Tareyn Varley, Illawarra Mercury

Tareyn Varley

Illawarra Mercury

Wollongong, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Tareyn:

Horsley dad Scott Fleming marks nine years without a drop of alcohol

December 19, 2013 was the day Scott Fleming attended his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting - and the last... → Read More

The three Illawarra bushwalks calling to us this summer

Rewind a few years and the Illawarra's bushwalks were pumping at the weekend, on school holidays and even... → Read More

The Proud family returns to Wollongong to launch new BarterDayz app

A Windang family who upended their lives five years ago by swapping their house for a bus are set to launch a new bartering app they hope will start a grassroots revolution and give others a taste of the alternative lifestyle they've embraced. → Read More

Labor vows to fix crisis facing NSW schools

Opposition leader Chris Minns on Thursday announced he would work with the NSW Teachers Federation to address the... → Read More

Teachers' pet hate: Staff fed up with being silenced, surprised by news headlines

Illawarra teachers say they are fed up with being silenced about the full extent of staff shortages threatening... → Read More

UCI road closures in Fairy Meadow could cost Leisure Coast 'up to $1.5 million'

Leisure Coast Fruit Market and Deli co-owner Michael Braidotti said he may be forced to stand down much... → Read More

Nowra man to face court over lock box filled with guns

After officers set up a crime scene and asked the occupants not involved to leave, a 24-year-old man... → Read More

Little ones head to big school for Mount Ousley PS's new playgroup

An unused room within the school has been laid with new carpet thanks to P&C funds, filled with... → Read More

Wollongong schools still in the dark ahead of UCI Road World Championships

Thousands of Wollongong students may face another week of disrupted learning and COVID's not to blame. → Read More

If Corrimal family started renovations now, here's how more they would pay

Timing was on Heath and Marnie Whiddon's side when it came to the extension of their little house in Corrimal, saving them from a style they had outgrown and about $150,000 in building costs. → Read More

The late diagnosis that explained Corby's years of emotional turmoil

When 19-year-old Corby Yanez was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago it came as a great relief. → Read More

Renovated in nick of time

Timing was on Heath and Marnie Whiddon's side when it came to the extension of their little house... → Read More

Why Illawarra kids with ADHD struggle to get the help they need

Noni Tonkin has spent thousands of dollars for treatment for her son Bryce while facing the prospect that daughter Remy will also need help in the future. Photo: Sylvia Liber Illawarra parents of children with ADHD are waiting up to a year to be seen by specialists, then forking out thousands of dollars on an assessment and official diagnosis. → Read More

Wollongong mum, three kids move into caravan park amid rental crisis

"It's a nice cabin, we're treating it like a holiday," Heather said. "We're trying to put a positive spin on things." Photo: Adam McLean A 44-year-old single mum who runs her own successful business and has an impeccable rental record is now homeless after failing to find a place for herself and three kids. → Read More

Wollongong rental price shock: 'Am I living in Sydney?'

Bulli renter Tahlia Roza has begun packing her belongings into boxes but she has no idea where they'll... → Read More

Wollongong steam train rides: Picnic Train crew taking city back in time

Thousands of Illawarra residents will get to ride into history on a steam train this June long weekend because of the tireless work of a group of volunteers who live and breathe the railways. → Read More

Wollongong man Mathew Lawrence Maurice Roy Golding faces court on commercial ice supply charges

A 45-year-old man accused of dealing commercial quantities of ice in the Wollongong area has been refused bail. → Read More

Oscar Santa Ana dodges COVID checkpoint, sparks police chase down Bulli Pass

A disqualified driver who led police on a dangerous chase down Bulli Pass in order to dodge a COVID-19 checkpoint during lockdown has avoided further time behind bars. → Read More

Why Sydney COVID patients were brought to Wollongong Hospital

The health district's chief executive Margot Mains confirmed seven COVID patients had been transferred to Wollongong Hospital from overstretched Sydney hospitals. → Read More

The Free Change: The Proud wanderers living life on the road in a bus

The Proud family, formerly of Windang, have lived on the road for four years. They go wherever they like, whenever they like and have no immediate plans to stop. In fact, they say they're just getting started. → Read More