri 3rd August – Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band)
  • Sat 4th August – Classic Rock Show (Eagles, Doobie Brothers & Best of West Coast Rock) – Featuring: Barry Leef Band
  • Sun 5th August – Holland + I Am Apollo + Bec Sandridge
  • Wed 8th August- Butterfly Boucher + Van Hoorn + Katie Herzig

    Bryce Cohen

  • Fri 10th August – King Tide + Benjalu
  • Sat 11th August – Baby et Lulu feat. Abby Dobson & Lara Goodridge
  • Sun 12th August – Bones Atlas
  • Wed 15th August – Greg Attwells + Huntings + Kieran Delaharpe
  • Thu 16th August – Nicholas Roy + Brendan Maclean
  • Fri 17th August – The Louisiana Roadshow
  • Sat 18th August – Dragon + The View
  • Sun 19th August – Ross Wilson (Mondo Rock/Daddy Cool)
  • Thu 23rd August – Masterclass – Ray Beadle/Peter Northcote/Stuart French
  • Fri 24th August – Radio INK + Anthony Hughes
  • Sat 25th August – Johnny G and The E Types (The Memphis Soul Revue)
  • Wed 29th August- Andrew Wishart
  • Thu 30th August – Don Walker
  • Fri 31st August – Mental As Anything + The View


For more info contact The Brass Monkey:
115a Cronulla St
Cronulla 2230
Ph: 9544 3844

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The Real Shire

The best thing that Channel Ten did for us on Monday night with it’s tragic dramality show The Shire was show how stunning the natural surrounds are that we use as our own backyard everyday.

My non “Shire” friends while glad they weren’t living in a Channel Ten targetted suburb, all made reference to how good the background scenery was!

So let’s thank Channel Ten for highlighting the natural amongst the fake and celebrate the positives!

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Mall Report: Cronulla shines in winter

The superb weather continues and it seems that so do the school holidays, with the amount of school age students in the Mall today. Seriously stunning winter’s day and it is set to continue.

So on this day that will see “The Shire” launched on national tv, the real Cronulla-ites are enjoying all Cronulla has to offer. There aren’t too many dramatic changes since the last Mall report but there are some shops currently undergoing fit outs that look promising.

So first of all one of the 2 shops north of Velvet Jayne that have been sitting idle for a while, has been leased to a Japanese restaurant, Kanakawa – another Japanese restaurant I hear you say, well at least its not Thai or Mexican!

Heading south the ice-cream stores of Cronulla seem to be doing a roaring trade with Cold Rock and Frangipani with queues, hopefully it will help make up for the lousy summer we had.

Further south the former Funky Femme site is covered up and the new fit out is well underway. Rumours of which gourmet burger shop is going in here have included Moo Burger, Paul’s Hamburgers and Charlie & Co, my money is on the latter…

Harvey World Travel has moved to Miranda and sits vacant waiting for a tenant, we can live in hope that Max Brenner will come to Cronulla. The former Chimere site still sits vacant and there is a still no action at Beluga besides the DA application in the window (supposed to be a cafe).

Apart from that, it’s status quo in Cronulla.

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Guinness World Record Attempt Event – The Largest Circuit Training

After we just missed out on the Day of Heroes World Record attempt back in February, some of those in the Shire are having a crack at another one!

MC for the day Shannan Ponton from The Biggest Loser will round up as many people as possible in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the largest circuit training on Saturday 14th July 2012 at Miranda Park between 1pm & 4pm.

Cost to enter

  • $10 for Adults
  • $5 for Concessions
  • The attempt is open to all ages as long as you are able to complete the exercises
  • Each participant will receive a thank you gift back worth over $500!
What’s involved?
To be eligible for the Guinness World Record Attempt you need to perform the exercises listed below for 3 mins each:
  • Shadow boxing
  • Aerobics
  • Agility ladder
  • Hill climbs
  • Interval running
  • Step class
  • Mini hurdles
  • Core Strength exercise
  • Skipping
  • Arms, bums & thighs
  • Pilates

The event is sponsored by the Leader & Contours with a big turn out expected! Visit the official website for more details.

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Spotlight on local business: Royal Coast Walks

Its been almost 12 months ago since we last spoke to Ian Wells from Royal Coast Walks so we thought it would be a great idea to catch up so they could update us on all their recent achievements – they’re becoming bigger and even better!

How have things changed for Royal Coast Walks since June 2011?
We attended our first international trade show in LA in August 2011 where we met with more than 50 North American travel wholesalers. They were amazed there was a beautiful national park so close to the centre of Sydney, and excited to know we offered guided walks in the area. We have subsequently taken bookings from many of these wholesalers with some planning entire Sydney itinerary around our tours. We were also finalists in the NSW Tourism Awards in November 2011. Other finalists in our category had an average of 13 years in business, so it was a huge coup for us as we were less than three years old.

