Year’s end is a time when some columns like to give out awards. And, dear reader, Between the Lines is not above this.
Boldest reppin’ the region: Jen Hawke, Albion Park’s gift to television dating show the Bachelor, who claimed she was from Surry Hills, styled herself as a “game changer”, trolled almost all her fellow candidates, perfected the art of cry-talking, then crashed and burned boringly.
Disappearing man: Wollongong City Councillor Chris Connors wins with hubris. Cr Connors, you may recall, is moving to Tamworth to take up a job as a school principal. Just a few months after being elected a Wollongong councillor. Cr Connors doesn’t see this is a problem.
Biggest own goal: That would be Cr Connors again, saying the representation he gives residents won’t get any worse when he lives 500km away. Hmmm.
Wrong cray-cray crays: The Wollongong businessmen hit with more than $2 million in penalties for an illegal lobster haul, including Pasquale Brancatisano, Tory Lavalle, Seacliff Functions Pty Ltd (a business owned by the family of former mayor George Harrison, the parent company of The Lagoon and Seacliff restaurants), and Lagoon head chef, Emanuel Efstathiadis.
Unluckiest hard luck bid: Efstathiadis, who claimed he would be hard-pressed to pay a fine and may have to sell an investment property. The magistrate did not find this argument moving.
Smallest man: The slimebags who use their power in the workplace to sexually harass women and scare them into silence. One by one they’re getting what they deserve. Bravo to those who speak out.