More than 100 people touched by blood cancer gathered at the University of Wollongong's McKinnon Pond on Friday to shine a light of hope.
At the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night Wollongong, dozens of people gathered at twilight in an emotional ceremony to shine gold lanterns for those who wanted to remember someone, white lanterns for those who have been on their own journey and blue lanterns for people who wanted to support others. After lighting the lanterns, they took part in a moving walk through the campus.
Leukaemia Foundation NSW-ACT general manager Chris McMillan said funds raised would go towards research.
Regional manager Nina Field and a team of volunteers helped co-ordinate the event supported by three ambassadors.
Didi Kello was the gold ambassador in memory of her nephew, Adem Crosby, who died in May after a 2½-year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
The white ambassador was X Factor star Rohan Herring who sang three songs and shared his own journey with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Michele Harvey was the blue ambassador in support of her grandson, Lewis Sargent-Wilson, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2006.
Why Documentaries producer and director Sandra Pires is speaking at this Friday's Illawarra Women In Business networking lunch at the Novotel.
The award-winning multi-platform producer and director has won many awards for producing local heritage documentaries, multicultural resources, online and digital awareness campaigns.
She has produced media for local and state governments, museums, corporates and not-for-profit organisations and attracted considerable attention in 2010 when Illawarra coalmining documentary Beneath Black Skies was shown on national TV.
A recent online series she worked on called, It's not a disgrace, it's dementia, raised awareness about dementia in eight languages and won national and state awards.
The Wollongong manufacturing cluster's third annual industry showcase starts today.
The i3net Wollongong Industry Showcase starts with a dinner at the innovation campus tonight and continues with an industry bus tour tomorrow, followed by an industry dinner at Seacliff Restaurant and an expo breakfast on Friday morning.
Executive officer Sandy Haig said delegates from companies such as (Mintrex) EPCM for Alkane Resources, FMGL, Boral, Castrol, Tech Mahindra, DMS Group, BlueScope New Zealand, Thales Group, CSIRO, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Cement Australia, Remondis, Qube Logistics, Australian Bauxite Limited and BHP Billiton would be present.
Fun night out
Illawarra Advocacy is hosting a community event at Murphy's Bar and Grill on October 22 called Fun, Fashion and Wine.
The community disability organisation offers individual and citizen advocacy to people who are often the least visible and most isolated. Call 4229 4999.
Positive for port
More good news from Dom Figliomeni's recent presentation to i3net members.
After the first 21,000-tonne iron ore shipment passed through the port from Cowra bound for China recently, the NSW Ports Port Kembla chief executive said he was working with several parties looking at more opportunities that would help take the number of ships through the port each year from just over 900 back up towards its record of 1012 ships.
"We have a couple of projects that will be coming on stream in 2014 that will bump that number up," he said.
Mr Figliomeni said Cement Australia and Port Kembla Coal Terminal enhancement works were well under way and $20 million in work had begun on the coal and grain in-roads.
"We are looking to improve the efficiency of the rail network ... so we can stable three 850-metre coal trains in the port and two grain trains. Getting through the Sydney network is our biggest challenge. Maldon-Dombarton is absolutely critical to the future growth."
A development application is being submitted to increase the capacity of the first berth in the outer harbour to 16 million tonnes for two projects that require extra berth capacity.
The port boss was confident the National BioDiesel Project would start within 12 months.
Other projects under way included the construction of a new Gateway storage shed, port rail upgrade, outer harbour access road upgrade and the demolition of the old No 3 Jetty.
Contracts on a new $60 million export facility are expected to be awarded by Christmas for the extension of Berth 103 to handle larger ships and new facilities for storage and loading product coming to the port by rail.
There is also likely to be a new $19 million fuel storage facility.
Mr Figliomeni said that with the closure of the Shell refinery at Kurnell, people were looking at different ways of getting fuel. This was creating opportunities such as a whale-watching business targeting the Chinese market.