Since we last spoke, have you introduced/changed any new hikes, tours or adventures?
We’re expanding our range of guided walking tours to include Sydney Harbour. The harbour has a little known national park that encompasses all the beautiful natural areas and we will be the first tour operator to offer daily, scheduled tours of them. We are also working on a couple of multi day options that will be unique to Sydney. To be among the first to hear about these new tours when we launch them in Spring 2012 you can sign up to our e-newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter feed from our website

You were the well-deserved winner of a number of awards at the 2012 Shire Tourism Awards night! What awards did you take home?

  • Winner – Shire Attraction
  • Winner – Eco Tourism
  • Winner – SSHED (Sutherland Shire Hub for Economic Development) 12 month Business Accelerator Program
  • Highly Commended – Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by an Individual.

As an individual you took home probably the most prestigious award of the evening as well. What was the name of the award and why does it mean so much to you?
It recognises that my work benefits the entire local tourism industry and helps other businesses succeed in addition to making our business a success. I think it’s hugely important that we create a strong tourism industry in the Shire. Our proximity to the airport and city means we are ideally located to capture visitors to Sydney and offer them everything from fun filled outdoor experiences to great shopping and dining options. I think most Shire businesses were affected by the terrible weather we had last summer. If the tourism industry can increase visitation from international and interstate visitors, who are less influenced by the weather, it will benefit all Shire businesses.

What’s in store for Royal Coast Walks over the next 12 months?
Expanding into more beautiful walking destinations around Sydney. We believe that Sydney is a place of unique natural beauty with many sights that can only be experienced on foot, so we’re really excited about showing more people what Sydney’s outdoors has to offer on guided walks.

If you had to name one hike/tour for either locals or tourists as a “must-do”, which one would it be and why?
Bundeena to Otford in Royal National Park on the Coast Track. We call this the Wattamolla Tour and it’s a two day, 31km walk along the length of Royal’s breathtaking coastline. We have people fly across the world and from interstate to take this tour with us but most locals wouldn’t know it’s there. It’s an iconic multi day Australian walk and it’s on our doorstep.

Where is your favourite place in either the National Park, Cronulla or anywhere in The Shire and why?
I love the waterholes in Royal National Park. You can take a picnic and a newspaper, walk for a short time, and have the most beautiful, clear, fresh natural rock waterfall and swimming pool all to yourself for the afternoon. They are beyond amazing.

Once again, finish this sentence – I love Cronulla because….
It’s vibrant and is surrounded by water and ways to enjoy it. If you don’t feel like going for a surf, swim or kayak you can sit and have a coffee at one of the many good cafes and catch up with mates.


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An Update from The Sutherland Shire from Mayor Carol Provan

Mayor Carol Provan has joined our blog and the I love Cronulla page and has offered to update us on some important things happening in Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire, here is the first edition with all we need to know about Hugh Jackman and other important things.

Filming in the Shire

It seems that the Sutherland Shire is becoming even more hot property for filmmakers, with the beauty of our natural landscape, our people and proximity to Sydney city and airport forming a drawcard for television and movie producers big and small. Next month we will see big budget Hollywood production at Kurnell’s Bonna Point next month. Hugh Jackman’s ‘The Wolverine’ will be shot at the Bonna Point boat ramp, and I’m pleased to say that heartthrob Hugh will be on set in early August. Improvements to the boat ramp will be completed before filming commences and work on the car park upgrade and amenities block will begin when filming ends. Council is working closely with Screen NSW and Twentieth Century Fox to ensure the impact on the surrounding area is minimal and that production will benefit the Shire’s economy.

I understand that the broadcast date of ‘The Shire’ TV show has been delayed because the producers have been underwhelmed by the amount of “spice” they’ve managed to shoot. We will have to wait and see what happens with this dramality series, but I hope, for the sake of our wonderful people here in The Shire, that it never makes it to air.

Widening of Captain Cook Drive

Council is about to start work on a three-stage, $6.8 million project to improve a 1.2km section of Captain Cook Drive between Woolooware Road and Elouera Road at Woolooware. The project involves widening the road to take it from two lanes to four lanes plus a bicyle/breakdown lane on each side. The family friendly cycleway will be retained and is also going to be upgrade. The new roadway will be raised above the existing road in order to reduce flooding.

Indeed, this work will have to be staged because we are building over a swamp and the road will settle due to its weight. We need to allow settling time to allow subsidence to take place before the final road pavement is laid.

When completed, the road will improve access for the residents of Kurnell, the new Greenhills residential development and around the Bate Bay beaches, as well as the new playing fields to be provided by Australand/Breen as part of its development.

New look for Shire Tourism

Tourism operators in the Sutherland Shire were recognised at the 2012 Shire Tourism Awards. We have many deserving businesses here in the Shire that offer visitors unique and quality experiences time after time and I’m glad that our tourism economy is going from strength to strength. This will be boosted by the new logo and fresh look for Shire Tourism that celebrates the wonderful acitivities and accommodation options available as well as the sunny, relaxed environment and beautiful landscape visitors enjoy.

Along with the new logo, there is a new website, You Tube channel and Facebook page, not to mention a new visitor’s guide. I encourage you to pick up a copy of the guide and pass it on to your friends and family who live outside the Shire so that they can discover what is on offer. Or perhaps you and your family may want to explore parts of the Shire you haven’t seen before?


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