Julian O'Brien, Illawarra Mercury

Julian O'Brien

Illawarra Mercury

Wollongong, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Julian:

National anthem Advance Australia Far needs First Nations verse

We need a First Nations verse of Advance Australia Fair. It is overdue. → Read More

Why Japan deserves another crack at Olympic Games

Japan deserves another crack at this. Whether the Olympics go ahead in full or not the people of Tokyo and Japan should be given the choice of hosting the Olympics again in 2036. → Read More

Ryan Park has called for two-week COVID lockdown blocks

The Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park has called on the NSW Government to give the community clearer guidelines in relation to lockdown timelines and to publicly release the health advice on which it bases decisions. → Read More

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian expected to extend COVID lockdown

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to announce today the COVID-19 lockdown for Greater Sydney will be extended for at least another week. → Read More

COVID restrictions to hit Wollongong and Shellharbour hospitality venues hard

TRYING TIMES: Hotel Illawarra publican Ryan Aitchison and hotel manager Will Barwick shared a brew on the back of the COVID restrictions being announced on Wednesday. Picture: Adam McLean. Pubs, clubs and bars are expecting to take another hit with the reintroduction of restrictions such as sitting down to drink over the next week. → Read More

Business Illawarra's Adam Zarth says urgency needed for COVID vaccination

The region's peak business organisation has called for urgency around a community vaccination program. → Read More

Illawarra Hawks basketball club and community come together

The atmosphere at the Illawarra Hawks dinner was a "vibe" → Read More

Chuck Harmison, Mat Campbell send message of support for Illawarra Hawks

Two of the all-time greats of the Illawarra Hawks have sent a special message to the team ahead of the semi-final series. → Read More

Illawarra Hawks president Dorry Kordahi calls for sellout WEC crowd

Hawks part-owner and president Dorry Kordahi says the NBL club's semi-final is a fairy tale. → Read More

Illawarra Mercury subscriber ticket giveaway competition for Illawarra Hawks NBL semi final

Win one of two double passes to the Hawks NBL semi final at the WEC. → Read More

The Illawarra Hawks finals berth is the National Basketball League Cinderella Story

Illawarra Mercury editor Julian O'Brien takes a look at life in his weekly Ed Space column → Read More

Saturday Web words

Good to see the green party protecting another threatened species - Thirroul's rich left wing armchair labor supporters. It will be the same naysayers complai... → Read More

Why we all need to get vaccinated against COVID-19 asap

There is no greater priority in Australian life at the moment than getting vaccinated against COVID-19. → Read More

NSW South Coast on high alert for COVID-19

Popular spot Hyams Beach on the South Coast near Vincentia. The NSW South Coast is on high alert after a person from Melbourne who was later diagnosed with COVID-19 visited the area late last month. → Read More

SPORT: Volkanovski shows his true colours, P30

SPORT: Volkanovski shows his true colours, P30 | Illawarra Mercury | Wollongong, NSW → Read More

AJ Ogilvy and Tim Coenraad leading Illawarra Hawks to National Basketball League play-off contention

There are two unlikely and unsung heroes leading the charge for the Hawks. → Read More

Illawarra Hawks No.1 ticketholder Justin Yerbury's plea for fans and the Ill-a-war-ra chant

Plea for region to support the Hawks in finals push. → Read More

Illawarra Hawks NBL indigenous round jersey features the fire of the Flame Tree

The Illawarra Hawks will wear a very special jersey this weekend. → Read More

Morrison government found wanting on COVID-19 vaccination rollout

Illawarra Mercury editor Julian O'Brien takes a look at life in his weekly Ed Space column. → Read More

Paralympian wheelchair basketballer Tristan Knowles' return to Wollongong Roller Hawks delayed by COVID

STRANDED: One of the founding Roller Hawks Tristan Knowles has had his hopes of returning to his home club dashed. Picture: Getty Images. Melbourne's COVID outbreak has foiled the long-awaited homecoming of one of the Roller Hawks' stars for this weekend's National Wheelchair Basketball League. → Read More