Friday, 9 December 2022 – 12:00pm

Nominate NOW(Opens in a new window)

Shellharbour City Council is calling on the community to make a nomination for the 2023 Shellharbour City Community Awards. 

This year Council has expanded the Community Awards to include: 

  • Australia Day Citizen of the Year 
  • Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year (under 25) 
  • Contribution to the Arts 
  • Environmental Warrior of the Year 
  • Young Environmental Warrior of the Year 
  • Sports Star of the Year  (separate Nomination Form(Opens in a new window))

These awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contribution that individuals, communities and businesses make in Shellharbour.  The awards aim to recognise their success and achievements which contribute to making Shellharbour a better community.

Important Dates 

Nominations Open: Monday 3 October 2022 
Nominations Close: Friday 9 December 2022

Fund Raising and Community

It’s our biggest ever Big Book Fair!

Our next Book Fair will be running from Thursday, 20th to Sunday 23rd at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley.
On Thursday, 20th October at 5pm, access is restricted to subscribers of our Book Lovers List.

Admission to the VIP opening night is $10, ensuring you get the first chance to peruse and purchase what’s on offer. 

Thursday, 20 October – 5:00pm – 9:00pm (VIP Opening Night)
Friday, 21 October – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, 22 October – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, 23 October – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Sign up to our Book Lovers List for access to Opening Night. 

The books are divided into over 50 categories including:
Children’s, fiction (paperback, hardcover, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror), hobbies (cooking, gardening, sport), sciences (science, economics, education), arts (biographies, history, Australiana, travel, religion, psychology) and old books such as old and interested or something special.

We would love to accept your preloved books at the event from Thursday – Sunday. There will be a donation tent located outside the building.

Lifeline South Coast’s Big Book Fair is the largest second-hand book sale in NSW and the biggest fundraising event that supports Lifeline South Coast’s crisis support and suicide prevention services in the Illawarra and South Coast.

Further information:

  • The Something Special Book list is available via the following link. Please click here to download the lists of collectable books available at the Book Fair.
  • Please bring your Carry Bags with you.
  • Donations of pre-loved books can be donated at book fair, there will be a donation tent located outside. We only accept books in good condition due to the high cost of recycling.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Lifeline’s Book Fairs, every purchase helps Lifeline continue to provide crisis support and suicide prevention services to the local community.

Community and Connection

Get Online Week

Inclusee are proud to partner with The Good Things Foundation for Get Online Week 2022 from 17 – 23 October.

Get Online Week is an Australia-wide digital inclusion campaign supporting thousands of people to get online safely and confidently. The week-long, annual campaign supports people to improve their digital skills and close the digital divide.

Being digitally included means having affordable access to the internet and the skills and confidence to use it safely. Inclusee offer free Samsung tablets on loan, including sim cards, to empower our older Australians with the tools they need to get connected to our virtual community.

This year’s Get Online Week theme, Try One Thing, encourages people to explore the possibilities of the internet.

We have a jam-packed schedule of events for anyone to join in, including E-Safety, Trivia, Watercolour Painting, and Meditation. I’ve attached the timetable which we encourage you to share with your networks. Get Online Week is open to people over 18 who are interested in volunteering too.

This is the link to register for Inclusee events.

Register for Get Online Week 2022 – Inclusee

Community and Connection

Free Help Sessions

Tech and Tea Go

Corrimal Library

14 and 28 September

Free Dropin Sessions – to book ring us or the library 4227 8179

Albion Park Library

14 September and every 2nd Wednesday

10.00am -11:30am

Woonona Bulli RSL, Princes Highway Woonona

Weekly on Thursdays 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Fairy Meadow Community Centre, Guest Park

Weekly on Fridays 10.00am – 11.30am

Unanderra Community Centre, Cnr Princes Highway and Factory Rd

Weekly on Mondays 1.30 – 3.00pm,

!!!  Please Note there will be no Sessions in the week of 19 to 23 September because of disruption of the bike races

TAFE NSW Community Connections Morning Tea

You are invited to our inaugural Community Connections Morning Tea.  

Connect with the TAFE NSW team, local education partners, industry and your local community. Network with like-minded individuals in the training and education space.

We look forward to hosting this special morning tea on our campus grounds at TAFE NSW Wollongong.  This will be an opportunity to find out more about what is happening with TAFE NSW in the Illawarra and explore ways to collaborate in supporting our local community.

Date and time

Friday 16 September 2022

10:30 am – 11:30 am AEST

Optional Campus Tour of TAFE NSW Wollongong at 11.30 am.


TAFE NSW – Wollongong, Foleys Lane, Wollongong NSW 2500


My Place, My Community – NEW Resource

How well do you know the Shellharbour community?

The Shellharbour Local Government Area is home to a rich and diverse population. Demographics provide an insight into detailed information on the characteristics of our community. My Place, My Community is a newly developed resource that allows you to get to know the history, features, people and diversity of each of the suburbs within the Local Government Area. The tool includes data on: 

  • Population
  • Employment
  • Industry and economic output
  • Health
  • Crime​​​​​​​
  • Diversity

It also includes maps of key community and social infrastructure in each suburb, making it the perfect tool to assist in applying for grants, planning projects and working with the community and stakeholders. ​​​​​​​

My Place, My Community is now available on Let’s Chat Shellharbour so check it out!

This information will be updated regularly with new data. For further information, please contact Lauren Peters, Senior Community Planning Officer at Shellharbour City Council via phone (02) 4221 6006 or email


Community Encouragment Video

A huge thank you and congratulations to the Kiama Community College for putting together this wonderful Community Encouragement Video in celebration of the collective resilience and creativity of our community and the sector at large. 

Thank you to the amazing featured organisations, and to all our wonderful services and organisations of the Illawarra who provide such amazing support to our community.

Included in the video are:  

  • Green Connect
  • SENTRAL Youth Services Kiama
  • Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre
  • Flourish New Outlook
  • SCARF Refugee Support
  • Headspace (IPS Program)
  • Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
  • Kiama and Shoalhaven Community Colleges